December 2, 2013
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Derek Army, PC (Sr., F, North Kingstown, R.I.) Scored the game-winning goal against Brown in the 28th Annual Mayor's Cup.
Brian Christie, MC (So., F, West Chester, Pa.) Dished out a pair of assists on Saturday at Yale.
Anthony DeCenzo, UVM (Sr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) Posted a goal and two assists, and a +3 rating on Saturday.
Casey DeSmith, UNH (Jr., G, Rochester, N.H.) Earned a pair of wins at Colorado College, made 63 saves in the series (.969 save%).
Jon Gillies, PC (So., G, South Portland, Maine) Gillies went 1-0-1 last week for the Friars with 77 saves (.939 save%).
Kevin Hayes, BC (Sr., F, Dorchester, Mass.) Scored two goals and an assist on Friday vs. Holy Cross.
Dalen Hedges, NU (Fr., F, Ottawa, Ont.) Scored the game-winning goal at No. 10 Notre Dame at the Shillelagh Tournament on Saturday.
Brody Hoffman, UVM (So., G, Wilkie, Sask.) Made 32 saves on Friday night in Vermont's 3-2 win over Maine.
Chris LeBlanc, MC (Fr., F, Winthrop, Mass.) Had a pair of assists on Saturday night at Yale.
H.T. Lenz, UVM (Sr., F, Vienna, Va.) Posted a goal, two assists, and a plus-3 rating on Saturday
Danny Linell, BC (Jr., D, Great Neck, N.Y.) Recorded his fourth-career multi-assist game on Friday vs. Holy Cross.
Ross Mauermann, PC (Jr., F, Janesville, Wis.) Notched a goal and an assist with a +3 rating in a 1-0-1 week for the Friars.
Chris McCarthy, UVM (Sr., F, Collegeville, Pa.) Posted a goal and three assists in a weekend sweep over Maine at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Matt O'Connor, BU (So., G, Toronto, Ont.) Turned aside 37 Cornell shots to lead the Terriers to a 3-2 victory on Saturday at MSG.
Braden Pimm, NU (Sr., F, Fort St. John, B.C.) Had a goal and added two assists during the Shillelagh Tournament to earn All-Tourney honors.
Kevin Roy, NU (So., F, Lac Beauport, Que.) Had three assists, including two on the power play, at the Shillelagh Tournament.
Robbie Russo, ND (Jr., D, Westmont, Ill.) Had a goal and two assists in the Shillelagh Tournament (11 SOG), named to the All-Tourney Team.
Bryan Rust, ND (Sr., RW, Novi, Mich.) Had four assists in the Shillelagh Tournament with nine shots on goal, named to All-Tourney Team.
Nick Saracino, PC (So., F, St. Louis, Mo.) Scored a goal in each game last week in a 1-0-1 week at No. 5 Quinnipiac and vs. Brown.
Devin Shore, Maine (So., F, Ajax, Ont.) Scored a goal in each of Maine's games at Vermont.
Steven Swavely, Maine (So, F, Reading, Pa.) Scored a goal in each of Maine's games at Vermont.
Rasmus Tirronen, MC (Jr., G, Espoo, Finland) Turned away a season-high 31 shots on Saturday against Yale.
T.J. Tynan, ND (Sr., F, Orland Park, Ill.) Had four points (1g,3a) with eight shots on goal as the MOP of the Shillelagh Tourney.
CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT
Derek Arnold, UML (Foxboro, Mass.) HAD SEVEN POINTS (5G,2a) IN EIGHT GAMES IN NOVEMBER, AFTER POSTING ONE ASSIST IN HIS FIRST SEVEN GAMES TO START THE SEASON
John Gilmour, PC (MONTREAL, QUE.) has posted an assist in four consecutive games
Dalen Hedges, NU (OTTAWA, ONT.) has FIVE POINTS (3G,2a) in his last four games
Chad Katunar, ND (VICTORIA, B.C.) picked up his first collegiate win, stopping 13 of 15 shots in the 5-2 win over Alabama Huntsville
Chris McCarthy, UVM (Collegeville, Pa.) Posted 50th career assist on Friday
Andy Ryan , ND (Brighton, MICH.) scored his first collegiate goal in the 5-2 win over Alabama HuntsvillE
Kevin Roy, NU (Lac-Beauport, Que.) has FIVE POINTS (2g,3a) in his last four games
Nick Saracino, PC (ST. LOUIS, MO.) has a six-game point streak (3G,3A)
T.J. TYNAN, ND (ORLAND PARK, ILL.) With four points in the Shillelagh Tournament, he has moved into 20th on Notre Dame's all-time points list with 137 career points (49G,88a)
VERMONT Penalty Kill Ranked fourth in the country at 89.1%
Clay Witt, NU (BRANDON, FLA.) HAS made at least 30 saves in sixth time in the last seven games. He is now sixth in the nation in save percentage (.939)
BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College was upset by Holy Cross in a 5-4 decision on Friday afternoon at Kelley Rink. Friday's result marks the Eagles' first-ever loss to a team from the Atlantic Hockey conference and first setback to a non-conference opponent at home since losing to Denver on Oct. 14, 2011. Senior Kevin Hayes posted his second-career two-goal performance and added an assist for his ninth-ever three-point outing. Junior Johnny Gaudreau recorded a career best nine shots against Holy Cross, but was denied on all nine bids. Gaudreau extended his point streak to nine games and has accounted for 17 points (9-8-17) throughout that streak. First-year goaltender Thatcher Demko took his first loss of the season; stopping 13-of-18 Crusader tries. The Eagles have no lost back-to-back game since the end of the 2012-13 ledger.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY: The Terriers have scored at least one power-play goal in seven of their past eight games…BU's penalty kill has successfully killed off 19 of its opponents' past 20 power-play opportunities…Matt O'Connor has recorded at least 37 saves in each of his past three starts, leading BU to wins over both North Dakota and Cornell over the stretch…BU improved to 3-0-1 all-time at Red Hot Hockey and claimed the inaugural Kelley-Harkness Cup, honoring legendary coaches Jack Kelley (BU) and Ned Harkness (Cornell), who led the teams that ignited the great rivalry in the late '60s…Kelley's name will appear first on the name of the trophy thanks to the Terriers' triumph on Saturday…BU is now 7-3-1 in its past 11 meetings with the Big Red and 8-2-2 all-time at Madison Square Garden…Saturday's game in front of the sellout crowd of 18,006 was BU's first win away from Agganis Arena this season…Both sophomore Danny O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) and freshman Nick Roberto enter December on four-game point streaks... For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Terriers faced back-to-back opponents (North Dakota, Cornell) which they had losing all-time records against entering the games. BU had losing records against both Minnesota and Lake Superior State when faced them in the 1994 Frozen Four.
MAINE: Devin Shore and Steven Swavely each had a goal in both games at Vermont over the weekend. The duo also played in the 50th and 51st career games over the weekend, having never missed a game in their careers at Maine. Shore has scored goals in four straight games for the Black Bears…Maine's sophomore class has scored the last nine straight goals for the Black Bears, dating back to their 5-1 win over Boston College last weekend. The sophomore class has notched 19 of Maine's 39 goals this season…The five goals that Maine allowed on Saturday night tied for a season-high, however, two of them were empty net goals…Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Que.) notched his second assist of the season at Vermont and the fifth of his career…Defenseman Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) was whistled for his first penalty of the season this weekend, after playing the first 11 games without taking one…Maine hosts UMass Lowell on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4pm. The date and time of the game were changed last week.
MASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen played their first single game weekend of the season last week, falling to No. 5 Quinnipiac, 6-1 on Saturday. The game against the Bobcats marked the squad's fifth against a ranked foe this season…Senior Michael Pereira provided the lone tally of the night for the Minutemen, his 46th of his career to move into sole possession of eighth on the UMass all-time career goals list…Senior co-captain Conor Sheary logged his team-leading eighth assist and 10th point of the year …Senior Branden Gracel recorded an assist, as well, his third of the season…UMass will travel to Notre Dame this weekend for the first-ever Hockey East series between the two schools.
UMASS LOWELL: The UMass Lowell River Hawks return to action this upcoming week after enjoying a bye week; the team last played on November 23 against Notre Dame…The River Hawks will host American International College on Tuesday before closing out the week at Maine in a game that has been moved to Sunday at 4 PM due to a UMaine playoff football game on Saturday…UMass Lowell enters Tuesday's game with five-game winning streak; their last loss came on November 9 vs. Northeastern, and the team is 9-1 in their last 10 games…The River Hawks will look to extend their winning streak away from the friendly confines of the Tsongas Center when they travel to Orono, Maine on Sunday. After dropping their first road contest of the season, UMass Lowell has won 6 straight on the road.
MERRIMACK: Merrimack closed out a difficult month of November in frustrating fashion, as the Warriors watched a one-goal lead evaporate before eventually losing in overtime to Yale, 3-2, on Saturday night on the road...After winning their first game in January, 3-1, against Bentley back on Nov. 1 in North Andover, the Warriors closed out the month on a 0-6-1 skid. The seven-game winless stretch is the longest since losing seven straight during the 2009-10 campaign...Merrimack will is still seeking its first win inside Hockey East play after going into the 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.... Merrimack remained winless when scoring less than three goals after Saturday night; the Warriors are 3-0-0 when totaling three or more markers, but are winless (0-9-1) when scoring two times or fewer...On Saturday, Merrimack scored the game's first goal, marking just the third time in 13 games that the Warriors have scored first against the opposition in a game...Merrimack is now 4-16-2 (.227) over its last 22 games dating back to the end of last season.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire picked up a pair of road victories over the weekend as they swept Colorado College with a 6-2 win in game one and a 3-0 win in game two. The 'Cats combined for four goals in the third period of game one, making it the second time this season with four in a period. Nick Sorkin matched a career-high mark of two goals in the first game. Casey DeSmith earned his second shutout of the season with a 32 save effort in the second game. Six Wildcat skaters had at least two points in one game while 13 notched at least one point in the series. Colorado College had not been shutout at home since Jan. 29, 2011. Eight Wildcats have recorded double-digit points this season. UNH is outscoring opponents, 57-38. When scoring first, UNH is 8-5-0 on the year.
NORTHEASTERN: Northeastern captured its first-ever November tournament championship at the Shillelagh Tournament last weekend, and its first in-season tournament title since winning the Mariucci Classic in 2011…The Huskies became the first team to defeat Notre Dame three times at Compton Family Ice Arena…Braden Pimm and Clay Witt were both named to the All-Tournament Team…Saturday's win at Notre Dame was the second victory over a ranked opponent this season, and also matched NU's win total from a season ago…The Huskies finished November with four victories, the most for the team since the 2008-09 season…Northeastern is unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1), which is tied for the fifth longest active unbeaten streak in the nation…NU scored two third period goals last weekend, and is tied for first in the nation with 20 goals in the third period this season…The Husky freshman class has 17 goals and 42 assists this season, which is tied with Boston College for the most rookie points in the nation…The NU rookies also have the most face-off wins this season (498), led by John Stevens' 184.
NOTRE DAME: Notre Dame finished second in the 2013 Shillelagh Tournament after dropping a 3-2 decision in the title game to Northeastern. The Huskies are now 3-0-0 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Defensemen Stephen Johns and Robbie Russo and forwards T.J. Tynan and Bryan Rust were named to the All-Tournament team with Tynan named the tournament's most outstanding player…Notre Dame defensemen scored five of the team's seven goals in the Shillelagh Tournament with Andy Ryan (ppg), Robbie Russo (shg), Shayne Taker (ppg) and Stephen Johns (two goals, one shg) getting the lamplighters…Notre Dame's five short-handed goals this season ties them for first in the nation with Mercyhurst…Freshman goaltender Chad Katunar recorded his first career victory in the 5-2 win over Alabama Huntsville, making 13 saves in the win...Notre Dame's 44 shots on goal against the Chargers was a season high…Notre Dame plays host to the University of Massachusetts (Dec. 6-7) for the first time in Hockey East play…UMass leads the all-time series, 3-2-0…The Minutemen are 1-1-0 at Notre Dame, splitting a series in the 1999-00 season.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE: Providence went 1-0-1 last week including a 3-3 tie at No. 5 Quinnipiac (Nov. 27) and a 3-2 Mayor's Cup victory over Brown (Nov. 30)...The Friars claimed the 28th annual Mayor's Cup and improved to 16-9-3 in all-time Mayor's Cup games against cross-town rival Brown…The Friars are one of four teams in the nation with at least 11 wins, joining Quinnipiac (13), Minnesota (11) and Ferris State (11)…Nick Saracino extended his point streak to six games (3-3-6)...John Gilmour has notched an assist in four consecutive games...With an assist, Ross Mauermann now has 21 points on the year (12-9- 21), tied for fifth-most in the nation...Trevor Mingoia notched an assist in each game last week, giving him two assists in two games played as a Friar...Derek Army's Mayor's Cup game-winning goal was his first of the season and the third of his Friar career…Against Qunnipiac, sophomore Brooks Behling scored the third period, game-tying goal for the Friars marking his first career goal…With Behling and junior Drew Brown scoring their first goals of the season last week, 18 Friars have scored at least one goal this season.
VERMONT: Vermont swept Maine in a non-conference series over the weekend to run its winning streak to four straight games…The Catamounts have won four straight games for the first time since the holiday break of the 2009-10 season… UVM went 2-for-9 on the power play against Maine and has scored at least one power play goal in each contest during the winning streak…The Catamounts allowed a power play goal to Maine on Friday, marking the first tally allowed by the penalty kill on home ice this season…Vermont's penalty kill is ranked fourth in the country at 89.1 percent…Chris McCarthy posted three assists on Friday night, which marked UVM's first three-assist performance since Feb. 11, 2011 when McCarthy and Matt White each had three helpers in a 7-2 win at Maine…McCarthy's first assist was the 50th of his career…On Saturday night, the all-senior line of H.T. Lenz, Anthony DeCenzo, and Connor Brickley combined for nine points and a plus-9 rating…Mario Puskarich scored his fourth power play goal of the season on Saturday and is now tied for second in Hockey East. Puskarich also ranks ninth in the league in freshman scoring with nine points.