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picks up Pioneers in Dubielewicz's absence.
goaltender Wade Dubielewicz made a name for himself last season,
even if most people couldn't pronounce it. He rightfully earned
first-team all-WCHA and second-team All-America honors after
posting a 20-4-0 record, a 1.72 goals against average and
a .943 save percentage.
Berkhoel is 6-0-1 for Denver this season.
compadre between the pipes for the Pioneers, Adam Berkhoel,
wasn't exactly "Red Light" Racicot last season.
The third team all-league pick, who split time with Dubielewicz,
was 12-4-1 with a 2.34 GAA and a .917 svs% in 2001-02. Still,
he more or less was Joey Fatone to Dubielewicz's Justin
of a leg injury to Dubielewicz, Denver has been forced to
abandon the two-goalie rotation for the time being and go
solely Berkhoel, who has responded. He's started the Pioneers'
last three games and emerged with two wins and a tie. The
junior from Woodbury, Minn., is one of five unbeaten goaltenders
in the Division I ranks, and leads the WCHA with a 1.62
GAA and a .927 svs%.
is a classic butterfly goalie," Denver assistant coach
Seth Appert said. "He's worked very hard on managing
the game and has played more patient."
who found out Dubielewicz wouldn't make the trip to Alaska
Anchorage in the middle of last week, said he didn't change
his approach to the game even though he knew he would be
making two starts.
you play two different goalies it's a totally different
game for the other team," Berkhoel said. "Our
team made it really easy for me Saturday by allowing 10
rightfully giving credit where it's due, it should be noted
that Berkhoel has made it really easy for his teammates
this season by giving up two or fewer goals in all but one
of his starts.
mentality is that of a battler, a warrior," said Appert,
a goaltender at Ferris State in the mid '90s. "He'll
do whatever it takes to stop the puck."
hopes to have Dubielewicz back in service for a key series
against rival Colorado College Dec. 6-7, meaning Berkhoel
will most likely get two more starts this weekend when the
Pioneers host Mercyhurst and Air Force. Even with the increased
playing time, Berkhoel is looking forward to the return
of the dynamic duo.
talk about what happened in Friday night's game and I use
that as I go into Saturday," Berkhoel said of his routine
with Dubielewicz. "With him playing Friday and me playing
Saturday, it's worked the past year and a half."
played well all weekend, but I told them before the
game that you can't just play well to beat Michigan.
You have to find a way to win." –
Notre Dame coach Dave Poulin, following his team's
4-3 win at Yost Arena Saturday. It was the Irish's
first victory in Ann Arbor since 1982.
was dirty. Just dirty and greasy." –
Nebraska-Omaha goaltender Brian Haaland, on Saturday's
game against Northern Michigan. The contest, a 5-4
UNO victory, featured a combined 27 penalties, most
coming in the third period.
last thing we want our players to do is walk out of
here feeling good after that performance. Even if we
had tied, or by some miracle won the game, there would
have been huge repercussions for the embarrassing performance
we had tonight." –
Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves, following his team's 3-2
loss at North Dakota Saturday. The Badgers are 1-5-0
in their last six games.
BATS OFF TO THEE!
item comes to us via e-mail from our Ontario correspondents,
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry (or someone who fortuitously
usurped the identities of the "Hockey Night in Canada"
mainstays). Nevertheless, Ron and Grapes snuck away from
Coaches Corner long enough to tune into Saturday's Minnesota-Michigan
Tech broadcast and file this report.
is up 1-0 in the third and (Frank) Mazzocco and (Doug) Woog
are down in the mouth as the Gophers struggle. Out of nowhere,
a bat appears in Mariucci and begins flying around looking
for a place to roost (apparently it escaped from the head
of Woog himself). Woog starts calling for a tennis racket
so he can take the bat out ("they come down the chimney
up at the lake, the little devils") and the TV crew
from Channel 45 in the Twin Cities starts showing replays
of the bat swooping over the crowd and the ice.
Minnesota's offense wakes up and scores two goals in less
than a minute with the bat still cavorting about the building.
Woog christens it the "Rally Bat" and starts singing
an incoherent, tone-deaf song about it. The TV crew finds
a replay from the camera between the benches showing a Gopher
player beckoning the bat to come closer as it buzz-bombs
the ice, as if he's calling it out to drop the gloves. In
the postgame wrapup Woog and Mazzocco award the bat with
the Seventh Player Award.
assuming the bat will be captured for release at a later
date when Minnesota needs a spark. I don't expect the crowd
to begin spelling "Eptesicus fuscus" or just plain
"bat" instead of "M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A".
And no truth to the rumour that Mariucci's new nickname
will be "The Belfry.""
FROM TODAY'S HEADLINES
the flag: Our series on the performance of teams
in non-conference play concludes this week with a look at
the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
North Dakota (6-0-0): Outside of Michigan,
the competition hasn't exactly been great, but you can't
really argue with zero losses.
Denver (5-1-0): The Pies have faced a demanding
non-conference slate and the only loss is to Boston College
at Conte. On the horizon –
this year's Denver Cup features Clarkson, Miami and New
Hampshire in a field that could almost double as an NCAA
Colorado College (3-1-0): The Tigers should
probably be docked for splitting at home with Mass.-Lowell,
but a shutout of Maine in Anchorage more than makes up for
it. Even if the Black Bears had to fly halfway around the
world to get there.
Alaska Anchorage (1-2-1): Tempted to dock
Seawolves for tying Iona, but split with rival Alaska-Fairbanks
and hung tough with Maine, which is acceptable.
Michigan Tech (1-1-1): Opened season by
losing to Northern Michigan, but took three points from
St. Lawrence after busing 18 hours to upstate New York.
Michigan and either Boston U. or Michigan State loom at
this year's Great Lakes Invitational, as does a rematch
Minnesota (3-1-1): Drilled Ohio State at
site of 2002 national title victory in season opener, but
Gophs would've crushed the Red Wings that night. Loss and
tie at New Hampshire a little disappointing. Could face
Boston College in Corporate Sponsor (nee Mariucci) Classic.
Minnesota State, Mankato (1-2-1): Got swept
by host Providence before the Friars elected to take the
gas pipe, but took three points from a pretty good Bemidji
Wisconsin (4-2-0): Given the Badgers' struggles,
they probably should get more credit for wins against Northern
Michigan and Northeastern and a nice effort in a loss to
Boston College. Loss to Rensselaer in first game of the
year stings a little. Colgate and either Harvard or NMU
await in the Badger Hockey Showdown.
St. Cloud State (2-2-0): The good –
the split at Ferris State. The not-so-good –
the split at home vs. Rensselaer. Providence comes calling
Minnesota-Duluth (0-1-1): Hard to judge
the Bulldogs on a season-opening series against Notre Dame.
Next three series –
Bemidji State, Union and honorary WCHA member Rensselaer.
Great Weekend Getaways
College Hockey Showcase: This event has become
college hockey's Thanksgiving weekend tradition, with
Big Ten rivals Michigan State, Michigan, Minnesota
and Wisconsin facing off each year. This season, it's
the WCHA teams hosting. Michigan State is at Minnesota
Friday and plays Wisconsin Saturday. Michigan, meanwhile,
starts at Wisconsin Friday and closes with a Sunday
matinee at Mariucci Arena.
the past, these four schools have come into the Showcase
poised for runs at conference and NCAA titles, and
the games have served as a battle for position in
the national polls. But with Michigan State and Wisconsin
struggling, and Michigan and Minnesota battling injuries,
this year's event could make or break a team's collective
you're there: Due to its focus on eating large quantities
of food and watching football, Thanksgiving has rightfully
earned its place as the year's best holiday. But why
stop on Thursday? Make it a four-day holiday, substituting
hockey for football. The best ways to satisfy the
necessary food requirements are as follows.
Head to St. Paul and drop into Patrick McGovern's
Pub, just a two-line pass from the Xcel Energy Center.
The house specialty is turkey with all the trimmings,
so if you don't get your fill Thursday, you'll definitely
overdose on tryptophan. If you're fortunate, you'll
track down tickets for Friday afternoon's Avalanche-Wild
game, then head over to Mariucci for the MSU-Gopher
tilt. Consider me fortunate.
With apologies to the Nitty Gritty, the Prime
Quarter is the best place in Madison, as Ice Cube
would say, "to get your grub on." Patrons
are encouraged to select and grill their own cut of
beef or the catch of the day. Don't fill up on beef,
though, because you'll want to save room for the salad
bar, baked potato and Texas toast.
2. Minnesota State, Mankato at North Dakota
– Laugh if you must, but the Mavericks
are a respectable 2-4-4 against the Fighting Sioux
over the last three seasons. Besides, North Dakota
can't win them all, can they?
Wayne State at Michigan Tech – Since
it's technically a two-day holiday – seriously,
what percentage of Americans work on the Friday after
Thanksgiving? – you'll have enough time to make
the 24-hour drive from where ever you live to Houghton.
for Victories: Let's count the number of streaks
that came to an end when host Bowling Green handed reeling
Michigan State a 3-2 overtime loss Friday. The Falcons won
their first CCHA game since Feb. 23, 2002, ending a 10-game
league winless streak. BGSU also snapped an 11-game winless
streak against Michigan State that dated back to Dec. 7,
1997, and a seven-game home losing skid against the Spartans
that started Oct. 21, 1995.
of the Spartans: With a 1-4-0 November record and
games this week at Minnesota and Wisconsin in the College
Hockey Showcase, Michigan State is guaranteed its first
sub.-500 month since Feb. 1995, when the Spartans posted
a 3-4-1 mark. A loss to Minnesota Friday would also give
State a four-game losing streak, which hasn't happened since
Jan. 19-Feb. 1, 1991. Following the Showcase, MSU plays
a home-and-home with Ferris State and gets Boston U. in
the first round of the Great Lakes Invitational.
MSU losing streak could easily be five games right now,
given the team's penchant for blowing leads late. The Spartans
squandered a two-goal lead in the last 2:05 against Lake
Superior State Oct. 25, only to win on a Brock Radunske
goal with two seconds left in regulation. Then, following
a loss to Niagara, State gave away a two-goal lead against
the Purple Eagles in the last 3:50 of regulation. Radunske
got the game-winner in OT.
boss: Denver coach George Gwozdecky, dissatisfied
with his team's effort in Friday's 2-2 tie at Alaska Anchorage,
dressed just 15 skaters for Saturday's 3-1 win. Forwards
Jeff Drummond and Luke Fulghum and defenseman Brett Skinner
were healthy scratches, while forward Kevin Ulanski was
out due to injury.
forwards Ted O'Leary (second game of the season) and J.J.
Hartmann (eighth game) and defenseman Scott Drewicki (sixth
game) into the lineup, the Pioneers outshot the Seawolves
29-10, got a goal from freshman Gabe Gauthier 43 seconds
into the game and took just four minor penalties en route
to the victory.
was fun to watch our team play with the kind of effort and
passion they gave (Saturday)," Gwozdecky told Anchorage
Daily News writer Doyle Woody. "That's the kind
of effort I think a coach can be proud of."
casting: As usual, there's a definite Western flavor
to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's preliminary rankings
of collegiate prospects for the league's 2003 Entry Draft.
North Dakota's Zach Parise tops the rankings. He's followed
by Thomas Vanek of Minnesota, Ohio State's Ryan Kesler and
Mark Stuart of Colorado College. Stuart is the top-rated
collegiate defenseman, in front of Michigan's Danny Richmond
and Corey Potter and Evan Shaw of Michigan State.
five goaltenders listed, three –
Michigan's Al Montoya, Michigan State's Justin Tobe and
Travis Weber of Minnesota –
play in the West. Jimmy Howard of Maine is the top-ranked
NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
Your life probably won't change by reading these notes,
but it might
look now, but diminuitive goaltender Karl Goehring
is doing in the American Hockey League what he did in college.
The ex-North Dakota star, now with the Syracuse Crunch,
leads the AHL in goals against average (0.82) and saves
percentage (.971) in posting a 5-1-0 record. The Apple Valley,
Minn., product has twice recorded back-to-back shutouts,
most recently Saturday and Sunday against Albany and Hamilton,
respectively, and has given up just one goal in his last
five starts for the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
about this turn of events for Northern Michigan
forward Chris Gobert in Saturday's loss at Nebraska-Omaha?
Gobert is awarded a penalty shot with 1:20 left in regulation
and converts to cut the Mavericks' lead to 5-4. After the
goal, UNO asks for a measurement on Gobert's stick. It's
illegal, Gobert is penalized and the Mavs go on to win by
though he played basketball at Montana State, "Late
Late Show" host Craig Kilborn is still a Minnesotan
at heart. Spotted on the set of the Hastings, Minn.,
native's show Monday night –
three hockey sweaters. One was a Minnesota Wild jersey and
one was a black Mike Modano jersey (not sure whether it
was Minnesota or Dallas). The third was impossible to identify.
At first glance, it looked like a sweater from the American
Hockey League's Chicago Wolves. But it also could have been
a jersey from a college located in the Land of 10,000 Lakes
one represented by a rodent or a canine.
those of you who think college student-athletes
in all sports get away with just about everything
with little chance of repercussion, take to heart the recent
disciplinary measure taken by Notre Dame head coach Tyrone
Willingham. The first-year coach of the Irish suspended
starting tackle Jordan Black, playing in his final game
at Notre Dame Stadium, for the first half of Saturday's
contest against Rutgers. Why? For racking up too many parking
tickets. You'd get a scholarship for doing the same thing
at Michigan State.
Green coach Scott Paluch, for earning his first CCHA victory
Friday against Michigan State. He's just another name on
the long list of genuinely good guys in college hockey today.
To North Dakota stifling defensive effort as of late. Since
giving up seven goals to St. Cloud State in their lone loss
of the season, the Fighting Sioux have allowed just six
goals in their last five outings.
State. We pegged you as the odds-on favorite to win the
CHA title and advance to the NCAA Tournament, but we're
not very encouraged right now as you've lost six of your
last eight games. And trips to Michigan Tech and Alaska
Fairbanks and a match with Notre Dame at Joe Louis Arena
are next on the docket.
To Ohio State football fans. It's great your team is headed
to the Fiesta Bowl, and I'm very impressed with the job
Jim Tressel has done, but act like you've been there before,
people. What's that...you haven't? Oh, then never mind.
Side note: when did the Big Ten turn into the Kandahar of
college conferences (athletics-related destruction at Minnesota,
Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State)? Jim Delany must
be proud that no one burns a couch like the Big Ten.
WEEK'S NHL TRANSACTIONS
Thrashers: Recalled forward Mark Hartigan (St.
Cloud State) from Chicago of the American Hockey League.
Sabres: Assigned goaltender Ryan Miller (Michigan
State) to Rochester of the American Hockey League.
Jose Sharks: Recalled forward Ryan Kraft (Minnesota)
from Cleveland of the American Hockey League.
PRO TRANSACTION OF THE WEEK
Icehogs (UHL): Activated goaltender Brant Nicklin
(Minnesota-Duluth) from injured reserve.