Feb. 2, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

St. Scholastica stretched its unbeaten streak to 14 games by handing No. 5 St. Norbert its first home shutout in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association contest since 1995, and the Green Knights’ first blanking against a league opponent since 1999, as Saints dealt a 3-0 defeat on Jan. 31.  The Saints are now 6-1-2 against nationally-ranked opponents this season.

The second-ranked Saints currently sit in second place in the league standings, one point behind UW-Superior, and boast the second-longest active unbeaten streak in Division III this year.  The Saints (17-3-2) need just one more victory to match the program record of 18 set during the 1985-86 season.

Senior goaltender Steve Bounds of Airdrie, Alta., tallied 29 saves against the Green Knights as he set a school record with his fourth shutout of the season and sixth of his career. 

IT’S AN HONOR: Amherst senior Jeff Landers was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week after sparking the Lord Jeffs to a 2-0 mark in league play last weekend.

The native of Hanover, Mass., combined for six points on a goal and five assists as Amherst moved into a tie for first place in the conference standings.  He contributed two assists, including one on the game-winner, in a 3-1 victory at Tufts on Jan. 30, and added a goal and three assists as the Lord Jeffs cruised to a 7-1 win at Connecticut College the following day.  He paces the team with 22 points on five goals and 17 assists.

The Lord Jeffs cracked the USCHO.com Division III poll at No. 13 this week after winning eight of their last nine games.  After starting the season with a 1-2 mark, Amherst has compiled an 12-4-1 record, including its current four-game winning streak.

REPEAT OFFENDERS:  Adrian College claimed its second straight Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association regular season title with a convincing 10-1 win over Marian University on Jan. 31.  It was the fourth time this season the Bulldogs have scored 10 or more goals.

The Bulldogs extended their winning streak against league opponents to 31 games with the sweep of Marian, while lengthening their season winning streak to 18 straight.

Sophomore forward Shawn Skelly picked up MCHA Player of the fourth time this season with five goals in the series last weekend.  The native of Wolverine Lake, Mich., tallied two goals, including the game-winner in the 3-1 victory on Jan. 30, and registered a hat trick the next day.  Skelly now has 52 points on 25 goals and 27 assists, and now owns the MCHA season records for sophomores in points and goals.

Skelly paces the nation with 2.48 points and 1.19 goals per game for No. 9 Adrian.  He also leads Division III with 16 power-play goals this season.

NOTABLE:  Nichols College remained unbeaten in ECAC Northeast play as the Bison upended then-No. 15 Curry, 3-2, as first-year forward Brett Englebright netted the game-winning goal in the waning seconds of regulation on Jan. 31.  The Bison have won four straight games, working their way into the latest USCHO.com Division III poll at No. 14.  First-year goaltender Jacob Rinn has started each of the last four contests for the Bison, posting a 2.00 goals against average and .925 save percentage during the stretch … Williams’ freshman goaltender Ryan Purdy improved his record to 6-0-0 after leading the Ephs to a pair of NESCAC wins, including a 6-0 shutout of Wesleyan.  He posted a .954 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average for the week, earning NESCAC Co-Player of the Week honors.