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Weekly Release
February 9, 2009
NO. 7 VERMONT SWEEPS PROVIDENCE; NO. 11 UNH AND MAINE SPLIT
~Boston U. and Northeastern square off for Beanpot Title tonight~

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Reebok Players of the Week Nick Bonino and Chris Donovan
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- February’s first weekend of league play was full of nailbiting contests, as No. 1 Boston University kept its seven-game win streak alive, defeating UMass-Lowell and No. 3 Northeastern slid past Merrimack on Friday night. No. 7 Vermont swept its weekend series with Providence and No. 11 New Hampshire split its two-game set with Maine. No. 12 Boston College shut out Massachusetts on Friday and the Minutemen also fell to the River Hawks on Saturday.

BU hosted UML on Friday night, defeating the River Hawks 5-3. John McCarthy (Andover, Mass.) and Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) each tallied two points in the victory, while UML’s David Vallorani (Hamilton, Ont.) registered two points in the losing effort. The Terriers were 2-for-4 on the power play and their penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4. Last Monday, the Terriers beat Harvard 4-3 in the opening round of the 57th Annual Beanpot Tournament. Bonino lifted the Terriers from a 2-0 deficit in the second, bringing his week-long total to four points, earning him Reebok Co-Player of the Week honors.

Across town, Merrimack fell to Northeastern 4-3, in a tight game. Husky forward Wade MacLeod (Coquitlam, B.C.) registered three points on a goal and two assists. Merrimack’s special teams were a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-4 on the power play, in the losing effort. The Huskies took on BC in the first round of the Beanpot, upending the Eagles 6-1 behind a 45-save performance by Brad Thiessen (Aldergrove, B.C.). Reebok Co-Player of the Week Chris Donovan (Fairfax Station, Va.) registered a goal and three assists in the victory.

Vermont swept the weekend series with Providence at Gutterson Fieldhouse, downing the Friars 4-1 both Friday and Saturday nights. Rookie netminder Rob Madore (Venetia, Pa.) stopped 54 shots in the victories, earning him Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week honors. Viktor Stalberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) registered five points (3g,2a) on the weekend for the Catamounts.

UNH and Maine split their weekend series, first with a 4-1 Wildcat victory on Friday, followed by Maine’s 1-0 shutout on Saturday. James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) and linemate Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) each registered two points in Friday’s victory. Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Scott Darling (Lemont, Ill.) made some acrobatic saves en route to his 31-stop performance in Maine’s shutout. Chris Hahn’s (Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.) short-handed unassisted tally at the start of the second period that made the difference in the second game for the Black Bears.

BC shut out UMass 2-0 on Friday at Conte Forum, behind a 21-save performance by John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.). The Minutemen went on to host UML on Saturday, falling to the River Hawks 2-1. Mark Roebothan (St. John’s, Nfld.) netted the game-winner one minute into the third period. Outside of league play, Merrimack topped Brown 2-0, on two power play goals, 21 seconds apart in the third. Rob Ricci (Brampton, Ont.) and Joe Cucci (Melrose Park, Ill.) netted the two power play goals in the victory, while Joe Cannata (Wakefield, Mass.) stopped 18 shots in the shutout.

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REEBOK CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

NICK BONINO - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Sophomore Forward; Unionville, Conn.

Bonino recorded four points (2g,2a) on the week, which included two goals in the Beanpot win on Monday vs. Harvard.

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CHRIS DONOVAN - NORTHEASTERN
Junior Forward; Fairfax Station, Va.

Donovan notched a five-point (2g,3a) week for NU, with four points (1g,3a) in the 6-1 win vs. BC on Monday in the Beanpot.

PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

SCOTT DARLING - MAINE
Freshman Goaltender: Lemont, Ill.

Darling posted his third career shutout vs. No. 11 UNH on Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in the 1-0 victory.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ROB MADORE - VERMONT
Freshman Goaltender; Venetia, Pa.

Madore stopped 54 of 56 shots (.964 save%) in the weekend sweep of Providence at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Fraser Allan, MC (So., D, North Battleford, Sask.) Tallied a goal and two assists, all on the power play.

Ryan Blair, UML (So., D, Ashburn, Va.) Recorded an assist in each game and was a +1 for the River Hawks.

Joe Cannata, MC (Fr., G, Wakefield, Mass.) Registered his first career shutout at home stopping 18 shots against Brown. Also stopped 20 shots at NU.

Brian Foster, UNH (Jr., G, Pembroke, N.H.) Stopped 43 of 45 shots on the weekend in a weekend split with Maine.

Chris Hahn, Maine (Sr., F, Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.) Scored the game-winning short-handed goal in Maine’s 1-0 victory over UNH on Saturday in Manchester.

Jason Lawrence, BU (Sr., Saugus, Mass.) Scored a goal in each win for BU, including the game-winner with 1:46 left in regulation in the Beanpot semifinal.

John McCarthy, BU (Sr., Andover, Mass.) Tallied a goal and an assist in BU’s 5-3 win over UML and earned a helper in the Beanpot semifinal win vs. Harvard.

Rob Madore, UVM (Fr., G, Venetia, Pa.) Stopped 54 of 56 shots on the weekend to post a .964 save percentage in a pair of 4-1 wins against Providence.

Nick Mazzolini, PC (Sr., F, Anchorage, Alaska) Scored one goal and had one assist in a weekend series at Vermont.

Steve Moses, UNH (Fr., F, Leominster, Mass.) Scored the game-winning goal on Friday night against Maine.

Steve Quailer, NU (Fr., F, Arvada, Colo.) Had a goal and an assist in Northeastern’s 6-1 win over BC on Monday and two assists in the win over Merrimack.

Mark Roebothan, UML (Sr., F, St. John’s, Nfld.) scored the game-winning goal in UML’s 2-1 win at UMass.

Vinny Saponari, BU (Fr., G, Edmonton, Alb.) Scored the game-winning goal against UML breaking a 3-3 third period tie.

Mike Sislo, UNH (So., F, Superior, Wis.) Registered a goal and an assist in UNH’s 4-1 win over Maine on Friday night.

Wahsontiio Stacey, UVM (So., F, Venetia, Pa.) Recorded a goal and two assists in a pair of wins over Providence on the weekend.

Viktor Stålberg, UVM (Jr., F, Gothenburg, Sweden) Had three goals and five points on the weekend as Vermont completed a sweep of Providence.

Brad Thiessen, NU (Jr., G, Aldergrove, B.C.) Backstopped Northeastern to two wins last week, making 45 saves in NU’s 6-1 win over BC on Monday.

David Vallorani, UML (Fr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Had a goal and an assist Friday night at BU, his sixth multi-point game of the season.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO’S HOT?

Mike Borisenok, UNH (Watervliet, N.Y.) Handed out his first collegiate assist on Friday night against Maine

Paul Dainton, UMass (Genelle, B.C.) Has started the last seven straight games posting a 2.13 GAA and a .927 save percentage

Rob Madore, UVM (Venetia, Pa.) Owns a 6-2-2 record in his last 10 starts with a 1.58 GAA and a .939 save percentage

Wade MacLeod, NU (Coquitlam, B.C.) Has a 3-8-11 scoring line in the last five games

Viktor Stålberg, UVM (Gothenburg, Sweden) Has recorded at least one point in 15 of the last 16 games. He has 14 goals and 24 points in that stretch

UMass’ line of T.J. Syner-Casey Wellman-Will Ortiz Has 12 goals and 13 assists, 35 percent of UMass’ scoring and is a combined +20 in the last 12 games for the Minutemen

Joe Vitale, NU (St. Louis, Mo.) Scored the game-winner against Merrimack on Friday and has a 1-7- 8 scoring line in the last five games

THIS WEEK IN HOCKEY EAST HISTORY

Feb. 9, 1948: Northeastern set the school record for goals in a game, with an 18-6 win over Norwich. The Huskies scored 11 goals in the second period, also an NU record, and Jim Reid scored six goals, a school single-game record.

Feb. 9, 1996: Senior Christian Sbrocca becomes the 12th player in school history to record 150 career points in UML’s 6-3 win over UNH at Tully Forum.

Feb. 9, 2001: The Friars defeated top-ranked BC, 5-3, at Schneider Arena. It marked PC’s first win over a No. 1 ranked team in five years.

Feb. 9, 2002: Merrimack's Ryan Cordeiro nets five points (2g,3a) in a 5-2 win over Maine.

Feb. 10, 1996: Senior Brendan Concannon sets a school record by scoring a point for the 18th straight game as UML and UMass skate to a 4-4 tie.

Feb 11, 1980: Wayne “Beanpot” Turner scored the overtime game-winner, propelling Northeastern to its first-ever Beanpot championship with a 5-4 OT win over BC.

Feb. 16, 2005: Dick Umile becomes the winningest coach in school history with a 6-1 win, his 348th, over Merrimack at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Friday’s league game against Massachusetts marked the 100th career contest for junior forward Kyle Kucharksi (Saugus, Mass.)…Senior captain Brock Bradford (Burnaby, BC) scored his 46th career goal and his 98th career point against Massachusetts in BC’s 2-0 home win on Friday. Bradford has tallied one point in seven of the last eight games (4-3-7)...Senior alter alternate captain Benn Ferriero (Essex, Mass.) surpassed former Eagles Ken Hodge (1984-87) and Jim Mullen (1963-66) for sole possession of 33rd place on the school’s all-time list on Friday night with 61 career goals…BC’s offense attempted a season-high 46 shots against Northeastern in the semifinals of the Beanpot last Monday, marking the fourth time the Eagles have ecliped the 40-shot plateau and the 12th time the team has attempted more than 30 shots in a game.

Boston University: Boston University is 14-1-1 since dropping a pair of games to Vermont on Nov. 21-22, marking its best 16-game stretch since closing its national championship season of 1994-95 with 10 straight wins, followed by an 8-1-0 start to its 1995-96 campaign…Senior Jason Lawrence has 11 power-play goals this season, this most by a BU player since Jay Pandolfo (16) and Chris Drury (13) combined for 29 in the 1995-96 season...The Terriers, who are 8-0-0 against non-league opponents this season, will attempt to put together their first perfect non-conference record during the regular season since 1991-92 (12-0-0)…Senior John Mc- Carthy entered the year with 16 career points (8g, 8a) and already has 17 (5g,12a) through 27 games this season…BU has scored 16 power-play goals in the last eight contests, scoring at least one each game during the stretch...Freshman David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass.) has a league best +16 rating this season.

Maine: Maine recorded a 1-0 victory over New Hampshire on Saturday night... It was the first 1-0 victory for Maine since the Black Bears defeated Vermont 1-0 on Feb. 10, 2007...Maine’s last two wins against New Hampshire have come at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester... Maine freshman goalie Scott Darling recorded his third career shutout in the game against New Hampshire...Maine held New Hampshire scoreless on 13 power play chances on the weekend, including holding the Wildcats scoreless on eight power plays on Saturday...Maine is currently tied for fourth in the country in penalty killing, as the Black Bears are killing penalties at a 89.8 percent clip this season...Matt Duffy (Windham, Maine) became the first Black Bear to reach the 20 career goal plateau when he notched Maine’s lone goal in 4-1 loss to New Hampshire on Friday night...Maine’s freshmen and sophomores have combined to score 74.7 percent of Maine’s total points this season.

Massachusetts: UMass is now 4-1-1 against teams ranked in the nation’s top 5 after the Northeastern win…UMass was 0-for-10 on the power play this weekend after being just 3-for-14 in the previous three games…Eight of UMass’ last 10 games have been decided by one-goal or less (1-6-2) – for the season, UMass is 3-13 in games decided by less than two goals and 7-1 in goals decided by three goals or more…UMass has allowed just four first period goals in the last 10 games – UMass is 10-2-0 this season when leading after the first period...UMass will finish the regular-season series with Northeastern this weekend after defeating the Huskies 6-4 at the Mullins Center two weeks ago…In games won this year, UMass is averaging 5.00 goals per game, is 10-for-44 on the power play and has 55 goals; while in games lost, UMass is averaging 1.40 goals per game, is 6-for-64 on the power play and has 20 goals.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks have won four straight one-goal games and four of their last five on the road counting Saturday night’s 2-1 win at Massachusetts…Mark Roebothan scored the game-winning goal Saturday night and has four goals in his last four games…The River Hawks had 34 shots on goal in their win at UMass on Saturday, the fifth time in the last seven games they have totaled 30 or more shots…David Vallorani had a goal and an assist in Friday’s game at Boston University. Vallorani has four points (3g, 1a) in three games against BU this season and has a team-high six multi-point games this season…For the first time this season the River Hawks have gone two straight games without a power play goal, going 0-for-11 over the weekend.

Merrimack: Behind a season-high 41 shots, Merrimack snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Brown University on Saturday…Joe Cannata stopped 18 shots for his second career shutout…Rob Ricci (Brampton, Ont.) and Joe Cucci (Melrose Park, Ill.) scored 21 seconds apart on the power play in the victory …The Warriors finish the season 4-2-1 against non-conference teams…Defensemen Pat Bowen (Marshfield, Mass.) and Fraser Allan each registered three power-play points in two games over the weekend as the Warriors were 4-for-14 on the man advantage over the weekend and a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill. Bowen has a career-high four-game point streak and has six points in his last six games…Five of Chris Barton’s (Calgary, Alb.) seven goals this season have come on the power play.

New Hampshire: UNH captured the season series with Maine (2-1-0) for the fourth-straight season...On Friday, the Wildcats scored short-handed for the second-straight game against Maine as James van Riemsdyk scored during the Maine power play...Brian Foster stopped 43 of 45 shots during the weekend allowing just a single goal each night. It was a power play tally on Friday night and a shorthanded goal on Saturday night...Freshman Steve Moses scored the first game-winning goal of his career on Friday night. Classmate Mike Borisenok earned his first career assist on the game-winning tally... The Wildcats will conclude their five-game homestand on Friday night and hit the road on Saturday in a home-and-home series against Providence. UNH is 10-1-1 in its last 12 against PC including a current unbeaten streak of five (4-0-1).

Northeastern: Northeastern plays No. 1 Boston University in the Beanpot final on Monday night with the Huskies looking for their first title since 1988. It’s the 13th time in 57 tournaments that Northeastern has reached the final and the first time since 2005. Goalie Brad Thiessen tied a career high with 45 saves and Chris Donovan had a career-high four points (1-3-4) in the semifinals against Boston College...Northeastern is the only school with three semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award, which honors the best American-born Div. I hockey player in New England. NU’s three semifinalists are defenseman Louis Liotti (Westbury, N.Y.) and forwards Ryan Ginand (Milford, Mass.) and Joe Vitale...Northeastern swept the season series, 3-0-0, from Merrimack with Friday’s 4-3 win. In 20 seasons since Merrimack joined Hockey East, Northeastern has swept four times. All three games were won by one-goal...Wade MacLeod (Coquitlam, B.C.) posted his sixth multi-point game of the season with a goal and two assists against Merrimack Friday...Donovan scored his second short-handed goal of the season against Merrimack Friday.

Providence College: Providence College outshot Vermont, 30- 17, including a 14-2 margin in the third period in the second game of a weekend series in Burlington…PC killed off all seven Vermont powerplay opportunities in the two-game set…The Friars have scored at least one power-play goal in five consecutive games and have gone 6-for-26 (.231) on the man advantage during that span…Senior Nick Mazzolini in on a four-game point streak and has recorded six points (4g,2a) during that span…Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) has a team best 23 points this season, which is the most by a PC freshman since Peter Fregoe had 29 points (14 g, 15 a) during the 1999-00 season…Half of senior Pierce Norton’s (South Boston, Mass.) 28 career goals have come on the power-play. Norton scored three of PC’s four goals vs. UVM this season and all three were on the power play.

Vermont: The Catamounts (16-6-4) enter the week ranked second in the latest PairWise Ratings…Junior Viktor Stålberg has a team leading 18 goals and 31 points. His 15 goals and 25 points in 19 Hockey East games both lead the conference…Freshman goalie Rob Madore is 10-4-3 with a 2.08 goals against average and a .924 save percentage on the season. Madore ranks 11th in the country in save percentage and 13th in goals against average. His current .924 save percentage is tied with Tim Thomas ‘97 (1995-96) for the top save percentage in a single season at UVM…Senior Corey Carlson (Two Harbors, Minn.) ranks tied for fifth in the country with four game-winning goals…Sophomore defenseman Josh Burrows (Prairie Grove, Ill.) has a plus-17 rating to rank first among Hockey East players in plus-minus…Vermont defeated Merrimack 2-1 at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Nov. 26 in the first meeting between the two teams this season…The Catamounts are 7-1-2 against the Warriors since joining Hockey East.

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