~ Merrimack gets four points vs. UML; Northeastern takes three points from PC ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#16 JESSE TODD, MERRIMACK COLLEGE
(Junior Forward; Camrose, Alta.)
|Todd netted his first collegiate hat trick in Friday's 4-3 victory, tying the game at UMass
Lowell with 2:20 remaining in the third before winning it with 37 seconds left in regulation.
He finished the weekend with five shots on goal and a +3 rating
for the Warriors.
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#17 PAUL THOMPSON, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Senior Forward; Derry, N.H.)
|Thompson scored three goals and added two assists for five points in a weekend split with
#2 Boston University. He registered two goals and an assist on Friday night's 5-2 win at the
Whittemore Center and factored in both UNH goals with a goal and an assist on Saturday night.
Thompson posted a team-high 13 shots on goal on the weekend for the Wildcats.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#39 ROB DONGARA, NORTHEASTERN
(Freshman Forward; Scituate, Mass.)
|Dongara scored his third-career goal on Friday night at Providence and added
an assist on Wade MacLeod's game-winner on Saturday in the 5-0 shutout
of the Friars.
||PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#1 JOHN MUSE, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Senior Goaltender; East Falmouth, Mass.)
|Muse stopped 70-of-71 shots faced in a two-game home sweep against No. 3 Maine (0.50
GAA, .986 save percentage). He recorded 32 saves on Friday in his 10th career shutout and
followed that up with 38 stops on Sunday.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
|The Eagles outscored No. 3 Maine, 8-1, in the series over the weekend at Conte Forum. BC's
power play was 3-for-7 on the weekend, while its penalty kill was a perfect 12-for-12 in the
two-game series. The Eagles' defense limited the league's offensive leader to only one goal on 71 shots.
Athletic Republic Co-Players of the Week Jesse Todd and Paul Thompson
Bill Arnold, BC (Fr., F, Needham, Mass.) Tallied two points (1g,1a) in a 4-1 win over No. 3 Maine on Sunday.
Chris Barton, MC (Sr., F, Calgary, Alta.) Tallied a pair of assists on Friday before netting a 3-on-5 short-handed goal, which proved to be the game-winner.
Shawn Bates, MC (Fr., F, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.) Picked up his third goal of the season at Lowell Friday before notching an assist Saturday.
Joe Cannata, MC (Jr., G, Wakefield, Mass.) Picked up a pair of wins stopping 24 shots over the weekend.
Paul Carey, BC (Jr., F, Weymouth, Mass.) Scored three goals in a two-game series win over No. 3 Maine. Scored twice in the 4-1 win Sunday.
Alex Chiasson, BU (So., F, St. Augustin, Que.) Scored a game-winning shorthanded goal in a 4-2 win vs. UNH Saturday and added an assist in each contest.
Phil DeSimone, UNH (Sr., F, East Amherst, N.Y.) Registered a goal and three assists over the weekend against Boston University.
Brian Gibbons, BC (Sr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Tallied three points (1g,2a) the team's two-game series win over No. 3 Maine.
Sahir Gill, BU (Fr., F, Terrace, B.C.) Tallied a goal in BU's 4-2 win vs. UNH Saturday and tallied an assist Friday. Finished the weekend with a +2 rating.
Kyle MacKinnon, PC (Sr., F, Walnut, Calif.) Had two assists in a 3-3 overtime tie against Northeastern.
Wade MacLeod, NU (Sr., F, Coquitlam, B.C.) Had the game-winning goal in a 5-0 shutout of PC Saturday along with three assists on the weekend.
Tyler McNeely, NU (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Logged his third multi-point game of the season at PC (1-1-2) Friday and added another helper on Saturday.
Kieran Millan, BU (Jr., G, Edmonton, Alta.) Tallied a career-best 44 saves in BU's 5-2 loss at UNH on Friday.
Mark Nemec, Maine (So, D, Rouses Point, N.Y.) Scored Maine's lone goal at Boston College over the weekend.
Chris Rawlings, NU (So., G, North Delta, B.C.) Finished with a total of 61 saves on the weekend, including his fourth career shutout on Saturday vs. PC.
Grant Rollheiser, BU (Jr., G, Chilliwack, B.C.) Recorded a career-high 41 saves in the Terriers' 4-2 home win over UNH on Saturday.
Steve Silva, NU (Sr., F, Tyngsboro, Mass.) Tallied NU's first two-assist game of the season at PC on Friday and added a power play goal of the weekend.
Mike Sislo, UNH (Sr., F, Superior, Wis.) Registered three assists over the weekend including helpers on both UNH goals on Saturday night.
David Warsofsky, BU (Jr., D, Marshfield, Mass.) Scored both of BU's goals in Friday's loss at UNH.
Patrick Wey, BC (So., D, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Registered a team-high plus-minus rating of +4 in the team's two-game series win over No. 3 Maine.
Riley Wetmore, UML (So., F, Swanton, Vt.) Had two points (1g,1a) in the weekend series with Merrimack while playing stellar defense.
Tommy Atkinson, BC (Greenwich, Conn.)
Scored his first collegiate goal at 7:34 of the second period in BC's
4-0 win over Maine on Friday, Nov. 19
Patrick Brown, BC (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Registered his first collegiate point – the primary assist – on Tommy
Alex Chiasson, BU (St. Augustin, Que.)
Has scored at least one point in seven of the last eight games
and has 11 points (4g,7a) during the stretch
Adam Clendening, BU (Wheatfield , N.Y.)
Scored his first collegiate goal in the Terriers' win over UNH Saturday
Brendan Ellis, MC (Kelowna, BC)
Extended his assist streak to three games over the weekend
Mark Dennehy, Merrimack College
Earned his 50th career win at Merrimack on Saturday
Brett Kostolansky, UNH (Denver, Colo.)
Tallied his first collegiate goal on Saturday night at Boston University
Wade MacLeod, NU (Coquitlam, B.C.)
Became the second player in Hockey East to eclipse the 100-point
plateau for his career. He has recorded 103 points (44-59-103) in
123 career games
Merrimack College at home
Improved to 3-0-1 at home and 18-5-3 in its last 26 home games
Nick Sorkin, UNH (ROCKVILLE, MD.)
Tallied his first collegiate goal in Friday's 5-2 win over the Terriers
Shayne Thompson, UML (Stiltsville , ONT.)
Scored his first collegiate goal against Merrimack (11/19)
UMass Lowell's penalty kill
Has allowed only one goal in the last 24 chances
UNH's top line of Phil DeSimone, Paul Thompson
and Mike Sislo
Have combined for 24 points (7g,17a) over the last four games
Boston College: BC killed all 12 Maine power plays to improve its
season penalty-kill to a 90.4 percent kill rate (64-for-71), a standard good
for second in the country…BC has scored at least one power-play goal
in each of the last four games. The Eagles went a combined 3-for-7 in
man-advantage opportunities in two games against Maine; BC is 5-for-
13 in the last four games and is 12-for-56 this season (21.4 percent
conversion rate)…Senior alternate captain Brian Gibbons, who tallied
three points (1g,2a) against Maine, has at least one point in 10-of-12
games this winter, while Cam Atkinson has at least one point in nine-of-
12 games…John Muse lowered his season goals against average to
1.51 and raised his save percentage to .955. He has a 1.29 GAA and
a .960 save percentage in seven conference contests. The goaltender
has 30-or-more saves in six (of nine) games this winter…BC improved
its unbeaten streak against Maine to eight games during which the team
is 7-0-1...The senior class improved to 8-1-3 in 12 meetings between
the teams since the 2007-08 season.
Boston University: After becoming the last Division I team to
lose a game this season, the Terriers rebounded by ending UNH's
nine-game unbeaten streak on Saturday…Three of BU's four goals in
Saturday's win came from freshmen, as Adam Clendening, Sahir Gill
and Matt Nieto (Long Beach, Calif.) all found the back of the net. Gill is
tied for second in the nation in plus/minus at +12…The Terriers already
have five come-from-behind victories this fall after having five all of last
season…BU is 10-1-3 in its last 14 home contests…UNH forced two
different BU goaltenders to record career-highs in saves, as Kieran
Millan made 44 on Friday before Grant Rollheiser stopped 41 shots in
Saturday's win…David Warsofsky recorded the second two-goal game
of his career in Friday' s loss and helped the Terriers snap an 0-for-16
skid on the power play…BU is still, however, just 3-of-55 with the man
advantage since scoring three power-play goals in the season opener
against Wisconsin…The Terriers are 3-1-1 this season when trailing after
the first period…Kevin Shattenkirk, last year's team captain, scored his
first two NHL goals this past week for the Colorado Avalanche.
Maine: Maine dropped a pair of games at Boston College…It was
the first time this season that the Black Bears have lost back-to-back
games…Maine was shut out on Friday for the first time since March 7,
2009 when it lost to UMass Lowell 6-0…Boston College scored four
goals in each game, to snap Maine's streak of five straight games in which
it allowed just two goals…Sophomore defenseman Mark Nemec scored
Maine's lone goal of the weekend on Sunday afternoon. It was the first
goal of the season for Nemec…Maine was awarded a rare penalty shot
on Friday night. BC goalie John Muse was able to stop Maine forward
Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden)…Maine outshot Boston College in both
games this weekend and has outshot its opponents in all 12 games this
season… BC scored two goals in the first period on Friday night. It was
the first time this season that Maine has allowed more than one goal in
the first period of the game…Junior Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) leads
the team, having played in 88 consecutive games…The Black Bears
will have next weekend off, before returning to action on Dec. 3 when
it travels to Providence for a pair of games.
Massachusetts: After a 9-day break, UMass will host Vermont on
Tuesday night in the annual pre-Thanksgiving game between the two
teams...Since 2002, the Minutemen are 4-4-0 against Vermont in that
game, which includes an even 2-2-0 record both at home and on the
road...Despite being nearly even with opponents in shots/game (30.4-
to-34.6), UMass is being outscored by just over one goal per game
(2.4-to-3.7)...Opponents are outshooting UMass on the power play this
season (72-to-52), and have eight more power play goals (13-to-5)...39
percent of opponent goals (13-of-33) have come on the power play...
The first period continues to be tough for UMass as they are being
outscored 13-to-4...Of UMass' 54 points this year, defensemen have
figured into 22 (10g, 12a).
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks struggled through a 0-2-0 weekend
against Merrimack College, losing each game by one goal…In the 4-3
loss on Friday, freshman Shayne Thompson (Stiltsville, Ont.) scored his
first career goal...Joseph Pendenza (Wilmington, Mass.) recorded his
second short-handed goal of the season on Friday, tying him for the
conference lead…UMass Lowell was outshot 17-35 on Friday and 12-37
on Saturday…The River Hawks have now recorded less than 20 shots
on goal in four of the last five games…Merrimack entered the weekend
with the nation's best penalty kill, but the River Hawks went 3-for-10
(30%) on the power play…For the weekend, Riley Wetmore and David
Vallorani (Hamilton, Ont.) each scored a goal and assist. Wetmore now
has a team-best nine points (4g, 5a) and ranks third in scoring among
HE sophomores…UMass Lowell will take a break from HE play next
weekend, hosting Minnesota State-Mankato for a pair of games in the
Merrimack: The Warriors were ranked in the USCHO National Poll
Monday for the first time in the history of the program…Behind the
first-ever weekend sweep of UMass Lowell, Merrimack extended its
unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2), defeating the River Hawks 4-3
and 3-2 over the weekend…The Warriors improved to 3-0-1 at home this
season and 18-5-3 in their last 26 home games.…Jesse Todd notched
his first collegiate hat trick in Friday's comeback victory, tying the game
with 2:20 to play and winning it with 37-seconds left in regulation. It was
Merrimack's first road win of the year…The Warriors allowed just 12
shots on goal Saturday and just one in the third period, its lowest total of
shots allowed in a game since January 3, 2004 when they held Princeton
to 11 shots…In Saturday's win, the 50th career victory for head coach
Mark Dennehy, Merrimack tallied two short-handed, first-period goals,
marking the first time in its Hockey East history that it registered a
pair of short-handed markers in a period. It was also the first time they
scored a 3-on-5 short-handed goal…The sweep over Lowell made it
three straight victories over Merrimack's cross-town rivals, its longest
streak against them since 1977. It is also the first time the Warriors will
win the season-series vs. Lowell since the 96-97 season.
New Hampshire: UNH's top line of Phil DeSimone, Paul Thompson
and Mike Sislo have combined for seven goals, 17 assists and 24 points
over the last four games. The group is averaging 1.75 gpg and 6.0
ppg…Matt DiGirolamo is 6-1-3 in his last 10 starts with a 2.25 GAA and
a .923 save percentage. He's allowed three goals or less in eight of nine
and two or less on five occasions…The Wildcats held a commanding
92-50 shot advantage over the weekend series with Boston U…UNH
has 40 shots in six of 11 games this season…The 'Cats allowed 40-
plus shots on just one occasion, in the opening game against Miami.
New Hampshire averaging 38.7 shots per games this season…UNH is
16-0-7 in the last 23 Hockey East contests at Whittemore Center. New
Hampshire's last home league loss came on Jan. 24, 2009 against
BU…New Hampshire has scored a power play goal in nine of 11 games
this season. UNH did not have a power play opportunity on 11/5 against
BC and was just 0-2 against UMass-Lowell on 11/6…Nick Sorkin tallied
his first collegiate goal in Friday night's 5-2 win over the Terriers. The
point was the first of his collegiate career and the first point by a New
Hampshire freshman this season… Sophomore Brett Kostolansky tallied
his first collegiate goal on Saturday night at BU.
Northeastern: Northeastern snapped out of its funk this weekend
by taking three out of four points off of Providence College, skating to
a 3-3 tie on Friday night followed by a 5-0 blanking at Matthews Arena
on Saturday night. On Friday night, senior Wade MacLeod became the
45th member in Northeastern hockey history to reach the 100-point
benchmark for his career. He has tallied 44 goals and 59 assists in 123
career games for the Huskies. He became the 25th-fastest skater in
Northeastern history to accomplish the feat. MacLeod is currently riding
a team-high five-game point streak (2-6-8). Chris Rawlings' earned his
fourth-career shut out on Saturday night with a 29-save performance,
marking the first time NU has blanked a squad since a 2-0 victory at Massachusetts
on Feb. 12, 2010. Rawlings is now tied with Marc Robitaille
(96-98) for third all-time in career shutouts in NU history...The Huskies
power play has turned a corner, converting on 31.8 percent (7-for-22)
of their chances in their last four outings. Saturday yielded a bunch of
firsts for Northeastern, including Braden Pimm's and Anthony Bitetto's
first-career goals, and Steve Morra's first-ever point (0-1-1).
Providence College: The Friars extended their unbeaten streak to
seven games (4-0-3) with a 3-3 overtime tie versus Northeastern Friday
night at Schneider Arena. It marked the longest unbeaten streak for the
Friars since February 2003…However, the unbeaten streak came to
an end with a setback at NU on Saturday. It marked PC's first loss in a
month…Providence is unbeaten at Schneider Arena this season with
a 3-0-2 mark…Senior defenseman Eric Baier (North Kingstown, R.I.)
has scored a goal in two of the last three games…Eleven out of the
12 Providence goal scorers this season have two goals or more this
season…Prior to Saturday's game, Kyle MacKinnon had a three-game
point streak in which he recorded three goals and three assists…Three
of the Friars' next five games will be non-conference contests, including
Saturday at Holy Cross.
Vermont: Vermont was off last week and travels to Massachusetts
(0-6-3, 0-3-3) Tuesday Nov. 23…Vermont went 1-2-0 against UMass last
season during a two month, 13 game stretch that saw the Catamounts
go 8-4-1…Junior Wahsontiio Stacey (Kahnawke, Que.) is tied for sixth in
the nation in goals with six in eight games. He also has a team leading
seven points on the year. His three power-play goals are tied for 14th
best in the country. His 54 career points (28g,26a) lead all active UVM
players…Junior Rob Madore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Has a .917 save percentage
through the first eight games and a 2.38 GAA...Madore made 36
saves in a 2-2 tie against Merrimack on Oct. 23...Madore is 3-1-1 all
time against the Minutemen...The Catamounts return to action again
Friday Nov. 26 when they host the Northeastern Huskies at Gutterson
Fieldhouse at 7:05 p.m.
The American Hockey Coaches Association does a breakdown
each year of where college hockey players come from.
There was a time that rosters were dominated by players
from familiar locales: U.S. States where NCAA college hockey
programs reside and Canada. In a couple of weeks, the AHCA
will release its findings from 2010-11 Division I rosters and the
change in the last decade will be somewhat startling.
Reflecting the growth of professional hockey in "non-traditional"
areas, college rosters will show nearly a doubling of
players from U.S. States that don't house NCAA varsity hockey
programs. Using such states (and Illinois) as so-called "traditional"
sources, the number of players from "non-traditional"
sources will have jumped from 59 to 116 in just 10 years. Another
factor may be the growth of non-varsity hockey under the
banner of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA,
not to be confused with the AHCA). This year, more than 400
teams are registered under the ACHA non-varsity banner and
the teams stretch from Florida to Washington State.