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Weekly Release
October 26, 2009
~BU downs Michigan; UML, Merrimack win two; UMass downs Maine; BC edges ND~


Hockey East Player of the Week Matt Bergland of Providence
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Hockey East teams went 6-for-7 in non-league play this past weekend, including a 4-1 record vs. CCHA teams. New Hampshire picked up four points in the league standings with two victories against Northeastern and Maine, while Massachusetts, UMass-Lowell and Merrimack all won their conference games on the schedule over the weekend.

UNH opened conference play on Friday with a 4-2 win over the Huskies and came back the next night with a convincing 5-2 win vs. the Black Bears at the Whittemore Center. Sophomore blueliner Blake Kessel (Verona, Wis.) talled a team-high five points (1g,4a) on the weekend. Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Dalton Speelman (San Jose, Calif.) scored his first two career goals on Friday vs. NU.

UMass stayed perfect in 2009-10 with a 5-3 victory vs. Maine at the Mullins Center on Friday. Junior forward James Marcou (Kings Park, N.Y.) notched his second four-point game (1g,3a) of the season for the Minutemen.

The Providence College Friars picked up a pair of victories at CCHA foe Bowling Green on the weekend, as they outscored the Falcons by a combined score of 11 to 3. Hockey East Player of the Week Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) had a five-point (3g,2a) effort over the weekend, which included his first career hat trick in Friday’s 8-2 win. Sophomore goalie Justin Gates (Cranston, R.I.) matched a career-high with 33 stops in the 3-1 triumph on Saturday for the Friars.

UMass-Lowell opened the weekend with a 5-3 defeat of Colgate on Friday and followed that effort up with a 3-1 win vs. Northeastern its league opener. Merrimack extended its winning streak to four games with a decisive 5-2 win on Friday vs. No. 7 Vermont and they capped off the weekend with a 4-1 score vs. UConn on Sunday at Lawler Arena. Junior forward Chris Barton (Calgary, Alb.) had another multi-point weekend with a goal in each game, along with an assist on Sunday for the Warriors. Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week Karl Stollery (Camrose, Alb.) had a four assist weekend with five shots on net.

No. 3 Boston University finished the weekend on a strong note with a 3-2 win vs. No. 4 Michigan on Saturday night at Agganis Arena. Sophomore goalie Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.) tied a career-high with 33 saves for the Terriers, which included 19 stops in the third period alone. BU junior forward Joe Pereira (West Haven, Conn.) scored the game-winner with under three minutes left in regulation.

No. 15 BC edged No. 10 Notre Dame by a score of 3-2 for its first win in South Bend in almost nine years. The Eagles went a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill vs. the Irish.


Sophomore Forward; Faribault, Minn.

Bergland posted five points in the Friars’ weekend sweep at Bowling Green, which included a hat trick in Friday night’s 8-2 win.

Hockey East

Freshman Forward; San Jose, Calif.

Speelman potted his first two career goals for the ‘Cats on Friday night vs. Northeastern.

Pro Ambitions

Sophomore Defenseman; Camrose, Alb.

Stollery had four assists in two victories for the Warriors over the weekend with five shots on goal and a +1 rating.


Chris Barton, MC (Jr., F, Calgary, Alb.) Netted goals in both wins, including the game-winner vs. UVM. Picked up a two points (1g,1a) against UConn.

Justin Braun, UMass (Sr., D, Vadnais Heights, Minn.) Had two assists in UMass 5-3 win over Maine on Friday at the Mullins Center.

Bobby Butler, UNH, (Sr., F, Marlboro, Mass.) Had a goal and two assists on Friday night in a 4-2 win over Northeastern.

Scott Campbell, UML (Jr., F, Navan, Ont.) Campbell scored three points (2g, 1a) in a 2-0 weekend for UMass Lowell.

Justin Gates, PC (So., G, Cranston, R.I.) Matched his career high with 33 saves in a 3-1 win at Bowling Green on Saturday.

Brian Gibbons, BC (Jr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Netted his first goal and BC’s first power-play goal of the season in the team’s 3-2 win at No. 10 Notre Dame.

Tanner House, Maine (Jr, F, Cochrane, Alb.) Registered a goal in each game over the weekend for the Black Bears.

Aaron Jamnick, PC (Fr., F, Hibbing, Minn.) Scored two PPG’s in a win at Bowling Green on Friday. Also recorded two assists in Saturday’s 3-1 win.

Blake Kessel, UNH (So., D, Verona, Wis.) Tallied a team-best five points this weekend. Had a career-high three assists on Fri. and two points on Sat.

Wade MacLeod, NU (Jr., F, Coquitlam, B.C.) Potted two goals in a 4-2 loss at New Hampshire on Friday.

James Marcou, UMass (Jr., F, Kings Park, N.Y.) Notched a four-point game (1g,3a) in UMass’ 5-3 win over Maine on Friday.

Kieran Millan, BU (So., G, Edmonton, Alb.) Made 19 saves in the third period alone to tie career high of 33 saves in 3-2 win over No. 4 Michigan.

Stevie Moses, UNH, (So., F, Leominster, Mass.) Registered a pair of goals, his first two of the season, in a 5-2 win over Maine.

John Muse, BC (Jr., G, East Falmouth, Mass.) Tallied 20 saves, including all seven third-period shots, in a 3-2 win at No. 10 Notre Dame.

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (So., F, Malmo, Sweden) Assisted on four of Maine’s five goals on the weekend at UMass and UNH.

Joe Pereira, BU (Jr., F, West Haven, Conn.) Scored with under three minutes left in regulation to break a 2-2 tie and lead BU to a 3-2 victory vs. Michigan.

Kevin Shattenkirk, BU (Jr., D, New Rochelle, N.Y.) Recorded two assists in 3-2 victory against No. 4 Michigan on Saturday.

David Vallorani, UML (So., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Tallied three points (2g, 1a) in the River Hawks’ weekend sweep of Colgate and Northeastern.

Joe Whitney, BC (Jr., F, Reading, Mass.) Tallied a game-high two points in BC’s 3-2 win at Notre Dame, which included the GWG at 11:29 of the third period.


David Boehm, UMass (NAPLES, FLA.) Picked up his first career point with an assist against Maine after earning a medical redshirt from 2008-09

Mike Borisenok, UNH (Watervliet, N.Y.) He had just two points as a freshman and has already tripled that total with six points in five games this season

Simon Demers, Merrimack (St. Etiene de Lauzon, Que.) Netted his first career goal on Friday against UVM.

Matt Irwin, UMass (Brentwod Bay, B.C.) Has scored a point in six straight games (6g,4a) dating back to last season for the Minutemen

Blake Kesel, UNH (Verona, Wis.) Has 10 points in four games since his return from shoulder injury. The nation’s top scoring defenseman posted a career high three assists on Friday night. Kessel had just 13 points in 37 games a year ago.

Michael Marcou, UMass (KINGS PARK, N.Y.) Scored his first collegiate goal, the game-winning goal, against Maine thanks to an assist from older brother James

Merrimack special teams Scored eight PPG in the last four games, while allowing just one

Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) Has at least a point in five straight games. After being held scoreless in the season-opener, has 10 points (4g,6a) the last five games

UMASS’ LINE OF T.J. Syner (SPRINGFIELD, MASS.), Casey Welman (BRENTWOOD, CALIF.), James Marcou (KINGS PARK, N.Y.) Scored seven (3-4-7) of UMass’ 14 points on Friday. Each member of the line scored a goal in the game. For the season, the group has 15 of UMass’ 38 points


Let’s hear it for Hockey Night in the Merrimack Valley! The Riverhawks of UMass Lowell and the Warriors of Merrimack have a combined 6-0 record at home as October comes to a close. I took in the Northeastern-Lowell tilt at Tsongas Arena on Saturday night and it was a great experience. With a 5:00 face-off, the place was filled with kids (including six with me) and the atmosphere was terrific. The Riverhawks were picked for second in Hockey East league play and nothing to date has diminished expectations.

Blaise MacDonald came within a goal of the school’s first Hockey East championship last March and with plenty of veterans back, this could be Lowell’s year. Chancellor Marty Meehan and athletic director Dana Skinner have worked hard with the UML staff to make game night an experience. The crowds have responded (nearly 10,000 fans in two nights this past weekend) and so has the team.

At Merrimack, Mark Dennehy’s club is off to a great start, highlighted by the first 4-0 home start since MC joined Hockey East. The only losses on the year were at North Dakota and the Warriors played well on that opening weekend trip.

Both schools have big tests within the league this coming weekend as Lowell has a Friday-Saturday home and home with Boston University (a rematch of the 2009 HE final) and Merrimack plays two with Boston College, Saturday-Sunday. If you aren’t up for a trip to the big city, perhaps taking in games at Lowell on Friday (7:00) and Merrimack on Sunday (4:00) would be just the ticket.


Oct. 26, 1990: Head Coach Dick Umile earns his first coaching victory with a 5-4 win at Vermont.

Oct. 26, 2002: Former Maine goalie Jimmy Howard began his school-record 193:45 minute shutout streak by blanking Western Michigan 4-0.

Oct. 31, 1984: ULowell wins its first league game against a Hockey East opponent, beating Providence, 8-6, at the Tully Forum.

Oct. 31, 2003: No. 15 Providence defeats No. 14 UMass 6-2 in the Mullins Center snapping UMass’ four-game win streak to start the season.


Boston College: Two freshmen, defenseman Philip Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and forward Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) both assisted on Ben Smith’s second-period goal at Notre Dame for their first collegiate points...With eight penalty kills in the game totaling more than 17 minutes, BC improves to 13-of-14 in penalty-killing situations this season. BC also killed a pair of two-man disadvantages – one for 49 seconds in the first period and one for 16 seconds in the second period...The Eagles improve to 16-11-2 in the all-time series against the Irish and 4-4-2 in the last 10 meetings. BC is now 7-2-1 in 11 meetings at Notre Dame. BC earned its last victory in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 10, 2000, by a score of 5-3.

Boston University: The Terriers avoided their first 0-3 start in 11 years with a thrilling 3-2 victory over No. 4 Michigan on Saturday at Agganis Arena…Earlier in the week, BU was shut out for the first time in 100 games in a 3-0 setback against No. 10 Notre Dame on Tuesday…BU had won 10 straight games against non-Hockey East opponents before the loss to the Fighting Irish…Michigan opened the year with 15 straight penalty kills before senior Zach Cohen (Schaumburg, Ill.) got the Terriers on the board with a power-play tally in Saturday’s game. Junior Colby Cohen (Villanova, Pa.) scored on the man advantage in the second period to give BU a 2-0 lead…The Terriers have killed off 16 of their opponents’ 17 power-play chances thus far…Freshman Ryan Santana (Yorba Linda, Calif.) helped set up junior Joe Pereira’s game-winner against the Wolverines, as he dumped the puck into the U-M zone before picked off Pereira picked off a pass by the Wolverines’ goaltender and wrapped the puck around the net and in to ignite the sold-out Alumni Weekend crowd…In a rematch of last year’s Hockey East title game, BU will take on UMass Lowell in a home-and-home series next weekend.

Maine: Gustav Nyquist continues his impressive sophomore season for Maine. Nyquist assisted on four of Maine’s five goals on the weekend and has four goals and six assist in his last five games… Has scored at least a point in five straight games…Captain Tanner House returned to the Maine lineup this weekend for the first time this season after missing the first four games with an injury…The Black Bears have scored at least one power play goal in all six games this season…Maine was averaging just 9.5 penalty minutes per game heading into the game at UMass on Friday night, before being whistled for a season-high 18 penalties for 52 minutes…Maine held New Hampshire to just four shots in the third period of Saturday night’s game…House and Will O’Neill (Salem, Mass.) each scored a goal in both Maine games over the weekend.

Massachusetts: UMass starts the year 3-0 for the first time since 2003-04, the same season UMass finished as Hockey East Finalists…UMass is one of three teams nationally to remain perfect after the first three weeks of the season…UMass is the only remaining undefeated Hockey East Team…UMass starts Hockey East play 2-0 for the first time since 1995-96…This weekend will be UMass’ first home-and-home series of the season (Providence)…UMass currently ranks eigth nationally in attendance (5,944)…UMass ranks 3rd nationally in scoring offense (4.33 gpg)…Seven of UMass’ 13 goals scored have been on the power play…Nine different UMass skaters have at least one goal, while 12 have posted at least one point.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks (3-1-0) earned a weekend sweep in their home and Hockey East openers against Colgate and Northeastern…The 5-3 win over the Red Raiders improved UML to 8-3-1 in Tsongas Arena home openers and 6-0-0 when hosting nonconference opponents in Tsongas openers…UML is now unbeaten in its last five home openers at Tsongas Arena (4-0-1)…In a rematch of last season’s Hockey East Semi-Finals, the River Hawks earned a 3-1 victory to kick off its 2009-10 conference schedule…The win gave UML the 52-34-7 all-time series lead and marked the first win over the Huskies at home since Feb. 29, 2008 (5-4 OT)…The River Hawks’ power play is in mid-season form as they rank second in the conference at 28.6% (6-for-21), while the defense is holding opponents to just two goals per game…Returning top-scorer Scott Campbell has picked up where he left off last season, as he is tied for the team lead with five points (3g,2a)…Up next for the River Hawks is a rematch of the 2009 Hockey East Championship Game in a home-and-home weekend with the Boston University Terriers. The last time UML beat the Terriers was on March 15, 2008, a 4-1 win in game two of conference quarterfinals.

Merrimack: Merrimack improved to 4-0 at home to start the season for the first time since joining Hockey East 21 years ago and has a four-game winning streak for the first time the 2002-03 season…The 5-2 win over No. 7 Vermont on Friday marked the first time the Warriors won the conference opener since 2002-03…Merrimack’s defensemen, led by senior captain Pat Bowen (Marshfield, Mass.) who is second among Hockey East defenders with seven points, have combined for 19 points this season, including 12 last weekend in two games…The Warriors power-play scored eight goals in the four-game home stand, while the penalty kill was 19- for-20...The Warriors lead Hockey East with 22 goals, which marks the most they have scored through six games since the 1997-98 season…Junior captain Chris Barton leads Hockey East skaters with six goals while Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) is second with five. Da Costa, who had an assist this weekend, continues to lead Hockey East freshmen in scoring and is tied for the overall lead in power play goals...With consecutive victories, 6-3 over Army and 5-2 over Vermont, Merrimack scored at least five goals in consecutive games for the first time since 2003-04…Following the 4-1 victory over UConn Sunday, the Warriors are 8-0 at Lawler Arena in non-conference games over the last three seasons.

New Hampshire: The UNH power play has scored five goals in the last three games...With a win over Northeastern on Friday night in their Hockey East opener, UNH has now won three-straight HE openers and are 10-1-1 in the last 12 league openers...Blake Kessel has 10 points in four games this season. The sophomore defenseman ranks second in the nation and first among blueliners in points per game at 2.00 ppg. Kessel, who had just 13 points in 37 games a year ago, dished out a career high three assists on Friday night against Northeastern...With a 5-2 win over Maine on Saturday night, the Wildcats, who have now won 10 of their last 13 against Maine, including six of the last seven against the Black Bears...This weekend’s matchup with Wisconsin will be a homecoming for three Wildcats from the Badger state in Mike Sislo (Superior), Blake Kessel and Scott Pavelski (Plover)...The Wildcat offense has scored three goals or more in each of the last four games, including outscoring their opponents 9-4 over this past weekend.

Northeastern: Northeastern has converted at least one powerplay goal in all five regular-season games thus far...The freshman class continues to impress as the young nucleus of Huskies leads the sophomores, juniors and seniors with 10 overall points (5-5- 10). Both the juniors (5-4-9) and seniors (2-7-9) have totaled nine points while the sophomore class (1-3-4) has contributed for four points. The newcomers have accounted for 31.3 percent of the Huskies’ offense through five games...Freshman Chris Rawlings (North Delta, B.C.) has made at least 30 saves in four out of his five starts. He stopped 30 shots at both UNH and UML this past weekend coupled with a 33 and 34-save effort in the weekend opener at Colorado College. In the home opener against Bentley, Rawlings blocked 27 pucks, bringing his total to 154 saves through five games (30.8 saves per game).

Providence College: Providence College posted two victories over BGSU this past weekend...It marked the first time that PC swept a CCHA opponent since 2004 when they posted two wins at Lake Superior State…PC is off to its best start (4-1-0) since the 2004-05 season…Friday night’s 8-2 victory marked the most goals that the Friars have scored in a game since December 4, 2007, when they scored eight against Brown...It also marked the most goals in a road game since January 7, 2001 when they scored eight at UMass...Matt Bergland became the first PC player to record a hat trick since October 11, 2003 when Peter Zingoni accomplished the feat...Senior Chris Eppich (Surrey, B.C.) and freshman Aaron Jamnick also tallied a career-high two goals. Jamnick scored two power-play goals which were the first goals on the man advantage for the Friars this season…The Friars have allowed just eight goals this season and rank fifth in the nation with a 1.60 GAA...Jordan Kremyr (Cloverdale, B.C.) has four assists this season, which is the same number of assists he had in his first two seasons at PC.

Vermont: Senior Brayden Irwin (Toronto, Ont.) has a four-game scoring streak to begin the season and leads the team in points (3g, 3a). Irwin also has a team-high plus-5 rating and is second on the team in shots with 11…Juniors Kevan Miller (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Wahsontiio Stacey (Kahnawake, Que.) each had two assists in Friday’s loss at Merrimack…Ten different Catamounts have already scored goals this season…Vermont is 3-2-2 at Lawler Arena against Merrimack since joining Hockey East…Vermont visits Maine on Friday at 7pm…The Catamounts went 3-0 against the Black Bears last season with all three victories coming by one goal.

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