Archive for January, 2012

Three Up, Three Down, January 31

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Northeastern’s Cody Ferriero had a fantastic weekend for the Huskies, scoring four time in two NU wins at Vermont. The sophomore’s turbulent career on St. Botolph Street seems to be on one of its trends up. However, the problem for Ferriero, and Northeastern really, has been the inevitable slope down.

In the two wins over UVM, Ferriero scored four goals and assisted on another. Earlier this year, he scored five goals and recorded five assists in a 10-game span. However, he missed the first four games of the season due to suspension and entered last weekend pointless in three consecutive games.

The peaks have been great Ferriero — and Northeastern — but the valleys have been devastating.

Three Up

Derek Arnold, Sophomore, Forward, UMass Lowell

Derek Arnold scored a game-winning goal in overtime at Northeastern on Jan. 21. He was scoreless three nights later in a 1-0 loss to Providence, which doesn’t appear to have sat well. He scored three times last weekend in two wins for UMass Lowell over sister-school Massachusetts. The wins clinched the first Alumni Cup in three years for the River Hawks, and Arnold was a big part. (more…)

Atlantic Wrap

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Air Force – The Falcons missed an opportunity to tie Mercyhurst for second in the standings. A win and tie against Canisus has them two points behind Atlantic Hockey leader RIT. John Kruse had a goal and two assists while Scott Mathis had a goal an assist for the Falcons. Kruse has now recorded at least one point in four straight games.

AIC – The Yellow Jackets snapped a four game losing with a split against Sacred Heart. The Yellow Jackets needed two third period goals on Saturday just to force overtime before winning in the extra time. Adam Pleskach scored twice, including the game winner on Saturday. Steve Mele assisted on three goals, giving him a career high nine assists and a four game point streak.

Army – The Black Knights picked up their first win since Dec. 30 on Saturday. Andy Starczewski, Bill Daly, Danny Colvin, and Josh Richards all had a goal and assist on the weekend. Starczewski leads the team with nine goals and 15 points. The nine goals is a career high. Richards goal and assist were both the first of his Black Knight career. (more…)

Yale looking to climb the ECAC ladder

Monday, January 30th, 2012
Saturday night’s 5-4 come from behind victory over Dartmouth signified the fight the members of the Yale team have. Forward Kenny Agostino sparked the Bulldogs with two goals on the night, including the game winner with only 34.8 seconds left.Yale let up four goals in the first period and the game certainly looked like it was out of reach. Yet the team gritted out a win through some serious hard work and a couple of lucky bounces.
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Three Things I Think, January 30

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Maine’s sweep of Boston University thrust the Black Bears into the national spotlight. Not only are they a realistic contender for their first Hockey East Championship since 2004, but Tim Whitehead’s club could very well challenge for a national title if it can sustain the level of play it has over the last two months.

Consecutive sweeps over BU and Boston College have Maine just one point short of first place in Hockey East, where BC and BU are tied with 25 points a piece. While the Black Bears have played more games than any club in Hockey East except for BC, they’ve made the most out of those games. With Alabama-Huntsville heading to Orono next week, Maine has the opportunity to maintain its current level of play without the grind of late-season Hockey East games.

However, the pair with UAH means that the league standings, and Maine’s position within the conference, will be drastically different when it resumes Hockey East play in two weeks. Visits to Providence and UMass Lowell on Feb. 10 and 11 will be as critical as these last four wins over BC and BU. Further showing that if red-hot Maine takes UAH lightly, it could easily suffer a major setback in its quest for a league championship and run through the NCAA Tournament.

There are 5 legitimate contenders for the Hockey East Championship

Despite its sweep at the hands of Maine, BU remains the favorite in Hockey East. The losses were a setback, but BU is still tied with BC atop the league standings with a game in hand over the Eagles and the tiebreaker already clinched. Both the Eagles and Terriers are, as usual, contenders for a league title. (more…)

The Takeaway: Merrimack Wins Penalty-Filled Game vs. Friars

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Merrimack scored twice during a five-minute power play en route to a 4-2 win over Providence on Sunday. With Ross Mauermann serving a five-minute major for charging, Karl Stollery scored with 56 seconds left in the first and Josh Myers scored on the same power play 3:01 into the second. Joe Cannata made 37 saves in the victory, while Rhett Bly scored the game’s first goal and Jesse Todd sealed the Merrimack (14-5-5, 10-4-3 HE) win with an empty-netter. Stefan Demopoulos and Myles Harvey registered the Providence (10-12-2, 8-8-1 HE) goals, both of which came on the power play.

What I saw

-A lot of penalties. The teams combined for 70 penalty minutes, including 43 in the first period alone. There were four majors and three game misconducts, as both teams toed the line between physical and dirty all game. On top of Mauermann’s charging major (which didn’t include a misconduct), Providence’s Chris Rooney and Merrimack’s Brendan Ellis were both ejected for facemasking — which is a nice way of saying “fighting” — and Merrimack’s Jordan Heywood was shown the gate for a blatant hit from behind. (more…)

The Takeaway: Maine Beats BU, 3-1, Completes Sweep

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

BOSTON — Nick Pryor scored the game-winning goal at 6 minutes of the second period, and Matt Mangene added one into an empty net with five second left in regulation, lifting Maine to a 3-1 win over Boston University Saturday night. The victory completed a two-game weekend sweep of BU for the Black Bears — their first in Boston since 1992.

Sophomore goaltender Dan Sullivan continued his steady play in goal with 38 saves, including 12 in the third period. For the weekend, Sullivan stopped 66 of 69 shots, lifting his season save percentage to a respectable .903.

The losses were BU’s first since a New Year’s Eve defeat at Notre Dame. Still, the Terriers leave the weekend in good position both in conference and on the national stage.

What I Saw

  • Maine continued its smart play through the neutral zone. On Friday, Maine’s 1-2-2 gave BU fits whenever the Terriers looked to break the puck up ice. The same held true on Saturday, as BU rarely generated offense when forced to go the length of the ice. As usual BU created frequent scoring chances when they managed to break through Maine’s formation or worked an odd-man rush. Preventing the Terriers from doing this consistently helped Maine take four points over the weekend. The absences of BU defensemen Alexx Privitera and Max Nicastro made it more difficult for BU to move the puck up ice. Both players were injured in Friday’s game. (more…)

Alive and Kicking

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The CCHA’s days may be numbered, but the lame duck conference has been far from, well, lame this 2011-12 campaign, the league’s penultimate season.

A look at the current Pairwise rankings (as of 12am on January 29) shows six CCHA teams — Ferris State (4), Ohio State (5), Michigan (7), Miami (T-8), Northern Michigan (12), Notre Dame (13) — within the top 13. Starting in the fall of 2013, those six teams will play in four different conferences. Another three — Western Michigan (T-18), Michigan State (20), Lake Superior (21) — sit on the NCAA tournament bubble.

And if the NCAA tournament started today, the CCHA representation would be twice that of the WCHA.

But let’s look closer at all the numbers: (more…)

The Takeaway: BC Finishes 2 Game Sweep of UNH, in OT

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Durham, NH.- On a night where New Hampshire was able to keep up with the Eagles, Barry Almeida scored a crucial powerplay goal three and a half minutes into overtime to give Boston College the weekend sweep over a reeling UNH team. The goal was his 16th of the season and it left the sold out Whittemore Center crowd of  6501 stunned after another good effort by their local team and freshman goaltender, Casey Desmith.

The second and third periods were practically a stalemate with the only blemish on either goalie, a UNH tying goal with 1:12 left in the second period, off the stick of Mike Borisenok, to deadlock the game at two that stood throughout the third period. It seemed as though UNH might be able to pull out the win, after a good second period performance by freshman goaltender Casey Desmith, where he stood on his head and made 19 saves in the period but it was not to be on the night and Boston College, as they usually do this time of year, found a way to win it.

The loss was the third straight for the Wildcats and it was the second consecutive Saturday in which they lost in overtime. They fall to 9-14-2 on the season and also fall back into ninth place, one point out of a playoff spot behind both Northeastern and UMass. The win was a the second consecutive for the Eagles and the weekend as a whole was a huge bounce-back weekend after last weekend’s sweep at the hands of the Black Bears up in Orono. Boston College improves to 16-10-1 and 11-7-1 in the conference. With the win they moved into a tie for first place with rival Boston University with 25 points one point clear of third place Maine. (more…)

WCHA Weekend Wrap: Is the race for MacNaughton over?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Good evening from the north woods of Minnesota.

Is the fat lady belting out her Do-Re-Mi’s when it comes to the regular season title? It very well could be the case. Minnesota wins tonight at St. Cloud capping a series sweep. Michigan Tech rolls, shockingly, to a 5-0 win over Minnesota Duluth, taking three points from the defending national champions at the house Jack Connolly built.

Minnesota now holds a five-point edge over the Bulldogs in the race for the league title as we head into the final month. Impossible to overcome? Not by any means. I once saw the Gophers overcome an 8-point deficit in the span of 8 days. And with UMD’s rather pedestrian schedule left, anything is possible.

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The Takeaway: Lowell continues strong play, beats UMass, 5-2

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

LOWELL, Mass. — In a game that appeared not to be in doubt through the first 25 minutes, Massachusetts challenged UMass Lowell in the second period, before succumbing, 5-2, in the final stanza.

Lowell dominated the first period and appeared poised to continue that domination through the second. But UMass defenseman Joel Hanley beat the typically reliable Doug Carr with a shot the goalie usually stops. That goal kicked off an excellent second period for the Minutemen. However, a rash of third-period penalties ended any opportunity to mount a comeback for UMass.

With the victory, the River Hawks swept the season series against their rivals — one season after being swept by the Minutemen themselves. The three wins against UMass are indicative of a remarkable turnaround for Lowell this season after winning only five total games last year.

In addition, the weekend sweep affirms Lowell’s quest to finish in the top half of the conference, while UMass must focus on merely securing conference play-off qualification.

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