It's no secret
that Wayne State senior goaltender Marc Carlson will be thankful
for a lot of things this week.
He has his health after successfully battling testicular cancer
two years ago. He has a few accounting job offers lined up for
after he graduates in May. And the 25-year-old from Hingham, Mass.,
might be in line for some more playing time after leading the
Warriors to a 3-2 upset at Michigan State last Thursday.
"Going in, we were all kind of feeling we'd be lucky if we
could stay in there," Carlson said. "Then I'm sitting
there in the third period and I look up and it's 2-2. I'm wondering
how that happened. It was a wild game. One of the most exciting
I've ever been a part of."
Carlson got the start after sophomore goalie Matt Kelly struggled
in his last two games. (Kelly has now given up six and seven goals
in consecutive games after never allowing more than four in his
short collegiate career). It was just Carlson's third start of
the season, but he certainly made the most of it by turning away
39 of the Spartans' 41 shots.
Kelly was back in net for MSU's 7-2 win the following night. Carlson
thinks the disparity will probably earn him the call when WSU
next hits the ice, Dec. 5 at Bemidji State.
been around here long enough to kind of predict when I'm going
to play and when I'm not," Carlson said. "But I've been
in that situation before where I've had a big win and didn't get
the next start. It used to anger me at times, but I don't let
it get to me anymore. I think it helps that I'm not going to pursue
hockey after this year. It's not do-or-die.
"I would expect to get a start at Bemidji. If I don't, I'll
probably go up to [assistant coach] Willie [Mitchell] and ask
him if I was supposed to get a shutout at Michigan State or something."
Carlson speaks with a good measure of thoughtfulness and maturity.
His cancer scare, which forced him into surgery and extensive
chemotherapy, provided him a new way to look at life. He passed
the critical two-year mark in his recovery earlier this month,
meaning his scheduled checkups have been reduced from four to
one a year. There's a small chance of recurrence, but he's in
greater danger of developing leukemia from his treatment.
If Carlson is still cancer-free at five years, he can stop seeing
a urologist all together. He said some of his younger teammates
don't even know about the ordeal that kept him out of the 2001-02
"It's not as known as it was," Carlson said. "At
first, I think I was treated differently because of it. Now, it's
somewhat of a distant memory. But I don't mind talking about it
if the younger guys ask me. It's not something I'm trying to forget.
"It made me stronger."
SEEN AND HEARD IN THE LEAGUES
Beg For Mercy – With all of Cornell's troubles
at Lynah this year, be on upset alert when Mercyhurst
rolls into Ithaca Saturday. The Lakers are fresh off
a 7-4 thumping of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo and have also
beaten Ohio State on the road this year. Against the Broncos,
Mercyhurst went 4-for-5 on the power play and hung five second-period
goals on the hosts, who took Friday's game 4-2. This is game No.
3 of the Lakers' 11-date roadstand. Oh, to be home in Erie for
the holidays. With a Mercyhurst win in Ithaca and the possibility
that Quinnipiac could succeed in a series at
Merrimack, Atlantic Hockey could be in line for a memorable Thanksgiving
Merri-smack – With its 3-2 win over Hockey
East's Merrimack on Saturday, Bemidji State has now beaten
a member of all six Division I conferences. The Beavers
probably should have gotten a sweep in North Andover, but the
Warriors overcame a 38-20 shot disadvantage to steal a 3-2 overtime
BSU has registered at least one power-play goal in seven straight
games – a Division I-era school record. This after being
blanked in their first 22 attempts of the season. "Nothing
was wrong," junior defenseman John Haider said. "We
just didn't get the bounces we needed to get. The power play is
better now. It's rolling."
Before we put the Beavers to bed for the week, one more meaningless
nugget: Bemidji State has scored either two or three goals in
six straight games. At least they're consistent.
Great Weekend Getaways
Force at Colorado College (Fri.), Denver at Air Force (Sat.)
Take a tour of Colorado Springs this weekend, starting
near downtown at World Arena on Friday. The Falcons are
winless in their last 25 games against the Tigers, but this
might be the year (and no, I'm not a closet Cubs fan). Head
a few miles to the north side on Saturday, as Denver visits
Cadet Ice Arena for what certainly should be the Academy's
biggest home game of the season. Combined, Air Force is
8-74-2 all-time against CC and Denver.
While you're there: Hit the Golden Bee, an English pub
in the swanky Broadmoor Hotel that was imported from London
40 years ago. It's famous for its yard-sized ales, as well
as ragtime, sing-along pianists in the evenings.
• Way to go,
American International! The Yellow Jackets finally
discovered the win column with a 4-1 triumph over Army on
Sunday and then liked it so much, they won again, 3-2, against
Bentley on Tuesday. Sophomore forward C.J. McConnell has
been the man lately, netting three goals in the last two
games, including the overtime winner Tuesday. AIC's wins
leave Vermont and Northeastern as the only winless teams
in college hockey.
After we sang the praises of Findlay's power play
last week, the Oilers responded with an 0-for-13 weekend.
Their conversion percentage dipped from 22.2 to 17.2 in
the process. Surprisingly, they still managed a win and
a tie against Canisius. On a side note, sophomore goalie
Jon Horrell (1-4-0) hasn't won since the season-opening
game against Michigan State on Oct. 14. Freshman Will Hooper
is getting most of the work now.
Sorry to do this, but I also have to give a bench minor
to the Colgate students lauded in my colleagues'
notebook this week. As a full-blooded fan of Buckeye
football, I find their actions disgusting and distasteful.
I dropped $200 to get into that game. Hopefully, I don't
have to pay that much at the College Hockey Showcase this
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BAG
• While most of the country enjoys a couple of
days off this week, Alabama-Huntsville must wonder
what the big deal is. The Chargers never seem to have to go to
work. They haven't played since losing to Miami on Nov. 8 and
won't drop the puck again until Dec. 5 at Niagara. That's almost
a month's vacation.
They're tied with Harvard and Brown for the
fewest games played (6) in the nation, and both of those teams
are in action this weekend. Huntsville coach Doug Ross must have
taken that Labatt "Free Your Time" commercial on CBC
• Kudos to Canisius freshman Billy Irish-Baker
for netting the game-tying goal against Findlay
on Saturday. And also for having a name that rivals that of teammate
• Speaking of the Golden Griffins, they
mustered only 17 shots in a shutout loss to the Oilers on Friday.
That total is never good, but it was especially abysmal because
Canisius had seven power-play
• Quinnipiac is in good shape at second
place in Atlantic Hockey. But the Bobcats are doing all of their
damage at home (5-0-0). They're 0-4-2 on the road.
• Army coach Rob Riley has been stuck on
299 career victories for four games (0-3-1). He'll have this weekend
off to think about it and then take the Black Knights to league-leading
Holy Cross on Dec. 5-6. The Black Knights' 1-4-2
record in November marked their first losing month since last
Army's woes have been rooted mostly in the offensive end. The
Black Knights have scored just five goals in their last four games
and are averaging just 1.7 goals per game this season. They haven't
tallied more than three goals in a contest yet.
• Quinnipiac and UConn
skated to a 1-1 draw in the second part of their three-game battle
for the "Heroes Hat." Considering the teams combined
for 78 shots in the game, it's safe to say goaltenders Jamie Holden
(QU) and Scott Tomes (UConn) were the heroes of the night.
• In last
week's notebook, Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl
bemoaned his team's power play ineffectiveness. The Crusaders,
presumably avid readers of the site, might have taken the criticism
to heart. They
popped in four man-advantage markers this weekend, including three
in Saturday's 6-5 overtime win against Sacred Heart. For the weekend,
INCH National Player
of the Week Greg Kealey scored one power-play goal and set
up two others. The Crusaders' success helped them sweep Atlantic
Hockey's weekly awards – offensive (Kealey), goaltender
(Tony Quesada, shared with Holden) and rookie (James Sixsmith).
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