January 19, 2007
Close Games and Combat Leave Lasting Impression

By Warren Kozireski

The feature series of the week was Robert Morris at Alabama-Huntsville and it definitely lived up to its billing with a pair of one-goal tilts (not including an empty-netter), but was tarnished with two fights breaking out in the final minute Saturday.

CHA Notebook

Goalie Layne Sedevie and Bemidji State will play a home-and-home series with North Dakota this weekend.

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The Chargers' Troy Maney and RMU's Dave Cowan received game disqualifications for fighting, but we're not quite sure how the stripes missed the other bout featuring the Colonials' Brett Hopfe and UAH defenseman Matt Montes.

Well, not exactly missed. Each was given a double minor for roughing and a ten minute misconduct, but from the video phone footage on at least one website, those were punches being tossed. So where was the second set of DQs?

In a season where every team in the conference has distinguished itself with strong results in non-conference action, these on-ice actions are an embarrassment. Blame the refs, blame the intensity of the games, blame the chance that both were trying to send a message in the event they meet in the postseason. It's still not supposed to happen in college hockey.

By the way, only one non five-on-five goal was scored in the Colonials 3-2 win Friday and it was still even strength at four-on-four. Robert Morris' did a nice job in their own end limiting the Chargers to just six shots on goal in the third.

Special teams also were limited in the rematch, won by UAH 3-1. Three unanswered goals with two in the last half of the third earned the Chargers the split.

Not surprisingly goalie Joe Tuset, fresh off two wins in his last three games, earned both starts in goal for Robert Morris.

"Joe played well against Merrimack and Notre Dame and won the first game Friday, so we went back to him," said Colonial head coach Derek Schooley. "No mind games here…sometimes you just need to ride the hot hand."


Wayne State Beats Ferris State: Wayne State picked up its fourth non-conference win on Jared Katz' overtime winner Friday and were tied with the Ferris State Bulldogs through two periods Saturday before giving up four unanswered third period goals to settle for the split.

Matt Krug tied the first game in the final minute with the goalie pulled to send the game into overtime.

In the second game with the game tied 2-2, the Warriors couldn't take advantage of a five minute power play and allowed a shorthanded effort late in the man advantage. Katz scored his second of the weekend late in the second to again tie the score, but the home team couldn't take that momentum into the third.

Spelling Test: Niagara probably can't spell Ruegsegger, but they might be seeing the Pioneer in their sleep this week. The Denver freshman scored the overtime winner on the power play with just seven seconds remaining Friday and added two more goals the next to seal the non-conference sweep and end the Purple Eagles winning streak at five games.

The Purps were out-shot 97-40 over the two games.

Bemidji State Takes On Sioux: This weekend will probably be the first time a Bemidji State team has played North Dakota as a higher ranked team, as the Beavers and Sioux will play a home-and-home. Depending on what poll you stare at, NoDak is even with, slightly ahead of, or behind the Beavers.

Bemidji State has never beaten the Fighting Sioux in nine previous meetings — coming closest with a 3-3 tie in 2005 — and have been outscored a combined 43-18 in the series. Blaine Jarvis has three points lifetime in head-to-head matches while Matt Pope and Travis Winter have two each.

Aside from the last two exhibition games against the U.S. National Team, these are the last non-conference games on the schedule for the dam builders.


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Robert Morris at Wayne State
Third place Robert Morris plays their two conference games-in-hand on fourth place UAH. A Colonial sweep would extend their lead over the Chargers to six points with eight CHA games remaining.

While You’re There: Add to your frustration with the dog you left home by going to the AKC Dog Show Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. at the Fairgrounds.

Stick Salute
Wayne State freshman forward Jared Katz for his first collegiate game-winner in overtime to beat Ferris State. Hope you have a mantel someday.
Bench Minor

To Robert Morris' Brett Hopfe and Dave Cowan along with Alabama-Huntsville's Troy Maney and Matt Montes. Don't care who started it.

• Depth will be challenged for both Robert Morris in conference action at Wayne State and UAH at Western Michigan Friday and Saturday with players sitting out due to game disqualifications and/or team rule violations.

• Wayne State has scored 13 of their 21 goals in conference action in the second period.

• Forward Chris Margott is due back in the line-up this weekend for Robert Morris after missing the last four.

• Niagara enters the weekend with a 4-0 all-time record against Quinnipiac.

• Robert Morris is 42nd in the nation scoring with 2.65 goals per game, but leads the conference with 41.5 percent of its goals coming on the power play. Niagara is a close second at 41 percent. Bemidji State is 25th overall at 3.05 goals per game, but is last in CHA with just 31 percent of its offense coming on the power play.

• This will the second weekend off this month and third of the last five for UAH.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report. Warren Kozireski can be reached at warrenkozireski@yahoo.com.