Dec. 2, 2008

 

By Amy Farnum Novin
NCAA.com

St. Lawrence climbed up the USCHO.com Division I poll to its highest position of the season at No. 3 following a non-conference sweep of Ohio State last weekend.  The Saints have won three straight games, and nine of their last 10 contests.

Senior forward Carson Duggan, who already set the program’s career goals record this season, set the school’s all-time power-play mark of 25 with two in the Saints’ 5-4 win Nov. 29.  The native of Ma-Me-O Beach, Alberta, started the series with two tallies and an assist on the game-winning goal in a 5-1 victory the previous day.  She combined for six points on the weekend, and was one of the team’s primary penalty killers, earning ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors.

“Carson has been playing great hockey her whole career at St. Lawrence, but she is really in a zone right now,” said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. 

Duggan is tied for 11th in the nation with four power-play goals, and plays a key role in an offense that ranks fifth in the nation in scoring with 3.57 goals per game.

STREAKING:  Top-ranked Wisconsin showed no signs of letting up as the Badgers swept Minnesota State by a combined score of 15-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action to remain unbeaten on the season.

The Badgers began the series with an 8-0 win, improving their unbeaten streak to 17 games – the longest in collegiate history since the NCAA began sponsoring the sport.  Senior goalkeeper Jessie Vetter notched her seventh shutout of the year in the victory while increasing her NCAA career record to 32 shutouts.

Wisconsin followed it up with a 7-2 win against the Mavericks, stretching its unbeaten streak to 18 games (16-0-2) at the halfway point of the regular season. 

The Badgers are heads and shoulders above the rest of the nation in both scoring offense (5.17 gpg) and scoring defense (0.94 gaa).  Wisconsin is the only Division I program that has a scoring average over five and a defense surrendering less than one goal per game.

CLASSIC BEGINNING: Freshman forward Monique Weber sparked Connecticut to a trio of wins, including the Nutmeg Classic tournament title as she tallied four points during the holiday week. 

The native of Rogers, Minn., netted a power-play goal in the tournament opener against then-No. 10 Wayne State to put the Huskies ahead in the second period.  Three of her four points were recorded with a man advantage on the week, earning Hockey East Mission Rookie of the Week honors.

The Huskies capped off the three-game winning streak with a 5-4 win over Yale in the tournament championship.

BACK-TO-BACK: Robert Morris University sophomore Whitney Pappas and freshman Brianna Delaney collected their second College Hockey America weekly awards of the season after helping the Colonials to a series sweep of Maine over the weekend.

Pappas, the CHA Defensive Player of the Week, not only showed off her defensive skills, but the native of Evergreen, Colo., tallied two game-tying goals in a 5-4 win over the Black Bears for her first scores of the season. 
Delaney, a native of Stittsville, Ontario, combined for four points on one goal and three assists in the two victories, earning Rookie of the Week honors.  She currently leads the Colonials with seven goals and five assists for 12 points.