~ Merrimack downs Army, RIT; BU, Maine, Vermont pick up wins at Tournaments ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#7 KARL STOLLERY, MERRIMACK COLLEGE
(Junior Defenseman; Camrose, Alberta)
|Stollery netted his first collegiate hat trick and a career-high four points in a 5-3 victory
at RIT on Saturday. Recorded a +3 rating and six shots on goal in the two games for the
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#24 BILL ARNOLD, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Freshman Forward; Needham, Mass.)
|Arnold registered an unassisted shorthanded goal to break a 4-4 tie in the
third period in a win over Colgate.
||PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#27 WILL O'NEILL, MAINE
(Junior Defenseman; Salem, Mass)
|O'Neill returned to the lineup at the Florida College Classic after missing eight games with
an injury and had three assists in the two games vs. Cornell
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
|The Eagles were victorious in two games at the Ledyard National Bank Classic against
Colgate and Mercyhurst. Boston College scored 10 goals in the two contests in Hanover,
N.H. The Eagles went 3-for-9 on the power play in the two games. Cam Atkinson, Brian
Paul Carey and Brian Gibbons registered 14 points in the two games for the Eagles.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Karl Stollery of Merrimack College
|ARMY ROTC THREE STARS AWARD
|At the conclusion of each Hockey East game, the " Army ROTC Three Stars of The Game" are selected. Here are the 2010-2011 season leaders to date:
Mark Anthoine, Maine (Fr., F, Lewiston, Maine) Scored his first collegiate goal in Maine's 3-2 overtime win against Cornell.
Cam Atkinson, BC (Jr., F, Greenwich, Conn.) Recorded five points, including a team-high four assists, in wins over Colgate and Mercyhurst.
Nick Bruneteau, UVM (Fr., D, Omaha, Neb.) Recorded three assists in two games in the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup.
Paul Carey, BC (Jr., F, Weymouth, Mass.) Captured Ledyard Classic MVP honors after he recorded four points (2g,2a) in wins over Colgate and Mercyhurst.
Chris Connolly, BU (Jr., F, Duluth, Minn.) Recorded a goal and assist in 3-3 tie vs. No. 12 Notre Dame on Sunday night.
Stephane Da Costa, MC (So., F, Paris, France) Recorded four points in two games with a goal and two assists at RIT.
Robby Dee (Sr., F, Plymouth, Minn.) Scored a pair of goals in the 2010 Florida College Classic and had six shots in the two games.
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (Jr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Made 28 saves, including 13 in the third period and two in overtime of UNH's 2-1 loss.
Justin Gates, PC (Jr., G, Cranston, R.I.) Made 25 saves in a 1-0 shutout win over New Brunswick on Sunday.
Brian Gibbons, BC (Sr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Recorded five points, including a team-high three goals, in wins over Colgate and Mercyhurst.
John Henrion, UNH (So., F, Holden, Mass.) Scored a goal late in the third period to tie the game at 1-1 and force overtime.
Jordan Kremyr, PC (Sr., F, Cloverdale, B.C.) Scored the game winner in a 1-0 win over New Brunswick on Sunday.
Matt Mangene, Maine (So., F, Manorville, N.Y.) Scored the overtime game-winner against Cornell in the 2010 Florida College Classic.
Martin Ouellette, Maine (Fr., G, St.-Hippolyte, Que.) Finished the week with a 1.92 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Joe Pereira, BU (Sr., F, West Haven, Conn.) Tallied a goal and assist in 3-3 tie vs. No. 12 Notre Dame on Sunday.
Corey Trivino, BU (Jr., F, Toronto, Ont.) Assisted on all three goals in 3-3 draw with No. 12 Notre Dame.
Joe Whitney, BC (Sr., D, Reading, Mass.) Switched from forward to a defense and earned All-Tournament honors at the Ledyard Classic with a team-high +3 rating.
Mark Anthoine, Maine (Lewiston, Maine)
Scored his first career goal on Thursday in the 2010 Florida College
Classic against Cornell
Derek Arnold, UML (Foxboro, Mass.)
Has assisted on the last four UML scores
Cam Atkinson, BC (Greenwich, Conn.)
Extended his streak to seven games (7-7-14), has tallied
multiple-point performances in five straight games
Nick Bruneteau, UVM (Omaha, Neb.)
Has six assists on the last four games for Vermont
Joe Cucci, MC (Melrose Park, Ill.)
Playing in his 100th career game, netted two assists.
Stephane Da Costa , MC (Paris, France)
Extended his point streak to seven games with
four points in two games this week
Paul Dainton, UMass (Iqaluit, Nunvut)
Now has 2,646 career saves needing just 404 to tie the
UMass program record (3,050, Brian Regan)
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (Ambler, Pa.)
Has allowed two goals or fewer in four of the last five games
Brian Gibbons, BC (Braintree, Mass.)
Has an eight-game scoring streak intact (6-10-16) and
has tallied multi-point efforts in six of the last eight games
Danny Hobbs, UMass (Shawville, Que.)
Has 4 goals and 2 assists in the last 5 games
Merrimack in Non-Conference Games
Improved to 4-0-1 this year and 17-6-1 in its last 26
Wahsontiio Stacey , UVM (Kahnawake, Que.)
Has registered three goals and five assists in the last four outings
T.J. Syner, UMass (Springfield, Mass.)
Has 3 goals and 3 assists in the last 7 games
UNH'S penalty kill
Has killed off the last eight penalties and have not
allowed a goal since Nov. 27 against Merrimack
Boston College: Brian Gibbons and defenseman Joe Whitney each
earned Ledyard Bank All-Tournament honors while junior forward Paul
Carey was named the tournament's most valuable player...BC played
without four sophomores in both Ledyard Classic contests – defenseman
Brian Dumoulin, forward Chris Kreider and defenseman Patrick Wey are
competing for the United States at the 2011 World Junior Championship
and defenseman Patch Alber did not play because of injury…Freshman
forward Kevin Hayes returned to action after missing eight games and
junior alternate captain Tommy Cross returned to action after missing 11
games; Hayes notched the primary assist on BC's first goal against Colgate
and scored its first goal against Mercyhurst…Sophomore forward
Brooks Dyroff saw action for the second and third time of his career...
With five points on the weekend, junior forward Cam Atkinson has 98
points (52g,46a) in 96 career games…Senior Joe Whitney (1g,5a) and
junior Jimmy Hayes (3-2-5) each had five-game scoring streaks snapped in
Friday's 4-1 win over Mercyhurst (12/31)…Freshman forward Bill Arnold
scored shorthanded against Colgate (12/30), marking the team's third
shorthanded goal in as many contests and the sixth of the season…BC
has won each of its last five games and has outscored opponents 30-13
during the stretch (6.0 goals per game).
Boston University: BU had allowed at least one goal in 19 straight
periods before holding Notre Dame scoreless in the second period of
Sunday's tie at the Shillelagh Tournament...Freshman Matt Nieto (Long
Beach, Calif.) has scored a goal in four of the last six contests…The Terriers
have already played two non-conference opponents (Brown, Notre
Dame) twice this year and that total could reach three if they face Harvard
in the second round of the Beanpot…Junior Chris Connolly returned to
the lineup at the Shillelagh Tournament after missing five games with a
broken finger…BU's loss to Brown was its first setback against a nonranked
team this season…In the 2010 calendar year, the Terriers went
17-8-4 in Hockey East play…Freshman Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth,
Mass.) led Team USA in scoring during the preliminary round of the World
Junior Championship with six points (2g, 4a) and was named the team's
Player of the Game in a 4-0 victory over Germany…BU will play three
games in seven days beginning with a trip to Vermont on Jan. 9.
Maine: Maine split a pair of games in the 2010 Florida College Classic…
The Black Bears defeated Cornell 3-2 in overtime in the consolation
game…It was Maine's second win in overtime this season…It is the
first overtime win at a neutral site since Maine defeated Wisconsin 3-2
on March 27, 2004 in the NCAA Regional Final…Only twice in the last
seven years has Maine won two games in overtime in a season…Maine
has played seven overtime games this season…The school record
for overtime games in a season is 11…Junior defenseman Will O'Neill
(Salem, Mass.) returned to the lineup after missing eight games with an
injury and dished out three assists…Matt Mangene scored his first goal
of the season and it was the game-winner against Cornell in the Florida
College Classic…Mark Anthoine notched his first collegiate goal against
Cornell…He becomes the first rookie to net a goal for the Black Bears this
season…Seven of Maine's nine game-winning goals have been scored
by different players…Maine was whistled for a season-low one penalty
on Thursday against Cornell…The Black Bears hosted the US Under-18
Team at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Sunday afternoon.
Massachusetts: After winning three straight home games, UMass
has now lost three straight road games after falling twice at No. 15
Wisconsin…UMass is now 0-7-2 on the road and 3-2-1 at home…Three
of the next four games, all Hockey East games, will be at home for
UMass…Against Wisconsin, the penalty kill unit was UMass' bright
spot going 8-for-9 against the Badgers' No. 2 nationally ranked power
play unit…UMass was held to a season-low 19 shots in the first loss to
Wisconsin…After averaging 4.0 goals per game and allowing just 2.0
goals/game in UMass' four-game unbeaten streak, UMass has been
averaging just 1.3 goals per game in the three straight losses while
allowing 4.3 goals per game…UMass took a season-high 13 penalties
for 40 minutes in the second game at Wisconsin…Sitting in 8th place
in the Hockey East standings, 7 of UMass' next 8 games are against
the 7th, 9th and 10th place teams in the current league standings
(Northeastern, UMass Lowell, Vermont).
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks' losing streak sits at nine games
while they wait on mid-season break…In its two most recent contests,
UMass Lowell fell twice at Princeton by scores of 5-2 and 7-2…Freshman
Derek Arnold (Foxboro, Mass.) has assisted on each of the last four River
Hawk goals and was the primary assist on three of the four…Sophomore
Riley Wetmore (Swanton, Vt.) has a strong grip on UMass Lowell's
scoring race with 14 points—five more than the next closest skater
(7g,7a)…The River Hawks will return to action on Jan. 7 when they travel
to New Hampshire for a clash in the Whittemore Center, followed by a
trip to Northeastern the next night…UMass Lowell should carry some
confidence coming out of the break, over the past six seasons the River
Hawks are 4-1-1 in their first game after the mid-season hiatus.
Merrimack: Maintaining its best start in its Division I school history
at 9-4-4, Merrimack remained unbeaten at 4-0-1 in non-conference action
with a 2-1 overtime victory at Army and a 5-3 victory at RIT…The
Warriors ended RIT's 12-game home unbeaten streak, becoming the
first team to win in Rochester since January 30, 2010…Merrimack fired
50 shots in the win, its most since 1997…The Warriors' defense is
first in Hockey East and fifth nationally, while its penalty kills is second
in HEA and third nationally…Karl Stollery became the first Merrimack
defensemen in 14 years to net a hat trick. Stollery, who had a careerhigh
four points in the RIT win, ranks second in Hockey East in scoring
among defensemen and is tied for 11th nationally. Stollery had an even
strength, power play and short-handed goal in the win…Stephane Da
Costa extended his point streak to seven games with a three-point
effort at RIT…The Warriors have won seven of their last nine and have
points in nine of 11, including points in six of their last seven road
contests…Merrimack notched its first overtime win of the season in a
2-1 victory at Army Thursday behind Jesse Todd's seventh goal of the
season. It was also the first time the Warriors prevailed when trailing
entering the third period…Merrimack resumes Hockey East action
against Maine Saturday at 4 p.m. at Lawler Arena, where the renovations
to fill the rink with all chair backs have been completed.
New Hampshire: UNH, coming off a 22-day layoff, lost in overtime
2-1 to St. Lawrence on Sunday at Whittemore Center…The loss snapped
a five-game unbeaten streak and was the third straight loss to the
Saints…Netminder Matt DiGirolamo made 28 saves, including 13 in
the third period. He's allowed two goals or fewer in four of the last five
games…The New Hampshire penalty kill was 2-2 on the kill marking
the fourth straight game they have not allowed a power play goal…
John Henrion scored a goal late in the third period to force overtime.
Henrion has registered a point in back-to-back games and three out of
the last four…Damon Kipp assisted on Henrion's game-tying goal, he's
also scored in back-to-back games…Sunday's loss in overtime moved
UNH to 1-1-4 in six overtime games. UNH has played in 18 overtime
games over the last season and a half.
Northeastern: Northeastern enjoyed a very long holiday break,
taking a 29-day hiatus before meeting up with Massachusetts for the first
time this season on Friday, Jan. 7...The Huskies wrapped up the first half
of their season in a 3-9-4 fashion, posting a 3-6-3 mark in Hockey East.
The Huskies were piloted by the veteran lineup of Wade MacLeod, Tyler
McNeely and Steve Silva, offensively, for the first half of the season.
MacLeod leads Northeastern with 14 points (6-8-14) through its first
16 games while McNeely has notched 12 points (6-6-12) and Silva has
finished up with nine (3-6-9) for the first half. Freshman Brodie Reid has
wowed many as the Delta, B.C. native leads all newcomers with nine
points (2-7-9) in his first go-round as a Husky...Sophomore netminder
Chris Rawlings has started 15 games this season, coming away with a
3-7-4 mark with a 2.44 GAA and a nice .925 save percentage.
Providence College: Providence College played two games at
New Brunswick as part of the Pete Kelly Challenge Cup…New Brunswick
is ranked No. 2 in Canadian collegiate hockey and entered the weekend
with a 3-0 record against NCAA teams, including a 2-0 mark versus
Hockey East teams this season…The Friars were defeated, 3-1, on
Saturday as senior Ian O'Connor scored for the Friars. PC bounced
back to post a 1-0 shutout victory in the second contest on Sunday as
junior Justin Gates made all 25 stops to earn the shutout and senior
Jordan Kremyr (Cloverdale, B.C.) scored the game winner in the second
period…It marked New Brunswick's first home loss this season… New
Brunswick captured the Pete Kelly Cup based on goal differential…Seniors
Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) and Eric Baier (North Kingstown,
R.I.) as well as Gates were named to the All-Tournament Team…It
marked the first time the Friars played in Canada since 1983.
Vermont: Vermont has started the second half of the season 1-1,
dropping a 3-1 decision to Ohio State on Sunday and finishing the
Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount up with a 3-1 victory over Harvard on
Sunday…Ohio State won the tournament, as they were the only undefeated
team on the weekend…Senior assistant captain Kyle Medvec
was awarded the player of the game in Vermont's victory over the
Crimson, as he provided the game winning goal to go along with an
assist and a plus-2 rating…Captain Kevan Miller scored his first goal
of the season and also finished was a plus-2 in the Harvard game and
was awarded to his second Catamount Cup All-Tournament team...
Freshman Connor Brickley scored the third goal for UVM in Sunday's
win, for his third tally of the season…Senior Wahsontiio Stacey scored
Vermont's loan goal in the loss to Ohio State and picked up an assist in
the Harvard win…Sophomores Chris McCarthy and Sebastian Stalberg
also registered assists on the weekend…Junior Rob Madore stopped
61 0f 65 shots on the weekend and was also awarded to his second
Catamount Cup All-Tournament team.
I am writing this from Buffalo, N.Y., a few hours before
Team USA takes on Team Canada in the second semifinal
game of the World Junior Championships. Besides national
pride, I will be driven to cheer on the four Hockey East
participants: Coyle (BU), Demoulin, Kreider and Wey for
BC. For all the build up, tonight's game will be hard pressed
to beat the excitement that last year's USA-Canada final
(won by the U.S.) generated.
The City of Buffalo - and USA - have done a great job
promoting and organizing this event. Yet, I'm told, we can't
begin to imagine what this event means to the average
Canadian hockey fan. Given the proximity to the border,
the building may sport as many Maple Leaf-adorned
"sweaters" as Red, White and Blue jerseys. Here's hoping
for another OT thriller that boosts interest in the event on
both sides of the border.