Dec. 15, 2008

By Amy Farnum Novin

MIGHTY MAVERICKS: The University of Nebraska Omaha moved into third place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings following the Mavericks' sweep of Lake Superior State University in league action last weekend.

Junior Eddie DelGrosso and senior goaltender Jerad Kaufmann collected CCHA Defensive Player and Goalie of the Week honors for their performances in the series. DelGrosso tallied a goal in both games, including the game-winning in the 2-1 win on Dec. 13. The native of Las Vegas, Nev., paces the Mavs and the league's defensemen in scoring with 18 points on the year.

Kaufman picked up his first weekly award of the year after making 47 saves, including 20 in the first period, in Saturday's victory. The native of Roseville, Minn., has started half of the Mavericks' games, compiling a 7-1-1 record in goal.

The Mavs, who jumped three spots to No. 16 in the latest Division I rankings, will resume play on Dec. 29-30 when they travel east to face Yale and Princeton.

ON THE WAY UP: North Dakota broke into the latest Division I poll at No. 18 on the heels of a four-game winning streak, and a sweep of St. Cloud State in WCHA play last weekend.

The Fighting Sioux capped off the series with a 7-4 victory as seven different players netted a goal in the contest, while 14 players tallied at least one point in the game. UND also held the nation's leading scorer, St. Cloud's Garrett Roe, without a point in the series.

The victories allowed UND to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season "We've got an awful lot of work to do,'' head coach Dave Hakstol said."We battled our way back to one game over .500, but I think in essence with the way things have happened nationally and within our league, with the win tonight, we really put our destiny in our own hands going into the second half (of the season).''

ROAD TRIP: The Dartmouth men's hockey team is taking advantage of a long winter break to enjoy a 10-day journey to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden, beginning last week.

The Big Green is not only soaking up the culture on their trip, but playing seven hockey games during the excursion. It is the program's first foreign trip since the mid-1990s, and head coach Bob Gaudet hopes it will be a great hockey experience in addition to a fun adventure.

"Hockey in that part of the world is so high-level with their training, how they're coached and how they play," said Gaudet. "My hope is that some of that will rub off, not only on the players but on me and my coaching staff."

NOTABLE: Colorado College shutout then-No. 2 Minnesota on Dec. 14 for the first time since 1955, salvaging a split in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. It was only the fifth time the Tigers have shutout the Gophers in 244 meetings ... Top-ranked Notre Dame extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games (12-0-2) after beginning the season with a 2-3-0. The Irish boast a one-point lead for first place over Miami University in the CCHA standings - the first time in program history they have held the spot entering winter break ... The CCHA recently announced its creation of a Facebook Fan Page on the Internet's leading social utility that boasts over 70 million active users. The CCHA Facebook page will give fans a chance to interact with the CCHA and other fans, as well as enjoy news, photos, videos and special contests. The league will give away two sets of four free tickets to the Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 27 and 28 to fans who upload their best school spirit picture by Dec. 21.