Notebook: 'Eye-ing The Polls
Jan. 6, 2010
By Amy Farnum
MAKING NOISE: Ohio State cracked the USCHO.com Division I Poll at No. 10 after running its unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) with a two-game sweep of Robert Morris last weekend. The Buckeyes have outscored foes 14-5 during the streak.
After building a 4-1 lead against RMU on Jan. 3, the Buckeyes finished with a 6-1 win as they improved their record to 7-0-0 when leading after the first period. Freshman forward Hokey Langan assisted on the Buckeyes’ first tally just 42 seconds into the game as she extended her point scoring streak to 14 games – the second-longest in team history. Langan ranks second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 29 points, and paces the league with 18 assists.
Another rookie, goaltender Chelsea Knapp, garnered WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in the sweep against the Colonials. The native of York, N.Y., posted a .947 save percentage in the series.
With non-conference play complete, Ohio State turns to WCHA action, beginning with a two-game series at No. 2 Minnesota on Jan. 8-9. The Buckeyes will face the nation’s top goaltender – freshman Noora Räty, who paces Division I with a 0.89 goals against average and .965 save percentage.
SHUTTING IT DOWN: Northeastern junior goaltender Leah Sulyma picked up her second straight shutout with a 4-0 win over Princeton after stopping a career-high 52 shots in the contest on Jan. 5.
Sulyma, who tallied 32 saves in a shutout of Yale on Jan. 1, has stopped the last 92 shots against her, lowering her goals against average to 0.67 with a .983 save percentage in only three games this season.
The No. 9 Huskies have been outshot in five straight games and in 13 contests this season, but have posted an 8-3-2 mark in those games. With the victory over Princeton, Northeastern won its 12th game of the season, which matches last year's overall win total. The Huskies look to keep up their winning ways against No. 4 New Hampshire on Jan. 8 at Fenway Park.
HOMECOMING: No. 6 Wisconsin took a break from regular season play as the Badgers welcomed head coach Mark Johnson home for a night in an exhibition against the U.S. Women’s National Team on Jan. 5. Johnson, who has taken a one-year leave of absence from Wisconsin to coach Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics, came home to a school-record crowd of 6,085 fans at the Kohl Center.
It was Johnson’s first appearance in Madison since Feb. 21, 2009, and by his side on Team USA were current Badgers Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight and former players Erika Lawler, Jessie Vetter, Molly Engstrom, Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej and Kerry Weiland. Team USA won the contest, 9-0.
The Badgers (12-6-3), who are being mentored by interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser, are back in action against WCHA foe North Dakota on Jan. 8-9. Team USA will compete at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, beginning Feb. 13.
ORANGE CRUSH: Syracuse knocked off its highest-ranked opponent of the season with a 2-1 victory over No. 8 Cornell on Jan. 5 as the Orange improved to 12-8-1 on the year.
Freshman forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe netted both goals against the Big Red, including the game-winning tally in overtime. She has scored a goal for the Orange in two consecutive contests. She has five goals and eight assists for 13 points on the year.
The Orange travels to St. Anselm on Jan. 8, and then hosts Quinnipiac on Jan. 15-16 before resuming College Hockey America play against top-ranked Mercyhurst on Jan. 22-23.