Jan. 5, 2009


By Amy Farnum Novin

EXTRA CREDIT:  The University of North Dakota has been getting a little extra work in over the last few games as the Fighting Sioux have taken their last three foes to overtime.

UND started the overtime streak with a 4-3 win against Bemidji State to conclude the first half of the season, and then opened 2009 with a 3-2 victory in OT against RPI in the Easton Showcase.  North Dakota moved on to face No. 10 Wayne State in the tournament, officially posting a 3-3 tie, but capturing the Showcase title with a 1-0 shootout win.

Melissa Jaques, the program’s all-time leading point scorer, netted the only goal in the shootout.  Jaques, a native of Cooks Creak, Manitoba, also became the school’s career assists leader during the game as she dished out a pair of helpers to freshman Alyssa Wiebe during regulation.  She now has 36 for her career.
The 2-0-1 record in the last three contests improves the Sioux’s record to 11-7-2 after struggling through five losses in the six previous games.

EAGLES SOAR:  Boston College junior goaltender Molly Schaus followed up Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for December by leading the No. 7 Eagles to a weekend sweep of ECAC Hockey foes.

The native of Natick, Mass., recorded a shutout and stopped 52 of 54 shots in December, and then returned to the net with a pair of wins over Colgate and Yale.  Schaus tallied 27 saves in a 3-1 defeat of Colgate on Jan. 2 and then notched her sixth shutout of the season with a 1-0 overtime win versus Yale the next day.
The Eagles have won four of their last five contests.  BC boasts a 5-1-1 record against ECAC opponents this season.

NEW YEAR, NEW START:  Bemidji State earned its first sweep of the season with a pair of victories over Robert Morris University over the weekend – the team’s first series sweep since winning back-to-back games against Vermont in December 2007.

Freshmen Marlee Wheelhouse and Alana McElhinney played key roles in the Beavers’ success as they improved to 3-15-2 on the season.   Wheelhouse netted her first career goal and recorded an assist on the game-winning tally, while McElhinney notched her first career win in a 3-1 against RMU on Jan. 3.

The Beavers have now scored in six straight games after being shut out in four games prior.  It was also the first time this season BSU scored multiple goals in three straight games.

NOTABLE:  Connecticut junior Michelle Binning was named Hockey East TPS Player of the Week for the first time in her career after leading the Huskies to a weekend sweep of Vermont in league play.  The native of Oshawa, Ont., earned the award after posting two goals and two assists against the Catamounts.  She leads the Huskies with six game-winning goals and eight power-play goals, and ranks second on the team with 24 points this season … Top-ranked Wisconsin took a break from its regular season schedule with an exhibition versus the U.S. Select Team.  The Badgers won 3-2 in front of 1,880 fans at the Kohl Center, handing the U.S. Select Team its only loss against Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams this year.