January 7, 2008

Atlantic Hockey Weekly Release for Games through January 6














 

 

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Atlantic Hockey Weekly Award Winners for Games Through January 6

Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week

BRENNAN SARAZIN - R.I.T.
Junior, Forward, Nepean, ONT
 

Sarazin played a key role in RIT sweeping four points from Holy Cross this past weekend. On Friday he tallied his first goal of the season as RIT downed the Crusaders 5-2. The junior winger added a goal and two assists in Saturdays 5-1 win. His goal on Saturday proved to be the game-winner for the Tigers.

Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week

 

ANDREW LOEWEN - CANISIUS
Sophomore, Goaltender, Winnipeg, MAN

Loewen had an impressive weekend in net, leading the Griffs to three points against Bentley. The sophomore goalie stopped 69-of-71 shots to record a goals against average of 0.96 and a save percentage of .972. In the opener, Loewen stopped 33 shots, helping the Griffs to a 1-1 draw against the Falcons. During the finale, Loewen recorded 36 saves and only losing his stick while playing the puck behind the net could keep him from recording his second shutout of the season. Loewen also anchored a strong penalty kill for the Griffs, keeping Bentley from scoring in all of its power-play attempts during the weekend.

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week

CORY CONACHER - CANISIUS
Freshman, Forward, Burlington, ONT 

Conacher continued to contribute to the Griffs' offense since his return from injury. The freshman posted two points in a 4-1 victory over Bentley on Saturday. Conacher scored his first collegiate goal 11:43 into the game to give the Griffs a 1-0 advantage. He then helped seal the victory for Canisius, assisting on a power-play score to give the Griffs a 4-0 lead. Conacher, who is the youngest player competing in Division I this season, has recorded four points (1g, 3a) in his first three collegiate games.

Atlantic Hockey Honor Roll

Andrew Volkening, Air Force (So, G, Genoa, Ill.) - Allowed just three goals in two games on the road at second-place Sacred Heart...Led Air Force to first win since De. 1 at AIC...Ended a five-game winless skid for AFA (0-2-3)...Earned his 10th win of the season on Saturday.

Tom Mele, American International (Fr, F, Bronx, N.Y.) - Mele notched his first collegiate goal for the Yellow Jackets Friday evening. He has skated well for the Yellow Jackets; it was only a matter of time before the freshman found the back of the net.

Mark Pavli, American International (Sr, F, Sarnia, ONT) - Pavli continues to play hard for the Yellow Jackets. The senior forward earned a goal and an assist over the weekend.

Joe Calvi, Bentley (Fr, G, New Lenox, Ill.) - Calvi posted a 2.40 goals against average and .907 save percentage in a two-game series at Canisius. He stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 1-1 tie on Friday, including all three shots he faced in the extra frame. He also recorded his first career assist on Bentley's lone goal in Friday's tie.

Erik Peterson, Bentley (Fr, F, Minnetonka, Minn.) - Peterson scored his fifth goal of the season on Saturday night at Canisius.

Dain Prewitt, Bentley (Jr, F, Westminster, Colo.) - Prewitt scored Bentley's goal in a 1-1 tie with Canisius on Friday. It was his team-leading ninth goal of the season.

Carl Hudson, Canisius (So, D, Smooth Rock Falls, ONT) - Hudson helped lead the Griffs to a 4-1 victory over Bentley on Saturday. He tallied a goal and an assist for his 11th and 12th point of the season. Hudson tallied an assist on the game-winning goal against the Falcons and then scored Canisius' third goal of the game, ripping a shot off a face-off victory. Hudson ranks third in Atlantic Hockey for scoring among defensemen with 12 points.Beau Erickson, Connecticut (So, G, Hinton, Iowa) - Erickson came off an injury Friday to make a season high 38 saves in loss to Union, keeping game to tied until the middle of the third period, despite the Dutchman more than doubling the shot totals of the Huskies.

Joe Brock, Holy Cross (Fr, F, Cumming, Ga.) - Brock had one goal and one assist in the weekend series with RIT. On Friday, he assisted on Holy Cross' first goal, while on Saturday he netted his fifth goal of the season. On the season he also has four assists and nine points.

Ben Cottreau, Mercyhurst (Sr, F, Wickham, QUE) - Scored a goal in each game of Michigan Tech series and now has 5-game scoring streak.

Jared DeMichiel, R.I.T. (So, G, Avon, Conn.) - DeMichiel picked up his first career win on Friday night versus Holy Cross. The sophomore netminder had a shut-out going into the third period. He finished allowing two goals and made 28 saves as RIT downed the Crusaders 5-2. It was first win in four starts as a Tiger and helped RIT win 3-of-4 games.

Alexandre Parent, Sacred Heart (Sr, F, Boisbriand, QUE) - Parent scored the game winning goal in SHU's win over Air Force Friday night. It was the captain's team leading seventh tally of the season.

Stefan Drew, Sacred Heart (Jr, G, Oakbank, MAN) - Drew was phenomenal in both games against Air Force, stopping 74 of the 78 shots he faced and making double digit saves in all six periods. Friday night he stopped 35 of 36 Air Force shots to help the Pioneers earn a victory. Saturday night he again kept his team in the game, making 39 saves in a losing effort. Drew made several acrobatic saves throughout the weekend, including a handful from his back. Drew's performance raised his save percentage to .912 and lowered his goals against average to 2.78 for the year.

  Atlantic Hockey Team Notes

Air Force: AFA ended five-game winless skid with 3-1 win on Saturday vs. Sacred Heart (0-2-3)...Falcons earned 10th win of season on Saturday...AFA has gotten points every weekend of the season...AFA did not allow a PPG, killing all four Sacred Heart chances...Sophomore center Jeff Hajner's career-best eight-game scoring streak ended on Saturday as he was held scoreless...Junior winger Brent Olson had an assist on Friday and a goal on Saturday. He has a five-game scoring streak and now has eight goals in his last eight games...Brett Nylander netted the game-winner on Saturday with just under five mintues left in the third to break a 1-1 tie. It was the first game-winner of his career...With just over one minute left on Saturday, Matt Fairchild scored a short-handed to goal to seal the AFA win. It was the first shortie of his career...AFA held SHU to less than 20 shots in both games, the fifth time this season that AFA has held its opponent under 20 shots (4-1-1 in those games)...In 16 league games this season, AFA has scored first in just five of them. The Falcons are 4-0-1 in those games...AFA returns home to host RIT, Jan. 11-12, at Cadet Ice Arena...The teams played earlier this season in Rochester and split the two-game series. AFA won the first game, 2-1 in overtime, on a goal by freshman Scott Kozlak. RIT won the second game, 4-3...AFA and RIT have met 18 times and the Tigers hold a 7-5-2 lead in the series. The last four games have been decided by one goal. Four of the last eight games have gone into overtime. AFA took three points from RIT in the series at Air Force last season. AFA is 4-3-2 vs. RIT at Cadet Ice Arena...Eric Ehn continues to lead the team in scoring with 21 points in 20 games. However, Ehn has been held to just three assists in the last seven games and has not scored in his last four games.

American International: The American International College ice hockey squad suffered a pair of tough losses to non-conference foe Robert Morris this weekend. The Yellow Jackets will conclude their three game home stand when they host Holy Cross Tuesday evening at the Olympia Ice Center. Following that match-up AIC will travel to the Milford Ice Pavilion to take on Sacred Heart for the first time this season. Freshman forward Tom Mele earned his first collegiate goal Friday evening when he scored the first of two AIC goals. Mele is one of several newcomers making an impact in their first season for AIC. Freshman goalie Dan Ramirez has already been named AHA Freshman and Goalie of the week and freshman Steve McLeod is currently fourth on the team in scoring. The Yellow Jackets gave up 10 scores Friday evening against the Colonials, but were able to stop RMU all four times they garnered the man advantage. Sophomore Andy Gevorkyan notched his first point of the season Saturday assisting on Mike Field's second goal of the season.

Army: The Black Knights are now 6-9-3 following a pair of non-conference losses ... Army lost to Union 3-2 despite holding an 30-28 advantage in shots on goal on Saturday ... Sunday, the Black Knights made the four-hour trek to Merrimack and lost 4-1 to the Hockey East school ... Those were the final two non-conference games of the season ... Sophomore Eric Sefchik and freshman Drew Pierson scored their first goals of the season against Union ... Owen Meyer scored his team-best 12th goal of the season against the Warriors ... Sophomore G Joe Spracklen made 14 saves in under 45 minutes of action against Merrimack. Spracklen did not allow a goal in his second career appearance ... Meyer leads the team with 21 points (12G, 9A) ... Army returns to Atlantic Hockey action this weekend in Erie, Pa. ... The Black Knights will face Mercyhurst Friday and Saturday with both games set for 7 p.m.

Bentley: Bentley picked up one point in a weekend at Canisius, skating to a 1-1 tie on Friday before falling by a 4-1 margin on Saturday ... The Falcons have not recorded a sweep or been swept in a two-game league series this season, picking up between one and three points in each of their Atlantic Hockey series ... Bentley is now winless in the last seven outings, going 0-5-2 since Thanksgiving ... Junior Dain Prewitt scored his 33rd career goal on Friday, moving into second place among Bentley's all-time Division I career goal scorers. Prewitt trails only classmate Jeff Gumaer, who has 41 career goals ... On Friday night, freshman goalie Joe Calvi stopped 24 of 25 shots he faced to backstop the Falcons to a 1-1 tie and also recorded his first career assist when he began the play that led to Bentley's only goal of the evening ... Bentley concludes a season-long five-game stretch of road games next weekend, visiting conference rival Holy Cross for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday ... Bentley and Holy Cross split their two-game season series last season in Watertown ... Holy Cross has won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams, including the 2006 Atlantic Hockey championship game.

Canisius: Canisius took three-of-four points during a weekend series with Bentley, tying the Falcons, 1-1, on Friday before winning on Saturday, 4-1. The Griffs, who now stand at 5-10-5 overall and 4-6-4 in Atlantic Hockey, are unbeaten in their last five games. It is the longest unbeaten streak for the Griffs since the 2003-04 season. Canisius also improved to 4-0-1 at home this season. It marks the first since the program moved to Division I (1998-99 season) that the Griffs have gone unbeaten in their first five home games. Canisius last accomplished the feat during the 1995-96 season when they started the year 8-0-1 at home. Andrew Loewen led the Griffs to the three points with a strong performance in the net. The sophomore goalie stopped 69-of-71 shots to record a goals against average of 0.96 and a save percentage of .972. In the opener, Loewen stopped 33 shots, helping the Griffs to a 1-1 draw against the Falcons. During the finale, Loewen recorded 36 saves and only losing his stick while playing the puck behind the net could keep him from recording his second shutout of the season. The weekend also featured numerous first for Canisius individuals. On Friday, junior Spencer Churchill posted his first goal of the season to help the Griffs earn the 1-1 draw. On Saturday, freshman Cory Conacher and redshirt-sophomore Ryan Klusendorf both posted their first collegiate goals. Conacher also added an assist and has now recorded four points (1g, 3a) in his first three collegiate games. Sophomore Jason Weeks recorded an assist on Friday to extend his career-best six-game point streak to six games before having it snapped on Saturday. He is the third player this season to record a point in six-straight games, joining Derek Danowski and Josh Heidinger. The Griffs can point toward the penalty kill for their strong play as of late. In Canisius' first 13 games, the Griffs killed only 74.3 (52-of-70) percent of extra-man opportunities while posting a record of 2-9-2. In its last seven games, the Griffs have killed all but one power play in 30 chances (96.7 percent). The lone power-play score was on a 5-on-3 opportunity and Canisius has also added a short-handed goal during the stretch. The Griffs are 3-1-3 in its last seven games. The Griffs return to the ice with a pair of games next weekend against Connecticut. Canisius will host the Huskies on Friday and Saturday at the Amherst Pepsi Center.

Connecticut: Union scored two power play goals against the Huskies. Before that, the Huskies had not given up a power play goal in the last five games, the last being given up against Holy Cross on December 1. The team still ranks 14th in the nation with a 87.5 percent kill percentage. Despite giving up 18 goals in last three games to bring the total goals scored to 68, the Huskies are still well behind the pace of the 2002-03 team that gave up 148 goals that season, the most by a Connecticut team. The final 16 games of the regular season are Atlantic Hockey Association games. UConn finished the season 2-4-0 against non-conference opponents. That is an improvement over last season when they lost all six of their non-conference games.

Holy Cross: Freshman forward Everett Sheen's 0.59 goals per game lead the nation by rookies. Holy Cross is 3-1-3 on its opponent's home ice so far this season. Holy Cross' 23.9 power play percentage is ranked third in the nation. The Crusaders are 22-92 on power play opportunities, including a 3-5 performance at Providence (10/20), a 3-7 performance at Mercyhurst (10/26), a 3-8 performance against Army (11/4) and a 3-8 performance against Connecticut (12/1). After Tuesday's game at AIC, the Crusaders will play six of their next eight games at home, starting with a two game-series with Bentley on January 11-12.

Mercyhurst: Michigan Tech snapped Mercyhurst's 3-game winning streak with 3-2 and 5-1 wins over the weekend. Tech is the first WCHA team to visit Mercyhurst. Tech, which scored three power play goals and a shorthanded one in the two games, now leads the all-time series 3-1. Senior forward Ben Cottreau stretched his scoring streak to five games with a goal in each game. Cottreau scored goals in back-to-back games for the first time since October 19 and 20 at Maine. Sophomore Cody Collins' goal in Friday's 3-2 loss was his first of the season. He hadn't lit the lamp since last March in a 5-4 loss at UConn in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals. Mercyhurst finished 0-8 in non-conference games this season. Army visits next weekend. Although the Lakers lead the all-time series 14-7-0, Army has won the last three including 6-3 and 2-1 verdicts at Army last season. Army's last visit to the Ice Center was in February of 2006. Mercyhurst won the opener 6-2 but Army prevailed 3-2 in the weekend finale, its first-ever win in Erie.

Rochester Institute of Technology: With the sweep of Holy Cross RIT has won five-out-of six games, including a win over Minnesota last Saturday and three straight Atlantic Hockey Association victories. RIT's penalty killing was outstanding this past weekend holding the nation's second ranked power play to two goals in nine chances overall and no goals in five chances on Saturday. RIT, who came into the game averaging 16.1 penalty minutes per game, had just 18 minutes in penalties in two games over the weekend. Sophomore goaltender Jared DeMichiel picked up his first collegiate win on Friday. The two wins over Holy Cross was the first sweep of a weekend series by the Tigers this season. RIT is 4-2 on their current road trip. Since December 14 the Tigers have road wins over AIC, Minnesota and two versus Holy Cross. The Tigers wild road adventure continues this weekend when they travel to Air Force for a weekend series.

Sacred Heart: The Pioneers spilt a pair of games with Air Force in Milford, winning the opener Friday before losing Saturday night. Goaltender Stefan Drew was spectacular in both games, stopping 74 of the 78 shots he faced on the weekend. He made 35 saves Friday night to earn a victory and then made 39 saves in Saturday's losing effort. Seniors Alex Parent and Scott Marchesi and junior Eric Giosa scored the Pioneer goals. Friday's win was the first time Sacred Heart had ever beaten Air Force in eight previous meetings. Saturday night marked the first loss on home ice for the Pioneers this year. SHU had been 4-0-1 in Milford prior to Saturday. The Pioneers will host AIC in a weekend series Friday and Saturday at the Milford Ice Pavilion.