Feb. 9, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

IVY ICE KINGS:  Yale University remained atop the ECAC Hockey standings after posting its’ first season sweep of Dartmouth and Harvard in 57 years as they downed both squads last weekend.  The Bulldogs are now in sole possession of first place in the conference, and earned at least a share of the Ivy League title with an 8-0 mark against league members this season.

The Bulldogs rolled to a 5-1 win over Harvard to start the weekend, outshooting the Crimson 50-15 in the contest.  Yale followed it up with a 3-1 victory against Dartmouth to extend its winning streak to six games and unbeaten stretch to seven. 

Senior goaltender Alec Richards tallied 50 saves on the weekend as he improved his season goals against average to 2.19, which ranks 15th in Division I, while bettering his winning percentage to .857 (12-2-0, tied for 2nd in NCAA).

No. 10 Yale is one of three ECAC Hockey squads to be ranked in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Network Division I poll.  Second-place Cornell is ranked No. 6, while third-place Princeton is in the No. 9 spot.

FALCONS HAVE FORCE: Air Force worked its way back into the national rankings at No. 20 after registering a sweep of Connecticut in Atlantic Hockey Association action last weekend.

Sophomore forward Jacques Lamoureux’s second hat trick of the season sparked a 4-1 win over UConn on Feb. 7.  Lamoureux is second in the nation with 1.39 points per game, and leads Division I with 0.82 goals per game.

The Falcons’ outstanding play is also attracting fans to Cadet Ice Arena in record numbers.  Air Force has sold out a school-record six straight games after having 3,206 in attendance for Saturday’s contest against UConn.

TERRIFIC TERRIERS:  Top-ranked Boston University continued its stellar play last week by stretching its winning streak to seven games, including a 4-3 win over Harvard in the opening round of the 57th Annual Beanpot Tournament last Monday.

BU followed it up with a 5-3 win over UMass-Lowell – the Terriers’ 14th victory in their last 16 tries.  Sophomore forward Nick Bonino from Unionville, Conn., tallied two goals in the Harvard win, and added a pair of assists against the River Hawks to earn Hockey East Reebok Co-Player of the Week honors.

The Terriers will take on No. 3 Northeastern in the championship of the Beanpot on Feb. 9 as the look to extend their 13-game tournament game winning streak against the Huskies. 

NOTABLE:  Wisconsin moved into a tie for first place with Denver in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings as the Badgers swept Minnesota over the weekend.  The Badgers will enjoy this week off, but return to the fire on Feb. 20-21 as they host the Pioneers for a crucial league battle at the Kohl Center.  DU has lost three of its last six contests, allowing the Badgers to grab a share of league lead … Ohio State freshman forward Zac Dalpe was named Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week after contributing four points in a 1-1 series with league-leading Notre Dame over the weekend.  He netted a goal in OSU’s 4-3 overtime loss on Feb. 6, and then assisted on a flurry of scores as the Buckeyes ended Notre Dame’s 12-game road unbeaten streak … Mercyhurst senior forward Matt Pierce broke a 16-year-old school record for most power-play goals in a game with four as the Lakers downed AIC, 6-2, on Feb. 7.  The native of Pakenham, Ontario, began the series with an assist in a 2-0 shutout of the Yellow Jackets.  Pierce was tabbed Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Week for his efforts.