Jan. 7, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Freshman forward Kyle Thomas sparked third-ranked Norwich to a 4-1 upset of No. 2 Plattsburgh State, 4-1, on Jan. 5 as he tallied his first career hat trick in the victory.

After the Cadets fell behind 1-0 in the second period, it was Thomas who tied game and then added the eventual game-winning score a little more than two minutes later.  He completed the hat trick with a goal late in the third period, increasing his team-leading goal total to 10.

Thomas ranks 12th in the nation with 0.91 goals per game and 15th in the nation with 1.09 points per game by rookies.

Norwich (9-0-2) remained one of just two teams in the nation without a loss.  Williams College is also unbeaten with a 6-0-1 mark.  The Cadets resume their ECAC East-NESCAC Interlock schedule on Jan. 8-9, when they travel to Maine to face Bowdoin and Colby.

DOMINATING DEBUT: Hamline University’s Spencer Anderson claimed Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors as the Pipers surprised then-No. 4 Adrian with a series sweep last weekend.  The Bulldogs entered the first-ever series meeting on a 37-game winning streak.

The junior forward from Chicago, Ill., compiled seven points in the series, beginning with a goal and two assists in a 6-5 win on Jan. 1.  Anderson followed it up with the team’s first hat trick of the season, and added an assist, in Hamline’s 7-3 victory the next day.  It was his first weekend on the ice for the Pipers.

Hamline climbed three spots to No. 7 in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll following the impressive weekend.  The Pipers face another tough test on Jan. 8 as they host No. 5 St. Scholastica.

FANTISTIC MR. FOX:  Oswego State held on to the top spot in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll after winning the PathFinder Bank/Oswego Hockey Classic and extending its program-record winning streak to 14 games last weekend.

Junior Justin Fox combined for five points on one goal and four assists in victories over Connecticut College and Elmira and was named the Classic’s Most Valuable Player for his efforts.  The native of Whitby, Ontario, netted the eventual game-winning goal against Connecticut College and tallied two assists versus No. 6 Elmira on the weekend.  He was selected SUNY Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his contributions.  Fox is tied for fourth in the nation with three game-winning goals and ranks sixth in Division III with 2.06 points per game.

The Lakers (15-1-0) put their winning streak on the line when they host No. 9 Adrian on Jan. 8.

SMELLING LIKE A ROSE:  After leading Suffolk University to its first-ever Cod Fish Bowl title, junior goaltender Jeff Rose was tabbed ECAC Northeast Goaltender of the Week for his stellar performance.

The native of Collinsville, Ct., turned back 83 of 87 shots in the tournament, stopping 52 saves in a 2-1 win over UMass-Boston in the championship game.  Rose was named Most Valuable Player for his performance.  He currently ranks 13th in the nation with a .925 save percentage.

After a three-week hiatus, No. 10 Williams will get back in the groove against archrival Amherst, which just broke into the national poll at No. 14 on the merits of a four-game winning streak.  The Ephs will look to remain unbeaten on the season … UW-Stout and St. Olaf will face off at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., as a part of the fourth annual Hockey Day Minnesota on Jan. 23.  The game, set for 1:30 p.m., is free, and will be followed by an evening contest between the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets.  The UW-Stout-St. Olaf match-up is believed to be the first NCAA Division III hockey game held at the Xcel Center.