January 15, 2007
Though Hockey East’s top team – New Hampshire
– held a firm grip on its No. 1 status, there was considerable
movement in the pack due to a flurry of
league play this past week.
Backboned by John Curry’s consistently brilliant
goaltending and timely scoring by a resurrected offense,
the BU Terriers left Orono, Maine with a pair of
league wins. BU’s Peter MacArthur was a difference
maker on Friday, potting a hat trick to propel the Terriers
after Curry helped BU repel a 15-0 Maine shot
advantage to open the game. The Black Bears, however,
didn’t go away quietly, though their furious rally
from a 6-2 deficit ended with Josh Soares strike with
only two seconds left, resulting in the 6-5 final. On
Saturday, Curry deflected all 30 Black Bear shots to
preserve the win for BU and give the Terriers of their
first two-game sweep in Orono in 21 years.
Boston College’s offense also came to life last week
as the Eagles buried 10 goals in a two-game sweep
of league rival Merrimack in a home-and-home series.
On their own ice last Wednesday, the Eagles
tallied four goals and relied on the rock-solid
goaltending of junior Cory Scheider (21 saves) for a
4-1 win. Then BC’s top line of Benn Ferriero, Brian
Boyle and Joe Rooney exploded for a combined 12
points on Friday as the Eagles streaked past the
Warriors, 6-1. Ferriero finished the two-game set with
four goals and six points, earning league Player of
the Week honors.
Vermont earned three points the hard way, coming
into Northeastern’s Matthews Arena and managing a
tie and a win against the Huskies. On Friday, NU’s
Jimmy russo capped a Husky comeback when he
slipped the disc past UVM’s Joe Fallon to knot the
game at 2-2. When neither team could score in overtime,
each collected a point for the draw. NU goalie
Brad Thiessen had the bulk of the work, collecting 25
saves to Fallon’s 12. The next night, however, Fallon
was impenetrable and Vermont won, 3-0.
PC senior Colin McDonald got the Friars a key road
win when he converted an overtime breakaway to
down UMass Lowell, 3-2, on Saturday. The River
Hawks lost for the second time in two nights, despite
outshooting their opponents on each occasion. On
Friday night, the UMass Minutemen defeated the
River hawks by a 5-1 margin, even though UMass
Lowell enjoyed a 34-29 shot advantage. UMass goalie
Jon Quick finished with 33 saves, while five Minutemen
scored in a balanced offensive attack.
On Saturday, the UNH Wildcats outlasted the
Dartmouth Big Green, 4-2, to lay claim to state bragging
rights in the annual RiverStone Challenge in
Manchester, NH. Wildcat goalie Kevin Regan was
immense, stopping 43 Dartmouth shots. Kevin
Kapstad put the Wildcats ahead to stay with a blistering
shot from the point with six minutes to go.
CCM / RBK HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BENN FERRIERO – Boston College
Sophomore Forward; Essex, MA
Recorded six points – four goals and two
assists – in leading the Eagles to the two-game
sweep of Merrimack, including his
first career hat trick on Friday.
SUPERSKILLS HOCKEY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
BRIAN STRAIT – Boston University
PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF OF THE WEEK
Freshman Defenseman; Waltham, MA
Got the go-ahead goal in Friday’s 6-5 triumph
at Maine. In Saturday’s 3-0 shutout,
Strait was part off a solid defensive
effort as BU shut out the Black Bears.
JOHN CURRY - Boston University
Senior Goaltender; Shorewood, MN
Stopped 70 of the 75 shots he faced
against Maine, including a career-high 40
saves in Friday’s 6-5 win and 30 saves in
a 3-0 shutout on Saturday.
Pete MacArthur, BU (Jr. F; Clifton Park, NY) – Recorded four points in a pair of road wins over No. 2 Maine, including his first career hat
trick in Friday’s 6-5 victory. On Satuday, MacArthur set up the Terriers’ insurance goal.
Joe Fallon (Jr. G; Bemidji, MN) – Made 23 saves, including nine stops in the third period in a 3-0 victory over Northeastern on Saturday at
Matthews Arena. Fallon also had 12 saves in Friday’s 2-2 tie against Northeastern.
Kevin Regan, UNH (Jr. G; South Boston, MA) – Registered 43 saves, two short of a career-high in the win over Dartmouth on Saturday,
earning the RiverStone Player of the Game for his efforts. Notched 17 saves in the first period and 18 stops in the third period.
Colin McDonald, PC (Sr. F; Wethersfield, CT) – Scored the game-winner in overtime to lead PC to a 3-2 win over UMass Lowell.
Josh Ciocco, UNH (Sr. F; Atco, NJ) – Scored three points in the 4-2 over Dartmouth in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup.
Brian Boyle, BC (Sr. F; Hingham, MA) – Recorded a career-high five points – one goal and four assists – in 6-1 win at Merrimack.
Torrey Mitchell, Vermont (Jr. F; Greenfield Park, QC) – Scored a pair of goals including the game-winner in a 3-0 victory over Northeastern on
Saturday. He is second on the team with eight goals this season.
Ian Schaser, UML (Fr. F; Eden Prairie, MN) – Scored first career goal Friday night at UMass, extending his point streak to three games.
Bryan Ewing, BU (Jr. F; Plymouth, MA) – Recorded a goal and two assists in Friday’s 6-5 victory over Maine.
Josh Soares, Maine (Sr. F; Hamilton, ON) – Recorded his second hat trick of the season against Boston University in 6-5 loss.
Boston College: BC’s wins over Merrimack gave the Eagles
a three-game (season) series sweep. For BC’s four seniors,
the win capped their careers with a 10-0-2 mark against
Merrimack … Brian O’Hanley scored his first goal of the
season (the game-winner) in the team’s 4-1 home win over
the Warriors on Wednesday … Joe Rooney has registered
23 points – nine goals and 14 assists – this season, surpassing
his single-season high of 20 points that he set as a
sophomore in 2004-05.
Boston University: BU’s six-goal output in Friday’s win at
Maine was its highest in an opposing rink since a 7-1 victory
at UMass on Dec. 4, 2004 ... The Terriers are 8-2-2 in their
last 12 games and 4-0-1 in their last five conference games
... BU has compiled an impressive 5-1-3 road record this
season ... In Saturday’s 3-0 victory over the Black Bears,
eight players recorded one point apiece.
University of Maine: In the 3-0 loss to Boston University on
Saturday night, it was the first time since January 20, 2006
against Providence that the Black Bears had been shutout
at Alfond Arena ... The 6-5 loss on Friday night to the Terriers
was the first time this season Maine had lost a game in
which they had scored four or more goals ... The hat-trick
scored by Pete MacArthur on Friday was the first by an opponent
since Jan. 27, 2001.
University of Massachusetts: Four Minutemen went 1-1-2
vs. sister school UMass Lowell on Friday: Alex Berry
(Danvers, MA), Chris Davis (Simsbury, CT), P.J. Fenton
(Longmeadow, MA) and David Leaderer (Rochester, NY).
Leaderer’s goal was his first in 67 games, dating back to
Jan. 27, 2005 vs. Boston College … Zech Klann (Peacedale,
RI) also put an end to a scoreless streak dating back to Feb.
26, 2005, at Niagara (40 games).
UMass Lowell: All of UML’s goals over the weekend were
scored by freshmen – Ian Schaser, Jeremy Dehner and Jason
Bergeron … The Lowell penalty kill was 6-for-6 against
Massachusetts and Providence and is 24 for the last 28 (85.7
percent) over the last eight games … The River Hawks face
Northeastern for a home-and-home series this weekend.
Merrimack College: Merrimack has killed off 48 of its last 53
penalties, including 13 of 15 against BC last week ... sophomore
Chris Kane (Irvine, CA) recorded his first career assist
at BC on Wednesday night ... Merrimack’s three Hockey East
wins matches its season total for the 2005-06 season.
University of New Hampshire: UNH has won four straight
games and has outscored its opponent, 18 to 6, during that
time ... Eight of UNH’s 13 remaining regular-season games
are at home ... UNH is the only undefeated team in college
hockey on the road at 10-0-0 ... Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg,
MB) has scored 138 points in 139 career games.
Northeastern University: Northeastern is 4-3-1 (.562) in its
last eight games. That is NU’s best eight-game stretch since
Feb. 3-26, 2005, when Northeastern went 5-2-1 (.688) …
Through 21 games, Northeastern has scored 51 goals. That
is 13 better than the 38 NU scored through 21 games last
season. NU has been shut out twice this season, compared
to six times at this point last season.
Providence College: The Friars are 2-0-1 in overtime games
this season … PC’s win over UMass Lowell on Saturday
was its first since Nov. 26 … The win also marked the Friars’
first road victory this season … The Friars have outshot their
opponents in 17 of the 21 games this season … Colin
McDonald has equaled last season’s goal total with nine.
University of Vermont: Junior Joe Fallon’s 1.58 goals against
average this season is the best in the country … Jay Anctil
(Wolfeboro, NH) earned the first point of his career with an
assist in UVM’s victory over the Huskies on Saturday ... Vermont
hosts BC in a pair of televised contests this weekend.