~ BU sweeps PC; MC takes four points vs. UMass; UNH gets three points at UVM ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#30 DAN SULLIVAN, MAINE
(Freshman Goaltender; Work, Pa.)
|Sullivan stopped all 49 shots that he saw in the weekend sweep at UMass-Lowell with back-to-back shutouts at Tsongas Arena. He recorded 21 saves in the 4-0 win on Friday and 28
stops in the 3-0 victory on Saturday night.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#27 KEVIN GOUMAS, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Freshman Forward; Lake Worth, Fla.)
|Goumas registered a goal and three assists on the weekend for the Wildcats in the threepoint
weekend at Vermont. He tallied a goal and two assists in Friday
night's 6-1 win over Vermont and dished out an assist in New Hampshire's
game-tying goal. Goumas was a +3 on the weekend with four shots on net.
||PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#31 KIERAN MILLAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
(Junior Goaltender; Edmonton, Alta.)
|Millan recorded a 2.01 GAA and a .939 save percentage to go along with a 2-1-0 record
on the week. He stopped 68 of the 69 shots he faced in a
weekend sweep of Providence, including a 32-save shutout on
Saturday at Schneider Arena.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|The Huskies went 1-1-1 vs. top ranked BC last weekend, including a three-point weekend
vs. the Eagles in league play. The Huskies earned a 2-1 victory vs. BC at Matthews Arena
on Saturday night, after a 7-7 tie on Friday and a 7-6 overtime loss in the Beanpot Championship
Game last Monday night.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Dan Sullivan of the University of Maine
|ARMY ROTC THREE STARS AWARD
|At the conclusion of each Hockey East game, the " Army ROTC Three Stars of The Game" are selected. Here are the 2010-2011 season leaders to date:
Alex Beaudry, PC (Jr., G, Cumberland, Ont.) Stopped 63 of 66 shots in two games against No. 15 Boston University over the weekend.
Marc Boulanger, UML (Fr., G, Olds, Alta.) Stopped 40 shots against Maine on Friday night at the Tsongas Center.
Joe Cannata, MC (Jr., G, Wakefield, Mass.) Stopped 42 of 46 shots (.912 save%) over the weekend in two wins vs. UMass.
Alex Chiasson, BU (So., F, St. Augustin, Que.) Scored two goals in the Beanpot consolation game and added an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over PC.
Adam Clendening, BU (Fr., D, Wheatfield, N.Y.) Recorded a point in all three of BU's games this week, including goals vs. Harvard and PC on Friday.
Mike Collins, MC (Fr., F, Boston, Mass.) Netted his 10th goal of the season in a 2-1 win over UMass Saturday.
Tommy Cross, BC (Jr., D, Simsbury, Conn.) Registered a team-high six points (1g,5a) in three games against Northeastern; also recorded a +4 rating.
Phil DeSimone, UNH, Sr., F, East Amherst, N.Y.) Potted three goals to lift UNH to a three-point weekend at Vermont.
Matt Di Girolamo, UNH (Jr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Stopped 61-of-64 shots (.953) in the three-point weekend at Vermont, including 40 shots on Saturday.
Brian Dumoulin, BC (So., D, Biddeford, Maine) Assisted on six of the team's 15 goals scored in three games against Northeastern.
Brian Flynn, Maine (Jr., F, Lynnfield, Mass.) Had two goals and an assist in Maine's sweep at UMass Lowell.
Jimmy Hayes, BC (Jr., F, Dorchester, Mass.) Tallied four points (2g,2a) including the Beanpot overtime gamewinner in three games vs. Northeastern.
Tanner House, Maine (Sr., F, Cochrane, Alta.) Assisted on all three of Maine's goals in 3-0 shutout of UMass Lowell on Saturday.
Chris Kreider, BC (Fr., F, Boxford, Mass.) Scored four goals in three games vs. NU. Captured Beanpot MVP honors after recording three points Monday.
Wade MacLeod, NU (Sr., F, Coquitlam, B.C.) Scored a pair of power play goals along with an assist in Friday's 7-7 draw at Conte Forum.
Tyler McNeely, NU (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Turned in a three-point effort at BC with a power play goal and two helpers in the 7-7 draw on Friday.
Stevie Moses, UNH, Jr., F, Leominster, Mass.) scored a goal and handed out three assists on the weekend.
Matt Nieto, BU (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) Had a pair of two-point nights, earning two assists vs. Harvard Monday and (1g,1a) in a 2-1 win over PC Friday.
Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Jr., F, Malmo, Sweden) Had two goals in the weekend sweep at UMass Lowell.
Braden Pimm, NU (Fr., F, Fort St. John, B.C.) Registered his first-career game winner in the 2-1 victory over Boston College on Saturday.
Brodie Reid, NU (Fr., F, Delta, B.C.) Secured his first-career two-assist outing at BC and scored his eighth goal of the season in the 2-1 win vs. BC.
Jesse Todd, MC (Jr., F, Camrose, Alta.) Tallied the game-winner vs. UMass Saturday and added an assist in Friday's OT win.
ALEX BEAUDRY, PC (Cumberland, Ont.)
Has posted a 1.98 GAA and a .944 save% in the last four games
Marc Boulanger, UML (Olds, Alta .)
Has recorded 35 or more saves in five of his last six starts
Joe Cannata (Wakefield, Mass.)
Notched his 38th career win, most in Merrimack's Division I history
Mike Collins, MC (Boston, Mass.)
Has 12 points in his last eight games
TOMMY CROSS, BC (SIMSBURY, CONN.)
Cross has registered seven points (2g,4a) in the last five games
Paul Dainton, UMass (Iqaluit, Nunvut)
Now has 3,031 career saves needing just 19 to tie the UMass record
(3,050; Brian Regan)
Phil DeSimone, UNH (East Amherst, N.Y.)
Became the 70th Wildcat player to join the century club
with 100 career points on Friday night at Vermont
Jack Downing, UVM (New Canaan, Conn.)
Has seven points in the last five games (5g,2a)
BRIAN FLYNN, MAINE (LYNNFIELD, MASS.)
Recorded his 100th career point on Saturday at UMass-Lowell
Brian Gibbons, BC (Braintree, Mass.)
Notched his 150th point and 100th career assist, becoming the 14th
BC player to record 100 assists in a career on Friday vs. NU
TANNER HOUSE, MAINE (COCHRANE, ALTA.)
Tallied his 100th career point on Saturday at UML
Kieran Millan, BU (Edmonton, Alta .)
Has posted a 7-2-1 record with a 1.78 GAA and .948 save%
in past 10 conference games
NEW HAMPSHIRE'S PENALTY KILL
Has killed off 13 straight opportunities by its opponent
Jack Parker, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Earned his 850th career victory on Saturday at Providence
PROVIDENCE PENALTY KILL
In the last 15 games PC has killed off 82 of 91 penalties (90.1%)
DAN SULLIVAN, MAINE (YORK, PA.)
Posted his first career shutouts over the weekend against UML
T.J. Syner, UMass (Springfield, Mass.)
Has a five-game point (1g,4a) streak in place
Boston College: Monday's Beanpot championship marked BC's 16th and
fifth under head coach Jerry York. It also marked the program's third title in four
years…Northeastern's shorthanded goal at 2:47 of the second period in Monday's
Beanpot championship marked Boston College's first shorthanded goal against
in 28 games this winter…BC entered Monday's Beanpot contest having killed all
22 power plays over their previous five games and led the nation with a 90.6
kill rate. It surrendered two power-play goals for the first time in 13 games on
Monday and four power-play goals on Friday (the first time in 89 games dating
back to a 5-2 loss at Boston University on Jan. 17, 2009), dropping its kill rate
to 88.2 percent…The team's 7-7 tie against Northeastern on Feb. 18 marked
its first draw since last March at New Hampshire. BC went 29-6-0 in 37 games
between ties…The team gave up 13 goals in two games against Northeastern,
its highest two-game combined total since late November 1997 when it surrendered
15 goals in consecutive games against Maine (12-5 loss) and Brown (6-3
win)…Through 11 home games this season, Boston College leads Hockey East
in attendance and is averaging its highest home attendance figure (6,582 fans
per game) in Kelley Rink's 23-year history .
Boston University: The Terriers are 6-0-1 in their last seven Hockey East
contests and are three points away from securing home ice for the eighth straight
year...Junior Corey Trivino (Toronto, Ont.) had a career-high five-game point streak
snapped in Saturday's win at Providence...Junior Kieran Millan now ranks fourth
all-time at BU in goaltending wins with 58, one behind John Curry '07 for third
place...Ten of BU's last 11 contests have been decided by a goal or less and the
Terriers are 6-4-1 during the stretch...Looking to shake its season-long struggle
on the power play, BU scored a combined five man-up goals over its three games
last week...Led by Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass.) with 22 points (7g,15a),
the Terriers boast four of the top 10 freshman scorers in all of Hockey East...
Forty-one of the Terriers' 93 goals this season have been scored in the second
period...Senior Joe Pereira (West Haven, Conn.) now has more goals this season
(13) than his first three years combined (12)...Alex Chiasson ranks seventh in the
nation among sophomores in points per game (1.07).
Maine: Maine rookie goalie Dan Sullivan record back-to-back shutouts at UMass
Lowell last weekend. They were the first two shutouts of his career…It was Maine's
first back-to-back shutouts since blanking UMass Lowell and Boston College
back-to-back Feb. 28 and March 5, 2004...It is the first time that a Maine goalie
has posted back-to-back shutouts since Matt Lundin had back-to-back blankings
on Oct. 22 and Oct, 29, 2005…It is the first time in Maine history that the Black
Bears have had back-to-back road shutouts…Brian Flynn and Tanner House each
recorded their 100th career points on Saturday night at UMass Lowell. Flynn's
came when he assisted on Gustav Nyquist's opening goal. House's came on his
second assist on the night, a goal scored by Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.).
Flynn has eight goals and nine assists for 17 career point in 12 career games
against UMass Lowell…Maine recorded a season-high 44 shots on Friday against
the River Hawks…Maine is 11-1-1 on the season when scoring four or more
goals in a game.
Massachusetts: UMass remains in 7th place in the Hockey East after a
pair of losses to No. 6 Merrimack; The Minutemen are tied for 7th with Vermont
(15 points each), but the Minutemen hold the season series tie-breaker…UMass
overtime loss on Friday was the third OT game in the last four outings and 7th of
the season…After the nine-goal loss to Merrimack two weeks ago, the last four
games have either ended in a tie or have been a one-goal loss for UMass…After
going 0-for-34 on the power play in the previous six games, UMass was 2-for-9
over the weekend against Merrimack…The UMass penalty kill has struggled
of late allowing 9 opponent power play goals in 23 chances over the last six
games…UMass was held to a season-low tying 16 shots in Saturday's 2-1 loss
at Merrimack…Saturday's Merrimack game was the 8th one goal game of the
season for UMass (1-7)…The loss to Merrimack on Friday was the first time the
Minutemen have fallen this year when leading after the second period (5-1-0).
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks were shutout twice in a weekend set with
Maine, 4-0 and 3-0, respectively…It marked the first time UMass Lowell has
been shutout in consecutive games since Oct. 21-22, 2005—a home-and-home
weekend with Providence College…The River Hawks have been blanked in three
games total this season, the most since 2008-09…Despite taking losses, both
UMass Lowell goaltenders were stellar this weekend…Marc Boulanger made 40
saves on Friday, his second 40 save performance of the season…Boulanger has
made 35 or more stops in five of his last six starts…Doug Carr turned out 35-of-38
(.921) shots on Saturday night, his first start since upsetting Merrimack on Jan.
21…River Hawk goaltenders now lead Hockey East with four 40 save games; two
each by Boulanger and Carr…Saturday marked UMass Lowell's 24th loss of the
season, the program's most since 1988-89 when the Chiefs went 8-24-2…The
River Hawks have a home-and-home weekend with Providence on the horizon,
Saturday will mark the final home game of the 2010-11 season.
Merrimack: Merrimack made it 14 wins in its last 15 games with a weekend
sweep of UMass, improving to 21-5-4 on the season, 15-5-3 in Hockey East…Merrimack
needs one more point to clinch home ice in the Hockey East Quarterfinals
for the second time ever…The Warriors are tied for second in Hockey East with
BC and tied for fourth in the Pairwise Rankings with four regular season games
remaining…Fueled by wins in nine straight road games which is a school record,
Merrimack has captured all seven completed season-series, with triumphs over
UNH, BC, BU, UVM, UML, UMass and NU…Boasting an 11-2-1 home mark this
year, Merrimack is tied with Yale for the fewest losses nationally…Merrimack
also ranks second nationally in defense, fourth in offense, and third in scoring
margin…Carter Madsen's (Okotoks, Alta.) overtime goal Friday at UMass gave
Merrimack wins in four straight overtime games, which is a program record…Merrimack
needed four goals in the final 12:22 for the comeback victory…Merrimack
has defeated UMass five straight times after a pair of wins this weekend…The
Warriors played in front of the seventh sellout crowd at Lawler Arena in 14 home
games this season.
New Hampshire: With a 6-1 win over Vermont on Friday, New Hampshire
became the first in Hockey East to clinch home-ice advantage for the Hockey
East quarterfinals…The Wildcats have hosted the quarterfinals for a league-best
15-straight seasons and have not had to travel for the first round of the post
season since 1995-96…Netting UNH's first goal at 10:37 of the first period
Friday, senior Phil DeSimone became the 70th player in program history to
reach 100 career points. DeSimone joins his linemates Mike Sislo and Paul
Thompson in this prestigious club...DeSimone joins Mark Mowers as the only
two New Yorker's in UNH's century club…In addition to his 100th career point,
Phil DeSimone's empty-net goal at 17:59 of the third gave him his first career
multi-goal game…Friday night, all three members of UNH's second line scored
in UNH's 6-1 win over Vermont…The trio of Stevie Moses (1g,2a), Kevin Goumas
(1g, 2a) and Mike Borisenok (1g,1a) combined for three goals and five assists on
the night including Moses' game winner late in the first period… After sharing the
league's top spot with Boston College for much of the second half of the season,
UNH sits alone in first place of Hockey East with 35 points be virtue of a BC tie
and loss to Northeastern…UNH captured a five-goal win for the first time since
Jan. 9, 2010 when the 'Cats won 7-2 over Massachusetts.
Northeastern: Northeastern took three out of four points off the top team in
the country this past weekend to exact some revenge after the bitter 7-6 overtime
loss to Boston College in the Beanpot finals on Feb. 14. Saturday's win over the
Eagles marks the first victory over the No. 1 ranked team in the country since
the Huskies ousted Boston College in the season opener on Oct. 18, 2008 as
Joe Vitale scored the game winner, 4-3. The triumph marked the first win over
BC in five installments as the Huskies are now over .500 in Hockey East action
for the first time this season (9-8-6). With Saturday's triumph, Northeastern is
now guaranteed a spot in the eight-team Hockey East Tournament starting on
March 11. On Friday night at Conte Forum, NU's four power play goal explosion
marks the first time this season the Huskies extra-man unit turned the trick four
times. The last time Northeastern scored 13 goals over a two-game stretch was
in the 2003-04 season. The Huskies beat Colgate, 6-4, on Dec. 28, 2003 and
followed it with a 7-5 triumph over Mercyhurst on Dec. 29, 2003. Both games
were played at the RPI Tournament. Wade MacLeod is now all alone as the 23rd
most prolific scorer in Northeastern history and is now five points behind Leo
Dupere (64-68-132). MacLeod has registered 55 goals and 72 assists in 141
career games for a total of 127 points. Tyler McNeely is on the cusp of becoming
the 46th member of Northeastern hockey history to reach the 100-point plateau.
McNeely has notched 43 goals and 56 assists in 134 fixtures.
Providence College: Providence College was defeated in pair of one-goal
games (2-1 and 1-0) over the weekend against No. 15 Boston University…Junior
Alex Beaudry totaled 63 saves and posted a .955 save percentage in the two
games…The last five meetings between the Friars and the Terriers have been
one-goal contest …In all, the Friars have played in nine games that have been
decided by one goal this season…The Friars also have played in 10 overtime
games, including seven ties … Alex Beaudry made 32 saves at BU on Saturday
to climb into eighth all-time at Providence in career saves … Beaudry now has
2183 career stops…Senior Ian O'Connor scored his career-high eighth goal of
the season Friday night at BU ...Overall, the PC penalty kill has climbed to 12th
nationally (84.7 %) … The 1-0 loss against BU on Saturday marked the first time
that the Friars were involved in a 1-0 game since November 10, 2007 when the
Friars shutout Maine in Orono.
Vermont: Vermont earned a point on the weekend, in a two-game home
series against No. 8 New Hampshire...Jack Downing sent the crowd in to a
frenzy 33 seconds into the contest when he scored his team leading 12th
goal of the season, tossing a seemingly harmless shot on net that eluded UNH
goaltender Matt DiGirolamo for an early 1-0 Vermont lead in a game televised
on CBS College Sports…With that, Downing had scored a goal in four straight
contests (five goals overall)…Saturday night, UVM outshot its opponent 42-32
and got a late third period goal from Matt White (2) to force overtime with the
scored tied 2-2…The contest would remain a tie and Vermont now shares the
seventh seed in Hockey East with Massachusetts…Tobias Nilsson-Roos got
Vermont on the board in the second period, as he converted on a short-handed
breakaway goal…Goaltending was the story of Saturday night, however as Rob
Madore stopped 30 shots (58 on the weekend) and DiGirolamo turned aside 40
for UNH (61 on the weekend).
The Hockey East post-season officially begins Saturday
when the women open with quarterfinal play at
two campus sites. This starts a stretch of five straight
weekends of playoff hockey, bringing us through the NCAA
Men's Regionals. I have worked for a hockey conference
for the last 29 seasons (15 with the ECAC and 14 with
Hockey East) and this just doesn't get old.
The women's race finished Sunday with four-time tournament
champion UNH left out of the playoffs for the first
time as the Wildcats lost the head-to-head tie-breaker to
Maine. Under first year coach Maria Lewis, Maine returns
to the playoffs for the first time in five years.
Looking at the current men's standiings with two
weeks to go, the need for understanding the tie-breaker
process is staring us in the face throughout the standings.
It is likely that some Hockey East men's quarterfinals series
will start on Thursday, March 10 and some on Friday,
March 11. More on this later.