~ No. 15 UMass-Lowell edges Providence at Tsongas Center ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#26 BRANDEN GRACEL, MASSACHUSETTS
(Junior Forward; Calgary, Alta.)
|Gracel record three points (2g,1a) and was named the game's No. 1 star after leading the
Minutemen to their first win at No. 2 Boston College since Nov. 17, 2007. The three points
and two goals both matched career single-game bests for the junior.
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#21 STEVEN WHITNEY, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Senior Forward, Reading, Mass.)
|Whitney scored five points (4g,1a) in BC's 1-1 weekend against UMass and Northeastern. He
tallied four points with his first career hat trick in the 9-3 victory at Northeastern on Saturday
night. Whitney finished the weekend with nine shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus rating.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#37 CONNOR HELLEBUYCK, UMASS LOWELL
(Freshman Goaltender; Commerce, Mich.)
|Hellebuyck amassed 31 saves (.969 save%) in Thursday's 2-1 victory over
Providence at the Tsongas Center, while earning his sixth straight win for
the River Hawks.
||HEA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#30 SAM MAROTTA, MERRIMACK
(Junior Goaltender; Bridgewater, Mass.)
|Marotta stopped 53 of 56 shots (.946 save%), leading Merrimack to a three-point weekend
at Maine. He registered 31 saves in the 1-1 tie Friday at Alfond Arena and followed that up
with 22 stops on Saturday in the 3-2 triumph vs. the Black Bears.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|The Minutemen earned a 5-2 road win at No. 2 Boston College on Friday night, their first
win at Conte Forum since November 17, 2007. UMass went a perfect 6-for-6 on the
Athletic Republic Co-Players of the Week Branden Gracel and Steven Whitney
|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:
Derek Army, PC (Jr., F, North Kingstown, R.I.) Scored two goals in a 6-5 win at No. 3 UNH on Saturday night.
Kyle Bigos, MC (Sr., D, Upland, Calif.) Had a goal and an assist in Merrimack's 3-2 win over Maine Saturday.
Mike Collins, MC (Jr., F, Boston, Mass.) Notched assists on all three goals, leading Merrimack to a 3-2 victory over Maine
Joey Diamond, Maine (Sr., F, Long Beach, N.Y.) Had a goal and an assist in Maine's 3-2 loss to Merrimack on Saturday.
Jon Gillies, PC (Fr., G, South Portland, Maine) Went 1-1-0 on the weekend (.924 save%), including a career-high 48 saves on Thursday at No. 15 UML.
Johnny Gaudreau, BC (So., F, Carneys Point, N.J.) Tallied five assists in weekend split, including matching a career-high with four assists in the win at NU.
Travis Jeke, BC, (Fr., D, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Scored first collegiate goal in loss to UMass, then recorded a game-high +6 rating in a 9-3 win at Northeastern.
Steve Mastalerz, UMass (So., G, North Andover, Mass.) Backstopped the Minutemen to their first win at BC since Nov. 17, 2007 with 21 stops.
Ross Mauermann, PC (So., F, Janesville, Wis.) Had a goal at No. 15 UML Thursday and added two assists at No. 3 UNH Saturday.
Kyle Mountain, UVM (So., F, Bryn Mawr, Pa.) Notched a goal against Penn State near his hometown in Philadelphia
Pat Mullane, BC (Sr., F, Wallingford, Conn.) Matched a career-high with four points (1g,3a) in team's 9-3 win at Northeastern.
Matt Nieto, BU (Jr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) Scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's game against Northeastern
Danny O'Regan, BU (Fr., F, Needham, Mass.) Tallied a goal and two assists against Northeastern on Friday.
Robert Polesello, UVM (Fr., F, Bolton, Ont.) Had a power play goal against Penn State on Saturday in Philadelphia
Evan Rodrigues, BU (So., F, Etobicoke, Ont.) Recorded a career-high four points (2g, 2a) on Friday vs. Northeastern, added a goal vs. UML Saturday.
Kevin Roy, NU (Fr., F, Lac-Beauport, Que.) Notched a goal and two assists in the win at BU on Friday night.
Chad Ruhwedel, UML (Jr., D, San Diego, Calif.) Registered two goals in a 2-0 week for UML, including the game-winner in the third period Thursday.
Vinny Saponari, NU (Sr., F, Powder Springs, Ga.) Scored his first game-winning goal of the season along with an assist at Boston University.
Steven Shamanski, PC (Jr., D, Carberry, Man.) Had a career high three assists in the 6-5 win at No. 3 UNH.
K.J. Tiefenwerth, UMass (Fr., F, Bellmore, N.Y.) Scored an important insurance goal for UMass in the squad's first win at Boston College since 2007.
Justin Agosta , UNH (EAST MEADOW, N.Y.)
had a career high three assists Saturday VS. PC
Derek Army, PC (North Kingstown, R.I.)
has 14 points (9G,5a) in his last 13 games
Adam Chapie, UML (Oxford, Mich.)
SCored his second shorthanded goal in four
games in the 4-3 win at Boston University
Kevin Goumas, UNH (LONG BEACH, N.Y.)
has A FIVE-GAME POINT STREAK (2g,4a)
Branden Gracel, UMASS (CALGARY, ALTA.)
Has 13 points (3G,10A) IN HIS LAST nine games
Connor Hellebuyck, UML (Commerce, Mich.)
is 6-0-0 with a 0.95 GAA and a .964 save % and two
shutouts in his last seven appearances
Sam Marotta , MC (Bridgewater, Mass.)
Leads LEAGUE in OVERALL GAA (2.04) after stopping 83
of 86 shots (.965 SAVE%) in three games vs. Maine
Ross Mauermann, PC (Janesville, Wis.)
has eight points (3G,5A) in his last seven games
Chris McCarthy, UVM (Collegeville, Pa.)
Two games away from 100 in his career
Merrimack penalty kill
HAS Killed 18 of 19 power plays (94.7%) VS. Maine
in the last three games
UMASS' LINE OF Michael Pereira (WEST HAVEN, CONN.),
Branden Gracel, Conor Sheary (MELROSE, Mass .)
has totale d 20 points IN LAST SIX GAMES, including
six POINTS (3g,3a) in Friday's win at NO. 2 BC
UMass Lowell RIVER HAWKS
won its ninth straight gameS DATING BACK TO
DEC. 8TH, matching its Division I era WIN STREAK
Scott Wilson, UML (Oakville, Ont.)
has EIGHTS POINTS (4G,4A) in his last five games
Boston College: BC closed a pair of league season series over
the weekend, going 2-1-0 against both UMass and Northeastern. BC's
5-2 home loss to the Minutemen on Friday snapped an 18-game home
unbeaten streak dating back to December 2011 and marked the first
time since November 2007 that the Eagles have not beaten the Minutemen
at home – a span of 13 wins. The loss, coupled with a 2-1 loss at
fourth-ranked New Hampshire last week, marked the first time in nearly
one year that the Eagles have suffered back-to-back losses. BC dropped
a pair of road games at Maine on Jan. 20-21, 2012. BC's senior class
fell to 15-3-0 in 18 meetings vs. UMass in four seasons. The group fell
to 11-1-0 vs. the Minutemen at Kelley Rink…BC scored nine times in a
win at NU and last scored nine times at BU on Dec. 3, 2011 (9-5)...With
four points each vs. the Huskies, Johnny Gaudreau, Pat Mullane and
Steven Whitney each matched their career highs…Kevin Hayes' three assists
represented a career best, while Danny Linell and Quinn Smith both
matched career highs with two points apiece at Northeastern…BC was
without its head coach Jerry York, who is recovering from eye surgery,
for the second straight weekend. BC is 2-2-0 in those games.
Boston University: BU's power play went 4-for-9 over the
weekend after going just 4-for-45 in its previous 10 contests...The
Terriers' last five home games have all been decided by one goal and
the last three have been losses after coming out top in the first two...
Its weekend setbacks against Northeastern and UMass Lowell marked
BU's first back-to-back losses this season...Friday's result marked the
first time in 14 years that BU has lost consecutive regular-season meetings
with Northeastern, as the Terriers dropped a 5-4 overtime contest
at Matthews Arena on the final night of last year's regular season...The
Terriers' second line of Matt Nieto, Danny O'Regan and Evan Rodrigues
combined for nine points (4g, 5a) in Friday's game against the Huskies...
Rodrigues has scored 15 of his 16 points this season in Hockey East
play...BU's sophomores hold a slight 51-50 edge over the freshmen in
the race for points by class.
Maine: Maine hosted Merrimack for a pair of Hockey East games on
the weekend…After Saturday night's game, the two teams have now
played three straight regular season games…Sophomore Connor Leen
(Chester, N.Y.) scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season on
Saturday night against Merrimack…He finished with just one point as
a freshman…Joey Diamond registered his second multi-point game of
the season this weekend when he tallied a goal and an assist against
Merrimack on Saturday night…Eleven of Maine's last 14 games have
been decided by one goal or finished as a tie…Maine is 4-7 in one goal
games this season…Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) leads the Black
Bears in consecutive games played with 78, while Mark Nemec (Rouses
Point, N.Y.) ranks second, having played in 65 straight games.
Massachusetts: With Friday's win, Minutemen snapped Boston
College's 18-game home unbeaten streak that dated back to December
2, 2011...UMass snapped a string of 13 straight road losses to the
Eagles that dated back to Nov. 17, 2007...UMass' penalty killing unit is
20-for-22 (90.9%) over the past five games with a pair of shorthanded
goals and has killed off 11 straight penalties.
UMass-Lowell: UMass Lowell won its eighth and ninth straight games
with victories over Providence (2-1) and No. 9 Boston University (4-3) last
week, matching its Division I era record of nine consecutive victories,
achieved during the 2001-02 season…Boston University ended UMass
Lowell's penalty kill streak at 35 straight when the Terriers scored on
their second power play of the game 6:27 into the third period. UMass
Lowell last conceded a power play goal on Nov. 30 in a 5-2 loss to New
Hampshire. The River Hawks have killed off 41 of opponents' last 43
power plays…UMass Lowell is 3-6-0 vs. ranked opponents after the win
over No. 9 BU…After compiling for 1-8-9 over the first 13 games, the
River Hawk defensemen have accounted for 8-18-26 in the last eight
games…Junior blueliner Chad Ruhwedel has seven points (4g,3a) in
his last five games.
Merrimack: For the first time in school history, Merrimack picked
up points in consecutive games in a season in Orono, tying and defeating
the Black Bears for a three-point weekend...Merrimack went 2-0-1
against the Black Bears in an eight-day span to win the season series...
With points in five of their last six league games, the Warriors remain in
fifth place in Hockey East, two points out of third...The Warriors have
captured season-series from Maine, Northeastern and Vermont and have
lost just one series (BU)...With the three-point weekend, Merrimack is 7-
2-2 in the last 11 meetings with the Black Bears...Mike Collins (Boston,
Mass.) continues to lead Hockey East in points per game in conference
games and is second in conference scoring...Merrimack's senior class
is one win away of becoming the most successful class in its Division
I history, passing last year's class...Mark Dennehy is two wins shy of
100 career at Merrimack...Merrimack will open its season-series with
UNH next weekend, with a game Friday night at Lawler and Saturday
(5 p.m.) at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester. Merrimack will
play UNH three times in nine days at three arenas.
New Hampshire: UNH dropped its only game of the week 6-5 to Providence
College on Saturday evening…The Wildcats spotted the Friars
leads of 4-0 and 5-2 before closing the gap in the third period…Justin
Agosta recorded a career high three assists to lead four players with
multi-point efforts…John Henrion (1g, 1a), Kevin Goumas (1g, 1a) and
Casey Thrush (1g,1a) also had multiple points on the night…The six
goals by the Friars is the most by any opponent all season and the most
since a 7-6 loss to Harvard on Nov. 22, 2011…The Wildcats had 42
shots on net on Saturday marking the fourth time this season the team
has had 40-plus shots…Kevin Goumas continues to be UNH's offensive
catalyst he is riding a five-game scoring streak with two goals and four
assists in that span. Additionally, Goumas has points in 15-of-16 games
and 18-of-21 games overall this season…John Henrion has also been
hot of late with a four-game scoring streak with five points and three
goals in that stretch.
Northeastern: Northeastern split the weekend with its two Beanpot
rivals, edging out Boston University on Friday, 6-5, before suffering
a crushing 9-3 loss at the hands of Boston College on Saturday.
Northeastern's last regular season victory at Agganis Arena occurred
on March 5, 2011 (4-3) before the Huskies knocked off BU in the
2011 Hockey East quarterfinal round. The last time Northeastern has
won consecutive regular season games vs. the Terriers dates back
to Jan. 3-17, 1989. NU beat NU, 6-4, on Matthews Arena on Jan. 3
before taking out the Terriers, 4-1, on Jan. 17 at BU. Northeastern's six
goals at Boston University are the most on Terriers' ice since Feb. 28,
2004 and most ever at Agganis Arena. Senior captain Vinny Saponari
has scored the last two game-winning goals against his former club.
Saponari has scored seven game-winning goals in his career and three
as a Husky. Rookie Kevin Roy tallied his seventh multi-point game of
the season and matched a season-best four-game point streak with a
goal and two assists in the win at BU. He has accounted for 10 points
(3g,7a) in his last four outings...Junior Cody Ferriero set a career high
five-game point streak with an assist on Braden Pimm's goal and has
accounted for nine points (7g,2a) in his last five outings.
Providence College: The Friars posted a split on the week,
losing 2-1 at No. 15 UMass Lowell on Thursday night before winning
at No. 3 UNH on Saturday, 6-5. The Friars won at UNH for the first
time since March 12, 2004 (W, 4-3 OT)...Providence also snapped a
17-game (0-15-2) winless streak against the Wildcats, dating back to
a 7-1 win at Schneider Arena on Feb. 24, 2007...Steven Shamanski,
who entered Saturday with 13 career points (3-10-13) but never having
scored more than one point in a game, led the Friars with three assists
vs. UNH...Providence is now 8-0-0 when leading after two periods, 9-
1-1 when scoring first and to 5-0-1 when scoring four or more goals...
The win at No. 3 UNH was the first of the year for the Friars against a
ranked opponent...At UMass Lowell on Thursday, freshman goalie Jon
Gillies made a career high 48 saves, the seventh-highest single game
total in the Friar record book…Dating back to the second period of
Providence's 5-4 win at UMass on Jan. 11, Gillies put together a shutout
stretch of 124:36 before Lowell's power play goal at 2:10 of the third
period on Thursday night.
Vermont: Vermont fell 4-2 against Penn State in the inaugural Philadelphia
College Hockey Faceoff at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday
night … The game was Vermont's non-conference finale...It marked
the first-ever meeting between the Catamounts and Nittany Lions, who
are in their inaugural season of Division I play…The announced crowd
at the Wells Fargo Center was 19,529...Nick Luukko, a native of West
Chester, Pa., was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round
of the 2010 NHL Draft with the 179th overall selection...Three other
Catamounts hail from the Philadelphia area: Chris McCarthy (Collegeville,
Pa.), Kyle Mountain (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), and Colin Markison (Princeton,
N.J.)...Mountain had a goal for UVM while Luukko picked up an assist
against the Nittany Lions.