December 9, 2013
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Derek Arnold, UML (Sr., F, Foxboro, Mass.) Recorded four points (2g,2a) in two games for the River Hawks.
Robbie Baillargeon, BU (Fr., F, Enfield, Conn.) Tallied an assist in each game versus Merrimack over the weekend.
Brian Billett, BC (Jr., G, Brunswick, Maine) Stopped a season-best 39 shots (.951 save%) in his sixth win of the season.
Blaine Byron, Maine (Fr., F, Manotick, Ont.) Scored the game-winning goal in Maine's lone game on the weekend.
Austin Cangelosi, BC (Fr., F, Estero, Fla.) Turned in a three-point performance on Friday against New Hampshire.
Brian Christie, MC (So., F, West Chester, Pa.) Notched two points (1g,1a) on Friday night against BU. He notched 10 shots in the series.
Mike Collins, MC (Sr., F, Boston, Mass.) Posted a two point (1g,1a) weekend with nine SOG with the game-winning goal vs. BU Friday.
Anthony Florentino, PC (Fr., D, West Roxbury, Mass.) Scored a power-play goal in Providence's 3-3 tie at Northeastern.
Kevin Hayes, BC (Sr., F, Dorchester, Mass.) Scored two goals and an assist in the New Hampshire series.
Sam Herr, ND (So., F, Hinsdale, Ill.) Had two goals and an assist in the series versus UMass with four shots and a was +2.
Vince Hinostroza (Fr., F, Bartlett, Ill.) Returned to the lineup after missing six games with an injury and had a pair of assists with three shots.
Eric Knodel, UNH (Sr., D, West Chester, Pa.) Recorded a pair of assists in Friday night's game at Boston College.
Mario Lucia, ND (So., F, Plymouth, Minn.) Had three goals and one assist in the series split with UMass, getting nine shots on goal.
Josh Manson, NU (Jr., D, Prince Albert, Sask.) Had a career-high two assists on Friday against No. 4 Providence.
Ryan McGrath, UML (So., F, O'Fallon, Mo.) Posted three points (2g,1a), including goals that either tied the game or put his team ahead.
Matt O'Connor, BU (So., G, Toronto, Ont.) Recorded a .942 save percentage and a 1.94 in the Merrimack series.
Martin Ouellette, Maine (St.Hippolyte, Que.) Made 26 saves (.929 save%) in Maine's 4-2 win over UMass Lowell.
Tom Parisi, PC (So., F, Commack, N.Y.) Scored the game-tying goal at 17:39 of the third period to lift PC to a come-from-behind 3-3 tie at NU.
Andy Ryan, ND (So., D, Brighton, Mich.) Had a goal and an assist in the Massachusetts series.
Nick Saracino, PC (So., F, St. Louis, Mo.) Notched two assists, including an assist on Tom Parisi's game-tying goal, in PC's 3-3 tie at NU.
Mike Szmatula, NU (Fr., F, Commerce Township, Mich.) Scored seven seconds into the game against No. 4 Providence.
Rasmus Tirronen, MC (Jr., G, Espoo, Finland) He posted a 1.44 GAA and a .930 save percentage in a three-point weekend vs. BU.
Clay Witt, NU (Jr., G, Brandon, Fla.) Made a career-high 52 saves (.945 save%) against No. 4 Providence on Friday at Matthews Arena.
CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT
Derek Arnold, UML (FOXBORO, MASS.) has 11 points (7g,4a) in his last nine games
Brian Christie, MC (West Chester, Pa.) RECORDED Four points in last three games
Brendan Collier, BU (Charlestown, Mass.) Picked up his first collegiate assist on Saturday VS. MERRIMACK
Jonathan Lashyn, MC (Camrose, Alta.) NOTCHED HIS First collegiate goal Vs. BU Friday night
Mario Lucia, ND (PLYMOUTH, MINN.) has scored 21 goals in the first 50 games of his Notre Dame career
Kevin Roy, NU (Lac-Beauport, Que.) has points in five of his last six games (4G,3a). HE IS tied for second in Hockey East with 12 goals
Nick Saracino, PC (ST. LOUIS, MO.) has a seven-game point streak (3-5-8)
Conor Sheary , UMASS (MELROSE, MASS.) Has six points in the past six games (6a)
Nick Sorkin, UNH (Rockville, Md.) has seven points in his last four games (3g,4a)
Craig Wyszomirski, MC (Mahwah, N.J.) First collegiate ASSIST on Saturday
BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College swept New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday night to vault into a first-place tie with Providence before taking a 20-day break for the holidays. BC trounced UNH, 6-2, at home on Friday before escaping with a 2-1 win at the Whittemore Center. The last time BC scored six goals in the New Hampshire series was on Nov. 15, 2008, when BC defeated the Wildcats, 8-6, at Kelley Rink. The Eagles did it without the aid of their power play as BC did not receive a single power play opportunity in the weekend. On the flipside, Boston College's penalty-killing unit has not surrendered a power play goal in its last four games. Johnny Gaudreau stretched his point streak out to 11 games, having accounted for 20 points (10g,10a) during the tear. He is now in the 50thmost prolific point scorer in Eagles' history. He has racked up 123 points (55g, 68a). Gaudreau is also in the midst of another career best, having assisted in the last six games. Kevin Hayes has accounted for four goals in his last three games, including his second game-winner of the season on Saturday at UNH. Hayes has scored eight goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games, not logging a point in just one of those outings...Brian Billett stopped a season-best 39 shots Friday, just one stop short of a career-best set at BU on Dec. 3, 2011.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY: In both games versus Merrimack this past weekend, half of BU's lineup consisted of freshmen, as the full nine-member rookie class played both nights…BU is 6-2-2 at home this season but is still looking for its first road win (0-5-0)…Freshman Robbie Baillargeon leads BU in scoring with 13 points (5g, 8a) and all but two of those points have come at even strength…Baillargeon also boasts a team-best plus-6 rating…The Terriers had won seven straight games against Merrimack before Friday's 3-2 setback at Lawler Arena…Both freshman Nick Roberto (Wakefield, Mass.) and sophomore Danny O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) had five-game point streaks come to an end on Saturday…BU will wrap up the first semester on Saturday (Dec. 13) when it hosts Bentley in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
MAINE: Maine earned a 4-2 win over #6 UMass Lowell on Sunday at Alfond Arena… With the win, Maine improves to 7-1-0 at home this season… Rookie Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) scored Maine's first goal of the game, breaking a string of nine straight goals scored by Maine's sophomore class…Sophomore defenseman Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ont.) leads the team in goals scored with seven. His seven goals are also tied for the national lead in goals scored by a defenseman. Hutton has four power play goals, which is tied for most power play goals in the nation by a defenseman…Hutton and classmate Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) each have scored points in five straight games…Maine finished 3-for-5 on the power play on Sunday against UMass Lowell…The three power play goals are the most scored in a game by the Black Bears this season…Over the past four years, Maine has a record of 8-2-0 when playing on Sunday…Maine tied its season low with just two penalties on Sunday against UMass Lowell.
MASSACHUSETTS: Three seniors provided the three tallies for UMass' in the squad's 3-2 victory at No. 11 Notre Dame on Saturday night. The win was the first for the Minutemen on the road this season and first over a ranked team since Feb. 1. It also marked UMass' 150th Hockey East victory in the program's history in the league…Senior Branden Gracel found the back of the net for two straight games and now leads the team with seven goals on the year …Senior Joel Hanley contributed a goal and an assist in Saturday night's win for his 15th career multipoint game and third of the year. The two points for Hanley, which both came with the man advantage, lifted his season total to 10 power-play points, good for first in Hockey East…Junior Troy Power matched his career high for points in a season as his assist on Saturday marked his ninth point of the year….Freshmen provided five of UMass' nine points in Friday night's loss including Brandon Wahlin's first collegiate goal and two-point nights from Steven Iacobellis (1g,1a) and Ray Pigozzi (2a)…UMass scored four power-play goals on the weekend to bring the squad's season total to 19, good for tied for sixth nationally…The Minutemen are tied for 10th in the nation in power play percentage (22.6%).
UMASS LOWELL: The River Hawks head into the winter/holiday break with 11 wins, one shy of the team's best ever first half. In both 1986-87 and 2001-02 UMass Lowell had twelve wins at the break. A year ago the River Hawks were 6- 7-1. They would go 22-4-1 following the holidays…The 11th win was a 6-1 victory against AIC. In that six different players scored goals, a dozen players picked up points…The River Hawk special teams had an interesting week; The power play went 1-for-2, but the penalty killing unit was only 4-for-7 after Maine scored three power play goals on Sunday…The power play is 16-for-48 (33%) in its last dozen games…UMass Lowell is 47-1-1 when leading through two periods since Norm Bazin took over the coaching reins two and a half years ago.
MERRIMACK: Merrimack rounded out the first semester of the season on a high note, snapping a seven-game winless stretch in emphatic fashion with a comefrom- behind, 3-2 victory against Boston University on Friday night before skating to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, allowing the Warriors to take the season series against BU for the first time since 2010-11...Saturday night's contest saw Merrimack finish with its most lopsided advantage in shot attempts this year (39-24), and at one point, the Warriors outshot BU by 23 (27-4) midway through the period and finished with a 19-shot advantage after 40 minutes (27-8)...The win on Friday was Merrimack's first in Hockey East play this season, as the Warriors picked up their first points in the league standings, as well. While still sitting in last with four points, fourth place and 11th place are separated by just four points at the moment...Merrimack remained unbeaten when scoring three or more goals this season, improving to 4-0-0 in such situations. The Warriors are winless (0-9-2) when scoring two times or fewer...On Friday, Merrimack scored the game's first goal, marking just the fourth time in 15 games that the Warriors have scored first against the opposition in a game...Merrimack is now 5-16-3 (.271) over its last 24 games dating back to the end of last season...Nationally, Merrimack ranks ninth in penalty kill success (85.9)...Junior Rasmus Tirronen now ranks 13th nationally in GAA (1.99) and 23rd in save percentage (.924).
NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats fell in both games of a home-and-home series against ninth-ranked Boston College…UNH committed just two penalties on the weekend with one in each game…The Wildcats are the second least penalized team in the nation, averaging just 7.8 PIM per game. Senior forward Nick Sorkin has seven points in his last four games (3g, 4a) and has at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games…In Friday's game, UNH launched 41 shots on goal for the second time this season…New Hampshire will take a three-week break before its next contest against Cornell at the Florida College Classic.
NORTHEASTERN: Northeastern extended its unbeaten streak to five games (3-0- 2) on Friday, which is tied for the sixth longest streak in the nation…Northeastern's two first period goals matched the team-high from each of the last five games against Providence, dating back to Feb. 17, 2012…Clay Witt made a career-high 52 saves, which is tied for the third most saves in a game in program history, and also marked the first time since 1991 that a Husky goaltender made at least 50 saves in a game…The Husky freshman class has 18 goals and 44 assists this season, which is tied with Minnesota for second in the nation in rookie scoring…The NU rookies also have the most freshman face-off wins this season (535), led by John Stevens' 197.
NOTRE DAME: The Irish closed the first half of the season with a 10-7-1 overall record and a 3-4-1 mark in Hockey East…The Irish break for finals and Christmas and don't play again until Jan. 4 at Frozen Fenway…Sophomore left wing Mario Lucia recorded his second, two-goal game of the season and third of his career in the 5-3 win over Massachusetts. Both of his goals came on the power play, the first, two power-play goal game of his career. Lucia had three goals and one assist on the weekend…Fellow sophomore left wing Sam Herr had two goals and one assist on the weekend. Lucia and Herr accounted for five of Notre Dame's seven goals on the weekend and are 1-2 in goal scoring for the Irish with nine and eight goals this season respectively…Senior center Jeff Costello scored on his first penalty shot of his career in the 5-3 win over the Minutemen. It was the first penalty shot for the Irish since March 16, 2013 when Bryan Rust scored versus Bowling Green in a CCHA playoff game.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE: The fourth-ranked Friars erased a three goal, third period deficit to post a 3-3 tie at No. 19 Northeastern on Friday night at Matthews Arena…Sophomore defenseman Tom Parisi scored the game-tying goal at 17:39 of the third period to lift the Friars to the tie…With three assists, Ross Mauermann posted his seventh multi-point game of the season and he has scored at least a point in 13 of Providence's 16 games this season…The Friars hit their finals break with 11 wins - which they reached in 15 games marking the fastest they have totaled 11 wins since opening the 1997-98 season with a 11-3-1 mark… Since entering the lineup, Trevor Mingoia has posted an assist in three straight games…Derek Army skated in the 126th-straight game of his Friar career, while Steven Shamanski skated in his 108th consecutive game…Clay Witt became the first opposing goalie to make 50+ saves against the Friars since New Hampshire's Kevin Regan made 52 saves in a 1-1 tie versus PC on Feb. 15, 2008.
VERMONT: Vermont is riding a four-game winning streak for the first time since the holiday break of the 2009-10 season…UVM is 5-for-17 on the power play during its winning streak with at least one power play tally in each contest…The Catamounts have allowed just one power play goal on home ice this season in 28 penalty kill chances…Vermont's penalty kill is ranked fifth in the country at 89.1 percent…Chris McCarthy posted three assists on Nov. 29, 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…Mario Puskarich scored his fourth power play goal of the season on Saturday and is now tied for third in Hockey East and first among rookies. Puskarich and Michael Paliotta are both riding four-game point streaks …Jake Fallon has the third best faceoff percentage (58.3) in the league among skaters who have taken at least 200 draws this season…In six November starts, Mike Santaguida went 4-2-0 with a 2.01 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. His 2.01 GAA in Hockey East play ranks fifth overall in the league.