When a team or individual strings together a few impressive
performances in a row, they’re said to be red hot. However,
we may have to introduce a new term to describe the torrid
start of the goaltender at Ferris State: Brown hot.
netminder Mike Brown is one of the key reasons the Bulldogs
– 7-1-0 after last week’s sweep at
Alaska Fairbanks – are off to their best
start in nearly 20 years.
named CCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth straight
time Monday after
stopping 47 of the 48 shots he faced in the two wins against
the Nanooks. No other player in the league’s history
– including Hobey Baker Award winners Ryan
Miller, Brendan Morrison, Brian Holzinger and Kip Miller
– had captured four straight weekly honors
prior to this week.
Calgary native’s statistics range from the ridiculous
to the sublime. Brown, the CCHA leader in every major goaltending
category, ranks fifth nationally in goals against average
(1.38) while playing more minutes than all but two Division
I backstops. He’s given up 11 goals in eight games,
but only five have been scored at even strength.
even though he’s made more saves (242) than any other
D-I goalie, Brown’s save percentage (.957) is third
best in the nation. He averages a little more than 30 saves
per start, including 40 stops in a 4-1 win at Notre Dame
Oct. 26. As a point of comparison, the three CCHA goaltenders
right behind Brown in GAA – Michigan State’s
Matt Migliaccio, Al Montoya of Michigan and Miami’s
David Burleigh – each average less than 23
saves per appearance.
have two or three freshman defensemen in the lineup each
night plus we converted one forward to defense so we were
really nervous coming into the year,” Ferris State
head coach Bob Daniels said. “But what has really
made a difference for us is how well Mike Brown has played
not like Brown has turned into Ken Dryden overnight. He
was named to the CCHA All-Rookie team last year after posting
a 10-13-0 record, a 2.66 GAA and a .911 save percentage
for the ninth-place Bulldogs. At the bandbox known as Ewigleben
Ice Arena, the 6-foot, 185-pounder owns a 10-3-0 career
mark, including a 3-1-0 record this season. And with six
of the Bulldogs’ next eight games at home, Brown has
a chance to improve his gaudy statistics.
been great,” said Ferris State assistant coach Derek
Lalonde. “Stats like that are ridiculous. His character,
personality, his persona reflects the team.”
IT LOOK PARISE
of Brown-hot performers – hey, if I invented
the term, I gotta use it – North Dakota freshman
Zach Parise has lived up to the hype that preceded his collegiate
of the expectations, it's not unfamiliar to me,” said
Parise, who‘s already been featured in the New York
Times and on ESPN.com. “But I have higher expectations
for myself, and it just adds more fuel to the fire.”
would end up being ineligible if he keeps going in
this direction, so I'm giving him a chance to get
back on track. And if he does, he does and if he doesn't,
I'm not going to babysit him any longer." –
Michigan coach Red Berenson, on sophomore forward
Milan Gajic, who was suspended indefinitely for academic
reasons earlier this week.
used to guys being out a week, but I haven't had this
many guys with so many serious injuries, ever. Now
we have to worry about things like how we structure
practice, because you don't want anyone else to get
beat up." – Minnesota coach
Don Lucia, on the rash of injuries plaguing the Gophers.
watching the video, we were even worse than I thought
we were.” – Alaska Anchorage
coach John Hill, discussing his team’s effort
in Friday’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota-Duluth at Sullivan
coaches are hoping Parise, the player WCHA bench bosses
tabbed as the preseason favorite for the league’s
freshman of the year honors, runs out of motivation. Through
six games, Parise has emerged as a candidate for conference
player of the year and has a legitimate shot to become the
second freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award. He’s
scored multiple points in each of his team’s contests,
including hat tricks against Canisius and Niagara and five
assists in a win over Princeton (at Hobey Baker Rink, no
“He is a little quicker than (1987 Hobey winner Tony)
Hrkac was, and he has a great shot, too,” said Fighting
Sioux coach Dean Blais. “The real deal.”
has eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points and is tied
for the national scoring lead with senior forwards John
DiSalvatore of Providence (6-14–20) and Ferris
State’s Chris Kunitz (10-10–20). Based
on points per game, the Faribault, Minn., product is far
and away the nation’s leader – at 3.33
points per outing, he outdistances the second-place DiSalvatore
(2.86 ppg) by nearly a half-point.
Parise is among the NCAA’s best in goals and assists,
but he’s also tied for first among Division I skaters
in shorthanded goals (two) and is in an 11th-place tie in
power-play goals (three).
main beneficiaries of Parise’s point-producing prowess
are his linemates, sophomores Brandon Bochenski and Quinn
Fylling. Bochenski has 9-3–12 on the season
while Fylling, who scored seven points as a rookie, has
got a pretty good line and we've had a lot of success so
far,” Parise said. “It's just really rare when
you click right away and find that much chemistry.”
A major earthquake rocked Alaska Sunday. Contrary to popular
belief on the Last Frontier, it wasn’t Alaska Fairbanks
coach Guy Gadowsky trying to shake his team out of its early-season
Nanooks, who entered the year hoping to build on last year’s
fourth-place finish in the CCHA regular season standings
and first-ever trip to the CCHA Super Six Championship in
Detroit, are simply trying to right the ship in the midst
of a disastrous 1-6-1 start, including an 0-5-1 mark in
losing just three players from last year’s team to
graduation, UAF has struggled to score. The Nanooks have
notched nine goals and 13 assists in six league games. Ferris
State’s Chris Kunitz, meanwhile, has nine goals and
10 assists in six CCHA tilts.
sent his troops the ultimate message prior to Saturday’s
5-1 loss to Ferris State in Fairbanks. Much like Gene Hackman
sending four players while keeping two on the bench in “Hoosiers”,
Gadowsky dressed only 16 skaters. Five players –
defenseman David Keough and forwards Doug Auchenberg, Jason
Grinevitch, Tom Herman and Ryan Lang – watched
the game in street clothes as healthy scratches.
felt some messages had to be sent,” Gadowsky said
following Saturday‘s defeat. “We've done a lot
of talking and had a lot of meetings, but still I thought
there was a level of comfort there that the players shouldn't
have. There was not much of a sense of urgency.”
Nanooks received another blow earlier this week when they
lost forward Aaron Voros indefinitely after doctors discovered
a bone tumor in the sophomore’s leg. Voros, a 2002
CCHA All-Rookie team selection after scoring 18 goals and
13 assists last season, returned to his hometown of Whalley,
is to regain its form from a year ago, it’ll have
to start that push on the road, which won’t be easy.
The Nanooks head to Nebraska-Omaha this weekend for a two-game
set, then get an off week before traveling to Miami for
a pair with the RedHawks. UAF closes the season’s
first half with home series against Notre Dame and Wayne
State. One encouraging note – UAF is unbeaten
in its last seven games against UNO.
isn't a great time for a road trip,” Gadowsky said.
“It's a great time for a win. If it happens on the
road I'll take it.”
FROM TODAY’S HEADLINES
night’s all right for fighting –
A fracas during the second period of Saturday’s North
Dakota-Yale game in New Haven resulted in automatic one-game
suspensions for four Fighting Sioux skaters.
Hale, Rory McMahon, Nick Fuher and Kevin Spiewak received
fighting majors and game disqualifications for their roles
in the melee. Both North Dakota coach Dean Blais and Yale
coach Tim Taylor agreed that only two players from each
team were involved in scrap, and Sioux assistant coach Brad
Berry told the Grand Forks Herald that game film proves
Spiewak and Fuher threw no punches. However, North Dakota
and Yale learned Wednesday that the suspensions would stand.
grounded – Michigan coach Red Berenson
announced that forward Milan Gajic has been suspended indefinitely
for academic reasons. Gajic, a forward from Burnaby, B.C.,
had one assist in six games this season.
Great Weekend Getaways
North Dakota at St. Cloud State –
The Fighting Sioux – appropriate nickname
given last weekend’s turn of events at Yale
– are off to their best start (6-0-0)
since 1986-97. They travel to the National Concrete
Center to face St. Cloud State, which will get a boost
this weekend as forwards Ryan Malone and Jon Cullen
are expected to return to action. Coach Craig Dahl
rolled out a young lineup in last weekend’s
series against Rensselaer – nine freshmen
dressed Friday, while 10 suited up Saturday –
but the rookie garnering the most attention will be
North Dakota’s Parise. While
you’re there: St. Cloud State has earned a well-deserved
reputation as a party school. The best place to experience
the college atmosphere at its finest has traditionally
been the Red Carpet, which bills itself as the Midwest’s
most complete night club. But we’ll let you
decide for yourself. Follow this link to the Red
Carpet’s photo gallery to see if this is
the place for you.
2. Wayne State at Ferris State –
Wayne State goaltender David Guerrera, the two-time
CHA Player of the Year, will be tested this weekend
in Big Rapids by the Bulldogs. Ewigleben Arena rocks
when Ferris is mediocre. What will the atmosphere
be like now that coach Bob Daniels’ troops are
Miami at Notre Dame – Sorry
we keep revisiting Notre Dame. Wait, no we’re
not. Anyway, this should be a pretty good matchup.
The RedHawks are off to a better start, but the Irish
probably have more talent from top to bottom. This
series has split written all over it.
– The news isn’t all bad out of the
Wolverine camp. Forward John Shouneyia, could see his first
regular-season action this weekend against Bowling Green.
The senior captain, who has been sidelined since fracturing
his wrist in the team’s exhibition contest against
Toronto last month, has been practicing for two weeks. Forward
Jason Ryznar (separated shoulder) and defenseman Andy Burnes
(mononucleosis) are not expected to return this weekend.
are for kids – Minnesota’s
12-1 rout of Alabama-Huntsville Friday featured hat tricks
from three players, as Thomas Vanek, Troy Riddle and Jon
Waibel all notched three goals. Surprisingly, it’s
not the first time in the long and storied history of Golden
Gopher hockey three players have scored hat tricks in the
same game. John Mayasich, Dick Daugherty and Gene Campbell
each scored thrice in a 14-2 win against Boston College
in an NCAA Frozen Four semifinal match on March 11, 1954.
weekly Gopher injury update – Don
Lucia may want to consider building an addition to the team’s
training room. Joining Grant Potulny (broken leg) and Barry
Tallackson (separated shoulder) in street clothes are the
sophomore Jerrid Reinholz, out indefinitely with a broken
jaw, and the aforementioned Waibel, who is sidelined for
at least a month with a broken hand. He sustained the injury
after punching the Mariucci Arena glass after scoring his
third goal of the game against UAH Friday. No word on how
the proprietors of Waibel’s fan club website –
the great www.thewaibelfactor.com
– plan to honor Jon in his absence. We hope
they’ll let us know.
way, the spate of injuries leaves the Gophers with 13 healthy
world III – Wayne State’s
14-game unbeaten streak – the nation’s
longest heading into last weekend – came
to an abrupt end after the Warriors lost to Vermont and
Dartmouth on a two-game Eastern road swing. The winless
streak could easily hit four as the Warriors venture into
Big Rapids to face Ferris State.
weekend had its bright spots, however. Wayne State goaltender
Mark Carlson made 26 saves in Saturday’s 5-3 loss
to Dartmouth, his first start since Feb. 10, 2001. He missed
all of last season after undergoing chemotherapy.
check – Colorado College senior
defenseman Tom Preissing scored three goals in the Tigers’
weekend sweep of Michigan Tech in Colorado Springs, bringing
his season total to nine, shattering his previous season
best of six he set as a sophomore and matched as a junior.
Preissing has yet to earn an assist on the season, however.
He entered the season with 58 career helpers.
ain’t over ‘til it’s over –
Just ask Lake Superior State coach Frank Anzalone and the
Lakers. On Oct. 25, the Lakers scored twice in the last
2:05 of the third period to pull even with Michigan State,
only to see the Spartans win on a goal with less than three
seconds remaining. Last Friday, LSSU gave up two goals in
a 27-second span – the last coming with 1:11
left in regulation – and watched Northern
Michigan turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win.
More from the players –
The CCHA's official web site presents the second in its
series of narratives written by student-athletes. This week,
Green's D'arcy McConvey talks about playing for new
coach Scott Paluch.
NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
Your life probably won’t change by reading these
notes, but it might.
of Notre Dame, I asked hockey SID Tim Connor if
the Irish still had the green jerseys they wore
once – in 2000 against Michigan State in
a CCHA Tournament semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Connor confirmed the sweaters still exist, but based on
the outcome of Saturday’s Notre Dame-Boston College
football game, they’ll probably remain in storage
for a while. Just a hunch.
Is it just me, or is it almost surreal to see Ron
Mason in the national spotlight in his role as
Michigan State athletics director following the firing of
football coach Bobby Williams earlier this week? A clip
from Mason’s press conference ran on SportsCenter,
a two-page story on MSU football appeared in USA Today and
the topic was discussed on ESPN Radio’s Tony Kornheiser
Show and Pardon the Interruption.
Miller traded! No, not that Miller. Michigan
State recruit Drew Miller, brother of Ryan, was dealt to
the United States Hockey League's River City Lancers by
the Lansing-based Capital Centre Pride of the North American
Alabama-Huntsville freshman goaltender Scott Munroe, who
made 52 saves in a 4-2 loss to Minnesota Saturday.
Sports Illustrated football writer Peter King, who mentions
two of life’s simple pleasures -- Tim Horton’s
coffee and donuts -- in this week’s installment of
Morning Quarterback column on CNNSI.com.
former Denver Pioneer Kevin Dineen, who announced his retirement
from the NHL this week after a 20-year career that included
stints in Hartford, Philadelphia, Carolina, Ottawa and,
most recently, Columbus. Dineen scored 760 points in 1,188
our favorite Gopher, Mr. Waibel, who notched the first hat
trick of his collegiate career vs. Alabama-Huntsville, then
proceeded to Gus Frerotte his way out of the lineup for
up to six weeks after breaking his hand with a celebratory
punch of the Mariucci Arena glass.
Northwest Airlines, for mechanical difficulties which forced
a delay of Friday’s flight from Houghton and caused
Michigan Tech radio play-by-play announcer Dirk Hembroff
to miss the Huskies’ game at Colorado College that
night. Tech assistant athletics director Dave Fischer called
the game, with athletics director Rick Yeo providing color