Notebook: BC Sweeps UMass
OFFENSIVELY SOUND: Senior forward Chris Collins and freshman forward Benn Ferriero each posted three goals in Boston Colleges sweep of UMass as the Eagles defeated the Minutemen 7-0 and 4-1 last weekend.
Collins netted his first career hat trick and added an assist in the Eagles victory on Dec. 9, and followed it up with three assists in BCs win on Dec. 10. The native of Fairport, N.Y., earned Hockey East Player of the week for his efforts. He leads the league with 12 goals, and ranks fifth in the nation with 0.86 goals per game.
Ferriero, a native of Essex, Mass., registered three goals and three assists in the two-game series to earn Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors. He has scored all of his seven points on the season in the last three games.
The Eagles are tied with Providence for first place in the league standings with both teams at 8-2-1 in conference play. The Friars are off to their best-ever start in league action.
ON A ROLL: Michigans Brandon Kaleniecki contributed two goals and three assists as the Wolverines swept Nebraska-Omaha in a two-game series last weekend.
Kaleniecki, a senior forward from Livonia, Mich., doubled his point total for the season with his best offensive weekend of the year as he garnered Central Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week honors. He provided game-tying goals in each of the games, as well as the game-winner on Dec. 10 in the Wolverines 3-2 win.
It is the second time Kaleniecki has received the award in his career. He has scored at least one goal in each of his last three games, and boasts a +2 plus/minus rating.
SHUT IT DOWN: Niagara University shutout Robert Morris University in a two games to earn its first series sweep of the year with the help of stellar goaltending from senior Jeff Ban Nynatten last weekend. The Purple Eagles held on to first-place in the College Hockey America standings with the two wins.
Van Nynatten posted back-to-back shutouts for the second time in his career and helped the Purple Eagles sweep an opponent without giving up a goal for the second time in school history. The senior from Stratford, Ontario, garnered CHA Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding play.
Van Nynatten stopped 26 shots in a 1-0 win against RMU on Dec. 9 and posted 32 saves in the Purple Eagles 3-0 victory on Dec. 10. He now has five career shutouts.
On the offensive side, junior forward Bentivoglio netted game-winning goals in both contests after returning from a three-game hiatus due to injury. He ranks second in the league with nine goals this season.
NOTABLE: Harvard won its first game against then-No. 9 New Hampshire since 1994 as goaltender John Daigneau posted 32 saves in a 1-0 victory. Daigneau earned ECAC Hockey League Goalie of the Week for his performance ¦ Top-ranked Wisconsin continues to lead the nation in scoring defeating, allowing just 1.50 goals per game. The Badgers are also beating opponents by an NCAA-leading 1.89 goals per game.