College Hockey Slap Schotts 2010-11: Week 16
Round 2 of the Union-Yale series takes place Friday night at 7 at Messa Rink, a game that will be seen here on Time Warner Cable Sports.
The last time these two teams met, it was also on TV, and it wasn't Must-See Television. Yale thoroughly dominated Union, rolling to a 5-0 win in a game televised nationally by ESPNU on Dec. 5. The Bulldogs beat the Dutchmen in every phase of the game. They were faster, stronger and had better goaltending. That game propelled the Bulldogs to the No. 1 ranking in the country, and they have been there ever since.
The one thing that struck me about that game, one of Union's worst of the season, was the fact that the Dutchmen, who normally are a very physical team, didn't play like one against the Bulldogs. With speedy forwards like Broc Little and Chris Cahill, the Dutchmen need to lay the body on the Bulldogs and not let them dictate the play. A perfect example of the Dutchmen's lack of physical play came in the second period, when Yale defenseman Nick Jaskowiak was allowed to skate to the Union net untouched and fire a shot past goalie Keith Kinkaid.
The Dutchmen must also get their power play going against Yale. They were 0-for-6, including failing to score on a two-man advantage for two minutes.
Union didn't have senior forward Adam Presizniuk for the first meeting. He was out with a broken right thumb. But the Dutchmen's all-time leading scorer in their Division I era is back, and Presizniuk is getting his game into shape.
If Union beats Yale, it pulls within three points of the first-place Bulldogs. But more importantly, it gives the Dutchmen plenty of confidence should these two teams meet in Atlantic City with an ECAC Hockey title and NCAA tournament berth at stake.
Thanks for understanding
Thanks again for your understanding after my bout with a stomach virus prevented me from writing my College Hockey Slap Schotts blog last week. I would have much rather been up writing my blog than sleeping the day away trying to get rid of the bug. Fortunately, I don't get sick very often.
St. Lawrence coach Joe Marsh missed the Saints' games at Brown and Yale over the weekend. The Watertown Daily Times reported that Marsh was kept in a Massachusetts hospital after complications from surgery that took place Thursday.
Marsh could be back this weekend, when the Saints host Princeton and Quinnipiac.
The Saints won't have forward Sean Flanagan this weekend.
Already scheduled to serve a one-game suspension because of a game disqualification penalty he received against Yale Saturday, the ECACH handed Flanagan an additional one-game suspension, in accordance with the league’s supplemental discipline process.
Flanagan got a five-minute major for hitting Brian O'Neill from behind with 36 seconds left in the Saints' 4-1 loss to Yale, and also was assessed a game DQ. O'Neill had just scored an empty-net goal.
RPI moved up, and Union fell slightly in the latest USCHO.com/NCAA hockey top-20 poll Monday.
A week after dropping four spots, the Engineers (7-5 ECAC Hockey, 15-6-3 overall) moved up four spots, from 14th to 10th, after sweeping Harvard, 3-2, and Dartmouth, 5-1.
The Dutchmen (8-3-1, 16-7-3) fell one place, from 12th to 13th. Union lost to 18th-ranked Dartmouth, 4-1, and beat Harvard, 2-1.
ECACH-leader Yale remains the top team in the poll. The Bulldogs play at Union on Friday, and at RPI on Saturday for the Big Red Freakout.
In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll, the Engineers moved from 13th to 10th, while Union fell from 10th to 12th.
Team (First Place) Record Pts Last Week
1 Yale (46) 17-2-0 995 1
2 Boston College ( 4) 17-6-0 915 3
3 Denver 16-5-5 877 4
4 North Dakota 18-7-2 846 2
5 Minnesota-Duluth 17-5-3 841 5
6 Michigan 17-6-4 765 6
7 New Hampshire 13-5-4 663 7
8 Wisconsin 17-8-3 631 9
9 Notre Dame 16-9-3 590 8
10 RPI 15-6-3 466 14
11 Miami 14-9-3 448 11
12 Maine 11-6-5 446 10
13 Union 16-7-3 397 12
14 Merrimack 13-5-4 379 13
15 Nebraska-Omaha 13-9-2 340 16
16 Boston University 11-7-6 246 15
17 Western Michigan 12-6-8 234 17
18 Dartmouth 11-6-2 179 18
19 Princeton 11-6-1 88 20
20 Colorado College 14-11-1 53 NR
Others receiving votes: Ohio State 37, Minnesota 23, Niagara 16, Alaska 8, St. Cloud State 6, RIT 4, Robert Morris 3, Clarkson 2, Minnesota State 1, Northern Michigan 1.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 15
1 Yale, 510 (34) 1 17-2-0 16
2 Boston College, 455 3 17-6-0 16
3 Denver, 415 4 16-5-5 16
4 Minnesota Duluth, 413 5 17-5-3 16
5 North Dakota, 404 2 18-7-2 16
6 Michigan, 334 6 17-6-4 16
7 Wisconsin, 276 9 17-8-3 11
8 New Hampshire, 270 7 13-5-4 16
9 Notre Dame, 224 8 16-9-3 13
10 RPI, 201 13 15-6-3 8
11 Maine, 134 11 11-6-5 16
12 Union, 122 10 16-7-3 13
13 Miami (Ohio), 117 12 14-9-3 16
14 Merrimack, 87 14 13-5-4 3
15 Nebraska Omaha, 59 15 13-9-2 14
Others receiving votes: Western Michigan, 27; Dartmouth, 18; Boston University, 12; Niagara, 2.
RPI moved from 10th to eighth, and Union from eighth to ninth in the latest Inside College Hockey Power Rankings. Yale is on top.
To view INCH's Power Rankings, click here.
I have a vote in the USCHO.com poll. Here is how I voted this week.
2) Boston College
4) North Dakota
8) New Hampshire
9) Notre Dame
16) Boston U.
18) Western Michigan
Daily Gazette ECACH Awards
Time for my weekly awards. It may have an RPI theme to it.
Player of the Week — Chase Polacek, RPI
The senior forward scored the game-winning goals against Harvard and Dartmouth. He had two goals against the Crimson, and collected a goal and an assist against the Big Green.
Rookie of the Week — Brock Higgs, RPI
The freshman forward came back from a scary skate cut to the neck with a two-assist game against Harvard, and then scored a power-play goal against Dartmouth.
Goalie of the Week — Allen York, RPI
York made 36 saves, including 17 in the third period, against Harvard. He kicked out 18 shots against Dartmouth.
Team of the Week — RPI
The Engineers' sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth puts them back in the top 10 in the polls.
SYHA's Skate with the Dutchmen
Sunday afternoon at Messa Rink, the Schenectady Youth Hockey Association had its annual Skate with the Dutchmen. It was a chance for the kids to hang with the men's and women's teams. My son Steven plays defense for the Squirt B team.
To view video of the day, click here.
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Good Monday! Good Hockey!