6 , 2002
| HOCKEY EAST | MAAC
no one-man band at Brown
you do something for the first time in over a century, you
deserve some headlines.
best goalies in the East, at this point:
1. Yann Danis, Brown
2. Dave LeNeveu, Cornell
3. Mike Ayers, New Hampshire
4. Jim Howard, Maine
5. Nolan Schaefer, Providence
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was the case for Brown goaltender Yann Danis, whose 4-0
win over Harvard in the Bears’ opener marked their
first shutout win over the Crimson since the schools’
first meeting – January 19, 1898.
a "first-time-since" note that can’t be
duplicated in college hockey. Brown-Harvard is the sport’s
longest-running active series, covering 138 games since
that 1898 meeting.
may be the best goaltender in the East – as we think
he is (see text box, right) – and he gets the majority
of the publicity from the Brown locker room. Quick, if you’re
not a Brown fan, name five other Bears. It’s like
naming early ’80s Saturday Night Live cast members
other than Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo.
you can expect this season’s Brown club to turn in
a better overall performance than those lean SNL years.
Head coach Roger Grillo says that while Danis’s performance
in net is a big part of the reason, he also helps by handling
the spotlight with grace.
critical in (that type of situation) is the person himself,”
says Grillo, in his sixth season leading the Bears. “Yann
makes it easy on everybody because he’s humble and
easy-going. He’d be the first to tell you that we
have a solid group of defensemen. Our guys play solid team
defense, and that’s what’s going to make us
pressed, Grillo identifies a trio of seniors as other keys
to Brown’s success – Ty Korbl, Keith Kirley
and Chris Legg. But clearly he instills the belief that,
beyond Danis’s heroics, Brown needs a team effort
if it hopes to challenge for the ECAC title.
our league, the intangibles are critical,” says Grillo.
“There’s not a big difference between each team.
The key for us in any game is how hard we work. We have
to use our depth and skating ability to our advantage.”
team effort – and 30 saves from Danis – delivered
the 4-0 win over Harvard, Danis's fourth career shutout
(a Brown record). That win over an arch-rival – coupled
with last season’s turnaround and the recent renovations
to Meehan Auditorium (see last
week’s notebook) – has excitement running
high on College Hill.
a lot of real positive energy around the rink and on campus,”
Grillo says. “Monday’s practice was exciting.
Part of the key for us is to use that energy, and part of
it is to forget about last weekend and move on.”
MORE NOTES NO FAN SHOULD BE WITHOUT
What They Said
don't want to lose your love tonight."
– The Outfield
of Hockey East's two remaining unbeatens – Boston
College or Providence – will suffer a loss first?
tried to consult our favorite gypsy fortune-teller
(Elizabeth from Weirs Beach, N.H., if you're wondering).
She closes up shop in the off-season, though, so it's
up to us to evaluate the odds.
College faces Merrimack Thursday night, and the Warriors
have already given BU and UNH fits.
plays a home-and-home with Northeastern, starting
in Matthews Arena. That can be a tough place to play,
but the Friars are 7-3-0 in their last 10 trips.
guess here? The Huskies might steal a point from Providence,
but both BC and PC will stay unbeaten – heading
into their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Providence.
Trouble in the North Country – Clarkson University,
its new Athletic Director Sean T. Frazier, and head coach
Mark Morris appear to have their hands full.
to media reports out of Potsdam, Morris has been placed
on administrative leave while the university investigates
an alleged incident involving Morris and a player at a morning
lost to nearby rival St. Lawrence, 2-1, that night.
status for this weekend's games at Rensselaer and Union
is uncertain. His future behind the Golden Knight bench
could be uncertain as well, pending the outcome of the university's
Cuts that might not hurt ... hockey, at least –
Even more dreaded than the words “internal investigation”
in college athletics are the following: “cutting sports.”
precisely what’s happening at Canisius, as the school
announced late last week that it will eliminate football
and seven other sports. Hockey remains, however –
making this painful and all-too-common occurrence in college
athletics a potential windfall for coach Brian Cavanaugh’s
program. Cavanaugh, in his 22nd season coaching the Golden
Griffins, was elevated to full-time status three years ago.
the realignment, the funds currently spent on the discontinued
sports will be reallocated among the remaining sports,”
said Athletic Director Tim Dillon.
funding will be allocated to athletics in succeeding years
to allow us to offer more athletic scholarships, hire more
full-time coaches and to make other necessary upgrades in
Griffs (1-6-0 overall, 1-2-0 MAAC) posted a mild upset last
weekend with a 3-2 overtime win over Sacred Heart, which
was a preseason favorite to finish among the top three in
the MAAC. Canisius plays its first road games of the season
this weekend at Connecticut and Holy Cross.
Langway joins short list – Legendary New
Hampshire defenseman Rod Langway was inducted to the Hockey
Hall of Fame in Toronto Monday. The momentous occasion got
us to thinking how many college players have been inducted
to the Hall.
answer? As we suspected, not many – Langway makes
it six, in fact (if we missed someone, let
Hobey Baker, Princeton
• Frank Brimsek, St. Cloud State
• Ken Dryden, Cornell
• Tony Esposito, Michigan Tech
• Rod Langway, New Hampshire
• Joe Mullen, Boston College
others inducted in the Player category have college ties,
including former Northeastern coach Fern Flaman, former
Princeton coach Bill Quackenbush and former Harvard coach
Ralph (Cooney) Weiland. “Badger” Bob Johnson
(Wisconsin), John Mariucci (Minnesota) and Craig Patrick
(Denver) have all earned spots in the Hall in the Builder
six college players probably feel pretty lonely –
and with three goalies, they can’t even play a decent
game of shinny. Here are six more than should double their
ranks over the next dozen years:
Chris Chelios, Wisconsin
• Brett Hull, Minnesota-Duluth
• Adam Oates, Rensselaer
• Brian Leetch, Boston College
• Paul Kariya, Maine
• Rob Blake, Bowling Green
Market watch – When Boston University
and Rensselaer met in the finals of the IceBreaker Invitational,
who knew the two teams would be about as predictable as
the Dow and NASDAQ in the early season?
that tournament, the Engineers have beaten two formidable
WCHA opponents in their own buildings – Wisconsin
and St. Cloud State. But they've also suffered a big loss
to UMass Lowell and managed just 12 shots in a loss to Massachusetts.
University, meanwhile, won the IceBreaker, then returned
East and tied Vermont before losing to Merrimack. Since
then the Terriers have won three in a row, including back-to-back
one-goal road victories last weekend.
Great Weekend Getaways
Merrimack at Boston University (Sat.)
Terriers host Merrimack with the Warriors' upset fresh
in their minds. You'd think that would be enough to
ensure a BU win this time around, but Chris Serino's
crew has proven to be a pesky bunch. They had UNH on
the ropes in Durham last weekend.
While You're There: You've got to visit the Dugout.
If you plan to go after the game, you don't need directions
– just follow the crowd.
Canisius at Holy Cross (Sat.) – The MAAC's hottest
team, Holy Cross has won four in a row. Canisius is
coming off an overtime win over Sacred Heart. It's
a 3 p.m. start, so you could still make it to the
Dugout – I mean Walter Brown – for a nightcap.
Clarkson at Rensselaer (Fri.) – How will the
Golden Knights respond?
Shooting blanks – Don’t let the tie
at Northeastern, loss to BU and the come-from-behind win
against Merrimack deceive you – UNH may have fallen
from its No. 1 ranking, but the Wildcats aren’t going
head coach Dick Umile was thrilled with the way his team
played in Saturday night’s loss to the Terriers.
might be the best overall game we've played and we come
out with a loss," Umile told Allen Lessels of the Union
Leader. "That's how the game goes sometimes. Some
of our best scoring chances didn't go in. (BU goalie Sean)
Fields played well. It's a crazy game sometimes. It was
a good hockey game. I liked the effort."
of the reason for the 1-1-1 results over the last three:
UNH’s scoring touch, which was red-hot in the season’s
first three games, has faded.
Wildcats have fired 121 shots on goal over the last three
games (over 40 per game) and scored eight goals (under three
per game), after scoring 18 goals in the first three. The
power play, meanwhile, has gone 0-for-14 in the last three
games after a 7-for-18 start.
knows the extra-man unit will start clicking, and the shots
will start finding the net. The Wildcats’ firepower—with
players like Colin Hemingway, Sean Collins, Lanny Gare and
Josh Prudden—won’t stay quiet for long.
WEEK'S NHL TRANSACTIONS
York Rangers: Recalled left wing Ted Donato (Harvard) from
Hartford of the AHL.
Flyers : Recalled forward Patrick Sharp (Vermont) from Philadelphia
of the AHL.
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BAG
Maine's Chris Heisten had three goals and five assists (eight
points) in 28 games last season. The senior surpassed that
goal total last weekend alone. On the year, he stands tied
for third in Hockey East with seven goals and tied for 12th
with nine points.
Sharp gets recalled and Tim Thomas rolls along. But
we just can't get enough of Martin St. Louis (9-11—20)
and the Lightning.
Jeff Dams, Holy Cross
a hand in every Crusader goal in the win over Union,
Holy Cross's fourth win in a row and its first victory
over an ECAC team.
Justin Maiser, Boston University
three goals and two assists on the weekend, including
the game-winning goal in each game. And both were one-goal
games, so these weren't Mike-Greenwell-game-winning-RBI
types of goals.
Maine gets its Hockey East schedule underway this weekend
with a home game against Massachusetts. The rest of the
conference has all played at least one game.
Quinnipiac is unbeaten in MAAC play (4-0-1) and atop the
league standings. The Bobcats are outscoring conference
opponents by an average of 5.2 to 2.6.
Boston College expects Ben Eaves to return from his rib
injury for Thursday's game at Merrimack.
Yale will be without Chris Higgins, Evan Wax, Stacey Bauman
and Nick Deschenes as the Bulldogs face conference favorite
Cornell Friday night. The four received fighting majors
in Yale's 7-3 loss to North Dakota last Saturday.
Union has allowed eight power-play goals in 20 opportunities
in its last four games (60.0 percent penalty killing).
Vermont's win over Wayne State halted the nation's longest
winning streak at 14 games.
Army freshman goaltender Brad Roberts posted the school's
first shutout in MAAC play in a 3-0 win over Iona. He stopped
34 shots the next night as the Black Knights completed the
weekend sweep of the Gaels.
Iona has been shut out four times in its first seven games.
Eight of the 11 goals Canisius has scored this season have
come on the power play.
variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this