Performers / Underperformers #16

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Performers:

  1. Quinnipiac University Bobcats – The Bobcats earned two impressive road wins over Cornell and Colgate to solidify their spot on top of the ECAC. They battled a defensive oriented Cornell squad to a 60 minute draw and then won it in overtime on a GWG by Travis St. Denis at 1:41. On Saturday, despite being outshot 33-20 they took down Colgate 4-2 after falling behind 1-0 early in the game. The Bobcats scored four consecutive goals including the GWG by Landon Smith. Road sweeps are not easy and the impressive doubling up of Cornell and Colgate earns Quinnipiac this weeks “Performer” of the week.
  2. Dartmouth College Big Green – Look again. The Big Green are now tied for third in the ECAC and have strung together a five-game winning street. They ousted Brown 6-3 going 2/3 on the man-advantage and rallying from a 3-2 first period deficit to pour on five straight goals  in the final two periods for the win. Brad Schierhorn was 1-2-3 on the evening. Dartmouth picked up another impressive win defeating Yale 6-4 on the Bulldogs home ice. In a back and forth contest, the Big Green outlasted Yale darting to a 5-2 second period lead and then holding on for the win. Grant Opperman was 1-2-3 in the victory.
  3. Michigan Tech University Huskies – The Huskies are currently 4 points behind Mankato in the WCHA standings and needed a solid weekend vs Bemidji in order to keep pace. They got the job done sweeping the Beavers by scores of 3-1 EN and 2-1. In a very tight game on Friday, MTU got the GWG from Dylan Steman at 11:24 of period three for the win. On Saturday, it was more of the same as Tanner Kero supplied the GWG at 13:59 of period three to gain the sweep. The Huskies have a huge series with Mankato pending in two weeks.
  4. St. Lawrence University Saints – The Saints are making things interesting in the ECAC currently only three points behind QU. The two squads have an important meeting this week. In the meantime, the Saints defeated RPI 3-1 on Friday and destroyed Union 7-1 Saturday. On Friday, Christian Horn scored the GWG in the first period and Kyle Hayton stopped 21/22 SOG in the win. On Saturday, SLU scored five times in period two including a shortie and a PP goal as they blew out the Dutchmen by an embarrassing 7-1 score.
  5. Sacred Heart University Pioneers – The Pioneers are undefeated in their last 6 games after sweeping visiting Air Force by scores of 5-4 (ot) and 3-2. Sacred Heart rallied from a 4-2 deficit to score on a penalty shot and a PP in the last four minutes of the game to knot the game at 4-4. Jordan Minello then netted the GWG at 31 seconds of the overtime to complete an exciting comeback win. In the rematch, four of the five goals were of the special teams variety and the Pioneers scored twice short-handed in a 3-2 win. An exciting weekend of hockey for the Sacred Heart fans.
  6. Bentley College Falcons – Bentley took over sole possession of second place in the Atlantic with two wins in a home and home series with Holy Cross. On Friday, Bentley rallied from behind scoring three straight goals to edge the Crusaders 4-3. The GWG was a PP tally by Brett Switzer. On Saturday, the Falcons earned a dominating 5-2 win outshooting Holy Cross 37-27 and scoring four straight goals after falling behind 1-0.
  7. University of Minnesota Golden Gophers – Minnesota got back on track by beating up on punch-less Ohio State 4-2 and 6-2 at Mariucci Arena. The Buckeyes were outshot 42-23 Friday and yielded two power play goals in the process. Travis Boyd scored the GWG on the PP in period two. Justin Kloos was 1-1-2 in the game. In the rematch the Gophers dominated on the scoreboard once again and outshot OSU 28-18. Travis Boyd picked up the hat trick and had a four-point night. The wins helped the Gophers to #14 in the PWR which has them back in striking range.
  8. Bowling Green State University Falcons – inconsistent results in January knocked the Falcons out of contention for the WCHA title. However, they are securely at #8 in the PWR after knocking off Ferris twice on home ice. In a very close game on Friday, Bowling Green edged the Bulldogs on Kevin Dufour’s game winner at 8:24 of period three. On Saturday, the Falcons again had to battle for a one-goal victory. In fact, they had to rally from a second period 2-1 deficit with two goals in period three to win 3-2. Pierre-Luc Mercier netted the GWG at 7:09 of period three.
  9. Penn State University Nittany Lions – Penn State remains in second place in the BIG 10 after sweeping Wisconsin at Home. True to form as of late, the Nittany Lions had to come from behind for four consecutive goals in the 5-2 (EN) win Friday. In the rematch, PSU dominated in a 4-1 win. They outshot UW 43-28 and P J Musico stopped 27/28 SOG for his fourth win of the season.
  10. University of Alaska – The tonic for breaking a six-game winless streak was the visiting LSSU Lakers. Alaska swept the weekend by 3-1 (EN) and 2-1 scores. The Nanooks outshot the Lakers  85-41 over the weekend and Garrick Perry scored twice in the sweep.
  11. University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs – The Bulldogs hosted former WCHA rival Northern Michigan and won both games by 3-1 and 6-3 scores. On Friday, the Bulldogs controlled play and outshot NMU 46-17 yet had to rely on a SH goal in the second and a PP goal in period three to edge the Wildcats 3-1. Michael Doan was strong in goal for NMU stopping 43 shots.  On Saturday, it was more dominance outshooting the Wildcats 39-18 and reeling off three goals in period one as they proceeded to the 6-3 win.
  12. Minnesota State University Mankato Mavericks – Mankato holds onto the #1 USCHO ranking and #1 PWR ranking after a sweep of last place Alaska Anchorage. On Friday, in a relatively close game, the Mavericks leveraged some timely goal scoring into a 5-2 win. Casey Nelson scored the GWG early in period two and Stephon Williams secured his 18th win of the season. On Saturday, the Seawolves must have been thinking about the return trip to Anchorage as they were pummeled 4-0 and outshot 53-12. Olivier Mantha stopped 49 SOG in the loss.
  13. Robert Morris University Colonials – The Colonials have wrapped up the Atlantic title after two tough overtime wins over a game Canisius squad. Greg Gibson scored the GWG on Friday and Cody Freeman took the honors on Saturday for Robert Morris. Hats off to the Golden Griffs for two solid road games vs the league leader.
  14. Notre Dame University Fighting Irish – The Irish had success on the road vs Maine skating to a 4-4 overtime tie on Friday and burying the Black Bears by a 5-1 score in the rematch. Notre Dame was outshot 39-24 on Friday yet scored late in the second to knot the game at 4-4 in an eventual tie. On Saturday, Notre Dame scored three times in the second period to put the game out of reach in the 5-1 win. Vince Hinostroza had two goals in the victory.
  15. Boston College Eagles – In a single game, the Eagles scored a key 4-2 (EN) win over a tough Merrimack squad. This game was marred by a total of 32 penalties for 115 minutes. There were 26 penalties whistled in a crazy second period. The win keeps BC within four points of rival Boston University in Hockey East.
  16. Boston University Terriers – The Terriers maintained their Hockey East lead with an important win over a suddenly slumping Lowell by a 5-2 score. Evan Rodriques scored the GWG and picked up a hat trick in the contest.

Underperformers:

  1. UMass-Lowell River Hawks – The River Hawks are formally slumping after disappointing losses to Boston University 5-2 and UMass by an identical 5-2 score. Poor starts in both contests doomed the River Hawks as they struggle to win in the stretch run of the season. They get a return meeting with UMass for two more this weekend. They’ve slipped to #15 in the PWR and desperately need to get back on the winning track.
  2. Harvard University Crimson – Harvard is another squad that has hit the skids having only won twice since January 1 compiling a 2-6 record since then. Following a 4-3 overtime loss to BU in the Beanpot the Crimson lost two more last weekend. First, they continued their losing streak to rival Yale losing 3-0 for their third loss to the Bulldogs this season.  Then, to add insult to injury the Crimson were defeated by 11th place Brown by a 2-1 score. Harvard made it close with a goal at 19:06 of the third period. Injuries have decimated this squad  and they’ve fallen to #16 in the PWR.
  3. Air Force Academy Falcons – The Falcons suffered their second consecutive sweep this time at the hands of Sacred Heart by scores of 5-4 (ot) and 3-2. On a positive note they have AIC at home this weekend. Chalk up two wins for AFA.
  4. Bemidji State University Beavers – After going 4-2-1 in January, the Beavers had to feel good about their chances on the road vs Michigan Tech. Not to be. MTU edged the Beavers twice in two very close games by scores of  3-1 (EN) and 2-1. The losses dropped BSU to a seventh place tie with Ferris in the WCHA.
  5. Ferris State University Bulldogs – The Ferris slide continued with two losses to Bowling Green by scores of 2-1 and 3-2. The Bulldogs are now 4-10 since December 1st. They have another two game series with the Falcons at home this weekend.
  6. Ohio State University Buckeyes – The 7-15-2 Buckeyes were no match for the U of MN Golden Gophers getting swept on the road by scores of 4-2 and 6-2 and outshot 70-41 in the series. Defense is a big issue for OSU allowing over 3.5 GPG. Winning a game vs hapless Wisconsin this weekend is no guarantee either.
  7. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers– There’s been some team turmoil and it’s obvious as the Engineers are 3-13 since November 28. This past weekend they lost two more being swept by St. Lawrence 3-1 and Clarkson 5-2.
  8. Holy Cross University Crusaders – Holy Cross continues their slide in the Atlantic standings after being swept by Bentley 4-3/5-2. The Crusaders are 3-8-1 since January 1st. Ugh.
  9. University of Wisconsin Badgers – The Badgers continue to be stuck at 2 wins after being swept on the road by Penn State by scores of 5-2 and 4-1. They were outshot 43-28 in the 4-1 loss on Saturday. This season can’t end soon enough for this hapless squad.
  10. Lake Superior State University Lakers – The Lakers showed some life with a home sweep of Bemidji and a win over Bowling Green. However, it was back to the losing ways as they were swept by Alaska 3-1/2-1.  LSSU is 4-9-1 since December 1st.
  11. University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves – The last place Seawolves most likely won’t get a win in the lower 48 this season. Their last chance will be in two weeks vs Bemidji. This last weekend they were defeated 5-2 on Friday and then drilled on Saturday in a 4-0 shutout. In a questionable effort Saturday, they were outshot 53-12. The two SOG in the third period were pretty much an indication that they had enough of #1 Mankato.
  12. Princeton University Tigers – Last place Princeton loses two more conference games to give them a 1-14-1 ECAC record. They were defeated 2-0 on Friday by Colgate and that was followed by a 4-2 loss to Cornell on Saturday. They now face Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend. Good luck.
  13. American International College Yellow Jackets – This has been an absolutely dreadful season for Gary Wright and the Yellow Jackets. After being swept by Mercyhurst at home by 3-1 and 5-2 scores they are 1-16-6 since November 7th.
  14. Niagara University Purple Eagles – Niagara rarely lets us down as a weekly underperformer. They are winless since December 1st with a record of 0-13-3. Low and behold they garnered a 4-4 (ot) tie with RIT last weekend. Baby steps I guess.
  15. University of Maine Black Bears – The Black Bears followed up a 4-4 overtime tie with Notre Dame on Friday with a 5-1 drubbing on Saturday…at home. Simply put, a poor performance on home ice vs a marginal squad merits underperformer status.

Congratulations to the Bobcats of Quinnipiac for their solid road weekend defeating both Colgate and Cornell. For their outstanding results they are this weeks “Perfomer” of the week.

 

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