~ Eagles edge NU at Fenway; Merrimack takes three points; PC, Vermont earn wins ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#22 STEVIE MOSES, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Senior Forward; Leominster, Mass.)
|Moses scored all five of UNH's goals on the week leading the Wildcats to a pair of wins. He
scored the game's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Providence on Wednesday and followed that
up with a four-goal outburst vs. Dartmouth on Saturday. Moses
had 14 shots on goal and was a +3 plus/minus rating on the week.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#29 CASEY DESMITH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Freshman Goaltender; Rochester, N.H.)
|DeSmith stopped 48-of-49 shots (.980 save%) on the week earning his first
two collegiate wins and his first collegiate shutout. On Wednesday at Providence,
he stopped all 26 shots he faced to earn a 1-0 win. On Saturday vs.
Dartmouth, he stopped the final 21 Dartmouth shots, in the 4-1 victory.
||HEA CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#35 JOE CANNATA, MERRIMACK
(Senior Goaltender; Wakefield, Mass.)
|Stopped 63 of 67 shots (.940 save%) on the weekend, including 39 stops in Saturday's tie
with Maine. Allowed only two even strength goals all, becoming the program's all-time saves
||HEA CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#39 STEVE MASTALERZ, MASSACHUSETTS
(Freshman Goaltender; No. Andover, Mass.)
|Mastalerz made a career-high 35 saves in the 4-0 win over No. 4 Boston College – UMass'
only game of the week. He helped the penalty kill unit go 6-for-6. Mastalerz made 14 of his
35 saves in the third period where he also helped kill off three penalties. His shutout made
him the first-ever UMass goalie since 1920 to blank Boston College.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS
|The Terriers took home a pair of one-goal road victories over the weekend, scoring four
goals in each contest. BU went 3-for-14 on the power play over the weekend, including
2-for-6 in the Northeastern win on Friday night at Matthews Arena.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Stevie Moses of New Hampshire
|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 2011-2012 season leaders to date:
Spencer Abbott, Maine (Sr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Scored a goal and added an assist in Maine's weekend series at Merrimack.
Conor Allen, UMass (So., D, Chicago, Ill.) Finished the game with a goal and an assist on a shorthanded goal with +2 plus/minus rating.
Derek Army, PC (So., F, North Kingstown, R.I.) Scored two goals and added one assist in a win at Vermont on Sunday.
Alex Beaudry, PC (Sr., G, Cumberland, Ont.) Stopped 53 of 56 shots, including 28 saves in a win at Vermont on Sunday.
Brett Bruneteau, UVM (Jr., D, Omaha, Neb.) Tipped in the game-winner against No. 10 UMass Lowell on Friday in overtime.
Doug Carr, UML (G, So., Hanover, Mass.) Stopped 30 shots in an overtime loss at Vermont. He held UVM scoreless on five power plays.
Alex Chiasson, BU (Jr., F, St. Augustin, Que.) Totaled four assists on the weekend, including a career-high three at Harvard on Saturday.
Adam Clendening, BU (So., D, Wheatfield, N.Y.) Tallied three assists in 4-3 win at Harvard on Saturday and scored a goal in 4-3 victory at NU Friday.
Chris Connolly, BU (Sr., F, Duluth, Minn.) Scored two goals and assisted on OT winner in 4-3 comeback win at Harvard on Saturday.
Peter DeAngelo, UMass (So., F, Milford, Mass.) Scored his first career short-handed goal in the win vs. BC, was 7-for-10 on faceoffs (+2 rating).
Ryan Flanigan, MC (Sr., F, Rochester, N.Y.) Picked up a career-high four assists in a 6-2 win over Maine Friday.
Brian Flynn, Maine (Sr., F, Lynnfield, Mass.) Scored a goal and added two assists in Maine's weekend series at Merrimack.
Ludwig Karlsson, NU (Fr., F, Stockholm, Sweden) Had his second-career two-goal outing against Boston Universtity and an assist vs. BC.
Drew MacKenzie, UVM (Sr., D, New Canaan, Conn.) Had three assists over the weekend against UMass Lowell and Providence.
Colin Markison, UVM (Fr., F, Princeton, N.J.) Scored a goal in each game vs. UMass Lowell and Providence.
Ross Mauermann, PC (Fr., F, Janesville, Wis.) Scored two goals in a win at Vermont on Sunday.
Wade Megan, BU (Jr., F, Canton, N.Y.) Scored two goals, including game-winner, in 4-3 win at Northeastern Friday and added an assist on Saturday.
John Parker, Maine (Fr., F, Green Brook, N.J.) Notched his first collegiate goal on Friday in Maine's game at Merrimack.
Karl Stollery, MC (Sr., D, Camrose, Alta.) Tallied four points in the three-point weekend, which included three points in the win on Friday.
T.J. Syner, UMass (Sr., F, Springfield, Mass.) Scored a pair of goals in the 4-0 win over No. 4 Boston College.
Jesse Todd, MC (Sr., F, Calgary, Alta.) Scored three power play goals and added an assist on the weekend vs. Maine.
Chris Venti, BC (Sr., F, Needham, Mass.) Stopped 19 shots faced in 90 minutes of combined action over the weekend.
Garrett Vermeersch, NU (Jr., F, Macomb, Mich.) Notched two assists vs. BU and tallied NU's lone goal against BC at Fenway Park.
Joe Cannata, MC (Wakefield, Mass.)
Became program's all-time leader for saves
in a career passing Joe Exter with 2,698
Kevin Goumas, UNH (LONG BEACH, N.Y.)
Registered three assists on Saturday against Dartmouth
Casey DeSmith, UNH (Rochester, N.H.)
Earn his first collegiate win and shutout in a 1-0 win
at Providence on Wednesday night
HOCKEY EAST TEAMS
Own a 34-20-7 record in non-league play this season and are assured
at least a 50% winning percentage vs. every conference
Danny Hobbs, UMass (Shawville, Que.)
Has eight points (3g,5a) in seven games.
He currently has a five-game point streak in place
Drew MacKenzie, UVM (New Canaan, Conn.)
Has a season-high eight-game point streak
John Parker, Maine (Green Brook, N.J.)
Scored his first collegiate goal on Friday night at Merrimack
Evan Rodrigues, BU (Etobicoke, Ont.)
Tallied his first collegiate goal in Friday's win at Northeastern
Chad Ruhwedel, UML (San Diego, Calif.)
Leads all Hockey East defensemen
with 0.94 points per game
Jake Rutt, Maine (Scarborough, Maine)
Tallied his first career point with an assist on Saturday night
Sebastian Stalberg, UVM (Gothenburg, Sweden )
Has 15 points in his last 11 games (5g,10a)
Karl Stollery, MC (Camrose, Alta.)
Moved into third all-time on Merrimack's scoring list among defensemen
in Division I history with 77 career points
T.J. Syner, UMass (Springfield, Mass.)
Has at least one point in 18 of 21 games this season
CHRIS VENTI, BC (NEEDHAM, MASS.)
Made his first career start on Saturday at Fenway Park
vs. NU and notched his first collegiate victory
Boston College: Former Eagle Jimmy Hayes (2008-11) made his
NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 to become
the 18th BC hockey alum to have seen NHL action this season. Of
the 18 former BC players that have seen NHL action, 11 played on teams
that captured NCAA Championships at BC…BC's win over Northeastern
completes a three-game league series sweep for BC and marked the third
one-goal victory Boston College achieved over Northeastern this winter.
The team captured a 4-3 overtime win on Oct. 22 in Matthews Arena
and a 2-1 win on Nov. 11 in Kelley Rink on a last-second goal by captain
Tommy Cross...Junior Pat Mullane's second-period goal marked his third
of the season and first since a two-goal performance at North Dakota
on Oct. 8…Chris Kreider's goal against the Huskies marked his second
shorthanded score and the team's sixth of the season…Chris Venti saw
his first action of the season at Massachusetts on Friday, recording five
saves in the game's final 30:02 and recorded his first collegiate start the
next night against Northeastern at Fenway Park where he backstopped
Boston College to a 2-1 win over Northeastern.
Boston University: The Terriers have won five of their last six
contests - coming from behind in all five victories - and 10 of their last
12...BU is 7-4-1 this season when it allows the first goal...Sophomore
Adam Clendening is on a four-game point streak with eight points (1g,
7a) during the stretch...Senior Chris Connolly now has nine points (5g,
4a) in five career games against Harvard...Sophomore Garrett Noonan
(Norfolk, Mass.) scored the game-winner in overtime against Harvard
and had a plus-4 rating on the weekend to raise his team-best rating to
plus-13, which is tied for third in the league...The Terriers have scored
at least four goals in each of their last four victories...BU is 10-3-16
in its last 29 overtime games following its triumph at Harvard...Senior
Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alta.) and sophomore Matt Nieto (Long Beach,
Calif.) were among the preliminary candidates for online voting for this
year's Hobey Baker Award...The Terriers and Friars are tied for first in
the nation in shorthanded goals with eight each...BU enters the week
ranked 2nd in the RPI and 3rd in the Pairwise.
Maine: Maine saw its four-game winning streak snapped at Merrimack
on Friday night…Maine skated to a 2-2 draw with the Warriors on Saturday
night…The Black Bears are now 2-0-3 in overtime on the season…
Maine finished the first semester with a 3.31 team GPA…It is the highest
in program history and the ninth straight 3.0 semester… 23 of Maine's 26
student-athletes posted a 3.0 GPA or higher…Maine is currently scoring
at an 82.2 percent clip on the power play, which is among the national
leaders…The Black Bears have scored at least one power play goal in
13 straight games…Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) moved into a tie for
21st place on Maine's all-time scoring list on the weekend with his 140th
career point. He has 66 goals and 77 assists…Maine has outscored
its opponents 25-14 in the first period of games this season…Spencer
Abbott (Hamilton, Ont.), Brian Flynn and Joey Diamond (Long Beach,
N.Y.) all have six game points streaks.
Massachusetts: UMass is now 4-1-2 since the start of December
with the win over No. 4 BC…The 4-0 shutout marked the first time since
the series began in 1920 that UMass blanked Boston College…UMass
won the season series vs. BC for the first time since 2006-07, the same
season UMass made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance…The
two wins this season came with Boston College ranked No. 1 in the
country (W, 4-2) and No. 4 in the country (W, 4-0)…The win also improves
UMass to 4-2-1 against ranked teams this season…UMass is now the only
team in the country to be unbeaten at home this year at 6-0-3…UMass
scored its first shorthanded goal in nearly two seasons on Friday night
(the last was against Northeastern on Feb. 13, 2009)…When allowing
four or more goals this year, UMass is 0-7-1, however, when cutting
that to 3-or-fewer, UMass is 8-1-3…Holding a lead or being tied after 2
periods has also been a good omen for UMass this year as the Minutemen
are 8-1-3 (0-7-1 when trailing).
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks fell in overtime, 3-2, at Vermont on
Friday night, the first UMass Lowell overtime loss to the Catamounts
since Vermont joined Hockey East (1-1-4). The game marked UMass
Lowell's first against a Hockey East opponent since Dec. 10, 2011. The
River Hawks are now 1-2-0 in overtime contests this season. The loss
snapped UMass Lowell's eight-game winning streak in games which it
has scored first and 11-game streak when leading after two periods. The
River Hawks have had at least four freshmen crack double-digit points
in back-to-back seasons for the first time 2006-08...Doug Carr ranks
third in the nation in GAA (1.96) and is tied for ninth in save percentage
(.928). Despite the loss, UMass Lowell ranks fourth in the NCAA in team
offense (3.56 gpg) and is tied for 16th in defense (2.56 gapg).
Merrimack: Merrimack picked up a win and a tie against Maine at
Lawler Arena, concluding a season series without a loss to Maine for the
first time ever. Merrimack is 4-0-1 in its last five against Maine at Lawler
and has scored 26 goals in those games...The Warriors remain in third
place, three points behind first place BU with a game in hand…Hobey
Baker nominee Joe Cannata led the way with 63 saves on the weekend.
Bryan Schmidt is the all-time leader with 90 points…The senior class
led the way totaling six goals and 16 points on the weekend, led by
three power play goals from Jesse Todd and four assists from Ryan
Flanigan…Merrimack is now 12-1-3 when scoring two or more goals
and is 10-1-3 when outshooting its opponent…Merrimack improved
to 14-2-2 in its last 18 at home and is 32-7-4 since the start of 2009-
10…The Warriors have won three of four season series…A late scratch
Saturday due to illness, Brendan Ellis (Kelowna, B.C.), missed the first
game of his collegiate career, snapping a 59-game streak.
New Hampshire: UNH snapped a five-game losing streak with a
pair of wins during the week over Providence (1-0) and Dartmouth
(4-1)…Freshman goalie Casey DeSmith stopped all 26 shots he faced
to register his first collegiate win and shutout, lifting UNH to a 1-0 win
at PC. He became the first Wildcat freshman goalie to earn a shutout
since Brian Foster did so on Dec. 8, 2006 against St. Lawrence…With
the win over PC, UNH captures its first road win since Feb. 26, 2011
at Northeastern, a span of 318 days, and extends its unbeaten streak
against the Friars to 15 games at 13-0-2…On Saturday, Stevie Moses
registered his second career hat trick, potting four goals and earning
Most Valuable Player honors in UNH's 4-1 win over Dartmouth in the
Battle for the RiverStone Cup XI at Verizon Wireless Arena… For Moses,
the four goals match a career high he netted previously against Alabama-
Huntsville on Nov. 26, 2011, at the Whittemore Center Arena. Moses,
who scored all five of UNH's goals during the week, is riding a four-game
point scoring streak with five goals and two assists in that span.
Northeastern: Northeastern was swept this weekend with a 4-3
loss to No. 6 Boston University followed by a 2-1 setback against No.
4 Boston College as part of the Sun Life Frozen Fenway weekend at
Fenway Park. Against Boston University, rookie Ludwig Karlsson continued
on his tear with his second-career two-goal outing to put himself
in a tie with Braden Pimm for the team goals lead (8). Karlsson is tied
with Denver's Joey LaLeggia in the rookie points race across the entire
NCAA with 1.00 points per game. Junior Steve Quailer's 10-game point
streak came to an end after being shut out against Boston College.
Quailer's 10-game tear accounted for 15 points (6-9-15) and was the
longest career point streak of any Husky on the roster. Junior Garrett
Vermeersch is riding his third-career four-game point streak, with two
goals and three assists.
Providence College: Providence posted a 1-1 record last week
as it suffered its first shutout loss of the season (1-0 versus UNH) and
recorded its first win of 2012 (5-2 at Vermont)…The win at Vermont
marked the Friars' first triumph at the Gutterson Fieldhouse since December
1, 2007…Providence also completed its first ever three-game
season-sweep against the Catamounts…The Friars have won two of
their last three road games after going 0-10-3 in their previous 13
road contests dating back to last season…The Friars have scored one
short-handed goal in three of the first four games of 2012…Providence
has a total of eight short-handed goals which is tied for the national
lead…The Friars have killed off 16 of the last 17 opponent power
plays…Senior goalie Alex Beaudry has climbed into sixth all-time in
Providence's career saves list with 2,741 saves ahead of former Friar
great Chris Terreri…With the Friars' ninth win on Sunday, they have
surpassed last-season's win total of eight…The seven Hockey East
wins are three more than last season.
Vermont: Three of Vermont's wins this season have come against
nationally ranked teams, and two are upsets over top-10 teams…The
Catamounts have scored at least one power play goal in seven of
their last eight games…UVM became the first team this year to beat
UMass Lowell when leading after two periods, as the River Hawks
were previously 11-0-0 in that situation…Drew MacKenzie extended
his season-high point streak to eight games on Sunday against Providence
with a third period assist, and now has a point in 10 of his last
11 games…The Catamounts out-shot the Friars 30-17, as they averaged
nearly 32 shots per game in three meetings with PC this season
and won the shot battle in all three games…Vermont outshot UMass
Lowell and Providence by a combined total of 29-8 in the third period
last weekend…The Cats took a total of six penalties against the River
Hawks and Friars and remain the least penalized team in Hockey East
with 11.7 minutes per game.