~ PC downs QU; Black Bears win vs. UMass; UVM picks up road win at Dartmouth~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#10 BRIAN FLYNN, MAINE
(Junior Forward; Lynnfield, Mass.)
|Flynn had four goals as the Black Bears split a pair of games on the weekend. He scored
Maine's second goal in a game that it would drop to New Hampshire in overtime. Flynn had
a hat trick in Maine's 4-1 victory over UMass on Sunday afternoon with a power play goal to
go along with a pair of even strength goals, which included the
game-winning goal against UMass. Flynn finished the weekend with nine shots on
goal and a +3 rating for the Black Bears.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#18 JEFF SILENGO, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Freshman Forward; Madison, Conn.)
|Silengo scored the first two goals of his collegiate career including the
game-winner at 1:26 of overtime in a 4-3 win at Maine. His first goal midway
through the third period sparked the come-back. Silengo had three shots on
net and was a +2 overall vs. the Black Bears.
||PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#35 ALEX BEAUDRY, PROVIDENCE
(Junior Goaltender; Cumberland, Ont.)
|Beaudry stopped 64 of 70 shots (.915 save%), including 33 saves in a 5-2 victory over Quinnipiac
on Saturday at Schneider Arena.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS
|The Wildcats scored two third-period goals and scored just 1:26 into overtime to pick up
a big road win at No. 6 Maine on Friday night at Alfond Arena. The Wildcats scored three
unanswered goals vs. the Black Bears. Dalton Speelman's extra attacker goal tied the
game with just 18 seconds remaining.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Brian Flynn of Maine
Derek Army, PC (Fr., F, North Kingstown, R.I.) Scored a goal in a 4-4 tie at Brown. Had a power-play goal and one assist in a 5-2 win over Quinnipiac.
Derek Arnold, UML (Fr., F, Foxboro, Mass.) Tallied four assists and a +2 rating this weekend, having a hand in ever UMass Lowell goal scored.
Andy Balysky, PC (Jr., F, Randolph, N.J.) Scored one goal in each game last week for his first two goals this season.
Alex Chiasson, BU (So., F, St. Augustin, Que.) Scored the late game-winning goal and added two assists in BU's 5-4 over Northeastern.
Charlie Coyle, BU (Fr., F, East Weymouth, Mass.) Tallied a goal and two assists in the Terriers' 5-4 victory over Northeastern on Wednesday.
Robby Dee, Maine (Sr., F, Plymouth, Minn.) Had a goal and two assists in a pair of games for the Black Bears.
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (Jr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Stopped 27 shots including 12 in the third period in UNH's 4-3 overtime win over Maine.
Matt Ferreira, UML (Jr., F, Brampton, Ont.) Netted a pair of goals in the two-game series against Princeton.
Kevin Goumas, UNH, (Fr., F, Lake Worth, Fla.) Handed out the first two points of his collegiate career assisting on both Jeff Silengo goals.
Jordan Kremyr, PC (Sr., F, Cloverdale, B.C.) Scored one goal in a 4-4 tie versus Brown. Also had one goal and one assist in a 5-2 win over Quinnipiac.
Matt Marshall, UVM (Hingham, Mass.) Scored two goals, including the game-winner in a 6-5 victory over No. 19 Dartmouth.
Kieran Millan, BU (Jr., G, Edmonton, Alta.) Recorded 37 saves in a 5-4 victory over Northeastern before stopping 11 of the 12 shots he faced against RPI.
Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Jr., F, Malmo, Sweden) Had a goal and two assists in Maine's 1-1 weekend.
Sebastian Stålberg, UVM (Gothenburg, Sweden) Tallied a pair of goals and added an assist to help lead Vermont over No. 19 Dartmouth 6-5 Sunday.
Wahsontiio Stacey, UVM (Kahnawake, Que.) Had an even strength goal and added two assists in the Catamounts 6-5 win over No. 19 Dartmouth Sunday.
Dan Sullivan, Maine (Fr., G, York, Pa.) Made 21 saves (.955 save%) on Sunday afternoon in the 4-1 win vs. UMass.
Paul Thompson, UNH (Sr., F, Derry, N.H.) Registered a goal and an assist in UNH's 4-3 overtime win over Maine.
Mark Adams, PC (Boxford, Mass.)
Notched his first career point, an assist at Brown on Tuesday
Derek Arnold, UML (FOXBORO, MASS.)
Has assisted on the last four River Hawk goals
Paul Dainton, UMass (Iqaluit, Nunvut)
Made 28 saves at Maine giving him 2,623 for his career, needing
just 427 to tie the UMass record (3,050, Brian Regan)
Kevin Goumas, UNH (Lake Worth, FLA.)
Dished out a pair of assists on Friday for the
first two collegiate points of his career
Lance Herrington, UVM (Bow, N.H.)
Registered his first career multi-point game at Dartmouth
Chase Langeraap, UMass (Cayuga , Ont.)
Scored his first goal of the season at Maine
Brett Leonard, UVM (South Burlington, Vt.)
Had his first career multi-point game with two assists in the
Catamounts 6-5 victory over No. 19 Dartmouth Sunday
Merrimack penalty kill
Ranks first in the country at 89.8% (79-88)
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE PENALTY KILL
Have killed off 25 of the last 26 penalties
Nick Pryor, Maine (Woodbury, Minn.)
Picked up his first career points with a pair of assists on Sunday
afternoon against UMass.
Jeff Silengo, UNH (MADISON, CONN.)
Scored his first two collegiate goals, including the game-winner
in overtime in a 4-3 win over Maine on Friday
Vermont's Fourth Line
(White, Leonard, Matt Marshall)
Combined for five points (3g,2a) in the win vs. Dartmouth
Matt White, UVM (McMurray, Pa.)
Netted his first career goal in 6-5 win at No. 19 Dartmouth
Boston College: Four BC players - Brian Dumoulin, Chris Kreider,
Philip Samuelsson and Patrick Wey were named to the 29-man preliminary
roster for the 2011 U.S. Junior National Team last week. The players will
participate in a pre-tournament camp beginning Dec. 17 in Troy, Rochester
and Amherst, N. Y. The camp includes three exhibition games against
Rensselaer's men's hockey team (Dec. 19), the Czech Republic (Dec.
21) and Norway (Dec. 23). Kreider is one of eight returning players from
the gold-medal winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team…Junior forward
Cam Atkinson, who has 21 points 14g,7a) in 16 games this season,
now has 93 points in 94 BC career contests…BC entered its semester
break on a three-game win streak during which it outscored opponents
20-7...Senior alternate captain Brian Gibbons (2-4-6) and sophomore
defenseman Brian Dumoulin (0-6-6) each averaged two points per game
to lead all BC scorers in the last three games...Next for Boston College is
competition in the Ledyard National Bank Classic at Dartmouth College.
The Eagles return to action against Colgate on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. and
will play either Mercyhurst or the host Big Green on Dec. 31.
Boston University: The Terriers split their two games on the week to
close the first half with a record 8-4-5 (6-3-4 Hockey East)…After posting
a 5-4 league victory over Northeastern on Wednesday, the Terriers fell,
4-1, at No. 15 Rensselaer Saturday in what will be their only non-conference
game in an opposing rink this regular season…The triumph over
the Huskies was BU's sixth come-from-behind victory of the season after
having only five all of last season…BU is now 2-1-1 in non-conference
play this season…A pair of significant point streaks came to an end on
Saturday, as freshman Sahir Gill (Terrace, B.C.) had scored a point in
eight straight games (1g,7a) and sophomore Alex Chiasson tallied 11
points (3g,8a) during a seven-game point streak… Freshman Matt Nieto
(Long Beach, Calif.) extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with
a tally against Northeastern but was held off the scoresheet in Saturday's
loss…Junior David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass.) earned a pair of assists
in the win over Northeastern…The Terriers have allowed a goal in each
of their last 15 periods of play…Junior Kieran Millan made 37 saves in
the victory over Northeastern to pick up the 50th victory of his collegiate
career…Freshmen Adam Clendening (Wheatfield, N.Y.), Charlie Coyle and
Nieto have been named to the U.S. National Junior Team's preliminary
roster for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Maine: The University of Maine men's ice hockey team split a pair
of games on the weekend…Maine fell to UNH in overtime, before rebounding
to defeat UMass on Sunday…The Black Bears have a record
of 26-5-1 all-time against UMass at Alfond Arena…Maine is 6-1-1 at
Alfond Arena this season with the lone loss coming to New Hampshire
last Friday night…There was a sell out crowd of 5,445 fans on hand to
see the game against New Hampshire…It was the first sell out since
Nov. 10, 2007 when the same number was on hand to see Maine play
Providence…Junior Brian Flynn had a hat trick in the game on Sunday
against UMass. It was the first Black Bear to have a hat trick since
Flynn scored five goals against UMass Lowell on Feb. 19, 2010. Flynn
has goals in three straight games and has five goals in that span. Flynn
scored his 40th career goal against UMass and leads all Black Bears in
career goals…Maine has allowed just one power play goal in its last four
games and have killed off 17 of 18 opponent power plays...Six of Maine's
first 16 games have gone to overtime… The Black Bears will now have
16 days off before returning to action when they face Miami in the first
round of the Florida College Classic played in Estero, Fla.
Massachusetts: The 4-1 loss at No. 8 Maine snapped UMass' fourgame
unbeaten streak and marked the third time this season UMass has
lost by three goals…UMass did carry a 1-0 lead into the first intermission
as the Minutemen have now outscored opponents 6-2 in the first period
over the last five games…UMass' 22 shots for the game were its second
fewest of the season…UMass was 0-for-4 on the power play dropping to
2-for-15 over the last three games (13.3%)…UMass was averaging four
goals a game over the last four games prior to the Maine loss…The loss
snapped a five-game win streak to the Black Bears…UMass allowed a
player to score a hat trick for the second time this season (Flynn, Maine;
Barriball, Minnesota)…UMass remains winless on the road this season
at 0-5-2…UMass will head to Wisconsin on Dec. 30-31 – The Badgers
were the first opponents UMass faced under head coach Don "Toot"
Cahoon opening the 2000-01 season.
UMass-Lowell: Falling twice at Princeton this past weekend, the River
Hawks' losing streak extends to nine games…On Friday, UMass Lowell
led by one goal for over 33 minutes, the most amount of time the River
Hawks have led in a game this season…David Vallorani's tally on Friday
granted UMass Lowell a first period road lead for the first time since
Oct. 19 against RIT…Doug Carr (Hanover, Mass.) made 40 saves in the
loss, one shy of his career-high…For the weekend, Vallorani and Matt
Ferreira each scored two goals…Freshman Derek Arnold assisted on
all four tallies and was the primary assist on three of four…Sophomore
Riley Wetmore (Swanton, Vt.) expanded his lead in the River Hawk scoring
race with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists…Now on holiday
break, UMass Lowell will not return to action until Jan. 7 when it travels
to New Hampshire for a clash in the Whittemore Center.
Merrimack: Merrimack was idle last week and is in the midst of
24 days without a game…The Warriors return to the ice at Army on
Dec. 30 and at RIT on Jan. 1…Construction began on Monday to
complete the Lawler Renovations. The final set of bleachers were
removed and will be replaced by chair back seats and a tunnel to the
opposing bench before Merrimack's next home game which is January
8 against Maine…The Warriors are ranked 17th nationally, its highest
national ranking ever…Merrimack concludes its pre-holiday schedule
with a 7-4-4 record, 5-4-3 in Hockey East, its best start in its Division
I history…Senior Chris Barton (Calgary, Alta.) is on pace to become
the first Merrimack player to reach 100 points since Anthony Aquino in
2002…Merrimack's penalty kill is first in the country at 89.8%…Karl
Stollery (Camrose, Alta.) is tied for third among Hockey East defenders
in scoring with 10 points, while Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) is
tied for first with three game-winning goals…Junior goaltender Joe Cannata
(Wakefield, Mass.) ranks second in Hockey East in goals-against
and save percentage.
New Hampshire: UNH is off to its best start at 10-2-4 (.750) since
the 2006-07 season when it was 13-2-1 (.900)…The Wildcats own
the nation's third-best winning percentage behind Yale and Minnesota-
Duluth…New Hampshire is riding a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1;
nation's second-longest streak) heading into a 23-game holiday break…
Freshman Jeff Silengo scored the first two goals of his collegiate
career including the game-winner at 1:26 of overtime in a 4-3 win at
Maine…UNH's Dalton Speelman scored an extra-attacker goal with 18
seconds remaining in regulation, it marks the second time this season
the 'Cats were successful in an extra-attacker situation…New Hampshire
is now 10-0-0 in its last 10 games in December with its last loss in the
month coming on Dec. 28, 2007 against North Dakota…UNH's top
line of Mike Sislo, Paul Thompson and Phil DeSimone have been on a
tear of late. Over the past nine games, the trio has combined for 53
points (5.89 ppg) on 15 goals (1.67 gpg) and 38 assists (4.22 apg).
Sislo and Thompson have a point in nine-straight games.
Northeastern: Northeastern met up with #7 Boston University
for the first time this season on a rare Wednesday night game at
Agganis Arena, dropping a 5-4 nail biter. The Huskies had their hands
full against the Terriers after they scored the first goal because BU is
5-1-2 this season when the opponent scores first. Boston University
is also 11-2-4 in its last 17 games at home, but Northeastern did its
best to topple BU...Sophomore Chris Rawlings started for the Huskies
in net, but newcomer Clay Witt saw action in his second-career game
and the first time he came in for relief of Rawlings this season. Witt
was charged with his second loss of the season while making six saves
and surrendering NU's power play tally. The Huskies outshot BU by
an astounding 41-20 total, marking the second-highest shot total for
Northeastern in its first half of the season. Wade MacLeod continues
to lead the Huskies with 14 points (6-8-14) and moved up another spot
in the NU annals for career points. MacLeod surpassed Gerry Cronin
(1958-61) and is now in a three-way tie with Larry Bone (1963-66) and
Matt Saunders (1988-92). The Coquitlam, B.C. native has tallied 106
points (45-61-106) in 127 career contests.
Providence College: Providence College finished the first half of
the season with a 7-6-5 overall record, the first time that the Friars have
been over .500 at the Christmas break since the 2005-06 season…PC
finished its non-conference schedule with a 4-2-1 mark, including a 4-0-1
record in the last five non-league games…Providence tied Brown (4-4)
on Tuesday and retained the Mayor's Cup by virtue of winning the cup
last season…The Friars had four different goal scorers in a tie at Brown
and a five different goal scorers in a 5-2 win over Quinnipiac…The five
goals vs. Quinnipiac were a season high…PC improved to 4-1-3 at
Schneider Arena…The Friar third line of seniors Matt Germain (Rockland,
Mass.) and Jordan Kremyr as well as freshman Derek Army accounted
for five of the team's nine goals last week, including two by Army and
Kremyr…The Friars, who did not score any short-handed goals last
season, have three short-handed goals this season…The Friars senior
class has scored 29 of the team's 47 goals (62%).
Vermont: Vermont played its fourth straight team ranked in the
top-20 and ended a three game skid with a 6-5 victory over No. 19
Dartmouth…Sebastian Stålberg tallied a pair of goals and his team
leading sixth assist of the year in the Dartmouth win…Wahsontiio Stacey
(Kahnawake, Que.) added a goal and two assists to help lead Vermont
over the 19th ranked Big Green…Vermont's fourth line of Marshall (2g),
Brett Leonard (South Burlington, Vt.) (2a) and Matt White (McMurray,
Pa.)(1g) combined for five points and a +9 rating in the Dartmouth win…
Lance Herrington (Bow, N.H.) picked up a pair of assists for UVM in
Vermont's third straight win over the Big Green…Rob Madore stopped
32 shots in between the pipes for the Catamounts.
On Friday night, I drove to Brunswick, Maine, and caught the 194th
edition of Bowdoin-Colby hockey. It was a non-Hockey East night in the
beautiful Sid Watson Arena but there was some Hockey East flavor in
the fact that the two coaches, Bowdoin's Terry Meagher and Colby's Jim
Tortorella, are graduates of Boston University and Maine, respectively.
Sid himself was a graduate of Northeastern University.
As is often the case, rivalries bring out the best in each opponent,
and such was the case that night when the host Polar Bears won a close
3-2 game over the Mules. At Colby the next night, the visitors spotted
their hosts a 5-1 lead and stormed back for a stunning 6-5 win and a
weekend sweep. Both games were sold out.
A couple of hours to the North, one of Hockey East's best rivalries
was on display Friday night when another sellout crowd filled Alfond Arena
in Orono to see Maine host New Hampshire. Equally dramatic was this
UNH win as the Wildcats tied the game with 18 seconds to go and won
it at 1:26 of overtime. Both of these teams are ranked in the Top Ten
nationally and this nationally televised game (CBS College Sports) had
that "big game" feel to it.
"Rivalry Weekend" also included the Michigan - Michigan State game
played outdoors at "The Big House," the Wolverines football stadium,
before the largest crowd to ever watch a hockey game, 113,411. This
one didn't quite have the drama of the aforementioned games played
in the state of Maine as Michigan dominated its guests, 5-0. But the
magic of that particular rivalry went a long way in drawing that historic
crowd to Ann Arbor.