Dec. 1, 2009

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Bryan Albert (Redlands, CA) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Player of the Week for the week of November 23-29, it was announced today by the conference.

Albert shined in a pair of regular-season games for the Beacons, racking up six points on three goals and three assists, while helping them to a 2-0-0 week. The sophomore netted a pair of goals, including a power play score to lead UMass Boston to an 8-3 win at Framingham State College on November 24 and registered a career-high four points with the game-winning goal and a personal-best three assists vs. Stonehill College on November 28 in the first round of the Manchester Police Athletic League/Stovepipe Tournament. The Beacons also played in an exhibition contest the following day and defeated Penn State University's club team to capture its second straight P.A.L./Stovepipe Tournament Championship with a 7-4 victory.

Albert has enjoyed a sensational second campaign with UMass Boston, leading the team with four goals in four games to rank 14th in the nation in goals per game and second in ECAC East in total goals. The forward has been quite the playmaker as well with four assists to rank 5th in the league and second on the team, while ranking 12th in the country with 2.0 points per game and second among ECAC East players with eight total points. A former member of the Valley Junior Warriors of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, Albert has excelled on the power play with six points on a pair of goals and four assists to lead ECAC East, while his goal total with the extra skater puts him fourth among the league's leaders.

A graduate of Redlands High School, he has played in 28 career games for the Beacons and tallied eight goals to go with 13 assists for 21 points. The weekly honor isn't the first he's received from the ECAC. He was also selected as the ECAC East Rookie of the Week for the week of December 8-14 last season.

UMass Boston is currently 3-1-0 on the season for its best start since 1996-97 when it also owned a 3-1-0 mark after four contests. The Beacons are second in the nation with 5.50 goals per game and their current three-game winning streak is the fifth-longest among NCAA Division III schools. The team will be in action again when it travels to Hartford, CT to take on Trinity College (CT) on Friday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.