Mass. College Hockey: UML Tops UNH, Claims Second Straight Hockey East Crown

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – For the second straight year, UMass Lowell claimed the Hockey East crown as the River Hawks skated past University of New Hampshire, 4-0, on Saturday evening at the TD Garden.

With the win, UMass Lowell is now 2-2 in title contests. Their last win occurred last season when the River Hawks defeated Jack Parker and the Boston University Terriers.

Similar to their semifinal contest against Notre Dame last night, the River Hawks scored two goals in both the first and second periods. They also relied on their backstop, Connor Hellebuyck, who deflected 30 shots and was named the Hockey East Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

“I thought we started the game rather well,” said UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin, who guided the River Hawks to its second consecutive Hockey East championship.

“(The) first and second periods obviously were very opportunist and getting off to that type of lead certainly eases attention, but it didn’t make it easier in the third, I can tell you that.”

A.J. White provided the River Hawks with an early lead as he redirected a shot in front of the New Hampshire cage at 12:12.

UMass Lowell netted its second goal literally three minutes later as Josh Holmstrom fired a shot past a diving Casey DeSmith (26 saves), which provided the River Hawks with a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

Joe Gambardella and Jake Suter each netted goals in the middle frame that pushed the River Hawks ahead by four goals.

New Hampshire ramped up its intensity during the final minutes of the third period; desperately trying to find a goal, but Hellebuyck and the River Hawks defense dashed any hopes of a potential comeback.

“It was a strange game,” said New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile, who guided the Wildcats to the title game following a series win last weekend against Northeastern University and a semifinal victory last night against Providence College.

“I thought our team competed, we played hard, (but) it just didn’t happen. Eric (Knodel) and the seniors have been a great group for us with great leadership and the difficult part is it’s a team with great chemistry, we wanted to keep going, (but) not only were they winning and playing hard, but we were enjoying it and having fun doing it and its tough for the season to end.”

UMass Lowell finished with 35 shots on net, while New Hampshire fired 30 shots. The River Hawks were one for four on the power play, thanks to their final goal by Suter, while the Wildcats were unsuccessful on two attempts.

UMass Lowell, which will be making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, will look to build on its success this weekend when they return to the ice next week. The River Hawks made it to semifinals (Frozen Four) last year, but lost to Yale University, 3-2.

“Tonight, like I told you, it wasn’t a work of art, but we found a way and that’s a good trait of a winning club,” said Bazin. “This year was such a grueling year. We’re going to give them some time off here before we play next week and we’re going to make sure we keep working on special teams, (which) seems to be the difference in all these games. Thankfully for us we were one for four I believe tonight, scoring another power play goal. Yesterday, we scored a couple, so from that standpoint it has been the difference and will be for all teams.”

Mass. College Hockey: All-New England Teams & Awards

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of Northeastern University Associate Director of Athletics Communication Mark Majewski, here’s this evening’s release about the All-New England Teams and Awards:

BOSTON – The New England Hockey Writers Division I and II/III Men’s and Women’s All-Star teams and awards have been finalized after tallying votes from all Division I, II and III coaches and respective media outlets throughout New England. This year’s banquet will be held on Tuesday, April 16 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass. The banquet will start at 6 p.m. All awards and All-Star teams will be presented at the gala. All coaches, student-athletes, family members and friends are encouraged to attend Tuesday’s banquet. Please contact Kristen Blake at (781) 245-2122 or by email at intern@hockeyeastonline.com for information on attending this event. Cost is $40 per person.

Below are the award winners for all four teams.

2012-13 NEW ENGLAND MEN’S DIVISION I ALL-STARS AND AWARDS

CLARK HODDER AWARD – DIVISION I COACH OF THE YEAR  

Rand Pecknold (Quinnipiac)

LEONARD FOWLE AWARD – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER    

Johnny Gaudreau, So., F, Carney’s Point, N.J. (Boston College)

GEORGE C. CARENS AWARD – ROOKIE OF THE YEAR  

Jon Gillies. Fr., G, South Portland, Maine (Providence)

HERB GALLAGHER AWARD – BEST FORWARD  

Johnny Gaudreau, So., F, Carney’s Point, N.J. (Boston College)

BOB MONAHAN AWARD – BEST DEFENSEMAN  

Chad Ruhwedel, Jr., D, San Diego, Calif. (UMass Lowell)

PAUL HINES AWARD – MOST IMPROVED PLAYER  

Evan Rodrigues, So., F, Etobicoke, Ontario (Boston University)

FRANK JONES AWARD – MOST DEFENSIVE FORWARD

Tim Schaller, Sr., F, Merrimack, N.H. (Providence College)

JOE TOMASELLO AWARD – UNSUNG HERO 

Danny Biega, Sr., D, Montreal, Quebec (Harvard)

PARKER / YORK AWARD – CONTRIBUTION TO NEW ENGLAND HOCKEY 

Jack Parker (Boston University)

GOALTENDERS    

Eric Hartzell, Sr., G, White Bear Lake, Minn. (Quinnipiac)

Jon Gillies, Fr., G, South Portland, Maine (Providence)

DEFENSEMEN   

Trevor van Riemsdyk, So., D, Middletown, N.J. (New Hampshire)

Chad Ruhwedel, Jr., D, San Diego, Calif. (UMass Lowell)

Mike Matheson, Fr., D, Pointe-Claire, Quebec (Boston College)

Jordan Heywood, Jr., D, Regina, Saskatchewan (Merrimack)

FORWARDS    

Johnny Gaudreau, So., F, Carney’s Point, N.J. (Boston College)

Steven Whitney, Sr., F, Reading, Mass. (Boston College)

Mike Collins, Jr., F, Boston, Mass. (Merrimack)

Kenny Agostino, Jr., F, Flanders, N.J. (Yale)

Brett Gensler, Jr., F, St. Charles, Mo. (Bentley)

Joe Pendenza, Jr., F, Wilmington, Mass. (UMass Lowell)

 

2012-13 NEW ENGLAND WOMEN’S DIVISION I ALL-STARS AND AWARDS

DIVISION I WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR  

Katie King Crowley (Boston College)

DIVISION I WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Alex Carpenter, So., F, North Reading, Mass. (Boston College)

GOALTENDERS

Corinne Boyles, Sr., G, Wheaton, Ill. (Boston College)

Roxanne Douville, Jr., G, Beloeil, Quebec (Vermont)

DEFENSEMEN  

Blake Bolden, Sr., D, Stow, Ohio (Boston College)

Shannon Doyle, Jr., D, Baldwin, Ontario (Boston University)

Regan Boulton, Sr., D, Brandon, Manitoba (Quinnipiac)

Emily Pfalzer, So., D, Getzville, N.Y. (Boston College)

FORWARDS   

Alex Carpenter, So., F, North Reading, Mass. (Boston College)

Kendall Coyne, So., F, Palos Heights, Ill. (Northeastern)

Marie-Philip Poulin, Jr., F, Beauceville, Quebec (Boston University)

Kelly Babstock, Jr., F, Mississauga, Ontario (Quinnipiac)

Jillian Dempsey, Sr., F, Winthrop, Mass. (Harvard)

Haley Skarupa, Fr., F, Rockville, Md. (Boston College)

 

 2012-13 NEW ENGLAND MEN’S DIVISION II/III ALL-STARS AND AWARDS

DIVISION II/III MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

Peter Belisle (UMass Boston)

DIVISION II/III MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Colin Mulvey, Sr., F, Worcester, Mass. (Norwich University)

GOALTENDERS

Zeke Testa, Sr., G, Wellesley, Mass. (Babson)

Ben Coulthard, Jr., G, South Windsor, Conn. (Trinity)

Jack Astedt, Sr., G, Angelholm, Sweden (Plymouth State)

DEFENSEMEN 

Shaun Jameson, Sr., D, Long Beach, Calif. (Wentworth)

Rob Florentino, Sr., D, West Roxbury, Mass. (UMass Boston)

Brett Kaneshiro, Sr., D, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Curry College)

Ollie Koo, Jr., D, Greenwich, Conn. (Bowdoin)

Tim McGarry, Sr., D, Kennett Square, Pa. (Bowdoin)

Brandon Hew, Sr., D, Fresno, Calif. (Amherst)

FORWARDS 

Keith Buehler. Jr., F, Skaneateles, N.Y. (Wesleyan)

Joseph Caveney, Sr., F, Fitchburg, Mass. (Fitchburg State)

Colin Mulvey, Sr., F, Worcester, Mass. (Norwich)

Travis Janke, Jr., F, Swift Current, Saskatchewan (Norwich)

Travis Daniel, Jr., F, North Brunswick, N.J. (UMass Boston)

Josh Harris, Sr., F, Torrance, Calif. (Castleton)

Branden Parkhouse, Sr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Becker)

Pier-Oliver Cotnoir, Sr., F, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec (Norwich)

Daniel Weiniger, Sr., F, Warren, N.J. (Bowdoin)

2012-13 NEW ENGLAND WOMEN’S DIVISION II/III ALL-STARS AND AWARDS

DIVISION II/III WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR  

Marissa O’Neil (Bowdoin College)

DIVISION II/III WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR   

Geneva Lloyd, Sr., D, Calgary, Alberta (Amherst College)

GOALTENDERS

Alexa Pujol, Jr., G, New Canaan, Conn. (Trinity)

Kayla Lessard, Sr., G, Enfield, Conn. (Bowdoin)

DEFENSEMEN

Geneva Lloyd, Sr., D, Calgary, Alberta (Amherst)

Kayla Parsons, Jr., D, Fairbanks, Alaska (Norwich)

Rachel Porter, Sr., D, Franklin, Mass. (Salve Regina)

Madison Styrbicki, Sr., D, Edina, Minn. (Middlebury)

FORWARDS

Tori Charron, Jr., F, Tecumseh, Ontario (Norwich)

Jill DeBus, Sr., F, Howell, Mich. (Norwich)

Kayte Holtz, Sr., F, New Berlin, Wis. (Bowdoin)

Rachel Kennedy, Fr., F, Trumbull, Conn. (Bowdoin)

Tori Salmon, So., F, Batavia, N.Y. (Amherst)

Courtney Winters, Jr., F, Swampscott, Mass. (Saint Anselm)

Mass. College Hockey: BU’s Postgame Reactions (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

After their team’s 6-3 win against Boston College on Friday in the Hockey East semifinals, Boston University’s Evan Rodrigues and Danny O’Regan, as well as coach Jack Parker, discussed their thoughts on the victory and what the Terriers need to do to earn a win this evening against UMass Lowell.

The interviews, which we’ve provided below, are courtesy of the Hockey East YouTube Channel.

 

  

Mass. College Hockey: BU Remains Focused On Winning A Championship

Boston University Logo

By Matt Noonan

BOSTON, MA – Jack Parker must have said something motivational to his troops during a media timeout last night during the Hockey East semifinals against Boston College.

The Eagles, who were leading the Terriers by two tallies midway through the second frame, appeared to have all the momentum on their side. Yet, something was different, especially about this particular match.

Boston College has always felt at home at the TD Garden. They’ve won four consecutive Boston Beanpot championships, as well as the last three conference crowns, too. And even though history appeared to be on their side with a two-goal advantage, their momentum vanished after two quick strikes from BU’s Evan Rodrigues and Matt Lane, which tied the game at 2.

Lane’s goal, his fourth of the season, was what really changed the contest as the first-year forward stole a pass off a face-off in his team’s zone and raced down the ice to net the equalizer.

“I don’t know if we got complacent, but they got a few lucky breaks, we didn’t catch those breaks and I think we kind of got away from what made us successful in the first 35 minutes,” said BC’s Pat Mullane, who watched Lane’s goal from the bench.

“I don’t think guys sat back, we still attacked, but maybe just the bounces didn’t go our way tonight.”

BU’s offensive onslaught continued with a go-ahead goal from Garrett Noonan, who didn’t appear in his team’s last three contests, late in the second, which pushed the Terriers ahead for good.

Danny O’Regan, a member of this year’s Hockey East 2013 Pro-Ambitions All-Rookie Team, tacked on two power play goals early in the third to seal the win for the Terriers and setup a rematch of the 2009 conference championship against UMass Lowell, who defeated Providence College in the first game on Friday.

The win was certainly an impressive performance for a BU team that had struggled in January and February, but entered the contest on a four-game winning streak, two of which came last weekend against Merrimack College in the first round of the tournament. And while the players know this is Parker’s last ride, they certainly don’t seem interested in concluding their season without some hardware.

“I think especially after the first period we kind of realized that he’s such a great coach that we weren’t going to let him lose to BC at the Garden,” said O’Regan. “We were willing to do whatever it took.”

BU appeared flat following the opening face-off and destined to skate off the ice with a loss, but whatever Parker said to his squad during that timeout provided the Terriers with the necessary spark to rally and beat the Eagles.

“We have our backs to the wall, we played pretty well down the stretch here, but buried ourselves earlier in January and February, (especially) early February and we have to win to continue the season,” said Parker.

“After the way we played in the Garden (during the Beanpot tournament), I didn’t think we were going to be here this time, but the way we fought back and got home ice and took advantage of home ice by beating a really good Merrimack team and then get by BC tonight (was good for our team). I’m very proud of these guys and very happy for them and they have a chance to play a championship, (so) we’ll see what happens.”

It certainly will be an emotional night for the Red and White, who will once again be the underdog against a River Hawks club that’s 6-1 in the current month. And even though they haven’t defeated UMass Lowell this season, don’t expect the Terriers to lie down. Friday’s game proved that BU is determined to extend their season for another week, as well as do whatever is necessary to pull out a win.

“It’s obviously good to beat BC in the Garden,” said Noonan. “I don’t know if we have yet in my career here, but the jobs not done yet and we need to win tomorrow and it was a good win tonight.”

61st Boston Beanpot: Harvard Skates Past BU In Consolation Game, 6-4 (Game Summary)

Harvard's Luke Greiner recorded his first hat trick of the season against Boston University! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)

Harvard’s Luke Greiner recorded his first hat trick of the season against Boston University! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – For the second time in three seasons, Boston University and Harvard University skated in the Boston Beanpot consolation game. And similar to the outcome in 2011, the Crimson defeated the Terriers, 7-4.

Harvard’s Luke Greiner recorded his first hat trick of the season, Marshall Everson netted two goals, and Peter Traber turned away 42 shots between the pipes.

BU jumped out two a two-goal advantage thanks to strikes from Mike Moran and Wade Megan before Harvard responded with goals from Dan Ford and Danny Biega, which evened the contest at 2.

Evan Rodrigues provided the Terriers with an early lead during the middle frame at 1:38, but the Crimson responded with three consecutive tallies – two from Greiner and one from Everson, which pushed Harvard ahead for good.

Everson potted his second goal at 3:13 during the final frame to secure Harvard’s third consecutive consolation victory in the last three years.

BU’s Casey Hohmann netted the Terriers’ fourth goal roughly five minutes later, but that didn’t spark a comeback for Jack Parker’s unit.

With the win, Harvard improves to 6-15-2, while BU falls to 13-12-1.

61st Boston Beanpot: Leftover Notes And Stats From Monday

By Matt Nonan 

With the first day of the 61st Boston Beanpot in the books, we thought we’d provide a few tidbits, news and leftover statistics from last night’s games.

* Prior to their game last night against Boston University, Northeastern University was 0-4 in the first round of the tournament against their crosstown rival since 2001. With a 3-2 victory, thanks to Kevin Roy’s hat trick, the Huskies are now 1-4.

* Since 2001, Boston College is 4-0 against Harvard University in the first round. The Eagles 4-1 victory was the same outcome in 2001 and 2004.

* Boston College and Northeastern last met in the tournament championship two years ago. The Eagles defeated the Huskies in overtime, 7-6.

* Since 2000, Northeastern has appeared in the title game four times. They have lost twice in overtime and three times to Boston University.

* Boston College has appeared in the championship 10 times since 2000, and is 5-5.

* In the title game, Boston College is 3-1 when an extra session is needed to determine the outcome. Their only overtime loss in the last 13 seasons came against Jack Parker’s squad in 2007.

Extra Stats from Boston University-Northeastern University:

* Boston University finished the contest 0 for 6 on the power play, while Northeastern ended 0 for 3.

* BU outshot NU, 34-26. Northeastern tallied three goals on 26 shots, while Boston University recorded two strikes off 34 shots.

* Roy recorded his first collegiate hat trick during this game.

Extra State from Boston College-Harvard University:

* Harvard’s Raphael Girard recorded 42 saves (second highest of the season) against the Eagles. Girard’s season-high is 44, which occurred against Yale University.

* Girard deflected 14 shots in each period. Boston College recorded 46 shots in the game, while BC’s Parker Milner turned away 19 of 20 shots.

* Milner’s 19 saves matches his save total from his team’s early season win against Notre Dame.

* Boston College is now 26-13 against Harvard in the Beanpot tournament. The Eagles have won 13 of their last 14 meetings against the Crimson, too. 

Mass. College Hockey: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Jan. 11-12)

Johnny Gaudreau and the No. 2 Boston College Eagles will face-off against No. 4 New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday! (Photo Credit: Hockey East)

Johnny Gaudreau and the No. 2 Boston College Eagles will face-off against No. 4 New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday! (Photo Credit: Hockey East)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s the second Friday of 2013, and below are some intriguing hockey matchups to watch this this weekend in the college hockey world. I will be at Maine-Northeastern this evening, which should be an intriguing match, but here are five games I’ll be watching:

Men’s Ice Hockey

Boston College vs. New Hampshire (Friday/Saturday) – This is probably the marquee matchup of the weekend, as the top two men’s Hockey East squad’s face-off in Chestnut Hill on Friday and Durham on Saturday. New Hampshire’s Austin Block has scored 10 goals this season, but hasn’t found the back of the net in 2013. Johnny Gaudreau is back from his short stint with Team U.S.A., which won the world junior championship in Russia recently, and will look to provide the Eagles with spark against the fourth ranked Wildcats. PREDICTION: My guess is that both teams split this weekend series. Obviously, Gaudreau’s return will ignite Boston College and their fans, but something tells me that New Hampshire will lose on Friday, but win at home on Saturday.

Boston University at Merrimack College (Friday) – The Warriors have been playing some decent hockey as of recently, while the Terriers are coming off a depressing 6-5 overtime loss to Harvard this past week. Can Jack Parker’s boys turn things around? We’ll see! Prediction: The Terriers loss to the Crimson was obviously a shocker, so it will be interesting to see if Boston University can rebound in a critical conference game. Merrimack is 2-1-1 in their last four games and coming off a 4-1 win against Vermont.

UMass Boston at Norwich University (Friday) – The Beacons have certainly been a pleasant surprise this season and haven’t appeared in the loss column since losing by one goal to Castleton State in November. Six different Beacons found the back of the net in their last contest against Johnson & Wales, while their penalty-kill helped them earn their ninth win of the season. UMass Boston is riding a seven-game winning streak, while Norwich is 1-1 in their last two games. Prediction: I have always been a fan of the underdog and would love to see UMass Boston somehow provide the top team in Division III with its second loss. If the Beacons play smart, fundamental hockey, they should be able to keep things close with the Cadets. Yet, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle Thomas or Pier-Olivier Cotnoir powers Norwich to their 13th win of the season.

Women’s Ice Hockey

Cornell University at Northeastern University (Saturday) – You couldn’t ask for a better afternoon matinee between two solid clubs. The Huskies are coming off an upsetting loss to Boston College and have seesawed in the win and loss column over the past few weeks. However, a win against the Big Red would be huge for Dave Flint’s squad. Cornell hasn’t skated since December, which could bode well for the Huskies. Prediction: This is a critical game for Northeastern. Cornell is 10-3 and 1-1 against the Hockey East. If the Huskies can somehow score early and maintain their momentum, then expect Northeastern to earn their sixth win of the season.

Amherst College at Middlebury College (Friday and Saturday) – For the second straight week, the Panthers remain the third best team in women’s Division III hockey. Middlebury currently remains the top squad in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) too, but right behind them is Amherst College, a squad that’s won four straight. Both teams have won five conference games this season, but the Lord Jeffs four losses in 2012 seem to be a thing of the past. Amherst’s Geneva Lloyd was named this week’s NESCAC Women’s Hockey Player of the Week following her two goal, four assist night against Colby College last weekend, which made her the seventh player in program history to tally 100 career points. Prediction: The Jeffs have won four of their last five contests and know two losses could hurt their chances of a conference crown. I think both teams split the series. Middlebury has only one loss this season, which came against Plattsburgh State in November. 

Catching Up With Chris Connonnly (BU Men’s Hockey)

By Elizabeth Thomas 

BOSTON, MA- The Boston University Terriers are set to face off against the University of Minnesota in the opening round of the NCAA West Regional Tournament on Saturday, Mar. 24.

This will be head coach Jack Parker’s record setting twenty-fourth tournament appearance, which is an NCAA record. Also, this will also be the second time seniors Kieran Millan and Chris Connolly will experience the postseason, too. Both players are just two of the only names on the current roster that helped BU win a national championship in 2009.

I had a chance earlier this week to sit down and chat with Connolly about the tumultuous season, as well as his outlook on the upcoming Frozen Four tournament. Below is our conversation.

Is it exciting or nerve racking to return to the NCAA tournament – not having played in it since your freshman year?

“I think it’s more exciting than nerve racking, but that’s speaking for myself since I have been fortunate to have been there before. I think it’s a mixture of both for most of these guys who haven’t been there. It’s exciting for a new group like this to get back there and have a chance to win the national championship.”

Have you and Coach Parker discussed a different game plan going into Saturday’s game or will it still be the same lines we’ve seen all season?

“I think we have to focus on what we do well and try to execute that. It’s a team we’ve never seen before in a different league, so we looked at video and what their tendencies are and just concentrated on what we do well, and just focused on that for this game.”

You and senior goaltender Kieran Millan played your entire Boston University college careers together and you have experienced a great deal of success together. What is it like to potentially be playing in your last game together, and understanding the strong bond you have shared with one another since freshmen year?

“We only have maybe a maximum of four games left.  It’s hard to think that we’ve been playing together the past four years and maybe will not again if we can’t win. The class you enter college with is the class you are going to be closest with and Coach Parker always makes a huge emphasis of it. Right away when you come in as freshmen he has a meeting and usually says ‘stick with this group because these are the guys you are going to spend day and night with for the next four years. I’ve just been blessed to have Kieran back there for the last four years and I think he’s one he best, if not the best in college hockey with the things he’s been able to do. So just to be able to watch him develop and have all the success he has, has been great and very rewarding.  He’s also an amazing guy off the ice as well and I do regard him as a very close friend.”

The whole team has been under intense national media scrutiny since December with the dismissal of Corey Triviro and Max Nicastro, accused of sexual assault and rape. That same week Charlie Coyle left college to go to the NHL. How did it feel going through that turmoil and how did you help the team move forward for the post season?

“It’s unfortunate and it’s something you absolutely never expect or ever want to see someone go through and these guys are as close to anybody that you’re going to meet in college. We see them every day. They are kind of like brothers to us, and I just told the guys that we just got to start taking some strides forward. We can’t change the situation and as unfortunate as it is, we still have an opportunity to do something special as a team. We’re still going to have them with us in sprit even though they can’t physically be with us. They are still a big part of our team, and that’s how we’ve been able to move forward and face some of the adversity we’ve had so far.”

Do you believe that this hardship has affected the team’s chemistry or was this an incident that you were able to just put on the backburner? Is this something that might still affect the team to this day?

“I think it’s something that has brought us closer as a team really. There are a lot of people who like to criticize about things they really don’t know. We know who those guys really are. And like I said, it really did just bring us closer. If anything, we used it as motivation to prove some of the naysayers wrong, that we can still do something special. To be able to have the team we’ve had, to have an automatic bid into the national tournament and have an opportunity to win another championship, is testament to the guys in that room and the kind of character those guys have. We are very much still united as a team.”

You seem to have brought some positive light out of it, with the formation of the “BU Hockey Task Force” which you and the assistant captains formed, focusing on how to behave respectfully as a BU hockey player while off the ice.  What did you want the current team and future BU hockey players to learn from this?

“I hope it’s something that sticks. That we are trying to make guys more aware of certain situations and make guys more careful of what they are doing out there and just to be more aware. College is supposed to be one of the best times of your life, but at the same time you have to be careful. We are in a city school setting and there are a lot of other colleges in the area too. [We just want] them to think and be safe. I think it’s a great idea, and can only help the guys and the incoming freshmen from here on out to just give them the right steps to take when put in certain situations.”

So, it’s something you’d like the team to carry on after you leave in hopes the team will not have to go through the same difficult situations you had to endure this season?

“Yeah, it never hurts to have a little more information and if any of the guys ever have questions on things. I think this will help guide them through it. [We want] to make sure that they are well prepared for certain instances if they were to come about again. It’s not only something that can help everybody on the team in particular, but also everybody at the school.”

On an entirely different note – is it exciting or nostalgic that you and your younger brother Jake will both be playing in this championship tournament for the last time in your college careers?

“It’s extremely exciting! Obviously, we are both seniors, so we want to take our teams as far as we can. He has had a tremendous career [at Minnesota-Duluth], so we are both grateful to have the opportunity to have the chance to win another championship, and just go as far as possible. I think that’s the way both of us would like to go out.”

I bet your parents are absolutely thrilled to have both their sons in the championship tournament, especially since you’ll get to play in your home state of Minnesota.

“They are, absolutely. It’s back home for me, so they don’t have to travel far for it and I have a lot of friends and family down there who will be at the game, so it will definitely be an exciting homecoming to say the least.”

Any final thoughts on what you would like to do after walking across the stage in a cap and gown this May? 

“I would like to keep playing as long as possible, as long as I have the opportunity to. Where and when I am not so sure, but wherever that may take me I am going to explore those opportunities and then later on down the road I would love to get into coaching. That’s further on down the road, so we’ll see.”

Finally is there any chance we could see you behind the bench next season? 

“[Laughing] Yeah, yeah, that’s something I might have to talk to Coach about in my exit meeting.”