HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
Massachusetts won its ninth straight game, a 7-4 victory against UConn, to improve to 13-1-0 on the year and ascend to the number one ranking in the USCHO. com poll. It is the first time the Minutemen have been ranked as the top team in the nation. With the win, UMass finished November at 7-0-0, the first undefeated Month for a UMass team since December 1970.
Boston College took three Hockey East points from rival Boston University over the weekend, taking a 4-1 road victory on Friday and battling to a scoreless stalemate on Saturday, the first time the two programs have skated to a 0-0 tie in 279 meetings. The Eagles' Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) stopped 64 of the 65 shots he faced against the Terriers, including a season-best 38 stops in Friday's win. On the other end of the ice, Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) kicked out a season-best 42 shots on Saturday to earn a point in league play for the Terriers.
#10 Providence took three points from New Hampshire in a home and home weekend. In Friday's 1-1 draw, Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo.) stopped 23 shots for the Friars while the Wildcats' Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) kicked out 32 to preserve the tie. In Saturday's come-from-behind victory, Providence got three third-period goals and two assists each from Brandon Duhaime (Parkland, Fla.) and Scott Conway (Basingstoke, England) to earn a 3-1 win.
Maine earned a trio of league points in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings at Vermont, taking 2-1 win on Friday and skating to a 3-3 draw the following night. Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Alaska) made 74 saves across the two overtime games.
Northeastern cruised to a 9-1 win on Friday against Merrimack, utilizing four points
(2g, 2a) from Hockey East Player of the Week John Picking (Wellesley, Mass.) and
a hat trick from Zach Solow (Naples, Fla.) to secure the victory.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
John Picking - Northeastern
John Picking (Jr., F;
Wellesley, Mass.) had a
career-high four points
(2g, 2a) in a 9-1 win over
Merrimack on Friday night.
His outing included a
shorthanded strike and a
power-play marker to help
the Huskies improve to
9-3-1 on the year and 5-1-1
in league play.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Bobby Trivigno - Massachusetts
Bobby Trivigno (Fr., F;
Setauket, N.Y.) earned his
second multi-goal game of
the year on Friday in a 7-4 win
over UConn. He opened the
scoring for the Minutemen, the
12th time in 13 UMass games
that the Minutemen have
scored to open the game
and converted a late-game
HOCKEY EAST CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Joseph Woll - Boston College
Joseph Woll (Jr., G; St. Louis, Mo.) stopped 64 of the 65 shots he faced in a three-point weekend against Boston University, including a season-best 38 stops in a 4-1 road win on Friday night. On Saturday, he posted his fourth career shutout in a 0-0 stalemate at Boston College, marking the first time in 279 contests that Boston College and Boston University skated to a scoreless tie.
Jeremy Swayman - Maine
Jeremy Swayman (So., G; Anchorage,
Alaska) made 74 saves
in two overtime games across
a 1-1-0 weekend at Vermont,
helping Maine take three points in
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Logan Hutsko, BC (So., F; Tampa, Fla.) Potted two goals, including the game-winning strike, in a 4-1 win over rival Boston University on Friday night at Agganis Arena.
Jake Oettinger, BU (Jr., G; Lakeville, Minn.) Kicked out a season-best 42 shots on Saturday in a 0-0 draw at Boston College to earn a point in league play for the Terriers. He made a total of 69 saves in the 0-1-1 weekend against the Eagles.
Mitchell Chaffee, UMass (So., F; Rockford, Mich.) Helped carry UMass to a program-best nine-game winning streak, currently the longest run in the NCAA, with four points (2g, 2a) against UConn on Friday night. He finished with a plus-three rating in the 7-4 win while the four points were a career best.
Ryan Shea, NU (Jr., D, Milton, Mass.) Dished out two assists and had two shots on goal, two blocked shots and was a plussix in a 9-1 victory over Merrimack on Friday.
Zach Solow, NU (So., F; Naples, Fla.) Logged his first career hat trick on Friday night against Merrimack and went six-for-11 in the faceoff dot against the Warriors.
Hayden Hawkey, PC (Sr., G; Parker, Colo.) Stopped 45 shots and allowed just two goals in a 1-1-0 weekend in Hockey East play against New Hampshire.
Max Kaufman, UVM (So., F; Rochester, N.Y.) Set up two goals and scored the game-tying marker with just 3:43 left in the third period of Vermont's 3-3 stalemate against Maine on Saturday.