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  • UNO-Bowling Green result decided a day late

    Sat, October 31, 2009 by admin with no comments

    The CCHA game between [[Nebraska-Omaha]] and [[Bowling Green]], the league opener for both teams, theoretically ended Friday night — but it was not decided until Saturday afternoon.

    Bowling Green appeared to get its first win of the season, a 4-3 shootout win. The Falcons’ Jordan Samuels-Thomas, who also scored in regulation, scored the lone goal in the shootout. But Samuels-Thomas was supposed to be ineligible for the shootout, under NCAA rules, because he took a penalty with 16 remaining in overtime.

    Game officials did not notice the error until after the outcome. For the rest, click here.

  • Cheverie hurt in DU win

    Sat, October 31, 2009 by admin with no comments

    From College Hockey News …

    Denver goaltender Marc Cheverie was taken off the ice on a stretcher, and went to the hospital, after suffering a deep gash in his left calf during Friday night’s game against Minnesota State at Magness Arena.

    The score was 2-2 early in the third period when Ben Youds made a pass from the right-wing boards to Justin Jokinen, who was cutting towards the net. As Jokinen went to the net, he got twisted around by Denver defenseman Patrick Wiercioch, and Jokinen went backwards into Cheverie, with his left skate coming up and slicing Cheverie in the leg.

    According to reports, no arteries were severed. For the rest, click here .

  • Friday’s WCHA roundup

    Sat, October 31, 2009 by admin with no comments

    From the WCHA …

    MADISON, Wis. – The 2009-10 pre-season MacNaughton Cup favorite Denver Pioneers remain unbeaten through their first three games of the WCHA season after a 4-3 victory over visiting Minnesota State, Mankato at Magness Arena Friday (Oct. 30) night. In the two other league series being contested over this Halloweeen weekend, host schools Michigan Tech and Minnesota each gained their first conference victories of the new campaign, with the Huskies downing St. Cloud State, 3-1, and the Golden Gophers prevailing by a 5-1 count over Alaska Anchorage.
        In non-conference play on Friday evening, host Minnesota Duluth skated past Clarkson, 4-1, while host Wisconsin claimed a 4-1 triumph over New Hampshire. Those two wins give WCHA member teams a combined 14-9-1 mark (.604) in non-conference play so far this season.
        On Saturday night in WCHA action, Michigan Tech and St. Cloud State will face-off at 7:07 pm ET at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena while Denver and Minnesota State will get underway at 7:07 pm MT. The second game of the Alaska Anchorage at Minnesota series will be played on Sunday at 4:07 pm CT at Mariucci Arena. In non-conference play tonight, UMD again hosts Clarkson at 7:07 pm CT at the DECC while Wisconsin takes on visiting UNH at 7:07 pm CT at Kohl Center. Both Colorado College and North Dakota are idle this week.
        In Denver on Friday night, the Pioneers received seven points from the line of left wing Matt Glasser (1g, 1a), center Jesse Martin (2g, 1a) and right wing Luke Salazar (2a), with Glasser netting the eventual game-winner at 7:20 of the third period, in their 4-3 league win over Minnesota State before 5,803 at Magness Arena. For the Mavericks, linemates Andrew Sackrison (1g, 1a) and Eriah Hayes (1g, 1a) each had two points.
        In Houghton, host Michigan Tech received a shorthanded, game-winning goal from center Brett Olson at 5:48 of the third and 26 saves from goaltender Kevin Genoe in a 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State before 1,542 at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. For SCSU, Garrett Roe had the lone goal, tying the score at 1-1 in the second.
        In Minneapolis last night, left winger Tony Lucia scored a pair of shorthanded goals, one of which was the eventual game-winner at 4:47 of the second period, and added one assist while Alex Kangas stopped 22 of 23 shots on goal in a 5-1 win over Alaska Anchorage before 9,710 at Mariucci Arena. For the Seawolves, winger Nick Haddad had the game-opening goal.
        In Duluth on Friday, the host UMD Bulldogs outshot Clarkson, 50-17, and had a pair of goals from center Jack Connolly, one of which was the game-winner at 6:35 of period two, in a 4-1 victory before 3,703 at the DECC. Also for UMD, winger Justin Fontaine had two assists.
        And in Madison on Friday, the host Wisconsin Badgers outshot New Hampshire, 51-13, enroute to a 4-1 win over New Hampshire before 11,490 at Kohl Center. For the UW, center Derek Stepan scored two goals and left winger John Mitchell knocked home the winner at 12:47 of the second period while defenseman John Ramage had his first collegiate goal.

  • Anchorage-Minnesota preview

    Fri, October 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    THIS WEEK: Alaska Anchorage will head to Minnesota for its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association road series of the season. The Seawolves and the Gophers will face off in a Friday-Sunday series on Oct. 30 at 4:07 p.m. and on Nov. 1 at 1:07 p.m. ADT.  Don’t Forget to set you clocks back an hour Saturday night for Daylights Saving Time.

    THE SERIES – UAA vs. Minnesota
    Overall: UM leads 46-15-7  At UM: UM leads 24-7-3
    Last Meeting: Feb. 14, 2009 (UM won, 4-2) Streak: UM 1

    Notes: The Seawolves and the Gophers only met for one series last season – at Mariuccu Arena … the teams tied the first game, 2-2, before Minnesota won the second game, 4-2 … the Seawolves have won two games against the Gophers in the last 10 outings (2-6-2) and have failed to sweep UM since Nov. 14-15, 1997 … the last road sweep was on Feb. 18-19, 1994.

    SCOUTING MINNESOTA: The Gophers started the 2009-10 campaign without a win in four conference games … UM lost its first series to then-ranked No. 4 North Dakota (0-4, 3-3 ot), taking only one point in the series … last weekend the Gophers faced off with  then-No. 4 Denver, dropping both games, 3-0 … leading the Gophers is junior F Mike Hoeffel (2-0-2), who has scored two of UM’s three goals, including a SHG … UM has only five skaters with points this season … time between the pipes has been split up among junior Alex Kangas (.921, 3.02, 0-2-0) and sophomore Kent Patterson (.900, 2.89, 0-1-1) … the Gophers are the only team in the WCHA to go scoreless on the man advantage (0-20) and are 15-21 (71.4) on the penalty kill.

    UAA RECEIVES TWO POINTS IN UND SERIES: The Seawolves split the series with the nationally ranked Fighting Sioux on Oct. 23-24, picking up their first points of the season … UND won on Friday night, 5-0 in UAA’s conference opener, before UAA came back to win on Saturday, 2-1 …  on Friday, the Fighting Sioux came out on fire and scored three goals on 17 shots in the first period of play, followed by goals in the second and third periods … on Saturday, the Seawolves got on the board first with junior F Kevin Clark‘s team-leading fourth tally of the season within 30 seconds of the second period … Clark was assisted by freshman D Lee Baldwin and senior F Josh Lunden … UAA added its second strike off of junior D Kane Lafranchise‘s stick at 6:06 of the second … junior F Tommy Grant and freshman F Daniel Naslund were credited with the assists … UND’s lone goal came at 18:34 of the third period, ending junior G Bryce Christianson‘s shutout.

    SEAWOLVES BITES: The Fighting Sioux shut out UAA for the 11th time since the teams’ first meeting in 1984 … the 5-0 defeat broke a 66-game streak without being shut out … the last time UAA was shut out by an opponent was against Colorado College on Nov. 30, 2007 (1-0) … the Seawolves have lost two games to ranked opponents – both by five goals (UND and Michigan) … UND peppered UAA with a season-high 17 shots in the first period of play and kept the Seawolves to a season-low 16 shots in the game … UAA’s four shots in the second period Friday was also a season low … in a penalty filled game, UND posted an opponent season-high 31 minutes in the box, while UAA posted a season-high 29 penalty minutes … on Saturday night, the Seawolves upset UND, 2-1, giving the Fighting Sioux their first loss of the season and ending UND’s four-game streak against UAA … the last time UAA defeated UND was on Nov. 14, 2008 at the Ralph, 3-2 … the last UAA win against UND at home was on Nov. 18, 2006, 4-2 … the Seawolves are undefeated when scoring first (3-0-0) … the Seawolves scored their fourth man advantage strike of the season – ending UND’s perfect penalty kill percentage … UAA is 4-30 (.133) on the power play – ranking 8th in the conference …the Seawolves kept UND scoreless on four PP attempts and have allowed seven PP strikes all season (7-32) … UAA kept UND to a season-low three shots on net during the second period … following the weekend, UAA is tied for 7th with Minnesota State in the WCHA standings with two points … UAA is tied for 6th with MSU with goals for (14) and is last in goals against (20).

    PLAYER NOTES: Scoring for the Seawolves last week were UAA goal leader, senior F Kevin Clark (4-2-6) and junior D Kane Lafranchise (1-2-3) – his first of the season, third-career PP goal and second career game-winner … Lafranchise’s last goal was on Feb. 28, 2009 against UAF … Clark has scored at least one point in five of the six games this season and held a four-game point streak (10/9/09-10/17/09) prior to Friday’s loss … in net on Oct. 24 was junior Bryce Christianson, who posted 22 saves en route to the upset … Christianson improved his season record to 1-1-0 and his career record to 9-13-4 … senior G Jon Olthuis (2-2-0) claimed the loss on Friday night after posting a season-high 14 saves in the first period … making his season debut was junior D Trevor Hunt … after sitting out the first four games due to an injury, Hunt returned to the lineup on Friday night, posting a team-high three shots on goal … picking up his first career point was freshman F Daniel Naslund … a local of Nykoping, Sweden, Naslund assisted on the game-winning goal … in the WCHA overall statistics, Clark and junior F Tommy Grant are tied for 10th overall in points (6) … Clark is tied for 3rd in goals (4) and Grant is tied for 6th in assists (4).  

  • Badgers changing schedules

    Fri, October 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    The Badgers continue to juggle its future schedules to add Ohio State to rotation and add time on Big Ten Network, according to Wisconsin State Journal writer Andy Baggot.

  • Duluth weekend preview

    Fri, October 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    Here’s a look at the Duluth-Clarkson series this weekend. CC hosts Duluth next week.

  • In the pros: No. 1 job open for Bachman

    Fri, October 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    From Oursportscentral.com …

    Before leaving the Boise International Airport Thursday morning for Alaska, Idaho Steelheads head coach Derek Laxdal announced some changes between the pipes for his ECHL hockey club.

    Goaltender Rejean Beauchemin has been loaned to Manitoba of the American Hockey League. To fill his spot on the roster, the Steelheads have signed ECHL veteran Kevin Nastiuk.

    Nastiuk, 24, has played for the ECHL’s Alaska Aces, Las Vegas Wranglers, Gwinnett Gladiators, and Florida Everblades. He also has 23 games of experience in the AHL since turning pro in 2005.

    “Beauch earned this opportunity by playing well in Manitoba’s training campand then playing well here for us to start the season,” Laxdal said of the promotion. “And Nastiuk is a solid player who knows the situation and knows how to handle himself professionally.”

    Laxdal said he’s unsure how long Beauchemin will be gone, which is why the organization chose to sign an established goaltender to team with Richard Bachman in net for Idaho. Beauchemin is 3-0-0 with the Steelheads with a .940 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average. He’s among the ECHL’s league leaders in all three categories.

  • Sweatt listed as No. 6 Blackhawks prospect

    Fri, October 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    sweatt-for-joe6CC senior Bill Sweatt gets high praise in a recent Chicago Blackhawks organization analysis while former Tigers defenseman Brian Connelly gets some notice as well.

  • ESPN: McElhinney mask one of NHL’s 10 scariest

    Fri, October 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    steve-ott-curtis-mcelhinney-2009-10-9-23-11-551From ESPN’s “Mandatory Halloween Story” department via Bleacher Report …. Click here for the story and an attached photo gallery of other scary masks. And no, he does not have a puck glued to the top.

  • In the pros: Sickness sidelines Walsky

    Fri, October 30, 2009 by admin with no comments

    From the Winnipeg Free Press ….

    While six players were checked for signs of the H1N1 virus and came back negative, one player — forward Eric Walsky — is undergoing further testing as a precaution, partly because he is asthmatic and that places him in a potential risk group should he contract the virus.

    Walsky’s condition was of particular concern to the Moose, who just 24 hours earlier had placed him on the top line with centre Marty Murray and winger Matt Pettinger and were hoping he would step up and fill the large void on that line the departure of Shirikov to Vancouver created.

    But such is the way things have been going for the Moose this week that Walsky promptly came up sick and the Moose weren’t sure Wednesday who their top line — or any line, for that matter — will be tonight (Friday) when they take on the Penguins.

    For the full story, click here.