HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
Merrimack snapped a nine-game winless stretch with a 1-0 win at #11 Northeastern, thanks to a 42-save shutout from senior goaltender Craig Pantano (Bridgewater, Mass.) on Saturday night. A goal from Chase Gresock (Powell, Ohio) helped Merrimack win its first game over Northeastern in nine tries (0-8-1). The last Warrior win against the Huskies was in the 2015 Hockey East Tournament in double overtime.
UMass Lowell earned a 2-1 road win at #2 Massachusetts on Friday, backboned by 23 saves from Christoffer Hernberg (Espoo, Finland). Hernberg made at least 10 saves in each period, including 12 in the final frame alone to earn his fourth win of the year.
#10 Providence took a 1-0-1 mark against #16 Miami in a home stand over the weekend, extending the Friars' unbeaten streak to eight games (5-0-3). Rookie sensation and two-time Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month Jack Dugan (Rochester, N.Y.) dished out three assists over the weekend for Providence.
Maine topped Colorado College, 4-2, in a Wednesday evening tilt at Alfond Arena. Junior forward Tim Doherty (Portsmouth, R.I.) scored a goal and had an assist for the Black Bears, while Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Alaska) made 33 saves.
New Hampshire improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games with a 2-1 overtime win against Merrimack on Friday and a 5-5 draw with #15 Yale on Saturday. Junior defenseman Anthony Wyse (Newton, Mass.) posted a career-best three points on one goal and two assists against Yale. He scored a shorthanded goal to cut the Yale lead to 4-2, while he tallied an assist on the third and fourth goals of the game for the Wildcats.
UConn split the weekend at the second annual Ice Vegas Invitational held at T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas. Karl El-Mir (Montreal, Que.) had a three-point weekend
for the Huskies, including the lone goal in a 5-1 loss #17 Western Michigan, his
10th of the season. In Saturday's 6-3 win over St. Lawrence, he picked-up a pair of
assists in his team-best fourth multi-point game this season.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Craig Pantano - Merrimack
Craig Pantano (Sr., G; Bridgewater,
Mass.) helped Merrimack
snap a nine-game winless stretch
after posting a career-high 42
saves in a 1-0 road win at #11
Northeastern on Saturday night.
The 40-save performance was
the first of Pantano's career and
helped Merrimack win its first
game over Northeastern in nine
tries (0-8-1). The last Warrior win
against the Huskies was in the
2015 Hockey East Tournament
in double overtime. The 40-save
performance was the first by any
Merrimack goaltender since Jan.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Marc Del Gaizo - Massachusetts
Marc Del Gaizo (Fr., D; Basking
Ridge, N.J.) set a new
season-best with a four-point
effort in a 6-1 win at American
International, scoring on the
power play and adding three
assists including one on his
brother's game-winning strike.
He now has 14 points on the
year with six goals and eight
assists while boasting a teambest
HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christoffer Hernberg - UMass Lowell
(Sr., G; Espoo, Finland)
stopped 23 of 24 shots in
a 2-1 road victory at #2
Massachusetts on Friday
night at the Mullins Center,
including 12 stops in
the third period alone. He
posted at least 10 saves
in each period against the
Minutemen, earning his
fourth win of the year in the
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Karl El-Mir, UConn (Sr., F: Montreal, Que.) Earned a three-point weekend as the Huskies went 1-1-0 at the Ice Vegas Invitational Tournament. He posted UConn's lone goal in a 5-1 setback to #17 Western Michigan and dished out a pair of assists in a 6-3 win over St. Lawrence in his team-best fourth multi-point outing of the year.
Kale Howarth, UConn (Fr., F; Red Deer, Alberta) Registered a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over St. Lawrence to help UConn claim third place at the Ice Vegas Invitational. He also won 29 of 37 faceoffs he took on the weekend.
Reid Stefanson, UML (Fr., F; Winnipeg, Man.) Scored the opening goal of the game in a 2-1 win at #2 UMass in Amherst on Friday.
Chase Gresock, MC (Fr., F; Powell, Ohio) Netted the only goal in Merrimack's 1-0 win at #11 Northeastern on Saturday. His goal came in the sixth minute of the third and was his fourth of the season and first game-winner.
Anthony Wyse, UNH (Jr., D; Newton, Mass.) Earned his career-best with three points (1g, 2a) in a 5-5 draw with #15 Yale on Jan. 5. He scored his tally while the Wildcats were shorthanded.
Angus Crookshank, UNH (Fr., F; North Vancouver, B.C.) Had two points (1g, 1a) as the Wildcats went 1-0-1 on the week. The Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month for December scored the overtime winner in a 2-1 win over Merrimack on Jan. 4 and had an assist on the game-tying goal in a 5-5 draw with #15 Yale. New Hampshire is now 4-0-1 in its last five.
Mike Robinson, UNH (So., G; Bedford, N.H.) Posted a 1-0-1 record on the week, earning a 1.18 goals against average and .949 save percentage. He stopped 24 in a 2-1 overtime win against Merrimack and kicked out 13 of 14 shots he saw in 40:40 of work in a 5-5 draw with Yale.
Max Kaufman, UVM (So., F; Rochester, N.Y.) Scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Vermont's 3-2 win over Sacred Heart.
Stefanos Lekkas, UVM (Jr., G; Elburn, Ill.) Stopped 60 shots in a 1-1-0 weekend, defeating Sacred Heart, 3-2, before falling to #19 Clarkson in overtime by the same score.