~ Maine, Vermont split; Boston U., Northeastern win league games in OT ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#35 JOE CANNATA, MERRIMACK COLLEGE
(Junior Goaltender; Wakefield, Mass.)
|Stopped 65 of 69 shots (.942 save%) over the weekend, including 38 in Saturday's 3-2
overtime win. Stopped 12 shots on the power play, including five during a 5-on-3 four
||PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#6 JAMIE OLEKSIAK, NORTHEASTERN
(Freshman Defenseman, Toronto, Ont.)
|Scored his first-career game-winning goal in overtime for the Huskies on the power play against
UMass- Lowell on Friday night at the Tsongas Center in a 3-2 victory.
||PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#4 JORDAN HEYWOOD, MERRIMACK COLLEGE
(Freshman Defenseman; Regina, Sask.)
|Scored the game-winner in overtime Saturday, while picking up a career-high
three points in the 3-2 victory over UNH on Saturday night at Lawler
||PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER/WEEK
|#1 JOHN MUSE, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Senior Goaltender; East Falmouth, Mass.)
|Muse stopped 58 of 60 shots (.966 save%) faced in an overtime win over Boston University
and a shutout win at Providence College. He registered 34 saves in the win vs. the
Terriers Monday and had 24 stops in his 11th career shutout on
Friday at Schneider Arena.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|MERRIMACK COLLEGE WARRIORS
|The Warriors posted two victories against No. 6 ranked UNH in a home-and-home series
by scores of 4-2, and 3-2 (OT), on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. The Warriors
won the season series with the Wildcats, 2-1-0.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Joe Cannata 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:
Alex Beaudry, PC (Jr., Cumberland, Ont.) Totaled 72 saves over the weekend, including a season-high 42 at UMass on Saturday.
Michael Budd, UML (Jr., F, Burlington, Ont.) Scored two goals on three shots against Northeastern, his first career multi-point game.
Tyler McNeely, NU (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Set a career-high with a six-game point streak after burying the first goal at UMass Lowell on Feb. 11.
Mike McLaughlin (Jr., F, Seaforth, Ont.) Scored his 10th goal of the season and his second of the short-handed nature.
Alex Chiasson, BU (So., F, St. Augustin, Que.) Matched his career high with three points (1g, 2a) in 4-3 overtime win at UMass.
Mike Collins, MC (Fr., F, Boston, Mass.) After scoring his ninth of the season in Friday's win, he picked up two assists in Saturday's OT win.
Tommy Cross, BC (Jr., D, Simsbury, Conn.) Scored the overtime gamewinner in the team's 3-2 win over BU in the first round of the Beanpot.
Anthony DeCenzo, UVM (Fr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) Posted a two-goal one-assist performance in a 7-2 victory at No. 18 Maine, Friday.
Jimmy Hayes, BC (Jr., F, Dorchester, Mass.) Recorded a team-high four points (1g,3a) and +3 rating in victories over BU and PC.
Rob Madore, UVM (Jr., G, Pittsburg, Pa.) Stopped 72 of 77 shots (.935 save%), only letting in two five-on-five goals on the weekend at No. 18 Maine.
Carter Madsen, MC (Jr., F, Okotoks, Alta.) Picked up two goals and an assist in the sweep of UNH, getting the game-winner in Friday's 4-2 victory.
Chris McCarthy, UVM (So., F, Collegeville, Pa.) Registered a six-point weekend (1g, 5a) at No. 18 Maine.
Wade Megan, BU (So., Canton, N.Y.) Scored a goal in each of the Terriers' games this week against BC and UMass.
Garrett Noonan, BU (Fr., D, Norfolk, Mass.) Scored the overtime winner at UMass on Friday and also picked up an assist in his first-ever Beanpot game.
Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Jr., F, Malmo, Sweden) Scored three goals and added one assist in Maine's weekend spilt with Vermont.
Philip Samuelsson, BC (So., D, Scottsdale, Ariz.) Tallied one goal and one assist against Boston University in the Beanpot.
Shawn Sirman, Maine (So., G, Blezard Valley, Ont.) Finished the weekend with a 1.71 GAA and a .900 save percentage. Made 17 saves Saturday.
Mike Sislo, UNH (Sr., F, Superior, Wis.) Dished out two assists against Merrimack on Saturday.
Sebastian Stålberg, UVM (So., F, Gothenburg, Sweden) Notched a pair of power-play goals and two helpers on the weekend, at No. 18 Maine.
Corey Trivino, BU (Jr., F, Toronto, Ont.) Tallied a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime win at UMass and also added a goal in the Beanpot vs. BC.
Paul Thompson, UNH, (Sr., F, Derry, N.H.) Recorded a goal and an assist factoring in both UNH goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to Merrimack.
Marc Boulanger, UML (Olds, Alta.)
Has recorded 30+ saves in each of his last six starts
Michael Budd, UML (Burlington, Ont.)
Recorded the multi-goal game of his career with two scores
Mike Collins, MC (Boston, Mass.)
Has 10 points in his last six games
Paul Dainton, UMass (Iqaluit, Nunvut)
Now has 2,961 career saves needing just 89 to tie the UMass
program record (3,050, Brian Regan)
Anthony DeCenzo, UVM (Hibbing, Minn.)
Tallied his first multi-goal game in a 7-2 win at Maine Friday
Jordan Heywood, MC (Regina, SASK.)
Had a career-high three points in Saturday's OT win
Chase Langeraap, UMass (Cayuga, Ont.)
Has 8 goals and 3 assists in the last 13 games
Merrimack in Overtime
Has won the last three games that went to OT and is 3-0-4
on the year
Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Malmo, Sweden)
Has eight points (7g,1a) in his last four games
PROVIDENCE PENALTY KILL
In the last 13 games the Friars have killed off
72 of 79 penalties (91%)
Vermont Special Teams
Went 15-for-16 on the penalty kill this past weekend at No. 18
Maine and has now killed 25 of the last 27 power plays that it
has faced. Power play went 5-for-13 over the weekend
has scored 16 goals in the last three outings (5.33 gpg)
Matt White, UVM (McMurray, Pa.)
Registered his first three-assist performance at Maine Friday
Boston College: With the team's 3-2 overtime win over Boston University in
the first round of the Beanpot, BC played its first overtime period of the winter and
won its first game when trailing after two periods … BC captured its 20th victory
(a 3-2 overtime win over Boston University) in its 26th game and is the fastest BC
team to 20 wins since the 2003-04 Eagles went 20-3-3 in its first 26 games. The
Eagles advanced to the four-team tournament's championship game for the fifth
time in the last six seasons and the 31st time overall. BC's victory over Boston
University marked its fifth straight over the Terriers and third straight in Beanpot
play … Senior goaltender John Muse made 24 saves in a 3-0 win over PC, Muse's
80th career win, his third shutout of the season (the team's sixth) and the 11th
shutout of his career. BC has won eight straight over the Friars and is unbeaten
in the last 12 (10-0-2). The team's senior class improved to 10-2-2 in 14 meetings
in their four years vs. PC … The Eagles successfully killed all 10 opponent power
plays in two games this week to improve its kill rate to 90.6 percent.
Boston University: The Terriers are 4-0-1 in their last five Hockey East contests...
Junior Corey Trivino has scored a goal in consecutive games for the first
time since finding the back of the net in both games of the 2009 NCAA Northeast
Regional in Manchester, N.H.... The Terriers' last two overtime losses during the
regular season have come in the opening round of the Beanpot against Boston
College (2008, 2011)...BU has 10 come-from-behind victories this season after
only having five all of last season...Junior Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alta.) now sits
in fifth place all-time on BU career goaltender wins list with 56, six away from the
record holder Sean Fields '04..BU's freshmen hold an 80-67 lead over the juniors in
the race for scoring by class and the sophomores lead the way in goals with 27...
The Terriers have already played two non-conference opponents (Brown, Notre
Dame) twice and that total now reaches three with Monday's match-up with Harvard
in the Beanpot consolation game...With season series' wins over New Hampshire,
Maine, UMass Lowell and Massachusetts, BU will look to add Providence to that
list when they face off in a home-and-home tilt this weekend.
Maine: Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) set a Maine school record on Saturday
night when he scored just six seconds into the game… The previous record for
fastest goal to start a game was eight seconds set on Nov. 16, 1985 by Bruce
Major against Northern Michigan… Nyquist had three goals on the weekend and
now has goals in four straight games… Over that span, he has tallied seven
goals… He currently sits 27th on Maine's all-time scoring list with 45 goals and
84 assists for 129 career points… Prior to the game on Friday, former Maine
Director of Athletics and Hockey East Commissioner Stu Haskell was honored
with the prestigious Hockey East Founders Medal… Maine is 10-1-1 on the season
when scoring four or more goals… Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Brian
Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) each have three game-winning goals on the season… All
three of Diamond's have come in Hockey East conference play… Junior Spencer
Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario) tallied his 75th career point on Saturday night… Maine
has eight different players who have seen action in 100 or more career games.
Massachusetts: UMass remains in 7th place in the Hockey East standings
with an overtime loss to No. 14 Boston University and a tie against Providence …
UMass is 1 point ahead of Vermont (8th place) and 3 points ahead of Providence
(9th place) in the league standings … UMass will face Merrimack in a home-andhome
series this weekend … UMass' 4-3 loss to Boston University was its 6th
one-goal game of the year (1-5) and first overtime loss of the year … The tie
against Providence was the 6th overtime game of the year (0-1-5) … The UMass
penalty kill has gone 43-of-50 over the last 13 (86.0%) … The UMass power play
has struggled recently going 1-for-41 over the last 8 games … UMass posted a
season-high 45 shots against Providence … UMass averaged just under 3 goals
per game over the last three contests after being held to just two goals in the three
games prior … After giving up 3 goals to Providence in the 2nd period, UMass is
now being outscored 37-to-26 in that period for the season.
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks came up empty in an overtime thriller with
Northeastern, 3-2, on Friday night … UMass Lowell's Michael Budd scored twice
to take a 2-1 lead to start the third period ... The night marked the first multi-point
and multi-goal game of Budd's career … Josh Holmstrom picked up an assist on
Friday to become the fourth River Hawk freshman to reach double-digit points
this season, the most at UMass Lowell since 2007-08 … The loss marked the
18th consecutive game in which UMass Lowell surrendered three or more goals
and the team's first overtime loss this season (1-1-2) … Marc Boulanger made
31 saves in defeat, his sixth consecutive start with at least 30 saves … Over
that stretch Boulanger has stopped 210-of-232 shots for a .905 save percentage—
well above his season average of .887 … The River Hawks host Maine
next weekend for a two-game set … Saturday's contest with the Black Bears will
be televised live on NESN.
Merrimack: Following only the second-weekend sweep of UNH in school history,
Merrimack made it 11 wins in 12 games and improved to 19-5-4 on the season,
13-5-3 in Hockey East, tied for fourth in the Pairwise rankings…The wins wrapped
up a playoff spot for the Warriors for the second straight year and put them in the
third place, three points behind BC and UNH and two ahead of BU with six games
remaining…Fueled by wins in eight straight road games which is a Division I school
record, Merrimack has captured all six completed season-series, with triumphs
over UNH, BC, BU, UVM, UML, and NU…Boasting a 10-2-1 home mark this year,
Merrimack is tied with Yale for the fewest losses nationally…The Warriors rank
first in Hockey East in offense and second nationally and are second in HEA in
defense, power play and penalty kill…Freshman Jordan Heywood's (Regina, SK)
overtime goal improved Merrimack's OT record to 3-0-4 this year. Heywood had
a career-high three points in the 3-2 OT victory…Merrimack became the first
team in Hockey East to score 100 goals on the season when Brandon Brodhag
(Brooklyn Park, MN) gave the Warriors the 1-0 lead Friday night. The Warriors
have 106 goals on the season and are three shy of last year's output…The
Warriors played in front of the sixth sellout crowd at Lawler Arena in 13 home
games this season.
New Hampshire: With a goal on Saturday night UNH's Paul Thompson took
over the nation's lead in goals with 24. In addition, Thompson's 44 points is first
in Hockey East six ahead of linemate Mike Sislo (38 pt) and eight head of the next
closest… UNH's magic number to clinch home ice is two with both Northeastern
and Maine. New Hampshire is looking to become the first in Hockey East to clinch
home-ice advantage for the Hockey East quarterfinals. The Wildcats have hosted
the quarterfinals for a league-best 14-straight seasons and have not had to travel
for the first round of the post season since 1995-96… New Hampshire is in the
midst of playing five of six games on the road… The Wildcats are 8-3-1 on the
road this season… Last night was the first time UNH lost back-to-back games this
season. It was also UNH's second overtime loss of the season at 2-2-4… After
four-straight games against nationally-ranked teams, UNH will play four-straight
against teams not ranked in the latest poll… Senior Phil DeSimone sits on the
doorstep of 100 career points at 99 points. DeSimone is looking to become the
70th UNH player all-time and the third on his line to earn this distinction… After
holding games in hand for most of the season, all of Hockey East have played 21
games. UNH is tied with Boston College atop the standings with 32 points.
Northeastern: Northeastern's victory over UMass Lowell marks the first
three-game sweep of any Hockey East opponent this season. The Huskies never
lost to Massachusetts in their regular-season set, but skated to a draw on Jan. 29.
The win against UMass Lowell also marks the longest winning streak in program
history against the River Hawks. Northeastern has never defeated UML fourstraight
times, but put together six three-game winning streaks in the 99-game
series. Northeastern's victory marks the first time the Huskies have come from
behind after trailing through the first 40 minutes of regulation. It also marks the
first overtime victory for NU in seven tries. Tyler McNeely broke a career-best by
assembling a six-game point streak with NU's first goal of the game. McNeely has
touched upon a five-game spurt twice in his career. The Burnaby, B.C native has
notched seven points (3-4-7) within the current streak. Wade MacLeod matched
his career-best with a six-game stretch as well, turning in nine points (3-6-9)
during that time. Steve Silva is riding a four-game point streak for the first time
since his freshman season with five points (2-3-5). Mike McLaughlin has scored
goals in consecutive games four times in his career. The Seaforth, Ont. native
netted a pair in Monday's Beanpot tilt against Harvard. Rob Dongara has posted
assists in consecutive games twice in his rookie campaign thus far. The Huskies
are now 32-30-3 in games played in between Beanpot tilts.
Providence College: Providence College played No. 1 Boston College on
Friday marking the first time since March 8, 2009 that PC played a top-ranked
team (Boston University) … The Friars have played in 10 overtime games this
season, matching a school record (PC also had 10 ties in 1984-85 and 2007-
08) … Nine of the 10 overtime games have been against Hockey East teams
… In addition, PC has seven ties which matches a school record that was set
during the 2003-04 season … Senior Kyle MacKinnon's career-high 14 goals this
season marks the most by a Friar since 2007-08 when Jon Rheault finished with
17 … In the last 13 games, the Friars have killed off 72 of 79 penalties (91%)
… The Friars have climbed to 14th nationally on the penalty kill (84.8 %) … The
three second period goals scored by PC on Saturday at UMass marked the most
by the Friars in one period this season … Junior goalie Alex Beaudry made a
season-high 42 saves in a 3-3 overtime tie at UMass on Sunday … Beaudry now
has 2120 career saves which ranks ninth all-time at Providence … Beaudry also
is tied for ninth at PC with 74 career games played as a goalie.
Vermont: Vermont picked up where it left off the previous weekend, scoring
seven goals for the second consecutive game, as it rolled past No. 18 Maine
Friday night with 10 skaters picking up points (five having a multi-point game)…Anthony
DeCenzo (2g, 1a), Jack Downing (2g), Chris McCarthy (1g, 3a) Sebastian
Stalberg (1g, 2a) and Matt White (3a) all had multi-point games for Vermont
Friday...For Stalberg, it was his second in as many games…The Catamounts
went 3-for-6 on the power play and 8-for-8 on the penalty kill (Including a 5-on-3),
anchored by the play of Rob Madore (37 saves) once again Friday night…Saturday
night the Cats were feeling the shortage in numbers and took costly penalties as
they fell to the Black Bears 4-2 at Alfond Arena…Maine received a pair of goals
from Gustav Nyquist (Including an empty-netter)…Downing notched his third goal
of the weekend and Stalberg tallied a power-play goal for the second straight
night…Vermont went 7-for-8 on the penalty kill and 2-for-8 on the power play
Saturday…Madore stuffed 35 Black Bear attempts and moved into fourth all-time
(2,406 saves) in career saves among Vermont goaltenders with his 23rd stop
of the night in the second frame…Vermont (14 points) trail Massachusetts (15
points) by one point for the seventh seed in league standings…The Catamounts
return to action when they host No. 6 New Hampshire for a two-game series at
Gutterson Fieldhouse, Friday (Feb. 18) and Saturday (Feb. 19).
Last year at this time, as both the men's and women's
standings were taking shape down the stretch, the possibility
of a four-way tie existed on both sides. Actually,
one league, and I can't remember which, could have had
a five-way tie. Neither happened. If there are ties of three
teams or more, the ties are broken by reducing a threeteam
tie to two and then re-applying the criteria. The
ties are broken "from the top;" that is, the better teams
are identified first and then the criteria are re-applied to
the remaining teams. This is significant because there
are scenarios where if you reduce the first block by the
weakest team first and then re-apply, you end up with a
different order of teams.
The criteria Hockey East uses, by the way, are: 1)
points in league play, 2) head to head play; 3) league wins;
4) record against #1 team; 5) record against #2 team,
and so on.
It is now on the record. Let's see how it plays out.