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new Coach Parker
Fred Parker will tell you, he hasn't missed a beat.
interim head coach Fred Parker
not to say the last few weeks haven't been trying for Parker,
now Clarkson's interim head coach for the 2002-03 season.
He was, after all, brought to Potsdam by Mark Morris over
the summer, well before the university
fired Morris Nov. 15.
it's been a tough situation all around," Parker said
this week. "Mark Morris is a friend of mine, so that's
hockey's like that sometimes," he added. "It throws
you a curveball and you just have to do your best."
doing that, working with the Clarkson team and managing
his added duties as head coach. These days, when he's not
on the ice, he's probably in a meeting. He took a minute
to chat on Tuesday, interrupting a meeting about the vacant
assistant coaching position on what is, all of a sudden,
getting to know the lay of the land," he said. "Obviously
there are a lot more things that are going on when you are
the head coach, whether that's a week or two or more."
the former Canadian junior coach prepares his team to challenge
for the ECAC title.
there's a bit of a learning curve for me (in terms of the
league)," he said. "But hockey's hockey. You've
got to figure out what teams are using what systems and
you go from there."
a 2-1-1 record since Morris was first placed on administrative
leave, the Golden Knights appear to have turned around after
an 0-3-0 start. Despite Saturday's 2-1 loss to Harvard,
Parker likes what he's seen.
got to like our goaltending," Parker said. "It's
been very strong. And we have the ability to play good team
defense. Defense is the hardest thing to coach, and these
guys are well-coached defensively."
deflects talk of the Golden Knights' permanent head coaching
position, not even acknowledging that he would be one of
the candidates. But he clearly understands that a strong
year would give him a shot at the position.
who knows me knows that's not the way I think," he
said, when asked about the job. "I came here to coach
hockey and I'll do that to the best of my ability. It's
not unlike being a player in that regard. You just do the
best job you can – you don't have
a whole lot of control over the situation, so you don't
worry about that."
MORE NOTES NO FAN SHOULD BE WITHOUT
Hampshire's Colin Hemingway will miss Friday's game
at Maine after taking a fighting major during overtime
of Tuesday's big win over Boston College. BC's Patrick
Eaves, assessed a spearing penalty on the play, will
miss the Eagles' game vs. Northeastern.
Defense in Durham – For all the explosiveness
Colin Hemingway, Lanny Gare and Sean Collins provide, New
Hampshire has risen to the top of the Hockey East standings
for one big reason: defense.
Wildcats have shut down two of Hockey East's most feared
lines in their last two games. They held Providence's DiSalvatore-Fregoe-Rask
trio scoreless in a 3-0 shutout last Friday, and limited
Boston College's Eaves-Eaves-Voce group to one assist in
Tuesday's No. 1 vs. 2 showdown win.
wasn't a lot of space out there,'' BC head coach Jerry York
told the Boston Globe after UNH's 3-2 overtime
victory. ''Both teams played good defensively. They bottled
us up a lot.''
Umile's group has done it without senior Garrett Stafford,
who was expected to be the leader of the defensive corps.
Stafford was declared academically ineligible for the fall
Umile has built his team's depth on the blue line by rotating
players in and out of the lineup. Only junior Tim Horst
and senior Kevin Truelson have played all 10 of the team's
games. Horst (3-4—7), the No. 2 scorer among Hockey
East defensemen, leads the conference with a +13 rating
overall (+8 in league games).
and his colleagues get another test right away, traveling
to Orono this weekend to try to shut down Maine's suddenly
What He Said
winner will be showered with praise, and the loser
will be taunted and booed until my throat is sore."
– Homer Simpson
the rest of the ECAC wouldn't like to know Bob Gaudet's
secret when it comes to beating Cornell?
5-2 win Saturday night gave the Big Green a 7-0-1
mark in their last eight against the Big Red. In that
same time, Dartmouth is 24-32-12 against the rest
of the ECAC.
Cornell is 43-19-5 against the rest of the ECAC during
its 0-7-1 stretch against Dartmouth.
other words, nearly 25 percent of Dartmouth's ECAC
wins since Feb. 13, 1999, have come against Cornell
(and over 25 percent of Cornell's ECAC losses in that
time have been to Dartmouth).
players like senior defenseman Trevor Byrne (3-5—8)
and sophomore forward Lee Stempniak (7-4—11)
leading the way, Gaudet should see some improvement
in his team's performance against the rest of the
even if he doesn't, I bet they'll feel pretty confident
heading into their Dec. 7 trip to Lynah Rink.
Minutemen: surprisingly good – Based on the
number of people calling them "surprisingly good,"
you might get the Massachusetts Minutemen and Eminem's 8
of acting debuts, many of the Minutemen are making their
collegiate debuts. Don Cahoon directs a lineup featuring
as many as 10 freshmen, including Gabe Winer in a starring
role as goaltender.
extremely grounded emotionally," Cahoon says of Winer,
crediting him for consistently giving the Minutemen a chance
to win. "He has a great disposition for the position
– he can handle the intensity and
pressure that go with it."
night Winer kept Massachusetts in it during an early onslaught
from UMass Lowell. The result: a comeback 4-3 victory, a
weekend sweep of the River Hawks, and the Alumni Cup (which
goes to the winner of the season series between the teams).
club, picked to finish eighth in the conference, is now
4-4-0 overall (3-3-0 in Hockey East). A win Thursday against
Iona would give the Minutemen an over-.500 record nine games
into the season for the first time since 1995-96 (6-3-0).
Cahoon – raspy voice aside –
has enjoyed it all.
had a lot of tough games – a 4-3
win over RPI, an overtime loss to Nebraska-Omaha, an overtime
loss to Providence," Cahoon says. "There are no
easy nights for us. But you look at the freshmen in the
face, and it's fun watching them develop and improve."
wins over UMass Lowell were a just reward for Massachusetts
after a 1-0 loss at Maine the weekend before (against a
Maine team, lest you forget, that posted 15 goals in two
games last weekend). And they helped the Minutemen equal
their Hockey East win total from all of last season.
rate, Massachusetts wins won't be a surprise for long.
An eerie result – Erie, Pa., was certainly
an unlikely place for Iona to pick up its first win.
the Gaels pulled out a 5-4 overtime victory Saturday over
Mercyhurst, improving to 1-9-1 on the season while Mercyhurst
suffered its first MAAC loss of the year (4-5-1 overall,
4-1-1 MAAC). Junior Tim Krueckl's deflection goal 41 seconds
into OT provided the difference.
started last season 20-0-3 in the MAAC (11-0-1 at home)
before the Lakers suffered their first conference loss,
Feb. 23 to Sacred Heart.
had some good fortune Saturday, even if things seemed to
be turning against the Gaels when goaltender Ian Vigier
had to leave the game after taking a shot to the head midway
through the second period. With just one second remaining
in the middle frame, freshman defenseman Ryan Swanson scored
his first career goal on a 5-on-3 Iona power play, their
first extra-man goal in 39 opportunities.
tied the score 2-2 and helped lift the Gaels to the win,
the biggest upset of the young MAAC season.
Red-hot Crimson – Harvard's win at
Clarkson didn't just spoil Fred Parker's perfect record.
gave the Crimson their first two-game sweep at Clarkson
and St. Lawrence since the 1992-93 season.
you consider it’s been 10 years—yes, it is a
big accomplishment,” head coach Mark Mazzoleni said.
“It is a very difficult trip and both these teams
have played extremely well at home over the years.”
Crimson appear to have fully recovered from their 4-0 loss
to Brown to open the season. Dominic Moore and Tim Pettit
have captured the last two ECAC Player of the Week awards,
with Pettit earning the honors this week with a three-goal
effort that included a short-handed goal in each game.
who has a four-game point-scoring streak (4-3—7),
will play his 100th career game Friday at Cornell.
Great Weekend Getaways
Harvard (Fri.) and Brown (Sat.) at Cornell
took two out of three from Cornell last year, including
the ECAC tournament title game, and the two teams are
league co-favorites this year. All of that adds a little
spice to an already hot rivalry. Saturday's game features
the two top goaltenders in the ECAC as well.
While You're There: Get to Ithaca on Thursday, drop
by Benchwarmers and have them throw the UMass Lowell-BU
game on TV. You can join the Big Red fans and root against
the Terriers, since they've got to get ready for Jack
Parker's boys to visit next week.
New Hampshire at Maine (Fri.) – The Wildcats
have excelled on defense (see above), while Maine
posted 15 goals in two games last weekend. UNH holds
the top spot in the conference, but Maine, with an
eight-game unbeaten streak, is 3-0-0 in league play.
Mercyhurst at Rensselaer (Sat.) – Last Saturday
night both of these teams saw their opponents earn
their first win of the season. Neither plays Friday,
so they have an extra day to reflect on those losses.
I think they’ll be ready for the puck to drop.
Oil drillings – Fair-weather Bruins fans
awaiting the inevitable fall, take note: the Edmonton Oilers
should be every college hockey fan's favorite team.
Oil feature more former college players than a high-level
men's league in Medford. Among the smart kids, Marty Reasoner
(Boston College) and Todd Marchant (Clarkson) both made
headlines this week.
returned to Alberta after an ever-so-brief demotion to Hamilton,
and has been red hot. He's been centering Ethan Moreau and
highly-touted Oilers' prospect Ales Hemsky on the second
good to get into the game and feel that you're a part of
the end product in helping the team win,'' said Reasoner.
"A lot of the credit goes to Ethan Moreau, he's kind
of the catalyst. He's relentless and we kind
of feed off of that. The way he plays you can't help but
try and step your own game up.''
meanwhile, made waves with some slightly bolder statements
after a game with Cliff Ronning and the Minnesota Wild.
Ronning is an embarrassment to the sport," Marchant
said. "If they're going to call it one way, they should
call the dives, too. There's no place in the game for that."
It's probably a good thing our Oilers aren't in the same
division as the New Jersey Devils.
WEEK'S NHL TRANSACTIONS
Blue Jackets – Recalled center Blake Bellefeuille
(Boston College) from Syracuse of the AHL.
Predators – Recalled forward Greg Koehler (UMass Lowell)
from Milwaukee of the AHL. Recalled forwards Greg Classen
(Merrimack) and Darren Haydar (New Hampshire) from Milwaukee
on Sunday before re-assigning them to Milwaukee on Monday.
Jersey Devils – Recalled center Craig Darby (Providence)
from Albany of the AHL.
Bay Lightning – Exercised contract option for coach
John Tortorella (Maine) for the 2003-04 season.
PRO TRANSACTION OF THE WEEK
City Boardwalk Bullies (ECHL) – Returned forward Brendan
Walsh (Boston University and Maine) to Wilkes-Barre of the
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BAG
Darren Haydar (New Hampshire) made his NHL debut on Sunday,
while Don Sweeney (Harvard) played in his 1,000th career
NHL game last Thursday.
New Hampshire sophomore Sean Collins scored on both shots
he took in Tuesday night's showdown with Boston College.
Collins has seven goals on 20 shots this year, an amazing
Brown has already scored eight power-play goals (36.4
percent), half of their PPG total from all of last season.
The Cornell Daily Sun
school's student paper gave the Harvard game the hype
a great college rivalry deserves. Be sure to see the
column from ex-Big Red captain Brad Chartrand.
The Ivy League
Harvard, Cornell and Yale occupy the top four spots
in the ECAC.
Hat salesmen, Hamden, Conn.
Craig, Brian Herbert and Wade Winkler have given Quinnipiac
hat tricks in each of its last three games. Even more
special for Winkler: the school's new mascot, Boomer
the Bobcat, made his first appearance at the Northford
Ice Pavilion on Saturday.
Thomas Pock has moved to defense for Massachusetts, but
still contributes offensively. He had a goal and an assist
in each game last weekend and earned Hockey East Player
of the Week honors.
Clarkson's next nine games are all outside of the ECAC.
The Golden Knights will honor their 1961-62, '65-66 and
'69-70 teams – all of which were NCAA runners-up
– at Saturday's game vs. Bemidji State.
With Princeton and Iona winning Saturday night, every team
in the country has at least one win. UMass Lowell (0-6-0
in Hockey East heading into Thursday's game at Boston University)
is the lone team in the East without a conference win.
Holy Cross holds the nation's longest current winning streak
at seven games.
One key to Maine's 7-3 win over Boston University was a
5-on-3 penalty kill early in the third when the Black Bears
were clinging to a two-goal lead. Larry Mahoney of the Bangor
Daily News writes that Maine has killed off all eight
two-man disadvantages it has faced this season.
Maine scored five goals in a span of 5:08 Friday at Northeastern,
as Huskies coach Bruce Crowder used all three of his goalies
in the second period.
Massachusetts has outscored opponents in the third period
10-1 over the last seven games. Goaltender Gabe Winer has
a .966 save percentage in the third period this season.
Canisius has won four out of five games after starting the
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