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Weekly Release
February 1, 2010
MAINE TAKES THREE POINTS AT UVM; MERRIMACK AND UNH SPLIT SERIES
~BC and BU pick up wins; UMass downs Providence; Northeastern edges UMass-Lowell~

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Athletic Republic Player of the Week Chris Barton of Merrimack College
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Wakefield, Mass. - The Maine Black Bears grabbed three points at Vermont over the weekend, while Merrimack and UNH split their series with the home team coming out victorious each night. Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern each picked up wins on Friday, UMass rebounded on Saturday with a convincing win vs. Providence.

Maine skated to a 6-3 win over Vermont on Friday night in the first of their two-game series this weekend. Maine jumped to an early 3-0 lead and scored four of their six goals by way of the power-play. On Saturday both teams skated to a 4-4 tie in overtime. Maine’s Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) contributed with a four-point weekend (1g,3a), while Will O’Neill (Salem, Mass.) added five points of his own (1g,4a). Vermont forward Wahsontiio Stacey (Kahnawake, Que.) posted a career-high four points (2g,2a) in the tie on Saturday night in Burlington.

Merrimack opened the weekend with a 3-2 victory at Lawler Arena on Friday night and improved to 9-1 at home. Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) added four assists on the weekend for the Warriors. Wildcat goalie Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) made 40 saves in the losing effort. UNH rebounded on Saturday with a 4-3 overtime win at the Whittemore Center. Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) netted the game-winner with 11.1 seconds left in overtime to give UNH its leagueleading 12th victory of the season. Merrimack went 2-for-3 on the power-play, but Chris Barton’s (Calgary, Alb.) two-goal performance was not enough to stop the first place Wildcats.

Boston College won its only game of the weekend on Friday night with a 5-2 against Providence College at Conte Forum. The Eagles were led by Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.; 2g,1a) and Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.; 1g,2a) who recorded three points apiece in the contest. The Terriers also were victorious with a 6-2 against No. 14 Massachusetts on Friday at Agganis Arena. Nick Bonino (Unionville, Conn.) tallied three assists for his 100th career point to become the 77th BU player to hit that mark and he became the fourth active student-athlete in the league to accomplish the feat. Terrier goalie Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.) stopped 39 of 41 shots by the Minutemen

Northeastern edged UMass-Lowell on Friday at Matthews Arena for its third victory in the last four contests. Drew Daniels (Suffern, N.Y.) and Justin Daniels (Suffern, N.Y.) scored goals for the Huskies. UML senior goalie Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) registered 33 saves in the losing cause.

The Minutemen earned a 4-1 victory at PC Saturday, as UMass netminder Dan Meyers (Voorhees, N.J.) totaled 26 saves against the Friars for his third win of the season. UMass outshot PC, 43-27 for the game.

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ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CHRIS BARTON - MERRIMACK COLLEGE
Junior Forward; Calgary, Alb.

Barton tallied four points in two games, including two goals Saturday vs. #12 New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

KLAS LEIDERMARK - MAINE
Freshman Forward; Galve, Sweden

Leidermark scored two goals and added two assists in Maine’s three-point weekend at Vermont.

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PURE HOCKEY CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ANDREW BRAITHWAITE - MERRIMACK COLLEGE
Senior Goaltender; Kingston, Ont.

Braithwaite stopped 71 of 77 shots over the weekend, including a 43-stop effort Saturday, with 10 saves in OT.

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PURE HOCKEY CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

KIERAN MILLAN - BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Sophomore Goaltender; Edmonton, Alb.

Millan turned aside 39 of Massachusetts’ 41 shots in the Terriers’ 6-2 home win on Friday at Agganis Arena.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Cam Atkinson, BC (So., F, Greenwich, Conn.) Tallied three points (2g,1a) in BC’s 5-2 win over Providence.

Nick Bonino, BU (Jr., F, Unionville, Conn.) Recorded three assists on Friday vs. UMass to reach 100 points for his collegiate career

Colby Cohen, BU (Jr., D, Villanova, Pa.) Recorded his fifth game-winning goal of the season and added an assist in Friday’s 6-2 win against UMass.

Justin Daniels, NU (Fr., F, Suffern, N.Y.) Scored his fifth goal of the season in game-winning fashion, marking the first winner of his career.

Stephane Da Costa, MC (Fr., F, Paris, France) Assisted on four of Merrimack’s six goals over the weekend, two in each game.

Brian Foster, UNH, (Sr., G, Pembroke, N.H.) Stopped 66 of 72 shots during the weekend. Foster posted a 2.91 GAA and a .917 save%.

Ross Gaudet, BU (So., F, Burlington, Mass.) Scored the first two goals of the game in the Terriers’ 6-2 victory over No. 14 UMass on Friday.

Brian Gibbons, BC (Jr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Assisted on two of BC’s five goals in a 5-2 home win over Providence.

Tanner House, Maine (Jr., F, Cochrane, Alb.) Scored a pair of goals for Maine in the weekend series against Vermont

Carter Hutton, UML (Sr., G, Thunder Bay, Ont.) Backstopped UMass Lowell in a hard fought 2-1 loss at Northeastern, stopping 33-of-35 shots.

Peter LeBlanc, UNH, (Sr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Tallied three points in UNH’s 4-3 overtime win over Merrimack. Had a pair of goals and added an assist.

Dan Meyers, UMass (Sr., G, Voorhees, N.J.) Allowed one goal and made 26 saves to give UMass a 4-1 win at Providence.

Max Nicastro, BU (Fr., D, Thousand Oaks, Calif.) Tallied a power-play goal and added an assist in BU’s 6-2 win against No. 14 UMass on Friday.

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (So., F., Malmo, Sweden) Tallied a goal and added three assists in 1-0-1 weekend for Maine

Will O’Neill, Maine (So., D, Salem, Mass.) Scored a goal and added four assists in Maine’s 1-0-1 weekend at Vermont.

Wahsontiio Stacey, UVM (Jr., F, Kahnawake, Que.) Scored five points (3g,2a) in two games against Maine on the weekend.

Mike Sislo, UNH (Jr., F, Superior, Wis.) Tallied three points in an overtime win over Merrimack on Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.

Karl Stollery, MC (So., F, Camrose, Alb.) Netted a pair of goals, his first career two-goal game, including the game-winner Friday. Added an assist Saturday.

Paul Thompson, UNH (Jr. F, Derry, N.H.) Scored a pair of goals this weekend, including the game-winner with 11.1 seconds remaining in a OT win vs. Merrimack.

Steven Whitney, BC (Fr., F, Reading, Mass.) Recorded two points (1g,1a) in a 5-2 win over Providence.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT?

Cam Atkinson, BC (Greenwich, Conn.) Scored twice against Providence, has all 16 of his goals in the last 18 games (0.89 goals per game)

Chris Barton, MC (Calgary , Alb.) Netted his 30th career goal on Friday vs. UNH

NICK BONINO, BU (UNIONVILLE, CONN.) With three assists on Friday he notched his 100th career point vs. UMass

BC’s line of Joe Whitney , Brian Gibbons and Cam Atkinson Combined for eight points in a 5-2 win over Providence and has 26 points (10g,16a) in the last five games

Kyle Beattie , Maine (Avondale, Ariz.) Scored his first career goal on Friday, Jan. 29 at Vermont

Bobby Butler, UNH (Marlboro, Mass.) Tallied his 50th career goal on Friday night. He has scored 12 points (5g,7a) during a seven-game scoring streak

Greg Cronin, Northeastern His next Hockey East victory marks his 50th league triumph at NU

Phil DeSimone, UNH (East Amherst, N.Y.) Has nine points in a seven-game scoring streak

Kory Falite, UML (Billerica, Mass.) Only three shy of 100 career points, has tallied 12 points (6g,6a) in the nine games since the holiday break

Brian Gibbons, BC (Braintree, Mass.) Extended his scoring streak to eight games (4-8-12)

Klas Leidermark, Maine (Gavle , Sweden) Scored his first career goal on Friday, Jan. 29 at Vermont

Wade MacLeod (Coquitlam, B.C.) Skated in his 100th-career game against UMass Lowell on Jan. 29

Maine’s power play Went 7-for-13 on the weekend against Vermont

James Marcou, UMass (Kings Park, N.Y.) Tied his school record with his 32nd assist at Providence (1/30)

Eddie Olczyk, UMass (Long Grove, Il.) Scored his first collegiate goal in 4-1 win at Providence (1/30)

Will Ortiz, UMass (Framingham, Mass.) Tied school modera era record for career GWG’s after posting his 8th vs. PC

Brandon Sadlowski, MC (St. Paul, Alb.) Played in his 100th career game Friday against UNH

UNH Wildcats Own a 6-0-2 in eight Hockey East games at home this season

COMMISSIONERS CORNER with Joe Bertagna

A little while ago in this space, I suggested that one formula for success in this crazy Hockey East season was to win at home with some consistency and then steal an occasional road game. Seeing that Merrimack ran its home record to 9-1 overall with a win over league leader UNH on Friday, I thought I’d examine the “home-road split” for each Hockey East school. Here is what we find:

  • Eight teams have winning records at home and seven of them have won exactly six home games.

  • The best league home records belong to UNH (6-0-2) and Merrimack (6-1).

  • The two teams who have struggled at home are Providence (3-5-1) and Vermont (3-4-2). Vermont has perhaps the most interesting split: 3-4-2 at home and a similar 3-4-1 on the road.

  • Only three teams have winning road records: UNH (6-3-1), UMass (5-4) and BC (4-3-2).

  • The worst road record belongs to Merrimack (0-9), followed by Providence (1-8) and Northeastern (1-6-1).

With the league playing a split schedule — either 14 home and 13 away or 13 home and 14 away — here are the home away splits remaining for each school, statistics that could significantly affect the final standings:

BC: 5/4, BU: 4/5, ME: 6/4, UMass: 3/5, UML: 5/5, MC: 6/5 UNH: 5/4, NU: 4/5, PC: 5/4, UVM: 4/6

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: BC attempted 73 total shots and hit three pipes in Friday’s 5-2 win over Providence, reaching 70 shots in a home game for the third time this month. BC previously fired 71 shots, including 45 on net, in a 4-1 win over the Friars on Jan. 12 and hit 70 shots, including a season-high 46 on net, in a 5-4 overtime home loss to BU on Jan. 22…BC has won five straight and is unbeaten in the last nine (7-0-2) against the Friars. BC’s seniors finished 9-3-2 in 14 meetings vs. PC over four years. BC won for the 99th time in the 156-game series (99-45-12; .673 win%)…In three games against PC, junior forward Joe Whitney recorded seven points (2g,5a)…Cam Atkinson, who scored twice on two shots, scored in a game for the 13th time and scored twice for the third time this season. Atkinson scored 11 points and eight goals in eight January games…BC went 10-3-2 before the winter break and went 3-5-0 in the month of January…BC and Harvard will meet in the first round of the Beanpot for the first time since a 3-1 BC first-round win in 2007. This season, BC earned a 3-2 win at Harvard in early December.

Boston University: The Terriers posted a 5-2-0 record in the month of January after going a combined 4-9-3 in the first three month of the season...In their past three match-ups at Agganis Arena, BU has outscored Massachusetts by a combined score of 20-7... The game-winning-goal in five of BU’s nine victories has come from the stick of junior defenseman Colby Cohen, who is tied for first in the nation in that category with five others - all forwards...Twelve BU players have scored at least three goals this season and nine of them have at least two power-play tallies...The Terriers will begin their quest for their 30th Beanpot title when the tournament kicks off on Monday at TD Garden...Since 1990, BU is 60-18-4 (.756) in games with an attendance of 10,000 or more and is undefeated in its last eight games (7-0-1) with a crowd that size...BU is also 10-0-1 in its last 11 contests at neutral sites...Junior Nick Bonino has scored at least one goal in all four of the Beanpot games he has played in...A win over NU in this year’s first-round match-up would send BU to the Beanpot title game for the 27th time in the last 29 years.

Maine: Maine trailed 4-2 with 10 minutes to play on Saturday night and came back to tie the Catamounts 4-4….Maine had been 1-7-0 on the season when trailing going into the third period in games this season…Maine was an impressive 7-for-13 on the power play in the two games at Vermont…The Black Bears scored four power play goals Friday and three Saturday…Maine scored 10 power play goals in three games against Vermont this season…Maine has 42 power play goals on the season, one more than it finished with all of last year…The Black Bears have scored three or more power play goals in a game six times this season…Maine allowed just two power play goals in 15 chances on the weekend…Gustav Nyquist and Klas Leidermark combined to score three goals and five assists vs. UVM…Maine’s rookies combined to score three goals and six assists in the two games at UVM…Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) has played in a team-high 61 straight games.

Massachusetts: UMass won five of its last seven games to close out January…UMass penalty kill unit is 30-of-33 in the last seven games…In the last 7 games, UMass has allowed just one goal on four occasions – in the previous 19 games, UMass had only done so twice…Closing out games has been a trademark of UMass this season as the Minutemen are 15-1-0 when leading or tied after the second period…Third period scoring has also be an edge as UMass is outscoring its opponents 34-to-23 in the frame – the only period where UMass outscores its opponents…UMass is 8-6-0 away from the Mullins Center and will play 5 of its next 8 games on the road to close out the season…UMass now owns season series against Vermont, UMass Lowell and Providence.

UMass-Lowell: UMass Lowell fell, 2-1, at Northeastern in its lone contest of the weekend…In the loss, Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alb.) notched his fourth power play goal of the season for the River Hawks’ only score…Edwards, with 18 career power play goals, is closing in on the program’s all-time record by a defenseman, held by Paul Lohnes (1978-82) with 23 man advantage scores…Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) and Barry Goers (Ivyland, Pa.) each assisted on Edwards’ goal…For Falite, the assist was the 97th point of his career and for Goers’, it was his first point of the season…Senior goaltender Carter Hutton kept UMass Lowell in the game, stopping 33-of-35 shots to improve his conference best 2.07 GAA and .928 save percentage…If the season ended today, Hutton would set the program’s single-season save percentage record.

Merrimack: Merrimack improved to 9-1 at home with a 3-2 victory over UNH Friday. The Warriors are one of two teams nationally (SLU) with just one home loss and own the best winning percentage at home. Merrimack is 12-3-1 at home in its last 16 games dating back to last season…The Warriors snapped UNH’s 11-game unbeaten streak and their six-game winless streak at home vs. UNH with the 3-2 win Friday…The Merrimack offense, which scored 72 goals last season, already has 75 this season…The Warriors also matched last year’s output of nine wins…Stephane Da Costa, who tallied four assists on the weekend, remains the nation’s leader in points per game among rookies and first among Hockey East rookies with 29 points. He is eighth 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…Karl Stollery tallied his first career two-goal game in Friday’s 3-2 win, while Chris Barton netted his third two-goal game of the season and eighth multi-point game, scoring a pair of power-play goals in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to UNH…Andrew Braithwaite’s 43 saves are the most by a Merrimack goalie in a Hockey East game since he stopped 50 shots against Providence on February 2, 2008.

New Hampshire: UNH captured its second overtime win of the season. The Wildcats had a pair of overtime wins in each of the last two seasons. However, it’s the first time UNH had two regular season overtime wins since the 2002-03 season…With the win over Merrimack on Saturday night, New Hampshire improved to 6-0-2 in eight Hockey East games at Whittemore Center. The ‘Cats will play five more league games at Whittemore Center…Bobby Butler extended his scoring streak to seven games and recorded his 50th goal in the process. Butler has 12 points in the last seven games. Butler now has a league best 30 points in Hockey East, most since Mike Radja had 30 points in league play in 2007-08…Phil DeSimone also extended his active scoring streak to seven games…The Wildcats finished January with a 5-2-1 record, overall UNH is 19-7-2 in January since 2007…UNH travels to rival Maine in a two-game road series next weekend. UNH has won five-straight at Alfond Arena dating back to Feb, 2006.

Northeastern: Northeastern notched a much-needed two points in the logjam that is the Hockey East standings on Friday night against UMass Lowell, 2-1. Both goals came in unique fashion as the rookie twins in Justin and Drew Daniels provided the Huskies’ scoring, marking the first time the sibling pair from Suffern, N.Y. tallied goals in the same game. Oddly enough, the Suffern, N.Y. sensations both recorded their first-career assists on Greg Costa’s goal in a 3-3 at Providence on Nov. 21...Freshman Chris Rawlings (North Delta, B.C.) turned away 23 River Hawks’ shots to nudge his record over the .500 mark. Rawlings owns a 10-9-1 record in 20 starts. The Huskies went against the grain in games before the Beanpot, as NU had a 20-34-3 mark on contests immediately before the Beanpot Tournament...Northeastern put together its first month of above .500 play, amassing a 5-3-0 record since the turn of the decade. Northeastern has won three out of its last four games, marking the second time that’s happened this season... The Huskies continue to cling on to leads when they score first. This season, Northeastern is 8-1-1 when lighting the lamp first.

Providence College: Junior Ian O’Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) has scored one goal in four of the last five games and ranks third on the team with a career-high seven goals…Senior David Cavanagh (Warwick, R.I.) and sophomore Rob Maloney (Eagan, Minn.) each scored their first goal of the season on Friday at Boston College, while junior Jordan Kremyr (Cloverdale, B.C.) recorded a career-high two assists…Sophomore Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) has made 39 saves in three of the last four games for the Friars. Beaudry ranks 13th in the country with a .920 save percentage…The Friar penalty kill ranks 17th nationally (84.2%).

Vermont: The line of Jack Downing (New Canaan, Conn.; 2a), Brian Roloff (West Seneca, N.Y.; 1g,2a) and Wahsontiio Stacey (2g,2a) combined for nine points and a plus-10 rating in a 4-4 tie against Maine on Saturday. Stacey has four goals in the last three games and 18 points (9g,9a) in 19 starts…The Catamounts out shot the Black Bears 77-46 in two games on the weekend but came away with just one point…Maine scored seven power-play goals in the two games and went 10-for-23 in man-up situations against Vermont this season…The Catamounts went 2-for-20 on the power play against the Black Bears in the three meetings…Junior Justin Milo (Edina, Minn.) recorded his seventh multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist in a loss to Maine on Friday…Milo has 20 points (9g, 11a) in 18 games this year…Vermont travels to Providence for a two-game series this Friday and Saturday at Schneider Arena…The Catamounts won this season’s first meeting 3-0 on Nov. 8 at Gutterson Fieldhouse behind 33 saves by Mike Spillane (Bow, N.H.).

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