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Consistently labelled the strongest conference from top to bottom, the Hockey East Association, encompassing 10 established Division-I hockey programs, celebrates its 24th season in 2007-08.

Hockey East has continued a steady rise to prominence since its founding charter on July 11, 1983, when the possibility of an apparent Ivy League break-off threatened the existence of the ECAC. In response, the Athletics Directors from Boston College, Boston University, New Hampshire, Northeastern and Providence announced the formation of a new Division I men's ice hockey conference. Together, William Flynn of Boston College, John Simpson of Boston University, Andy Mooradian of New Hampshire, Joe Zabilski of Northeastern and Lou Lamoriello of Providence launched Hockey East. Lamoriello assumed the role of the league's first commissioner.

Later that same summer, the Board of Directors added the University of Maine and the University of Lowell (now UMass Lowell). Official conference competition of the seven-team league began with the 1984-85 season, and expansion broadened the league to nine teams with the additions of Merrimack College (1989) and the University of Massachusetts (1993). The entry of the University of Vermont last season lifts the conference membership to 10 teams.

Since its inception, Hockey East has set new competitive standards for college hockey success, annually compiling an impressive collective winning percentage against non-conference opponents, including a record .705 during the 2002-03 frame. Over the last 14 seasons, Hockey East has cemented itself as the nation's most elite league, having earned 22 of the 56 berths in the NCAA Frozen Four championship tournament and boasting four NCAA title winners: the University of Maine in 1993 and 1999, Boston University in 1995 and Boston College in 2001. Three of the four Frozen Four participants in 1999 came from the Hockey East ranks.

However, it is the quality of its individual players as leading athletes that most sets Hockey East apart from the rest. A total of 54 Hockey East alums played in the NHL in 2005-06, and several enjoyed breakout seasons. Former BC captain Brian Gionta, the only player ever selected a Hockey East All-Star in four different seasons, exploded for 48 goals and 89 points as the New Jersey Devils' No. 1 sniper, more than doubling his career totals. Paul Kariya, who gave Hockey East its first NCAA championship when he steered Maine's offense as a freshman in 1993, re-invigorated his career with an 85-point season with the Nashville Predators.

Hockey East has proven to be an equally strong presence off the ice. Both in the classroom and in the community, Hockey East athletes continue to demonstrate their commitment to overall excellence. The Hockey East All- Academic Team honored 61 student-athletes for outstanding academic achievement during the 2005-06 campaign.

Hockey East athletes also make a tremendous impact on many community service programs across the region, volunteering with numerous youth hockey associations and community service organizations. Four Hockey East athletes have received the prestigious Hockey Humanitarian Award, two each from the men's and women's leagues, and six others have been finalists for the award. The reach of Hockey East continues to grow as new state-of-the-art facilities are constructed, increasing capacities and amenities for college hockey fans. And the fans have responded - nearly a million spectators came out to watch Hockey East teams during the 2005-06 season, including a two-day total of 33,342 for the Hockey East championship at Boston's TD Banknorth Garden.

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BU senior forward Pete MacArthur


transparent.giftransparent.giftransparent.giftransparent.gifWAKEFIELD, MASS. -- Senior forward Pete MacArthur (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and junior defenseman Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, N.Y.) of the Boston University Terriers headline the list of 24 current players who are currently competing in the Hockey East Association this season.

MacArthur, who was recently named captain of the Terriers

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Just got back from Tsongas Arena watching the BU Terriers and UMass Lowell Riverhawks (Gainzo's team).

Exciting game... Riverhawks win 4-3. Jack Parker was all pissy. F&%k him!:P

BU jumped out to an early lead (less than a minute in) and had a 2-0 lead halfway thru the 2nd period. Lowell came storming back tying the game up with 34 seconds left in the 2nd.

Scored 2 goals in 16 seconds and held on to win.

Good crowd. Good atmosphere. BU was physical all game but seemed to wear down in 2nd half of game.

Arena looks a lot better than it did last year. All the banners hanging down for Hobey Baker winners and players in NHL in the concourse was a very nice touch. UML has really tried hard to keep this team viable. Wish there was a little more support from the students. Nice turnout, but could have been better. Also, disappointed in the BU fans. Its not that far from Boston and more people couldnt make the trip??? They had their normal traveling crew with them who were vocal all night, but the rest of the BU faithful were quiet.

Lowell pulls into a tie for SECOND PLACE!! (they have played more games then everyone else though...) and BU stays tied for 8th, 1 point in front of Bum-knee's Maine Black Bears (go black bears!)

I love Hockey East this year.

Off to UMass-Amherst/UNH game in Amherst tomorrow then off to NY Sunday for Jets/Browns game.

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Gotta go with the home team.....UNH.

Maybe the University of No Hardware, that is funny and painful, will finally win a title. Who am I kidding?

Hopefully the Minutemen will kick their asses tonight.


It's a showdown between two nationally ranked and top Hockey East programs on Saturday night (7 p.m.) as the No. 10 UMass hockey team hosts No. 7 New Hampshire at the Mullins Center.

The two teams look to close the first half of the season with a great match-up of two of the top teams in the conference standings. UNH is currently third in the Hockey East standings with 11 points, while UMass is tied for fourth place with 10 points.

The Minutemen remain unbeaten at home this season (3-0-3) and in the last 12 straight home contests dating back to last season (8-0-4). Saturday's game will feature several special promotions. One lucky fan will earn a chance to shoot for a new car from Sarat Ford at the second intermission.

The UMass Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys For Tots.



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Six Sign Early NLI's With UMass Hockey


AMHERST, Mass. - UMass hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon announced today that six future Minutemen signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. David Boehm, Daniel Hobbs, Matthew Irwin, T.J. Syner, John Carlson, and Michael Marcou will join the Mass Attack for the 2008-09 season.

Boehm, Hobbs, Irwin, and Syner were announced as signing NLI's last spring, but delayed enrollment to balance UMass' future recruiting goals.

The class is made up of three forwards and three defensemen.

"We think we've done two things with this class," said Cahoon. "We are going to be able to replace a very talented and effective senior class with the incoming players who are strong both offensively and defensively. We will be able to augment certain pieces of our special teams and continue to improve our team speed. As a whole, I couldn't be happier with the group."

David Boehm

Position: Forward Height: 5-10

Weight: 160 lbs

Born: 6/30/1989

Last Team: Cedar Rapids Rough Riders

Hometown: Naples, Fla.

* Landed a roster spot with the Rough Riders thanks to a strong effort in the June, 2006 tryout camp ... finished second in Empire Junior (B) Hockey League in assists and points in 2004-05 ... one of two players (along with Ian Slater) from the state of Florida to start the 2007-08 season on the Riders' roster ... scored in his USHL debut, a season-opening 4-2 loss to Green Bay on October 7, 2006 ... collected a USHL career high three points (two goals and one assist) in a 4-3 win over Chicago on January 12, 2007).

Daniel Hobbs

Position: Forward

Height: 6-0

Weight: 185

Born: Feb 22, 1989

Last Team: Columbus Junior Blue Jackets

Hometown: Shawville, Quebec

* Hobbs is currently in his second season with the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets ... last season, he played in 60 games and notched 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points while also tallying 36 penalty minutes ... this season, Hobbs has appeared in 17 games and totaled four goals and five assists.

Matthew Irwin

Position: Defense

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

Born: November 29, 1987

Last Team: Nanaimo

Hometown: Brentwood Bay, British Columbia

* Currently in his fourth season with the Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) ... last season Irwin registered 22 goals and 27 assists in 60 games with the Clippers ... this season, the Clipper Captain has played in 32 games and has tallied eight goals and 21 assists ... Irwin reached the 100 point plateau earlier this season and now has 102 career points in Nanaimo.

Timothy (T.J.) Syner

Position: Forward

Height: 5-9

Weight: 180

Born: Oct 13, 1988

Last Team: New England Jr. Falcons

Hometown: Springfield, Mass.

* In his first season with the Indiana Ice and is a teammate of John Carlson ... in 18 games this season with the Ice, the Springfield, Mass native has five goals and four assists.

John Carlson

Position: Defense

Height: 6-2

Weight: 215

Born: Jan. 10, 1990

Last Team: Indiana Ice (USHL)

Hometown: Colonia, N.J.

* In his second season with the Indiana Ice ... after only playing in two games with Indiana last year, Carlson has five goals and 10 assists in 18 games this season.

Michael Marcou

Position: Defense

Height: 5-11

Weight: 175

Born: Aug. 19, 1989

Last Team: Waterloo Blackhawks

Hometown: Kings Park, N.Y.

* In his second season with the Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) ... tallied one goal and five assists in 44 games with the Blackhawks last season ... in only 18 games this season, Marcou has one goal and three assists ... is the younger brother of current UMass Minuteman James Marcou.

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Former UMass All-American Netminder Jon Quick Recalled By NHL's L.A. Kings


Former UMass All-American netminder Jon Quick was recalled on Sunday by the NHL's L.A. Kings and dressed for his first game with the club on Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers. Quick was selected by the Kings in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft as the 72nd overall pick. At UMass, he played two seasons and was a major factor in the Minutemen's run to the NCAA Quarterfinals last season.

As part of the Kings organization, Quick has split time this season between the Reading Royals of the ECHL and the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

For the Monarchs, Quick compiled a 1-2-0 record, a 2.67 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage. Prior to joining the Monarchs, Quick went 7-5-1 for the Royals where he recorded a shutout, a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage.

In his two seasons at UMass, Quick led the Minutemen to their first ever NCAA tournament bid. In just two seasons, Quick made an indelible mark on the Minutemen's hockey record book. He set team records with 19 wins, 37 appearances, 1,046 saves and 2,224 minutes played during the 2006-07 season. He also added three shutouts, a 2.16 goals-against-average and the nations fifth best save percentage of .929. Overall, he went 23-22-6 with a 2.39 goals-against-average and a .925 save-percentage.



Dec 2, 2007, 9:00 PM EST

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi today announced the following transactions: forward Gabe Gauthier and goaltender Jonathan Quick (under emergency conditions) have been recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League; forward Matt Moulson has been assigned to Manchester; and forward Alexander Frolov has been placed on the injured reserve list (retroactive to November 21).

Gauthier, 23, has played in 21 games with the Monarchs this season and is tied for the team-lead in goals with eight and is second in team scoring with 27 points. The 5-9, 205-pound native of Torrance, California, has played in five NHL games - all with the Kings - and has zero points and two penalty minutes. He was signed by the Kings as a free agent on July 7, 2006, and wears No. 52.

Quick, 21, has played in three games with the Monarchs this season and has a 1-2-0 record, a 2.67 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage. He has also this season played in 13 games with the Reading Royals of the ECHL and recorded a 7-5-1 record, one shutout, a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage. The 6-0, 180-pound native of Milford, Connecticut, has not played in the NHL. He was selected by the Kings in the third-round (72nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and wears No. 32.

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From Reading to getting ready for possible NHL action.

It hasn't quite been an overnight transition for youngster Jonathan Quick, but close enough to dazzle the 21-year-old goalie, who joined the Kings on Sunday via emergency recall.

He started this season with the Reading (Pa.) Royals of the East Coast Hockey League, went to the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester for about two weeks, and then off to Los Angeles when Kings starter Jason LaBarbera went out because of a rib injury suffered Saturday, thanks to Colorado's Ryan Smyth.

Quick could very well get some action, considering the rash of injuries, that J.S. Aubin hasn't been completely healthy and back-to-back games against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight and Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Think about Quick's journey: Capacity of Reading's home rink, is 7,221. For Monday's game against the Oilers, Quick sat on the bench, backing up Aubin in cavernous Staples Center.

"I took my time taping my sticks on the bench, just looking around," Quick said Tuesday after practice. "The team helped me through it. I really didn't know the whole protocol of going out and knowing what we have to do for warmups."

He wasn't the only one feeling a little lost Monday. LaBarbera, who won't be making the trip with the team to Phoenix, felt at odds.

"I felt like a lost puppy yesterday," LaBarbera said. "I didn't know what I was supposed to do. How am I supposed to act, almost? I don't like it. It's real weird. I'm not used to it."

LaBarbera joked that he is becoming "best friends" with ice, and said the most pain he felt was driving his car on Sunday.

"It was 10 minutes of, 'Get me out of here,' " he said.

(Wisely, his girlfriend has taken over driving duties.)

Coach Marc Crawford took note of Quick's attitude at practice. In Manchester, Quick was 1-2 with a 2.67 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage.

"I'll tell you one thing, it was really noticeable, that Quick kid, he's a hard worker," Crawford said. "And you start to see our guys sharpen up in their shooting because he works so hard."

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A blowout victory at home does not happen often for the Kings, but that was the case Thursday night when goaltender Jonathan Quick made his NHL debut and led the team to an 8-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Staples Center.

Quick, recalled from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on Sunday, was sharp in stopping 15 of 17 shots for the Kings, who ended a three-game losing streak with only their third victory since Nov. 15.

"I thought that I played well. Good enough to get the win," said Quick, who had a 1-2 record with a 2.67 goals-against average for the Monarchs.

"It's a lot easier with the support the team gave me."

The Kings, who suffered a 4-1 loss at Phoenix on Wednesday, dominated from start to finish, outshooting Buffalo, 33-17, and registering their highest scoring output of the season.

The No. 1 line of Dustin Brown, Michael Cammalleri and Anze Kopitar had a big game, combining for 10 points. Brown scored his 12th and 13th goals and added an assist, Cammalleri scored his 14th goal and picked up two assists and Kopitar finished with four assists.

But it wasn't just the top line that got things done for the Kings, who received offensive production from some unlikely sources against the Sabres.

Jaroslav Modry and Derek Armstrong each scored their first goal of the season, Michael Handzus scored his second and Tom Priessing, who had been a healthy scratch the previous two games, scored twice to give him three on the season.

"It was a complete night for us," said Armstrong, who added an assist. "Brownie, Koppie and Cammie were dynamite. When your best line is that good . . . it makes things easier. It was a great effort for the entire time. It was a good win for us."

Buffalo goaltender Jocelyn Thibault, who had not started since shutting out Montreal on Nov. 24, had a night to forget. He gave up four goals in 14 shots in the first period and was replaced by Ryan Miller, who suffered a 4-1 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for the Sabres, Miller did not offer much improvement as he gave up four goals in 19 shots.

Quick, selected by the Kings in the third round of the 2005 draft, lost his shutout in the second period. Forward Drew Stafford scored for the Sabres at 12:43 to cut the Kings' lead to 7-1.

Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo (12-13-1) in the third period.

The Kings (11-15-2) won for the first time in December. They have picked up only seven points over their last 11 games and will continue their three-game homestand against Phoenix on Saturday. They play host to Vancouver on Monday.

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Hockey To Host Merrimack on Saturday Night

Black Bears Look to Get Back to Winning Ways

Dec. 5, 2007

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The University of Maine men's ice hockey team swings back into Hockey East play this weekend when it hosts Merrimack. The Black Bears are 4-6-2 overall and 2-4-2 in Hockey East play. Merrimack enters the game with a record of 6-6-2 overall, 3-6-1 in Hockey East play.

MAINE FALLS TO NEW BRUNSWICK IN EXHIBITION PLAY: The University of Maine men's ice hockey dropped a 2-1 decision to New Brunswick in an exhibition game last Saturday night. New Brunswick took a 1-0 lead at 16:22 of the first period when John Scott Dickson scored from Kyle Bailey and Hunter Tremblay. The game remained 1-1 until Andrew Sweetland (Bonavista, Newfoundland) scored a power play goal 7:10 into the third period. Bret Tyler (Maynard, Mass.) and Simon Danis-Pepin (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec) each assisted on the goal for the Black Bears. The Varsity Reds scored a five-on-three goal by Luke Gallant at 10:24 of the third period to earn the win.  Dave Wilson stopped 26 shots in goal for the Black Bears. Michael Ouzas made 18 saves in 40 minutes of play, while Derek Yeomans stopped 10 shots in the third period.

SCOUTING THE MAINE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by Bret Tyler who has four goals and four assists for eight points. Wes Clark is chipping in with seven points on two goals and a team-high five assists. Billy Ryan has two goals and four assist for six points. Chris Hahn ties Tyler for the team lead in goals with four and also has one assist for five points. Keenan Hopson has three goals and two assists for five points, while Andrew Sweetland has five points on two goals and three assists. Rob Bellamy has a goal and four assists for five points as well. Jeff Dimmen has two goals and two assists for four points, while Vince Laise has a goal and three assists for four points as well. Ben Bishop has seen action in all 12 games in goal. He is 4-6-2 on the season with a 2.48 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE MERRIMACK COLLEGE WARRIORS: Merrimack is 6-6-2 on the season and 3-6-1 in Hockey East play. The Warriors are coming off a 2-2 tie with Holy Cross on Tuesday night. Merrimack is led by Rob Ricci who has six goals and a team-high 10 assists for 16 points. He scored both of Merrimack's goals against Holy Cross. Matt Jones has a team-best nine goals and three assists for 12 points. Chris Barton has three goals and five assists for eight points, while Francois Ouimet is chipping in with three goals and four assists for seven points. Justin Bonitatibus has a goal and four assists for five points.  Patrick Watson has seen action in 11 games in goal. He is 4-5-2 with a 2.81 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Andrew Brathwaite has played in six games and is 2-1-0 with a 2.87 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.  The Warriors are coached by Mark Dennehy (Boston College '91) who is in his third season. He has a record of 15-56-10. He has an overall record of 18-84-13 in his fourth season as a head coach. He is assisted by Albie O'Connell (Boston University '99), Darren Yopyk (Princeton '00) and Tom Welby (Merrimack '01).

MAINE VS. MERRIMACK ALL-TIME: Maine and Merrimack have met 68 times with Maine holding a 53-10-5 lead. Maine had won the last seven games and was unbeaten in 17 straight games against the Warriors with a record of 15-0-2 before being swept by Merimack in a weekend series earlier this season in North Andover, Mass.  Bret Tyler leads all Black Bears in scoring against the Warriors with two goals and six assists. Billy Ryan is chipping in with three goals and five assists against Merrimack. Keenan Hopson has a goal and an assist against Merrimack, while Travis Ramsey has a pair of assists. Ben Bishop is 6-2-0 against the Warriors with a 0.88 goals against average and a .952 save percentage. He has posted one career shutout against Merrimack. UNIVERSITY OF MAINE BENEFACTOR HAROLD ALFOND PASSES AWAY: The University of Maine and its athletic department lost a wonderful friend when it learned early Friday, Nov. 16 that Mr. Harold Alfond passed away at the age of 93. Mr. Alfond's total giving to the University exceeded $8 million. His philanthropy benefited many aspects of the University of Maine, including but not limited to the two athletic facilities that bear his name (Harold Alfond Arena and Harold Alfond Sports Stadium), the Mahaney Clubhouse, the nationally prestigious men's ice hockey program, numerous scholarships with many of those benefiting student-athletes, the John W. Winkin Scholarship Fund, and the Second Century Fund, to which he contributed with a major gift in 1977 -- his first donation to Maine.

R.I.P Harold Alfond

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you must be confusing them with the patriots

you must be forgetting our old friend Shawn Walsh (R.I.P)....


Unfortunately, the legacy of Maine hockey and athletics in general is marred with several NCAA violations that would suggest they should be called the "Black marks", not the "Black Bears".

After Maine's historical season that saw them win 42 games and lose just once en route to the 1993 NCAA title, it didn't take long until the NCAA got wind of how U.Maine did its business. The very next season, it was found that Maine players Cal Ingraham and Jeff Tory played while academically ineligible and after an investigation, Maine had to forfeit 14 games and ended up getting credit for just 6 total wins. Since Maine, a true "no-collar institution", has the academic integrity of The Bauder College of Fashion, your superiors are at a loss to understand what one has to do to become academically ineligible from U. Maine.

Like a child who refused to learn its lesson, Maine was caught cheating once again in 1994 when it was discovered that several hockey players were receiving free food in the school cafeteria, a violation of NCAA rules. Your superiors have eaten on campus at U.Maine and truth be told, we wouldn't pay for that detritus, either. Though this would be minor compared to violations to come, it was clear that Shawn Walsh and his cast of crony assistants were finding new and exciting ways to cheat on a daily basis.

As the 1995-96 season got underway, less than a year after Walsh's Blackbears lost to Boink University in the 1995 NCAA final, Maine hockey was competely exposed for several rules violations. On December 12, 1995, it was announced that Maine's hockey program had violated 26 NCAA rules and was immediately banned from the 1996 Hockey East and NCAA Tournaments. Walsh was suspended for one entire year, while minions Grant Standbrook and Greg Cronin were banned from recruiting anywhere off-campus because of several recruiting violations. Without the luxury of recruiting 20-something mercenaries from Parts Unknown, Canada, Maine would take a hit on the ice as well.

Fortunately for Maine hockey, the NCAA violations stopped after coach Walsh died in 2001. His last game behind the bench for the Blackbears was a loss to Boston College in the 2001 NCAA quarterfinals. In one of those "life imitates art" moments, it should be noted that Walsh was kicked out of his last game midway through third period after arguing with referees regarding a penalty call. Few Maine fans realized as he left the bench that night in shame, he had coached his last game.

Plus when I was at UMass we had a former member of the Maine hockey team staff who told us stories of things that took place... one of them was when the visiting team (cant remember who) was playing a series in Orono and left their equipment in the visitors locker room and came in the next day and found their sticks had all been sawed and the team had to go and find replacement sticks... dont know if its true or not, but the one series we played up in Orono when I worked for the team we didnt leave any of our equipment in the locker room... probably just some superstition, who knows...but we were paranoid enough to not take the chance...

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Lowell wins 4-1


LOWELL, Mass. (Dec. 8, 2007) - Mike Potacco (Kinnelon, N.J.) scored two goals and UMass Lowell defeated Bentley, 4-1, in non-conference college hockey action Saturday afternoon at the Tsongas Arena.

The River Hawks have won three straight, five of six, and improve to 7-4-4 on the season. UML is 6-1-1 at home this season. The Falcons fall to 5-11-2 on the year with the loss. Bentley has dropped two straight and is winless in its last five contests (0-4-1).

The Falcons scored the game's first goal and held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Tom Dickhudt (Woodbury, Minn.) netted the goal, his third of the season at the 6:16 mark of the first, with assists from Jay Bletzer (Medfield, Mass.) and Jeremy Robert (Maplewood, Minn.).

The River Hawks scored the next four goals of the hockey game for the 4-1 win. Jonathan Maniff (Revere, Mass.) scored UML's first of the night on a four-on-three power play. Maury Edwards (Rocky Rapids, Alb.) and Jeremy Dehner (Madison, Wis.) had the assists.

Barry Goers gave UML a 2-1 lead at the 19:59 mark of the second from Maniff and Chris Auger (Belleville, Ont.).

Potacco scored the River Hawks' next two goals, his fourth and fifth of the year. He scored his first of the night at 3:47 of the third period from fellow junior Mark Roebothan (St. John�s, Nfld.).

Potacco scored his second of the night at 18:47 of the third into an empty net. Roebothan had the primary assist. Scott Campbell (Navan, Ont.) had the secondary assist on the goal.

Jon Dryjowicz-Burek (Ludlow, Mass.) earned his first career win, in his first career start. Dryjowicz-Burek made 20 saves for the River Hawks.

Joe Calvi (New Lenox, Ill.) made 35 saves for Bentley, but took the loss.

The River Hawks out-shot Bentley 39 to 21. UML was 1-for-3 on the power play. Bentley was 0-for-5 on the man-advantage.

"I thought Bentley was a real good opponent for us," said UML head coach Blaise MacDonald. "They had good team speed and their goaltender was exceptional. We played well. We moved our feet and got pucks in deep. We generated a lot of chances and I was hoping we would convert a little more."

The River Hawks are off until December 28 for the first game of the Florida College Classic in Estero, Florida. UML plays Cornell at 4:00 p.m. at Germain Arena. Bentley doesn�t play again until January 4 at Canisius.

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(first place votes)-W-L-T-poll points-last week rank

1--Michigan---(27)16-2-0- 953- 3


3--Colorado College( 6)10-4-0-905-2

4--Denver( 2)12-4-08624

5--Michigan State--12-3-28035

6--Notre Dame--16-4-07706

7--North Dakota--8-6-1-658-7



10--New Hampshire--8-4-1-590-8





15--Boston College--5-4-5-278-17


17--St. Cloud State--7-7-2-175-14


19--Bowling Green--8-6-0-99-18


Others Receiving Votes: Michigan Tech 58, Quinnipiac 58, Niagara 42, Air Force 36, Dartmouth 19, Bemidji State 14, Minnesota State 11, Providence 7, Cornell 5, Army 1, Yale 1

Congrats to UMass up to 9th and UML breaking into the Top 20. UNH down to 10th but wont be that low come the end of the season...

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points-(first place)-last poll-W-L-T

1-University of Michigan--479--(21)--2--16-2-0

2-Miami (Ohio) University--470--(10)--1--14-2-0

3-Colorado College--448--(3)--3--10-4-0

4-University of Denver--424--5--12-4-0

5-Michigan State University--380--4--12-3-2

6-University of Notre Dame--359--6--16-4-0

7-University of North Dakota--269--8--8-6-1

8-Clarkson University--253--9--10-5-0

9-University of Massachusetts--243--10--7-3-5

10-University of New Hampshire--238--7--8-4-1

11-Northeastern University--152--13--7-4-2

12-Harvard University--99--12--6-3-2

13-University of Minnesota--91--NR--9-8-1

14-University of Wisconsin--80--11--7-7-2

15-Boston College--39--NR--5-4-5

Others receiving votes: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 21, University of Minnesota-Duluth 12, St. Cloud State University 12, U.S. Air Force Academy 5, Bemidji State University 2, Quinnipiac University 2, Minnesota State University-Mankato 1, Niagara University 1.

Hockey East same for UMass, UNH, Northeastern and BC but UML gets no love.:( Guess that win against BU and Bentley didnt sway the USA Today pollsters.

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Hockey East same for UMass, UNH, Northeastern and BC but UML gets no love.:( Guess that win against BU and Bentley didnt sway the USA Today pollsters.

I don't blame the USA Today pollsters. Lowell is really young and was picked to finish last or 2nd to last in Hockey East. Looks like Merrimack and Lowell might have something to say about that.

I just hope Lowell can make it the Hockey East playoffs, win the series, and then head to the Garden.

I also hope BU finishes last. I have an unhealthy hatred for the Terriers.

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Me too. Nothing would be more satisfying than to see Jack Parker miss the playoffs. I hate that man and his hockey team. Hate.

Back when I was at ULowell and they were playing at Tully Forum my friends and I used to drink in the dorms and then make the trip down the Connector.

When we got there we would always take a piss on the BU bus.

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It was! There would be 6 or 7 of us taking a leak on that bus. Then we would watch BU beat us 7-1. :dohslap:

Jack Parker is an *******.

I hate BU because of 3 things:

Chris O'Sullivan, Mike Grier and the 1996 Hockey East Playoffs.

Mike Grier- Guy was a beast. Huge. One game against UMass the mother*****er slashes our defenseman Jaynen Rissling so hard he breaks his composite stick in half. And the refs called a penalty on UMASS! I almost lost my freakin mind. At this time I was working for the team, so inbetween periods I went down to the hallway by the BU locker room and stole the broken stick and gave it to my coach after the game. He was going to include it with his report on the game to the HE office, but changed his mind and gave me the stick to keep for "memories."

Chris O'Sullivan- In the 94-95 season, Umass first season in HE, we were playing BU at Umass with a crowd of about 1,000 people. I was a fan at this time so I sat behind the BU bench (side where Umass sits now) about 10 rows up.. I was ragging on BU all night and especially on O'Sullivan. Since it was so empty in there, they could hear everything I was saying (oh, and I was drunk!! real drunk...). So one shift O'Sully had enough of my mouth and took off his glove and threw it at me in the crowd! I was turned to my buddies when this thing hits me in the shoulder. I was stunned!! The security guy came over to get the glove, but I refused to give it to him. I couldnt believe this motherf%cker threw his glove at me!!! About 5 minutes later I finally gave the glove back to the security guard. It was also this game that I realized that maybe I should go work for the team, which I did the following season.

1996 Playoffs- first year of the 3 game series. We qualify for the playoffs in the 8th seed. get to face BU. They beat us first game 5-2. Next night they kick our sorry asses 14-1!!!!!!!! It was classless and disgusting what he allowed his players to do that night. It was also during this game that one of my favorite players (and people), Tom Perry had his knee destroyed. He was hurt and brought to the locker room. They gave him a brace to wear. He then wanted to be left alone. Since I was in charge of the locker room, I went in 10 minutes later and found him standing against the wall, with his brace on, coming to the realization that his hockey career probably came to an end like this. All I could do was go over and put my arm around him... he then got dressed and we sat in the stands watching this horror show take place. I wanted to go over and strangle Parker when I saw him after the game. And there he was with his smug look.. doing his interview... It was a long ride back to UMass that night. I was so depressed with the end of the season, I took about 3 weeks off from the team just to get myself squared away.

So, f$ck you jack parker. f$ck you in your f%cking ass.

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