Jan. 8, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

JUSTICE IS SERVED:  Gustavus Adolphus College jumped four spots to No. 2 in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll after knocking off then-No. 1 Amherst, 3-0, on Jan. 2.

First-year goaltender Danielle Justice notched 17 saves in her second shutout of the season, improving her record to 3-1-1 and lowering her goals against average to 0.78 on the season.  The native of Alexandria, Minn., shared Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for her performance.
The Gusties are riding an eight-game unbeaten streak since opening the season with an overtime loss at Adrian College in November.

HAWKS RISE:  Saint Anselm College stretched its winning streak to three games with a pair of victories at the holiday tournament hosted by the Hawks last weekend with help from stellar play by senior forward Kelsey Johnson.

The native of Byfield, Mass., netted a power-play goal to lift the Hawks over Williams College, 4-3, in the tournament opener on Jan. 3, and followed it up with two assists in Saint Anselm’s 3-1 defeat of Bowdoin the next day.

Johnson, who was named ECAC East Player of the Week for her efforts, is second on the squad with 11 points.

BACK IN THE MIX: St. Thomas (Minn.) worked its way back into the USCHO.com Division III poll at No. 9 this week after handing then-No. 1 Amherst its second loss of the weekend with a 2-1 decision on Jan. 3.

Senior forward Jackie Carroll played a key role in the Tommies’ success, registering a pair of power-play goals within a two-minute stretch in the second period.  She was named MIAC Co-Player of the Week for her contributions.

Carroll has scored 19 points on the year and ranks fourth in the nation with 1.73 points per game.  The native of St. Paul, Minn., also tops Division III with 1.18 assists per game.

The Tommies return to the ice with another highly-ranked opponent as they play a home-and-home series against No. 2 Gustavus on Jan. 16-17.

NOTABLE:  Plattsburgh State’s men’s and women’s ice hockey programs hold the top spots in their respective USCHO.com Division III polls for the second time in history.  The last time both squads occupied the No. 1 spot was on Dec. 3, 2007.  The women’s team moved up to No. 1 with Amherst’s two losses over the weekend.  The Cardinals have been idle since Dec. 6, but return to action on Jan. 10 for a two-game series at No. 5 Elmira … RIT’s Amanda Klassen picked up ECAC West Player of the Week honors after tallying three goals and three assists in the Tigers’ 1-0-1 weekend against Sacred Heart.  The sophomore forward from Winninpeg, Manitoba, collected her third career hat trick along with two assists in an 11-3 win on Jan. 3.  She also dished out an assist in the 4-4 tie against Sacred Heart in the first game of the series.  The No. 6 Tigers are riding a nine-game unbeaten streak … Colby senior goaltender Shelley Payne was selected Most Valuable Player of the St. Michael’s Holiday Tournament last weekend after compiling 41 saves without surrendering a goal in action against Nichols and St. Michael’s.  The native of Pelham, N.Y., was named New England Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her outstanding play.