Archive for January, 2013

The Takeaway: UNH Rebounds to Defeat Merrimack 6-2

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Manchester, NH- New Hampshire got an early five on three power-play seven minutes into the first period and they would capitalize as Austin Block through a puck toward the front of the net that hit a couple bodies and went into the net. The 1-0 lead would last until the intermission, despite Merrimack dominating the latter portions of the first period. The second period would see Merrimack control play and score an early tying goal off the stick of Ben Bahe, but UNH would score three goals in the final seven minutes, and 37 seconds to take a commanding 4-1 lead into the second intermission.

The teams would trade third period goals with UNH scoring an extra, as they cruised to a 6-2 win over Merrimack. UNH improves to 15-6-2 on the season and 10-5-1 in Hockey East, while Merrimack falls to 10-10-5 and 8-6-2. The win moves UNH within two points of Boston College for first in Hockey East and into a second place tie with Boston University. (more…)

The Takeaway: St. Lawrence Comes Up Big Over Dartmouth

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

 

 

Hanover, NH.- St. Lawrence was the hungrier team on Friday night at Thompson arena. A three goal third period lifted the Saints to a 4-2 come from behind victory over Dartmouth. Junior forwards Jeremy Wick and Greg Carey each had big three point nights to lead their team to victory.

Dartmouth came out of the gates late in the first period with an awkward power play goal with one second remaining in the period. St. Lawrence came out a very motivated team at the start of the second, as Wick slotted home a PPG against Big Green goaltender Charlie Grant.

Dustin Walsh returned from injury and put Dartmouth up 2-1 on a beautiful breakaway goal at the end of the second period. From that point on the Big Green could not put anything past Saints goaltender Matt Weninger. A total offensive break came from the top line of Saint Lawrence in the third period, as Wick and Carey sealed the game off with a positive 4-2 victory.

What I saw:

There seemed to be a shift in momentum at the start of the second period. Dartmouth completely looked like the normal dominating offense they have shown all year in the first period. They just could not get that final puck past Weninger.

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The Takeaway: Minnesota State knocks off Minnesota 2-1 with a last minute goal

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS- Minnesota State only led for a grand total of 44 seconds Friday night at Mariucci Arena, but that didn’t really matter. They were last 44 seconds.

Mavericks freshman Brett Knowles buried the rebound from a Zach Palmquist shot past Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox to give the visiting Minnesota State (16-8-3, 10-8-1 WCHA) a 2-1 win to snap a ten-game unbeaten streak. The goal was just Knowles’ second of the season and rewarded Mavericks goalie Stephon Williams for his 37 save performance against the Gophers.

Minnesota (17-4-4, 9-4-4 WCHA) got off to a slow start, being out-shot 12-8 in the first period, yet got on the board first. Following a scoreless first, defenseman Nate Schmidt pinched in towards the net. He then simultaneously settled down a Nate Condon pass and shot the puck over Williams for a 1-0 Gopher lead 7:48 into the second period.

That held up for almost 9 minutes when the Mavericks tied the game up on the power play. Sophomore Matt Leitner caught the opposing defense napping in front of the net and set up junior Johnny McInnis for his 11th goal of the season. Although Minnesota more than doubled their shots on goal from the first 40 minutes in the third period, out-shooting Minnesota State 20-8, both teams had chances to win before Knowles’ game winner. (more…)

The Takeaway: Maine Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive with Win at BC

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Maine defeated Boston College, 4-1, Friday night in the first game of a weekend pair with the Eagles at Conte Forum. First-period goals from Joey Diamond and Ryan Lomberg put the Black Bears on top, 2-0, after one. Will Merchant added a third late in the second period, before Kyle’s Beattie’s empty-net goal put the game away for Maine. Steven Whitney’s goal at 13 minutes, 6 seconds of the third period gave the Eagles hope, but the Black Bears withstood the pressure to preserve the win.

Junior goaltender Martin Ouellette made 34 saves in the win.

What I Saw

  • Maine was one of the few teams to take time and space from BC’s dominant first line of Whitney, Pat Mullane and Johnny Gaudreau. There was a bit of luck involved; Gaudreau hit a post and a few other bounces fell Maine’s way. Still, the Black Bears’ kept the quick-strike Eagles off balance for most of the night. Closing passing lanes with quality positioning and blocking shots prevented some quality scoring chances from becoming goals. (more…)

The Takeaway: Collins, Christie Lead Merrimack Past No. 4 UNH

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — Behind a three-point night from junior Mike Collins, including a pair of goals, Merrimack College defeated No. 4 New Hampshire on Friday night, 3-2.

With the win, Merrimack is now tied with Providence for fourth place in the Hockey East standings with one game-in-hand on the Friars and two points behind Boston University for second place in the Hockey East. UNH remains third in the league, one point behind BU and one point ahead of Merrimack and Providence.

The Warriors registered the game-winning goal just seven seconds into the third period as freshman Brian Christie won the opening draw back to Jordan Heywood who skated in over the line and found Christie in between the circles. Christie took the pass and unleashed a quick wrist shot over the blocker of UNH goaltender Jeff Wyer. Heywood and Collins picked up assists on Christie’s fourth goal of the season.

Merrimack (10-9-5, 8-5-2 HEA) will travel to Manchester, NH to take on the UNH Wildcats again Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Puck drop is set for 5:00 p.m. WGAM will be hosting a Merrimack hockey pregame party from Jillian’s, right across the street from the Verizon Wireless Arena from 2-4 p.m.

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The Takeaway: Lowell Comes From Behind, Ties Northeastern

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

BOSTON – Massachusetts-Lowell overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to force a 4-4 tie at Northeastern on Friday. The tie ended the River Hawks’ nine-game winning streak, but extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games. Steve Morra put that streak in serious jeopardy when he gave the Huskies (7-11-3, 4-9-3 Hockey East) a 4-2 lead 1:31 into the third with his first career goal.

The River Hawks (13-7-2, 7-6-2 HE) battled back, though. Daniel Furlong cut the lead in half three minutes later when he beat Bryan Mountain (41 saves) with a shot through traffic. Derek Arnold tied the game on the power play with 4:42 left in regulation when he collected a loose puck at the side of the net and buried it before Mountain could get across.

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The Takeaway: Clarkson Storms Harvard, wins 5-1

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Cambridge, MA.- Harvard came storming out of the gates and scored a quick goal off the stick of Jimmy Vesey at two minutes, 34 seconds of the first. After five minutes of play, Harvard led Clarkson 1-0 and were outshooting the Golden Knights 8-2. They would take that lead into the first intermission and Clarkson would use two quick goals nine seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead over the Crimson after two periods. The lead would hold in the third period as Clarkson would further their lead to 5-1 and Joe Zarbo would complete the hat trick on an empty net goal. 5-1 would be the final in this one as Clarkson improves 5-12-6 overall and 4-5-2 in the ECAC, while Harvard falls to 5-12-1, 3-10-0. (more…)

The Week Ahead Hockey East 1/25/13

Friday, January 25th, 2013

This is a day late but home and home series’ are the name of the weekend, as all ten teams play two game sets with their opponents. Maine will travel south to take on Boston College at Conte Forum for two and UMass travels to Vermont, which are the only deviations from the home and home series’. From now on we will be in the meat of the conference schedule and most teams will play two games against other Hockey East teams. Check out this week’s Power Rankings, where Boston College has reaffirmed their top billing and UNH falls down to second. Also the standings have gotten really close from second place down. If the NCAA tournament started today BC and UNH would be one seeds, while UML would be a two and BU a four giving Hockey East four teams in the tournament according to the Pairwise Rankings. Its early to look at the national tournament, but it’s certainly in the picture this time of year. Here are the matchups this week. (more…)

The Case for the Cleary

Friday, January 25th, 2013

It seems that this season in ECAC play there is a real separation at the top. With Quinnipiac seemingly miles ahead of everyone many can presumably already give them the Cleary Cup, as they currently have an 11-0-1 conference record.  That puts them a full eight points ahead of second place Yale in the standings. While the Bobcats do have a substantial advantage in points there is always room for error. However at this point there really is only minimal room at the top of the league.

The case for the Cleary:
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ECAC Power Rankings 1/23/13

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

We all know who will be on the top of these rankings and at this point it will probably take a lot to dethrone them from the top. Yale has also taken hold of the second position to stay and behind that, as per usual there is a lot of movement. The standings are owned by Quinnipiac as they hold an eight game lead over Yale, with a mess of teams following closely behind the Bulldogs. If the NCAA tournament started today, in accordance with the Pairwise Rankings, Quinnipiac would be the top seed with Dartmouth and Yale joining them in the big dance. Not to be greedy three teams is OK but a couple more would be best. Without further ado here are my rankings for the week.

1. Quinnipiac (18-3-3, 11-0-1) – Last Week 1

The Bobcats were idle in ECAC hockey last weekend, but hosted in-state rival Connecticut on Tuesday night. The Bobcats defeated the Huskies 2-1, but dominated the game outshooting UConn 50-22 in the contest. They will be idle again this weekend in a weird scheduling quirk where they play once in a span of 20 days.

2. Yale (11-4-3, 7-3-1) – Last Week 2

Yale has continued to solidify there position in these rankings with another two wins last weekend. On Friday night the Bulldogs defeated Harvard 4-0 and on Saturday they defeated Dartmouth 4-2. Yale has yet to lose back-to-back games yet this year and they have won four games in a row. The Bulldogs, like Quinnipiac, are quite cozy in their position. (more…)