Notebook: Eagles win beantown battle
by Jen Gunnels
Last week’s USA TODAY/USA Hockey No. 8 Boston College swept No. 3 Boston University in a weekend home-and-home series. The Eagles came out firing on Friday night, netting three goals in each period and outshooting the Terriers 37-23 on the night for a final score of 9-5. Eight different Eagles found the net in the Friday win; junior forward Cam Atkinson scored twice and is now tied with Paul Zanette of Niagara for first in the nation in goals per game at 0.88. With a 5-2 win on Saturday, the Eagles improved to 11-5-0 overall while the Terriers dropped to 7-3-5.
With the leading scoring offense in the nation, No. 2 Yale secured a pair of impressive weekend wins over No. 15 Rensselaer and No. 13 Union to remain perfect so far this season in ECAC Hockey play and improve to 10-1-0 overall. Senior goaltender Ryan Rondeau remained perfect on the season, improving to 9-0 with the wins. The Bulldogs await the new national rankings today and could move to No. 1 for the first time in program history.
No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth split a weekend series with No. 10 Denver, securing a 2-1 win in the final game at the DECC on Saturday after falling 5-4 in overtime on Friday. Denver freshman Jason Zucker completed his first career hat trick in the Friday win while sophomore Drew Shore netted the game-winner in overtime. The Bulldogs held the Pioneers scoreless in the first period of the Saturday contest, ending a 17-period scoring streak for the Pioneers. The win put the Bulldogs back in first place in WCHA standings and also snapped a seven-game Denver winning streak.
No. 6 Miami regained the top spot in CCHA league standings with a 5-2 win over No. 12 Notre Dame after falling to the Irish 5-4 on Friday. Junior forward Alden Hirschfeld tallied his first career hat trick with three goals in the second period of the Saturday contest to power the RedHawks past the Fighting Irish. Miami senior forward Andy Miele recorded four assists in the weekend series and leads the nation with 23 on the season.
Robert Morris maintained the top spot in Atlantic Hockey standings with an overtime tie and a win over Bentley in a weekend series. Junior forward Trevor Lewis recorded two goals and an assist in the Saturday win for the Colonials, who have killed off 21 consecutive power play chances.
Other Weekend Notables
The Bemidji State Beavers swept the No. 4 Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha in WCHA weekend action; Beaver goaltender Dan Bakala recorded the 3-0 shutout in the Friday contest…Minnesota State sophomore goaltender Phil Cook recorded a career-high 49 saves in a Saturday win over Minnesota, completing another WCHA sweep…New Hampshire senior forward Mike Sislo tallied a career-high five assists and senior forward Paul Thompson recorded his second career hat trick in a 5-1 win over Vermont on Sunday…the No. 7 Fighting Sioux of North Dakota completed their first home sweep of the season with wins over St. Cloud State; the Sioux netted five goals in the first period of the Saturday contest and outshot the Huskies 73-37 in the series…Freshman forward Jaden Schwartz had a seven-point weekend for Colorado College in a weekend sweep over Michigan Tech and now leads the nation in points per game among rookies with 1.56…Connecticut scored eight goals in a victory over Niagara on Saturday, the most goals scored by the Huskies in a game since a 9-4 victory over Army on March 6, 2004; Connecticut freshman Cole Schneider recorded his first career hat trick in the 8-5 win.
Results from Nov. 29-Dec. 5 for Teams in the USA TODAY/USA Hockey Top 15
1. Minnesota-Duluth—lost to Denver 5-4 (OT); beat Denver 2-1.
2. Yale—beat Rensselaer (RPI) 4-2; beat Union 5-0.
3. Boston University—lost to Boston College 9-5; lost at Boston College 5-2.
4. Nebraska-Omaha—lost at Bemidji State 3-0; lost at Bemidji State 3-1.
5. New Hampshire—beat UMass-Lowell 3-0; beat Vermont 5-1.
6. Miami (Ohio)—lost to Notre Dame 5-4; beat Notre Dame 5-2.
7. North Dakota—beat St. Cloud State 3-1; beat St. Cloud State 6-2.
8. Boston College—won at Boston University 9-5; beat Boston University 5-2.
9. Maine—tied Providence 3-3 (OT); beat Providence 5-0.
10. Denver—beat Minnesota-Duluth 5-4 (OT); lost at Minnesota-Duluth 2-1.
11. Michigan—lost to Ohio State 3-2 (OT); beat Ohio State 2-1.
12. Notre Dame—beat Miami (Ohio) 5-4; lost at Miami (Ohio) 5-2.
13. Union—beat Brown 4-3; lost at Yale 5-0.
15. Rensselaer (RPI)—lost at Yale 4-3; beat Brown 6-2.