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What a difference a day makes

Last Friday, Robert Morris was smoked 8-0 by North Dakota. By all accounts, the beatdown was not as bad as the score indicated, but the Colonials never recovered after getting into an early a hole thanks to some bad bounces. The first Sioux goal went off an RMU defender’s stick and the second off a skate.

“I don’t think we’ve gotten two bounces like that against us the whole year, and then we get two in the first five minutes of the game,” said Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley after the game. “They had two goals on zero shots. It’s tough when you put yourself behind the eight ball with just some bad luck.”

The following evening was an entirely different story. The Colonials went toe-to-toe with the No. 2 team in the country before finally falling 2-1.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our guys the way we responded after yesterday,” Schooley said. “We played hard and we played how we should have played last night. Very rarely do you say that you’re excited about your performance when you lose, but we left it all out there.”

It was a similar story in Wisconsin. After dropping a 3-0 decision to the Badgers of Friday, Canisius rallied from a 3-0 deficit to eventually lead before dropping a tough 6-5 contest with Wisconsin’s Justin Schultz getting the game winner with eight seconds remaining in overtime.

“I thought we played very well against a very good hockey team,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith after the game on Saturday.  ”Both teams had chances so that the game could have gone in either direction. From the goaltender position on out, we gave ourselves a chance to win tonight.”

To cap a winless but interesting weekend of non-conference play American International fell 1-0 and 5-2 to Minnesota State. With very few exceptions, it’s all about conference games now.

USCHO.com AHA Player of the Week:

Bryan Haczyk, Niagara – The senior had four goals to help the Purple Eagles to a split at Holy Cross. He had a hat-trick in Friday’s 5-2 win and added a goal on Saturday to extent his point scoring streak to 16 games.

Honorables:

Adam Roy, Holy Cross – Roy stopped 55 of 56 shots to lead the Crusaders to a 5-1 win over Niagara on Saturday. The senior has 1,502 career saves, second all-time at Holy Cross.

Shane Madolora, RIT – The sophomore stayed unbeaten on the season (9-0-2) by making 74 saves on 87 shots as the Tigers took three points at Army.

Taylor Holstrom, Mercyhurst – The rookie had a pair of goals and a pair of assists in a 9-4 Lakers win at Connecticut.

Everett Sheen, Holy Cross – Sheen had a four point (two goals and two assists) last weekend. His 43 goals are ninth all-time at  Holy Cross.

Ahead of Schedule

Connecticut continues to impress. The Huskies split with Mercyhurst last weekend and are now tied for fourth overall and first in the Eastern Scheduling  pod. The Huskies have scored 63 goals so far this season – last year they had 59 for the entire 2009-2010 campaign.

Getting My Vote

My USCHO.com Men’s D-I Poll ballot this week:
1. Yale
2. North Dakota
3. BC
4. UNH
5. Duluth
6. Denver
7. Notre Dame
8. UNO
9. Michigan
10. Miami
11. Wisconsin
12. Union
13. RPI
14. Merrimack
15. BU
16. Maine
17. Colorado College
18. Alaska
19. WMU
20. Ohio State

Benjamin Worgull and Patrick C Miller contributed to this report.

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  • Anonymous

    Don’t know why they are ranked so high. They haven’t played anyone that is having a good year. Clearly over rated playing in a so so league but they must have ivy league connections to warrant their ranking. Makes me wonder if these rankings are a bunch of bull dog doggie doo doo.

  • Bulldog07

    Give me a break, cmass. Watch the team and then tell me that they’re doing it solely because of the opposition. You’re also talking about the squad that beat NoDak last year when no one was giving them a chance, and then scored more goals on BC then the other three teams it played in the NCAA tourney combined. If Yale had Keith Kinkaid or an Allen York (or hell, someone with a pulse) to play net, they would’ve made the Frozen Four.

    Speaking of which, that Air Force game was a tough loss, only because you get the doubters crawling out of the woodwork. What was the difference there? Jeff Malcolm looking like he didn’t know the first thing about positioning. Air Force’s second goal was a negative-angle centering pass that clanged off his skate and into the net. He also allowed two softies for the first and third goals. Had Allain not given Rondeau the breather (which he’s allowed to do for a nonconference game, even if it’s tough to swallow), Yale would be 6-0 in the books. (I’m not going to get into the Atlantic-biased officiating, because it shouldn’t have been a factor, but that was ridiculous, too).

  • apwoz

    EDIT:

    Shane Madolora, RIT — The sophomore stayed unbeaten on the season (9–0–2) by making 74 saves on 87 shots as the Tigers took three points at Army.

    should read 84 saves on 87 shots

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