Jan. 12, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

TERRIFIC TERRIERS: Second-ranked Boston University held on to its lofty position in the latest USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Network Division I poll with a convincing 4-1 win over Maine on Jan. 10 as the Terriers extended their winning streak to five games.

Freshman Chris Connolly netted two goals in the contest, while freshman goaltender Kieran Millan made 15 stops to improve his record to 10-1-1 on the season.  Connolly’s first goal allowed the Terriers to get on the scoreboard first for the 10th time in the last 11 games.  The native of Duluth, Minn., ranks 12th in the nation among rookies with 0.84 points per game.

The Terriers have posted a 7-0-1 record in their last eight games.

COMING TOGETHER: The University of Michigan jumped four spots to No. 6 in the most recent national poll after sweeping then-No. 8 Miami University for the first time since 2004.

The Wolverines began the weekend with a 5-1 victory, and followed it up with a 4-0 shutout as they stretched their winning streak to a season-long six games.  Michigan has outscored opponents 30-5 during its winning streak.

Goaltender Bryan Hogan notched 18 saves in his third career shutout as he bettered his winning streak to a career-high seven games.  The native of Highland, Mich., has surrendered just two goals in the last four games.

BULLDOGS BITE: Freshman forward Brian O’Neill garnered ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honors after leading Yale to a pair of league victories as the Bulldogs skated to their fourth consecutive win.

The native of Yardley, Pa., tallied the game-winning goal in 2-1 win over then-No. 15 Dartmouth, and then contributed two scores as the Bulldogs cruised by Yale, 6-2.  O’Neill was one of five different players to score for Yale as Yale topped Harvard for only the third time in 29 years of action at the Bright Hockey Center.
Yale improved to 11-4 following the weekend, and moved to No. 19 in the latest USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Network Division I poll on the merits of recent success.

STRONG IS STELLAR:  Vermont registered a three-point weekend against then-No. 9 Boston College in a key Hockey East series last weekend as the Catamounts gained some ground in the league standings.  

Senior captain Dean Strong dished out four assists in the series as he collected his 100th career point and Hockey East Reebok Player of the Week honors.  The native of Mississauga, Ontario, notched assists on two game-tying goals in a 3-3 tie on Jan. 9, and followed it up with another pair of helpers as the Catamounts rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 4-2 victory the next day.  He was also 14-of-20 on face-offs against the Eagles on Jan. 10.  Strong ranks 18th in the nation with 0.79 assists per game.

NOTABLE:  Notre Dame goaltender Jordan Pearce registered two shutouts in the Irish’s sweep of Alaska last weekend, earning Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goalie of the Week honors.  The senior from Anchorage, Alaska, currently owns a shutout streak of 161:30 … Northeastern is off to its best 20-game start in program history after taking two games from Merrimack to remain on top of the Hockey East standings … North Dakota cracked the latest national rankings at No. 17 after upending then-No. 3 Minnesota by scores of 6-3 and 6-1 to lengthen its winning streak to four games.  The Fighting Sioux have won eight of their last 10 games, and are now tied for fourth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.