HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
#9 Massachusetts swept #3 Providence in a home-and-home series that included the Minutemen's first win at Providence since 2010. Matt Murray (St. Albert, Alta.) became the first UMass goaltender to begin a season with a 6-0-0 record, stopping a total of 58 shots in his two outings, allowing just two even-strength goals. Massachusetts now sits a 8-1-0, its best start in team history since becoming a Division I program.
Boston College picked up its second and third consecutive wins in league play, toppling Vermont in a two-game home set. David Cotton (Parker, Texas) remained hot for the Eagles and racked up three goals and an assist on the weekend while reigning Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year Logan Hutsko (Tampa, Fla.) collected four helpers, setting up the game-winning tally in Friday's 3-2 win. He now has two helpers in each of his last three games and is riding a four-game point streak (1g, 6a).
Northeastern completed a pair of come-from-behind wins over UConn and UMass Lowell. Rookie forward Tyler Madden (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) led all league firstyear players with four points (1g, 3a) over the weekend, helping the Huskies by netting the game-tying goal with just 4:28 left in regulation to force overtime in an eventual 5-4 win over the River Hawks on Saturday.
Merrimack split a weekend stint at Bemidji State thanks in part to senior netminder Craig Pantano's (Bridgewater, Mass.) third shutout of the year on Saturday, backboning the Warriors to a 1-0 win with a 38-save outing. His three blank sheets are tied for the national lead and was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week.
Boston University moved to 2-2-1 in league play with a 3-2 overtime win on
Saturday at UNH. Shane Bowers (Halifax, N.S.) scored two goals, including the
shorthanded game-winning strike in the extra frame, to help the Terriers to the road
victory and also scored on the power play in that outing.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Matt Murray - Massachusetts
Matt Murray (So., G; St. Albert,
Alta.) improved to 6-0-0 on the
weekend with a pair of wins over
#3 Providence in a home-andhome
series. The sophomore netminder
stopped 58 total shots in
his two outings, allowing just two
even-strength goals. In Saturday's
road win, he kicked out 29 shots,
including all 15 he saw in the third
period, to preserve a 3-2 win, the
Minutemen's first at Providence
since 2010. He is the first goaltender
in UMass history in Division I
to start 6-0-0.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Tyler Madden - Northeastern
Tyler Madden (Fr., F; Deerfield
Beach, Fla.) led all
league first-year players with
four points (1g, 3a) over the
weekend, helping the Huskies
to a pair of wins in conference
play. He netted the game-tying
goal with just 4:28 left in
regulation to force overtime in
an eventual 5-4 win over UMass
Lowell on Saturday.
HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Craig Pantano - Merrimack
Craig Pantano (Sr., G;
Bridgewater, Mass.) turned
in a 38-save shutout to earn
a weekend split at Bemidji
State in a 1-0 win on Saturday
night. The 38 stops were
a career-high for the senior
netminder, who also stopped
12 shots in relief on Friday.
Saturday marked his third
shutout of the year, tying him
for the national lead.
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
David Cotton, BC (Jr., F; Parker, Texas) Racked up three goals and an assist in a two-game sweep of Vermont at home. He potted the puck twice, including the game-winning tally on Friday, and finished the weekend with 12 shots on net and a plus-three rating.
Julius Mattila, BC (Jr., F; Tempere, Finland) Had two goals and an assist in a sweep of Vermont, helping the Eagles earn their second and third wins of the year.
Logan Hutsko, BC (So., F; Tampa, Fla.) Collected four helpers in two wins over Vermont, setting up the game-winning tally in Friday's 3-2 win. He now has two helpers in each of his last three games and is riding a four-game point streak (1g, 6a).
Shane Bowers, BU (So., F; Halifax, N.S.) Scored two goals, including the shorthanded game-winning strike in overtime, to help the Terriers to a 3-2 road victory at UNH on Saturday. He also scored on the power play in that outing.
Dante Fabbro, BU (Jr., D; New Westminster, B.C.) Dished out two assists, one in overtime on the shorthanded game-winner, and helped limit UNH to only 19 shots on net in a 3-2 win Saturday.
Joel Farabee, BU (Fr., F; Cicero, N.Y.) Set up a pair of power-play goals in BU's 3-2 road win on Saturday.
Anthony Del Gaizo, UMass (Fr., G; Basking Ridge, N.J.) Scored his first career game-winning goal on Saturday at Providence to break a 2-2 tie with just 1:49 remaining in the contest to secure a UMass sweep of #3 Providence.
Ryan Lohin, UML (Jr., F; Chadds Ford, Pa.) Racked up five points (4g, 1a) on 12 shots on net over a 0-1-1 weekend, including two tallies in each game against New Hampshire and Northeastern. He netted the game-tying goal on Friday night with just 1:46 remaining in regulation and earned three points (2g, 1a) in a road loss to NU on Saturday.
Seth Barton, UML (Fr., D; Kelowna, B.C.) Dished out three assists on the weekend, including setting up both goals in a 2-2 overtime win against New Hampshire on Friday.
Tyler Irvine, MC (Jr., F; Livonia, Mich.) Potted a team-leading two-game road set at Bemidji State, including the game-winner in Saturday's 1-0 victory over the Beavers. Both of his tallies came as power-play strikes to move into the team-lead in goals with four markers.
Jackson Pierson, UNH (Fr., F; Zionsville, Ind.) Posted one goal and one assist in a 0-1-1 weekend for New Hampshire. His goal game to tie the game at two apiece at Boston University. He now has three goals and three assists on the year.
Grant Jozefek, NU (Jr., F; Chester, N.J.) Fired in two goals and two assists in a pair of conference wins over the weekend. He potted two tallies in the third period to force overtime on Saturday, an eventual 5-4 overtime win over UMass Lowell.
Jeremy Davies, NU (Jr., D; Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue, Que.) Scored two goals and chipped in with an assist to power Northeastern to a weekend sweep in Hockey East play. He logged more than 25 minutes of ice team each game to help anchor the Husky defense.