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Northeastern vs. UMass-Lowell: Pre-Game Notes and Lines from Matthews Arena

 

HOCKEY EAST PRE-GAME
No. 13/14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks (13-6-0, 8-5-0 HE) at Northeastern Huskies (8-10-3, 4-10-2 HE)
January 21, 2012 | Matthews Arena (Boston, Mass.) | 7:00 p.m.

by Joshua Kummins

The Lowdown: The River Hawks look for their second win in a row against Northeastern on a Saturday night in the Back Bay at Matthews Arena.

BSU18 Game Preview: Northeastern vs. UMass-Lowell: River Hawks Look to Win Second Straight, Steal Season Series at Matthews

Game Notes: Northeastern
Television/Web Streaming: GoNU.com/XStream
Radio: WUML 91.5-FM (Bob Ellis & Sean Hladick) WRBB Sports (Alex Faust & Ben Horner)
Twitter: @JoshuaKummins |  | @BostonSportsU18

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RIVER HAWKS
David Vallorani – Riley Wetmore – Michael Budd
Joseph Pendenza – Matt Ferreira – Derek Arnold
Scott Wilson – Stephen Buco – Terrence Wallin
Mike Conderman – Colin Wright – Josh Holmstrom

Daniel Furlong – Chad Ruhwedel
Jake Suter – Shayne Thompson
William Eiserman – Zack Kamrass

Doug Carr
Brian Robbins
Marc Boulanger

HUSKIES
Ludwig Karlsson – Garrett Vermeersch – Vinny Saponari
Steve Quailer – Braden Pimm – Cody Ferriero
Robbie Vrolyk – Mike McLaughlin – Alex Tuckerman
Adam Reid – Zak Stone – Joseph Manno

Anthony Bitetto – Dan Cornell
Drew Ellement – Drew Daniels
Luke Eibler - Josh Manson

Chris Rawlings
Clay Witt

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Northeastern vs. UMass-Lowell: River Hawks Look to Win Second Straight, Steal Season Series at Matthews

David Vallorani and the River Hawks are rolling as one of the country's hottest teams. They look to take down Northeastern for the second time in as many nights (Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald).

by Joshua Kummins

BOSTON — Following a “dog-gone good” victory on Friday night at the Tsongas Center, the No. 13/14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks (13-6-0, 8-5-0 HE) look to take the season series from the Northeastern Huskies (8-10-3, 4-10-2 HE) on Saturday at Matthews Arena.

Friday’s 4-0 win came in front of a crowd of 4,442 people and 48 dogs as UML was hosting “Pucks & Paws Night” in the Tsongas Center, allowing fans to bring their dogs to the rink. The River Hawks have seen an unbelievable home-ice advantage this year and have lost just once in seven home contests.

Rookie Scott Wilson posted two goals and sophomore netminder Doug Carr made 28 saves for his third-career shutout as the River Hawks won their fourth game in the last five and eighth in the last ten. Carr, a Hanover, Mass. native, also held the Huskies scoreless on all five power-play chances.

Sophomore Dan Furlong had a career night, posting a shorthanded goal halfway through the second period to go along with a pair of assists for UML. The Stoneham, Mass. native appeared in 31 games last season and only recorded one point.

Wilson, who currently leads all Hockey East rookies with exactly one point per-game, has scored twn goals through 18 games. Only three other River Hawks in the last decade have scored ten goals as a freshman, joining Andrew Martin (2002-03), Kory Falite (2006-07) and Joseph Pendenza (2010-11).

Senior Matt Ferriera leads the River Hawks in scoring with a career-high 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists. Sophomore blue liner Chad Ruhwedel’s 15 assists are the most on the team and his two goals tie a career benchmark.

Before last night’s contest, the Huskies had not been shutout in 56 games — a streak that dates back to Oct. 9, 2010 when NU was dropped 2-0 by Boston College.

The loss also halted the Huskies’ five-game winning streak against the River Hawks, which was the longest over any conference opponent. During that stretch, Northeastern scored 14 goals on the UML defense compared to allowing just seven.

The Huskies are led by junior Steve Quailer, who is tied for the team lead with 12 assists and leads the attack with 19 total points. The Arvada, Colo. native has scored points in ten of the past 12 games, including a ten-game point streak from Nov. 12-Jan. 13.

Rookie Ludwig Karlsson has been a huge asset to the NU offense, despite its ninth-place ranking in Hockey East. He has scored four points in the last five games, including a pair of goals last Friday against Boston University.

The Swedish rookie is second on the team with 18 points in 19 games and his eight goals are tied with sophomore Braden Pimm for the team high.

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Boston University vs. Providence: Pre-Game Notes and Lines from Agganis Arena

 

HOCKEY EAST PRE-GAME
Providence Friars (9-9-2, 7-5-1 HE) at No. 2/3 Boston University Terriers (13-6-1, 10-4-1 HE)
January 20, 2012 | Agganis Arena (Boston, Mass.) | 7:30 p.m. | NESN

by Joshua Kummins

The Lowdown: Boston University opened the second half with a loss at Notre Dame in front of a national audience and the Terriers return to Commonwealth Avenue to date Merrimack at Agganis Arena. For the Warriors, the contest opens a critical weekend pair which concludes on Sunday at Boston College.

BSU18 Game Preview: Boston University vs. Providence: Friars March to Beantown, Look For Season Series Over Terriers

Game Notes: Boston University | Providence
Television: NESN (Tom Caron, Craig Janney)
Radio: Revolution Boston 1510-AM (Bernie Corbett & Tom Ryan) | WOON 1240-AM (Mike Logan & Charlie Bergeron)
Twitter: @JoshuaKummins | @BostonSportsU18

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FRIARS
Matt Bergland – Shane Luke – Drew Brown
Stefan Demopoulous – Ross Mauermann – Chris Rooney
Andy Balysky – Derek Army – Rob Maloney
Billy Simon – David Brown – Damian Cross

Alex Velischek – Steven Shemanski
Myles Harvey – Kevin Hart
Daniel New – Mark Adams

Alex Beaudry
Justin Gates

TERRIERS
Wade Megan – Chris Connolly – Alex Chiasson
Matt Nieto – Sahir Gill – Evan Rodrigues
Justin Courtnall – Cason Hohmann – Yasin Cisse
Ross Gaudet – Ben Rosen – Ryan Santana

Sean Escobedo – Adam Clendening
Garrett Noonan – Patrick MacGregor
Max Nicastro – Alexx Privitera

Kieran Millan
Grant Rollheiser
Anthony Moccia

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Boston University vs. Providence: Friars March to Beantown, Look For Season Series Over Terriers

Ross Mauermann has had a stellar freshman campaign and currently leads Providence in scoring with 17 points in 20 games. The Friars skate into a crucial home-and-home series with No. 2/3 BU this weekend.

by Joshua Kummins

BOSTON — A pair of the nation’s most successful specialty team units should make for an interesting match-up at Agganis Arena on Friday evening as the host and third-ranked Boston University Terriers welcome the Providence College Friars to town for the first and only time this season.

Providence opened its season with a 5-3 home victory over this same Terrier team on Oct. 14 – a game which saw the emergence of Friar rookies Stefan Demopoulous and Ross Mauermann, who have been solid to an offense which ranks 20th in the nation and just seventh in Hockey East.

These two teams are tied for the national lead with eight shorthanded goals on the season. PC has potted its most goals on the penalty kill since 2007-08.

Mauermann, a native of Janesville, Wis. and North American Hockey League product, leads all of Hockey East with three shorthanded goals already this season and has become the first Friar to reach that mark since Jon Rheault during the 2006-07 campaign.

The Friars have won just four of the past ten games in the series against the Terriers and seek their first road victory against them since Jan. 13, 2009. BU holds the all-time edge by a wide 100-52-12 margin, including 10-3 on Commonwealth Ave.

Both freshmen chipped in with a goal and an assist to open their collegiate careers, while Alex Beaudry pitched his first win of his senior campaign with a 23-save effort in goal.

In the aforementioned BU contest, four of the five goals were scored by a rookie class which accounts for over one-third of the team’s scoring. Mauermann leads the team with 17 total points and his eight tallies are tied for second on the team with second-year center Derek Army.

Following Mauermann, things are very tight in the PC scoring race as Army ranks second with 15 points. Junior alternate captain Tim Schaller has had a very strong campaign, which includes a team-best ten goals and 14 points in 17 games.

BU enters the weekend ranked No. 2 in the USCHO.com poll after improving to 3-0 in 2012 with wins last weekend against two of its Beanpot rivals on the road.

With a Friday win over Northeastern, the Terriers jumped into a tie for first place in Hockey East with rival Boston College. This is the first time BU has been atop the conference standings in January since 2005.

Legendary Terriers head coach Jack Parker enters the evening with 399 career wins in Hockey East play and would be the first-ever to reach the 400 plateau since the league’s inception in 1984. New Hampshire’s Dick Umile is the next closest in the all-time ranks, having achieved 304 conference wins in his career.

In last weekend’s Beantown battles, the Terriers showed their flair for the dramatic as they have done so well all season long. In fact, the Terriers have come from behind in seven of their  victories this season and are 7-4-1 in contests during which they allow the first goal.

Junior Wade Megan scored twice in a 4-3 win on Friday at historic Matthews Arena, while Garrett Noonan scored the game-winner at 2:08 of overtime to down Harvard by the same count on Saturday.

The Terriers have won ten of their last 12 games, a stretch which started with a five-game win streak on Nov. 13 at BC. Each of the last five victories have been in the comeback variety and four of them came on the road.

The squad has not missed a beat even with the departures of two of their offensive leaders in Corey Trivino and Charlie Coyle before the Notre Dame game on Dec. 31.

Junior Alex Chiasson leads the team with 19 points on the season. Senior captain Chris Connolly, who scored his first two goals of the season at Harvard on Friday, leads the team with 16 assists.

The teams finish the series on Saturday night as BU makes its second and final trip to the Ocean State. The Terriers have won just one of their past four games on the road at Schneider Arena, despite their hearty advantage all-time.

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Boston College vs. Northeastern: Pre-Game Notes and Lines from Sun Life Frozen Fenway

HOCKEY EAST PRE-GAME
Northeastern Huskies (8-8-3, 4-8-2 HE) at No. 4 Boston College Eagles (13-8-1, 9-5-1 HE)
January 14, 2012 Fenway Park (Boston, Mass.) | 4 p.m.

by Joshua Kummins

The Lowdown: After tough losses last night, Boston College and Northeastern will take their storied rivalry outside to “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” to cap off Boston Rivalries Day at Sun Life Frozen Fenway.

BSU18 Game Preview: Huskies Swing Back To Action With Beanpot Rivals; Terriers Come to Matthews Friday on NESN

Game Notes: Boston College | Northeastern
Web Stream: NESN.com (live video; 4-7 p.m.)
Radio:
BCEagles.com (Adam Kaufman & Ken Hodge) | Huskies Radio (Rob Rudnick & Bill Doherty) | WRBB Sports (Alex Faust & Ben Horner)
Twitter:
@JoshuaKummins | @JoeKBSU18 | @BostonSportsU18

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HUSKIES

Ludwig Karlsson – Garrett Vermeersch – Vinny Saponari
Steve Quailer – Justin Daniels - Alex Tuckerman
Rob Dongara – Mike McLaughlin – Joseph Manno
Adam Reid – Zak Stone – Robbie Vrolyk

Anthony Bitetto – Dan Cornell
Drew Ellement – Drew Daniels
Luke Eibler - Josh Manson

Chris Rawlings
Clay Witt
Bryan Mountain

EAGLES
Chris Kreider – Bill Arnold – Paul Carey
Johnny Gaudreau – Pat Mullane – Steven Whitney
Barry Almeida – Kevin Hayes – Danny Linell
Quinn Smith – Michael Sit – Destry Straight

Tommy Cross – Edwin Shea
Brian Dumoulin – Patrick Wey
Isaac MacLeod – Patch Alber

Chris Venti
Brian Billett

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Northeastern vs. Boston University: Pre-Game Notes and Lines from Matthews Arena

 

HOCKEY EAST PRE-GAME
No. 6/6 Boston University Terriers (11-6-1, 9-4-1 HE) at Northeastern Huskies (8-7-3, 4-7-2 HE)
January 14, 2012 | Matthews Arena (Boston, Mass.) | 7:30 p.m.

by Joshua Kummins

The Lowdown: The Northeastern Huskies open a huge weekend pair this evening as they welcome the Boston University Terriers to Matthews Arena for the first time this season in a NESN-televised game.

BSU18 Game Preview: Huskies Swing Back To Action With Beanpot Rivals; Terriers Come to Matthews Friday on NESN

Game Notes: Boston University | Northeastern
Television: New England Sports Network (Tom Caron & Craig Janney)
Radio: Huskies Radio (Rob Rudnick & Bill Doherty) | Revolution Boston 1510-AM (Bernie Corbett & Tom Ryan)Twitter: @JoshuaKummins | @BostonSportsU18

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TERRIERS
Wade Megan – Chris Connolly – Alex Chiason
Matt Nieto – Sahir Gill – Evan Rodrigues
Justin Courtnall – Cason Hohmann – Yasin Cisse
Ross Gaudet – Ben Rosen - Ryan Santana

Sean Escobedo – Adam Clendening
Garrett Noonan – Alexx Privitera
Max Nicastro – Patrick MacGregor

Kieran Millan
Grant Rollheiser

HUSKIES
Ludwig Karlsson – Garrett Vermeersch – Vinny Saponari
Steve Quailer – Justin Daniels - Alex Tuckerman
Rob Dongara – Mike McLaughlin – Joseph Manno
Adam Reid – Zak Stone – Robbie Vrolyk

Anthony Bitetto – Dan Cornell
Drew Ellement – Drew Daniels
Luke Eibler - Josh Manson

Chris Rawlings
Clay Witt
Bryan Mountain

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Huskies Swing Back To Action With Beanpot Rivals; Terriers Come to Matthews Friday on NESN

The Huskies skated on the Fenway ice Wednesday evening in anticipation for a huge Hockey East weekend, featuring games against both BU and BC. (Mark Majewski photo)

by Joshua Kummins

BOSTON — After dropping an exhibition game to the U.S. Under-18 Team on Saturday, the Northeastern Huskies (8-7-2 overall, 4-7-3 HE) return to Hockey East play with a pair of Boston rivalry games this weekend, looking to extend one of the NCAA’s longest unbeaten streaks to nine games in a row (8-0-1).

First on the agenda is the No. 6 Boston University Terriers (11-6-1 overall, 9-4-1 HE) on Friday night at Matthews Arena in a game televised across New England on NESN. Tom Caron and Craig Janney will have the call at 7:30.

The Huskies and Terriers will be meeting for the first of three times on the campaign in a series which concludes in the traditional home-and-home on the final two evenings of the regular season.

NU prevailed in last season’s best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series at Agganis Arena, but fell to eventual tournament winner Boston College the following weekend.

The teams did not meet in the Beanpot for the first time in four years as the Terriers fell in a dramatic consolation contest to Harvard on Feb. 14, 2011 and finished last in the tournament for the first time since 1980 when the Huskies won their first-ever title.

BU captured two of the three regular-season meetings last year and will face Northeastern for the first time since a 5-4 quarterfinal loss on Mar. 13, 2011.

Friday’s game will mark the first time that Husky junior Vinny Saponari will face his former team. The Powder Springs, Ga. native scored 47 points over his two seasons with the Terriers, including 30 during 2009-10, and has notched 13 in 18 games so far in his NU career.

The Hounds are led by junior Steve Quailer, who has notched seven goals and a team-best 11 helpers on the season. The Arvada, Colo. native is in the midst of a nine-game point streak during which he has 14 points and a whopping +11 rating. Quailer, who is a Montreal Canadiens draft choice, has scored a goal in three of the last four games.

That nine-game stretch includes two three-point games and is the longest streak in the career of any current Husky, topping Alex Tuckerman’s six-gamer during the 2008-09 season.

The Terriers were ranked atop the entire country at one point this year before settling down to reality with a 3-4-1 mark and have now won eight of their most previous ten games. Before his departure, Corey Trivino was leading the team with 17 points so sophomore Matt Nieto has taken over the top slot with 17 points, including eight goals.

Following Friday’s game, the Terriers will trek across the Charles River and take on a surging Harvard squad at Bright Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. Head coach Ted Donato and Co. are 1-0-1 against Hockey East foes this season, including an emphatic, come-from-behind 7-6 win over New Hampshire before Thanksgiving.

Although a “road” game for the Huskies, Saturday’s test will come a home run ball’s distance from campus as they take on No. 4 Boston College (13-7-1 overall, 9-4-1 HE) in the finale of Sun Life Frozen Fenway at 4 p.m. from Fenway Park.

The game is part of the “Boston Rivalries Day” doubleheader, which also features Catholic Memorial and Boston College High at 1 p.m.

The contest will be the school’s second-ever appearance on the Fenway ice as the Huskies skated against UNH in the first-ever outdoor women’s hockey game in history on Jan. 8, 2010.

BC has won just one of its last four games — a 2-1 victory over Michigan Tech in the consolation game of the Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 30, 2011.

However, the Eagles are 3-2-1 in their last six games, including a 2-2 tie on Sunday afternoon against Merrimack, during which the Eagles allowed two goals in the final two periods by Warrior freshman Connor Toomey.

Heading into Friday’s game at UMass, junior Chris Kreider leads the Eagles attack, which is second to Providence in Hockey East. The Boxford, Mass. native has scored 13 goals and 24 points, which is fourth in the conference.

The Eagles have won both meetings so far this season against the Huskies, including a 2-1 loss at Kelley Rink on Nov. 11, 2011. Defenseman Tommy Cross scored the game-winning goal past Huskies junior Chris Rawlings with less than three seconds remaining in regulation to send the Eagles to victory.

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Boston University vs. U.S. NTDP: Nation’s Future Finishes Beantown Weekend on Comm. Ave.

Head coach Danton Cole and the U.S. National Team Development Program travel down the road to BU this evening, after a Saturday win at Northeastern.

by Joshua Kummins

BOSTON — Following an impressive offensive showing at Northeastern on Saturday night, the U.S. Under-18 National Team drops down the street for a second exhibition contest against No. 10/11 Boston University on Sunday night at Agganis Arena.

Converting on three of seven power-play chances, the Americans topped the hot Huskies by a 7-4 count at Matthews Arena as they improved to 2-1 so far against Hockey East teams. The team also emerged victorious in post-Thanksgiving road games against Colby and Bowdoin.

Five U.S. skaters posted multi-point games, including Quentin Shore (Denver commitment), who scored two goals and an assist.

Matt Grzelcyk, a Charlestown, Mass. native, posted two assists in Saturday’s contest and will be one of two players on the roster to get a sneak peek at his future collegiate home this evening. Fellow future Terrier Matthew Lane (Rochester, N.Y.) was held scoreless at NU on Saturday, but has scored seven goals and 13 points total.

Grzelcyk is draft-eligible in 2012 and skated at Belmont Hill School before joining the National Team Development Program. 11 of his 12 points on the season have been assists, including the pair last night.

The team’s active roster for this evening features seven Hockey East commitments, including two Massachusetts natives to nearby Boston College and one to Northeastern.

Team USA's line-up for tonight's BU game. (Click to enlarge)

BU enters the exhibition contest with an 12-5-1 record (9-4-1 Hockey East), after a strong 4-2 victory over Merrimack on Friday night.

Second-year forward Sahir Gill scored a goal in the latter stages of the second period for BU, while adding an assist on Alexx Privitera’s second goal of the year and the eventual game-winner. Senior Kieran Millan came up big in goal, making 42 saves, including 20 in the third period as he improved to 9-6-1.

The Terriers gave up an early goal just 4:31 into the game — Josh Myers’ first-collegiate goal — before quickly erasing the deficit and taking the lead for good.

Ten different players recorded a point for the Terriers, including Gill, to help them into first place in the Hockey East league standings with the victory — their seventh in the last eight league games.

Following the game, the Terriers will face a pair of Beanpot foes next weekend, including their first meeting of the season with Northeastern on Friday at Matthews Arena.

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Sun Life Frozen Fenway: Live Doubleheader Coverage ALL DAY!

by Joshua Kummins

BOSTON – Greetings from Fenway Park for the second-ever Sun Life Frozen Fenway doubleheader. Today’s events are the highlight of the 16-day hockey festival at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” and were the first of the events to be announced back on a hot afternoon in late August.

On Friday afternoon, all four teams were able to take a swirl around the Fenway ice during a one-hour practice session. Following the team’s respective practice session, players and coaches met with the media.

4:00 — Massachusetts vs. Vermont
7:30 — New Hampshire vs. Maine

Digital Game Program (HockeyEastOnline.com)
Game Notes: UMass | UVM | UNH | Maine
Television:
NESN (Tom Caron & Craig Janney) 
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Boston University vs. Merrimack: Pre-Game Notes and Lines from Agganis Arena

HOCKEY EAST PRE-GAME
No. 6/7 Merrimack Warriors (11-3-3, 7-2-1 HE) at No. 10/11 Boston University Terriers (10-6-1, 8-4-1 HE)
January 6, 2011 Agganis Arena (Boston, Mass.) | 7 p.m.

by Joshua Kummins

The Lowdown: Boston University opened the second half with a loss at Notre Dame in front of a national audience and the Terriers return to Commonwealth Avenue to date Merrimack at Agganis Arena. For the Warriors, the contest opens a critical weekend pair which concludes on Sunday at Boston College.

BSU18 Game Preview: Light Weekend in Hockey East = Busy for BSU18

Game Notes: Boston University | Merrimack
Television/Web Streaming: Terriers All-Access
Radio: Revolution Boston 1510-AM | WLLH 1400 AM/MerrimackAthletics.com
Twitter:
@JoshuaKummins | @BostonSportsU18

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WARRIORS
Ryan Flanigan-Carter Madsen-Elliott Sheen
Justin Mansfield-Shawn Bates-Jesse Todd
Mike Collins-Josh Myers-Jeff Velleca
Kyle Singleton-Rhett Bly-Brandon Brodhag

Karl Stollery-Dan Kolomatis
Brendan Ellis-Kyle Bigos
Mike Wills-Jordan Heywood

Joe Cannata
Sam Marotta

TERRIERS
Wade Megan-Chris Connolly-Alex Chiasson
Matt Nieto-Sahir Gill-Evan Rodrigues
Justin Courtnall-Cason Hohmann-Yasin Cisse
Ross Gaudet-Ben Rosen-Ryan Santana

Garrett Noonan-Alexx Privitera
Max Nicastro-Patrick MacGergor
Sean Escobedo-Adam Clendening

Kieran Millan
Anthony Moccia
Grant Rollheiser

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