2004-05 ECACHL Mid-Season Report
When the Vermont Catamounts beat Minnesota
Duluth, it shocked the majority of the college hockey world. Just
one week earlier UVM lost twice at home to Niagara and stood at
1-4-0 on the season. Little did we know that victory over UMD would
spark an 11-game unbeaten streak by Vermont that included wins over
New Hampshire and Colgate.
The Catamounts quickly ascended up the ECACHL standings and into
the national rankings, and remain there despite a loss to Harvard
that ended the first half on a sour note. Vermont crosses the state
line and will play its next three games at Dartmouth’s Thompson
Arena. UVM faces the Big Green in an ECACHL game on Sunday, and
will participate in the Ledyard National Bank Classic at Dartmouth
on Dec. 29 and 30.
Princeton has lifted itself from the bottom of the league and approaching
games with an offense-first mindset under new coach Guy Gadowsky.
One beneficiary of the new attitude in Old Nassau is junior
forward Dustin Sproat. He’s scored 20 points in 14
games and ranks first in scoring in ECACHL games. Sproat had just
11 points in each of his first two years.
to contributions from Torrey Mitchell and others, Vermont reeled
off an 11-game unbeaten streak.
forward Torrey Mitchell arrived on campus and found himself
centering the Catamounts’ top line with Scott Mifsud and Brady
Leisenring. He’s been the number-one pivot for coach Kevin
Sneddon and his immediate contributions have been necessary for
Vermont, as Leisenring is injured and will miss the rest of the
WHAT HAPPENED TO ...
Clarkson Golden Knights announced to the ECACHL that they
were back among the elite teams in the league with a playoff run
that fell mere seconds short of a championship last year. That momentum
was clearly lost over the summer and Clarkson struggled for most
of the first half. Heralded recruit Shawn Weller missed four games
and the Knights stumbled to a 4-11-2 overall record, with just one
win in seven ECACHL games.
Vermont’s win over Minnesota Duluth on Oct.
29 and Harvard’s win over Boston College
on Nov. 16 came while UMD and BC were ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Those wins were unexpected at the time, but both Vermont and Harvard
have validated those performances with other big wins. Similar results
at this stage in the season wouldn’t seem like upsets at all.
TOUGHEST ROAD OUT
St. Lawrence has played 12 of its 17 games so
far against teams that have been nationally ranked at some point
this season, including series against Maine, Miami, and New Hampshire.
Within the league, the Saints have taken on four of the top five
teams according to the current league standings. January is a little
easier, but things get difficult again in February with consecutive
road games at Dartmouth, Vermont, Brown, and Harvard.
TOUGHEST ROAD IN
Brown finishes its regular season with a road
game against its travel partner, Harvard, and a trip to Vermont
and Dartmouth. Five of the Bears last seven games are on the road.
The Bears should take advantage of a favorable January schedule
which includes five straight home games. Brown is 27-8-9 in its
last 44 games at Meehan Auditorium.
We won’t have to wait long to see it. Colgate and
Cornell trek East to go up against Harvard and Brown on
Jan. 7 and 8. Whether you’re at the Bright Hockey Center or
Meehan Auditorium, you’re bound to see great games as four
teams with championship aspirations get the New Year started off
with crucial ECACHL games.
BIGGEST QUESTION ANSWERED
Who will take over the goaltending duties at Brown?
Hearing Yann Danis announced as Brown’s starting goaltender
over the last three years was practically guaranteed. He started
every game but two over his final two seasons and was a Hobey Baker
Hat Trick finalist and All-American last year. Finding another Danis
is impossible, but coach Roger Grillo has found a suitable replacement
in freshman Adam D’Alba. He made 44 saves in his first start,
a 2-1 win at Minnesota Duluth, and it started a 4-0-1 streak for
D’Alba and the Bears.
BIGGEST QUESTION REMAINING
Can Union keep up its stellar play within the league?
The Dutchmen got off to a perfect 6-0-0 start in league play before
losing both games in a road trip to Harvard and Brown. Union begins
its second half with four straight home games, and a successful
homestand could put the Dutchmen in great position for a top-four
finish and first-round bye in the ECACHL playoffs.
First Half All-ECACHL Team
is the second coming of Yann Danis, with impressive statistics
and durability for a very good hockey team. McKee has started
all 11 of Cornell’s games.
the single most important player in Colgate’s talented
lineup is difficult, but this sophomore defensemen might be
a slow start to the season, Welch’s play began to resemble
that from his All-American season as a sophomore. Harvard’s
fortunes turned as a result.
teammate Welch on the blueline, Cavanagh is making his senior
year at Harvard his best. He leads the Crimson in scoring.
has 23 points and ranks in the top-10 in scoring in the nation.
He’s the primary source of offense for the Catamounts.
big forward showed signs of stardom last year, and is among
the offensive leaders for the surprising Dutchmen.
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