~ No. 2 BC, Providence skate to 3-3 tie; UMass-Lowell blanks Northeastern ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#29 MATT O'CONNOR, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
(Freshman Goaltender; Toronto, Ont.)
|O'Connor registered 31 saves (.939 save%) in the Terriers' 3-2 road win at No. 1 New Hampshire
on Thursday night at the Whittemore Center. He helped BU kill of 8-of-9 Wildcat power
plays on the night.
||PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#5 MICHAEL MATHESON, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Freshman Defenseman; Pointe-Claire, Que.)
|Matheson scored twice, the first multiple-goal effort of his career, in team's
3-3 tie at Providence Friday night. He recorded a game-high six shots and
finished +2 on the night.
||PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#18 NICK SARACINO, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
(Freshman Forward; St. Louis, Mo.)
|Saracino scored the game-tying goal vs. No. 2 Boston College on Friday night with 10.5
seconds left in the third period. The goal marked Saracino's first career tally with the Friars.
He finished the game with four shots on goal and a +1 rating.
||HEA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#37 CONNOR HELLEBUYCK, UMASS LOWELL
(Freshman Goaltender; Commerce, Mich.)
|Hellebuyck turned away all 25 shots in UMass Lowell's 2-0 victory over Northeastern at the
Tsongas Center on Saturday night for his first career shutout.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS
|The Terriers picked up four points in the league standings during the week with a 3-2
road win vs. No. 1 UNH and then came back on Saturday with a 1-0 shutout of Maine at
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Matt O'Connor of Boston University
|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:
Noel Acciari, PC (Fr., F, Johnston, R.I.) Had a goal and assist vs. No. 2 Boston College.
Mike Collins, MC (Jr., F, Boston, Mass.) Notched the game-tying goal against Harvard on Friday night.
Casey DeSmith, UNH (So., G, Rochester, N.H.) Made 24 saves in the Wildcats 3-2 loss to Boston University on Thursday.
Sahir Gill, BU (Jr., F, Terrace, B.C.) Scored a goal, added an assist and had a plus-2 rating in the Terriers' 3-2 victory over top-ranked UNH on Thursday.
Jon Gillies, PC (Fr., G, South Portland, Maine) Helped the Friars to a 3-3 tie vs. No. 2 BC, making 26 saves, including six in overtime on Friday.
John Henrion, UNH (Sr., F, Holden, Mass.) Had a goal and an assist in UNH's 3-2 loss to Boston University.
Sam Kurker, BU (Fr., F, Charlestown, Mass.) Scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 3-2 victory at top-ranked UNH.
Sean Maguire, BU (Fr., G, Powell River, B.C.) Stopped all 28 shots he faced to lead BU to a 1-0 shutout victory over Maine on Saturday.
Ryan McGrath, UML (Fr., F, O'Fallon, Mo.) Recorded two points (1g,1a) in Saturday's 2-0 home victory over Northeastern.
Wade Megan, BU (Sr., F, Canton, N.Y.) Tallied the game's first goal and had a plus-2 rating in a 3-2 win at No. 1 UNH on Thursday.
Garrett Noonan, BU (Jr., D, Norfolk, Mass.) Scored the game's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Maine and picked up an assist in win at UNH.
Martin Ouellette, Maine (Jr., G, St.-Hippolyte, Que.) Stopped 20 of the 21 shots that he faced on Saturday night in a 1-0 loss at Boston University.
Yvan Pattyn, Vermont (Fr., D, St. Anne, Man.) Scored two goals at No. 10 Dartmouth on Wednesday for his first career multi-point game.
Nick Sorkin, UNH (Jr., F, Rockville, Md.) Assisted on both UNH goals in a 3-2 loss to Boston University.
Michael Colantone, UML (Cave Creek, Ariz.)
Has three goals in his last four contests
Mike Collins, MERRIMACK (Boston, Mass.)
Has 18 points in his last 13 games
Kevin Goumas, UNH (Long Beach, N.Y.)
Is riding a 10-game point streak with 19 points (7g,12a).
He has points in 13-of-15 games this season
John Henrion, UNH (Holden, Mass.)
Has four points in the last three games with a pair of goals
and assists and 19 shots on net in those three games
Sean Maguire, BU (Powell River, B.C.)
Is the first BU goalie to post back-to-back shutouts
since John Curry in February of 2007
Wade Megan, BU (Canton, N.Y.)
Played in his 100th consecutive game on Thursday at UNH
Tobias Nilsson-Roos , VERMONT (Malmo, Sweden )
His next game played will be his 100th career
Garrett Noonan, BU (Norfolk, Mass.)
His goal vs. Maine extended point streak to five games (1g,4a)
Yvan Pattyn, VERMONT (St. Anne, Man.)
Scored three goals in last three games
Nick Saracino, PC (St. Louis, Mo.)
Scored his first goal with game-tying tally vs. BC Friday
UNH Penalty Kill
Has killed off 34-straight opponent power play opportunities.
Overall, the 'Cats rank second nationally at 96.3% (52-54)
Vermont Penalty Kill
Has killed off 48 of the last 54 opponent power plays (88.9%)
Scott Wilson, UML (Oakville, Ont.)
Has 10 points (1g,9a) in his last five games
Boston College: BC concluded the first half of the season at
11-2-1 and 9-2-1 in league play…The Eagles will have a 22-day break
between for exams and Christmas before returning to action against
Alabama-Huntsville at the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. on Dec.
29…The tie at Providence snapped a 12-game BC win streak against the
Friars but extended the team's unbeaten streak against Providence to
17 games (14-0-3)…Senior forward Steven Whitney leads all BC players
with a +16 rating through 14 games this season…Senior captain Pat
Mullane extended his scoring stream to seven games during which he
has registered 10 points -- four goals and seven assists; Mullane ranks
among the nation's leaders in points per game (9th; 1.36) and assists
per game (tied-9th; 0.86)…With 23 points (11g,12a) in 14 games,
sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau ranks among the nation's leaders
in points per game (2nd; 1.64), goals per game (2nd; 0.79), assists per
game (tied-9th; 0.86) and game-winning goals (1st; five)…BC coach Jerry
York is now 924-559-95 in his 41-year coaching career and is tied with
Ron Mason for the most victories in NCAA hockey history.
Boston University: The Terriers are 3-0-1 their last four times they
have faced a UNH squad that was No. 1 in the rankings...BU enters the
semester break having won seven of its last 10 games with the three
losses coming against the teams currently ranked first (BC) and second
(UNH) in the country. However, BU has a win against each of them during
the stretch...Senior Sean Escobedo has a league-best 44 blocked
shots and his d-partner, sophomore Alexx Privitera, ranks second with
43...BU has allowed two or fewer goals in each of its 10 victories this
season...Sophomore Cason Hohmann (Arlington, Texas) has a team-best
16 points, exactly twice as many as he had his entire rookie year...
Over his last three starts, goaltender Sean Maguire has recorded a
0.67 goals-against average and a .975 save percentage...The team's
sophomores hold a slim 36-35 lead over the freshmen in the race for
scoring by class...The Terriers have given up two shorthanded goals in
their last 50 regular-season games...BU's last two 1-0 home victories
have both been against Maine, as Saturday's result was the first of its
kind since a 1-0 overtime triumph versus the Black Bears on Feb. 16,
2008...BU's defensemen combined to tally 44 points (13g, 31a) in the
15 games during the first half.
Maine: Maine dropped a 1-0 decision to Boston University in its lone
game of the week…Goaltender Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec)
stopped 20 shots in goal for the Black Bears to earn the third star of the
game… He even stopped a BU penalty shot late in the second period…
It was the fifth time in the last six games that Ouellette has been named
one of the game's three stars. Ouellette has started a career-high six
straight games for the Black Bears…Maine saw its streak of three
straight games scoring a power play goal snapped on Saturday when
it failed to convert against Boston University…Maine entered the game
on Saturday having killed off 16-of-18 opponent power plays…After
playing 14 straight games without taking a penalty, rookie defenseman
Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ont.) was whistled for his first career penalty on
Saturday night…Maine will now have a 19-day break before returning
to action in the 2012 Florida College Classic.
Massachusetts: After ending a 30-game goal scoring draught last
weekend at Northeastern, junior Adam Phillips scored in his second and
third straight contests this past weekend against Colgate. On Saturday
against the Raiders, Phillips had a four-point night with a goal and three
assists for a career high, the first four-point game for a Minuteman this
season...Junior Branden Gracel scored his sixth and seventh goals of
the season in the weekend series vs. Colgate to already equal his career
best for a single season. He finished his sophomore with seven goals
and 14 assists for 21 points in 34 games...Junior Joel Hanley logged
his third multi-point night in the past five games with a goal and an assist
in Friday's meeting with the Raiders.
UMass-Lowell: Freshman G Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped all 25
shots in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Northeastern, has halted 55 of 57
shots on goal (.965) in his last three appearances…Sophomore Scott
Wilson has 1-9-10 in his last five games…UMass Lowell has killed off 14
of opponents last 15 power plays, including eight straight…Freshman F
Michael Colantone has three goals in his last four games…Three River
Hawks – Scott Wilson, Terrence Wallin and Jake Suter – made their 50th
appearances for UMass Lowell with Saturday's home game against
Northeastern…Ten UMass Lowell players have at least four points.
Merrimack: Merrimack overcame a 2-0 deficit to tie #20 Harvard 2-2
Friday…Rhett Bly (Regina, Sask.) and Mike Collins scored in the second
for the Warriors…Bly's goal was shorthanded and was Merrimack's
first shorthanded goal in exactly one year since Jeff Velleca scored on
12/7/11 against Vermont…Merrimack had a five-minute power play
in overtime but failed to convert…It marked the first time ever that
Harvard played at Lawler Arena…With the tie, Merrimack is 1-0-2 against
ECAC teams this year and 3-21 against ranked teams…Merrimack is
in the midst of its longest home winless streak since January of 2009
and is 0-3-2 in its last five at Lawler…Collins now has 18 points in his
last 13 games with points of 12 of 13 and is fourth in Hockey East in
scoring…In Saturday's 3-1 defeat to the U.S. Under-18 National Team,
Nick Drew (Andover, Mass.) made his first career start and nine stops
on 11 shots in 20 minutes of action. Drew has played just over two
minutes in his collegiate career.
New Hampshire: The Wildcats ascended to the number 1 spot
both college hockey national polls for the first time since Jan. 29,
2007…UNH saw its eight-game unbeaten streak come to an end of
Thursday night as the seventh-ranked BU Terriers jumped out to a 3-0
lead and held off a late surge in a 3-2 win at Whittemore Center. It was
the team's first loss in over a month and the first home loss of the
season…The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Dec. 30 (7 p.m.) at
Dartmouth College for game one of the Ledyard National Bank Classic.
The Big Green are off to one of their best starts in program history at
7-2-2 and are ranked 10th nationally. This will put even more pressure
on the game for New Hampshire hockey bragging rights…The Wildcats
will play either UMass or Bemidji State the following night…The Wildcats
were four-of-four on the penalty kill and have now killed off 34-straight
opponent power plays dating back to Nov. 2 against UMass. Overall,
the 'Cats rank second nationally with a 96.3% kill rate (52-54) with four
shorthanded goals this season.
Northeastern: On Saturday, Dec. 8, Northeastern closed out
the 2012 Hockey East portion of it schedule with a 2-0 loss at UMass
Lowell. The Huskies have been shut out at Lowell the last two trips to
the Tsongas Center. On Saturday, Connor Hellebuyck shutout NU in just
his third-career start with 27 stops. Newcomer Kevin Roy registered
a team-high five shots on net in the setback. Senior goaltender is now
just 165 saves shy of tying Brad Thiessen for second place all-time
in the Northeastern hockey annals. Rawlings has stopped 3,101-of-
3,381 shots throughout his career. Thiessen's mark of 3,166 is well
off Northeastern record holder Bruce Racine. Racine is NU's career
record holder with 3,557 saves all-time.
Providence College: Schneider Arena was sold out for the first
time since Feb. 24, 2012 (also against Boston College) ... Jon Gillies
made his 15th consecutive start in goal...The last time that Providence
and Boston College played to a tie was on Jan. 30, 2009 at Schneider
Arena (2-2 final) ...Providence snapped a 12-game losing streak against
the Eagles...The last overtime game between the two teams was on
Feb. 28, 2009 when BC defeated Providence, 4-3...Derek Army now
has seven points in his last six games...Nick Saracino scored his first
collegiate point, with his first collegiate goal. Saracino became the 17th
Friar to score a goal this season...Tim Schaller now has a three-game
point streak...The Friar PK unit held BC to a 1-for-6 mark (16.7%) while
on the power-play (entered the game No. 1 in the nation at 28.6%).
Saracino's goal with 10 seconds to play was Providence's third gametying
goal scored with under a minute to play in a game this season
(Acciari netted a game-tying goal at Miami with 48 seconds to play on
Oct. 20 to send the game to OT and Schaller netted the game-winning
goal at Merrimack on Nov. 30 with 37 seconds to play in overtime).
Vermont: Vermont and Dartmouth met for the 75th time in the
all-time series on Wednesday…The two schools have met every year
since 1977…The Catamounts and Big Green were travel partners in
the ECAC before UVM joined Hockey East prior to the 2005-06 season…
Each of the last 11 meetings in the series have been decided by
two goals or less…The Catamounts had won four straight meetings
before Wednesday's 4-2 loss on the road…Tobias Nilsson-Roos skated
in his 99th career game, while Brett Bruneteau played in his 75th
contest…Yvan Pattyn collected his first career multi-goal game on
Wednesday with a pair of tallies and has now scored three goals in his
last three games…Ben Albertson and Mike Montagna picked up their
first points of the season with assists …The Catamounts wrapped up a
stretch of eight games in 20 days on Wednesday and don't play again
until they visit St. Lawrence on Saturday, Dec. 15th.