ECAC Northeast and MASCAC Weekend Preview: Jan 14

Before taking a look at what’s set for the weekend, here’s a look at the midweek action, including a milestone win at Nichols and some shifts in the MASCAC standings.
Thursday, Jan. 13
Nichols 4, Southern New Hampshire 3: Nichols held off a pesky Southern New Hampshire team in a non-conference game which had been rescheduled from Wednesday due to the ferocious winter storm that blanketed the northeast.  The win gave seventh year head coach Lou Izzi his 100th career win at Nichols. Izzi, who has had only one losing season at Nichols, is the program’s winningest coach with a 100-72-11 mark.  His overall record is 186-27-14, and includes a six year stint to begin  at league rival Johnson & Wales.
Andrew Ella had two goals for the Bisons, including the game winner, while Will Munson  scored the game’s first goal and assisted on Ella’s game winning tally.
Manhattanville 2, Curry 1: A late third period goal by No.4 Manhattanville proved to be the difference against Curry, who had tied the game  just five minutes earlier.  The Valiant’s first goal came on the power play, while the Colonels were unable to convert any of their seven chances with the man advantage.
Geneseo 9, Western New England 1: After getting their first win in nearly two months Tuesday against Connecticut College, the Golden Bears fell victim to a flurry of Geneseo goals, including seven in the final two periods.
Plymouth State 3, Worcester State 1: After a pair of mildly frustrating ties at Wentworth over the weekend, Plymouth State jumped into a tie for first place in the MASCAC with a win at Worcester State.   Penalties were a problem over the weekend for the Panthers, who were called for just three infractions Thursday.  A David Rose power play goal early in the second period upped Plymouth State’s lead to 2-0, but the Lancers cut that in half minutes later on John Cahalane’s goal, but Alex Cottle’s strike at the end of the second capped the scoring for both teams.
Salem State 5, Massachusetts-Dartmouth 0: A three goal outburst in just under two minutes turned a close game into a blowout and helped Salem State grab a share of first with Plymouth State. Leading 1-0 coming into the final period,  Salem added a goal at the 7:15 mark before  blowing it open with goals at 11:11, 11:42, and 12:55, respectively. Freshman Ben Vandervies played the last 8:18 in net for the Corsairs, marking the first time this season someone else other then Collin Tracy manned the net for UMD.
Framingham State 3, Westfield State 1: The Rams scored two goals early and then added a late third period goal to secure their first win of the season and move into a tie with Westfield State for the final playoff spot.  The defeat extended the Owls’ losing streak to five.
Upcoming Games
Friday, Jan. 14
Becker at Assumption: Assumption opened the year with wins over Suffolk and host Becker in the Becker Ice Breaker, but has since posted an 0-3 mark against ECAC Northeast competition. Look for that to continue today. Becker 3, Assumption 1
Johnson & Wales at Buffalo State: A good non-conference test for the Wildcats, who presently sit in first with a 4-0 ECAC Northeast record. Buffalo State. The Bengals have struggled a bit since checking in at the No. 15 spot on the USCHO.com poll in late November, but still sit in fourth in a talented SUNYAC conference. Give them the slight edge here. Buffalo State 5, Johnson & Wales 3
Saturday, Jan. 15
Western New England at Worcester State: The teams opened the 2010-11 season with a 3-3 tie. Since then, Western New England has cooled considerably since a hot start, while Worcester State had been gathering steam before a 3-1 loss at home to Plymouth State Thursday night. The Lancers should get back on track against WNEC. Worcester State 4, Western New England 1
Hobart at Curry: The last in string of tough non-conference opponents sees Hobart travel to Curry.  The Colonels came close against No. 4 Manhattanville; I think they’ll grab the win here. Curry 4, Hobart 2
Johnson & Wales at Buffalo State: The closing match of the two game series up north should send the Wildcats home with a win.  Johnson & Wales 5, Buffalo State 3
Utica at Suffolk: The first game of the weekend in Boston comes against Suffolk,  who has struggled to find any consistency.  If the Rams are going to steal a game against No. 11 Utica, they’ll need a top notch effort in goal from Jeff Rose.  Utica 4, Suffolk 0
Plymouth State at Salem State: A key matchup in the MASCAC. Each team toppled the squad ahead of them in the standings to set up a battle for first place Saturday. This one is a push, but I’ll take Salem State-barely. Salem State 3, Plymouth State 2  (OT)
Fitchburg State at Framingham State: Framingham State is fresh off their first win, while the Falcons are on the heels of a 3-2 overtime loss to New England College on Tuesday. Fitchburg State 5, Framingham State 1
Westfield State at UMass-Dartmouth: As noted above, the Corsairs imploded in a 5-0 loss to Salem State. They should get back on track against the Owls, who have struggled mightily this year. UMass-Darmouth 5, Westfield State 2
Sunday, Jan. 16
Hobart at Nichols: Assuming Hobart losses to Curry Saturday, I don’t see them finishing their weekend in the ECAC Northeast without a win. Nichols will be tough, but Hobart should squeak this  one out. Hobart 4, Nichols 3
Becker at Salve Regina: One of the few conference games of the week in the ECAC Northeast. Becker was dealt its first conference loss of the season last week by Johnson & Wales, but they should get one back against the Seahawks. Becker 4, Salve Regina 1
Utica at Wentworth: One of the final non-conference games for a young Wentworth squad that peaked before the break, but has since been trying to adjust to a second semester that has seen it lose players to snow delays and practice time to coop jobs. If they can pull it all together by Sunday, they could give Utica a run. I’m tempted to call the upset, but how about a tie instead?  Utica 3, Wentworth 3

39 COMMENTS

  1. i think its funny how you talk about yale scoring so much when they play agianst shitty teams all year round. id like to see yale play in wcha for one year and we will see how many goals they score…HOW ABOUT NONE im sick of these mediocre players winning awards where there strength of schedule is far behind other top teams with outstanding players yet those players dont even get looked at Minnesotas Jay Bariball should be a top player so far and i hate the gophers. jack connely or even matt frattin of north dakota…but ofcourse that makes me biased because im a sioux fan..all im saying is goals and assists shouldnt be the only factor of decision and i know its not but you uscho writers just suck soooo much yale is a good team but they need to play harder teams more consistently

  2. All three of those Yale players have solid chances of playing in the NHL with the exception of O Neil due to size being the only drawback. How about more love for your” so difficult” to play rivals the high powered offense of the midgets at UMD?

  3. I have to agree with J above…however he appears to rate the WCHA a little to highly. I believe this will be yet another Hocley East domination year and would not be surprised if they place 3 teams in the Frozen Four. Denver swept by BC, North Dakota dominated by Maine BU on a roll and UNH always a regular season powerhouse…

  4. please submit this to ESPN outside the lines, I think this deserves an in depth report as do many in the k-zoo area

  5. I am a Union fan and have been waiting over 20 years for our first NCAA game, but after seeing this, I wouldn’t mind at all if Western Michigan won the darn whole thing for that family. Great work guys.

    • I had the same thought. I have been a UMD fan since I can remember and have been waiting for a championship. Now I want this team to win it all. Best of luck to your team as well. It should be a very evenly matched offensive show!

  6. This is one of the most touching stories I’ve seen. As a parent of another D1 hockey program player, since his team is done for the year, I will be rooting for Western to win it all. This is why hockey is the greatest sport with the best people in it. Go Broncos! Get better kid!

  7. This was truly inspiring and I think after watching it, it’s hard for anyone to not support this Western Michigan team. When players go out of their way to do things like this because it means something to them as well is amazing. Division I athletes have a lot on their plates as students, but for them to take their free time and spend it the way they did shows a lot of character and heart, both things I’d like to see help them take home the title this year.
    RIT Tiger fan

  8. That right there is what college hockey is all about… inspiring kids that they can do anything. Shows a LOT of heart from the Broncos team. NCAA should make an award for a team that is outstanding off the ice for their community service and heartfelt inspiration of youth.

  9. As a Western Alum, I am very proud of these boys and the way they have adopted the Schripsema Family. What a statement of this fantastic sport and the athletes involved. I am also a Hockey Mom of a 12 yo boy – it warms my heart to see him watching these young men go above and beyond the call of duty and want to be like them. Go Broncos!!!!

  10. THAT is what college sports is all about! From an RPI and college hockey fan I say well done Broncos. That was truly amazing!

  11. I just don’t think I can truly express my admiration for the Broncos hockey team for this heroic display of compassion. As a lifelong college hockey fan these young men displayed true heart. They have shown the real colors of what it is to be a collegiate athlete, and how to be true role models for the young kids that idolize them. My hats of to you Western Michigan….again and again.

  12. I watched a little of Union / Yale friday night. Union looked strong, Yale looked horrible — event worse than Minnesota looked.
    If Yale is playing well, who makes it happen for them, and what do they do?

    • Yale rolls deep, but a few to look out for are Miller, Agostino, and Laganiere. The latter especially can be a real menace when he’s feeling it.

      • Brian, as a 15 year season ticket holder, I’ve seen only two Yale coaches — Tim Taylor and Keith Allain. They make John Tortorella look like Joe Torre. Allain has every right to be tight-lipped about injuries. But he does owe the fans some insight because the games aren’t free at Ingalls. When your team gets shutout in Atlantic City, at least have the decency to spend ten minutes congratulating the other teams and their effort. Wish them the best in the NCAAs, congratulate Rand Pecknold for a great job. There’s a difference between being a competitor and being cold. I saw them play SLU and they were dominant to a degree I hadn’t seen all season. The game against Union was somewhat understandable in the first — weak first goal, then odd second goal. But then they came out with nothing for the next five periods. It almost felt like the team was worried about Malcolm’s leg. It resembled how they played when Maricic was in net. Oddly, maybe they need a good fast team like the Gophers to wake them up! Minnesota is so deep and talented that it will be a miracle if they win, but what a fun miracle that would be. Minn 5, Yale 1.

  13. I watched every single Yale game this year with a bias interest. When they are at their best they are rolling all 4 lines and forechecking hard. They love to shoot the puck from all over the rink and Tommy Fallen is a top offensive defenseman. The key to it all is Jeff Malcolm. When he is on, Yale is tough to beat. Like all hockey teams, they are much better with a lead. I agree that Miller and Agostino are key goal scorers but Lags has been a disappointment this year and often disappears.

  14. Perhaps it was one of those metaphors. You want him to talk about his team? He probably felt his team didn’t show up, so why should he?

  15. Yale has been overrated all year.. union made them look DIII.. blew their doors off 5-0 (Yale was a head-scratching t-4 in PW going into ecac semi-final tourney game with union…) Yale never beat RPI, Union, or Q-Pac.. All year. Since they are ivy they never really beat anyone else in their limited schedule..

  16. Announced attendance 12,947, which would make it the biggest crowd of the year for any college hockey game in Minnesota! Is this an example of an “alternative fact”? Or were 8500 of those enthusiastic spectators invisible? How on earth can they cancel the tradition that is the North Star College Cup when what amounts to a small city shows up for it? They don’t get that many participants for the Twin Cities Marathon.

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