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March 25, 2013
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WEEKLY RELEASE: UMASS-LOWELL WINS TOURNAMENT TITLE FOR FIRST TIME
~ River Hawks, Boston College and UNH move on to NCAA Tournament play ~
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Photo ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#37 CONNOR HELLEBUYCK, UMASS LOWELL
(Freshman Goaltender; Commerce, Mich.)
Hellebuyck was Named the Most Valuable Player after leading UMass Lowell to its first-ever Hockey East Tournament championship with a 1-0 victory over Boston University. He stopped 70 of 71 shots (.986 save%) on the weekend, including 36 saves in his fifth shutout of the season on Saturday night. Hellebuyck added 34 saves in Friday's semifinal win (2-1) over Providence. Athletic Republic
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Photo PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
#31 SEAN MAGUIRE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
(Freshman Goaltender; Powell River, B.C.)
Maguire posted a 2.04 GAA and a .947 save percentage (72 saves) over the weekend in two games, helping BU reach the league title game for the first time since 2009. Pro Ambitions
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Photo HEA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#3 CHAD RUHWEDEL, UMASS LOWELL
(Junior Defenseman; San Diego, Calif.)
Helped lead UMass Lowell to victories over Providence College (2-1) and Boston University (1-0) in the semifinal and championship of the Hockey East Tournament. Named to the All- Tournament Team in assisting on the lone goal in the 1-0 victory over the Terriers, the River Hawks fifth shutout of the season. Hockey East
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Photo HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
UMASS LOWELL RIVER HAWKS
The River Hawks shutout Boston University, 1-0, on Saturday night for their first Hockey East tournament title in school history. UMass-Lowell will be a No. 1 seed headed into this weekend's NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. The River Hawks face WCHA champion Wisconsin on Friday at 4:30pm at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  
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Athletic Republic Player of the Week Connor Hellebuyck of UMass Lowell
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ARMY ROTC THREE STARS AWARD
At the conclusion of every Hockey East game, the " Army ROTC Three Stars of The Game" are selected by the members of the media. Congratulations to UNH's John Henrion and Martin Ouellete for sharing this season's Three Stars Award. Here are the final 2012-2013 season leaders.
Rk. Name Cl. School Pts.
1. John Henrion Sr. UNH 20
  Martin Ouellette Jr. ME 20
3. Casey DeSmith So. UNH 19
  Jon Gillies Fr. PC 19
  Joseph Pendenza Jr. UML 19
6. Bill Arnold Jr. BC 17
  Johnny Gaudreau So. BC 17
8 Steven Whitney Sr. BC 16
Army ROTC


HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Derek Arnold, UML (Jr., F, Foxboro, Mass.) Scored the game-winning goal in UMass Lowell's 1-0 victory in the Hockey East Tournament Championship.

Sean Escobedo, BU Sr., D, Bayside, N.Y.) Blocked 10 shots over the weekend to help the Terriers come up just one goal short of a league title.

Pat Mullane, BC (Sr., Wallingford, Conn.) Tallied two assists in BC's lone game of the week.

Matt Nieto, BU (Jr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) Recorded two assists and plus-1 rating in the Terriers' 6-3 triumph against Boston College on Friday.

Danny O'Regan, BU (Fr., F, Needham, Mass.) Scored two power-play goals in the third period to lift the Terriers to a 6-3 win vs. Boston College Friday.

Evan Rodrigues, BU (Sr., F, Etobicoke, Ont.) Scored two goals and was a +2 in BU's 6-3 victory over Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals.

A.J. White, UML (Fr., F Dearborn, Mich.) Scored the tying goal in UMass Lowell's 2-1 victory over Providence in the semifinals on Friday night.

Steven Whitney, BC (Sr., F, Reading, Mass.) Scored one goal and one assist and registered a game-high nine shots in lone game of the week.

Scott Wilson, UML (Jr., F, Oakville, Ont.) Scored the game-winner in the 2-1 semifinal victory over Providence and assisted on the winner Saturday.


CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO's HOT

Derek Arnold, UML (Foxboro, Mass.) HAS 2-3-5 in his last five games

Connor Hellebuyck, UML (Commerce, Mich.) stopped 70 of 71 shots (.986 SAVE%) in the wins over Providence (2-1) and Boston University (1-0) for the Hockey East Championship.

Wade Megan, BU (Canton, N.Y.) Played in his 150th career game on Friday against Boston College

Scott Wilson, UML (Oakville, Ont.) has 4-4-8 in his last seven games


TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Boston College awaits selection of the NCAA Tournament field as an at-large selection following a loss in the Hockey East Tournament's semifinal round … the 2013 NCAA tournament marks the 32nd time the Eagles have earned an NCAA berth. It is the team's 14th berth in the last 16 years … head coaches Snooks Kelley and Len Ceglarski both led BC to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, while Jerry York has led BC to 14 NCAA Tournaments in the last 16 years … Boston College is 45-38 in the national tournament, including a 32-9 mark under the direction of Jerry York. York, who has led his teams to 20 NCAA Tournament berths – six at Bowling Green and 14 at Boston College, is 37-19-1 all-time in the tournament. His 37 wins are the highest total in NCAA Division 1 history … BC's Hockey East Tournament loss snapped a string of 14 straight league tournament victories and marked the first BC loss in TD Garden for the team's senior class who concluded their careers with a record of 14-1 in the facility.

Boston University: Boston University posted the most wins (21) of all the teams that did not qualify for the NCAA tournament… BU had six wins in March after combining for just five victories in January and February... Saturday's loss in the title game snapped the Terriers' five-game win streak, their longest in over 15 months…Head coach Jack Parker ends his storied 40-year coaching career at BU with 897 victories, the third-most in NCAA hockey history…Parker accumulated 31 tournament titles on Causeway Street between Boston Garden and TD Garden with six Hockey East titles (1986 tournament was in Providence), four ECAC crowns and a record 21 Beanpots…Junior Matt Nieto now has 12 points (7g, 5a) in 11 career Hockey East tournament games…Nieto and freshman Danny O'Regan each had eight-game points streaks come to an in Saturday's title game…O'Regan tallied a team-best 38 points (16g, 22a) this season, becoming the first freshman since Tony Amonte in 1989-90 to lead the Terriers in scoring…BU's freshman class accounted for a team-best 96 points (33g, 63a) with the juniors coming in second with 84 (36g, 48a)…UMass Lowell was the only Hockey East school that BU went winless against this season.

UMass-Lowell: In its third appearance in the Hockey East Tournament Championship game since 1994, UMass Lowell defeated Boston University, 1-0, to claim its first Tournament title. The River Hawks suffered a 3-2 loss to BU in 1994 – head coach Norm Bazin's senior year – and lost 1-0 to the Terriers in 2009…Freshman Connor Hellebuyck was named the Tournament MVP while junior Chad Ruhwedel and sophomore Scott Wilson joined him on the All- Tournament Team…The win was UMass Lowell's fifth straight and 11th in its last 12 games…UMass Lowell received the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament East Region and will meet No. 4 Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Northeast Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H…Wisconsin owns a 7-1-1 record all-time against UMass Lowell, all of which played between 1984-88…The River Hawks have advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round in its last three appearances in 1994, 1996 and 2012.

New Hampshire: The 10th-ranked UNH men's ice hockey team received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship and will face off against 12th-ranked University of Denver in Northeast Regional first round game March 29 (8 p.m.) at Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.)…The opening first round game between UMass-Lowell and Wisconsin begins at 4:30 p.m. The winners of the first round face off March 30 at 6:30 p.m… UNH, which returns to the NCAA's after a one-year hiatus, has been to the tournament in 11 of the last 12 years. The Wildcats are the second seed in this year's Northeast Regional…New Hampshire has a 14-24 record in 21 previous NCAA appearances with seven Frozen Four appearances. This is the team's 22nd appearance under the guidance of head coach Dick Umile. UNH advanced to the regional final in 2009 (third seed) and 2011 (fourth seed)... UNH won this year's meeting against Denver a dramatic 6-4 comefrom- behind victory on Nov. 24 at Magness Arena. The Pioneers led 3-0 at the end of the first period, the Wildcats closed within 3-2 in the middle stanza and entered the third period trailing 4-2 before scoring four goals in the final frame. Both Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) recorded a hat trick and Goumas also tallied a pair of assists for a career-high five points…At the Hockey East annual banquet, sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star. Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) and junior forward Kevin Goumas (Long Beach, N.Y.) were Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Stars…Senior forward John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) earned the Army ROTC Three Stars Award and UNH was honored with the Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award for the fourth consecutive year and eighth time overall.

Providence College: The Friars and River Hawks met for the 10th time in the last two seasons, including their fourth Hockey East playoff game ... With the exception of a consolation final game in 1986, it was the latest the two teams have met in the Hockey East Championship ... It was Providence's second consecutive and 12th overall appearance in the Hockey East Championship Semifinals ... Kevin Rooney scored his first career goal and became the 20th Providence player to net a goal this season ... The Friars finished the season with eight consecutive games against opponents ranked in the top-seven in the country, posting a 4-4-0 record ...The Friars made a second consecutive appearance in the Hockey East Semifinals for the first time since 1994-95 and 1995-96 ... The Friars posted 17 wins this season, their highest win total since finishing 17-16-3 in 2005-06 ... Nick Saracino finished the year with 11 goals, the most by a Friar freshman since Jon DiSalvatore netted 15 in his freshman year (1999-2000).

HOCKEY EAST IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: UMass-Lowell becomes the 15th team to win both the regular-season and league tournament championship and of those teams, 10 have made the Frozen Four with eight advancing to the title game and five having won the NCAA Championship. Boston College also accomplished this feat last season. League teams own an impressive 118-97-1 record in the NCAA's all-time. Over the last 15 seasons, Hockey East has boasted 22 of the 56 Frozen Four qualifiers, the most of any conference. Hockey East has had a team in the NCAA Championship Game in six of the last eight years. With the three entries into the tournament, Hockey East has now placed 91 teams into the NCAA Tournament in the 29-year history of the league. The men's league has won eight NCAA championships in the past 20 years. Since 1999, Hockey East has won six NCAA Championships and have placed 20 teams in the Frozen Four, along with 56 teams in the NCAA Tournament.

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