Notebook: Clarkson Knocks off St. Lawrence
TOPPLED: Clarkson University handed then-No. 1 St. Lawrence University its first loss of the season as the Golden Knights shutout the Saints, 2-0, in front of a womens hockey record crowd of 1,946 at Cheel Arena on Dec. 2.
Junior goaltender Kira Hurley tallied 34 saves in her sixth shutout of the season in the victory and garnered ECAC Hockey League Goaltender of the Week for the third time this year. She also posted 17 saves in the Golden Knights 3-1 loss to the Saints on Dec. 1. Hurley leads the nation in shutouts, ranks fourth with a 1.30 goals against average and eighth with a 0.931 save percentage.
No. 8 Clarkson boasts the fourth-best scoring defense in the nation with a 1.44 goals against average. The Knights held on to first-place in the ECACHL standings with the spilt against the Saints. They have shutout two of last years NCAA Frozen Four field " St. Lawrence and Dartmouth " in the last five games.
BRING OUT THE BROOMS: St. Cloud States Denelle Maguet was selected Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week for contributing five points in the Huskies two-game sweep of Niagara University last weekend.
Maguet, a junior forward from Ste. Rose, Manitoba, netted a pair of power play goals in the 4-1 victory on Dec. 2, and followed that performance with two more goals and an assist in a 4-2 win on Dec. 3.
The two wins against the Purple Eagles gave the Huskies their first non-conference sweep since beating Wayne State in a pair of games in 2000.
ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN: The Hockey East Association will showcase its best student-athletes in the leagues first-ever All-Star game as the squad faces the 2006 United States Womens Olympic Team on Dec. 11 at New Hampshires Whittemore Center. The exhibition is part of Team USAs Hilton Family Skate to 2006 Tour which is designed to prepare them for the upcoming 2006 Winter Olympics.
The Hockey East All-Star team is comprised of 23 players from each of the conferences eight teams. The squad features some of the leagues leading scorers with Providences Karen Thatcher, New Hampshires Nicole Hekle and Boston Colleges Becky Zavisva.
Connecticut head coach Heather Linstad, the senior member of the leagues coaches, will lead the team against former conference players such as goaltender Chanda Gunn of Northeastern and UNHs Tricia Dunn.
"We are excited about sending Hockey East's best to meet America's best," said Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna. "The coaches have assembled a talented squad and with a good portion of the roster comprised of freshmen and sophomores, we are optimistic about the future of our conference."
NOTABLE: No. 3 New Hampshire won its six straight games with a 4-1 win over Vermont on Dec. 4. The Wildcats improved their series record to 10-0-0 against the Catamounts. UNH has not allowed more than 16 shots in its last eight games and has posted a 0.941 penalty killing percentage over the last five games ¦ The University of Minnesota Duluth extended its winning streak to nine games with a two-game sweep of Minnesota State Mankato last weekend. Goaltender Riitta Schaublin became the Bulldogs all-time wins leader with the victories and now boasts a career record of 45-16-3 over her three seasons. Schaublin, who already took the lead as the schools all-time saves leader this year, was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts.