HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
Providence completed one of the most exciting comebacks in recent memory on Friday, scoring five goals in the third period to topple previously undefeated Denver, 6-5, at Schneider Arena. The Friars offense was powered by a final-frame hat trick from Nick Poisson, who also assisted on another tally in the third. Providence followed up the victory with a 2-0 road win in league play at New Hampshire on Sunday, moving to 2-0-0 in Hockey East games.
Boston University and Merrimack split a high-scoring home-and-home series that saw multiple hat tricks in Saturday’s wild affair. On Friday, the Warriors earned their first ranked win of the season, 3-2, and it marked the first time they’ve knocked off Boston University at Lawler Rink since Oct. 20, 2018. On Saturday, BU sophomore Dylan Peterson tallied his first career hat trick, including an unassisted shorthanded goal, in the Terriers’ 8-6 win. The Terriers jumped out to a 5-1 lead before Zach Vinnell netted the first hat trick by a Warrior defenseman since New Year’s Day 2011, fueling a rapid comeback that fell just short in an 8-6 setback.
Boston College rebounded from a 5-3 setback to Colorado College to defeat Denver, 5-1, on Saturday. Jack McBain racked up four points on a goal and three assists and now leads Hockey East in overall scoring with nine assists and 11 points. He had two points in each outing and has four multi-point games in six games played this season.
UMass Lowell went undefeated against Michigan State, earning a Friday
stalemate after Brehdan Engum scored the game-tying goal with 38 sec-
onds left in regulation. The River Hawks took a 4-0 win the next night as
Henry Welsch registered 27 saves to shutout the Spartans.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nick Poisson - Providence
Nick Poisson (So., F; Vancouver, B.C.) recorded a hat trick and an assist,
all in the third period, during Providence’s 6-5 come-from-behind victory
over previously undefeated #8 Denver on Friday night. Poisson currently
ranks second in Hockey East in scoring, along with teammate Brett Berard,
with 10 points (3g, 7a)
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Ty Gallagher - Boston University
Ty Gallagher (Fr., D; Clarkston, Mich.) collected a career-best three assists
in the Terriers’ 8-6 win over Merrimack. He had the only assist on classmate
Brian Carrabes’ eventual game-winner. Gallagher finished the weekend as
a plus-four and also blocked two shots.
HOCKEY EAST DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
Brehdan Engum - UMass Lowell
Brehdan Engum (So., D; Burnsville, Minn.) had a strong performance in
the River Hawks’ two-game home series against Big Ten opponent Michi-
gan State. He scored the game-tying goal with 38 seconds left in regulation
to help the River Hawks earn a tie against the Spartans Friday night and
played a critical role on defense against Michigan State in a 4-0 shutout win
on Saturday, posting a career-best four blocks to lead the UMass Lowell
defense on Saturday. He finished the weekend with five total blocks and a
HOCKEY EAST GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Devon Levi - Northeastern
Devon Levi (So., F; Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.) had 25 saves on the way
to his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over Colorado College on
Saturday night. Levi is now tied for eighth all-time on the Huskies shutout
leader board after just five career games and got to three shutouts 19
games faster than Cayden Primeau.
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Drew Helleson, BC (Jr., D; Farmington, Minn.) Posted a goal and two assists on Saturday night as Boston College took down #8 Denver in a 5-1 win. He put five shots on goal and blocked three more in his defensive zone on the weekend.
Jack McBain, BC (Sr., F: Toronto, Ont.) Racked up four points on a goal and three assists in a split non-conference weekend for the Eagles and now leads Hockey East in overall scoring with nine assists and 11 points. He had two points in each outing and has four multi-point games in six games played this season. He also fired 10 shots on net.
Eric Dop, BC (Gr., G; Lewis Center, Ohio) Made 26 saves on 27 on Saturday night, stopping a potent #8 Denver offense and holding them to just one goal in a 5-1 victory.
Dylan Peterson, BU (So., F; Roseville, Calif.) Tallied his first career hat trick, including an unassisted shorthanded goal, in the Terriers’ 8-6 win over Merrimack on Saturday night. Peterson scored on all three shots he took Saturday and was a plus-three on the weekend.
Nik Armstrong-Kingkade, UML (So., F; Alexandra, Va.) Led the River Hawks to victory Saturday night against Big Ten opponent Michigan State by scoring two goals against the Spartans in a 4-0 win. The sophomore potted a shorthanded goal on the penalty kill and the outing marked the first multi-point and multi-goal game of his career. He finished with a plus-three rating and two blocks across an undefeated weekend.
Henry Welsch, UML (So., G; Lakeville, Minn.) Registered 27 saves to shutout Big Ten opponent Michigan State Saturday night, the first blank sheet of his career in a 4-0 victory.
Zach Vinnell, MC (Jr., D; Cochrane, Alta.) Netted the first hat trick by a Warrior defenseman since New Year’s Day 2011 when he tallied three goals in the final 26 minutes of Saturday’s game against Boston University, fueling a rapid comeback that fell just short in an 8-6 setback. He finished with seven shots on the evening.
Jack Hughes, NU (Fr., F; Westwood, Mass.) Scored the game-winning and lone goal off a rebound in a 1-0 win over Colorado College on Saturday night.
Max Crozier, PC (Jr., D; Calgary, Alta.) Made his season debut on Friday night against #8 Denver and registered a goal and two assists to guide the Friars to the comeback victory.