Derrick Burnett, Air Force (Fr, F, Corona, Calif.) - Three
points in the Bentley series, all assists ...Assisted on Matt
Fairchild's goal on Friday that tied the game at 3-3 in the third
period..Tied his career-high with two assists on
Saturday...Assisted on Fairchild's game-winner on Saturday, the
second goal of the game...Is Air Force's top freshman scorer with
16 points (3-13-16) this season.
Brent Olson, Air Force (Jr, F, Baudette, Minn.) - Two goals and one
assist in the Bentley series...Two points (1-1-2) on
Friday...Scored the goal with 1:17 left in the third that gave AFA
a 4-3 lead. Bentley later tied the game with nine seconds remaining
in the third...Scored a goal on Saturday that gave Air Force a 3-1
lead early in the third period...Leads the team with 13 goals and
27 points (both career bests).
Andrew Volkening, Air Force (So, G, Genoa, Ill.) - Led Air Force to
three points in the Bentley series...Stopped 20 of 24 shots on
Friday...Stopped 25 of 26 on Saturday...Goals against average of
2.40 and saves percentage of 90.0 in the series...Made three saves
in overtime of Friday's game to preserve the tie.
Dan Ramirez, American Int'l (Fr, G, Rochester, N.Y.) - Ramirez, a
native of Rochester, stopped a career best 43 shot attempts in
leading the Yellow Jackets to the program's first road victory over
RIT, 3-1. For the weekend, he turned back 77 out of a possible 83
shots and upped his save percentage to .904. He is now 6-9-3 on the
season helping give the Yellow Jackets a nice boost between the
pipes, night in and night out.
Joe Calvi, Bentley (Fr, G, New Lenox, Ill.) - Calvi made 65 saves
in two games at Air Force, earning the draw in Friday's game.
Erik Peterson, Bentley (Fr, F, Shorewood, Minn.) - Peterson scored
two goals and added an assist on Friday night against Air Force,
including the game-tying goal with nine seconds remaining in
regulation. It was the second game in row in which Peterson scored
the game-tying goal in the final 15 seconds. He has now scored ten
goals and an assist in the last seven games and leads the Falcons,
as well as all Atlantic Hockey rookies, in scoring with 22
Taylor Anderson, Canisius (Fr, G, Wetumpka, ALB) - Anderson helped
lead the Griffs to a crucial conference victory over Sacred Heart,
4-2. Anderson played the last two periods against the Pioneers
after starter Andrew Loewen was injured in the first period.
Anderson then stopped a career-best 26-of-27 shots he faced to help
the Griffs rally for the victory. The win was also Anderson's first
of his collegiate career.
Beau Erickson, Connecticut (So, G, Hinton, Iowa) - Erickson made
another 83 saves this weekend in the two games against Army,
including a career high 45 saves on Saturday night.
Matt Celin, Holy Cross (Fr, D, Gibsonia, Pa.) - Celin scored his
first collegiate goal in Friday's game against Mercyhurst.
Rob Forshner, Holy Cross (So, F, Sundre, ALB) - Forshner had one
goal and one assist in the two-game series with Mercyhurst. He
scored his second goal of the season on Friday, while he had an
assist on Saturday. He is tied for fifth on the team in points with
Neil Graham, Mercyhurst (So, F, Calgary, ALB) - Graham stretched
his scoring streak to four games with a 3-point weekend. Graham
assisted on second period go-ahead and game-winning goals in
Friday's come-from-behind 6-3 win at Holy Cross and scored his
first career shorthanded goal late in the second period Saturday in
a 2-1 win.
Mike Gurtler, Mercyhurst (Fr, F, Rochester, N.Y.) - Gurtler had a
3-point weekend (two goals and an assist) as the Lakers swept Holy
Cross 6-3 and 2-1. Gurtler's 6th goal of the season put Mercyhurst
ahead 3-2 in Friday's game and he later assisted on the
game-winning goal. He scored his first career power play goal in
Saturday's second period to tie the game at 1-1.
Matt Lundin, Mercyhurst (Jr, G, Apple Valley, Minn.) - Lundin
stopped a combined 53 of 57 shots (.930) in the weekend sweep at
Holy Cross. He also recorded his first career assist Saturday which
came on the game-winning shorthanded in the second period. He
stopped all 13 Holy Cross shots in Saturday's third period to
protect a 2-1 lead.
Simon Lambert, R.I.T. (Sr, F, Ste. Therese, QUE) - Lambert helped
RIT to a 1-1-0 record last week. The senior captain tallied four
points on three goals and an assist in a pair of games versus
Erik Boisvert, Sacred Heart (So, F, Drummondville, QUE) - Boisvert
had a four point weekend, scoring three goals and adding an assist
in the SHU's split with Canisius. Friday night he assisted on SHU's
second goal and scored the third and seventh goals for the
Pioneers. Saturday Boisvert scored the Pioneers second goal, which
at the time was the go ahead goal for the Pioneers. The sophomore
is now second on the team with eight goals and 15 assists.
Patrick Knowlton, Sacred Heart (Fr, F, Colorado Springs, Colo.) -
Knowlton scored his first two collegiate goals in SHU's series with
Canisius. Friday night he scored the Pioneers fifth goal, the first
tally of his career. He followed that up Saturday with his second
goal in as many games.
With three points in the Bentley series, Air Force remained in a
tie for second place in the AHA, two points behind RIT...Brent
Olson (2-1-3) and Josh Frider (1-2-3) each had three points in the
series...Matt Fairchild scored a goal in each game, including the
game-winner on Saturday...Derrick Burnett tied his career high with
two assists on Saturday...Jeff Hajner had an assist on Friday and a
goal on Saturday and now has a four-game point scoring streak, the
longest active streak on the team...Hajner has scored in 23 of the
28 games this season...Frider's three points and six shots on goal
on Friday were career bests...Greg Flynn had two points on Friday
and continues to lead the league in points by a defenseman with 21.
He is also seventh in nation in that category...Air Force broke out
of its scoring slump in the series. Entering the Bentley series,
AFA had scored just three goals in its last three games. The
Falcons scored seven in two games vs. Bentley...Air Force does have
another home game for three weeks. AFA is at Mercyhurst Feb. 8-9
and then, after an off-week, at Canisius Feb. 22-23...AFA and
Mercyhurst split a series earlier this season at the Academy, Nov.
2-3. Mercyhurst won 5-3 and then AFA won 6-2...AFA is now 12-3-3
this season when scoring three or more goals...The Falcons are also
6-1-1 this season when winning the special team and 21-1-5 over the
last two years.American International: The AIC hockey squad split a
weekend series with conference leader RIT. Friday evening, the
Jackets won their first ever road contest against the Tigers, 3-1.
In that game, freshman goalie Dan Ramirez made a career-best 43
saves, to lead the team to their sixth triumph of the season.
Defensemen Chad Richardson scored twice. For AIC, it was their
second time this season beating RIT, after having had never won a
game against them in nine previous match-ups. Saturday, the Yellow
Jackets went into the third period down by one goal but gave up two
scores late in the final frame, as the Tigers salvaged the split.
Ramirez was again strong, stopping 34 shot attempts. For the
weekend, he turned back 77 out of a possible 83 shots on goal.
Since opening 2008 with back-to-back loses to Robert Morris, AIC is
now 2-3-2 with one loss coming in overtime to Sacred Heart. In that
span, AIC also drew a tie with Dartmouth from the ECAC.
The Black Knights moved into a tie for second place by sweeping a
weekend series with Connecticut by scores of 3-1 and 6-0 ... Army
has now won five straight contests ... Nine different players
scored and helped Army sweep its third weekend series this season
(Air Force and American International) ... Junior goalie Josh
Kassel made 41 saves over the weekend and allowed just one goal ...
Kassel's shutout Sunday was the fifth of his career ... His last
shutout was Jan. 27 of last year in a 3-0 win against the Huskies
... Sophomore Eric Sefchik had a career-best four points on
Saturday with a goal and three assists ... Robb Ross and Drew
Pierson also had a goal and assist on Saturday ... It was Pierson's
first multiple-point game of his career ... Luke Flicek and Bryce
Hollweg each had a goal and assist on Friday ... Owen Meyer scored
his team-leading 14th goal of the season on Saturday ...Army won
the regular season series with Connecticut 3-1 ... Army has racked
up 133 shots on goal in its last three games ... Saturday, Army had
a season-best 51 shots on goal, eclipsing the 50-shot mark for the
first time since Dec. 8, 2005 against AIC ... Army scored three
goals in the second period of Saturday's game, the third time this
season that has happened ... Army's defense turned in one of its
top performances of the season on Friday, limiting Connecticut to
16 shots on goal, including just two in the final period and three
in the first ... Army will continue its nine-game homestand Friday
and Saturday with games against Holy Cross. Both games will begin
at 7:05 p.m. at Tate Rink.
Bentley took one point at Air Force this weekend, skating to a 4-4
tie on Friday before falling by a 3-1 margin on Saturday ...
Friday's tie was the third straight for Bentley, the first time the
Falcons had skated to three straight ties since the 1994-95 season
... Bentley has tied six games this season, all in conference play,
which matches the most ties in a season in Bentley history and well
as the Atlantic Hockey record for most ties in a season ...
Freshman Erik Peterson continued his hot streak, scoring two goals
and an assist on Friday night, giving him ten goals and an assist
in the last seven games ... Peterson netted the game-tying goal
with nine seconds remaining in regulation on Friday night, the
second straight game in which he scored the game-tying goal in the
final 15 seconds of the third period ... Peterson now leads the
Falcons and Atlantic Hockey rookies in scoring with 22 points ...
Bentley faces American International in a home-and-home series this
weekend, playing in West Springfield on Friday night and Watertown
on Saturday night ... The Falcons took three points from the Yellow
Jackets when these teams met in November.
The Griffs split a pair of games against Sacred Heart, losing the
opener, 7-3, and winning the finale, 4-2. With the win, Canisius
moved from ninth in the Atlantic Hockey standings into a tie for
sixth place and one spot behind home ice in the Atlantic Hockey
Quarterfinals. Freshmen Cory Conacher and Taylor Anderson helped
lead the Griffs to the 4-2 victory over the Pioneers. Conacher
posted a career-best three points and two goals and Anderson
stopped a personal-best 26 shots in two periods of play to earn his
first collegiate victory. Anderson replaced starter Andrew Loewen
in goal after Loewen was injured in the first period. In his first
10 games, Conacher has posted 11 points on three goals and eight
assists. Junior Spencer Churchill and sophomore Jason Weeks also
tallied goals in the Griffs' come-from-behind victory on Saturday.
Weeks, who also recorded a goal and an assist on Friday, continued
to lead the Canisius offense as of late. Weeks posted only three
points and one goal in the Griffs' first 13 games. However, in the
last 14 contests, Weeks has recorded 13 points and nine goals. The
win was the first for Canisius this season when trailing at any
point in the third period. The last time the Griffs won a game when
losing in the third was on Jan. 6, 2007. It also marked the first
time this season that Canisius won a game it was trailing at an
intermission. On Friday, Sacred Heart scored four power-play goals
to win the game 7-3. The Pioneer's power-play scores ended an
impressive run for the Griffs. Canisius had not allowed a
power-play goal in league play since Dec. 8 (a span of six games)
and had allowed only one extra-man score in its last 13 Atlantic
Hockey games. Canisius has killed 58.8 percent (10-of-17) of power
plays against Sacred Heart this season but against every other
team, the Griffs have killed 93.2 percent (69-of-74). The Griffs
continue Atlantic Hockey play with a home-and-home series against
rival RIT. Canisius travels to Rochester to take on the Tigers on
Saturday before returning to the Buffalo State Sports Arena on
UConn has now been shutout four times this season. The last time
they were shutout four times in a season was the 2004-05 season.
With 774 saves, Beau Erickson has passed Jeff Lerg of Michigan
State (770) and is now the national leader in saves for a goalie.
UConn faces Sacred Heart this weekend. In the first go around
between the Huskies and the other conference teams (before they had
their second series with Army this past weekend) the Pioneers were
the only team to sweep UConn in a two game set.
Holy Cross ranks first in the nation in fewest penalty minutes per
game with 9.6...Freshman Matt Celin scored his first collegiate
goal in Friday's game against Mercyhurst...Sophomore Brodie Sheahan
leads the team in points with 25 as he has nine goals and 16
assists...The Crusaders' 23.0 power play percentage is tied for
third in the nation and leads Atlantic Hockey. The Crusaders are
31-135 on power play opportunities...Freshman forward Everett
Sheen's 13 goals lead the team. He has scored 12 goals in the last
17 games. Sheen also has six assists as he is third on the team in
points with 19...Senior Dale Reinhardt currently has 44 goals and
71 assists for 115 points in 129 career games. Reinhardt is ranked
seventh on the all-time Holy Cross Division I assists list, while
he is eighth in points and goals...The Crusaders will start a
four-game road trip with two games at Army (2/8-9), before playing
two at Canisius (2/16-17).
Mercyhurst finished a 6-game road trip 2-1-3 and is 7-1-3 in its
last eleven conference games. Junior goalie Matt Lundin had his
first career assist Saturday while freshman Mike Gurtler had his
first career power play goal and sophomore Neil Graham had his
first career game-winner. The Lakers were a combined 3 of 8 on the
power play in the sweep and also scored shorthanded. Holy Cross
finished 0 for 6. The Lakers held back-to-back opponents without a
power play goal for the second time this season. The Lakers have
scored at least one power play goal in seven of their last eight
games. Mercyhurst outshot Holy Cross all four games in the regular
season. Sophomores Chris Risi and Neil Graham now have 4-game
scoring streaks. Mercyhurst took only two minor penalties Friday,
its low for the season. The Lakers lead the all-time series against
HC 18-9-4. Mercyhurst has eight conference games left, 5 at home.
The Lakers entertain Air Force next weekend. The teams split a pair
of games last November in Colorado and are knotted 3-3 in the
Rochester Institute of Technology
RIT split a pair of games last week versus AIC but remained atop
the Atlantic Hockey Association standings. On Friday the Tigers
fired 44 shots on goal but were stymied by AIC's Dan Ramirez,
losing 3-1. The Tigers rebounded on Saturday, getting a pair of
goals from Justin Hofstetter and Simon Lambert cruising to the 5-2
win. Hofstetter's first goal came just 55 seconds into the contest
and seemed to open the flood-gates for RIT. Lambert had four points
on the weekend, scoring the lone RIT goal on Friday and tallying a
two goals and an assist on Saturday. Senior Matt Smith scored a
goal on Saturday and just is two points shy of 100 for his career.
He would be the 32nd player in RIT history to reach the century
mark. Louis Menard picked up his 12th win of the season on
Saturday, stopping 23 shots and allowing two goals. RIT went
3-for-8 on the power play over the weekend, including a 2-for-4
performance on Saturday. The Tigers penalty killing was solid
stopping AIC 6-of-7 times.
The Pioneers split a weekend set with Canisius, winning Friday
night 7-3, before dropping a 4-2 decision in Buffalo Saturday.
Junior Bear Trapp became the first player in SHU history to record
six points in a game when he tallied two goals and four assists
Friday night. Trapp is the first SHU player to have four assists in
a game in SHU's Division I history, and first in school history
since Tony Cabana had four helpers against Scranton on November 7,
1995. Four players had recorded five points in a game, the last
being Pierre-Luc O'Brien on November 3, 2006 against Mercyhurst.
Trapp retook the team scoring lead (8-18-26) with the big game
Junior Erik Boisvert had four point weekend, with three goals and
an assist, while classmate Nick Johnson posted two goals and an
asisst. Johnson is now tied for the team lead in goals with nine.
The seven goals the Pioneers scored Friday night were the most in a
game since SHU scored eight against RIT on Nov. 27, 2005. Freshman
Patrick Knowlton scored his first two collegiate goals in the
series.The Pioneers face UConn in a home-and-home set this weekend.
The teams play in Storrs Friday night and Milford Saturday.