INSIDE HOCKEY » ECAC http://insidehockey.com Get Inside! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:37:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Agostino Returns Home as NHLer http://insidehockey.com/agostino-returns-home-as-nhler http://insidehockey.com/agostino-returns-home-as-nhler#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:07:43 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=58070

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey native Kenny Agostino skates to Calgary’s bench after the National Anthem. He grabs his water bottle, takes a sip, sprinkles some water on his back and takes a few more drinks before putting it back on the bench.

He skates across Calgary’s zone towards the penalty boxes, stretching his arms and his legs. Agostino has skated on the ice at The Rock before, several times as a Delbarton hockey player winning state championships and again with Yale.

But this Monday night is different. This Monday night marks Agostino’s sixth NHL game.

With 1:34 minutes left in the second period, TJ Brodie creates a turnover in Calgary’s defensive end. He brings the puck up the ice and slips it to Agostino as the Flames cross into New Jersey’s zone. Agostino creates some space for a lone shot in front of Cory Schneider.

Schneider makes the save, and Agostino’s momentum propels him softly into the boards. But just before Agostino took the shot, Jon Merrill swung his stick at Agostino, giving Calgary a power play.

The Flames scored the only goal of the game on that power play.

Five months ago, Agostino was in the same Prudential Center near the visiting locker room, but he was putting on his gear for reigning National Champion Yale’s season opener.

“You don’t ever really think that far in advance,” Agostino says with a smile after a 1-0 Flames win. “But it was a dream to someday hopefully play an NHL game in this place.

“It was fun.”

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The Flanders, N.J., native grew up a Rangers fan. He played for Delbarton hockey for three years, where he skated at the Prudential Center and won three non-public state championships. While with Delbarton, Agostino finished with 261 points.

“It’s very special,” Agostino says. “This is ice that I’m a little familiar on, playing my state championship games here and the [Liberty Hockey Invitational] tournament earlier this year.”

As a member of the Yale Bulldogs, Agostino was a part of a team that won the National Championship in 2013. After the win, he elected to stay with Yale for another season. He finished his career with 132 points, which ranks ninth all-time in Yale history.

Watching Agostino were Bruce Shatel, his former Delbarton coach, as well as Yale’s bench boss Keith Alain.

“It was a thrill for all of us to see Kenny playing against the Devils,” Shatel said. “He played a lot of minutes and he played very well.”

In his first NHL game at the Prudential Center, Agostino finished with 11:54 ice time, two shots, one hit and one block.

The forward signed an Entry Level Contract with Calgary on March 17, after his senior season with Yale ended. He joined the team and played his first game on March 21. He scored his first goal on April 4 against Florida.

“I’m just learning every day how to be a pro, on and off the ice, taking care of your body,” Agostino says. “Every rep in practice matters and of course every shift in every game matters. You never know what shifts going to be a big one and you just got to capitalize on your opportunities.”

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Agostino darts in and out of the visiting locker room at The Rock, putting together his gear before Calgary’s flight takes off. He smiles and pauses to talk to reporters about playing an NHL game at home.

“There were a lot of people, too many to count,” Agostino says. “I’m lucky to have that many friends and family come cheer for me.”

When Agostino skated out for warmups, a group from Yale sat behind the net in Calgary’s end. They wore Flames shirts with Agostino’s name and number on the back, and cheered when he took his first shot on net.

“A couple have texted me pictures of them,” Agostino says. “I thought that was awesome.”

Both of Agostino’s brothers were at the game, and they caught up with one of Agostino’s former Delbarton hockey teammates and current Princeton hockey defensemen Tommy Davis during the second intermission. They were talking right out

Another one of Agostino’s former Delbarton teammates, Princeton netminder Colton Phinney, was also at The Rock — where he won state championships with Agostino and Davis.

“It’s special when you get to play in your home state in front of close friends and family,” Agostino says.

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Clarkson Shocks the World – Wins Frozen Four Title http://insidehockey.com/clarkson-shocks-the-world-wins-frozen-four-title http://insidehockey.com/clarkson-shocks-the-world-wins-frozen-four-title#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:28:37 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57729

HAMDEN, Conn. - For the first time in the history of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four a non-WCHA team is skating away as NCAA Champions as the Clarkson Golden Knights shocked the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a thrilling 5-4 victory in front of 3573 fans at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center on the campus of Quinnipiac University.

Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers was happily stunned: “What do I say?” Just thrilled beyond belief. The girls believed in themselves all year, even coming in to tonight. They weren’t going to back down and I think they proved it tonight. I am just speechless right now.”

-“I’ll point out the white elephant in this room,” Minnesota senior Bethan Brausen said. “Me and Kelly [Terry] are pretty upset here. But that is just a testament to out team. It’s hard to say goodbye to our teammates more than anything.”

Clarkson (31-5-5) clamped down early and forced the Gophers to play keep away, rather than attack. Much of the night featured dump-and-chase versus their run and gun offense that usually shows. The forecheck worked brilliantly. Still, Minnesota (38-2-1) showed their ability and peppered senior netminder Erica Howe with 12 shots in the opening frame. They were rewarded at the 9:40 mark when Sarah Davis took a puck that was coughed up by Rachael Bona in the left circle off a draw. Davis took a few strides towards the slot and let go a wicked backhander that found the back of the net top shelf to make the score 1-0 Gophers. The goal gives Davis an even 20 goals on the year to round out her career.

The Gophers, with sophomore goalie Amanda Leveille coming off a rough outing against Wisconsin Friday, appeared to struggle defensively. it took 18:37, but the Knights finally broke through. Christine Lambert got a rebound in the goal mouth and put it home through Leveille to make it 1-0. The goal was her ninth of the season. Shannon MacAulay assisted with the initial shot to get the puck on net.

Only 1:03 later, Clarkson took their first lead of the night, as they continued to pressure Livelle. With a delayed penalty and extra attacker, Jennifer Shields came in on the left side and let go a hard slap shot that was tipped in the left circle by Shelby Nisbet to make it 2-1 Knights at the 19:40 mark. It was Nisbet’s ninth of the year with Cayley Mercer assisting on the play.

As if that wasn’t enough, on the ensuing powerplay, Clarkson got into the act again, just 38 ticks into the second stanza. MacAulay had a shot tipped in front and stopped by Levielle, but the ensuing rebound went right to Patty Kazmaier Award winner and senior Jamie Lee Rattray, who scored her 29th of the year to increase the lead to 3-1. Brittany Styner also had a helper on a goal that gave Clarkson a 2 goal lead.

The Gophers are not the number 1 team in the country for no reason, though. They made sure to shut the doubters up before the midway point of the game. at the 6:09 mark, Martanne Menefee scored her 18th goal of the 2013-14 campaign as she redirected a pass by Dani Cameranesi past Howe and into the back of the net.

Almost 2 minutes after the Golden Gophers cut the lead in half, Rachel Bona struck again, scoring her 23rd of the year. It wasn’t as pretty as the goal she had Friday (although she did have a great move on Howe early in the first, that the Clarkson goalie stopped), but much like the previous goals, it was a tap in on a rebound from Megan Wolfe’s shot that put the game back to square one at 7:57. It was Bona’s 23rd goal of the year.

The game stayed tied for the next 23:35, as Clarkson began to play a little sloppy, taking penalties and getting outshot 14-5 in the second. Then, at the 11:32 mark of the third period, the Knights were back. Vanessa Gagnon fed Vanessa Plante in the left circle and Plante let it rip, scoring her third goal of the year and untying the game on what could be considered the most important goal in program history.

Coming into the third told the girls; ‘if you had twenty minutes to win a national championship could you do it,” Desrosiers said. “And they all say ‘yeah, absolutely!”

Then, at the 15:44 mark, Clarkson scored what ended up being the game winner, as MacAulay picked off the puck and skated up the ice on a breakaway, she made a move on Leveille and scored her 13th goal of the year to make it 5-3. She went backhand and top shelf on the Minnesota sophomore standout. with 4:16 left, Clarkson appeared to be in the drivers seat.

“I don’t really know what was going through my mind,” MacAulay said. “I guess I tipped it off the girls stick and I had a lot of time to think about the shot. Without my teams energy on the bench I don’t know if I would have made the shot”

Not for long.

Kelly Terry fed Baylee Gillanders at the left point and she let go a hard slap shot that was redirected by the stick of Clarkson’s Jennifer Shields to cut the lead to 5-4.

That was all the Gophers could get, and in the Championship, it was not enough, as Clarkson gets their first NCAA title in any sport, and the first title in Women’s Hockey for an ECAC program.

For Minnesota, they return 17 players and get two American Olympians back from their Sochi leave.

“This was an incredible team and incredible group of four seniors,” coach Brad Frost said.

“I like to hope that we made our mark on the program,” Terry said. “I think all four of us bring something unique to the table. I have no doubt that this program will be successful for all of eternity.”

At least the program will be successful in the near term.

Clarkson, meanwhile played with 15 skaters, and somehow made it look easy during the tournament.

It doesn’t matter how many skaters we have,” Desrosiers said. “We have had a lot of players step up for us.”

They graduate 7 players including Howe, Gagnon and Rattray.

-“I hope recruits just line up at the door,” Desrosiers exclaimed. “I think it will do a lot for our community and everyone close to us.”

For those seniors, it was a test not only for the championship, but to beat the team they lost to in their first collegiate game.

-“Needless to say we’ve come a long way,” senior captain Carley Mercer said. “We started against Minnesota my freshman year, it didn’t go so well”

Additionally, this win not only puts the Knights back on the map, but, combined with the increased attention put on the Olympic women’s hockey tournament, could shake up the sport completely.

-“It shows that women’s hockey in general is coming a long way,” Desroisers said. “You have those powerhouse teams in the west over the years that won those national championships. Its just nice to be the team to bring one back to the east and the ECAC.

“I think it’s good for hockey to have another team win.”

NOTES:

  • This was the first time that Minnesota had allowed more than three goals since Feb. 11, 2012 when they beat Ohio State 7-4.
  • This was their second loss of the season. Previously they had lost and tied North Dakota this season. They snap a 26 game unbeaten streak.
  • Minnesota fails in their quest to become the second team to win 3 consecutive titles. Minnesota-Duluth won the first three in 2001-03.
  • This was the sixth time an ECAC team played in the National Championship Game. St. Lawrence, Brown, and Harvard (three seasons consecutive), lost the combined first five tournaments. Cornell lost to Minnesota-Duluth in 3 OT in 2010.
  • The already decorated Jamie Lee Rattray added two more accolades to her trophy case. With a goal and assist, she finished the season with 66 points, one more than Hannah Brandt. She was also named to the All Tournament Team (listed below)

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM:

Forward Jamie Lee Rattray from Clarkson

Forward Rachel Bona from Minnesota

Forward Maryanne Menefee from Minnesota

Defense Renata Fast from Clarkson

Defense Baylee Gillanders from Minnesota

Goalie Erica Howe from Clarkson

Most Valuable Player Jamie Lee Rattray from Clarkson

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Teams Prepare for Ultimate Prize http://insidehockey.com/teams-prepare-for-ultimate-prize http://insidehockey.com/teams-prepare-for-ultimate-prize#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:26:57 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57648

HAMDEN, Conn. - Four teams entered and two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum remain. It might be easy to say the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (38-1-1), looking for their third consecutive National Title and sixth overall has the upper hand. Tournament newcomer, the Clarkson Golden Knights (30-5-5), wants to rewrite the history books and become the first non-WCHA team to win a title and the first team from the Potsdam, NY school to win an NCAA Championship.

“I don’t know if it’s fully sunk in yet,” Knights’ co-head coach Matt Desrosiers said. “obviously yesterday we had a big win for the program.”

With inexperienced teams, you tend to not know what you will get. Does a team come out too confident and fall flat after being outplayed? Does a team come out knowing they are facing the best in the country and get beat into submission? While they are still taking it in, Clarkson’s coaches and players believe they are even keel enough to win tomorrow’s heavyweight title bout.

“I kind of view it as a good thing, that it hasn’t sunk in,” Desrosiers added. “We’re going about our business and not overthinking things and just going into tomorrow’s game with an open mind and going out there and just working as hard as we can.

“We’ve never been too high and never been too low. That’s what you want out of your team, especially going into weekends like this. The players are going to enjoy the moment…they remain very focused at the task at hand. They have great aspirations and one of those was to win a National Championship, and they’ve put themselves in a position to do so.”

“We’re ready to be just all in tomorrow,” Clarkson senior forward Brittany Styner said.

“They’re going to get a ‘helluva” good game,” Knights’ senior forward Vanessa Gagnon said Friday night.

“The only film we really have is from last night,” Gophers’ head coach Brad Frost said. “We want to prepare them the best we can…but in the end it comes down to us, and executing for 60 minutes.

“When you’re in the National Championship [you can't play] anything but your best.”

Meanwhile, for the seniors on both clubs, this final game will bring things full circle. These two teams last met – at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, NY – in the opening series of their freshman season, October 1st and 2nd, 2010. Minnesota won by a combined 8-0 (5-0, 3-0). In fact, in five total meetings, including a 3-2 OT victory for Minnesota in the 2010 NCAA tournament, the Gophers have a commanding 5-0 series lead.

“Starting with Minnesota and ending with Minnesota, that’s kind of a cool thing that not everyone gets to do and we get to measure how far we’ve come,” Clarkson senior goalie Erica Howe said.

Meanwhile, it was all smiles on the Gophers’ end. After a wild game to open the Women’s Frozen Four where they snuck out as 5-3 victors over the Wisconsin Badgers, the mood was jovial and relaxed in the post-practice press conference.

In the press conference, Frost was talking about how the seniors all get a practice drill named after them and joked that Sarah Davis would have had a drill named after her, if she scored on a 2-on-1.

“Still working on it,” the 19 goal scorer quipped.

Right on cue, Frost added: “She’s drillless.”

He paused and smiled. “We’ll still try to remember  her.”

If they haven’t done so already, the Gophers have a chance to prove that they are the undisputed dynasty at the Division 1 level.  They are doing it without Olympians Amanda Kessel and Lee Stecklein. Meanwhile, Clarkson had just 15 skaters dressed for last night’s game, and may have one more added Sunday.

While most in the hockey community are predicting Minnesota to win, and many believe it will not be close, look for the “rookies” to make a statement. Even if they can’t hold out and win, Clarkson has been a beast in the East for years, and their tenacity and determination has carried them this far. Look for them to play a hard game and surprise the Gophers. That being said, Inside Hockey predicts: Gophers 5 Knights 3.

 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Clarkson senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray was awareded the  Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Saturday morning. The equivalent of the Hobey Baker Award for the men, Rattray becomes the first Knight to win the award for the best player in the NCAA. The Kanata, ONT native is one of seven seniors on the Knights. Coming into the tournament, she had 177 points, a school record.

RAW Clarkson: http://youtu.be/LVxfFncOCqk

RAW Minnesota: http://youtu.be/KiNsKjhNk9o

 

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Clarkson’s Magical Season Continues With Convincing Win http://insidehockey.com/clarksons-magical-season-continues-with-convincing-win http://insidehockey.com/clarksons-magical-season-continues-with-convincing-win#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:18:41 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57618

HAMDEN, Conn.- It doesn’t matter what seed they were. Mercyhurst is a tough team to beat. The Lakers are in their 10th NCAA tournament in the last 10 years and know pressure situations. Tonight, however, it was a tournament newcomer that spoiled Cinderella’s ball as the #3 seeded Clarkson Golden Knights defeated the Lakers 5-1 to advance to their first ever National Championship Game at the High Point Solutions Arena on the campus of Quinnipiac University.

“We had an amazing run to get here,” Mercyhurst head coach Michael Sisti said. “I’m so proud of our players.

“They were the better team,” Sisti said of Clarkson.

“[This is] the biggest win in program history,” Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers said. “I think the girls did a great job of sticking with it tonight.”

It was actually the Lakers who scored first, as Jaclyn Arbour put home her own rebound to make it 1-0 8:02 into the opening frame. Her fifth goal came on an assist from Shelby Bram.

That’s about all the positive that came on the Lakers side, as Clarkson turned up the heat in the second, with some unlikely scorers getting into the act.

With only 15 skaters, the Knights would be the team to get tired quicker, but with each passing minute, they looked sharper and sharper with their efforts paying off 5:00 flat into the second stanza. Renata Fast ripped a shot from the right point to score her second goal of the year past Amanda Makela to tie the score at 1. Vanessa Gagnon assisted on the play.

Gagnon got her scoring on at 9:16 as she did her best Gordie Howe impression. Jamie Lee Rattray, last week’s hero, tried to stuff the puck home from the left side, but it went past the goalie into no-man’s land in the right crease where Gagnon dove to push the puck into the back of the net and score the eventual game winner at 2-1.

“I saw it at the last second so I dove for it,” Gagnon said.

Fast appeared to get another goal at 16:24, as she got a great feed from Shelby Nisbet down low to the same spot on the right point. This time the puck was tipped by Christine Lambert who was credited with her eighth tally of the year to make it 3-1.

“My main goal is to get puck on net, Fast said. ” Whether it gets tipped or just goes in, I had big screens [up front], so it’s a big help.”

6:39 into the third, Brittany Styner scored to make it a three goal lead. She got an amazing feed from Rattray in the left circle and let go a shot from the right circle past Makela to make it 4-1 on her 14th of the campaign.

Clarkson was able to get an empty net goal, as Makela was pulled with 2:24 left in a desperation attempt. Shannon MacAulay was credited with her 12th as she had an easy goal to end the game with 14 seconds left at 5-1.

Defensively, Erica Howe was solid, stopping all but 1 of the 19 shots she faced over the game.

The Golden Knights will face a much more difficult opponent in two time defending champion Minnesota on Sunday at 3pm as they look to be the first non WCHA team to win a women’s hockey title, and look for the first National Championship in school history in any sport.

“They’re going to get a ‘helluva’ good game,” Gagnon quipped.

NOTES:

  • Both teams have had experience on Hamden’s ice. Clarkson is now 6-0-1 at the High Point Solutions Arena as they are ECAC rivals with the Bobcats. Mercyhurst now falls to 2-1-1 in games played at the Hamden rink.
  • Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley was the first coach for the Golden Knights. He attended Friday’s game. Clarkson coach Matt Destosiers said that like any other ECAC coach, Seeley wished him luck but had no special message for the team he helped build 11 years ago.
  • Friday marked Clarkson’s first 30 win season in program history.
  • Mercyhurst had snuck into the postseason, beating out host Quinnipiac by tenths of a percentage point in the PairWise. They beat Cornell for the second straight year but again fell in the Frozen Four round. This marked the 10th consecutive year the program had received an at large bid, as the CHA does not get an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

RAW Clarkson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WItyiRgeNGU

RAW Mercyhurst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhlK6kJlIVI

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Women’s Frozen Four Set http://insidehockey.com/womens-frozen-four-set http://insidehockey.com/womens-frozen-four-set#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 05:07:51 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57419

On the night the Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s hockey team closed out their home season at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn, the women took center stage as eight teams played for an opportunity to take their talents to “The Bank” next weekend. Here are the results and the schedule for next weekend:

CLARKSON 3 BOSTON COLLEGE 1:

For the first time in the program’s 11-year history, the Clarkson Golden Knights have advanced to the Women’s Frozen Four. Vanessa Gagnon bookended the game with goals at 16:02 in the 1st and 23 seconds of the third, her 16th and 17th respectively. Brittany Styner had her 13th at 11:44 of the second, which was ultimately the game winning goal in Potsdam, NY as the Eagles’  Dana Trivigno scored in the waning minutes of the final frame. Erica Howe made 23 saves en route to the biggest win of her career so far.

MINNESOTA 5 BOSTON UNIVERSITY 1:

In a rematch of last year’s National Championship Game, Kelly Tarry had a hat trick (19, 20, 21) to lead the Golden Gophers to a familiar spot in the Women’s Frozen Four. Terry and Terriers’ Sarah Lefort (32) actually exchanged goals 21 seconds apart midway through the first period, but Amanda Leveille was flawless the rest of the way, stopping the final 23 shots she faced. Rachael Ramsey (12) and Maryanne Menefee (16) also scored for the Gophers in the win in Minneapolis.

MERCYHURST 3 CORNELL 2

After sneaking into the field of 8, the Lakers shocked the world again, knocking off the Cornell Big Red for the second year in a row in Ithaca, NY. Christine Bestland proved she is the “best” in the “land” scoring Mercyhurst’s final two goals (20, 21),  including the ultimate game-winning power-play goal 8:08 into the third. She also assisted on the opening goal for the Lakers by Molly Bryne (4) in the second. Emily Fulton tried to get her team to the big dance, scoring two goals (20, 21), but her goal at 15:21 of the third was not enough as the Lakers move on to the site of the team they snuck into the field behind (Quinnipiac).

WISCONSIN 2 HARVARD 1

The nightcap played to the hype as the Badgers scored the first two goals of the game, and that’s all they needed. Blayre Turnbull (16) opened the scoring 16;56 into the first and Katy Josephs (11) followed up at the 16:24 mark of the second. Alex Rigsby was almost flawless in net, allowing her lone goal on the second to last of the 24 shots she faced. Dylanne Crugnale scored her eighth at 16:37 to make it 2-1 but that’s as close as Harvard got.

FROZEN FOUR SET:

While the times are still up in the air, the matchups are set. Game 1 on Friday is at 5pm ET and game 2 will follow around 8pm. The National Championship Game on Sunday will be at 3pm ET.

GAME A: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

GAME B: Clarkson vs. Mercyhurst

Inside Hockey has the Women’s Frozen Four covered. Follow us here and AHL beat writer Justin Cohen as he deviates from the pros and takes on the challenge at @IHAHL on Twitter. Justin will have recaps and stories on all of the four remaining teams all the way until a champion is crowned!

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BC, Northeastern Shine in Beanpot Semifinals http://insidehockey.com/bc-nu-shine-in-beanpot-semifinals http://insidehockey.com/bc-nu-shine-in-beanpot-semifinals#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:17:01 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=56259

It’s the first Monday of February, and everyone in the Boston area knows what that means: It’s Beanpot time.

The semifinals of the 62nd Beanpot featured no surprise victors, as Northeastern and Boston College advanced to the championship game by 6-0 and 3-1 wins, respectively. This season will mark the third time in four years in which BC and Northeastern face off in the Beanpot championship.

The evening game was the better of Monday’s two matchups. It featured long-time rivals Boston University and BC, and while BU played with a depleted roster this season, the Terriers came out with plenty of fight against a more skilled BC squad.

“[The Eagles] have more talent right now,” said BU coach David Quinn. “They’re the measuring stick right now. They’re the premier program in college hockey and everyone’s trying to catch them.”

While the Eagles – ranked second in the nation — did not dominate play in the first period, they took advantage when it mattered most. The Terriers put the Eagles on the power play 3:51 into the first period, and the Eagles cashed in 13 seconds later when freshman forward Ryan Fitzgerald slipped BC’s first shot on net past BU goaltender Matt O’Connor.

The Terriers kept up with the Eagles throughout the period but struggled in the opening minutes of the second as a blown defensive play left BC senior forward Kevin Hayes wide open at the backdoor. He converted to put the Eagles up, 2-0, 1:20 into the frame.

The Eagles had a chance to extend their lead when BU defenseman Doyle Somerby checked Hayes face-first into the boards at 11:33 in the second period. Somerby earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his actions.

But what looked like five minutes of possible doom for BU morphed into opportunity. The trailing Terriers played some of their best hockey during the kill and even managed to garner some shorthanded scoring chances.

“BU took the momentum right away from us on that five-minute situation,” said BC coach Jerry York. “They had great chances, better than we did, so we kind of weathered the power play. Usually you think you have a power play and you want to do something, but we get out of that 0-0 and we were very fortunate in that regard.”

Still, BU’s best attempt on those opportunities ended in a botched 2-on-none in which neither sophomore Danny O’Regan nor Nick Roberto could manage a decent shot on net.

BU cut BC’s lead in half in the third period when freshman forward Robbie Baillargeon beat BC goaltender Thatcher Demko on a shot from the high slot. The Terriers continued to pressure BC throughout the period, but BU did not have the manpower or puck luck necessary to beat the Eagles. BC secured its win with a Johnny Gaudreau empty-net goal with 30.5 seconds remaining in the game.

“You need a little luck,” Quinn said. “You need great goaltending, you need to be thorough and you need a little bit of luck. I thought we had two of the three.”

The afternoon game was significantly less competitive than BU vs. BC, as Harvard flat-lined at the Garden against Northeastern. The Huskies dominated the Crimson from the drop of the puck on, scoring two goals per period to coast to a 6-0 win. Harvard has not made it to the championship game of the Beanpot since 2008.

“We didn’t play well in any facet of the game,” said Harvard coach Ted Donato. “I think that they outplayed us all over the ice and outcoached us for that matter. We didn’t do a good enough job getting to what we were trying to do and getting to our game plan, and quite frankly, we lost battles all over the ice.”

Part of the problem for Harvard on Monday afternoon was staying out of the penalty box. The Crimson took 16 penalties and handed Northeastern 10 power plays. The Huskies scored on three of those man-advantages.

Northeastern also saw its young players blossom on the big stage, as four of its six goals came from freshmen or sophomores. Freshman Mike Szmatula led the way for the Huskies with three points off a goal and two assists in the afternoon.

Northeastern will need Szmatula and the rest of its roster to continue to step up next week as it attempts to stop Boston College from winning a program-record fifth consecutive Beanpot. The Huskies, of course, have not won a Beanpot in 26 years, the longest current drought of any of the four schools.

Despite their 6-0 win on Monday night, the Huskies said there’s room for improvement this week before they attempt to end their Beanpot drought next Monday.

“You need goaltending, you need special teams and you need disciplined hockey, which I didn’t think we were very good at today,” said NU coach Jim Madigan. “So those three characteristics need to come together to win a Beanpot championship.”

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Photo Gallery: BU @ Cornell (11/30/13) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-bu-cornell-113013 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-bu-cornell-113013#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 22:34:54 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=54160

For full photo gallery click here

The Boston University Terriers were victorious Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, defeating the Cornell Big Red 3-2 in regulation, and capturing the Kelley-Harkness Cup.

BU Terrier Goaltender Matt O’Connor was the difference maker on the night.

O’ Connor faced constant pressure and a flurry of shots during all three periods (10, 13, 16), as the Terriers were out shot 39-11 by the Big Red.  Even with the drastic difference in shot totals, O’Connor still managed to stop 37 of the 39 shots he faced on the night against the dominating Cornell offense, and sealed the win for the Terriers.

During the first 40 minutes of hockey, BU scored 2-unanswered goals by Mike Moran (17:50 1st) and Robbie Baillargeon (14:38 2nd).

Shortly after Cornell managed to earn 2-consecutive power-plays as the Big Red pressured the Terriers.  The consecutive power-plays overlapped for a total of 31-seconds, giving Cornell a 5-on-3 advantage briefly.  The Terriers and Matt O’Connor blocked shot after shot, before killing off the penalty and frustrating the Cornell fans.

Opening the 3rd period, Cornell’s Dustin Mowrey was called for an interference penalty (1:52).  On the ensuing power-play BU’s Nick Roberto scored (2:44) to add insult to injury, and gave BU the 3-0 lead.

Even after giving up 3-goals, the Big Red never gave up.  After holding off consistent pressure all game and keeping Cornell off the board for 44-minutes, Big Red came roaring back, and Matt O’Connor was beaten by Cornell’s Christian Hilbrich (4:05) and Cole Bardreau (16:20) in the 3rd period.

With a little over 4-minutes to complete the comeback, BU’s Matt Grzelcyk was called for a holding penalty at 18:13 of the 3rd period.  The late power-play seemed to make Cornell’s chance at a comeback become all-the-more possible and fueled the capacity crowd.

Both teams used their timeouts to game plan, before Cornell’s 2nd best power play in the nation pushed for the final goal to complete the comeback.  After shot, after shot, and multiple defensive zone face-offs due to icing and holding the puck, somehow Matt O’Connor kept Cornell from scoring the game-tying goal.  The Big Red ran out of time, and came up short on the power play for the 7th time on the night.

The Terrier’s best penalty killer Goaltender Matt O’Connor, just wouldn’t be denied on the night, even after the dominating performance by Cornell and 7 power-play opportunities.

The final score was Boston University 3 – Cornell University 2.

 

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North Dakota Slips Past St. Lawrence http://insidehockey.com/north-dakota-slips-past-st-lawrence http://insidehockey.com/north-dakota-slips-past-st-lawrence#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 22:33:54 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=54151

Grand Forks, ND – The University of North Dakota hockey team came into tonight’s game mired in a horrible slump, going 2-7-1 in their last 10 games.

After last night’s 5-2 loss to the St. Lawrence Saints, the UND hockey team had a closed door meeting to air their differences.

Tonight, alternate captain Stephane Pattyn gave us a glimpse of what was said.

“Yeah, yesterday was kind of just an open floor,” Pattyn said. “Everyone talked and gave their thoughts about what we needed to do. We had some great conversations. We definitely grew up as a team last night and I think today’s (win) helped too.”

It appeared that the closed door meeting worked.  Through two periods of play, the UND hockey team played on their toes and took the play to the St. Lawrence Saints.

UND got goals from forwards Rocco Grimaldi, Connor Gaarder and Stephane Pattyn, and would take a 3-1 lead going into the third period.

St. Lawrence pushed hard in the third period, and cut the lead to 3-2 with a goal by the national scoring leader, Greg Carey. UND was able to hold off a late surge by the Saints to get the 3-2 win.

After the game, head coach Dave Hakstol didn’t seem to relish the win all that much.

“Real hard fought game,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. “We competed hard for 60-minutes. They pushed real hard in the last portion of the third period. We wanted to come back and do a little better tonight. I thought we did a little better.”

So far this season, UND has dug themselves into a hole with undisciplined play.

“We needed to come out like that,” Pattyn said. “We need to prove ourselves. A game like today was going to move us a step forward. We’ve dug ourselves in a hole so far this season and today’s one small step out of that hole.”

Pattyn continued, “That last 24-hours weren’t that much fun. Not much excitement going on in our dressing room. But we got focused and we knew we had to come out and do a job. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves today, to come out, to come out hard. Our steps are moving forward right now.”

Coming into tonight’s game, UND was 0-4-2 on Saturday nights. With the win tonight, UND improved that record to 1-4-2.

UND goalie Zane Gothberg stopped 25-of-27 shots and improved his record to 3-5-2 with the win. The sophomore goalie made many big saves late in the game to preserve the win.

Notes of interest

With the win tonight, UND is 3-6-1 in the last 10 games. With the win, UND improves to 5-7-2.

UND is 2-2-2 in non-conference play.

St Lawrence forward Greg Carey had an impressive weekend, scoring (2g-4a—6pts) on the weekend. Carey is the NCAA points leader with (11g-18a—29pts).

This was UND’s second win of the season when they score three or fewer goals.

UND has gone 1-0-1 the last two Saturday night’s.

Next weekend, UND travels to Kalamazoo to take on the Western Michigan Broncos December 6-7, 2013, game time is 6:07 central.

[Box Score]

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St. Lawrence Pastes North Dakota http://insidehockey.com/st-lawrence-pastes-north-dakota http://insidehockey.com/st-lawrence-pastes-north-dakota#comments Sat, 30 Nov 2013 20:51:02 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=54111

Grand Forks, ND – The mood was very somber after last night’s non-conference game between the University of North Dakota and St. Lawrence. The players held a closed door meeting after the game. UND caption Dillon Simpson wouldn’t say what they talked about during the meeting.

“We’ll keep that in the room,” Simpson said. “But guys are upset in there.”

UND head coach Dave Hakstol was not very happy with the over-all performance of his hockey team.

But why would he?

UND had just suffered a lackluster 5-2 loss in the first game of the Subway Holiday Classic.

“Not a very good performance by our team,” head coach Dave Haskstol.

The head coach continued. “Not a very good performance over-all by our team,”Hakstol said. “We didn’t do very much in the first two periods. We tried to mount a little push in the third period, but it wasn’t enough.”

All around, it was a rough night for the UND hockey team, as they found themselves flatfooted, and on their heels most of the night. Credit the St. Lawrence Saints, they were the better team all night long. The Saints went 3-for-6 (.500) on the power play. The Saints also outshot UND 25-23.

Special teams were a difference in last night’s game.  UND went 1-for9 on the power play, and again took undisciplined penalties at key times in the game.

“It’s frustrating,” Simpson said. “Something we’re going to study a lot (game film) tomorrow morning I am sure. We got to have a good night if we want to win games, our power play has to be good, and our “PK” has to be even better.”

One of the turning points in the game was in the third period. UND had a five-on-three power play for 44 second, but Saints were able to kill it off. If the head coach didn’t have his team’s attention before last night’s game, he probably does now. It was obvious that the loss didn’t sit well with the players.

“Disappointing, didn’t come out the way we wanted to,” Simpson said. “We didn’t play the first forty the way we wanted to. Got to have a better effort tomorrow night.”

The UND head coach was asked if there would be changes to the lineup for tonight’s game.

“You’ll see some changes, Hakstol said. We’ll likely make a change or two.”

Rough patch for UND

UND has gone 2-7-1 in its last 10 games and is winless in four games. According to UND SID Jayson Hajdu, this is UND’s worst 10-game stretch under head coach Dave Hakstol. This is also the worst stretch for UND, since the second half of the 2002-03 season, when UND went 1-7-2.

Notes of interest

Coming into the game, UND had gone an impressive 6-0-2 record in the last eight games of the Subway Holiday Classic.

With four points in last night’s game, forward Greg Carey of St. Lawrence , is now the leading the nation (10g-18a—28pts) in scoring.

UND is (1-2-2) in non-conference play this season. UND is (1-1-1) against the ECAC.

In the last six games, UND’s penalty kill is 25-for-36 (69.4).

UND has another chance to right the ship tonight at 7:05 p.m. central at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

[Box Score]

 

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UND Hockey: The Weekend Ahead (11/29 -11/30) http://insidehockey.com/und-hockey-the-weekend-ahead-1129-1130 http://insidehockey.com/und-hockey-the-weekend-ahead-1129-1130#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:05:08 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=54042

This weekend, the University of North Dakota entertains St. Lawrence Saints of the ECAC in a non-conference series at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Last weekend, UND lost and tied (1-3 L, 3-3 T) in their non-conference series with the Boston University Terriers at Agganis Arena.

Matchup: North Dakota (4-6-2, 3-5-0 NCHC) vs. St. Lawrence (7-5-2, 2-3-0 Hockey East).

Date: November 29-30, 2013.

Time: 7:37 p.m. Friday / Saturday 7:07 p.m.

Radio: UND 96.1 (KQHT-FM)  The Fox

Webcast: undsports.com

TV:  Midco Sports Network

Series History

UND leads the All-time series 11-1-0 (.917). In Grand Forks, ND: UND leads the series 6-0-0 (1.000). In Canton, New York: UND leads the series 2-1-0 (.667). At neutral sites: UND leads the series 3-0-0 (1.000). Under coach Dave Hakstol UND owns a 1-0-0 (1.000) record against SLU. Last 10 games against SLU: UND leads the series 9-1-0 (.900). The two teams didn’t play last season.

Players to watch

North DakotaForwards: Rocco Grimaldi (4g-7a—11pts), Michael Parks (3g-6a—9pts), Drake Caggiula (4g-4a—8pts), Luke Johnson (1g-4a—5pts), Brendan O’Donnell (3g-2—5pts). Defense:  Dillon Simpson (1g-5a—6pts), Nick Mattson (1g-5a—6pts),  Troy Stecher (1g-3a—4pts), Jordan Schmaltz (2g-2a—4pts), Paul Ladue (1g-3a—4pts).  Goaltenders: Clarke Saunders 2-1-0, GAA 3.50 and .910 save percentage, Zane Gothberg 2-5-2, 2.84 GAA and .906 save percentage.

UND injuries: Colten St. Clair, Mark MacMillan, Derek Rodwell.

St. Lawrence SaintsForwards: Greg Carey (9g-15a—24pts), Matt Carey (8g-9a—17pts), Jeremy Wick (5g-9a—14pts), Patrick Doherty (5g-6a—11pts). Defense: Justin Baker (4g-9a—13pts), Gavin Bayreuther (4g-7—11pts). Goaltenders: Matt Weninger 5-4-2, 3.57 GAA, .872 save percentage, Tyler Parks 2-0-0, 3.02 GAA, .862 save percentage.

UND official Web Page

St. Lawrence Web Page

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