Feb. 17, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

BULLDOGS PULL AWAY:  Yale University added to its first-place cushion in the ECAC Hockey standings last week as the Bulldogs notched a pair of road victories with the help of senior forward Patrick Brosnihan's offensive spark.

The native of Worcester, Mass., scored goals in wins over RPI and Union as the Bulldogs increased their lead over second-place Princeton to five points.  Brosnihan netted the game-winner against RPI and added a first period goal versus Union for the most productive weekend of his career. 

Brosnihan, who has five goals and seven points on the season, was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for the first time of his career.

Following the successful weekend, Yale jumped three spots to No. 7 in the latest USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Network Division I poll.  The Bulldogs have won eight consecutive games.

SAINTLY SAVES:  St. Lawrence remained in sole possession of fifth place in the 12-team ECAC Hockey standings thanks to some impressive goaltending by junior Alex Petizian. 

The native of Kirkland, Quebec, began the weekend with 28 saves to fend off Quinnipiac in a 4-3 overtime win on Feb. 13, and followed it up with a season-high 40 saves as the Saints knocked off then-No. 9 Princeton the next day.  The win over the Tigers avenged a 2-1 setback earlier this season, and improved the Saints' record against nationally-ranked opponents to 5-6-1 this season.

St. Lawrence, which has posted a 4-1-1 mark in its last six contests, cracked the latest national rankings at No. 20.
ROOKIE REWARD: Michigan stayed hot with its second straight sweep of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association foe as the Wolverines downed Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend.

Freshman Luke Glendening scored three goals in the two games, including the game-winner in a 4-2 come-from-behind win against UNO on Feb. 14.  The native of Grand Rapids, Mich., tallied two goals in Saturday's contest for his first career multi-goal game.  He was named CCHA Rookie of the Week for his contributions.

Glendening, who has scored a game-winning goal in each of the last two series, leads all Michigan freshmen with three this season.  The third-ranked Wolverines look to extend their four-game winning streak at Ohio State on Feb. 20-21.

NOTABLE:  St. Cloud State pushed its Western Collegiate Hockey Association record above .500 this season with a sweep of Michigan Tech last weekend, moving into a tie for fourth place in the league standings with Colorado College at 25 points.  The top five teams in the 10-team league earn a spot in the WCHA Final Five beginning March 19.  The Huskies, who will enjoy a bye week on Feb. 20-21, also cracked the national poll at No. 19 this week ... Mercyhurst College stretched its winning streak to four games as the Lakers swept Connecticut last weekend, propelled by freshman Phil Ginand's five points.  The native of Milford, Mass., tallied a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win on Feb. 13, and then registered two goals and two assists to defeat the Huskies, 7-4, the next day.  He was named Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Week for his performance.