CHN weekend summary


January 31st, 2011, 2:55 pm #1

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Michigan State 2, Michigan 1
CHN: Senior forward Joey Shean, who didn't play at all last season, scored his first goal in two years to give Michigan State the win over its rivals. MSU coach Rick Comley announced last week he was stepping down following this season, in hopes it would relax his team. That did not come to fruition in a 2-1 loss to Ferris State on Thursday, but was apparent moreso in this game. With the loss, the Wolverines dropped out of first place by a point, behind Notre Dame, but still have two games in hand.

Western Michigan 6, Northern Michigan 1
CHN: Western keeps proving its first half was no fluke, as it keeps racking up wins, and doing so impressive. Saturday, the Broncs fell behind 1-0, then six different players scored from there, as they outshot NMU 50-18 and swept the weekend series. WMU is No. 11 in the Pairwise, and fourth place in the CCHA.

Merrimack 7, Vermont 1
CHN: Merrimack moved within two points of BU for third place in Hockey East, with two games in hand, on the strength of a hat trick from Mike Collins.

North Dakota 6, Colorado College 0
CHN: Matt Frattin's 21st of the season highlighted the North Dakota rout, as it completely bounced back off Friday's loss to the Tigers. North Dakota takes over first place from idle Denver. “I was happy with our 60 minutes,” UND coach Dave Hakstol told the Grand Forks Herald. “In a lot of ways, it was a 180-degree turnaround from our performance last night. I told our guys after (Friday’s) game that we did a lot of things that allowed a team opportunities to beat us, but maybe even at our best CC was going well enough to beat us. ... We needed to be much tougher to play against, and that’s what we were tonight. We were harder to play against.” ... North Dakota played without star senior defenseman Chay Genoway, who appeared to severely injury his leg in Friday's loss. Genoway, who missed most of last season with concussion issues, will be re-evaluated in Grand Forks.

Alabama-Huntsville 2, Nebraska-Omaha 1
CHN: The loss hurts UNO in the NCAA chase a lot more than a win would've helped. Behind a school record-setting 58-save performance by freshman netminder Clarke Saunders, UAH got just its fourth win of the season -- an OT stunner.

Alaska-Anchorage 1, Minnesota 0
CHN: Matt Bailey's goal 1:18 into the third period was the only one of the game, as UAA responded for a split. Minnesota's inconsistent nature was on display again. Trying to solve its offensive woes, it had a good effort in that department Friday, only to be completely stymied, at home, on Saturday. Chris Kamal had 30 saves for the shutout.

Air Force 3, Canisius 2
CHN: Jacques Lamoureux scored two goals, including the game-winner. “This game had a playoff feel to it,” AFA head coach Frank Serratore said. “We found a way to win a hard-fought game. We had a lot of possession time, but didn’t have a lot of shots. To their credit, they blocked a lot of shots. This is four games in a row that we have shown up to play hard the whole game. We are 2-0-2 in those games. That tells you how tight this league is. Our best players were our best players tonight. Coming down the stretch, every game is a playoff game. All the games we play down the stretch are teams right with us in the standings. This stretch run will determine if we have a bye in the first round, if we host or if we have to go on the road.” ... Said Canisius coach Dave Smith: “It was a real good game. We played very, very well. The loss hurts and the effort tonight was great. We just came up one short.”

Alaska 6, Ohio State 2
CHN: Ohio State's great stretch of play was ground to a halt in Alaska, as it gets swept by the Nanooks. Saturday was a tough night for Cal Heeter in the OSU net, after he had been a huge part of that winning stretch. Alaska gets to .500 in the league with the wins, fifth place.

Miami 2, Notre Dame 2
CHN: It would've been tough for this game to match Friday's 5-5 thriller. But other than a couple goals, the only real difference was that Notre Dame won the shootout this time, meaning neither team wins up gaining ground on the other for the weekend. Though with Michigan's loss Saturday, both did gain ground on the Wolverines for now. ... Friday, it was Notre Dame freshman T.J. Tynan scoring twice; but as he's done all year, fellow phenom Anders Lee matched him Saturday, picking up both Irish goals; he now has 18 on the year. But Miami has its own set of dynamic players, and it went to one of its scoring stars to get the tie -- Reilly Smith scored his 19 with 6:10 left in regulation to force the tie.

Bowling Green 2, Lake Superior 1
CHN: Bowling Green gets a split of the weekend, holding off Lake Superior after going up 2-0. "I thought the effort was good (Friday), it was our execution. And I think that's still the case," BGSU coach Chris Bergeron said. "Tonight it didn't necessarily cost of goals against, but I thought last night it did. It was a 2-1 win, it would be nice to be 3 or 4 to 1 and take some pressure off ourselves. Our power play is really, really struggling. ... (But) our effort has been pretty consistent and tonight I thought we got rewarded for it."

Union 4, Brown 2
CHN: Senior forward Adam Presizniuk scored twice in the second period to lead Union, which has won six of seven. That moves the Dutchmen within a point of first-place Yale, which was swept in the Capital District this weekend.

Dartmouth 7, Colgate 3
CHN: Dartmouth had a couple of shorthanded goals, as it kept pace with Union, RPI and Princeton -- all of which swept their weekends.


Boston College 5, Mass.-Lowell 1
CHN: Cam Atkinson's 19th goal of the season, a shorthanded effort, midway through the final period, keyed a three-goal third and led BC to another win.

Boston University 1, Maine 1
CHN: Coming off Friday's loss at home, Maine was desperate for a win, and played like it. It scored just 21 seconds into the game, from Will O'Neill, and outshot BU 20-2 in the first period. But by allowing a shorthanded goal midway through the period, the Black Bears really stymied their momentum. That was further evident after Mark Nemec was ejected because of a high-sticking penalty midway through the second period. BU was able to calm the game down, and though neither team scored, the Terriers will take the point and move on. Maine, on the other hand, is in a bit of a hole now and needs some wins quickly. And standing in the way are two games at New Hampshire next weekend.

New Hampshire 5, Providence 1
CHN: UNH completed a sweep and moved into a tie for first place behind Paul Thompson's 20th goal of the season.

Rensselaer 5, Yale 2
CHN: See separate story.

Princeton 4, Clarkson 3
CHN: Kevin Lohry scored just nine seconds into overtime to give Princeton the sweep of the weekend, as it kept pace with Union and RPI in a tightly-packed top four in the league. Clarkson, meanwhile, suffered a home sweep at the hands of the Tigers and Quinnipiac, and dropped back to .500. After a very tough season last year, the Golden Knights have played pretty well this year, but the losses dropped them back in the pack again.

Friday, January 28, 2011
Miami 5, Notre Dame 5
CHN: A thoroughly phenomenal hockey game, with the best of college hockey on display in this one in front of a packed house in South Bend and a national TV audience. The first period had just one goal, by Notre Dame, but consisted of spirited play, hard hits, and many scoring chances. Then, these two high-powered teams exploded in the second period, kicked off by Reilly Smith's 17th of the year, 14 seconds into the period, to tie it. Later, freshman T.J. Tynan matched it with his 17th for the Irish. In all, there were five goals, and the game went 3-3 into the third. ... From there, Miami scored two, but Notre Dame roared back with two of its own, including the tying goal from Tynan. ... The game wound up in a shootout, and although you can count me in the group that can't stand shootouts, watching these offensive skills on display was fun. Andy Miele's goal, that tied the shootout for Miami in the third round, was absolutely sick -- a backhanded that he roofed quickly.

Western Michigan 5, Northern Michigan 2
CHN: After three straight ties, Western Michigan got back in the win column, and runs its unbeaten streak to 10, which is the longest current streak in the nation. Jerry Kuhn had played sparingly in net his first three years, and was not the main guy early this season. But the senior is emerging now, putting it all together for his final season in Kalamazoo. He improved to 6-1-4 with the win, and is clearly the No. 1 guy right now.

Minnesota 5, Alaska-Anchorage 1
CHN: Minnesota had 48 shots on net and won going away. Even Aaron Ness got involved, scoring his first goal of the season.

Minnesota State 3, St. Cloud State 3
CHN: See separate story.

Robert Morris 6, Niagara 5
CHN: Brandon Blandina scored 14 seconds into overtime to give RMU the win in a game against former CHA teams. RMU moves within a point of Niagara for second place.

Canisius 4, Air Force 4
CHN: “It was a good tie and a good effort by our players tonight,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “After getting down early, we responded with a great start in the second to get the lead. A number of our players stepped up and playing an outstanding game tonight.”

Rensselaer 3, Brown 0
CHN: I know that RPI doesn't think this way -- and this is a large reason why it has been successful -- but you can't help but wonder how this team would be with Brandon Pirri and Jerry D'Amigo, the sophomores-to-be who left for pro deals last August. RPI put that bad news behind them quickly, and are proving head coach Seth Appert to be right about the quality of what was coming back, as opposed to what wasn't. As the Engineers continue to pile up wins, especially at home, it is in good position to make the NCAAs for the first time since 1995. But it has a huge test against Yale on Saturday.

Union 3, Yale 2
CHN: See separate story.

Harvard 6, Colgate 2
CHN: Two late empty netters -- including one to finish Danny Biega's hat trick -- made this final score look worse than it was. If there's a team that needs a win more desperately than Colgate, it's Harvard.

Merrimack 2, Vermont 1
CHN: Chris Barton and Jesse Todd scored in the first period, and it held up, as Merrimack got back in the win column -- a much-needed one with the last game, a bad loss to Lowell, lingering for a week. Merrimack needs another one Saturday to really erase the ill effects of last week.

Boston University 4, Maine 3
CHN: After three straight second-period goals -- two by Spencer Abbott -- Maine let down after that. BU scored the next three goals, and went into Alfond Arena and took a much-needed win. It was important for Maine too, perhaps moreso, and it puts big pressure on the rematch. Maine is on the outside looking in right now for the NCAAs. There's still plenty of time to rally, but each passing loss is becoming a bigger problem. The team had very high hopes for this year, especially after three straight NCAA misses. It has had injuries and other setbacks, but it's still disappointing right now nonetheless.

Quinnipiac 3, Clarkson 2
CHN: Quinnipiac avenges a loss in Hamden earlier in the season, beating Clarkson at Cheel to leapfrog over the Golden Knights in the ECAC standings. Quinnipiac jumped on Clarkson early, and kept the edge from there. ... "There's no excuses. Whatever reason our focus wasn't there, we weren't mentally sharp," Clarkson coach George Roll said. "Quinnipiac came into our building and outworked us. I thought we got progressively better as the game went on, but it wasn't enough. ... There's no excuse for the way the week went. We don't make excuses. ... We haven't played in front of our students in quite some time. To come out with that kind of energy was quite disappointing." ... Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said his team has been playing very well in the second half: "We wanted to come out and play hard in the first period and jump them a bit, which is hard to do on the road. We got a couple fortunate bounces tonight, especially the second goal. We're happy to steal two points tonight. ... I thought we played really well the first time. We had 40 shots. Clarkson was great finishing their chances. ... So, we've been playing really well since the break. The guys have energy and confidence."