HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
Boston College swept a two-game series with UConn, moving to 6-1-2 over the Eagles' last nine games and improving to 6-1-2 in Hockey East play. Junior Julius Mattila (Tampere, Finland) recorded his first hat trick on Thursday in a 4-0 road win, adding an assist to factor in on all four BC tallies.
New Hampshire swept a weekend series with Dartmouth, taking game one, 3-2, before Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) earned his first career shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Big Green on Saturday. He stopped 30 shots in the outing to pick up his third win of the year for the Wildcats.
Boston University and UMass Lowell split a weekend in league play as the two teams currently sit in fifth and sixth in the league standings, respectively. Bobo Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) scored three goals for the Terriers, including a shorthanded game-winning strike on Saturday. UMass Lowell's Charlie Levesque (Russell, Ont.) Totaled a team-high three points (2g, 1a) in a weekend split with Boston University while Christoffer Hernberg (Espoo, Finland) stopped 48 of 53 shots in one start and one relief appearance.
#1 Massachusetts split a home-and-home series with #8 Quinnipiac. Matt Murray (St. Albert, Alta.) improved to 10-0-0 on the season after he backboned UMass to a 3-1 win over the Bobcats on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,412 in Amherst. He made 27 saves on 28 shots to help the Minutemen to their fourth win over a top-10 program this season and its seventh win in seven tries at home. The 10 wins are tied for the UMass record for wins in a season.
Vermont took one of two games at Colorado College on a western road trip.
Stefanos Lekkas (Elburn, Ill.) kicked out 84 of 89 shots he saw on the weekend
including 48 saves, tying his career high, in a 2-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday.
He also denied all six of Colorado College's power play opportunities on the weekend
and the Catamounts are now 42 of 47 on the penalty kill this season.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Julius Mattila - Boston College
Julius Mattila (Jr., F; Tampere,
Finland) netted his first career
hat trick and added an assist to
factor in on all four BC goals on
Thursday night in a 4-0 road win
at UConn, including scoring the
game-winning goal and tallying
an even-strength, shorthanded,
and power-play marker. His
four points were a career high
for the junior. He followed up
with another helper in Saturday
night's win to finish the weekend
with five points (3g, 2a) and a
plus-two rating for the series.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Tyler Madden - Northeastern
Tyler Madden (Fr., F;
Deerfield Beach, Fla.) had
a season-high four points
(1g, 3a) in a 7-2 win at
Merrimack. He recorded
a plus-three rating and
blocked two shots as well
as going nine for 18 at the
faceoff dot. Last week,
Madden was named to the
preliminary roster for Team
USA at the 2019 World
HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Stefanos Lekkas - Vermont
Stefanos Lekkas, UVM
(Jr., G; Elburn, Ill.) kicked
out 84 of 89 shots he saw
on the weekend, helping
Vermont to split a weekend
series at Colorado College.
He made 48 saves, tying
his career high, in a 2-1
win over the Tigers on Saturday.
He also denied all
six of Colorado College's
power play opportunities
on the weekend and the
Catamounts are now 42 of
47 on the penalty kill this
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Jack McBain, BC (Fr., F; Toronto, Ont.) In two wins over UConn, collected a goal and an assist to go along with a plus-two rating.
Joseph Woll, BC (Jr., G; St. Louis, Mo.) Posted his second consecutive shutout on Thursday night at UConn, turning in a 30-save performance to pick up the blank sheet. He went on to kick out another 28 shots from the Huskies on Saturday to close the weekend with a .967 save percentage and two wins. He has helped backbone BC to a 6-1-2 record in its last nine outings.
Bobo Carpenter, BU (Sr., F, North Reading, Mass.) Scored three goals last weekend, including a shorthanded game-winning strike on Saturday to help BU split the series with UMass Lowell.
Joel Farabee, BU (Fr., F; Cicero, N.Y.) Assisted on each of Boston University's three goals against UMass Lowell on Friday and added four blocked shots in a split weekend home-and-home series.
Jake Oettinger, BU (Jr., G; Lakeville, Minn.) Made 63 saves in a weekend split with the UMass Lowell River Hawks, including stopping 40 in a 5-2 road victory on Saturday.
Matt Murray, UMass (So., G; St. Albert, Alta.) Improved to 10-0-0 on the season after he backboned UMass to a 3-1 win over #8 Quinnipiac on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,412 in Amherst. He made 27 saves on 28 shots to help the Minutemen to their fourth win over a top-10 program this season and its seventh win in seven tries at home. The 10 wins are tied for the UMass record for wins in a season.
Charlie Levesque, UML (So., F; Russell, Ont.) Totaled a team-high three points (2g, 1a) in a weekend split with Boston University. He found the back of the net in each game for the River Hawks.
Christoffer Hernberg, UML (Sr., G; Espoo, Finland) Stopped 48 of 53 shots (2.84 GAA, .906 SV%) in one start and one appearance in relief against Boston University in a home-and-home series. He stopped a season-best 34 shots in a 5-3 road win on Friday night in his only start of the weekend.
Ryan Shea, NU (Jr., D; Milton, Mass.) Dished out two helpers and finished a plus-three with two blocked shots in a the Huskies' 7-2 win at Merrimack. In his last two outings, the defenseman has five assists and is a plus-nine.
Liam Blackburn, UNH (Jr., F; Prince George, B.C.) Registered a goal and four assists in a two-game sweep of Dartmouth last weekend. In Saturday's 4-0 win, he posted a career-best four points (1g, 3a) and extended his point streak to six games (3g, 6a).
Angus Crookshank, UNH (Fr., F; North Vancouver, B.C.) Recorded two goals and two assists for four points in the New Hampshire sweep of Dartmouth. He netted his first career game-winning tally in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Big Green.
Mike Robinson, UNH (So., G; Bedford, N.H.) Started one game last week, earning his first career shutout in a 4-0 victory over Dartmouth on Dec. 8. He stopped 30 shots in the outing to pick up his third win of the year.
Hayden Hawkey, PC (Sr., G: Parker, Colo.) Stopped all 20 shots he saw in Providence's 6-0 win at Merrimack on Friday night. It was his fourth blank sheet of the year, tying him for the NCAA lead on the season, and his 12th career shutout. In two December outings, Hawkey has posted a 0.50 goals against average and a .977 save percentage.