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Weekly Release
February 22, 2010
MERRIMACK SWEEPS UMASS; UNH EARNS THREE POINTS VS. VERMONT
~Three series splits keep standings close with two weeks remaining~

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Athletic Republic Player of the Week Brian Flynn of Maine
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Wakefield, Mass. - Hockey East fans saw four hat tricks on the weekend, including Athletic Republic Player of the Week Brian Flynn’s (Lynnfield, Mass.) seven-point effort (5g,2a) in the 8-4 Maine victory against UMass-Lowell on Friday night at Alfond Arena. Coming into the last weekend, only four hat tricks had been scored all season. Merrimack College swept Massachusetts, while New Hampshire took three points in its home series with Vermont at the Whittemore Center.

The River Hawks rebounded from the loss on Friday with a 4-2 win on Saturday in Orono. Senior forward Kory Falite (Billerica, Mass.) notched four points (2g,2a) in the series to become the 39th player in team history to score 100 career points. Maine’s Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) recorded seven points (1g,6a) for the Black Bears in the series vs. UML.

Merrimack’s Joe Cannata (Wakefield, Mass.) stopped 63 of 64 shots (.984 save%) in a series sweep vs. UMass and was named Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week for the first time this season. The Warriors picked up a 4-1 win on Friday night to run their home record to 11-2-0 on the season and then shutout the Minutemen, 3-0, on Saturday with a 42-save shutout from Cannata at the Mullins Center. Junior forward Joe Cucci (Melrose Park, Ill.) amassed his first career hat trick vs. UMass on Friday at Lawler Arena.

The Wildcats earned a 5-4 overtime win Friday night vs. the Catamounts with Peter LeBlanc’s (Hamilton, Ont.) game-winner just 1:25 into the extra frame. UVM came back the next night and pulled out a 3-3 tie on the road. Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week Sebastian Stålberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored three points (1g,2a) on the weekend for Vermont.

Northeastern opened the weekend with a 3-2 win vs. the Eagles in front of a sellout crowd at Matthews Arena, but BC dominated on Sunday in a 7-1 victory at Conte Forum. NU goalie Chris Rawlings (North Delta, B.C.) recorded 38 saves in his 15th win of the season Friday. Junior forward Brian Gibbons (Braintree, Mass.) registered four points, including his first career hat trick and his 100th career point on Sunday vs. the Huskies.

The Friars won the season series vs. BU with a 5-4 victory on Friday at Schneider Arena, thanks to a four-point effort from Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) posting his first collegiate hat trick. Kieran Millan (Edmonton, Alb.) stopped 28 shots in the 2-1 Terriers’ win on Saturday in Boston.

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ATHLETIC REPUBLIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BRIAN FLYNN - MAINE
Sophomore Forward; Lynnfield, Mass.

Flynn scored eight points (6g,2a) in the series split with UML. He posted a career-high seven points (5g,2a) in the 8-4 win over UMass Lowell on Friday. His five goals tied the school record for goals in a game and the seven points set a new Maine record for points in a game.

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PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

SEBASTIAN STÅLBERG - VERMONT
Freshman Forward; Gothenburg, Sweden

Stålberg had a goal and two assists for the Catamounts in two games against UNH.

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PURE HOCKEY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JOE CANNATA - MERRIMACK
Sophomore Goaltender; Wakefield, Mass.

Cannata posted 42 saves for his first shutout of the season Saturday. He stopped 63 of 64 shots (.984 save%) over the weekend, earning a pair of victories vs. UMass.

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HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS

Alex Beaudry, PC (So., Cumberland, Ont.) Totaled 67 saves, including 39 at BU on Saturday. He also stopped 28 shots in a win over BU on Friday.

Bobby Butler, UNH (Sr., F, Marlboro, Mass.) Scored a goal in each game this weekend for a three-point weekend (2g,1a). He also had a team-high 15 shots on net.

Colby Cohen, BU (Jr., D, Villanova, Pa.) Scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season and added an assist at Providence on Friday

Zach Cohen, BU (Sr., F, Schaumburg, Ill.) Notched the game-winning goal with under six minutes left in 2-1 victory over PC on Saturday

Joe Cucci, MC (Jr., F, Melrose Park, Ill.) Netted his first career hat trick in a 4-1 vs. UMass Friday and added an assist Saturday for a four-point weekend.

Stephane Da Costa (Fr., F, Paris, France) Tallied a goal and two assists over the weekend, extending his point streak to eight games, to go with a +2 rating.

Jeff Dimmen, Maine (Jr., D, Colorado Springs, Colo.) Scored two goals and added and assists in Maine’s 1-1 weekend. He finished with a +6 rating on the weekend.

Kory Falite, UML (Sr., F, Billerica, Mass.) Tallied four points (2g, 2a) in a split with #15 Maine including the game-winning goal, while surpassing 100 career points.

Brian Foster, UNH (Sr., G, Pembroke, N.H.) Went 1-0-1 and stopped 65 shots in two games (32.5 spg) including 39 saves on Friday against Vermont.

Brian Gibbons, BC (Jr., F, Braintree, Mass.) Scored four points, including first-careeer hat trick and his 100th career point, to lead BC to a 7-1 win over Northeastern.

Tanner House, Maine (Jr., F, Cochrane, Alb.) Dished out four assists in Maine’s 8-4 win over UMass Lowell on Friday night tying a career-high with four points.

Ben Holmstrom, UML (Sr., F, Colorado Springs, CO) Notched three points (1g, 2a) in a weekend split with #15 Maine.

Brayden Irwin, UVM, Sr., F, Toronto, Ont.) Totaled a goal and had three assists for four points in two games against UNH on the weekend.

Chris Kreider, BC (Fr., F, Boxford, Mass.) Scored one goal in each game of the weekend split with Northeastern witha +3 rating and a team-high 14 shots on goal.

Peter LeBlanc, UNH (Sr., F, Hamilton, Ont.) Scored the game-winning overtime goal against Vermont on Friday and dished out a pair of assists over the weekend for UNH.

Kyle MacKinnon, PC (Jr., Walnut, Calif.) Scored his first career hat trick and added one assist in a win over BU on Friday.

Wade MacLeod, NU (Jr., F, Coquitlam, B.C.) Notched his fourth multi-point game in his last five outings with the game-winner and an assist in the 3-2 win over BC.

Kieran Millan, BU (So., G, Edmonton, Alb.) Made 35 saves in Friday’s loss at PC before stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced in 2-1 win on Saturday

Pat Mullane, BC (Fr., F, Wallingford, Conn.) Potted one goal in each game of the weekend split with Northeastern, including the decisive tally in Sunday’s 7-1 home win.

Gustav Nyquist, Maine (So., F., Malmo, Sweden) Scored a goal and dished out six assists for seven points on the weekend vs. UMass-Lowell.

Chris Rawlings, NU (Fr., G, North Delta, B.C.) Won his fifth straight contest on Friday night. Over the course of the weekend, Rawlings stopped 77-of-85 (.906) shots.

Philip Samuelsson, BC (Fr., F, Scottsdale, Ariz.) Tallied a plus-minus rating of +6 in BC’s weekend split with NU, including a game-high +5 in Sunday’s 7-1 home victory.

Paul Thompson, UNH (Jr., F, Derry, N.H.) Had three assists on the weekend including matching a career high with two helpers on Friday night.

Colin Wright, UML (Fr., F, Burlington, Ont.) Scored three points (2g, 1a) on four shots, including a power play goal, in a split with #15 Maine.

CAREER FIRSTS/MILESTONES/WHO'S HOT?

Bobby Butler, UNH (Marlboro, Mass.) Has six goals in the last three games and has scored in 11 of the last 12 games with 20 points (11g,9a; 1.67 ppg) during that span

Joe Cannata , MC (Wakefield, Mass.) Owns a 4-0-1 in his last five starts with a 1.18 GAA and .956 save%

Stephane Da Costa, MC (Paris, France) Has 17 points (12 assists) in his last ten games and has a eight-game point streak

Phil DeSimone, UNH (East Amherst, N.Y.) Extended his league-best scoring streak to 12 games. DeSimone has 16 points (6g, 10a) during this 12-game span

Jeff Dimmen, Maine (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Has goals in four straight games in points in eight straight

Kory Falite, UML (Billerica, Mass.) Became the 39th River Hawk in program history to surpass 100 career points

Brian Flynn, MAINE (Lynnfield, Mass.) Scored six goals and added two assists for eight points in two games over the weekend

Brian Gibbons, BC (Braintree, Mass.) Has surpassed his career-high with 40 points (14g,26a) and ranks 10th among national leaders in points per game (1.33) and assists per game (0.87)

Kyle Kraemer, NU (St. Louis, Mo.) Recorded powerplay goals in consecutive outings for the Huskies

Brett Leonard, UVM (South Burlington, Vt.) Leonard scored his first career goal in a 3-3 tie vs. UNH on Saturday

Kyle MacKinnon, PC (Walnut, Calif.) Scored his first career hat trick on Friday and finished with a careerhigh four points on Friday. The 24 points are more than he had in his first two seasons at PC

Wade MacLeod, NU (Coquitlam, B.C.) Scored 11 points (5-6-11) in his last six games, including four multi-point games in his last six

MAINE’s line of Flynn, Tanner House (Cochrane, Alb.) and Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) Scored six goals and dished out 10 assists for 16 points on Friday

Tyler McNeely , NU (Burnaby, B.C.) Skated in his 100th-career contest in Sunday’s loss at BC

Providence Colege Penalty Kill Has killed off 18 of the last 19 opponent power-play chances

COMMISSIONERS CORNER with Joe Bertagna

I love this time of year.

Two hours before Saturday’s Merrimack at Massachusetts game, I sat in a Main Street restaurant in Amherst, checking women’s scores on my iPhone. With 28 hours left in the Women’s Hockey East regular season, we had the potential of a five-way tie for first place. Things eventually shook out so that Providence cleanly won the title but a threeway tie emerged for second between UNH, BU, and Northeastern, which is the order in which they finished. Given how the WHEA playoffs are structured, this left UNH with a bye and the others hosting this weekend. Connecticut, held scoreless on the final weekend, fell to fifth, partly due to its struggles in shootouts. NU’s four shootout wins vaulted them over UConn, who won only one shootout.

The men’s standings remain too muddled to create one of those charts that tells you all the places each team could finish. After this weekend, that chore will be a bit easier to tackle. If shootouts were in use in the men’s conference, who knows what effect it might have had on this year’s standings. Vermont, with six ties, might have picked up three or four extra points. All the teams standing between Vermont (currently in ninth place) and home ice have two or fewer ties. Only the CCHA among men’s leagues uses shootouts in their conference standings. (WCHA women do too.) In the CCHA, all games are worth three points so a winner in regulation or OT gets three while a shootout winner gets two and the shootout loser gets one.

For all the craziness in this year’s week-to-week results, if the tournament started today, home ice would go to the four schools who have won 22 of Hockey East’s 25 tournament championships.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Junior Brian Gibbons, who tallied his first career hat trick and matched a career-high with four points, scored one goal in each period in Sunday’s 7-1 home win over Northeastern to attain the 100-point milestone and become the 93rd player in school history to reach the plateau. Gibbons finished the contest with 103 points and joins senior alternate captain Ben Smith (107 points) as active 100-point scorers…Junior Joe Whitney (Reading, Mass.), who had one assist in each game against the Huskies, now has 92 career points (29g,63a)…BC’s senior class is now 7-7-1 in 15 career meetings with Northeastern, including a 6-2-0 record inside Conte Forum…Two former and two current Boston College student-athletes will be going for the goal as members of Team USA in the Vancouver Olympics. Brooks Orpik ’01 is a member of the US men’s hockey team and Scott Gordon ’86 is an assistant on the men’s hockey hockey team.

Boston University: The Terriers now stand all alone in fourth place in the Hockey East standings and have secured season-series wins against five (BC, Maine, UML, UMass, Merrimack) of the seven other teams in the top eight…The 5-4 setback at Providence on Friday marked the first time since Feb. 12, 2005, that BU has lost to an opponent while also giving up 40 or more shots…Despite the Terriers’ 2-1 victory over the Friars on Saturday, three significant point streaks came to an end: Nick Bonino (10), David Warsofsky (7), Colby Cohen (6)…Fourteen Terriers have scored at least three goals this season and nine of them have at least two power-play tallies…Sophomore Corey Trivino (Toronto, Ont.) is expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken right fibula on Feb. 13 versus Maine…BU is 6-0-7 in its last 13 overtime games and hasn’t lost in extra time since a 2-1 setback against Harvard on Nov. 20, 2007…Former Terrier Chris Drury scored the game-winning goal in Team USA’s victory over Norway on Thursday at the Olympics before providing the go-ahead goal in the stunning 5-3 triumph against Canada on Sunday.

Maine: It was a record-setting weekend for the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team…Gustav Nyquist leads the nation in points per game, currently averaging 1.63 per contest…He has 49 points on the season, the most for a Black Bear since Martin Kariya scored 50 in 2002-03… Maine was not whistled for a penalty on Friday night against UMass Lowell…The Black Bears scored three goals in the span of 1:11 in the third period on Friday night Maine limited UMass Lowell to just one shot in the third period on Friday night… Junior defenseman Jeff Dimmen has 10 goals on the season and has scored at least one goal in four straight games…He has points in Maine’s last eight games…Maine has a record of 10-3-1 at Alfond Arena this season…The Black Bears have scored a power play goal in 26 of 30 games this season, including tallying one in eight straight…Maine is the only school in the country with just one player on its roster to see action in 100 games.

Massachusetts: UMass dropped its fifth straight game (outscored 22-to-5) following a weekend sweep to Merrimack…UMass has now lost seven of its last eight games…In the last five games, UMass 1-for-25 on the power play (4.0%) and 19-of-27 on the penalty kill (70.4%)…UMass posted 42 shots in Saturday’s loss to Merrimack and is now 2-4 this year when recording 40-or-more shots in a game…UMass is now being outscored 30-to-18 in the first period for the season…In the last five games, UMass has been outscored 8-1 in both the first and second periods…UMass has lost four consecutive home games – the last time that occurred was 2005-06...UMass has suffered three home shutouts this year – the last time that occurred was 2002-03…UMass finished the regular-season home schedule with an 8-7-0 record setting a new school record for average attendance at the Mullins Center (5,313) – nearly 80,000 fans turned out for 15 home games.

UMass-Lowell: In a crucial late season showdown in the Alfond Arena, UMass Lowell split a pair of games with Maine…The victory was just the River Hawks’ third in the Alfond Arena since the year 2000…In Saturday’s 4-2 win, Kory Falite had two goals and an assist to surpass the 100 career points mark…Falite is the 39th player in program history to reach triple digits and the first since Andrew Martin in 2006…The senior winger also netted the gamewinning goal on Saturday, the 13th of his career, to move into sole possession of second place on UML’s all-time list behind Mike Carr (1979-83) with 18…22.4% of Falite’s 58 career scores have been game-winners…Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) bounced back from a tough showing on Friday by stopping 24-of-26 shots for his 10th win of the season…With only four regular season games remaining and just two points out of home-ice for the Hockey East playoffs, UML will skate in a home-and-home series with Providence next weekend.

Merrimack: The Warriors are unbeaten in their last five Hockey East games (4-0-1), their longest Hockey East unbeaten streak since 1993-94…They swept UMass in a weekend series for the first time since 1998-99 and swept any Hockey East team for the first time since sweeping Providence in February of 2008…Merrimack also snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Minutemen in Amherst dating back to March 3, 2002…Merrimack has 10 Hockey East wins, its most since 1996-97 and sits in the top-eight this late in the season for the first time since 2003-04…The Warriors improved to 11-2 at home with a 4-1 win. They have never won 12 games at home in a season since joining Division I…Joe Cannata registered Merrimack’s first shutout of the season with 42 saves Saturday. Since returning to the net, Cannata is 4-0-1 with a 1.18 GAA and a .956 save percentage…Stephane Da Costa, who continues to lead all rookies in scoring nationally and in Hockey East, is now Merrimack’s all-time Division I scoring leader for points in a season by a rookie with 38. He has more points than any Merrimack player since Anthony Aquino in 2001-02.

New Hampshire: UNH clinched a playoff spot for the 21st-straight season. The Wildcats have advanced to the postseason in Hockey East every year since 1989...UNH became the first in Hockey East to clinch home-ice advantage for the Hockey East quarterfinals. The Wildcats have hosted the quarterfinals for a league-best 14-straight seasons and have not had to travel for the first round of the post season since 1995-96...UNH will enjoy playing at home as it is 8-0-3 against league foes at the Whitt this season...The Wildcats have held its position in first place in Hockey East since Nov. 23, 2009... Bobby Butler has six goals in the last three games. Butler’s 24 goals is 2nd nationally and he ranks fourth in the nation in scoring 1.47 ppg...Butler’s 38 points in league play is the most since BC’s Chris Collins had 39 points in 05-06...The last player to post 40 points in league play was Ben Eaves (42) in 02-03...Butler is the first player to have 20 goals in league play since Colin Hemingway had 23 goals in 01-02...Phil DeSimone continues to be red hot for UNH with a league-best 12-game scoring streak with 16 points (6g,10a) during that span...DeSimone and his linemates (Butler, Thompson) have potted goals in 12-straight games and are averaging 2.0 goals per game since the line’s creation.

Northeastern: Friday’s win against Boston College (3-2) marks the first time under Greg Cronin’s tenure that Northeastern has won six-consecutive Hockey East contests. The last time Northeastern won five-straight games was near the start of the 2008-09 season. After a tie against Alaska-Fairbanks, the Huskies rattled off five straight from Oct. 11 to Oct. 25, 2008...Northeastern is 3-0 when Matthews Arena is sold out. The Huskies beat Bentley, 3-2, in the home opener on Oct. 16 and BU, 1-0, on Nov. 6. All three wins have come by one goal in front of the capacity crowd of 4,666...The Huskies are 13-1-1 when scoring first. The only game in which the Huskies lost when potting the first goal was at BC on Nov. 7 (5-1)...Since the first line of Kyle Kraemer, Justin Daniels, Tyler McNeely has been formed, the trio has tallied 25 points (13-12-25) over the course of their last 11 games as the first line unit. (Kraemer 5-4-9; J. Daniels 3-1-4; McNeely 5-7-12).

Providence College: PC captured the regular season series vs. BU for the first time since the 2005-06 season…Kyle MacKinnon notched his first career hat trick and finished the game with a careerhigh four points to lead PC to a 5-4 win over BU on Friday…The five goals on Friday were the most scored by the Friars since October 23 when they tallied eight at Bowling Green…In addition, PC totaled three power-play goals on Friday, the most for PC this season…MacKinnon is the second PC player to score three goals in a game this season as Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) accomplished the feat on October 23 at Bowling Green…The last time PC had two players record hat tricks in one season was in 2002-03 (P. Zingoni and D. Rask)…Sophomore Alex Beaudry now ranks 10th in PC’s single season saves leaders with 794 stops…The Friars stopped all six BU power-play chances on Saturday to move up to 14th nationally on the penalty kill (85%)...The Friars have played against seven consecutive ranked teams.

Vermont: Freshman Sebastian Stålberg has 13 points in the last 14 games…Stålberg leads all Vermont rookies in scoring with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points…Sebastian has already surpassed his brother Viktor’s point total from his freshman season…Viktor, who now plays in the NHL with Toronto, had 15 points in his rookie season with the Catamounts…Senior Brayden Irwin scored his team leading 12th goal of the season on Friday and he also leads the team in power-play goals with six…UVM is 0-1-6 in seven overtime games this season…Vermont’s six ties are one shy of the school record of seven set in 2007-08…Junior Josh Burrows (Prairie Grove, Ill.) played the first games of his career at forward this past weekend…He has eight shots on goal in the two games…UVM hosts a two-game set vs. BU this weekend, as Friday’s game will be televised on NESN at 7:30pm and Sunday’s game on ESPNU (3pm)…Vermont will honor its seven seniors on Sunday: Jay Anctil, Patrick Cullity, Jonathan Higgins, Brayden Irwin, Brian Roloff, Mike Spillane and Colin Vock.

HOCKEY EAST ALL-DECADE TEAMS

Click here to vote for your schools All-Decade Team and Hockey East All-Decade Team.

Voting has been ongoing for the last three weeks on the league website and will continue through the final weekend of the regular-season schedule

Massachusetts (announced on Saturday, Feb. 20)

Goalies:
Jonathan Quick
Gabe Winer

Defensemen:
Justin Braun
Marvin Degon
Mike Kostka
Thomas Pock

Forwards:
Matt Anderson
James Marcou
Greg Mauldin
Cory Quirk
Casey Wellman
Stephen Werner

Here is the remaining schedule for the All-Decade Team annoucements: Boston College (Feb. 23), Northeastern (Feb. 26), Vermont (Feb. 26), Merrimack (Feb. 27), Providence (Feb. 27), Boston University (March 5), Maine (March 5), New Hampshire (March 5), UMass-Lowell (March 6)

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