Jan. 26, 2009

 

By Amy Farnum Novin
NCAA.com

TAKING ‘EM DOWN:  The University of Minnesota Duluth continued its success against top-ranked teams this season after taking three points from No. 1 Minnesota over the weekend.

The Bulldogs upended the Gophers with a 4-2 win in the first game of the road series and followed it up with a come-from-behind 3-3 tie the next day in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action.  UMD has posted a 2-0-2 record against No. 1-ranked teams over the last three weeks, beginning with a 1-0-1 weekend against previously top-ranked Wisconsin.

“This was a remarkable weekend for our team, three out of four points on the road against the No. 1 team in the country,” said head coach Shannon Miller.  “It says a lot about our team’s work ethic, character and mental toughness.  We are very resilient and we learned that about ourselves this weekend.”

EAGLES FLY:  No. 5 Boston College cruised to back-to-back 5-0 shutouts against Vermont sparked by junior goaltender Molly Schaus’ stellar play in the Hockey East series sweep.

Schaus combined for 35 saves in the two games, while setting the program’s single-season shutout record as she ran her total to eight on the year.  She helped the Eagles win their fourth straight contest and seventh in the last eight games.

The native of Natick, Mass., leads the nation with a .946 save percentage, and ranks fifth in Division I with a 1.50 goals against average.  

The Eagles continue to hold on to first place in the Hockey East standings, but battle second-place New Hampshire in a home-and-home series on Jan. 29-30 for the top spot.

TAG TEAM:  Colgate University stretched its winning streak to six games with a sweep of ECAC Hockey foes last weekend thanks to the stingy play of the goaltending tandem of sophomore Lisa Plenderleith and freshman Kimberly Sass.
The duo posted back-to-back shutouts for the Raiders for the first time since Jan. 26-27, 2007, as they downed Brown and Yale over the weekend.  Plenderleith tallied 18 saves for her first shutout of the season versus Brown, while Sass notched 28 saves against the Bulldogs in her first career shutout.

The Raiders are now tied for third place with Harvard in the ECAC Hockey standings.  Colgate has outscored foes 20-7 in its last six games.

NOTABLE:  Sophomore forward Jenn Wakefield netted three goals in New Hampshire’s series sweep of Maine over the weekend, extending her goal-scoring streak to four games while the Wildcats also improved their winning streak to four contests.  The native of Pickering, Ontario, has scored a goal in eight of the last nine games, and leads the Wildcats with 21 goals and 33 points on the year … Wisconsin regained the No. 1 spot in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll after sweeping St. Cloud State on the road for the first time since 2005.  The Badgers have won five straight games and remain the national leader in scoring offense (5.12 gpg) and scoring defense (1.31 gpg).   With the two WCHA victories, Wisconsin moved into a tie with Minnesota for first place in the league standings.