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Weekly Release
November 26, 2007
HUSKIES STAY IN FIRST WITH OT WIN AT BC
~Terriers take out Cornell at MSG in front of a soldout crowd of 18,200~

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CCM / RBK Player of the Week Joe Vitale of Northeastern
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- The Northeastern Huskies continue to impress league followers and remain atop the league standings with a 4-3 overtime win at No. 13 Boston College on Friday night.

Hockey East Player of the Week Joe Vitale (St. Louis, Mo.) had a four-point night (1g,3a) leading the Huskies to their sixth league win of the season. It took the Huskies until January 26 to pick up their six league win last season. Senior forward Jimmy Russo (Weymouth, Mass.) scored the overtime game-winner with four seconds remaining in the extra frame.

Boston University took down longtime ECAC rival Cornell, 6-3, in front of 18,200 excitable fans at a sold out Madison Square Garden on Saturday night in New York City. The Terriers took a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period and never looked back. Freshman forward Joe Pereira (West Haven, Conn.) scored his first collegiate goal for the Terriers, while senior Pete MacArthur (Clifton Park, N.Y.) scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season, which turned out to be the game-winner.

UMass-Lowell also picked up its first two league wins of the season with two victories against Merrimack College on Tuesday at Lawler Arena and Saturday at Tsongas Arena. The River Hawks won the season series with the Warriors, 2-1. Junior forward Mark Roebothan (St. John’s, Nfld.) scored his first career hat trick on Saturday night, while Chris Auger (Bellville, Ont.) notched two goals in the 3-0 shutout on Tuesday night. Merrimack sophomore forward Matt Jones (Kentwood, Mich.) leads the league in scoring with nine goals, after posting two goals in the loss on Saturday night.

Vermont took three points on the weekend with a 4-2 win over No. 10 Massachusetts on Tuesday night at Gutterson Field House and a 5-5 tie with Maine on Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena in Orono. Corey Carlson (Two Harbors, Minn.), Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ont.) and Colin Vock (Plymouth, Mich.) all tallied five points on the week for the Catamounts, while Peter Lenes (Shelburne, Vt.) recorded four points in UVM’s nine goal outburst in two games. Senior forward Rob Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal for Maine with 59 seconds in regulation to earn the league point for the Black Bears.

No. 8 New Hampshire, the highest nationally ranked team in the league, posted a 5-2 victory over Brown on Saturday night at the Whittemore Center. Senior forward Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) recorded his first collegiate hat trick on Saturday vs. the Bears. The Minutemen capped off the holiday weekend with a 5-2 win over Union College on Sunday night at the Mullins Center in Amherst. UMass recorded 55 shots on goal vs. the Dutchmen, including 26 shots in the final period.

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CCM/RBK PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JOE VITALE - NORTHEASTERN
JUNIOR FORWARD; ST. LOUIS, MO.

Vitale had four points (1g,3a) in the 4-3 overtime win against No. 13 Boston College on Friday night at Conte Forum. He had the primary assist on the overtime gamewinner by Jimmy Russo.

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ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

JOE PEREIRA - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
FRESHMAN FORWARD; WEST HAVEN, CONN.

Pereira registered two points in the 6-3 win over Cornell in front of 18,200 fans at Madison Square Garden. He scored his first collegiate goal 8:50 into the first period.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CARTER HUTTON - UMASS-LOWELL
SOPHOMORE GOALTENDER; THUNDER BAY, ONT.

Hutton earned his second collegiate shutout on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win at Merrimack. He recorded 22 saves in the victory, which included 13 stops in the final period.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Rob Bellamy, ME (Sr., F, Westfield, Mass.) Notched the game-tying goal with 59 seconds remaining in regulation as Maine and Vermont skated to a 5-5 tie

Corey Carlson, UVM (Jr., F, Two Harbors, Minn.) Scored two goals and had three assists for five points in two games last week.

Jeff Dimmen, ME (Fr., D, Colorado Springs, Colo.) Scored a goal and an assist in Maine’s 5-5 tie with Vermont.

Kory Falite, UML (So., F, Billerica, Mass.) Had a goal and two assists and totaled seven shots on goal in two games for UML.

Matt Fornataro, UNH (Fr., F, Calgary, Alberta) Recorded a career-high four points and four assists in a 5-2 win over Brown.

Keenan Hopson, ME (Sr., F, Prince George, B.C.) Scored a goal and added a pair of assists in Maine’s 5-5 tie with Vermont on Sunday afternoon.

Mike Kostka, UMass (Sr., D, Ajax, Ontario) Had three assists and finished with a +3 rating as UMass split the week.

Matt Jones, MC (So., F, Kentwood, Mich.) Scored two goals at UMass Lowell on Saturday night.

Peter Lenes, UVM (Jr., F, Shelburne, Vt.) Scored a power-play goal and had three assists in a win and a tie in Hockey East play for Vermont last week.

Pete MacArthur, BU (Sr., F, Clifton Park, N.Y.) Had three points on the week (2g,1a) and tallied the game-winning goal in the Terriers’ 6-3 win over Cornell.

Kevan Miller, UVM (Fr., D, Los Angeles, Calif.) Scored the first two goals of his career in a win and a tie for Vermont last week.

Mike Potacco, UML (Jr., F, Kinnelon, N.J.) Recorded a career-high three points (1g, 2a) in UML’s 6-2 victory over Merrimack Saturday night.

Mike Radja, UNH (Sr., F, Yorkville, Ill.) Had a career-high four points and registered his first career hat trick in the Wildcats‚ 5-2 win over Brown.

Mark Roebothan, UML (Jr., F, St. John’s, Nfld.) Had three goals and was earned a +2 rating, totaling totaled seven shots on goal in UML’s two victories over Merrimack.

Cory Quirk, UMass (Jr., F, Brockton, Mass.) Scored two goals and added an assist as UMass split the week.

Dean Strong, UVM (Jr., F, Mississauga, Ont.) Posted a goal and four assists in two games. Strong scored the game-winner with 25 seconds left on Tuesday vs. UMass.

James vanRiemsdyk, UNH (Fr., F, Middletown, N.J.) Tallied a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over Brown.

Colin Vock, UVM (So., F, Plymouth, Mich.) Scored two goals and had three assists for five points in a win and a tie last week.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Friday’s game marked the sixth time (in 12 games) that the Eagles and their opponent have played overtime hockey...BC is 0-4-2 in overtime games...Freshman forward Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.) recorded his 12th assist of the season on Friday and now ranks tied for first in the nation in assists per game...Whitney is tied with Wisconsin’s Kyle Turris for third among all rookies in the country in points per game...BC scored two of its three goals against NU on the power play, incresing its effeciency to 25% (16 for 64)...The Eagles have scored at least one powerplay goal in 10 of its 12 games played this fall...The team ranks tied for third among national leaders in power-play efficiency... Although the BC penalty kill allowed two goals to Northeastern for the first time this season, the team is still killing opponent power plays with 91.3% success (63 for 69)...Boston College ranks first in the nation in the Combined Special Teams category.

Boston University: Senior Pete MacArthur (Clifton Park, N.Y.) became the 56th player in BU history to score 50 goals in a career when he tallied the game winner in Saturday’s win over Cornell...Junior Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) posted a +4 rating against the Big Red to take over the team lead at +8 for the season...The Terriers have now won their last six games at Madison Square Garden, spanning two buildings...BU has 18 different goal scorers this season, matching UMass for the most in the league... The Terriers have scored at least five goals four times this season after only performing that feat twice last year.

Maine: Maine scored a season-high five goals against Vermont on Sunday...Rob Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season on vs. UVM and it was the game-tying goal with 59 seconds remaining in the game...Chris Hahn (Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.) scored his team-leading second shorthanded goal of the season on Sunday...Maine scored a regular strength goal, a short-handed goal, a power play goal and an extra-attacker goal on Sunday vs. the Catamounts.

Massachusetts: UMass is undefeated this season when scoring 3-or-more goals (6-0-2) and are undefeated at home (3- 0-3)…UMass has not lost at home in the last 12 games (8-0-4) dating back to last season…UMass improves to 37-0-1 in the last 38 games when scoring four-or-more goals after beating Union 5-2…Three times this season UMass has scored five goals…For the season, 21-of-22 skaters who have dressed for games have scored at least one point.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks went 2-0 on the week and have points in five of their last six games (2-1-3, 7 points)…Junior Mark Roebothan (St. John’s, Nfld.) recorded his first career hat trick in UML’s 6-2 win Saturday; it was the first hat trick by a River Hawk since Danny O’Brien scored three in a 4-3 overtime victory at Providence (Jan. 15, 2005)…The River Hawks scored a season-high four second period goals Saturday against Merrimack and have totaled a Hockey East high 18 goals in the second period this season…Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis.), three assists, and Mike Potacco (Kinnelon, N.J.), goal and two assists, each totaled a career-high three points Saturday night…Chris Auger (Belleville, Ont.) recorded his first career multi-goal game with two tallies at Merrimack Tuesday.

Merrimack: Matt Jones leads all Hockey East skaters with nine goals...Jones has posted ten points (eight goals, two assists) in his last nine games...Jones posted 13 shots in two games this week against UML...the Warriors were shutout for the first time this season Tuesday, 3-0 by UML...Rob Ricci notched his 25th career assist on Jones’ first goal in Merrimack’s 6-2 loss Saturday night at Lowell...Merrimack has outscored its opponents 13-6 in the third period this season.

New Hampshire: The Wildcats have scored three goals in a period in six of the seven wins this season...UNH improved to 7-2-1 with a 5-2 win over Brown...The win was the seventh straight over Brown dating back to the 1988-89 season...Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) posted his first career hat trick and tallied a career-high four points...In the third period, the Wildcats scored all three goals on special teams with a pair of power play goals and their first short-handed goal of the season...Matt Fornataro set career highs in points (four) and assists (four) in the winning effort, while Phil DeSimone also set a career-high in points (two)...UNH is 3-0-0 in non-conference tilts and are 4-1-0 on Saturday nights.

Northeastern: Northeastern extended its unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) with Friday’s 4-3 overtime win over Boston College. The last time Northeastern had a six-game unbeaten streak Jan. 6-25, 2002 (5-0-1)...The last time NU had a longer unbeaten streak was eight games (6-0-2) from Nov. 22-Dec. 28, 1997...All six games of NU’s unbeaten streak were Hockey East games. The last time NU had a longer Hockey East unbeaten streak was eight games (5-0-3) Dec. 3, 1999-Jan. 29, 2000. NU’s longest Hockey East unbeaten streak was nine games (8-0-1) Dec. 4, 1985-Jan. 11, 1986...Northeastern’s opponent has scored first in nine of 11 games this season but NU is 6-3-0 in those games...Friday’s game was NU’s second overtime win of the season. Northeastern is 5-1-5 in its last 11 overtime games. It was the second overtime game-winner of Jimmy Russo’s career and his first goal of the season.

Providence College: Pierce Norton (South Boston, Mass.) is on a four-game point streak (five goals, two assists)...Norton has scored two goals in each of the last two games...The Friars are 6-for-12 (.500) on the power play in the last four games.

Vermont: Vermont’s 14 goals during its current three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) are the most for the Catamounts since scoring 14 times during a three-game winning streak from Feb. 20- 27 in 2004…Linemates Corey Carlson, Dean Strong and Colin Vock have combined for 26 points…Linemates Brayden Irwin (Toronto, Ont.), Peter Lenes and Viktor Stalberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) have combined for 23 points…Together the two lines have accounted for 49 of UVM’s 68 points or 72-percent of the team’s scoring…Vermont is 6-3-16 in its last 25 overtime games following a 5-5 tie at Maine on Sunday…The Catamounts are unbeaten in 32 straight games when scoring at least four goals.

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