• CC Falls Back to No. 10 (No. 9 in USCHO)

    Mon, October 29, 2007 by admin with no comments

    USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
    Division I hockey poll
    (first-place votes in parenthesis)
    Last Week’s Ranking–2007-08 Record–Weeks In Top 15
    1. Miami (Ohio) University (30) 2 6-0-0 5
    2. University of Michigan, 3 5-1-0 5
    3. University of North Dakota, 1 (2) 3-1-1 5
    4. University of New Hampshire, 6 (2) 3-0-0 5
    5. Boston College, 5 3-1-2 5
    6. Michigan State University, 9 4-1-0 5
    7. University of Denver, 7 4-2-0 5
    8. University of Minnesota, 10 4-2-0 5
    9. University of Wisconsin, 11 3-1-0 5
    10. Colorado College, 4 2-2-0 5
    11. Clarkson University, 8 4-2-0 5
    12. University of Maine, 13 4-2-0 4
    13. University of Notre Dame, 12 4-3-0 5
    14. Michigan Tech University, 15 4-2-0 2
    15. University of Minnesota-Duluth, NR 4-1-1 1
    Others receiving votes: St. Lawrence University, 14; Niagara University, 10; The Ohio State University, 9; U.S. Air Force Academy, 7; University of Alaska Anchorage, 4; College of the Holy Cross, 1; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1.

    USCHO.com/CSTV Division I hockey poll
    October 29, 2007
    Team (First Place Votes)–Record–Last Poll
    1. Miami (39) 6-0-0 2
    2. North Dakota (4) 3-1-1 1
    3. Michigan 5-1-0 3
    4. New Hampshire (3) 3-0-0 7
    5. Boston College 3-1-2 5
    6. Michigan State 4-1-0 8
    7. Denver 4-2-0 6
    8. Minnesota 4-2-0 10
    9. Colorado College 2-2-0 4
    10. Wisconsin 3-1-0 11
    11. Clarkson 4-2-0 9
    12. Maine 4-2-0 13
    13. Michigan Tech 4-2-0 14
    14. Notre Dame 4-3-0 12
    15. Minnesota-Duluth 4-1-1 17
    16. St. Lawrence 3-3-0 15
    17. Rensselaer 5-2-0 NR
    18. Niagara 4-1-0 NR
    19. St. Cloud State 3-2-1 NR
    20. Massachusetts 2-2-2 16
    Others Receiving Votes: Dartmouth 51, Ohio State 45, Alaska-Anchorage 39, Air Force 36, Cornell 25, Mass.-Lowell 25, RIT 15, Holy Cross 10, Colgate 7, Quinnipiac 7, Vermont 7, Boston University 6, Merrimack 6, Nebraska-Omaha 3, Princeton 3, Northeastern 2, Robert Morris 2, Providence 1
  • Game day: New Hampshire 4, CC 2 (final)

    Sun, October 28, 2007 by admin with no comments

    Third-period goals:
    Colorado College 1, New Hampshire 2: Brad Flaishans (Craig Switzer, Matt Fornataro), 4:33, pp.
    Just 35 seconds into a 101-second five-on-three scenario, Switzer’s pass from the point was one-timed by Flaishans from the top of the left circle. The slap shot beat Bachman inside the left post.
    “There was a power-play blast and there was a lot of traffic,” coach Scott Owens said of the goal.

    Colorado College 2, New Hampshire 2: Scott McCulloch (Jack Hillen, Andreas Vlassopoulos), 9:52, pp.
    Hillen ripped a shot from the point and McCulloch and Bill Sweatt crashed the net, punching the rebound past goaltender Brian Foster.

    Colorado College 2, New Hampshire 3: Paul Thompson (Danny Dries, Joe Charlebois), 10:08.
    Sixteen seconds after CC’s game-tying score, Charlebois’ slap shot from the outside edge of the right circle was tipped by Dries on the near post and batted in by Thompson backdoor.

    Colorado College 2, New Hampshire 4: Peter LeBlanc (Jerry Pollastrone), 19:53, en.
    After a neutral zone turnover created a 2-on-1 rush, defenseman Brian Connelly overcommitted to LeBlanc, who drove past him and finished in the empty net.

    Post-game quotes:
    Coach Scott Owens
    –On the two-referee, two-linesman system
    “The two-man system is something that’s being experimented with this year, I thought it went reasonably well. I would give it a thumbs-up based on this weekend.”
    –On goaltender Richard Bachman
    “You know what? Three goals against in a road game, his first road game, five goals in three games against teams rated top-six in the country, you know, that’s a good start for the young man.”
    –Concerned about CC’s penalty kill, which gave up three goals on 10 power plays?
    “I’m not concerned. I just hate putting so much pressure on our special teams by not generating a goal or a goal and a half a game on five-on-five and that’s an area we’ve really got to get better at here.”

    Defenseman Jack Hillen
    –On what the Tigers learned this weekend
    “What it takes to win on the road. Obviously we’re not good enough right now. You can’t just come into a barn, especially a team that’s as good as UNH, and not put a full road game together. We made too many mistakes. We did a lot of good things right, you can certainly take those away. But as a senior and a veteran on this team, I’m looking at goals after we just get one. …It’s a whole different atmosphere coming into a place like this than playing at home and w e’ve got to learn and we’ve got to learn pretty quick or it’s going to get away.”
    –On playing from behind on the road
    “It’s hard. It’s harder to come back on the road because you don’t get that momentum from the crowd. You feel like you’re on your own and you don’t get the breaks from the refs. I’m not saying that’s what caused the game, I’m just saying you’re not going to get anything going your way, you’ve got to make your own momentum and it’s that much harder on the road. If you’re playing catch up, it’s not a good recipe for road wins.”

    Left wing Scott McCulloch
    –On what CC’s 5-on-5 offense needs
    “I think that’s just not playing in the tough areas. We’ve got a lot of skilled forwards but it’s getting the puck to the paint and being there and getting traffic in front of the goalie. I think that’s an area we need to improve on, especially being an older team, it’s something that we should already be doing. I think we need to improve big-time on that. Usually we do a good job down low, but it’s taking the puck to the net with authority and having bodies there and that’s where it’s tough to play, it’s in front of the net. That triangle in front, that’s where the goals are scored and I think we need to do a better job of getting there.”
    –On why the Tigers’ forecheck struggled to contain New Hampshire
    I think we had a few turnovers, just not taking care of the puck and maybe missing a few lanes. But they’re a great team, they move the puck really well through the neutral zone, that’s their strength. You’re not always going to be able to stop that team, but I think in all areas, bearing down would help out.

    Inside the stats:
    –New Hampshire had the faceoff edge, 39-32. For CC, Chad Rau won 12/20 faceoffs and Vlassopoulos earned 11/22 wins.
    –CC scored on two of seven power plays, as did the Wildcats, but had 16 shots to New Hampshire’s seven on the man-advantage.
    –In the first and second period, Bachman faced just seven shots from the slot. By contrast, in the third period, eight of UNH’s 12 shots came from the slot.

    ***
    Tiger Tracks:
    Tonight’s American Hockey League showdown between the Lake Erie Monsters and the Iowa Stars was a CC-studded affair. Defenseman Brandon Straub helped the Monsters to a 3-2 win, in which Stars captain Toby Petersen had a goal and Stars alternate captain Marty Sertich was held to a single shot.

  • Game day: CC 1, New Hampshire 1 (end of 2nd period)

    Sun, October 28, 2007 by admin with no comments

    Goals: Colorado College 0, New Hampshire 1:Matt Fornataro (James vanRiemsdyk, Brad Flaishans), 2:50, pp.
    On New Hampshire’s second power play of the game, Flaishans unleashed a slap shot from the top of the left circle just wide of the left side of the goal. The puck bounced into the no-man’s land on top of the crease, out of reach of goaltender Richard Bachman. An attempt by vanRiemsdyk was finished by Fornataro under Bachman’s blocker.
    “I thought the first one was just an unlucky bounce off the backboards that came right back into the crease,” Bachman said. “I was trying to reach but just couldn’t quite get it.”

    Colorado College 1, New Hampshire 1: Bill Sweatt (Jack Hillen, Chad Rau), 13:10, pp.
    Two New Hampshire penalties put CC in a 5-on-3 situation for 55 seconds. With one second left in the two-man advantage, Jack Hillen ripped a shot from the top of the slot that was tipped by Bill Sweatt and bounced off of goaltender Brian Foster’s left pad and up into the net.

    –CC is outshooting UNH 24-13.
    –The Tigers failed to cash in on two power plays to close the second period.
    –A slight fog has developed about two feet off the ice.

  • Game day: CC 0, New Hampshire 0 (end of the 1st period)

    Sat, October 27, 2007 by admin with no comments

    Goals:
    No scoring.

    Shots/power plays:
    CC has a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal and has two power plays to New Hampshire’s one.

    First period analysis:
    A muggy night in Durham has perhaps contributed to the soft ice at Whittemore Arena tonight. Players are sliding everywhere and are having trouble making quick changes of direction and stopping on a dime. Both goalies have made some clutch saves to keep the game scoreless.

    CC’s goaltender Richard Bachman made a point-blank save with less than five minute left in the period on a shot from center Peter LeBlanc. New Hampshire backup Peter Foster shut down a three-on-two rush by the McCulloch-Johnson-Walsky line after Walsky created a neutral-zone turnover.

    The Tigers are doing a much better job of possessing the puck out of their defensive zone tonight and aside from LeBlanc’s shot, have limited the Wildcats to outside shots.

  • Game day: CC at New Hampshire

    Sat, October 27, 2007 by admin with no comments

    Notes:
    1. Colorado College RW Jimmy Kilpatrick is in the lineup again tonight.
    2. G Richard Bachman will start as the Tigers try to salvage the sweep.
    –Entering Saturday’s game, Bachman is third in the nation for his 0.98 goals against average and .968 save percentage.
    3. D Ryan Lowery, RW Mike Testwuide and F Matt Overman are healthy scratches.
    4. I forgot to mention in today’s game story or in yesterday’s blog notes that New Hampshire’s power-play goal (PPG) with less than three minutes to go was the first PPG CC has given up this season. The Tigers have killed 13 of 14 power plays this season.

    Lines:

    Colorado College
    10 Thauwald–14 Rau–23 Kilpatrick
    21 Sweatt–19 Vlassopoulos–16 Patrosso
    26 McCulloch–17 Johnson–22 Walsky
    5 DeBoer–9 McMillin–2 Lampl

    8 Hillen–15 Prosser
    7 Fredheim–4 Gannon
    27 Wysopal–11 Connelly

    30 Bachman
    31 O’Connell
    1 O’Brien

    New Hampshire
    21 vanRiemsdyk–22 Radja–39 Fornataro
    11 Pollastrone–9 LeBlanc–12 Butler
    8 Collins–17 Fortney–14 Sislo
    15 Dries–23 DeSimone–20 Thompson

    4 Switzer–19 Flaishans
    2 Fritsch–7 Charlebois
    18 Krates–5 Kapstad

    29 Foster
    32 Regan

    ***
    Tiger Tracks:
    Goaltender Matt Zaba was promoted to the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

  • Gameday: CC 3, New Hampshire 5

    Fri, October 26, 2007 by admin with 3 comments

    Goals:
    First period
    Colorado College 1, New Hampshire 0: Eric Walsky (Tyler Johnson), 2:12. Johnson put the puck on net from the left circle, making goaltender Kevin Regan stop it with his body first. Walsky slid the puck under Regan as he tried to smother it with his body.

    Colorado College 2, New Hampshire 0: Jimmy Kilpatrick (Chad Rau), 9:40. Less than 30 seconds into a four-on-four situation, Rau wins the puck in the neutral zone and Kilpatrick joins for a two-on-one rush. Kilpatrick catches Rau’s pass in the slot and slings the puck over Regan’s blocker, just inside the left post, to score on his first shot of the season.

    Colorado College 2, New Hampshire 1: Bobby Butler (Brad Flaishans, Mike Radja), 9:48. On the subsequent face-off, won by Mike Radja, Flaishans collected the puck and passed to Butler, who caught O’Connell moving and finished with a low wrist shot. The announcer had not finished saying the previous scoring line, marking the second time this season the Tigers have given up a goal within a minute of scoring.

    Colorado College 3, New Hampshire 1: Jack Hillen (Bill Sweatt), 15:10, pp. CC earned its second power play of the game when New Hampshire defenseman Craig Switzer flipped Kilpatrick, who was posted up in front of the Wildcats’ net. Just 32 seconds into the man-advantage, Sweatt passed to Hillen on the point. Hillen leaned as if he would make a pass to Nate Prosser at the left circle, but got the New Hampshire penalty kill to shift and ripped a wrist shot past Regan.

    Second period
    Colorado College 3, New Hampshire 2: Matt Fornataro (James vanRiemsdyk, Flaishans), 0:15. Flaishans created a turnover at the blue line, passed to vanRiemsdyk who found Fornatero in the right circle. On the first shot of the second period, Fornatero had plenty of time to pick his spot. His wrist shot sailed in over O’Connell’s glove hand to draw the Wildcats within a goal.

    Third period
    Colorado College 3, New Hampshire 3: Jerry Pollastrone (Butler, Peter LeBlanc), 9:45. Walsky’s pass out of the defensive zone went straight to Pollastrone, who ripped a shot through traffic from the top of the slot to tie the score.

    Colorado College 3, New Hampshire 4: Pollastrone (LeBlanc, Butler), 17:29, pp. With 21 seconds left in the Wildcats’ third power play of the night, LeBlanc banged the puck hard off of the back wall and Pollastrone backhanded it through O’Connell’s legs. The puck hit the left post and bounced out, prompting a video review, but it was ruled it crossed the goal line, upholding the original call.

    Colorado College 3, New Hampshire 5: Fornataro (unassisted), 19:50, en. CC was only able to pull O’Connell for the last 20 seconds because the Wildcats had pinned them in so well with their forecheck. Fornataro created a turnover and finished in the empty net.

    Inside the stats:
    –The Wildcats did not allow a shot over the final 10 minutes.
    –CC had the edge in face-off wins, 34-32. Chad Rau led the Tigers, winning 15 of 25 attempts.
    –UNH goaltender Kevin Regan, who will be replaced tomorrow with sophomore Brian Foster, coach Dick Umile said, allowed three goals on eight shots in the first period.

  • Gameday: CC at New Hampshire

    Fri, October 26, 2007 by admin with no comments

    Notes:
    1. G Drew O’Connell gets his first start of the season.
    2. RW Jimmy Kilpatrick returns to action after an August hip surgery, a full week before scheduled.
    3. D Ryan Lowery makes his CC debut.
    4. W Addison DeBoer and W Matt Overman are healthy scratches.
    5. Sell-out home-opener crowd at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.

    Lines:

    Colorado College

    10 Thauwald–14 Rau–23 Kilpatrick
    21 Sweatt–19 Vlassopoulos–16 Patrosso
    26 McCulloch–17 Johnson–22 Walsky
    2 Lampl–9 McMillin–25 Testwuide

    8 Hillen–15 Prosser
    7 Fredheim–4 Gannon
    11 Connelly–24 Lowery

    31 O’Connell
    30 Bachman
    1 O’Brien

    New Hampshire
    21 vanRiemsdyk–22 Radja–39 Fornatero
    11 Pollastrone–9 LeBlanc–12 Butler
    8 Collins–17 Forney–14 Sislo
    15 Dries–23 DeSimone–20 Thompson

    4 Switzer–19 Flaishans
    2 Fritsch–7 Charlebois
    18 Krates–5 Kapstad

    32 Regan
    29 Foster

  • Scouting No. 6 New Hampshire

    Wed, October 24, 2007 by admin with 1 comment

    Three things to keep in mind this week as CC heads into a two-game set at New Hampshire:

    1. Kevin Regan The senior goaltender, who saved 30 of 31 shots in the Wildcats’ 4-1 win over Boston University, has an impressive career save percentage of .928 and 2.28 goals-against average in 61 games. Regan, named Hockey East defensive player of the week, is a big reason UNH was picked to finish first in its conference.

    2. Big corners UNH’s Whittemore Center, which features an ice sheet with the same dimensions as the World Arena (200′ x 100′), is rumored to have nearly square corners (I’ll be pulling out my measuring tape). That means more space for the CC forwards to work with, but conversely, a tougher defensive task for the Tigers’ young defensemen.

    3. Formidable top line The combination of LW James VanRiemsdyk, C Mike Radja, and RW Matt Fornatero will need some special attention. In the Wildcats’ first outing against Boston University, each had a goal and an assist. VanRiemsdyk might be “just a freshman,” but he’s already drawing comparisons to Minnesota’s Blake Wheeler. CC coach Scott Owens said the matchup between CC and New Hampshire should resemble last weekend’s games against Minnesota.

    ***
    Notes:
    Right wing Jimmy Kilpatrick (hip) will travel and is “very close,” coach Scott Owens said Tuesday, after he put Kilpatrick with center Chad Rau and left wing Scott Thauwald to test his progress…Stephen Schultz (undisclosed leg injury) and Dan Quilico (right ankle) did not make the travel roster but both are back to full-contact practicing…Read Owens’ Tuesday at the Rink chat transcript here…Elliot Olshansky puts his foot in his mouth after CC’s season-opening sweep of Minnesota.

    ***
    Recruiting Round-up:
    One of CC’s recent commitments, Tim Hall, who is slated to join the Tigers next season, was named to the U.S. Junior Select team, which will compete Nov. 5-11 in Trail and Nelson, British Columbia, at the World Junior A Challenge. Nick Dineen, another forward recruit for 2008, is also on the 21-player roster.

    Hall was also named a ‘B’ list of NHL Central Scouting’s Player To Watch list, released today. A ‘B’ rating indicates a potential third- to fifth-round draftee. Rylan Schwartz, who committed to join CC in 2009 but could enroll next fall, was given a ‘C’ rating, meaning he is a potential late-round selection. Central Scouting will release a midterm and final ranking before the NHL draft in June 2008.

    Andrew Hamburg has endured quite a journey this fall. After being released from the Waterloo Black Hawks (United States Hockey League), Hamburg was picked up by the Texas Tornado (North American Hockey League), where he had one goal and one assist in two games. As pointed out by Ryan of the USHL blog, the Tornado traded Hamburg to the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL, where he now appears on the roster but not in the stats.

    ***
    Tiger Tracks:
    In net for the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL), Matt Zaba stopped 29 of 30 shots in his first professional victory, a 5-1 win over the Augusta Lynx.. The lone goal for the Lynx was scored by Aaron Slattengren. Trevor Frischmon, who joined the Checkers Tuesday, had two assists.

    Toby Petersen was named captain of the Iowa Stars (AHL).

    Shortly after he allowed one goal on two shots in his NHL debut, Curtis McElhinney was sent packing to the Calgary Flames’ AHL affiliate.

  • Bachman Racks Up Honors

    Tue, October 23, 2007 by admin with 2 comments

    Goaltender Richard Bachman was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (see release below) and Inside College Hockey Player of the Week (here).

    Also, a week after Denver was named “Team of the Week,” College Hockey News passed the honor to CC.

    WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
    Richard Bachman
    Fr., G, Colorado College

    MADISON, Wis. – Richard Bachman, a freshman goaltender at Colorado College, has been named Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 23-29 as a result of his outstanding play in a weekend sweep of two-time defending conference champion Minnesota.

    A 5-10, 172-pound freshman from Highlands Ranch, Bachman stopped 61 of 63 shots on goal (.968 saves percentage) and posted five shutout periods, including one overtime, while backstopping the host Tigers to a 3-1 victory over the Golden Gophers last Friday (Oct. 19) and a 2-1 overtime win last Saturday (Oct. 20). They were his first two collegiate starts.

    Bachman had 23 stops in the series opener and then came back with 38 saves in the series finale as CC swept UM at home for the first time since Feb. 5-6, 1999 and handed UM its first road sweep since Feb. 27-28, 2004 at Denver.

    In addition, Bachman, an NHL draft choice of Dallas, also played a key role in the Tigers’ success on the penalty-kill against Minnesota, as CC held its opponents scoreless on all 11 power-play opportunities over the weekend.

    Also nominated this week were: Michael-Lee Teslak, G, MTU; Alex Stalock, G, UMD; and Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, G, UND.

    ***
    Recruiting Round-up
    There’s a possibility Rylan Schwartz, a recruit originally slated for 2009, could join Colorado College next season.

    ***
    Tiger Tracks:
    Brandon Straub was recalled to the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) yesterday to replace Kyle Cumiskey, who was recalled by the Avalanche (it didn’t hurt that Dale Purinton was suspended for 25 games for this).
    Straub signed a two-way AHL contract, which means he gets paid an AHL salary for any games played on that level. Straub was minus-3 with no points in three games for the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL). Straub’s first AHL game could be against former Tigers Marty Sertich and Toby Petersen of the Iowa Stars on Oct. 27.

    Matt Zaba will have a buddy in Charlotte; Trevor Frischmon signed with the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL).

    Apparently, Brian Salcido took a bit of a beating on an East Coast swing with the Portland Pirates (AHL).

    Curtis McElhinney made his NHL debut, but it wasn’t his strongest showing.

  • CC Jumps Six Spots to No. 4

    Mon, October 22, 2007 by admin with no comments

    USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
    Men’s College Hockey Poll – #4
    (first-place votes in parenthesis and WCHA teams and Air Force in bold)

    Last Week’s Ranking
    2007-08
    Record
    Weeks In Top 15
    1. North Dakota, 499 (24)
    1
    2-0-1
    4
    2 Miami (Ohio), 482 (9)
    2
    4-0-0
    4
    3 Michigan, 378
    6
    3-1-0
    4
    4 Colorado College, 376
    10
    2-0-0
    4
    5 Boston College, 353
    4
    1-1-2
    4
    6 New Hampshire, 350 (1)
    8
    1-0-0
    4
    7 University of Denver, 303
    5
    3-1-0
    4
    8 Clarkson University, 295
    7
    3-1-0
    4
    9 Michigan State University, 254
    9
    2-1-0
    4
    10 Minnesota, 189
    3
    2-2-0
    4
    11 Wisconsin, 182
    T-13
    3-1-0
    4
    12 Notre Dame, 151
    11
    2-2-0
    4
    13 Maine, 53
    NR
    2-2-0
    3
    14 The Ohio State University, 47
    12
    2-2-0
    2
    15 Michigan Tech, 37
    NR
    3-1-0
    1

    Others receiving votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 33; St. Lawrence University, 27; University of Massachusetts, 20; University of Alaska Anchorage, 16; Cornell University, 16; U.S. Air Force Academy, 9; Boston University, 3; Merrimack College, 2; Niagara University, 2; University of Nebraska Omaha, 2; Union College, 1.

    USCHO.com/CSTV Division I hockey poll
    (WCHA teams in Bold)
    Record Pts Pvs
    1. North Dakota (42) 2-0-1 991 1
    2. Miami (7) 4-0-0 950 2
    3. Michigan 3-1-0 794 6
    4. Colorado College 2-0-0 777 10
    5. Boston College 1-1-2 747 4
    6. Denver 3-1-0 723 5
    7. New Hampshire (1) 1-0-0 700 8
    8. Michigan State 2-1-0 653 9
    9. Clarkson 3-1-0 645 7
    10. Minnesota 2-2-0 577 3
    11. Wisconsin 3-1-0 515 13
    12. Notre Dame 2-2-0 470 11
    13. Maine 2-2-0 293 17
    14. Michigan Tech 3-1-0 242 -
    15. St. Lawrence 2-2-0 197 15
    16. Massachusetts 2-1-1 194 20
    17. Minnesota-Duluth 3-0-1 190 -
    18. Cornell 0-0-0 165 19
    19. Ohio State 2-2-0 156 12
    20. Alaska-Anchorage 3-0-1 106 -

    Others receiving votes: Air Force 86, Nebraska-Omaha 59, Boston University 47, St. Cloud State 44, Quinnipiac 33, Vermont 33, Union 24, Western Michigan 24, Dartmouth 21, Rensselaer 13, Merrimack 9, Harvard 7, Niagara 6, Colgate 4, Northeastern 3, Holy Cross 2.

    Also: CC is ranked sixth in the Inside College Hockey Power Rankings