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College Hockey Slap Schotts Week 8 — Another wild ECAC Hockey weekend

One thing you can always count on with ECAC Hockey — unpredictability.

Once again over the weekend, up was down, down was up, cats and dogs living together...yeah, it was that crazy.

Let’s start with Friday’s Dartmouth-Colgate game at Starr Rink in Hamilton. The Big Green came into the contest leading the ECACH standings, they were the last unbeaten team and they had entered the top-20 poll at No. 12. And it appeared they were on their way to remaining unbeaten after Eric Robinson’s early third-period goal gave the Big Green a 4-1 lead.

But the Raiders, who came into the weekend 0-3-1 in the league, pulled off an incredible comeback. Jeremy Price scored with 11:21 left to make it 4-2. Less than three minutes later, Robbie Bourdon, who scored a short-handed goal late in the second period to stop a Dartmouth three-goal outburst, netted his second goal of the game to make it 4-3.

The Raiders pressed for the tying goal, and they got it with 2:13 left when Joe Wilson scored. The game appeared headed for overtime.

But the Raiders didn’t want to play an extra five minutes. With seven seconds left, Kurtis Bartliff took a shot that was blocked. Wilson got it, and fired it on goalie Cab Morris, who made the save. But Bourdon pounced on the rebound and put it past Morris for his first career hat trick to give Colgate an improbable win.

“It was a gutsy effort by our guys tonight,” Colgate coach Don Vaughan. “When you’re down that much against a team like Dartmouth, a lot of team’s might mail it in, but I thought we really responded.”

The next night, Colgate completed a weekend sweep with a 1-0 win over 17th-ranked Harvard. Freshman goalie Spencer Finney, who replaced starter Eric Mihalik after Robinson’s goal, made 25 saves to shut out the Crimson.

Meanwhile, the Big Green then went to Cornell, and did to the Big Red what the Raiders had done to them.

With Cornell leading, 1-0, on a Dustin Mowrey goal midway through the third period, Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:02 left. Ten seconds later, Mike Keenan scored the game-tying goal, and the Big Green left Lynah Rink with a 1-1 tie.

Now, what is going with Cornell? After opening the season 3-0, the Big Red is 0-3-2 in their last five. It’s the second straight year that they’ve had a five-game winless skid. The night before it’s tie with Dartmouth, Cornell dropped a 4-1 decision to Harvard.

The Big Red have been outscored, 16-8, during their five-game slump. They scored just one goal in each of the last three games.

A team that I consider a dark horse to win the ECACH title, Quinnipiac, lit up the North Country. Led by Jordan Samuels-Thomas’ two goals, the Bobcats beat Clarkson, 5-2, Friday at Cheel Arena. Then, just up the road at Appleton Arena in Canton, Jeremy Langlois scored twice in a 6-2 victory over St. Lawrence.

After suffering an inexplicable 2-1 home-ice loss to American International two weeks ago, the Bobcats have won four straight. And they just got back talented forward Connor Jones. He missed six games because of injury.

Quinnipiac has always been a top-flight offensive team. The Bobcats have a good goalie in Eric Hartzell. The key for them is finding some consistency. Once they find that, the Bobcats could be a very dangerous team.

Then again, the only thing consistent about the ECACH is inconsistency, and wildness.

Lorito does it all

Matt Lorito was the special offensive machine for Brown on Saturday against Army. He scored all of the Bears’ goals in a 3-0 victory.

All of the goals came on special teams. Lorito had a power-play goal early in the first period, and got another one. 6:25 into the third period. He completed his natural hat trick 1:18 later with a short-handed goal.

'Slap Schotts' Wednesday

Because of Thanksgiving, my "Slap Schotts" college hockey segment on Rodger Wyland's "Big Board Sportstalk" on WOFX-AM (980) will move from Thursday to Wednesday this week at 11:05 a.m. Penn State assistant coach Keith Fisher will be the guest.

Johnston demoted

I wonder if Andrew Johnston is regretting his decision to go pro.

Johnston, who was supposed to come Union this season, was sent down from the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms to the ECHL’s Trenton Titans.

The 21-year-old Johnston had verbally committed to Union, and he was an offensive talent. He had 29 goals and 52 assists for the Humbolt Broncos, champions of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and the Anavent Cup. The Anavent Cup pits the winner of the SJHL against the Manitoba Junior Hockey League champion. He had 10 goals and four assists in 16 playoff games.

With the Phantoms, Johnston had just a goal in 10 games.

ECACH Power Rankings

My weekly ECACH Power Rankings each week. WARNING: You may agree, or disagree, with my picks.

Team Last week’s ranking

1) Union 2
2) Quinnipiac 3
3) Dartmouth 1
4) Yale 5
5) Harvard 6
6) Colgate 9
7) St. Lawrence 4
8) Cornell 7
9) Brown 10
10) RPI 12
11) Clarkson 11
12) Princeton 8

Union slips in USCHO poll

Union, which was idle over the weekend, slipped from seventh to eighth in the top-20 college hockey poll Monday.

The Dutchmen (6-2-1), the top-ranked ECAC Hockey team in the poll, return to action this weekend when they host Penn State at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Four other ECAC Hockey teams are in the poll. Dartmouth is 11th, Cornell is 13th, Harvard is 17th and Quinnipiac is 18th.

Union remained eighth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll. poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston College (47) 9- 1-0 996 1
2 Denver (2) 9- 1-0 948 2
3 New Hampshire (1) 8- 1-1 865 5
4 Minnesota 7- 2-2 853 3
5 Miami 7- 2-3 781 4
6 Notre Dame 8- 3-0 731 8
7 North Dakota 5- 3-2 705 6
8 Union 6- 2-1 664 7
9 Western Michigan 6- 3-1 543 9
10 Boston University 6- 4-0 536 11
11 Dartmouth 5- 1-2 462 12
12 St. Cloud State 6- 4-0 377 15
13 Cornell 3- 3-2 322 10
14 Colorado College 7- 5-0 287 14
15 Nebraska-Omaha 6- 3-1 260 18
16 Ferris State 6- 4-2 211 20
17 Harvard 4- 3-0 201 17
18 Quinnipiac 7- 3-1 187 NR
19 Michigan 4- 6-1 160 13
20 Niagara 8- 2-3 112 NR
Others receiving votes: Alaska 79, Yale 66, St. Lawrence 57, Holy Cross 34, Providence 23, Massachusetts-Lowell 14, Northern Michigan 12, Ohio State 9, Northeastern 2, Colgate 1, Merrimack 1, Minnesota State 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine 2012-13 Men’s College Hockey Poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank School Last Week’s Ranking 2012-13 Record Weeks in Top 15
1 Boston College, 509 (33) 1 9-1-0 8
2 Denver, 475 (1) 2 9-1-0 8
3 New Hampshire, 420 6 8-1-1 5
4 Minnesota, 405 3 7-2-2 8
5 Miami (Ohio), 376 4 6-4-2 8
6 Notre Dame, 331 7 8-3-0 8
7 North Dakota, 310 5 5-3-2 8
8 Union, 281 8 6-2-1 8
9 Western Michigan, 208 9 6-3-1 8
10 Boston University, 201 11 6-4-0 8
11 Dartmouth, 144 12 5-1-2 2
12 St. Cloud State, 100 15 6-4-0 2
13 Cornell, 97 10 3-3-2 8
14 Nebraska-Omaha, 56 NR 7-5-0 1
15 Harvard, 41 NR 6-3-1 3
Others receiving votes: Colorado College, 28; Quinnipiac, 28; Michigan, 21; Ferris State, 19; Niagara, 11; St. Lawrence, 6; Alaska, 5; Yale, 4; Holy Cross, 3; UMass-Lowell, 1.

My vote

I have a vote in the poll. Here is how I voted:
1) Boston College
2) Denver
3) Minnesota
4) Miami
5) New Hampshire
6) North Dakota
7) Union
8) Notre Dame
9) Western Michigan
10) Boston U.
11) St. Cloud State
12) Neb.-Omaha
13) Quinnipiac
14) Cornell
15) Dartmouth
16) Niagara
17) Holy Cross
18) St. Lawrence
19) Colorado College
20) Ferris State

Daily Gazette Stick Salutes

Time for my weekly awards.

Player of the Week — Robbie Bourdon, Colgate

The senior forward won this award for what he did in Friday’s comeback win over Dartmouth with his three-goal, one assist effort.

Goalie of the Week — Marco DeFilippo, Brown

The junior netminder stopped 25 shots to earn a shutout against Army on Saturday.

Rookie of the Week — Spencer Finney, Colgate

The freshman goalie picked up his first career win, coming in relief, in the Raiders’ victory over Dartmouth. He made 25 saves in Saturday’s 1-0 triumph over Harvard.

Teams of the Week — Colgate

The Raiders knock off two nationally ranked teams.

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Good Monday! Good Hockey! And Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 20, 2012
7:40 a.m.

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So, you pick Cornell as the third ECAC team in USCHO, but eighth in the ECAC?

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