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Weekly Release
February 16, 2009
~MC/UVM, UMass/NU split series; UML gets three vs. BC~


Reebok Player of the Week Colin Wilson of Boston University
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- This weekend’s matchups proved the importance of league play during the homestretch in Hockey East. No. 1 Boston University took three points from Maine, while No. 2 Northeastern split its series with Massachusetts, as did Merrimack with No. 5 Vermont. Providence took a point from No. 12 New Hampshire, while UMass-Lowell took three points from No. 15 Boston College. Hockey East is now one of only two leagues that already boasts two 20-win teams with three weekends left in regular season.

The Terriers headed Orono for two games against the Black Bears, where they notched an impressive seven goals in a penalty-plagued tilt on Friday. Reebok Player of the Week Colin Wilson (Winnipeg, Man.) notched his first career hat trick in the 7-2 victory, while the senior trio of Jason Lawrence (Saugus, Mass.), Chris Higgins (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) each tallied three points. The teams stayed knotted at two through overtime, Saturday. BU overcame a 2-0 deficit to tie the Black Bears, after Nick Bonino’s (Unionville, Conn.) tally with under five minutes remaining. Dave Wilson (Caledon East, Ont.) stopped 34 shots for Maine in the stalemate.

Northeastern came from behind on Friday night, erasing a 2-0 deficit against the Minutemen. The Huskies registered all five of their goals in the final two stanzas, emerging with a 5-3 victory. NU’s 20 victories is a program first since the 1997-98 campaign. Greg Costa (Crownsville, Md.) recorded two goals, while teammate Ryan Ginand (Milford, Mass.) tallied three points. James Marcou (King Park, N.Y.) registered two goals for UMass in the losing effort. On the second night of the series, UMass came back strong, earning a 4-1 victory. Justin Braun (St. Paul, Minn.) and Marcou each registered two points in the victory.

Merrimack won its second game in a row Friday, downing Vermont 3-2. The Catamounts owned a 37-22 advantage in shots, but Joe Cannata (Wakefield, Mass.) was strong in net for the Warriors, earning Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week honors. Merrimack went two-for-six on its power play and a perfect seven-for-seven on the penalty kill. Back at Lawler on Saturday, the Catamounts retaliated with a 4-3 win. UVM’s Peter Lenes (Shelburn, Vt.) notched two goals and an assist on the night, while teammate Viktor Stalberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) notched a goal and an assist, and now leads the league in goals with 20.

Providence came from behind on Friday night, tying UNH with under five minutes left in regulation, finishing the game knotted at four apiece. Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) tallied three points for the Wildcats, while Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) did the same for the Friars. Netminder Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) stopped 36 shots for PC. In the second tilt of the series, UNH came out on top, recording a 4-2 victory Saturday, behind Steve Moses’ (Leominster, Mass.) two-goal performance.

UMass-Lowell was strong on both ends of the ice, Friday at Conte Forum, shutting out the Eagles 6-0. The River Hawks tallied four of their goals in the final stanza, owning a 21-6 shot advantage during that span. Ben Holmstrom (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and David Vallorani (Hamilton, Ont.) each tallied two goals for the River Hawks, while Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week Nevin Hamilton (Ashland, Mass.) stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season. In Lowell on Saturday, the Eagles came from behind, as Brock Bradford (Burnaby, B.C.) tied the game at four with 3:19 remaining, his goal lifted him to his 100th career point. Mark Roebothan (St. John’s, Nfld.) and Mike Potacco (Kinnelon, N.J.) each tallied three points for the River Hawks.


Sophomore Forward; Winnipeg, Man.

Wilson had a seven point (4g,3a) week in three games with a +4 rating. He tallied his first career hat trick on Friday at Maine.


Freshman Goaltender; Wakefield, Mass.

Cannata stopped 35 of 37 shots by Vermont in the 3-2 victory on Friday at Lawler Arena.

Pro Ambitions

Junior Goaltender; Ashland, Mass.

Hamilton posted his fifth career shutout with 27 saves in the 6-0 vs. BC on Friday night at Conte Forum.


Nick Bonino, BU (So., Unionville, Conn.) Recorded two goals, including the game-tying goal on Saturday and two assists on the week. Named Beanpot MVP.

Bobby Butler, UNH (Jr., F, Marlboro, Mass.) Had three points, a goal and two assists on Friday night against Providence.

Justin Braun, UMass (Jr., D, Vadnais Heights, Minn.) Netted four points (1g,3a) and logged over 30 minutes in the split weekend with Northeastern.

Brian Foster, UNH (Jr., G, Pembroke, N.H.) Stopped 51 shots overall. Foster had 31 saves on Saturday night and 20 saves on Friday night.

Chris Higgins, BU (Sr., Lynnfield, Mass.) Recorded a plus-4 rating and five assists on the week, including three in the 7-2 victory over Maine on Friday

Jason Lawrence, BU (Sr., Saugus, Mass.) Scored the game-winner in the Beanpot final before recording two goals and an assist in the 7-2 victory at Maine.

Peter Lenes, UVM (Sr., F, Shelburne, Vt.) Scored two goals and had an assist in Saturday’s 4-3 win at Merrimack.

James Marcou, UMass (So., F, Kings Park, N.Y.) Had a four point weekend (2g, 2a) in a split with No. 2 Northeastern.

Kyle MacKinnon, PC (So., F, Walnut, Calif.) Scored two goals and added one assist in a 4-4 at No. 12 UNH.

Steve Moses, UNH (Fr., F, Leominster, Mass.) Had a pair of goals in a 4-2 win over Providence on Saturday night.

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Fr., F, Malmo, Sweden) scored a goal and tallied an assist in Maine’s 0-1-1 weekend against Boston University.

Mike Potacco, UML (Sr., F, Kinnelon, N.J.) Had four points (1g, 3a) in the River Hawks weekend series with Boston College.

Rob Ricci, MC (Jr., F, Brampton, Ont.) Netted two assists in a 3-2 win over Vermont Friday.

Mark Roebothan, UML (Sr., F, St. John’s, Nfld.) Had four points (1g,3a) and was a +6 as the River Hawks took three of four pointsvs. BC.

Nick Schaus, UML (Jr., D, Buffalo, N.Y.) Had three points on two goals and an assist.

Viktor Stålberg, UVM (Jr., F, Gothenburg, Sweden) Had two goals and an assist in a weekend split at Merrimack.

Alan Thompson, UNH (Sr., F, Gilford, N.H.) Had three points (1g,2a) on the weekend including a career-high two assists on Saturday night.

Jesse Todd, MC (Fr., F, Camrose, Alb.) Tallied three assists in two games against Vermont.

Casey Wellman, UMass (Fr., F, Brentwood, Calif.) Netted the game-winning goal over Northeastern on Saturday and posted an assist on Friday.


Nick Bonino (Unionvile, Con.), Brandon Yip (Maple Ridge, B.C.) Bonino (4g, 5a) and Yip (1g,9a) are both on six-game point streaks

Ryan Flanigan, MC (Rochester, N.Y.) Tallied first career goal and first multi-point game in 3-2 win vs. UVM

Nick Mazzolini, PC (Anchorage, Alaska) Has scored five goals and recorded three assists during his career-high six-game point streak

Kieran Millan, BU (Edmonton, Alb.) Has a nation-best 19-1-1 record and has earned the win in goal in each of his last 13 starts

Viktor Stålberg, UVM (Gothenburg, Sweden) Has scored at least one goal in 12 of the last 13 games and he has at least one point in 17 of the last 18 contests

Brett Watson , UMASS (Media, Pa.) Will play in his 100th career game this Friday against Maine

Casey Wellman, UMASS (Brentwood, Calif.) Has 17 points in the last 17 games (7g,10a)


Feb. 15, 1997: Merrimack earns Hockey East win No. 50 in an 11-5 victory over Boston College.

Feb. 16, 2006: Northeastern freshman Brad Thiessen pitched his fourth shutout of the season a 3-0 win over Providence, breaking Marc Robitaille’s record for shutouts by a freshmen.

Feb. 17, 1996: Senior Brendan Concannon scores a point for the 20th straight game as UML edges Merrimack, 7-6, and moves into a first-place tie in Hockey East with Boston University. The River Hawks are 13-5-2 in league play.

Feb. 19, 2005: The No. 13 ranked River Hawks complete a weekend sweep top-ranked Boston College with a 4-1 win in front of 5,980 fans at Tsongas Arena. Its the second time in the program’s 22-year Division I history it has beaten the coutntry’s No. 1 team in back-to-back games.

Feb. 19, 1993: Maine fell to Boston University, 7-6, marking Maine’s lone loss during the National Championship season. The Black Bears rebounded to defeat the Terriers 6-1 the following night.

Feb. 22-23, 2008: UNH completes a home-and-home sweep of Boston College to capture its second-straight Hockey East regular season title.


Boston College: Senior captain Brock Bradford (Burnaby, B.C.) tallied his 100th career point on the game-tying goal scored in the third period in Saturday’s 4-4 tie at UMass-Lowell…Freshman forward Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) tallied two points (1g,1a) in Saturday’s 4-4 tie at UMass-Lowell, marking the second multiple-point effort of the season…Junior defenseman Carl Sneep (Nisswa, Minn.) registered one goal and one assist – both tallied during the third period of Saturday’s 4-4 tie at Lowell, for his fourth multiple-point effort of the season…Friday’s 6-0 home loss to UMass-Lowell marked the first time the Eagles were shutout this season and for the first time since Feb. 22, 2008, a 2-0 home loss to New Hampshire…BC won 55-of-135 faceoffs (40.7 percent) against UMass-Lowell in the two-game weekend series.

Boston University: The Terriers are 16-1-2 in their last 19 contests…BU has seven shorthanded goals scored by seven different players after recording just two shorthanded tallies all of last season…The Terriers’ senior class is now 10-0-2 against Maine over the past four seasons…BU is undefeated in its last 10 contests (9-0-1) away from Agganis Arena…The Terriers finished their non-conference slate with a 9-0-0 record, their first perfect non-league mark since 1991-92 (12-0-0)...After coming up empty on the power play in Saturday’s 2-2 tie at Maine, BU had a streak of 10 straight games with at least one power-play goal come to an end. The Terriers tallied 20 goals with the man advantage during the stretch…Senior John McCarthy (Andover, Mass.) has 18 points (6g, 12a) this season after entering the year with 16 career points (8g, 8a)…BU has scored more than twice as many goals as its opponents in bothe the first (37-17) and third (41-18) periods this season.

Maine: Maine skated to a 2-2 tie with top-ranked Boston University on Saturday night... Dave Wilson (Caledon East, Ont.) made 34 saves against the Terriers, one shy of tying his career-high...Senior Chris Hahn (Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.) has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award...Hahn and fellow senior Matt Duffy (Windham, Maine) were named assistant captains of the Black Bears this past week...Maine had 15 men’s ice hockey players honored on Sunday by being named Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winners... The student-athletes posted a 3.0 GPA or higher in 2008, including six freshmen were named “Rising Stars” for posting a 3.0 GPA or better in their first semester...Maine is currently fourth in the nation in penalty killing at 88.8 percent...Maine’s Gustav Nyquist has 22 points (10g,12a), one more point than Wes Clark finished with a year ago when he led the team in scoring.

Massachusetts: UMass is now 5-2-1 against teams ranked in the nation’s top 5 after the Northeastern split this weekend…UMass outscored Northeastern a combined 6-0 in the first periods of the series this season…UMass is the only Hockey East team to win the season series against Northeastern this year…After an 0-for-10 slump on the power play against Boston College and UMass Lowell, UMass was 3-for-11 (27.3%) this weekend against Northeastern…The Minutemen have allowed just four first period goals in the last 12 games, UMass is 11-3-0 this season when leading after the first period…UMass is 11-3-0 when scoring three or more goals this year and 0-11-3 when scoring fewer than three goals…UMass has four of the next six games at the Mullins Center which could set the stage for a late season rally (Maine, Boston University, Merrimack).

UMass-Lowell: UMass Lowell took three of four points against Boston College over the weekend earning a 6-0 win Friday and a 4-4 tie Saturday…The 6-0 win Friday was UML’s largest since defeating Maine, 6-0, in the championship game of the Florida College Classic (12/29/07)…UML won the season series with BC, 2-0-1, for the first time since 2004-05…The River Hawks scored two goals on the power play, two while shorthanded and two at even strength in Friday’s win…Senior Mark Roebothan has five points over his last five games; UML is 14-8-1 this season with Roebothan in the lineup…Junior defenseman Nick Schaus had four points (3g,1a) in the three-game series with Boston College. He has eight points (3g,5a) in nine career games against the Eagles…The River Hawks travel to Vermont this weekend for a two game set. UML is 3-5-1 all-time at the Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Merrimack: Merrimack defeated Vermont for the first time at Lawler Arena in six lifetime games...The win marked the Warriors’ first Hockey East victory since November 29, 2008 when they defeated UNH…The 3-2 victory was the first this season for Merrimack when its opponent scored first. The Warriors had been 0-13-1 when falling behind...The Warrior power play scored twice for the third straight game…Merrimack scored three times in a 2:17 span against Vermont marking the three quickest goals since the Warriors scored three times 1:34 apart on November 2, 2001 in a 4-3 to UNH. Merrimack scored three goals in a 3:37 span two weeks ago at Providence…Fraser Allan (North Battleford, Sask.), who had played in 60 straight games since arriving at Merrimack, had his streak snapped this weekend due to an injury. Chris Barton (Calgary, Alb.) is the only sophomore to have played in all 61 games since coming to Merrimack last season…Merrimack lost its 12th game this season by one goal on Saturday, tying a school record set in 1998-99.

New Hampshire: UNH captured 10 wins in Hockey East play for the 18th time in the last 19 years. Overall, the Wildcats have won 10 or more games in the league in all but one year during Coach Umile’s 19-year tenure...Alan Thompson set a career-high with two assists on Saturday night. Overall, Thompson had three points on the weekend as he scored his second career goal on Friday night...Steve Moses set a career high with two goals on Saturday night including the game-winner...The Wildcats scored a pair of power play goals on Friday night and move to 4-0-1 when scoring two or more times on the power play. The 2-3 performance matched the best power play percentage by the Wildcats this season, UNH went 2-3 against Holy Cross on Dec. 11...With back-to-back four-goal outbursts this weekend, the Wildcats have scored four or more on 10 different occasions and are 8-1-1 when doing so.

Northeastern: With a 5-3 win over Massachusetts on Friday, Northeastern reached 20 wins for the first time since 1997-98, when NU went 21-15-3. It’s just the fifth 20-win season for Northeastern. The school record is 25 (25-9-2) in 1981-82...Friday’s win over UMass at the Mullins Center was Northeastern’s first win in that building since March 6, 2004. It was the first time NU came back to win after a two-goal deficit after the first period...Goaltender Brad Thiessen (Aldergrove, B.C.) earned his 20th win of the season on Friday and played in his 100th career game on Saturday. Just one other goalie has reached 20 wins in a season: Marc Robitaille had 21 in 1997-98. Two other NU goalies have played 100 games: Bruce Racine (126 from 1984-88) and Keni Gibson (115 from 2001-05)...Ryan Ginand (Milford, Mass.) scored his 19th goal on Saturday. That’s the most by an NU player since Mike Morris had 19 in 2004-05. The last time NU had a player over 20 goals was 2001-02, when Mike Ryan had 24 and Chris Lynch had 20...Joe Vitale (St. Louis, Mo.) had a seven-game point streak come to an end Saturday.

Providence College: The Friars rallied from a two goal deficit to tie UNH, 4-4, on Friday…Sophomore Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) matched a career high with three points, including two goals to lead the Friars…It also marked MacKinnon’s third career two-goal game…The tie marked the first ever between the two teams at the Whittemore Center…Senior Nick Mazzolini (Anchorage, Alaska) is on a career-high six-game point streak and has recorded five goals and three assists in that span…Senior Pierce Norton (South Boston, Mass.) has a career-high 11 assists this season…Senior Matt Taormina (Washington Township, Mich.) has 65 career points which ranks 17th all-time among PC defensemen…The Friars are 0-0-4 in overtime games this season.

Vermont: The Catamounts enter the week tied for fourth in the latest PairWise Ratings…Kevin Sneddon earned his 100th victory as head coach at Vermont with a 4-3 win at Merrimack on Saturday. Sneddon is 100-88-30 in his six seasons with the Catamounts…Eight of 12 meetings between Vermont and Merrimack have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie since the Catamounts joined Hockey East. UVM holds an 8-2-2 edge in the series…Junior Viktor Stålberg ranks second in the country in goals with 20. He is just the second Catamount in the last 12 years to reach the 20-goal mark in a season. Scott Mifsud ‘05 was the last to accomplish the feat in 2004-05 with 21 goals…Through 21 Hockey East games, Stålberg leads the league in goals (17) and ranks second in points (28)…Senior captain Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ont.) played in his 144th consecutive game on Saturday and has never missed a game in his career.

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