Dec. 2, 2008

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Chris Wyman (Bartlett, IL) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Men's Ice Hockey Rookie of the Week for the week of November 24-30, it was announced today by the conference.

Wyman enjoyed the best week of his young collegiate career, registering six points on four goals and two assists in three games to help the Beacons to a perfect 3-0-0 week. The freshman wasted no time in contributing for UMass Boston, potting his first career hat trick, including the game-winning tally, and added an assist in the team's 9-1 victory over Framingham State College on November 25. The forward notched an assist in the Beacons' 6-3 win at Southern New Hampshire University in the first round of the PAL/Stovepipe tournament on November 29 and netted a power play goal to help them defeat Tufts University, 4-3, in the PAL/Stovepipe championship game the following day.

Wyman is on his way to establishing himself as not only one of the team's top offensive rookies, but also as one of the nation's best first-year players with 1.40 points per game to rank fifth among Division III rookies and second in total points among ECAC East freshman. A product of the Valley Junior Warriors of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, Wyman ranks second for UMB with seven points and stands eighth among league players. His four goals are tied for the most for the Beacons and second among ECAC East players, while his assist total of three is fourth for UMB and 12th in ECAC East. The Streamwood High School graduate also ranks 15th in the league with two points on the power play and his power play score puts him in a tie for ninth. Wyman is one of three players for the Beacons with a game-winner and ranks second in that category among ECAC East players. The forward has notched at least one point in four of five games for UMass Boston and has committed just one penalty on the year.

The Beacons are currently 3-1-1 on the season for their best start since 1991-92 when they owned a 4-1-0 mark after five contests. The team's four-game unbeaten streak is also its longest since four-game win streak from January 22 to February 4, 2000. UMass Boston will be in action again when it hosts Wesleyan University on Friday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.