Jan. 8, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

ON THE WAY UP:  St. Scholastica extended its winning streak to six games with a 6-2 win over Northland College on Jan. 3 – the Saints’ longest winning stretch since the 1985-86 season.  The Saints also improved to 10-3-1 for the program’s best start since the 1982-82 season.

The squad gained their highest national ranking in program history, climbing to No. 6 in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll for their recent success.  The Saints are in a three-way tie for second place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association standings behind unbeaten St. Norbert.

HELPING OUT:  UW-Stevens Point senior defenseman Jonathan Ralph was tabbed Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week after collecting five points in a pair of Pointer wins last week.

The native of Chester, N.J., assisted on three goals in a resounding 13-1 defeat of Minnesota-Crookston on Jan. 2 for the Pointers’ largest margin of victory since the 1991-92 season.

Ralph followed it up with his first goal of the season in a 4-2 win over St. Olaf, and added an assist on second score.  He leads the Pointers with 13 assists on the season, and ranks second in the NCHA with 0.93 assists per game.

NETMINDER:  Junior goaltender Ryan Klingensmith propelled Norwich University to a three-game winning streak and the Times Argus Invitational title with his stellar play in front of the net last week.

The native of Morton, Pa., combined for 61 saves in wins over Neumann and Gustavus Adolphus in tournament play to earn Most Valuable Player.  Klingensmith was also named ECAC East Goalie of the Week for his performance.

Despite Klingensmith’s 24 saves against top-ranked Plattsburgh on Jan. 6, the No. 12 Cadets’ run came to an end with a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals.

BULLDOGS BITE:  Adrian continued its red hot play, stretching its winning streak to 10 games as the Bulldogs opened 2009 with a 5-2 win over St. John’s (Minn.) on Jan. 4.

Two Bulldog players garnered Midwest Collegiate Hockey Associate weekly awards for their contributions in the victory.  Sophomore forward Kyle Watson of Stittlsville, Ontario, was named Player of the Week with a goal and an assist in the contest, while sophomore goaltender Brad Fogal was selected Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.  

Riding the third-longest active winning streak in the native, the Bulldogs moved up to No. 8 in the most recent USCHO.com Division III poll.

NOTABLE:  Salem State College’s Jeff Tellier netted the game-winning goal in a come-from-behind 4-3 win over No. 13 Bowdoin College to win the SSC Hockey Classic Tournament last weekend.  The junior forward from Chicopee, Mass., scored two goals in the game, earning the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award … Curry College’s Steve Jakiel of Santa Clarita, Calif., garnered ECAC Northeast Goalie of the Week honors after leading the Colonels to a win over previously undefeated No. 3 Middlebury College.  He tallied 35 saves in the tournament game … Utica College currently leads the nation (Div. II & III) in home attendance for the third consecutive season with 3,081 fans for game.  The team has attracted more fans this season than several Division I schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State, Yale and Harvard.