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Weekly Release
February 25, 2008
NO. 3 UNH SWEEPS BC AND CLAIMS REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
~BU, UVM sweep and move into second; Maine, Merrimack also take two~

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CCM / RBK Players of the Week BU's Bryan Ewing and UNH's Kevin Regan
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- No. 3 University of New Hampshire earned its second straight regular-season championship with a weekend sweep of No. 7 Boston College over the weekend, while Boston University, Maine, Merrimack and Vermont all took two victories in their respective series, making the weekend five for five with series sweeps.

The Wildcats, who earned their seventh regular-season title in school history, have now won 20+ games and hosted the quarterfinal playoff round for the last 12th consecutive season. Senior goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) had another stellar weekend, stopping 54 of 55 shots by the Eagles for a .982 save percentage. He has recorded a 12-0-1 record in his last 13 Hockey East starts with a 1.45 GAA and a .956 save percentage. UNH is in the midst of a nine-game unbeaten streak overall (8-0-1), which is the second best streak in Division I hockey.

Maine took a huge series against Massachusetts to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot, as senior forward Wes Clark (Oakville, Ont.) scored in overtime on Sunday in the 5-4 vicotry to keep the Black Bears within two of the Minutemen in the league standings. Rookie forward Andrew Sweetland (Bonavista, Nfld.) had a team-high four points over the weekend. Senior captain Mike Kostka (Ajax, Ont.) paced the Minutemen with three points in the losing cause.

Boston University moved into second place with a pair of victories as senior co-captain Bryan Ewing (Plymouth, Mass.) scored five points (3g,2a) in the series for the Terriers. Ewing also became the sixth active league player to score his 100th collegiate point with his game-tying goal on Saturday night at Agganis Arena. The Terriers have the nation’s longest win streak, which currently stands at six games and they also own college hockey’s third longest unbeaten streak. BU sophomore netminder Brett Bennett (Williamsville, N.Y.) notched 25 saves in the 7-4 win Friday and 20 stops in the 3-2 victory on Saturday, which marked his 12th win of the season.

Merrimack College also remained in the race for one of the final playoff spots, as it downed Providence College over the weekend in both games. On Friday night, sophomore goalie Andrew Braithwaite (Kingston, Ont.) made 42 saves in his second shutout of the season on Friday in the 2-0 win at Lawler Arena. The Warriors came back the next night and edged out the Friars by a score of 3-2. He made 47 saves in that game for his eighth win of the season. Braithwaite has started 14 straight contests for Merrimack, during that time he has posted six wins with a 2.21 GAA and .929 save percentage. He has allowed two goals or less in eight of those 14 starts.

The Catamounts, who moved into second place along with the Terriers, made a huge statement this weekend taking the road sweep against UMass-Lowell at Tsongas Arena. Vermont opened the series with a 3-2 triumph on Friday and then on Saturday they recorded a 1-0 shutout of the River Hawks. Senior goalie Joe Fallon (Bemidji, Minn.) stopped 42 shots in the UML series, allowing just one goal. With his 18th career shutout on Saturday, he tied former Michigan State goalie Ryan Miller for the second most shutouts in NCAA history. Fallon is 7-1-1 in his last nine games with a 1.64 GAA and .939 save percentage for the Catamounts.

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CCM/RBK PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

BRYAN EWING - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
SENIOR FORWARD; PLYMOUTH, MASS.
Ewing Had a five-point (3g, 2a) weekend, scoring both game-winning goals in the sweep of Northeastern.

KEVIN REGAN - NEW HAMPSHIRE
SENIOR GOALTENDER; SOUTH BOSTON, MASS.
Regan stopped 54 of 55 shots by No. 7 Boston College in the weekend sweep to clinch the regular-season title for the ‘Cats.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIES OF THE WEEK

ANDREW SWEETLAND - MAINE
FRESHMAN FORWARD; BONAVISTA, NFLD.

Sweetland had a team-high four points (2g,2a) in two wins against Massachusetts, which included a career-high three points (2g,1a) in Sunday’s 5-4 win. He assisted on Wes Clark’s game-winning overtime goal.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ANDREW BRAITHWAITE - MERRIMACK
SOPHOMORE GOALTENDER; KINGSTON, ONT.

Braithwaite turned away 89 of 91 shots in the weekend sweep of Providence. He posted a .978 save percentage on the weekend. He made 47 saves on Saturday and 42 stops on Friday night.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Ben Bishop, ME (Jr., G, Des Peres, Mo.) Went 2-0-0 with a 2.93 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. He made 24 saves on Saturday and 36 on Sunday.

Nick Bonino, BU (Fr., F, Unionville, Conn.) Recorded a goal and an assist in the Terriers’ weekend sweep against Northeastern.

Wes Clark, ME (Sr., F, Oakville, Ont.) Had two goals in the weekend sweep of UMass, including the overtime game-winning goal on Sunday.

Danny Dries, UNH (Fr., F, Lake Orion, Mich.) Posted a pair of goals as UNH completed a weekend sweep of BC.

Joe Fallon, UVM (Sr., G, Bemidji, Minn.) Made 42 saves and allowed just two goals in a weekend sweep at UMass-Lowell.

Matt Fornataro, UNH (Sr., F, Calgary, Alb.) Tallied four points (1g,3a) in a weekend sweep of Boston College

Chris Higgins, BU (Jr., F, Lynnfield, Mass.) Recorded a goal and two assists in the Terriers’ two wins against Northeastern.

Ben Holmstrom, UML (So., F, Colorado Springs, Colo.) Recorded an assist Friday night and won 65.1% of his face offs (28 of 43).

Mike Kostka, UMass (Sr., D, Ajax, Ont.) Scored three points (2g,1a) in UMass’ series at Maine.

Pete MacArthur, BU (Sr., F, Clifton Park, N.Y.) Tallied four points (2g, 2a) with a +4 rating in BU’s home-and-home sweep over Northeastern.

Rob Ricci, MC (So., F, Brampton, Ont.) Had three goals on the weekend, including both goals in Merrimack’s 2-0 vs. PC on Friday.

Slavomir Tomko, UVM (Sr., D, Zvolen, Slovakia) Scored the game-winning goal on Saturday with 5:41 left in the third period in a 1-0 win at UMass-Lowell.

Brandon Yip, BU (Jr., F, Maple Ridge, B.C.) Registered two goals in BU’s 7-4 win at Northeastern on Friday

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Friday’s 2-0 home loss to New Hampshire marked the first time BC was shutout since Oct. 19, 2007, when the team skated to a 0-0 two-period tie with North Dakota...Junior forward Andrew Orpik (East Amherst, N.Y.) scored his career-high fifth goal of the season in the team’s 5-1 loss at New Hampshire on Saturday. Orpik has now registered 10 points (5g,5a) in 32 games...Senior captain Mike Brennan (Smithtown, N.Y.) has played in 156 games and is tied with former Eagles Ryan Murphy (2001-05) and Peter Harrold (2002-06) for 22nd on BC’s career games played list...The Eagles have concluded the season series with seven of nine league opponents, in order: Vermont (2-0-1), Boston University (2-0-1), Merrimack (2-0-1), Maine (1-0-2), Massachusetts (1-1-1), UMass-Lowell (2-1-0) and New Hampshire (0-3-0).

Boston University: The Terriers’ are on a nation-best six-game win streak, their longest since a seven-game run in March 2006...Half of BU’s 14 wins this season have come in the month of February... Colin Wilson (Winnipeg, Man.) has 32 points this season, the most by a BU freshman since Ed Lowney put up 33 in 1983-84...Senior Pete MacArthur’s goal against Northeastern on Saturday gave him 138 career points, tying him with Peter Marzo and Mike Sullivan for 28th in the program record book.

Maine: Maine’s five goals on Sunday tied its season-high...Maine’s come-from-behind victory on Saturday night was the first time this season that Maine has overcome a third period deficit to win...Saturday against UMass was the first time that Maine had forwards Chris Hahn (Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.), Keenan Hopson (Prince George, B.C.), Billy Ryan (Milton, Mass.) and Andrew Sweetland all in the lineup at the same time since Nov. 25...Matt Duffy (Windham, Maine) scored his team-leading third game-winning goal on Saturday against UMass. Sweetland had his team-leading third multi-goal game of the season on Sunday against UMass...Three of Maine’s last four games have gone to overtime.

Massachusetts: UMass falls to 41-2-1 in the last 44 games where the Minutemen score four-or-more goals in a game…The Minutemen have scored a power play goal in each of the last three games (4-for- 15)…UMass falls to 4-8-0 this season in one-goal games...Senior David Leaderer (Rochester, N.Y.) will set the UMass all-time games played record on March 7 vs. Merrimack, UMass’ Senior Day. The record is currently held by Pete Trovato (2001-05) with 145 career games played.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks were swept over the weekend and in the season series by Vermont…Saturday’s loss was just the third 1-0 setback in UML’s history, but the second in the last month (1/26 vs. Minnesota Duluth)…Lowell lost for just the third time over the last 23 games when allowing two goals or less (17-3-3) with Saturday’s loss…UML has scored two goals or less in five of the last six games (all losses) and are 0-10-1 on the season when scoring two or less…The River Hawks won 58.1% of their face offs (72 of 124) against UVM over the weekend. Scott Campbell (Navan, Ont.) won 71.0% (22 of 31) and Ben Holmstrom won 65% (28 of 43).

Merrimack: Andrew Braithwaite had a streak of 127:01 without allowing a goal dating back to the third period at Vermont last Saturday. Braithwaite stopped 139 of 142 shots in three games this season against Providence, posting a 2-0-1 record...With four games remaining, the Warriors are three points behind UMass for the eighth and final playoff spot. The teams will face off twice to end the regular season March 7th and 8th...Merrimack’s home-and-home sweep was its first since February 18th and 19th of 2000 against Northeastern. The Warriors did sweep Maine at home this season in consecutive nights...The 3-2 victory at Providence was Merrimack’s second conference road victory this season and first since November 1st at Lowell...Merrimack killed 12 straight penalties this weekend and 16 straight against Providence this season...Goals by Rob Ricci and J.C. Robitaille (Des Ruisseaux, Que.) gave Merrimack three players with 10 or more goals. Ricci has a five-game point streak

New Hampshire: The Wildcats clinched the regular-season title for the second-straight season by virtue of a weekend home-and-home sweep of No. 7 Boston College...Kevin Regan stopped all 28 shots he faced en route to his third shutout of the season on Friday night at the Heights and followed that up by stopping 26-of-27 in the weekend finale...With his pair of wins, Regan moved in to second on the all-time list of Hockey East wins (48) just four behind Scott Clemmensen (52) of Boston College...On Friday night, UNH extended the longest active streak of 20-win seasons in Hockey East with 12-straight seasons...The Wildcats will host its leaguebest 12th-straight Hockey East quarterfinals. The last time UNH traveled for the quarterfinals was the 1995-96 season when the Wildcats lost two games at Maine...During UNH’s current nine game unbeaten streak, the first line of Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.), Matt Fornataro and Danny Dries has combined for 45 points (18g,27a). Regan is 8-0-1 with a 1.54 GAA, a.952 save percentage and 276 saves during that same stretch.

Northeastern: Joe Vitale (St. Louis, Mo.) had a goal and an assist on Friday, giving him an 11-19-30 scoring line for the season. He is Northeastern’s first 30-point scorer since Jason Guerriero (17-31-48) and Mike Morris (19-20-39) in 2004-05...Tyler McNeely has an 11-10-21 scoring line and Wade MacLeod (Coquitlam, B.C.) has a 6-14-20 line, marking the first time since 2001-02 that two Northeastern freshmen have over 20 points. That season Guerriero had 35 points (9-26-35) and Tim Judy had 22 (3-19-22)...Drew Muench (Martensville, Sask.) had shots tipped to earn assists on power-play goals by Vitale on Friday and McNeely on Saturday.

Providence College: Senior goalie Tyler Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.) set a Providence College record by playing in his 110th career game on Friday, breaking Dan Dennis’ (1993-97) record on 109…The Friars have outshot their opponents in 24 of the 30 games…Junior Pierce Norton’s (South Boston, Mass.) 14 goals this season is double the amount he had in his first two seasons at Providence…The Friars, who had two players with 20 or more points last season, have four players who have 20-plus points this season.

Vermont: The Catamounts have won six of seven contests…Vermont was tied with Merrimack for eighth place in Hockey East on Jan. 17. Since then the Catamounts have gone 8-2-2 to jump into a second place tie with Boston University in the league standings...The back-to-back wins against UMass-Lowell marked the first time UVM has swept a two-game road series in Hockey East. It’s the first sweep on the road for the Catamounts since winning consecutive games at Clarkson on March 7 and 8 in 2003…Vermont is 9-2 in one-goal games this season…UVM ended a 1-for-28 slump on the power play with a pair of power-play goals in Friday’s 3-2 win at UML … Vermont hosts Maine in a two-game series at Gutterson Fieldhouse this weekend with both games starting at 7:30pm … The Catamounts and Black Bears skated to a 5-5 tie in this season’s first meeting at Alfond Sports Arena on Nov. 25.

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