Jan. 26, 2010


By Amy Farnum

Minnesota freshman goaltender Noora Räty combined for 37 saves in back-to-back shutouts of North Dakota last weekend as the Golden Gophers retained control of first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings.

Räty has seven shutouts this season – three against UND – and is one shy from tying the school record. Former Gopher Jody Horak recorded eight shutouts in the 2004-05 NCAA Championship season and became a second-team All-American.

The native of Espoo, Finland, leads the nation with a 0.80 goals against average and .967 save percentage.  

The second-ranked Gophers are 6-0-2 in their last eight collegiate contests.  They claimed shootout victories in two ties against Bemidji State.  Minnesota has given up just two goals in the eight-game span.

The Bulldogs return to the ice for a two-game WCHA series against Minnesota State on Jan. 29-30.

KNIGHT MOVES: Clarkson University senior Dominique Thibault garnered ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors after compiling three points on two goals and an assist as the Golden Knights swept league foes Yale and Brown over the weekend.

The forward from L’Orignal, Ontario, netted the game-winning goal 17 seconds into overtime at Yale, and added another tally at Brown as she raised her team-leading total to 16 on the season.  Thibault leads Clarkson with 31 points, and ranks 16th in the nation with 1.24 points per game.

The Knights are entering a five-game home stand after playing six straight and 12 of their last 14 games on the road.  With nine regular season ECAC games remaining, No. 3 Clarkson holds a one-point lead over Cornell in the league standings.

Clarkson, playing at home for the first time in 54 days, will host Colgate and Cornell on Jan. 29-30.

RUFF-ING ‘EM UP:  Providence College took over first place in the Hockey East standings with a pair of victories over Boston College last weekend as the Friars extended their winning streak to seven games.

The No. 9 Friars are unbeaten in their last 10 games with an 8-0-2 record, while the seven-game winning streak is PC’s longest since 2002-03.  The last time Providence went without a loss for more than 10 games was an 11-game streak in 1991-92.

Junior forward Alsye Ruff was honored as Hockey East Player of the Week after registering a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win over the Eagles on Jan. 24.  The native of Tualatin, Ore., has tallied six goals and nine assists for 15 points during the Friars’ 10-game unbeaten streak.  

The Friars return to Hockey East action for a home contest on Jan. 29, and then travel to No. 7 Harvard the following day.

TRANSFORMATION BEGINS:  Over the weekend, construction began to turn Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium into an outdoor ice hockey arena for the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic on Feb. 6.  Camp Randall Stadium is the Badgers’ football stadium which holds 80,321 fans during the fall.

The Classic will begin with a women’s Wisconsin-Bemidji State match-up at 2 p.m. CT, followed by the UW men’s squad versus Michigan at 5 p.m. CT.  The men’s game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network, while a tape-delay showing of the women’s contest will air at 8 p.m. CT.

The rink will be set up at the 50-yard line of the field at Camp Randall Stadium, with the rink reaching the 17-yard lines, approximately, on both ends.

Fans can follow the stadium’s entire transformation here: