ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#28 GRAYSON DOWNING, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(Sophomore Forward; Abbottsford, B.C.)
Downing tallied four points (2g,2a) in a weekend sweep of UMass Lowell. He posted five shots on goal and was a +5 for the weekend. He scored two goals on Friday night in a 5-2 win at the Whittemore Center and followed that up with a pair of assists on Saturday at UML.
ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#17 EVAN RODRIGUES, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
(Sophomore Forward; Etobicoke, Ont.)
Scored a goal in both ends of the home-and-home split with BC and added an assist on Friday for the Terriers. He finished the weekend with four shots on net.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
#28 K.J. TIEFENWERTH, MASSACHUSETTS
(Freshman Forward; Bellmore, N.Y.)
Tiefenworth notched first three career points (1g,2a) in a 6-3 win at Northeastern on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#37 BRODY HOFFMAN, VERMONT
(Freshman Goaltender; Wilkie, Sask.)
Hoffman stopped 67 of 70 shots (.957) in the three-point weekend at Alfond Arena vs. Maine. He recorded 31 saves in the 2-1 win Friday and made 36 saves in the 2-2 tie on Saturday.
HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDCATS
The Wildcats earned a pair of 5-2 victories vs. UMass-Lowell on the weekend to stay one point behind BC in the league standings with a game in hand.
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Bill Arnold, BC (Sr., F, Needham, Mass.) Scored two power-play goals in a 5-2 home win over Boston Univ. on Saturday night.
Drew Brown, PC (So., F, Grass Lake, Mich.) Had a goal and an assist at MC on Friday night (1-1-2 for the weekend).
Stephen Buco, UML (So., F, North Providence, R.I.) Scored both goals in UMass Lowell's 5-2 loss Saturday to the No. 2 Wildcats.
Rocco Carzo, UMass (Sr., F, Media, Pa.) Registered his second career multi-goal contest as UMass came from behind to win at Northeastern.
Casey DeSmith, UNH (So., G, Rochester, N.H.) He stopped 56-of-60 shots (.933) in a pair of wins vs. UMass-Lowell.
Joey Diamond, Maine (Sr., F., Long Beach, N.Y.) Scored a goal in each of Maine's games against Vermont.
Jacob Fallon, UVM (So., F, Southlake, Texas) Posted two assists in the three-point weekend at Maine.
Jon Gillies, PC (Fr., G, South Portland, Maine) Stopped 47 of the 51 shots he faced (.922 save%) in a weekend split with Merrimack.
Matt Grzelcyk, BU (Fr., F, Charlestown, Mass.) Scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 5-2 victory over BC.
Cason Hohmann, BU (So., F, Arlington, Texas) Recorded a goal and two assists in the weekend series with BC.
Ben Hutton, Maine (Fr., D, Prescott, Ont.) Tallied a goal against Vermont on Saturday night.
Michael Matheson, BC (Fr., D, Pointe-Claire, Que.) Tallied a point in each game vs. BU, including the game-winner in Saturday's 5-2 home win.
Chris McCarthy, UVM (Jr., F, Collegeville, Pa.) Had a pair of assists at Maine and collected his 50th career point.
Wade Megan, BU (Sr., F, Canton, N.Y.) Recorded a goal and an assist in Friday's win over BC and added an assist on Saturday.
Matt O'Connor, BU (Fr., G, Toronto, Ont.) Stopped 66-of-73 shots on the weekend and made a career-high 35 saves in win over BC on Friday.
Chris Rawlings, NU (Sr., G, North Delta, B.C.) Stopped all 31 shots at UMass en route to his 11th-career shutout on Friday night.
Kevin Roy, NU (Fr., F, Lac-Beauport, Que.) Turned in his second two-goal performance of the season on Saturday vs. UMass.
Tim Schaller, PC (Sr., F, Merrimack, N.H.) Recorded three points (2g,1a) on the weekend, including the overtime game-winning goal at Merrimack.
Rasmus Tirronen, MC (So., G, Espoo, Finland) Stopped 34 shots in a 2-1 win over Providence for his first career road win.
Steven Whitney, BC (Sr., F, Reading, Mass.) Assisted on three of seven goals scored in a two-game split against Boston Univ.
Scott Wilson, UML (So., F, Oakville, Ont.) Set up three goals in last weekend's home-and-home against No. 2 New Hampshire.
CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO's HOT
Brian Christie, MC (West Chester, PA) Netted his first collegiate goal Saturday
Mike Collins, MC (Boston, MASS.) Has 17 points in his last 12 games
Grayson Downing, UNH (ABBOTTSFORD, B.C.) Scored five goals in two gameS, capped off by a pair of goals on Friday night Vs. UML
Kevin Goumas, UNH (LONG BEACH, N.Y.) is riding a nine-game point streak with 18 points (6g,12a) in that span . He has a point in 12-of-14 games this season.
Teddy Doherty, BC (HOPKINTON, MASS.) scored first collegiate goal in Saturday 's 5-2 home win over BU
Brendan Silk, BC (WAKEFIELD, MASS.) scored first collegiate goal in Saturday 's 5-2 home win over BU
Chris McCarthy, UVM (COLLEGEVILLE, PA.) Collected 50th career point on Friday aT MAINE
Yvan Pattyn , UVM (St. Anne, MAN.) Scored first career goal at Maine
Brett Pesce, UNH (Tarrytown , N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal on Saturday night at UMass Lowell.
Robert Polesello, UVM (Bolton , ONT.) Scored first career goal at Maine
Rasmus Tirronen, MC (Espoo, Finland) Has a 1.56 gAA and .942 save percentage in his last five starts , allow ING only six even strength goals in that span
UNH penalty kill has killed off 30 straight opponent power plays. Overall, they rank 2nd nationally with a 96% kill rate (48-50)
UVM Penalty Kill Killed off 45 of the last 51 power plays (88.2%)
Boston College: BC improved to 7-0-0 at Conte Forum with a 5-2 home win over Boston University on Saturday night. It also improved to 15-0-1 in 16 home games in the year 2012 …BC has recorded three sellouts (NU, Notre Dame and BU) in seven games to date and is averaging 6,672 fans per home game this season…With three assists in two games against Boston University, senior alternate captain Steven Whitney extended his point-scoring streak to five games and has tallied at least one point in 12 (of 13) games this season. The 5-foot-7, 167-pound senior now has 99 career points (36g,63a) in 135 career games. With one more point, Whitney will join captain Pat Mullane as Boston College's active 100-point scorers. Additionally, Whitney will join his older brother, Joe Whitney, who recorded 142 points in 160 games from 2007-11, in Boston College's 100-point scoring club and will also represent the second set of 100-point-scoring siblings to play under the direction of head coach Jerry York, joining Ben and Patrick Eaves. Also of note, in addition to the Eaves's, the Whitneys will also join another family, Doug Brown and assistant coach Greg Brown, in the 100-point-scoring sibling fraternity. Doug tallied 162 points from 1982-86 and Greg recorded 120 points in three seasons (1986-87; 1988-90) at The Heights…Saturday's victory over BU marked No. 924 for head coach Jerry York, who is tied with Ron Mason recorded as the winningest coaches in NCAA hockey.
Boston University: The Terriers have won five of their last eight games with the three losses coming against the teams currently ranked first and second in the country (BC and UNH)... Friday's victory snapped the Eagles' 10-game winning streak and marked the first time that BU earned a win over a No. 1-ranked team since a 4-3 triumph over BC at Conte Forum on Jan. 27, 2006...The Terriers snapped an 0-for-20 skid on their power play with a first-period tally in Saturday's game at BC...BU's last 17 goals have been scored by 14 different players... BU has given up just two shorthanded goals in its last 48 regular-season games...Senior Sean Escobedo (Bayside, N.Y.) and sophomore Alexx Privitera (Old Tappan, N.J.) continue to share the team lead in blocked shots with 38 each...Only four players on BU's roster have more than six career goals...BU visits UNH on Thursday and will attempt to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Wildcats, who have swept the Terriers just once (2007-08) since the formation of Hockey East.
Maine: Maine returned to action by hosting a weekend series with Vermont after having last weekend off…Joey Diamond had a goal in each of Maine's games against Vermont over the weekend. Diamond has notched a goal in six straight games against Vermont dating back to the 2010-2011 season…Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.) tallied an assist in each game on the weekend… The assist on Saturday night gave him 50 career points. He joins Diamond as the lone Black Bears with 50 or more career points…Junior goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) has started five straight games for the Black Bears, the longest streak of his career…Maine, which has struggled on the power play this season, has currently scored a power play goal in three straight games…Two of Maine's top three scorers are rookies in Devin Shore (Ajax, Ont.) with seven points and Ben Hutton with six points… Hutton is one of just three Black Bears, and the only one who has played in all 14 games, not to be whistled for a penalty this season.
Massachusetts: With six goals on Saturday, UMass had its highest scoring output of the season, which came on a season-high 46 shots, the most shots by the Minutemen since tallying 51 against New Hampshire on Feb. 24, 2012...Five players had multi-point games in UMass' 6-3 win over Northeastern, including a career-high three assists for junior Branden Gracel....UMass' six goals at Northeastern matched the most for a squad against a Hockey East opponent since the Minutemen won 6-0 at Vermont on Jan. 22, 2011.
UMass-Lowell: Six of UMass Lowell's seven losses this season have come against teams currently ranked among the top five teams in the country: Three against No. 2 New Hampshire (0-3, 2-5, 2-5), two to No. 1 Boston College (0-1, 3-6) and one at No. 5 Denver on Oct. 19…Sophomore Scott Wilson has 1-8-9 in his last four games…In his first action since Nov. 16, sophomore Stephen Buco scored both goals in Saturday's 2-5 loss to the No. 2 Wildcats…Sophomore Terrence Wallin has 1-2-3 in his last three games…Junior Joe Pendenza has 3-2-5 in his last four games…Three River Hawks – Scott Wilson, Terrence Wallin and Jake Suter – are expected to make their 50th appearances for UMass Lowell with Saturday's home game against Northeastern.
Merrimack: Concluding conference play until January, Merrimack split with Providence College with each team winning on the road…Defeating the Friars 2-1 Saturday, Josh Myers (Colorado Springs, Col.) netted his second game-winner of the year while Rasmus Tirronen had 33 saves in the win…Tirronen has a 1.56 GAA and a .942 save percentage in his last five starts and has only allowed six even strength goals in that span...In Friday's 3-2 overtime loss, it marked the first time Merrimack lost at home in overtime since October 31, 2008…Merrimack sits in a tie for fifth-place in Hockey East with Vermont and UMass but has played two fewer games. They will enter January with just nine league games played, which will be fewest in the league…Merrimack will look to snap a four-game home winless streak Friday against Harvard . It will mark the first time the Crimson have ever visited Lawler Arena.
New Hampshire: UNH continues its historically great start with a pair of wins over UMass Lowell this weekend to improve to 11-1-2 overall with an 8-1-1 mark in Hockey East…This Wildcat squad owns the nation's top winning percentage (.857) and have the fewest losses by any UNH team through 14 games. The .857 win percentage matching the best start by any UNH team as the 1968-69 team was 12-2-0 through 14 games and went on to a 14-2-0 start…The team's 8-1-1 mark is the best since the team opened 2006-07 13-1-1 in Hockey East play… New Hampshire is 7-0-1 in the last eight games with the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak behind only Niagara's 11-game mark…Casey DeSmith picked up a pair of wins in net for the Wildcats, improving to 10-1-2 overall. He is first in Hockey East in save percentage (.943), win percentage (.846) and second in GAA (1.72)…UNH has killed off 30-straight opponent power play opportunities with three shorthanded goals in that span. Overall, the 'Cats ranked second nationally with a 96% kill rate (48-50) with four shorthanded goals this season…The Wildcats rank third nationally in both offense and defense…Similarly, UNH is outscoring opponents 33-11 in Hockey East play this season.
Northeastern: On Friday, Nov. 30, Chris Rawlings, already Northeastern's career leader in shutouts, added another to his resume with a 1-0 victory at Massachusetts. Rawlings is now two clear of the former Huskies' leader, Brad Thiessen, with 11 total shutouts in 106 career games. Thiessen totaled nine shutouts in his tenure. Friday's victory marks his third-career shutout against UMass...Northeastern has not won at the Mullins Center since the Huskies defeated UMass, 5-3, on Jan. 7, 2011, in the 2010-11 season. The Huskies last road victory occurred at Vermont on Jan. 28, 2012, in a 4-2 final. The last time Northeastern scored a game-winning goal short handed was when Steve Quailer tallied an unassisted, empty-net goal against UMass Lowell on Dec. 10, 2011....On Saturday night in Northeastern's 6-3 loss to UMass, Kevin Roy turned in his second two-goal performance of the season and his first since netting a pair at Vermont on Nov. 18. Roy has five multi-point games in 14 outings and leads the team with 13 points (7-6-13).
Providence College: The Friars split a home-and-home series with Merrimack. Three of Providence's last five meetings with the Warriors have been decided by a goal, including two overtime wins in that span…Tim Schaller netted the overtime game winner on Friday night, marking his fifth career game-winning goal while becoming the seventh different Friar to score a game winner this season…The Friars' overtime win at Merrimack was their first road OT win since Jan. 13, 2006 when Providence won at UMass Lowell, 3-2, on Colin McDonald's game winner. It was also the first overtime game-winning goal scored by a Friar since Dec. 2, 2011, when Ross Mauermann's overtime tally helped Providence down then top-ranked Merrimack, 2-1. Coupled with their 7-0 win at Brown in the 27th annual Mayor's Cup on Nov. 24, the win at Merrimack gave PC two consecutive road wins for the first time since sweeping a series at Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 12-13, 2010…Providence is 6-0-1 on the year when scoring first.
Vermont: Vermont collected three points at Maine over the weekend with a 2-1 win and 2-2 tie…UVM is 8-6-2 all-time against Maine in Orono and 4-3-1 in its last eight trips to Alfond Arena. It snapped a four-game series losing streak on Friday...Three Catamounts netted their first goals of the season on the weekend to give Vermont 15 different goal scorers this season in 13 games...Brody Hoffman has made at least 30 saves in four consecutive games and stopped 67 of 70 shots over the weekend (.957 save percentage)...UVM finished the weekend 9- for-11 on the penalty kill.
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