Canisius takes 2-1 lead into third

Air Force is outshooting Canisius but losing the all-important special teams battle.

Canisius scored on its first two power plays to take a 2-0 lead before Air Force rallied midway through the second period.

Ben Persian redirected a slap shot by defenseman Mike McDonald with 10:18 left to make it 2-1 and spark the Falcons, who barraged Canisius goalie Tony Capobianco with six quality shots over the next three minutes. But Air Force could not take advantage of a couple rebounds and the Golden Griffins held a 2-1 edge headed into the third.

Canisius defenseman Chris Rumble scored on a shot from the point that deflected off a player in front of AFA goalie Jason Torf and past the junior to make it 2-0 with 13:27 left.

Earlier, Canisius left wing Doug Beck tipped in a rebound with 5:32 left in the first period after Mitch McCrank one-timed a crossing pass from Kyle Gibbons for a power-play goal and a 1-0 lead.

Air Force out shot the Golden Griffins 15-8 in the period but goalie Tony Capobianco started well and di not allow many rebounds.

Canisius has a couple other good chances thanks to turnovers in the Air Force zone to keep Torf busier that his seven saves suggest.

Halloran power-play goal gives AFA 2-1 lead

Air Force sophomore defenseman Alex Halloran ripped a slap shot through traffic and the puck found its way between Tony Capobianco’s leg pads to make it 2-1 off a power-play goal with 7:21 left in the second.

That power-play goal was big because although Air Force out shot the Griffs 20-5, but only held a one-goal lead headed into the third because of a poor pass by Air Force’s John Kruse which the Golden Griffins cashed it in.

Kyle Gibbons intercepted a weak cross-ice pass by Kruse along the Air Force blue line, setting up a rush into the zone. Gibbons soon made a backward pass to Mitch McCrank who scored into a wide-open net after a Falcons player slid into Air Force goalie Jason Torf.

Junior right wing Ryan Timar was injured with 42.5 seconds left in the second period when Canisius center Carl Larsson cross-checked him hard into the lower back. No penalty was called and Timar was helped into the locker room.

Friday reading: UND/SCSU series, NCHC, UAH, WCHA previews

ImageHere is everything you need to know going into the St. Cloud State at North Dakota series courtesy of the Grand Forks Herald.

The NCHC is looking for officials and also spending most weekends evaluating current officials in the CCHA and WCHA.

Alabama-Huntsville will have 14 WCHA games next season, two USA U-18 exhibitions and two against an unnamed “major college power.” The Chargers remain hopeful more schedule tweaks may result in more league games next season.

Puckato’s Friday Morning Skate provides info on the Minnesota State-Minnesota series and has links to other WCHA previews.

WCHA roundup: UNO, Denver tie keeps both atop WCHA

rylan roadNo. 7 North Dakota 5, Colorado College 3

GRAND FORKS — Senior forward Danny Kristo had two goals and two assists and junior forward Mitch MacMillan added a goal and an assist to lift North Dakota to a 5-3 victory against Colorado College on Saturday night at Engelstad Arena.

CC’s Scott Winkler a nine game goalless streak with two in the first period while Rylan Schwartz scored to tie the game at 3-3 in the third period.

Here is the article on CCTigers.com.

No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha 3, No. 9 Denver 3 OT

DENVER — Junior forward Ryan Walters scored at 17:43 of the second period to lift the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks into a 3-3 tie with the Denver Pioneers on Saturday night at Magness Arena.

No. 1 Minnesota 7, Alaska-Anchorage 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Sophomore Kyle Rau recorded his first career hat trick and Nate Schmidt posted a career-high four assists as No. 1 Minnesota earned a decisive 7-1 win over Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday night, picking up the Gophers’ first Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep of the season in the process.

With Minnesota’s first hat trick since Nick Bjugstad against St. Cloud State in a 5-0 win on Nov. 19, 2011, Rau ended Bjugstad’s one-day reign as Minnesota’s leading goal scorer on Saturday night against the Seawolves. The sophomore ended the night with 13 scores this season, enough to move into a tie for second in the league this year – one off the WCHA lead.

Here is video of Rau’s third goal.

Minnesota Duluth 5, Michigan Tech 4

DULUTH — Freshman forward Tony Cameranesi posted two goals and an assist and senior forward Mike Seidel added three assists to lead Minnesota Duluth to a 5-4 victory against Michigan Tech on Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena.

Wisconsin 2, No. 11 Minnesota State 1

MANKATO — Senior defenseman John Ramage scored his second overtime goal in as many nights to lift Wisconsin to a 2-1 win against Minnesota State on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Center.

2012-2013 WCHA STANDINGS
WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
1
Denver
16
8
4
4
20
54
44
13
6
4
82
57
Nebraska Omaha
16
9
5
2
20
59
49
13
9
2
88
67
3
Minnesota
14
8
3
3
19
47
34
16
3
3
84
40
North Dakota
14
8
3
3
19
52
37
13
6
3
76
55
5
St. Cloud State
14
9
5
0
18
45
33
12
10
0
70
58
6
Minnesota Duluth
16
7
6
3
17
46
44
9
10
3
60
61
Wisconsin
16
6
5
5
17
35
36
8
7
5
47
43
8
Minnesota State
16
8
8
0
16
48
43
14
8
2
75
57
9
Colorado College
16
6
9
1
13
53
62
9
13
2
81
90
10
Bemidji State
14
4
7
3
11
34
43
5
11
4
46
60
11
Michigan Tech
16
3
10
3
9
38
59
6
12
3
57
69
12
Alaska Anchorage
16
1
12
3
5
28
55
3
13
4
39
6

Saturday reading: CC-UND video highlights; stories and column

CC Collett_CU1Here is the coverage from the Gazette and the Grand Forks Herald including a column about the motivated Tigers seeking redemption from last month’s  heartbreaking loss.

Here are game highlights for both teams provided by Goon’s World.

WCHA roundup: CC snaps winless skid; Denver downs UNO

Howe road saveFrom CC sports information and the WCHA …

Colorado College 4, No. 7 North Dakota 3
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Streaks, good or bad, often don’t mean that much.

That certainly played out tonight as Colorado College snapped a 7-game winless streak (0-6-1) and ended North Dakota’s 7-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) with a 4-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) victory.

“Our shoulders aren’t as slumped as you think they’d be,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.  “Despite our six or seven weeks, because we have played decent, we come to work every day with a smile on our face and work hard. It’s just nice for the kids to get rewarded a little bit. We’ve been bad some games and pretty good some games that we haven’t won either. So we will take it as a positive, enjoy it for an hour and square ourselves away.”

The loss, just North Dakota’s second in 11 games at Ralph Engelstad Arena this season. deprived North Dakota of a chance to move into a tie for first place in the WCHA, with league-leading Nebraska Omaha losing to Denver tonight.

Instead, Colorado College won it on a goal-mouth deflection by junior wing Jeff Collett at 12:56 of the third period, snapping a 3-3 tie. It was just his second goal of the season. North Dakota had tied it at 2:44 of the final period on a dazzling dash down the right wing by sophomore center Mark MacMillan.

MacMillan used his great speed to go around CC defensemen Aaron Harstad and Eamonn McDermott, then cut across the crease and slid his shot past the stick of sprawling CC goalie Joe Howe. Here is video of that score:


I will post a CC video when available.

No. 9 Denver 7, No. 13 Nebraska Omaha 4
DENVER — With the game tied 4-4, sophomore forward Zac Larraza scored twice in a 1:56 span of the third period to give Denver a lead it would not relinquish as the Pioneers defeated Nebraska Omaha, 7-4, on Friday at Magness Arena.
Wisconsin 4, No. 11 Minnesota State 3 OT
MANKATO — Senior defenseman John Ramage scored at 4:28 of overtime to lift Wisconsin to Friday night’s 4-3 win against Minnesota State in a back-and-forth battle at Verizon Wireless Center.
No. 1 Minnesota 4, Alaska-Anchorage 3
MINNEAPOLIS — Sophomore defenseman Ben Marshall scored Minnesota’s third power-play goal of the game at 19:09 of the third period to propel the Gophers to a 4-3 win against Alaska Anchorage on Friday night at Mariucci Arena.
Minnesota Duluth 1, Michigan Tech 0
DULUTH — Junior forward Joe Basaraba scored the only goal of the game and freshman Matt McNeely earned his first career shutout with 28 saves as Minnesota Duluth topped Michigan Tech, 1-0, on Friday night at AMSOIL Arena.

Friday reading: CC, UND video, J. Schwartz, Rothstein, AFA, WCHA

jaden schwartzGazette columnist David Ramsey opines on the state of the CC team this season. Here are preview notes on the Tigers and on North Dakota.

Here is the Grand Forks Herald video preview concerning this weekend’s home series against CC.

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz is back in the Blues training camp.

CC commit Sam Rothstein is a big reason (4g, 6a) the Sioux Falls Stampede have won nine of its last 10 in the USHL.

An Air Force player is out for the season with a concussion.

Sophomore goalie Ryan Massa is back for Nebraska Omaha. Western Michigan picked up a commit as did UNO.

Here is a look at the Anchorage at Minnesota series. Minnesota Duluth will be shorthanded for this weekend’s home series against Michigan Tech.

Boston College coach Jerry York will miss the New Hampshire series this weekend to recover from eye surgery.

A little-used Michigan freshman heads to the OHL.

Thursday reading: Kivihalme, MSU, web poll, video highlight

CC ProwlerCC 2014 commit Teemu Kivihalme made this NHL Draft watch list. Here is the USCHO column on the WCHA this week.

Here is a Minnesota State lineup update and this week’s web media poll:

Pts Previous Record High Low
1) Minnesota (8) 137 1 13-3-3 1 5
2) North Dakota (2) 132 2 12-5-3 1 3
3) Nebraska Omaha (2) 116 6 13-8-1 1 6
4) Denver 108 4 12-6-3 3 6
5) Minnesota State 97 5 14-6-2 4 7
6) St. Cloud State 92 3 12-10-0 3 7
7) Minnesota Duluth 59 9 7-10-3 6 9
8) Wisconsin 58 10 6-7-5 6 10
9) Colorado College 51 7 8-12-2 7 10
10) Michigan Tech 47 8 6-10-3 7 11
11) Bemidji State 27 11 5-11-4 10 11
12) Alaska Anchorage 12 12 3-11-4 12 12

It is nice to see college hockey make SportsCenter.

Wednesday reading: Duluth suspensions, league news, Hobey voting

rylan roadAccording to the Duluth News Tribune, Minnesota-Duluth will have three top players out of the lineup for Friday’s home game against Michigan Tech to serve a one-game suspensions for violating team rules.

Senior forward and captain Cody Danberg, senior defenseman Wade Bergman and freshman forward Austin Farley will sit for the unspecified violations. The Bulldogs had a bye last weekend.

Here is a look at recent developments in the WCHA and an update from North Dakota.

Colorado Springs native Josh Holmstrom, a junior forward at UMass-Lowell, and Colorado College seniors Mike Boivin and Rylan Schwartz made the first phase of fan balloting for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The three are among the 77 student-athletes under consideration.

Fan voting opened earlier this week at hobeybakeraward.com and will remain open until March 10.

WCHA announces players of the week

UNO ArchibaldFrom the WCHA …

Forwards Josh Archibald of the University of Nebraska Omaha, who scored four goals in a league sweep over Colorado College last weekend, and Corban Knight of the University of North Dakota, who produced six scoring points in a pair of victories over Holy Cross, have been named Red Baron® WCHA co-Offensive Players of the Week for January 8. Knight also earned the weekly award on Dec. 18.

Archibald, a 5-10, 170-pound sophomore center from Brainerd, Minn., powered the host Mavericks (13-8-1) to back-to-back conference wins over visiting Colorado College on Jan. 4-5 at CenturyLink Center Omaha and into first place in the WCHA race. He notched a three-goal hat trick, the first of his collegiate career, and was the First Star of the Game in UNO’s 8-4 triumph last Friday night, scoring in each period at even-strength, on the power-play and while shorthanded. The following night (Saturday), he scored his fourth goal of the series in the third period, giving him four goals on four shots, as the Mavericks completed the sweep over the Tigers with a 3-1 win. In the two games, he had four goals, four shots on goal and a +4 plus/minus rating.

A draftee of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, Archibald is third in team scoring this season with 21 points (11g, 10a).

Knight, a 6-2, 200-pound senior center from High River, Alberta, put together his second straight six-point weekend and figured in on both game-winning goals as host North Dakota (12-5-3) collected its second sweep in a row with 5-2 and 3-2 non-conference wins over No. 20-ranked Holy Cross at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Named the game’s No. 1 star last Friday and the No. 2 star on Saturday, Knight also extended his point-scoring streak to 15 games, UND’s longest since All-American Brandon Bochenski had a 17-game streak in 2002-03. He had two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists on Jan. 4 and then had two more assists on Jan. 5, both in the third period and on the power-play, setting up Michael Parks’ game-tying goal and Danny Kristo’s game-winning goal as UND rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win. Knight also won 21-of-24 (87.5%) face-offs on Saturday and 31-of-40 (77.5%) in the series.

A draftee of the NHL’s Florida Panthers, Knight has 27 points (8g, 19a) during his current 15-game point streak and leads the WCHA and ranks third nationally with 1.53 points per game. He was also recently named the HCA (Hockey Commissioners’ Association) National Player of the Month for December.

Also nominated this week: David Makowski, D, DU; Chase Grant, F, MSU; Joseph LaBate, F, UW.

Denver goaltender Juho Olkinuora, who surrendered just two goals while leading his team to a two-game non-conference sweep over visiting Cornell University last weekend, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for January 8.

A 6-2, 200-pound sophomore from Helsinki, Finland, Olkinuora started both games between the pipes last weekend as host Denver earned 5-1 and 2-1 victories over the Big Red to improve to 12-6-3 overall. He stopped 37 of 38 shots on goal, one shy of his season high, in last Friday’s (Jan. 4) win, making 12 saves in the opening period and 17 in the third, and was the No. 2 Star of the Game. He then came back on Saturday (Jan. 5) with 19 more stops as the Pioneers completed the sweep. In addition to his 56 saves, .966 saves percentage and four shutout periods in the series, Olkinuora and his teammates also blanked Cornell on all eight of their power-play chances in the two games, as they went 0-of-4 in each game.

Over his last six starts in nets, Olkinuora boasts a 0.97 goals-against average and a .965 save percentage and ranks sixth nationally (Division 1) with a 1.55 goals-against average and fourth in save percentage at .948. Standing 6-1-3 overall this season, he has started the last three games in goal for Denver and posted three straight wins against ranked opponents.

Also nominated this week: Mike Boivin, D, CC; John Faulkner, G, UNO; Joel Rumpel, G, UW.

Denver forward Quentin Shore, who played a key role in helping the Pioneers to a pair of victories over visiting Cornell last weekend, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Rookie of the Week for January 8.

A 6-1, 185-pound freshman center from Denver, Colo., Shore scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner, and had five shots on goal in last Friday’s (Jan. 4) 5-1 non-conference triumph over Cornell at Magness Arena, earning him First Star of the Game honors. He scored the game-winner at 3:09 of the second period to give the Pioneers a 2-0 advantage and then, after the Big Red had pulled to within one at 5:58, he staked Denver to another two-goal advantage at 3-1 with a power-play tally at the 9:54 mark.

Denver then went on to win game two of the series against Cornell on Saturday (Jan. 5) by a 2-1 count with Shore putting two more shots on goal.

On the season, Shore has played in all 21 of Denver’s games, producing 11 points on six goals and five assists to rank second among the Pioneers’ first-year players.

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