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Weekly Release
January 25, 2010
UMASS-LOWELL, UNH PICK UP FOUR POINTS APIECE; UMASS, UVM SPLIT
~Boston U. takes out BC in extra frame; Merrimack downs PC in OT; NU notches win vs. Friars~

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Athletic Republic Player of the Week Jeremy Dehner of UMass Lowell
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Wakefield, Mass. - New Hampshire and UMass-Lowell both collected four points on the weekend, while Massachusetts and Vermont split their series in Amherst over the weekend. Boston University and Northeastern also picked up victories during the week vs. Boston College and Providence, respectively.

The Wildcats opened the weekend with a 3-2 overtime win at Providence Friday night and followed that up with an impressive 4-1 road victory vs. BU at Agganis Arena on Saturday. Senior goalie Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) earned Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week honors stopping 64 of 67 shots (.955 save percentage) in two victories. Senior forward Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) became the 67th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau on Friday night at PC. Friars goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made 39 saves in the losing cause. Beaudry finished the week with 105 saves (.938 save%), which included back-to-back 39 save efforts on the weekend.

UMass-Lowell picked up a pair of home victories on Friday vs. Merrimack (5-4) and Saturday against Boston College (3-1). Athletic Republic Player of the Week Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis.) recorded a career-high four points (1g,3a) on Friday, while Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) also registered three points (2g,1a) for the River Hawks. Senior netminder Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) notched 25 saves for his eighth victory of the season against the Eagles on Saturday.

The Terriers and Eagles battled to overtime on Friday and Colby Cohen’s (Villanova, Pa.) goal in overtime gave BU the victory. BC freshman forward Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) scored a career-high two goals in the losing effort. BU’s Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.) and BC’s Parker Milner both recorded career-high save totals with 42 and 26, respectively.

The Huntington Hounds won their only game of the week on Tuesday vs. Providence College (3-1) at Matthews Arena. Freshman defenseman Jake Newton (San Jacinto, Calif.) scored the game-winner and also added an assist for the Huskies 10th win of the season.

Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Brandon Brodhag (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) scored in overtime to give Merrimack a 2-1 win on Saturday vs. Providence at Lawler Arena.

Maine earned wins in a pair of home exhibition games Tuesday vs. New Brunswick and Saturday against the U.S. Under-18 Team. Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) had five points (1g,4a) in two games, while freshman goalie Shawn Sirman (Blezard Valley, Ont.) recorded 33 stops in the 4-0 shutout on Saturday.

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ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JEREMY DEHNER - UMASS-LOWELL
Senior Defenseman; Madison, Wis.

Dehner tallied four points (1g,3a) and a +4 rating, including the game-winning power play goal against Merrimack on Friday.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

BRANDON BRODHAG - MERRIMACK
Freshman Forward; Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Brodhag netted three goals on the weekend, including the OT game-winner vs. Providence Saturday. He also scored twice at UML on Friday.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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

Foster stopped 64 of 67 shots (.955 save%) over the weekend lifting the Wildcats to critical road wins over Providence and Boston University.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Chris Barton, MC (Jr., F, Calgary, Alb.) Tallied two goals at UMass Lowell on Friday.

Alex Beaudry, PC (So., G, Cumberland, Ont.) Posted a 2.30 GAA and a .938 save%. Made 39 saves in back-to-back games over the weekend.

Mike Borisenok, UNH, (So., F, Watervliet, N.Y.) Recorded a goal in each of UNH’s wins over the weekend.

Andrew Braithwaite, MC (Sr., G, Kingston, Ont.) Stopped 34 shots in a 2-1 victory over Providence.

Bobby Butler, UNH (Sr., F, Marlboro, Mass.) Registered a goal and two assists over the weekend in victories vs. Providence and Boston U.

Colby Cohen, BU (Jr., D, Villanova, Pa.) Scored the overtime winner in the Terriers’ 5-4 victory at Boston College on Friday.

Chris Connolly, BU (So., F, Duluth, Minn.) Scored BU’s lone goal vs. UNH on Saturday after tallying two assists in 5-4 overtime win at BC on Friday.

Phil DeSimone, UNH (Jr., F, East Amherst, N.Y.) Scored the OT game-winning goal in a 3-2 win at PC on Friday, also added two assists over the weekend.

Kory Falite, UML (Sr., F, Billerica, Mass.) Scored four points (3g,1a) with a +2 rating, in a four-point UML weekend.

Chris Kreider, BC (Fr., F, Boxford, Mass.) Scored twice, his first multiple-goal effort, in BC’s 5-4 overtime loss to Boston University.

Rob Madore, UVM (So., G, Pittsburgh, Pa.) Made 31 saves in a 3-0 shutout vs. UMass on Sunday. He stopped 59 of 61 shots (.967 save%) in two games.

Kieran Millan, BU (So., G, Edmonton, Alb.) Recorded a career-high 42 saves on Friday vs. BC to lead the Terriers to a 5-4 overtime road victory.

Pat Mullane, BC (Fr., F, Wallingford, Conn.) Tallied two points (1g,1a) in Friday’s 5-4 overtime loss to Boston U. Netted the tying goal in the third period.

Jake Newton, NU (Fr., D, San Jacinto, Calif.) Scored his second-career game-winning goal amd added an assist to lead NU to victory on Tuesday, 3-1.

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (So., F, Malmo, Sweden) Had a goal and four assists in two exhibition games for the Black Bears.

Ian O’Connor, PC (Jr., F, Londonderry, N.H.) Scored one goal in three consecutive games this week.

Ben Smith, BC (Sr., F, Avon, Conn.) Tallied two points (1g,1a) in losses to Boston University and UMass-Lowell.

Dalton Speelman, UNH (Fr., F, San Jose, Calif.) Handed out a pair of assists, one each night in UNH’s two road wins this weekend.

Wahsontiio Stacey, UVM (Jr., F, Kahnawake, Que.) Scored a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 3-0 win against UMass.

Jesse Todd, MC (So., F, Camrose, Alb.) Dished out three assists in two games over the weekend.

Casey Wellman, UMass (So., F, Brentwood, Calif.) Scored a pair of goals and added an assist in Saturday’s win over Vermont.

Paul Worthington, UML (Sr., F, Penndel, Pa.) Netted two goals in wins vs. Merrimack and BC. He scored the game-winning goal late in the third period vs. Saturday.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT?

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

Nick Bonino, BU (Unionvile, Conn.) Scored his 40th career goal in Friday’s win at BC and played in his 100th career game the following night vs. UNH

Bobby Butler, UNH (MARLBORO, MASS.) Became the 67th player in program history to register 100 career points on Friday night at Providence

Andrew Braithwaite, MC (Kingston, ONT.) Notched his 15th career win for the Warriors Saturday

Paul Dainton, UMASS (GENELLE, B.C.) Has allowed just 1.40 goals per game along with a .941 save% giving him a 4-1 record in that stretch

Jeremy Dehner, UML (Madison, Wis.) Became the third-highest scoring Division I defenseman in UMass Lowell history with 75 points

Brian Gibbons, BC (Braintree, Mass.) Extended his scoring streak to seven games (4-6-10)

Kory Falite, UML (Billerica, Mass.) Has tallied 11 points (6g,5a) in eight games since returning from the holiday break for UML

Brian Foster, UNH (PEMBROKE, N.H.) Owns a 8-0-2 record (2.06 GAA, .934 save%) and has allowed 2 goals or less eight times during UNH’s 11-game (9-0-2) league unbeaten streak

Wade MacLeod, NU (COQUITLAM, B.C.) Will skate in his 100th-career game vs. UML on Friday, Jan. 29

James Marcou, UMass (Kings Park, N.Y.) Has seven points (3g,4a) in the last six games and needs one more assist to tie the single-season UMass record (32) which he set last season

Providence Penalty Kill Has killed off 27 of the last 28 attempts by their opponent

Vermont Penalty Kill The Catamounts are 51 for their last 53 on the penalty kill (.962) and are 61 for 62 on the kill (.984) in their 12 wins

Casey Wellman, UMASS (Brentwood, Calif.) Scored his nation-leading 19th goal of the season on Saturday. He also leads the country in game-winning goals (5)

COMMISSIONERS CORNER with Joe Bertagna

It will soon be time for fans to go on-line and have some fun with two special initiatives. Once again, Frozen Four Friday in April will feature an NCAA Skills Challenge, presented by Bauer. For those heading to Detroit, tickets for this event can be purchased by going to www.ncaa.com/frozenfour. As of February 1, which is a week from today, fans can also vote for their favorite players as nominees for East and West Skills rosters, which will be posted at www.ncaa.com.

Hockey East and its member schools are about to announce its own fan ballot project. The ten Hockey East schools, along with the conference office, will roll out voting procedures for All- Decade Teams, covering those players who stepped on the ice from 2000-2009. Each school will pick its own All-Decade team through school sites and the conference squad will be chosen by fans through balloting on www.hockeyeastonline.com. Each school will also choose its “Fan Favorite” of the decade.

School teams will be announced on campus on the final weekends of the regular season. The conference team, along with the best team of the decade as chosen from the league’s NCAA champions, will be announced at the Hockey East Tournament at the TD Garden in March. The All-Decade Teams are sponsored by Torspo.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: BC suffered its first overtime defeat in its third overtime game this season on Friday against Boston University…BC closed the season series with BU with a 1-2-0 record; BU is the third league opponent to be cleared from the Eagles’ schedule. Previously, BC concluded season series with Vermont (1-2-0) and Maine (2-0-1)…With its 3-1 loss at UMass-Lowell, BC’s seniors fell to 5-4-1 in 10 career meetings with UMass-Lowell…Since going 4-0-0 in the month of December, BC is 2-5-0 in seven games in the month January…With one assist in each of two games, junior Brian Gibbons (Braintree, Mass.) has tallied at least one point in 17-of-22 contests this season…Freshman Parker Milner (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made a career-high 26 saves in Friday’s overtime loss to BU, while BC tallied a season-high 46 shots in the contest…Next, BC will host Providence on Friday, Jan. 29 before its first-round game of the Beanpot on Monday, Feb. 1 against Harvard at 5 p.m.

Boston University: The Terriers won their season series against Boston College for the second consecutive season, marking the first time that has happened in 15 years…BU has already posted as many wins in January (4) as it did in October, November and December combined… After winning only 47.3 percent of their faceoffs through the first 18 games, the Terriers have claimed 53.8 percent of them in the four games since…The road team in the BU/UNH series is now 11-4-5 in league play since the beginning of the 2003-04 season…BU has yet to win a game this season when it allows the first goal (0-8-3)…Junior Colby Cohen ranks third nationally amongst defensemen in goals with eight…Sophomore goaltender Grant Rollheiser (Chilliwack, B.C.) suffered his first loss in over a year in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat against UNH, as he was 4-0-4 in his previous eight decisions dating back to Jan. 13, 2009…Sophomore Vinny Saponari’s (Powder Springs, Ga.) goal off a mid-air swat while parallel to the goal against BC on Friday ranked No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.

Maine: Maine won a pair of exhibition games on the week…The Black Bears defeated the University of New Brunswick 4-1 on Tuesday…UNB entered the game with a record of 29-1 on the season with its lone loss coming to the Portland Pirates of the AHL…New Brunswick has defeated Hockey East teams UMass, Providence and Vermont on the season… Maine played the U.S. Under-18 Team on Saturday night…Black Bears Kevin Swallow (Stanwood, Mich.), Ryan Hegarty (Arlington, Mass.), Nick Pryor (Woodbury, Minn.) and Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) all previously played for that team… Maine rookie goalie Shawn Sirman (Blezard Valley, Ont.) stopped all 33 shots that he faced in the exhibition to record the shutout…All three of Maine’s players from Sweden; Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden), Theo Andersson (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Klas Leidermark (Gavle, Sweden) notched points in the game against the US Under18 Team...Maine did not allow one power play opportunity in the game against the USA U18 Team…Maine returns to Hockey East play next weekend when it travels to Vermont for a pair of games.

Massachusetts: UMass tied its best win streak of the season (four) with Saturday’s win over Vermont…The Catamounts rebounded for the win on Sunday to snap the streak…Saturday’s win was the quickest UMass has reached 10 wins in Hockey East history (16 games)…UMass has killed off 22-of-23 penalties over the last five games…After a threegame stretch with at least one power play goal, UMass was 0-for-11 in two games against Vermont…UMass has now won season series against UMass Lowell and Vermont and will close out series against Boston University (1-1) and Providence (1-1) this weekend on the road.

UMass-Lowell: In a crucial Hockey East weekend, the #19 River Hawks defeated Merrimack, 5-4, and Boston College, 3-1, in a pair of games at the Tsongas Arena…The four-point pick-up moves UMass Lowell into sole possession of fourth place in the conference standings, only two points behind the Eagles and Massachusetts who stand tied for second…The River Hawks’ victory over Merrimack on Friday was their seventh consecutive win against the Warriors…Jeremy Dehner’s (Madison, Wis.) four point explosion against Merrimack (1g, 3a) made him the third highest scoring defenseman in the River Hawks’ Division I history with 75 career points…Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) moved into sole possession of 42nd on the all-time UMass Lowell scoring list with 96 points, scoring three goals and an assist during the weekend…The 3-1 win over Boston College improved the River Hawks’ unbeaten streak against the Eagles to four games (3-0-1)...Both Scott Campbell (Navan, Ont.) and Maury Edwards (Rockey Rapids, Alb.) reached the 100 games played plateau in the victory…UMass Lowell has only one game next weekend, traveling to Northeastern on Friday for a 7 p.m. start…It will mark the third time the River Hawks and Huskies clash in the month of January.

Merrimack: Playing at Lawler Arena for the first time in seven weeks, the Warriors improved to a Hockey East best 8-1 at home with a 2-1 overtime victory over Providence. The Warriors are 4-1-2 in the last seven meetings against the Friars…Brandon Brodhag netted the winner in overtime, in Merrimack’s first OT game of the season…The Warriors went 20 games into the season without being tied after regulation, the longest in school history…Merrimack unveiled its new LED graphic scoreboards Saturday night…Brodhag is third among Hockey East freshmen with eight goals, with Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) first with 11 goals. Da Costa remains the nation’s leader in points per game among rookies and first among Hockey East rookies with 25 points. He is 13th among all skaters in points per game nationally…Merrimack ranks first in the country in combined special teams and second nationally on the power play…The Warriors need just two goals to match last year’s total of 72 goals for the entire season…Da Costa registered 14 shots over the weekend, 11 against Providence and has 94 in 19 games…Incredibly, Merrimack is 1-5 when it scores four goals…After not scoring since February 22, 2009, Carter Madsen (Okotoks, Alb.) netted his second goal in three games…The Warriors, who play seven of their final 13 games at home, battle New Hampshire next weekend in a home-and-home series. UNH is the only team to beat Merrimack at Lawler Arena this season.

New Hampshire: UNH extended its Hockey East unbeaten streak to 11-game (9-0-2), marking the longest HE unbeaten streak since a 14-game league unbeaten streak that went from 1-11-08 to 3-8- 08…Senior Bobby Butler recorded his 100th point on Friday night against Providence. Butler’s 100th point came on the primary assist of the game winning overtime goal by Phil DeSimone. Butler becomes the 67th Wildcat to join the century club and the first since Mike Radja and Matt Fornataro did so on Jan. 28, 2008 at Boston University…With a 3-2 overtime win on Friday at PC, UNH improves to 8-0-2 in the last 10 games against the Friars and ensured the Wildcats the season series…The Wildcats completed the weekend by captured a 4-1 road win at Boston University…UNH completed the series with BU with a 2-0-1 mark, improve to 5-1-3 all time at Agganis Arena and helped the ‘Cats to their fourth-straight win…After going 0-5-0 in its first five road games, UNH is 6-0-1 in its last seven on the road and have outscored their opponents 28-17 in those contests…The Wildcat defense has allowed two goals or fewer in five straight games… Since its formation on Nov. 14, 2009, the Wildcat TBD line (Thompson, Butler, DeSimone) have posted 27 goals, 30 assists for 57 points in 13 games (4.38 ppg) and guided UNH to a 10-1-2 record over span.

Northeastern: Northeastern enjoyed the weekend off after picking up a crucial two points against Providence last Tuesday, 3-1. The last time the Huskies tangled on a Tuesday was Nov. 14, 2006 when Northeastern was slighted in a 4-3 overtime battle at Schneider Arena. Northeastern also opened its 2006-07 season on a Tuesday at Boston College on Oct. 10, losing 5-2. Rookie Jake Newton added to his impressive first-year campaign by potting his second-career gamewinner in powerplay fashion. The San Jacinto, Calif. native also doled out an assist, marking his fourth-career multi-point performance. Senior David Strathman (Tempe, Ariz.) drew first blood against the Friars while junior Tyler McNeely (Burnaby, B.C.) iced the game with NU’s second empty-netter in three games. With the victory, Northeastern extended its unbeaten streak against Providence to six games. The Huskies have won five out of six against PC along with a tie on Nov. 21...Thanks to some forceful defensive play, the Huskies registered their second and third unassisted goals of the season, converting both goals from a turnover. Newton’s powerplay goal also ended a three-game draught with the extra skater for Northeastern...Freshman Chris Rawlings (North Delta, B.C.) eclipsed the 1,000-minute mark in his ninth victory over Providence, evening out his record to 9-9-1 this season...The Huskies continue to cling on to leads when they score first. This season, Northeastern is 7-1-1 when lighting the lamp first. The squad has also learned to respond after a loss, compiling a 7-4 mark in the following tilt.

Providence College: Providence College has played in back-toback overtime games for the first time since the 2007-08 season…PC ended a stretch in which it played six games in 12 days…The Friars have allowed just one power-play goal in the last 28 attempts and have killed off nine consecutive penalties…The Friars rank 13th in the country on the penalty kill (90-105; 85.4 %)…PC has scored 24 of its 52 goals in the second period…Sophomore Alex Beaudry averaged 35 saves for the second consecutive week and had back-to-back games with 39 stops. Beaudry ranks seventh in the country with a .927 save percentage…Sophomore Ian O’Connor has scored one goal in three consecutive games and is currently on a four-game point streak.

Vermont: The Catamounts improved to 6-1-1 following a loss this season with Sunday’s 3-0 victory against UMass…Vermont already has four shutouts on the year. They had just one shutout during the 2008- 09 season…The Catamounts went 11-for-11 on the penalty kill in the two-game set against UMass, who enetered the weekend ranked third nationally on the power play… Vermont ranks 11th in the country in combined special teams at 52.7%...UVM is 17-4-4 in the second game of a two-game weekend since the start of last season…The Catamounts are 6-4-1 against ranked teams this year…Drew MacKenzie (New Canaan, Conn.) scored a power-play goal in Sunday’s win against the Minutemen. It was his first goal of the season and his first goal since scoring against Boston University in last year’s Frozen Four…Vermont is 8-3-1 in its last 12 games…The Catamounts host a two-game set against Maine this weekend at Gutterson Fieldhouse…The Black Bears won this season’s first meeting 4-1 on Oct. 30 at Alfond Sports Arena.

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