The weekend College Hockey tournaments are over and in the record book now. The Ledyard Tournament started Sunday, but more about that later in the week. The Tournaments that played to conclusion on Sunday showed plenty of action, with streaks broken and scoring lead changes.
College Hockey Tournaments Weekend Wrap Up
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Saturday saw two games, the first featuring Alabama –Huntsville at Wisconsin with the Badgers showing that they came to play and play they did. With SIXTY shots on goal in the game, they soundly defeated the Chargers 5-0. It didn't start as a walk in the park though, they came out slowly and only turned on the jets in the 3rd period, scoring 3 goals. The Chargers weren’t able to get it together, challenging Badger’s goalie Shane Connelly only 10 times in the game.
The second Saturday game featured Lake Superior against Harvard and this game, too, was a wipe out. Lake Superior trampled all over their opponents, winning 6-2 and breaking a 7 game losing streak. The way they played was nothing new, it all just clicked for them on Saturday and they advanced to the finals of the tournament.
Sunday’s games were a mixed bag of hockey. Harvard and Alabama-Huntsville battled for 3rd and 4th place, but it wasn’t much of a battle. Harvard lost to the Chargers by 4, only managing to score one goal to the Charger’s five.
The Championship game was a hard fought battle, ending in a shoot out, with the Badgers winning their home tournament. At time of writing a recap of the action wasn't available.
Final standings: Wisconsin, Lake Superior, Alabama-Huntsville and Harvard.
Florida College Classic
Cornell Big Red took on St. Cloud State in the first game of the tournament and although St. Cloud outshot the Big Red, Cornell pulled out the win by a score of 3-2. Worthy of mention though, is the fact that a moment of silence was observed beteen this game and the second game for Nevin (Ned) Harkness, for whom the trophy awarded in this tournament is named. Mr. Harkness passed away on his 89th birthday in September of 2008.
The second game was also a closely fought match, with Colgate triumphing over Maine 3-2 in overtime. The Colgate Raiders had several scoring opportunities they simply could not capitalize on and took it right to the wire, with David McIntyre scoring at the buzzer of the OT period from a deflected puck. Cornell and Colgate proceeded to the final on Sunday while St. Cloud and Maine were left to fight it out for 3rd and 4th. Their Sunday game carried on to OT as well, with both of the Sunday games being decided by shoot outs.
Final standings: Cornell, Colgate, Maine and St. CloudState
Great Lakes Invitational
The third tournament of the weekend featured, in the first game, Michigan State against North Dakota. Michigan State has been in a slump lately, losing in their last 11 games, even though they’d had the lead right up until the final moments. Saturday they weren’t to be denied and defeated North Dakota 2-1. Ironically, this loss broke North Dakota’s winning streak of 4 games.
The second game pitted a dominant Michigan against Michigan Tech, the final score 5-0. Highlight of the game was a hat trick by Louie Caparusso, which moved him to the goal scoring lead in the College Hockey ranks.
Sunday’s first game pitted North Dakota against Michigan Tech Remember, North Dakota had just been defeated after a 4 game winning streak. They didn’t fare any better in the consolation round, losing to Michigan Tech 2-1. Michigan Tech played a strong defensive game. Although the Fighting Sioux managed 30 shots on goal, only one found the net, with the rest being blocked. Tech admittedly got lucky on their second goal. The puck ended up on Jordan Baker’s stick after a rebound and he was able to slap it into the net.
The Championship game pitted rival teams Michigan and Michigan State against one and other but it wasn’t much of a contest, with Wolverines dominating the Spartans 5-1. both teams played well, but the Wolverines wanted to repeat last year’s victory and did so, capturing the McInnes Cup.
Final standings: Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, North Dakota
Tournament MVP Louie Caparusso
As I indicated above, the Ledyard Tournament started today and UConn starts tomorrow, along with some Non-Conference games. We’ll have a recap on those games New Years Eve.