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College Hockey Slap Schotts Week 12 — Golden Gostisbehere

By Ken Schott
Monday, January 7, 2013

Shayne Gostisbehere looked tired. He also looked very happy Monday at Messa Rink.

Wearing a gold medal will make anyone overcome exhaustion.

Gostisbehere met the Capital Region media to discuss his role in helping Team USA win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. The U.S. captured the gold Saturday with a 3-1 victory over defending champion Sweden.

“It still hasn’t sunk in,” Gostisbehere said. “I don’t even remember the celebration. I cried, I’ll admit it. It was truly awesome. I look at the medal sometimes, and you really can’t believe it.

“It’s one of the best hockey experiences of my life. It’s different from winning the ECACs last year. It’s a different feeling knowing that you won for your country.”

Gostisbehere talked about is adventures outside the rink. For starters, he wasn’t crazy about the food.

“I’m just happy to eat normal food, sorry Russia,” Gostisbehere said.

And as far as touring the town, Gostisbehere said, “There’s stray dogs everywhere. There are no lanes in the road. It’s like a demolition derby.”

Don’t expect Gostisbehere to be a spokesman for the Ufa chamber of commerce.

Of course, the one question that needed to be asked was what happened late in the first period of the final preliminary-round game against Slovakia last Monday.

Slovakia forward Matus Matis carrying the puck up the ice toward the U.S. zone. Gostisbehere was a stride behind Matis when he put his stick between Matis’ legs and hitting him in the groin area. Matis went down for a minute, but remained in the game.

However, Gostisbehere received a five-minute major for slashing and a game misconduct. Slovakia scored one power-play goal during the five minutes.

The next day, the International Ice Hockey Federation imposed a one-game suspension on Gostisbehere. He missed the quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic, which Team USA won, 7-0.

Gostisbehere returned for Team USA’s 5-1 semifinal win over Canada, but played just four shifts in the game. He had a regular shift in the gold-medal game.

Gostisbehere wasn’t happy with himself for what he had done.

“He did something to me in the corner, and I got slew footed,” Gostisbehere said. “I did something stupid. It was dumb, and it hurt my team in the end, putting them on a five-minute power play. I wish I could take it back, but I wouldn’t have changed anything. I’ve still got the gold medal around my neck.”

Asked what he learned from it, Gostisbehere said, “Relax after something happens. Go change, don’t chase him.”

Gostisbehere hopes to be back in the lineup when the 16th-ranked Dutchmen return to ECAC Hockey play with games at Princeton on Friday and at league-leading and No. 5 Quinnipiac on Saturday. Union (3-2-3 ECACH, 9-6-4 overall) is in a slump, going 1-4-3 in its last eight games.

“I can’t wait to get back at it,” said Gostisbehere, who has five goals and eight assists in 15 games. “This [gold medal] is nice, but it’s time to put it in the rear-view mirror. It’s back to Union hockey.”

Union coach Rick Bennett knows he will have to give Gostisbehere some time to recover. He said Gostisbehere won’t practice until at least Thursday.

“Having a little experience at Providence [as an assistant coach] with a couple of guys going through it, and then watching D’Amigo at RPI coming from back from it,” Bennett said. “What we’re trying to do is just make sure he gets his fluids back in him, [and] gets his weight up again.”

Two videos

I have two videos from Monday’s interviews.

To see the Gostisbehere interview, click here.

To see the Bennett interview, click here.

Scarfo out for season

U.S. Hockey reported late Monday night that Governors Academy forward Ryan Scarfo, a Union recruit for the 2014-15 season, is done for the year. Scarfo, who had just gotten over a collarbone injury, suffered a separated shoulder on his first shift of the game Saturday.

Controlled anger

Cornell coach Mike Schafer has been known to be critical of officiating during some of his postgame press conferences. I witness one several year ago at Lynah Rink after a game against RPI, and it led to ECAC Hockey suspending him.

After Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Denver, Schafer was very displeased with WCHA referees Chris Perrault and Johnathan Morrison and how they handed the game, as well as the postgame handshake.

Cornell was called for 12 penalties totaling 76 minutes (it was originally 13 for 81, but a five-minute bench major at the end of the game was rescinded). The Big Red had four players ejected from the game, including a game disqualification, and there was game misconduct charged to the bench at the end of the game. The players ejected were Teemu Tiitinen and Erik Axell for contact to the head, Armand de Swardt for spearing at the end of the game and John McCarron for allegedly using obscene language in the handshake line. McCarron got the game DQ, meaning he misses Cornell’s next game. If obscene language is punishable by a game DQ, then there wouldn’t be any players left on the ice.

Meanwhile, Denver got the WCHA benefit of few penalties, being called for six minors.

Schafer was calm in his criticism, but vowed to never play at a WCHA school again. Of course, the WCHA will have a completely different look next season.

To watch a video of Schafer’s press conference, click here.

Vote for Hobey

The first phase of fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award opened Monday. It runs through March 10.

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

Pairwise Rankings

Union’s two losses at Lake Superior State had devastating consequences in the USCHO Pairwise Rankings. The Dutchmen dropped from 13th to 22nd. The road to a third straight NCAA tournament appearance just got tougher.

The Pairwise Ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division I men’s hockey tournament.

Rank Team PWR W-L-T Win % Win % Rank RPI RPI Rank vs. TUC TUC %

1 Boston College 27 12-3-2 .7647 4 .5997* 2 8-2-2 .7500
2 Quinnipiac 26 16-3-2 .8095 1 .5892 3 9-2-2 .7692
3 New Hampshire 25 13-3-2 .7778 2t .6005* 1 8-3-0 .7273
4 Notre Dame 24 14-4-0 .7778 2t .5871 4 7-3-0 .7000
5 Boston University 23 11-6-0 .6471 11t .5788 5 6-6-0 .5000
6 Minnesota 22 13-3-3 .7632 5 .5706 6 3-2-0 .6000
7 Miami 21 12-4-4 .7000 7 .5610 8 8-3-3 .6786
8 North Dakota 20 12-5-3 .6750 9t .5668 7 6-3-1 .6500
9 Denver 19 12-6-3 .6429 13 .5547 9 7-4-1 .6250
10 Western Michigan 18 12-5-3 .6750 9t .5461 10 5-1-0 .8333
11 Dartmouth 16 8-5-2 .6000 17t .5461 11 3-4-2 .4444
12t Minnesota State 15 14-6-2 .6818 8 .5447* 12 4-6-0 .4000
12t Yale 15 7-4-3 .6071 16 .5419 13 2-2-3 .5000
14 Massachusetts-Lowell 13 9-7-1 .5588 20t .5324 15 1-6-0 .1429
15 Nebraska-Omaha 12 13-8-1 .6136 14 .5380* 14 4-7-0 .3636
16t Niagara 11 11-3-4 .7222 6 .5285* 16 1-1-0 .5000
16t Robert Morris 11 10-5-2 .6471 11t .5270 17 4-2-2 .6250
16t Colgate 11 11-7-2 .6000 17t .5249* 19 5-4-1 .5500
19 St. Cloud State 10 12-10-0 .5455 22t .5253 18 5-7-0 .4167
20 Lake Superior 9 12-10-0 .5455 22t .5155 21 7-5-0 .5833
21 Cornell 8 7-6-2 .5333 24 .5213 20 2-3-2 .4286
22 Union 6 9-6-4 .5789 19 .5126 22 0-4-1 .1000
23t Massachusetts 5 7-9-2 .4444 33t .5125 23 3-8-1 .2917
23t Ohio State 5 7-8-5 .4750 26 .5096 24 3-5-3 .4091
25 Ferris State 3 9-8-3 .5250 25 .5059 25 2-5-0 .2857
26 Holy Cross 2 10-6-2 .6111 15 .5053* 26 1-3-1 .3000
27 Northern Michigan 1 8-10-3 .4524 32 .5020 27 3-10-1 .2500
28 Providence 0 7-8-3 .4722 29t .5001 28 0-6-2 .1250

Union falls in polls

After getting swept by Lake Superior over the weekend, Union fell in the polls Monday.

The Dutchmen (3-2-3 ECAC Hockey, 9-6-4 overall) fell from 13th to 16th in the USCHO.com/NCAA top-20 poll, while they fell out of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll.

Minnesota remains No. 1 in both polls.

USCHO.com/NCAA poll

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota (38) 13- 3-3 979 1
2 Notre Dame (8) 14- 4-0 915 3
3 Boston College (1) 12- 3-2 914 2
4 New Hampshire (1) 13- 3-2 854 4
5 Quinnipiac (2) 16- 3-2 812 5
6 Miami 12- 4-4 731 6
7 North Dakota 12- 5-3 707 7
8 Boston University 11- 6-0 636 9
9 Denver 12- 6-3 607 11
10 Western Michigan 12- 5-3 568 10
11 Minnesota State 14- 6-2 440 14
12 Dartmouth 8- 5-2 420 8
13 Nebraska-Omaha 13- 8-1 397 16
14 Yale 7- 4-3 290 17
15 Cornell 7- 6-2 264 12
16 Union 9- 6-4 231 13
17 Niagara 11- 3-4 210 18
18 St. Cloud State 12-10-0 166 15
19 Colgate 11- 7-2 125 NR
20 Massachusetts-Lowell 9- 7-1 64 NR
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 61, Ferris State 50, Lake Superior 26, Holy Cross 20, Michigan Tech 4, Providence 4, Northern Michigan 3, Mercyhurst 2.

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 Minnesota, 476 (21) 1 13-3-3 14
2 Boston College, 462 (5) 3 12-3-2 14
3 Notre Dame, 436 (2) 2 14-4-0 14
4 New Hampshire, 417 (3) 4 13-3-2 11
5 Quinnipiac, 398 (3) 5 16-3-2 5
6 Miami (Ohio), 327 6 12-4-4 14
7 North Dakota, 306 7 12-5-3 14
8 Boston University, 276 9 11-6-0 14
9 Denver, 234 11 12-6-3 14
10 Western Michigan, 218 10 12-5-3 14
11 Minnesota State, 132 14 14-6-2 2
12 Dartmouth, 120 8 8-5-2 8
13 Nebraska-Omaha, 115 15 13-8-1 7
14 Yale, 60 NR 7-4-3 5
15 Cornell, 36 12 7-6-2 14
Others receiving votes: Niagara, 29; Union, 24; Colgate, 3; Ferris State, 3; UMass Lowell, 3; St. Cloud State, 3; Lake Superior State, 1; Robert Morris, 1.

My vote

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

Daily Gazette Stick Salutes

Time for my weekly awards.

Player of the Week — Johnny Gaudreau, Team USA

The sophomore forward from Boston College had a team-leading seven goals in helping Team USA win the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Goalie of the Week — John Gibson, Team USA

Gibson, who plays for the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers, was named WJC MVP after going 5-2 with a 1.36 goals-against average.

Team of the Week — Team USA


USA! USA! USA! Since 2010, Team USA has won two WJC gold medals, and Canada none. Now I know why Canadian hockey fans hate us.

If you have any comments, post them below, or e-mail them to me at schott@dailygazette.com. You can follow me on Twitter (@slapschotts) Also, please become a fan of two Facebook pages — The Daily Gazette On Ice, and my "Slap Schotts" college hockey segment page.

Good Monday! Good Hockey!

 
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