~ BU splits with UVM, beats Merrimack; Maine, UNH net three points; BC, PC split ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#16 JOHN HENRION, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Senior Forward; Holden, Mass.)
|Henrion registered a four goal weekend lifting the Wildcats to a
three-point weekend against UMass. He scored the game-tying
goal with 3.7 seconds left in regulation on Friday night and tallied his first collegiate hat trick
on Saturday night in a 4-0 win. He was a +3 on the weekend and registered 13 shots on net.
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#19 MATT NIETO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
(Junior Forward; Long Beach, Calif.)
|Nieto tallied seven points (6g,1a) in the 2-1 week for the Terriers, including his first career
hat trick in Friday's 3-1 victory over Vermont. He recorded the final two goals and added an
assist in a 5-2 win over Merrimack on Tuesday before accounting for all of BU's goals on
Friday with his natural hat trick. Recorded 10 shots on goal in three games for the Terriers.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#37 CONNOR HELLEBUYCK, UMASS LOWELL
(Freshman Goaltender; Commerce, Mich.)
|Hellebuyck stopped 62 of 63 shots (.984 save%) and recorded his fourth
shutout of the season as UMass Lowell defeated Merrimack, 4-0, Friday at
the Tsongas Center and 3-1 at Lawler Arena to move into first place. Had 31
saves in both games and earned first star honors in Friday's victory.
||HEA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#29 CASEY DESMITH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Sophomore Goaltender; Rochester, N.H.)
|DeSmith stopped 60 of 62 shots (.967 save%) in the three-point weekend vs. UMass. He
made 35 saves on Friday night in a 2-2 tie with UMass and stopped 25 en route to the 4-0
shutout win on Saturday for his league-best fifth shutout of the season.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|UMASS LOWELL RIVER HAWKS
|The River Hawks took home six points with a series sweep of Merrimack and a 4-2 win
vs. No. 4 Boston College on Tuesday night at Conte Forum. The River Hawks moved into
first-place and clinched the first home-ice spot in the quarterfinals with Sunday's victory.
Athletic Republic Co-Players of the Week John Henrion and Matt Nieto
|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.) Netted a career-high two goals at No. 4 Boston College on Saturday to lead PC to the 5-1 win.
Jon Gillies, PC (Fr., G, South Portland, Maine) Helped the Friars to a weekend split with No.4 Boston College with 48 saves in the series (.923 save%).
Jordan Heywood, MC (Jr., D, Regina, Sask.) Tied a career-high with two goals at BU Tuesday.
Ben Hutton, Maine (Fr., D, Prescott, Ont.) Scored a goal and added an assist in Maine's 1-0-1 weekend.
Sean Maguire, BU (Fr., G, Powell River, B.C.) Totaled 86 saves (.945 save%) in the weekend series vs. UVM, including a career-high 49 in Friday's victory.
Michael Matheson, BC (Fr., D, Pointe-Claire, Que.) Was involved in all three goals in 3-2 win at PC. Scored once and tallied two assists.
Chris McCarthy (Jr., F, Collegeville, Pa.) Had four points (2g,2a) on the weekend against No. 19 BU. He posted a team-high 13 shots on goal.
Ryan McGrath, UML (Fr., F, O'Fallon, Mo.) Dished out two assists and skated to a +4 for the weekend
Matt O'Connor, BU (Fr., G, Toronto, Ont.) Stopped 32 of 34 shots (.941 save%) on Tuesday to lead BU to a 5-2 win over Merrimack.
Danny O'Regan, BU (Fr., F, Needham, Mass.) Earned four assists in three games, including two in Saturday's 3-1 win over Vermont
Michael Paliotta (So., D, Westport, Conn.) Netted his first goal of the season on Saturday in the second period for the eventual game-winner vs. BU.
Joe Pendenza, UML (Jr., F, Wilmington, Mass.) Recorded five assists on the week with three helpers in Merrimack sweep.
Kyle Reynolds, UVM (So., F, Sylvan Lake, Alta.) Posted a goal and two assists over the weekend against No. 19 Boston University.
Evan Rodrigues, BU (So., F, Etobicoke, Ont.) Recorded five points (1g,4a) on the week, helping the Terriers win two out of three games.
Vinny Saponari, NU (Sr., F, Powder Springs, Ga.) Registered his second playmaker of the season, posting three assists on Saturday night at Maine.
Nick Saracino, PC (Fr., F, St. Louis, Mo.) Scored a power-play goal in each game over the weekend as PC and BC split.
Colton Saucerman, NU (Fr., D, Colorado Springs, Col.) Scored his first two career power play goals on Saturday night in the tie at Maine.
Steven Whitney, BC (Sr., F, Reading, Mass.) Tallied two points (1g,1a) in team's 3-2 win at Providence.
Matt Willows, UNH (So., F, Congers, N.Y.) Scored in each of UNH's games against UMass this weekend.
Greg Amlong, UML (O'Fallon, Mo.)
scored his first cAREER goal at Merrimack SUNDAY
Joey Diamond, MAINE (Long Beach, N.Y.)
scored his 100th career point on Friday nighT. He
becomes the 52nd player in Maine history to reach
the milestone. HE has 57 goals and 45 assists
Connor Hellebuyck, UML (Commerce, Mich.)
stopped 62 of 63 shots (.984) and earned his 13th
straight win and fourth shutout of the season
John Henrion, UNH (HOLDEN, MASS.)
recorded his first collegiate hat trick on Satur -
day night against UMass
Jordan Heywood, MC (Regina, SK)
Played in his 110th straight game Sunday
H.T. Lenz, UVM (Vienna, Va.)
Skated in his 100th career game Friday at BU
Chris McCarthy, UVM (Collegeville, Pa.)
Has five goals in his last seven games
Joe Pendenza, UML (Wilmington, Mass.)
HAS eight-game point streak WITH 12 POINTS (3G,9a)
MICHAEL PEREIRA, UMASS (WEST HAVEN, CONN.)
Played in his 100th career game Friday at UNH
THE FRIARS OWN A 4-1-4 RECORD IN THEIR LAST NINE
Chad Ruhwedel, UML (San Diego, Calif.)
made his 100th appearance FRIDAY vs. MERRIMACK
Matt Willows, UNH (CONGERS, N.Y.)
has four goals in the last five games after
posting just one goal in his first 37 career games
Boston College: BC played before a sellout crowd of 7,884 fans
on Saturday against Providence, marking the fifth Kelley Rink sellout of
the season. BC averaged 6,784 fans per home game in the 2012-13
regular season...BC's loss to the Friars marked the first since Feb. 29,
2008, snapped an 18-game BC unbeaten streak (15-0-3) and came on
a night in which the host Eagles saluted their seven-member senior class
of Pat Mullane, Patrick Wey, Steven Whitney, Patch Alber, Brooks Dyroff,
Parker Milner and manager Tom Maguire for four spectacular seasons.
The group is 111-38-8 in four seasons…With a 4-2 home loss to UMass-
Lowell on Tuesday, BC fell to 8-2-0 against the River Hawks in the last
10 meetings...Junior Bill Arnold's two-goal performance marked his
second of the season. Despite the loss, BC captured the regular-season
series against the River Hawks, 2-1-0...Following Tuesday's defeat, junior
forward Kevin Hayes, who suffered a contusion to his left quadriceps
muscle the game, underwent surgery to release pressure on the area
and will miss the remainder of the season during recovery.
Boston University: With its win against Merrimack on Tuesday,
BU avoided its first one-win February since the 1953-54 season...BU
had an eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) against Vermont snapped
in Saturday's loss to the Catamounts...Matt Nieto's hat trick on Friday
was the first by a Terrier since Brandon Yip achieved the feat on March
6, 2009, at Providence...Jason Lawrence recorded BU's most recent
natural hat trick at UMass just seven days prior to Yip's...Nieto is just
the second Terrier to record a hat trick at Agganis, joining David Van der
Gulik, who did it twice (2/4/05 vs. UML, 3/10/06 vs. UMass)...Over the
last two months, BU's forward line of Nieto, Danny O'Regan and Evan
Rodrigues has been one of the best in the country, combining for 58
points (27g,31a) in 16 games. O'Regan leads the team with 30 points
and is attempting to become the first freshman to lead BU in scoring
since Tony Amonte in the 1989-90 season...Cason Hohmann (Arlington,
Texas) won 18 of his 20 faceoffs in Friday's win over UVM...Senior Sean
Escobedo (Bayside, N.Y.) is second in the nation in blocked shots per
game (2.64)...BU will honor its six-member senior class after its regularseason
finale on Saturday at Agganis Arena vs. Northeastern.
Maine: Maine went 1-0-1 on the weekend against Northeastern…Six of
Maine's last eight home games have gone to overtime… The Black Bears
are 1-1-4 on those six games…Maine skated to a 4-4 tie on Saturday
night, marking the seventh tie of the season for the Black Bears…The
seven ties ties the school record for ties in a season set in 2000-01
and tied in 2001-02, 2004-05, 2010-2011 and this season…Maine
began the game 3-for-3 on the power play on Saturday night…The Black
Bears finished the game 3-for-6…The three power play goals ties the
most power play goals scored in a game by Maine this season…Four of
Maine's top six scorers on the season and freshman…The rookies have
accounted for 40.1 percent of Maine's total offense…Six of Maine's 10
game-winning goals on the season have been scored by freshmen…Martin
Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Que.) tied his career high with 35 saves on
Saturday night against Northeastern.
Massachusetts: Playing in his 100th career game, Michael Pereira
scored his ninth goal of the past 12 contests on Friday at UNH. Pereira
now ranks 12th in program history with 42 career goals…Sophomore
Steve Mastalerz played in his 13th game of the season on Saturday,
surpassing his freshman year total of 12 games played…Four UMass
defensemen 10 Or more on the season, led by Conor Allen's 17.
UMass-Lowell: UMass Lowell moved into first place in Hockey East,
clinched home ice for the playoffs and extended its winning streak to
seven games with the weekend's victories over Merrimack, 4-0 at the
Tsongas Center and 3-1 at Lawler Rink…Sunday's victory – UMass
Lowell's fifth in a nine-day span – marked the latest in a regular season
it has occupied first place in Hockey East, and was also the seventh
consecutive over a nationally-ranked opponent for a Division I-era
record…UMass Lowell is 17-2-1 over its last 20 games…With Friday's
win over Merrimack, UMass Lowell became the first team to reach the
20-victory plateau…Freshman Connor Hellebuyck extended his winning
streak to 13 games and also earned his fourth shutout of the season in
Friday's win. Since suffering a 5-1 loss in his first collegiate start on Oct.
19, Hellebuyck has maintained a 1.13 GAA and a .957 save rate.
Merrimack: In a crucial span of four games in eight days, Merrimack
dropped all four of them, slipping to sixth place in Hockey East…The Warriors
are in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season…Merrimack
had its streak of 36 straight successful penalty kills snapped
and 29 straight at home in first period of Sunday's loss to Lowell. It
was the first power play goal of the 2013 calendar year allowed by
Merrimack at Lawler…In Friday's 4-0 loss to Lowell, it marked the first
time Merrimack was shutout in 42 games dating back to February 10,
2013, when the Warriors were also blanked by Lowell…On Tuesday,
Jordan Heywood notched both goals in a 5-2 loss to BU. Heywood
became the first Merrimack defender to have two multi-goal games
in a season since Bryan Schmidt in 2004-05…Shawn Bates notched
his eighth point in eight games, scoring the lone goal in Sunday's 3-1
loss to Lowell…Merrimack concludes the regular season with a homeand-
home with UMass next weekend...Merrimack has defeated UMass
seven straight times at Lawler.
New Hampshire: UNH extended its unbeaten streak to five games
(2-0-3) with a win and a tie in a weekend series against UMass. The
Wildcats own the nation's second longest unbeaten streak behind only
UMass Lowell…UNH also trails only UMass Lowell in the Hockey East
standings. New Hampshire is second with 31 points, while the River
Hawks are alone in first with 32 points…On Friday, UMass scored the
go-ahead goal with 1:05 left in regulation, but John Henrion and the
'Cats got the equalizer with 3.7 seconds left in regulation to grab a
critical point and a 2-2 tie…On Saturday, John Henrion posted his first
collegiate hat trick in a 4-0 win…Henrion and Matt Willows accounted
for all of UNH's offense during the weekend as Willows scored a goal
on Friday and Saturday night…In Saturday's 4-0 win, Casey DeSmith
stopped all 25 shots he faces en route to his fifth shutout of the
season. DeSmith is second in the nation and first in Hockey East with
fifth shutouts…The UNH power play has been red hot with goals in sixstraight
games including a three-goal outpouring at Vermont on Feb.
22…After allowing a pair of power play goals on Feb. 17, the Wildcat
penalty kill got back on track blanking opponents in four-straight games
and 14-straight power play opportunities.
Northeastern: Northeastern converted half of its power play
chances (3-for-6) in a wild 4-4 draw at Maine on Saturday night, but the
Huskies skated away with bitter tastes in their mouths after learning
their postseason hopes would end at Alfond Arena. The Huskies can still
leapfrog Massachusetts in the final Hockey East standings, but with two
games to play and a five-point Maine lead, NU cannot elevate to eighth
place and win that final Hockey East postseason bid. Northeastern
curbed a five-game winless streak at Alfond Arena on Saturday night
with its 4-4 draw at Maine. The Huskies' last win in Orono occurred on
Oct. 25, 2008, in 2-1 fashion. The last time these two teams tied in
Orono was on Jan. 29, 2005 (2-2). Colton Saucerman scores his first
two career power play goals in a big spot, converting both the Huskies'
markers in a 5-on-3 situation.
Providence College: The Friars split a weekend series with fourthranked
Boston College, with each road team winning…Providence's
5-1 victory on Saturday night snapped an 18-game winless streak
against the Eagles, as it was PC's first victory over Boston College
since a 3-2 victory on Feb. 29, 2008. It was also Providence's largest
margin of victory over the Eagles since a 9-5 win at Schneider Arena
on Dec. 3, 1993…Noel Acciari netted a career high two goals in the
win…Chris Rooney tied his career high with two points on a goal and an
assist…John Gilmour's two assists also tied a career high mark…Providence
is now 10-1-4 when leading after one period, 11-0-2 when leading
after two and 13-2-4 on the year when scoring first…The Friars have
netted short-handed goals in three consecutive games…Freshman
Nick Saracino scored a goal in each of PC's three games versus BC
this season…With a 1-1-1 series record versus BC this year, the Friars
snapped a three-year winning streak by the Eagles in the season series
(dating back to PC's 2-0-1 mark vs. BC in 2007-08)…The Friars are
now 3-2-3 against top-five ranked opponents this season.
Vermont: Vermont posted 50 shots overall on Friday and 22 shots
in the third period, which both both marked season-highs…UVM had
92 shots on the weekend and out-shot Boston University by a total of
32 in the two games...The Catamounts won the faceoff battle 44-16
in Saturday's 5-2 win at BU…UVM is 9-0-2 this year when leading after
two periods ... Saturday marked the first game in the last 13 meetings
between the schools at Agganis Arena that has been decided by more
than two goals…It was the 70th meeting in the all-time series…The
Catamounts snapped an eight-game winless streak to the Terriers,
dating back to Feb. 28, 2010…Chris McCarthy had three points on
Saturday and now has five goals in his last seven games...UVM has
allowed just two 5-on-5 goals in its last seven contests.