Dec. 1, 2008

By Amy Farnum Novin
NCAA Staff

ON THE RISE:  After struggling through the first seven games of the season with an 0-6-1 record, Wisconsin has found a little momentum in the last few weeks.  The Badgers are riding a three game winning streak and have put together a 7-1-1 in their last nine games after sweeping through the College Hockey Showcase last weekend.

Wisconsin downed Michigan State and Michigan at home, allowing just one goal on the weekend, including a 3-0 shutout of the No. 14 Wolverines on Nov. 29.

Senior goalkeeper Shane Connelly tallied 11 saves in a 3-1 win over Michigan State before recording 19 saves against UM for his second shutout in the last three games.  The native of Cheltenham, Pa., is now tied for fourth on the school’s all-time list with seven shutouts.  Wisconsin has allowed more than two goals just twice in the last eight games after giving up three or more in six of the first seven contests.

COMEBACKS IN COLUMBUS:  Ohio State came from behind twice this weekend as the Buckeyes stretched their home winning streak to five games with a sweep of then-No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha in Central Collegiate Hockey Association action.  The Buckeyes were down 2-0 in both contests before earning 4-3 and 3-2 victories for their first sweep of the Mavericks since 2004.

Sophomore Corey Toy picked up his first CCHA Defenseman of the Week award for his contributions in the series.  The native of Round Hill, Va., was +4 with an assist and six blocked shots, and was not on the ice during any Maverick goal.  Toy’s assist was on the game-winning goal in the Buckeyes’ 4-3 victory on Nov. 28.  C.J. Severyn scored with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation for the win.

The Buckeyes have won six of their last seven games and are currently tied for third place in the CCHA standings.  The second win against UNO was head coach John Markell’s 250th career victory.

BULLDOG BITE: Look out for Yale junior forward Sean Backman, and then look again, because when he scores once, he’s likely to do it twice.  Backman has eight goals on the season, averaging 1.00 per game, but has only scored in four contests this year with two tallies each time.  

The Bulldogs have been victorious every time Backman has scored, including their most recent 4-3 win against Brown in ECAC Hockey action last weekend.  The Bulldogs have won five of their last six games.

NOTABLE:  St. Lawrence freshman goaltender Robby Moss was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week after leading the Saints to their first-ever win at Massachusetts in a 4-3 victory on Nov. 29.  The native of Chesterfield, Mo., registered 24 saves in his first collegiate start with two of the Minutemen’s goals coming in the final minute of play … Minnesota State sophomore defenseman Kurt Davis stretched his scoring streak to 14 games with a goal in a 5-2 win at Bowling Green last weekend.  Davis boasts the longest scoring streak by a MSU player during the school’s Division I era.  He leads the Mavericks with 20 points on four goals and 16 assists, and ranks third in the nation with 1.14 assists per game … Notre Dame was crowned No. 1 in the most recent College Sports Network Division I poll after running its unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0-2).  The last time the Irish went 10 games without a loss was in 1987.