~ No. 9 Maine gets three points at PC; MC, NU split series; UMass takes out UML ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#19 MIKE SISLO, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Senior Forward; Superior, Wis.)
|Sislo scored a goal on Thursday night and handed out a career-high five assists on Sunday
against Vermont. Sislo factored in all five New Hampshire goals on Sunday. He registered six
shots on goal and was a +2 overall on the week.
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#21 STEVEN WHITNEY, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Soph. Forward; Reading, Mass.)
|Whitney registered four points (two goals and two assists) in two wins over No. 2 BU. He scored
twice, including the decisive score in Saturday's 5-2 home win. He finished the weekend with
nine shots on goal and a +3 rating for the Eagles.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#57 MARTIN OUELLETTE, MAINE
(Freshman Goaltender; St.-Hippolyte, Quebec)
|Ouellette made 32 saves and recorded a shutout in just his second career
start and first collegiate victory as Maine blanked Providence 5-0 on Saturday
night at Schneider Arena. He made 13 saves in the first period against the
||PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#30 MATT DIGIROLAMO, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Junior Goaltender; Ambler, Pa.)
|DiGirolamo stopped 49-of-50 shots (.980 save%) lifting UNH to a pair of wins over UMass-Lowell
and Vermont. DiGirolamo turned aside 25 shots on Thursday to
record his second career shutout and allowed a single goal on
25 shots on Sunday against Vermont.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
|The Eagles completed a weekend sweep of arch-rival Boston University on Saturday night
at Conte Forum. BC opened the weekend with a 9-5 road win at Agganis Arena on Friday
night. BC scored three goals in each period Friday and went 3-for-8 with a man advantage
in the game. The Eagles also outshot the Terriers, 37-23, on the night.
Athletic Republic Co-Players of the Week Mike Sislo and Steven Whitney
Spencer Abbott, Maine (Jr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Scored three goals and added two assists as Maine took three points at Providence.
Cam Atkinson, BC (Jr., F, Greenwich, Conn.) Scored a team-high three goals and tallied four points in a home-and-home sweep of No. 2 Boston U.
Ryan Blair, UML (Sr., D, Ashburn, Va.) Tallied two points (1g, 1a), having a hand in both River Hawk goals for the weekend.
Joe Cannata, MC (Jr., G, Wakefield, Mass.) Stopped 63 of 67 shots in three games (.940 sv%), including 27 saves in a 2-1 win at Northeastern.
Stephane Da Costa, MC (Jr., F, Paris, France) Picked up points on four of Merrimack's six goals, netting three goals, two game-winners, 13 shots and a +3 rating.
Paul Dainton, UMass (Sr., G, Iqaluit, Nunavut) Made 25 saves on 27 shots including 12 in the third period for his third straight win.
Phil DeSimone, UNH (Sr., F, East Amherst, N.Y.) Dished out three assists in a pair of wins over Mass.-Lowell and Vermont over the weekend.
Joey Diamond, Maine (So., F, Long Beach, N.Y.) Recorded two goals and an assist in Maine's weekend series at Providence.
Brian Dumoulin, BC (So., D, Biddeford, Maine.) Tallied four assists in a two-game series sweep of No. 2 Boston University; totaled a +3 rating.
Eric Filiou, UMass (Fr., F, Vaudreuil, Que.) Scored his first career goal and had his first career assist in the 5-2 win vs. UML. Finished +3 for the game.
Brian Flynn, Maine (Jr., F, Lynnfield, Mass.) Had a goal and an assist in Maine's weekend series at Providence.
Danny Hobbs, UMass (Jr., F, Shawville, Que.) Scored a pair of goals in UMass' 5-2 win over Lowell. He was +3 for the game.
Brett Kostolansky, UNH, (So., D, Denver, Colo.) Registered a pair of goals and two assists over the weekend.
Chris Kreider, BC (So., F, Boxford, Mass.) Registered four points (2g,2a) in two wins over No. 2 BU; scored shorthanded in Saturday's 5-2 home win.
Doug Kublin, UMass (Sr, D, Manlius, N.Y.) Had his first career multi-point game with a goal and an assist along with a +2 rating against Lowell.
Tyler McNeely, NU (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Scored his second-career game-winner and sixth of the season to defeat No. 18 Merrimack
Matt Nieto, BU (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) Tallied a goal in both ends of the Terriers' home-and-home series with Boston College
Joe Pereira (Sr., F, West Haven, Conn.) Scored two goals against BC over the weekend to raise his team-leading total to seven
Michael Pereira, UMass (Fr, F, West Haven, Conn.) Had a pair of assists to improve his point streak to 8-straight games (6 goals, 5 assists).
Steve Quailer, NU (So., F, Arvada, Colo.) Scored his first goal of the season against Merrimack and backed it up the next night with an assist at MC.
Chris Rawlings, NU (So., G, North Delta, B.C.) Stopped 45 of 48 shots (.938 save%) in the weekend split with Merrimack.
Chris Rooney, PC (So., F, Canton, Mass.) Scored a short-handed, game-tying goal late in the third period in a 3-3 draw versus No. 9 Maine on Friday.
Karl Stollery, MC (Jr., D, Camrose, Alta.) Picked up three points, including a goal and assist in a 3-1 win at Harvard Tuesday night.
Paul Thompson, UNH, (Sr., F, Derry, N.H.) Recorded his second career hat trick and added an assist for four points in a 5-1 win over Vermont.
Cam Atkinson, BC (Greenwich, Conn.)
Extended his scoring streak to five games. Has 14 goals in 16
games this season; he ranks third nationally in goals/game
Joe Cannata, MC (Wakefield, Mass.)
Has allowed two goals or fewer in four straight games
Alex Chiasson, BU (St. Augustin, Que.)
Has scored at least one point in nine of the last 10 games
and has 14 points (5g, 9a) during the stretch
Stephane Da Costa, MC (Paris, France)
Has goals in three straight and points in five straight
Matt DiGirolamo, UNH (Ambler, Pa.)
Registered his second career shutout Thursday at UML. Has
allowed two goals or less in seven Hockey East games this
season, including just two goals in the last three games
BC's Brian Gibbons, BC (Braintree, Mass.)
Has tallied multiple-point performances in four of the last six
games and has at least one point in 14 games this season
Brett Kostolansky, UNH (Denver, Colo.)
Did not score in his first 38 collegiate games, but has scored
a goal in four of the last five since
Brice O'Connor, PC (Londonderry , N.H.)
Picked up his first career point with an assist on Friday vs. PC
Martin Ouellette, Maine (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec)
Picked up his first career win and first career shutout on
Saturday vs. PC
Michael Pereira, UMass (West Haven, Conn.)
Has six goals and five assists in the last eight straight games.
Now ranks 4th nationally in rookie scoring and 2nd in HEA
PROVIDENCE PENALTY KILL
The Friars have killed off 15 consecutive penalties, including
12 against Maine over the weekend.
UMASS-LOWELL'S PENALTY KILL
Has held opponents scoreless in 24 of their last 25 power
plays opportunities (96%).
UNH's top line of Mike Sislo, Paul Thompson
and Phil DeSimone
Have been on a tear of late. Over the past eight games, the
trio has combined for 49 points (6.125 ppg) on 14 goals (1.75
gpg) and 35 assists (4.38 apg)
Boston College: Boston College outscored Boston University 14-7
in two wins over the weekend.…BC swept a two-game series for the
first time since January 2007. Ten Eagles – Cam Atkinson (3), Chris
Kreider (2), Steven Whitney (2), Barry Almeida, Bill Arnold, Paul Carey,
Brian Gibbons, Jimmy Hayes, Philip Samuelsson, Joe Whitney – scored
the team's 14 goals. Almeida and Kreider each scored the first shorthanded
goals of their careers. The team has scored five times while
skating shorthanded this season…Boston College improved to 6-2-1 in
nine games at Agganis Arena…Kreider tallied a career-high three points
(1g,2a) in the win…BC was both awarded and converted a penalty shot
in Friday's win at BU for the first time since Nathan Gerbe scored on a
penalty shot against Providence on March 15, 2008…The Eagles went
18-for-21 on the penalty kill over the weekend, are 29-for-33 over the
last four games and own a 89.6 percent kill rate this season, which is
good for third best in the nation.
Boston University: Over the past 23 months, BU has allowed just
five shorthanded goals and BC has scored four of those…Freshman Sahir
Gill (Terrace, B.C.) has scored one point in each of the last seven contests…
Eight different Terriers made their first-ever appearance against
the Eagles in Friday's home loss...BU's freshmen have put up more
points (44) than any of the other three classes thus far…Since February
of 2008, BU is 20-5-5 in games that are tied after two periods…The
Terriers have scored 21 of their 47 goals this season in the second
period…Senior Joe Pereira scored a goal in each game versus BC and
now has a team-leading seven goals on the season to surpass his total of
five tallies last season…The 9-5 loss on Friday marked the first time the
Terriers gave up that many goals in a game since a 9-6 setback against
Maine on March 1, 2002…Kevin Shattenkirk, last year's team captain,
extended his scoring streak to nine games with the NHL's Colorado
Avalanche and has tallied 13 points (4g,9a) during the stretch.
Maine: The Black Bears took three of four points from Providence last
weekend…Rookie goalie Martin Ouellette made 32 saves to record the
shutout in just his second collegiate start. It was the first career win for
Ouellette and Maine's first shutout since blanking UMass Lowell 2-0 in the
Hockey East playoffs on March 13, 2010…Maine rookie Brice O'Connor
(Londonderry, N.H.) picked up his first career point with an assist on
Maine's first goal on Friday night… O'Connor was playing against his
older brother, Ian, who plays for Providence for the first time in their
careers…Maine appeared to have won the game on Friday night as
Tanner House (Cochrane, Alta) scored as time expired, but it was ruled
that the puck crossed the goal line just after time had expired…Brian
Flynn played in his 90th consecutive game on Saturday night…Spencer
Abbott had five points on the weekend and leads the team with 21 points.
His 11 goals are a new career high…Maine defensemen Mike Cornell
(Franklin, Mass.) and Josh Van Dyk (Woodstock, Ont.) were each a +5
in the game on Saturday night against Providence…The Black Bears
return home to face arch-rival UNH on Friday, Dec. 10…The game will
be televised on CBS College Sports Network.
Massachusetts: The Minutemen went from being the only team
in the country without a win two weeks ago to being tied for the 2nd
longest unbeaten streak (4 games) in the country. Over the last three
games, all wins, UMass is outscoring teams 14-5…Over the last four
games, UMass has outscored teams 5-2 in the first period after trailing
opponents 11-to-3 through the first 8 games…UMass is now 3-1-1 when
scoring the first goal of the game and 0-5-2 when failing to do so…A
lead or tie after the second period has translated into UMass' unbeaten
streak with a 3-0-1 record…UMass took a season-low three penalties
against Lowell – they just all happened to be concurrent allowing the
River Hawks to score on the third penalty after the Minutemen killed off
two 5x3 power plays…UMass will travel to Maine next Sunday for its
only game of the week – the Minutemen have won five straight against
the Black Bears including all three games last year and are 10-4 against
Maine since 2007...After seeing defensemen score four of five goals
against Quinnipiac, UMass forwards scored four of the five goals against
Lowell and account for 11 of the Minutemen's 15 points.
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks' struggles continued as their losing
streak grew to seven games with a pair of losses to New Hampshire
and Massachusetts. The 3-0 loss to the Wildcats marked the first time
UMass Lowell had been shut out since Mar. 13, 2010, when the River
Hawks suffered a 2-0 loss in the Hockey East playoffs at Maine…On
Saturday, UML scored twice in the second period to tie the game at
2-2, but ultimately fell 5-2 to UMass…Ryan Blair (Ashburn, Va.) led the
way with a goal and assist, having a hand in the only two scores of the
weekend…The goal was Blair's first since Mar. 20, 2009 in the 3-2 win
vs. NU in the HE playoffs...Riley Wetmore (Swanton, Vt.) tallied the other
UMass Lowell goal…The team's leading scorer with 13 points, Wetmore
now has seven tallies to surpass his career-high set in 2009-10...In its last
series before the holiday break, UML will play two of its three remaining
non-conference games as they travel to Princeton on Dec. 10-11.
Merrimack: Ranked in the USCHO Poll for the second straight week
and second time in program history, #18 Merrimack made it five wins
in six games with wins at Harvard and Northeastern before falling to the
Huskies 2-1 Saturday night at Lawler Arena…The loss was Merrimack's
first home at home and just its fourth in 22 home games since the start
of the 2009-10 season. Two of those losses are against Northeastern…
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…The victory
at Northeastern was Merrimack's first in nine games and gave the
senior class points at all Hockey East arenas…Scoring a goal in each
of the three games this week, Stephane Da Costa extended his point
streak to five games…Senior Chris Barton (Calgary, Alta.), who netted
his 40th career goal in Friday's 2-1 win, saw his streak of 119 consecutive
games snapped Saturday night. Barton is on pace to become the
first Merrimack player to reach 100 points since Anthony Aquino in
2002…Merrimack's penalty kill moved into the top spot in Hockey East
and second in the country, while it ranks second in team defense…With
three points this week, Karl Stollery (Camrose, Alta.) is tied for second
among Hockey East defenders in scoring with 10 points.
New Hampshire: UNH is off to its best start at 9-2-4 (.733) since the
2006-07 season when it was 13-2-1 (.900)… Paul Thompson registered
his second career hat trick on Sunday against Vermont. He becomes the
first UNH player to record a hat trick since Bobby Butler did so on Feb.
12, 2010. Thompson's previous hat trick came as a freshman in a 5-4
overtime win at PC on Nov. 17, 2007…Mike Sislo dished out assists
in all five UNH goals on Sunday becoming the first player to have five
points or more in a game since Dec. 11, 2008 vs. Holy Cross when
three players had five-plus points including Sislo, who had a career-high
six points (4g, 2a) that night. Sislo becomes first UNH player since
Nick Poole (Jan. 9, 1993 at Snively Arena vs. Merrimack) to register
five assists in a game...The Wildcats extended its Whittemore Center
unbeaten streak in Hockey East contests to 25 games (18-0-7) with its
last loss coming in January of 2008…New Hampshire is now 9-0-0 in
its last nine games in December with its last loss in the month coming
on Dec. 28, 2007 vs. North Dakota…Matt DiGirolamo registered his
second career shutout stopping 25 shots on Thursday at UML. He has
allowed two goals or fewer in seven Hockey East games this season,
including just two goals in the last three games. He is 7-1-2 with a .948
save percentage and a 1.49 GAA in 10 Hockey East contests.
Northeastern: Northeastern earned its third victory of the season
in demonstrative fashion at No. 18 Merrimack on Saturday night as the
Huskies picked up their first win over a nationally-ranked opponent this
season. Before the triumph, the Huskies last win over a ranked team
came at home vs. BC on Feb. 19, 2010. Senior Tyler McNeely provided
the heroics as NU's captain was able to score the game-winning goal
at MC against the Warriors' top-ranked penalty-killing unit in Hockey
East. The Huskies win at Lawler Rink ended the Merrimack's five-game
unbeaten streak at home. The Warriors were 4-0-1 before Saturday's
contest and were 16-3-2 at home since the start of last season. On
Friday night at home against Merrimack, sophomore Steve Quailer
netted his first goal of the season, ending a 50-game scoring draught
for the Hockey East All-Rookie Team member from 2008-09 (Quailer
missed all of last season). Sophomore Chris Rawlings turned away 45
shots, combined, to anchor Northeastern's defense. The Huskies penalty-
killing unit stopped up the Warriors' power play, killing off 12-of-13
opportunities throughout the course of the weekend.
Providence College: The Friars tied No. 9 Maine, 3-3, on Friday
as sophomore Chris Rooney scored his first-career short-handed goal
late in the third period to force overtime. The following night, the Friars
were dealt their first home loss this seaso, PC is now 3-1-3 at Schneider
Arena…The Friars, who did not score a short-handed goal last season,
already have two this season...The Friars have killed off 15 consecutive
penalties…Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) who had five points last season,
already has 10 points this season, doubling his point total from his
rookie year…Senior Ian O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) and his younger
brother, Brice, a freshman on the Maine team, played against each other
for the first time in their collegiate careers this past weekend…The last
time a PC player faced off against his brother was during the 2005-06
season when Tony Zancanaro battled Brad Zancanaro of BU…PC, which
played in five overtime games during the 2009-10 season, already has
played in five overtime contests this season…The Friars will play at
Brown on Dec. 7 in the 25th Annual Mayor's Cup.
Vermont: The Catamounts lost their second consecutive game to the
Wildcats of UNH Sunday 5-1 at the Whittemore Center…Paul Thompson
recorded his second career hat trick and captain Mike Sislo collected
five assists in the contest for UNH…Sophomore Tobias Nilsson-Roos
netted his second goal of the year and registered a team high four shots
in the loss for Vermont. Seniors Josh Burrows and Brett Leonard both
picked up assists on the play. Junior Rob Madore made 27 saves for the
Catamounts (1-6-3 HEA, 1-7-4 overall). Vermont returns to action when
it travels to No. 2 Yale Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game at Ingalls Rink.
Thoughts while waiting for our first snow of the year...
Maybe Merrimack should play in the Beanpot. In an eightday
period, the Warriors defeated Boston College, Harvard and
Northeastern, the latter two games coming on the road.
Opening weekend for Hockey East Tournament ticket sales
showed an increase in sales from December of 2009. Having
four teams in the national Top Seven will spike interest, not to
mention the early success of the aforementioned Warriors.
Look for the Lamoriello Trophy to come to a rink near you
as soon as we get through the holidays. The second annual
"Road to the Garden" tour will launch at the Boston University
at University of Vermont game on Sunday, January 9. The game
will be televised on CBS College Sports.
Maine and UNH had concerns over goaltending entering
the season. Results from this past week seem to indicate that
they have nothing to worry about on that score.
New Hampshire's Paul Thompson has quietly moved to the
top of the Hockey East conference and overall scoring list. The
senior forward from Derry, NH, has 18 points during his current
eight-game point streak to move past the competition.