Yale rallies to down Tigers in overtime

Former Tiger goalie Richard Bachman took part in a ceremonial puck drop before the game.

Yale completed a memorable road trip through Colorado, following up a 2-1 overtime win on Friday over No. 2 Denver with a 6-5 victory in the extra frame at Colorado College on Saturday before an announced crowd of 6,654 fans at Colorado Springs World Arena.

Yale senior Josh Balch scored his first goal of the year, firing a hard shot that went between CC senior goalie Joe Howe’s leg pads with 1:39 remaining in overtime to end it.

“They have been good for us haven’t they?” Yale head coach Kevin Allain said. “Coming back in the third period and winning in overtime is a real testament to our fitness level and the work of our strength and conditioning coach.”

No. 14 Colorado College led unranked Yale 5-4 entering the third period after Tigers freshman Jared Hanson banged home his first goal as a Tiger with 6:23 left in the second. Hanson knocked the puck in before Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm controlled the rebound with his glove, the referees ruled after a video review. The assists went to forwards Jeff Collett and Scott Wamsganz, who picked up his first point this season.

“We have to close out games at home,” said Tigers head coach Scott Owens. “We got a good goal by Jared for a lead going into the third period and couldn’t finish.”

CC took its first lead since Nov 10 (a 6-3 home win over Bemidji State) when Scott Winkler’s power-play slapshot forced its way in between Malcolm’s leg pads to make it 4-3. That lead lasted only 45 seconds before Yale’s Trent Ruffolo scored with 9:07 left.

“The key is when they got ahead we didn’t quit,” Allain said.

The fireworks started early, especially with CC giving up 48 shots on goal, a night after allowing a season-high 49 in a 4-4 tie against No. 3 New Hampshire. Howe took the loss despite making 42 saves. Yale backup Nick Maricic made nine saves in relief of Malcolm, who was pulled after Hanson’s goal.

“He made a couple huge saves,” Allain said. “We wouldn’t have won it without him.”

The biggest came with 18.3 seconds left in regulation when CC captain William Rapuzzi collected a loose puck behind the net and passed in front for a one-timer by Archie Skalbeck. The low shot went off Maricic’s right leg pad and bounced wide of the net.

Yale and Colorado College scored a combined three goals in 39 seconds to knot the nonconference game at 2-2 with 14:48 left in the opening period.

Yale took a 1-0 lead only 57 seconds into the contest when Antoine Laganiere skated across the face of the Tigers net to beat Howe.

CC would answer when a hard shot by senior Rylan Schwartz went off the Yale right post and then bounced back in off the senior forward’s left hip with 15:27 left. The ECAC member Bulldogs attacked quickly off the resulting faceoff, banging in the second rebound to make it 2-1 only 13 seconds later.

The Tiger tied it up 26 ticks later when defenseman Eamonn McDermott’s shot went off the boards and in off the back of Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm’s right skate as he slid over the cover the post with 14:48 left.

Yale took a 3-2 lead when defenseman Tommy Fallen popped free in front after Kenny Agostino, Friday’s hero against No. 2 Denver, fell down along the boards with the puck under him. He righted himself and sent a pass out front to Fallen, who was unmarked while the Tigers looked for the puck.

Yale 6, No. 14 Colorado College 5

Yale                                       3              1              1              1              — 6

Colorado College             2              3              0              0              — 5

First period – 1. Yale, Laganiere (Cooper, Ruffolo) :57; 2. Colorado College, Schwartz (Boivin) 4:33; 3. Yale, Root (Agostino)  4:46; 4. CC, McDermott (Winkler) 5:12; 5. Yale, Fallen (Agostino, Weberg) 11:57. Penalties – CC, Boivin, boarding, 17:05.

Second period – 6. CC, Skalbeck (Rapuzzi, Marciano) 1:20; 7. CC, Winkler (unassisted) 10:08; 8. Yale, Ruffolo (Laganiere) 10:53. 9. CC, Hanson (Collett, Wamsganz) 13:47; Penalties – Yale, Laganiere, checking from behind, 8:13; CC, Marciano, cross-checking, 17:30.

Third period – 10. Yale, Miller (Laganerie, Fallen) 12:02 (PP). Penalties – CC, Stoykewych, interference, :29; Yale, Agostino, hooking, 8:04; CC, Wamsganz, high sticking, 10:14; Yale, Cooper, tripping, 10:14; CC, Krushelnyski, slashing, 11:52; CC, Wamsganz, cross-checking, 14:02; Yale, Agostino, holding the stick, 14:45.

Overtime –11. Yale, Balch (Wilson, Obuchowski), 3:21. Penalties – Yale, O’Gara, cross-checking, 2:16; CC, Rapuzzi, slashing, 2:16.

Power play – Yale 1-5, CC 1-3. Shots on goals – Yale 15-15-15-3 – 48; CC 13-12-5-4 – 34. Saves-minutes – Yale, Malcolm 11-9 – 33:37, Maricic 0-5-4 – 29:44; CC, Howe 12-14-14-2 – 63:21. Referees – Klosowski, Morrison. Linesmen – Staudte, Swiader. Attendance – 6,654.

WCHA roundup: UNH rallies past Denver; Gophers get road sweep

No. 3 New Hampshire 6, No. 2 Denver 4

DENVER — Sophomore forward Ty Loney had a goal and an assist but the Denver Pioneers were unable to hold on, giving up four goals in the third period to fall 6-4 to the New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday night at Magness Arena. DU led 3-0 after the first period.

No. 6 Notre Dame 5, No. 7 North Dakota 2

SOUTH BEND — Sophomore forward Mark MacMillan and freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi each scored a goal but North Dakota was defeated by Notre Dame, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at Compton Family Ice Arena.

No. 4 Minnesota 3, Vermont 1

BURLINGTON — Freshman forward AJ Michaelson’s first collegiate goal would prove to be the game-winner as Minnesota skated to a 3-1 victory against Vermont on Saturday night at Gutterson Field House.

No. 12 St. Cloud State 5, Minnesota Duluth 1

DULUTH — Junior forward Nic Dowd scored two goals and an assist while senior forward Ben Hanowski added a goal and two assists to lead the Huskies to a 5-1 win against the Bulldogs on Saturday at AMSOIL Arena.

No. 14/15 Nebraska Omaha 8, Alabama-Huntsville 0

OMAHA — Junior forward Ryan Walters registered two goals and an assist while freshman netminder Anthony Stolarz stopped 20 shots to lead the Mavericks to an 8-0 win against the Chargers on Saturday night at CenturyLink Center.

Minnesota State 4, Wisconsin 2

MADISON — Senior forward Eriah Hayes netted two goals and sophomore forward Matt Leitner added a goal and two assists to lead Minnesota State to a 4-2 win against Wisconsin on Saturday night at Kohl Center.

Bemidji State 5, Alaska-Anchorage 4

BEMIDJI — Sophomore defenseman Sam Rendle scored the game-winning goal at 17:31 of the third period to lift Bemidji State to a 5-4 win against Alaska Anchorage at Sanford Center on Saturday night.

More Thursday reading: 2014 regionals, Badger Bob, diving, AFA

Wisconsin coach Bob Johnson poses with trophies won  during the 1976-77 season. COURTESY WISCONSIN ATHLETICS

The sites for the 2014 NCAA regionals were announced Thursday morning.

Here is the weekly USCHO column featuring “Badger Bob” Johnson and all the connections between CC and Wisconsin.

The new head of Hockey East officials has noticed a lot of players are taking dives. He plans to fix that.

Air Force may be turning the corner now that it can string together points in league play while Army’s offense looks much improved.

Dartmouth is enjoying a strong start in ECAC play.

NCAA president unwisely chose not to include the Division III championship game during the 2014 Philadelphia Frozen Four

Tuesday reading: CCHA, WCHA lookahead, web media poll

Here are notes of interest from the CCHA’s weekly Need to Know press release …

Miami- Miami split its CCHA opening-weekend series at Michigan, falling 4-2 Friday before rebounding for a 4-3 win Saturday. The RedHawks’ win was just their sixth victory in 53 tries at Yost Ice Arena. Miami is 6-46-1 all-time at Michigan.  On Saturday, U-M held a 2-1 lead entering the third period only to surrender three straight goals in a 4-3 loss to the RedHawks.

Notre Dame- Notre Dame’s 5-1-0 start this season equals the best start for the Irish since going 5-1-0 to start the 2010-11 season.  The last time that Notre Dame had a better start than that was in 2006-07 when the Irish started that year 6-1-0 on the way to a 9-1-1 start and a 32-7-3 final record.

Western Michigan- After a weekend off, the Broncos travel to Compton Family Ice Arena to take on Notre Dame. Sophomore goalie Frank Slubowski made all four starts against the Fighting Irish last season, posting a 2-1-1 record with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

From the WCHA …

The month of November launches later this week with four, two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series on the docket for Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd as Michigan Tech hosts Nebraska Omaha, Colorado College travels to Wisconsin, Minnesota State visits Minnesota and Denver hosts St. Cloud State.

There will also be one non-conference set contested over the weekend as North Dakota entertains Hockey East Association-member Boston University.

At John MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Michigan Tech (2-4-0, 1-3-0 WCHA) will take on Nebraska Omaha (2-3-1, 0-1-1 WCHA) in a pair of 7:07 pm ET face-offs on Friday and Saturday. The two teams will then conclude their four-game series on Feb. 1-2 in Omaha.

At the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin will play its first regular season home games of 2012-13 as the Badgers (1-2-1, 1-0-1 WCHA) go up against visiting Colorado College (3-3-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) in back-to-back 7:07 pm CT puck drops. These will be the only two regular season meetings of the two clubs and will also be the Tigers’ first two league games this season.

Defending conference champion and pre-season favorite Minnesota (4-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) will play a home-and-home WCHA set against Minnesota State (2-2-2, 0-2-0 WCHA), with Friday’s contest at 7:07 pm CT at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis and Saturday’s match up at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato at 7:07 pm CT. The No. 2-ranked Golden Gophers and Mavericks will then meet again on Jan. 25 in Minneapolis and Jan. 26 in Mankato.

And in the west, unbeaten and No. 3-ranked Denver (4-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) will entertain No. 18-ranked St. Cloud State (4-2-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) for a pair of league contests at Magness Arena, with game times at 7:37 pm MT on Friday evening and 7:07 pm MT on Saturday night. The Pioneers and Huskies will then meet again in St. Cloud on Jan. 18-19.

Outside the WCHA this coming weekend, No. 5-ranked North Dakota (2-1-1) will play host to No. 12-ranked Boston University (3-1-0) of the Hockey East Association. Face-offs at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks are 7:37 pm CT on Nov. 2 and 7:07 pm CT on Nov. 3.  Through 37 non-conference games so far this season, WCHA member teams stand 20-14-3 (.583) against other Div. 1 teams. Against each of the other leagues, the WCHA is 5-0-1 vs Atlantic Hockey, 7-9-0 vs the CCHA, 3-2-1 vs ECAC Hockey, 2-3-0 vs Hockey East, and 3-0-1 vs independents.

Three teams – Alaska Anchorage (2-2-2, 0-1-1 WCHA), Bemidji State (2-1-1, 1-0-1 WCHA) and No. 17-ranked Minnesota Duluth (2-3-1, 0-1-1 WCHA) – are idle this week.

Looking ahead to the conference schedule for the weekend of Nov. 9-11, North Dakota will play at St. Cloud State (Friday/Saturday), Denver heads to Minnesota State (Friday/Saturday), Alaska Anchorage hosts Minnesota (Friday/Saturday), Colorado College entertains Bemidji State (Friday/Saturday), and Minnesota Duluth visits Nebraska Omaha (Saturday/Sunday). Both Michigan Tech and Wisconsin will be idle.

Here are more details from the Tech Hockey Guide WCHA Web Media Poll for Week 3:

Team Pts Previous Record High Low
1) Denver (7) 138 2 4-0-0 1 3
2) Minnesota (5) 136 1 4-1-0 1 3
3) North Dakota 120 3 2-1-1 2 4
4) St. Cloud State 109 7 4-2-0 2 5
5) Colorado College 74 6 3-3-0 4 10
6) Wisconsin 72 10 1-2-1 5 11
7) Michigan Tech 69 5 2-4-0 6 10
8) Minnesota Duluth 64 4 2-3-1 5 11
9) Bemidji State 55 11 2-1-1 5 11
10) Nebraska Omaha 52 8 2-3-1 6 10
11) Alaska Anchorage 29 12 2-2-2 6 12
12) Minnesota State 18 9 2-2-2 10 12

No. 7 Cornell sweeps No. 19 Colorado College

No. 19 Colorado College refused to quit but also could not stay out of the penalty box in a 3-2 loss at No. 7 Cornell Saturday night.

CC senior Scott Winkler intercepted an errant Cornell pass and fired the puck in off a Cornell player moments after the Big Red scored its third power-play goal of the night to make it 3-2 with 12:09 left in the nonconference game.

“There are some holes in our game; giving up five power play goals and not scoring on ours caught up with us,” said CC assistant Joe Bonnett.”It is something we will continue to work on. Thorny (Josh Thorimbert) had a good weekend.

All five Big Red scores came with the man advantage this weekend. Charlie Taft scored the other Tiger goal.

Cornell shuts out CC 2-0 in physical contest

Cornell’s John Esposito banged in a rebound during a 5-on-3 power play with six seconds left in the second period for the eventual game-winning goal over visiting Colorado College (3-2) in a 2-0 nonconference victory for the Big Red (1-0).

“I thought we came out of the gate ready. Our guys did not back down with a very defensive, big, strong team,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said during a radio interview. “We battled really hard we just could not convert on offense. It was a very physical, old school backyard-brawl kind of game.”

The Tigers trailed 1-0 headed into the third period in a hard-fought physical contest at No. 7 Cornell. Esposito added a second power play goal with 5:41 to play to put the Big Red (1-0) up by two goals.

No. 19-ranked Colorado College was unable to cash in a late power play immediately after Esposito’s second score.

Cornell came close to taking the lead earlier when Craig McCarron’s shot clanged off the cross bar with 8:15 left in the second and when CC goalie Josh Thorimbert stoned junior Joel Lowry a minute later with a huge save on a breakaway. Thorimbert finished with 26 saves.

Cornell junior Andy Iles, who recorded six shutouts last season, made 19 saves for his first goose egg of the season.

It was CC’s first road shutout in two years.

Game 2 is at 5 p.m. Mountain with the pregame show on 103.9 FM KRXP starting at 4:45.

Thursday reading: WCHA column, Air Force, preview notes, Duluth

North Dakota’s loss at Alaska in Fairbanks could help down the road along with other notes from around the WCHA.

Air Force must regroup as it hits the road for league play.

Here are the preview notes for No. 19 Colorado College at No. 7 Cornell.

Other league series include: Bemidji State at Nebraska Omaha; Minnesota State at St. Cloud State; No. 2 Minnesota hosts USA U-18 and Canisius, including news on injuries and the goalie rotation; Wisconsin at No. 14 Minnesota Duluth; Michigan Tech at No. 5 Denver; and Alaska Anchorage at No. 4 North Dakota.

The 1993 MacNaughton Cup championship team, coached by Mike Sertich, will be honored by Minnesota Duluth this Saturday.

WCHA roundup: Lucia records No. 600; Denver routs Air Force

No. 1 Minnesota 3, Michigan Tech 2

HOUGHTON — Sophomore forward Seth Ambroz scored twice to help Don Lucie secure his 600th career win as Minnesota skated to a 3-2 victory against Michigan Tech on Saturday at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

No. 7 Denver 5, Air Force 2

DENVER — Junior forward Nick Shore registered three goals and an assist to lead Denver to a 5-2 win against Air Force on Saturday night at Magness Arena.

No. 17 Northern Michigan 2, Nebraska Omaha 1

OMAHA — Junior forward Zahn Raubenheimer scored a goal but Nebraska Omaha was defeated by Northern Michigan, 2-1, on Saturday night at CenturyLink Center.

St. Cloud State 4, Alabama-Huntsville 0

ST. CLOUD — Senior forward Drew LeBlanc and sophomore defenseman Andrew Prochno each had a goal and an assist to help St. Cloud State earn a weekend sweep with a 4-0 win against Alabama Huntsville on Saturday at National Hockey Center.

Bemidji State 5, Lake Superior State 0

BEMIDJI — Sophomore goaltender Andrew Walsh stopped 25 shots and junior forward Radoslav Illo had a goal and an assist to lead Bemidji State to a 5-0 win against Lake Superior State on Saturday night at Sanford Center.

Minnesota State 5, RPI 4 OT

MANKATO — Senior forward Eriah Hayes scored at 1:09 of overtime to lift Minnesota State to a 4-3 win against Rensselaer on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Center.

Alaska Anchorage 6, Merrimack 3

FAIRBANKS — Sophomore forward Scott Allen scored two goals and an assist and freshman forward Blake Tatchell added two goals to lead Alaska Anchorage to a 6-3 victory against Merrimack College on Saturday night at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks

Wednesday reading: Clarkson, ECAC, Cornell, Miami, CCHA

Allan McPherson scored 11 goals as a junior for Clarkson (photo: Shelley M. Szwast).

Clarkson is looking to decide its goalie situation early in the season. Here is an excerpt from USCHO:

“First and foremost, the cavity left by St. Louis Blues prospect and Clarkson’s all-time saves leader Paul Karpowich is crying out for attention. Senior (and Islanders draft pick) Cody Rosen is the lone returning netminder for Clarkson, and he will have a battle on his hands if he hopes to hold down the No. 1 spot this year.

“Our philosophy is that the best goalie will play; there is no entitlement in the position,” Jones said. “We have two newcomers with Cody that will battle for playing time, but with that experience we’re a vastly different team than last year. Last year we were vastly inexperienced on the blue line and we had a better goaltender in net. It kind of flips around this year. We’ll be a little more veteran in front of the nets.”

The rookie backstops are Surrey, British Columbia,-bred Andrew Hunt and Mars, Pa., product Greg Lewis. All three goalies play similar styles, according to Jones, filling a lot of vertical space but complementing their height with butterfly-method technique.”

Here is the ECAC season preview and a look at Cornell, CC’s road foe later this month.

Mankato’s Mike Hastings received a warm welcome from the other WCHA coaches during the annual media conference call on Tuesday. Notre Dame’s Mario Lucia may be back earlier than expected from his broken leg.

The Miami athletic director has accepted a similar position at Boston College.

Here is the USCHO’s CCHA season preview with links to future National Collegiate Hockey Conference members Miami and Western Michigan. The other school previews are available as links besides the main preview.

Here’s more on North Dakota’s exhibition opener.

CC foe Cornell garners second in ECAC preseason poll; Clarkson 10th

ALBANY, N.Y. — Union, coming off a magical season which it claimed its second consecutive ECAC Hockey regular-season title and first-ever league tournament crown and first-ever trip to the Frozen Four, was selected atop in the 2012-13 ECAC Hockey Men’s Coaches’ Preseason Poll according to voting by the league coaches in the annual poll.

The Dutchmen, led by reigning Tim Taylor award recipient as the league’s Coach of the Year Rick Bennett, garnered a total of 118 points, including eight of 12 first-place votes. Union, which led all NCAA Division I teams in scoring defense last season totalling 1.83 G/GM, returns its top netminder Troy Grosenick, who earned the Ken Dryden Award last season as the league’s top netminder. The Dutchmen shattered a school record by surrendering just 75 goals in 41 contests. Establishing a strong defensive corp, the Dutchmen have allowed fewer than three goals per game in five consecutive seasons.

Seeking its eighth trip to the NCAA tournament in the last 11 years, Cornell, which hosts CC Oct. 26-27, claimed three first-place votes in finishing second in the poll. The Big Red, who are led by head coach Mike Schafer, who enters his 18th-season behind the bench, return eight of their top 10 scorers from last season, amassed 110 total points.

Harvard, which set an NCAA record earning 11 ties last season, is slotted to finish third in regular-season play according to the voting by the coaches. Head coach Ted Donato’s squad compiled 98 points, including one first-place vote in the annual poll. Quinnipiac, coming off its 11th 20-win season on the NCAA Division I level, ranks fourth in the preseason poll with 93 points; Yale occupies the fifth slot with 77 points, followed by St. Lawrence, guided by first-year head coach Greg Carvel, with 61 points.

Dartmouth sits in the No. 7 spot with 58 points, while Rensselaer under head coach Seth Appert comes in the No. 8 position with 46 points. Colgate was selected in the No. 9 position in the preseason coaches’ poll under veteran head coach Don Vaughan with 45 points and Clarkson came in the tenth spot with 41 points. CC opens the season at home against the Knights on Oct. 12-13.

Princeton, led by second-year head coach Bob Prier is the No. 11 team in the poll, while Brown, under Brendan Whittet comes in at No. 12 in the poll.

The men’s season opens Saturday, October 6 with two non-conference games when Union hosts Merrimack and Quinnipiac travels to Maine. Three other ECAC Hockey schools will face-off in exhibition affairs on this evening as well with Rensselaer taking on Acadia at Houston Field House; St. Lawrence welcoming Carleton to Appleton Arena; and Colgate skates against Queen’s in Hamilton.