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February 11, 2013
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WEEKLY RELEASE: MERRIMACK MOVES INTO TIE FOR SECOND; VERMONT SHUTS OUT MAINE
~ No. 4 BC, Northeastern victorious in Beanpot; No. 5 UNH, PC skate to tie ~
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Photo ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#15 KEVIN ROY, NORTHEASTERN
(Freshman Forward; Lac-Beauport, Que.)
Roy scored his first-career hat trick in the first round of the Beanpot, becoming the first freshman to score a hat trick in his first Beanpot game since BC's Krys Kolanos on Feb. 7, 2000. He finished the game with five shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus rating. Athletic Republic
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Photo PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
#18 NICK SARACINO, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
(Freshman Forward; St. Louis, Mo.)
Saracino had Providence's second and third goals in a 3-3 tie with No. 5 New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center on Sunday evening. He amassed five shots on goal against the Wildcats. Pro Ambitions
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Photo HEA CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#32 JON GILLIES, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
(Freshman Goaltender; South Portland, Maine)
Gillies made 41 saves (.932 save%), including 17 in the opening period and one in overtime, to help PC to a 3-3 tie at the Whittemore Center vs. No. 5 UNH. Hockey East
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Photo HEA CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#37 CHRIS RAWLINGS, NORTHEASTERN
(Senior Goaltender; North Delta, B.C.)
Rawlings stopped 32 shots (.941 save%) in his third career Beanpot victory against No. 11 Boston University on Monday night at the TD Garden. Hockey East
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Photo HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
NORTHEASTERN HUSKIES
The Huskies advanced to the Beanpot Championship Game with a 3-2 victory over No. 11 Boston University on Monday night at the TD Garden.  
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Athletic Republic Player of the Week Kevin Roy of Northeastern
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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 2012-13 season leaders to date:
Rk. Name Cl. Pos. School
1. Martin Ouellette Jr. G ME
2. Casey DeSmith So. G UNH
  John Henrion Sr. F UNH
4. Joey Diamond Sr. F ME
  Johnny Gaudreau So. F BC
  Sam Marotta Jr. G MC
  Kevin Roy Fr. F NU
8. Mike Collins Jr. F MC
  Joseph Pendenza Jr. F UML
Army ROTC


HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Shawn Bates, MC (Jr., F, Ft. Saskatchewan, Alta.) Notched a pair of assists, including setting up the game-winner as Merrimack downed UMass 4-2.

Dan Correale, UNH (Fr., F, Prince George, B.C.) Scored a power play goal to give the 'Cats a 2-1 lead in the third period.

Casey DeSmith, UNH (So., G, Rochester, N.H.) Stopped 39 shots, including 20 combined in the third period/overtime to preserve UNH's 3-3 tie vs. PC.

Grayson Downing, UNH (So., F, Abbottsford, B.C.) Notched a goal and an assist in UNH's 3-3 tie with Providence College.

Maxim Gaudreault, UNH (Fr., F, Annapolis, Md.) Had a pair of assists in UNH's 3-3 tie with PC. The freshmen had two shots and was a +2.

Sahir Gill, BU (Jr., F, Terrace, B.C.) Scored a late goal in BU's loss to Northeastern in the opening round of the Beanpot.

Brody Hoffman, UVM (Fr., G, Wilkie, Sask.) Made 19 saves to collect his second career shutout on Saturday vs. Maine.

Shane Luke, PC (So., F, Dauphin, Man.) Notched two assists in PC's 3-3 tie at UNH.

Sam Marotta, MC (Jr., G, Bridgewater, Mass.) Stopped 16 shots to earn his 10th win of the season on Sunday vs. UMass.

Michael Matheson, BC (Fr., D, Pointe-Claire, Que.) Recorded fifth goal and 15th point in team's 4-1 win over Harvard in the first round of the Beanpot.

Chris McCarthy, UVM (Jr., F, Collegeville, Pa.) Had a hand in all three Vermont tallies in a 3-0 win over Maine with a goal and two assists.

Josh Myers, MC (So., F, Colorado Springs, Col.) Netted the game-winner, his third game-winning tally of the season.

Danny O'Regan, BU (Fr., F, Needham, Mass.) Scored a goal in his Beanpot debut on Monday vs. Northeastern

Scott Pavelski, UNH (Sr., F, Plover, Wis.) Netted the game-tying goal with 3:26 left in regulation to force overtime and earn the point for the Wildcats.

Kyle Reynolds, UVM (So., F, Sylvan Lake, Alta.) Netted two goals in a 3-0 win over Maine on Saturday, including the game-winner.

Quinn Smith, BC (So., F, Fairfield, Conn.) Scored his first two-goal effort to lead BC to first-round Beanpot win over Harvard.

Garrett Vermeersch, NU (Sr., F, Macomb, Mich.) Registered a pair of assists in Northeastern's semi final victory over Boston University on Monday night.

Caylen Walls, UVM (Fr., D, Lyalta, Alta.) Had a pair of assists in a 3-0 win over Maine on Saturday for his first career multi-point game.

Steven Whitney, BC (Sr., F, Reading, Mass.) Scored team-leading 17th goal of the season with a game-high eight shots in Monday's win vs. Harvard.


CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO's HOT

Rhett Bly, MC (Regina, Sask.) played in his 100th career game Sunday VS. UMASS

MIKE COLLINS, MC (BOSTON, MASS.) will play in HIS 100th game FridaY

Brendan Ellis, MC (Kelowna, B.C.) will play in HIS 100th CAREER game FridaY

Branden Gracel, UMASS (CALGARY, ALTA.) Extended his scoring streak to three straight GAMES. has five points in LAST three CONTESTS

H.T. Lenz, UVM (Vienna, Va.) Skated in his 95th career game on Saturday

MERRIMACK'S LINE OF Clayton Jardine (LACOMBE, ALTA.), Shawn Bates (Fort Saskatchewan , ALTA.), Josh Myers (COLORADO SPRINGS, COL.) Combined for nine points in last two games

Merrimack College Has posted four straight wins at home

Merrimack's penalty kill Has not allowed a goal at home in 2013, going 24-for-24

Kyle Reynolds, UVM (Sylvan Lake, Alta.) Two multi-goal games in his last three contests and six tallies in last six games

Vermont Penalty Kill Killed off 14 straight PENALTIES and 21 of the last 23 overall (91.3%)

Caylen Walls, UVM (Lyalta, Alta.) Posted first career mult i-point game on Saturday

Head Coach Jerry York, BC was recognized for being inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame before last Monday's game against Harvard before the TD Garden crowd


TEAM NOTES

Boston College: BC's game scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8 against UMass-Lowell at Kelley Rink was postponed because of the snow storm until Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m...Additionally, Jerry York Night, consisting of events surrounding the Feb. 8 game to honor Boston College's head coach on his achievement of becoming college hockey's all-time wins leader, has been postponed until the start of the 2013-14 season...In its lone game of the week, the opening round of the 61st annual Beanpot tournament, BC defeated Harvard, 4-1, and improved to 26-13 against Harvard in the Beanpot play and 70-44-5 overall against the Crimson all-time…Sophomore forward Quinn Smith recorded the game-winning goal for the second consecutive game, senior Brooks Dyroff recorded his second assist in two games, the first time he has recorded an assist in consecutive games in his career…With one (third-period) goal against Harvard, senior Steven Whitney scored his fifth Beanpot goal and leads all active Eagles…Boston College's six seniors improve to 7-0 in the Beanpot with the victory…The Eagles' 46 shots on goal were there most this season…BC has scored 4 goals in 12 of its 16 wins this season.

Boston University: The Terriers are just 1-4-1 in their last six games, their worst stretch since going 1-4-2 during the middle of the 2010-11 season...BU will be looking to even its 3-4-0 non-conference record when it takes on Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game...BU's forward line of junior Matt Nieto (Long Beach, Calif.), freshman Danny O'Regan and sophomore Evan Rodrigues (Etobicoke, Ont.) has combined for 30 combined points (14g,16a) over the last month...O'Regan is tied with sophomore Cason Hohmann (Arlington, Texas) for team lead in points (23) and is looking to become the first freshman to lead BU in scoring since Tony Amonte in 1989-90...BU has yet to win a game this year when allowing three goals or more...In the Terriers' nine games since the turn of the new year, seven of them have been decided by a single goal or resulted in a tie...With the postponement of the Merrimack game due to the historic snow storm, four of BU's final five regular-season games will be played at Agganis Arena...Former Terrier Charlie Coyle made his NHL debut last week for the Minnesota Wild.

Maine: The Black Bears fell to Vermont 3-0 on Saturday night in Vermont…The game was one of the lone contests that was played as scheduled over the weekend due to the snowstorm…Maine left on Thursday evening to make it to Burlington before the snow…Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) saw his six-game goal scoring streak against Vermont stopped when he failed to score a goal on Saturday against the Catamounts…Maine returns home to host Boston University next weekend… Friday night's game will be televised on NBCSN, while Saturday's game will be broadcast on NESN.

Massachusetts: Junior Branden Gracel scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season at Merrimack on Sunday, his first career shorthanded goal and UMass' sixth of the season as a team…The Minutemen are now tied for third nationally with six short-handed goals and have scored the most by a UMass squad since the program had seven in 2003-04...UMass was a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill at Merrimack on Sunday and has allowed just one power-play goal over the past six games, holding its opponents to a 1-for-30 clip (3.3%) on the power play over that span. The Minutemen now have an active streak of 14 straight successful kills...Sophomore netminder Kevin Boyle made a season-high 37 saves in the loss to the Warriors, just the third time this season the Minutemen have been out-shot.

UMass-Lowell: UMass Lowell's clash at Boston College Friday night was postponed to Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 at the Conte Forum. With the postponement, UMass Lowell will play five games in eight days from Feb. 22-Mar. 2: A home-and-home with Boston University Feb. 22-23, at BC on Feb. 26, followed by a home-and-home against Merrimack Mar. 1-2…Last week's 4-3 overtime loss at Maine marked the third time in four games the River Hawks have skated to overtime. All three of the UMass Lowell-Maine games were decided by one goal this season: UMass Lowell prevailed 2-1 on Nov. 9 while Maine avenged the loss, 4-3, on Nov. 10…UMass Lowell's freshmen have accounted for 16 goals and 23 assists in the last 13 games.

Merrimack: Now 6-1-1 in the last eight games, Merrimack moved into a tie for second place with New Hampshire after its fourth-straight home victory, defeating UMass 4-2 Sunday afternoon. Merrimack owns the tiebreaker over the Wildcats…The win was Merrimack's seventh straight at Lawler against the Minutemen…Josh Myers (Colorado Springs, Col.) notched the game-winner, his third game-winner of the season in just five goals, and his first goal since December 1…Shawn Bates added a pair of assists and has four in the last two games…Sam Marotta, who made his eighth straight start, remains first in Hockey East in goals-against and save percentage…Following two points in the win, Mike Collins (Boston, Mass.) leads all of Hockey East in scoring with 34 points and is tops in league scoring with 29 points. Collins picked up his 50th career assist in Sunday's win…Merrimack used the same lineup for the third straight game for the first time all season…Last Monday, Merrimack moved into the national rankings for the first time since October 8.

New Hampshire: UNH improved to 2-1-1 in the last four games with a come-from-behind 3-3 tie against Providence College on Sunday afternoon… Scott Pavelski found the game of the net with just 3:26 left in regulation to lift the 'Cats to the draw. Pavelski had a career-high six shots on goal and has points in back-to-back games for just the second time all season… Grayson Downing notched a goal and an assist Sunday and has six points in the last four games for New Hampshire…UNH has scored four power play goals in the last four game (4-10; 40%) and have lit the lamp in the man-advantage in five of the last seven games…Maxim Gaudreault had a career-high two points and two assists on Sunday afternoon against Providence College…Casey DeSmith came up big with 39 saves including 20 over the final period and overtime…The Wildcats fired 96 shots on net over the past two games.

Northeastern: Northeastern advanced to the Beanpot championship game for the third time in five years, the most since making three of seven title games from 1999 to 2005. The Huskies best all-time stretch game when they made six of nine title games from 1980 to 1988, winning each of their four Beanpots within that span. Northeastern is 4-10 all-time in Beanpot championship games...No current Husky was alive the last time NU raised its most recent Beanpot trophy. With the cancellation of Northeastern's game at UMass on Friday, Feb. 8, the 61st Beanpot Tournament marks the first time the Huskies have skated in consecutive Beanpot contests since the 1990 tournament. Northeastern did not have a game in between the 1988 Beanpot Tournament, either...NU's rookie sensation Kevin Roy became the first rookie skater to net a hat trick in his first Beanpot appearance since Boston College's Krys Kolanos on Feb. 7, 2000, in a 6-1 win over NU. He became the first Husky to score a hat trick in the Beanpot since Mike Ryan netted three against Harvard on Feb. 8, 2002.

Providence College: With a win and a tie so far this season versus the Wildcats, the Friars have clinched at least a regular season series tie with UNH for the first time since the 2005-06 season when PC went 1-1-1 vs. UNH (Providence last won the season series versus UNH in 1995-96 when they went 2-1-0)…Since the Whittemore Center opened for the 1995-96 season, the Friars had never posted a two-game unbeaten streak at that building until this season's win (6-5 on Jan. 19) and tie (3-3 on Feb. 10)…With two goals and an assist, Nick Saracino notched the first three-point and two-goal game of his Friar career on Sunday … Five (3g,2a) of Saracino's 10 points (5g,5a) this season have come against New Hampshire…Junior defenseman Kevin Hart made his return to the Friar lineup after missing the last five games due to injury…John Gilmour's power-play goal that gave the Friars a 1-0 lead was his first goal since Oct. 26 vs. Maine – which was also a power-play goal…Gillies finished with 41 saves, marking his third game with over 40 saves this season (also made 44 in a 2-0 win vs. UMass on Jan. 12 and a career-high 48 in a 2-1 loss at UMass Lowell on Jan. 17).

Vermont: Saturday marked the 40th all-time meeting between Vermont and Maine in a series that dates back to 1979…Vermont snapped Maine's four-game unbeaten streak with a 3-0 shutout and clinched the regular season series with the Black Bears for the first time since 2009, taking five of a possible six points…With eight games remaining, the Catamounts take over the league's eighth and final playoff spot by one point over Maine and earn the tiebreaker by winning the series…UVM's penalty kill was 4-4 on Saturday and has been successful on 21 of the last 23 power plays it has faced, killing off 14 straight…Kyle Reynolds has six goals in his last six games, including two multi-goal games in his last two home outings…Chris McCarthy posted a three-point night with a goal and two assists…Caylen Walls collected the first multi-point game of his career with a pair of assists…Brody Hoffman posted his second career shutout, with the other on Nov. 3 against Providence at home... From the midway point of the first period to the end of the second, UVM out-shot Maine 21-1, including a 14-1 edge in the middle frame.

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