College Hockey Slap Schotts Week 9 — Penn State was impressive
Penn State may not have won any of the two games it played against Union this weekend. But there is definitely a bright future in store for Nittany Lions, who are in their first season of NCAA Division hockey this season.
I know may people expected the Dutchmen to post two easy wins over the Nittany Lions. After all, the Dutchmen were the more experienced team, while most of the Nittany Lions were young and were just getting their feet wet in college hockey.
But even the most dedicated Union fan had to be impressed with the way Penn State played. They weren’t intimidated by the Dutchmen. They were physical. They had a great number of scoring opportunities. I thought forwards David Glen and Kenny Brooks were excellent in creating scoring chances. Glen scored the Lions’ only goal of the weekend, and Brooks assisted. They combined for 15 shots on goal over the weekend. Brooks had seven just in Sunday’s game.
Of course, it goes without saying that freshman goalie Matthew Skoff played two great games. He stopped 82 shots and allowed just four goals.
The Nittany Lions left Messa Rink with two losses. But they left with the heads held high. They had nothing to be ashamed of. They played two excellent hockey games. Those are the type of games that they will learn from, and they will take that extra stride in learning how to win.
“We got a lot of valuable information. Not all of it was good,” Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said. “When we look down the road, I’m hoping we look back on this weekend and say that it was very important to us. We learned some things that we can do well and we got some confidence, but we also learned that when you face a team like Union, some place that we want to aspire to, what we have to do [to get] better. In that sense, this weekend is going to prove to be very important.”
Penn State will be joining the new Big Ten hockey conference along with fellow Big Ten teams Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin. They may struggle a bit early, but they will be very competitive.
Ammon does it all
Princeton junior forward Andrew Ammon led his team in a big way in Friday’s 4-3 victory over Sacred Heart.
Ammon scored all of the Tigers’ goals as he rallied Princeton from a 3-1 deficit. His first goal tied the score, 1-1, at 8:17 of the first period. Ammon then scored twice in the second period, which included a power-play goal, that tied the score at 3-3 with 5:20 left.
He scored his fourth goal, also on the power play, with 7:09 left in the game.
Yale sweeps Colorado
Yale has to be feeling a Rocky Mountain High after going out to Colorado and coming home with two overtime wins.
The Bulldogs shocked second-ranked Denver, 2-1, Friday. Kenny Agostino scored a power-play goal with 1:32 left in overtime. Goalie Jeff Malcolm was outstanding, making 32 saves.
Malcolm wasn’t as sharp the next night against Colorado College. He was pulled after allowing five goals on 25 shots. Nick Maricic came in with the Bulldogs down, 5-4, and stopped all nine shots he faced.
Yale tied it with 7:57 to go in the third period on Andrew Miller’s power-play goal, and then won it in OT on Josh Balch’s goal with 1:39 remaining.
They were two big wins for Yale, and certainly, for ECAC Hockey. The league’s reputation continues to get better and better.
Cornell conquers MSG
The last time Cornell won a game at Madison Square Garden, America was beginning its Bicentennial celebration, and there was a college hockey team in Philadelphia. The Big Red beat Penn at the ECAC Holiday Tournament Jan. 4, 1976.
Since then, the Big Red went 0-2-1, all against Boston University. But in Saturday’s matchup with Michigan at MSG, the Big Red rolled to a 5-1 win.
Forward Greg Miller led the way with two goals and an assist. Joel Lowry had a goal and an assist, and Brian Ferlin added two assists. Goalie Andy Iles stopped 26 shots.
The win also snapped Cornell’s five-game winless skid.
“Our team had been struggling a bit recently, and to come on this type of stage with all the distractions, I am very proud of their effort to come out here and secure the victory,” Cornell coach Mike Schafer said. “Great job by our leaders, great job by our team by working hard over the last couple weeks to turn this thing around, this is the first step.”
A video commemorating the career of former Saint hockey coach Joe Marsh is now online and available for viewing via the St. Lawrence University men’s hockey web page.
Called “A Lasting Legacy,” the video was produced by the Pittsburgh Penguins’ video department and former Saints players Pete McGeough and Ray Shero and former manager Scott Lasky. Tom Brokaw narrates the video.
To watch the video, click here.
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 1
2) Quinnipiac 2
3) Yale 4
4) Dartmouth 3
5) Harvard 5
6) St. Lawrence 7
7) Cornell 8
8) Colgate 6
9) RPI 10
10) Clarkson 11
11) Princeton 12
12) Brown 9
Union stays 8th in USCHO poll
Union remained eighth in the latest USCHO.com/NCAA top-20 college hockey poll Monday.
The Dutchmen (8-2-1), the top-ranked ECAC Hockey team in the poll, swept a two-game series from Penn State over the weekend by scores of 2-0 and 4-1.
Five other ECAC Hockey teams are in the poll. Dartmouth is 11th, Cornell is 12th, Yale is 15th, Quinnipiac is 16th and Harvard is 19th. Safe to say, this is the best showing ever for ECACH in the poll.
Union moved from eighth to seventh in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll.
Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Boston College (49) 10- 1-0 999 1
2 New Hampshire ( 1) 9- 1-2 936 3
3 Minnesota 9- 2-2 880 4
4 Miami 7- 2-3 794 5
5 Denver 9- 3-0 786 2
6 Notre Dame 9- 4-0 737 6
7 North Dakota 6- 4-2 696 7
8 Union 8- 2-1 687 8
9 Boston University 7- 4-0 565 10
10 Western Michigan 6- 3-1 532 9
11 Dartmouth 5- 2-2 448 11
12 Cornell 4- 3-2 371 13
13 Nebraska-Omaha 8- 3-1 366 15
14 St. Cloud State 7- 5-0 347 12
15 Yale 5- 2-1 291 NR
16 Quinnipiac 8- 3-2 226 18
17 Ferris State 6- 4-2 205 16
18 Colorado College 7- 6-1 194 14
19 Harvard 4- 3-0 193 17
20 Niagara 8- 2-3 134 20
Others receiving votes: Providence 23, Michigan 22, Alaska 19, St. Lawrence 18, Holy Cross 15, Northern Michigan 4, Ohio State 4, Massachusetts 3, Minnesota State 2, Northeastern 2, Massachusetts-Lowell 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 10-1-0 9
2 New Hampshire, 473 (1) 3 9-1-2 6
3 Minnesota, 427 4 9-2-2 9
4 Miami (Ohio), 379 5 7-2-3 9
5 Denver, 361 2 9-3-0 9
6 Notre Dame, 325 6 9-4-0 9
7 Union, 314 8 8-2-1 9
8 North Dakota, 267 7 6-4-2 9
9 Boston University, 223 10 7-4-0 9
10 Western Michigan, 193 9 6-3-1 9
11 Dartmouth, 157 11 5-2-2 3
12 Cornell, 115 13 4-3-2 9
13 Yale, 87 NR 5-2-1 1
14 Nebraska-Omaha, 79 14 8-3-1 2
15 St. Cloud State, 54 12 7-5-0 3
Others receiving votes: Quinnipiac, 40; Harvard, 33; Colorado College, 13; Ferris State, 12; Niagara, 12; St. Lawrence, 4; Providence, 2; Michigan, 1.
I have a vote in the USCHO.com poll. Here is how I voted:
1) Boston College
7) Notre Dame
8) North Dakota
9) Boston U.
10) Western Michigan
13) St. Cloud State
16) Ferris State
20) St. Lawrence
Daily Gazette Stick Salutes
Time for my weekly awards.
Player of the Week — Andrew Ammon, Princeton
The junior forward’s four goal effort helped the Tigers 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 — Eric Hartzell, Quinnipiac
The senior netminder stopped 24 shots in last Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Providence, and then made 27 saves in Saturday’s 2-2 tie against Massachusetts.
Rookie of the Week — Stu Wilson, Yale
The freshman forward scored a short-handed goal in Yale’s overtime win over Denver on Friday, and then had the primary assist on Josh Balch’s overtime game-winner against Colorado College on Saturday.
Teams of the Week — Yale
The Bulldogs go to Colorado and beat Denver and Colorado College.
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