Weekly Release: Notre Dame Hands Boston College First League Loss
Vermont, Boston University Split; UMass Lowell, Maine, Providence Sweep
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Warrior Hockey Co-Players of the Week Anders Bjork of Notre Dame and Chase Pearson of Maine

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: No. 14 Notre Dame knocked off No. 3 Boston College Saturday night, handing the Eagles their first loss of the 2016-17 Hockey East season. Irish junior forward Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis.) started and finished a three-goal second period for Notre Dame to give the Fighting Irish a 3-2 comeback victory as he notched the shorthanded, unassisted, game-winning goal. Boston College completed its third Hockey East series-sweep of the season by defeating Northeastern, 5-3, on Tuesday night. JD Dudek (Auburn, N.H.) continued to dominate in Tuesday night games, scoring two goals in the victory; Dudek has tallied 6 points on five goals and one assist in the Eagles' last three Tuesday night contests No. 5 Boston University and No. 12 Vermont split their Hockey East series in Burlington this weekend. On Friday, hometown hero Tom Forgione (South Burlington, Vt.) scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-2 Catamount victory. On Saturday Boston University freshman netminder Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) turned in a 28-save shutout performance, helping the Terriers to escape Vermont with a 4-0 victory. Oettinger earned Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week accolades for his effort No. 7 UMass Lowell rose to second in the Hockey East standings by sweeping Hockey East rival Merrimack this weekend by scores of 4-1 and 5-1. Senior point-man Dylan Zink (Madison, Wis.) notched two goals in Friday's win and currently sits tied for fifth among all skaters in Hockey East scoring. Saturday's outing saw the River Hawks get five goals from five different players, including Zink, and freshman goaltender Garrett Metcalf (Salt Lake City, Utah) got his second start of the season and stopped 28 of 29 shots to pick up his first collegiate victory UConn defeated UMass, 3-1, in its one game of the week. UConn's leading scorer Tage Thomspon (Orange, Conn.) scored twice to push the Huskies past the Minutemen. It was the sophomore forward's fourth multi-point performance of the season, and UConn is 6-0-1 all-time when Thompson records a multi-goal game. Adam Huska's (Zvolen, Slovakia) 24-save, one-goal performance catapulted the rookie netminder to the top of Hockey East rankings in goals against average (1.95) and save percentage (.940) Maine's Chase Pearson (Alpharetta, Ga.) exploded for five goals and one assist in the Black Bears' weekend sweep over AIC this weekend in Orono. The freshman forward recorded a hat trick in Friday's victory, and followed that up with a three point (2g, 1a) performance in Maine's 7-2 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday night ... Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo.) led Providence into Rochester this weekend and backstopped the Friars to two wins over RIT. The sophomore goaltender stopped 65 of 67 shots for a .970 save percentage for the weekend to earn Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week accolades. In addition to Hawkey's performance, Ryan Tait (Santa Clarita, Calif.) tallied two goals and an assist in Friday's win.




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CHASE PEARSON - MAINE
ANDERS BJORK - NOTRE DAME


Chase Pearson (Alpharetta, Ga.) scored a hat trick Friday in Maine's 5-3 win over AIC and followed up with a two-goal, one-assist outing Saturday.

Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis.) led the Irish to a come-from-behind win over No. 3 BC, netting a power-play goal to get Notre Dame on the board and scored the shorthanded, unassisted, game-winning goal late in the second period.


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JAKE OETTINGER - BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) recorded a 28-save shutout at No. 12 Vermont Saturday. Across the twogame road series, the freshman netminder posted a 1.52 GAA and .945 sv% across the two contests and now sits second in the conference in both categories on the year (1.98/.930).


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HAYDEN HAWKEY - PROVIDENCE

Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo.) won two games at RIT last weekend, helping the Friars improve to 7-6-3 on the season. The sophomore goaltender from Parker, Colorado stopped 65 of 67 shots to earn a 1.00 GAA and .970 sv%, both tops in the conference last weekend.

HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Chris Brown, BC (So., F; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) Chipped in two assists in a 3-2 loss at Notre Dame, BC's first loss in Hockey East play this season after starting league play 8-0-1.

Julius Mattila, BC (Fr., F; Espoo, Finland) Netted a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 setback at Notre Dame.

Clayton Keller, BU (Fr., F; Swansea, Ill.) In his first weekend after missing seven games to injury, netted a goal and registered two assists at No. 12 Vermont. He also won 24 of 36 faceoffs he took on the weekend.

Tage Thompson, UConn (So., F; Orange, Conn.) Scored twice in 3-1 win over UMass Friday, including the game-winner.

Benjamin Freeman, UConn (Fr., F; Falmouth, Maine) Registered his first NCAA goal Friday, pacing UConn to a 1-0 lead.

Adam Huska, UConn (Fr., G; Zvolen, Slovakia) Stopped 24 pucks to beat UMass, 3-1, Friday, improving to 4-1-2 in league play.

Dylan Zink, UML (Sr., D; Madison, Wis.) Found the back of the net three times in a weekend sweep of Merrimack, earning a plus-two rating.

Kenny Hausinger, UML (Fr., F; Anchorage, Alaska) Had three points (1g, 2a) in a sweep of MC.

Garret Metcalf, UML (Fr., G: Salt Lake City, Utah) Saved 28 of 29 shots to earn a 5-1 road win at Merrimack Saturday.

Patrick Holway, ME (Fr., D; Cohasset, Mass.) Netted a goal and dished out an assist in Saturday's 7-2 win.

Mark Hamilton, ME (Jr., D; Winthrop, Mass.) Potted his first goal of the season and added two assists Saturday against AIC.

Tom Forgione, UVM (Sr., F; South Burlington, Vt.) Registered two points in a weekend split with No. 5 BU, including an assist and the game-winning goal in the third period on Friday night.

Derek Lodermeier, UVM (Fr., F; Brooklyn Center, Minn.) Had a pair of assists Friday against BU, a 4-2 win, to extend his point streak to five games.