More Monday reading: Stolarz quits school, polls, UConn coach

UNO celebration 2Apparently Nebraska Omaha freshman goalie Anthony Stolarz, who did not start Saturday as usual, was already headed out the door to the OHL.

From UNO sports information …

OMAHA, Neb. – University of Nebraska Omaha head hockey coach Dean Blais announced today that freshman goaltender Anthony Stolarz has chosen to leave the program and is expected to sign with the London (Ontario) Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

“I’m obviously disappointed by Anthony’s decision,” said Blais.  “He has been making a very challenging transition from the North American Hockey League to the WCHA, and we, as coaches, saw good progress from him in the first half of the season.  But ultimately, it’s his decision where he wants to play, and we wish him the best in the next chapter of his career.”

Stolarz, a 6-6, 220-pound native of Jackson, N.J., appeared in eight games for UNO, starting seven.  He had a record of 2-5-0 with a 2.56 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.  He earned his first career win with 20 saves in an 8-0 shutout of Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 24, UNO’s only shutout so far this season.  He also made 27 saves while backstopping the Mavericks to a 5-1 win over Minnesota State on Dec. 15.

In other news …

Six WCHA teams were ranked or received votes in this week’s USCHO.com and USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine Division I men’s ice hockey polls. Minnesota remained atop both rankings.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association member North Dakota, tied for third in the league with Denver, remains at No. 7 in both while the Pioneers moved up two spots to No. 9.

Minnesota State moved up three spots to No. 11 in both polls.

WCHA leader Nebraska Omaha moved up two spots No. 13 in both polls.  Second-place St. Cloud State dropped to No. 18 on the USCHO list and received votes in the USA Hockey rankings.

The all-time winningest coach in UConn history, who has been on medical leave since November, has resigned his position immediately.

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