~ UMass sinks UNH in OT, UNH blanks Maine; BU splits at UND; PC, UVM split series ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#4 JORDAN HEYWOOD, MERRIMACK
(Junior Defenseman; Regina, Sask.)
|Heywood scored a career-high two goals in a 5-2 win Friday at Northeastern. He netted the
game-winner and added an assist in a 4-2 win Saturday, giving
him a four-point weekend (3g,1a). He finished the week with a
+5 plus/minus rating and four shots on goal for the Warrors.
||PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#37 BRODY HOFFMAN, VERMONT
(Freshman Goaltender; Wilkie, Sask.)
|Hoffman stopped 45 of 48 shots (.938 save%) over the weekend against
Providence and picked up his first career shutout on Saturday night vs. the
Friars with a 24-save effort.
||PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#29 MATT O'CONNOR, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
(Freshman Goaltender; Toronto, Ont.)
|O'Connor stopped 26 of 28 shots (.929) to lift BU to a 4-2 victory over North Dakota on
Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
||HEA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#29 CASEY DESMITH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Sophomore Goaltender; Rochester, N.H.)
|DeSmith posted 0.97 GAA and a .974 save percentage (76 of 78 shots) during the weekend,
which included a season-high 42 saves in his second shutout of the season on Sunday
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|MERRIMACK COLLEGE WARRIORS
|The Warriors scored nine goals in their four-point weekend against Northeastern. Merrimack
recorded 30+ shots in each game in the series and went 2-for-6 on the power
play on Friday night at Matthews Arena.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Jordan Heywood 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 2012-13 season leaders to date:
Bill Arnold, BC (Jr., F, Needham, Mass.) Recorded three points (1g,2a) in BC's 2-0-0 weekend.
Austin Block, UNH (Sr., F, Thousand Oaks, Calif.) Netted a pair of goals in UNH's 4-0 blanking of Maine on Sunday.
Greg Burke, UNH (Sr., F, Lee, N.H.) Recorded a goal in each of UNH's games on the weekend.
Mike Collins, MC (Jr., F, Boston, Mass.) Posted a five-point weekend (1g,4a) in the weekend sweep of NU, picking up assists on both game-winning goals.
Johnny Gaudreau, BC (Jr., F, Carneys Point, N.J.) Scored the game-winning goal in the win at Maine and notched an assist in Sunday's win vs. UMass.
Jon Gillies, PC (Fr., G, South Portland, Maine) He stopped 42 of the 46 shots (.913 save%) he faced in the weekend split at Vermont.
Connor Hardowa, UNH (Sr., D, Edmonton, Alta.) Registered a pair of assists in Sunday's win over Maine.
Mark Jankowski, PC (Fr., F, Dundas, Ont.) Scored the game-winning goal in Providence's 3-2 win at Vermont on Friday night.
Michael Matheson, BC (Fr., D, Pointe-Claire, Que.) Registered a team-high three points, including his first collegiate goal in BC's two victories.
Chris McCarthy, UVM (Jr., F, Collegeville, Pa.) Had three assists over the weekend against Providence
Parker Milner, BC (Sr., G, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Stopped 57-of-61 shots faced (.934 save percentage) in two-game weekend sweep of league opponents.
Kyle Murphy, PC (Sr., F, Fairhaven, N.J.) Posted a career high two assists, the first of his career, in Providence's 3-2 win on Friday night.
Matt Nieto, BU (Jr., Long Beach, Calif.) Scored the game-tying goal on Saturday at North Dakota and added an assist on Friday.
Danny O'Regan, BU (Fr., F, Needham, Mass.) Scored a goal in each game at North Dakota and added an assist on Saturday's game-tying goal
Alexx Privitera, BU (So., D, Old Tappan, N.J.) Had two assists, 10 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in split at North Dakota.
Kevin Roy, NU (Fr., F, Lac-Beauport, Que.) Notched three points (1g,2a) vs. Merrimack, which included a goal and an assist on Friday.
Brandon Tanev, PC (Fr., F, Toronto, Ont.) Led the PC to a 3-2 win at Vermont Friday night with his first career goal and first career assist.
Shane Walsh, UMass (Fr., F, West Roxbury, Mass.) Assisted on the overtime game-winning power-play goal to beat No. 10 UNH.
Matt White, UVM (Jr., F, McMurray, Pa.) Had the game-winning goal against Providence on Saturday
Bill Arnold, BC (NEEDHAM, MASS.)
has seven points (2G,5a) in the last three games
Casey DeSmith, UNH (ROCHESTER, N.H.)
is 5-1-1 with a 1.54 GAA and a .947 save percentage
through seven games. He allowed three goals or fewer
in all seven starts for the Wildcats
Rocco Carzo, UMass (Media, Pa.)
Played in his 100th career game on Sunday vs. BC
Kevin Czepiel, UMass (HOLYOKE, MASS.)
Played in his 100th career game on Sunday at BC
Jacob Fallon, UVM (SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS)
Scored first career goal FOR Vermont Friday
Brody Hoffman, UVM (WILKIE, SASK.)
Posted first career shutout on Saturday vs. PC
Justin Hussar, MC (Lancaster, NY)
Netted his first career goal in Saturday's win
Matt Lane, BU (Rochester, N.Y.)
His first collegiate goal Saturday at North Dakota
Michael Matheson, BC (Pointe-Claire, QUE.)
Has five points (1g,4A) in the last three gameS
Mike McMurtry, NU (Greely , Ont.)
Scored his first collegiate goal Saturday at MC
Will Merchant, Maine (Eagan, Minn.)
Scored his first career goal on Friday vs. BC
John Micheletto, UMass
Earned his first Hockey East victory Friday vs. UNH
Kyle Murphy, PC (FAIRHAVEN, N.J.)
Notched the first assist of his career on Friday
Ahti Oksanen, BU (Kirkonummi, Finland)
Scored his first collegiate goal Friday at North Dakota
Danny O'Regan, BU (Needham, Mass.)
Has seven points (4g,3a) in his four-game point streak
Tim Schaller, PC (MERRIMACK, N.H.)
Played his 100th game of his PC career Friday at UVM
Brandon Tanev, PC (TORONTO, ONT.)
Posted the first goal OF Friar career on Friday
Rasmus Tirronen, MC (Espoo, Finland)
Notched his first career win in net
Saturday vs. Northeastern
Boston College: BC has won six straight and 25 of the last 26
games dating into last winter…BC finished 4-for-8 with a man advantage
over the weekend. The Eagles are converting 40.0 percent (10-for-25)
of their power-play opportunities this season and lead the country in that
category…BC is averaging 29 shots per game and its opponents are
averaging 29 shots per game…With four power-play goals this season,
junior Kevin Hayes leads the country in that category…The team scored
seven goals by seven skaters over the weekend, including first career
goals from Isaac MacLeod (at Maine) and Michael Matheson (against
Massachusetts)…Steven Whitney and Johnny Gaudreau assisted on
Matheson's goal to extend each of their scoring streaks to seven games.
Whitney now has 90 career points (33g,57a) in 129 games…Senior defenseman
Patrick Wey recorded three assists over the weekend and has
five assists in eight games this season, matching his single-season career
high registered as both a freshman and junior…With two victories this
weekend, coach Jerry York has 919 career wins in 41 seasons…Johnny
Gaudreau, who scored his third game-winning goal of the season in
Friday's 4-2 win at Maine, leads the nation in decisive scores.
Boston University: The Terriers opened up their November and
non-conference schedules with a weekend split at No. 6 North Dakota,
winning a 4-2 contest on Saturday after falling to UND by the same score
on Friday...Saturday's result marked BU's first-ever win in Grand Forks in
eight tries (1-6-1)...The victory ended UND's 12-game home unbeaten
streak (10-0-2) and it was the first time since March 13, 2010, that it
lost a home game in which it held a third-period lead...Freshman Matt
O'Connor has won his first four collegiate starts in goal for the Terriers...
Senior captain Wade Megan (Canton, N.Y.) has a goal in four of
the last five games...Senior Sean Escobedo (Bayside, N.Y.), who has
a team-best 17 blocked shots this season, assisted on the game-tying
and game-winning goals on Saturday...All nine of BU's freshmen dressed
for Friday's series opener in Grand Forks.
Maine: Maine (1-8-0, 0-4-0) played a pair of top-10 teams on the week…
A week after tying his career-high with 39 saves last weekend at Providence,
junior goalie Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) set a career-high with 41
saves on Sunday against New Hampshire…Rookie Will Merchant notched
his first career goal on Friday night against Boston College…Connor
Leen (Chester, N.Y.) became the first multi-goal scorer on the season
when he notched his second on Friday against Boston College…Four
Maine rookies have played in all nine games this season.
Massachusetts: With power-play goals against both UNH and Boston
College, the Minutemen now have at least one power play goal in all six
games this season, matching the longest streak since Nov.-Dec. 2003
when the squad notched power play tallies in seven straight contests...
UMass continued its success in the faceoff circle this past weekend
and is now 232-of-414 over the dots this season…Conor Sheary was
a perfect 7-0 last Friday against the wildcats, including winning the
offensive zone faceoff that set up the OT game-winner...50% of the
Minutemen's goals this season have come in non-5x5 situations as
seven of the squad's 16 goals thus far have been scored on the power
play and one via penalty shot (an opportunity that resulted from a shorthanded
UMass-Lowell: UMass Lowell will end a 12-day hiatus when it hosts
Maine for a pair of games at the Tsongas Center Friday and Saturday.
Last year, the River Hawks won both games in Orono (5-3, 4-3) – its first
sweep at Maine since 1985 – before the Black Bears exacted revenge
in Lowell on Feb. 11 (2-1).
Merrimack: Merrimack earned a weekend sweep of #15 Northeastern
to give the Warriors the season-series 2-1 over the Huskies. It marked
the third straight season that Merrimack has won the season-series
over NU…Jordan Heywood and Mike Collins led the way combining for
nine points. Heywood followed his first-career two-goal game by scoring
the game-winner and adding an assist in Saturday's win…Collins leads
Hockey East with 12 points, while Heywood is tied for second overall and
first among defenders in scoring with eight points…In fact, Merrimack
has three of the league's top four scorers on the blue line (Heywood, Dan
Kolomatis (Basking Ridge, N.J.), and Brendan Ellis (Kelowna, B.C.)…For a
team that struggled to score last year and lost four of its five top scorers
from 2011-12, Merrimack leads Hockey East in scoring, averaging 3.50
goals per game…The Warriors are outscoring their opponents 15-5 in
the third period this season…Against Northeastern, Merrimack had five
third period goals to Northeastern's one.
New Hampshire: UNH earned a split of a difficult two game road trip
this weekend…The Wildcats dropped its first game of the season, 2-1, in
overtime at UMass on Friday night and bounced back with a convincing
4-0 win at Maine on Sunday afternoon…New Hampshire's 5-1-1 start
is the best since the 2007-08 season when the 'Cats had a matching
5-1-1 mark through seven games…On Friday night, Greg Burke put UNH
ahead 1-0 after one, but a second period goal and an overtime power
play tally lifted UMass past the Wildcats…Sunday's 4-0 win over the
Black Bears was the team's first win since Dec. 10, 2010, while it was
the first shutout at Maine since Jan. 17, 1998…Casey DeSmith stopped
a season-high 42 shots en route to his second shutout of the season
and third of his career…DeSmith posted 0.97 GAA and a .974 save
percentage during the weekend. Overall, he stopped 76-of-78 shots on
the weekend. DeSmith ranks first in Hockey East in GAA 1.54m save
percentage .947 and is first in league play in those categories as well
with a 1.17 GAA and a .962 save percentage...Austin Block netted a
pair of goals including the game-winner on the power play. He ranks first
in Hockey East in goal scoring with five goals in seven games…Connor
Hardowa notched a pair of assists on Sunday against Maine. He now
has eight assists in seven games and ranks first in Hockey East and
sixth nationally in assists per game. Additionally, Hardowa ranks sixth
nationally in defensive scoring at 1.14 gpg.
Northeastern: On Friday night at home against Merrimack, newcomer
Kevin Roy notched his second-career multi-point game with a
goal and an assist to overtake the team points lead (3-2-5). Roy's first
two-point game also occurred against Merrimack in the season opener
on Oct. 10. Sophomore assistant captain Ludwig Karlsson curbed his
scoreless draught and scored his first goal since the outing at Boston
University last season on March 2, 2012. Karlsson also secured an assist,
marking his first multi-point game since playing at Vermont on Jan.
27. Senior goaltender Bryan Mountain started in net on Friday, earning
his first consecutive starts for NU since Dec. 4-5, 2009. The following
night at Merrimack, senior captain Vinny Saponari tallied his first goal
since netting the game winner last season against Boston University in
the final contest of the year. In that same game, newcomer Mike McMurtry
scored his first collegiate goal and added an assist on Saponari's
marker to post his first-career multi-point game as a Husky.
Providence College: With freshman Tom Parisi making his career
debut, the Friar lineup featured nine freshmen on Saturday night
at Vermont…With their 3-2 win on Friday, the Friars won their third in
a row (all in Hockey East play) and posted their first road win of the
season (which was also Jon Gillies' first career road win)…Prior to
Friday's night's win, the last time the Friars won three straight games
that were all in Hockey East play was in January of 2010 when Providence
downed UMass Lowell (4-2 on Jan. 10), Boston University (4-2
on Jan. 13) and UMass (5-4 on Jan. 16)...Friday's win was the fourth
in a row for the Friars over the Catamounts, which had only happened
one other time in the all-time series (when Providence won four straight
meetings from Jan. 20. 1980 - Nov. 13, 1982)…With freshman Brandon
Tanev netting the first goal and assist of his career and Derek Army
netting his first goal of the season on Friday, 14 different Friars have
now scored at least one goal on the year and 18 Friars have notched
at least one point.
Vermont: Friday vs. Providence was "Jack Lyman Day" as the team
dedicated the game to their new Team IMPACT teammate Jack Lyman,
a 14-year-old from Shelburne, Vt. Jack was involved in a pre-game puck
drop ceremony at center ice and his name appeared on the roster of
the weekend program. Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization which
improves the quality of life for children across the northeast who are
facing life-threatening illnesses…Jacob Fallon picked up his first career
goal in a Catamount jersey on Friday…Tobias Nilsson-Roos skated in
his 90th career game, while Chris McCarthy played in his 80th career
contest…Saturday night marked the 50th all-time meeting between
Vermont and Providence…Nick Bruneteau skated in his 75th career
game on Saturday, while Matt White played in his 70th career contest…
Freshman forward Ryan Rosenthal made his Catamount debut
on Saturday…Vermont entered the Saturday contest ranked 11th in
the nation on the power play at 23.5%…UVM has had 10 different
scorers on its 10 goals this season...The Cats blocked 18 shots in the
win and had nine different players block at least one shot…Vermont
allowed just seven shots on goal in the first 40 minutes of the win over
Providence on Saturday.