Toyota UConn Hockey Classic
Ice Forum • Storrs, Conn.
Ferris State vs. Brown, 4 p.m.
Army at Connecticut, 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 30
Third-Place Game, 4 p.m.
Championship Game, 7:15 p.m.
Colgate won the tournament in its first
appearance, beating Northeastern, 5-2, in the semifinals
and topping Connecticut, 3-1, in the finals. Colgate
goalie Mark Dekanich earned the tourney MVP honors,
stopping 62 of 65 shots. Chris Ochoa scored the game-winner
in the third period as UConn toppled Holy Cross, 2-1,
in an opening-round contest that doubled as an Atlantic
Hockey matchup. Northeastern thumped Holy Cross, 7-2,
in the consolation final, using seven different scorers.
Army hasn't won an in-season tournament
game this decade (0-6), including an opening-round
loss to Connecticut in the 2005 event. In Oct. 1999,
the Black Knights needed a shootout win over Fairfield
to advance to the Quinnipiac Cup finals, where they
lost to Holy Cross.
This is the 15th consecutive year for
the UConn Classic, won by the hosts in 1995, 1999
and 2004. This is the fifth consecutive year that
Uconn has used its opening game as a league contest.
Ferris State coach Bob Daniels has split
weekend starts between junior Mitch O'Keefe (2.04,
.930) and freshman Pat Nagle (2.24, .915) so expect
the same. The Bulldogs are getting most of their scoring
up the middle from centers Cody Chupp (4-8—12),
Brendan Connolly (5-6—11) and Adam Miller (2-7—9).
Brown is led by senior Jeff Prough, who has 45 goals
and 46 assists in his career.
Army's line of Owen Meyer (20 points),
Luke Flicek (20) and Bryce Hollweg (16) is one of
the highest-scoring lines in the nation, and it's
likely junior Josh Kassel (2.46, .905) will get the
start in the league contest. Freshman Andrew Olson
(nine points) is making some noise for Connecticut,
which is led by defenseman Sean Erickson (11 points)
and forward Chris Myhro (60 career points).
HOW WE SEE IT
Army has dominated Connecticut of late,
winning 4-1 earlier this season and going 4-0-1 against
the Huskies last season so there's no reason to see
that streak come to an end. An Army win would give
the Black Knights sole possession of second place
in Atlantic Hockey. Ferris State has played .500 hockey
since Thanksgiving, but that includes two losses to
Michigan State. The Bulldogs shouldn't have too much
difficulty with Brown, losers of five in a row and
winless in seven. Brown has been giving up twice as
many goals as it scores during the skid, and no player
has more than four goals or nine points.
In the final, we have to give the edge
to Ferris State over Army. The Bulldogs have played
a tougher schedule and have already beaten Notre Dame.
The home fans won't go home empty, though, as Connecticut
should topple Brown in the consi final.
— Ken McMillan