Weekly Release: Hockey East Opens Season With Exhibition Slate
Terrier Freshmen Explode for Nine Goals; Nine Teams Skate to Wins in Opening Weekend
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Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Patrick Harper of Boston University

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: The 2016-17 hockey season kicked off last weekend with a slate of exhibition contests for all 12 of Hockey East's member schools ... Preseason favorite Boston University came out with a bang, downing Prince Edward Island, 10-2, while freshmen accounted for nine of the Terriers' 10 goals, including five from Patrick Harper (New Canaan, Conn.) and a hat trick from Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) ... Defending champion Northeastern also began the 2016-17 campaign with a 3-1 win over Acadia in a team effort that saw three different goal scorers - Adam Gaudette (Braintree, Mass.), Trevor Owens (Raleigh, N.C.), and Eric Williams (Newmarket, Ont.) - and a pair of goaltenders split the win as Ryan Ruck (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and Jake Theut (Washington, Mich.) combined for 22 saves ... Boston College christened Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Massachusetts with a 4-3 win over Carleton. The back-and-forth contest wasn't decided until Ryan Fitzgerald (N. Reading, Mass.) netted the game-winner with just 2:28 remaining in the third period ... A four-goal first period lifted Merrimack over New Brunswick, 5-3, Saturday, as the Warriors potted three goals in 10 minutes from Tyler Drevitch (Middleborough, Mass.), Ludvig Larsson (Malmo, Sweden) and Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) ... New Hampshire skated past New Brunswick a day later, using a goal and an assist from freshman Liam Blackburn (Prince George, B.C.) and a pair of helpers from fellow rookie Brendan van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) ... No. 8 UMass Lowell got off to a fast start against the Prince Edward Island in an exhibition on Sunday, blanking the Panthers 7-0. Seven different River Hawks tallied a goal, and junior forward John Edwardh (Calgary, Alta) led all scoring with one goal and two assists ... No. 9 Notre Dame began their season with a 5-1 exhibition victory against USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. The win was highlighted by two-goal performances from junior defenseman Jordan Gross (Maple Grove, Minn.) and sophomore forward Jack Jenkins (Lake Bluff, Ill.). Overall, 11 Notre Dame players registered a point in the game ... No 10. Providence started their season on a positive note by shutting out Acadia University, 3-0, in an exhibition Sunday. Sophomore goaltender Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo.) led an impressive defensive effort with 18 saves for the Friars. Leading the offence charge was sophomore forward and Penn State transfer Scott Conway (Basingstoke, England) who recorded a goal and two assists.