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It’s been an emotion week in the hockey community in Rochester, NY. On Saturday, the RIT Tigers played in front of their largest crowd ever on home ice, a sellout crowd of 10,556. RIT and Massachusetts-Lowell skated to a 4-4 with the Riverhawks’ Scott Campbell getting the tying goal with just 1.3 seconds to play.

The game also featured a pre-game ceremony and fundraiser to honor former Rochester Americans (AHL) player Craig “Sharky” Charron, who played his college hockey at Lowell. Charron was diagnosed with stomach cancer early this year. The RIT players wore special black jerseys that were actioned off after the game, raising almost $7,000 for Craig and his family. The Riverhawks donned throwback Lowell Chiefs sweaters in warm-ups, each with Charron’s No. 5 on the back. Those jerseys will be actioned off in Lowell this weekend.

Charron was too ill to attend the ceremony, and word has come that he passed away early this morning.

Craig was one of the most popular Amerks to ever don the Red, White and Blue shield, and made his home in the Rochester area after retiring, coaching high school and youth hockey. He leaves behind a wife and four young children. He was only 42.

Donations are being accepted at http://www.craigcharron.com/

Player of the Week

Last week’s winner Cory Conacher racked up five points in a pair of games, and that looks to be the standard this week as well.

POTW – Everett Sheen – Holy Cross.

The senior from Lethbridge, Alberta had a pair of goals and three assists to help the Crusaders to a pair of road wins over AIC and Army.

Honorables:

  • Brooks Ostergard – Robert Morris. The junior goaltender picked up a pair of wins last week, stopping 64 out of 69 shots in victories over Ohio State and Air Force.
  • Carsen Chubak – Niagara. Making his collegiate debut in net, Chubak make 39 saves in a 2-2 tie with Mass-Lowell.

Getting My Vote

My USCHO.com Men’s D-I Poll ballot this week:

1. Boston College

2. North Dakota

3. Boston University

4. Miami

5. Duluth

6. Yale

7. Alaska

8. New Hampshire

9. Nebraska-Omaha

10. Wisconsin

11. Notre Dame

12. Denver

13. Cornell

14. Michigan State

15. Maine

16. Colorado College

17. Union

18. St. Cloud

19. Robert Morris

20. Minnesota

  • Jim

    where michigan in your poll?

  • Sloe Gin

    don’t tell Hak about the 2nd half surge…he doesn’t know anything about it. ;-)

  • GoalieFAN

    whats your prediction on the air force lamaoreux vs Yale game?

    • Jznutas

      Yale is not only one player…it just happens that he is one of the best Clutch scorers in the country !!! Air Force will defeat Yale !!!

      • Jznutas

        Meant Air Force

  • David_macalpine7

    are any of theses games televised>

    • After Further Review

      ESPNU and ESPN3.com

  • Tricky

    Who were the clowns in stripes and where did they come from? At least they were consistent, but very little flow to the game and I don’t think either team’s 4th line ever saw the ice!

  • Tricky

    Televised on ESPN U

  • guest

    I’m thinking the Michigan goal was a bad call. The puck could have been in but with an original no goal call. The puck has to be 100% over the line with evidence. Does it not?

    • After Further Review

      Definitely agree, it was called no goal on the ice and there is no angle that shows that puck crossing the goal line… bad call.

  • BobbyFal

    An impressive performance by Air Force which shows that physical stamina and puck discipline can keep any game close. There is a very thin margin between the #1 and #16 seed in the tournament as Minnesota recalls from their loss to Holy Cross a few years back.

    • I had a “crucify the gophers” sign taken away from me at said UM-HC game. I guarantee that was the first and last time the crusaders ever have 11000 people cheering like madmen for them

  • bunnylaroque

    the NCAA ought to be ashamed of the rink an
    d ice conditions in Bridgeport. The arena was about 70 degrees (it was 40 degrees outside, so no external excuse), the ice was terrible, with the puck sticking and bouncing all night. The end boards and glass – particularly at the end where the game winner was scored – were uneven, leading to consistently unpredictable bounces. The glass needed resetting at least three times during the game.

    The NCAA seems preoccupied with making sure that arenas are “NCAA Ready” – no outside advertising, all-NCAA all the time, when they should be spending the bulk of their time ensuring that playing conditions are optimal. If they were as good as they could have been last night, then the tournament shouldn’t be held in Bridgeport in the future. It is a shame for the teams to get to this level of the season and play under conditions that did not allow them to play the game at the level that they are capable of playing.

    • KN

      Agree. There were also some crazy bounces off the boards in Manchester. The puck traveling around the boards jumped out in front of the goalie for a close scoring chance. And their camera-man was terrible. Not that it was entirely his fault… the camera was way too far from the ice and far too low. Anytime the play came to the near side, he lost sight of the puck and was zooming the camera around for the next 30 seconds, trying to catch up to the puck.

  • Bridgeport venue was horrendous. I’ve been going to regionals since 1992 and yesterday was pitiful. The ice surface was so soft players routinely over skated the puck. To think you play all year for the chance to get to the Frozen Four and after making a brilliant deke to squeeze between 2 defenseman (Lamarouex of AF), you fan on your shot. Plays like that happened all game for all 4 teams. Next there was the problem with the boards/glass. Same issue arose 2 years ago in Bridgeport – nice to see they fixed it (not!). Concessions were pitiful. There were lines 100 deep between periods with a limited staff working. Obviously didn’t plan on having people attend. Finally, there was the PA announcer/disc jockey. The PA was so loud I found myself physically ill after 6 hours of sonic boom announcements. Yale brought their pep band with them to the game. I know because I saw them. I never heard them because of the obnoxious DJ, but I did see them sitting up under the eaves in the corner….nice kids. Seriously, what a joke. I’d hesitate to go back.

    • KN

      I wasn’t there, but as a hockey fan trying to watch on television, I agree. The constant interruptions to fix the glass were dreadful. And they did have to stop play to repair the ice after what felt like 30 seconds of play.

  • KN

    Congrats Minnesota-Duluth! Valient effort from Yale who played very well in the conference finals and against Air Force. Well done Air Force for giving Yale just about all they could handle! Good luck in the future!