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.