November 25, 2013
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Noel Acciari, PC (So., F, Johnston, R.I.) Scored a goal in each game over the weekend against UNH in the weekend split.
Zach Aston-Reese, NU (Fr., F, Staten Island, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist against Merrimack on Saturday night.
Teddy Doherty, BC (So., D, Hopkinton, Mass.) Recorded a pair of helpers at Harvard.
Jake Fallon, UVM (Jr., F, Southlake, Texas) Posted a goal and an assist in a sweep of Massachusetts.
Johnny Gaudreau (Jr., F, Carneys Point, N.J.) Extended his point streak to eight games with three points (2g,1a) on Wednesday and an assist at Maine.
Jon Gillies, PC (So., G, South Portland, Maine) Went 1-0-0 in a weekend split with New Hampshire making 54 saves (.931 save%).
Quinn Gould, MC (Jr., F, Fort McMurray, Alta.) Scored fourth goal of the season while also adding an assist in Friday night against Northeastern.
Ben Hutton, Maine (So., D, Prescott, Ont.) Scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Maine's 5-1 win over Boston College on Saturday.
Tyler Kelleher, UNH (Longmeadow, Mass.) Tallied an assist on the weekend on the first goal of the second game at Providence.
Matt Lane, BU (So., F, Rochester, N.Y.) Totaled three assists in the weekend series with No. 14 North Dakota
Pete Massar, UVM (Sr., F, Williston, Vt.) Registered a goal and an assist in the win over UMass on Friday.
Chris McCarthy (Sr., F, Collegeville, Pa.) Had two assists and seven shots on goal in Sunday's shutout of UMass.
Garrett Noonan, BU (Sr., D, Norfolk, Mass.) Recorded three points (1g,2a) and four blocked shots in the weekend series against North Dakota.
Steven McParland, PC (So., F, Schreiber, Ont.) Notched two assists in the weekend split with New Hampshire, including one assist in each game.
Danny O'Regan, BU (So., F, Needham, Mass.) Scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-1 win over North Dakota and added an assist on Saturday.
Martin Ouellette, Maine (Sr., G, St.-Hippolyte, Que.) Made 33 saves (.970 save%) in Maine's 5-1 win over Boston College.
Michael Paliotta, UVM (Jr., D, Westport, Conn.) Had three assists over the weekend in the home-and-home sweep over UMass.
Nick Roberto, BU (Fr., F, Wakefield, Mass.) Scored a goal in Saturday's draw against North Dakota and added an assist in Friday's win
Kevin Roy, NU (So., F, Lac Beauport, Que.) Netted two goals, including the eventual game-winner, at Merrimack on Friday night.
Bryan Rust, ND (Sr., F, Novi, Mich.) Had Notre Dame's only goal of the weekend on Saturday. Had 15 shots on the weekend to lead the Irish.
Mike Santaguida, UVM (Fr., G, Mississauga, Ont.) Made a career-high 39 saves on Sunday afternoon against Massachusetts.
Vinny Scotti, MC (So., F, Vineland, N.J.) Tallied his second goal and added an assist on Friday night vs. Northeastern.
Steven Summerhays, ND (Sr., G, Anchorage, Alaska) Had a 1.53 GAA and stopped 58-of-61 shots (.951 sv.%) in two losses at No. 11 UML.
Matt Willows, UNH (Jr., F, Congers, N.Y.) Scored a pair of goals in Friday's game against Providence in a two-game series at Schneider Arena.
Clay Witt, NU (Jr., G, Brandon, Fla.) Picked up two wins with 67 saves (.971 save%) vs. MC, including a 38-save for his first career shutout on Saturday.
CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT
Norm Bazin, UMASS LOWELL The River Hawks coach picked up his 99th and 100th career coaching wins as the hockey team swept Notre Dame this past weekend. 62 of the 100 wins have come at UML
Connor Hellebucyk, UML (Commerce, Mich.) has won three straight starts , stopping 111 of 112 shots (.991 SAVE%). HIS shutout streak reached 179:21 before Notre Dame's goal on Saturday
Michael Kapla, UML (Eau Claire, Wis.) scored his first collegiate GOAL SATURDAY VS. NOTRE DAME
UMass Lowell Power Play The River Hawk power play has scored 15 goals in its last 46 opportunities (32.6%) over the last ten games
Martin Ouellette, Maine (St.-Hippolyte , Que.) made his 30th consecutive start in goal for the Black Bears on Saturday against Boston CollegE
Kevin Roy, NU (Lac-Beauport, Que.) became the 56th player in team history to record 50 career points in his first two seasons of college hockey.
Nick Saracino, PC (ST. LOUIS, MO.) has a four-game point streak (2g,2a)
Jeff Silengo, UNH (MADISON, CONN.) played in his 100th career game Friday night at Providence
Nick Sorkin, UNH (ROCKVILLE, MD.) has a six-game point streak (5g,2a)
STEVEN SUMMERHAYS, ND (ANCHORAGE ALASKA) Since giving up five goals in a 5-4 loss to Minnesota on Nov. 9, HE has given up five goals in his last four games. He is 1-2- 1 in those games with a 1.24 GAA and a .958 save percentage
Boston College: Johnny Gaudreau's point streak continues with an assist on Scott Savage's goal at Maine on Saturday night. He is one game shy of matching his career-high of nine games. Throughout the scoring stretch, Gaudreau has accounted for nine goals and seven assists (9-7-16). With the two-goal, one-assist performance on Wednesday night at Harvard, Gaudreau cracked the top 50 goal scorers list for a career at Boston College. He leapfrogged Ben Eaves (2000-04) and is now tied with Mike Lephart (1997-01) and Brian Callahan (1993-97) for 49th place, all-time, amongst Eagle goal scorers. Gaudreau is also tied with Lee Blossom (1979-83) for 57th all-time in career points with 118 (54-64-118). The third-year forward has recorded 119 points in 92 games played. Through Sunday, Gaudreau is still the nation's points per game leader at 1.85. The Eagles have lost their last three games to Maine. Bill Arnold, Kevin Hayes and Ryan Fitzgerald all had their seven-game point streaks snapped in Orono.
Boston University: After averaging at least 15 penalty minutes per game in each of the past five seasons, the Terriers are only averaging 10.0 penalty minutes per contest thus far this season…BU's d-pair of senior Garrett Noonan and sophomore Ahti Oksanen (Kirkkonummi, Finland) shares the team lead in scoring with 11 points each…Sophomore Matt Lane is tied for second on the team in scoring with 10 points (3g,7a) and has already surpassed his rookie point total (7)…After scoring just four first-period goals in its first 11 games, the Terriers tallied a trio of goals in the opening period during the North Dakota series…Sophomore Danny O'Regan scored a goal in each of his first three contests versus North Dakota… The Terriers have now played a combined 102 games against the eight schools that make up the newly formed NCHC and hold a 50-43-9 all-time record against them…All of BU's wins this season have come at home, as the team is 6-2-1 at Agganis Arena and 0-4-0 on the road…A fourth straight sellout is expected for Red Hot Hockey, as the Terriers will take on longtime rival Cornell on Saturday at newly renovated Madison Square Garden.
Maine: Maine defeated No. 7 Boston College 5-1 on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 5,125 fans. It is the first sellout at Alfond Arena since Dec. 10, 2010 against New Hampshire…The Black Bears are 6-1-0 at Alfond Arena this season…Maine has won three straight games against Boston College dating back to last year…On each occasion, the Eagles were ranked in the nation's top- 10…Maine held Boston College, which has the nation's top-ranked offense, to just one goal…Maine is 5-2-1 on the season when scoring first…The Black Bears are averaging 4.29 goals per game at home this year…Defenseman Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ont.) leads the Black Bears in goals with six and in game-winning goals with two. He recorded his first career multi-goal game on Saturday night against Boston College. Hutton's six goals rank tied for the national lead in goals by a defenseman… Nine of the 14 players to play in all 11 games for the Black Bears this season are either freshmen or sophomores…Maine has allowed two goals or less in five of its last six games.
Massachusetts: Five Minutemen registered one point apiece in Friday's 3-2 loss to Vermont including senior Conor Sheary, who recorded his squad-best seventh assist of the year. The helper was Sheary's 85th point of his career… Freshmen Steven Iacobellis and Ray Pigozzi contributed a goal and an assist, respectively for their seven and eighth points of the year. Iacobellis' tally marked his fifth of the season to match senior Branden Gracel for the team lead…Junior goaltender Steve Mastalerz returned to the lineup after being sidelined with an injury that kept him out of the team's previous three contests heading into the weekend. He logged 26 saves in Friday's game and 32 on Sunday vs. the Catamounts…Prior to Sunday's game at Vermont, head coach John Micheletto announced that redshirt junior Troy Power has been named a team captain, joining Sheary, who was named captain prior to UMass' home opener against Michigan State.
UMass-Lowell: No. 11 UMass Lowell swept the weekend series, 1-0 & 3-1, from No. 6 Notre Dame in the first ever meeting between the two schools in any sport…The River Hawk power play excelled going 4-for-9 against the nation's top penalty kill unit…The River Hawk Blue Line Corps contributed to the offense; junior Zack Kamrass (Atlanta, Ga.) and freshman Michael Kapla (Eau Claire, Wis.) scored first period power plays goals Saturday marking the first time this season the defense has produced multiple goals in a game...Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 74 of 75 shots (.987 save%) on the weekend. Hellebuyck's shutout streak reached 179:21 before Notre Dame's second period goal on Saturday. The streak is the third longest in UMass Lowell hockey history…Both games drew sell-out crowds, 6,515 on Friday and 6,405 on Saturday...Former UMass Lowell Coach Bill Riley was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. Under Riley's direction the program won some 363 games, three Division II National Championships, moved to Division I and became a member of Hockey East in the conference's inaugural season.
Merrimack: Merrimack remained winless in Hockey East (0-5-1) after being swept by Northeastern on the weekend, losing at home, 5-2, before suffering a shutout on the road (2-0) on Saturday...Merrimack will head into the brief Thanksgiving break winless in Hockey East for the first time since the 2005-06 season; that year, Merrimack finished 6-23-5 overall and 3-19-5 in league play...Saturday marked Merrimack's fifth shutout loss in 12 games this season; the Warriors suffered just four shutout losses all of last year...Merrimack is now 4-16-2 (.181) over its last 22 games dating back to the end of last season...The opposition has scored the game's first goal in 10-of-12 games this season...Nationally, Merrimack ranks 57th in scoring offense (1.67) and T-23rd in scoring defense (2.58)...Merrimack also ranks 54th in power play percentage (11.9) and 26th in penalty kill success (83.3)...Winless in its last five games (0-5-1), Merrimack is in danger of matching its longest winless streak (0-7-0) since 2009-10, when the Warriors lost seven straight from Dec. 5 through Jan. 22
New Hampshire: UNH split the weekend series at Providence, taking the first game by score of 3-2 in overtime on Friday. That win gave New Hampshire it sixth straight, matching a streak set in the 2006-07 season. Junior Matt Willows led the Wildcats to victory in the first game as he scored in the first period and just 15 seconds into overtime. He now has five goals in his last four games against PC. During the six-game winning streak, the Wildcats outscored opponents 27-6. Senior Nick Sorkin is currently riding a six-game point streak, registering five goals and two assists. New Hampshire will play Harvard on Tuesday before traveling to Colorado College for a pair of games later in the week. The team is 2-1-0 against ECAC opponents and will meet an NCHC opponent for the first time this season. In all eight Hockey East games played this year, UNH has scored first in each of them.
Northeastern: Northeastern secured its first Hockey East weekend sweep since Jan. 27-28, 2013 at Vermont, and its first weekend sweep of Merrimack since Jan. 9-10, 2009. Witt's shutout on Saturday was the first for a Husky since Chris Rawlings shut out Massachusetts on Nov. 30, 2012…Northeastern scored five goals at Merrimack on Saturday night, its most goals scored against the Warriors since Feb. 5, 2010…Both wins this weekend helped NU to its fourth road and home victories of the season, matching last season's totals at both venues…Four different Huskies have tallied three assists in a game this season; all four of them are freshmen (Aston-Reese, N. Ferriero, Hedges, Szmatula)…The Northeastern freshman class had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) this weekend, and is tied with Boston College for the nation's lead in rookie scoring with 57 points (15g, 42a).
NOTRE DAME: Notre Dame came into the weekend series with UMass-Lowell having surrendered just four power-play goals but gave up four to the River Hawks in two games…Friday' shutout was the first time that Notre Dame was blanked in a game since Feb. 17, 2012 when Miami's Connor Knapp stopped 31 shots in a 3-0 win…Saturday's 3-1 loss (3 ppgs) marked the first time the Irish had given up three PPG's in a game since Feb. 9, 2013 when Michigan had three in a 6-4 Notre Dame win. The road sweep by UMass.-Lowell was the first time the Irish lost two on the road since Feb. 17-18, 2012 when Notre Dame dropped a pair of games at Miami (OH)…The Irish again played without five players in the UMass-Lowell series as forwards Vince Hinostroza, Thomas DiPauli, Mike Voran and Steven Fogarty and defenseman Eric Johnson remain sidelined with injuries…Notre Dame will host the 2013 Shillelagh Tournament at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Nov. 29-30 with Alabama-Huntsville, Northwestern and Western Michigan rounding out the tournament field.
Providence College: Providence posted a weekend split with New Hampshire including a 3-2 overtime loss on Friday night and a 4-2 win on Saturday night at Schneider Arena…The Friars have reached the 10-win plateau in 13 games played, their fastest to 10 wins since opening the 1989-90 season with a 10-2-1 mark…Ross Mauermann scored his team-high 11th goal of the season on Saturday. Mauermann's 11 goals are tied for third-most in the nation…Derek Army skated in the 123rd consecutive game of his Friar career on Saturday night (he has played every game since arriving on campus)…Sophomore Noel Acciari scored his fifth goal of the season on Saturday night against UNH (he scored six goals in 33 games as a red-shirt freshman in 2012-13)…Sophomore Mark Jankowski scored his seventh goal of the year on Friday night (scored seven in 34 games as a freshman).
Vermont: Vermont snapped a three-game losing streak at the Mullins Center on Friday night with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory, followed by a 2-0 shutout at home on Sunday…Rookie Mike Santaguida made 39 saves for his first career shutout, and the first for the team since Feb. 9, 2013 against Maine when Brody Hoffman blanked the Black Bears 3-0…Over the last two seasons, the Catamounts are 13-1-2 when leading after two periods...The Catamounts only gave the Minutemen four total power plays over the two-game series…During Hockey East play, the penalty kill is 37-for-40 (92.5 percent), which is the top mark in the league…UVM also went 3-for-8 on the power play in the two-game series and has a 17.6 percent success rate in Hockey East play (fourth in the league)…Jake Fallon ranks eighth in Hockey East in faceoff percentage (57%) and has taken the most draws of any player ranked in the top-10…UVM has scored 25 goals this season, and 18 different players have netted at least one tally.