Feb. 2, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

St. Lawrence cracked the most recent USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Network Division I poll at No. 20 after the Saints handed in their first four-point weekend in league play this season, highlighted by a stunning 8-1 victory over then-No. 4 Cornell Jan. 30.

Cornell entered the contest against the Saints with nation’s best scoring defense, having allowed just 12 goals in 12 previous league games.

Junior goaltender Alex Petizian posted 34 saves against the Big Red, following it up with 14 stops in a 4-2 win over Colgate to stretch his unbeaten streak to five games.  Senior forward Kevin DeVergilio combined for five points over the weekend, scoring a goal and notching two assists against Cornell, and then recording two assists versus Colgate.  The native of Sterling Heights, Mich., was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for his efforts.

The Saints have lost just one time in the last eight games, a 7-6 overtime setback to Rensselaer on Jan. 23.

BEEN A WHILE:  Yale University grabbed a hold of first place in the ECAC Hockey standings for the first time in 11 games after stunning then-No. 9 Princeton, 3-1, and shutting out Quinnipiac, 3-0, in league place last weekend.

Senior goaltender Alec Richards stopped 63 of 64 shots on the weekend as he collected his second shutout of the season in the contest against the Bobcats. 

"The hard work is starting to pay off," said Richards. "Coach (Keith Allain) really stressed goaltending and defense this week."

With the win over Princeton, the Bulldogs are 6-1 against nationally-ranked opponents and are tied with Cornell for first place in the ECAC Hockey standings.  Yale has won eight of its last 10 games.

SENIOR MOMENT:  Three Miami University seniors netted goals in the RedHawks’ 3-2 come-from-behind win over Bowling Green Jan. 31 as their class becoming the winningest in school history.

Brian Kaufman, Kevin Roeder and Alexandre Lacombe each scored for the RedHawks to conclude the sweep as the senior class picked up its 99th win. 

Kaufman’s goal was his sixth of the season, ending a nine-game scoreless streak.  He also tallied two assists in the contest.

The No. 10 RedHawks have won three straight games and are currently in second place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings.

MAVERICK MOMENTUM:  After handing No. 5 Minnesota a 6-2 defeat on Jan. 30, Minnesota State traveled to Mariucci Arena to complete the weekend sweep of the Gophers in front of a sellout crowd of 10,187 fans with a 3-1 victory.

It was the first time in series history that the Mavericks have swept the Gophers. Prior to the weekend, MSU had posted three wins against Minnesota in 37 tries. MSU evened its overall season record to 13-13-3 with the victories.

NOTABLE:  Boston University head coach Jack Parker collected his 800th career victory as the Terriers topped Merrimack, 3-1, on Jan. 30.  Parker became the third coach in NCAA history to accomplish the feat, joining Ron Mason (924) and Jerry York (814).  Parker is the only one of the three coaches to win 800 games at the helm of one program … Notre Dame’s 20-game unbeaten streak came to a halt on Jan. 30 when No. 7 Michigan edged the Irish, 2-1, in CCHA play.  UND bounced back with a 3-2 victory over the Wolverines the next day, but the Irish’s reign as the nation’s top-ranked team has ended.  Boston University is now No. 1 in the latest USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Network poll.