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Weekly Release
January 18, 2010
UMASS SWEEPS LOWELL; PROVIDENCE EARNS FOUR-POINT WEEKEND
~NU, Vermont split series; BC wins two games vs. Maine, PC; BU beats Merrimack~

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Athletic Republic Player of the Week Cam Atkinson of Boston College
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Wakefield, Mass. - Boston College, Massachusetts and Providence all won two games on the weekend, while Northeastern and Vermont split their series in Burlington. Boston University downed Merrimack Saturday night, while New Hampshire won a non-league game against Dartmouth in the ninth annual “Battle for the RiverStone Cup”.

The Eagles opened the week with a 4-1 victory at Conte Forum on Tuesday night vs. Providence and then earned an impressive 6-1 win on Friday night to regain possession of second place in the league standings. Athletic Republic Player of the Week Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) scored a team-high five points (3g,2a) for BC in two contests.

Massachusetts swept UMass-Lowell with a pair of one-goal victories on the weekend. Junior goalie Paul Dainton (Genelle, B.C.) led the Minutemen with a .952 save percentage on the weekend, which included 31 saves on Friday in the 3-2 win at the Mullins Center in Amherst. Providence College earned its first four-point league weekend of the season with home wins over Boston University and Maine. PC’s Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) notched four points (2g,2a) on the week for the Friars. Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) also had an outstanding week with a .938 save percentage, averaging 35 saves in three games.

Northeastern picked up a huge road win on Friday night by a 3-1 score at Gutterson Fieldhouse, but the Catamounts rebounded with a convincing 9-2 win on Saturday. Senior forward Brayden Irwin (Toronto, Ont.) recorded four points, six shots on goal and a +3 rating for the Catamounts, which included his first career hat trick on Saturday.

The Terriers registered their fifth league win of the year on Saturday vs. Merrimack (6-4) at Agganis Arena. Junior forward Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) posted four assists, while sophomore Vinny Saponari (Powder Springs, Ga.) tallied three points (1g,2a) for BU.

UNH earned a 5-2 victory at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday vs. Dartmouth. The Wildcats went 3-for-4 on the power play and were led by Blake Kessel (Verona, Wix.), who recorded a career-high four assists in the game.

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ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CAM ATKINSON - BOSTON COLLEGE
Sophomore Forward; Greenwich, Conn.

Atkinson recorded five points (3g,2a) in league wins over Providence and Maine last week. He totaled three points (2g,1a) in the win Friday vs. Maine.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

SEBASTIAN STÅLBERG - VERMONT
Freshman Forward; Gothenburg, Sweden

Stålberg registered a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 9-2 win against Northeastern at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

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PURE HOCKEY CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ALEX BEAUDRY - PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
Sophomore Goaltender; Cumberland, Ont.

Beaudry finished the week with a 2.34 GAA and a .938 save percentage, averaging 35 saves per game in three games (two wins).

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PURE HOCKEY CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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

Dainton posted a 1.50 GAA and .952 save percentage in two wins over UMass-Lowell last weekend, including 31 saves in Friday’s game.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Chris Auger, UML (Sr., F, Belleville, Ont.) Tallied two points (1g, 1a) and a +3 rating in two one-goal losses.

Chris Barton, MC (Jr., F, Calgary, Alb.) Tallied a goal and two assists at Boston University Saturday.

Matt Bergland, PC (So., F, Faribault, Minn.) Recorded four points (2g,2a) last week in three games (two wins vs. BU and Maine).

Nick Bonino, BU (Jr., F, Unionville, Conn.) Recorded a career-high four assists in the 6-4 win over Merrimack on Saturday.

Justin Braun, UMass (Sr., D, Vadnais Heights, Minn.) Had three assists in UMass’ weekend sweep over UMass Lowell

Colby Cohen, BU (Jr., D, Villanova, Pa.) Scored two goals in the Terriers’ victory against Merrimack on Saturday.

Stephane Da Costa, MC (Fr., F, Paris, France) Register a power play goal and an assist at Boston University.

Brian Foster, UNH (Sr., G, Pembroke, N.H.) Stopped 24 shots vs. the Big Green, including double figures in the first and third periods.

Brian Flynn, Maine (So., F, Lynnfield, Mass.) Scored a goal in 3-2 loss to Providence on Saturday night and added an assist Friday at BC.

Ross Gaudet, BU (So., F, Burlington, Mass.) Tallied three points (2g,1a) on the weekend and posted a +3 rating over the two contests.

Brian Gibbons, BC (Jr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Recorded four points (1g,3a) in league wins over Providence and Maine.

Brayden Irwin, UVM, Sr., F, Toronto, Ont.) Recorded four points (3g,1a) in Saturday’s 9-2 win over Northeastern with six shots and a +3 rating.

Blake Kessel, UNH (So., D, Verona, Wis.) Notched a career-high four assists in Saturday night’s 5-2 win over Dartmouth.

Wade MacLeod, NU (Jr., F, Coquitlam, B.C.) Finished the weekend split at UVM with three points, including two goals and one assist.

James Marcou, UMass (Jr., F, Kings Park, N.Y.) Scored a goal and added two assists in UMass’ weekend sweep over UMass Lowell.

Kyle Medvec, UVM (Jr., D, Burnsville, Minn.) Had a career high three assists and a plus-5 rating in Saturday’s 9-2 win against Northeastern.

Wade Megan, BU (Fr., F, Canton, N.Y.) Recorded three assists during the Terriers’ weekend split.

Grant Rollheiser, BU (So., G, Chiliwack, B.C.) Made a career-high 39 saves in the Terriers’ 6-4 win over Merrimack on Saturday.

Paul Thompson, UNH (Jr., F, Derry, N.H.) Tallied a goal and two assists and leading the Wildcats to a 5-2 win over Darmouth College.

Colin Vock, UVM (Sr., F, Orlando, Fla.) Extended his scoring streak to eight games with four points (1g, 3a) in two games against NU.

Joe Whitney, BC (Jr., F, Reading, Mass.) Recorded two goals and five points in wins over Providence and Maine.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT?

Chris Auger (Belleville, Ont.) Has picked up four points (2g,2a) in his last three games

Cam Atkinson, BC (Greenwich, Conn.) Has four goals in the last three games and has potted seven goals in the last seven contests for the Eagles

BC’s line of Atkinson, Gibbons, Whitney Accounted for 14 points (6g,8a) in wins over Providence and Maine

Chris Barton, MC (Calgary , ALB) Tallied his 25th career goal at BU Saturday night

Colby Cohen, BU (Villanova, Pa.) Played in his 100th career game on Friday at Providence

Brian Gibbons (Braintree, Mass.) Has a five-game scoring streak (4-4-8) for the second time this season

Blake Kesel, UNH (Verona, Wis.) Has eight points (1g,7a) in the last two game (4.0 ppg)

Paul Golden, PC (Milton , Mass.) Recorded his first career assist on Saturday against No. 16 Maine

Wade MacLeod, NU (COQUITLAM, B.C.) In the midst of a six-game point streak with eight points (4g,4a)

Will Ortiz, UMass (Framingham, Mass.) Posted his career-best 22nd point with a goal against UMass Lowell on Friday. Ortiz also has a career-high 11 goals this season

UNH SPECIAL TEAMS The Wildcat power play is 5-8 (.625) in the last two games, while the penalty kill has killed off 19-straight penalties going back to the first period at Providence on Dec. 11

UNH’s top line of Butler, DeSimone and Thompson Has 15 (8g,7) points in the last two games (7.5 ppg)

Vermont’s Penalty Kill The Catamounts are 40 for their last 42 on the penalty kill (.952) and 50 for 51 on the kill (.980) in their 11 wins

COMMISSIONERS CORNER with Joe Bertagna

We have passed the season’s halfway point, just barely, and the standings are starting to take a definable shape. There are a couple of oddities to note.The two teams at the top, UNH and BC, are hardly strangers to those lofty positions. Yet their combined non-league record of 4-7-2 is not what one usually associates with Hockey East league leaders. On the other hand, the two teams in 8th and 9th places, Northeastern and Providence, are 9-3 in their non-league records.

The battle for the four home ice spots will certainly come down to the final weekend. Three of last year’s four quarterfinal hosts — Boston University, Vermont, and Northeastern — are currently on the outside looking in (or perhaps “up”). Yet no one should count out the likelihood that one or more of these schools will start a drive for one of the home ice slots. Four-point weekends can vault schools over two or more league members but those results have been extremely rare. Maine took two (at home) from Providence earlier this year and Massachusetts swept a “home-and-home” series with UMass-Lowell this past weekend. Those remain the only two game sweeps against the same foe through 70 league games this year. It remains awfully tough to gain ground while splitting series after series. As one observer noted this weekend, “You just have to win at home, all the time, and then hope to steal a road game or two, if you want to gain ground on those teams in front of you.”

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: BC combined for a 84-42 edge in shots in wins over PC and Maine…With two home wins, BC is 6-1 inside Conte Forum this season…The team is averaging 3.60 goals per game, a mark good for fourth in the nation… Barry Almeida, Matt Price and Matt Lombardi, BC’s only forward line not altered heading into Tuesday’s game against Providence, accounted for two goals and six points in wins over the Friars and Maine…Senior defenseman Carl Sneep (Nisswa, Minn.) combined for a +6 rating in two wins…BC went 2-0-1 in the three-game league series with Maine and its senior class is 8-1-3 in 12 career match-ups…Senior Ben Smith (Avon, Conn.) has scored 10 goals, including a team-high six on the power play...With 22 points (13g,9a), Cam Atkinson has surpassed his 36-game freshman scoring output (7-12-19)...Junior forward Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.) has eight points in the last six games…BC will host Boston University in the third game of the league series on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and will travel to UMass-Lowell for its first meeting with the River Hawks this season.

Boston University: Boston University has already posted more wins in January (3) than November and December combined (2)... Sophomore goaltender Grant Rollheiser is 4-0-4 in his last eight decisions and last suffered a loss on Jan. 13, 2009, against Providence... The Terriers are tied for third nationally in shorthanded goals with five, trailing only St. Cloud State (8) and Mercyhurst (6)...BU has yet to win a game this year when it allows the first goal (0-7-3)...Junior Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) recorded a career-best four assists in Saturday’s win over Merrimack and now has 95 career points, including 16 (3g,13a) against Merrimack alone...Junior Colby Cohen is tied for second in the country among defenseman in goals scored with seven...Following John McCarthy’s week-long stint with the San Jose Sharks, four players on last year’s national championship team have played in the NHL this season (Matt Gilroy, Colin Wilson, Brandon Yip).

Maine: The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team saw it ninegame unbeaten streak snapped when it fell to Boston College on Friday night…The nine game unbeaten streak had been the longest in the nation… Sophomore forward Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) also saw his 10-game point streak snapped in the loss to the Eagles when he was held scoreless…Junior defenseman Mike Banwell (Scarborough, Ont.) has five career goals and three have been scored vs. BC, including Maine’s lone goal against the Eagles on Friday night… Maine, which entered the weekend as the nation’s third highest scoring team was held to just three goals in two games…Maine scored one goal on Friday at Boston College…It was just the second time this season that the Black Bears have been held to just one goal…Maine was held scoreless on the power play on Saturday at Providence…It was just the fourth time this season in 22 games that the Black Bears did not tally a power play goal…Maine scored two goals in just 24 seconds on Saturday night at Providence in the final minute to cut the Friar lead to just one goal, but was unable to complete the comeback…Maine will play a pair of exhibition games this week…The Black Bears will host the University of New Brunswick on Tuesday night and the US Under 18 Team in Saturday night.

Massachusetts: UMass now has a three-game winning streak in place after going 2-6 in the previous eight games…With game-winning goals this weekend from a pair of defensemen, UMass is now 10-3 when a blueliner scores in a game…UMass improves to 13-1-0 when leading or tied after the second period…UMass has not allowed a power play goal in the last three games going 16-for-16 on the penalty kill…UMass is now 6-2 in one-goal games…In the last three games, UMass is outscoring opponents 9-4 including a 4-0 margin in the first period…Four of UMass’ next six games will be at home after being on the road for 10 of the last 13.

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks suffered back-to-back one-goal losses in a home-and-home weekend with #19 Massachusetts…During the weekend, seniors Paul Worthington (Langhorne, Pa.) and Chris Auger each reached the 100 career games plateau… Senior defenseman Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis.) shined in Friday’s 3-2 loss at the Mullins Center…Dehner scored on a coast-to-coast goal in the second before assisting on Auger’s tally in the third…Goaltender Nevin Hamilton (Ashland, Mass.) made a season-high 35 saves against the Minutemen…The following night UMass Lowell fell, 2-1, to Massachusetts in the Tsongas Arena despite outshooting the Minutemen 29-17…Patrick Cey (Saskatoon, Sask.) scored his first goal of the season to knot the game at 1-1 in the second period…Despite the two losses, the River Hawks killed 10-of-12 Massachusetts’ power plays (83.3%) on the weekend…With 13 regular games remaining, Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) is attempting to become the 39th player in UMass Lowell history to tally 100 career points, he stands just eight shy.

Merrimack: Merrimack outshot BU 43-27 on Saturday, marking the most shots on goal they’ve had in a game since getting 45 against UConn on December 31, 2004…The Warriors scored 14 goals in three games this season against Boston University, the most they’ve netted against the Terriers since 1995-96 when they also tallied 14 goals…Junior captain Chris Barton (Calgary, Alb.) registered his first three-point of the season and the second of his career. Barton has nine points and three multipoint games in nine games against the Terriers…With 63 goals already this season, the Warriors are just nine goals shy of last year’s output of 72…Stephane Da Costa’s (Paris, France) pair of points gives the freshman 23 points, tops among newcomers in Hockey East, and 1.35 points per game, tops in the nation…Merrimack’s power play, which netted its 23rd goal of the year, is second in the country and in Hockey East, scoring at a 25.0% clip…Its combined special teams continues to be second, behind Cornell…Karl Stollery (Camrose, Alb.) tallied a pair of assists, his fourth multi-point game this year…Carter Madsen (Okotoks, Alb.) scored his first goal of the season and his first since February 22 of last season…Merrimack concludes its seven-game, 49-day road trip at UMass Lowell on Friday, before returning home to host Providence Saturday. The Warriors will unveil its new scoreboards inside Lawler Arena on Saturday…Merrimack will play two games every weekend for the remainder of the regular season.

New Hampshire: UNH captured a 5-2 win over intrastate rival Dartmouth College in the annual Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX. The Wildcats improve to 6-2-1 in the all time series thanks to outstanding specialties play that including a 3-for-4 performance on the power play and a perfect 4-of-4 on the penalty kill… Blake Kessel and Paul Thompson were named co-MVPs thanks to their outstanding individual play… Thompson had two goals and an assists, while Kessel posted career highs in points and assists with four helpers…. Kessel, who factored in all but one of the Wildcats’ goals, is second in the nation in defensive points with 26. His 26 points are the most points by defenseman since Brian Yandle had 30 points in 2005-06… New Hampshire is 8-1-2 in last 11 games (7-0-2 in HE) and has outscored its opponents 43-28 in that span… The ‘Cats cracked the top 10 in the nation in total offense averaging 3.48 gpg including 11 games with four or more goals… Thompson’s three points was just a small part of another big game from the UNH top line. The trio of Thompson, Phil DeSimone and Bobby Butler had seven points (4g, 3a) on Saturday and 15 points (8g, 7a) in the last two games (7.5 ppg).

Northeastern: It was a tale of two teams when Northeastern traveled to Vermont to close out the regular season series. On Friday night, the Huskies looked strong in all facets of the game, winning it first Hockey East road game by a final count of 3-1. Senior Kyle Kraemer dialed up his second-game winner of the season while junior Wade MacLeod potted the Huskies’ first empty net goal of the year to solidify the 3-1 triumph. Newcomer Justin Daniels recorded his fourth tally of the season while classmate Chris Rawlings earned his eighth-career victory. The win at Gutterson Arena marked NU’s first win in Burlington since Nov. 14, 2008 (5-3). Saturday night was a different story as the No. 18 Catamounts hung nine goals on Northeastern, the most surrender by a Huskies’ squad since NU traveled to New Hampshire on Nov. 2, 1996 (9-4)...Junior Wade MacLeod continued on his tear and set a new career-best as the Coquitlam, B.C. native has scored in his last six outings. On Saturday, MacLeod logged his 19th-career multi-point game by way of a goal and an assist in the loss. With MacLeod’s three points this weekend, he ties Kyle Kraemer for most points on the club with 17... Rookie Jake Newton, the Huskies highest scoring defenseman, earned his eighth helper of the season...The Huskies entertain Providence in a rare Tuesday night bout at Matthews Arena on Jan. 19.

Providence College: Providence College posted a 2-1 record last week and recorded back-to-back wins on the weekend…The Friars defeated Boston University, 3-1, on Friday to end a six-game losing streak...The Friars have won consecutive games for the first time since October…PC also defeated Maine, 3-2, on Saturday marking its first win over the Black Bears since 2007…The Friars have not allowed a power-play goal in the last 17 attempts, including eight against Boston University on Friday…The Friars have a 10-5-2 record in the month of January in the last three seasons, including 2-1 this January…PC is in the midst of playing six games in 12 days…Junior Kyle MacKinnon is on a five-game point streak in which he has recorded four goals and three assists. MacKinnon has set career-high in goals (8), assists (8) and points (16)…Senior Mark Fayne also has set a career high in points (14) and assists (10)…Senior Greg Collins has played in three games and has one point in each game, including two goals.

Vermont: The Catamounts improved to 8-3-1 at home this season with Saturday’s 9-2 victory against Northeastern at Gutterson Fieldhouse... The nine goals were the most for the Catamounts since a 10-2 win against Holy Cross on Dec. 2, 2000…Fourteen different players recorded a point in the victory…Brayden Irwin’s hat trick on Saturday was the first for a Catamount since Brian Roloff had one on March 6 last season in a 6-4 win against New Hampshire…Irwin leads the team in scoring with 21 points (10g,11a) in 20 games…Justin Milo has 18 points (7g,11a) in 14 games to rank second on the team in scoring…Irwin, Milo and line mate Colin Vock have combined for 22 points in the last four games…Kyle Medvec leads all UVM defenseman in scoring with 10 points (2g, 8a) following a three assist game on Saturday…He also had a plus-5 rating…Vermont is 5-1-1 following a loss this season…The Catamounts travel to UMass for a two-game set this Saturday (7pm) and Sunday (3pm)…The Minutemen won this season’s first meeting 6-2 at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Nov. 24.

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