MCHA, MIAC, and NCHA Roundup: Dec. 13

UW-Superior’s Stauber collects 200th victory
UW-Superior Coach Dan Stauber notched his 200th coaching victory in a fashion that was emblematic of his 11 years at the helm.

After losing Friday’s contest to visiting St. Scholastica, No. 15 Wisconsin-Superior showed resiliency by bouncing back to win Saturday’s rematch 7-3. Such consistency has been the hallmark of Yellowjacket teams during Stauber’s tenure.

The No. 15 Yellowjackets (8-4-1, 6-2 NCHA) erupted for four goals in the third period to knock off the upset-minded Saints, who had won 3-1 the previous

Dan Stauber

night.

The milestone was on the players’ minds, the coach said.

“They were aware of it,” said Stauber, who dined out with his family to celebrate. “Like I told them, I’m a pretty humble guy … It sounds like a cliche, but coaches don’t win hockey games, players do.”

In 11 years at UW-Superior, Stauber has compiled a 200-67-42 record, which includes an NCAA National Championship in 2002. His teams have also won two NCHA regular-season titles and three playoff crowns.

Stauber assumed the UW-Superior head coaching role in 2000, succeeding Steve Nelson.

In Stauber’s first season, the Yellowjackets set school records for most wins in a season (30) and longest unbeaten streak (23 games). Stauber, who played four years at UW-Superior, served as an assistant under Nelson for two seasons and coached six years in high school circles, including at his alma mater, Duluth (Minn.) Denfeld. He was also an assistant at UW-Eau Claire for a season.

“At each milestone, you do remember the players who were on those teams,” Stauber said.

The veteran coach won’t likely forget the four-goal outburst in Saturday’s third period.

Talon Berlando scored twice – one a short-handed effort and the other a power-play tally- while Tom Budziakowski and Josh Kesler also netted goals during the span.

The Yellowjackets led 3-1 going into the final frame on goals by Tyler Klein, Colton Kennedy and Pat Dalbec. Goalie Drew Strandberg turned away 22 of 25 shots for his fifth win of the season.

Carter David, Alex Valenti and Tyler Miller scored for St. Scholastica, which was outshot 31-25.

The Yellowjackets also revived their dormant power play, going two-for-four in man-advantage situations. The team’s power play was an anemic 8-of-68 going into Saturday.

The team remains in second place behind No. 2 St. Norbert. To maintain that position, the team’s power play needs to run more efficiently, the coach said.

“Our penalty kill has been pretty good, but our power play has been brutal,” Stauber said. “When we look at the games we have lost lost, if we had just one power-play goal …. those losses could have been wins.”

Stauber credits the hard work of his youthful charges for the team’s Top-15 ranking. The squad had only two seniors, forward Matt Wiest and Berlando, in the lineup Saturday.

“It’s good leadership and our youth working extremely hard: That’s what I attribute to the early success,” Stauber said.

Snow and streaks fall
Two words could sum up the weekend in D-III Western region circles: flakes and breaks.

Heavy snow postponed Saturday’s Wisconsin-River Falls-Wisconsin-Stout contest at Dunn County Ice Arena in Menomonie, Wis. The game has been rescheduled for Jan. 10.

In terms of breaks, as in shattering things, Wisconsin-Stevens Point halted a seven-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over No. 14 Wisconsin-Eau Claire Saturday while No. 8 Milwaukee School of Engineering’s nine-game undefeated run was shattered in a 2-1 loss to St. Thomas on Friday.

In Saturday’s rematch, MSOE (9-1) avoided a sweep when Ben Lauder’s goal 1:53 into overtime lifted the Raiders to a 5-4 win over the visiting Tommies (8-5). MSOE Michael Thompson’s goal tied the game at 7:39 of the third.

Connor Toomey stopped 19 of 24 shots to earn the win.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus solidified its ranking with a weekend sweep over host Finlandia, 3-2 and 4-1. Ryan Johnson, Zach May and Brad Wieck scored for the Gusties in Friday’s win.  On Saturday, Mitch Carlson, Sam Blaisdell, Gustav Bengtson and Brian White scored for Gustavus (9-3-1, 3-2-1).

No. 2 St. Norbert, No. 7 Adrian and No. 12 Hamline were idle.

25 COMMENTS

  1. Last year Michigan didn’t take the broncos seriously and they lost 5-2. I can only hope Miami does the same. Much as I’d like to see BG do well, I don’t want to see them get the AQ bid since that would likely boot WMU or MSU from the tourney. (I don’t see Northern making it either way, sorry.)

    GO BRONCOS!!!

    • WMU blows by miami, and Michigan squeaks by Bowling Green. Not to discredit Bowling green at all, but the final might be a more interesting game than you think.  

      • It might be interesting, but I doubt it will be better. 2 OT’s is a heck of a game. BG and Michigan are both going to be tired today though. 3 MAC schools and one Big Ten school in the CCHA Finals with 2 Big Ten schools not making it. Maybe the MAC needs to start their own hockey conference?

  2. Congrats to Western, heck of a game.  And oh how I love to see Miami eat crow.  Looking forward to a great final tomorrow!

  3. The Broncos had their lineup ready tonight…once again as I suggested ..containing Smith was the key…just what ..one goal…too many WMU players can score..I expect a closer game tomorrow…probably within a goal or two.. but getting that Miami monkey/redhawk off their back must feel awfullly good going into the game on Saturday…

    Go Broncos..time to clinch the CCHA and get ready for the tournament

  4. Please send out a all police bulletin.MIAMIU2010 is missing.He is probably in hiding,but please let’s find him.OHIO TEAMS,DONE.

  5. Why is it taking you so long to acknowledge Western Michigan’s impressive postseason run Paula? I’m sure if Michigan had won, you would’ve written a lengthy blog entry by now.

  6. QU deserved the #1 ranking this week. But they are an inch away. Here’s the having an ECAC at the top sooner rather than later!

  7. Justice? Wow…a little dramatic, don’t you think? For a writer who allegedly believes that the only poll that matters is the PairWise, you spend a lot of time worrying about why QU isn’t ranked #1 in a poll that you say doesn’t matter. It’s apparent this is just about bragging rights, not real analysis or commentary…I guess I’ll leave the real writing to the other blogs. Sheesh…

  8. It appears BU played some tough defense this weekend, along with strong goaltending. It also helps not to get outshot 2-1 like last year.

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