Mass. College Hockey: UMB’s MacIntyre Named AHCA All-American

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the UMass Boston sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Peter MacIntyre, who has been named an American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American:

BOSTON, Mass.—A year after earning USCHO.com All-American honors as the national runner-up for Rookie of the Year award, sophomore forward Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) has been named an American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American.

MacIntyre, who led the Beacons with 18 goals and 40 points, earned a spot on the Second Team for the Division III East Region. The Norfolk, Mass. native was one of five ECAC East players to be honored by the AHCA and joins former UMass Boston defenseman Rob Florentino (’13) and Bill Innocent (’92) as the only Beacons to be recognized in program history.

“It’s an incredible honor,” head coach Peter Belisle said. “I’m so happy for him, for our school and our program. It sheds light on what this hockey program is doing and he’s obviously a huge part of it, with this accolade he’s earned. He gives us some nice recognition-individually for him and as a group for us.”

“In my tenure, I know Rob [Florentino] was a Third Team last season and Peter as a sophomore is a Second. The sky is the limit for this young man.”

The sophomore forward was a leading force offensively for the Beacons all season long, leading the team to a 17-6-4 mark and a third-place finish in the ECAC East Conference Regular Season standings. He paced the Beacons with his 18 goals and 40 points, finished tied for first with his three game-winning tallies and second on the squad with his 22 assists.

“He can play it so many different ways,” said Belisle. “He’s a big man who can play physical, he’s very skilled and he’s got good speed. So he has the ability to dissect an opponent with his skill, with his speed, with his size or with his strength. He can impose his athleticism on another team and that’s what makes him so special.”

In the 26 contests he appeared in, MacIntyre registered at least one point in 17 games, at least two points in 12 contests and three or more points in nine different games. The former Boston Bandit finished the season fourth in the nation with his 1.54 points per game average, ninth in goals per game (.69) and tied for eighth in assists per game (.85).

He put together some of his best performances in the Beacons three tournaments, earning MVP honors in the P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic and 49th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament, while adding two goals and two assists in the Beacons two ECAC East Tournament games. In total, MacIntyre recorded nine goals and three assists in the six tournament games UMass Boston played in.

MacIntyre played one of his best collegiate games under the lights at Fenway Park, recording two goals, including the game-winner in a 4-2 victory over Salem State as part of the Citi Frozen Fenway Series.

Mass. College Hockey: UMass Boston Downs UNE In ECAC East Quarterfinals

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the UMass Boston sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the Beacons’ ECAC East quarterfinals contest this afternoon against University of New England:

BOSTON, Mass.–#14/16 UMass Boston men’s hockey scored two goals in the opening 2:33 to help head coach Peter Belisle earn his 100thcareer victory Saturday afternoon with a 7-2 victory over sixth-seeded University of New England (UNE) in the ECAC East Quarterfinals.

Belisle, the all-time winningest head coach in program history, moved to 100-95-16 with the victory and 5-7 all-time in ECAC East Tournament games.  With the win, third-seed UMass Boston moves to 17-5-4 and advances to next Saturday’s ECAC East Semifinals, with the matchup still to be determined.

The University of New England wraps up their season with the best record in program history at 10-15-1.

All four lines scored in the win for the Beacons led by two goals from junior forward Nathan Milam (Westland, Mich.). Senior Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) added a goal and an assist to move into sole possession of fifth-place in program-history with 125 career points. Daniel also tied Joe Bulens (’85) for second-place all-time in career games played, as he suited up for the 103rd time in his career.

Sophomore Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) added to his team-leading goals and points total with a goal and two assists, while junior Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) picked up two assists, to notch his fourth-straight multi-point contest.

In all six Beacons found the back of the net and nine players recorded points for UMass Boston, which advances to the ECAC East Semifinals in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 08-09 campaign.

Sophomore netminder Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) stopped 35 of 37 shots to help the Beacons move to 14-0-1 all-time against the Nor’Easters.

Jared Melman scored his team-leading 16th tally for the visitors, while Zeth Zielinski added the second tally for UNE. Junior goalie Colby Drost stopped 26 of 33 shots through the first 45 minutes, before being replaced by Craig Ryan who stopped all six shots he saw.

Junior defenseman Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.) put the Beacons on the board just 37 seconds into the contest, when he rifled home a shot from the blue line, as the fans were still just barely filing into their seats.

The Beacons pushed the lead to 2-0 less than two minutes later, when Milam struck for the Beacons’ first power-play goal of the night, just five seconds into the man-advantage. Milam won the faceoff to his right where MacIntyre picked up the puck and sent it to Buco at the blue line, Buco sent a laser towards net that Drost knocked down, but Milam corralled the rebound and sent a back-hand shot just inside the near post.

UMass Boston tacked on a third goal at 7:50 of the period, when MacIntyre struck off a feed from Grinhaus. MacIntyre forced a UNE turnover at the blue line and sent a pass to Grinhaus, who gave it right back to MacIntyre. The First Team All-Conference selection proceeded to skate in on net and carry out a series of moves, before roofing home a shot short-side.

The Nor’Easters responded 10 minutes later when Melman redirected Patrick Borer’s slap-shot past Faust. With Cody Dixon (Hales Corners, Wisc.) in the box for the Beacons, Tom Gildersleeve sent a pass to the point for Borer, who rocketed a shot towards net and Melman tipped it high over Faust’s shoulder, to make it a 3-1 game heading into the first intermission.

Daniel gave the Beacons back a three-goal lead 12:53 into the second period after a series of nifty tic-tac toe passes. MacIntyre and Buco went back-and-forth before finding Daniel out in front, and the senior captain spun around and sent a hard shot over Drost’s pads for a 4-1 lead.

The Beacons added to their lead late in the period on an Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.) short-handed tally. The freshman tipped a UNE pass out of the zone and Connor McStravick (Philadelphia, Pa.) tracked it down, just ahead of a Nor’Easter defender. With Daley racing towards net, McStravick sent it ahead, and Daley buried a shot over Drost’s shoulder to give UMass Boston a 5-1 edge at the 2:19 mark.

Zielinski cut the deficit back to three just 49 seconds into the third, when he knocked a rebound past Faust, just seconds after a UMass Boston penalty expired.

The momentum wouldn’t last long for the Nor’Easters, as Milam answered back with his second power-play tally of the night a minute and two seconds later. Milam once again found himself in the right spot, as Daniel’s initial shot was stopped, but Milam found the rebound in the crease and poked it home for his career-best 12th marker.

Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) capped off the scoring at the 4:50 mark with an unassisted tally. The sophomore forward intercepted a Nor’Easters pass and sent his initial offering off the crossbar, before picking up his own rebound and pinging a shot off of Drost and in.

Mass. College Hockey: UMass Boston Climbs To No. 6 On D3Hockey.com Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the UMass Boston sports information department, here’s today’s release about the Beacons men’s ice hockey team, who is now the sixth best team in the country on the latest D3Hockey.com poll:

BOSTON, Mass.—After a wild first week of 2014 in which they earned five wins in eight days, UMass Boston men’s hockey (12-1-2) earned the highest ranking in school history, as they came in at number six in theD3Hockey.com Top-15 Poll Monday afternoon.

The sixth-place ranking eclipses UMass Boston’s previous program record that they set in January of 1991, when the 1990-91 team (11-5-2) was ranked seventh in the nation.

In addition to being ranked by D3Hockey.Com, the Beacons moved up to #11 in the USCHO.com National Poll, their highest ranking of the season and a ranking that ties the previous high-water mark for UMass Boston in USCHO.com poll history.

UMass Boston moved up an impressive nine spots after a 3-0 week in which they defeated Salem State University (4-2), #5 Norwich University (4-2) and St. Michael’s College (6-4).

The victory over Salem State at Fenway Park Tuesday marked UMass Boston’s first win over the Vikings since 1999. Friday UMass Boston scored two goals in the third period to snap a three-game losing streak against #5 Norwich and Saturday UMB overcame a 4-1 second-period deficit by scoring five-straight goals to knock off the Purple Knights of St. Michael’s College.

Head coach Peter Belisle’s squad is riding a program-record best 13-game unbeaten streak and is just one victory shy of tying the program record for consecutive wins of 11 straight.

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: A Few Thoughts On Div. III Hockey

By Matt Noonan 

Earlier today, we provided a few notes and thoughts about the Div. III college basketball season. And now, here are a few notes on the current hockey season.

* According to the latest poll on D3Hockey.com, Amherst College and Williams College are the only men’s teams from the state that earned spots on the Top-15 list. The Ephs are currently 6-2 overall, and have won five-of-six games in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference).

* Amherst recently snapped a two-game skid with a win against Middlebury College. The Lord Jeffs are currently 5-3-1 overall, and have won four-of-six NESCAC meetings.

* According to the most recent NESCAC men’s ice hockey release, the Lord Jeffs rank second in the conference in scoring defense. The purple and white are yielding roughly 1-2 goals per contest, while their offense ranks ninth.

* They’re not from the Bay State, but Norwich University’s men’s team is a perfect 10-0. They’re currently one of the best teams in the country, and will square off against a few Massachusetts teams in a few weeks.

* Peter Belisle’s UMass Boston Beacons haven’t skated on a sheet of ice since defeating Southern Maine, 5-2. The Beacons ended the first half of their slate with a five-game winning streak and will attempt to keep their momentum going against Wentworth Institute of Technology on Saturday, January 5.

* Western New England College continues to be the top squad in the ECAC Northeast. However, I wouldn’t count out Curry College, Nichols College or Wentworth. All three teams can certainly challenge the Golden Bears, especially if they remain out of the penalty box.

* Plymouth State remains atop the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Athletic Conference), but UMass Dartmouth and Salem State are on their tail. The Vikings from Salem have won three straight, and will attempt to keep their winning ways going on Monday, December 31, against Colby College.

* The Amherst women’s ice hockey team has won two consecutive contests, as well as remains the second best team in the NESCAC. The Lord Jeffs will commence the New Year with two back-to-back contests against Colby before they travel to Vermont to face-off against Middlebury College.

* Holy Cross’ women’s team concluded the first half of their schedule with two tough losses to Bowdoin College and Norwich. However, the Crusaders were able to squeak out a victory against Connecticut College to earn a 7-4-1 overall record.