Win for BC Veterans
It's as simple as this: Maine had Boston College
on the ropes. The top team in the country was leading 3-1
in the third period at Alfond Arena, and the Black Bears
were unbeaten in an incredible 115 consecutive games (109-0-6)
over the last five years when heading into the final frame
with the lead.
Rooney scored two goals and an assist in the final 13
minutes and overtime of Boston College's 4-3 win at
The last few minutes were merely a formality,
one would think.
Someone forgot to say something to Joe Rooney,
who scored two goals and had an assist in the final 13 minutes
of regulation and overtime, as the Eagles topped Maine 4-3
in a Sunday matinee thriller.
"I was talking about it with [Brian]
Boyle the other day, and we thought that this was the second
best win since we've been here," Rooney said. "The
BU [2006 Northeast] Regional [Final] win was the best, but
this one ranks up there pretty high. It was important for
Trailing 3-1 late in the third, Boyle and
Rooney scored to tie the game. Their line was clicking,
and in overtime Boston College coach Jerry York used the
team's timeout to get them back out there one last time.
With under a minute to play in overtime, defenseman
Mike Brennan rushed the puck to Boyle in the Maine zone.
Boyle hit Rooney, who spread the puck to Benn Ferriero,
who gave it back to Rooney in the slot. The precise puck
work left Rooney with an open net and an easy score to end
the game with 52 seconds left in overtime.
The dramatic win could prove to be huge for
the Eagles, who have struggled to find their identity early
this season and were on the heels of blowing a lead to Northeastern
with 2.6 seconds left in regulation just two days earlier.
And with a tough stretch coming up – BC's next five
games are against teams with winning records, including
two against archrival Boston University – Rooney thinks
the comeback will do wonders for the Eagles' momentum.
"I think we did a pretty good job of
keeping our composure," he said. "There were no
letdowns on the bench. We weren't giving up. We saw an opportunity
with there still being a half-period left to play so we
knew we could still come back to win the game.
"I think it's going to help us big time.
We stuck together right down to the very end and came back
to win against a tough, tough team. I think that could definitely
be a sparkplug for us going into the next five or six games."
— Jeff Howe
SEEN AND HEARD IN THE WCHA
Missing Hirsch, again: Not
even when you're leading the national polls and defending
your conference title are off-ice troubles fun to handle.
But such is life for top-ranked Minnesota, which was unexpectedly
without the services of leading scorer Tyler Hirsch last
weekend for their series with Wisconsin. On Tuesday, the
Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Hirsch missed
practice and may be out of the lineup again this weekend
when the Golden Gophers host Michigan State and Michigan
in the College Hockey Showcase.
The Wisconsin games were the second and third
Hirsch has missed this season, after coach Don Lucia held
him out of the season opener versus Maine (the Gophers'
only loss) for showing up late to a team meeting on the
day of the game. This time, there are classrooms troubles
Hirsch is dealing with.
"Tyler needs to attend to things academically,"
Lucia told the Star Tribune after Saturday night's
2-1 win over the Badgers. "He's falling behind in his
classes. The last thing we want to do is lose him for the
rest of the year. Tyler feels bad, but he has to get caught
Not having Hirsch in the lineup has become
a common refrain in Minneapolis since late in the 2004-05
season – one in which he led the team offensively
with 11 goals and 33 assists. Those totals came despite
missing three playoff games after a much-publicized and
still-unexplained outburst he had before thousands at the
Xcel Energy Center after Minnesota's 3-0 loss to Colorado
College in the 2005 WCHA Final Five semifinals. He returned
for the Gophers loss to North Dakota in the 2005 Frozen
Four and was expected to play the following season, but
played just two games before sitting out the remainder of
the 2005-06 campaign, getting a medical redshirt for what
was termed "personal reasons."
This season he appeared to be as solid as
ever on-ice, putting up three goals (including a nifty overtime
game-winner in Duluth a few weeks ago) and 14 assists in
10 games. It remains to be seen how long Hirsch's status
will be a subplot to what's shaping up to be an outstanding
season for the Gophers.
— Jess Myers
SEEN AND HEARD IN THE ECAC HOCKEY
Yale's six-win start: Let's
take a look at Yale, inside the numbers. The most important
is, of course, victories. At 6-1-1 on the year, Yale is
off to its best eight-game start in 15 years, when the Bulldogs
also started 6-1-1 on the year. Last year, Yale didn't get
its sixth win until Jan. 20.
|Yale goalie Alec Richards is
a big reason why the Bulldogs are off to a great start.
New coach Keith Allain is a goaltending expert
and sophomore goalie Alec Richards has seemed to benefit.
His goals-against average is down by over half-a-goal per
game in comparison to his freshman year. A closer look reveals
that Richards is getting more defensive help from his teammates.
Yale averaged 36.2 shots against per game in 2005-06, and
has cut that number by 10 this year, as Yale opponents are
only getting 26.8 shots on target in the eight games so
far this season.
One final point regarding Yale's strong start
is that a number of players are contributing. In the six
victories, six different players have scored game-winning
goals, and 14 players have scored at least once this year.
— Joe Gladziszewski
SEEN AND HEARD IN ATLANTIC HOCKEY
The Force is with you: There's
lots of good news at the Air Force Academy after last weekend's
sweep of American International College. Air Force senior
Andrew Ramsey potted a career-high four goals in the Falcons'
6-1 win over AIC on Friday, becoming the first Air Force
player to score four goals in a single game in almost nine
years. Ramsey also scored the game-winner in Sunday's win
over AIC, tying him for the national lead with three. He
was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week.
Freshman goalie Andrew Volkening posted the
first league shutout by a freshman netminder in school history
as the Falcons blanked American International College 3-0
on Sunday. Air Force is a first-year member of Atlantic
Hockey and former member from College Hockey America.
The Falcons play at Denver on Friday, and
then host former CHA rival Robert Morris on Sunday.
— Ken McMillan
FRIES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BAG
• Boston College's rally over Maine
wasn't the only third-period comeback of note last weekend.
With less than one minute remaining in the third period
and leading by two goals, Niagara thought they were going
to pull three points out of a road trip to Bemidji State.
The Beavers scored with the goaltender pulled at the 19:24
mark. Then, with a faceoff deep in their opponents end and
six seconds remaining, things again appeared safe for Niagara,
but Rob Siranni took a pass from Tyler Scofield and rang
a shot in off the crossbar at the buzzer to tie the game
3-3. After the referees conferred, the goal was allowed
and a scoreless overtime resulted in the third consecutive
tie between the two teams.
• Miami goalie Charlie Effinger didn't
play against Nebraska-Omaha last week because of mononucleosis,
giving tandem partner Jeff Zatkoff a rare two-start weekend.
Effinger's status going forward is unclear. Miami visits
St. Lawrence and Clarkson this weekend.
• More CCHA injury news … Alaska
hopes to have freshman phenom Dion Knelson (shoulder) back
against Lake Superior State this weekend after three weeks
off. Also, Nanook forward Ryan Muspratt is expected to make
his return this weekend after having ACL surgery last winter.
• In just its second year of membership
in the ECAC Hockey League, Quinnipiac finds itself in first
place. The Bobcats' victory over Cornell on Saturday gave
Quinnipiac wins over all 11 other ECACHL teams in just 28
total games played in the league.
• Mercyhurst might be snapping into
shape. The Lakers have back-to-back ties against Canisius
and ECACHL-leaders Yale after losing their previous four
games. The Lakers' four-game losing skid was their longest
since joining the Division I ranks in 1999. Mercyhurst has
been out-shot in every contest this season.
• Northeastern's Mike Morris had himself
a busy week. Last Tuesday, he scored his 100th career point
with an assist against Providence, and on Friday, he scored
the game-tying goal with 2.6 remaining in the third period
to earn a draw with Boston College.
• Army rallied from two goals down in
the third period to pull into a 3-3 draw with host Sacred
Heart Tuesday night in Milford, Conn. The tie left both
teams atop Atlantic Hockey with 14 points apiece. The teams
played to a 2-2 draw at West Point on Oct. 14. Army has
been in first place since posting a 2-0 win over American
International College on Oct. 13. Until this season, Army
had never held first place in Atlantic Hockey or its predecessor,
the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Hockey League.
• Alabama-Huntsville head coach Doug
Ross picked up his 500th career victory Saturday. The total
includes his years as the coach of the club team. Brown
coach Roger Grillo earned his 100th career win as head coach
when the Bears defeated Harvard 2-1.
• The UMass line of Chris Capraro, Cory
Quirk and Chris Davis combined for six goals and nine assists
in the 8-1 win over Connecticut on Saturday.
• Notable CCHA numbers: Notre Dame has
only trailed for 42:17 this season, and 36:21 of that came
in Saturday's loss at Michigan State. ... Ohio State's 13
goals in last weekend's sweep of Bowling Green were the
Buckeyes' most in a series since hanging 14 on Illinois-Chicago
on Dec. 13-14, 1991. ... Lake Superior State senior goalie
Jeff Jakaitis tied the school record with his ninth career
shutout Friday against Wayne State.
• UNH is 5-0-0 on the road this season,
the first time the Wildcats have won their first five visiting
contests since 1996-97. UNH's line of Jerry Pollastrone,
Trevor Smith and Matt Fornataro is the second-highest scoring
line in the country with 19 goals and 29 assists.
A variety of sources
were utilized in the compilation of this report