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Weekly Release
October 19, 2009
UMASS DOWNS BU IN LEAGUE OPENER; PROVIDENCE SPLITS AT NOTRE DAME
~Vermont takes down BC on Sunday; Merrimack wins two; Maine splits with MSU~

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Hockey East Player of the Week Stephane Da Costa of Merrimack
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- The Massachusetts Minutemen opened the conference schedule with a 3-2 victory over No. 2 ranked Boston University on Friday night at the Mullins Center, while No. 11 Vermont took care of business on Sunday with a 4-1 win vs. No. 12 Boston College at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Hockey East Player of the Week Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) led Merrimack to a 6-3 win against Army on Saturday with a five-goal performance.

The Minutemen were led by junior goalie Paul Dainton (Genelle, B.C.) who tied a career-high with 39 saves and freshman forward Rocco Carzo (Media, Pa.) notched a career-high three points (1g,2a). BU freshman forward Alex Chaisson (St. Augustin, Que.) registered both goals in the loss for the Terriers in his collegiate debut.

The Catamounts shutdown the Eagles’ power play, going a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill. Sophomore netminder Rob Madore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 22 saves in his second win of the season. Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Chris McCarthy (Collegeville, Pa.) and Jack Downing (New Canaan, Conn.) each had two points in the win for the Catamounts.

Da Costa’s night marked the first time since Merrimack joined hockey East 21 years ago that a Warrior has scored five times in a game. He became the first Hockey East player since Boston College’s Brian Gionta on January 27, 2001 to score five goals in a game and is the first player to score five goals and get a natural hat trick as part of his first collegiate goal in Hockey East history. The Warriors also picked up a 3-1 win vs. Holy Cross on Friday night at Lawler Arena.

Providence College upset No. 7 Notre Dame on Thursday night, 3-2, and fell on Saturday by a score of 2-0. Sophomore goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) continues to impress making 59 saves on the weekend with a .937 save percentage for the Friars.

Maine split its weekend series with CCHA foe Michigan state over the weekend, picking up a 5-3 win on Saturday night. Sophomore forward Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) potted the game-winning goal with 1:39 remaining in the final period. Nyquist amassed a four-point (2g,2a) weekend for the Black Bears. New Hampshire was defeated by top ranked Miami Friday night at the Whittemore Center and on Saturday the ‘Cats tied the RedHawks, 5-5. Sophomore defenseman Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) had a five-point (2g,3a) weekend for UNH.

Northeastern also took out Bentley 3-1 on Friday night in front of a sold out crowd of 4,666 fans in their home opener. The Huskies went 3-for-9 on the man advantage. Freshman goalie Chris Rawlings (North Delta, B.C.) stopped 27 saves for the second win of his Husky career.

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HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK

STEPHANE DA COSTA - MERRIMACK
Freshman Forward; Paris, France

Da Costa scored his first five collegiate goals and 11 shots, including a natural hat trick in a win over Army on Saturday night.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

CHRIS MCCARTHY - VERMONT
Freshman Forward; Collegeville, Pa.

McCarthy scored a goal and had an assist in a 4-1 win over Boston College on Sunday afternoon in their league opener.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

PAUL DAINTON - MASSACHUSETTS
Junior Goaltender; Genelle, B.C.

Dainton tied his career-high with 39 saves in the 3-2 win over No. 2 Boston University on Friday at the Mullins Center.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Alex Beaudry, PC (So., G, Cumberland, Ont.) Totaled 59 saves in two games, including 31 stops in 3-2 win at No. 7 Notre Dame on Thursday.

Mike Borisenok, UNH, (So., F, Watervliet, N.Y.) Scored a goal in each game of the weekend and put up a career high two points on Friday vs. Miami.

Bobby Butler, UNH (Sr., F, Marlboro, Mass.) Notched a goal in each game this weekend and tallied three points (1g,2a) on Saturday night.

Alex Chiasson, BU (Fr., F, St. Augustin, Que.) Making his collegiate debut, Chiasson scored both of BU’s goals in a 3-2 loss at UMass.

Pat Bowen, MC (Sr., D, Marshfield, Mass.) Tallied a career-high three assists in a 6-3 win over Army.

Rocco Carzo, UMass (Fr., F, Media, Pa.) Had a goal, two assists and a +3 rating in the 3-2 win over No. 2 BU.

Joe Cucci, MC (Jr., F, Melrose Park, Ill.) Picked up a career-high three assists in a 6-3 win over Army on Saturday.

David deKastrozza, Maine (Sr., F, Toms River, N.J.) Scored a goal in each of Maine’s games in the weekend split with Michigan State.

Aaron Jamnick (Fr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) Scored the game-winning goal late in the third period in Providence’s 3-2 win at No. 7 Notre Dame.

Blake Kessel, UNH (So., D, Verona, Wis.) Posted a team-best five points (2g,3a) this weekend vs. top ranked Miami

Rob Madore, UVM (So., G, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Stopped 22 of 23 shots in Vermont’s 4-1 win over BC on Sunday.

Jake Newton, NU (Fr., D, San Jacinto, Calif.) Recorded his first-career multi point game in the 3-2 victory against Bentley.

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (So., F, Malmo, Sweden) Had a four-point (2g,2a) weekend in the weekend split with Michigan State.

Will Ortiz, UMass (Sr., F, Framingham, Mass.) Scored the game-winning goal, had an assist and finished the 3-2 win over No. 2 BU with a +3 rating.

Colin Vock, UVM (Sr., F, Detroit, Mich.) Scored a goal and had an assist in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Boston College.

Joe Whitney, BC (Jr., F, Reading, Mass.) Scored BC’s lone goal with a game-high five shots on goal in a 4-1 loss at Vermont on Sunday.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT?

Chris Barton, MC (Calgary , AB) Scored four of Merrimack’s first five goals this season

Bobby Butler, UNH (Marlboro, Mass.) Has scored a goal in all three games this season for the ‘Cats

Matt Irwin , UMass (Brentwod Bay , B.C.) Has scored a goal in five straight games (6g,2a) dating back to last year

Aaron Jamnick, PC (Hibbing, Minn.) Scored his first career goal, the game winner at Notre Dame on Oct. 15

Nick Krates , UNH (Palos Park, Ill.) Scored his first collegiate goal with a tally vs. Miami on Saturday

Chris McCarthy, UVM (Collegevile, Pa.) Scored the first goal of his career in a 4-1 win over BC on Sunday

Wade Megan, BU (Canton, N.Y.) Earned his first collegiate assist on the BU’s first goal at UMass Oct. 16

Chris Rooney, PC (Fr., Canton, Mas.) Recorded his first assist at No. 7 Notre Dame on October 15

David Strathman , NU (Tempe, Ariz.) Played in his 100th career-game on Friday night vs. Bentley

COMMISSIONERS CORNER with Joe Bertagna

Each week, two major college hockey polls are published on Mondays. USCHO releases a Top 20 and USA Today, in conjunction with USA Hockey and the American Hockey Coaches Association, releases a Top 15. I have had the responsibility of collecting the AHCA votes since the latter poll’s inception, steering them to USA Hockey for final tally.

It is interesting to note that both of these polls are very similar each week. It is also interesting to note that a program’s reputation seems to play a role in how quickly a school can rise or drop in a given week. Schools who do not have the long and storied history of others can drop sharply with one loss yet don’t enjoy the same “bump” forward when they have a successful weekend against an established power. Established programs seem to benefit from higher expectations and clearly hold their ground more regularly, even in the wake of a disappointing weekend.

Some have questioned whether or not all the pollsters take the time to look at the results each week. In my experience, they do and overall, they take their responsibility seriously. The USA Today Pollsters are a mix of head coaches, assistant coaches, conference staff and media and all approach this assignment professionally.

In the end, these polls serve to garner publicity for the sport and to frame weekly discussion on game night. They are helpful to a sport that battles for news space so often tilted towards football and basketball and professional sports. But as everyone knows, the only “poll” that eventually matters is the one with final NCAA Pairwise data on Sunday, March 21.

THIS WEEK IN HOCKEY EAST HISTORY

10/19-20, 2007: Merrimack swept Bemidji State to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 1993.

Oct. 19, 2007: Head Coach Dick Umile opens the 07-08 season with a 4-1 win over BU at Agganis Arena, earning his 400th career win.

Oct. 20, 1995: The Terriers raise their 1995 NCAA championship banner and post an 8-5 victory over North Dakota in their season opener. Freshman Travis Roy suffers a spine injury on his first collegiate shift, leaving him paralyzed.

Oct. 23, 1993: Merrimack defeats UMass 8-2 in the program’s first game back from a 14 season dormancy. The Minutemen would join Hockey East a year later.

Oct. 23, 1992: Paul Kariya began his school-record 31-game point scoring streak.

Oct. 24, 2003: Sophomore Ben Walter scores three goals, all of the PP, to power UML to a 6-1 win over Niagara in the Punch Imlach Showcase in Buffalo, N.Y.

Oct. 25, 1996: Tim Whitehead, only the fourth coach in UMass Lowell’s 30-year hockey history, becomes the first coach to win his first game as the River Hawks skate to a 5-2 triumph over UMass at Tully Forum. The win is the 10th in a row at home for the River Hawks.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Junior goaltender John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.) played all 60 minutes of the team’s season opener following offseason hip surgery in April...Six BC freshmen all made their collegiate debuts, including: defensemen Brian Dumoulin (Biddeford, Maine), Philip Samelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Patrick Wey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and forwards Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.), Pat Mullane (Wallingford, Conn.) and Steven Whitney (Reading, Mass.)... The Eagles are now 10-4-2 against the Catamounts since Vermont joined the league beginning in the 2005-06 season, but just 1-4-2 at UVM’s Gutterson Fieldhouse. BC earned its last victory in Burlington on Nov. 13, 2005 behind a two-goal performance from freshman Nathan Gerbe...Boston College falls now 11-5 in 16 season-opening games under head coach Jerry York...The team finished 0-for-8 in power-play chances at Vermont (Oct. 18)...Boston College travels to South Bend, Ind., for a non-conference contest at Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:35 p.m.

Boston University: Boston University has suffered just two road losses in the last 365 days. Both came in Amherst against Massachusetts...The Terriers are undefeated in the last 35 games in which junior Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) has scored at least one point, posting a 32-0-3 record during the span...Sophomore goaltender Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.) suffered his first-ever loss away from Agganis Arena in Friday’s season opener at UMass. As a freshman, his record away from home was an incredible 16-0-1... BU was 5-0-0 when allowing three goals in a game last season, then dropped a 3-2 contest to the Minutemen to kick off the 2009-10 campaign...The Terriers will host Notre Dame on Tuesday (Oct. 20) in just the third meeting between the two schools. The previous two were both 7-3 BU wins that both occurred on Dec. 29 in the second round of a holiday tournament (1970 Boston Arena Christmas Tournament, 1995 Bank One Badger Classic)... The Terriers have not lost to a non-Hockey East team since Dartmouth on Jan. 15, 2008, topping all 10 they have faced since then.

Maine: Gustav Nyquist is off to an impressive start for the Black Bears as he has four goals and two assists in Maine’s first four games…Three goals have been on the power play and he has Maine’s lone game-winning goal…Has scored at least one goal in three straight games…Senior forward David deKastrozza began his career by playing 51 career games before scoring his first career goal. He had a goal in each of Maine’s games against Michigan State this past weekend…The Black Bears had 13 different players scored at least on point this weekend with nine different players register at least two points…The Black Bears scored an empty-net goal on Saturday against Michigan State…Maine did not have an empty-net goal in 39 games last season.

Massachusetts: For the second straight year, UMass has produced a win against a defending NCAA National Champion (2008-09 defeated Boston College), previously UMass was 0-for-18 against defending champions…UMass and Boston University are now 4-4- 2 in the last 10 meetings…The Minutemen start the year 2-0 for the first time since 2003-04, the same season UMass finished as Hockey East Finalists…In two games, UMass has been balanced in goal scoring with two first period goals and three goals in both the second and third periods…10 different players have already posted at least one point led by three with four points...The line of Danny Hobbs (Ottawa, Ont.; 0-1-1), Rocco Carzo (1-2-3), Will Ortiz (1-1-2) scored six of UMass’ nine points against Boston University.

UMass-Lowell: The UMass Lowell River Hawks (1-1-0 overall) had the weekend off following a runner-up finish at the Ice Breaker Tournament in Omaha, Neb...UMass Lowell will host Colgate on Oct. 23 for its home opener. The River Hawks are 7-3-1 all-time in Tsongas Arena home openers, the last loss came in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Boston College on Oct. 19, 2004 (UML is 3-0-1 since that date). The River Hawks are 9-7-0 against the Raiders overall and 6-1-0 at home. UMass Lowell will then welcome Northeastern the following night to start its Hockey East schedule, a rematch of conference semi-finals last season.

Merrimack: With wins over Holy Cross and Army, the Warriors are 7-0 at home in non-conference games in the last three years and 2-0 at home to start the season for the first time since the 2000-01 season…In his second career game, Stephane Da Costa netted five goals and had a natural hat trick in a span of 10 minutes in the first period, becoming the first player in school history to score five goals since Merrimack joined Hockey East in 1988 and the first player in Hockey East to score five goals since Brian Gionta in 2001…The first natural hat trick by a Merrimack or Hockey East freshman and the first hat trick at home by a Warrior since February 15, 2003, Da Costa had three power-play tallies, becoming the first Merrimack player in Division I history to accomplish this feat...Da Costa scored the most goals in a game in the 37-year history of Lawler Arena…The six goals scored by Merrimack in the 6-3 victory over Army are the most in the 140 games coached by Mark Dennehy and the most since December 23, 2004…Pat Bowen (Marshfield, Mass.) and Joe Cucci (Melrose Park, Ill.) each recorded career-highs with three assists on Saturday...Merrimack is 6-1-2 in its last nine home openers...Kyle Bigos (Upland, Calif.), John Heffernan (Scituate, Mass.), Simon Demers (St. Etienne de Lauzon, Que.) all tallied their first career assists over the weekend... Merrimack scored six goals in a game for the first time since December 23, 2004.

New Hampshire: Bobby Butler has scored a goal in all three games this season and four games in a row dating back to last season. He r ranks sixth in the nation in goals per game with 1.00 gpg...UNH’s scored five goals in an eight-minute span on Saturday night against top-ranked Miami. It was the first time UNH scored five goals in a period since its 9-4 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 11, 2008...After missing the first game with injury, Blake Kessel put up a team-best five points this weekend. Had a pair of assist on Friday night and followed it up with a career-best two goals and an assist on Saturday night. The defender was questionable heading into the weekend with injury...Peter LeBlanc put up a career-high three assists on Saturday night against Miami...The Wildcat outshot the RedHawks 19-11 in the second period. It was the most shots in a period since the Nov. 21, 2008 game at Matthews Arena... UNH will open the 2009-10 NESN schedule as it produces Friday night’s Hockey East game against Northeastern...Saturday night will be UNH’s annual “White Out the Whitt” game against interstate rival Maine.

Northeastern: Senior forward Chris Donovan (Fairfax Station, Va.) continues to lead Northeastern in scoring with four points despite being held out of NU’s home opener due to illness...Six Huskies broke into the scoring column for the first this season, ending all pointstreaks but possibly starting new ones. Freshmen Justin Daniels (Suffern, N.Y.) and Jake Newton each notched a goal while junior forward Steve Silva potted his first of the year... The Huskies’ power play is in full stride thus far as over half of Northeastern’s goals have come with an opponent stuck in the sin bin. The Huskies have put away five power play goals, making up 55.6 percent of their scoring (5-of-9)...The rookies have made an early impression, accounting for 44.4 percent (4-of-9) of all goal scoring thus far. Northeastern’s home opener at the brand-new Matthews Arena was a successful sellout of 4,666 strong. The student body set a new record as 2,724 people crammed the upper corners at “The Dog House”.

Providence College: The Friars defeated Notre Dame on Thursday, October 15 marking PC’s first win over the Fighting Irish since exactly 10 years ago (October 15, 1999). It marked the Friars’ first ever trip to South Bend, Ind…t also marked the first time since the 2004-05 campaign that the Friars started the season with a 2-0 record...Providence College also recorded its first win over a ranked team since January 13, 2009 when PC defeated No. 2 Boston University, 4-2, at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass...The Friars are in the midst of a four-game road trip and will complete it with two games at Bowling Green…Prior to the win at Notre Dame, the last time the Friars defeated a CCHA team away from home was on December 29, 2007 when PC posted a 5-3 triumph against Michigan State at the Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit, Mich.

Vermont: The Catamounts improved to 4-0-2 in their last six games at home against Boston College with a 4-1 win at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Sunday on ESPNU…Sunday’s game was the 95th sellout in the last 103 games at home for Vermont…A total of nine different players have already scored goals for the Catamounts, including senior Brayden Irwin (Toronto, Ont.) and junior Jack Downing (New Canaan, Conn.) who both have two goals and three assists for a team leading five points…Vermont is 3-2-2 in home openers under Kevin Sneddon and 57-39-19 (.578) at Gutterson Fieldhouse in his tenure...The Catamounts went 8-for-8 on the penalty against the Eagles and have stopped 11 straight power plays…Vermont has scored at least four goals in three straight games for the first time since Nov. 17 through Nov. 25 in 2007.

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