Jan. 26, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

TENDING TO BUSINESS: Second-ranked Boston University stretched its winning streak to four games with a series sweep of No. 11 New Hampshire, outscoring the Wildcats 8-1 over the weekend.

Freshman goaltender Kieran Millan led the Terriers with a combined 51 saves, posting a .980 save percentage in the series.  He picked up his second career shutout in a 5-0 win on Jan. 23, and held off UNH for a 3-1 victory the next day.  The native of Edmonton, Alberta, garnered Hockey East Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.  
Millan paces the nation’s goaltenders in winning percentage (.906), and ranks third in Division I with a 1.50 goals against average.

With 18 victories on the year, the Terriers have already surpassed their regular season total from a year ago.  They also ended two UNH streaks on Friday – snapping a seven-game unbeaten streak and halting a 75-game stretch without suffering a shutout.  BU is now the owner of the longest streak without a shutout in the nation (76 games).  The Terriers are currently in sole possession of second place in the Hockey East standings.

DAZZLING ‘DOGS:  Yale University worked its way into the latest USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Network Division I poll at No. 18 after upsetting then-No. 3 Cornell and pulling off a huge comeback against Colgate in ECAC Hockey action last weekend.

The Bulldogs ended Cornell’s 10-game unbeaten streak with their first win in Ithaca since 2001, and then scored five straight goals against Colgate after trailing 4-0 to earn an overtime victory the next day.  Kevin Limbert netted the game-winner.
The stellar weekend pushed Yale into second place in the ECAC Hockey standings as the Bulldogs jumped Princeton by a point.  The Bulldogs are 6-1-1 over their last eight games.

TERRIFIC TRIFECTA: Northeastern University’s Ryan Ginand was selected Hockey East Reebok Player of the Week after compiling five points in weekend sweep of Providence College.

The senior forward from Milford, Mass., started the series with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory over the Friars, and then recorded his second career hat trick in a 6-3 win the following night.  Ginand is tied for the league lead with 11 goals in Hockey East play on the year.

The third-ranked Huskies continue to top the Hockey East standings after improving to 13-3-1 against league opponents.  With 17 regular season victories, the Huskies have posted their most wins since the 2001-02 season.  NU’s 13 wins in league play are the most since 1997-98.

NOTABLE:  Minnesota Duluth posted back-to-back series sweeps for the first time since October 2004 after downing Bemidji State and Minnesota State University-Mankato during the last two weekends.  UMD rallied for five unanswered goals for a 7-4 win against the Mavericks as the Bulldogs improved their home ice record to 9-1-2 this season … St. Lawrence senior Kevin DeVergilio registered a goal and assist in a 5-2 victory versus Union College, collecting his 100th career point in the ECAC Hockey win … RIT sophomore forward Mike Janda netted the game-winning goal with just minutes remaining in regulation as he lifted the Tigers to a 5-4 win over Canisius for their 11th straight victory.  The Tigers, who held on to first place in the Atlantic Hockey Association standings with the win, have outscored their opponents 53-26 during the stretch … North Dakota took three points from first-place Denver in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series last weekend, closing within one point of the Pioneers in the league race.  The Fighting Sioux are 6-0-2 over their last eight games.