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Weekly Release
January 26, 2009
NO. 2 BU SWEEPS NO. 12 UNH; NU TAKES TWO FROM PC
~Eagles earn pair of wins vs. Maine; Vermont earns three points; UML sweeps~

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Reebok Player of the Week Ryan Ginand of Northeastern
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- In a exciting weekend of Hockey East play, No. 2 Boston University swept No. 12 New Hampshire in a home and home series, while No. 5 Northeastern did the same to Providence. No. 7 Vermont captured three points in a weekend series with Massachusetts at Gutterson Fieldhouse and No. 14 Boston College swept Maine at home. UMass-Lowell also swept its home and home series with Merrimack.

Colin Wilson (Winnipeg, Man.) wasted no time getting the Terriers on the board on Friday night, scoring 0:38 into the first stanza. BU tallied another two goals in the first frame and captured a lead it would not relinquish. Senior Chris Higgins (Lynnfield, Mass.) earned three assists on the night, while the 5-0 victory marked the first time the Terriers earned a victory over the Wildcats at Agganis Arena. Back in action at the Whittemore Center on Saturday, the Terriers downed UNH 3-1. Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.) has allowed two or fewer goals in his last ten starts. Classmate Chris Connolly (Duluth, Minn.) broke a 1-1 tie, scoring seconds after Mike Sislo (Superior, Wisc.) got the Wildcats on the board in the third. The tally marked Connolly’s third game-winner so far in his rookie campaign.

NU continued its dominant play, sweeping the Friars this weekend. At Schneider Arena on Friday night, Brad Thiessen (Aldergrove, B.C.) stopped 32 shots, bringing the Huskies to a 3-1 victory. Mike McLaughlin (Seaforth, Ont.) picked up two goals on the night, while Wade MacLeod (Coquitlam, B.C.) tallied three assists. The Huskies’ offense came alive on Saturday night, defeating PC 6-3 at Matthews Arena. Reebok Player of the Week Ryan Ginand’s (Milford, Mass.) hat trick and assist lifted NU to victory. PC’s Alex Beaudry (Cumblerand, Ont.) stopped 39 shots in the losing effort.

Massachusetts headed to Burlington for a two-game set against Vermont this weekend. Justin Milo (Edina, Minn.) scored a short-handed goal early in the game on Friday night, en route to a 2-1 victory over the Minutemen in game one of the series. Back at it on Saturday night, UVM’s Viktor Stalberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) and UMass’ Casey Wellman (Brentwood, Calif.) scored the lone goals for their squads in a 1-1 stalemate on Saturday night. Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Rob Madore (Venetia, Pa.) only allowed two goals on the weekend.

BC hosted Maine for a two-game series at Conte Forum, beginning Saturday night. In a game that saw six goals scored in a seven minute span in the second period, the Eagles claimed a 5-3 victory over the Black Bears on Friday night. Matt Price (Milton, Ont.) registered two goals for BC, while Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.) notched a goal and an assist. BC went on to earn a 4-1 victory over Maine in a Sunday matinee. Nine Eagles got on the scoring sheet in the win, while Whitney added another goal in the victory.

The River Hawks hosted Merrimack on Thursday, when they earned a 3-2 victory over the Warriors behind Jeremy Dehner’s (Madison, Wis.) two-goal night. Merrimack netminder Joe Cannata (Wakefield, Mass.) stopped 32 shots in the losing effort. The teams headed to North Andover for another contest on Saturday night. UML defeated the Warriors 3-2, while Mark Roebothan (Milford, Mass.) netted two goals, including the game-winner, just over halfway through the final stanza.

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REEBOK PLAYER OF THE WEEK

RYAN GINAND - NORTHEASTERN
Senior Forward; Milford, Mass.

Ginand registered five points (4g,1a) in Northeastern’s sweep of PC, which included his second career hat trick on Saturday in the 6-3 win. He also had two points (1g,1a) in the win Friday.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

ROB MADORE - VERMONT
Freshman Goaltender; Venetia, Pa.

Madore stopped 46 of 48 (.958 save%) in the Catamounts three point weekend against UMass. He notched 25 saves in the 2-1 victory on Friday night.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

KIERAN MILLAN - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Freshman Goaltender; Edmonton, Alb.

Millan notched 51 saves (.980 save%) in the weekend sweep vs. UNH. He recorded his second career shutout Friday and posted a 29-save performance on Satuday.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Barry Almeida, BC (Fr., F, Springfield, Mass.) Scored two goals in BC’s two-game weekend sweep of Maine.

Mike Banwell, Maine (So., D, Scarborough, Ont.) Posted a goal in each game over the weekend against Boston College.

Scott Campbell, UML (So., F, Navan, Ont.) Had a team-high three assists and won a team-best 65% (26 of 40) of his face offs.

Chris Connolly, BU (Fr., F, Duluth, Minn.) Broke a third-period tie with the game-winning goal in the Terriers’ 3-1 win over UNH after two assists Friday.

Jeremy Dehner, UML (Jr., D, Madison, Wis.) Had three points (2g,1a) in the sweep of Merrimack including his first career two-goal game.

Matt Germain, PC (So. Rockland, Mass.) Had one goal and one assist against Northeastern on Saturday.

Chris Higgins, BU (Sr., Lynnfield, Mass.) Tallied a goal and three assists in BU’s four-point weekend vs. New Hampshire.

Jason Lawrence, BU (Sr., Saugus, Mass.) Had a goal and three assists in BU’s four-point weekend.

Mike McLaughlin, NU (Fr., F, Seaforth, Ont.) Scored twice, including the game-winning goal, in NU’s 3-1 win over Providence Friday.

John Muse, BC (So., G, East Falmouth, Mass.) Registered a .923 save percentage in two wins over Maine. Stopped 48-of-52 shots faced,

Mark Roebothan, UML (Sr., F, St. John’s, Nlfd.) Scored two goals in the third period, including the game-winner, Saturday at Merrimack.

Mike Sislo, UNH (So., F, Superior, Wis.) Scored the game-tying goal to make the score 1-1 on Saturday night in the third period.

Viktor Stålberg, UVM (Jr., F, Gothenburg, Sweden) Scored his team leading 14th goal and had 13 shots over the weekend in vs. UMass.

Brad Thiessen, NU (Jr., G, Aldergrove, B.C.) Made 55 saves on 59 shots in a pair of wins over Providence College this weekend.

Jesse Todd, MC (Fr., F, Camrose, Alb.) Tallied a goal and an assist to go with four shots in two games vs. Lowell.

Joe Whitney, BC (So., F, Reading, Mass.) Registered a team-high three points (2g,1a) and a rating of +4 in consecutive victories over Maine.

Colin Wilson, BU (So., F, Winnipeg, Man.) Tallied four points (2g, 2a) in BU’s home-and-home sweep of New Hampshire.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO’S HOT?

Mike Banwell, Maine (Scarborough, Ont.) Scored his first collegiate goal on Saturday night at BC

Jeremy Dehner, UML (Madison, Wis.) Recorded his first career two-goal game Thursday night

Malcolm Lyles, BC (Miami Gardens, Fla.) Made his collegiate debut and notched the primary assist on Joe Whitney’s game-winning goal in Saturday’s 6-3 victory

Wade MacLeod, NU (Coquitlam, B.C.) Had a goal and five assists in two games against Providence

Luke Popko, BU (Skilman, N.J.) Played in the 100th game of his career on Friday

Michael Scheu, UML (Bufalo , N.Y.) Recorded his first career assist on his first career shift Saturday

Edwin Shea, BC (Shrewsbury , Mass.) Tallied his first collegiate point on Saturday

Colin Wilson, BU (Winnipeg, Man.) Has tallied nine points (2g,7a) in his current 5-game point streak

THIS WEEK IN HOCKEY EAST HISTORY

January 25-26, 2002: In his first season behind the bench at Maine, head coach Tim Whitehead returned to UMass Lowell where he coached the previous five seasons and swept the River Hawks 2-1 and 4-1 respectively.

January 27, 1996: UMass Lowell completes a weekend sweep of the nation’s top-ranked team when the River Hawks edge Boston University, 5-4, in front of a sellout crowd of 3,200 at the Tully Forum. UML had beaten BU, 8-6, the previous night in Boston.

January 27, 1998: The $21.4-million Paul E. Tsongas Arena opens, and a sellout crowd of 6,496 is on hand to watch UMass Lowell play Dartmouth in the inaugural hockey game. Dartmouth wins the game, 2-1.

Jan. 28, 2002: UNH is ranked first in the nation for the first time since the 2000 season.

January 30, 2000: Sophomore goaltender Cam McCormick posts the first of his school-record eight career shutouts, turning aside only 17 shots as UMass Lowell blanks Massachusetts, 3-0, at the Mullins Center in Amherst.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Junior forward Matt Price (Milton, Ont.) scored twice in BC’s 6-3 win on Saturday, marking the first multiple-goal game of his 91-game collegiate career…Freshman defenseman Tommy Cross (Simsbury, Conn.) tallied a career-high three assists in Saturday’s 6-3 victory, registering his second multiple-assist effort of his career….Senior defenseman Tim Kunes (Huntington, N.Y.) scored his first goal of the season – the gamewinner – in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Maine…Senior Benn Ferriero (Essex, Mass.), who tallied one goal and one assist this weekend, attempted a team-high nine shots while freshman Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) registered seven shots…Boston College scored 10 goals in the two-game weekend series victory – nine at even-stregth and one on the power play.

Boston University: The Terriers are now 11-1-1 in their last 13 contests...BU’s home-and-home sweep of UNH was its first against the Wildcats since since Jan. 26-27, 2001... Freshman goaltender Kieran Millan went over 315 minutes without allowing an even-strength goal before UNH ended the streak on Saturday...Millan has not allowed more than one goal in any of his last 32 periods between the pipes..The Terriers have gone 77 games without being shut out - the longest active streak in the nation...BU’s penalty kill has been successful on 73 of its last 78 chances, including 20 straight...The Terriers have tallied 10 power-play goals in their last five contests... Among Hockey East teams, BU has scored the most goals (87) and allowed the fewest (45)...Senior defenseman Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) has played in 125 consecutive games and has a career rating of plus-65.

Maine: Maine’s game at Boston College on Sunday marked the sixth time that the Black Bears have played on Sunday this season...Maine has played on four out of the last five Sunday’s and will play next Sunday as well...Maine scored three goals in 3:32 on Saturday night at Boston College in the second period...The Black Bears got goals from Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.), Lem Randall (Snow Lake, Man.) and Mike Banwell (Scarborough, Ont.) in the span... Maine’s 6-3 loss to Boston College on Saturday was just the second time this season that Maine has scored three goals in a game and lost the game...Maine defenseman Banwell entered the weekend having played in 37 career games without scoring a goal. Banwell had a goal in each of Maine’s games at Boston College over the weekend.

Massachusetts: UMass played in its sixth overtime game of the season on Saturday at Vermont and now has a 1-2-3 record in those games…UMass is now 3-6-3 against ranked teams this season including a 3-3-2 mark against teams ranked in the nation’s top-10…UMass snapped an 0-for-21 power play streak with a power play goal against Vermont on Saturday…UMass’ last six games have been decided by one-goal or less (1-3-2) – for the season, UMass is 3-10 in games decided by less than two goals and 7-1 in goals decided by three goals or more…UMass has allowed just two first period goals in the last six games – UMass is 9-1-0 this season when leading after the first period…UMass is 10-2-0 when scoring three or more goals this year and 0-9-3 when scoring fewer than three goals…Over the last 12 games, UMass has all four shorthanded goals of the season and five power play goals.

UMass -Lowell: The River Hawks swept their weekend home-and-home series with Merrimack, winning both games by 3-2 scores…UML has played 11 one-goal games this season (3-8-0), including four in a row and eight of the last nine…Jeremy Dehner recorded his first career two-goal game in Thursday’s win, and had three points (2g,1a) in the two-game series…Scott Campbell had three assists over the weekend…The River Hawks visit the University of Maine Friday night. UML is winless (0-14-1) in their last 15 games at Alfond Arena.

Merrimack: Saturday’s 3-2 loss against UMass Lowell marked the 500th Merrimack game in Hockey East play...Merrimack has outscored its opponents 34-31 in 5-on-5 situations this season... Mickey Rego’s (Hudson, Mass.) third-period goal against Lowell on Saturday was his first tally since December 5, 2006 against Massachusetts...Jeff Velleca (Waterbury, Conn.) notched his first Hockey East goal Thursday against Lowell...Ten of Merrimack’s 14 losses have been by one goal, including six of the last seven...Chris Barton (Calgary, Alb.) has four of Merrimack’s 10 power play goals this season...Karl Stollery (Camrose, Alb.), who leads Warrior defensemen with 10 points, is second among Hockey East freshmen on the blueline in scoring...Merrimack wraps up its season series with BU on Friday before taking on Providence for the first time this year on Saturday.

New Hampshire: UNH snapped an impressive 75-game streak without being shutout on Friday night...Mike Sislo scored the Wildcats’ lone goal on the weekend. Sislo has scored eight of his team-best 15 goals in the last seven games...After being blanked in four games since his return from the Junior Nationals, James van Riemsdyk setup UNH’s goal with a cross-ice pass in front of the net...UNH outshot BU 30-18 in a losing effort on Saturday night, the Terriers previous low for shots was 26 on two prior occasions...The Wildcats had the first seven shots of the third period, but the BU game-winning goal came on its first shot of the period... UNH will host a 25th-anniversary event this Friday night against Vermont as its part of the 25th-Anniversary of Hockey East.

Northeastern: With 12 games remaining in the regular season, Northeastern has notched 17 wins for the first time since 2001-02 and 13 Hockey East wins for the first time since 1997-98...Ryan Ginand had the second hat trick of his career on Saturday and had a 4-1-5 scoring line for the weekend. He leads NU with 15 goals and is tied for the team lead with 22 points (15-7-22) with Wade MacLeod, who has a 9-13-22 line. Ginand’s five points weren’t even a team high for the weekend – that distinction went to MacLeod, who had three assists on Friday and a goal and two assists on Saturday...Northeastern’s power play has risen from 12.1 percent after 20 games to 15.8 percent through 24. Over the last four games, Northeastern went eight-for-26 (30.7 percent)...Junior defenseman Jim Driscoll (Dedham, Mass.) has quietly logged a +12 in 24 games...Among the national leaders, goaltender Brad Thiessen ranks first in saves (714), second in wins (17), fourth in save percentage (.939) and eighth in GAA (1.90).

Providence College: PC’s season long five-game unbeaten streak came to an end after a 3-1 loss against fifth-ranked Northeastern…Senior Matt Taormina (Washington Township, Mich.) has recorded at least one point in six of the last seven games, a span in which he has recorded 10 points (one goal, nine assists). Taormina is now in sole possession of 18th place in PC’s scoring list among defensemen with 63 career points…Sophomore Matt Germain has scored one goal in three of the last four games…Four of the Friars’ six wins this season have come on the road…Of the 54 goals scored by the Friars this season, 29 have been scored by freshmen and sophomores…The Friars have scored 43 of their 54 goals in the second and third periods this season.

Vermont: The Catamounts finished the regular season series 2-0-1 against Massachusetts…UVM is 19-4-3 all-time at Gutterson Fieldhouse against UMass…Vermont (14-5-4) has the nation’s eighth best winning percentage (.696) and only No. 1 Notre Dame (3) and Cornell (2) have fewer losses than the Catamounts…Vermont went 14-for-15 on the penalty kill in a win and a tie against UMass over the weekend…Freshman goalie Rob Madore is 8-3-3 with a 2.17 GAA and a .920 save percentage. His 2.17 GAA ranks 15th in the country and is third best among rookies…Vermont is 2-0-4 in overtime games this season…The Catamounts are 18-5 in one goal games dating back to the start of last season…Vermont meets New Hampshire on Friday (Jan. 30) in the first of three meetings between the two teams this season…Last season the Catamounts defeated the Wildcats 4-3 on March 8 at the Whittemore Center in the regular season finale for the two teams…It marked Vermont’s first road win against UNH since Oct. 19, 1996.

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