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October 28, 2013
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WEEKLY RELEASE: LEAGUE WINS BIG TEN/HOCKEY EAST CHALLENGE WITH 7-4-2 RECORD
- UMASS LOWELL SWEEPS BIG TEN OPPONENTS; PROVIDENCE GETS WIN AND TIE VS. MIAMI -
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Photo WARRIOR HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#24 MARK ANTHOINE, MAINE
(Senior Forward; Lewiston, Maine)
Anthoine scored five points (3g,2a) to lead Maine to a non-league weekend sweep of Massachusetts. He scored Maine's first goal in a 3-2 overtime win on Friday at Alfond Arena and followed that up with four points (2g,2a), including the game-winner on Saturday against the Minutemen. He finished the weekend a with nine shots and +6 plus/minus rating. Warrior
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Photo PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
#11 NIKO RUFO, PROVIDENCE
(Freshman Forward; Stoneham, Mass.)
Rufo scored the overtime game-winning goal in Providence's 3-2 win over No. 3 Miami on Friday night at Schneider Arena. He registered two shots on goal in the series opener vs. the Red Hawks. Pro Ambitions
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Photo HEA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#37 CONNOR HELLEBUYCK, UMASS LOWELL
(Sophomore Goaltender; Commerce, Mich.)
Hellebuyck stopped 62 of 64 shots (.969 save%) on the weekend in leading the River Hawks to a pair of road wins over Big Ten opponents; including Michigan State (4-1) on Friday and No. 4 ranked Michigan (2-1) on Saturday. Hockey East
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Photo HOCKEY EAST TEAM OF THE WEEK
UMASS LOWELL RIVER HAWKS
The River Hawks earned a 4-1 victory at Michigan State on Friday and followed that up with a 2-1 win at No. 4 Michigan on Saturday. UMass went 3-for-8 on power play and a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill in the two games vs. Big Ten opponents.  
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Warrior Hockey East Player of the Week Mark Anthoine of Maine
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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 2013-14 season leaders to date:
Rk. Name Cl. Pos. School
1. Sean Maguire So. G BU
2. Garrett Noonan Sr. D BU
3. Ahti Oksanen So. D BU
Army ROTC


HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Zach Aston-Reese, NU (Fr., F, Staten Island, N.Y.) Had a goal in each game vs. St. Lawrence, including the eventual game-winner on Friday.

Robbie Baillargeon, BU (Fr., F, Enfield, Conn.) Scored the Terriers' lone goal at No. 4 Michigan on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena.

Cam Brown, Maine (Fr., F, Natick, Mass.) Had four points (1g,3a) in Maine's 8-4 win on Saturday.

Blaine Byron, Maine (Fr., F, Manotick, Ont.) Recorded four points (1g,3a) in Maine's 8-4 win over UMass on Saturday night.

Mike Collins, MC (Sr., F, Boston, Mass.) Notched three points in Saturday night's 4-2 victory over Army .

Jon Gillies, PC (So., G, South Portland, Maine) Went 1-0-1 against No. 3 Miami, stopping 70 of the 76 shots (.921 save%) he faced in the two-game set.

Kevin Hart, PC (Sr., D, Cumberland, Maine) Led the Friars to a 1-0-1 weekend against No. 3 Miami with a power-play goal and two assists.

Dalen Hedges, NU (Fr., F, Ottawa, Ont.) Logged four assists in two games at St. Lawrence, including a career-high three helpers on Friday.

Josh Henke, Maine (Fr., F, Trenton, Mich.) Scored a goal and added three assists in Maine's 2-0 weekend vs. Massachusetts.

Jordan Heywood, MC (Sr., D, Regina, Sask.) Registered his first two assists of the season in Merrimack's 4-2 win at Army.

Vince Hinostroza, ND (Fr., F, Bartlett, Ill.) Had three assists in Notre Dame's split with Minnesota Duluth.

Nick Luukko (Jr., D, West Chester, Pa.) Scored first goal of the season at the Wells Fargo Center in the Catamounts 5-2 victory on Saturday vs. Penn State.

Ross Mauermann, PC (Jr., F, Janesville, Wis.) Had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-4 tie with No. 3 Miami.

Matt O'Connor, BU (So., F, Toronto, Ont.) Made 42 saves in BU's 2-1 loss to No. 4 Michigan on Friday

Braden Pimm, NU (Sr., F, Fort St. John, B.C.) Registered four points (2g,2a) in the split against SLU with a goal and an assist in each night.

Kevin Roy, NU (So, F. Lac-Beauport, Que.) Had two goals at St. Lawrence on Friday night.

Mike Santaguida (Fr., G, Mississauga, Ontario) Made 31 saves in his first collegiate victory over Penn State on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Scott Savage, BC (Fr., D, San Clemente, Calif.) Posted his second two assist game, marking his third point (1-2-3) in two outings.

Michael Sit, BC (Jr., F, Edina, Minn.) Scored a pair of goals, 11 seconds apart, for his first-career two-goal game.

Steven Summerhays, ND (Sr., G, Anchorage, Alaska) Played 85:24 in the two games against Minnesota Duluth and stopped 29 of 31 shots (.935 save%).

T.J. Tynan, ND (Sr., F, Orland Park, Ill.) Had three assists in the weekend split with Minnesota Duluth.

Matt White, UVM (Sr., F, McMurray, Pa.) Posted a goal and an assist with five shots on goal and a +2 rating in a 5-2 win against Penn State on Saturday.

Matt Willows, UNH (Jr., F, Congers, N.Y.) Had a goal and a game-high six shots on net in UNH's 4-2 loss at RPI.

Clay Witt, NU (Jr., G, Brandon, Fla.) Made 39 saves, two shy of a career-high, to backstop NU to a 6-3 win at St. Lawrence.


CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT

Zach Aston-Reese, NU (STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.) has SIX POINTS (2G,4a) in his last four games

Brendan Bradley, VERMONT (RICHBORO, PA.) Scored first career goal (SHG) on Saturday

Cam Brown, MAINE (Natick , Mass.) scored HIS first career goal on Saturday VS. UMass

Doug Carr, UML (Hanover, Mass.) is 5 saves shy of the 2,000 career mark

Mike Collins, MC (BOSTON, MASS.) tallied his 100th career point (43g,57a) Saturday VS. ARMY

Matt Cronin, MC (LANGLEY, B.C.) tallied HIS first collegiate ASSIST Saturday VS. ARMY

Joe Gambardella, UML (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored first collegiate goal Friday at Michigan State

Hampus Gustafsson , MC (Ljungy , Sweden ) registered his first collegiate goal SATURDAY VS. ARMY

Joel Hanley, UMASS (KESWICK, ONT.) HAS A FIVE-GAME point scoring streak (1g,6a)

Josh Henke, MAINE (Trenton, Mich.) NOTCHED HIS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL VS. UMASS ON SATURDAY

Chris LeBlanc, MC (Winthrop, Mass.) tallied their first collegiate points Saturday

Brian Morgan, MAINE (Windham, N.H.) REGISTERED HIS FIRST CAREER GOAL VS. THE MINUTEMEN SATURDAY

Braden Pimm, NU (FORT St. JOHN, B.C.) has a goal in ALL SIX gameS this season AND has already matched his goal total from last season

Mario Puskarich, VERMONT (FORT WALTON BEACH, FLA.) Recorded first ASSIST on Saturday

Mike Santaguida , VERMONT (MISSISSAUGA, ONT.) Has made 31 saves in each of first three collegiate starts . PICKED UP HIS FIRST CAREER VICTORY ON SATURDAY VS. PENN STATE

T.J. Tynan, NOTRE DAME (ORLAND PARK, ILL.) has a five-game point streak (1g,6A)


TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Boston College went out to No. 1 Minnesota this weekend for the first series at Mariucci Arena since 1999. The Golden Gophers got the better of the Eagles, taking three out of four points on the weekend. Friday night resulted in a 3-3 draw, but was highlighted by a special play in the waning moments of overtime. First-year defenseman Ian McCoshen crafted one of the top plays of the season, catching a Taylor Cammarata attempt out of mid-air just inches from the goal line with 1:20 remaining in the extra frame to help BC maintain the stalemate. The Faribault, Minn., native's game-saving play in overtime was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter's Top 10 on Friday, Oct. 25. Following his first career goal against Wisconsin on Oct. 18, Michael Sit had himself a nice homecoming. The Edina, Minn., native scored a pair of goals, 11 seconds apart, for his first-career two-goal game. Sit, who scored his first goal in his 80th-career game on Oct. 18, now has three goals in his last two outings. Johnny Gaudreau has scored a point in four out of five Boston College outings. The Carneys Point, N.J., netted his second power play strike of the season and 13th of his career. Gaudreau has scored three goals and five assists in 2013-14 and rests at 45-58-103 in 84 career games.

Boston University: BU had been undefeated in 44 straight contests (39-0-5) in which it allowed exactly two goals until its 2-1 setback at Michigan on Friday... Saturday's game at Michigan State was the Terriers' first visit to Munn Ice Arena since winning a thrilling best-of-three NCAA quarterfinal series there in 1990… BU lost both games this past weekend despite holding a lead entering the third period. In each of the previous four seasons, BU lost just one game after holding a lead through two periods… BU is tied with Minnesota for first in the nation in points from defensemen with 18…The Terriers have a nation-best 111 blocked shots this season, thanks in large part to senior Garrett Noonan (Norfolk, Mass.), whose 19 blocked shots ranks first in Hockey East and third in the nation…BU has dressed eight freshmen in each of its past four contests…Sophomore Danny O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) is averaging 14.5 faceoff wins per game…Head coach David Quinn head to his native Rhode Island for the first time as an NCAA head coach this Saturday when BU completes a home-and-home weekend with Providence.

Maine: Maine swept a weekend series with UMass…The Black Bears scored eight goals on Saturday night, the most since scoring eight in an 8-2 win over UMass Lowell on Oct. 8, 2010…Maine scored six goals in the second period alone…It is the first time that the Black Bears have score six goals in a period since Nov. 15, 2002 in an 8-2 win over Northeastern…Maine had two shorthanded goals on Saturday against UMass. It was the first time that the Black Bears have scored two shorthanded goals in a game since scoring two in a 3-3 tie with UConn on Oct. 9, 2010…Maine tallied a pair of power play goals in each game over the weekend…Twelve of Maine's 18 skaters on the weekend were either freshmen or sophomores…Maine heads to UMass this weekend for a two-game Hockey East series with the Minutemen.

Massachusetts: UMass went 4-for-12 (33.3%) with the man advantage last weekend at Maine and now leads the nation with 12 power-play goals in six games…The Minutemen rank third nationally in power play percentage at 32.4% (12-for-37)…The Ray Pigozzi (1g,3a), Steven Iacobellis (2g,1a), Troy Power (1g,3a) line has accounted for 15 of UMass' last 31 points…All three had at least one point over the weekend vs. the Black Bears. Power, with a shorthanded goal and a power-play tally, registered his first career multi-goal game on Saturday at Maine and has eclipsed his previous career high in goal scoring with his third and fourth of the season in the contest. He is now just two points shy of his previous season best (nine in 31 games in 2011-12)…Iacobellis registered his second career multi-point game on Saturday at Maine with two assists…With two goals on Saturday at Maine, senior Michael Pereira broke into UMass' top-10 for career goals with his 43rd and 44th (tied for 10th) and entered the top-20 in career points (19th with 89)…Senior Joel Hanley is tied for the team lead in scoring for the season with Power at seven points apiece...Twelve Minutemen have at least one power-play point on the season.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks dropped the Michigan State Spartans with a 4-1 win on Friday as the team's special teams finally began to click after a slow start…Connor Hellebuyck appeared in back-to-back games for the first time this season, picking up a pair of wins with a 1.00 GAA and .969 save%...Captain Josh Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, Col.) had three points on the weekend, with a goal and an assist against MSU and an assist at Michigan…Senior Joe Pendenza (Wilmington, Mass.) picked up points in both games with a goal at MSU and an assist at Michigan; the team's leading scorer, Pendenza has registered points in four of the team's six games…Michael Kapla (Eau Claire, Wisc.) had an assist in each game; the freshman has registered points in four of the team's six games, all assists.

Merrimack: Senior forward Mike Collins registered his 100th career point in Merrimack's 4-2 victory over Army. The Boston native scored his first of the season early in the third period after assisting on the first marker of the game for the Warriors. He recorded his 100th point on an empty-net goal with 1:16 to go in the contest, becoming the first Warrior since Chris Barton ('10-11) to eclipse the 100-point plateau...Merrimack is 15-3-2 in its last 20 non-conference home games...The Warriors picked up their 23rd victory over Army in the all-time series, improving to 23-15-1 and even more impressively, 13-0-0 at home. Merrimack has now won 15 straight against Army.

New Hampshire: UNH dropped its lone game of the week 4-2 at non-conference foe Rensselaer…The Wildcats three losses have come to teams that are a combined 12-2-2-on the season, with top-ranked Minnesota, third-ranked Michigan and now 12th-ranked RPI…New Hampshire trailed 4-0 early in the second period, but had the better of play the final 45 minutes…The Wildcats would score two unanswered goals in the second, but could not capitalize on an 11-1 shot advantage in the third period…Casey DeSmith did a nice job in relief stopping all nine shots he faced in 34:34 of play between the pipes…Matt Willows stood out for the Wildcats in his return to the Empire State. He registered a game high six shots on net and scored one of the team's two goals…Jeff Silengo netted the first goal for New Hampshire on a redirect from the left slot.

Northeastern: Northeastern moved to 5-0-0 for the fourth time in program history, and first time since 1988-89…Friday's win marked the first time since Jan. 7, 2011 against Massachusetts that the Huskies erased a 2-0 deficit to come back and win the game … St. Lawrence's first period goal on Friday was the first time that the Huskies had trailed all season, a span of 133:55…Northeastern is averaging 5.00 goals per game, which is tied for first in the conference; the Huskies 26 goals in the first five games was the most for NU in that span since the 1994-95 season…Northeastern cracked the top 20 in the USCHO.com poll this week for the first time since Oct. 29, 2012.

NOTRE DAME: Notre Dame finally begins Hockey East play this coming weekend, Nov. 1-2 when the Irish travel to Vermont for a pair of games against the Catamounts…They are 1-0-1 all-time against Vermont with the last meeting coming on Dec. 29, 2002, a 3-3 tie, in the Ledyard National Bank Tournament in the third-place game…Notre Dame saw its perfect 5-0-0 start snapped in a 4-1 loss at Minnesota Duluth on Saturday. The start was the best for the Irish under Jeff Jackson and the best since a 6-0-0 start in 1998-99...When UMD scored at 14:24 of the first period on Saturday, it marked the first time in six games that Notre Dame trailed in a game this season…Notre Dame leads the nation in power play opportunities this season with 53...The Irish have scored at least one power-play goal in all six games and are tied for second in the country with 10…Freshman goaltender Chad Katunar made his first career appearance in the 3-2 win over UMD, he came on in relief of starter Steven Summerhays with 14:30 left in the game and the Bulldogs on a 5-on-3 power play. Katunar stopped five of six shots the rest of the way to hold on for the win. He then made his first career start the following night and picked up the loss.

Providence College: With a win and a tie at home over the weekend, the all-time series between Providence and Miami is now tied at 4-4-2 ...Steven Shamanski and Noel Acciari each scored their first goals of the season on Saturday night…Seven players combined for PC's seven goals over the weekend against Miami and 14 Friars have at least one goal this season...The Friars are on a fivegame unbeaten streak for the first time since Jan. 26-Feb.23, 2013 when they went seven games without a loss...On Saturday night, sophomore forward Nick Saracino had his first multi-point game of the season and the fourth of his career with a career-high two assists...The Friars have scored at least one power play goal in each game this season...The Friars won four consecutive games to start a season for the first time since 2003-04...Friday night's win marked the first time that the Friars defeated a Top-10 team while also ranked in the top-10 since a 5-3 win over Boston College on Feb. 9, 2001...The Friars started the season 23-for-23 on the penalty kill before Miami snapped that streak on Friday night.

Vermont: Vermont scored five unanswered goals and came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Penn State 5-2 on Saturday at the second annual Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff at the Wells Fargo Center…13 different players registered a point and at least one member of all four forward lines had a point…The Catamounts went 5-5 on the penalty kill and out-shot the Nittany Lions 12-1 in the second period…Rookie goaltender Mike Santaguida made 31 saves for the third consecutive game and allowed just two goals as he picked up his first collegiate victory…Philadelphia area natives Nick Luukko (West Chester, Pa.) and Brendan Bradley (Richboro, Pa.) each scored in the win…Bradley's goal was shorthanded for his first career tally, while Mario Puskarich collected his first career point with an assist…Rob Hamilton added an assist and now has a point in each of his first three collegiate games…Luukko was a sixth round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Draft and skated at the Wells Fargo Center for the second straight year…Head coach Kevin Sneddon is just two wins shy of 150 in his time at Vermont and 200 in his NCAA head coaching career…UVM hosts Notre Dame this weekend as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the program.

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