~UML downs PC in OT; Northeastern earns first win vs. River Hawks; Merrimack, Vermont skate to tie~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#10 BRIAN FLYNN, MAINE
(Junior Forward; Lynnfield, Mass.)
|Flynn scored three goals in Maine's weekend sweep over No. 2 ranked North Dakota at
Alfond Arena. He scored two goals in Friday night's game and followed that up by tallying the
game-winning goal on Saturday as Maine swept the series. He
finished the weekend with eight shots on goal and a +1 rating.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#3 CHAD RUHWEDEL, UMASS-LOWELL
(Freshman Defenseman; San Diego, Calif.)
|Ruhwedel had three points (1g,2a) and a +1 rating in a 1-1-0 weekend for UML. The rookie
defenseman scored his first collegiate goal against Providence on Friday
night at the Tsongas Center.
||PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#37 CHRIS RAWLINGS, NORTHEASTERN
(Soph. Goaltender; North Delta, B.C.))
|Rawlings matched a career-high with 43 saves on Friday in the 2-2 tie with No. 7 UNH and
combined for 82 stops (.965 save percentage) in the weekend to help Northeastern take
3-of-4 points in league play.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|MAINE BLACK BEARS
|The Black Bears swept No. 2 North Dakota over the weekend at Alfond Arena, scoring 11
goals in the two games. Maine was 5-for-19 (26.3%) on the power play in the two-game
series vs. the Fighting Sioux and the penalty kill went 9-for-10 on the weekend. Maine scored five goals on
Friday night in the 7-4 series opening win and then followed that up with a 4-2 Saturday vs. the WCHA foe.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Brian Flynn of the University of Maine
Spencer Abbott, Maine (Jr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Scored a goal and added three assists as Maine swept North Dakota.
Matt Bergland, PC (Jr., F, Faribault, Minn.) Recorded a goal on Friday at UMass Lowell and had one assist at BU on Saturday.
Joe Cannata, MC (Jr., G, Wakefield, Mass.) Stopped 38 shots (.950 save%) in a 2-2 tie at Vermont Saturday.
Alex Chiasson, BU (So., F, St. Augustin, Que.) Notched the game-winning goal and added an assist in the Terriers' 2-1 win Saturday.
Charlie Coyle, BU (Fr., F, East Weymouth, Mass.) Tallied a goal and an assist in the Terriers' 4-3 road win over UMass on Friday.
Stephane Da Costa, MC (So., F, Paris, France) Posted two assists in a 2-2 tie with Vermont Saturday night.
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH, (Jr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Stopped 37 of 39 shots to preserve a 2-2 tie with Northeastern.
Luke Eibler, NU (Fr., D, Pinckney, Mich.) Finished with a +2 rating and recorded an assist in each game.
Danny Hobbs, UMass (Jr., F, Shawville, Que.) Recorded a career-high three assists and a plus-2 rating in the 4-3 loss to No. 8 BU.
Rob Madore, UVM (Jr., G, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Turned aside 36 of 38 shots in a 2-2 tie against Merrimack on Saturday.
Mike McLaughlin, NU (Jr., F, Seaforth, Ont.) Scored his second-career two-goal game in a 2-2 draw against New Hampshire.
Tyler McNeely, NU (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Notched a pair of goals and an assist in the win at UMass Lowell.
Kieran Millan (Jr., G, Edmonton, Alta.) Earned both of BU's wins in goal, including a 39-save performance in Saturday's 2-1 victory vs. PC.
John Muse, BC (Sr., G, East Falmouth, Mass.) Recorded 32 saves in the team's 2-1 loss at No. 17 Notre Dame.
Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Jr., F, Malmo, Sweden) Scored two goals and had two assists in Maine's weekend sweep over #2 No. Dakota.
Darren Rowe, UMass (So., D, Simi Valley, Calif.) Registered his first career multi-goal game with two scores in the 4-3 loss to BU.
Ryan Ruikka, BU (So., D, Chelsea, Mich.) Recorded the first points of his career with a goal and an assist in Saturday's win vs. PC.
Dalton Speelman, UNH, (So. F, San Jose, Calif.) Scored a goal in a 2-2 tie vs. NU, he has scored four of his five career goals vs. NU.
Dan Sullivan, Maine (Fr., G, York, Pa.) Picked up his first collegiate win with 23 saves on Saturday with a 4-2 victory vs. No. 2 No. Dakota.
Paul Thompson, UNH (Sr., F, Derry, N.H.) Tallied a goal in a 2-2 tie at Northeastern.
Ben Albertson, UVM (Williston, Vt.)
Scored the first goal of his career in Saturday's tie vs. Merrimack
BOSTON COLLEGE PENALTY KILL
Finished 8-for-9 in penalty-killing situations in the game at Notre
Dame and is now 31-for-32 on the PK this season
BOSTON UNIVERSITY PENALTY KILL
Killed off 23 of its opponents' last 24 power-play chances
Shawn Bates, MC (Fort Saskatchewan , Alta .)
Scored his first career goal at Vermont
Mike Hewkin, NU (ST. CHARLES, MO.)
Skated in his 100th career game against New Hampshire
Danny Hobbs, UMass (Shawville, Que.)
Had a career-high 3 assists against No. 8 Boston University
Blake Kessel, UNH (Verona, Wis.)
Has registered a point in all four games this season
Tyler Landman, PC (Roseau, Minn.)
Scored his first career goal at UMass Lowell on Friday
Michael Marcou, UMass (Kings Park, N.Y.)
Has four points (2g, 2a) in four games
Matt Nieto, BU (Long Beach, Calif.)
Recorded first career assist in Saturday's home win vs. PC
Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Malmo, Sweden)
Became the 48th player in Maine hockey history to score 100 career
points. Has 102 career points (34g,68a) in 83 career games
Darren Rowe, UMass (Simi Valley, Calif.)
Scored a pair of goals vs. #8 Boston U. to extend his scoring
streak to four games (4g,1a)
Chad Ruhwedel, UML (SAN DIEGO, CALIF.)
Has six points (1g,5a) and a +5 rating in the last three games
Dan Sullivan, MAINE (York, Pa.)
Earned his first career win on Saturday vs. No. 2 No. Dakota
Ryan Ruikka, BU (Chelsea, Mich.)
Recorded the first points of his career vs. PC Saturday (1g,1a)
Steve Silva , NU (TYNGSBORO, MASS.)
Skated in his 100th career game at UMass Lowell
Tim Schaller, PC (Merrimack, N.H.)
Has recorded one point in all five games this season
Boston College: BC suffered its first defeat of the season, snapping
a 15-game unbeaten streak (14-0-1) dating to a 3-2 loss at Northeastern
on Feb. 19, 2010… BC fell to 8-6-2 in 16 meetings against Notre Dame
under Jerry York, including a 4-2-1 record in South Bend, Ind. Saturday's
contest concluded a 14-game home-and-home series between the Eagles
and Irish that began in York's first season at the Heights (1994-95). Each
team has now played seven games at its home venue. Next winter, BC
and Notre Dame will begin a new six-game home-and-home series in South
Bend, Ind. The teams are scheduled to open Notre Dame's new facility
in which the ice rink is to be named the Charles W. "Lefty" Smith, Jr.
Rink, in honor of the first coach in the program's history…Notre Dame's
decisive goal scored with a two-man advantage at 17:11 of the second
period snapped a streak of 26 straight penalties killed this season. It
also lifted an opponent to its first lead over BC this season (a span of
217:11)…Notre Dame earned its fourth victory over BC while the Eagles
were ranked No. 1 in the nation – Oct. 23, 2003 (1-0), Oct. 22, 2004
(3-2), Oct. 21, 2006 (7-1) and Oct. 23, 2010 (2-1).
Boston University: The Terriers have matched their best start
through five games since 1991, as the 2001-02 squad had a identical
4-0-1 record as part of a 6-0-1 start...Junior Kieran Millan's 39-save
performance against Providence on Saturday equaled the second-best
total of his career…Last year, the Terriers went 2-9-2 in games in which
it trailed after one period, but are already 2-0-0 in that situation this
year…Twenty-six of the Terriers' last 46 games have been decided by a
single goal and BU is 18-8 in those contests...BU is a full month ahead of
last year's pace in regards to wins, as the 2009-10 Terriers did not earn
their fourth win until Nov. 24 and then did not pick up their fifth win until
Jan. 2…Freshman Sahir Gill (Terrace, B.C.) picked up the game-winning
goal in Friday's win at UMass and now holds the team lead in points with
six (2g, 4a)…The Terriers' fourth line of Ross Gaudet (Burlington, Mass.),
Kevin Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) and Andrew Glass (Wrentham, Mass.)
turned in a strong effort in the victory over UMass and manufactured
BU's go-ahead goal - Glass' first of the year.
Maine: Maine swept a weekend series with undefeated and second
ranked North Dakota…Junior standout Gustav Nyquist reached the 100-
point plateau on Friday night. He now has 102 career points in 83 career
games…Maine scored five goals in the first period on Friday against the
Fighting Sioux…Robby Dee (Plymouth, Minn.) put Maine on the board
just 43 seconds in the game. t is the first time that the Black Bears have
scored five goals in a period since tallying five against Merrimack in the
third period on Feb. 26, 2010…Maine had a season-high 5,361 fans
on Saturday night, the most since Jan. 25, 2008 when 5,365 pack the
Alfond to watch Maine and Boston College…Spencer Abbott and Nyquist
each have at least one point in all six games this season…Maine has
allowed just one power play goal in its last 17 penalty kills…Maine's win
over second ranked North Dakota was the first win over a #2 ranked
team since Nov. 9, 2008 when Maine skated past then second ranked
Boston College 2-1…Both the Boston College game and the North
Dakota game were televised nationally from Alfond Arena....Later that
season, Maine defeated top-ranked Boston University…Maine has won
four straight games against North Dakota, the longest winning streak
by either team in the series.
Massachusetts: UMass set a new home opener attendance record
with 7,021 fans against Boston University…Despite being 0-3-1 to start
the season in four game against two top-15 programs, UMass has only
been outscored by an average of 1 goal in each game…Seven of UMass'
12 goals have been scoring at even strength – of the other five, three
have been scored on the power play and two have been scored with
an extra skater (goalie pulled)…UMass scored its first 1st period goal
of the game against Boston University on Friday…The BU game also
marked the first time UMass has held an opponent scoreless in the first
period…UMass is now outscoring opponents 7-to-4 in the third period
after scoring twice against Boston University…Defensemen account
for 7 of UMass' 12 goals this season…This weekend's series against
Providence will be the first true home-and-home series of the year for
UMass – it also marks the first non-ranked opponent UMass will play…Six
of the next nine games will be played at home for UMass.
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks picked up a weekend split as they
beat Providence, 5-4 OT, and fell to Northeastern, 3-1…UMass Lowell
packed 5,485 fans into the Tsongas Center for Friday's home opener
against the Friars…The overtime period was the River Hawks' third in its
first four games…By comparison, the River Hawks didn't play their third
overtime game last season until Jan. 8 at New Hampshire (20th game)
and didn't pick up its first overtime victory until Jan. 9 at Northeastern
(21st game)…Freshman Chad Ruhwedel assisted on the first two UML
goals against Providence, extending his streak to five consecutive goals
in which he had an assist …Of the five goals scored against Providence,
those tallied by Ruhwedel, Derek Arnold (Foxboro, Mass.) and Joseph
Pendenza (Wilmington, Mass.) were career firsts…Against Northeastern,
the River Hawks outshot the Huskies, 40-26, but couldn't convert…UML
has recorded 40 or more shots on goal in three games this season
after reaching the mark just twice during the 2009-10 campaign…Maury
Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alta.) scored the lone River Hawk goal against
Northeastern, his 19th career power play tally…Up next, UML battles
Boston University in a home-and-home series that kicks off at the
Tsongas Center on Friday at 7 p.m.
Merrimack: Merrimack opened Hockey East play with a 2-2 tie at
Vermont Saturday night…The Warriors are undefeated (2-0-1) through
three games this season…Stephane Da Costa had two points for the
third straight game and is tied for third nationally and first in Hockey East
in points per game…Merrimack ranks seventh nationally and second
in Hockey East in goals per game, with 4.33 per game through three
games this season…The Warriors' penalty kill is perfect and is the only
perfect penalty kill left in the country. They have not allowed a goal
in 13 short-handed situations this season…Shawn Bates notched his
first career goal in Saturday's tie…The tie marked the second straight
season and second time under Coach Dennehy that Merrimack earned
a point in its Hockey East opener…After starting 0-13 on the road last
year, Merrimack went 1-0-1 at Vermont in mid-February and is 3-1-3 on
the road since…Chris Barton, who is one of four finalists for Lowe's
Senior Class Award, notched his second goal of the season on the power
play, playing in his 108th straight game…Merrimack will battle #1 and
the defending National Champion Boston College this weekend, playing
at Conte Forum Friday before returning to Lawler Rink Saturday.
New Hampshire: New Hampshire extended its unbeaten streak to
three games, nation's ninth longest streak, with a 2-2 tie with Northeastern
in the Hockey East opener…For the second-straight game, the
Wildcats had 40-plus shots peppering NU netminder Chris Rawlings
with 45 shots…Blake Kessel extended his point-streak to six games
dating date to last year's 6-2 win over Cornell in the NCAA East Regional
opening round…UNH has scored a power play goal in each of the first
four games this season…Senior Paul Thompson has three of those
power play goals and ranks fourth in the nation in that category…The
Wildcats will travel to play Cornell for the Big Red's season opener on
Saturday…UNH has played catch up a lot this season with a 1-0-2 mark
when its opponent scores the first goal with a 0-1-0 mark in the only
contest it scored the first goal.
Northeastern: Northeastern earned its first victory of the season
and earned three out of four points in league play this weekend with
a tie at home vs. UNH (2-2) and a 3-1 victory at Tsongas Center over
UMass Lowell on Saturday. The Huskies offense finally broke through as
junior Mike McLaughlin accounted for both Huskies' goals in the 2-2 draw
against the Wildcats. The following night, Tyler McNeely registered his
15th-career multi-point game and fourth-career three-point outing with a
pair of goals (one as an empty-netter) and an assist in NU's first triumph
of 2010-11. Steve Silva notched the game winner at Tsongas Center in
his 100th-career contest while Northeastern's freshmen corps continues
to shine. On the flipside, Northeastern's defense has been anchored by
the stellar play of Huskies' netminder, Chris Rawlings (North Delta, B.C.)
is currently second in the nation in save percentage (.950) and seventh
in the NCAA in GAA (1.75). NUs backstopper matched a career-best
with 43 stops against New Hampshire on Friday night and followed his
performance with a 39-save showing to stabilize NU's defense and lead
it to victory. Rawlings has only surrendered nine goals on 179 shots.
Dan Morrison of Canisius is the only goaltender in the country to have
recorded more saves than Rawlings (194).
Providence College: Providence College outshot Boston University,
40-20, (33-12 in the last two periods) in its 2-1 loss Saturday night
at Agganis Arena…All four lines scored one goal in the Friars' contest
at UMass Lowell on Friday…Sophomore Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.)
who had five points in 33 games as a freshman, already has five points
in five games this season. He has recorded one point in every game for
the Friars this season…The Friars, who are in the midst of a five-game
road trip, will play their first home game in three weeks on Saturday,
October 30 when they take on the UMass at Schneider Arena.
Vermont: Vermont leads the all-time series against Merrimack 11-
7-5 following Saturday's 2-2 tie…Eleven of the 16 meetings between
Vermont and Merrimack in Hockey East play have been decided by one
goal or ended in a tie…The Catamounts have the third fewest penalty
minutes per game in the country (7.3)…Vermont has sold out every
Hockey East home game since joining the league in 2005-06…Senior
assistant captain Jack Downing (New Canaan, Conn.) scored a shorthanded
goal on Saturday…It marked the first short-handed goal for
a Catamount since defenseman Kevan Miller had one in a 3-2 win at
Boston College on Nov. 15 last season…UVM is 65-21-18 in its last 104
games when scoring first…Vermont hosts Maine on Saturday Oct. 30
at 7:05 p.m. in a game that will be televised on WCAXtra…Last season
the Black Bears went 2-0-1 against the Catamounts.
I am clearly biased when it comes to college hockey
arenas, and that is frowned upon in a commissioner. But
for me, nothing beats Northeastern University's Matthews
Arena, which is celebrating its 100th year of hosting
sporting events in Boston. On Friday, I took in a doubleheader
and saw the Northeastern women top Princeton,
2-1, in a late matinee that was followed by UNH and NU
men battling to a 2-2 draw in the nightcap.
After an extensive renovation two summers ago, the
building looks great. The old-time balcony hangs over the
ice with a couple of thousand students in replica jerseys
providing an irreverent soundtrack to the excitement on
the ice. Fans won't get to see the participant level below
but the renovation took particular aim at locker rooms
and other amenities for home teams and visiting teams
The newer buildings in college hockey are spectacular
but give me Matthews, Alfond, "The Gut" and other older
buildings on a cold Friday or Saturday winter night.