Monday reading: Recaps and reactions, updated WCHA standings

action_ffsemi2_bc_cross_2Here are recaps of Sunday’s notable games. The rankings will change later today.

No. 18 Wisconsin 3, No. 2 Minnesota 2

CHICAGO — Sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel made 36 saves while sophomore forward Brendan Woods had two assists to lead Wisconsin to a 3-2 victory against Minnesota on Sunday in the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

“Joel was given the game puck by the team,” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. “His performance in the first period allowed us to get or feet underneath us.”

No. 12 Notre Dame 2, No. 3 Miami 1

CHICAGO — Notre Dame clinched a first-round CCHA playoff bye with a 2-1 win over Miami at the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field, its first win over the RedHawks since Dec. 3, 2010.

Notre Dame freshman forward Mario Lucia opened the scoring midway through the second period. Junior forward Jeff Costello increased the Irish’s lead, finding the back of the net at the 8:33 mark of the third period.

Miami freshman forward Kevin Morris cut Notre Dame’s lead in half, but that was the only goal the RedHawks would score as Notre Dame held on for the win. Junior goaltender Steven Summerhays made 22 saves for Notre Dame, while Miami freshman goaltender Ryan McKay turned aside 26 shots.

Also, it was a tough week to be a top team as the Gophers beat writer points out.

No. 9 Minnesota State, the only top 10 team to sweep an opponent, is in third place in the WCHA entering a bye week.

2012-2013 WCHA STANDINGS
WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
1
St. Cloud State
22
15
6
1
31
74
47
18
11
1
99
72
2
Nebraska Omaha
24
14
8
2
30
83
70
18
12
2
112
88
3
Minnesota State
24
14
9
1
29
77
57
20
9
3
104
71
4
Minnesota
22
12
6
4
28
73
53
20
6
4
110
59
North Dakota
22
11
5
6
28
72
56
16
8
6
96
74
6
Wisconsin
24
10
7
7
27
54
53
13
10
7
68
62
7
Denver
22
10
7
5
25
70
64
15
9
5
98
77
8
Colorado College
22
8
10
4
20
72
77
11
14
5
100
105
Minnesota Duluth
24
8
12
4
20
59
72
10
16
4
73
89
10
Bemidji State
24
5
13
6
16
50
72
6
17
7
62
89
Michigan Tech
24
6
14
4
16
62
82
10
16
4
89
94
12
Alaska Anchorage
26
2
18
6
10
50
93
4
19
7
61
104

WCHA roundup: SCSU snaps DU’s league series streak

SCSU coach Bob MotzkoNo. 19 St. Cloud State 5, No. 7 Denver 1

ST. CLOUD — The Huskies earned the sweep with a huge 5-1 win over the Pioneers at the National Hockey and Event Center on Saturday, Jan. 19. SCSU opened the weekend with a 5-2 win over Denver on Jan. 18 at the NHEC.

The two Husky wins marked the first time that DU has been swept in league play since a pair of setbacks at the National Hockey and Event Center on Nov. 14-15, 2008.

The Huskies maintained control of the contest from start to finish as they opened the first period by outshooting Denver 20-7. DU goalie Sam Brittain turned aside 19 shots in the period before SCSU’s David Morley finally hit pay dirt with a power play marker at 19:18 of the first period to make it 1-0. Senior Ben Hanowski and freshman Kalle Kossila had assists on the play for the Huskies.

In the second period, Morley chalked up his second power play goal of the evening at 5:27 that also proved to be the game winner. Hanowski and postseason honors candidate Drew LeBlanc combined for the assists on the play, which was Morley’s eighth goal of the year.

Hanowski now has 53 goals and 47 assists in his four years with the Huskies and his season totals moved to eight goals and 10 assists this winter.

LeBlanc also enjoyed another strong evening of play for the Huskies, which moved his point streak to 13 games – dating back to Nov. 24. LeBlanc continues to lead the nation with 27 assists this year and ranks second in the country with 34 points. As a Husky, LeBlanc’s career point totals move to 36 goals and 95 assists. His career point total of 131 moves him into 10th place on the team charts ahead of Brandon Sampair, who had 129 points from 1998-01.

SCSU coach Bob Motzko also passed a milestone this weekend with his 150th career win on Jan. 18, which also marked his 100th career win in WCHA play. In eight seasons at the helm in St. Cloud, Motzko owns a 151-119-34 overall record and a 101-84-27 record in WCHA play.

No. 1 Minnesota 4, No. 6 North Dakota 4 OT

MINNEAPOLIS — Junior forwards Nick Bjugstad and Nate Condon scored third-period goals as Minnesota rallied to earn a 4-4 tie against North Dakota on Saturday at Mariucci Arena.

Michigan Tech 2, Bemidji State 2 OT

HOUGHTON — Sophomore forward Blake Pietila scored his 13th goal of the season at 3:06 of the third period to lift Michigan Tech into a 2-2 tie with Bemidji State on Saturday night at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

No. 8 Miami 2, Wisconsin 1

MADISON — Junior forward Michael Mersch scored a goal but the Wisconsin Badgers fell to the Miami RedHawks, 2-1, on Saturday night in non-conference action at Kohl Center.

Losing its first game in nearly two months, UW’s 11-game unbeaten streak (8-0-3) came to an end inside the Kohl Center, but not without a competitive and spirited effort, as the Badgers took the RedHawks down to the final whistle.

“We can play at a higher pace now,” said senior wing Mark Zengerle. “This weekend brought our team to a new level.”

2012-2013 WCHA STANDINGS

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
1
Minnesota
16
9
3
4
22
56
39
17
3
4
93
45
St. Cloud State
16
11
5
0
22
55
36
14
10
0
80
61
3
Nebraska Omaha
16
9
5
2
20
59
49
13
9
2
88
67
North Dakota
16
8
4
4
20
57
46
13
7
4
81
64
Denver
18
8
6
4
20
57
54
13
8
4
85
67
6
Minnesota Duluth
18
8
7
3
19
50
51
10
11
3
64
68
7
Wisconsin
16
6
5
5
17
35
36
9
8
5
49
45
Minnesota State
17
8
8
1
17
51
46
14
8
3
78
60
9
Colorado College
18
7
10
1
15
60
66
10
14
2
88
94
10
Bemidji State
16
4
8
4
12
36
49
5
12
5
48
66
Michigan Tech
18
4
10
4
12
44
61
7
12
4
63
71
12
Alaska Anchorage
17
1
12
4
6
31
58
3
13
5
42
69

WCHA adds Alabama-Huntsville to fold for next season

UAH logo

This is great news for those who have been worried about Alabama-Huntsville’s future and for WCHA fans. UAH should be a competitive program soon.

From the WCHA …

MADISON, Wis. – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s membership voted today (January 17) to admit the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) as a full-time men’s conference member. The vote of approval was taken after UAH submitted an application for membership and made a formal presentation to a WCHA group of member-team Presidents and Athletic Directors at a meeting held in conjunction with the NCAA Convention in Dallas, Tex.
The addition of University of Alabama in Huntsville into college hockey’s most historic and successful conference will bring future men’s league membership to 10 teams. Their membership will be effective as soon as 2013-14.
WCHA men’s membership in 2013-14 currently consists of University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bemidji State University, Bowling Green State University, Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Minnesota State University, Mankato and Northern Michigan University.
In issuing a joint statement on behalf of the Association, Dr. Richard Davenport, President of Minnesota State University, Mankato and Chair of the WCHA President’s Group, and Bruce McLeod, Commissioner of the WCHA, said “The WCHA is delighted to have reached in principle an agreement to officially welcome University of Alabama in Huntsville into the Association family as a full-time men’s member. This is a significant day for the Chargers, the community of Huntsville, the conference itself, and college hockey in general. Growing the game and assisting developing programs however possible has always been a charge of the WCHA and this is another positive evolution in our history.
“Each of our member institutions are 100% committed to keeping the WCHA among the premier conferences in all of collegiate athletics and our respective ice hockey programs both strong and vibrant. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a dynamic, top-quality institution with an excellent academic and athletic reputation and without question the Chargers are going to be a great fit and a successful, contributing member. 
“Just as the entire UAH campus and the Huntsville community are exhilarated to now have a welcoming home for their men’s hockey program, the WCHA is also extremely proud and gratified to be providing that home.”
Said University of Alabama in Huntsville President Robert Altenkirch, “We’re pleased that our ice hockey team is going to have the opportunity to compete and grow in a NCAA Division 1 conference. We believe that our affiliation with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will be a tremendous boost to our recruiting, scheduling and our ability to be competitive on the ice.
“We want to thank the WCHA and its member institutions for their confidence in allowing us to be a part of their conference. Their affirmative vote will invigorate our ability to maintain our great hockey tradition.”
UAH Director of Athletics Dr. E.J. Brophy said, “All athletic programs experience special defining moments, and our hockey program’s acceptance today into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is certainly one of those moments. The WCHA is a preeminent hockey conference in America, and I know that our student-athletes, coaches, fans, friends, alums and the people of Huntsville are ecstatic and proud of this giant step for our ice hockey program.
“The last time we were in a conference, we won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament, which will be our immediate and ambitious goal when we begin play in the WCHA. It is a banner day for the Chargers.”

Monday reading: Preissing, radio show, weekend reviews, Hobey

preissing_1Former Tiger Tom Preissing, who played for EHCB  last season, signed with Biel and went through a tryout with the German league team last weekend. I will update his status when I stumble across it. Thanks to Tim Matthewson for finding this article and to Google translate.

The monthly Scott Owens radio show is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at McCabe’s Tavern, downtown Colorado Springs.

Here are three observations on this weekend in the WCHA, including a note on CC.

Hockey East’s standings are tightening up. The CCHA goaltending was quite good while the Hobey Baker race is underway.

Thursday reading: WCHA column, Winkler, Heil, Rothstein, Enga, Slavvin

I started new irregular features in the weekly WCHA column on USCHO, one focusing on an “unsung hero” for Bemidji State who has a young daughter and wife and still manages to find time to be a league academic honoree and log a lot of quality ice time for the Beavers. The Series Spotlight segment, naturally, deals with CC and Denver this weekend starting the annual battle for the Gold Pan Trophy, pictured.

CC senior Scott Winkler has the best numbers of any NCAA prospect for the Stars, especially in plus/minus.

Chicago Steel forward and CC commit Christian Heil scored two goals in 34 seconds during the third period of Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Indiana.  It gives the 18-year-old five goals over his last four games and pushed him into a tie for third in the USHL with 10 goals this season.

Future Tiger Sam Rothstein scored two goals for the Sioux Falls Stampede Saturday in the team’s USHL-leading eighth home win.

Former Tiger RJ Enga and CC commit Jaccob Slavin played key roles in Team USA’s World Junior A challenge championship. Enga served at an assistant coach while Slavin was an assistant captain.

Former Penn State club coach Joe Battista penned this column praising Air Force coach Frank Serratore and hockey people in general.

Wednesday reading: DU streak, Krushelnyski, Gold Pan previews

Denver Post beat writer Mike Chambers talks about this interesting fact in a new weekly column: The Pioneers have not been swept in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series in nearly four years — since losing 4-2 and 2-1 at St. Cloud State on Nov. 14 and 15, 2008.

It is very likely  a league record, pending confirmation.

Junior Alexander Krushelnyski, pictured at left and forever in CC lore after last year’s OT penalty shot goal, was featured by the Gazette.

Here is the Star-Tribune’s preview of the Gold Pan series and the preview from CCTigers.com.

Northeastern lost a freshman forward who had played in all nine games (two assists) to USHL Muskegon.

Monday reading: Three things from the weekend

Here are my three things from this weekend in the WCHA and a look at Hockey East, Dartmouth’s early rise in the ECAC and the CCHA.

Here are USCHO’s Three Things about this past weekend in the Atlantic Hockey Association and a bonus video of Air Force coach Frank Serratore dissecting his team’s performance and ruminating on college hockey in general after a 5-1 win Friday over Penn State. By the way, his prediction was correct: PSU beat AFA 5-1 on Saturday.