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March 7, 2011
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~UVM nets three points vs. UML; BU, NU split; Maine gets three at UMass; MC, PC split~
(Junior Forward; Greenwich, Conn.)
Atkinson scored three goals, which included a shorthanded score and tallied four points in two wins over New Hampshire to capture the Hockey East Regular-Season Championship. Atkinson finished the weekend with six shots on goal and a +3 rating for the Eagles. Athletic Republic
(Freshman Forward, Boston, Mass.)
Collins picked up four assists and five points on the weekend for the Warriors in their weekend series split with Providence College. He notched three assists on Friday in the 6-1 win and two points (1g,1a) on Saturday. Pro Ambitions
(Freshman Goaltender, Brandon, Fla.)
Witt earned his third-career start at Agganis Arena on Friday night and picked up his second- career victory since Jan. 8, 2011 (UMass Lowell) posting a career-high 41 saves in the 4-3 win on Saturday. Pro Ambitions
(Senior Goaltender; Iqaluit, Nunavut)
Dainton made 68 saves over the weekend vs. No. 14 Maine in a one-goal loss and a tie. He stopped 32 shots in the 4-4 tie Saturday to help guide UMass to the last playoff berth. Dainton also made 21 saves in the second period on Friday night at the Mullins Center vs. the Black Bears. Pure Hockey
The Eagles claimed their 11th regular-season title in school history with a series sweep of UNH, which included a 4-0 shutout on Friday at Conte Forum and a 4-3 road win in Durham on Saturday night.  
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Cam Atkinson of Boston College
At the conclusion of each Hockey East game, the " Army ROTC Three Stars of The Game" are selected. Congratulations to UNH's Paul Thompson for winning this year's Army ROTC Three Stars Award. Here are the final 2010-2011 season leaders:
Rk. Name Cl. Pos. School
1. Paul Thompson Sr. F UNH
2. Kieran Millan Jr. G BU
3. Cam Atkinson Jr. F BC
4. Wade MacLeod Sr. F NU
5. Brian Gibbons Sr. F BC
5. Chris Connolly Jr. F BU
  Chris Rawlings So. G NU


Eric Baier, PC (Sr., D, North Kingstown, R.I.) Had four points in two games, including two goals and one assist in a win over Merrimack on Saturday.

Rocco Carzo, UMass (So., F, Media, Pa.) had a career-high three points (1g, 2a) in Saturday's 4-4 tie with No. 14 Maine.

Joe Cucci, MC (Sr., F, Melrose Park, Ill.) Netted three power play goals this weekend, giving him 10 for the year, most by a Warrior since 2006.

Stephane Da Costa, MC (So., F, Paris, France) Had a goal and two assists in a 6-1 win over Providence Friday.

Robby Dee, Maine (Sr., F, Plymouth, Minn.) Scored two goals and had an assist in Maine's 1-0-1 weekend at UMass.

Matt Di Girolamo, UNH (Jr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Stopped 63 shots in two games against Boston College.

Ben Farrer, PC (Sr., F, Calgary, Alta.) Totaled three assists in two games against Merrimack, including two in Saturday's win.

Ryan Flanigan, MC (Jr., F, Rochester, N.Y.) Tallied two goals in a win against Providence Friday and added an assist Saturday.

Brian Gibbons, BC (Sr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Notched four points (1g,1a) and a team-high +4 rating in two wins over New Hampshire.

Chris Ickert, UML (So., D, Abbotsford, B.C.) Scored three points (2g, 1a), including his first career multi-goal game.

Blake Kessel, UNH (Jr., D, Verona, Wis.) Handed out a pair assists in UNH's 4-3 loss to Boston College.

Drew MacKenzie, UVM (Jr., D, New Canaan, Conn.) Had a three-point weekend (1g, 2a) including the equalizer Friday night with 46 seconds remaining.

Chris McCarthy, UVM (So., F, Collegeville, Pa.) Had a four-point weekend (1g, 3a) against UML to go along with nine shots and a plus-2 rating.

Pat Mullane, BC (So., F, Wallingford, Conn.) Tallied two points, including the decisive goal in the third period of Saturday's 2-1 win at UNH.

John Muse, BC (Sr., G, East Falmouth, Mass.) Recorded 39 saves (on 42 shots; .929 save percentage) in earning two wins over New Hampshire.

Max Nicastro, BU (So., D, Thousand Oaks, Calif.) Scored a power-play goal in both contests against Northeastern

Matt Nieto, BU (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) Assisted on four of the Terriers' six goals in their weekend split against Northeastern

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Jr., F, Malmo, Sweden) Scored a goal and added three assists as Maine took 3-of-4 points at UMass.

Mike Sislo, BU (Sr., F, Superior, Wis.) Tallied a goal and an assist on Saturday night against Boston College.

Sebastian Stalberg, UVM (So. F, Gothenburg, Sweden) Tallied the game-wining goal Saturday versus UML and had a seven shots on the weekend.

Corey Trivino, BU (Jr., F, Toronto, Ont.) Recorded a goal and two assists in the Terriers' weekend series with Northeastern

David Vallorani, UML (Jr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Totaled four assists in the 4-4 tie at Vermont.

Josh Van Dyk, Maine, Maine (Sr., D, Woodstock, Ont.) Had a goal and three assists in Maine's 1-0-1 weekend at UMass with a team-best +4 rating.



Brian Dumoulin, BC (BIDDEFORD, MAINE) Assisted on BC's second goal on Saturday, marking his 47th career assist and his 50th point

Brian Flynn , MAINE (Lynnfield, Mass.) Notched his 50th career goal on Saturday night at UMass, he is the lone current Maine player to have tallied 50 career goals

Danny Hobbs, UMass (Shawville, Que.) Has a four-game scoring streak in place (3g,2a)

Blake Kessel, UNH (Verona, Wis.) Has five assists in the last five games for the Wildcats

Merrimack College Warriors Clinched home ice in the postseason for the second time in school history

Merrimack Power Play Scored five goals over the weekend vs. Providence

Steve Quailer, NU (Arvada, Colo.) Skated in his 75th-career game on Saturday at BU

Russ Stein, PC (Ridgefield, Conn.) Made his collegiate debut Friday at Merrimack posting 12 saves

T.J. Syner, UMass (Springfield, Mass.) Has a nine-game point streak in place with (2g,7a) that is the longest scoring streak of the season for a UMass skater

Corey Trivino, BU (Toronto, Ont.) Has averaged a point per game over the last 10 games (3g,7a)

David Vallorani, UML (Hamilton , Ont.) Eclipsed the 30 point plateau for the first time in his career.

Joe Whitney, BC (Reading, Mass.) Enters league-tournament play with 99 assists in 156 career games



Boston College: BC won its record 11th league-regular-season title and its first since the 2004-05 season. The title marks the program's fifth Hockey East regular-season championship under coach Jerry York. The team captured four regular-season titles in five years from 2000-01 to 2004-05 … John Muse finished the 2010-11 regular season with a league-low 1.84 goals against average, a league-high .933 save percentage and a league best 80-percent win percentage (18-4-1)…Cam Atkinson finished with league-high 24 goals in 27 conference games…Brian Gibbons finished with a league-high 26 assists in 27 league games …John Muse enters the league tournament ranked second on the school's all-time saves list with 3,561. He is 44 saves from Greg Taylor's (1993-97) school record (3,605)…BC played before its third straight sellout and fifth in the last seven home games in Friday's 4-0 win over New Hampshire and improved its average home attendance figure to 6,783 fans per game, the highest average in Kelley Rink's 23-year history …The team scored its 11th and 12th shorthanded goals of the season, matching Notre Dame for the most shorthanded goals in collegiate hockey…Next, top-seeded BC will host eighth-seeded Massachusetts in a best-ofthree game league quarterfinal series Friday through Sunday. The teams meet in the quarterfinals of the league tournament for the second straight season.

Boston University: The Terriers clinched home ice for the Hockey East quarterfinals for the seventh straight season and will look to extend their league record of nine straight trips to the league semifinals…BU has successfully killed off its opponents last 25 chances, marking the third time this season the Terriers have had a streak of at least 20 straight…In the Terriers' last 15 games, 11 have been decided by a single goal and two others were ties…BU went 9-3-2 in conference play after the holiday break…Freshman Sahir Gill (Terrace, B.C.) closed out the regular season on a four-game point streak (2g,3a)…On Friday, junior Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alta.) tied Scott Cashman '93 for second on BU's career goaltending wins list…Millan is expected to make his 100th career start in the opening game of the league quarterfinals…Freshman Matt Nieto recorded 19 points (7g, 12a) in the final 25 games of the regular season after tallying just two (1g, 1a) in the first 11 contests…BU had four of the top seven freshman scorers in Hockey East during the regular season…Following the home-and-home split, BU is 15-3-4 against Northeastern – its quarterfinal opponent – since the start of the 2005-06 season…Each of the last seven meetings between the crosstown rivals has been decided by a single goal and BU has won five of those contests.

Maine: Maine extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a win and a tie at UMass over the weekend…The seven game unbeaten streak is tied for fifth longest in the nation… Maine finished the season with 14 wins in Hockey East play, the most since the 2006-07 season when the Black Bears participated in the Frozen Four… Maine finishes the season with seven ties with ties a school record for ties in a season…The Black Bears first finished with seven ties during the 2000-01 season and tied it in 01-02, 04-05 and 10-2011…Maine has played 11 overtime games which ties the record for overtime games in a season set in 2001-02…After scoring just 10 assist in his first 30 games this season, senior defenseman Josh Van Dyk has three goals and five assists for eight points in his last four games…Senior Robby Dee scored the game-tying goal on Saturday at UMass… It is the first time this season in seven ties that the Black Bears have come from behind to tie up the game…Junior standout Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) has two points in each of his last five games…He continues to move up Maine's all-time scoring list and currently has 139 career points… Maine travels to Merrimack this weekend for a quarterfinal series against the Warriors…Maine and Merrimack faced off in the 2004 quarterfinals which the Black Bears won.

Massachusetts: UMass secured the 8th and final Hockey East Tournament playoff spot following a 4-4 tie with No. 14 Maine last Saturday at the Mullins Center …UMass has made the HEA Tournament for the 9th straight season and 14th time overall since joining the league in 1994-95…UMass is 9-21 overall in Tournament games…UMass is 1-4 all-time vs. BC in the Hockey East Tournament after falling to the Eagles twice last season in the quarterfinals at Conte Forum…UMass has played eight straight games decided by one or fewer goals…UMass is 1-10 this season in 1-goal games and has had 19 games either decided by one goal or end in a tie out of 33 total games…After going 0-for-33 on the power play in the previous six games, UMass is 5-for-27 with the extra-man in the last six games…Last Friday night against No. 14 Maine, UMass tied the program's Hockey East record for fastest two-consecutive goals scored just seven seconds apart – the last time was against Northeastern on Jan. 17, 1997…On Saturday, UMass scored a pair of third period goals in 18 seconds to tie Maine 3-3…BC won all three games against UMass in the regular-season including a pair of games decided by one goal…BC outscored UMass 4-0 in the first period of those three games…First period scoring will be crucial for UMass as the Minutemen are 6-7-3 this year when ahead after one period, but 0-14-3 when trailing.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks picked up a tie and a loss at Vermont in their final games of the 2010-11 season…UMass Lowell finishes the season with points in three of its last four games…In the 4-4 tie on Friday, UMass Lowell battled back from a 2-0 deficit to score four third period goals…Sophomore Chris Ickert scored a pair of power play tallies, his first career multi-goal game…David Vallorani assisted on all four goals, his second consecutive four-point game…In Saturday's 4-2 loss, senior Jason DeLuca scored his fifth career goal … It marked DeLuca's second tally in the last three games…The River Hawks are now 3-1-3 in their last seven games at the Gutterson Fieldhouse…UMass Lowell finishes the season with a pair of 30 point scorers, Vallorani and Wetmore, in back-to-back seasons (Scott Campbell and Kory Falite in 2009-10) for the first time since 2004-05 … Vallorani and Campbell end the year tied with Scott MacKay (1972-76) for 54th on the program's all-time scoring with 85 points … The River Hawks finish the 2010-11 season with a 5-25-4 overall record and a 4-21-2 mark in conference play.

Merrimack: Merrimack secured home ice in the Hockey East Quarterfinals for the second time in school history after defeating Providence 6-1 Friday before the eighth sellout crowd at Lawler Arena this season…The Warriors will draw Maine in the Quarterfinals with Saturday's game televised live across New England on NESN with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. All games will start at 7:30 p.m…Mike Collins moved into first place in Hockey East in scoring among rookies with 26 points after a five-point weekend…Joe Cucci picked up three power play goals on the weekend and is tied for first among Hockey East skaters with 21 points on the man advantage…Merrimack will enter the playoffs winners of six straight at home. They compiled a 12-2-2 record this year at Lawler and are 24-5-2 since the start of 2009-10…After going zero for its last 12, Merrimack's power play picked up five goals on the weekend and enters the playoffs ranked second in the league on the man advantage…The Warriors' offense and defense are also both second while the penalty kill is third...For the second straight season and second time ever, Merrimack picked up victories over all Hockey East teams.

New Hampshire: UNH finished the regular season with a 19-9-6 overall record and a 17-6-4 mark in Hockey East. The Wildcats finished the regular season as the second seed in the Hockey East tournament and will play host to seventh-seeded Vermont in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. This marks the second-consecutive year these two teams have met in the quarterfinals... UNH is trying to advance to the Hockey East semifinals at the TD Garden for the first time since 2007-08 after missing out the past two seasons... UNH holds a 2-0-1 advantage in the season series with vermont, outscoring the Catamounts 14-3 in those contests. Senior Paul Thompson finished as the Hockey East scoring champion with 42 points on 23 goals and 19 assists in 27 conference games...Junior netminder Matt Di Girolamo closed out Hockey East play with a league best 1638:04 minutes, while his 797 saves was just two behind BU's Kieran Millan.

Northeastern: Northeastern curbed its nine-game winless streak at Agganis Arena with a 4-3 victory over #13 Boston University. The victory not only stands as the Huskies second-ever victory within Agganis Arena, but now Northeastern turns right around to face the Terriers again in the same quarters for the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East tournament. The upcoming Hockey East quarterfinal series with BU marks the first playoff series between the two institutions since the 1996-97 season. Rookie Clay Witt keyed the Huskies victory on Saturday with a career-best 41 saves in his third start for Northeastern. The Brandon, Fla. native upped his career mark to 2-2-0 while BU netminder Kieran Millan made 30 saves in the loss. Seniors blue liners Randy Guzior and Mike Hewkin found the back of the net for the Huskies while sophomore Drew Daniels and veteran Steve Silva joined alongside on the scoring sheet. Hewkin and Guzior both overcame large scoring draughts. Hewkin curbed a 104-game scoreless spell while Guzior netted his first marker in 73 games. Hewkin's last goal came at Maine on Oct. 24, 2008 while Guzior's last goal was at home against Boston College on March 6, 2009. Steve Silva has found his scoring touch and has recorded a goal in his last two outings. It marks the second time in his career that he's potted a goal in two-consecutive games. With Sebastien Laplante manning the helm the last six games, Northeastern has amassed a .500 record against three nationally-ranked opponents over the last six games (#1 Boston College, #9 New Hampshire and #13 Boston University). The Huskies posted a 2-2-2 mark down the stretch against those three clubs.

Providence College: Providence College finished off the 2010-11 campaign with a 5-3 come-from-behind win over No. 7 Merrimack on Saturday on Senior Night…It marked PC's first victory since December 11 and its first win over a ranked team this season …Four of the five goals came from seniors including a career-high two goals by defenseman Eric Baier…The four goals in the second period were the most in one period by the Friars this season…Five of the seniors finished with career highs in points, including Ian O'Connor who totaled 24 points to lead the team…Kyle MacKinnon had a career-high 14 goals…The senior class accounted for 48 of the team's 75 goals (64 %)…PC captured the season series against Merrimack (2-1) marking only the second season series that the Warriors lost this season…Junior goalie Alex Beaudry finished the season with 883 saves, 23 short of his career mark which he set last season (906)…Beaudry has 2281 career saves, which ranks eighth all-time at Providence...Next season, he will likely surpass Nolan Schaefer who is the alltime saves leader at PC (2848)…The Friars set school record for most overtime games (11) and most ties (8) in one season.

Vermont: Vermont locked up the seventh seed for the Hockey East Quarterfinals after a three point weekend vs. UMass-Lowell…Friday the River Hawks rallied in the third period to tie the Catamounts 4-4, erasing a 3-1 deficit…Anthony DeCenzo, Connor Brickley, Matt Marshall and Drew MacKenzie all tallied goals for UVM…Mackenzie's came in the final minute of the contest as the River Hawks had taken a late lead…The Cats outshot UML 39-26…Rob Madore finished with 22 saves in net for Vermont…The Catamounts skated to a 4-2 victory on senior night (Saturday) and Vermont once again outshot UML, this time 35-20…Ben Albertson, Jack Downing, Sebastian Stalberg and Chris McCarthy all netted goals for Vermont…Stalberg provided the game winner and McCarthy capped off a four point weekend (1g, 3a)…Dan Lawson provided a pair of helpers in his last home game for the Catamounts…Vermont returns to action when it travels to second seeded New Hampshire next weekend for a rematch of last year's quarterfinals which the Catamounts took in three games.



We have now completed the 135-game Hockey East regular season and congratulations to Boston College, the trophy winner. With all the attention our tournament gets, I have always thought the regular season champ gets a little shortchanged on credit. In any league, particularly this one, it is quite an accomplishment to end up on top of the race that began with the first league game on October 8 and ended 148 days later on March 5.

Some of the media commented on the race coming down to the last minute of the last game and the good fortune of having two teams in a showdown for first place. I make the schedules out in two-year cycles about two years ahead of time. It doesn't take special training to take a flyer on a BC-UNH match-up affecting the top of the standings. The risk, of course, is that first place is clinched earlier and those games have less meaning when played. For the record, here is the final weekend for next year when we start a new cycle:

March 2
NU at BU
UNH at Maine
Lowell at PC
Merrimack at UMass

March 3
BU at NU
UNH at Maine
PC at Lowell
UMass at Merrimack

In one or more of those series, the 2011-12 standings will hang in the balance.

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