November 29, 2006
Impressive Non-League Wins for CHA Members

By Warren Kozireski

It was a big weekend for CHA teams in competition against other conferences. In their first ever meeting, Wayne State traveled to Cornell and defeated the Big Red 5-4 led by Jason Baclig's three-point effort and freshman goaltender Brett Bothwell's 27 saves.

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Junior forward Stavros Paskaris and the Wayne State Warriors scored one of the big wins by College Hockey America teams last weekend.

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"It's always good to come out on the road and win a game, especially against a team like Cornell,' said head coach Bill Wilkinson. "We played well in today (Sunday), but just couldn't find the net."

The Warriors will play for a while without the CHA Defensive Player of the Week in Dan Iliakis who injured his shoulder. The senior is tied for second on the team in scoring.

Niagara won their first in-season tournament championship since 2001 with a 5-3 win over host RPI and a 3-1 title game victory over Colgate. Sean Bentivoglio scored a pair of goals, including the game winner and the first shorthanded goal of his career, in the first round and added another shorthanded tally in the championship game victory over Colgate.

"Offensively we made some great plays over the weekend," said Niagara head coach Dave Burkholder. "Colgate plays very well defensively and is frustrating to play against, but we get really excited for a chance at the big four conferences."


Unfriendly confines: Wayne State's Bothwell is fast becoming a Road Warrior with all three of the team's season victories coming on the road. "I can't say I expected it to come this quick," said Bothwell. "But whenever I've been in there I've had lots of goal support so that makes my job easier. It (Cornell) was a pretty crazy environment and it was great to come out with a win."

Say, 'Cheese': Cornell head coach Mike Schafer was seen after the second game posing for a picture on the ice with Wayne State head coach Bill Wilkinson. Asked where he'll put it, Schafer answered, "It'll be on my desk. He's the reason I became a head coach in college hockey, so I wanted it as a memento for later on." Schafer was hired by Wilkinson as an assistant coach at Western Michigan in 1990 and the two were together for five seasons.

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Bemidji State at Wayne State
The only conference match-up of the week as Bemidji State travels for a pair at Wayne State. The Beavers arrive following a week off while the Warriors split at Cornell.

While You’re There: Make it a triple header with the Warriors women's and men's basketball teams battling Mercyhurst at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Matthaei Center on campus.

Stick Salute
To Niagara for finally netting a short-handed goal in Friday's win. Niagara was the last in CHA to score one, but increased their total to two with another on Saturday. Senior Sean Bentivoglio scored both.
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Robert Morris junior captain Chris Kaufman for being on the ice for three even-strength goals against in a 6-2 loss at Denver.


• Niagara now has at least one point in nine of their last ten games and tied the school record for the third longest unbeaten streak at seven games.

• After losing their first three games, Bemidji State has at least one point in six of their last seven contests.

• Niagara's Ted Cook was held scoreless against Bemidji State ending his school-record 19 game points streak.

• With the shutout loss to Cornell, Wayne State set the school record for most times shutout in a season with four.

• Robert Morris, winless in its last four games including an exhibition game, has the weekend off before a trip to Huntsville. The Chargers split at Robert Morris two weekends ago. The series marks game three and four of six between the two in the unbalanced CHA schedule.

• The Purple Eagles have four players among the top 12 in scoring in the nation. Michigan is second with two players.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report.