Catching Up: Hockey East Notes

BOSTON — It’s been a busy week in Hockey East Land, so let’s take a few minutes to go over a few notes from what has gone on in recent days.

MONTHLY AWARDS
Boston College sophomore Bill Arnold registered a team-high 12 points in eight games to earn Athletic Republic Player of the Month honors for October, while posting two game-winning goals and a +8 rating. The Needham, Mass. native tallied at least one point in six of his eight appearances during the month, including a five-point performance at the IceBreaker in Grand Forks, N.D. on Oct. 7-8.

Senior Joe Cannata of Merrimack recorded five wins in as many tries during the first month of the season, including four Hockey East victories to backstop the Warriors to their best start in Division I history and earn the Goaltender of the Month Award. He has posted a stellar 1.40 goals-against average and .938 save percentage, both conference-best marks, so far this season. The Wakefield, Mass. native allowed two goals or less in all five starts and recorded at least 20 saves in three starts.

A two-time Hockey East Rookie of the Week during October, Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau was named Rookie of the Month to cap his first eight games as an Eagle. The Carneys Point, N.J. native scored five goals, including one in each of BC’s five victories. In BC’s IceBreaker contest on Oct. 8, he scored a goal and three assists to lead the offense.

HEA ANNOUNCES NBC SPORTS NETWORK DEAL
A multi-year agreement with NBC Sports Network (currently VERSUS) was announced by the conference on Wednesday, which begins with three regular-season games featuring Hockey East teams. Also included in the package are a conference Quarterfinal match-up on Mar. 9, 2012 and all three games of the 28th Annual Hockey East Championship on Mar. 16-17.

Boston University will face Notre Dame, the newest member of Hockey East as of the 2013-14, in the Compton Family Ice Arena on Dec. 31, 2011 in the inaugural Hockey East game as part of a 16-game national package. Vermont will host a pair of televised games on Feb. 10 and 24, 2012.

ANOTHER FENWAY GAME?
Also on Wednesday morning, Andrew Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal reported that another Hockey East game could be coming to Fenway Park in January 2012.

It is believed that Boston College will give up a home game on Jan. 14 in order to take on cross-town rival Northeastern inside America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. The game would come just one week after Maine, New Hampshire, UMass and Vermont are featured in the second installment of Frozen Fenway.

The Northeastern women’s squad took on UNH to open the first half of the doubleheader in Jan. 2010, while Boston University earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory in the men’s game.

With the date fast approaching, it is expected that an official announcement will be made in the near future.

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