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Friday, November 5

Colgate 4 at Clarkson 4 (ot)

Senior Scott Freeman and freshman Matt Zarbo scored 1:57 apart midway through the third period to draw Clarkson even, extending the Golden Knights’ unbeaten streak to four games. After starting the season 0-36 on the power play, Clarkson finally broke through with three consecutive conversions (three for six on the night) to wrest the point from the Raiders. Freshman Chris Wagner, sophomores Thomas Larkin and Billy Rivellini and junior Austin Smith scored for Colgate; sophomore Alex Evin made 32 saves in the back. Knights rookie Ben Sexton was lost with what is deemed to be a broken arm, suffered while scoring the game’s first goal; junior Mark Borowiecki also scored in front of classmate Paul Karpowich, who made 36 stops.

Cornell 0 at St. Lawrence 3

Cornell fell to 0-3-0 this season while SLU’s one power-play goal in eight tries was all it needed to claim its first victory of the year. Sophomore Kyle Flanagan’s clutch score 6:47 into the third period proved to be the game-winner, as frosh Justin Baker and Jeremy Wick tacked on the game’s only other goals to stun the Big Red. Rookie Matt Weninger earned his first career win and shutout, stopping 29 of 29. Apart from junior Mike Garman’s 30 saves, Cornell’s only other “standout” may have been freshman Dustin Mowrey: His three third-period penalties partly served to extend Cornell’s winless run in Canton to five years and counting.

Princeton 3 at Yale 5

The Bulldogs and Tigers wedged eight goals, 76 shots and 21 penalties into a two-hour, five-minute game that saw Yale emerge victorious for the third time in three games this year. Playing at Ingalls Arena for the third time in three games (each team played in the Ivy Shootout in New Haven last weekend), Yale jumped out to a 3-1 lead and matched Princeton’s comeback attempts goal-for-goal the rest of the way. Juniors Kevin Peel and Chad Ziegler scored for Yale, joining seniors Broc Little and Chris Cahill (who scored twice). Senior Ryan Rondeau stopped 27 of 30 to improve to 2-0-0. Senior Alan Reynolds saved 41 in his first start of the year, playing behind goal-scorers Andrew Calof (freshman), Michael Sdao (sophomore) and Matt Arhontas (senior).

Quinnipiac 3 at Brown 3 (ot)

The Bobcats’ 3-1 lead through 47 minutes evaporated in a cloud of penalties, as QU sustained four minors and two power-play goals against in a sloppy third period. Sophomore Clay Harvey scored twice for the Q-Cats, and classmate Mike Dalhuisen chipped in as well while another classmate – Dan Clarke – stopped 34 of 37. Brown, meanwhile, clawed back to take a point in its home opener, getting goals from freshman Dennis Robertson, junior Jeff Buvinow and senior David Brownschidle in support of junior goalie Mike Clemente, who made 29 saves.

Rensselaer 4 at Dartmouth 1

Sophomore Marty O’Grady’s first goal of the year 58 seconds into the second period separated the Engineers from the host Big Green, stretching RPI’s unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3). Classmate C.J. Lee scored RPI’s power-play goal (1-5), but the Engineers’ scoring was paced by senior Chase Polacek, who potted two… including one short-handed halfway through the third. Freshman Cab Morris had a rough first outing for Dartmouth, making only 17 saves on 21 shots; sophomore Jason Bourgea’s second of the season was his lone supporting offense.

Union 2 at Harvard 1

Harvard senior Kyle Richter’s 33 saves kept the Crimson in the game, but sophomore Danny Biega’s goal just wouldn’t be enough to overcome the red-hot Dutchmen. Sophomore defenseman Greg Coburn’s long-distance rocket in the game’s 54th minute improved Union’s record to 6-1-2; the fact that it was scored on the power play extended Union’s streak to at least one PPG in each of its nine games this season. Junior Kelly Zajac scored the Dutchmen’s other goal, while sophomore Keith Kinkaid was only called on for 15 saves for the W.

Saturday, November 6

Colgate 1 at St. Lawrence 4

Sophomore Kyle Flanagan’s two goals boosted the Saints to a weekend sweep and their second win of the season. Rookie Jeremy Wick scored the game-winner in the second period, classmate Greg Carey lit the lamp as well, senior Sean Flanagan had three assists, and another freshman – Matt Weninger – stopped 31 of 32. Senior Francois Brisebois scored Colgate’s only goal in support of junior Alex Evin, who stopped 20 shots in defeat.

Cornell 6 at Clarkson 1

The Big Red took out three games’ frustration on the Golden Knights as six different Ithacans potted the puck in Potsdam. Rookie Andy Iles saved 35 shots in his – and his team’s – first win, and Cornell got goals from frosh Dustin Mowrey and Kirill Gotovets, sophomore Braden Birch, juniors Locke Jillson and Jordan Kary and senior Joe Devin. Senior Brandon DeFazio scored his team-leading third goal in defeat, while junior Paul Karpowich suffered through all six goals and 34 shots.

Princeton 4 at Brown 3

The Tigers came back from a 2-0 first-period road deficit, then held on for their first win of the year against a Brown team that defeated them 2-1 just seven days prior. Each team scored on the power-play and shorthanded in a wild one, and Bruno out-shot the usually slap-happy Tigers 40-34. Senior Matt Arhontas scored twice in 57 seconds to singlehandedly erase Princeton’s deficit early in the second period, and classmate Kevin Lohry and soph Michael Sdao finished off Princeton’s scoring. Junior Jack Maclellan opened the scoring for Brown, while seniors David Brownschidle and Harry Zolnierczyk also lit the lamp. Sophomore Mike Condon made 37 saves for the win, while rookie Marco DeFilippo stopped 30 for Brown.

Quinnipiac 1 at Yale 5

QU sophomore Jeremy Langlois’ goal in the game’s eighth minute seemed like ancient history when all was said and done, as the lethal Bulldogs blew three goals past junior Dan Clarke (21 saves) in 2:58 in the third period to bury the upstart Bobcats. Junior Brian O’Neill bookended those three goals, but senior goalie Ryan Rondeau (29 saves) also got help from three other seniors in Jeff Anderson, Denny Kearney and Broc Little, who chipped in a goal apiece.

Rensselaer 0 at Harvard 1

Junior center Alex Killorn walked in for the power-play game-winner with only 8.2 seconds left in regulation as Harvard won its first game of the year. Senior Kyle Richter earned his sixth career shutout with 19 stops, while junior counterpart Allen York made 22 saves in the heartbreaking loss. The defeat also snapped what had been the nation’s longest active unbeaten streak at seven.

Union 0 at Dartmouth 0 (ot)

Despite 66 total shots, neither team could solve the goaltending in the conference’s first scoreless draw. Union sophomore Keith Kinkaid stopped 29 to improve to 6-1-2, while junior James Mello had to make 37 saves in his first start of the year. The Dutchmen’s 0-4 power play marked the first time this season that Union was blanked on the advantage.

In retrospect..

Prediction precision: 5-4-3 (.542) last week, 25-11-8 (.659) overall.

As for my guest, Meli Mathis beat me by a game: 6-3-3, which entitles her (should she so choose) to predict against me again next week. I’ll have my vengeance.

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  • MVNewHaven

    Don’t know what Coach Allain tells them during the first intermission but Yale has been lights out after the first period. Through the first four games they have a GD of 0 in the 1st (7-7), but a GD of +13 (17-4) in the 2nd and 3rd.

  • WildmanDan

    Yes. No idea what he says. But it was like a different team came out in the second period. I didn’t see them contesting the puck at all as QU tried to bring it out of their own in end in the first period. But immediately in the second they were bringing pressure at all points on the ice. They also looked a step slow in the first period. After that it was just amazing.

    I wonder if some of the issue was that Yale was still only playing in their second weekend of competition. They will have to be on top of their game next weekend against very solid squads out west.

    • Bulldog07

      Agreed. Yale traditionally seems to start slow and then build up steam towards the end of games. But I would not want to see them spot CC a 3 goal lead in the first and have to fight back this weekend.

  • Lonesomegator

    Brian, really enjoy your comments, and predictions. Iam a long time fan of Colgate, and listen to Raider games on TeamLine every season. Since 1980 I’ve lived in Florida, and I have to say don’t miss the frozen tundra of Central New York at all. As a teenager I have many happy memories of Hamilton as I visited my older sister who lived there, and had a job in the theature Dept at Colgate. Attending a few games at Starr Rink which I remember was a Hockey rink in a large barn. Tell me is it still the same? Any way keep up the good work, and stay warm.

  • vizoroo

    You forgot to mention a few names: Drew Shore, Jason Zucker,and Sam Brittain.
    Guess you just assume that DU will be in the Top 3..

    • ??? the article is focusing on four teams. UNO, SCSU, UND, and UMD. Which is why your DU posse was not mentioned.

      • anon

        It’s a CONFERENCE mid-season look. It should look at the entire CONFERENCE. That would certainly include a DU team that lost almost of all of its stars and are still an elite team with mostly freshmen and sophomores.

        • Sheps20

          What about the freshman from Colorado College Jaden Shwartz, 3rd or 4th in the nation in scoring–

          • Jeff

            Colorado College will bring it the 2nd Half…..

  • Phonenixfyre1313

    I would guess that I mid-season check-in would be a little more comprehensive than this article provides. Rather disappointing, like most of the WHCA coverage the last several years.

  • bengalfan

    This is pretty much a waste of electrons. A ‘conference’ rundown that only mentions a third of the teams in the conference?

    • collegehockeyfan

      Here I’ll do a rundown:
      UND- where they were expected to be. Dell is a surprise, see if it stays that way, easy schedule the rest of the year, if they can stay out of injury and suspension trouble, #1 in the WCHA and my pick from the wcha most likely to make the title game

      UMD- 1st line doing their thing, goal tending holding their own, should stay in the top three in the WCHA and top ten in the nation the rest of the year if they stay healthy.

      DU – surprise here with all the lost talent, young guys stepping up, especially in the net. Gwoz will always put a team out that will compete, no matter the age.

      UNO- opened some eyes early, but seems like they have blue-flamed, will down spiral as they are getting used to the WCHA grind. Blais will get them motivated and may beat some upper echelon teams, but will not finish in the top half of the WCHA because of inconsistent play.

      CC- rough start, some young talent, I think they will turn some heads second half of the year, may see them in the national tournament, my sleeper pick for the tourny.

      UM- can you say inconsistent??? tough to say how the rest of this season will go, especially after their series up at UND, where they have crumbled in years past. Wish I could say Bye Bye Lucia after this year.

      UW- I would say they are a small disappointment, getting embarrassed at home to UND and UMD, but their schedule lightens up the second half, I would say they will creep in the 5 spot, earning a home playoff series for the final five.

      UAA- Extremely pesky team to try and sweep, look for them to finish in the lower half, but wouldn’t surprise me if they upset someone and are in Minneapolis for the Final Five.

      MSU- About normal for the Mavs around this time of year, couple big wins, but still not going to get them out of the first round of the final five.

      BSU- definitely feeling the transition, wont do anything this year, look for them to slowly creep up in the WCHA in future years.

      SCSU – WOW, talk about the underachiever of the decade… not much else to say, goal tending is god awful, and the Roe diving act is no longer working, throw in the towel, there’s always next year.

      MTU- yeah they won a couple NC games early against mediocre at best teams, will finish at the bottom.

  • Lee SAchill

    St. Cloud is the under achiever of the year. Goaltending spotty, no one to put the puck away. Really thought the would finish top 4. Watch the Sioux rack up the points in the 2nd half, and the Gophers to be a spoiler for one of the top 3.

  • Dirty

    Look for Theresa to come out with a more thorough recap here soon…

    • Good point Dirty…

  • Go4life

    Another thing that worried Blais was the 14 players UNO lost from the 2009-10 season. The key is the returnees are another year older.

    The quote above from the article just astounds me. Did every team’s returnees turn a year older or was it just UNO’s? Ha Ha Ha! And remember, that is ”the key”!

  • Jimmy1414

    Hope these writers are doing volunteer work. They certainly don’t work like they’re being paid! The lack of coverage continues!