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Friday, December 10

American Int’l 1 at Union 8

The Dutchmen boasted as many multi-point scorers as they did goals in the blowout, with sophomore Jeremy Welsh leading the way with a hat trick. Senior Justin Pallos scored twice, and frosh Mat Bodie, sophomore Wayne Simpson and junior Kelly Zajac also chipped in with solo goals. Senior netminder Corey Milan stopped 14 of 15 in 45:29 for his first win of the season; rookie Troy Grosenick got clean-up duty with four saves in just under 15 minutes of relief.

Mass.-Lowell 2 at Princeton 5

The Tigers came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, ultimately out-shooting UML 45-18 and scoring four straight to close out the win. Rookie left-winger Andrew Ammon made a big splash in only his sixth NCAA game, earning a natural hat trick in only 6:32 late in the third period with even-strength and game-winning, power-play, and shorthanded (albeit into an empty net) goals – his first three goals of his career. Classmate Jack Berger scored his first collegiate goal as well, and senior Matt Arhontas added to his team-leading goal total with his seventh in support of freshman Sean Bonar (16 saves).

Saturday, December 11

Quinnipiac 2 at Providence 5

The Friars scored first late in the opening frame, and QU never managed to pull even. Sophomore Ben Arnt and junior Yuri Bouharevich potted goals for the Bobcats, but four goals against freshman Eric Hartzell (19 saves) in 40 minutes spelled defeat in Providence. Senior Pat McGann stopped 10 of 11 in his first appearance of the season.

Boston University 1 at Rensselaer 4

The Engineers special teams ran BU ragged in Troy, opening with a shorty and scoring on three of 10 power plays to frustrate the Terriers. The seniors did the legwork for RPI, as classmates Chase Polacek, Joel Malchuk, Tyler Helfrich and Bryan Brutlag lit the lamp; junior Allen York made 28 saves for his eighth victory of the year. The teams combined for 99 minutes of penalties, 65 served by the visitors as tempers flared leading into the final horn.

Army 2 at Union 6

The Dutchmen improved on the best power-play percentage in the country, scoring all six goals on nine advantages. Freshman Daniel Carr notched a hat trick with one goal each period, junior Luke Cain added a pair, and Bodie scored once more in front of sophomore Keith Kinkaid (16 stops). Union out-shot the Black Knights 53-18 and remained unbeaten at home in eight games (7-0-1).

Niagara 4 at Colgate 3 (ot)

The Purple Eagles out-shot the Raiders 19-4 in the third period to force overtime, and the visitors’ only shot of extra hockey eluded junior Alex Evin (39 saves) to drop Colgate. Senior Francois Brisebois did his part for the home side, scoring twice and adding a helper on sophomore Thomas Larkin’s second-period strike, but it wasn’t quite enough as ‘Gate dropped its eighth of nine (1-8-0).

Mass.-Lowell 2 at Princeton 7

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the game’s seventh minute and never looked back, going 3/5 on the power play and rifling 41 shots on the beleaguered RiverHawks. Rookie Matt Farris, soph Rob Kleebaum and junior Derrick Pallis each scored twice for the Stripes and senior Tylor Fedun chipped in another; sophomore Mike Condon made 24 saves in Princeton’s third straight W. The Tigers pinned a dozen goals on UML on the weekend and scored 17 in their last three games.

Sunday, December 12

Vermont 6 at Dartmouth 5

The ostensibly superb junior goalie James Mello had an off-night to beat all off-nights, allowing three goals on three shots in 7:46 against Vermont before being replaced by classmate Jody O’Neill (18 saves on 21 shots). That could have set the tone for the game, but instead the story of the night was the tug-of-war that ensued for the lead. The Big Green actually held a 5-4 lead for 9:30 in the third period before the Catamounts took it right back, scoring twice in 2:34 to stun the hosts. Junior Nick Walsh and senior Adam Estoclet scored a pair apiece, and freshman Matt Lindblad found the net as well for his team-leading 13th point. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Green, and also concluded a string of seven consecutive outings allowing two goals or fewer.

Clarkson 9 at Sacred Heart 2

The Golden Knights went 2/7 on the power play and senior Brandon DeFazio earned a hat trick in Clarkson’s fourth straight win and sixth victory in seven games (6-1-0). Frosh Will Frederick, sophomore Nik Pokulok, juniors Jake Morley and Nick Tremblay and seniors Scott Freeman and Bryan Rufenach each beat the ‘keeper too, all in support of junior goalie Paul Karpowich (27 saves). The Knights are 4/17 on the power play in their last four games, finally elevating their season’s percentage into double-digits (10.4 percent) after starting the year 3/50.

In retrospect…

Prediction precision: Me: 8-1-0 this week: Damn you, Vermont. 61-29-11 (.658) overall.
Tom Rodbell: 6-3-0.

Guest guessers: 38-31-6 (.547)

Head to head: Sullivan 5, Guests 2*

Who’s next? ECACWriter@USCHO.com for your shot.

Read all about my frustration at Time-Warner’s play-by-play guy! Only at SullivanHockey on Twitter.

  • Zudnic

    So, what you’re saying is that when the GWG in 2008 deflected and fluttered over the goalie’s shoulder, it was, well, just puck luck, right?

    • Zudnic

      meant 2009 (typo)

  • Ryan

    When was the last time the MacNaughton Cup champ actually went on to make it to the Frozen 4? Kind of crazy.

    • Anonymous

      2005 Denver and they won the national title.

  • Mattgersz

    What the #$*%&$. The Sioux “IS” unbeaten in the five games since……The Sioux “IS” still ranked second in the Pairwise…..The Sioux HAS lost just once in Houghton…….Since when did The Sioux become a singular entity? The Sioux ARE many players, and they ARE Number 1.

    • JMF

      I’m no English major but he is referring to the team not the players. He essentially said the team is undefeated and the team has lost just once etc. Seems accurate to me, just sounds off he used the word Sioux, if he used UND is would read better.

  • bigskyvikes

    Can someone from the WCHA or a writer from WCHA tell me why when the Sioux win titles or trophy’s they are NOT on the WCHA final five tickets the following year? But when any other team wins it they are on the tickets the following year? Just curious on that! GO SIOUX!! By the way the Sioux have more WCHA championships than anyone! There is no argument there AT ALL!!

  • Anonymous

    North Dakota may end up with the cup, but I promise you, it is UNO fan’s fervent desire to play them again in the WCHA tournament, or, better still, in the NCAA Regional. Hopefully either in Green Bay but preferably in St Louis. Having seen all 4 games between the two teams it reminded me of heavy-weight fighters beating each others brains out. Split in each building that featured UNO shutting ND out in one of those games (the only other team that’s done that is DU) and UNO hanging the worst beating, ever, on ND at the Ralph. And, ND staged a beautiful comeback in Omaha in tough conditions in front of a humongous, seriously hostile crowd in what was a titanic struggle of a game for both teams. The best UNO game I have ever attended (out of more than 150), and we LOST the game.

    I respect ND enormously, the best opposing team I saw all season.

    That said, we are more than ready to step back in the ring with them. Hoping that we do. We need a rubber game.

    I think they might like to, too. ND fan was very respectful of us as well. I can’t begin to tell you how many of their fans approached me and said things like “Wow, you guys are really pretty good”. Dunno if they were blowing smoke, but, I appreciated it. UNO hasn’t gotten that many accolades for switching leagues and being a serious factor right out of the box like they have.

    Bring on the post season.

    • Beavers

      UNO just better hope they don’t get matched up with BSU in the first round. We all know what would happen then … A Bemidji State victory! They own UNO this year.

      • Anonymous

        I think some teams just match up well with/against others for whatever reason Concerns me, too, as far as BSU is concerned.

        Truthfully, ND looked so good against us and had such poor results that I came away thinking the same thing about them against us at various times during the 4 games they played against each other.

    • Matt

      Two words that came from North Dakota…Dean Blais. :-)

    • You might want to be careful what you ask for.

    • FightinSioux4ever

      Well said. I was at the Ralph for that Friday night game, and I was a believer of UNO before that happened. We got worked. I still hae to stick to my guns and say that UND will be ready for all comers once the FF is underway. Also, it was nice to see the reception Blais got when he was announced right before the game. Him being the coach was enough to sell me on the program. Class act all the way.

  • MN Hockey

    Is it me, or does this writer seem like he’s hating on the Sioux? Fckin Haters

    • Guest

      The writer writes an article about UND winning before it happens and you think he is hating on the Sioux. Very interesting … wow!

  • siouxfanforlife

    I am a huge Sioux fan, and the only thing I would love to see more than winning the conference would be MAYBE winning the WCHA tournament, but for sure the National Championship. However, Tech proved this weekend that you never know what will happen, and Bemidji can still be very competitive when they show up, so I’m not assuming anything until it is over.

    • Amen… Lets get 8…

  • Siouxdog

    As some have mentioned, North Dakota has 14 WCHA regular season banners hanging in the Ralph already. So this would be the 15th. So a couple of them must not have been winning the McNaughton Cup. Whatever you want to call it, Fiighting Sioux have the most WCHA titles with 14 going on 15 this year. I believe Denver is second.

  • SiouxForever

    It was hard to focus on the article when the grammar was so bad. Subject and verb did not agree. GO SIOUX!!! #8!!!!

  • MN Hockey

    Okay, “Beavers”, I should have stated that a different way.. This guy says how they have an easy schedule coming up, but what he fails to mention is that UND has had the hardest schedule in the NCAA this season, and the fact that Bemidji is a contender against any team. As for Michigan Tech, well they proved they can beat a contender in Denver.

  • Dq

    Beavers are leaving Grand Forks with 2 points….no doubt

    • A Fan

      Not a chance!

    • A Fan

      No doubt their going home empty, I told ya!