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Vatrano continues to lead P-Bruins, AHL rookies in goals

Date: 11/6/2015

PROVIDENCE – East Longmeadow native Frank Vatrano two goals in the Providence Bruins’ 6-4 win over the Portland Pirates on Oct. 30.
    Vatrano notched Providence’s second goal of the night when his shot from the high slot found the back of the net to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead that it quickly relinquished into a 3-2 deficit.
    But Vatrano truck again to give Providence the lead at 14:13 in the second period, handing the Bruins an edge it would not relinquish.
    With 10 goals and 2 assists in 10 games as of Nov. 3, Vatrano is fourth in the American Hockey League in scoring and first among rookies.

Orszulak, Yellow Jackets fall to RIT

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield native Austin Orszulak assisted a goal in the first period to tie American International College men’s hockey team’s game against Rochester Institute of Technology, but the Tigers pulled away in the second period for a 4-2 win on Oct. 30.

Orszulak’s 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in eight games lead the Yellow Jackets as of Nov. 3. He is also tied for sixth in the American Hockey Association in points and ninth in assists.

Cloonan pots goal in BU’s overtime win over Denver

BOSTON – East Longmeadow’s Ryan Cloonan scored a goal as the Boston University men’s hockey team registered a 5-4 overtime victory against Denver on Oct. 31.

Cloonan, a freshman, opened the scoring just 1:58 into the contest when he redirected the puck from the slot off a pass by senior Matt Lane.

With 3 goals and 3 assists in six games as of Nov. 3, Cloonan ranks fifth among Hockey East rookie scorers this season.

Kelleher adds to HEA-leading point total

NORTH ANDOVER – Longmeadow’s Tyler Kelleher assisted two goals as the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team handed 17th-ranked Merrimack College its first loss of the season 4-2 on Oct. 31.

Kelleher recorded a helper on Andrew Poturalski’s second period goal, which proved to be the game-winner, then later registered an assist on Poturalski’s third period marker that gave UNH a 4-1 lead.

Having scored 3 goals while assisting 10 more in his first six games this season, as of Nov. 3, Kelleher ranks third in the nation and first in Hockey East both in scoring and assists.

He is also first in the conference power play assists and power play points (5).