1. Boston College (11-2-1, 9-2-1) — The Eagles are 7-0-0 at home and continue to show the form that makes them a championship contender pretty much every year. Coach Jerry York is one win away from the Division 1 career record; he and Ron Mason share the mark at 924. Johnny Gaudreau has shown no signs of a sophomore slump, leading the team with 23 points in 14 games. Defenseman Isaac MacLeod should be back from a shoulder injury when the season resumes Dec. 29 at the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis. Senior goaltender Parker Milner has picked up right where he left off when he led the Eagles to 19 straight victories en route to the NCAA championship. Grade: A-minus.
2. New Hampshire (11-2-2, 8-2-1) — Coach Dick Umile saw signs in the second half of last season that 2012-13 could be special. So far, he is right on the money. Goaltender Casey DeSmith has been a revelation and the defense has been consistently reliable with a league-best 1.80 goals allowed per game. That has translated into the best offense in the league (3.60 goals per game). Junior forward Kevin Goumas is the league point leader with 24. The Wildcats are the least penalized team in the league and also Hockey East’s best in penalty killing. They have the most balanced scoring with 17 goals in the first period, 19 in the second, and 18 in the third. Their biggest challenge? Peaking at the right time. Grade: A-minus.