HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
Boston University swept rival Boston College in a home-and-home set last weekend, vaulting into first place in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings with 38 points, a four-point cushion over second place Merrimack and Northeastern. Drew Commesso made 64 stops across the two wins, including saving 40 of 41 shots he faced Saturday night.
Maine swept #17/16 Providence in Orono, thanks in large part to 81 saves from Victor Ostman. He junior netminder kicked out 29 saves in Friday’s 3-2 win before turning aside 52 shots in a 3-0 shutout the next night.
Vermont and Merrimack dueled to a split weekend in Burlington, the Warriors taking a 4-2 win on Friday before the Catamounts toppled the 16th-ranked Warriors, 2-1 in overtime, the next night. Robbie Stucker scored the game-winning goal on Saturday night and added three blocked shots and put five shots on net.
UConn advanced to the title game of Connecticut Ice, downing Yale, 6-1, before falling to #4/3 Quinnipiac, 4-3. Justin Pearson finished the weekend with two goals and two assists for four total points in the tournament.
#19/18 UMass Lowell earned a 1-0 victory over UMass in the third
meeting between the squads this year. The River Hawks sit fifth in
the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings with 28 points in 15 games
played, just 10 points out of first place with two games in hand and
nine to play.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Victor Ostman - Maine
Victor Ostman (Jr., G; Danderyd, Sweden) played hero for the
Black Bears during a home sweep of No. 17/16 Providence. The
junior netminder saved 29 shots during Friday night’s 3-2 over the
Friars, before turning in the performance of his career with 52 saves
in a 3-0 shutout on Saturday night.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Lane Hutson - Boston University
Lane Hutson (Fr., D; North Barrington, Ill.) posted a pair of two-assist games in the Terriers’ weekend sweep of BC and has now put
together four straight two-assist efforts during a nine-game point
streak (3g, 11a). Hutson assisted on Saturday’s game-winner and
finished as a plus-six with two blocked shots. No league defender
had more points or a higher plus-minus than Hutson this past weekend.
ARMY ROTC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
Robbie Stucker - Vermont
Robbie Stucker (Gr., D; St. Paul, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal
in overtime on Saturday night, delivering Vermont a home win over No.
16 Merrimack. He added three blocked shots and put five shots on net for
the Catamounts, who now have points in three of their last four outings in
league play and sit ninth in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings.
STOP IT GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Drew Commesso - Boston University
Drew Commesso (Jr., G; Norwell, Mass.) stopped 40 of 41 shots
on Saturday in Chestnut Hill, including all 22 he faced in the third
period, to earn a 3-1 win over rival Boston College. He also made 24
saves in Friday’s 6-3 win, but it was his timely stops in the first period
and early in the third period that allowed the Terriers momentum to
earn the victory.
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Dylan Peterson, BU (Jr., F; Roseville, Calif.) Had one goal and three assists for a league-best four points in a weekend sweep of Boston College. Peterson totaled three of his four points in Friday’s 6-3 win, scoring a goal and assisting on two others. He then provided an assist on Saturday’s game-winner. Peterson was a plus-five for the weekend and has helped BU win six in a row and go 11-2-0 on its last 13 outings.
Ty Gallagher, BU (So., D; Clarkston, Mich.) Enjoyed a career night in Friday’s 6-3 win, scoring a career-high two goals and adding two assists for a career-best four points. He scored Friday’s game-winner and was a plus-five with four blocked shots on the weekend.
Justin Pearson, UConn (Gr., F; Nashua, N.H.) Finished the weekend with two goals and two assists for four total points as UConn split a series at the Connecticut Ice Tournament at Quinnipiac.
Matthew Wood, UConn (Fr., F; Nanaimo, B.C. ) Netted a goal and added three helpers to pick up four points in the Connecticut Ice Tournament.
Roman Kinal, UConn (Sr., D; Waterford, Mich.) Found the back of the net and blocked two shots for the Huskies in the Connecticut Ice Tournament.
Lynden Breen, Maine (Jr., F; Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B.) Scored a goal on both Friday and Saturday night during Maine’s sweep over No. 17/16 Providence. Friday’s goal was the game-tying and Saturday’s strike was the game-winning marker.
Gustavs Davis Grigals, UML (Gr., G; Riga, Latvia) Made 28 saves to collect his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over rival Massachusetts in his lone start last weekend.
Dillan Bentley, UML (Fr., F; Peoria, Ill.) Scored an unassisted goal to lift the River Hawks to a 1-0 victory over Massachusetts. UML has now won three in a row and five of their last six outings.
Alex Jefferies, MC (Jr., F; Lunenburg, Mass.) Scored one goal each in each game at Vermont in a weekend split. He also added two assists in Merrimack’s win on Friday.
Zach Bookman, MC (Fr., D; Syracuse, N.Y.) Dished out one assist in each road game at Vermont last weekend, a split series with the Catamounts.
Zachary Borgiel, MC (Jr., G; Fort Gratiot, Mich.) Made 42 saves in two appearances at Vermont, including 23 saves in relief on Friday to earn a win.