Weekly Release: Providence, Boston Univ. Draw; UNH Duo Continues Point Production
Boston College Wins Thriller Over Michigan State; UML Takes Two From Maine
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Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Nick Ellis of Providence College

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: No. 1 Providence and No. 11 Boston University skated to a pair of draws in league play this weekend. BU's Ahti Oksanen (Kirkkonummi, Finland) netted the equalizer with just 1:29 on the clock Friday night in a 1-1 tie before the Friars' Jake Walman (Toronto, Ont.) potted two power-play goals at BU Saturday in a 3-3 tie, including the game-tying tally ... UNH's dynamic duo of Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.) continued to produce for the Wildcats. Kelleher picked up three points (1g, 2a) while Poturalski had a goal and an assist in the Merrimack draw. The pair sit first and third, respectively, in overall scoring among Hockey East skaters while Kelleher's 13 assists and 18 points lead the NCAA ... No. 2 Boston College won a thriller at Conte Forum Friday night, topping Michigan State, 6-4. Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) registered a career-best four points (2g, 2a) while Colin White (Hanover, Mass.) has now picked up 12 points in his last five games on four goals and eight helpers and is riding a five-game point streak ... UConn opened the week with a Tuesday night contest against Army West point, falling 2-0 at the XL Center. The Huskies then traveled to Vermont where the lone goal from rookie forward Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.) was not enough to power past the Catamounts ... Vermont and Kevin Sneddon's squad took three out of four points in Hockey East play this weekend, downing UConn, 2-1, Friday night and skating to a 3-3 draw Sunday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Catamount captain Yvan Pattyn (Ste. Anna, Man.) picked up a pair of helpers in Sunday's 3-3 draw with UMass, finishing plus-two in the two games ... Massachusetts completed yet another lategame comeback, led by junior forward Ray Pigozzi (Evanston, Ill.). Pigozzi sparked the Minutemen as they stormed back from a 3-0 deficit Sunday at Vermont. He scored the game-tying goal with 40 seconds remaining and assisted on two other goals in the 3-3 tie ... No. 13/14 Merrimack continued it's strong start to Hockey East play as Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) registered a team-high four points (1g, 3a) in two league contests while winning 21 of 40 faceoffs on the weekend. He helped the Warriors to capture three of four points in a 4-2 win over UMass and a 3-3 tie with New Hampshire ... No. 5 UMass Lowell was paced by sophomore forward C.J. Smith (Des Moines, Iowa) in a weekend sweep of Maine. Smith netted two goals while senior netminder Kevin Boyle (Manalapan, N.J.) backstopped the River Hawks to the two wins, stopping 66 of 67 shots for a .985 save percentage and registering his third shutout of the year ... Northeastern collected a crucial point in league play at No. 18 Notre Dame Friday night, skating to a 2-2 overtime tie. Husky junior defenseman Matt Benning (St. Albert, Alb.) scored the game-tying power-play goal with 4:01 on the clock to secure the point for his team.