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February 25, 2013
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WEEKLY RELEASE: PC GETS FOUR POINTS TO MOVE INTO 1ST PLACE TIE; UML SWEEPS BU
~ BC sinks Merrimack in OT on road; UNH gets three points at UVM ~
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Photo ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#14 JOSEPH PENDENZA, UMASS LOWELL
(Junior Forward; Wilmington, Mass.)
Scored four points (2g,2a) as UMass Lowell completed the sweep of Boston University, 3-0 and 3-1. Registered one goal and one assist in both games. Finished the weekend with nine shots on goal, including seven in Saturday's win at the Tsongas Center. Athletic Republic
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Photo PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
#32 JON GILLIES, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
(Freshman Goaltender; South Portland, Maine)
Gillies posted back-to-back wins over NU with 67 stops (.944 save%) on the weekend, making 35 saves on Friday night (W, 6-2) before turning in 32 saves in PC's narrow 3-2 win on Saturday night. Pro Ambitions
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Photo PRO AMBITIONS CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
#37 CONNOR HELLEBUYCK, UMASS LOWELL
(Freshman Goaltender; Commerce, Mich.)
Posted his eighth and ninth straight victories with 40 saves (.976%) in the weekend sweep of Boston University, 3-0 and 3-1. Stopped 25 shots in Friday's 3-0 shutout at Agannis Arena and followed with 15 saves in Saturday's 3-1 win at the Tsongas Center. Pro Ambitions
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Photo HEA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#35 PARKER MILNER, BOSTON COLLEGE
(Senior Goaltender; Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Recorded 43 saves (.977 save%) in leading BC to a 2-1 overtime win vs. Merrimack on Sunday afternoon at Lawler Arena. Hockey East
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Photo HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
UMASS LOWELL RIVER HAWKS
The River Hawks swept No. 13 ranked Boston University in a home-and-home series to remain two points out of first place in the league standings. UML went 7-for-7 on the penalty kill over the weekend vs. the Terriers.  
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Athletic Republic Player of the Week Joseph Pendenza of UMass Lowell
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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. Joseph Pendenza Jr. F UML
3. Casey DeSmith So. G UNH
4. Sam Marotta Jr. G MC
5. Joey Diamond Sr. F ME
  John Henrion Sr. F UNH
7. Johnny Gaudreau So. F BC
  Jon Gillies Fr. G PC
  Parker Milner Sr. G BC
  Kevin Roy Fr. F NU
Army ROTC


HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Shawn Bates, MC (Jr., F, Ft. Sasketechewan, Alta.) Scored the lone goal for Merrimack and had a game-high 11 shots vs. No. 4 BC.

Ryan Belonger, NU (Fr., F, Green Bay, Wis.) Had three points (1g,2a) in three games for the Huskies last week.

Austin Block, UNH (Sr., F, Thousand Oaks, Calif.) Scored a pair of goals in the win over the Catamounts on Friday. He had five shots on goal.

Patrick Brown, BC (Jr., F, Bloomfield, Hills, Mich.) Blocked a team-high 3 shots and tallied the primary assist on Quinn Smith's OT winner.

Brett Bruneteau, UVM (Sr., F, Omaha, Neb.) Posted an assist on Friday night vs. New Hampshire and won 21 of 24 faceoffs in Saturday's 1-1 tie.

Stefan Demopoulos, PC (So., F, La Mesa, Calif.) Led the Friars to a 6-2 win over NU on Friday night with a career-high five points.

Ben Hutton, Maine (Fr., D, Prescott, Ont.) Scored a goal and added two assists in Maine's weekend split at UMass.

Mark Jankowski, PC (Fr., F, Dundas, Ont.) Netted PC's game-winning goal on Friday night.

Josh Manson, NU (So., D, Prince Albert, Sask.) Scored his first three career goals this week, including the OT winner at UMass Tuesday.

Sam Marotta, MC (Jr., G, Bridgewater, Mass.) Stopped 26 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 4 Boston College Sunday.

Martin Ouellette, Maine (St.-Hippolyte, Que.) Went 1-1-0 on the weekend with a 2.02 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

Evan Rodrigues, BU (So., F, Etobicoke, Ont.) Scored the first shorthanded goal of his collegiate career on Saturday at UMass Lowell.

Chad Ruhwedel, UML (Jr., D, San Diego, Calif.) Registered one goal and one assist in a pair of victories vs. Boston University over the weekend.

Tim Schaller, PC (Sr., F, Merrimack, N.H.) Led the Friars to a weekend sweep of NU, including a career-best five (1g,4a) points vs. NU on Friday.

Steven Shamanski, PC (Jr., D, Carberry, Man.) Helped the Friars to a weekend sweep of NU with two goals, one goal in each victory.

Quinn Smith, BC (So., F, Fairfield, Conn.) Scored the overtime game-winner and took a team-high five shots in BC's 2-1 win at Merrimack.

Trevor van Riemsdyk, UNH (So., D, Middletown, N.J.) Recorded a goal and three assists helping the Wildcats to a three-point weekend at Vermont.

Scott Wilson, UML (So., F, Oakville, Ont.) Scored two goals, both to open the scoring, in the weekend's 3-0 and 3-1 wins over Boston University.


CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO's HOT

Derek Arnold, UML (Foxboro, Mass.) made his 100th appearance for UMass Lowell

Nick Bruneteau, UVM (Omaha, Neb.) Skate d in his 100th career game Satur day VS. UNH

Christian Folin, UML (Gothenburg, Sweden) has 3-11-14 in his last 14 games

Connor Hellebuyck, UML (Commerce, Mich.) HAS WON NINE STRAIGHT STARTS

Brody Hoffman, UVM (Wilkie, Sask.) Has allowed one goal or less in four of his last five starts

Josh Holmstrom, UML (Colorado Springs, Col.) made his 100th appearance for UMass Lowell

Merrimack's penalty kill Has not allowed a POWER PLAY goal at home in 2013, going 28-for-28

Parker Milner, BC (PITTSBURGH, PA.) recorded his 60th career victory in his 80th start . Milner is 60-16-4 (.775 win %)

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS are unbeaten in their last seven Hockey East games (3-0-4), their longest unbeaten Hockey East streak since the team went 6-0-2 from Feb. 1-28, 2003

Jake Rutt, MAINE (Scarborough, Maine) has 13 career points and seven of them have come in his last six games

Conor Sheary, UMASS (MELROSE, MASS.) played in his 100th career game Satur day VS. MAINE

Steven Whitney, BC (READING, MASS.) scored his 10th goal in the last 10 games and his 20th goal (in 29 games) this season. He second nationally in goals per game.

Scott Wilson, UML (Oakville, Ont.) has 12 points (5g,7a) in six career games vs. BU


TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Sophomore forward Quinn Smith, who scored twice in BC's win over Harvard (Feb. 4), has all six of his goals this season in the last nine games and has tallied nine points during this stretch. Smith's linemate Patrick Brown has also scored twice during this stretch, giving the Eagles third line eight goals in the last nine games…Senior forward Steven Whitney, the team's top goal scorer with 20 goals in 29 games, has 35 points and is four points from matching his career high of 39 points during his 44-game junior campaign…Senior goaltender Parker Milner's 43-save performance marked the ninth time this season he has registered 30 (or more) saves and the third time he has recorded 40 (or more) saves…With its win at Merrimack in the team's lone game of the week, BC improved to 4-1-1 after Feb. 1, 2013, and 49-5-3 after Feb. 1 in the last four seasons (88.6 win percentage)…BC improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight meetings against the Warriors. BC is 8-4-1 in the last four seasons against Merrimack...BC is 38-for-42 on the kill in the last nine games (91%).

Boston University: The Terriers have three contests at Agganis Arena this week and will be looking to end a five-game home winless streak (0-4-1), their longest since moving to campus in 1971...Evan Rodrigues has scored 21 (9g,12) of his 24 points this season in conference play...The Terriers went 172:18 without allowing a 5-on-5 goal before UMass Lowell scored two in the second period of Friday's game...BU hadn't been shutout at home since Oct. 20, 2009, until its 3-0 setback against UMass Lowell at Agganis on Friday...Eric Gryba (Ottawa Senators) became the 15th former Terrier and ninth from the 2009 NCAA title squad to play in the NHL this season.

Maine: Maine (9-17-6, 5-12-6 HEA) split a weekend series at UMass... Martin Ouellette had the best game of his Maine career on Friday night with a 2-0 win over the Minutemen. It was his second shutout of the season and third of his career. He made 30 saves, including several in spectacular fashion…It was Maine's first shutout on the road since defeating UMass Lowell 3-0 on Feb. 19, 2011…Four of Maine's top six scorers are freshmen, including leading scorer Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario). Shore has tallied points in eight of his last nine games… The lone game he did not tally at least one points was in Maine's 3-0 loss at Vermont…Senior Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) took over the team lead in games played this weekend…He has seen action in 131 career games…Maine has just six players who have seen action in all 32 games this season.

Massachusetts: Sixteen of the 18 Minutemen skaters who dressed for all three games last week tallied at least one point on the week … Eight players provided UMass' nine goals…Sophomore Zack LaRue scored his second career goal on Saturday vs. Maine, his second career game winner…Junior Branden Gracel reached the 30-point plateau for the first time in his career and now with 31 ranks tied for 30th nationally… Junior Michael Pereira posted his third game of the season with three points or more on Tuesday vs. Northeastern, including a pair of goals to move him into a tie for 12th all-time in UMass history in career goals…Sophomore Steve Mastalerz registered a career high 40 saves in the loss to Northeastern on Tuesday.

UMass-Lowell: UMass Lowell's 3-0 and 3-1 victories over Boston University marked its third and fourth straight wins. The sweep also signified the first time UMass Lowell won the season series two straight years. Friday's win also marked several firsts: It was the first time in the 98-game history that the River Hawks won three straight games at BU and the first time they shutout the Terriers and won…The last time UMass Lowell swept a season series against BU was during the 2000- 01 season…In his last 11 appearances, freshman Connor Hellebuyck is 10-0-0 with a .954 save rate and 1.16 goals against average…Since a 5-7-1 start, UMass Lowell has gone 13-2-1.

Merrimack: Merrimack slipped to fourth place in Hockey East and 24th in Pairwise after a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 4 Boston College at a sold out Lawler Arena Sunday…The Eagles picked up the season-series becoming just the second league team to win this year's series from Merrimack…Both games against BC at home were 2-1finals in overtime, with each team winning once...Merrimack leads Lowell by one point for third and trails UNH, PC, and BC by one point for first…Shawn Bates (Fort Saskatchewan, AB) had 11 shots in the loss and scored Merrimack's lone goal…Merrimack had a season-high 44 shots, including 20 in the first…The loss snapped Merrimack's five game winning streak at Lawler and was just the Warriors' second defeated in their last 11 games…Sam Marotta (Bridgewater, MA) remains first in Hockey East in goals-against and tied for first in save percentage…Merrimack is in the midst of playing four games in eight days and playing on four straight Sundays.

New Hampshire: UNH captured first place in the Hockey East standings with a win and a tie at Vermont over the weekend…The last time UNH was in first place in the Hockey East standings was Feb. 28, 2011…The Wildcats have punched their ticket to the Hockey East playoffs for a league-best 25 straight seasons…UNH can finish no worse than sixth place in the standings, their 2011-12 final placement…Trevor van Riemsdyk had the Wildcats lone goal on Saturday and setup three of UNH's four goals Friday night. He has four multi-assist efforts this season…UNH is 11-0-4 when van Riemsdyk has a point. The squad is 9-0-2 when the defenseman has an assist with a 5-0-2 mark when he lights the lamp. UNH scored four goals or more in back to back games… The team has four goals or more 15 times this season with a 13-1-1 mark in those games...After scoring just one goal in his first 38 games, Matt Willows has goals in back-to-back games.

Northeastern: On Tuesday, Feb. 19, sophomore Josh Manson made his first-career goal a big one, sinking Massachusetts in overtime to lift the Northeastern men's hockey team to a thrilling 5-4 victory at the Mullins Center on Tuesday night. The last time Northeastern came back from a second period deficit to win was Feb. 11, 2011, at UMass Lowell. Mike McLaughlin scored a short-handed goal at 2:44 of the third period before Jamie Oleksiak netted the game-winner at 4:46 of the overtime period. Northeastern's last OT win came against Boston University on March 3, 2012, as Vinny Saponary put home the game-winner at 2:35 of overtime. Along with Manson's heroics, senior assistant captain Robbie Vrolyk potted a pair of goals and added an assist for his first-ever three-point game in the 96 outings for Northeastern. All three of Vrolyk's two-goal performances have come against the Minutemen. He has posted eight goals in eight-career games against UMass. Goaltender Bryan Mountain picked up his first win of the season after staffing the pipes to start the third period.

Providence College: The Friars took the weekend series with NU (6-2 on Friday night and 3-2 on Saturday night) to sweep the regularseason series (3-0-0) against Northeastern for the first time since 2000- 01…It was also PC's first regular-season series win versus NU since 2007-08 (2-1-0)…The Friars are now unbeaten on seven consecutive Hockey East games (3-0-4) for the first time since going 6-0-2 on Feb. 1-28, 2003...Providence is now 10-0-2 when leading after two periods this season and 24-0-2 when leading after two periods under secondyear Head Coach Nate Leaman…PC is now 12-2-4 when scoring first this season...Steven Shamanski has two goals in the Friars' last two games (after not scoring in their first 28 games of the year)…In PC's 6-2 win on Friday night, sophomore Stefan Demopoulos tied a career high in goals (two) and set a career high in assists (three) and points (five) and Senior Tim Schaller set career high in assists (four) and points (five)…During PC's current seven-game unbeaten streak, freshman goaltender Jon Gillies has a 1.91 GAA and a .941 save percentage…The Friars won at Matthews Arena for the first time in over five years, dating back to a 5-1 victory on Jan. 25, 2008.

Vermont: Vermont fell 4-3 on Friday before earning a 1-1 tie against No. 5 New Hampshire this weekend in front of two sell out crowds at Gutterson Fieldhouse…It marked the 101st and 102nd all-time meetings between the schools…New Hampshire averages roughly 35 shots on goal per game, but Vermont held the Wildcats to 45 total shots in the two games …UNH had less than 10 shots in five of the six periods, including five or less shots in three of those frames…Nick Bruneteau skated in his 100th career game on Saturday night…His brother Brett Bruneteau won 21 faceoffs and lost just three that night for a percentage of 87.5…After scoring in the first period on Friday, five of H.T. Lenz's 13 career goals have come against New Hampshire…Jake Fallon tied the team-lead in goals with nine on the season with the lone UVM tally on Saturday…Brody Hoffman has allowed one goal or less in four of his last five starts…The Catamounts are seventh in the Hockey East standings entering the week, two points ahead of Massachusetts and three points ahead of Maine…UVM is five points behind Boston University for sixth and faces the Terriers in a two-game series this weekend at Agganis Arena.

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