Here’s a quick wrap-up of the “Performers and Underperformers” from week one.
1. University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves / University of Alaska Nanooks – I have to award top kudos to the Alaska schools for being such rude hosts in the Kendall Classic in Alaska. Alaska-Anchorage swept both Maine and Wisconsin by scores of 3-1 and 4-2 while upstate rival Alaska shut out Wisconsin 1-0 and roughed up Maine 5-2. Nice start of the season for these two WCHA schools with sweeps over Hockey East and the BIG 10.
2. University of Minnesota Golden Gophers – the Gophers get two quality wins to start the season with a 4-3 nail biter over in-state rival Minnesota-Duluth and a 3-0 win over RPI. Kyle Rau and Hudson Fasching were just two of the top performers for the Gophers in the Icebreaker held in South Bend.
3. Boston University Terriers – The Terriers only played one game this past weekend but it was a show of offense in destroying in-state (non) rival Massachusetts 8-1. First-year phenom Jack Eichel went 2-2-5 +5 in the win.
3. Union College Dutchmen – Defending National Champion Union makes it 14 wins in a row with a weekend sweep of American International 7-3 and a quality win over New Hampshire 3-1. Mike Vechione goes 1-1-2 vs UNH. They could be very tough again this season.
4. UMass-Lowell RiverHawks get a statement win over Hockey East rival Boston College 5-2. Michael Louria got the GWG in the first period.
5. Bemidji State University Beavers – BSU traveled to Grand Forks for two and shocked North Dakota 5-1 on Friday. A four- goal second period shut out the lights on UND. On Saturday, Bemidji hung tough but was edged by UND 2-1. A split but nevertheless a nice road trip for Bemidji.
6. Robert Morris Colonials- The Colonials took two from Lake Superior State University by scores of 3-1 and 3-0. After the Friday night win the hosts Robert Morris stepped it up further and outshot LSSU 40-28 in the shutout win. Nice start for the Colonials.
7. Clarkson University Knights – CU started off things right with a sweep of RIT by a 3-1 score and Niagara by the same 3-1 margin. A solid start on the road for the Knights.
8. Merrimack College Warriors – The Warriors also got off to a winning weekend of hockey with a sweep of Holy Cross in a home and home series. It was a 3-2 win Friday and a 2-1 win on Saturday.
1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – The Irish fell flat hosting the Icebreaker tournament in South Bend. They were edged by RPI 3-2 in game 1 and then shutout by the UMD Bulldogs in the Sunday game 3-0. An unimpressive showing for a team with a lot of hype. No home ice advantage here at Compton Arena.
2. University of Wisconsin Badgers – Granted, the Badgers had a lot of youngsters in the lineup but nevertheless a poor showing for this BIG 10 squad. The Badgers scored twice on the weekend in a 4-2 loss to UAA and a shutout loss to Alaska. They put up 14 SOG against Alaska. That “ain’t” going to win you a lot of games.
3. University of Maine Black Bears – Ditto for the Black Bears who took two on the chin in their trip to the Kendall Classic in Alaska. A 3-1 loss to UAA and a 5-2 loss to Alaska. That’s a long trip for a goose egg. Time for the Black Bears to regroup.
4. Lake Superior State University Lakers – Not the start to the season expected by the Lakers as they were swept by the Robert Morris Colonials by scores of 3-1 and 3-0. The anemic offense is certainly a concern as was the poor response in game two getting outshot 40-28.
5. Niagara University Purple Eagles – What a weekend treat for the slight crowd of Niagara fans that attended this series at Dwyer Arena. On Friday, the Purple Eagles place 13 SOG in a 3-1 loss to Clarkson. Alright, regroup and give it the ‘ol college try on Saturday right? Wrong. They yield 9 goals in the final two periods in an embarrassing 10-2 loss to St. Lawrence. That weekend will keep the home town fans returning for more …free tickets anyone?
6. UMass Minutemen – Not an encouraging start for the Minutemen who were one of last seasons top underperformers. Getting destroyed 8-1 by Boston University makes one wonder what the 2014-15 season holds for UMass. Keep in mind this game was 2-1 after two periods.
7. Holy Cross Crusaders – The Crusaders drop two games in a home and home series with Merrimack College by scores of 3-2/2-1. On the positive side, they were competitive games
Congrats to University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves and University of Alaska Nanooks for being named this weeks Center Ice View “Performers” of the Week.