~ No. 6 UNH edges Merrimack at home; Eagles blank Vermont; PC beats Holy Cross ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#24 STEPHANE DA COSTA, MERRIMACK
(Sophomore Forward; Paris, France)
|Da Costa picked up points on four of Merrimack's six goals over the weekend, leading the No.
18 ranked Warriors to a 5-3 victory over No. 7 Boston College with three points (1g,2a) on
Friday at Lawler Arena. He also added an assist in the 2-1 road loss
at No. 6 UNH on Saturday night. Da Costa finished the weekend
with 12 shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus rating.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#27 ADAM PHILLIPS, UMASS
(Freshman Defenseman; Farmington Hills, Mich.)
|Phillips led UMass with three goal in wins over Vermont and Quinnipiac. Phillips
had one goal against Vermont and two goals in win over Quinnipiac. Had the
game-winning goals in both contests, finished the week with a +3 rating and
took just one penalty during the week. Phillips also registered a +3 rating during the week.
||PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#31 PAUL DAINTON, UMASS
(Senior Goaltender; Iqaluit, Nunavut)
|Dainton made 69 saves on 72 shots in wins over Vermont and Quinnipiac for the Minutemen in
two contests last week. Dainton had a career-high 44 saves in win over Vermont. He finished
the week with a 1.50 GAA and a .958 save percentage.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|The Minutemen went 2-0 on the week, as they picked up victories against Vermont and
Quinnipiac. UMass opened the weekend with a 4-1 win vs. the Catamounts on Tuesday
night at the Mullins Center and followed that up with a 5-2 victory against ECAC foe Quinnipiac on Saturday in
Amherst. UMass scored six of its nine goals in the week in the second period of play.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Stephane Da Costa of Merrimack
Patch Alber, BC (So., D, Clifton, Park, N.Y.) Scored the team's third goal in a home win over Vermont and finished with a +2 rating on the weekend.
Cam Atkinson, BC (Jr., F, Greenwich, Conn.) Scored three goals in two games, including twice in a 5-3 loss at Merrimack.
Chris Barton, MC (Sr., F, Calgary, Alta.) Picked up three points, including two goals, scoring the game-winner against #7 Boston College.
Alex Beaudry, PC (Jr., G, Cumberland, Ont.) Stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 2-1 victory at Holy Cross.
Joe Cannata, MC (Jr., G, Wakefield, Mass.) Stopped 49 of 54 shots over the weekend, including 24 saves in a 5-3 win over #7 BC.
Phil DeSimone, UNH (Sr., F, East Amherst, N.Y.) Handed out three assists on Tuesday vs. Brown.
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (Jr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Stopped a career-high 41 shots, including 33 in the final two periods in the win vs. Merrimack Saturday.
Luke Eibler, NU (Fr., D, Pinckney, Mich.) Scored his first-career goal and fifth assist of the year at Vermont on Nov. 26
Ben Farrer, PC (Sr., F, Calgary, Alta.) Scored the game winner in a 2-1 victory at Holy Cross.
Brian Gibbons, BC (Sr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Registered a combined five points (1g,4a) in a 5- 3 loss at Merrimack and a 6-0 win over Vermont.
Kyle MacKinnon, PC (Sr., F, Walnut, Calif.) Had one goal and one assist in a 2-1 win at Holy Cross on Saturday.
Tyler McNeely, NU (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Netted his second game-tying goal of the season at Vermont and is second.
Garrett Noonan, BU (Fr., D, Norfolk, Mass.) Earned two assists in Saturday's draw vs. Brown at Agganis Arena.
Michael Pereira, UMass (Fr., F, West Haven, Conn.) Led UMass with four points (2g,2a) on the weekend in wins over Vermont and Quinnipiac.
Chris Rawlings, NU (So., G, North Delta, B.C.) Turned away 37 saves to anchor NU's defense in a 2-2 tie at Vermont Friday.
Mike Sislo, UNH (Sr., F, Superior, Wis.) Registered two goals and three assists over the week with a +4 rating on the weekend.
Paul Thompson, UNH (Sr., F, Derry, N.H.) Tallied a goal and two assists as UNH captured a win and a tie during the week (+4 rating).
David Warsofsky, BU (Jr., D, Marshfield, Mass.) Recorded two assists in the 4-4 tie with Brown on Saturday night.
Riley Wetmore, UML (So., F, Swanton, Vt.) Had three points (2g,1a) in a weekend series with Minnesota State, including a short-handed goal.
Chris Barton, MC (Calgary, Alta .)
Has goals in three straight games and points in five straight
Alex Chiasson, BU (St. Augustin, Que.)
Has scored at least one point in eight of the last nine games and has
12 points (5g,7a) during the stretch
Tim Corcoran, UML (MILTON, MASS.)
Scored his first collegiate point, an assist vs. MSU Saturday
Joe Cucci, MC (Melrose Park, Ill.)
Notched his 40th career assist Saturday at #6 UNH
Paul Dainton, UMass (Iqaluit, Nunavut )
Had a career-high 44 saves on Nov. 23 against Vermont, has made
112 saves in last three games (37.3/game)
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (Ambler, Pa.)
Stopped a career-high 41 shots on Saturday vs. Merrimack
Brooks Dyroff, BC (BOULDER, COLO.)
Made his collegiate debut in BC's win vs. UVM on Nov. 28
Kyle MacKinnon, PC (Walnut, Calif.)
Did not record his ninth goal until the 26th game last season, has nine
goals in 14 games this season
MERRIMACK COLLEGE AT HOME
Improved to 4-0-1 and 16-3-2 since the beginning of 2009
Michael Pereira, UMass (West Haven , Conn.)
Has nine points (6g,3a) in the last seven straight games
Ben Rosen, BU (Syosset, N.Y.)
Scored his first collegiate goal in Saturday's draw with Brown
Mike Sislo, UNH (Superior, Wis.)
Has scored a point in six straight games
Paul Thompson, UNH (Derry , N.H.)
Is in the midst of a six-game active scoring streak
UMass Freshmen Class
Members of UMass' freshmen class combined for 7 goals and 10
assists in the Minutemen's two wins this week
UNH's top line of Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.),
Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo
Have combined 35 points (10g, 25a) over the last six games
Patrick Wey, BC (PITTSBURGH, PA.)
Tallied one point in each game, including his first collegiate goal in
BC's 5-3 loss at Merrimack
Boston College: Boston College went 3-for-10 in power-play
chances over the weekend and has scored at least one power-play goal
in six straight, combining for a 34.8 percent conversion rate during the
stretch (8-for-23)…In penalty-killing situations, the team went 11-for-12
over the weekend to improve its season kill rate to 90.6 percent (77-
for-85), which is good for second in the nation…Senior alternate captain
Brian Gibbons has tallied multiple-point efforts in three of the last four
games and has at least one point in 12-of-14 games this season…Junior
forward Paul Carey (Weymouth, Mass.) has four goals and five points in
the last four games…Sophomore center Pat Mullane (Wallingford, Conn.)
won 15-of-22 faceoffs over the weekend (68.2 percent) and is 104-for-
179 (58.1 percent) this season…BC sophomore forward Brooks Dyroff
(Boulder, Colo.) made his collegiate debut in the team's 6-0 win over
Vermont on Nov. 28…BC went 1-2-0 in the three-game league series
with Merrimack and 2-1-0 against Vermont…BC senior John Muse (East
Falmouth, Mass.) and junior Chris Venti (Needham, Mass.) combined to
register a 6-0 shutout win over Vermont on Nov. 28, the team's fourth
shutout of the 14-game season. Muse earned his 70th career victory.
Boston University: The Terriers have just one loss in their first
13 games after suffering seven losses in their first 10 contests last
season…BU is 10-1-4 in its last 15 home contests…The Terriers are
4-0-2 in the six games this season in which they have allowed the first
goal…Freshman Sahir Gill (Terrace, B.C.) is tied with Michigan's Louis
Caporusso for first in the country in plus/minus at +13…BU is 6-0-12
in its last 18 overtime games and hasn't lost a game in extra time in
over three years…Senior co-captain Joe Pereira (West Haven, Conn.)
scored his fifth goal of the season on Saturday against Brown to match
his total from his junior season…BU set season highs for shots in a
period (17-1st) and in a game (42) in the tie against Brown…Junior
goaltender Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alta.) is 5-2-1 in his eight career
starts against Boston College…The Terriers have had 21 players record
at least one point this season…Kevin Shattenkirk, last year's captain, is
on a six-game point streak with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and has
tallied nine points (4g, 5a) during the stretch.
Maine: The University of Maine men's ice hockey team had last weekend
off…The Black Bears were undefeated in six straight games before dropping
a pair of games to Boston College before the break…Maine will
play just four games before the Christmas break, all four being Hockey
East Conference games…The Black Bears return to action on Dec. 3
and 4 when it travels to Providence College for a pair of games…Maine
won two of the three games against the Friars last season…Neither
Providence nor Maine has scored more than three goals in each of the
last six meetings between the two teams…Maine is averaging 12.9
more shots than its opponents in games this season…In fact, Maine
has outshot its opponent in every game this season.
Massachusetts: UMass won back-to-back games for the first time
this season winning 4-1 over Vermont and 5-2 over Quinnipiac…After
starting the season 0-6-2, UMass is unbeaten in its last three games
(2-0-1)…UMass defensemen were pivotal offensively scoring five of the
nine goals scored…UMass was 3-for-16 (18.0%) on the power play
while going 9-for-10 (90.0%) on the penalty kill…UMass is now 2-2-2
this season when scoring on the power play…UMass freshmen have
now scored 16 of 31 goals this season and 22 of 46 assists…Over
the next two weeks, UMass has just two games, vs. UMass Lowell
on Dec. 4 and at Maine on Dec. 12…The game at UMass Lowell will
feature the two youngest teams in college hockey as each squad has
13 freshmen on its roster.
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks suffered another difficult weekend,
falling to Minnesota State twice…Despite the 8-3 loss on Friday, the
River Hawks were 2-for-5 on the power play, receiving goals from both
Edwards and Chad Ruhwedel (San Diego, Calif.)…The man advantage
tally was senior Maury Edwards' (Rocky Rapids, Alta.) 20th career power
play goal. Edwards now has 25 career goals overall, meaning 80% of
his scores have come on the power play. Edwards is now three shy of
tying the record for power play goals by a UML defenseman (23), held by
Paul Lohnes (1978-82)…On Friday, Colin Wright (Burlington, Ont.) hit the
cross bar on a penalty shot in the third period. Wright's attempt marked
the first penalty shot taken by a River Hawk since Brad King on Jan. 14,
2005 versus Merrimack…In the 3-2 loss on Saturday, sophomore Riley
Wetmore scored both UML goals, including a short-hander. Wetmore
now leads the team with 12 points on six goals and six assists, ranking
T-12th in Hockey East…The River Hawks now dive back into the Hockey
East schedule, hosting New Hampshire on Thursday and traveling to
Massachusetts on Saturday.
Merrimack: Ranked in the USCHO Poll for the first in program history,
#18 Merrimack improved to 4-0-1 at home this season with a 5-3 victory
over #7 Boston College Friday afternoon in front of the third sellout at
Lawler Arena this year…The Warriors captured the season-series from
the Eagles for the first time since 1996-97, notching their third straight
victory over the defending National Champs at home…The Warriors
have won each of their completed season-series so far, defeating BC
2-1 while leading Lowell 2-0…Merrimack is 16-3-2 at home since the
beginning of 2009-10, tied for second nationally for the fewest losses
over that span…The Warriors are 2-2-2 against teams ranked seventh
or better this season, all from Hockey East…Senior captain Chris Barton
(Calgary, Alta.) tallied a goal in each game this weekend, extending his
goal-scoring streak to three. Barton has notched game-winning goals
in consecutive games…Stephane Da Costa snapped a five-game
scoreless streak with three points in Friday's 5-3 win over BC and also
assisted on the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to #6 UNH…Merrimack completes
its pre-holiday schedule this weekend visiting Harvard Tuesday for the
first time ever, before battling Northeastern in a home-and-home series
beginning Friday at Matthews Arena.
New Hampshire: UNH's top line of Phil DeSimone, Paul Thompson
and Mike Sislo have combined for 10 goals, 25 assists and 35 points
over the last six games. The group is averaging 1.67 gpg and 5.83
ppg…With a 2-1 win over Merrimack, UNH is 17-0-7 in the last 24
Hockey East contests at Whittemore Center. New Hampshire's last
home league loss came on Jan. 24, 2009 against BU…Paul Thompson
ranks first in Hockey East in scoring with 18 points, while his linemates
Phil DeSimone (17 pts) and Mike Sislo (16 pts) rank second and fifth,
respectively…Matt DiGirolamo stopped a career-high 41 shots including
33 shots in the final two periods against the Warriors. In eight league
starts, DiGirolamo has a 1.73 GAA and a .941 save percentage with
two goals or fewer allowed in six games…Mike Sislo recorded four
points with a pair of goals and a pair of assists on Tuesday night against
Brown. Sislo was also the last UNH player to record four points in a
game, as he did so on Feb. 20, 2010 with a goal and three assists
Northeastern: Northeastern stretched its unbeaten streak to three
games after rallying back from a 2-0 deficit on the road at Vermont
to gain a hard-fought point in the Hockey East standings. Rookie Luke
Eibler had an offensive breakout from the blue line as the first-year
defenseman netted his first-career goal and was also credited for
the assist on Tyler McNeely's game-tying goal. It was the first time
the Pinckney, Mich. native attained a multi-point game in his young
career. Senior Wade MacLeod matched a career-best, scoring a point
in his sixth-straight outing on Friday night. MacLeod last assembled a
six-point streak on one other occasion, from Jan. 2 through Jan. 19,
2010. The Coquitlam. B.C. native has tallied nine points (3-6-9) within
the six-game stretch. Sophomore Chris Rawlings continues to act
as the Huskies' defensive linchpin, turning away 37 shots in another
extraordinary effort manning the pipes. Friday's effort marks the 24th
time Rawlings has made 30 saves or more. Tyler McNeely's game-tying
goal just 26 seconds into the third period at Vermont help the captain
clinch a career-high five-game point streak. Within that span, McNeely
has accounted for eight points (3-5-8).
Providence College: Providence College is 3-1 in its last four road
games…The Friars also improved to 3-2 in non-conference games this
season…The Friars, who are unbeaten at home this season (3-0-2), will
play three of their next four games at Schneider Arena, including two
games against Maine on December 3-4…Providence has won three
consecutive games against Holy Cross…Senior Ben Farrer (Calgary,
Alberta), who recorded 10 points (1g,9a) in his first three seasons
at Providence, has a career-high three goals and eight points this
season…The PC first line of senior Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.),
Ian O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) and Farrer have accounted for 15 of
the team's 35 goals this season. MacKinnon has eight points (4g,4a)
in the last four games…The Friars have held opponents to two goals
or less on seven different occasions…The Friars finished the month of
November with a 4-1-2 (.714) record, the best winning percentage in
November since the 1997-98 squad had a 7-2-1 record (.750).
Vermont: Vermont went 0-2-1 on the week despite out shooting its
opponent 108-76. The Catamounts earned one point in a 2-2 tie against
Northeastern at Gutterson Fieldhouse Friday. Vermont is not in action
again until it travels to No. 6 New Hampshire Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.
at the Whittemore Center…The Wildcats are one of two Hockey East
teams Vermont (1-6-4, 1-5,3 HEA) has not yet played this season…The
Catamounts went 2-2-1 last season against UNH, including a pair of 1-0
victories in the Hockey East Quarterfinal…Jack Downing is now tied
for second in the nation in short handed goals per game (11 GP, 2 SH)
after a third period tally at Massachusetts Nov. 23…Wahsontiio Stacey
is ranked third in Hockey East in power play goals (11 GP, 3 PP).
It was great to see the number of afternoon games scheduled
over the holiday weekend, games that made it easier for
families to attend with young children. I made an effort to attend
the Boston College at Merrimack game on Friday afternoon
but arrived late due to a previous commitment. When I made it
through a crowded lobby, thinking it must have been between
periods, I walked into the arena only to discover there were
15 minutes left in the second period and the building was jam
packed. I stood three deep behind the near goal and watched a
banged-out Lawler Arena come alive with each big Warrior play.
And there were many of them in a 5-3 win over the defending
Hats off to Merrimack AD Glenn Hofmann and head coach
Mark Dennehy, the latter a recipient of a contract extension
through 2016. The arena is well into an attractive renovation (to
be completed after the holiday) and the energy in the building is
as high as I have ever felt it. MC came very close to a weekend
sweep of BC and UNH and with Friday's win, the Warriors won
the season series from the Eagles, 2-1. With two ties against
BU, Merrimack has a chance to win the season series against
the Terriers as well. The rubber match is at Agganis Arena on
January 16. This is great news in North Andover and in Hockey
East in general.