~ No. 2 Boston College, No. 6 Boston U. sweep; Maine, NU and UMass, UNH split ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#39 JOEY DIAMOND, MAINE
(Junior Forward; Long Beach, N.Y.)
|Diamond had six points (2g,4a) in the weekend series split at Northeastern two goals and
four assists in Maine's weekend split at Northeastern. He assisted
on both Maine goals on Friday and followed that up two
goals and two assists in the 7-1 win on Saturday night.
||PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#39 STEVE MASTALERZ, MASSACHUSETTS
(Freshman Goaltender; North Andover, Mass)
|Mastalerz stopped 26 of 28 shots (.929 save%) in UMass' 4-2 win over
New Hampshire on Saturday night in his only start of the weekend for the
Minutemen. Mastalerz made nine saves in both the first and third periods
and helped UMass go 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
||PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#6 TREVOR VAN RIEMSDYK, UNH
(Freshman Defenseman, Middletown, N.J.)
|van Riemsdyk scored a career-high two goals in UNH's 4-3 win over Massachusetts on
Friday night. The freshman blueliner had six shots on net and was a +3 for the weekend.
||HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#35 PARKER MILNER, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Junior Goaltender; Pittsburgh, Pa.)
|Milner stopped all 54 shots faced in just under 110 minutes of action in the weekend sweep
against Providence, extending his shutout streak to 140:18 for the Eagles.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|MERRIMACK COLLEGE WARRIORS
|The Warriors took three points in a home-and-home series with No. 7 UMass-Lowell over
the weekend with a 5-2 victory on Friday night at Lawler Arena and followed that up with
a 2-2 road tie on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Joey Diamond 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 2011-2012 season leaders to date:
Spencer Abbott, Maine (Sr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Had three goals and an assist in Maine's weekend series at Northeastern.
Barry Almeida, BC (Sr., F, Springfield, Mass.) Tallied team-highs with five points, assists (4) and plus-minus (+5) in two wins over Providence.
Kyle Bigos, MC (Jr., D, Upland, Calif.) Tallied a goal and two assists in the weekend series with Lowell.
Joe Cannata, MC (Sr., G, Wakefield, Mass.) Stopped 43 of 47 shots, allowing only one even strength goal in the weekend series vs. UMass-Lowell.
Mike Collins, MC (So., F, Boston, Mass.) Scored a pair of power play goals in a 2-2 tie at Lowell.
Justin Daniels, NU (Jr., F, Suffern, N.Y.) Tallied his first three-point night of the season and second of his career on Friday vs. Maine (1-2-3)
Casey DeSmith, UNH (Fr., G, Rochester, N.H.) Stopped 76 shots in the split at UMass, including a career-high 48 shots on Friday in a 4-3 win.
Sean Escobedo, BU (Jr., D, Bayside, N.Y.) Scored his first two goals of the year in Friday's win at Vermont and added an assist in Saturday's OT victory.
Matt Ferreira, UML (Sr., F, Brampton, Ont.) Scored a goal and an assist in a weekend series with Merrimack College.
Johnny Gaudreau, BC (Fr., F, Carneys Point, N.J.) Registered 3 points (2g,1a) in two wins over Providence.
Sahir Gill, BU (So., F, Terrace, B.C.) Recorded a goal, two assists and a +2 rating in the weekend series at Vermont.
Kevin Goumas, UNH (So., F, Long Beach, N.Y.) Registered five points (1g,4a) in the weekend split at UMass.
Joel Hanley, UMass (So., D, Keswick, Ont.) Scored pair of goals over the weekend in the split with UNH.
Danny Hobbs, UMass (Sr., F, Shawville, Que.) Scored a goal and added two assists in UMass' split weekend.
Rob Madore, UVM (Sr., G, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Made 63 saves in a weekend series against Boston University.
Wade Megan, BU (Jr., F, Canton, N.Y.) Scored a goal in each win at Vermont, including a tally late in regulation on Saturday to send the game into OT.
Alexx Privitera, BU (Fr., D, Old Tappan, N.J.) Scored the overtime winner in BU's 3-2 victory at Vermont on Saturday with a +3 over the weekend.
Adam Reid, NU (Fr., F, Chino Hills, Calif.) Scored his second-career game-winning goal with 18:46 left in the third period on Friday vs. Maine.
Grant Rollheiser, BU (Sr., G, Chilliwack, B.C.) Stopped all 18 shots he faced on Friday to earn his first shutout of the year in a 5-0 win at Vermont.
Conor Sheary, UMass (So., F, Melrose, Mass.) Scored a pair of goals and added an assist in UMass' split weekend against New Hampshire.
Sebastian Stalberg, UVM (Jr., F, Gothenburg, Sweden) Tallied a goal on Saturday vs. No. 5 BU and was a +2 on the night.
Dan Sullivan, Maine (So., York, Pa.) Went 1-1-0 on the weekend with a 2.10 GAA (.918 save%) with 45 saves vs. Northeastern.
Jeff Velleca, MC (Sr., F, Waterbury, Conn.) Tied career highs with two goals and four points, including the game-winner in a 5-2 win vs. UML Friday.
Steven Whitney, BC (Jr., F, Reading, Mass.) Tallied career-highs in points (4), assists (3) and plus-minus (+5) in consecutive wins over Providence.
Spencer Abbott, MAINE (Hamilton , Ont.)
Tallied his 50th career goal on Friday night at Northeastern
Jay Camper, UNH (ROCKY RIVER, OHIO)
Handed out his first collegiate assist on Friday night
Alex Chiasson, BU (St. Augustin, Que.)
Played in his 100th career game on Friday at Vermont
Casey DeSmith, UNH (ROCHESTER, N.H.)
Stopped a career-high 48 shots on Friday against UMass
Matt Ferreira, UML (Brampton, Ont.)
Scored the 25th goal of his career on Friday at Merrimack
Kevin Goumas, UNH (LONG BEACH, N.Y.)
Has seven points (2g, 5a) in the last four games
Rob Madore, UVM (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Has made 131 saves in his last four games
Stevie Moses, UNH (Leominster, Mass.)
With 97 points in hand is trying to become the 71st player
in school history to record 100 career points
Michael Pereira, UMass (West Haven , Conn.)
Has 8 goals and 3 assists in his last 10 games,
which includes an active six game scoring streak
Alex Tuckerman, NU (ORLEANS, MASS.)
Skated in his 100th career game on Feb. 24 vs. Maine
Matt Willows, UNH (CONGERS, N.Y.)
Collected his first collegiate point on Friday night at UMass
Dan Sullivan, MAINE (York, Pa.)
Saw action in his 50th career game in goal Saturday at NU
Dick Umile, New Hampshire
With 498 wins is closing in on 500 career wins. Umile would
become one of just six active coaches with 500 career wins and
one of 14 coaches all-time to pass that historic milestone
Parker Milner, BC (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Is 9-0 with a 1.30 GAA and a .948 save percentage
Johnny Gaudreau, BC (CARNEYS POINT, N.J.)
Has a team-high 14 points (8g,6a) and a team-high +11 rating
during BC's 9-game win streak
Boston College: BC beat Providence 3-0 and 7-0, registering
consecutive shutouts for the first time since the 2006 NCAA Northeast
Regional when Cory Schneider backstopped Boston College to 5-0 victories
over Miami (March 24) and Boston University (March 25) en route to
berth in Milwaukee's Frozen Four. BC has now won the last 11 meetings
between the teams and is unbeaten in the last 15 (13-0-2). It recorded
consecutive shutouts of Providence for the first time since 2000, when
Tim Kelleher (Jan. 23) and Scott Clemmensen (Feb. 11) each blanked
PC…The team scored five goals in the first period of Saturday's 7-0
home win, marking the first time the team scored five times in a period
since an 8-6 home win over New Hampshire on Nov. 15, 2008…BC's
six seniors; Tommy Cross, Barry Almeida, Paul Carey, Tommy Atkinson,
Edwin Shea and Chris Venti, secured its 99th and 100th victories and
now has a 100-42-10 record in four seasons at The Heights.
Boston University: The Terriers came up empty on both of their
chances with the man advantage on Saturday, ending their streak of
consecutive games with a power-play goal at 14...After going 199
periods of play between the first and second goals of his career, junior
Sean Escobedo waited less than 10 minutes to score again thanks to
his two-goal second period on Friday at Vermont...Since suffering a 7-1
loss at UMass Lowell on Nov. 5 in the team's most lopsided defeat in
over 12 years, the Terriers are a perfect 10-0 on the road in Hockey
East play...BU earned its first weekend sweep of Vermont since the
Catamounts joined Hockey East in 2005...Friday's 5-0 win marked the
Terriers' regular-season shutout of Vermont since Feb. 1, 1974...BU
has four shutouts this season, three by Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alta.)
after totaling just two the previous two seasons combined...The Terriers
secured home ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals for the eighth straight
season...BU boasts three of the top seven point scorers in Hockey East
play...When it hosts Northeastern this Friday, BU will attempt to avoid its
first five-game home losing streak since moving to campus in 1971.
Maine: Maine split a pair of games at Northeastern on the weekend…
The Black Bears scored seven goals on Saturday night in a 7-1
victory…It is the third time this season that the Black Bears have scored
seven goals in a game…The Black Bears scored three goals in the span
of 5:38 in the first period…Maine's Spencer Abbott, Brian Flynn and Joey
Diamond all rank in the top-10 in the nation in points per game. Diamond
has 22 goals on the season, the most for a Maine player since Greg
Moore tallied 28 during the 2005-06 season…Twenty of Diamond's goals
have come in Hockey East play…Maine is leading the nation in power
play percentage, scoring at a 28.2 percent clip…Maine sophomore
forward Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) has 10 power play goals on
the season which is tied for the national lead.
Massachusetts: UMass is 5-7 over the last 12 games with seven
of those contests against teams ranked in the top-11 nationally – two of
those wins came on the road…UMass will close out the regular-season
with a home-and-home series against Merrimack which begins Friday
at the Mullins Center where the Minutemen are 8-4-3…UMass is now
6-6-1 against ranked teams which includes a pair of wins against teams
ranked No. 1 in the country…UMass holds the season series against the
both Vermont and Boston College and split with Northeastern (1-1-1),
Boston University (1-1-1), and Maine (1-1-1)…Over the last 12 games,
UMass has been strong on the penalty kill going 50-for-61 (82.0%)
including a 5-5 effort vs. Providence and a 6-6 effort against Boston
College…UMass has a power play goal in six of the last eight games
going 7-for-33 (21.2%) with the extra man…UMass' 51 shots in the loss
to New Hampshire were its most in a game since posting 55 against
Union on Nov. 25, 2007.
UMass-Lowell: The seventh-ranked River Hawks picked up just one
point in a home-and-home series with rival Merrimack College. UMass
Lowell became the last team in Division I hockey to record a tie with
Saturday's 2-2 result in the Tsongas Center. The River Hawks are now
0-8-1 when scoring two or fewer goals and 8-0-1 when David Vallorani
scores a goal. Since the USCHO.com poll debuted in 1997-98, UMass
Lowell is 2-1-1 against the Warriors in games which both teams are
nationally ranked. The River Hawks' Matt Ferreira scored a goal, the
25th of his career, and an assist in the weekend set. Rookie forwards
Scott Wilson and Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau have each scored
12 goals in league play, the most by a freshman since Nick Bonino in
2007-08. UMass Lowell remains in third place in Hockey East and needs
just one point in the final weekend of play to secure home ice in the
quarterfinal round of the conference playoffs.
Merrimack: Merrimack snapped its four-game winless streak with a
three-point weekend vs. No. 7 UMass Lowell, earning a tie in the season
series…The three points put Merrimack one point behind Maine for
fourth and two behind Lowell for third. Merrimack has a game-in-hand
and the tiebreaker on Maine. Its magic number to gain home ice in
the quarterfinals for the second straight season is three (combined
Merrimack points earned with missed Maine points)…Merrimack has
the fewest losses (9) among all Hockey East teams and the most ties
(7)…Hobey Baker nominee Joe Cannata allowed only one even strength
goal in the weekend, while Merrimack scored three power play goals,
snapping a six-game skid on the man advantage…Merrimack is 3-3-2
in season series, with one (UMass) to go…The Warriors improved to
16-2-4 when they score two or more goals…Merrimack scored three
times in the first period in Friday's win, marking the first time they did
that since they were the #1 team in the country (11/23 vs. UAH)…Lawler
Arena was sold out for the 13th time this year in 15 games and for the
19th time in 21 games on Friday.
New Hampshire: With a win over Massachusetts on Friday night,
the Wildcats secured a playoff berth for a league-best 24th-straight
season... Currently in sixth place in the league standings, UNH can finish
as high as sixth and as low as seventh with one game remaining in
the regular season... In Friday night's 4-3 win, Casey DeSmith turned
aside a career-high 48 shots. DeSmith's previous best was a 37-save
performance against Providence on Feb. 3. He becomes the first Wildcat
with 45+ saves since Brian Foster turned away 47-Wisconsin shots on
Oct. 30, 2009 at Kohl Center...Head Coach Dick Umile with 498 wins
is closing in on 500 career wins. Umile would become one of just six
active coaches with 500 career wins and one of 14 coaches all-time
to pass that historic milestone. Additionally, he would become just the
eighth coach in Division I history to win 500 games at one program...
Stevie Moses with 97 points in hand is trying to become the 71st player
in school history to record 100 career points...UNH enjoyed favorable
February with a 5-2-1 mark in the month.
Northeastern: Northeastern split with No. 11 Maine this past
weekend at Matthews Arena. The Huskies curbed a five-game winless
streak in the 4-2 triumph. Northeastern picked up its first win over the
Black Bears in six tries with the last win coming at home on Nov. 14,
2009 (5-2). Freshman Adam Reid scored his second-career game-winning
goal on Friday night, marking his first since the Vermont game
on Jan. 27. Junior Justin Daniels tallied his first three-point night of the
season and second of his career on Friday. The first three-point night
occurred against New Hampshire on Feb. 26, 2010. It was the Suffern,
N.Y. native's first multi-point game since the season opener on Oct.
7. His goal was the first since the 9-2 win at Notre Dame on Dec. 2.
Anthony Bitetto and Joseph Manno each registered multi-point games
on Friday. Bitetto posted his third multi-point game of the season (0-2-2)
and eighth of his career.
Providence College: With either one victory or one tie against
UMass Lowell this weekend, Providence can clinch its first Hockey East
playoff spot since 2008…Senior Alex Beaudry is 10 saves away from
becoming the first Friar goalie to record 3,000 career stops. Beaudry
also has moved into second all-time at the College in career games
played by a goalie with 111 games…The Friars finished February with
a 2-4-2 record, their best February since the 2007-08 season…Providence
will complete the regular season by playing its 14th and 15th
ranked opponent…The Friars have posted a 5-7-1 mark against ranked
teams…Providence has won three Hockey East series this season, one
more than last season…The Friars will look to win their fourth league
series against UMass Lowell this weekend as they captured the first
meeting in January…In Friday's game, Providence also will seek to win
its 10th home game, a feat that has not been accomplished since the
Vermont: Eight of the last 12 games between Vermont and Boston
University have been decided by a goal or less … BU's power play
entered the weekend ranked top-5 nationally and had been clicking at
nearly 36% in the second half of the season, and the Catamount penalty
kill held the unit to a 1-for-11 showing…15 of the last 21 Vermont goals
have been scored by underclassmen, who are accounting for six of
the team's top nine scorers this year…The Cats have played in four
overtime games since New Year's after going to the extra session just
once in the first half of the season…UVM's senior class has won 53
games in its four years and has been to two NCAA Tournaments and
the 2009 Frozen Four…The quintet has combined to skate in 488