Dec. 9, 2009

By Amy Farnum

Adrian University is approaching the NCAA Division III record for consecutive victories after sweeping Concordia (Wis.) in a two-game series by a combined score of 19-2 last weekend.  

The No. 4 Bulldogs have won 36 straight games dating back to last season – just two victories shy of the record. The two wins also stretched the Bulldogs’ Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association winning streak to 42 games.  They are 10-0, including an 8-0 mark against league foes this year.

Adrian leads the nation in scoring (8.20 gpg) and scoring margin (6.20 gpg), and boasts three players that rank in the nation’s top 10 in goals per game – junior Sam Kukyz (second - 1.20 gpg), junior Brad Houston (eighth - 1.10 gpg) and junior Shawn Skelly (10th – 1.00 gpg).  The squad has netted double-digit goals four times this year.

The Bulldogs will look to keep their streak alive following holiday break when they return to the ice at Hamline on Jan. 1-2.

JUMBO-SIZE:  Tufts sophomore goaltender Scott Barchard racked up 115 saves in a pair of Jumbo wins last week, including a program-record 63 stops in a 4-3 overtime win versus St. Anselm.

The native of Reading, Mass., began the weekend with 52 saves on 53 shots in a 3-1 victory at New England College, and compiled a .966 save percentage and 1.97 goals against average over the two games.  Barchard was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his efforts.

After starting the season 0-2-1, the Jumbos have won four straight with Barchard posting a .960 save percentage during the stretch.  For the year, Barchard ranks second in the NESCAC with a .953 save percentage.

Tufts will host Connecticut College in a NESCAC clash on Dec. 12 before heading into winter break.

  Norwich University’s Ryan Klingensmith guided the Cadets to a pair of convincing shutout victories last weekend, and for his performance was named ECAC East Goalie of the Week for the second straight time.

The senior from Morton, Pa., tallied 23 saves in a 5-0 shutout of then-No. 13 Amherst, followed by 25 stops in an 8-0 win over Hamilton as he improved his goals against average to 1.02 and save percentage to .955.
Klingensmith stretched his scoreless streak to 169 minutes and 4 seconds before giving up a pair of goals to St. Michael’s in a 6-2 league win on Dec. 8.

The third-ranked Cadets lead Division III in scoring defense, allowing just 1.29 goals per game.  Klingensmith ranks second in the nation in goals against average (1.16).

VIKINGS VAULT: Salem State cracked the Top 15 in the No. 15 spot after compiling a 5-1-1 mark for the Vikings’ best in over six years, including a 3-0 shutout of then-No. 1 St. Norbert last week.

Senior goaltender James LaCour registered 31 saves and his first shutout of the season against the defending NCAA champion Green Knights at the Western Thanksgiving Showcase hosted by St. Scholastica.  The native of Silver Spring, Md., posted a 2-1-1 record on the week, earning Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Goalie of the Week honors.

The Vikings top the MASCAC standings with a 4-0-1 record.