Nov. 23, 2010

By Jen Gunnels

The Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth continued their overtime magic over the weekend, sweeping Wisconsin with a pair of overtime thrillers. Ranked No. 1 in last weeks USA TODAY/USA Hockey poll, the Bulldogs improved to 11-1-2 on the season and have now won five of their seven overtime games this season. With just 11 seconds to go in overtime, junior center Travis Oleksuk netted the game-winner on Friday, his nation-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season. Junior forward Jack Connolly scored the game-winner on Saturday. Elsewhere in the WCHA, No. 14 Denver extended its win streak to four games, sweeping Bemidji State to take sole possession of second place in league standings. The Pioneers have outscored their opponents 16-6 during the four-game winning streak. No. 4 Nebraska-Omaha suffered its first conference loss at home to No. 7 North Dakota on Friday night. The Mavericks salvaged a weekend split on Saturday when junior forward Alex Hudson scored a game-winner with just three-tenths of a second remaining in regulation.

Both of the seasons longest unbeaten streaks ended this weekend as No. 2 Boston University and No. 8 New Hampshire split a weekend home-and-home series. New Hampshires Paul Thompson and Phil DeSimone had three points each in their 5-2 Friday win, while BU junior goaltender Grant Rollheiser had 41 saves in their 4-2 Saturday win. No. 9 Boston College completed a weekend sweep over No. 3 Maine. Senior goaltender John Muse completed his 10th career shutout on Friday night and had 70 total saves in the weekend sweep, improving to a .955 save percentage.

In road wins over Cornell and Colgate this weekend, No. 5 Yale continued to prove itself as the nations most potent scoring offense, now averaging 5.25 goals per game. Eight different Bulldogs scored in ten weekend goals. In other ECAC Hockey action, Princeton earned its fourth league win on Friday night in a shutout over Harvard to move alongside Yale atop ECAC Hockey standings. Sophomore goaltender Mike Condon had a career-high 36 saves for Princeton in the win, completing his first career shutout.

In CCHA action, No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 10 Michigan and No. 6 Miami each completed weekend sweeps to retain the top three spots in conference standings. Notre Dame secured its sweep over Michigan State with short-handed goals by defensemen Sean Lorenz and center T.J. Tynan late in the third period on Saturday night. In Ann Arbor, seven different Wolverines tallied goals in Michigans 7-2 win over Lake Superior State on Friday night, securing the teams 500th victory at Yost Ice Arena since opening there in 1973. The Wolverines made it 501 wins on Saturday with a 3-2 decision to complete the sweep. Miami junior goaltender Connor Knapp needed just nine saves on Saturday night to secure his seventh career shutout in the teams 3-0 win over Bowling Green, completing their weekend sweep.

Despite weekend losses to Mercyhurst and Canisius, Robert Morris remains atop Atlantic Hockey standings at 6-4-1 in conference play. Canisius freshman Kyle Gibbons scored the game-winner with 1:01 left in overtime to lift the Griffs over the Colonials, with help in goal from freshman Tony Capobianco, who earned his first collegiate victory. Army junior forward Danny Colvin netted four goals in a high-scoring weekend for the Black Knights. Eight different Army players scored in a 9-2 victory over American International before the team skated to a 4-4 overtime tie with Sacred Heart on Saturday night.

Other Weekend Notables

Merrimack junior forward Jesse Todd completed the first hat trick of his career in a 4-3 win over UMass-Lowell on Friday night; the Warriors went on to sweep the River Hawks with a 3-2 win Saturday…Quinnipiac sophomore goaltender Eric Hartzell remains undefeated on the season, improving to 4-0 with ECAC Hockey conference wins over Dartmouth and Harvard…After skating to a 2-2 tie, Western Michigan edged Ferris State 5-4 in a seven-round shootout on Saturday night, making it the highest-scoring shootout in CCHA history.

Results from November 15-21 for Teams in the USA TODAY/USA Hockey Top 15

1. Minnesota-Duluth—won at Wisconsin 6-5 (OT); won at Wisconsin 3-2 (OT).
2. Boston University—lost at New Hampshire 5-2; beat New Hampshire 4-2.
3. Maine—lost at Boston College 4-0; lost at Boston College 4-1.
4. Nebraska-Omaha—lost to North Dakota 6-5; beat North Dakota 1-0.
5. Yale—won at Cornell 4-2; won at Colgate 6-4.
6. Miami (Ohio)—won at Bowling Green 4-3; won at Bowling Green 3-0.
7. North Dakota—won at Nebraska-Omaha 6-5; lost at Nebraska-Omaha 1-0.
8. New Hampshire—beat Boston University 5-2; lost at Boston University 4-2.
9. Boston College—beat Maine 4-0; beat Maine 4-1.
10. Michigan—beat Lake Superior State 7-2; beat Lake Superior State 3-2.
11. Notre Dame—beat Michigan State 6-2; beat Michigan State 4-2.
12. Union—DNP.
13. Alaska—tied Northern Michigan 1-1 (OT); lost to Northern Michigan 2-1.
14. Denver—beat Bemidji State 3-1; beat Bemidji State 4-2.
15. Wisconsin—lost to Minnesota-Duluth 6-5 (OT); lost to Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 (OT).