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Weekly Release
March 16, 2009
GARDEN FIELD SET FOR 25TH TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
~No. 1 seed BU plays No. 6 BC; No. 2 Northeastern faces No. 5 UMass-Lowell~

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Reebok Player of the Week Scott Campbell of UMass Lowell
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- In a wild opening weekend of the 25th Hockey East Tournament, the games proved to be unpredictable and exciting, launching Hockey East fans into a playoff frenzy. No. 1 Boston University eliminated No. 8 Maine in three games, while No. 2 Northeastern downed No. 7 Massachusetts in three, as well. No. 6 Boston College upset No. 3 New Hampshire in a two game sweep and No. 4 Vermont fell to No. 5 UMass-Lowell in two.

BU’s sophomore class made the difference in Friday night’s matchup, as Colby Cohen (Villanova, Pa.) netted his sixth goal of the season with 2:56 remaining in regulation to lift the Terriers to a 2-1 victory over Maine. Classmate Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y.) netted a goal and added an assist, while Colin Wilson (Winnipeg, Man.) had two assists on the night. Maine’s Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) notched a pair of goals in Saturday’s game, helping the Black Bears to a 6-3 victory. Maine’s power play was 4-for-7 on the night, while Robby Dee (Plymouth, Minn.) and Chris Hahn (Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.) each added a goal and an assist in the victory. BU bounced back in game three with a resounding 6-2 victory. The Terriers tallied three goals in each of the first two periods, while linemates Brandon Yip (Maple Ridge, B.C.) and Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) each picked up a goal and an assist in the win.

Massachusetts earned a 2-1 victory behind a pair of third period goals on Friday at Matthews Arena. Chris Davis (Simsbury, Conn.) notched his tenth goal of the season, the game-winner, with 7:30 left in the game. Paul Dainton (Fort McMurray, Alb.) made 26 stops in the victory, while Brad Thiessen (Aldergrove, B.C.) had 23 saves in the losing effort. In game two of the series, NU earned a 4-1 victory over the Minutemen behind a 32-save performance from Thiessen. Steve Quailer (Arvada, Colo.) and Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Alex Tuckerman (Orleans, Mass.) each tallied a goal and an assist in the victory. In the final tilt of the series, Northeastern nabbed the 3-2 overtime victory behind Tuckerman’s second goal of the night at 10:26 in the extra frame. Northeastern led 2-1 until UMass blue liner Matt Irwin scored his third goal of the weekend with an extra attacker at 19:25 in the third.

BC’s offense came alive on Friday at the Whittemore Center, earning a 5-3 victory over UNH. Brock Bradford (Burnaby, B.C.) scored a pair for the Eagles, while rookie Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) added two assists in the victory. UNH’s James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J.) tallied two goals in the loss, while the Wildcats owned a 38-29 shot advantage in the game. BC completed the two-game sweep on Saturday night after Matt Price (Milton, Ont.) netted the game-winner and lone goal of the game at 6:12 in the first. Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week John Muse’s 31-save shutout improves his career record to 6-0 in the Hockey East tournament.

Late-period heroics lifted UML over Vermont Friday at Gutterson, as Nick Schaus (Orchard Park, N.Y.) tied the game at three with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alb.) went on to score the game-winner at 19:58 in overtime. The River Hawks then earned a 4-2 victory over the Catamounts on Saturday, advancing to the HE semi-finals for the first time since 2002. Reebok Player of the Week Scott Campbell (Navan, Ont.) netted two goals and an assist on the night, while Mark Roebothan (St. John’s, Nfld.) tallied two assists in the victory. Vermont’s Viktor Stålberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored his 23rd goal of the year and added an assist in the loss.

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REEBOK PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SCOTT CAMPBELL - UMASS-LOWELL
Sophomore Forward; Navan, Ont.

Campbell had four points (2g, 2a) in the sweep of Vermont. He picked up the primary assist, setting up the winning goal with two seconds remaining in OT. Campbell scored two goals, including the game-winner and added an assist for a three-point night on Saturday.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

ALEX TUCKERMAN - NORTHEASTERN
Freshman Forward; Orleans, Mass.

Tuckerman scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift NU to a 3-2 win over UMass in Game 3 on Sunday night. It was his second goal of the game. He had a goal and assisted on the game-winner in NU’s 4-1 win on Saturday, for a 3-1-4 line on the week.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JOHN MUSE - BOSTON COLLEGE
Sophomore Goaltender; East Falmouth, Mass.

Muse registered a 1.50 GAA and a .957 save percentage in a sweep of UNH. Muse stopped 66-of-69 shots faces, including all 31 shots in backstopping BC to a 1-0 win on Saturday.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Brock Bradford, BC (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Scored twice in BC’s 5-3 win at New Hampshire on Friday, marking his sixth multiple-goal effort of the season.

Colby Cohen, BU (So., D, Villanova, Pa.) Recorded two goals, including Friday’s game-winner, and an assist in the quarterfinals with a +7 vs. Maine.

Brian Foster, UNH (Jr., G, Pembroke, N.H.) Stopped 22 of 23 shots in a 1-0 loss on Saturday night and made several key saves on Friday night.

Tanner House, Maine (So., F, Cochrane, Alb.) Had a goal and three assists in Maine’s 1-2-0 weekend quarterfinal series against Boston University.

Matt Irwin, UMass (Fr., D, Brentwood Bay, B.C.) Scored three goals in the three-game Hockey East Quarterfinal Series with #4 NU this weekend.

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (Fr., F, Malmo, Sweden) Had three goals and an assist in Maine’s 1-2-0 weekend series against Boston University.

Matt Price, BC (Jr., F, Milton, Ont.) Tallied two points (1g,1a) in the series victory at UNH, including the decisive goal, the game’s only goal on Saturday.

Mark Roebothan, UML (Sr., F, St. John’s, Nfld.) Collected three assists in the two-game sweep. He had two assists in Saturday’s Game 2 win.

Viktor Stålberg, UVM (Jr., F, Gothenburg, Sweden) Recorded a goal and two assists in a pair of games against Lowell on the weekend.

Brad Thiessen, NU (Jr., G, Aldergrove, B.C.) Had 32 saves in NU’s 4-1 win and 35 saves in NU’s 3-2 OT win this weekend with .947 save% on the weekend.

James van Riemsdyk, UNH (So., F, Middletown, N.J.) Scored a pair of goals Friday night including a short-handed goal.

David Vallorani, UML (Fr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Had three points on a goal and two assists.

Brandon Yip, BU (Sr., F, Maple Ridge, B.C.) Scored two goals and an assist and was a +4 in the series win over Maine.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO’S HOT?

Scott Campbell, UML (Navan, Ont.) Has a career-high four-game point streak (2g,2a)

Kory Falite, UML (Billerica, Mass.) Played in his 100th career game Saturday night

Matt Irwin, UMass (Brentwood Bay, B.C.) Notched three goals and an assist in the series against NU

Jason Lawrence, BU (Saugus, Mass.) Played in his 150th career game on Friday

Steve Quailer, NU (Arvada, Colo.) Had a goal and two assists in NU’s two wins over UMass

Cory Quirk, UMASS (Brockton, Mass.) With 103 points became just the seventh player in program history to reach 100 points. Quirk played in his 150th career game, every game of his career, to set the UMass program record for games played on Sunday

UML SPECIALTY TEAMS UML’s penalty kill is 56 for its last 59 (94.9%) and the River Hawks’ power play has nine goals in its last four games

THIS WEEK IN HOCKEY EAST HISTORY

March 17, 1994: UMass Lowell goaltender Dwayne Roloson is named Hockey East’s Player of the Year, and center Greg Bullock is named Rookie of the Year.

March 17, 2005: UMass Lowell freshman goaltender Peter Vetri is named Hockey East’s Rookie of the Year. Junior forward Ben Walter is selected for the All-Hockey East second team.

March 18, 1994: Second-seeded UMass Lowell advances to the Hockey East Tournament championship game for the first time when the River Hawks beat 3rd-seeded New Hampshire, 4-2, in the semifinals at Boston Garden.

March 19, 1994: Hockey East Player of the Year Dwayne Roloson is named tournament MVP despite the River Hawks’ 3-2 loss to Boston University in the Hockey East Tournament at Boston Garden.

March 20, 2004: Maine defeated Massachusetts 2-1 in triple overtime to win the Hockey East Championship. In that game, Maine goalie Jimmy Howard made a school-record 63 saves.

March 21, 1999: ESPN provides live coverage of the NCAA selection show from the Whittemore Center where UNH is awarded the No. 1 seed in the tournament for the first time in the expanded 12-team field.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Senior captain Brock Bradford (Burnaby, B.C.), senior assistant captain Benn Ferriero (Essex, Mass.) and senior defenseman Tim Kunes (Huntington, N.Y.) each saw their scoring streaks come to an end in BC’s 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday. Bradford’s streak was broken at six games (6-4-10), Ferriero’s at five games (1-5-6) and Kunes’ was snapped at four games (1-4-5)...Freshman forward Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) has seven points (1-6-7) in the last six games...Sophomore goaltender John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.) is 5-1 with a 1.65 GAA and a .941 save percentage in the last six games...BC improved to 38-10-1 in 15 Hockey East Tournaments under head coach Jerry York (78.6 winning percentage)...The Eagles have won 10 consecutive Hockey East Tournament games and are 17- 1 in the last five seasons in league playoff competition...BC’s senior class improved to 13-1 in Hockey East tournament contests...BC improved to 8-3 against New Hampshire in 11 Hockey East tournament meetings, including a 7-1 record under head coach Jerry York. BC has won seven straight games between the teams in league playoff competition... With 10 penalty kills against New Hampshire, BC is 35-for-36 (97.2 percent kill rate) in the last seven games and 44-for-46 (96.7 percent kill rate) in the last nine games.

Boston University: Boston University became the first team in league history to reach the semifinal round in eight straight seasons…Senior Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) recorded three assists on the weekend and continues to lead all Hockey East defensemen in points with 32 (8g, 24a)…Sophomore Colin Wilson (Winnipeg, Man.) needs just one more point to become the first BU player in 11 seasons (Chris Drury, 1997-98) to tally 50 points in a season. Wilson’s 35 assists are the most by a Terrier since Bob Lachance earned 38 in the 1995-96 season…In the first period of Saturday’s contest, Maine became the first team to score three goals in one period against the Terriers this season…BU matched its longest unbeaten streak in the last 30 years (17 games, 14-0-3) with Friday’s win before having it snapped in Saturday’s setback to the Black Bears…Dating back to Feb. 8 of last season, the Terriers are 40-9-4 in their last 53 games…BU has won the Hockey East Championship as a No. 1 seed four previous times…The Terriers have 11 players with 20 or more points this season, the most since a dozen reached the 20-point mark in the 2001-02 campaign…Freshman Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.) went undefeated in 19 straight decisions (16-0-3) before suffering the loss in goal on Saturday…Senior John McCarthy (Andover, Mass.) became the ninth different Terrier to record a shorthanded goal this season.

Maine: Maine’s six goals in 6-3 win over top-ranked Boston University on Saturday was the most goals that the team has scored since scoring six against Cornell in the championship game of the Florida College Classic on Dec. 30, 2006... Maine was 6-for-15 on the power play this weekend, while holding Boston University 1-for-19 with the man-advantage... Maine finishes with 41 power play goals on the season, 22 more than it finished with a year ago... Maine scored a season- high four power play goals on Saturday against Boston University...Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) led Maine in scoring with 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points, all teamhighs... He is the first Black Bear rookie to lead the team in scoring since Paul Kariya in 1992-93...Eleven of Maine’s 22 losses on the season were by just one goal.

Massachusetts: Matt Irwin (Fr., D, Brentwood Bay, B.C.) scored three goals in the three-game Hockey East Quarterfinal Series with #4 Northeastern this weekend. His goal in gameone on Friday night tied the game to set up UMass’ game-winner, while his goal on Sunday night with 35 seconds remaining in the game forced overtime. In Sunday’s game, he also had an assist on UMass’ first goal of the game.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks advanced to the Hockey East Semifinals for the first time since 2002 with a two-game series sweep of Vermont…The series sweep was UML’s first since 1997…The River Hawks have scored nine power play goals (9-for-21, 42.9%) in the last four games…UML has killed 56 of the last 59 (94.9%) power plays against…The River Hawks have won three straight and are unbeaten in 4-1-2 in their last seven games at Gutterson Fieldhouse…UML scored two final minute goals in Friday night’s win – the tying and winning goals – and scored five final minute goals in four games at Gutterson Fieldhouse this season…The River Hawks have eight players with 20 or more points…Scott Campbell had four points in the weekend sweep and has a four game point streak (3g, 5a)…Freshman David Vallorani picked up three points (1g, 2a) in his first two playoff games.

New Hampshire: UNH is hoping for its eighth-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament; a streak which is tied with Michigan and Minnesota for the longest active in Division I... The Wildcats were shutout at the Whittemore Center for the first time since a 1-0 loss to Harvard on Dec. 8, 2005...James van Riemsdyk scored a pair of goals on Friday night including a short-handed goal. van Riemsdyk is second in the nation in short-handed goals with four...The first goal has been the telltale sign in each of the last 16 games. The team that scored the first goal is 15-0-1 dating back to Jan. 10.

Northeastern: With back-to-back wins over Massachusetts on Saturday and Sunday, Northeastern won its first playoff series since 1994 when NU swept Providence in the Hockey East Quarterfinals...Northeastern became the sixth team ever to lose the first game of its best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series and come back to win....Northeastern tied the school record for wins, improving to 25-10-4 on Sunday. NU went 25- 9-2 in 1981-82. Northeastern will have at least twice as many wins as losses for the first time since 1981-82...Northeastern faces UMass Lowell in the Hockey East Semifinals, the teams’ 13th-ever playoff matchup and the second semifinal matchup after a two-game, total goal series that UML won in 1986. Northeastern is 3-10 against UMass Lowell in the playoffs... Freshman Alex Tuckerman (Orleans, Mass.) got his 20th point of the season on Saturday, giving Northeastern five 20-point scorers for the first time since 2001-02...Ryan Ginand (Milford, Mass.) scored his 20th goal on Sunday, becoming NU’s first 20-goal scorer since 2001-02.

Vermont: The Catamounts (20-11-5, 15-8-4 HEA) enter the week tied for eighth in the latest PairWise Ratings…Junior Viktor Stålberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) had a goal and two points on the weekend…Stålberg ranks fifth in the country in goals with 23 and his 43 points lead the team…Senior assistant captain Peter Lenes (Shelburne, Vt.) recorded his 14th goal of the season on Friday…Vermont out shot UMass-Lowell in both games in the weekend series but dropped to 1-3-1 against the River Hawks this season…Nine of the last 11 meetings between UVM and UML have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie…Vermont is 2-2-5 in overtime this year…The Catamounts went 10-6-4 at home this season…Vermont now awaits a potential at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament…The Catamounts have been to the NCAA Tournament three times with the last appearance coming in 1997.

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