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Weekly Release
March 9, 2009
BOSTON UNIVERSITY CLAIMS EIGHTH REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
~UML sweeps Maine; UNH/Vermont, BC/NU and UMass/Merrimack split series~

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Reebok Player of the Week Brian Roloff of Vermont
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- The Hockey East regular-season championship came down to the final day of the season and No. 1 Boston University claimed its eighth title in school history, sweeping Providence, while No. 4 Northeastern split with Boston College, earning the second-place finish. No. 7 Vermont split with No. 9 New Hampshire at home, and UMass-Lowell swept Maine. Merrimack pulled out an overtime win over Massachusetts on Friday night, before UMass picked up the win on Saturday.

Providence hosted the Terriers on Friday at Schneider Arena, where BU opened with a four-goal first and never looked back. Brandon Yip (Maple Ridge, B.C.) registered a hat trick in the 8-2 BU victory, helping him reach his 100th career point. Linemate Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) enjoyed a career-best five-point night. The teams met again for a matinee on Sunday at Agganis Arena, when BU earned a 3-0 victory behind rookie netminder Grant Rollheiser’s (Chilliwack, B.C.) first career shutout. Providence goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 33 saves in the losing effort. With the sweep, the Terriers were named Hockey East Regular Season Champions for the first time since their 2005-06 campaign.

Gutterson Fieldhouse saw a lot of offense in a two-game split between UNH and UVM. Vermont earned the 6-4 victory on Friday, behind Reebok Player of the Week Brian Roloff’s (West Seneca, N.Y.) hat trick and linemate Viktor Stalberg’s (Gothenburg, Sweden) short-handed goal and three points. Back in action the following night, the score was back and forth throughout the game. The teams stayed knotted at five apiece through regulation before Greg Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) netted the overtime game-winner with 1:05 remaining in the extra stanza. Teammate Peter LeBlanc (Hamilton, Ont.) scored twice for the Wildcats, while UVM’s Jonathan Higgins (Stratham, N.H.) netted a pair for the Catamounts. Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) earned the victory after a 31-save performance.

The BC and Northeastern series proved the importance of home ice advantage, as the teams each won on their respective sides of Boston. BC led 1-0 until Randy Guzior (Lemont, Ill.) tied the game with 26 seconds remaining, Friday at Matthews Arena. Steve Quailer (Arvada, Colo.) netted the game-winner with 1:05 left in overtime. Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.) made 30 stops in the losing effort. On Saturday, the Eagles earned a 4-1 victory behind three-point performances by Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) and Brock Bradford (Burnaby, B.C.). Muse stopped 16 shots in the third period alone and registered 24 overall. The River Hawks took four points from Maine this weekend, beginning with a 5-3 victory Friday. Nick Schaus (Orchard Park, N.Y.) led all scorers with three points, while Scott Campbell (Navan, Ont.) netted a goal and added an assist in the victory. Maine’s Tanner House (Cochrane, Alb.) potted two goals in the loss. The following night, netminder Carter Hutton led UML to a 6-0 shutout, his third of the season. Junior Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) scored twice in the victory.

Merrimack and UMass each earned victories on their home ice this weekend. The Warriors earned a 3-2 victory over UMass at home on Friday, behind an overtime goal by Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Karl Stollery (Camrose, Alb.) with 24 seconds remaining in the game. Rob Ricci (Brampton, Ont.) and Jesse Todd (Calgary, Alb.) each tallied two points in the win. The Minutemen hosted Merrimack Saturday, and earned a 6-1 victory. Cory Quirk (Brockton, Mass.) earned his 100th career point, after scoring a goal and two assists in the win. Linemate Alex Berry (Danvers, Mass.) added three points in the win, while Minuteman goalie Paul Dainton (Fort McMurray, Alb.) stopped 36 shots en route to his 11th victory of the season.

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REEBOK PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BRIAN ROLOFF - VERMONT
Junior Forward; West Seneca, N.Y.

Roloff scored a hat trick in Friday’s 6-4 win over UNH, including the game-winner with a +3 rating. He also added an assists in the loss Saturday.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

KARL STOLLERY - MERRIMACK
Freshman Defenseman; Camrose, Alb.

Stollery scored the game-winning goal for the Warriors on the power play in overtime against UMass, 3-2, Friday at Lawler Arena.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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

Muse stopped 54-of-57 shots faced with a 1.45 GAA (.947 save%) for the Eagles in a two-game split with Northeastern.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Cam Atkinson, BC (Fr., F, Greenwich, Conn.) Tallied a career-high three points (1g,2a) in BC’s 4-1 home win over Northeastern on Saturday.

Nick Bonino, BU (So., F, Unionville, Conn.) Scored a career-high five points in BU’s 8-2 victory on Friday, scoring back-to-back goals and adding three assists.

Brock Bradford, BC (Sr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Scored the team’s lone goal in the OT loss on Friday and tallied three points (1g,2a) in a 4-1 win Saturday.

Greg Collins, UNH (Sr., F, Fairport, N.Y.) Registered a career-high three points (1g,2a), which included the overtime game-winner on Saturday vs. UVM.

Paul Dainton, UMass (So., G, Genelle, B.C.) made 64 saves on a .941 percentage and posted a 1.93 GAA in the split weekend with Merrimack.

Kory Falite, UML (Jr., F, Billerica, Mass.) Had four points (2g, 2a) on two multi-point games over the weekend against Maine.

Tanner House, Maine (So., F, Cochrane, Alb.) Scored two goals in Maine’s 5-3 loss to UMass Lowell on Friday night.

Carter Hutton (Jr., G, Thunder Bay, Ont.) Stopped all 21 shots he faced including 11 in the third period of Saturday’s 6-0 win over Maine.

Blake Kessel, UNH (Fr., D, Verona, Wis.) Had a goal and an assist on Friday night in Vermont and skated a +2 on the weekend.

Dan Lawson, UVM (So., D, Oak Forest, Ill.) Scored two power-play goals and had three points in a weekend split with UNH.

James Marcou, UMass (So., F, Kings Park, N.Y.) Netted a pair of goals and an assist in UMass’ split weekend with Merrimack.

John McCarthy (Sr., F, Andover, Mass.) Recorded a career-best three points (1g, 2a) in the Terriers’ 8-2 victory over the Friars

Rob Ricci, MC (Jr., F, Brampton, Ont.) Scored a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over UMass Friday.

Grant Rollheiser (Fr., G, Chilliwack, B.C.) Stopped all 16 shots he faced to pick up his first collegiate shutout.

Steve Quailer, NU (Fr., F, Arvada, Colo.) Scored his first game-winning goal of the season with 1:05 left in overtime of NU’s 2-1 win over BC on Friday.

Casey Wellman, UMass (Fr., F, Brentwood, Calif.) Scored a goal and added an assist in UMass’ split weekend with the Warriors.

Brandon Yip (Sr., F, Maple Ridge, B.C.) Recorded his first collegiate hat trick an added an assist in BU’s 8-2 win at Providence.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO’S HOT?

Damon Kipp, UNH (SALMON ARM, B.C.) Registered his first collegiate goal on Friday night against Vermont

Matt Campanale, UNH (Chester Springs, PA.) Notched his first collegiate point with an assist on Saturday night

Brian Flynn , MAINE (Lynnfield, Mass.) Scored at least one point in seven straight games before seeing that streak come to an end when Maine was shut out on Saturday

UML’S Jeremy Dehner, Bary Goers, Ben Holmstrom Played in their 100th career game on March 6 vs. Maine

Matt Gilroy, BU (North Bellmore, N.Y.) and Chris Higgins, BU (Lynnfield, Mass.) Both played in their 150th career game this weekend

Cory Quirk, UMass (Brockton, Mass.) Became just the seventh player in program history to reach 100 points for his career on Saturday night

UMASS-LOWELL PENALTY KILL UML has killed off 48 of the last 50 power plays against (96.0%)

Brandon Yip, BU (Maple Ridge, B.C.) Became the 76th Terrier to reach the 100-point mark on the final goal of his hat trick in Friday’s 8-2 win at Providence

THIS WEEK IN HOCKEY EAST HISTORY

March 7, 1997: Merrimack enters the Hockey East Tournament ranked fourth overall, its highest ranking in school history.

March 9, 2002: Fourth-seeded UMass Lowell wins its best-of-three Hockey East Tournament series from Northeastern in three games, knocking off the 5th-seeded Huskies, 3-1, at the Tsongas Arena.

March 10, 2001: Jeff Boulanger scores both goals, and junior Jimi St. John kicks out 30 shots as fifth-seeded UMass Lowell beats fourth-seeded and seventh-ranked New Hampshire by a 2-1 score for the second night in a row, winning their best-of-three first round series in the Hockey East Tournament 2-1 at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.

March 11, 1987: Maine won its first-ever Hockey East playoff game with a 5-2 win over Providence. Maine appeared in the Hockey East Championship game that year.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: BC allowed a power-play goal in Saturday’s 4-1 home win over Northeastern, marking the first man-advantage goal allowed in five games. The team is 34-for-36 (94.4 percent) in penalty-killing situations over the last seven games...Three of its four goals scored in Saturday’s win over Northeastern were scored on the power play, marking the third time this season the team has scored three times with a man advantage. It also marked the first time since Nov. 21 that the team has tallied multiple power-play goals...Friday’s overtime loss to Northeastern marked BC’s 11th overtime game this season; the team is 3-2-6 in games that have advanced to the overtime period...With three points (1g,2a) in BC’s two-game split against Northeastern, senior Benn Ferriero (Essex, Mass.) has tallied one point in each of the last four games (5 points; 1g,4a)...Senior captain Brock Bradford (Burnaby, B.C.) recorded four points (2g,2a) in the two-game split with Northeastern, extending his scoring streak to five games (8 points; 4g,4a)...Freshman forward Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) has five points in the last four games (5 points; 1g,4a).

Boston University: The Terriers finished first in Hockey East in both scoring offense and scoring defense, marking the first time a team has achieved that feat since Boston College in the 2002-03 season...BU (143) has scored more than twice as many goals as its opponents (69) this season after giving up 105 goals during the 2007-08 regular season...The Terriers have five players with 30 points or more this season, placing all of them in the top 10 among Hockey East players...BU has one loss since Thanksgiving and is on a 16-game unbeaten streak, its longest since a 17-game stretch (14-0-3) in the 1995-96 season...Sophomore Nick Bonino scored 20 points (8g,12) in the final 12 games of the regular season... The Terriers have 27 wins entering the postseason for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign...Entering this weekend’s quarterfinal match-up with Maine, BU’s senior class is 10-0-2 against the Black Bears over the last four years.

Maine: Rookie Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) saw extended his points streak to seven games with a goal on Friday night against UMass Lowell...Saw his streak snapped on Saturday when the Black Bears were shut out... Tanner House (Cochrane, Alb.) had a pair of goals on Friday against UMass Lowell...House and rookie Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) are the lone Black Bears to notch two goals in more than one game this season... Maine’s freshmen and sophomores have scored 76.6 percent of the teams goals this season...Maine scored 35 power play goals on the season, 16 more than during the 2007-08 season... Flynn and Matt Duffy (Windham, Maine) are tied for the team-lead in power play goals with five.

Massachusetts: UMass has qualified for the Hockey East Playoffs for the seventh straight season and the 12th time overall since joining the league in 1994-95…This is the first time UMass and Northeastern have ever met in the HEA Playoffs…UMass won the regular-season series with Merrimack 2-1 including a 4-1 win at Matthews Arena on Feb. 14…The win over Merrimack on Saturday gave UMass a winning record at home for the third straight year - 2005-06 was the last year that UMass had a losing record at home (7-9-0)…After the loss to Merrimack on Friday night, UMass is 2-3-3 in overtime games…Over the last eight games, UMass is 11-for-43 (25.6%) on the power play...The UMass penalty kill has struggled in the last four games killing off just 16-of-23 chances (69.6%)...UMass has allowed a power play goal in five of the last six games.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks swept their season series with Maine to sweep the season series. It was UML’s first three-game season series of Maine in Hockey East…The River Hawks scored four power play goals (Friday) for the first time since November 27, 2004. UML was 6-for-11 on the power play on the weekend…Saturday night’s shutout was the fifth of the season for UML, the most since recording eight in 2001-02. The shutout was the first of the season at home for the River Hawks; the previous four had come on the road…Kory Falite had four points (2g, 2a), including his seventh career multi-goal game, in the weekend sweep of Maine…The River Hawks and Catamounts will meet in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. The two teams have not met in the Hockey East playoffs. UML is 2-1-2 in its last five trips to the Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Merrimack: Merrimack finished in ninth place, out of last place, for the first time since 2003-04…Karl Stollery (Camrose, Alb.) finished the regular season tops among freshmen defensemen in scoring in Hockey East games with 15 points. Stollery is first among all freshmen and fourth among all defensemen in power-play points with eleven…Jesse Todd (Camrose, Alb.) finished second among freshmen forwards with 21 points in Hockey East games…For the second straight year, Merrimack set a school record for the fewest goals allowed with 89 since joining Hockey East 20 seasons ago. Last season, the Warriors allowed 93 goals overall, which was a school record at the time…Merrimack’s team goals-against was under 3.00 in Hockey East for the first time in school history…For the third time in as many seasons, Rob Ricci (Brampton, Ont.) led Merrimack in scoring. Ricci and Chris Barton (Calgary, Alb.) tallied 23 points each…Only three players, Barton, Todd, and Stollery appeared in all 34 games this season.

New Hampshire: UNH captured the third seed in the tournament with a win over Vermont on the final game of the regular season...The win in the finale marks the first win to close out the regular season since 2005-06...The Wildcats have drawn sixth-seeded Boston College, which they won the season series with 2-1-0...UNH will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak against the Eagles in the Hockey East playoffs, including back to back loses at the TD Banknorth Garden in the title game in 2007 and in a triple-overtime semifinal a year ago. However, the Wildcats are 3-6-0 in Hockey East tournament games, but did sweep the only time these teams met in the quarterfinals 2-0-0 in 1993-94... Last weekend’s 10-goal output was the most by UNH in a single weekend all year. However, the Wildcat offense has scored four or more goals in 7 of their last 10. Last weekend, 17 of 18 skaters in the lineup registered a point.

Northeastern: Northeastern finished second in the Hockey East regular season for the second time in team history, the first time since 1987-88...NU’s 18 Hockey East wins tie the school record from 1985-86, when NU went 18-14-2 in the league...Northeastern hosts its first Hockey East quarterfinal series since 1997-98, when the Huskies hosted UMass Lowell. NU lost that series, two games to one...Northeastern hosts Massachusetts in the quarterfinals this weekend. The Minutemen won the regular season series, two games to one, with the Huskies’ only win a comeback, 5-3 victory on Feb. 13 at the Mullins Center. Northeastern looks to advance to the Hockey East Semifinals for the first time since 1993-94...Randy Guzior’s (Lemont, Ill.) extra-attacker goal in NU’s 2-1 win over BC on Friday was the first extra-attacker goal that led to a Northeastern win since Jim Fahey scored one in a 5-4 win over UNH on Feb. 15, 2002. Since then, three extra-attacker goals have led to NU ties...Goaltender Brad Thiessen (Aldergrove, B.C.) has allowed a goal or less in 15 games this season and NU is 14-0-1 in those games. He leads the nation in minutes (2184:03) and ranks second in wins (23) and saves (1,035).

Providence College: Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) became the first Friar freshman to lead the team in scoring since Rob Gaudreau did it during the 1988-89 season … Senior Matt Taormina (Washington Township, Mich.) finished his career tied for 14th all-time among Providence College defensemen with 65 career points … In addition, Taormina played in 141 games, which is tied for 21st all-time at the College … The Friar sophomore class led all the other classes in scoring, combining to score 23 goals and record 48 assists … The Friars are the last team to defeat Boston University (4-2 on January 13) … Junior John Cavanagh (Warwick, R.I.) scored 10 goals this season, which is four more (6) than he scored in his first two seasons combined.

Vermont: The Catamounts (20-9-5, 15-7-4 HEA) enter the week tied for fifth in the latest PairWise Ratings…Junior Brian Roloff scored a hat trick on Friday and he had four points on the weekend…His hat trick was the first for a Catamount since Peter Lenes had one in his first collegiate game at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Oct. 21, 2005 in a 5-1 win against Minnesota-Duluth…Junior Viktor Stålberg had two goals and four points on the weekend. He notched his second short-handed goal of the year on Friday…Stålberg had at least one point in 22 of 27 Hockey East games. He recorded nine goals and 16 points in nine contests against the other home ice teams in Hockey East (BU, NU and UNH)…Saturday’s 6-5 overtime loss to UNH ended a 49-game unbeaten streak for UVM when scoring at least four goals. The last loss for the Catamounts when scoring four times had come on Jan. 24, 2004 in a 9-4 defeat at Colgate…Vermont is 10-4-4 at home this season and 7-6-2 against ranked opponents.

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