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2013/14 Hockey East Overall Standings & Upcoming Schedule


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For a second consecutive holiday season this winter, Providence College will be without the services of workhorse goaltender JON GILLIES (32) for the time being because the standout sophomore from South Portland, Maine, who was named an NCAA (East) Second Team All-America as a freshman for the Friars will, once again, be part of the United States squad competing at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships.
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As the short winter break that will conclude a few days after Christmas begins, there are, at present, no fewer than eight Hockey East teams ranked inside the nation’s Top 20 according to the latest “PairWise Comparison Ratings” chart, which is constantly updated by the good people over at College Hockey News. (www.collegehockeynews.com)

HOCKEY EAST overall standings
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12 wins … 2 losses … 3 ties ……….. # 1 – PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
10 wins … 4 losses … 2 ties ……….. # 6 – BOSTON COLLEGE
10 wins … 5 losses … 2 ties ……… # 10 – NORTHEASTERN
11 wins … 5 losses … 0 ties ……… # 12 – UMASS / LOWELL
10 wins … 7 losses … 1 ties ……… # 17 – NOTRE DAME

8 wins ….. 6 losses … 1 ties ………. # 16 – VERMONT
9 wins ….. 9 losses … 1 ties ………. # 18 – NEW HAMPSHIRE
9 wins ….. 6 losses … 1 ties ………. # 19 – MAINE

7 wins ….. 8 losses … 2 ties ………. # 28 – BOSTON UNIVERSITY
6 wins … 12 losses … 2 ties ………. # 38 – MASSACHUSETTS
4 wins ….. 9 losses … 2 ties ………. # 47 – MERRIMACK

(“PairWise” rankings as of December 22nd, 2013)

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Vermont right wing PETER MASSAR (11), the homegrown redshirt senior from Williston who began his NCAA career at Clarkson University before transferring out after his sophomore campaign, struggles to maintain posession of the puck under pressure from Northeastern Canadian legionnaire JOSH MANSON (3), the junior defenseman from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, who was the sixth round pick (# 160 overall) of the Anaheim Ducks at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft and is the son of a former rugged professional player with more than 1,100 NHL games to his credit, during the recent Hockey East tilt won by the visiting Huskies 3-0 at the Gunderson Fieldhouse in Burlington.
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Eight out of the eleven Hockey East teams will quickly return to the ice the first weekend after the arrival of Christmas Day as Boston College, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Providence, UMass-Lowell and Vermont will all be participating in a variety of holiday tournaments.

Boston College will be traveling to western Pennsylvania for the second annual THREE RIVERS CLASSIC hosted by the Consol Energy Center, the home of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. The Universities of Maine and New Hampshire, respectively, will be migrating south to participate in the 14th annual FLORIDA HOCKEY CLASSIC, a tournament which is always held in the little southwestern town of Estero (total population of roughly 18,000 people) at the Germain Arena (official capacity for 7,082 spectators), the regular rink of the East Coast Hockey League’s Florida Everblades. In the meantime, the University of Vermont are staying home on campus in Burlington to host the 17th installment of the CATAMOUNT CUP, a trophy which was first offered in December of 1990, and will be joined there by visiting Hockey East rival UMass-Lowell.

Northeastern University as well as Providence College are both heading north to attend the traditonal LEDYARD NATIONAL BANK CLASSIC party being thrown at the Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire, by the Ivy Leaguers of Dartmouth College while the University of Massachusetts will be making the short trip just beyond its southern border to skate in the 21st annual UCONN HOCKEY CLASSIC, an interesting four-team affiar which includes three of the four Division I schools from “the Constitution State” — host University of Connecticut, last season’s beaten NCAA Finalist Quinnipiac University as well as Sacred Heart University.

Dec 27 … Pittsburgh, PA …….. Boston College vs Bowling Green

Dec 28 … Pittsburgh, PA …….. Boston College vs unknown
Dec 28 … Estero, FL …………. Maine vs Princeton
Dec 28 … Burlington, VT …….. UMass – Lowell vs Canisius
Dec 28 … Estero, FL …………. New Hampshire vs Cornell
Dec 28 … Burlington, VT …….. Vermont vs Clarkson

Dec 29 … Estero, FL …………. Maine vs unknown
Dec 29 … Estero, FL …………. New Hampshire vs unknown
Dec 29 … Burlington, VT …….. Clarkson vs UMass-Lowell
Dec 29 … Hanover, NH ………. Northeastern vs Air Force
Dec 29 … Storrs, CT …………. Massachusetts vs Quinnipiac
Dec 29 … Burlington, VT …….. Vermont vs Canisius
Dec 29 … Hanover, NH ………. Providence vs Dartmouth

Dec 30 … Storrs, CT …………. Massachusetts vs unknown
Dec 30 … Hanover, NH ………. Northeastern vs unknown
Dec 30 … Hanover, NH ………. Providence vs unknown

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Boston College star left wing JOHNNY GAUDREAU (13), the prolific junior from Carneys Point, New Jersey, who was selected in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames and has piled up 55 goals and 123 points in 95 NCAA games to date since that time, is averaging nearly two full points per game for the Golden Eagles this season after being named an NCAA (East) First Team All-America as well as one of only finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award as a sophomore.
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HOCKEY EAST scoring leaders
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28 pts … 13 go … 15 as … 16 ga ……… Johnny GAUDREAU, Boston College
25 pts … 12 go … 13 as … 16 ga ……… Ross MAUERMAN, Providence
24 pts … 10 go … 14 as … 16 ga ……… Kevin HAYES, Boston College
24 pts … 13 go … 11 as … 17 ga ……… Kevin ROY, Northeastern
20 pts ….. 4 go … 16 as … 16 ga ……… Bill ARNOLD, Boston College
20 pts ….. 7 go … 13 as … 18 ga ……… Kevin GOUMAS, New Hampshire
20 pts … 11 go ….. 9 as … 19 ga ……… Nick SORKIN, New Hampshire
19 pts ….. 7 go … 12 as … 16 ga ……… Devin SHORE, Maine
19 pts ….. 4 go … 15 as … 19 ga ……… Trevor VAN RIEMSDYK, Maine
18 pts ….. 6 go … 12 as … 17 ga ……… Mike SZMATULA, Northeastern
15 pts ….. 7 go ….. 8 as … 16 ga ……… Ryan FITZGERALD, Boston College
15 pts ….. 8 go ….. 7 as … 17 ga ……… Braden PIMM, Northeastern
15 pts ….. 5 go … 10 as … 17 ga ……… Dalen HEDGES, Northeastern
15 pts ….. 3 go … 12 as … 18 ga ……… T.J. TYNAN, Notre Dame
15 pts ….. 9 go ….. 6 as … 19 ga ……… Grayson DOWNING, New Hampshire
14 pts ….. 3 go … 11 as … 12 ga ……… Vince HINOSTROZA, Notre Dame
14 pts ….. 3 go … 11 as … 15 ga ……… Connor LEEN, Maine
14 pts ….. 7 go ….. 7 as … 16 ga ……… Austin CANGELOSI, Boston College
14 pts ….. 7 go ….. 7 as … 16 ga ……… Ben HUTTON, Maine
14 pts ….. 4 go … 10 as … 20 ga ……… Conor SHEARY, Massachusetts

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University of Massachusetts – Lowell netminder CONNOR HELLEBUYCK (37), the fifth round (# 130 overall) choice of the Winnipeg Jets at the 2012 NHL Draft, has continued the same sort of form this term that saw the sophomore from Commerce, Michigan, earn all kinds of accolades as a freshman for the River Hawks last season including the award as Hockey East Goaltender of the Year as well as the Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player honor.
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HOCKEY EAST goaltending leaders
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1.72 avg … .947 svpct … 10 ga ……… Connor HELLEBUYCK, UMass-Lowell
1.81 avg … .931 svpct … 17 ga ……… Steve SUMMERHAYS, Notre Dame
1.82 avg … .933 svpct ….. 6 ga ……… Doug CARR, UMass-Lowell
1.88 avg … .941 svpct … 15 ga ……… Jon GILLIES, Providence
1.97 avg … .945 svpct … 13 ga ……… Clay WITT, Northeastern
1.99 avg … .924 svpct ….. 9 ga ……… Rasmus TIRRONEN, Merrimack
2.01 avg … .930 svpct ….. 5 ga ……… Brady HOFFMAN, Vermont
2.06 avg … .929 svpct … 15 ga ……… Martin OUELLETTE, Maine
2.13 avg … .922 svpct … 15 ga ……… Casey DESMITH, New Hampshire
2.31 avg … .911 svpct ….. 6 ga ……… Thatcher DEMKO, Boston College
2.40 avg … .919 svpct … 10 ga ……… Mike SANTAGUIDA, Vermont
2.49 avg … .929 svpct ….. 5 ga ……… Sean MCGUIRE, Boston Univ
2.58 avg … .917 svpct … 10 ga ……… Brian BILLETT, Boston College
2.61 avg … .929 svpct … 13 ga ……… Matt O’CONNOR, Boston Univ
2.66 avg … .914 svpct … 17 ga ……… Steve MASTALERZ, Massachusetts
2.73 avg … .884 svpct ….. 7 ga ……… Sam MAROTTA, Merrimack
2.89 avg … .883 svpct ….. 6 ga ……… Jeff WYER, New Hampshire

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University of Notre Dame goaltender STEVEN SUMMERHAYS (1), the undrafted senior from Anchorage, Alaska, who is having a career year, statistically speaking, in his final collegiate campaign for the Fighting Irish, focuses sharply on the airborne puck during the NCAA non-conference clash with the mighty University of Minnesota earlier this season at the Compton Family Center in South Bend, Indiana.

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UMass – Lowell Makes Hockey East History


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UMass – Lowell’s influential netminder CONNOR HELLEBUYCK (37) and Boston University left wing WADE MEGAN (18), the senior from Canton, New York, who was the fifth round choice (# 138 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2009 National Hockey League Draft and finished tied for second on the Terriers with 16 goals scored this season, both eye the loose puck during the very closely-contested Hockey East Final at the new Garden in Beantown.
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In what developed into a duel of two freshmen goaltenders whose names were called at the annual National Hockey League Draft last summer, it was only a fortuitous wrap-around goal midway through the final period which separated the two teams as the # 6 ranked UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS – LOWELL held off proud BOSTON UNIVERSITY 1-0 to claim the very first Hockey East tournament title in school history.

UMass – Lowell won three national championships (1979, 1981 and 1982) at the NCAA Division III level before moving up to the top flight to start the 1983/84 campaign. The Red Hawks, who improved their record for this banner 2012/13 season to 26 wins against 10 losses with two ties after the narrow win over B.U. at the new Garden, appeared at the annual NCAA tournament for only the fourth time in school history last spring. Head coach NORM BAZIN’s club did finish first in the Hockey East standings during the regular season that just ended but victory in this year’s tournament final in Boston must still stand as the all-time high water mark for the UMass – Lowell program, however.

Five-time NCAA champion Boston University were hoping to win a 12th Hockey East tournament title and prolong the career of JACK PARKER, the highly respected and extremely successful head coach who is retiring after 40 years in charge of the Terriers, but it was not to be.

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UMass – Lowell right wing DEREK ARNOLD (29), the homegrown junior from Foxboro who is the third leading scorer for the Red Hawks having registered 28 points in 38 games this season, lifts the puck over the desperate Boston University pair of sprawling defenseman RYAN RUIKKA (2) and netminder SEAN MAGUIRE to score the only goal of the 2013 Hockey East Final watched by the crowd of 13,778 spectators at the new Garden in Beantown.
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UMass – Lowell goaltender CONNOR HELLEBUYCK, the freshman from Commerce, Michigan, who was chosen by the Winnipeg Jets in the fifth round (# 130 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft last summer, dealt with all 36 Boston University shots and became only the fourth netminder to turn in a clean sheet in the history of the Hockey East Final. Hellebuyck had also made 34 saves in the tight 2-1 triumph over Providence College at the semifinal stage a day earlier and was, accordingly, voted onto the Hockey East tournament All-Star squad. UMass – Lowell defenseman CHAD RUHWEDEL, the undrafted junior from San Diego, California, and Canadian legionnaire SCOTT WILSON, the sophomore from Oakville, Ontario, who was picked in the seventh round (# 209 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, were singled out for all-tournament honors, as well.

Boston University’s Canadian legionnaire SEAN MAGUIRE, the freshman from Powell River, British Columbia, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (# 113 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft eight months ago, also had a solid outing between the pipes for the Terriers and totaled twenty-eight saves, it should be noted.

Two Boston University freshman, center DANNY O’REGAN and defenseman MATT GRZELCYK, ended up on the 2013 Hockey East tournament All-Star team after also being named to the conference’s All-Rookie squad a day before the semifinals at the Garden. The prolific O’Regan, who was tabbed in the fifth round (# 138 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft last summer by the San Jose Sharks, became the first freshman to lead the Terriers in scoring since future NHL star Tony Amonte accomplished the feat at B.U. during the 1989/90 season. Grzelcyk, the third round choice (# 85 overall) of the Boston Bruins at the 2012 NHL Draft, led all Boston University blueliners with 23 points (three goals) this term.

Boston University’s Canadian legionnaire EVAN RODRIGUES, the undrafted sophomore right wing from Etobicoke, Ontario, who, like O’Regan, scored two goals in the semifinal defeat of Boston College, rounded out the Hockey East tournament All-Star team this year.

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Hockey East Final
TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts
UMASS / LOWELL 1 – BOSTON UNIV 0

51:09 … UML – Arnold 12 (Wilson, Ruhwedel)

UMASS – LOWELL : Hellebuyck – Kamrass, Ruhwedel ; Houk, Folin ; Amlong, Suter – White, Pendenza, Holmstrom ; McGrath, Wetmore, Arnold ; Wilson, Fallon, Wallin ; Thompson, Wright, Chapie

BOSTON UNIV : Maguire – Noonan, MacGregor ; Grzelcyk, Oksanen ; Escobedo, Ruikka – Nieto, O’Regan, Rodrigues ; Megan, Hohmann, Gill ; Lane, Rosen, Kurker ; Moran, Santana, Moscatel

NOTE — the 2013 Hockey East champions feature two players from the greater Philadelphia area in defenseman JOE HOUCK (Richboro), the junior transfer from Division III school Hamilton College who recorded 10 assists in 33 games for the Red Hawks this season, as well as right wing TERRANCE WALLIN, the sophomore from Langhorne who saw his production for UMass – Lowell radically decline from eight goals and 25 points in 38 games a year ago to just two goals and seven points in 34 games this term.

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Battle Of Boston By The Numbers


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Near century-old rivals BOSTON COLLEGE and BOSTON UNIVERSITY stand on their respective blue lines at the neutral site venue of the new Garden in Beantown just prior to yet another splendid installment of the always exciting “Battle of Commonwealth Avenue”.
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It is a clash of traditional collegiate hockey titans that goes by many names including “The Green Line Rivalry”, a reference to the iconic trolley line that links the two schools situated less than five miles from each other in one of America’s oldest cites.

Whatever the accompanying moniker and whatever, in fact, happens to be the occasion, there is nothing in the world quite like fierce foes BOSTON COLLEGE and BOSTON UNIVERSITY battling for possession of a little piece of black vulcanized rubber on any given patch of ice.

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B.C. VERSUS B.U. BY THE NUMBERS
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first meeting ——— February 6, 1918 … (Boston College 3 – Boston Univ 1)

head-to-head record —— Boston Univ 129, Boston College 116 … (17 ties)

NCAA national championships ————- Boston College 5, Boston Univ 5
Hockey East tournament titles ————– Boston College 11, Boston Univ 7
ECAC tournament titles ———————- Boston Univ 5, Boston College 2
Beanpot tournament titles ——————- Boston Univ 29, Boston College 18
NCAA Tournament appearances ———- Boston Univ 32, Boston College 31
NCAA First Team All-America players —- Boston Univ 41, Boston College 33

largest crowd — 38,000 spectators outdoors at Fenway Park, January of 2010

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BU Blitz BC In Parker’s Going Away Party


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Boston University left wing MATT NIETO (18), the junior from Long Beach, California, who was nabbed by the home state San Jose Sharks in the second round (# 47 overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft and leads the Terriers with 18 goals this season, raises his stick after the puck eludes Boston College goaltender PARKER MILNER (35), the undrafted senior from Pittsburgh who backstopped the Eagles to the NCAA national championship a year ago, during the exciting Hockey East semifinal at the new Garden in Beantown.
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Five unanswered goals in the second half of the topsy-turvy contest rallied underdog BOSTON UNIVERSITY led by retiring head coach JACK PARKER to an emotional 6-3 triumph over traditional arch-rival and defending national champion BOSTON COLLEGE in the semifinals of the annual Hockey East post-season tournament.

After falling behind by a pair of goals and with the midway point of the 262nd all-time meeting between the two intra-city adversaries having already passed, the Terriers’ attack suddenly awoke and netted three times before the second intermission arrived. Canadian legionnaire EVAN RODRIGUES, the undrafted sophomore from Etobicoke, Ontario, initated the comeback for Boston University, who defeated their cross-town rivals for their 129th win in the history of the 95-year-old series. Left wing MATT LANE, the little freshman from Rochester, New York, and defenseman GARRETT NOONAN, the junior from Norfolk who was picked by the Nashville Predators in the fourth round (# 112 overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, also got their names on the scoresheet for B.U. within a span of little over five minutes to startle B.C., who would go on to outshoot the Terriers by a decisive 47-27 margin.

Two power play goals from center DANNY O’REGAN, the freshman from Needham who was the fifth round selection (# 138 overall) of the San Jose Sharks at the 2012 NHL Draft last summer, gave Boston University a commanding grip in this latest edition of The Green Line Rivalry and an empty net goal from Rodrigues late in the third period sealed the doom of Boston College, the three-time defending Hockey East tournament champion who had entered the contest with a record of 22 wins against only 10 losses with four ties and the # 4 ranking in the national polls.

Boston University, the five-time national champion who improved its mark in Parker’s 40th season behind the bench for the Terriers to read 21 wins against 15 losses with two ties, still need to capture the Hockey East playoff title in order to have any realistic chance of making the school’s 33rd appearance in the annual NCAA tournament this year.

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March 22, 2013
Hockey East semifinal
BOSTON UNIVERSITY 6 – BOSTON COLLEGE 3

18:33 … BC – Arnold 17 (Whitney, Gaudreau) – ppg
28:46 … BC – Smith 8 (Mullane, Brown)
32:47 … BU – Rodrigues 13 (MacGregor)
34:21 … BU – Lane 4 (unassisted)
37:59 … BU – Noonan 6 (Grzelcyk, Hohmann) – ppg
41:52 … BU – O’Regan 15 (Oksanen, Nieto) – ppg
48:57 … BU – O’Regan 16 (Santana, Nieto) – ppg
53:43 … BC – Whitney 26 (Mullane)
57:31 … BU – Rodrigues 14

BOSTON COLLEGE : Milner – Doherty, Wey ; Matheson, Alber ; MacLeod, Linell – Gaudreau, Arnold, Straight ; Smith, Mullane, Whitney ; Sit, Brown, Dryoff ; Sullivan, Spiro, Silk

BOSTON UNIVERSITY : Maguire – Noonan, Grzelcyk ; Escobedo, Ruikka ; Oksanen, MacGregor – Nieto, O’Regan, Rodrigues ; Megan, Hohmann, Gill ; Lane, Rosen, Kurker ; Moran, Santana, Moscatel

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Boston University’s Canadian legionnaire SEAN MAGUIRE, the 20-year-old freshman Powell River, British Columbia, who was chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (# 113 overall) of 2012 NHL Draft last summer, bumps fists with two-goal hero DANNY O’REGAN (10), the prolific freshman from Needham who leads the Terriers with 37 points (16 goals) this season.

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