Monday, November 26, 2012

College hockey round-up, Week 7

The pride of Carneys Point, New Jersey, sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau, totaled two goals and three assists on Saturday night as the Eagles doubled up Dartmouth, 6-3, at Conte Forum.

It pushed Boston College (10-1-0) to its 10th straight win and kept the defending national champions atop the national rankings in this week's new poll. Gaudreau, property of the Calgary Flames, has recorded at least one point in all 11 games this season.

The victory also pulled head coach Jerry York within one of Ron Mason's all-time wins mark of 924, with a home-and-home set against rival Boston University on tap for Friday and Saturday -- both of which will be televised on NBCSN.

Last week's #2 and #3 teams saw their paths cross in Colorado.

On Saturday night at Magness Arena, the Denver Pioneers jumped out to a seemingly-safe 3-0 lead in the first period, only to see the New Hampshire Wildcats (9-1-2) recover and score six of the game's final seven goals -- including all four in the third period -- to post a 6-4 decision. Grayson Downing and Kevin Goumas recorded their first collegiate hat tricks to rescue Casey DeSmith, who was pulled after allowing three goals on five shots in just over nine minutes.

That capped a successful weekend, which saw UNH forge a 4-4 deadlock with Colorado College one day earlier that catapulted them into the No. 2 slot. Denver, which also lost to Yale 2-1 in overtime, slid to fifth.

Flyers forward prospect Michael Parks saw his frustrating season continue, as he did not suit up for either of No. 7 North Dakota's games this weekend, a 2-1 win and 5-2 loss at the Ralph against Notre Dame.

It was a rough weekend in upstate New York for the Penn State Nittany Lions, who dropped both of their tilts with 2012 Frozen Four entrant Union College over the weekend. In Friday's opener, Matt Skoff managed to make a career-best 40 saves, but Wayne Simpson and Cole Ikkala provided the necessary offense for the hosts and Colin Stevens added a 22-save whitewash.

On Saturday, Skoff was arguably even better with 42 saves, but the Nits came up on the wrong end of a 4-1 result. David Glen's team-best seventh goal of the year wasn't nearly enough to challenge Union's Troy Grosenick, who made 37 stops. Sophomore defenseman and Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere recorded the go-ahead score in another Bulldog triumph.

Here's head coach Guy Gadowsky's thoughts:

Penn State (6-5-0) returns to the comforts of Central Pennsylvania this weekend, hosting Arizona State for two games.

Princeton recorded a split in its post-holiday slate, winning at Sacred Heart and losing to UMass-Lowell.

In the former, junior forward Andrew Ammon lit up the ice, recording a career-best four-goal effort, including the game-winner coming with 7:09 remaining in the third period. Ammon, out of Virginia, eclipsed his previous best of a regular hat trick against the RiverHawks in December of 2010. In the latter, Tsongas Arena wasn't kind to the Tigers. Terrence Wallin, Michael Colantone and Joseph Pendenza tallied in the final two minutes of the second period to send the hosts to a 3-1 victory.

Now 3-4-1, the Orange and Black face stiffer tests on the road this week coming against ECAC competition, at RPI and at Union on back-to-back nights.

Nebraska-Omaha (8-3-1) came roaring back with a vengeance against Alabama-Huntsville this weekend, winning 3-2 and 8-0. Dusted off for his first action since late October, Anthony Stolarz notched both his first collegiate victory and his first shutout, needing to make just 20 saves on Saturday.

The Mavericks, who have won six in a row, head to the Twin Cities to face Minnesota at Mariucci Arena for two this coming weekend.

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