In every season, there is a week or two where everything seems to play out opposite of what one would expect. The first full week of action in 2012 was such a time.

Of the USCHO top 10, eight teams were in action against opponents ranked below them. Six of those resulted in ties or losses, with only No. 3 Cornell and No. 6 North Dakota escaping unscathed.

UND had zero difficulty in its one game, pasting Lindenwood 14-0. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls accounted for eight points and a plus eight, proving once again that if Olympic-caliber players want to post inflated numbers against Lindenwood, this season’s edition of the Lions is not equipped to stop them.

Cornell was down to 11 skaters for two road games due to players competing at the Meco Cup. In a 9-1 laugher over Union, seven players scored and nine recorded a point. The Big Red focus shifted to defense in a 3-0 win at Rensselaer, holding the Engineers to 15 shots on goal.

Elsewhere, it was good to be the underdog. St. Lawrence, entering 2012 just a game over .500, took down No. 4 Boston College and No. 7 Northeastern by 2-1 and 3-2 scores respectively on successive days, despite being outshot, ironically by 30-26 totals in each contest. The Eagles were missing leading scorer Alex Carpenter, while the Huskies were without starting goaltender Florence Schelling. No. 10 Harvard was stymied at Princeton, 3-0. A day later, the Crimson had to come from two goals down to salvage a 3-3 tie on the road against Quinnipiac.

In the CHA, Syracuse rebounded from an 8-4 loss the day before to earn its first point ever versus No. 5 Mercyhurst in a 1-1 tie. The Lakers, winners of the first 15 meetings of the two programs, had taken 24 straight games in CHA competition before the deadlock.

WCHA action saw No. 8 Bemidji State fall to Minnesota State 2-1 on Friday night, the Beavers second loss this season inflicted by the Mavericks. Even top-ranked Wisconsin hit a bump in the road, going without a regulation triumph on a weekend for the first time in two seasons. The Badgers 1-0 shutout loss at No. 2 Minnesota on Saturday was the first time the team had failed to score since Feb. 7, 2010, against Bemidji State. Meanwhile, St. Cloud State claimed its most impressive victory over the last couple seasons, blowing a three-goal lead before rallying for a 4-3 win over Ohio State, a team just outside the top 10.

After sputtering through much of the first half of the season, last year’s national runner-up, Boston University, enjoyed a positive start to 2012, edging past Maine 2-1 and welcoming star Marie-Philip Poulin back to the ice after an 18-game absence due to injury.

  • Skennys2145

    Team “Cornell”, umm, I mean team Canada,  is really doing well at the MECO CUP.
    Can we have our team back, please?
    Yours truly,

  • Ms London

    I have to say I’m not amazed at the results. This seems typical for top teams right after the winter break. All players are trying to get back in the right mode while the ones that have nothing to lose bring it all. After watching SLU this weekend it made me wonder why was this team so bad on the first half??? Granted, they do not have “exceptional” talent… they have a solid defense, great passing and most importantly great positioning. Great technique overall! With that said, neither BC or  NU gave a great performance. BC players looked like they were still waking up from a nap, like a Van on a NASCAR speedway on a Sunday race… no connection, bad passing all dump and chase to the point of frustration when you start seeing the “I wanna be a hero” behavior from their players to try passing two defenseman on their own and wasting lots of shots when they had open teammates with better chance of scoring. Newsflash birdies, if you keep on shooting right at the goaltender it ain’t going in! How about better aim and some creativity? Like Dru Burns on the winning goal against Clarkson.
    BC and BU are much alike, they have a great overall talent but you never know when they decide to bring it or just show up because they have to. Hence why I agree that Minnesota and Wisconsin should be on top, they actually know the meaning of consistency!
    NU on the other hand.. Esposito was on fire! Two amazing goals (priceless!) even though they lost. You can’t blame Desjardins for the SLU goals.. where was the defense that allowed players completely open in front of the net?
    As for BU, I expected a close win since I knew Poulin would be back but Watchorn and Menard were out on top of Kohanchuk. I expect this team to get back to its powerhouse mode soon.. very soon.
    There is not much to say for the Gophers but the fact that they set their mind to win both games and they didn’t stop hustling till they did! Like I said, mental toughness defines great teams. No D-I hockey player made it there because they didn’t know how to play the game.. but yet they seem to forget quite often. Like the NE Patriots say “Do your job”.
    Take care and play smart hockey!

  • Jmm410

    the latest womens D-1 poll shows what a joke these voters are, UW goes on the road gets 2 points in a shootout win Friday and loses 1-0 Saturday and somehow they lose 12 votes??????? If they had lost both by 2 or more goals I would have no problem with that but that clearly did NOT happen. 

    • Ms London

      Jmm410 : Honestly, the polls mean nothing till the last week. I didn’t watch the game but I’m sure the point they were trying to make was that if you don’t allow the Powerhouse to beat you on regulation on the first game and you beat them on the second this far in the season, then you (Gophers) deserve to be on top. Granted that doesn’t mean that the Badgers can’t come back and win, but as of this week out of those 2 teams that are so closely matched .. the Gophers came out wining.

         On the plus side, this will make the Badgers become stronger and will also give other teams the hopes of a possible win if they work hard. It makes the competition stronger and therefore a better game to watch!

      • Jmm410

        I understand what your saying but it is still a joke how these so-called experts vote. It should not matter how a team got the 2 points, regulation win, ot win or by shoot out. UW got the “win” on the road then lost, that is a split and therefore should make them even. If your number one and go on the road and split 4 points you are still number one. There is no excuse for the way these people vote.

  • Marcus1880

    i have air force with the sweep

  • You give UCONN the sweep yet have AIC as #10. While that is true, you forgot to note that it leaves SH and AIC tied with AIC with the tiebreaker.

  • does anyone seriously care about the AHA lol

    • ritalum

      You’re an idiot. Go away.