HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
No. 9 Massachusetts returned from a nearly month-long layoff and earned two victories over Top 15 opponents. The Minutemen exploded for an 8-1 win over No. 14 Providence on Tuesday before earning a come-from-behind overtime victory at No. 1/2 Boston College on Friday night. Garrett Wait (Edina, Minn.) led all of Hockey East in scoring with two goals, three assists, and five points while Filip Lindberg (Espoo, Finland) went 2-0-0 and stopped 59 of 62 shots on the week.
Merrimack pushed its unbeaten streak to four games Friday when it knocked off #8 Boston University at Walter Brown Arena for its third win over a ranked opponent of the year. Patrick Holway (Cohasset, Mass.) had his best weekend of the season, posting a goal and two assists in a series split. The senior blueliner netted the game-winner in Friday’s 5-2 victory before he tallied a pair of assists the next evening.
Maine split a weekend at UConn thanks to a massive goaltending output from rookie netminder Victor Ostman (Danderyd, Sweden) who stopped 86 shots in his 1-1-0 effort. He is currently riding a three-game streak of at least 40 saves, posting 139 stops in his last three starts. UConn’s Ryan Tverberg (Richmond, Ont.) netted the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-2 win over Maine on Saturday. In 12 games since joining the Huskies in January, he has four goals and three assists.
UMass Lowell swept and Vermont in a two-game set at Vermont. Matt Brown (Wood Ridge, N.J.) led the River Hawks with two goals, including an empty-net game-winning goal on Saturday. Owen Savory (Cambridge, Ont.) earned back-toback wins in net and totaled 26 saves.
Providence earned a 1-0-1 mark in a two-game weekend set with Northeastern.
Tyce Thompson (Milford, Conn.) netted his ninth goal the season in a 4-2 road win
on Friday. Northeastern captain Zach Solow (Naples, Fla.) had two goals and two
assists against the Friars, becoming the 53rd player in Northeastern history to reach
100 career points.
ARMY ROTC HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Garrett Wait - Massachusetts
Garrett Wait (Edina, Minn.) led all
of Hockey East in scoring with two
goals, three assists, and five points in
a 2-0-0 week with a pair of wins over
ranked opponents after nearly a month
since the Minutemen’s last outing. His
plus-five rating was also the best in the
league last week. Wait totaled a career-
high four points on two goals and
two assists in an 8-1 win at #14 Providence
and followed up with an assist
on the first of three unanswered goals
for the Minutemen in a 3-2 overtime
win at #1/2 Boston College, extending
his active point scoring streak to five
straight games (3g, 6a.)
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Victor Ostman - Maine
Victor Ostman (Danderyd, Sweden)
is currently riding a threegame
streak of at least 40 saves,
posting 139 stops in his last three
starts. Over the weekend, the
freshman netminder split a series
at UConn, kicking out 40 shots in a
6-4 victory on Friday. The next day,
he made 43 saves on 46 shots in a
HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Patrick Holway - Merrimack
Patrick Holway (Cohasset,
Mass.) had his best weekend of
the season against No. 8/8 Boston
University, posting a goal and two
assists in a series split. The senior
blueliner netted the game-winner
in Friday’s 5-2 victory at Walter
Brown Arena to spark the Warriors’
upset victory over the Terriers. The
following night, he tallied a pair
of assists, as Merrimack’s bid for
a sweep fell just short at Lawler
Rink. He also registered a plusthree
rating in the two games.
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Robert Mastrosimone, BU (So., F; East Islip, N.Y.) Tallied a goal, two assists and a plus-three rating in Saturday’s 4-2 victory at Merrimack. He also led the team with three blocked shots during the weekend series.
Drew Commesso, BU (Fr., G; Norwell, Mass.) In his first action since January 23, the rookie posted a 1.68 goalsagainst average and a .945 save percentage in the weekend series with Merrimack after stopping 52 of the 55 shots he faced.
Marc Gatcomb, UConn (Jr., F; Woburn, Mass.) Finished the weekend with four points on two goals and two assists in a split with Maine. He scored a shorthanded goal in Friday’s game with a pair of assists for a career-high three-point outing. In Saturday’s win, Gatcomb scored an empty net goal to seal a 4-2 win over the Black Bears.
Ryan Tverberg, UConn (Fr., F: Richmond, Ont.) Netted the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-2 win over Maine on Saturday. With the game tied, 2-2, late in the third period, Tverberg got a power-play goal, deflecting a Hudson Schandor shot, to put the Huskies up 3-2 on the way to a 4-2 win. In 12 games since joining the Huskies in January, he has four goals and three assists.
Filip Lindberg, UMass (Jr., G; Espoo, Finland) Went 2-0-0 with a pair of road wins against ranked opponents and stopped 59 of 62 shots on the week for a .952 save percentage and a 1.44 goals-against average. He had 30 saves in an 8-1 win at #14 Providence and posted a 29-save performance in a 3-2 victory at #1/2 Boston College. Lindberg is now 4-0-2 since returning from injury with a .969 save percentage and a 0.80 GAA during that span.
Matt Brown, UML (So., F: Wood Ridge, N.J.) Led the River Hawks to a 2-0 weekend at Vermont with two goals for two points. His empty-netter on Saturday proved to be the game-winner.
Owen Savory, UML (Jr., G; Cambridge, Ont.) Earned back-to-back wins in net at Vermont by totaling 26 saves.
Zach Solow, NU (Sr., F; Naples, Fla.) Solow had two goals and two assists in a 0-1-1 weekend against Providence, becoming the 53rd player in Northeastern history to reach 100 career points.
Jordan Harris, NU (Jr., D; Haverhill, Mass.) Had a goal and two assists over the weekend and now has 19 points (6g, 13) on the season in just 17 games.