Monday Morning Press Mess

Success on the ice can beget buzz in the rink. So it is in Ithaca, where the No. 1 Big Red drew a record crowd (2,326) to Cornell’s Lynah Rink. The throng was rewarded, too, with a 3-0 blanking of Clarkson. Brandton Thomas of the Ithaca Journal was there to see it all.

Time was when a clash between Minnesota and Harvard would have locked in the women’s hockey spotlight. Both teams are having sub-standard (for them) seasons, but that just makes it all the more interesting when they do get together. The bragging rights stay in the West, as the Gophers swept both ends of the weekend double dip. John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press gives his brief take.

Hockey head hits have come under great scrutiny of late, as well they should. We came across a blog by strength and conditioning coach Kevin Neeld, which touches on the issue as it relates to both male and female players.

Times have been tough at Princeton, where the Tigers suffered through a six-game winless streak. That came to an end on Saturday with a 4-0 blanking of fellow Ancient Eight (or Six in hockey) Brown, as Aneesh Sahni relates in the Daily Princetonian.

Bob Deraney, the irrepressible bench boss at Providence College has his Friars in fine fettle. Al Daniel of the Friartown Free Press tells you why.