Notebook: Taste Of Defeat
Nov. 8, 2010
By Jen Gunnels
Nine of last week's USA TODAY/USA Hockey men's top 15 teams tasted defeat at least once in weekend action, while No. 6 Yale, No. 8 Nebraska-Omaha and No. 10 New Hampshire each picked up a pair of wins. With a 2-2 tie against No. 7 Maine on Saturday, No. 3 Boston University moved to 6-0-2 on the season, now the nation's longest unbeaten streak and the Terriers' best eight-game start since the 1977-78 national championship campaign.
No. 1 Miami (Ohio) was stunned Friday in 3-2 loss at Ferris State despite two goals by senior forward Andy Miele. The RedHawks were unable to pick up a win in the CCHA league rematch Saturday, settling for a 1-1 tie with the Bulldogs, who went on to win the shootout 3-2. Ferris State senior goaltender Pat Nagle notched a career-high 35 saves in the Saturday contest. In other CCHA action, No. 5 Michigan and No. 15 Alaska split a weekend series in Fairbanks. The Wolverines went 0-for-5 on the power play in the 3-0 series opening loss, the first time they have been shutout in 35 games, before a three-goal third period on Saturday lifted the Wolverines to a 5-2 win. Sophomore center A.J. Treais added the game-winning goal to two assists in the win, leading the team with three points on the night.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth was handed its first defeat of the season on Friday at North Dakota, where the Fighting Sioux held the Bulldogs to just 16 shots on goal. The Bulldogs bounced back on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime win to retain the top spot in the WCHA standings. No. 6 Nebraska-Omaha swept WCHA opponent Minnesota State while No. 13 Denver split a weekend series with Colorado College. Denver opened the series with a 4-1 win over the in-state rival, but could not stop an offensive spree by the Tigers on Saturday, eventually falling 9-2. Senior right wing Stephen Schultz and freshman left wing Jaden Schwartz each collected five points for Colorado College in the upset.
The No. 6 Yale Bulldogs continued their strong season-opening run with another pair of weekend wins to improve to 4-0 on the year. Despite Princeton goalie Alan Reynolds' 41 saves on Friday night, the Bulldogs pulled out a 5-3 win over the Tigers in the ECAC Hockey contest. Yale hosted Quinnipiac on Saturday and picked up another conference win with a 5-1 victory over the Bobcats. Yale senior forwards Denny Kearney and Broc Little lead the team in scoring with five goals and five assists each through four games. No. 14 Union also continued its strong start with a 2-1 ECAC Hockey win over Harvard and a 0-0 tie at Dartmouth. Sophomore goalie Keith Kinkaid improved his goals against average to 1.39 in weekend play, good enough for second in the nation.
Other Weekend Notables
The Bemidji State Beavers collected their first WCHA league win this weekend, defeating St. Cloud State 3-2 in overtime thanks to a game-winner by Ian Lowe...the No. 10 New Hampshire Wildcats remained unbeaten in Hockey East play, upsetting No. 4 Boston College and then defeating UMass-Lowell by identical scores of 2-1; UMass-Lowell freshman goaltender Doug Carr had 41 saves in the Saturday loss...Freshman forward Mark Zengerle of Wisconsin notched six points in a pair of weekend games against Minnesota and now leads the nation in points per game among rookies with 1.60...Bowling Green secured its first CCHA win of the season in a 3-2 upset of the No. 11 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, who continue to stand atop CCHA standings despite the loss...Western Michigan's sweep of No. 12 Michigan State improved its record to 6-2-2 on the season, the team's best 10-game start since 2000-01 when the squad was 8-1-1 through 10 games...Robert Morris defenseman Denny Urban had two points in a 4-2 win over Holy Cross on Friday, improving to a nation-leading 1.25 points per game among defensemen.
Results from USA TODAY/USA Hockey Men's Top 15
1. Miami--lost at Ferris State 3-2, tied at Ferris State 1-1 (OT; lost shootout 3-2).
2. Minnesota-Duluth--lost at North Dakota 4-2, won at North Dakota 3-2 (OT).
3. Boston University--tied Maine 2-2 (OT).
4. Boston College--beat UMass-Lowell 5-2, lost to New Hampshire 2-1.
5. Michigan--lost at Alaska 3-0, won at Alaska 5-2.
6. Yale--beat Princeton 5-3, beat Quinnipiac 5-1.
7. Maine--tied at Boston University 2-2 (OT).
8. Nebraska-Omaha--beat Minnesota State 5-1, beat Minnesota State 5-2.
9. North Dakota--beat Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, lost to Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 (OT).
10. New Hampshire--beat Boston College 2-1, beat UMass-Lowell 2-1.
11. Notre Dame--lost at Bowling Green 3-2, won at Bowling Green 6-3.
12. Michigan State--lost at Western Michigan 4-3, lost at Western Michigan 3-1.
13. Denver--beat Colorado College 4-1, lost to Colorado College 9-2.
14. Union--won at Harvard 2-1, tied at Dartmouth 0-0 (OT).
15. Alaska--beat Michigan 3-0, lost to Michigan 5-2.