Weekly Release: Seven Teams Separated By Eight Points Entering Penultimate Week
Six Teams Remain In the Hunt for Hockey East Regular Season Title
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Hockey East Player of the Week Matt Murray of Massachusetts

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: New Hampshire Head Coach Dick Umile was honored as the 12th recipient of the Hockey East Founders Medal on Saturday night. Umile is retiring at the end of the current season, his 28th behind the Wildcats bench. He is only the second coach to be recognized by Hockey East, the first being legendary Boston University head coach Jack Parker, who was presented the award in 2014 ... Vermont extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) with a 1-0-1 weekend at New Hampshire. Stefanos Lekkas (Elburn, Ill.) kicked out 66 of 69 shots he saw extend his personal unbeaten run to seven games ... UMass went undefeated in three crucial Hockey East games last week, taking a 2-0-1 record from Merrimack, Boston University and UMass Lowell. Rookie Matt Murray (St. Albert, Alta.) started all three games, posting a 1.63 goals against average and .952 save percentage while stopping 99 shots, including a 30-save shutout against UMass Lowell. It was his third blank sheet of the season, tying the Minutemen's single-season record. It was UMass's first shut out of the River Hawks since 1970 ... In the 66th annual Beanpot semifinals, Northeastern and Boston University emerged over Boston College and Harvard, 3-0 and 3-2, respectively. Huskies' netminder Cayden Primeau (Voorhees, N.J.) pitched the first shutout in the Beanpot since 1988, which is also the last year Northeastern claimed the tournament title. Boston University took a double-overtime victory from Harvard off the stick of freshman Ty Amonte (Norwell, Mass.). Classmate Shane Bowers (Halifax, N.S.) scored two goals in Friday night's 3-3 draw with UMass. He is now tied for the national lead among all freshman with 15 goals and is first among Hockey East rookies with 24 points on the year. He has at least one goal in four of his last five outings ... Boston College earned a 3-2 win over UMass Lowell Friday night, thanks in part to Logan Hutsko (Tampa, Fla.). Hutsko scored the game-tying goal less than two minutes into the third period and found the back of the net with just 6.8 seconds remaining in the extra frame to pick up two points for the Eagles ... Providence dueled Maine to a 3-2 overtime win Saturday, vaulting the Friars into second place in the Army ROTC Hockey East standings.