USCHA Weekend Wrap Up
I KNOW there's been a bunch of football past weekend, and upsets seemed to be the topic of discussion, BUT there was College Hockey as well. I wasn't able to do last week's wrap up due to work committments, and I missed it! I may not be the most knowledgeable fan out there, but I've got to be the most enthusiastic one (in Canada at least)!
The "weekend" kicked off with a non-conference matchup on Thursday. Colgate Raiders hosted Lake Superior Lakers and the teams were very evenly matched. Each team scored one goal in the first period, two in the second and one in the third. The game went to overtime with Colgate emerging victorious.
On Friday, all conferences played, some in matchups that would continue into Saturday. There were even Non-Conference games. The breakdown goes like this:
All games in the Atlantic Conference were double headers. RIT defeated Connecticut both days, Friday 5-3 and Saturday 7-4. American International played at Holy Cross on Friday, and lost 5-1. The score was duplicated on Saturday when they hosted Holy Cross, the home advantage proving to be no advanatage at all. Bentley played at Canisius and defeated the home team both days, 8-3 and 4-3. And finally, Army hosted Mercyhurst both Friday and Saturday defeating them both days 2-1 and 4-3.
Westerm Michigan played at Ferris State Friday, and hosted them on Saturday. Home ice proved no advantage in either game, with Western Michigan scoring the win Friday. Ferris State returned the favor on Saturday, doubling Western Michigan on their home ice 4-2. Ohio State also proved home ice is no advantage, trouncing Bowling Green on Friday 8-5. Saturday the play was a little closer, but Ohio State returned home victorious, 4-3. Nebraska-Omaha played host to Northern Michigan in two closely fought games and split the difference with home team Nebraska-Omaha coming out the winners Friday 4-3. Northern Michigan were the victors Saturday, 3-2. Alaska travelled south to take on Notre Dame but managed not even one goal in two games. Notre Dame captured two shutouts, 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
Sunday was very quiet compared to Friday and Saturday, with only one game in the CCHA, Michigan defeating Miami 4-1 (Yes, they play hockey in Miami). 2-1
Robert Morris and Alabama-Huntsville were the only two teams in action in the CHA Conference Friday and Saturday. On Friday, A-H dominated, winning 5-2, but the game on Saturday was more closely matched and ended in a tie, even after overtime.
The biggest story in the ECAC this week h to be Union. They came out of the weekend ranked 7th out of the 12 Conference teams, with 8 points. FOUR of those points were earned over the weekend. On Friday Union took on No. 1 ranked Princeton and defeated them 3-2. Saturday, with momentum on their side they took on Quinnipiac and again emerged the victors, doubling Qunnipiac 4-2. I would have loved to see both of these games. If the Union players can keep the momentum and desire forefront, look for them to finish out the season far ahead of their current seventh position.
Other games in the conference included Yale defeating Dartmouth 2-1, Rensselaer and Qunnipiac playing to a 2-2 tie in overtime, Brown and Harvard also ending in an OT tie at 1-1 on Friday, and Dartmouth crushing Brown 5-1, Yale trouncing Harvard 6-2 and Rensselaer capitalizing on Princeton's Friday loss, smashing them 5-1.
Two of three games on Friday ended in ties, even after OT. Boston College and Vermont played to a 3-3 tie and New Hampshire and Massechusetts played to a 2-2 tie. Northeastern defeated Merrimack 2-1. Saturday, there were a lot more games on and none ended in a tie. Northeastern defeated Merrimack 2-1, Boston College fell to Vermont 4-2 and Maine was crushed by Boston University 4-1. Providence proved victorious over Mass.-Lowell and New Hampshire won against Massechusetts 3-2
The Western Conference had a very busy weekend with five games on both Friday and Saturday. North Dakota played Minnesota both days, and trounced them handily scoring 6 goals in each game to Minnesota's 3 and 1 respectively. Minnesota State and Colorado College also played both dates, but split the difference, with Colorado College winning Friday 5-2 and Minnesota State victorious Saturday 3-1. St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota-Duluth both days, 3-1 and 6-3. Michigan Tech and Denver battled both days with Denver capitalizing on home ice advantage 4-3 and 3-1. Alaska-Anchorage travelled south to play Wisconsin, but were outmatched, managing 3 goals to Wisconsin's 6 on Friday and 2 goals to Wisconsin's 3 on Saturday.
Cornell hosted Niagara Friday and Saturday, shutting them out Friday 3-0 and allowing only 1 goal on Saturday, winning 2-1. Lake Superior travelled to Colgate and dominated, coming home with a 6-1 win. Clarkson travelled to St. Lawrence on Saturday, but suffered a 5-1 loss to the home team. St. Lawrence and Clarkson played a second game and again St. Lawrence won, 2-1.
It was a huge weekend, after the Christmas break. This week, games start early, with Tuesday featuring Providence at Boston University at 7:00 p.m. eastern There's another game on Wednesday, and the whole College Hockey scene kicks into high gear on Friday, with no less than 25 games scheduled! College Football is over for the season, and the NFL is almost done, so try some College Hockey on for size! It's exciting!