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Moore Leads Harvard’s Charge

Crimson Down Union Despite Penalties

— After a four-game losing streak on the road, Harvard found out that there’s no place like home.

Captain Steve Moore notched four points, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal at 16:04 of the second period to snap a 2-2 tie and the Crimson hung on through the third, killing off a five-minute major penalty to defeat Union, 5-2, Friday night in front of 2,776 at Bright Hockey Center.

The Skating Dutchmen went 1-for-5 on the power play, with the bulk of them in the third period as Harvard’s penalty kill sealed the win in a game which saw the Crimson send 35 shots on goaltender Brandon Snee, but was always in doubt thanks to the 30 penalties whistled during the contest. The most significant was a five-minute major penalty and game disqualification on sophomore Aaron Kim for cross-checking at 7:58 of the third.

“We knew [Union] would play a hard, non-pressure game and try to be opportunistic,” Harvard coach Mark Mazzoleni said. “I’m disappointed with the number of penalties we took. They could’ve popped two on it and it would be an entirely different game.”

Kim, while Harvard was at the tail end of a brief power play itself, slammed Union winger Bryant Westerman from behind just beyond the right point. The Harvard penalty kill, which came into the contest ranked fourth in the nation at 90 percent, did not allow the Skating Dutchmen much attack time throughout the major. Union’s best chance came with about a minute left in the advantage.

Leading scorer Jeff Hutchins had a turnaround shot through a screen in the low slot that Crimson goalie Oli Jonas kicked aside and Jonas swiftly recovered to deny Union’s second gunner, junior Jeff Wilson, on the rebound.

Almost immediately after Kim’s penalty expired, Union was whistled for having too many men on the ice. At 14:21, freshman Tyler Kolarik corralled the puck around the red line and shaked his way down the right wing, slipping his way past two defenders and drilling a shot short side past Snee to put Harvard ahead, 4-2, and effectively end any Dutchman chance at a comeback.

“We could not convert our opportunities tonight; they were there,” Union coach Kevin Sneddon said. “Our guys takes one for the team and we couldn’t score. Then, we take a too many men and they end up capitalizing and that was the game. They have a good penalty kill, coming harding in the forecheck and down low in the zone.”

Harvard controlled the play for most of the night, holding leads of 1-0 and 2-1, before Kenny Turano was able to put the Crimson ahead for good with his third goal of the year on a remarkable play by Moore. The Harvard captain muscled his way down the right wing into the corner and threaded a pass between a Dutchman defender’s skates to Turano, who had parked himself in front of the net and the rookie buried it.

Moore busted out of a personal scoring slump Friday night with his four-point total. His goal at 7:50 of the opening period, the first of the game, was his first tally since the second game of the season. It was the first time a Harvard player had four points in a game since Brett Nowak bagged two and assisted on a pair on Nov. 5, 1999 in a 7-2 win vs. Dartmouth.

Freshman Tim Petit also joined the offensive party for the Crimson, which matched its highest goal total of the season in the win. The rookie scored twice, on the power play at 17:23 of the second period and an empty netter with 46 seconds left to drive the nail in the coffin.

“Everyone chipped in tonight, it was a total team effort,” Moore said. “It was real nice to finally get one. [Assistant captain Chris] Bala took a shot on net and I batted it down and I was lucky to have it go in.”

Hutchins registered the first Union goal, a power-play strike at 14:27 off assists from Wilson and Randy Dagenais. Nathan Gillies finished a two-on-one break at 9:26 of the second period, diving to redirect a pass from center Bryan Yackel on Union’s fourth shot of the frame.

“Jonas played a great game tonight for them,” Sneddon said. “The only times we got going was when we were going to the net.”

Jonas made 31 saves for Harvard, while Snee stopped 32.

The only real negative for the Crimson on the whole night was Kim’s penalty. It was his second DQ of the year, forcing an automatic two-game suspension.

With the debut of freshman Kenny Smith at Colorado College over Christmas break, the Crimson looked forward to having six solid defensemen for the first time all season. However, junior Graham Morrell did not return, as announced at Colorado on Friday and his status remains in jeopardy.

Morrell reinjured the shoulder that forced him to redshirt last season and it is unclear when or if he will be able to return to the Crimson lineup. Kim’s loss means that Harvard will host dangerous RPI on Saturday without two of its best blueliners.

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  • NDFangasm

    You keep beating a dead horse with these Hobey updates. I’m a Sioux fan and I still think it should be Miele (whom I’ve only see play twice). He has the most points, his team was top 4 and he’s never had a character issue. It’s a pretty open and shut thing if you ask me. I love Fratts, but he has 11 less points. That’s an extra assist of goal every 3-4 games. Plus, Frattin plays on a stacked team. He doesn’t wan the Hobey anyway, he wants the National Championship and then a Stanley Cup in Toronto.

    • Joe C

      I wish Frattin and North Dakota (along with all the other teams at the Frozen Four) to have a successful tournament. However, I will not translate any good wishes to the Maple Leafs.

      There is a lot of hair-splitting going on in this Hobey analysis. Frattin looks like the best player in college hockey this year. I did not see enough of Miele (other than the NCAA tourney) to make a fair judgment about him. I did see a ton of Cam Atkinson, mostly schooling my Terriers and the rest of Hockey East. If most people are calling it a two-horse race, than both Frattin and Miele must have had very good years.

      North Dakota seems to me to be a very dominant college hockey team this year, one that comes at teams in wave after wave. The difference in goals or assists, level of competition, etc. are very marginal.

      Finally, Hobey does love goals. I thought that Brad Thiessen should have won in 2009, he CARRIED that Northeastern team to the tournament. He just won the award in the AHL for best goaltender. Of course, Matt Gilroy is playing for the Rangers right now, so maybe it was a good call after all.

      • Duh!

        Didn’t see much of him on Thursday!

        OVER-RATED

    • Guest

      I wouldn’t go as far to say as he doesn’t want the hobey. If he had to choose between it and a championship, I would bet he would choose the champioship everyday of the week and twice on sunday. Frattin does play on a stacked team, but Miele plays on a stacked line. And because Frattin plays on a stacked team that rolls four lines, he plays less than Miele, because Miami only rolls three lines.

  • achybreaky

    Elliot, why do they have your dumbass writing articles here? I hope they don’t pay you much. Afterall, you have less knowledge than Berry Melrose when it comes to college hockey.

    • Duh!

      Sioux are…

      OVER-RATED

      and the fans are…

      CLASSLESS

      (but I have to admit that your Berry Melrose jab was pretty good).

  • achybreaky

    My drunk friend wrote that comment. I agree with everything besides the Barry Manilow comment.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

      you are a sad sad sad person….oh and its Melrose

      • achybreaky

        You are a sad person… oh and I know its Melrose

  • Guest

    Its getting a little tiring hearing you lobby for Miele every single column. I understand comparing the ups and downs of each player, but at what point have you even tried to find a statistic that favors Frattin over Miele?

    • Anonymous

      He is not lobbying for anyone. He is trying to lay out the information, it just so happens that Miele is winning the majority of the comparisons.

      Yeah NoDak is still playing, we got it!

      • Guest

        1. I said nothing about ND still playing.
        2. There are numerous comparisons that Frattin wins. Physical play, the fact that frattin has more goals than miele has primary assists. Not to mention the fact the Olshansky refuses to mitigate any of his statistics with other statistics. For instance, instead of comparing Frattin and Miele when playing playoff teams, he could have made the much less dubious comparison of when Frattin and Miele have played the same teams, which, as I have demonstrated, Frattin rather clearly wins.

        • Anonymous

          I put the still playing thing in there to stop that debate comparing a Team accomplishment versus and individual accomplishment. Like so many NoDak fans are posting.

          You make some good points, I am not sure I agree with them. Physical Play? Frattin is bigger, but Miele is not a slouch in the corners, if you saw him play, you would see he is as physical as a 5″8 player can be. Frattin wins that comparison

          More goals then primary assists, but not more goals and primary assist combined. I don’t have the stats for Frattin, but a I am confident the comparison would favor Miele’s 24 goals and 31 Primary Assists would exceed Frattin’s 36 goals and ???? Primary Assists. Check it out and let me know.

          Elliot made a valid comparison that embodies a majority of all pertinent information available and tried to find a common denominator to compare all three candidates. His goal was not to find a comparison to prove Miele was a better player. If it had been, he would not have succeeded, because the comparison favors Atkinson over Miele, and Frattin.

          Anybody can take a look at all the stats and find a comparison for the player they feel is the better player, you just did above, and so did I in response.

          At some point, opinion needs to be thrown out the door. There needs to be a benchmark that everyone agrees to in order to decide who deserves to win a judged accolade. Think gymnastics, figure skating, boxing to an extent.

          Elliot thought this was a good benchmark, no fault in that.

          • Guest

            Frattin has 36 goals and 19 primary assists, making them tied in that category.

          • Guest

            Its not that he’s trying to find a comparison that makes Miele look better, its that he is ignoring comparisons that make Frattin look better.

      • collegehockeyfan

        i think he meant for example, have they looked at plus-minus? I honestly have no clue, maybe Atkinson is leading in that catagory, who knows, anything but goals, assists and character are the only components that have been brought up in some 4 or 5 articles on the Hobey Race…

  • hopeonboard

    Ellliot, why does ND 43 games played being compared to Miami and BC 39, and 38 games in total goals & pts? and not conference only games?

    • Guest

      Its because they get extra games for playing in Alaska.

    • Guest

      And their conference tournament structure.

      • hopeonboard

        Thank you, I am new to this game. Then… if you play five more games (43-38) and play weaker teams and then score more goals, you are considered the “best” by some. Not cricket!

        • Guest

          Note, ND has a more difficult strength of schedule, and those “weaker teams” that Frattin scored a lot of goals against (specifically MTU) have a very good record this year against the CCHA. (MTU, I believe was either 2-0 or 2-1.)

  • Jmurie

    Granted, I didn’t see much of Miele play this year. He plays on a line with two other all-american calibur forwards, and in a weaker division than Frattin. Anyone who has watched Frattin play this year can attest that he is physically dominanty over his competition night in and night out. He plays a style of hockey that is very very fun to watch – and he’s best the goal scorer in the country…

    His “Character Issue” in my opinion is not an issue at all. In fact, I see it as a strength. It takes a helluva lot of guts to go through what he did, put his ego aside, and come back to the team with no scholarship, no garuntee of ever playing again, and EARN his spot back with North Dakota. His growth and maturity over the past year and a half goes to show what a great family he has, and what a excellent staff they have at North Dakota. To me, that’s what the Hobey is all about.

    • Miami Fan

      carter hasn’t played on miele’s line since the third week of the season. Line 1 Miele, Smith, Vogelhuber. Line 2 Camper, Cannone, Paulazzo.

  • Sioux guy

    “This is why I’ve been reluctant to include Atkinson alongside Miele and Atkinson when doing my final analyses.”

    Elliot, do you even proofread the garbage you write? I’m assuming you mean you’re reluctant to include Atkinson alongside Miele and “Frattin” (not Atkinson)… Let me guess, sick again? Then do us a favor, stop writing and go home.

    • Elliot Olshansky

      No, it was just a stupid mistake. Ever made one of those?

      • Anonymous

        As an unbiased writer you seem to get your panties in a bunch more than usual Elliot… maybe you aren’t cut out for the job of analyzing sports and taking heat for it…. grow a pair and admit your mistakes….

  • Where Eagles Dare

    hmmm, Frattin and his timid Sue choke once again. 2000 was the last decade. They’ll go at least 5 more years without an NC !

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