Dec. 10, 2008

By Amy Farnum Novin

STRONG AND STOUT:  UW-Stout stretched its winning streak to four games with a pair of Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victories, including an upset of defending national champion St. Norbert on Dec. 5.  Three of the wins have been versus nationally-ranked foes.

Junior forward Joel Gaulrapp scored the first and last goals of a 5-2 win over then-No. 4 St. Norbert as the Blue Devils beat the Green Knights for only the third time in series history.  Gaulrapp also dished out an assist in the contest.   The native of Owatonna, Minn., followed it up with the eventual game-winning goal and an assist in a 4-3 victory versus Lake Forest the next day.

Gaulrapp garnered Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his contributions.  The Blue Devils, who moved up to No. 7 in the latest Division III poll, are idle until Jan. 8 at St. John’s (Minn.).

RETURN TO FORM: Manhattanville College returned to the Division III poll at No. 14 after a four-week absence following two victories over nationally-ranked opponents last week.

Senior Chris Trafford and sophomore Sergiy Sorokolat were named ECAC West Player and Goaltender of the Week, respectively, for their contributions in defeats of then-No. 5 Elmira and then-No. 11 Hobart.

Trafford, a native of Kinburn, Ontario, recorded three goals and two assists in the two contests, including a hat trick and the game-winner in the 5-4 overtime victory over Elmira.
 He added a pair of assists the next day, including a helper on the game-winning score.

Sorokolat registered 60 saves on the week, including a career-high 38 saves against Elmira.  The native of Kharkiv, Ukraine, has posted a 3-0-1 record after starting the last four games.

STREAKING:  Hamline University extended its winning streak to seven games with a sweep of Saint Mary’s last weekend, sparked by forward Brian Arrigoni.

The native of St. Paul, Minn., registered four goals and an assist, including the game-winning scores in both games as the Pipers remained unbeaten in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. In the second contest, Arrigoni netted the game-winning goal in a 7-6 overtime victory.  Arrigoni, who was tabbed MIAC Player of the Week for his outstanding play, has scored all seven of his goals during the Pipers’ winning streak.

The Pipers have climbed up to No. 10 in the Division III poll with their recent success. 

MOVING UP: St. Scholastica moved up to No. 9 in the national poll – tying the program’s highest ranking – after claiming a pair of wins over nationally-ranked foes last weekend.

The Saints topped UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point, stretching their streak of three straight victories against Top 10 teams.  It is the first time in school history that the Saints have downed both of those squads on the road during the same weekend.

STAYING PUT:  Top-ranked Plattsburgh State held on to the top spot in the Division III poll for the third straight week with two SUNYAC wins over Cortland and Oswego last weekend.

Sophomore forward Dylan Clarke collected three goals and two assists in the victories, including an assist on the game-winning goal against Oswego, and a hat trick versus Cortland.  The native of Belleville, Ontario, was named SUNYAC Player of the Week for his performance.

Plattsburgh continued its season-opening unbeaten streak after the weekend, improving to 9-0-2.  The Cardinals and Middlebury are the only two teams in the nation without a loss.