~ UML dominates No. 12 BU; BC, UMass split; Merrimack nets three points vs. NU ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#11 TIM SCHALLER, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
(Junior Forward; Merrimack, N.H.)
|Schaller scored four goals in two games, including his first career hat trick on Friday
against Vermont at Schneider Arena. Finished with weekend three power-play goals and
one short-handed score in the two games. He registered 14
shots on goal and a +2 rating on the weekend.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#23 SCOTT WILSON, UMASS LOWELL
(Freshman Forward; Oakville, Ont.)
|Wilson recorded three points (1g,2a), three shots on goal and a +3 plus/
minus rating in the River Hawks 7-1 take down of No. 12 Boston University
on Saturday at the Tsongas Center.
||HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#35 JOE CANNATA, MERRIMACK COLLEGE
(Senior Goaltender; Wakefield, Mass.)
|Cannata stopped 47 of 50 shots (.940 save%) leading Merrimack to a three-point weekend
against Northeastern. He recorded 30 saves on Friday in the 1-1 tie and 17 saves in the
3-2 overtime win on Saturday at Matthews Arena.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS
|The Wildcats scored 10 goals over their four-point weekend. UNH put up seven goals on
Friday against UMass and edged arch rival Maine by a 3-2 score on Saturday at the Whittemore
Center. UNH went 2-for-5 on the power play over the weekend.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Tim Schaller of Providence College
|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 2011-2012 season leaders to date:
Spencer Abbott, Maine (Sr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Scored two goals in Maine's 3-2 loss at New Hampshire.
Derek Arnold, UML (So., F, Foxboro, Mass.) Scored twice in UMass Lowell 7-1 upset of No. 12 Boston University, including the game-winning goal.
Alex Beaudry, PC (Sr., G, Cumberland, Ont.) Stopped 62 of 65 shots (.954 save%), including 32 saves Friday night.
Rhett Bly, MC (So., F, Regina, Sask.) Scored the lone goal in a 1-1 tie Friday before assisting on the game-winning goal Saturday in overtime.
Doug Carr (So., G, Hanover, Mass.) Stood tall with 15 saves, shutting down the Terriers for the final 59:44 minutes of play in the 7-1 victory.
Mike Collins, MC (So., F, Boston, Mass.) Scored a pair of power play goals in Merrimack's 3-2 OT win on Saturday.
Matt Di Girolamo, UNH (Sr., G, Ambler, Pa.) Stopped 60-of-65 shots (.923 save%) in a weekend sweep of UMass and Maine.
Grayson Downing, UNH (Fr., F, Abbottsford, B.C.) Recorded a goal and an assist in UNH's 7-3 win over UMass.
Matt Ferreira, UML (Sr., F, Brampton, Ont.) Tallied three assists and a +2 rating in the 7-1 victory over No. 12 Boston University.
Ryan Flanigan, MC (Sr., F, Rochester, NY) Scored the game-winner in overtime shorthanded on Saturday at Northeastern.
Myles Harvey, PC (Jr., D, Orlando, Fla.) Totaled three points in two games, including one goal and one assist on Saturday.
Chris Kreider, BC (Jr., F, Boxford, Mass.) Scored once in each game and finished the weekend with four points (2g,2a).
Ross Mauermann, PC (Fr., F, Janesville, Wis.) Totaled three points in two games, including a goal and assist Friday. Netted a SHG Saturday.
Mike McLaughlin, NU (Sr., F, Seaforth, Ont.) Tallied his first multi-point game of the season against Merrimack on Saturday night.
Adam Phillips, UMass (So., D, Farmington Hills, Mich.) Phillips tallied three assists for the weekend, including two in the win over No. 1 BC.
Conor Sheary, UMass (So, F, Melrose, Mass.) Factored into all three UMass goals in the loss at UNH (1g,2a) and was +2 for the weekend.
Nick Sorkin, UNH (So., F, Rockville, Md.) Registered a goal and three assists in UNH's Hockey East sweep of UMass and Maine this weekend.
Jon Swavely, Maine (So., F, Reading, Pa.) Had a goal and an assist for the Black Bears in two games.
T.J. Syner, UMass (Sr., F, Springfield, Mass.) Scored a pair of goals over the weekend extending his scoring streak to four games.
Steven Whitney, BC (Jr., F, Reading, Mass.) Scored once in each game over the weekend and totaled three points (2g,1a).
Rocco Carzo, UMass (Media, Pa.)
Has a four-game scoring streak with four assists
Jay Camper, UNH (ROCKY RIVER, OHIO)
Scored his first collegiate goal on Saturday night vs. Maine
DAMIAN CROSS, PC (Nepean, Ont.)
Has recorded one point in five consecutive games
Justin Daniels, NU (Suffern, N.Y.)
In the midst of a career-high five-game point streak
Grayson Downing, UNH (Abbottsford, B.C.)
Netted his first collegiate goal on Friday night against UMass
Ryan Flanigan, MC (Rochester, N.Y.)
Extended his point streak to eight games on the season.
Daniel Furlong, UML (Stoneham, Mass.)
recorded his first collegiate goal in the 7-1 win against the Terriers
Kevin Hayes , BC (Dorchester, Mass.)
has points in eight straight games with 11 points (3g,8a)
Chris Kreider, BC (BOXFORD, MASS.)
Has at least one point in nine of 10 games this season
Colin Markison, UVM (Princeton, N.J.)
Recorded his first career point Saturday night at Providence
Pat Mullane, BC (WALLINGFORD, CONN.)
Has scored at least one point in seven straight games
Joseph Pendenza, UML (Wilmington, Mass.)
Is currently riding a five-game point streak (3g,4a)
PROVIDENCE PENALTY KILL
Has killed off 23 consecutive penalties with three SHG in that span
PROVIDENCE POWER PLAY
Went 5-for-14 (35.7%) in two games this weekend
TIM SCHALLER, PC (Merrimack, N.H.)
Recorded his first career hat trick Friday vs. Vermont
Nick Sorkin, UNH (ROCKVILLE, MD.)
Extended his point streak to seven games with 11 points (5g,6a)
Steven Whitney, BC (Reading, Mass.)
Has scored a goal in each of the last four games for the Eagles
Oleg Yevenko, UMass (Minsk, Belarus)
Notched his first collegiate goal vs. No. 1 BC Saturday
Boston College: BC has scored seven power-play goals in its last
four games. It is 7-for-17 (41.2 %) during this stretch and has improved
to 12-for-44 (27.3 percent) on the year, a standard good for fifth among
national leaders. The team scored its second shorthanded goal of the
season against Maine on Friday and went 10-for-11 killing penalties over
the weekend, improving its kill rate to 90.6 percent (48-of-53), a mark
also good for fifth in the nation…UMass' 4-2 win over the Eagles on
Saturday snapped BC's six-game win streak, its 14-game conference win
streak (dating back to Feb. 19, 2011 against Northeastern) and its 12-
game win streak against the Minutemen. The Eagles last loss to UMass
on Nov. 22, 2008 in the Mullins Center. With three points in the team's 5-1
home win over Maine on Friday, junior Chris Kreider matched his career
best for the second time in as many games. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound
forward now leads the team in points (15) and goals (8)…With six goals
in 10 games, junior Steven Whitney matched his 36-game sophomore
goal-scoring output and is one goal shy of tying his 42-game freshman
goal total…Following last weekend in which BC was outshot 79-44 by
UMass-Lowell, the Eagles totaled a combined 53-44 edge in shots in a
two-game split with Maine and Massachusetts.
Boston University: The Terriers are tied with Providence for the
nation lead in shorthanded goals with four…Sophomores Sahir Gill
(Terrace, B.C.) and Matt Nieto (Long Beach, Calif.) had lengthy streaks
come to an end on Saturday, as Gill was held without a point for the
first time this season and Nieto had an eight-game goal-scoring streak
snapped…Saturday's loss to UMass Lowell was only its second in its
last 12 meetings with the River Hawks…The 7-1 loss to Lowell was BU's
most lopsided defeat since an 8-2 contest against Providence in the first
game of the 1999 Hockey East quarterfinals…Redshirt freshman Yasin
Cisse (Westmount, Que.) made his first appearance in the Terrier lineup
on Saturday since suffering a season-ending injury on his first collegiate
shift in last year's season opener against Wisconsin…BU is 2-0-0 against
ranked opponents this season, but 1-3-1 against unranked teams...Last
week it was announced that the New Year's Eve contest at Notre Dame
will be the first-ever college hockey game broadcast on VERSUS.
Maine: Maine's 5-1 loss at Boston College was the first loss for the
Black Bears decided by more than two goals this season…Jon Swavely
has his first goal of the season against BC…Maine outshot UNH 33-28
in the game on Saturday, including holding a 14-7 edge in the second
period…Senior Spencer Abbott scored both of Maine's goals in the
game at UNH. He is six point shy of the 100-point plateau…Senior
captain Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) played in his 120th consecutive
game on Saturday night at New Hampshire…Maine was whistled for a
season-low four penalties on Saturday night at New Hampshire...The
game against New Hampshire on Saturday night was the lone meeting
prior to facing each other at Fenway on Jan. 7…The River Hawks are
coached by Norm Bazin, who served as an assistant coach previously
for Tim Whitehead at UMass Lowell.
Massachusetts: In the split weekend with the loss at New Hampshire
and the win over Boston College, UMass forwards scored 14 overall
points, 11 of those coming from the 2nd and 3rd lines…Over the last
four games, UMass is 5-of-22 on the power play (22.7%)…The win over
Boston College snapped a 12-game losing skid to the Eagles – the last
UMass win coming on Nov. 22, 2008 in the Mullins Center (4-3, OT)…The
last time UMass defeated a No. 1 team in the country was on Nov. 14,
2008 against Boston University (5-1)…UMass has continued to reverse
the penalty-taking trend over the last four games (5 pen/game) – that
has dropped UMass from Hockey's East top team in penalty minutes to
5th (15.6/game)…Through the first eight games this season, UMass
has increased scoring over last year's same time span. The Minutemen
have 27 goals compared to 19 a year ago (+1.00g/game)
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks upset No. 12, 7-1, in the Tsongas
Center. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to nationally ranked
opponents and marked UMass Lowell's first victory over the Terriers at
home since Dec. 7, 2007. The win came on the 28th anniversary of the
program's first-ever victory as a Division I team, a 5-3 win at Maine in
1983. The River Hawks secured their third win on Saturday; while last
season, UMass Lowell didn't record its third win until Jan. 21, 2010—the
team's 23rd game of the year. The six goal victory was the program's
largest since Mar. 7, 2009 against Maine (6-0) and the first time the River
Hawks have ever beaten Boston University by more than three goals.
By outshooting the Terriers 40-16, UMass Lowell has now recorded 35
or more shots on goal in all six games this season. Through two home
games, the River Hawks are averaging 5,071 fans.
Merrimack: Merrimack is the only unbeaten team in the country
following a three-point weekend against Northeastern…The Warriors
trailed 2-0 on Saturday but rallied behind a pair of power play goals
from Mike Collins (Boston, Mass.), before Ryan Flanigan scored the
winner short-handed in overtime…Flanigan, who leads Merrimack in
goals, assists, points, shots, and plus/minus, has points in every game
this season and 15 straight dating back to last year. He has 39 points
in his last 31 games…Merrimack has captured season series from
Northeastern and Vermont and leads Maine 1-0…Collins and Flanigan
are tied for the league lead in power play points, while Collins is tied
for the lead in power play goals…The OT win was Merrimack's second
straight OT win at Matthews Arena…Merrimack's penalty kill is tops in
Hockey East at 91.3% and is third nationally…The defense tops the
nation allowing 10 goals in eight games (1.25 per game)…Joe Cannata
leads Hockey East in GAA, save percentage and winning percentage
and ranks third, fifth and first nationally in those categories.
New Hampshire: UNH improved to .500 by extending its win streak
to four and its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) with a pair of
Hockey East wins over Massachusetts (7-3) on Friday night and Maine
(3-2) on Saturday night...UNH's five-game streak is the fourth longest
active streak in Division I...On Friday night, UNH scored a season-high
seven goals marking the first time since Oct. 29, 2010 at Cornell the
'Cats scored seven goals in a game...On Friday night 14 players tallied
a point against Massachusetts with seven players with multi-point
efforts...After scoring zero goals in the first two games and one goal
through the first three games, UNH has responded with 25 goals over
the last six contests including 10 this past weekend by nine different
players...The Wildcats improved to 3-0-0 when leading after two periods
thanks to a three-goal second period...UNH captured its ninth-straight
win over Maine at Whittemore Center on Saturday night. The 'Cats
jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off a late Maine charge...Matt Di
Girolamo is 4-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .933 save percentage over
the last four games.
Northeastern: On Friday night at Merrimack, Northeastern
blemished No. 7 Merrimack's perfect 6-0-0 record and earned its first
road point of the season in a 1-1 tie at Lawler Arena. Northeastern's
penalty killing unit displayed its strongest effort of the season and
blanked the sixth-ranked power play in the country. The Huskies shut
down the Warriors' power play on all seven opportunities. Justin Daniels
was the Huskies' goal scorer, putting away his team-leading fifth tally
and first-career game-tying goal. That goal capped off a career-high
and team-best five-game point streak, amassing three goals and two
assists in that stretch. Linemate Steve Quailer assembled a career-best
three-game point streak with the assist at Merrimack. The Arvada, Colo.
native has scored a point in consecutive games on eight occasions in
his career. The Huskies' first-line unit consisting of Justin Daniels, Steve
Quailer and Vinny Saponarl all scored at least one point in the last three
games dating back from the Nov. 4 outing at Merrimack.
Providence College: Providence improved to 4-0 in Hockey East
home games as they posted back-to-back wins over Vermont…Seven
of the 10 Providence goals this weekend came via the special teams
as they had five power-play scores and two short-handed goals…Providence
has scored at least one power-play goal in six of the first eight
games…The Friars scored three power-play goals on Saturday, marking
the first time since February 9, 2010 that PC netted three goals on
the man advantage…Tim Schaller scored his first career hat trick on
Friday, marking the first three-goal game by a Friar since November 12,
2010…It also marked the first PC hat trick in a Hockey East game since
February 19, 2010. Schaller has five goals this season, matching last
season's total…PC has scored a short-handed goal in three of the last
four games and overall has four goals while short-handed, one more
than all of last season…Providence is outscoring opponents, 11-4, in
the first period and, 12-8, in the third period.
Vermont: Vermont's 15 shots in the third period against Providence
on Saturday night matched a season-high for a single period. The
Catamounts also posted 15 shots in the first period of the Friday night
contest...UVM combined for 65 shots on goal in two games at Providence
last weekend, marking the first two times it has reached 30+
shots this season...Dating back to last year's Hockey East Quarterfinals,
Vermont has played six of its last eight games against teams ranked in
the top-10...Vermont will play six of next eight games at home at Gutterson
Fieldhouse, which includes a five-game homestand...Through six
games, Connor Brickley has already matched his goal total (4) from his
freshman year last season...The Catamounts have scored first in two of
their last three games, and Brickley has provided both tallies.