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November 15, 2010
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~ BU, Merrimack come away with ties; PC sweeps at UAH; BC, Vermont split series ~
(Sophomore Forward; Long Beach, N.Y.)
Diamond scored two goals and added an assist in Maine's weekend sweep of Northeastern. He scored the game-winning goal on the power play on Friday night midway through the third period and tallied an assist on the first goal of the game. Diamond scored a goal at 4:19 of the third period on Saturday to knot the score at 2-2. He was named the first star of the game in each contest. He finished the weekend with eight shots on net. Athletic Republic
(Freshman Forward; Everett, Mass.)
Brickley scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in Saturday's 5-3 win against No. 6 Boston College at Gutterson Fieldhouse. He finished the weekwend with five shots on goal for the Catamounts. Pro Ambitions
(Junior Goaltender; Wakefield, Mass.)
Cannata stopped 58 of 62 shots (.935 save%) earning two ties against #1 Boston University over the weekend, including a 32-save effort in the 1-1 tie on Friday at Agganis Arena. Pure Hockey
The Friars earned a pair of non-conference road victories over the weekend at Alabama- Huntsville. PC opened the weekend with a 3-1 win Friday and followed that up with a 4-2 triumph on Saturday. The Friars outshot the Chargers, 77-50, for the weekend, including a 45-24 advantage on Friday night. Kyle MacKinnon scored all three goals in PC's fifth win of the season in the series finale.  
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Joey Diamond of Maine


Spencer Abbott, Maine (Jr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Scored two goals and added an assist in Maine's weekend sweep of Northeastern.

Cam Atkinson, BC (Jr., F, Greenwich, Conn.) Registered one goal in each game of a two-game split at Vermont.

Mike Collins, MC (Fr., F, Boston, Mass.) Scored his first two collegiate goals, one in each game over the weekend against #1 BU.

Chris Connolly, BU (Jr., F, Duluth, Minn.) Tallied a goal and an assist in the third period of Saturday's 3-3 draw at Merrimack

Paul Dainton, UMass (Sr., G, Genelle, B.C.) Made a career-high 43 saves at New Hampshire to force a 3-3 tie on Saturday.

Phil DeSimone, UNH, (Sr., F, East Amherst, N.Y.) Amassed a goal and three assists over the weekend for the Wildcats.

Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (Jr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Stopped 51 shots in the three-point weekend with UMass, including 19-save shutout Friday.

Justin Gates, PC (Jr., G, Cranston, R.I.) Stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 3-1 road victory against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday.

Matt Germain, PC (Sr., F, Rockland, Mass.) Had one goal and a career-high three assists in a 4-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday.

Jimmy Hayes, BC (Jr., F, Dorchester, Mass.) Scored two third-period goals in the team's 5-3 loss at Vermont on Saturday.

Chris Kreider, BC (So., F, Boxford, Mass.) Tallied a team-high three points (1g,2a) in BC's two-game split at Vermont.

Kyle MacKinnon, PC (Sr., F, Walnut, Calif.) Scored a hat trick in PC's 3-1 at Alabama-Huntsville on Friday.

Wade MacLeod, NU (Sr., F, Coquitlam, B.C.) Registered his 26th-career multi-point game with a goal and an assist at Maine Saturday.

Tyler McNeely, NU (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Notched his 16th-career multi-point outing with a goal and a helped on Saturday night at Maine

Kieran Millan, BU (Jr., G, Edmonton, Alta.) Turned aside 69 of the 73 shots (.945 save percentage) he faced against Merrimack.

John Muse, BC (Sr., G, East Falmouth, Mass.) Recorded 38 saves in a 3-2 win at Vermont on Friday.

Chris Rawlings, NU (So., G, North Delta, B.C.) Combined for 66 saves on the weekend at Maine.

Mike Sislo, UNH (Sr., F, Superior, Wis.) Registered a pair of goals and an assist over the weekend for the 'Cats.

Sebastian Stålberg, UVM (So., F, Gothenburg, Sweden) Scored a goal and had three assists in a weekend split against Boston College.

Dan Sullivan, Maine (Fr., G, York. Pa.) Picked up a pair of wins over Northeastern on the weekend, making 17 saves in each game.

Paul Thompson, UNH (Sr., F, Derry, N.H.) Assisted on five of UNH's six goals over the weekend verse Massachusetts over the weekend.

Corey Trivino (Jr, F, Toronto, Ont.) Had a goal and an assist in the third period of Saturday's 3-3 draw at Merrimack



Bill Arnold, BC (Needham, Mass.) Scored his first collegiate goal at 3:53 of the opening period in BC's 3-2 win over Vermont on Friday

Mike Collins, MC (Boston, Mass.) Scored his first two collegiate goals, one in each game vs. No. 1 BU

Paul Dainton, UMass (GENELLE, B.C.) Had a career-high 43 saves on Nov. 13 at UNH on Saturday

Senior Robby Dee (Plymouth, Minn.) Played in his 100th career game on Saturday against Northeastern

Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (AMBLER, PA.) recorded his first collegiate shutout on Friday night vs. UMass

Branden Gracel, UMass (Calgary, AlTA.) scored his first career goal at New Hampshire on Nov. 13

H.T. Lenz, VERMONT (Vienna, Va.) Scored the first goal of his career in Saturday's win against BC

Wade MacLeod, NU (Coquitlam, B.C.) Rests at 99-career points and looks to become the 48th skater in Northeastern history to hit the 100-point plateau

Merrimack College's penalty kill Has killed off its last 23 minor penalties and ranks #1 in the country

Michael Pereira, UMass (West Haven, Conn.) Has four goals and one assist in the last five games played

Steven Shamanski, PC (Carberry, Man.) Recorded his first career point with an assist on Saturday

Dan Sullivan, MAINE (York, Pa.) Has allowed just two goals in each of his last five starts

UNH's penalty kill Was a perfect 10-10 over the weekend vs. the Minutemen

UNH's line of Paul Thompson (GILFORD, N.H.), Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.), Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) Factored in all six goals over the weekend for UNH with three goals and nine assists



Boston College: Sophomore center Pat Mullane (Wallingford, Conn.) won 20-of-25 faceoffs over the two-game series at Vermont…Freshman defenseman Isaac MacLeod (Nelson, B.C.) notched a pair of primary assists at Vermont and is tied for the team lead among BC defensemen in scoring…Junior forward Tommy Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) saw action in each game at Vermont…BC's power play went a combined 2-for-6 in the two-game series split in Burlington, Vt…After the weekend split, Boston College's senior class is 7-4-2 in 13 meetings against Vermont in the last four seasons…BC's 3-2 victory over the Catamounts on Friday, Nov. 12 marked its first at Gutterson Fieldhouse since Nov. 13, 2005. The Eagles went 0-4-2 in its last six games in Burlington, Vt…BC is 25- 12-4 in the 41-game all-time series between the teams and is 17-7-3 under Jerry York…BC and Vermont will conclude the three-game league series in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m.

Boston University: The Terriers are on a nation-best 10-game unbeaten streak (6-0-4) and will head into Friday's game against a New Hampshire that owns the second-longest current streak at eight games (5-0-3)…The Terriers were successful on 32 straight penalty kills before Merrimack scored on both of its power-play chances in the first period of Saturday's tie…BU has still killed off 46 of its opponents' last 49 power plays…The Terriers have now had a stretch of three straight ties in three of the last five seasons (2006-07, 2008-09, 2010-11) after never doing so in their first 85 seasons…Freshman Sahir Gill (Terrace, B.C.) ranks tied for fourth in the country in plus/minus with a +10 rating… Sophomore Alex Chiasson (St. Augustin, Que.) has tallied nine points (3g, 6a) in eight games this season and junior Chris Connolly has seven points (4g, 3a) in his last five contests...BU's power play is mired in a 1-for-36 drought…Junior goaltender Kieran Millan ranks tied for sixth in the nation in save percentage at. 938 despite allowing three goals on Saturday.

Maine: Maine completed a weekend sweep of Northeastern winning each game 4-2…Joey Diamond and Spencer Abbott each had two goals and an assist to lead Maine on the weekend…The Black Bears extend their unbeaten streak to six games… Maine overcame one goal deficits on four different occasions on the weekend…Maine outscored Northeastern 5-0 in the third period this weekend…Maine rookie goalie Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) has started five straight games for the Black Bears…In each of those five games, Sullivan has allowed just two goals…Each of Maine's game-winning goals on the season has been scored by a different player...Maine senior forward Robby Dee (Plymouth, Minn.) played in his 100th career game on Saturday night against Northeastern. He becomes the fourth current Black Bear to reach the milestone…Maine has allowed just two goals in six of its 10 games this season…Maine has outshot its opponents in all 10 games this season…The Black Bears are averaging 37 shots per game, while allowing 24…The Black Bears are 5-0-1 at Alfond Arena this season…Maine held Northeastern scoreless on five power play opportunities on Saturday night…The Black Bears now travel to Boston College for a rare Friday/Sunday series. The contest will be a rematch of the 2010 Hockey East Championship Game.

Massachusetts: UMass lost back-to-back games by more than one goal for the first time this season (Army, 2-5; UNH, 0-3) before bouncing back for a 3-3 tie at New Hampshire (Nov. 13)…Six of UMass' 9 games have been decided by one goal or less…The 84 shots faced at New Hampshire this weekend was the most in any two-game set this year…Special teams have been a tough spot for UMass recently with the power play converting just 1-of-25 (4.0%) and the penalty kill going 15-of-23 (65.2%)…All told this year, 13 of the 33 goals allowed this year have been on opponent power plays (39.4%)…UMass has no games this week before playing a largely non-traditional schedule over the next three weeks: Tues., Nov. 23 vs. Vermont; Sat., Nov. 27 vs. Quinnipiac; Sat., Dec. 4 vs. UMass Lowell (1:30 PM); Sunday, Dec. 12 at Maine (4 PM).

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks (2-6-2, 2-6-0 Hockey East) had the weekend off to rest after playing five games in nine days…UMass Lowell gears up for a home-and-home series with Merrimack…The River Hawks lead the all-time series with Merrimack, 67-38-8…That record reflects the occasional dominance UMass Lowell has had in the series, including the program's longest win-streak against a Hockey East opponent, 10 games from Mar. 4, 1994 to Nov. 8, 1996…When hosting the Warriors, the River Hawks are 37-15-3 overall and 13-4-2 in the Tsongas Center…In recent history, UML is 21-3-5 in its last 29 games against Merrimack and undefeated in the last four home contests.

Merrimack: In the seventh and eighth meetings between Merrimack and BU in the last year, the Warriors skated to a pair of ties against #1 Boston University, earning its first points against the top-ranked team in the country since March of 1998, when the Warriors knocked off #1 BU in the HEA Quarters…They have now earned points against the #1 (BU) and #2 (BC) nationally-ranked teams in the country this year…The Warriors also notched points in consecutive games against the Terriers for the first time since 2000…Merrimack's penalty kill, ranked first in the country, killed all 13 BU power plays in the weekend series and has killed off 23 straight power plays…They ranks first in Hockey East and third nationally in combined special teams…The Warriors improved to 17-5-3 in its last 25 home games and 2-0-1 this year at Lawler Rink. Saturday's game was the second straight home sellout…Merrimack already has skated to four ties this season, most since posting five ties in 2005-06…Joe Cannata (2.11 GAA, .936 SV%) ranks third in Hockey East in each category…Merrimack takes on UMass Lowell in a homeand- home series beginning Friday at the Tsongas Arena.

New Hampshire: UNH extended its unbeaten streak to eight games at 5-0-3. It marks the team's longest unbeaten streak since February 2008...The 'Cats hold the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak, second only to this weekend's opponent Boston University (6-0-4)… New Hampshire's top line of Sislo (2g,1a), DeSimone (1g,3a) and Thompson (5a) were involved in all six goals over the weekend. The trio combined for 12 points with three goals and nine assists over the weekend…UNH's power play scored three power play goals in the second period on Friday night. It was the first time since Jan. 16 the 'Cats scored three power play goals in a game. It also marks the first time since a Hockey East quarterfinal game against Northeastern on March 10, 2005, the 'Cats scored three power play goals in the same period…Matt DiGirolamo registered his first career shutout on Friday night marking the first time in over a season the 'Cats posted a shutout. The last shutout came on Feb. 28, 2009 against Merrimack, a 1-0 win by Brian Foster…The Wildcats penalty kill was a perfect 10-10 over the weekend…Blake Kessel continues to have a knack for scoring big goals as he scored the game's equalizer with 42 seconds remaining in regulation.

Northeastern: Northeastern fell on some hard luck at the University of Maine this past weekend, getting swept after holding leads on three separate occasions, combined. The Huskies opened the scoring in both contests and on the backend, Northeastern held its first lead of the season heading into the third period. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Black Bears' offense turned on a switch and pumped in three goals in a span of eight minutes to complete the sweep. The Huskies top line in captain Tyler McNeely, assistant captain Wade MacLeod and Steve Silva have continued to be the crux for NU's offense. Northeastern's first line accounted for both goals on Saturday and all three earned an assist, as well. Wade MacLeod registered his team-leading 26th-career multi-point game (1-1-2) on Saturday while Tyler McNeely turned in his 16th-career multi-point outing (1-1-2). MacLeod needs just one more point to become the Huskies 48th skater in Northeastern history to reach the 100-point plateau for their career (43-56-99). Sophomore netminder Chris Rawlings, despite slipping to 1-6-2 on the year, combined for 66 saves over the weekend.

Providence College: Providence College is on a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2), the longest such streak since the 2005-06 season…Providence recorded its first two road wins this season with a weekend sweep at Alabama-Huntsville…The Friars recorded a seasonhigh 45 shots against the Chargers on Friday…Senior Kyle MacKinnon posted his second-career hat trick in PC's win at Alabama-Huntsville on Friday, while senior Ian O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) had a career-high three assists and Ben Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) totaled a career-best two assists. MacKinnon has seven-career multiple-goal games, including two this season…The Friar first line accounted for eight points on Friday…Senior Matt Germain (Rockland, Mass.) totaled a career-high four points (1 g, 3 a) against UAH on Saturday…Sophomore Tim Schaller's (Merrimack, N.H.) short-handed goal on Saturday marked the first short-handed goal by Providence since October 25, 2008…The Friars have 12 different goal scorers this season, including nine with two goals or more.

Vermont: Vermont is 5-1-2 in its last eight games at home against the Boston College…The Catamounts picked up their first win of the season in a 5-3 decision against the Eagles on Saturday…Sophomore Sebastian Stålberg netted his first goal of the season and picked up three assists on the weekend…Senior Wahsontiio Stacey (Kahnawake, Que.) has a team leading six goals and is ranked tied for 12th in the country in that category. He is tied for 14th in the country in power-play goals with three on the season…Vermont as a team is ranked fourth in the country for least penalty minutes per game (8.8)…Sophomore Chris McCarthy (Collegeville, Pa.) picked up a pair of goals and an assist on the weekend...McCarthy has four career goals against the Eagles…Vermont is off until they travel to Massachusetts on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7pm…The Catamounts went 1-2-0 against UMass last season and are 9-6-3 against the Minutemen in the Kevin Sneddon era…Junior goaltender Rob Madore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is 3-1-1 against UMass in five career starts.



I attended a meeting of USA Hockey's Playing Rules Committee this past weekend in Chicago. As a member of the committee, I had the pleasure of studying just over 100 rules proposals along with 16 other committee members representing a cross section of hockey interests across the country. USA Hockey uses a two-year book, as does the NCAA, but the two-year cycles do not coincide. The NCAA book is new, covering the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. The proposals that survive the current process within USA Hockey will be part of a book that will cover the 2011-12 and 2013 seasons. The National Federation of High Schools issues an annual set of rules while the International Ice Hockey Federation goes by a four-year book.

One of the proposals sure to attract discussion within amateur hockey circles is one that would delay the start of "checking" in youth hockey to bantam age. (Currently, it begins in pee wee hockey). USA Hockey's Player Development Committee recommends this change to promote skill development. When watching squirt level players practice, where there is no checking, as compared to pee wees, where there currently is, the squirts play the game and work on their skating and puck handling. The pee wees can be seen bracing for checks or preparing to hit someone, often at the expense of skill development. There is also a safety concern for the 11-year old (young pee wee player) and their ability to deal with the stepped-up contact. This recommendation comes from a committee that not only includes medical professionals, but also includes the likes of former NHL greats Mile Milbury and Al MacInnis.

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