Archive for October, 2012

The Takeaway: Freshmen Carry BU past UMass, 5-2

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

BOSTON — Freshman goaltender Matt O’Connor made 28 saves, and fellow rookie Danny O’Regan scored twice to lead Boston University past Massachusetts, 5-2. O’Regan first goal extended BU’s lead to 2-0 at the time, and his second marker pushed the advantage to 3-1. Sophomore Cason Hohmann continued his hot start scoring a pair of goals, including an empty-net goal to seal the win. Hohmann’s first came 43 seconds after UMass’ Joel Hanley cut the BU lead to 3-2.

The win helps the Terriers recover from last week’s 4-1 loss to New Hampshire. UMass, on the other, suffered its second consecutive defeat. Still winless in the league play, the Minutemen host BU Saturday night at the Mullins Center in Amherst.

What I Saw

  • BU’s underclassmen were its best players once again. Against Providence on Oct. 13, Hohmann led the way for the Terriers with a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win over the Friars. O’Connor stopped 26 shots that night, and he continued his strong start on Friday night against UMass. O’Connor stopped 28 shots against the Minutemen, including 11 in a second period UMass controlled for long stretches. The Terriers upperclassmen are among some of the league’s best players. Wade Megan picked up his second goal of the season to open the scoring, and others put together strong efforts. It was O’Regan, Hohmann and several other BU underclassmen leading the way Friday night, though. (more…)

The Takeaway: Milner’s 38 Saves Lead BC Past Lowell

Friday, October 26th, 2012

LOWELL, Mass. – Parker Milner stopped all 38 shots he faced to lead Boston College to a thrilling 1-0 victory over Massachusetts-Lowell on Friday. The River Hawks (1-2-1, 0-1-1 Hockey East) controlled play for the vast majority of the game and nearly doubled up BC (3-1-0, 3-1-0 HE) in shots, but they couldn’t solve Milner, who earned his second consecutive shutout. Steven Whitney scored the game’s lone goal 3:17 into the third when he took a pass from Johnny Gaudreau in the high slot and beat Doug Carr (19 saves) with a quick snap shot.

What I saw
-The River Hawks dominated most of this game, but just couldn’t get one past Milner. They outshot BC 12-4 in the first (at one point it was 9-1) and registered eight grade-A chances to BC’s three. Some of the River Hawks’ best looks came on their first power play, just over a minute into the game, but they put a few shots wide and Milner stopped the rest. Even 5-on-5, Lowell was able to pin the Eagles in their own zone for extended stretches. The second and third periods were more of the same. The River Hawks continued to win the lion’s share of foot races and puck battles. Although shots were closer in the second (15-11 Lowell), grade-A chances were 13-4. In the third, it was 11-5 in shots and 7-3 in quality chances. Getting shots but not goals has been a problem all season for the River Hawks — they’ve registered at least 38 shots in all four of their games, but they only have five goals to show for it. (more…)

10/26-27 CCHA Picks

Friday, October 26th, 2012

The CCHA staff took its first shot at predicting last weekend’s games, and here’s how we did:

Taylor Lewis: 9-6-5 (.575)

Avash Kalra: 9-6-5 (.575)

Sam Obermyer: 9-6-5 (.575)

Caleb Saunders: 6-9-5 (.425)

We release our CCHA Power Rankings yesterday, and those are subject to change based on this weekend’s results. Here are the staff’s picks for this weekend’s slate of games — and we have only one “consensus” pick out of the 10 games this weekend: (more…)

ECAC Notebook- Quinnipiac Starting Strong

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The Quinnipiac Bobcats have had quite the start to the season. The team is currently 3-1-1 in the first month of play with wins against the likes of Maine and Ohio State.

A big reason for this early season success is in the program set up by head coach Rand Pecknold. It was a very busy off-season for the 18 year Bobcat coach, as he was offered a prominent position of head coach at Umass Amherst in the Hockey East.

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10/25 CCHA Power Rankings

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

A full slate of league play begins this weekend, and each team in the league has played between three and five non-conference games. It’s a small sample size, but based on the games thus far, here is the first edition of the CCHA Power Rankings. We’re at the stage of the season where these rankings are incredibly dynamic, with each team having the potential to move up (or down) several spots on an almost-daily basis. Also, keep in mind that power rankings represent a different consideration than ranking the “best” teams in the nation (which explains the difference between Michigan’s current national ranking and their power ranking here).

Tomorrow: the CCHA staff writers’ predictions for this weekend’s games.

1. Notre Dame (3-1-0)

The Irish already boast wins over Maine, Nebraska-Omaha, and Minnesota-Duluth, and goaltender Steve Summerhays has provided a steady presence for Notre Dame already. Summerhays and co. will be tested this weekend on the road against Northern Michigan. And… surprise, surprise. T.J. Tynan and Anders Lee (now playing at center instead of on the wing) lead the team in scoring through four games thus far.

2. Miami (3-0-1)

The RedHawks followed up an opening weekend sweep of Colgate with a tie and win against Providence. A pair of road games this weekend at Michigan and another two next weekend at Ferris State will be telling, but for now, underclassmen like Riley Barber are leading the way for Miami. CHN’s Caleb Saunders was reporting from the Miami/Providence series in Oxford last weekend and observed the quick start for the RedHawks’ freshmen goaltenders (haven’t we seen this before?). Here’s more from Caleb:

The freshman Ryan McKay made his second career start for Miami on Friday. His freshman counterpart Jon Gillies got the call for the Friars.  The two netminders are familiar with each other after both of them played in the USHL the last few years before going to their respective schools. McKay played three seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers and Gillies played two seasons with the Indiana Ice.

 “I’ve played against [Jon] Gillies the last few years, I’m friendly with him and he’s a good kid,” said McKay. (more…)

The Week Ahead Hockey East, 10/25/12

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

This week in Hockey East is for once a normal weekend in terms of games as there will be five, two game series’ going on throughout the conference. This will become the norm in the last two months of the season, but this one week early will give us an idea of who the strong teams are in the conference. This week Boston College again held the top spot in the CHN Hockey East Power Poll, but New Hampshire is nipping on their heels with a strong 3-0-0 start. This week could be the week where separation and teams begin to stand out. This week also features a new format with an added prediction after each preview. (more…)

ECAC Power Rankings: 10/24/2012

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Of the teams that have played, the top five are a combined 11-7-3 in non-conference play. Of those 11 wins, 9 of them have come against Hockey East and the CCHA. These wins will increase their chances making the tournament at the end of the season. It is getting to the point that teams will start standing out and this weekend St. Lawrence with their wins at Maine stood out; others have yet to make a big statement but this weekend is another chance to do so.  The Ivies have still yet to play a game, which means that ranking them will again be difficult in this installment. After this weekend, every ECAC team will have played a game and these rankings should take shape even more.

1. Cornell (0-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) – Last week 1

The Big Red have yet to play a game and remain number one in these rankings, but Union is still nipping at their heels for the top spot. We should learn more about Cornell this weekend as they begin their season by hosting Colorado College for a pair at Lynah. (more…)

Hockey East Power Rankings: 10/24/12

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

There is plenty of movement in this week’s rankings, as only four teams remain in the same spot as last week. Among the changes are a new first-place team and a new last-place team.

1. Boston College (2-1-0, 2-1-0 HE) — Last week: 2
The Eagles overcame a 3-0 third-period deficit to beat UMass 5-4 in overtime on Friday, then beat Northeastern 3-0 after raising their national championship banner on Saturday. The top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Pat Mullane and Steven Whitney combined for five goals and six assists on the weekend. After allowing three or more goals in each of his first two starts, Parker Milner earned a 26-save shutout Saturday. One concern for BC is that its third and fourth lines have yet to register a point this season.

2. New Hampshire (3-0-0, 1-0-0 HE) — Last week: 4
The Wildcats continued to roll with a 4-1 win over BU on Saturday. They’ve now scored at least four goals in all three of their games. Saturday featured a balanced attack, as all four lines scored and 10 different players registered a point. UNH scored a power-play goal for the third straight game and killed all five BU power plays. In net, Casey DeSmith stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced. (more…)

WCHA Power Rankings: 10/24/12

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Although no one moves more than one spot this week, everyone came a little closer together. The teams at the top aren’t running away like we thought they might, and the teams at the bottom are certainly holding their own. The best illustration of this tightness is that only one team is under .500 right now.

1. Minnesota (3-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) — Last week: 1
The Gophers faced much stiffer competition than the weekend before, losing 5-3 at Michigan Tech on Friday before rebounding with a 3-2 win Saturday. Michael Shibrowski got pulled from net Friday after giving up four goals on 14 shots. Adam Wilcox fared better on the weekend, stopping 27 of the 30 shots he faced. The third line of Nate Condon, Travis Boyd and Seth Ambroz came to life with three goals and five assists on the weekend.

2. Denver (2-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) — Last week: 3
The Pioneers opened their season in impressive fashion, beating Massachusetts-Lowell 5-1 on Friday and Air Force 5-2 on Saturday. Daniel Doremus tallied two goals Friday and Nick Shore recorded a hat trick Saturday, while freshman defenseman Nolan Zajac opened his career with a goal and three assists on the weekend. Sam Brittain stopped 37 of 38 shots Friday and Adam Murray stopped 22 of 24 Saturday. (more…)

Three Up, Three Down, WCHA: Oct. 23

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Up

Andrew Hamburg, Forward, Colorado College

Hamburg’s four-goal performance on Friday night against Air Force – making him the first Tiger since 2008 to strike four times in a game – is more than enough to warrant a spot on this list, but the feat is even more impressive when you consider the fact that it equaled his goal total from all of last year.

Andrew Walsh, Goalie, Bemidji State

Walsh knew he had to be good coming into the year, especially with the increased role following the departure of Dan Bakala. This weekend, he was great. In a pair of games he saw 64 shots, stopped 63 of them and helped the Beavers get off on the right foot.

Nic Kerdiles, Forward, Wisconsin

This is probably the only time that a player who hasn’t actually played will be featured here, but college hockey fans – no matter their allegiance – have to tip their caps at Kerdiles, who decided to stick it out at Wisconsin rather than bolt for the WHL. It’s a good move for him, it’s a good move for Wisconsin and it’s a good move for college hockey.

Down

Rylan Schwartz, Forward, Colorado College

While Hamburg was lighting it up, Schwartz was quiet in a pair of games this weekend. He did have an assist and five shots, but the Tigers will need him to be at the top of his game all the time to battle their way into the top-half of the WCHA.

Caleb Herbert, Forward, Minnesota Duluth

Herbert took a nasty hit to the head on Thursday night against Notre Dame, which could play into why he didn’t have a great weekend in South Bend, but he must be better. An assist and two shots for UMD’s top returning forward isn’t going to cut it.

Mark Alt, Defenseman, Minnesota

For a guy that had an absolute rock-solid campaign last winter, Alt had high expectations entering this year. Against Michigan Tech, he looked like a rookie. Alt wasn’t sharp all weekend, made some plays that turned into Tech goals and finished a minus-two on the weekend.