Good Early Goaltending
Nov. 18, 2008
By Amy Farnum Novin
Boston College senior forward Brock Bradford ascended to the top of the Division I goal scoring list as he tallied five goals and three assists during a 1-0-1 week for the No. 4 Eagles.
The captain from Burnaby, BC, netted his first collegiate hat trick with an assist in a 5-5 tie against Merrimack Nov. 14, and followed it up with a pair of goals and two assists in an 8-6 victory versus New Hampshire the following day. The second goal against the Wildcats proved to be the game-winner.
Bradford is riding a six-point scoring streak in which he has registered nine goals and 13 points. He is tied with Air Force’s Brent Olson and Jacques Lamoureux for the nation’s lead in points per game with 1.90, and ranks first in goals per game with 1.20. He was named Hockey East Player of the Week for his performance.
FRESH FACES: Miami University’s Connor Knapp garnered his first career Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week award for leading the RedHawks to a 3-1 victory over then-No. 17 Michigan State Nov. 15.
The freshman goaltender from York, N.Y., tallied 23 saves in his fourth win of the season. Knapp has allowed just three goals in his last four contests, including a scoreless stretch of 85:26 before allowing a goal in the third period against the Spartans.
Knapp platoons with freshman goalie Cody Reichard of Celina, Ohio, with the pair combining for a 1.88 goals against average on the year. Knapp has started every Saturday contest, while Reichard has been charged with Friday duties.
The RedHawks moved to No. 7 in the latest USCHO.com/CBS Sports College Network Division I poll after sweeping the Spartans last weekend. Miami will welcome No. 9 Michigan in a rematch of the 2008 CCHA Championship game Nov. 21-22.
TIGER TALES: Princeton junior Zane Kalemba picked up ECAC Goalie of the Week honors after posting a 3-0 record against a trio of league opponents last week.
The native of Saddle Brook, N.J., collected a career-high 37 saves in a 2-0 shutout at Quinnipiac to start the week, and went on to record a pair of 4-1 wins against Union and Rensselaer. Kalemba has not allowed more than one goal in a game this season, including his sixth career shutout.
Kalemba, the 2008 ECAC Hockey Tournament Most Outstanding Player, ranks second nationally in both goals against average (0.83) and save percentage (.965) for the eighth-ranked Tigers.
NOTABLE: Minnesota’s Alex Kangas was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Co-Defensive Player of the Week after recording his first career shutout in a 3-0 victory against Michigan Tech on Nov. 16. The sophomore from Rochester, Minn., posted 38 saves in the contest – the most by a Gopher goalie in a shutout since 1988. The shutout came in his 41st career start, although he set single-season records for goals against average and save percentage as a freshman … Harvard freshman goaltender Matt Hoyle picked up his second ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week award in three weeks after holding foes to just one goal in two weekend contests. He notched his first career shutout in a 1-0 victory over then-No. 19 St. Lawrence on Nov. 15, and made 23 saves in a 5-1 win against No. 16 Clarkson the night before. The native of North York, Ontario, has not allowed a goal in his last five periods of action (100:31), and ranks sixth nationally in save percentage (.947) and seventh in goals against average (1.51).