HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
UConn earned two wins in Hockey East play last week, earning a 3-2, come-from-behind win over Maine on Wednesday and skating away with a 3-2 overtime victory at #12 Northeastern on Friday. Rookie Vladislav Firstov (Yaroslavl, Russia) scored three goals for the Huskies, including the game winner over Maine, and Tomas Vomacka (Trutnov, Czech Republic) stopped 37 shots in the pair of triumphs.
#5 Boston College earned four points in Hockey East play, winning at #13 UMass Lowell and downing Comm. Ave. rival Boston University. After falling in a 2-0 hole just 1:11 into the game at UMass Lowell, the Eagles netted three unanswered to earn a 3-2 win. Logan Hutsko (Tampa, Fla.) potted Friday's game-winning goal and netted two more in Saturday's backand- forth, 4-3 win over the Terriers.
New Hampshire and #11 Providence split a weekend home-and-home series that saw the Friars hand the Wildcats their first loss at the Whittemore Center, 5-1, on Saturday. Greg Printz (Fairfax, Va.) scored two goals in that contest to lift his team to a road win in league play. On Friday, with just 3:45 left in the third period, sophomore forward Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, B.C.) scored the game-winning goal for UNH to cap his two-goal night.
UMass Lowell toppled Merrimack, 6-4, on Saturday. Freshman Andre Lee (Karlstad, Sweden) registered three points (1g, 2a) in a split weekend for the River Hawks and recorded seven shots on goal.
Merrimack rookie defenseman Zach Uens (Belleville, Ont.) tallied four helpers on the weekend, including setting up both of Merrimack's goals in a 3-2 loss to Boston University. He now has 13 points in his first 23 collegiate games.
UMass swept a two-game set at Vermont that saw Mitchell Chaffee (Rockford, Mich.) record his first career hat trick in a 4-0 win on Friday. Matt Murray, UMass (St. Albert, Alta.) made 25 saves and picked up his school-record seventh career blank sheet to lower his goals against average to 1.83, which ranks fifth in the nation.
Boston University senior forward Patrick Curry (Schaumburg, Ill.) scored two goals against
#5 Boston College on Saturday after picking up an assist in a win at Merrimack on Friday. In
the win, Ashton Abel (Fort McMurray, Alta.) made his first collegiate start and stopped 27 of
29 shots to backbone BU to a road victory.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Logan Hutsko - Boston College
Logan Hutsko (Tampa, Fla.)
had three goals in a 2-0-0
weekend for the Eagles in
wins over #13 UMass Lowell
and Boston University. He
scored the game-winner in
the third period on Friday at
Tsongas Center and potted
two goals on Saturday in the
Battle of Comm Ave against
BU. Hutsko closed the weekend
with a plus-4 rating and
seven shots on goal, both tied
for a team-high.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Vladislav Firstov - UConn
Vladislav Firstov (Yaroslavl,
Russia) scored three goals
in two Husky wins last week.
Firstov scored the game
winner on Wednesday as the
Huskies erased a 2-0 hole
against Maine to win, 3-2. On
Saturday, the rookie had his
second multi-goal game of the
season with a two-goal afternoon
in UConn's 3-2 overtime
win #12 Northeastern. Firstov
now leads the team with nine
goals and 16 points.
HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tomas Vomacka - UConn
Tomas Vomacka (Trutnov,
Czech Republic) picked up
a pair of wins for the Huskies
this week. On Wednesday,
Vomacka stopped 37 shots
and kept the Maine off the
scoreboard in the second
and third periods in a 3-2 win,
including 16 saves in the third
period alone. On Saturday, he
turned away 35 shots as the
Huskies posted a 3-2 overtime
win at #12 Northeastern.
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Julius Mattila, BC (Sr., F; Tampere, Finland) Mattila had four points in a pair of wins over #13 UMass Lowell and Boston University. The senior posted an assist in a 3-2 road win at Tsongas Center on Friday, then registered a goal and two assists with a plus-3 rating on Saturday against BU. He scored the game-winner with less than six minutes left in regulation in the Battle of Comm Ave.
David Cotton, BC (Sr., F; Parker, Texas) Had three assists in the wins over #13 UMass Lowell and Boston University with a plus-two rating and seven shots on goal.
Patrick Curry, BU (Sr., F; Schaumburg, Ill.) Scored two goals against #5 Boston College on Saturday after picking up an assist in a win at Merrimack on Friday.
Domenick Fensore, BU (Fr., D; Thornwood, N.Y.) Netted BU's first goal in a 3-2 win at Merrimack on Friday before earning an assist at #5 Boston College on Saturday.
Ashton Abel, BU (Fr., G; Fort McMurray, Alta.) Made his first collegiate start and stopped 27 of 29 shots to help BU earn a 3-2 win at Merrimack on Friday.
Mitchell Chaffee, UMass (Jr., F; Rockford, Mich.) Scored his first career hat trick in a 4-0 win at Vermont, the 21st hat trick in UMass' Division I era and first since 2017. He finished plus-three in the weekend sweep of the Catamounts.
Matt Murray, UMass (Jr., G; St. Albert, Alta.) Made 25 saves and picked up a shutout victory on the road at Vermont, his second of the season and school-record seventh of his career. He lowered his GAA to 1.83 with the blank sheet, which ranks fifth in the nation.
Andre Lee, UML (Fr., F; Karlstad, Sweden) Lee registered three points (1g, 2a) in a split weekend for the River Hawks and recorded seven shots on goal. The rookie had two points (1g, 1a) in a 6-4 win on Saturday against Merrimack.
Zach Uens, MC (Fr., D; Belleville, Ont.) Tallied a pair of assists in two straight nights. He assisted on both of Merrimack's goals in a 3-2 loss to Boston University, then repeated the performance in a 6-4 setback to UMass Lowell. He now has 13 points in his first 23 collegiate games on the blueline.
Grant Jozefek, NU (Sr., F; Chester, N.J.) Tallied back-to-back second period goals for Northeastern, his second consecutive multi-point outing, in a 3-2 overtime loss to UConn.
Craig Pantano, NU (GS., G; Bridgewater, Mass.) Posted a season-high 41 saves against UConn, just one save short of matching his all-time career high of 42, which he set last season against Northeastern while he was with Merrimack.