December 31, 2013
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Justin Agosta, UNH (Sr., D, East Meadow, N.Y.) Notched three points from the blueline in a two-game weekend at the Florida College Classic.
Derek Army, PC (Sr., F, Kingstown, R.I.) Scored two goals on Sunday night to lift the Friars to a 3-2 win at Dartmouth. 2GP, 2-0-2 for the week.
Brian Billett, BC (Jr., G, Brunswick, Maine) Stopped 58-of-59 shots (.983 save%) to backstop BC's defense to the Three Rivers Classic championship.
Nick Ellis, PC (Fr., G, Millersville, Md.) Went 1-1 at the Ledyard Classic with a 2.55 GAA, a .906 save percentage, making 48 saves.
Jake Fallon, UVM (Jr., F, Southlake, Texas) Scored four points (1g,3a) and a +3 rating in the victories over No. 9 Clarkson and Canisius.
Ryan Fitzgerald, BC (Fr., F, North Reading, Mass.) Turned in a three-point game (1g,2a) in BC's tournament-clinching victory over Penn State.
Josh Holmstrom, UML (Sr., F, Colorado Spring, Colo.) Scored goals in each of UMass Lowell's games during the Catamount Cup.
Travis Jeke, BC (So., D, Pittsbugh, Pa.) In his first two games he dressed this season, he scored one goal and a pair of assists in two games.
Pete Massar, UVM (Sr., F, Williston, Vt.) Scored a goal in both games of the Catamount Cup and was a plus-1 in each contest.
Ross Mauermann, PC (Jr., F, Janesville, Wis.) Had the game-winning goal against Dartmouth on Sunday night as part of PC's 3-2 victory.
Chris McCarthy, UVM (Sr., F, Collegeville, Pa.) Registered three points, a plus-3 rating, and eight shots on goal in the Catamount Cup.
Michael Paliotta, UVM (Jr., D, Westport, Conn.) Named the MVP of the Catamount Cup, finishing the weekend four points (1g,3a).
Brett Pesce, UNH (So., D, Tarrytown, N.J.) Registered three assists in two games on the weekend at the Florida College Classic.
Steven Shamanski, PC (Sr., D, Carberry, Man.) Had three points (1g,2a) in PC's two games at the Ledyard Classic.
Devin Shore, Maine (So., F, Ajax, Ont.) Recorded three points points (1g, 2a) in Maine's 1-0-1 weekend in the Florida College Classic
Jeff Silengo, UNH (Sr., F, Madison, Conn.) Notched three points on the weekend with a goal and a pair of assists in the span of two games.
Mike Szmatula, NU (Fr., F, Commerce Township, Mich.) Had two goals and two assists at the Ledyard Classic.
John Stevens, NU (Fr., F, Sea Isle City, N.J.) had a shorthanded goal and three assists at the Ledyard Classic.
Destry Straight, BC (Jr., F, West Vancouver, B.C.) Scored his first career hat trick against Penn State on Saturday night.
CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT
Emerson Auvenshine, UMASS (EATON RAPIDS, MICH.) Scored first collegiate goal in 27th career game, a 2-2 tie vs. NO.8 Quinnipiac
Evan Campbell, UML (Port Coquitlam, B. C.) HE picked up his first collegiate goal against Clarkson ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Johnny Gaudreau , BC (CARNEYS POINT, N.J.) has a 13-game point streak (12g,13a)
Brody Hoffman, UVM (Wilkie, Sask.) Riding personal four-game winning streak With A 1.75 GAA and a .936 save % in that time
Zack Kamrass, UML (Atlanta GA.) HAS Seven points (1g,6a) in his last five games
UMass Lowell Power Play The Power Play was 3-FOR-8 IN the Catamount Cup. The River Hawks have scored power play goals in 12 of their last 14 games and is 19- for-56 (34%) over that period
Ross Mauermann , PC (JANESVILLE, WIS.) has a seven game point streak (3g,6a) and has at least one point in 16 of PC's 19 games
Michael Paliotta , UVM (Westport , Conn.) New career-high in scoring with 12 points
DEVIN SHORE, MAINE (AJAX, ONT.) HAS A NINE-GAME POINT STREAK (7g,10a)
Jon Swavely , MAINE (Reading, Pa.) played in his 100th career game on Saturday VS. PRINCETON
UVM Penalty Kill AT HOME HAs KILLED 41-for-43 (95%) at Gutterson Fieldhouse this season
BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College claimed its first trophy of the season in overpowering fashion, throttling first-time opponent Penn State, 8-2, in the championship game of the Three Rivers Classic on Saturday evening at CONSOL Energy Center. Johnny Gaudreau has broken his old point streak of 12 games he posted last season, spanning from Oct. 13 to Nov. 30, 2012, and has now scored at least one point in his last 13 games. Gaudreau's current point streak commenced on Nov. 1, 2013, and he has scored 25 points during that time, with 12 goals and 13 assists. Throughout that tear, Gaudreau has accounted for seven multipoint games. In 97 career games, Gaudreau is tied for 44th all-time in the BC annals for career points (128) and tied for 42nd in goals scored (57). Destry Straight scored Boston College's first hat trick of the season and first since Steven Whitney turned the trick against Northeastern on Jan. 18, 2013. Boston College broke its seven-game scoring drought on the power play, and lit the lamp twice with the extra skater against Penn State. It marks the first time BC's has done that since scoring three PPGs against Army on Nov. 10. At the Three Rivers Classic, the Eagles scored 13 goals over the course of two games of the tournament, outscoring all three other squads combined. Penn State, Bowling Green and Robert Morris combined for 12 goals in six games amongst themselves.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY: BU is averaging just 9.6 penalty minutes per game this season, which is its lowest average since the 1973-74 campaign... At the break, Robbie Baillargeon (Enfield, Conn.) has a team-high 13 points (5g,8a) and is aiming to be the second rookie in as many years (Danny O'Regan) to lead BU in points...David Warsofsky became the first Terrier since Carl Corazzini in 2004 to make his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins...Warsofsky became the 10th member of BU's 2009 NCAA championship team to reach the NHL...All six defensemen from that squad have now played in the NHL...Through three games at the World Juniors, BU sophomore Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) leads Team USA in points with six on two goals and four assists...Classmate Danny O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) has been centering the top U.S. forward line and returned to the lineup against Canada on Tuesday after missing the Germany game due to injury.
MAINE: Maine played in its 14th-straight Florida College Classic…The Black Bears are unbeaten in seven straight games in the tournament, finishing in a tie with Cornell in the title game this season…Devin Shore earned a spot on the Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team for the second straight season. He had a goal and two assists on the weekend to extend his point streak to nine games…Martin Ouellette was also named to the Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team. Ouellette recorded his third shutout on Saturday in Maine's 4-0 win over Princeton. His three shutouts are tied for the national lead. He also stopped seven of Cornell's nine shots on the shoot-out on Sunday. Ouellette has played in 65 career games, while fellow senior netminder Dan Sullivan (Reading, Pa.) has played in 64 career games…Maine has been whistled for four or fewer penalties in its last five straight games…Maine has now allowed one goal or less in four straight games…The Black Bears are tied for fourth in the nation, allowing just 2.00 goals per game.
MASSACHUSETTS: UMass played four games against ranked teams in the month of December and went 3-3-1, including a 3-2-0 record on the road…Dating back to Dec. 7 at Notre Dame, the Minutemen are 28-for- 30 on the penalty kill in the past six games (93.3%)…Junior Emerson Auvenshine scored his first collegiate goal in his 27th career contest with the Minutemen, the opening game of the UConn Hockey Classic, a 2-2 tie against #8 Quinnipiac…Redshirt junior Troy Power also scored against the Bobcats, his eighth goal of the season and 14th point to tie for the team lead in both categories…Power had 17 points in 60 career games entering 2013-14 and has 14 in contests thus far this season... Freshman Ray Pigozzi notched his 10th assist of the season, sixth in the past seven games, during the UConn Hockey Classic.
UMASS LOWELL: Seven different players scored goals as UMass Lowell swept the weekend series at the Catamount Cup. Only Josh Holmstrom had two goals as the River Hawks defeated Canisius and Clarkson…The power play did not miss a beat, after the 21 day layoff, going three-foreight during the weekend. Hockey East's top Power Play has scored goals in 12 of their last 14 games and is 19-for-56 (33.9%) over that period… Since moving to Division I, UMass Lowell is 18-12-1 in the first game after the Holiday break…River Hawks netminders continue to provide a terrific one-two punch: Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves as UMass Lowell topped Canisius, 5-2, and Doug Carr stopped 18 shots in a 3-1 win against Clarkson…UMass Lowell has played Canisius three times, all have been at neutral sites…After playing Clarkson on Sunday, UMass Lowell will face the Golden Knights two more times next weekend, the first time UMass Lowell has played the same opponent in three consecutive regular season games since battling Maine in three straight games in during the 1991-92 season.
MERRIMACK: After a four-week layoff, the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team returns to action when it begins the second half of the 2013-14 season at historic Fenway Park to battle Providence College as Citi Frozen Fenway 2014 ... Merrimack ended the first half on a high note, taking 3-of-4 points from Boston University in its last weekend series of the first half ... Last time out, Merrimack skated to a 1-1 draw against the Terriers at Agganis Arena on Saturday, Dec. 7, thanks to freshman Chris LeBlanc's second collegiate goal ... Providence represents Merrimack's longest rivalry in program history (Division I and Division II), as the two sides will meet for the 121st time this Saturday ... The Friars hold the all-time edge (80-30-9) and swept the season series this year with a 1-0 victory at Lawler Rink on on Nov. 8 before a 4-2 decision the next night at Schneider Arena ... Before Saturday's game, however, the Warriors will welcome the Russian Red Stars for a tuneup exhibition on Thursday, Jan. 2., at Lawler Rink.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats started the second half of the season with a 1-1-0 weekend at the Florida College Classic, including a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Princeton in game two…UNH rifled 46 shots on goal in each game...Senior captain Eric Knodel was named to the Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team…New Hampshire is currently in a stretch of seven non-conference games before returning to Hockey East action in January…In the last eight games, New Hampshire has outshot opponents in each of them, recording 40+ shots in three of the eight contests.
NORTHEASTERN: The Huskies finished in a tie for third at the Ledyard National Bank Classic at Dartmouth…Mike Szmatula was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting two goals and two assists during the weekend…NU's six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) was snapped on Sunday…The Huskies were held to a season-low 16 shots on goal on Sunday vs. Air Force, the fewest for the team since Jan. 15, 2012 vs. Boston College (15)…The 16 goals between NU and Dartmouth were the most combined goals in a Northeastern game since Nov. 6, 1993 (Illinois Chicago 10, Northeastern 9)…The goals were also the most in the Ledyard Classic since 1994 (Vermont 9, Illinois Chicago 8).
NOTRE DAME: Notre Dame returns to action after a 28-day break on Saturday, Jan. 4 versus Boston College in Citi Frozen Fenway… when the Irish face Boston College outdoors at Fenway Park, it will be their second outdoor game in the last two years. Last February 17, Notre Dame defeated Miami (OH), 2-1, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill…Notre Dame and Boston College have met 32 times in the all-time series with the Eagles holding a 17-13-2 advantage in the series…The Irish are 6-3-1 against the Eagles in the last 10 meetings, dating back to the 2002-03 season. At neutral sites, the series is even at 2-2-0…Boston College won the last meeting, on Nov. 9, 2012, 3-1, at Kelley Rink…The Irish will be without the services of freshman center Vince Hinostroza and sophomore Thomas DiPauli who are members of the U.S. Junior National Team playing in the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden…In three games, Hinostroza has three goals and two assists in three games while DiPauli has two assists through Dec. 29.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE: The Friars advanced to the title game of Dartmouth's Ledyard Classic with a 3-2 win over the hosts before being edged by Air Force, 3-2, in the title game…Senior Derek Army (two goals in the win over Dartmouth) and Steven Shamanski (a goal and two assists in the two games) were named to the Ledyard Classic All- Tournament Team…Nick Saracino extended his career-long point streak to nine games (3-7-10) with an assist against Dartmouth but saw it end against Air Force…Ross Mauermann extended his point streak to seven games (3-6-9) with the game-winning goal against Dartmouth and an assist against Air Force … Mauermann is tied for the national lead in game-winning goals with four…The Friars matched their highest win total for the first half of a season (Oct. – Dec. 31) in program history with 13 (also posted 13 first half wins in 1989-90)…The Friars are one of four teams in the nation with at least 13 wins this season, joining Ferris State (14), Quinnipiac (14) and UMass-Lowell (13)…Against Air Force, Noel Acciari set a career high with his seventh goal of the year… The 2013-14 season marks the first time Providence has played both Army and Air Force in the same year.
VERMONT: Vermont won the annual Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup in Burlington last weekend for the second straight year…The Catamounts have won four Catamount Cup titles in the last six years and five in the last nine seasons…UVM is now 15-4-1 in the Catamount Cup under head coach Kevin Sneddon…Michael Paliotta (MVP), Jake Fallon, and Pete Massar were all named to the All-Tournament Team. Paliotta posted a four-point weekend and has already set a new career-high with 12 points this season…Vermont knocked off ninth-ranked Clarkson on Saturday for its second win over a top-10 team this season on home ice…The Catamounts have won seven of their last eight games overall to move four games above the .500 mark…UVM is ranked in the top-20 for the first time since the final national poll of the 2009-10 season after an NCAA Tournament berth…The team set a new season-high with 61 shots on goal against Canisius on Sunday as it registered at least 18 shots in each period…The penalty kill is 41-for-43 at Gutterson Fieldhouse this season and has only allowed one 5-on-4 tally…Vermont is 7-4-0 on home ice this season and has gone 6-1-0 in its last seven in Burlington… The top line of Puskarich, Fallon, and McCarthy has combined for 44 points this season.