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College Hockey:
Just the facts: no filler

This’ll be a quick-hitter, without the usual feature material in the middle due to a crunched-up week… the Beanpot and Clarkson-St. Lawrence kinda accordioned my standard pace and schedule.

Players of the Week

Player of the week: Alex Killorn, Harvard

The Crimson’s most consistent (or perhaps only consistent) player this year scored three goals and five points against two ranked opponents in Princeton and Boston University this weekend, and finished a +1 for the deuce to boot. All three of Killorn’s Friday points came on the power play, with a first- and second-assist, and the game-tying goal with 5:55 to play. In the Beanpot consolation contest, the junior center scored shorthanded and even-strength goals to boost his season total to 10… the most on the team. The five-point outburst this week broke a string of three scoreless games for Killorn, tied for his longest such drought of the season.

Honorable mention: Danny Biega, Harvard (1-3-4, +3 vs. Princeton and BU); Brian O’Neill, Yale (3-1-4, +1 at SLU and Clarkson; hat trick at Clarkson)

Rookie of the week: Matt Hatch, Union

The Empire State native (out of Massena, N.Y.) potted two goals, added an assist and finished the week a +3 against Cornell and Colgate. Hatch scored the decisive second and coffin-nailing fourth goals against the Big Red in Friday’s monster tilt, then contributed the first assist on Adam Presizniuk’s goal against the Raiders, which began Union’s comeback. With five goals and 12 points in 25 games this season, Hatch has been reliably productive for Nate Leaman’s Dutchmen, but is still only the fourth-highest scorer among his classmates in Schenectady.

Honorable mention: Josh Jooris, Union (1-2-3 vs. Cornell and Colgate)

Goalie of the week: James Mello, Dartmouth

The junior out of Rehobeth, Mass. was as sharp as ever this weekend, giving up only two goals on 52 shots against spunky Quinnipiac and Princeton. Friday night saw the netminder save 21 of 22 shots against the Bobcats in an evenly paced affair, and he followed that up with 29 saves on 30 shots against the Tigers on Saturday – including 12 stops on 12 shots as Princeton pressed in the third period. Mello boasts a .936 save rate for the year and a 2.00-even goals against average: those marks qualify as second and sixth in the nation, respectively.

Honorable mention: Mike Clemente, Brown (4 goals against, 62 shots at Clarkson and SLU); Andy Iles, Cornell (2 goals against, 32 shots at RPI); Keith Kinkaid, Union (3 goals against, 36 shots vs. Cornell and Colgate; 9-save shutout of Cornell); Ryan Carroll, Harvard (4 goals against, 49 shots vs. BU); Eric Hartzell, Quinnipiac (2 goals against, 27 shots at Dartmouth); Paul Karpowich, Clarkson (7 goals against, 88 shots vs. Brown, Yale, and at SLU)

My top 20

This ballot was submitted prior to the Beanpot finales, of course.

1. Boston College
2. Yale
3. North Dakota
4. Union
5. Minnesota-Duluth
6. Denver
7. Merrimack
8. Dartmouth
9. New Hampshire
10. Rensselaer
11. Wisconsin
12. Miami
13. Western Michigan
14. Michigan
15. Notre Dame
16. Princeton
17. Nebraska-Omaha
18. Boston University
19. Cornell
20. Colorado College

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  • Dan Dmc

    killorn has been great this year. but only consistent crimson player? d biega has been the best defenseman in the ecac this year.

  • streaker

    Interesting picks- agree about NMU and OSU, disagree about MSU.

    • Jon

      I too disagree about MSU. It’s hard enough playing on the road, but when that trip ends up in the “thousands of miles from home” category, things don’t generally turn out well.

      Part of me hopes she’s right though, because that would mean a Michigan-Michigan State matchup at Yost, and the students would get to give Comley the “C-ya” chant he so richly deserves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E2645VSY7XHP4DKUGCTNIRAV4Y T

    Agree with your winners of each series. Not sure if two of the 3 will go 3 games. NMU and OSU should win in two games. MSU vs. Alaska depends on scoring for MSU. Can they replace Leveille on the big sheet of ice?

    • Paula Weston

      Well, T, I thought I looked pretty smart…until the Buckeyes lost that game last night. I think LSSU takes it tonight. Great question about Leveille and the big ice. I wasn’t able to listen online last night, but I will tonight — after I listen to my Fredonia Blue Devils beat the Plattsburgh Cardinals on WCVF FM online. (Okay, so I’ll be going between the Fredonia State game and the two other CCHA games online.)

  • Yostnut

    Wow, playoff hockey at Lake State attracts a crowd of dozens! Lame.

    • Paula Weston

      I was thinking the same thing when I was watching last night. The students are on spring break until Monday, but the lack of local support — especially against a Big Ten team, and those teams typically draw at non-Big Ten schools in the CCHA — is appalling. It was excellent playoff hockey until midway in the third, too.

  • CommAve

    Haha, nonsense.  Maybe have a case with WCHA.  But Miami, with it’s down year?  Plus the bottom feeders compared to competitive teams like Vermont, both UMasses and others who actually make tourney appearances here or there?  Please.

  • Joe C

    BU is just being its normal, erractic self, especially before the Beanpot.

    There have been years where BU was a top-ten preseason team, got to Number 1 during the regular season, and then did not qualify for the NCAA tournament.

    There are not that many teams in NCAA Division I hockey.

  • Joe C

    Exactly, three years ago, Merrimack was horrible. Now, it is the only undefeated team left. The last two years, Providence was terrible, now no one wants to play them.