~No. 4 BU, NU and No. 12 MC, UMass split; No. 8 UML sweeps PC; Maine shuts out UNH~
||ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#14 JOSEPH PENDENZA, UMASS LOWELL
(Sophomore Forward; Wilmington, Mass.)
|Pendenza scored five points (2g,3a) and a plus-3 rating in a weekend sweep of Providence
College. Pendenza assisted on both of the weekend's game-winning
||PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
|#33 KEVIN BOYLE, MASSACHUSETTS
(Freshman Goaltender; Manalapan, N.J.)
|Boyle picked up the win on Friday night against No. 12 Merrimack allowing
just one goal while making 25 saves including 13 in the second period.
Boyle also helped UMass go 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
||HEA CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#35 PARKER MILNER, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Junior Goaltender; Pittsburgh, Pa.)
|Milner stopped 55-of-56 (.982 save%) shots faced in backstopping the Eagles to consecutive
wins over Vermont at Conte Forum. He recorded 29 saves on Friday night and 26 stops
in the regular-season title clinching win on Saturday.
||HEA CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
|#30 DAN SULLIVAN, MAINE
(Sophomore Goaltender; York, Pa.)
|Sullivan made 32 saves in a 1-0 shutout of New Hampshire. Made 14 stops in the first
period alone and 11 saves in the third frame vs. the Wildcats.
||HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
|BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
|The Eagles outscored Vermont, 9 to 1 on the weekend sweep, en route to their leaguerecord
12th Hockey East regular-season Championship in school history on Saturday
night at Conte Forum.
Athletic Republic Player of the Week Joseph Pendenza of UMass Lowell
|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:
Patch Alber, BC (Jr., D, Clifton Park, N.Y.) Tallied two assists and a team-high +6 rating in two victories over Vermont.
Barry Almeida, BC (Sr., F, Springfield, Mass.) Scored twice and tallied one assist in back-to-back league wins over Vermont.
Derek Arnold, UML (So., F, Foxboro, Mass.) Totaled four points (2g, 2a) and a plus-2 rating in the sweep of Providence.
Andy Balysky, PC (Sr., F, Randolph, N.J.) Scored once at No. 8 UMass Lowell on Saturday.
Shawn Bates, MC (So., F, Ft. Saskatchewan, Alta.) Scored a pair of goals this weekend, including the game-winner in Saturday's 5-3 win over UMass.
Chris Connolly, BU (Sr., F, Duluth, Minn.) Tallied five points (2g,3a) and a +2 rating in the weekend series with Northeastern.
Casey DeSmith, UNH (Fr., G, Rochester, N.H.) Stopped 28 shots in a 1-0 loss at Maine. He turned aside 10+saves in the second and third period.
Sahir Gill, BU (So., F, Terrace, B.C.) Recorded a goal and two assists in the Terriers' home-and-home with Northeastern.
Danny Hobbs, UMass (Sr., F, Shawville, Que.) Scored a pair of goals in the split weekend notching one on both nights.
H.T. Lenz, UVM (So., F, Vienna, Va.) Netted his seventh goal of the season on Friday night at No. 1 Boston College.
Rob Madore, UVM (Sr., G, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Made 50 saves in a weekend series against Boston College.
Kieran Millan, BU (Sr., G, Chilliwack, B.C.) Recorded 25 saves on Friday to earn a win over Northeastern in his final regular-season home start.
Josh Myers, MC (Fr., F, Colorado Springs, Col.) Notched two points in the weekend, including a power play goal in Saturday's win.
Garrett Noonan, BU (So., D, Norfolk, Mass.) Tallied three goals, an assist and +2 rating in weekend series with NU.
Brice O'Connor, Maine (So., D, Londonderry, N.H.) Scored Maine's lone goal in 1-0 victory over New Hampshire.
Vinny Saponari, NU (Jr., F, Powder Springs, Ga.) Scored his second game-winning goal in OT of the season with the walk-off tally vs. BU on Saturday.
Destry Straight, BC (Fr., F, West Vancouver, B.C.) Registered first career multiple-point performance in the regular-season title clinching win vs. UVM.
T.J. Syner, UMass (Sr., F, Springfield, Mass.) Tallied a pair of special teams goals and added an assist in UMass' split weekend vs. No. 12 Merrimack.
Garrett Vermeersch, NU (Jr., F, Macomb, Mich.) Scored goals in back-to-back games in the Boston University series
Scott Wilson, UML (Fr., F, Oakville, Ont.) Tallied three assists and a plus-3 rating in the sweep of Providence.
Barry Almeida, BC (SPRINGFIELD, MASS.)
Scored his career-high 20th and 21st goals this weekend,
including his 11th power-play goal; he is tied with Denver's Drew
Shore atop the national leaderboard in that category.
BOSTON COLLEGE PENALTY KILL
Held the Catamounts scoreless on all eight power-play opportunities
over the weekend and enter the postseason 20-for-20
on the penalty kill over the last six games
Marc Boulanger, UML (Olds, Alta .)
Recorded his first collegiate win on Saturday vs. Providence
Doug Carr, UML (Hanover, Mass.)
Became the eighth UML goaltender to record
a 20-win season in program history
Casey DeSmith, UNH (Rochester, N.H.)
is 5-3-1 with a 2.09 GAA and a .936 save percentage
Lance Herrington, UVM (Bow, N.H.)
Skated in his 50th career game on Saturday
Parker Milner, BC (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Has a 1.16 GAA and a .954 save percentage
in the last 11 games
T.J. Syner, UMass (Springfield, Mass.)
With 96 career points, Syner is closing in on 100 for his
tenure at UMass. He currently ranks 11th all-time at UMass
for points and would be just the 10th player to hit the century
mark. His 59 assists ranks 12th all-time at UMass.
Scott Wilson, UML (Oakville, Ont.)
Is first among NCAA rookies in points per game (1.09)
Boston College: BC captured its second straight Hockey East
regular-season title, its sixth under the direction of head coach Jerry York
and its record 12th in program history. With two victories over Vermont,
Boston College captured its 10th and 11th straight victories...The team
is outscoring its opponents 48-13 during this stretch, is converting 30.0
percent of its power-play chances (12-for-40) and is killing power plays at
an 88.9 percent clip (40-for-45). Senior forward Barry Almeida (7g,8a)
and freshman forward Johnny Gaudreau (8g,7a) have each tallied a teamhigh
15 points during this stretch…The team's senior class improved to
102-42-10 in the last four seasons at The Heights. Almeida and junior
forward Chris Kreider each scored their 20th goals of the season over
the weekend while sophomore Bill Arnold (32 points) and junior Pat Mullen
(31) joined Kreider (37), Almeida (36), Gaudreau (32) and Whitney (32)
represent BC's six 30-point scorers…Patch Alber has 13 points and has
surpassed his combined total for his first two seasons.
Boston University: Boston University had its road win streak in
Hockey East play end at 10 games, which was the longest since Maine's
1992-93 squad went a perfect 12-0 on the road in league play...The
Terriers are 10-9-1 this season when allowing the first goal...Senior
Chris Connolly has 86 career assists, the most by a Terrier since Chris
Drury tallied 101 during his career from 1994-98...The Terriers will
be hosting the Hockey East quarterfinals for the eighth straight year
and have been paired up with a different opponent in the quarterfinals
in each of the past nine seasons...Sophomore Garrett Noonan ranks
second on the team with 14 goals, which ranks second nationally
amongst defenseman and is tied for the fourth-highest single-season
goal total by a BU blueliner...Freshman Alexx Privitera (Old Tappan, N.J.)
led all Hockey East defensemen in scoring during league play with 12
points (4g, 8a)...The Terriers' senior class, which was following its last
regular-season home game on Friday, has led the team to 93 victories
over the past four seasons..
Maine: Maine defeated New Hampshire 1-0 on Saturday night in its
lone game of the week…The win was the 20th of the season for the
Black Bears… It is the first time that the Black Bears have won 20 or
more games since the 2006–07 season when it finished with 23… Brice
O'Connor scored Maine's lone goal on Saturday… t was the second goal
of his career and his first career game-winner…Dan Sullivan made 32
saves in the game against to record his second shutout of the season
and the fifth of his career…Maine will face Merrimack in a rematch of
the 2010-2011 Hockey East quarterfinals…Before and after the game
on Saturday Maine honored its outstanding senior class of: Brian Flynn,
Theo Andersson, Spencer Abbott, Will O'Neill, Josh Seeley and Ryan
Massachusetts: UMass will face Boston College in the Hockey East
Quarterfinals for the third straight season beginning Friday at Conte
Forum…This is the 10th consecutive season UMass has qualified for
the Hockey East playoffs and the 15th season overall since joining the
league in 1994-95...UMass is 9-24 overall in Tournament games…UMass
won the regular-season series against Boston College 2-1-0…UMass
finished the regular-season 6-8 over the last 14 games with nine of
those contests against teams ranked in the top-12 nationally – two
of those wins came on the road…UMass is now 7-7-1 against ranked
teams which includes a pair of wins against teams ranked No. 1 in the
country...UMass has gone 14-for-15 on the penalty kill over the last five
games… UMass has a power play goal in eight of the last 10 games
going 9-for-44 (20.5%) with the extra man … When allowing 4 or more
goals this year, UMass is 0-15-1, however, when cutting that to 3-orfewer,
UMass is 13-1-3.
UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks swept a home-and-home weekend
with Providence College to finish in a tie with Boston U. for second
place in Hockey East. It marks the fourth time in program history UMass
Lowell has finished a season in second place and it remains its highest
finish. By virtue of the tie-breaker, the River Hawks will take a two-seed
in the Hockey East Tournament and will host Providence once again next
weekend in the Quarterfinals at the Tsongas Center. Doug Carr is the
River Hawks' third Division I goalie to reach the 20-win plateau, joining
Fillion and Dwayne Roloson. Norm Bazin has now tied the NCAA Division
I record for largest turnaround by a first-year head coach (Ric Schafer,
Notre Dame, 1987-88), guiding the River Hawks to 17 more victories
than last season. UMass Lowell has also moved into a three-way tie for
third all-time in the largest turnaround by a program in Division I history.
Derek Arnold now has 17 goals this season, the most since Kory Falite
scored 18 in 2009-10. Arnold has a chance to become UMass Lowell's
first 20-goal scorer since Ben Walter tallied 26 in 2004-05.
Merrimack: Merrimack finished in fifth place in Hockey East following
a weekend split with UMass…the Warriors will travel to Maine for the
Hockey East Quarterfinals, in a rematch of last year's quarterfinals which
Merrimack won 2-0 at Lawler Arena…Merrimack won the season series
over Maine 2-0-1 this year, while winning at Alfond Arena for the first
time in 24 games 2-1 to open the season…The 17 wins in the regular
season mark the second most in Merrimack's Division I school history
after last year's 25-win total…Merrimack will need to win the Hockey
East Quarterfinals at Maine to have a shot at its second-straight and
second-ever NCAA Tournament…the win over UMass gave Merrimack
the season series over the Minutemen and was the sixth-straight win
over UMass at Lawler…Merrimack finished 4-3-2 in season series
against Hockey East teams…The 2012 senior class is the winningest
class in Merrimack's Division I history and was a part of last year's
record-setting 25-win team that reached its first-ever HEA Championship
and NCAA Tournament.
New Hampshire: The Wildcats dropped its only game of the weekend
1-0 at rival Maine…Casey DeSmith is 5-3-1 with a 2.09 GAA and
a .936 save percentage since February…UNH was shutout for the
first time since a 4-0 loss on Oct. 14, 2011…New Hampshire held
on to the sixth-seeded in the league standing by virtue of a pair of
Providence losses… UNH advanced to the Hockey East tournament
for a league-best 24-straight seasons…The Wildcats have drawn
third-seeded Boston University in the best-of-three quarterfinal round at
Agganis Arena… It is the first time New Hampshire has traveled for the
quarterfinal round since 1995-96 a span of 16 seasons…BU swept the
regular season series. The Terriers are 4-2-1 all-time vs. the Wildcats in
the Hockey East playoffs. BU and UNH have only met once previously
in the quarterfinals back in 1986, a series in which the Terriers were
victorious…New Hampshire and BU has not met in the 2012 calendar
year, where UNH has eight of its 14 wins.
Northeastern: Northeastern missed the playoffs after a loss to
Boston University on Friday night and a Massachusetts victory against
Merrimack. Junior Vinny Saponari had a successful weekend against
his own squad, assisting on Ludwig Karlsson's power play tally in his
firs trip back to Agganis Arena as a Husky. He the scored the overtime
game-winner in the season finale at Matthews Arena 2:35 into overtime.
Northeastern's 5-4 overtime win over BU counts for just the third victory
in extra time in 215 meetings all-time. The last time NU came away
with an OT victory over the Terriers was at home on Jan. 16, 1998.
The Huskies snapped a mark of 0-2-7 against the Terriers in overtime.
Garrett Vermeersch scored a goal in both games, including his fourth
goal in six games. Rookie Ludwig Karlsson became Northeastern's first
Husky to 10 goals before Braden Pimm and Vermeersch joined him on
Saturday. Karlsson finished first in points (10-16-26) on the season,
while Steve Quailer matched his freshman year total of 25 (8-17-25)
for second and Vermeersch's career-best 24 points (10-14-24) were
third this season.
Providence College: Providence clinched its first Hockey East
playoff spot since 2008 and will play second seed UMass Lowell in the
post season for the first time since 1997…The Friars will be seeking
their first Hockey East playoff win since 2005 when they defeated
Boston University in the first game of the best-of-three quarterfinal
series…The Friars finished the regular season with 10 Hockey East
wins, six more than last season…The Providence freshman class
has accounted for 37% of the team's goals this season, led by Ross
Mauermann who has nine goals and a team best 23 points…Senior
Alex Beaudry became the first Friar to reach the 3,000-save mark and
now has 3,033 career stops…Providence has 11 players who have set
career marks in one or several offensive categories this season…The
Friars finished their home schedule with nine wins, the most since the
2005-06 team had 10.
Vermont: Rob Madore made 181 saves in his last six starts in a
Vermont jersey; He ranks second all-time at UVM in saves (3,352),
third in games played (127), fifth in goals against average (2.91),
and sixth in wins (41)…Brett Leonard finished his Catamount career
one game away from 100...Seven of Vermont's final nine games this
season came against top-10 opponents and five of those were against
top-5 teams…16 of the Catamounts' final 22 goals of the season were
scored by underclassmen...Vermont was facing the top-ranked team in
the nation for the third straight season this weekend at Boston College
… The Eagles entered the weekend having out-shot their previous nine
opponents by an average of 7.3 shots per game, but Vermont out-shot
BC 30-27 on Friday and 16-10 in the third period.