Weekly Release: Northeastern Clips Michigan State, Merrimack Downs Canisius
Four-Game Weekend Wraps First Half of 2015-16 Season
Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Jace Hennig of Merrimack

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: In the final four contests before the winter break, Hockey East programs went 2-1-1 in non-conference and exhibition play ... Friday night saw Massachusetts take on the U.S. National Junior Team in a pre- World Juniors tune up. Team USA clipped the Minutemen, 4-0 at the Mullins Center ... In Saturday night's only contest, the Huskies' Zach Aston-Reese (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal while rookie netminder Ryan Ruck (Coto de Caza, Calif.) stopped 26 shots to pick up his first collegiate victory against the Spartans of Michigan State ... Sunday saw the Catamounts take Union to overtime after scoring the game's first two goals, but Vermont ultimately fell, 3-2. The Cats saw goals from Conor O'Neil (Hummelstown, Pa.) and Brendan Bradley (Richboro, Pa.) ... The No. 20 Merrimack Warriors toppled Canisius, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at home. Freshman goaltender Drew Vogler (Florissant, Mo.) stopped 18 of 19 shots on the evening to record his first career win in his first collegiate start. Sophomore forward Jace Hennig (Port Moody, B.C.) netted two goals for the Warriors en route to collecting the win ... Hockey East teams are back in action one week from today when No. 1 Providence and No. 4 Boston College travel to Estero, Florida to compete in the Florida College Classic against Cornell and Ohio State and No. 8 UMass Lowell heads west to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to do battle with Clarkson, Penn State and Robert Morris at the Three Rivers Classic.