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Weekly Release
December 14, 2009
BOSTON COLLEGE DOWNS HARVARD, PC; UNH EDGES PROVIDENCE
~UML splits with Princeton; UMass wins vs. Merrimack; UVM shuts out SLU; Maine beats NU~

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Hockey East Player of the Week Brian Flynn of Maine
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Wakefield, Mass. - Boston College picked up two more victories in the week, while Massachusetts, UNH and Maine all won their single league games over the weekend. UMass-Lowell split its series with ECAC foe Princeton, while Vermont shutout St. Lawrence.

The Eagles earned a 3-2 win at Harvard on Wednesday night and took out Providence College on Saturday night at Schneider Arena, 3-1. Sophomore forward Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) scored the first goal in each contest for BC. Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Steven Whitney (Reading, Mass.) assisted on three of the Eagles’ six goals on the week.

UNH picked up its league-leading eight conference win of the season on Friday night at Providence, 4-3. Sophomore goalie Matt DiGiralamo (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 32 shots in his first start of the season for the Wildcats. PC’s Kyle MacKinnon () tallied three goals in two games, including two in the UNH contest.

Senior forward Will Ortiz (Framingham, Mass.) scored a pair of goals for UMass in the 4-1 win against Merrimack on Saturday night at the Mullins Center. Junior netminder Paul Dainton (Genelle, B.C.) made 33 stops in the victory for UMass, which included 16 third-period saves. Merrimack’s Andrew Braithwaite (Kingston, Ont.) tallied 35 saves in the losing effort.

Maine was paced by sophomore forward Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.), who posted a threepoint effort vs. Northeastern in the 5-1 triumph at Alfond Arena. Black Bears goalie Scott Darling (Lemont, Ill.) allowed only one goal for the fourth straight game with 23 saves.

Rob Madore shutout St. Lawrence for the second time in his career on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse with a 21-save effort. Senior forward Brian Roloff (West Seneca, N.Y.) tallied two goals in the win for the Catamounts.

UMass-Lowell opened the weekend with a 4-1 victory vs. Princeton on Friday and lost the series finale on Saturday afternoon, 3-2. UML freshman forward Riley Wetmore (Swanton, Vt.) collected three points (2g,1a) in series vs. the Tigers.

Boston University was defeated by Rensselaer on Friday, 5-3, at Agganis Arena.

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HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BRIAN FLYNN - MAINE
Sophomore Forward; Lynnfield, Mass.

Flynn scored three points (1g,2a) as Maine defeated Northeastern in its lone game of the weekend.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

STEVEN WHITNEY - BOSTON COLLEGE
Freshman Forward; Reading, Mass.

Whitney assisted on three of BC’s six goals in victories over Harvard and Providence.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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

Dainton made 33 saves, including 16 in the third period, in UMass’ 4-1 win over Merrimack on Saturday.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Cam Atkinson, BC (So., F, Greenwich, Conn.) Scored twice, the first goal in each of BC’s two victories.

Nick Bonino, BU (Jr., F, Unionville, Conn.) Tallied a shorthanded goal vs. RPI on Friday.

Andrew Braithwaite, MC (Sr., G, Kingston, Ont.) Stopped 35 shots, including 31 in the first two periods against #15 Massachusetts Saturday.

Bobby Butler, UNH, (Sr., F, Marlboro, Mass.) Scored a goal and added an assist for his seventh multi-point game of the year.

Tommy Cross, BC (So., D, Simsbury, Conn.) Tallied two points (1g,1a) in road wins over Harvard and Providence.

Scott Darling, Maine (So., G, Lemont, Ill.) Recorded his fifth straight one goal against game with 23 saves (.958 save percentage).

Phil DeSimone, UNH, (Jr., F, East Amherst, N.Y.) Posted a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win at Providence College

Matt DiGirolamo, UNH, (So., G, Ambler, Pa.) Made his first start of the season and delivered with 32 saves in a win at Providence

Jimmy Hayes, BC (So., F, Dorchester, Mass.) Totaled two points (1g,1a) in two victories. Scored the gamewinner in the team’s 3-2 win at Harvard.

Kyle MacKinnon, PC (Jr., F, Walnut, Calif.) Scored two goals on Friday against UNH and scored one goal against BC on Saturday.

Rob Madore, UVM, (So., G, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Stopped 21 shots to earn his second career shutout in a 3-0 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday.

Will Ortiz, UMass (Sr., F, Framingham, Mass.) Notched a pair of goals in UMass’ 4-1 win over Merrimack on Saturday night.

Brian Roloff, UVM, (Sr., F, West Seneca, N.Y.) Scored a pair of power-play goals in a 3-0 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday.

Kevin Shattenkirk, BU (Jr., F, New Rochelle, N.Y.) Posted a shorthanded goal and added an assist in loss to Rensselaer.

Adam Shemansky, Maine (Fr., F, Robbinsville, N.J.) Scored a goal and added an assist in Maine’s 5-1 win over Northeastern.

Riley Wetmore, UML (Fr., F, Swanton, Vt.) Collected three points (2g, 1a) in a weekend split with Princeton, including Friday’s game-winning goal.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT?

Cam Atkinson, BC (Grenwich, Conn.) Has seven goals and 10 points in the last eight games and owns a five-game scoring streak (5-2-7)

Stephane Da Costa, MC (Paris, France) Extended his point streak to 10 games

Kory Falite, UML (Bilerica, Mass.) Became the first River Hawk to score 50 or more career goals since Ed McGrane tallied 70 from 1999-03

Myles Harvey, PC (Orlando, Fla.) Recorded his first career assist on Saturday against No. 10 Boston College

Damon Kipp, UNH (SALMON ARM, B.C.) Has six points during an active four-game scoring streak

Blake Kessel, UNH (Verona, Wis.) Has five points during a four-game scoring streak

Kyle Kraemer, NU (ST. LOUIS, MO.) Played in his 100th career game on Saturday at Maine

MAINE BLACK BEARS Maine is 11-for-22 on the power play in its last four games… Maine’s defense has allowed just five goals in its last five games.

Drew Muench, NU (Martensvile, Sask.) Appeared in his 50th career Hockey East game on Saturday

James Marcou, UMASS (Kings Park, N.Y.) and Casey Wellman (Brentwood, Calif.) Have combined for 21 points in the last seven games. Of Wellman’s 13 goals this season, Marcou has assisted on 11 including all 7 power play goals

Will Ortiz, UMASS (Framingham, Mass.) Is having his best season since 2006-07. His two goals against Merrimack tied his career best for goals in a season (7). He has 4 goals, 3 assists in the last five games.

Darren Rowe, UMASS (Simi Valey, Calif.) Posted his first career point with an assist against Merrimack

T.J. Syner, UMASS (Springfield, Mass.) Scored his first career shorthanded goal on Saturday against Merrimack. It was the team’s first shorthanded goal of the season

Paul Worthington, UML (Langhorne, Pa.) Became the seventh active UML skater to tally 50 or more career points

COMMISSIONERS CORNER with Joe Bertagna

Only one game remains before the holiday break. And that is the Dartmouth at Vermont game slated for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. This match-up starts a stretch of 15 of the next 16 games being non-league contests, the sole league contest being Massachusetts at Boston University on January 2. For all the up and down results in conference play, the ten Hockey East teams have won just over 61% of non-league games. That’s a strong showing, given that from 2004-2008, the non-league winning percentages were less than 60%. And ironically, the only team without a non-league win is Hockey East league leader UNH (0-4-1).

Hockey East can claim a winning record against all NCAA Division I conferences except the WCHA, who holds a 6-2-0 mark this year. The holiday break will give Hockey East a chance to even that mark as the schedule provides for the possibility of games against Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota-Duluth and Wisconsin. It will be a tough order as all four teams are in the national poll this week: DU is #2, CC is #3, Wisconsin is #7, and UM-D is #14.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: The team has won five straight and is unbeaten in its last seven (6-0-1); the team has played six games during this stretch on the road (going 5-0-1)…BC improved to 10-3-2, achieving a double-digit win total prior to the Christmas break for the first time since the 2003-04 season when the team went 11-2-3 in its first 16 games…Five players scored BC’s six goals in road victories over Harvard and Providence…BC has won five straight over Harvard and its senior class is 6-1-0 in seven games against the Crimson over the last three-plus seasons…The Eagles have won three straight over Providence and are unbeaten in the last six (4-0-2)…The Eagles were outshot in each game, yet improve to 5-0-0 this season when being outshot…Junior Brian Gibbons (Braintree, Mass.) extended his scoring streak to five games (2-4-6) against Harvard but was held from the scoresheet at Providence…Defenseman Carl Sneep’s (Nisswa, Minn.) scoring streak was snapped at six games (3-3-6)…With one point in each game, Jimmy Hayes (Dorchester, Mass.) has a threegame scoring streak (1-3-4)…BC will return to the ice on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 against St. Lawrence at the Denver Cup in Colorado.

Boston University: Boston University will take a 20-day break from its schedule before returning to action on Jan. 2 against Massachusetts in a game that will be broadcast live by ESPNU...The Terriers have had a balanced offensive attack thus far this season, as 11 players have tallied three or more goals...BU scored a pair of shorthanded goals in its loss to Rensselaer on Friday, marking the first time that has happened since putting up a trio of goals with a man down in last year’s Beanpot championship against Northeastern...Over the past 48 years, the Terriers have only had two other seasons in which they won only four of their first 16 contests: 1987-88 (4-9-3) and 2007-08 (4-10-2)...Senior defenseman Eric Gryba (Saskatoon, Sask.) broke Freddy Meyer’s program record of 288 career penalty minutes and now has 295 over his four years at BU... With Friday’s result, Rensselaer is now the only team with multiple visits to Agganis Arena to have an undefeated record in the building.

Maine: Maine defeated Northeastern 5-1 in its lone game of the weekend… The win was the seventh Hockey East victory of the season for the Black Bears, the same number as it finished with all of last year… Maine has allowed just one goal in each of its last five games…The Black Bears extended their winning streak to a season-high five games…Maine finished the game 4-for-6 on the power play…It is the second time this season that Maine has scored four or more power play goals… Maine’s 30 power play goals rank tops in the nation and are 11 shy of tying what Maine finished with all of last season…Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) has scored at least a point in seven straight games…It is the second time this season that he has put together a seven-game scoring streak…Maine is 6-2-1 at home this season… The six wins are one away from the seven home wins that Maine finished with during the 2008-09 season…The Black Bears now have a 16 day break before returning to action on Dec. 29 in the Florida College Classic.

Massachusetts: UMass tied its fastest date to reach 10 wins after the victory over Merrimack (Dec. 12, 2002)...the win was also UMass’ 11th straight over Merrimack at the Mullins Center…UMass has used 23 different forward line combinations and nine different defensive pairings… The win over Merrimack was UMass’ first win on a Saturday this year (1-4-0)…UMass is now 10-0-0 when leading or tied after the second period…UMass’ 18 shots taken in the 1st period against Merrimack were the most this season…UMass is outscoring opponents 22-10 in the third period…UMass is tied for fifth nationally in scoring and third in power play conversion (27.5%).

UMass-Lowell: The ninth-ranked River Hawks split their weekend series with the visiting Princeton Tigers…Over the weekend two UMass Lowell skaters reached milestones: Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) netted his 50th career goal and Paul Worthington (Langhorne, Pa.) tallied his 50th career point…In Friday’s 4-1 win, freshman Riley Wetmore scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to lead the River Hawks…Special teams proved to be the deciding factor in the contest, with UML netting two goals in three power play chances while blanking all six Tiger opportunities… River Hawk goaltender Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) stopped 29-of-30 shots in the win…On Saturday, UML fell 3-2 to Princeton despite two assists from Nick Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.). Schaus now leads the River Hawks with 18 points on four goals and 14 assists…Entering the holiday break at 10-6-1, the River Hawks are ahead of last season’s pace when they held an 8-9-0 record after 17 games… After the break, UML will return to action on Jan. 2 in Hanover, N.H., at the Dartmouth Tournament. The River Hawks will face Holy Cross in the tournament’s opening game.

Merrimack: Merrimack closed out the first half of the season with a 4-1 loss at #15 Massachusetts Saturday…Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) scored the Warriors’ lone goal, extending his point streak to 10 games. Da Costa continues to lead all rookies in the country in points per game with 1.46 and Hockey East with 19 points…The Merrimack power play saw its 12-game streak of netting at least a goal snapped, despite firing 11 shots in three chances…The Warriors enter the break fourth in Hockey East with 3.47 goals per game. They have finished last in HEA in goal since 2002-03 and in the bottom two since 1998-99…Merrimack ranks second in the country in combined special teams…Chris Barton (Calgary, Alb.), who netted his 56th career point Saturday, played in his 83rd consecutive game…The Warriors, who are idle until January 2, are in the midst of a seven-game, 49-day road trip that will see them play Northeastern, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Maine, and Boston University.

New Hampshire: The Wildcats ride a seven-game unbeaten streak and four-game win streak into a 23-day layoff. UNH’s 18 points assures them first place when the calendar turns to January… For the second-straight season, New Hampshire was a perfect 3-0-0 in the month of December. The Wildcats are 6-0-0 in December since 2008… With its 4-3 win at Providence, UNH improves to 7-0-2 in its last nine games against the Friars… After dropping the first five road decisions, UNH is 4-0-1 in the last five road games… UNH played 10 of its 17 firsthalf games on the road, but will open the second half of the season with three-straight home games with three at Whittemore Center, where they are 4-1-2… Phil DeSimone registered a point in six of the last seven games for New Hampshire with 10 points in that span… Sophomore Matt DiGirolamo made his first start of the season, filling in for an injured Brian Foster, and delivered with 32 saves in a win at Providence… DiGirolamo wins his first game as a starter by turning away 12 shots in the first, seven in the second and an additional 13 in the third… Damon Kipp has six points during an active four-game scoring streak… UNH’s top line of Phil DeSimone, Bobby Butler and Paul Thompson had six points (3g, 3a) over the weekend… Since they were put together at the start of November, the trio has combined for 40 points (19g, 21a) in 10 games (4.0 ppg)… The Wildcats finished the decade with 233 wins during the first decade of this century. UNH had a .650 win percentage during this 10-year span… New Hampshire continues to put up big numbers in the second period. The Wildcats have a league-best 30 second-period goals and have scored three or more goals in the second period on seven occasions.

Northeastern: Despite being dealt a 5-1 loss to the likes of Maine on Saturday night, the Huskies retained their seventh-place position in the Hockey East standings thanks to losses from Merrimack, Boston University and Providence...Freshman goaltender Chris Rawlings made his return to net after sitting out the Merrimack weekend series. Rawlings surrendered four goals in the first two periods despite a pair of Black Bears’ tallies coming on a 5-on-3. Rawlings made 16 saves in the first half of the contest. Classmate Bryan Mountain relieved Rawlings to see time in his third-consecutive game as the Bryn Mawr, Pa. native stopped 10 shots in a period and a half of duty...With Tyler McNeely’s poweplay goal, the Huskies have no converted with the extra-man in 11-of-15 contests. Northeastern has lit the lamp 16 times in the powerplay this year...With a 21-day hiatus to get healthy and brace for a brutal stretch of the season, including the Beanpot in the beginning of February, the Huskies will ship off the Hanover, N.H. to take part in the Ledyard National Bank Classic hosted by Dartmouth. The Huskies will take on the Big Green for the first time in over 10 years as Northeastern clipped Dartmouth, 3-2, on Dec. 9, 2000. The winner of the Jan. 2 game will meet the victor of the Holy Cross-UMass Lowell contest on Jan. 3.

Providence College: Providence College will not play again until January 12, 2010 when it begins the second half of the season at Boston College…Junior Kyle MacKinnon scored two goals against No. 19 UNH on Friday marking his fourth career two-goal game…The last time MacKinnon scored twice in one game was in a 4-4 overtime tie at UNH on February 13, 2009. MacKinnon’s seven goals this season is a career high…Senior Mark Fayne (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) has matched his career high with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) this season…Eight of PC’s 17 games this season have been played against ranked opponents…The Friars have three wins against ranked teams…The Friars have outshot their opponents in 10 of the 17 games…The Friars, who went 1-for-6 on the power play against UNH on Friday, had no power-play chances against No. 10 Boston College on Saturday. It marked the first time since January 12, 2008 that PC did not have a power-play opportunity.

Vermont: The Catamounts improved to 3-1 in non-conference play this season and 10-3-1 since the start of last year with a 3-0 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday…Vermont has scored four power-play goals in the last two games after scoring a total five power-play goals in the first 13 contests of the season…The Catamounts went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill against the Saints and are 31-for-31 on the kill in their seven wins…UVM now has three shutouts this season. They had just one shutout all of last year…The Catamounts continue a seven-game home stand on Saturday at 4pm against Dartmouth…Vermont leads the all-time series 44-22-5.

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