Dec. 13, 2010

By Jen Gunnels

A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand at Michigan Stadium on Saturday to verify the world-record setting crowd that witnessed Michigan’s historic 5-0 victory over Michigan State in the Big Chill at the Big House. The crowd of 113,411 set a new record for the largest crowd at an ice hockey game, as well as the largest crowd to ever witness a sporting event inside 83 year-old Michigan Stadium. Freshman defenseman Jon Merrill netted a pair of goals in the first period and last week’s USA TODAY/USA Hockey No. 12 Wolverines never looked back, treating their home crowd to a near-perfect game. Senior Carl Hagelin scored two power-play goals while senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick recorded 34 saves en route to his first shutout of the season. Senior Matt Rust added three helpers in the CCHA contest, which helped Michigan to move past an inactive Miami (Ohio) squad and into second place in CCHA standings, one point behind new conference leader Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish split a weekend series with Northern Michigan, but the win earned the team enough conference points to take over the league’s top spot. Although No. 11 Notre Dame outshot Northern Michigan 96-32 on the weekend, it was an impressive performance between the pipes by freshman goaltender Jared Coreau that helped Northern Michigan secure its win on Friday night. Coreau recorded 51 saves and helped the Wildcats kill off all six Irish power plays in just his sixth career start.

In another impressive goaltending performance, Minnesota’s Kent Patterson tallied 78 saves in a two-game weekend series with No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth, helping the Golden Gophers to a win and a tie against one of the top offensive teams in the nation. Earning just one league point with the tie, the Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth fell behind both No. 5 North Dakota and No. 10 Denver in league standings. The Sioux extended their unbeaten streak to six games with a weekend sweep over Minnesota State, scoring three third-period goals to rally to a 4-3 win in the Friday contest and move atop league standings. The Denver Pioneers took the league’s second-place spot with a win and a tie against Alaska-Anchorage.

The No. 3 New Hampshire Wildcats picked up a pair of important Hockey East points with a 4-3 overtime win over No. 6 Maine on Friday. New Hampshire freshman Jeff Silengo picked up his first two career goals in the game, including the game-winner 1:26 into overtime as the Wildcats moved alongside an inactive Boston College squad atop league standings. The Black Bears of Maine went on to defeat Massachusetts 4-1 on Sunday with the help of a Brian Flynn hat trick. No. 7 Boston University defeated conference opponent Northeastern last week before falling to No. 15 RPI 4-1 on Saturday. It was RPI’s special teams that proved to be the Terriers’ undoing as the Engineers scored one short-handed goal and three on the power play, while holding the Terriers scoreless in five power-play chances.

ECAC Hockey’s No. 13 Union picked up a weekend sweep with home wins over American International and Army. Sophomore forward Jeremy Welsh recorded his first career hat trick in an 8-1 routing of American International on Friday. Saturday’s contest saw freshman forward Daniel Carr tally his first career hat trick as Union scored all six of their goals on the power play in a 6-2 win over Army. The win was head coach Nate Leeman’s 122nd career victory, tying him with Charlie Morrison for the school wins record.

In Atlantic Hockey action, RIT swept Mercyhurst to move into second place in league standings, just one point behind league-leading Robert Morris. The Colonials also completed the weekend sweep with a pair of nonconference road wins over Alabama-Huntsville.

Other Weekend Notables
Nebraska-Omaha forward Matt Ambroz netted the game-winning goal in both games of a weekend sweep over Michigan Tech…UMass-Lowell goaltender Doug Carr recorded 40 saves in a 5-2 loss to Princeton on Saturday, one short of a career-high…Niagara senior forward Paul Zanette tallied his 16th goal of the season in a 4-3 overtime win against Colgate on Saturday and leads the nation in points per game with 0.89…Colorado College extended its winning streak to five games with a pair of wins over St. Cloud State, improving to 10-7-1 overall and 7-5 in WCHA league play…Clarkson improved to 10-5-2 overall with a 9-2 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday; the nine goals were the most Clarkson has scored in a game in over 11 years and the win gives the Golden Knights more wins so far this season than they had all of last season.

Results from Dec. 6-12 for Teams in the USA TODAY/USA Hockey Top 15
1. Yale—beat Vermont 3-0.
2. Minnesota-Duluth—lost at Minnesota 3-2; tied at Minnesota 2-2 (OT).
3. New Hampshire—beat Maine 4-3 (OT).
4. Boston College—DNP.
5. North Dakota—won at Minnesota State 4-3; won at Minnesota State 4-2.
6. Maine—lost at New Hampshire 4-3 (OT); beat Massachusetts 4-1.
7. Boston University—beat Northeastern 5-4; lost at Rensselaer Polytechnic (RPI) 4-1.
8. Miami (Ohio)—DNP.
9. Nebraska-Omaha—beat Michigan Tech 5-2; beat Michigan Tech 3-1.
10. Denver—won at Alaska-Anchorage 5-3; tied Alaska-Anchorage 2-2 (OT).
11. Notre Dame—lost at Northern Michigan 3-2; beat Northern Michigan 5-2.
12. Michigan—beat Michigan State 5-0.
13. Union—beat American International 8-1; beat Army 6-2.
14. Alaska—lost at Ferris State 4-2; won at Ferris State 4-3 (OT).
15. Rensselaer Polytechnic (RPI)—beat Boston University 4-1.