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Weekly Release
November 13, 2006
WILDCATS TAKE OUT TOP-RANKED BLACK BEARS
Maine tips UML; UMass, UVM take league wins; BU ties up UNH
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CCM / RBK Hockey Players of the Week Kenny Roche of Boston University and Mike Radja of New Hampshire
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The New Hampshire Wildcats were clearly stung by the last-minute tie they surrendered to Boston University on Friday, and they took it out on the No. 1 ranked team in the country. Despite being outshot 35-23, the opportunistic Wildcats made the most of their chances to pin an 8-2 loss on previously unbeaten Maine in the Black Bears’ den on Sunday. The win boosted UNH into a three-way tie for second place in Hockey East, along with Maine and BU. Wildcats Mike Radja (Yorkville, IL) and Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, MB) gave UNH a three-goal cushion by the end of the first period, and the Black Bears never recovered. UNH netminder Kevin Regan (South Boston, MA) earned the second star, stopping 33 of 35 Maine shots.

On Friday, the Terriers showed their resilient side, twice battling back from one-goal deficits, thanks in part to the senior leadership of Kenny Roche (South Boston, MA), who collected three goals, and Sean Sullivan (Braintree, MA) who had three assists. Sophomore Chris Higgins (Lynnfield, MA) put the Terriers on the board first at the nine-second mark of the second period, but Josh Ciocco (Atco, NJ) answered for UNH with only 10 seconds to go in the middle stanza. The floodgates opened in the third, with a total of six goals, and Roche getting the game-tying tally with a minute to go.

In Providence on Friday, Vermont ended a string of four one-goal losses at the expense of the Friars. Torrey Mitchell (Greenfield Park, QC) and Dean Strong (Mississauga, ON) each had a goal and two assists in the 4-2 win, and freshman Viktor Stĺlberg (Gothenberg, Sweden) chipped in a goal and an assist. Providence’s Pierce Norton (South Boston, MA) scored two, but UVM shut down the rest of the Friars. In Orono, the Black Bears broke open a close affair with UMass Lowell with three second-period goals on their way to a 4-1 victory. Maine senior captain Michel Léveillé (Levis, QC) tallied twice.

In Amherst, the Minutemen’s stellar sophomore goalie Jon Quick (Hampden, CT) came up big again, surrendering only a single goal to NU’s Mike Morris (Braintree, MA) as UMass upended the Huskies, 2- 1, on Chris Davis’ (Simsbury, CT) third period strike. Quick finished with 19 saves, while NU’s Brad Thiessen (Aldergrove, BC) registered 28. In another close contest, Merrimack showed its trademark grit against BC, knotting the Eagles at 1-1 through two periods before dropping a 3-1 decision.

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CCM / RBK HOCKEY PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

KENNY ROCHE – Boston University
Senior Forward; South Boston, MA

MIKE RADJA – New Hampshire
Senior Forward; Yorkville, IL

Roche recorded his second career hat trick, including the game-tying goal with a minute left, to help BU earn a point at UNH. Radja got a goal in the BU game, and then tallied twice against Maine.

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SUPERSKILLS HOCKEY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

VIKTOR STALBERG – Vermont
Freshman Forward; Gothenburg, Sweden
Scored one goal and had one assist in Vermont’s 4-2 win over Providence on
Friday. The rookie from Sweden also had a +3 rating in the victory.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF OF THE WEEK

SEAN SULLIVAN – Boston University
Senior Defenseman; Braintree, MA
Matched a career high with three assists, and a +1 rating on the game, in
Boston University’s come-from-behind 4-4 tie with New Hampshire.

HONOR ROLL

Chris Higgins, BU (So. F; Lynnfield, MA) — Opened the scoring in BU’s 4-4 tie at UNH. He also assisted on BU’s third goal of the night.

Torrey Mitchell, UVM (Jr. F; Greenfield Park, QC) — Recorded a goal and two assists in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Providence.

Pierce Norton, PC (So. F; South Boston, MA) — Scored two goals against Vermont on Nov. 11 marking his first ever two-goal game.

Jacob Micflikier, UNH (Sr. F; Winnipeg, MB) — Posted five points (1 goal, 4 assists) as the Wildcats collected three points.

Jon Quick, UMass (So. G; Hampden, CT) — Backstopped UMass to its fifth win with a 19-save effort against Northeastern.

Bobby Butler, UNH (Fr. F; Marlboro, MA) — Recorded 1-2-3 on the week in two games vs. BU and Maine.

Joe Fallon, UVM (Jr. G; Bemidji, Minn.) — Made a season high 35 stops in a 4-2 win at Providence on Friday night.

Chris Davis, UMass (So. F; Simsbury, CT) — Collected his second career game-winner with his tally vs. the Huskies. His three goals on the season tie a team-best, while his five points ranks No. 3 among his teammates.

Michel Léveillé, Maine (Sr. F; Levis, QC) — Had three goals on the weekend. He scored two even-strength goals against UMass Lowell in a 4-1 win and had a power play goal against New Hampshire.

Dean Strong, UVM (So. F; Mississauga, ON) — Notched a goal and two assists in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Providence.

Kevin Regan, UNH (Jr. G; South Boston, MA) — Posted 59 saves in two games, including 33 saves against No. 1 ranked Maine.

Mark Matheson, UMass (Sr. F/D; Calgary, AB) — Had a hand in both tallies in the victory over Northeastern, pocketing the game-tying goal before assisting on the gamewinner.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Harvard shutout Boston College, 4-0, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, just the fourth time BC has been shutout by Harvard in the 111-game series between the Eagles and Crimson. It also marked the first Harvard shutout of BC since March 10, 1982, a 2-0 Harvard victory in the ECAC Tournament … With its 3-1 conference win over Merrimack on Friday, BC improved its unbeaten streak against Merrimack to 12 games, during which the team is 10-0-2.

Boston University: The Terriers have recorded three consecutive ties for the first time in their 86-year history … The last time a Terrier recorded a hat trick was also against New Hampshire, when David Van der Gulik scored three of BU’s goals in last year’s 9-2 win in the Hockey East semifinals … Sullivan ranks third in the country in points per game by a defenseman (1.29).

University of Maine: The Black Bears have started the season 8-1-1, the best start since the 9-1-0 start in the 2002- 03 season ... With the win over UMass Lowell, the Black Bears have now won 12 straight in the series against the River Hawks ... The Black Bears are 1-3 on Sunday afternoon over the past two seasons ... The eight goals allowed on Sunday against New Hampshire were the most allowed since March 11, 1994 at Boston University.

University of Massachusetts: The Minutemen are now nationally ranked, coming in at 20th in the latest US College Hockey Online/CSTV polls ... The Mass Attack has enjoyed home ice at the Mullins Center, and are proud owners of a 3-0-1 record ... A season-high 6,350 fans saw the Minutemen beat Northeastern 2-1 last Friday.

Merrimack College: Junior Jordan Hart (Huntington, NY) scored his second career goal against RPI on Sunday ... Merrimack allowed four power-play goals for the second time this season against the Engineers on Sunday ... The Warriors play at Vermont on Saturday night, where they snapped a 23-game Hockey East losing streak last season.

University of New Hampshire: The Wildcats have scored 15 goals in their last two games at Alfond Arena, both victories for UNH .... Before the last two meetings in Orono, the ‘Cats were 0-6-1 in the last seven meetings at Maine ... Junior forward Matt Fornataro (Calgary, AB) has already scored 14 points through eight games in his junior season ... Sophmore forward Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, BC) has posted a goal in seven of eight games for the Wildcats.

Northeastern University: Senior captain Mike Morris has at least one point in each of NU’s last five games and has four goals and four assists over that span. The goal was the 20th power-play of Morris’ career and gives him 99 career points (42-57-100) … Northeastern is 0-4-0 on Fridays and 2-1-1 on Saturdays … Northeastern has scored first in six of nine games this season but is 1-5-0 in those games.

Providence College: The Friars have outshot their opponents in eight of the 10 games this season … Sophomore Nick Mazzolini (Anchorage, AK), who recorded 14 points in 36 games last season, already has eight points through 10 games this season … The Friars have not defeated Vermont since 1997.

University of Vermont: The Catamounts started quickly in their 4-2 victory over Providence at Schneider Arena on Friday night, scoring three goals in the first period against the Friars … Vermont is 5-0-1 in its last six meetings against Providence … Vermont’s penalty kill ranks first in Hockey East and ranks fifth nationally at 91.2 percent (52/57).

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