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March 21, 2011
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WEEKLY RELEASE: BOSTON COLLEGE TAKES 10TH HEA TOURNAMENT TITLE IN SCHOOL HISTORY
~League attracts over 30,000+ fans to TD Garden for 27th annual Championship~
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Photo ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#13 CAM ATKINSON, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Junior Forward; Greenwich, Conn.)
Registered three points, including two third-period goals, to lift BC over Merrimack for the league championship on Saturday night en route to earning Bill Flynn tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Athletic Republic
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Photo PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
#13 MIKE COLLINS, MERRIMACK
(Freshman Forward; Boston, Mass.)
Picked up two goals and three points on the weekend in two games at the TD Garden, which included two points (1g,1a) in the Hockey East Finals on Saturday night vs. the Eagles. Pro Ambitions
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Photo PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER/WEEK
#4 TOMMY CROSS, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Junior Defenseman; Simsbury, Conn.)
Recorded three points (1g,2a) with four shots on goal and a +3 rating in a 5-4 win vs. Northeastern and earned All-Tournament honors for his efforts over the weekend for the Eagles. Pure Hockey
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Photo HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
The Eagles took home their league-record 10th Hockey East Championship on Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston with a 5-3 victory against Merrimack College in the 27th annual Championship Tournament. BC downed Northeastern in the semifinals on Friday night by a 5-4 score to advance to its 15th Championship Game in school history.  
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Athletic Republic Players of the Week Cam Atkinson of Boston College
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ARMY ROTC THREE STARS AWARD
At the conclusion of each Hockey East game, the " Army ROTC Three Stars of The Game" are selected. Congratulations to UNH's Paul Thompson for winning this year's Army ROTC Three Stars Award. Here are the final 2010-2011 season leaders:
Rk. Name Cl. Pos. School
1. Paul Thompson Sr. F UNH
2. Kieran Millan Jr. G BU
3. Cam Atkinson Jr. F BC
4. Wade MacLeod Sr. F NU
5. Brian Gibbons Sr. F BC
5. Chris Connolly Jr. F BU
  Chris Rawlings So. G NU
Army ROTC
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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Joe Cannata, MC (Jr., G, Wakefield, Mass.) Led the Warriors to their first-ever HEA Championship Game with 30 saves in the 4-1 semifinal win vs. UNH.

John Muse, BC (Sr., G, East Falmouth, Mass.) Was named to the All-Tournament Team for his play in Boston with 69 saves (.908 save%) in two games.

Matt Di Girolamo, UNH (Jr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Stopped 31 shots on Friday against Merrimack at the TD Garden in the Hockey East semifinals.

Ryan Flanigan, MC (Jr., F, Rochester, NY) Led the Warriors with three goals on the weekend, earning All-Tournament team honors.

Brian Gibbons, BC (Sr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Registered three points (2g,1a) in wins over Northeastern and Merrimack; earned All-Tournament honors.

Wade MacLeod, NU (Sr., F, Coquitlam, B.C.) Scored two goals and one assist in the semifinal contest against Boston College on March 18.

Tyler McNeely, NU (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Registered a three-point outing with a goal and two assists in Friday's semifinal contest against BC.

Pat Mullane, BC (So., F, Wallingford, Conn.) Recorded a team-high four points (2g,2a) in wins (had one goal and one assist in each win).

Elliott Sheen, MC (Jr., F, Lethbridge, Alta.) Tied a career-high with two goals in Merrimack's 4-1 win over UNH.

Steve Silva, NU (Sr., F, Tyngsboro, Mass.) Closed out his collegiate career with a personal best seven-game point streak, with assist in Friday's game vs. BC.

Karl Stollery, MC (Jr., D, Camrose, Alta.) Was named to the All-Tournament and had an assist on the weekend with two shots on goal for the Warriors.

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CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO's HOT

BRIAN DUMOULIN, BC (BIDDEFORD, MAINE) Has registered six points (1g,5a) in his current 5-game point streak

Ryan Flanigan, MC (Rochester, NY) Has goals in four straight and 11 points in six games. He was the leading scorer and goal scorer in the 2011 HEA tournament with nine points (5g,4a) in four games

Brian Gibbons, BC (Braintree, Mass.) Extended his scoring streak to six games with nine points (4g,5a) during that time. Gibbons has tallied at least one point in 34-of-38 games this winter

Stevie Moses, UNH (Leominster, Mass.) Moses has goals in three-straight games for the Wildcats

PAT MULLANE, BC (WALLINGFORD, CONN.) Is in the midst of a five-game point streak with eight points (3g,5a) in that span

Jesse Todd (Camrose, Alta .) Played in his 100th game on Friday night vs. UNH

Merrimack College Warriors Appeared in first-ever Hockey East Championship and selected to first NCAA Tournament since 1988

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TEAM NOTES

Boston College: BC won its record 10th Hockey East tournament title, including its eighth under Jerry York and fourth in the last five years. BC improved to 8-2 in league tournament championship games under York and have captured back-to-back titles three times – 1998-99, 2007-08 and 2010-11. York has guided Boston College to a 46-11-1 record in league tournament action…With two wins, the Eagles captured their seventh and eighth straight victories heading into the NCAA Tournament and improve to 30-7-1 this winter...BC is 15-1-1 in its last 17 games and 21-2-1 in its last 24 games...The 2010-11 team is the third team in school history to capture 30 wins in a season, joining the 2000-01 Eagles, who set a school record with 33 wins, and the 1986-87 team that captured 31 wins in 39 games...The team's three seniors; Joe Whitney, Brian Gibbons and John Muse concluded their careers with three league tournament titles and a 14-1 record; Muse went 13-1 in 14 Hockey East Tournament starts, two wins short of the all-time record held by former Eagle Scott Clemmensen…Jimmy Hayes (4-2—6) and Pat Mullane (2-4-6) led all BC scorers in the league tournament with six points each…The Eagles will travel West for NCAA Tournament competition for the first time since 2000 and the third time under York…BC and Colorado College will meet on Friday, March 25 at 9 p.m. in St. Louis on ESPNU.

Merrimack: In its second-ever Hockey East Semifinal appearance, Merrimack advanced to its first-ever title game with a 4-1 victory over UNH at the TD Garden before falling to BC 5-3 in the championship game…The Warriors earned a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and the #6 overall seed, and will take on Notre Dame Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester in the Northeast Regional. Miami and UNH are also in Merrimack's regional…Merrimack is in the NCAA Tournament for the second time ever and the first time since joining Hockey East. In 1988, Merrimack qualified as an at-large team…Ryan Flanigan and Karl Stollery earned all-tournament honors over the weekend. Flanigan scored a goal in each of Merrimack's four postseason games and has 11 points in his last six games, while Stollery led all players with 29 minutes of ice time in the Championship…Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) and Mike Collins also had multi-point efforts Saturday…Merrimack also played in front of its largest crowd ever, 16,003 in the Hockey East Semifinals…the Warriors are 33-0-2 in their last 35 games when leading after two periods…Merrimack and Notre Dame have met five times but not since November 26, 1991. The Warriors lead the all-time series 3-2 while the teams have split two meetings since Merrimack moved up to Division I in 1988-89.

New Hampshire: UNH advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th straight season... The 'Cats own the nation's second-longest streak of NCAA appearances behind only Michigan's 21-straight trips...New Hampshire draws one-seeded Miami in the first game Saturday, March 26 (4 p.m.), while Merrimack and Notre Dame comprise the field at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H...UNH will once again serve as host in Manchester... Saturday's game will be the second time the 'Cats and RedHawks have met in the NCAA's. On March 24, 2007, the fourth-seeded RedHawks upset the top-seeded 'Cats 2-1 in Manchester...New Hampshire and Miami enter Saturday's games as the only two teams to win at least a game in each of the past two NCAA's. UNH advanced to the regional finals in back-to-back years, while Miami is coming off back-to-back trips to the Frozen Four...Senior Paul Thompson was named Hockey East Player of the Year becoming the third New Hampshire skater in the last four years to earn this honor. Bobby Butler was last year's recipient, while Kevin Regan took home the award in 2007- 08... In addition, Thompson joins Regan and Butler as a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 finalist, an award given annually to the nation's top player...Junior Matt Di Girolamo stopped 31 shots on Friday against Merrimack. Di Girolamo is now third on the single-season saves list with 1,088 saves in 36 games. Mike Ayers is the leader with 1,139 saves in 41 games in 2002-03.

Northeastern: Northeastern bowed out to Boston College in its seventh Hockey East semifinals, 5-4, on Friday, March 18 at the TD Garden. It marked the Huskies second semifinals appearance in the last three years under head coach Greg Cronin. Veteran Steve Silva closed out his tenure as a Husky with a career-best seven-game point streak while Wade MacLeod and Tyler McNeely registered their 11th and eighth multi-point performance of the season, each accounting for three points. Silva, McNeely and MacLeod played all 38 games together this season as the top line and in their last 17 games, each member of the trio scored at least one point in 10 of those outings. The three senior forwards all finished over 30 points this season, marking the time a trio cracked 30 points, individually, since Jim Fahey, Chris Lynch, Mike Ryan and Jason Guerriero turned the trick in 2001-02. Since the turn of the calendar year, Northeastern's 11-7-4 mark (.591) is the third-best total in Huskies history since the formulation of Hockey East.

HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT NOTES: This is BC's 10th Hockey East championship, increasing its own league record. (BU is second on the list with seven.) It is the second consecutive title for BC and fourth in the last five years. This is the sixth time a team has won back-to-back titles (BC has done it twice before), but it is the first time a team has claimed four titles in five years...The Eagles are now 10-5 in Hockey East championship games...This is the 13th time a No. 1 seed has won the championship. The last was Boston University in 2009...Boston College extended its historical Hockey East tournament dominance over Merrimack, improving its all-time record over the Warriors to 10-1. The Eagles' only tourney loss to Merrimack came in the 1990 quarterfinals...With the victory, Boston College gains automatic entry into the NCAA tournament, marking its 30th appearance and seventh in the last eight years. BC is just the fourth team to reach 30 appearances, joining Minnesota, Michigan and Boston University. The Eagles will be attempting to win their second consecutive NCAA title and third in four years. Despite the loss, Merrimack is virtually assured a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1988...BC goaltender John Muse now owns a 13-1 record in the Hockey East tournament, two wins short of the all-time record held by former BC stopper Scott Clemmensen.

HOCKEY EAST IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: Since the league's inception in 1985, Hockey East has sent 84 teams to the national tournament, second most of any conference during that time (WCHA- 89)...Hockey East teams own a 112-91-1 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament...The Hockey East Combined Champions (12 Total; won both regular season and tournament) own a 26-10 Overall Record and Nine of the teams have qualified for the Frozen Four (Seven advanced to the championship game) with four teams winning the NCAA title...The Boston College Eagles have appeared in four the last five NCAA Championship Games, winning the title in 2008 and 2010. Over the last 13 seasons, Hockey East has boasted 21 of the 52 Frozen Four qualifiers, the most of any conference. By comparison:

Hockey East: 21; WCHA: 15; CCHA: 12; ECACHL: 2

Hockey East teams have won Seven NCAA Championships (Maine '93, BU '95, Maine '99, BC '01, BC '08, BU '09, BC '10)

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COMMISSIONER's CORNER by Joe Bertagna

The 27th Hockey East Championship Tournament is in the books and congratulations to Jerry York and the Boston College Eagles. Congratulations are also due the other semifinalists who helped deliver three compelling games and to the 30,000+ fans who comprised our largest crowds since 2005.

So now we wish the best to our three surviving teams as they head to the NCAA Regionals with dreams of competing in St. Paul on April 7. None of these games are easy, regardless of where you play or who you play. Hockey East has had great success in this tournament, and not just the obvious three titles in the last three years. Go back to 1998 and look at how many Hockey East teams have competed in the Frozen Four. The answer is 21. The closest conference to that: the WCHA with 15.

But all the conferences are sending strong representatives, and that includes Atlantic Hockey, which has enjoyed first round success a number of years and put its 2010 representative into the Frozen Four. We only have to look at the weekend's basketball results to prepare ourselves for what is likely to play out this weekend at four sites. Best of luck to BC, UNH and Merrimack!

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