Commissioners Club
Weekly Honorees: Scott Conway, Craig Puffer, Angus Crookshank and Adam Huska
Weekly Release: Vermont and Providence Claim Holiday Tournament Titles
UConn Snaps Skid With First Win Over Yale

HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES

Vermont claimed the 2018 Catamount Cup title last weekend, topping both Alabama Huntsville, 4-1, and RPI, 4-2, and earning a plus-five goal differential across the two games. In Saturday's outing against RPI, the Catamounts erased a two-goal deficit with three power-play strikes to earn the tournament title.

Northeastern also participated in the annual tournament in Burlington, Vermont, finishing second with an undefeated record but just a plus-three goal differential in wins over RPI, 3-2 in overtime, and Alabama Huntsville, 2-0.

Providence captured the 2018 Ledyard Bank Classic over the holiday break, winning games over Brown, 3-1, and hosts Dartmouth, 5-3. Scott Conway (Basingstoke, England) scored twice and Brandon Duhaime (Parkland, Fla.) added three assists in Sunday's championship game against the Big Green.

UConn ended a seven-game skid with a 3-1 win over #15 Yale on Monday, marking the first time in program history that the Huskies have topped the in-state rival Bulldogs. Junior Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) kicked out 39 shots to earn the victory and improve to 4-7-1 on the year.

New Hampshire capped 2018 with a 4-3 win over Bentley, earning its third straight win as the Wildcats are now 4-1-2 in their last seven outings. Four different Wildcats found the back of the net and UNH scored three power-play goals in the win


HOCKEY EAST CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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Scott Conway - Providence

Scott Conway (Basingstoke, England) tallied three goals and registered 10 shots this weekend as the Friars claimed the 2018 Ledyard Classic. He scored the game-winning goal against Brown on Saturday and two goals in the title game Sunday to win tournament MVP honors. He has a three-game goal scoring streak, totaling four goals over that span.


Craig Puffer - Vermont

Craig Puffer (New Canaan, Conn.) dished out four assists on the weekend to help Vermont capture the 2018 Catamount Cup title with a 2-0-0 record and plus-five goal differential. He earned a pair of helpers in each game, including one on the game-winning goal over Alabama Huntsville.


PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

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Angus Crookshank - New Hampshire

Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, B.C.) Potted a goal and added an assist for two points as New Hampshire downed Bentley, 4-3, on Dec. 30. He assisted on the game-winner and is now on a four-game point streak with three goals and four assists for seven points. It marked his third multi-point game of the season.


HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Adam Huska - UConn

Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) stopped 39 shots to match his season-high total as he backboned the Huskies to a 3-1 win over #15 Yale. The win ended a seven-game skid for UConn and was the program's first-ever win over rival Yale in 14 attempts.


HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS

Seth Barton, UML (Fr., D; Kelowna, B.C.) Scored the lone goal for the River Hawks, on the power play, in a 4-1 loss to Denver on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center.

Ryan Ruck, NU (Sr., G; Coto de Caza, Calif.) Went 2-0-0 in his first starts in more than a year, including his first shutout since 2017 on Saturday against Alabama Huntsville with 13 saves. He stopped 31 in a 3-2 win against RPI the day prior.

Jack Dugan, PC (Fr., F; Rochester, N.Y.) Notched a goal and an assist in two games at the Ledyard Classic this past weekend. He continues to lead all NCAA freshmen in scoring with 19 points.

Max Kaufman, UVM (So., F; Rochester, N.Y.) Netted a pair of goals and added an assist in two Catamount wins last weekend. His strikes tied the game against RPI at 2-2 with 0.5 seconds left in the second period and added an empty-net goal in the final minute of the third period.

Stefanos Lekkas, UVM (Jr., G; Elburn, Ill.) Helped Vermont to two wins and the Catamount Cup title with a 1.50 GAA and .939 SV% in two wins over RPI and Alabama Huntsville. He stopped 46 of the 49 shots he faced to give his team the two victories and a plus-five goal differential.