Nov. 25, 2008

By Amy Farnum Novin

Vermont’s first sweep at Boston University in 16 years gained some attention as the Catamounts moved up to No. 13 in the national poll and junior Viktor Stalberg was recognized at Hockey East Player of the Week.

The native of Gothenburg, Sweden, netted a shorthanded goal and collected three assists in the sweep of then-No. 2 Boston University, earning the first league weekly award by a Vermont player.

Stalberg currently ranks fifth in the Hockey East with 10 points in eight league contests, and is second on the squad with 11 total points.  He is also tied for first with three power-play goals in conference action.

Vermont is 5-1-1 in its last seven games, and moved into a tie for third place in the Hockey East with the two wins.  The Catamounts travel to No. 17 Massachusetts for a league matchup Non. 25.

BIG RED, BIG STOPS: Cornell junior Ben Scrivens claimed ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks after leading the Big Red to a pair of league foes last weekend.

The junior tallied 14 saves in a 2-1 over Harvard on Nov. 21, and followed it up with 27 stops in a 3-1 win versus Dartmouth the next day, including 17 saves in the third period.  It was the Big Red’s first home league sweep since February of 2007.

Scrivnes continues to pace the nation with a 0.81 goals against average and a .971 save percentage.  No. 12 Cornell (4-0-2) is one of just two teams in the College Sports Network Division I poll without a loss.  No. 11 Air Force is 12-0-0.

FLYING HIGH: Air Force remained the only unbeaten and untied team in the nation as the Falcons posted a pair of convincing victories against Sacred Hear in Atlantic Hockey Association action last weekend.

Junior center Jeff Hajner combined for six points on three goals and three assists, including the game-winner on Nov. 21, as the Falcons downed Sacred Heart by scores of 8-1 and 7-1.  The native of Las Vegas, Nev., also won 26 of 31 faceoffs in the series, including 14 of 15 in the first contest.

Hajner, who was named AHA Player of the Week for his efforts, has tallied 12 points this season, and nine points in the last three games.  He is the sixth Air Force player to earn an AHA weekly award this season.

MOVING UP: Notre Dame cruised to a weekend sweep of Bowling Green as the Irish moved into a second-place tie with Nebraska-Omaha in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings.  The Irish also climbed up three spots to No. 2 in the latest national poll.

Junior Brett Blatchford and senior center Christian Hanson were voted CCHA Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the series.  Blatchford, a native of Temperance, Mich., collected four assists in two games, while Hanson notched six points in the victories.

Blatchford has already surpassed his point total from a year ago as he has collected 13 assists for 13 points, which ranks him second in the CCHA in assists and second in points by a defenseman overall.

Hanson leads the Irish in scoring with eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 13 games.

LEADING THE CHARGE:  Alabama-Huntsville sophomore goaltender Cameron Talbot picked up his second College Hockey America Defensive Player of the Week award after stopping 33 shots in the Chargers’ first-ever 1-0 shutout in school history Nov. 21. 

The Chargers earned their second win of the season against previously unbeaten Yale, while Talbot got his first victory of the young season.  UAH’s last shutout was Feb. 26, 2005 in a 3-0 win over Robert Morris.