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College Hockey:
Triple-digit goal totals

When Jenn Wakefield of Boston University scored 12:04 into the game versus Boston College on November 2, it was her 41st goal as a Terrier and the 100th of her college career. According to the NCAA Ice Hockey Women’s Records, she becomes the 12th player in the NCAA era to reach the century mark in goals. Note that this only includes games played beginning in the fall of 2001. The other 11 to accomplish the feat are  Meghan Agosta of Mercyhurst with 157, Nicole Corriero of Harvard with 150, Hilary Knight of Wisconsin with 123 and counting, Melissa Boal of Wayne State with 118, Katie Weatherston of Dartmouth with 113, Meghan Duggan of Wisconsin with 108, Sam Poyton of Wayne State with 107, Krissy Wendell of Minnesota with 106, Sarah Vaillancourt of Harvard with 106, Natalie Darwitz of Minnesota with 102, and Carson Duggan of St. Lawrence, with 101.

Seeing those two Wayne State stars on the list is bittersweet. It is nice that they preserve the Warriors’ place in the annals of the game, but it is sad that future WSU players won’t be joining them. Their teammate, Lindsay DiPietro, sits tenth in career assists with 130.

Who figures to be the next join the 100-goal club? Here are some players that look to have a shot, their class, school, and career total:

Natalie Spooner – senior, Ohio State, 76
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls – junior, North Dakota, 71
Brooke Ammerman – senior, Wisconsin, 73
Rebecca Johnston – senior, Cornell, 70
Jocelyne Lamoureux – junior, North Dakota, 67
Brianna Decker – junior, Wisconsin, 61.

We don’t often speak of the Crusaders because they compete in a D-III conference, but senior Stacey Hochkins of Holy Cross has put up 79 goals in her first 81 games.

Around the country
Union continued to give indications that they are on the rise, defeating Clarkson 2-1. That was the first ECAC win over a team other than Brown for the Dutchwomen since knocking off Cornell on February 28, 2004, and they followed it up by drawing St. Lawrence. With three points in the standings, the ladies from Schenectady must be enjoying escaping their familiar home in the conference basement. That dubious early distinction rests with Yale, winless on the season at 0-7.

The USCHO jinx
Sports Illustrated has nothing on me. My first column this season that focused on a single team was on Northeastern and appeared on October 20; the Huskies fell to Princeton the next day. My second such article discussing Bemidji State came out on November 3; a day later, the Beavers lost to Minnesota State in overtime. If this keeps up, by the end of the season, nobody will be willing to speak to me. Both teams rebounded in the following game, so at least this particular bad luck does not appear to be terminal.

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  • streaker

    Losing Wohlberg really hurts. Tough way to end the season. He was definitely in a ton of pain going to the bench and right off the ice after.

    Oh- and ironic how Kuhn, Hunwick and Johnson (all netminders that got zero recognition from the CCHA for their conference play-especially Hunwick) made it to JLA and the two CCHA first and second team goaltenders did not.

    • Paula Weston

      The goaltending irony wasn’t lost on me, either.

      I saw the Wohlberg collision on television and watched it a couple of times. Poor kid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HVM5QWREKL5ZTSPY6HF2V2UPO4 Neil

    Kuhn was just amazing…I willl be at the game on Friday once I can figure out how to get tickets..Ticketmaster? Stubhub? are they even on sale yet? Broncos finally getting the respect they should have had for giving losses to teams like Ohio, Union and Alaska….they are overcoming all those predictions..Go Broncos…

    • Paula Weston

      Kuhn is certainly having a career season. I’m very happy for him and all the Broncos who are experiencing success after years of hard work without much of anything to show for it. I’m especially happy for Kuhn and Mike Levendusky, as the attention this team is getting will probably open doors for them after this season ends.

      The Broncos did have to prove themselves in this round of the playoffs — and in fairness to hockey fans who don’t see the world through WMU-colored glasses, the Broncos improved steadily as their unbeaten streak continued. They were not the same team at the end of that streak as they were at the beginning. They’re pretty finely tuned now. I’m looking forward to excellent hockey in Joe Louis Arena next weekend.

    • RedHawkOne

      I’ve been to the Joe for the last 4 CCHA playoffs, and I didn’t buy tickets til I got there on site. at least 2 of those weekends, I bought tix cheaper from a fan selling them right outside the box office than you could get them for at the window. I’ve never seen it totally sell out. If Miami wins Friday, I’ll be up there on Sat for the championship game myself, but work schedule this year will make it impossible to get there Friday. Hope to see you there!

      • RedHawkOne

        Oh, and if you want to get tickets before heading up, check with your school box office this morning. They should have an allotment for sale to the local fans that will put you in their section for the best seats near the rest of the fans wearing Broncos gear. Other than that, call the Joe, or check the CCHA website. Either of those places should be able to get you tickets before you make the drive so they are waiting for you to pick up.

        Major Congrats to Jeff Blashill for an AMAZING run this season! If he doesn’t take home the CCHA coach of the year on Thursday night @ the Fox, I’ll be very surprised. I’m hoping they knock out Michigan on Friday myself as well. Wish I could be there to see it! :-) I’m hoping to see Miami Vs. Western for the finale on Saturday. Go RedHawks!

  • Bring it!

    Western will beat Michigan on Friday. They have been in playoff hockey mode for the last month, and they know how to win the big game now.

    • Ricklos12

      you do realize UM swept Western a few weeks ago don’t ya? UM wins the Mason Cup for the second yr. in a row. GO BLUE!!

  • CCHA tourney TV info

    Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami and Western Michigan have advanced to the CCHA Championship to be held at Joe Louis Arena this Friday and Saturday, March 18-19.

    The RedHawks and Fighting Irish will square off for some ‘Hockey in the D’ on Friday at 4:35 p.m., while the Wolverines and Broncos will follow at 8:05 p.m. Both games will air live on FOX Sports Detroit Plus in HD as will the third-place game at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday and the Championship Game, which will feature the two semifinal winners at 7:35 p.m.