Nov. 15, 2010

By Jen Gunnels


No. 1 Boston University remained unbeaten on the season, skating to a 1-1 overtime tie on Friday and a 3-3 overtime tie on Saturday in a weekend series with Merrimack to move to 6-0-4 on the year. Merrimack netted two power-play goals in the first period of the Saturday contest, ending the Terriers streak of 32 straight penalty kills. Terrier junior goaltender Kieran Millan had 69 total saves in the weekend series, while offensively the Terriers remained lackluster on the power play, going 0-for-13 on the weekend and sinking to 1-for-46 over the last nine games.

In other Hockey East news, No. 5 Maine and No. 8 New Hampshire each remained unbeaten in conference action. Maine sophomore forward Joey Diamond notched the tying goal on Friday and the game-winner on Saturday to propel the Black Bears to a weekend sweep over Northeastern. Junior goaltender Matt DiGirolamo recorded his first career shutout for New Hampshire on Friday in a 3-0 win over Massachusetts. The Wildcats went on to tie the Minutemen 3-3 in overtime on Saturday and stretch their unbeaten streak to eight games. The No. 6 Boston College Eagles split a weekend series with Vermont, moving to 6-4 on the year.

After defeating Colorado College on Saturday, No. 4 Yale fell for the first time this season in a Sunday night contest at Air Force. Despite averaging a nation-leading 5.33 goals per game, the Bulldogs could not withstand a four-goal third period by the Falcons, who improve to 3-6 on the season. The game ties as the highest ranked team Air Force has ever defeated. Elsewhere in ECAC Hockey, Princeton had a strong weekend with wins over conference opponents Colgate and Cornell. The Tigers improve to 3-1 in conference action and now stand atop the league. Tiger freshman Andrew Colaf had four points in the Friday win and now leads the nation in points per game among rookies with 1.83.

No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth continued its dominance in WCHA action, sweeping Michigan Tech. Despite a 42-save performance by Michigan Tech goaltender Josh Robinson, the Huskies could not combat a four-goal third period by the Bulldogs in the Friday contest, falling 5-2. Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Justin Faulk netted two goals in less than two minutes in the 4-2 Saturday win. No. 10 North Dakota remains hot the heels of the Bulldogs in WCHA standings after sweeping conference opponent No. 14 Wisconsin in a weekend series. The Fighting Sioux outshot the Badgers 43-16 in the Saturday win. No. 7 Nebraska-Omaha and No. 15 Denver were both undefeated in conference clashes over the weekend and are locked in a tie for third place in WCHA standings. Nebraska-Omaha came away from St. Cloud State with a win and a tie while the Pioneers swept Minnesota State.

In the CCHA, No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 9 Michigan split a weekend series to remain first and second in conference standings. No. 3 Miami and No. 13 Alaska also split a weekend series and retain the third and fourth spots in the league. Junior goaltender Cody Reichard recorded the ninth shutout of his career on Friday as the RedHawks blanked the Nanooks 3-0. Miami senior forward Carter Camper had a four-point weekend and continues to lead the nation in all three offensive categories with 11 goals, 17 assists and 28 points on the season.

In Atlantic Hockey action, the Colonials of Robert Morris defended their top spot in league standings over the weekend with a tie and a win against Sacred Heart. Five different players tallied goals for the Colonials and nine earned a point in the Saturday win.

Other Weekend Notables
Denver senior forward Jesse Martin is walking again following what doctors called a very successful” surgery last week to repair a fractured C2 vertebra following an on-ice collision on Oct. 30…Dartmouth junior goalie James Mello had an impressive weekend in the North Country with 27 saves in a 7-1 win over Clarkson and 34 saves in a 6-1 win over St. Lawrence the following night, improving to a nation-leading 0.65 goals against average…Unions eight-game unbeaten streak came to an end Saturday in a 4-3 overtime loss to conference foe RPI; sophomore defenseman Nick Bailen notched three points in the win for RPI and now ranks second in the nation for points per game among defensemen with 1.09.

Results from November 8-14 for Teams in the USA TODAY/USA Hockey Top 15
1. Boston University—tied Merrimack 1-1 (OT); tied Merrimack 3-3 (OT).
2. Minnesota-Duluth—beat Michigan Tech 5-3; beat Michigan Tech 4-2.
3. Miami (Ohio)—beat Alaska 4-0; lost to Alaska 3-2.
4. Yale—won at Colorado College 5-1; lost at Air Force 4-3.
5. Maine—beat Northeastern 4-2; beat Northeastern 4-2.
6. Boston College—won at Vermont 3-2; lost at Vermont 5-3.
7. Nebraska-Omaha—won at St. Cloud State 3-0; tied St. Cloud State 4-4 (OT).
8. New Hampshire—beat Massachusetts 3-0; tied Massachusetts 3-3 (OT).
9. Michigan—lost to Notre Dame 3-1; beat Notre Dame 5-3.
10. North Dakota—won at Wisconsin 1-0; won at Wisconsin 4-2.
11. Notre Dame—beat Michigan 3-1; lost at Michigan 5-3.
12. Union—beat RPI 2-1; lost at RPI 4-3 (OT).
13. Alaska—lost at Miami (Ohio) 4-0; won at Miami (Ohio) 3-2.
14. Wisconsin—lost to North Dakota 1-0; lost to North Dakota 4-2.
15. Denver—beat Minnesota State 3-2; beat Minnesota State 6-1.