It has been an amazing past few weeks for Cornell sophomore forward Cole Bardreau.
First, he was able to see his older brother Ryan for the first time in more than a year and a half during the Thanksgiving holiday. Ryan is in the Army and had just finished a seven-month tour of Afghanistan.
Then Tuesday he learned he had been named to the preliminary roster for the U.S. National Team for the upcoming 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
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Add to that the fact that the Big Red are 6-3-2 on the year and in the midst of a four-game unbeaten streak which included a 5-1 win against Michigan at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 24, and things are pretty good in the Bardreau camp. In addition, the Fairport, N.Y. product has registered five points on a goal and four assists this season.
“At the start of the season we weren’t getting the results we wanted and couldn’t put the puck in the net,” said Bardreau. “Madison Square Garden was really a turning point for us. We started doing the little things that you need to win games. That win really gave us some momentum and we just need to keep it going.”
The military connection for Cornell goes beyond just Bardreau’s brother. To show support for the troops the Big Red wore camouflage jerseys for the game against the Wolverines and are now auctioning them off on www.cornellbigred.com. All money raised during the auction will be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“Everyone on our team really cares about and supports our troops so wearing the jersey was a big deal for everyone,” Bardreau said. “For myself, it was even a bigger deal because of my brother. Seeing him in the crowd at MSG … I definitely had an extra spring in my step. I hadn’t seen him for so long so it was great to see him.”
The majority of the team’s connection to the military began in the preseason.
“In the preseason we did Navy Seals training and it taught us a lot about leadership, especially mentally,” Bardreau said. “We had one of the members of the Wounded Warriors do the training and then he came and gave our team a pregame speech prior to the game at Madison Square Garden so that was really inspiring.”
For the head coach of the Big Red, Bardreau is the type of player who inspires the rest of his team as well.
“He’s the kind of player that combines great grittiness with a high skill level, which means he’s able to play in all situations,” said Cornell head coach Mike Schafer. “His off-ice personality really contributes to that, too. He’s always got great enthusiasm, excitement and passion, and he’s a great teammate. When you have those kinds of characteristics off the ice, they really carry onto the ice as well.”
• UMass-Lowell generated $7,500 for the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation by growing mustaches and soliciting donations as part of Movember.The River Hawks chose to support the CNCF in memory of honorary teammate Nick DeFelice. DeFelice was drafted to the hockey team last year as part of Team Impact’s initiative to link college sports teams with children fighting life-threatening illnesses. He spent many days at practice, attended a few games and even dropped the puck before the regular season finale against Providence. Tragically, he passed away over the summer. The team dedicated the Movember campaign to honoring his legacy and putting an end to the disease.
• New Hampshire moved into the top spot of the rankings for the first time since Jan. 29, 2007. The Wildcats are 11-1-2 on the season and are riding an eight-game unbeaten streak heading into Thursday night’s game against Boston University. New Hampshire is 6-0 so far this season at the Whittemore Center, including a 4-1 victory against the Terriers on Oct. 20. In addition, UNH has more than doubled its opponents at home, outscoring them 26-11 in those six games.
• Scott Sandelin will coach his 500th game with Minnesota-Duluth this Friday at home against Bemidji State. In his 13 seasons behind the UMD bench, he has produced a 221-217-61 overall record – including a 99-56-24 (for a .620 winning percentage) since the start of the 2008-09 season. The North Dakota graduate also led the Bulldogs to the 2011 Frozen Four championship.
• North Dakota senior forward Corban Knight had an assist last Friday at Colorado College and added a goal and an assist Saturday, extending his career-long point streak to nine games. Knight has a goal and 11 assists during his streak that began on Nov. 3 against Boston University. It is UND’s longest point streak since Danny Kristo hit the scoresheet in 13 straight games in 2009-10. Steve Johnson’s 27-game point streak in 1987-88 is the school record.
Yale’s Andrew Miller is looking for career assist 100 this weekend as his is just three away heading into games against Rensselaer and Union … Colorado College has been involved in 10 one-goal affairs with a record of 4-5-1, so far in 2012-13 … Air Force travels to Bentley where they have won four consecutive games … Western Michigan is 3-0-1 against Ferris State, this week’s opponent, under head coach Andy Murray … In Canisius’ past 60 regular-season games, the team that scores first is 49-2-9 … Mercyhurst is playing its first home games of the season this weekend when American International comes to town for a two-game series … Alaska-Fairbanks hosts Bowling Green this weekend and is 14-5-1 in the last 20 games against the Falcons and 7-3 in the last 10 played in Fairbanks … Quinnipiac looks to extend its eight game unbeaten streak with a home and home against Princeton this weekend … Remarkably, Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota, who match up this weekend, have played in four consecutive 3-2 games.
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|Dec. 7||Harvard at Merrimack||FOX College Sports||7:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 7||Princeton at Quinnipiac||NESN||7:30 p.m.|
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|Dec. 8||Maine at Boston University||CBS Sports Network||8 p.m.|
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|Dec. 8||Minnesota at Colorado College||FS North Plus||9 p.m.|