Notebook: A River Runs Through It
Jan. 21, 2010
By Amy Farnum
FALCONS FLY: UW-River Falls inched up the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association standings with a three-point weekend at St. Scholastica, the third-place team in the league, last week.
Junior forward Josh Calleja tallied five points on the weekend contributing two assists and a goal in the Falcons' 5-0 win against the then-No. 5 Saints on Jan. 15. Calleja followed it up with a pair of power-play goals that tied Saturday's contest late in the third period. His goals were just 25 seconds apart, and allowed the Falcons to settle for a tie.
Calleja was named NCHA Player of the Week for his performance. He has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points this season. The weekend's three points for the Falcons were their first since Nov. 13-14 at UW-Eau Claire. They had lost four straight league games entering the series. UW-River Falls is back on the ice against UW-Stevens Point for another NCHA showdown on Jan. 22-23.
SOARING TO VICTORY: Elmira College dominated on the ice last weekend, picking up a 10-3 ECAC West victory over SUNY-Potsdam, and then blanking SUNY-Cortland in non-conference action last weekend.
Sophomore forward Kevin Willer led the charge, netting a hat trick with two assists against Potsdam, and following it up with an assist on the game-winning goal versus Cortland. The native of Toronto, Ontario, was named ECAC West Player of the Week for his stellar play.
Freshman Darren McDonald was named the league's Goalie of the Week after making 16 saves in a shutout of Cortland in his second collegiate game on Jan. 16, while forward Mark Morikawa sparked the EC offense with the game's opening goal, and an assist on the second tally of the game against Potsdam to earn Rookie of the Week accolades.
The fourth-ranked Soaring Eagles are back on the ice against Lebanon Valley for an ECAC West series on Jan. 22-23. Elmira is 6-0-0 in league play.
LUCKY LEOPARDS: Wentworth sophomore forward Skylur Jameson was selected ECAC Northeast Player of the Week for the second straight week and fourth time this season after posting a goal and two assists in a two-game sweep at Hobart. The native of Long Beach, Calif., ranks fourth in the league with 20 points this season.
Senior Justin Marriott registered 44 saves in a 2-0 win over Hobart, claiming his seventh career shutout to tie the school record. He was named the league's Goalie of the Week.
Wentworth climbed to No. 13 in the latest USCHO.com Division III Poll. The Leopards look to stay unbeaten in ECAC Northeast play at Curry on Jan. 21.
GOAL-ORIENTED: The nation's leading goal-scorer - Southern Maine's Zach Joy -- netted five tallies during a 2-0-1 week for the Huskies as he took home his second ECAC East Player of the Week honor.
The native of Dover, N.H., had two goals in the Huskies' 5-2, non-conference win over Suffolk University, scored two goals, including the game winner, in a 4-3 win over in-state rival Bowdoin College, and recorded the game-tying goal with less than five minutes to play in a 1-1, overtime tie with Colby College.
Joy leads the Huskies in scoring with 17 goals and two assists for 19 points, and tops Division III with 1.13 goals per game.
Southern Maine has posted a 6-2-1 record in its last nine games after opening the year with a 1-4-1 mark. The Huskies host UMass-Boston on Jan. 22 and Babson College on Jan. 23.