Jan. 19, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

TURNING IT AROUND:  After struggling through an eight-game losing streak, Providence College has returned from holiday break to reel off a five-game unbeaten stretch, including a 2-0-1 record last week.

Freshman Alex Beaudry’s play sparked the Friars as the native of Cumberland, Ontario, compiled 121 saves and a .938 save percentage in three games.  He stopped 39 shots in a 4-2 upset of No. 2 Boston University for Providence’s first win over BU since Nov. 17, 2006.  Beaudry followed it up with a career-best 42 saves in a 5-4 win at UMass, and then registered 40 stops as the Friars tied Maine, 2-2, in overtime.

Beaudry was selected Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week for his contributions.  He has started four games since committing to the school before the second semester began.  Beaudry’s save percentage of .933 would rank amongst the best in the nation if he met qualifications for minutes played.

NICE WEEKEND: University of Alaska’s Chad Johnson notched his fourth shutout of the season and led the Nanooks to a 1-0-1 weekend against nationally-ranked Nebraska-Omaha, garnering Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week for his performance.

The senior from Calgary, Alberta, shutout the Mavericks in the first contest, and then helped the Nanooks to a 1-1 tie the following day.  Johnson stopped 59-of-60 shots on the weekend, as well as three shootout attempts against UNO on Jan. 17.  He paces the league with a 1.50 goals against average and .945 save percentage.
Alaska cracked the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Network Division I poll at No. 19 following the successful weekend.  The Nanooks are tied with Miami University for second place in the CCHA standings behind No. 1 Notre Dame.

GOING TO BATTLE:  New Hampshire stretched its unbeaten streak to seven games as the Wildcats topped then-No. 18 Dartmouth in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup VIII on Jan. 17.  

Senior forward Jerry Pollastrone from Revere, Mass., was one of six UNH players with at least two points as he recorded a goal and an assist to earn Most Valuable Player in the contest between the only two Division I hockey programs in the state of New Hampshire.

The Wildcats moved up to No. 11 in the latest national poll, and will take on second-ranked Boston University in a home-and-home series on Jan. 23-24.

NOTABLE:  Minnesota’s 8-6 win over St. Cloud State on Jan. 17 marked the most goals scored by the Gophers in 81 games, dating back to an 8-2 victory at Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 2, 2007 … Cornell junior Ben Scrivens was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week for the fourth time this year after sparking the Big Red to wins over Union and Rensselaer as he allowed just one goal in two games while posting his fifth shutout of the season last weekend.  Scrivens continues to lead the nation in both goals-against average and in save percentage, posting a 1.18 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage … RIT rolled to a sweep of American International to extend its winning streak to nine games and gain sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings … Fan voting is now open to help determine the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as collegiate hockey’s top player at http://www.hobeybaker.com.  The fans’ vote accounts for one percent of the total ballot in selecting this year’s award recipient.  The list of nominees will be narrowed down to 10, and then three finalists will be announced before the winner is honored during the NCAA Frozen Four on April 10.