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Weekly Release
January 11, 2010
TERRIERS DOWN BC IN SUN LIFE FROZEN FENWAY IN FRONT OF 38,472 FANS
~UML and UNH pick up three points; Maine edges Merrimack; UMass topples NU Sunday night~

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Athletic Republic Players of the Week Bobby Butler and Scott Campbell
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Wakefield, Mass. - Boston University was victorious over arch rival No. 8 ranked Boston College, 3-2, on Friday night in the Sun Life Frozen Fenway Hockey East doubleheader in front of a crowd of 38,472 fans at historic Fenway Park in Boston. The Fenway attendance mark was the largest crowd ever to see a college hockey game in the eastern United States.

Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Wade Megan (Canton, N.Y.) notched the game-winner for the Terriers, while BC junior forward Brian Gibbons (Braintree, Mass.) registered two points in the losing effort (1g,1a). Terriers’ netminder Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.) posted 27 saves for his sixth victory of the season.

UMass-Lowell and New Hampshire also picked up three points on the weekend, as they battled to a 2-2 tie on Friday night at the Whittemore Center in Durham. The Wildcats picked up a 7-2 win vs. UMass the next night, while the River Hawks won a thrilling 6-5 game in overtime vs. Northeastern at Matthews Arena. UNH’s Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) and UML’s Scott Campbell (Navan, Ont.) each registered five-point weekends, en route to being named Athletic Republic Co-Player of the Week. Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) also turned in a solid effort over the weekend, stopping 53 of 55 shots (.930 save%) in a three-point weekend vs. UML and UMass. Sophomore forward Michael Scheu (Buffalo, N.Y.) had two goals and an assist in UMass- Lowell’s overtime win on Saturday, which included the game-winner with 26 seconds left in the extra frame.

The Black Bears continued their winning ways with a 4-2 triumph over Merrimack on Saturday night at Alfond Arena in Orono. Sophomore forward Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) tallied the game-winning goal with just 17 seconds in regulation to break a 2-2 tie vs. the Warriors. Maine’s nine-game (7-0-2) unbeaten streak is longest current active streak in the nation among Div. I programs.

The Minutemen also got back in the win column on Sunday night in Boston in front of a national audience of ESPNU with a 4-1 victory vs. the Huskies at Matthews Arena. Senior forward Will Ortiz (Framingham, Mass.) notched a game-high three points (1g,2a) for UMass.

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ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BOBBY BUTLER - NEW HAMPSHIRE
Senior Forward; Marlboro, Mass.

Butler had five points (2g,3a) helping UNH to a three-point weekend in Hockey East against a pair nationally ranked foes. Butler registered a career-high four points (2g,2a) vs. UMass on Saturday.

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ATHLETIC REPUBLIC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SCOTT CAMPBELL - UMASS-LOWELL
Junior Forward; Navan, Ont.

Campbell tallied five points (1g, 4a) and a +2 rating in a win and a tie for the River Hawks. In the overtime win at Northeastern, Campbell had one goal and two assists.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

WADE MEGAN - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Freshman Forward; Canton, N.Y.

Megan recorded the game-winning goal in BU’s 3-2 triumph over Boston College on Friday at Fenway Park.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BRIAN FOSTER - NEW HAMPSHIRE
Senior Goaltender; Pembroke, N.H.

Foster stopped 53 of 55 shots (.930 save%) in a three-point weekend for the Wildcats. He posted 27 shots in a 2-2 tie vs. UML and made 26 saves in a 7-2 win over UMass on Saturday.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Spencer Abbott, Maine (So., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Scored a goal and added two assists in Maine’s 4-2 win over Merrimack on Saturday night.

Chris Barton, MC (Jr., F, Calgary, Alb.) Earned second-star honors with a goal and four shots against #18 Maine Saturday.

Andrew Braithwaite, MC (Jr., G, Kingston, Ont.) Stopped 25 shots, including 12 in the first period, against #18 Maine Saturday.

Justin Braun, UMass (Sr., D, Vadnais Heights, Minn.) Posted a career-high three assists in UMass’ 4-1 win over Northeastern on Sunday.

Scott Darling, Maine (So., G, Lemont, Ill.) Made 26 saves, allowing just two goals in Maine’s 4-2 win over Merrimack.

Kory Falite, UML (Sr., F, Billerica, Mass.) Tallied four points (1g,3a), including the assist on Michael Scheu’s game-winner at Northeastern.

Brian Gibbons, BC (Jr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Scored a power-play goal and assisted on BC’s shorthanded goal in the team’s 3-2 loss to BU.

Blake Kessel, UNH (So., D, Verona, Wis.) Recorded three points on a goal and two assists in Saturday night’s 7-2 win over UMass.

Tyler McNeely, NU (Jr., F, Burnaby, B.C.) Finished with four points this past weekend, including a goal against UMass and three assists vs. UML.

Kieran Millan, BU (So., G, Edmonton, Alb.) Stopped 27 shots, including 12 in the third period, to help BU post a 3-2 victory over BC at Fenway Park.

Jake Newton, NU (Fr., D, San Jacinto, Calif.) He tallied his fifth goal and seventh assist of the season vs. UMass Lowell.

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (So., F., Malmo, Sweden) Scored the game-winning goal with just 17 seconds remaining in regulation to break a 2-2 tie.

Will Ortiz, UMass (Sr., F, Framingham, Mass.) Posted a goal and two assists in UMass’ 4-1 win over Northeastern on Sunday.

Joe Pereira, BU (Jr., F, West Haven, Conn.) Scored the game’s lone even-strength tally in the Terriers’ 3-2 victory vs. BC at Fenway Park on Friday.

Michael Scheu, UML (So., F, Buffalo, NY) Potted the final two goals and an assist vs. NU, including the dramatic game-winning overtime goal with 25 seconds left.

Paul Thompson, UNH, (Jr., F, Derry, N.H.) Tallied four points on Saturday night against UMass.

David Warsofsky, BU (So., D, Marshfield, Mass.) He opened the scoring with a first-period power-play goal in BU’s 3-2 win over BC at Fenway.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT?

Cam Atkinson, BC (Greenwich, Conn.) Has nine goals in the last 11 games

Chris Barton, MC (Calgary , Alb.) Played in his 86th straight game since arriving at Merrimack and is the only player on the active roster to have appeared in every game since arriving at college

Bobby Butler, UNH (Marlboro, MASS.) Has scored in 11 of the last 13 games with 11 goals and 10 assists in that span

Sean Escobedo, BU (Bayside , N.Y.) Picked up his first collegiate point with an assist on the game-winning goal in Friday’s 3-2 win over BC at Fenway Park

Kory Falite, UML (Billerica, Mass.) Has seven points (3g, 4a) and a +5 rating in the last four UMass Lowell games. He is the first UML skater to tally 90 or more career points since Jason Tejchma (2003-07)

Brian Gibbons, BC (Braintree, Mass.) Has recorded five goals in BC’s last seven games

Ryan Hegarty, MAINE (Arlington, Mass.) Scored his first career goal on Saturday vs. Merrimack

Matt Irwin , UMASS (Brentwood Bay , BC) Has 7 points (all assists) in the last nine games after going scoreless for the previous six games

Wade MacLeod, NU (COQUITLAM, B.C.) (four-game pointstreak – five points within that stretch (2-3-5). He scored his 75th-career point with a powerplay goal vs. UMass Lowell

James Marcou, UMASS (Kings Park, N.Y.) Posted his sixth goal of the season and his 28th assist giving him 113 career points. He remains the nation’s leader in points and assists

Kevin McCarey, UNH (BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y.) Tallied his first collegiate goal on Saturday night vs. UMass

Kevin Swallow, MAINE (Stanwood, Mich.) Became the first current Black Bear to reach the 100 games played plateau. He has played in 102 career games

T.J. Syner, UMASS (Springfield, Mass.) Has four goals in the last six games after having just two goals in his previous 10 games played

Casey Welman, UMass (Brentwood, Calif.) Scored his nation-leading 17th goal of the season on Sunday vs. Northeastern

COMMISSIONERS CORNER with Joe Bertagna

It is difficult not to use this space to put a wrap on our “Sun Life Frozen Fenway” doubleheader which took place Friday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox and Hockey East staffs had worked together for nine months and when it unfolded, we were the beneficiaries of the perfect conditions we dreamed about. Of all the things we planned, we had no control over the weather or the games. The weather, though a few degrees colder than some might have liked, was perfect in that the ice was fine and the light snow provided a unique atmosphere. Both games were compelling, New Hampshire mounting a successful comeback in the women’s game and Boston College falling just a little short in its own comeback bid.

In the end, attendance records were set on two fronts: largest crowd to see an NCAA women’s game and largest crowd to see any college game in the Eastern United States. The beneficiaries of all this were many: certainly the four schools who played, Hockey East, and college hockey in general. There will be much talk about doing this again but a definitive answer will have to wait. Some observers caution about over-doing this but those who had a chance to skate at Fenway might differ. And that includes the thousands who enjoyed public skating or a private rental.

I would be remiss if I did not publicly acknowledge the tremendous cooperative effort put out by the Red Sox, the National Hockey League, the four participating schools, and the extended Hockey East family. I was once again extremely proud to be a member of the hockey family.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: BC has lost three straight for the first time since Jan. 10-17, 2009…BC’s senior class falls to 7-6-2 in 15 meetings with Boston University; the teams will close the league regular-season series on Friday, Jan. 22 inside Conte Forum…Freshman forward Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) captured a gold medal as a member of Team USA at the World Junior Championships, joining former Eagle Patrick Eaves as gold-medal winners at the junior championships…BC fell to 0-2-0 in neutral site games this season...The team returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 12 against Providence in the second meeting between the teams (BC won the previous meeting 3-1 on Dec. 12).

Boston University: Boston University’s tilt with Boston College at Fenway Park was the 36th outdoor game in program history and first since Jan. 7, 1956…The five largest crowds to ever watch a BU hockey game have all come in the last 26 months and include both Red Hot Hockey games, both contests at last year’s Frozen Four in addition to Frozen Fenway event…Over the past 11 games, 19 different Terriers have scored at least one point…Sophomore David Warsofsky became the first Boston University player to ever earn a gold medal at the World Junior Championship following Team USA’s 6-5 overtime victory against Canada in Tuesday’s championship game…Junior Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) has scored at least one point in eight of the last nine games, totaling 10 points (5g, 5a) during the stretch…The Terriers will attempt to string together three straight wins for the first time this season when they visit Providence on Friday (Jan. 15) in a game televised by NESN.

Maine: Maine extended its unbeaten streak to nine games with a 4-2 win over Merrimack on Saturday night…The nine game unbeaten streak is the longest in the nation…Gustav Nyquist notched the game-winning goal with just 17 seconds remaining in regulation against the Warriors. For Nyquist, it was his 10th straight game with at least one point. It is the second time this season that Nyquist has scored the game-winner in the final two minutes of regulation. He scored the game-winner against Michigan State earlier this season at 18:21 of the third…Spencer Abbott had a goal and two assists against Merrimack, his first career three-point game…Sophomore Scott Darling has 11 wins on the season, one more than he finished with during his freshman campaign…Maine was held scoreless on the power play for just the third time this season against Merrimack….Maine is 6-1-1 at home in Hockey East games this season…Maine’s exhibition game against New Brunswick has been rescheduled for January 19…The game was originally to be played January 2, but the game was postponed due to a snowstorm.

Massachusetts: UMass snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday with its win over Northeastern to move into a tie for 4th place in the league standings with UMass Lowell…The Minutemen and River Hawks will wrap up their season series with a home-and-home weekend coming up…Against Northeastern, UMass held the Huskies to a seasonlow 13 shots for the game while going 7-for-7 on the penalty kill which was a season-best…UMass improves to 11-1-0 when leading or tied after the second period…The loss at New Hampshire was the second straight game where UMass had given up 7 goals in a game which tied a season-high…It was also the third time in four games where UMass had allowed a shorthanded goal…After playing 9 of the last 11 games on the road, UMass will have 5 of its next 8 games at home including Friday’s game against UMass Lowell which will be the first home game in over one month (Dec. 14 vs. Merrimack).

UMass-Lowell: The #14 River Hawks picked up three points in the Hockey East standings with a win at Northeastern and a tie at New Hampshire… In the 2-2 tie in Durham, Kory Falite and Colin Wright (Burlington, Ont.) each scored in the first…Scott Campbell and Ryan Blair (Ashburn, Va.) assisted on both goals…Nevin Hamilton (Ashland, Mass.) made several highlight reel saves, stopping 24-of-26 shots to improve to 5-2-2 on the season…Michael Scheu (Buffalo, N.Y.) played the hero in Saturday’s 6-5 overtime win at Northeastern…UMass Lowell scored six goals in a game for the first time since Nov. 21, 2009, a 6-3 win versus Merrimack…Chris Auger (Belleville, Ont.), Paul Worthington (Langhorne, Pa.) and Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis.) all scored in the first period…The River Hawks couldn’t hold onto a 5-2 lead, allowing four third period Huskies’ goals, setting up a heated overtime period…With time running out Falite threw the puck to the net and Scheu tipped the shot top-shelf to win the game with only 25 seconds left…It was the first game-winning goal of Scheu’s career and the first time the River Hawks scored five even strength goals in a game this season...Up next, UMass Lowell will play a home-and-home series with UMass next weekend.

Merrimack: With two goals in three chances at #18 Maine, Merrimack’s power play jumped to second in Hockey East and third in the country at 25.3%...On Merrimack’s first goal, three defensemen, Justin Bonitatibus (Walpole, Mass.), Fraser Allan (North Battleford, Sask.), and Pat Bowen (Marshfield, Mass.), factored in on the scoring. Bonitatibus was playing on defense for the first time this season after appearing in nine games at forward. The senior has six of his nine career goals this season…The Warriors’ penalty kill is also second in the conference… Their combined special teams remains second nationally, behind Cornell…Chris Barton (Calgary, Alb.), who scored Merrimack’s second goal, and Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France), who had a goal disallowed due to video review, combined for 10 of Merrimack’s 28 shots…Da Costa continues to lead all rookies in points per game in the country with 1.31 and all Hockey East rookies with 21 points…Merrimack is now 7-1 at home and 0-9 away from North Andover…The Warriors continue their season-high seven-game, 49-day road trip at Boston University Saturday. The teams have split the two meeting this season, both winning at home.

New Hampshire: UNH captured three points over a pair of nationally ranked league foes with a tie of #14 Mass.-Lowell (2-2) and a win over #16 Massachusetts (7-2), the only teams in the league to defeat the Wildcats this year…The Wildcats extended its lead in Hockey East to four points, the largest lead since it captured the regular season title at the end of the 2007-08 season…UNH’s seven-goal outpouring on Saturday night was its highest goal total since a 9-4 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 11, 2008 and the most goals against a Hockey East foe since a 7-2 win over UMass in the Hockey East quarterfinals on March 15, 2008 and the most in a league contest since a 7-4 win at Northeastern on Nov. 2, 2007…The Wildcats’ four-goal first period was the most since a five-goal second period in a 5-5 tie with #1 Miami on Oct. 17…In that four-goal first the ‘Cats scored on the power play, short-handed and tallied a pair of even-strength goals…New Hampshire’s top line once again paced the offense as Bobby Butler registered a career-high four points with two goals and two assists, while Paul Thompson also had a pair of goals and two assists…While the Wildcat offense was firing on all cylinders, netminder Brian Foster was stellar once again in net turning away 53 of 57 shots this weekend for a .930 save percentage and 1.92 GAA…UNH extended its Hockey East unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2), a streak which dates back to Nov. 14…The Wildcats will leave the friendly confines of league play for the final time as they play intra-state rival Dartmouth College in the annual Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The ‘Cats are still in search of their first non-conference win.

Northeastern: Despite a valiant effort on Saturday night against UMass Lowell, erasing a three-goal deficit to send the game into overtime, Northeastern was not able to escape its two-game homestand with any Hockey East points. The Huskies had their comeback bid spoiled with just 24 second left in overtime against the River Hawks while a determined Massachusetts team limited Northeastern to 13 shots in the Sunday night affair. Saturday’s game was broadcast on NESN while the Sunday night game was aired nationally on ESPNU...Junior Wade MacLeod matched a career-best on Sunday to extend his pointstreak to four games. Amidst that run, MacLeod has racked up five points (2-3-5) and is tied for second on the team in points with freshman Garrett Vermeersch (Macomb, Mich.;5-9-14). Vermeersch registered his third-career multi-point game against UMass Lowell, but the first with a pair of assists...Junior Tyler McNeely offered up Northeastern’s first playmaker since senior Chris Donovan (Fairfax Station, Va.) turned the trick against Boston College on Feb. 2, 2009. Donovan and McNeely are the only two skaters to have registered three points in a game this season...Senior blueliner Jim Driscoll (Dedham, Mass.), Northeastern’s most seasoned skater with 119 games under his belt, finally broke the two-point threshold on Saturday night against UMass Lowell. Driscoll assisted on Kyle Kraemer’s goal and followed it up with his first goal since Feb. 27, 2009. The Dedham, Mass. native’s first-career multipoint outing upped his career totals to three goals and 14 assists... Northeastern embarks on its last overnight trip of the season when the Huskies venture up to Burlington, Vt. for a set against the Catamounts. The last time the two squads met, UVM eked out a 3-2 victory the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Providence College: After 30 days without playing a game, the Providence College hockey team will return to the ice on Tuesday, January 12 when it travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face Boston College…PC has posted an 8-4-2 record in the month of January in the last two seasons including a 4-2-2 marks last season…The Friars will play six games in the next 12 days beginning with a road contest against Boston College…Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) has scored five goals in the last six games for the Friars and ranks second on the team with 12 points, including a career-high seven goals.

Vermont: The Catamounts enter the week ranked 10th in the latest Pairwise Ratings…Vermont is the highest ranked Hockey East team in the Pairwise…The Catamounts (10-6-2) have the fewest losses of any team in Hockey East…UVM is 6-1-1 in its last eight games and 7-2-1 at Gutterson Fieldhouse this season…Vermont is 35 for its last 37 on the penalty kill (.946) and 45 for 46 on the penalty kill (.978) in its 10 wins…The Catamounts delivered Teddy Bears from its annual Teddy Bear Toss to the Star Farm Nursing Home and Burlington Rehabilitation Center last week…Vermont hosts a two-game series against Northeastern this Friday and Saturday…The Catamounts won 3-2 against the Huskies at Matthews Arena earlier this season…Vermont leads the all-time series against NU 22-15-4 and the Catamounts are 9-3-4 against the Huskies since joining Hockey East.

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