~ Boston College, Boston University and Maine advance to semifinals ~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#9 ALEX CHIASSON, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
(Junior Forward; St. Augustin, Que.)
|Chiasson tallied six points (2g,4a) and +3 plus/minus rating in the Terriers' quarterfinal
series against UNH. Scored double-overtime clincher in Game
Three and added three assists for a career-high four points.
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#14 ROSS MAUERMANN, PROVIDENCE
(Freshman Forward; Janesville, Wis.)
|Mauermann scored the game winner in game three vs. UMass Lowell. Also
had an assist in a game one win at the Tsongas Center. Finished the weekend
with seven shots on goal and a +3 rating for the Friars.
||HEA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#31 KIERAN MILLAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
(Senior Goaltender; Edmonton, Alta.)
|Millan recorded 150 saves (.943 save percentage) for the Terriers over the three quarterfinal
games, including a tournament-best 68-save performance in the decisive third game on
Sunday afternoon at Agganis Arena.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS
|The Friars knocked off UMass-Lowell in three games and return to the Hockey East
semifinals for the first time since 2001. Providence is the first No. 7 seed in the history
of the tournment to advance to semifinal play.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Alex Chiasson of Boston University
|ARMY ROTC THREE STARS AWARD
|At the conclusion of each Hockey East game, the " Army ROTC Three Stars of The Game" are selected. Congratulation to BU's Kieran Millan for winning this year's award. Millan finished the season as the No. 1 star of the game three times and was named a Star of the Game on 12 occasions. Here were the 2011-2012 season leaders:
Spencer Abbott, Maine (Sr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Had a goal and two assists in Maine's weekend series against Merrimack.
Alex Beaudry, PC (Sr., F, Cumberland, Ont.) Stopped 95 of 101 shots (.941 save%) in the quarterfinals, including 29 stops in a game three shutout win.
Rhett Bly, MC (So. F, Regina, Sask.) Notched his first career two-goal game in a 5-2 win over Maine in game two.
Joe Cannata, MC (Sr., G, Wakefield, Mass.) Allowed just two goals in each game of the quarterfinal series, stopping a season-high 41 shots in game one.
Doug Carr, UML (So., G, Hanover, Mass.) Stopped 105-of-112 shots (.938) in the trio of games vs. PC. Carr made at least 34 saves each night.
Chris Connolly, BU (Sr., F, Duluth, Minn.) Tallied four points (1g, 3a) and a team-best plus-5 rating in the Hockey East quarterfinals.
Joey Diamond, Maine (Jr., F, Long Beach, N.Y.) Had a goal and two assists in Maine's weekend series against Merrimack.
Grayson Downing, UNH (Fr., F, Abbottsford, B.C.) Scored in double OT to lift UNH to a win in game one of the best-of-three quarterfinal series at BU.
Matt Ferreira, UML (Sr., F, Brampton, Ont.) Scored two goals, including a power play tally, in the River Hawks quarterfinal series with PC.
Johnny Gaudreau, BC (Fr., F, Carneys Point, N.J.) Registered a team-high three assists and a +3 rating in two victories over Massachusetts.
Sahir Gill, BU (So., F, Terrace, B.C.) Recorded a career-best three points (1g, 2a) in Saturday's 4-2 victory over UNH in Game Two.
Garrett Noonan, BU (So., D, Norfolk, Mass.) Scored two goals and an assist in the decisive third game of BU's quarterfinal triumph over UNH.
Brice O'Connor, Maine(So., D, Londonderry, N.H.) Had a goal and an assist in Maine's weekend series with Merrimack.
Zack Kamrass, UML (Fr., D, Atlanta, Ga.) Scored four points (1g,3a) including his first collegiate goal, the overtime game-winner Saturday vs. PC.
Parker Milner, BC (Jr., G, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Stopped 58-of-61 shots (.951 save%) faced in backstopping Boston College to two wins over UMass.
Pat Mullane, BC (Jr., F, Wallingford, Conn.) Scored one goal in each of two wins over UMass; tallied a team-high +3 rating.
Dan Sullivan, Maine (So., York, Pa.) Went 2-1-0 on the weekend with a 2.01 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Alex Velischek, PC (Jr., D, Kinnelon, N.J.) Had one assist in every game of the Hockey East quarterfinal series versus UMass Lowell.
Norm Bazin, UMASS-LOWELL
Set the Division I hockey record for largest turnaround by a firstyear
coach, guiding UML to 18 more wins than last season
ALEX BEAUDRY, PC (CUMBERLAND, ONT.)
Tied a PC single season record with his third shutout. Also tied
a PC record for career games played by a goalie (116)
Joe Cannata , MC (Wakefield, MASS.)
Became the program's all-time in saves during game two
Chris Connolly , BU (Duluth, Minn.)
Played in his 150th career game on Saturday vs. UNH
Casey DeSmith, UNH (ROCHESTER, N.H.)
Stopped a career-high 50 saves on Sunday against BU
Brian Flynn , MAINE (Lynnfield, Mass.)
Played in his 150th career game on Sunday vs. Merrimack
Matt Mangene, MAINE (Miller Place, N.Y.)
Saw action in his 100th career game on
Friday night against Merrimack
KIERAN MILLAN, BU (Edmonton, Alta .)
Broke the Hockey East Tournament record with 68 saves
on Sunday afternoon vs. UNH
Parker Milner, BC (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Has won each of the last 13 games and owns a 1.21 GAA
and a .954 save percentage during this stretch
Brice O'Connor, MAINE (Londonderry , N.H.)
Has points in four of his last five games
Providence College Friars
Are the First No. 7 seed to make it to the league semifinals
Karl Stollery , MC (Camrose, Alta .)
Became the program's all-time leader in games played with 145
Riley Wetmore, UML (Swanton, Vt.)
Tallied his 50th career assist on Friday vs. Providence
Scott Wilson, UML (Oakville, Ont.)
Has scored the most points (37) by a UML freshman
since Greg Bullock (59) in 1993-94
Boston College: BC's victories over Massachusetts marked BC's
12th and 13th straight wins, equaling the longest win streak in the Jerry
York era (1994-present). BC previously won 13 games in succession
from Feb. 15, 2007 to April 5, 2007…Massachusetts took an early 1-0
lead on Connor Sheary's goal at 2:54 of the opening period, marking
the first time in 687:56 dating back to Jan. 27, 2012 (spanning 13
games) that Boston College has trailed an opponent…The Eagles have
now won 10 straight Hockey East tournament gamesThis was the eighth
straight sweep of an opponent in the quarterfinal round, including the
past three over the Minutemen…Sophomore Bill Arnold's assist on the
Carey tally was his 15th of the year and gives him 30 points on the
season…Parker Milner recorded his first career point with an assist on
Brian Dumoulin's game-winning goal in Saturday's 3-2 win…BC is 8-1
against the Minutemen in the league tournament and has won the last
12 games between the teams at Kelley Rink dating back to Nov. 17,
2007…BC improved to 48-11-1 in the Hockey East Tournament under
coach Jerry York and 29-7 in the quarterfinals…UMass's power-play goal
against BC on Saturday marked the first PPG allowed in eight games
dating back to Feb. 17.
Boston University: Boston University advanced to the Hockey East
semifinals for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons, as its league record
of nine straight trips to the Garden was snapped last year...Sunday's
quarterfinal clincher was the longest game in Agganis Arena history at
86:42, eclipsing the record of 82:00 set just two days earlier in the series
opener on Friday...The Terriers had their quarterfinal series go the full
three games for the sixth consecutive season...Junior Alex Chiasson's 44
points this season are the most by a BU right winger since Jay Pandolfo
put up 67 during the 1995-96 campaign...Sophomore Garrett Noonan
now has 16 goals this season, which is the most by a Terrier defenseman
since Vic Stanfield tallied 16 in the 1973-74 season...Senior Kieran
Millan enters the week needing just seven saves to tie the record for
saves in a Hockey East tournament, as UNH's Kevin Regan totaled 157
during the 2007 tournament...Senior Chris Connolly has nine points (3g,
6a) over his last five games...Since the turn of the new year, the Terrier
defensemen have combined to tally 69 points (23g, 46a) in 21 games...
BU boasts four of the top 21 players in the national rankings for assists
per game...The Terriers have recorded 11 come-from-behind victories in
each of the past two seasons...BU has gone 108 straight games without
being shut out, which is the longest such streak in the country.
Maine: Maine advances to the Hockey East semifinals after defeating
Merrimack in the best-of-three series…Brice O'Connor (Londonderry,
N.H.) scored the game-winning goal on Sunday against the Warriors…He
scored the lone goal last week as Maine secured home ice with a 1-0 win
over New Hampshire in the regular season finale…Two of his three goals
on the season have been game-winners…Maine and Merrimack combined
for 50 penalties for 184 minutes in Saturday night's game…. There
were 87 penalties for 269 minutes in the three-game series… Maine's
24 penalties on Saturday against Merrimack tied a school record for
penalties in a game…The Black Bears also had 24 penalties on Jan. 24,
2004 against Boston University…Maine's line of Spencer Abbott, Brian
Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Joey Diamond have scored 60 goals and
added 89 assists for 149 points this season. Abbott led the first round of
Hobey Baker fan voting with 24,587 votes…Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) ranks
tied for fifth on Maine's single season wins list with 21. His 806 saves
this season rank tied for seventh among single season leaders…Maine
has six players who have played in 100 or more career games…Maine
faces Boston University in the Hockey East semifinals…Maine is 4-0-0
this season in games played on neutral ice.
Massachusetts: UMass dropped two one-goal games to #1 Boston
College in the Hockey East Quarterfinals…UMass finished the year 7-9-1
against ranked teams which includes a pair of wins against teams ranked
No. 1 in the country…In game one of the Hockey East Quarterfinal
series against Boston College, UMass held BC to 18 shots on goal, the
fewest by any opponent in 2011-12 and a season-low for Boston College…
UMass did not commit a penalty in game one, the first time since
Feb. 26, 2010 that the Minutemen had gone an entire contest without
taking a penalty…UMass finished the season at 13-18-15, 9-14-4 in HEA,
9-4-3 at home, 2-13-2 on the road and 2-1-2 at neutral sites.
UMass-Lowell: Seventh ranked UMass Lowell fell in three games
to Providence College in the Hockey East Quarterfinals in the Tsongas
Center. The River Hawks lone victory came on Friday night at 11:29
into overtime, the longest game in Tsongas Center history (71:29).
Zack Kamrass played the hero, scoring his first collegiate goal to win
the game. Kamrass became just the second player in UMass Lowell's
Division I history to score his first career goal in overtime, matching Paul
Ames' heroics as a freshman against Babson in 1984. The River Hawks
are now 27-41-3 all-time in the Hockey East playoffs...For the weekend,
Kamrass led the River Hawks with four points (1g,3a). Goaltender Doug
Carr was outstanding, stopping 105-of-112 (.938) shots and making
at least 34 saves in each game. On Friday night, Norm Bazin set the
NCAA Division I record for largest turnaround by a first-year head coach
by guiding UMass Lowell to 18 more victories than last season. The
River Hawks now await their fate with the upcoming NCAA Tournament
selection show on Mar. 18.
Merrimack: Merrimack's season likely came to an end this weekend
after losing to Maine in a three-game quarterfinal series…the Warriors
need a Maine semifinal win, and losses by Cornell and Western Michigan
in their semifinals and consolation games to get a chance at making the
NCAA Tournament…Over 200 Merrimack students, roughly 10% of the
College's enrollment, were in attendance in Orono, as Merrimack sent
four fan buses north, with head football coach John Perry leading the
cheers…Sunday's loss was likely the final game for Merrimack's eight
seniors…As a class, the seniors were the most successful Division I
class in school history…Joe Cannata will graduate as the program's
all-time leader in wins, games played, saves, GAA and save percentage,
while Karl Stollery is the program's all-time leader in games played
with 145…In Saturday's win, Rhett Bly (Regina, SK) notched his first
career two-goal game, while Simon Demers (St. Etienne de Lauzon,
Que.) had his first point since October 23, 2009…Merrimack suffered
its first loss when leading after one period in game one…The Warriors
were looking to become the first team ever to win three times in one
season at Alfond, they did win at Alfond twice for the first time in school
history…The Merrimack Sports Network televised all three games,
marking the first time Merrimack broadcasted its playoff games ever.
Merrimack All-Access debuted before game one as well.
New Hampshire: UNH closed out the 2011-12 season with a 15-
19-3 mark...The Wildcats suffered a 2-1 series loss to sixth-ranked
Boston University in the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals...New
Hampshire peppered BU's Kieran Millan 157 shots (52.33 spg) over
the three game series forcing the senior standout to make career-high
save performance on Friday and Sunday...Sunday's 70-shot output
was the most in UNH's documented statistical history...On Friday night,
freshman Grayson Downing was the hero potting an unassisted goal
in double-overtime to propel the Wildcats to a 3-2 win and early 1-0
series leads. The Terriers bounced back with a 4-2 win on Saturday and
a 5-4 double overtime win of their own on Sunday...Friday's win was
Coach Umile's 499th win all-time. He will go for 500 at the start of the
2011-12 season. He is looking to become one of 14 coaches all-time
and the sixth active coach in Division I with 500 wins...On Sunday,
UNH got out to a 4-1 lead and could not hold off a late charge from
Boston U...Casey DeSmith stopped a career-high 50 shots, becoming
the first UNH netminder to have 50 saves in a game since March 14,
2010 when Brian Foster stopped 50 in an overtime loss to Vermont...
Casey Thrush scored a career-high two goals in Sunday's loss to the
Terriers...Stevie Moses finished his storied career with 97 points just
missing out on the century club.
Providence College: Providence defeated UMass Lowell in the
decisive game of the Hockey East Quarterfinals and became the first
No. 7 seed to make it to the Hockey East Semifinals in the 28-year history
of the league ... The Friars will be making their 11th appearance in
the Hockey East Semifinals and their first since 2001...Sunday's game
three win at UMass Lowell marked the first time that the Friars won
a decisive game on the road...Providence is now 3-3 all-time in game
threes...Alex Beaudry and the Friars have three shutouts this season,
including two 1-0 shutouts against UMass Lowell...Sunday's shutout
also marked the first on the road for PC since December 1, 2007...In
addition, it was PC's first playoff shutout since 1992. Beaudry's three
shutouts has tied a single season PC record. He also is now tied for
first in career games played by a goalie at Providence College with
116 games…Junior Alex Velischek had one assist in each game of the
series versus UML…Derek Army and Matt Bergland each scored twice
in a game one victory on Thursday and became the first Friars since
2005 to score two goals in a league playoff game…Providence has
14 victories for the first time since the 2007-08 season.