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Weekly Release
March 23, 2009
BOSTON UNIVERSITY CAPTURES 25TH ANNUAL HEA TOURNAMENT TITLE
~NCAA Tourney play begins Friday with Vermont vs. Yale at Bridgeport~

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Reebok Player of the Week Kieran Millan of Boston University
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- No. 1 seed Boston University captured its seventh Hockey East tournament title on Saturday night in the 25th annual Hockey East Championship Game at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, earning a 1-0 victory over No. 5 seed UMass-Lowell in the title tilt. The Terriers became the 13th team in league history to win both the regular-season tile and Tournament championship. In semi-final action on Friday, the Terriers downed No. 6 seed Boston College 3-2 and UMass-Lowell earned an exciting overtime victory over No. 2 seed Northeastern.

In the early game on Friday evening, UMass-Lowell fell into a two-goal deficit in the second as Kyle Kraemer (St. Louis, Mo.) and Rob Rassey (Shelby Township, Mich.) scored 25 seconds apart. UML chipped away, though, as Ryan Blair (Ashburn, Va.) netted his first goal of the year to close out the second period. As the clock wound down, Scott Campbell (Navan, Ont.) netted a power play goal with 20 seconds remaining to send the semi-final match into overtime. The River Hawk comeback was completed when junior Chris Auger (Bellville, Ont.) notched the game-winner three minutes into the extra frame, sending UML to the title game for the first time since 1994. With the win, the River Hawks became only the second No. 5 seed to advance to the HEA Championship game. Northeastern netminder and Reebok Hockey East Player of the Year Brad Thiessen (Aldergrove, B.C.) made an impressive 41 saves in the losing effort, while UML outshot NU in every frame, including a 16-7 advantage in the third.

In the second tilt of the night, BC and BU renewed their storied rivalry, as BU looked to continue its success against the defending Hockey East Champions this season. BC’s Ben Smith (Avon, Conn.) put the Eagles on the board late in the second, giving them the 1-0 advantage, before a 44 second surge lifted the Terriers out of the deficit. BU scored the fastest three goals by any team in the HEA tournament by way of rapid fire tallies by Zach Cohen (Schaumberg, Ill.), Brian Strait (Waltham, Mass.) and Colin Wilson (Winnipeg, Man.). Senior co-captain John McCarthy (North Andover, Mass.) picked up two assists on the three goals. Wilson’s goal brought him to the 50-point benchmark for the season, the first Terrier to do so in over a decade. BC’s Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.) got the puck past BU’s Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.) at 14:18 in the third, but the rally ended there and the Terriers earned the 3-2 victory, sending them to the championship game for the ninth time in program history.

In Saturday’s championship match up, BU senior Brandon Yip’s (Maple Ridge, B.C.) goal at 18:38 in the first period proved to be the difference in the game. BU came out on top of the 1-0 game, a hard fought battle between UML and the Terriers. The teams shot an even 32 apiece, while each team was perfect on the penalty kill. BU’s McCarthy gathered his third assist of the weekend on the Yip goal, while Millan’s 32-save performance was his third shutout of the year. Millan’s shutout was the third in the final in the 25 years of the tournament, all coming in the past seven seasons. He is the fourth freshman to win the Flynn Award and the first since BC’s Chuck Kobasew in 2001. With the win, the Terriers now own a 7-2 record in the HEA Championship game.

The regular season champions added four student-athletes to the all-tournament team, including senior cocaptains McCarthy and Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y.), sophomore standout Wilson and tournament MVP and Pro Ambitions Hockey East Rookie of the Year Kieran Millan. From UMass-Lowell, sophomore blue liner Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alb.) and classmate Campbell were all-tournament team honorees, as well.

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REEBOK PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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

Millan was named MVP of the Hockey East Championship, stopping 53 of the 55 shots he faced, including a 32-save shutout performance in the title game against UMass Lowell.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Scott Campbell, UML (So., F, Navan, Ont.) Had a goal and an assist, including scoring the game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period, in UMass Lowell’s 3-2 overtime win over Northeastern in the Hockey East Semifinals. Was Named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team for his efforts.

Zach Cohen, BU (Jr., F, Schaumburg, Ill.) Started a three-goal rally against the Eagles and was a game-high +2 in the 3-2 win

Maury Edwards, UML (So., D, Rocky Rapids, Alb.) Was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team.

Matt Gilroy, BU (Sr., D, North Bellmore, N.Y.) Was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team.

Carter Hutton, UML (Jr., G, Thunder Bay, Ont.) Stopped 25 of 27 shots faced to earn win in UML’s 3-2 Semifinal win over Northeastern.

Nevin Hamilton, UML (Jr., G, Ashland, Mass.) Stopped 31 of 32 shots faced in the Hockey East championship game against BU.

John McCarthy, BU (Sr., F, Andover, Mass.) Turned in an impressive performance on both ends of the ice at the Garden and tallied the primary assist on three of the Terriers’ four goals in the two games, including the lone goal in the championship game. Was Named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team.

David Warsofsky, BU (Fr., D, Marshfield, Mass.) Recorded an assist in both wins and was a +2 on the weekend while playing standout defense.

Colin Wilson, BU (So., F, Winnipeg, Ma.) Was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team. Had the game-winning goal on Friday night vs. BC.

Paul Worthington, UML (Jr., F, Langhorne, Pa.) Collected two assists in UML’s 3-2 win over Northeastern in the Hockey East Semifinals.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO’S HOT?

Kyle Kraemer, NU (St. Louis, Mo.) Scored in two of the last three games, his only two goals of the season

Louis Liotti, NU (Westbury , N.Y.) Tied the NU record with his 145th career game last Friday against UMass Lowell

THIS WEEK IN HOCKEY EAST HISTORY

March 23, 1996: Senior Dave Barozzino records a hat trick as UMass Lowell beats 7th-ranked Michigan State, 6-2, in the first round of the West Regional of the NCAA Tournament in East Lansing, Michigan.

March 25 & 27, 1982: Northeastern participated in its only NCAA Frozen Four, losing to North Dakota, 6-2, in the semifinals before beating New Hampshire, 10-4, in the consolation game.

March 26, 1994: Northeastern played its most recent NCAA Tournament game, a 6-5 overtime loss to eventual national champ Lake Superior State in the first round.

March 26, 1994: No. 7 UMass Lowell beats No. 9 Michigan State, 4-3, on their home ice in the first round of the NCAA West Regional in East Lansing, Michigan.

March 27, 1994: UMass Lowell plays its longest game in program history -- 89 minutes and 29 seconds in a double-overtime 2-1 loss to Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament. The River Hawks were less than six minutes from their first-ever berth in the Frozen Four.

March 27, 1999: Darren Haydar’s overtime goal vs. Michigan, 2-1, in Worcester, Mass. sends UNH to the Frozen Four in Anaheim, Calif.

March 29, 1998: As a heavy underdog, UNH’s Mark Mowers scores a shorthanded goal from Mike Souza in overtime for a 4-3 victory in Albany, N.Y. vs. No. 1 seed Boston University to send the Wildcats to the Frozen Four at the FleetCenter in Boston.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Boston College’s 2008-09 senior class concluded its collegiate career with a 98-54-17 record, including remarkable 23-4 mark in four seasons of postseason competition. It finished 13-2 in Hockey East playoff play and 10-2 in NCAA postseason competition. It captured one NCAA national championship (2008), advanced to three NCAA Frozen Fours and three national championship games, won two Hockey East Tournament titles (2007 and 2008)...Goaltender John Muse (East Falmouth, MA) suffered his first loss in Hockey East playoff competition. He is 6-1 with a 1.57 GAA and a .949 save percentage in league postseason play... Boston College did not reach the Hockey East championship game for the first time since the 2003-04 season; the Eagles had played in four straight league championship games...BC killed all five BU power plays and finished the final 10 games of the season killing 96.1 percent (49-for-51) of its opponents’ power plays...With one goal in Friday’s semifinal game, junior Ben Smith (Avon, Conn.) upped his Hockey East playoff career totals to 14 points (5g,9a) in 11 games...Senior defenseman Anthony Aiello (Braintree, Mass.) assisted on both BC goals in the team’s semifinal loss to BU, marking his first multiple-point effort of the season and the third of his 132- game career...Senior forward Benn Ferriero (Essex, Mass.) played in all 165 BC games over the last four seasons and concludes his career is sole possession of fifth place on the program’s all-time list, surpassing Brian Gionta and Mike Lephart who each played in 164 career contests.

Boston University: The Terriers will make their 31st appearance in the NCAAs, and enter the tournament with 31 wins, their most since posting 31 in their national championship season of 1994-95...Hockey East Tournament MVP Kieran Millan tied the school record for wins in a single season by a goaltender with 25 and now shares it with Jack Ferreria (1964-65) and Cleon Daskalakis (1983-84)...BU is undefeated in its last 15 games away from home (13-0-2), marking the longest such stretch in program history...BU has now won five of its seven Hockey East titles as the top seed in the tournament...Senior Brandon Yip (Maple Ridge, B.C.) scored his second career game-winning goal in a Hockey East championship game and will finish with 11 points (6g,5a) in 17 career league tournament games...Senior Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) has played in 156 career games, tying him for eighth all-time at BU... Senior Chris Higgins (Lynnfield, Mass.) leads all active Hockey East players in points with 125 on 47 goals and 78 assists...Thirteen of BU’s returnees from last season have surpassed their career high in points this year...The Terriers’ six-member senior class has compiled 174 points (66g,108a) this season...BU is 7-3 in one-goal games this season after going 4-7 in those contests a year ago.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks reached the Hockey East championship for the second time in program history. Both times they played Boston University … UML finished the season 20-16-2 to earn its first 20-win season since 2004-05 … The River Hawks were 12-5-2 over their final 19 games … The River Hawks’ come-frombehind win in the semifinals against Northeastern – 3-2 in overtime – was the second time in three games they won when trailing after the second period and when trailing by two goals in the game … UML scored 15 goals in the final minute of a period this season (any period), including the tying goal in Friday’s win … Sophomore center Scott Campbell had 10 points (4g, 6a) over the last six games; he led the River Hawks in scoring with 30 points (14g, 16a).

Northeastern: Northeastern qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994 and will play in the Midwest Regional. Northeastern is 2-13-0 all-time against first-round opponent Cornell, although the teams have met just once in the last 10 seasons. That was a 3-0 Cornell win in the Florida College Classic on Dec. 27, 2005... Northeastern is 3-3-1 in seven NCAA Tournament games all-time and advanced to the Frozen Four in 1982...Northeastern advanced to the Hockey East Semifinals for the sixth time and first time since 1994, taking a 3-2 overtime loss to UMass Lowell last Friday. NU is 4-10-0 all-time in Hockey East Tournament games against UMass Lowell... Louis Liotti (Westbury, N.Y.) tied the NU record with his 145th career game last Friday. Jason Guerriero (2001-05) and Roger Holeczy (1996-2000) also played in 145 games...Kyle Kraemer (St. Louis, Mo.) has two goals this season, both in the playoffs...Tyler McNeely (Burnaby, B.C.) returned from injury after missing seven games with injury and had an assist against UMass Lowell...Greg Cronin became Northeastern’s third Hockey East Coach of the Year and six players were honored last week. Brad Thiessen (Aldergrove, B.C.) became NU’s first Hockey East Player of the Year and Joe Vitale (St. Louis, Mo.) became NU’s first Hockey East Best Defensive Forward. Thiessen was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, NU’s third finalist after Sandy Beadle (1982) and Jim Fahey (2002).

NEW HAMPSHIRE: UNH and North Dakota will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the first time on Saturday. UNH owns a 12-22 all-time record in the NCAA playoffs, which includes a 10-14 all-time record under head coach Dick Umile. The Wildcats have qualified for the tournament in the last eight seasons, the second longest active streak behind only Michigan (19). This will mark the ‘Cats 19th appearance in the tournament and the 15th trip under Umile’s 19-year guidance. UNH’s senior class becomes the sixth class in school history to earn a berth in the NCAA’s in all four seasons of competition. UNH has appeared in seven Frozen Fours to go along with two national championship appearances...UNH is 3-10-2 lifetime against the Fighting Sioux, but split a two game series in North Dakota in 2007-08 with a 7-4 win on the second night in Grand Folks. Overall, the Wildcats are 2-2-2 in their last six against North Dakota.

VERMONT: Vermont is 1-4 all-time in the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament. The Catamounts lone win is against Lake Superior State, 2-1, at Knickerbocker Arena (now known as the Times Union Center) in Albany, N.Y., in 1996 to earn a spot in the Frozen Four. Vermont went on to lose to Colorado College, 4-3, in double overtime in the Frozen Four at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio...Vermont’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth came in 1988. The Catamounts dropped a pair of games at Bowling Green in the opening round to be eliminated. UVM also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1997. That season the Catamounts lost to Denver, 6-3, in the opening round of the East Regional at the Worcester Centrum in Worcester, Mass.

HOCKEY EAST NCAA NOTES: Hockey East teams have made 78 NCAA appearances since 1985 (second most of any NCAA conference) and have posted an impressive 100-86-1 record during that time. The league has won five NCAA Championships since the league’s inception, most recently in 2008 (Boston College Eagles)...The league qualified four teams for the tournament for the seventh time in league history, the only year the league qualified five was 2007...Of the Hockey East Combined Champions (13 Total, including Bsoton U. this year) they own a Overall Record of 22-10 in the NCAA Tournament, Eight qualified for the Frozen Four, Six advanced to the championship game and Three won the NCAA title...Since regional tournament play began in 1992, 23 of the 34 teams that have advanced to the Frozen Four from the eastern regional tournaments have been from Hockey East. Five have come from the WCHA, four from the ECACHL, and two from the CCHA. (12 Hockey East teams have been sent to the western regionals, with just two advancing to the Frozen Four.)

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