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Hockey East Player of the Week John Leonard of Massachusetts
Weekly Release: #18 Northeastern Tops #2 St. Cloud; #16 UMass Wins Fifth Game
UNH Wins First of Mike Souza Era; UConn Earns Three League Points

HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES

Then-#18 Northeastern toppled then-#2 St. Cloud State on Saturday, emerging with a 3-2 win over the Huskies at Matthews Arena. Sophomore netminder Cayden Primeau (Voorhees, N.J.) went 2-0-0 on the weekend with 41 saves, a 1.50 goals against average and .932 save percentage, downing league-foe UMass Lowell on Friday before picking up the 3-2 victory against St. Cloud State on Saturday.

Then-#16 Massachusetts swept Merrimack in a pair of games last weekend, winning its fourth and fifth contests of October and reaching the five-win mark in the season's first month for the first time in program history. John Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) tied his career single-game point high twice this weekend, picking up three points in each game and earning Hockey East Player of the Week for this efforts, the third consecutive week that a Minuteman has been so honored.

New Hampshire head coach Mike Souza won his first game as the Wildcats bench boss on Saturday, beating league-foe Vermont in overtime, 3-2. Rookie forward Jackson Pierson (Zionsville, Ind.) potted a goal and added an assist to open the Hockey East season for the Wildcats, as he set up the winner in the extra frame.

UConn collected three points in Hockey East play over the weekend, going 1-0-1 in a two-game home set against Maine. Alexander Payusov (Montreal, Que.) potted three of the Huskies' seven goals, pushing his goal-scoring streak to four games. Husky goaltender Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) stopped 52 total shots, while Black Bear backstop Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Alaska) kicked out 53 shots in the two games at UConn, allowing just three even-strength goals. Maine rookie forward Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (Charlottenlund, Denmark) scored the tying goal with just 1:22 remaining in the third period Saturday afternoon, salvaging a 2-2 tie.


HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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John Leonard - Massachusetts

John Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) tied his career single- game point high twice this weekend, picking up three points in each game of a sweep at Merrimack. The sophomore tallied one goal and five assists to factor in on six of the nine Minutemen goals, including assisting on the game-tying, extra-attacker goal with 33 seconds to play in regulation and the overtime game-winner that capped UMass' comeback on the road Saturday.


PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

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Jackson Pierson - New Hampshire

Jackson Pierson (Fr., F; Zionsville, Ind.) potted a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against Vermont to open the Hockey East season for the Wildcats. The rookie forward set up the winner in the extra frame to deliver Mike Souza his first win as head coach behind the New Hampshire bench.


HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Cayden Primeau - Northeastern

Cayden Primeau (Voorhees, N.J.) went 2-0-0 on the weekend with 41 saves, a 1.50 GAA and .932 SV%, downing league-foe UMass Lowell on Friday before picking up a crucial 3-2 victory against #2 St. Cloud State on Saturday.


HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS

Alexander Payusov, UConn (Jr., F; Montreal, Que.) Potted three of the Huskies' seven goals in a 1-0-1 weekend against Maine, pushing his goal-scoring streak to four games. In Friday's 5-2 win, the junior scored the opening goal and netted both UConn goals on the power play in a 2-2 draw on Saturday. He has seven goals in six games on the young season.

Jachym Kondelik, UConn (Fr., F; Budejovice, Czech Republic) Dished out three helpers on the weekend, pushing his point streak to four games. His sixth and seventh assists game in Friday's 5-2 win, and earned his eighth in Saturday's 2-2 tie.

Adam Huska, UConn (Jr., G; Zvolen, Slovakia) Stopped 52 total shots while going 1-0-1 in a two-game home stand against Maine, including six in overtime on Saturday.

Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, ME (Fr., Fr; Charlottenlund, Denmark) Scored the tying goal with just 1:22 remaining in the third period Saturday afternoon, salvaging a 2-2 tie at UConn.

Jeremy Swayman, ME (So., G; Anchorage, Alaska) Saved a total of 53 shots in two games at UConn, allowing just three even-strength goals in a 0-1-1 weekend.

Marc Del Gaizo, UMass (Fr., D; Basking Ridge, N.J.) Netted a goal in each win over Merrimack, including Saturday's overtime winner.

Cale Makar, UMass (So., D; Calgary, Alta.) Added three more points (3a) to his season total (3g, 8a) to help UMass sweep Merrimack while helping the Minutemen go 10-for-10 on the penalty kill.

Nick Master, UML (Sr., F; Broomall, Pa.) Picked up three points (2g, 1a) and three shots on net in a 4-2 win at Bentley on Saturday.

Lucas Condotta, UML (Fr., F; Georgetown, Ont.) Scored his first collegiate goal on Saturday at Bentley.

Patrick Kramer, MC (Fr., F; Bridgewater, Mass.) Earned his first-ever multi-goal game on Saturday night, scoring twice against #16 Massachusetts. The rookie now has three goals in his last four games.

Benton Maass, UNH (So., D; Elk River, Minn.) Won the game for the Wildcats with an overtime strike on Saturday, giving head coach Mike Souza his first career win behind the UNH bench.

Grant Jozefek, NU (Jr., F; Chester, N.J.) Scored two goals and added an assist to finish with a plus-three rating in an undefeated weekend for Northeastern. The junior forward scored the game-winning goal against #2 St. Cloud in the Huskies 3-2 win on Saturday.

Jordan Harris, NU (Fr., D; Haverhill, Mass.) Finished plus-four on the weekend, averaging more than 20 minutes of ice team in a pair of Northeastern wins.

Brandon Duhaime, PC (Jr., F; Parkland, Fla.) Netted his first two goals of the season in a 5-0 win over Boston University on Saturday.

Jack Dugan, PC (Fr., F; Rochester, N.Y.) Found the back of the net just 58 seconds into the 5-0 win against BU, earning the game-winning goal for the Friars.

Hayden Hawkey, PC (Sr., G; Parker, Colo.) Picked up his second shutout of the season, the 10th of his career, with 18 saves in a 5-0 win at Boston University. Hawkey is currently holding a 4-1-0 record, a 1.21 goals against average, and .943 save percentage in just five games this year.