~ Boston U., UML, UNH all pick up three points in respective series ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#10 DAVID VALLORANI, UMASS-LOWELL
(Junior Forward; Hamilton, Ont.)
|Vallorani scored six points (3g,3a) in the River Hawks three points weekend vs. Providence,
including Saturday's game-winning marker, to go along six shots on goal and a +3 rating
against the Friars.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#27 KEVIN GOUMAS, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Freshman Forward; Lake Worth, Fla.)
|Goumas registered a goal and three assists on the weekend for the Wildcats. He tallied
the game-tying goal in the third period to help UNH capture a 2-2 tie with
Northeastern on Friday night and handed out a career-high three assists
on Saturday night in a 6-3 win over Northeastern. Goumas was a +3 on the weekend with
seven shots on net.
||PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#30 DAN SULLIVAN, MAINE
(Freshman Goaltender; York, Pa.)
|Sullivan picked up two victories vs. No. 4 Merrimack with a 0.50 GAA and a .971 save percentage.
He recorded his third straight shutout with a 4-0 win over the Warriors on Friday
and followed that up by allowing just one goal in Maine's 7-1 win on Saturday night. Sullivan
set a school record by extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 202:48
on Saturday before allowing a goal.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|MAINE BLACK BEARS
|The Black Bears outscored Merrimack by an 11-1 score in the series sweep over the
weekend at Alfond Arena. Maine went a perfect 12-for-12 on the penalty kill and converted
on six of 14 (42.9%) power play opportunites. The Black Bears outshot the Warriors by
a combined, 70-34, in the two-game set.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week David Vallorani of UMass Lowell
|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:
Barry Almeida, BC (Jr., F, Springfield, Mass.) Scored one goal in each of two wins over Massachusetts.
Cam Atkinson, BC (Jr., F, Greenwich, Conn.) Tallied a career-high three assists in the team's 4-3 win at Massachusetts on Friday.
Matt Bergland, PC (Jr., F, Faribault, Minn.) Scored a goal in each game against UMass Lowell this past weekend.
Mike Borisenok, UNH, Jr., F, Watervliet, N.Y.) Registered a goal and two assists over the weekend.
Doug Carr, UML (Fr., G, Hanover, Mass.) Turned away 66-of-71 shots (.930) while back stopping UML to a win and tie with Providence.
Adam Clendening, BU (Fr., D, Wheatfield, N.Y.) Tallied a goal, two assists and +3 rating to help BU earn three out of four points in their series vs. Vermont
Drew Daniels, NU (So., D, Suffern, N.Y.) Turned in his first point streak of the season with a goal and an assist, respectively, in the UNH series.
Matt Di Girolamo, UNH (Jr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Stopped 59-of-64 shots (.922), including 33 shots Saturday to give UNH a three-point weekend vs. NU.
Jeff Dimmen, Maine (Sr., D, Colorado Springs, Colo.) Had two goals and two assists on the weekend as Maine swept #4 Merrimack.
Sahir Gill, BU (Fr., F, Terrace, B.C.) Recorded a goal and two assists in the Terriers' weekend series with Vermont
Brian Flynn, Maine (Jr., F, Lynnfield, Mass.) Had two goals and two assists in weekend sweep of Merrimack.
Wade MacLeod, NU (Sr., F, Coquitlam, B.C.) Scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season, both by way of the power play.
Kieran Millan, BU (Jr., G, Edmonton, Alta.) Extended his unbeaten streak in league play to nine games with a combined 65 saves in BU's win and tie vs. UVM.
Stevie Moses, UNH (Jr., F, Leominster, Mass.) Tallied a pair of goals and two assists in UNH's 6-3 win vs. NU. Posted nine shots on net with a +3 rating.
Pat Mullane, BC (So., F, Wallingford, Conn.) Netted the decisive goal on the power play in Saturday's win vs. UMass. Went 28-for-36 (78%) on faceoffs.
John Muse, BC (Sr., G, East Falmouth, Mass.) Recorded 38 saves (on 42 shots) in earning two wins over UMass.
Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Jr., F, Malmo, Sweden) Scored a goal and added three assists in Maine's weekend sweep of Merrimack.
Joseph Pendenza, UML (Fr., F, Wilmington, Mass.) Recorded three tallies in the three-point weekend with the Friars.
Paul Thompson, UNH (Sr., F, Derry, N.H.) Scored a pair of goals in UNH's 6-3 win over Northeastern. Thompson has six multi-goal efforts this season.
Josh Van Dyk, Maine (Sr., D, Woodstock, Ont.) Scored two goals and added two assists in weekend sweep of #4 Merrimack.
Adam Clendening, BU (Wheatfield , N.Y.)
Has six points (3g,3a) during current five-game point streak
Paul Dainton, UMass (Iqaluit, Nunvut)
Set the UMass career records for saves (3,097) and minutes played
(6,799) last weekend, he is second in GAA and save% to only Jon Quick
MATT DI GIROLAMO, UNH (AMBLER, PA.)
The junior netminder posted a 2.40 GAA and has now allowed two
goals or fewer in 16 league games
Maury Edwards, UML (Rocky Rapids, Alta .)
Posted his 50th career assist vs. the Friars on Saturday
Daniel Furlong, UML (Stoneham, Mass.)
Scored his first collegiate point, an assist, against PC.
Kevin Goumas, UNH (Lake Worth, FLA.)
Has eight points (2g,4a) in the last four games
Joel Hanley, UMass (Keswick, Ont.)
Has six points (2g,4a) in the last five games, he ranks sixth in Hockey
East Defenseman scoring for the season with 3g, 15a
Lance Herrington, UVM (Bow, N.H.)
Scored his first career goal against No. 15 BU Friday
Tyler McNeely, NU (Burnaby, B.C.)
Registered his 100th career point on Wade MacLeod's power play goal
on Saturday against UNH on Saturday
Joseph Pendenza, UML (Wilmington, Mass.)
Became the first UML rookie since Kory Falite in
2006-07 to reach double-digit goals (10)
Karl Stollery , MC (Camrose, Alta .)
Appeared in his 100th career game Friday
T.J. Syner, UMass (Springfield, Mass.)
Has a 7-game point streak in place (2g,5a)
Rem Vanderbeek, PC (Warren, N.J.)
Recorded his first career point vs. UMass Lowell Friday
David Vallorani, UML (Hamilton , Ont.)
Recorded his 50th career assist vs. Providence Saturday
Josh Van Dyk (Woodstock, Ont.)
Had a goal in each game over the weekend Merrimack. Van Dyk had
just one goal in his first 134 career games
Boston College: Boston College played before its second straight sellout
and fourth in the last six home games in Saturday's 2-1 win over UMass...Through
12 home games this season, Boston College leads Hockey East in attendance
and improved its average home attendance figure to 6,691 fans per game, the
highest average in Kelley Rink's 23-year history…BC has won nine straight over
Massachusetts and improved to 20-4-1 inside the Mullins Center and 24-5-2 inside
Conte Forum against the Minutemen...Brian Gibbons tallied two points in the win
and has tallied at least one point in 27 (of 32) games this winter…BC's victories
marked win Nos. 95 and 96 for the team's senior class…Joe Whitney assisted
twice in two games and now has 97 career assists…Sophomore defenseman
Brian Dumoulin notched his 49th career point and classmate Pat Mullane tallied his
48th career point over the weekend…Barry Almeida, who also netted a power-play
goal in Friday's 4-3 win in Amherst, Mass., scored in consecutive games for the
first time since last year's Hockey East Tournament when he scored three times in
two quarterfinal wins over the Minutemen…John Muse enters the final weekend of
regular-season competition ranked second on the school's all-time saves list with
3,522. He is 83 saves from Greg Taylor's (1993-97) school record (3,605).
Boston University: The Terriers enter the final weekend of the regular season
on a league-best nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2) in Hockey East play…Twelve
of BU's last 14 games have been decided by a goal or less…The Terriers need
just one point to secure home ice for the league quarterfinals and can finish as
high as second in the conference standings… BU now has eight ties on the
year, one away from the school record set in 2003-04 and matched in 2005-
06…Freshman Sahir Gill snapped a 20-game goalless streak when he opened
the scoring in Friday's 3-3 draw against Vermont…Freshman Adam Clendening
leads all Hockey East rookies in assists with 18…The Terriers' freshman class has
accumulated 100 points (29g, 71a) this season, accounting for 38 percent of the
team's scoring…Forty-four of BU's 99 goals this season have come in the second
period…The Terriers have combined to score seven power-play goals over the past
five games…Brian Strait made his debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday
to become the eighth player from BU's 2009 NCAA championship team to reach
the NHL ranks…BU's two seniors (Adam Kraus, Joe Pereira) will be honored at the
Terriers' regular-season finale on Saturday (March 5) at Agganis Arena.
Maine: Maine swept #4 Merrimack 4-0 and 7-1 on the weekend to extend its
winning streak to a season-high five games…The Black Bears tied a school record
with their third straight shutout on Friday night…Just once before in Maine history
has the team recorded three straight shutouts…Rookie goalie Dan Sullivan (York,
Pa.) set the school record for consecutive scoreless minutes at 202:48, breaking
the old mark of 193:45 set by former standout Jimmy Howard…Maine's top line
of Brian Flynn, Tanner House (Cochrane, Alta.) and Gustav Nyquist has 136 career
goals and 208 assists for 344 career points…Maine and Merrimack combined for
81 penalties for 301 minutes in the two-game weekend series…The two teams
had 33 penalties for 149 minutes in the third period on Friday…Maine scored
a season-high four power play goals against Merrimack on Saturday night and
were 6-for-14 with the man-advantage on the weekend…Maine limited Merrimack
to just 15 shots on goal in the game on Friday night…Brian Flynn notched his
team-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season on Saturday night…Maine is
13-1-1 on the season when scoring four or more goals and 12-1-1 when scoring
first…Maine seniors combined to score five goals and dish out eight assists for
13 points on senior weekend.
Massachusetts: UMass sits in 8th place in the Hockey East standings
– two points ahead of Providence and one point behind Vermont…Providence
won the season series against UMass, while the Minutemen won the season
series against Vermont…UMass has played four straight games decided by one
goal and six straight decided by one or fewer goals…UMass is 1-9 this season
in 1-goal games…After going 0-for-33 on the power play in the previous six
games, UMass is 4-for-19 with the extra-man in the last four games…UMass
is outscored 41-to-29 in the second period after allowing three Boston College
goals in that period on Saturday…UMass will host Maine next Friday and Saturday
– the Minutemen swept Maine last season in Orono to secure the 7th spot in the
Hockey East playoffs.
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks picked up three points with a 7-2 win and a 3-3
tie against Providence College this weekend…It marked the first time this season
UMass Lowell has secured three or more points in a Hockey East weekend…The
River Hawks won the season series with the Friars (2-0-1)…UML is 4-1-4 in its last
nine games with Providence…Freshman Joseph Pendenza scored three goals, giving
him five tallies in three career games against Providence…Pendenza now has
10 goals, making him the first UML skater to record double-digit tallies as a rookie
since Kory Falite in 2006-07…The River Hawks have four players with double-digit
goals— Riley Wetmore, David Vallorani, Matt Ferreira and Pendenza—the most
since 2007-08…Both Maury Edwards and Vallorani reached the 50 career assists
plateau on Saturday…Vallorani was electric this weekend, scoring three goals and
three assists, including the game-winner on Saturday night…After being shutout
twice by Maine, UML scored 10 goals against the Friars, the most in a weekend
series by the River Hawks this season…UML will head to Vermont next weekend
to wrap up the 2010-11 season.
Merrimack: Merrimack saw its nine-game road winning streak and its eightgame
winning streak snapped as #16 Maine became the first Hockey East team
to capture a season-series from the Warriors this season behind a weekend
sweep in Orono…This is the first time all year the Warriors have lost two in a
row…It also marked the first time Merrimack was swept in a weekend series by
a Hockey East team since UNH in February of the 2008-09 season...Merrimack
needs one win, two ties, or a loss by Maine next weekend to clinch home ice in
the Hockey East Quarterfinals…The Warriors trail BU by one point for third and
BC by four for second but hold the tiebreaker over both teams…Earlier in the
week, Merrimack received its first-ever first-place vote in the USCHO poll while
earning a #4 overall ranking…Freshman Sam Marotta (Bridgewater, Mass.), who
played the third period in both games, finally allowed his first collegiate goal,
snapping a streak of 66:53 over six games…Merrimack closes out the regular
season with a series against Providence beginning Friday at Lawler Arena in what
will be the eighth sellout in 15 home games this season.
New Hampshire: UNH enters the final weekend of the regular season in first
place in the league standings...The 'Cats can clinch its ninth regular-season title
with a single win or two ties in the weekend home-and-home series with No. 2
Boston College. New Hampshire is looking to defend its regular-season crown
and capture its fourth league regular-season title in the last five seasons…For
the second-straight weekend, UNH took three of a possible four points…Freshman
Kevin Goumas continues to be on a tear for the Wildcats with a goal and
three assists this weekend. He tallied the game-tying goal in the third period to
help UNH capture a 2-2 tie with Northeastern on Friday night and handed out
a career-high three assists on Saturday night in a 6-3 win over Northeastern.
Goumas has two goals and six assists in the last four games…The 'Cats captured
its 19th win of the season surpassing its win total from a year ago…Paul
Thompson scored a pair of goals Saturday night against Northeastern. It was
the sixth time Thompson has multi-goal efforts and 16 times he had multi-point
efforts. Thompson's 41 points in league play is seven more than his closest
competition in Hockey East…UNH scored six goals or more for the five times
this season and on three occasions in the month of February.
Northeastern: No matter what happens to Northeastern in the regularseason
series finale, the Huskies have locked themselves into the No. 6 seed for
the 2011 Hockey East playoffs. Northeastern's eight draw of the season marks
the most ties the Huskies have posted in a season in school history. On Saturday
at Matthews Arena, Tyler McNeely became the 46th player in Northeastern history
to score 100 career points. The Burnaby, B.C. native registered 43 goals
and 57 assists in 136 career games. Wade MacLeod capped off his fantastic
February with consecutive power play tallies in the UNH series and caps the
month with five goals and seven assists for a 12-point total. Four of MacLeod's
five goals have come via the power play in February as the assistant captain is
currently tied with New Hampshire's Paul Thompson for the power play points
lead, averaging 0.66 per game. Newcomer Brodie Reid touched upon his second
four-game point streak with an assist on MacLeod's power play goal on Friday.
Classmate Cody Ferriero potted his second goal of the season, overcoming a
32-game draught as the rookie scored Northeastern's first goal of the season
back on Oct. 8 at Providence. If both Merrimack sweeps PC and BU sweeps
the Huskies, Northeastern will meet up with the Terriers in the first round of the
Hockey East Playoffs.
Providence College: Providence College played UMass Lowell to a
3-3 overtime tie Friday night at Schneider Arena…It marked Providence's
school record 11th overtime game this season…The Friars also set a school
mark with their eighth tie…Five of Providence's last 12 games have gone
into overtime…Senior Matt Germain recorded his second two-goal game this
season and the third of his career Friday night, while junior Andy Balysky tallied
a career-high two assists…Junior goalie Alex Beaudry is 62 saves away from
matching his career mark that he set last season with 906 saves…The 906
stops also ranks him fifth all-time in PC's single-season saves list…Sophomore
Tim Schaller, who had five points (2g,3a) as a rookie, has 18 points (4g,14a)
this season…Senior Ben Farrer's 13 points this season are more than what
he had in his first three seasons at PC…The Friars will close out the regular
season with a home-an-home series vs. Merrimack, the Friars posted a 2-0 win
at Schneider Arena on Alex Beaudry's first career shutout on Nov. 5 in the first
meeting of the season series.
Vermont: Vermont picked up a point on the weekend, earning a 3-3 tie
Friday night scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 3-0
deficit at Agganis Arena and move its unbeaten streak on Terrier ice to five
games…Anders Franzon, Drew MacKenzie and Lance Herrington all tallied
goals for the Cats…MacKenzie had six points in as many games after the third
period tally…Ben Albertson, Brett Leonard, Chris McCarthy, Connor Brickley, H.T.
Lenz and Sebastian Stalberg all picked up assists in the third period rally…Rob
Madore stopped 43 shots in net for the Catamounts who slid into the seventh
spot in Hockey East standings with the point…Saturday night, Madore kept the
Catamounts in the game early, stuffing a trio of BU breakaways in the opening
period and turning aside 31 shots total on the night, but the Terriers were able
to hold onto the lead this time, 3-1 over UVM…Kieran Millan had 27 saves in net
for BU and was five seconds away from a shutout, but Tobias Nilsson-Roos was
able to muscle home a puck that was loose in front of the net for his fifth goal of
the season…Stalberg and Josh Burrows picked up assists on the play…Prior
to Saturday's game vs. UML, the Cats will honor Burrows, Dan Lawson, Jack
Downing, Kevan Miller and Kyle Medvec for senior night.
In one of these previous notes, we explained how our
tie-breaking criteria work. With one weekend to go, we do
have a few tricky scenarios. Observe:
Boston University thought it has clinched home ice
because it seemed its only challenger was Maine and
they would win the tie-breaker with the Black Bears at 34
points (the best Maine can get). But if BU is tied with both
Maine and Merrimack at 34 points (BU loses two, Maine
wins two, and Merrimack gets a single point), the three-way
tie goes to #3 Maine, followed by #4 Merrimack and
#5 BU. The difference: in head-to-head play, Maine and
Merrimack are 2-2-2 while BU is 1-1-4, and the number
of "wins" provides the difference.
More complicated are the potential three-way ties at
the other end of the standings. There are three different
ways UMass, Vermont and Providence could be tied with
17 points. The "differences" lie in how the teams get
there (via different combinations of wins and ties). In two
scenarios, the order is UMass, Vermont, Providence, and
in one, it goes Vermont, Providence, UMass. How can this
be? It turns on number of wins as well as record against
Top Teams. Trust me on this.