Feb. 2, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Top-ranked Oswego State kept on rolling last week as the Lakers earned a pair of league victories to remain unbeaten in the SUNY Athletic Conference at 12-0-0.

Freshman Jon Whitelaw contributed three points on the week, including a goal and an assist in the Lakers’ win against Potsdam, which he followed up with the game-winning goal in a 3-2 defeat of then-No. 4 Plattsburgh.  He was named SUNYAC Player of the Week for his performance. The native of Huntsville, Ontario, ranks third among the nation’s rookies with 1.50 points per game.

Senior Kyle Gunn-Taylor picked up his third SUNYAC Goaltender of the Week award after posting 27 saves against Plattsburgh as the Lakers improved to 20-1-0 on the season.  The native of West Seneca, N.Y., ranks third in the nation with a 1.62 goals against average, and leads Division III in winning percentage with a flawless 13-0-0 mark.

The Lakers look to remain unbeaten in SUNYAC play when they host Cortland on Feb. 5.  

St. Scholastica’s Zach Kleiman was selected Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Week for the second straight week after combining for 74 saves in a pair of shutouts of league foes last weekend.

The senior goaltender stopped 37 shots at then-No. 14 UW-River Falls in a 6-0 win, and followed it up with 41 saves versus UW-Stout as the Saints stretched their winning streak to four games.  

Kleiman has allowed just one goal in his last 207 minutes play, improving his goals against average to 1.84, which ranks ninth in the nation.  He also boasts the second-best save percentage in Division III at .937.

The Saints moved up to No. 4 in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll with the sweep as they enter a contest with No. 3 St. Norbert on Feb. 5, which will have bearing on the NCHA regular season championship.  The Green Knights currently hold a three-point lead over the Saints with four league games to play. The two squads split their two previous contests this season.

A SIXTH SENSE: Norwich University senior Ryan Klingensmith collected his sixth shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over UMass-Boston on Jan. 29, earning ECAC East Goalie of the Week honors for the third time this season.

The native of Morton, Pa., tallied 22 saves in the victory, and then added 14 stops in the Cadets’ 3-3 overtime tie against Babson College the next day.  He tops the nation with a 1.23 goals against average.

The second-ranked Cadets are gearing up for a tough weekend of ECAC East-NESCAC Interlock play when they face No. 10 Middlebury and No. 9 Williams on Feb. 5-6.  Norwich (15-0-4) is the only team in the nation that has yet to lose a game this season.

THEY’VE GOT SKILLS: Two Division III men’s ice hockey student-athletes were named to the list of 78 finalists are vying for a chance to compete in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., on April 9.

In the East, Oswego State senior Neil Musselwhite leads the nation with five short-handed goals this season, and ranks second in scoring on the top-ranked Lakers with 16 goals.  

Gustavus Adolphus senior forward David Martinson has been nominated for a spot on the West squad.  A member of the No. 8 Gusties, Martinson tops Division III with 20 goals scored.

Six position players and two goaltenders in both genders from both the East and West Regions will be chosen partially based on fan voting through the NCAA.com.  The selection committee will take all voting into consideration prior to making its announcement of the final rosters by the end of February.  Voting begins Monday, February 1 and ends Monday, February 15 at noon.  Fans will only be able to vote once.

The Frozen Four Skills Challenge features skills competitions which include puck control relay, hardest shot, fastest skater, rapid-fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shots.

To vote, click here: http://www.ncaa.com/frozenfourskillschallenge/