Players of the Week
Player of the Week: Harry Zolnierczyk, Brown
Brown’s one-man wrecking crew potted two goals, added two assists and finished +3 in the home-and-home split with No. 1 Yale. The Antagonizer scored a short-handed equalizer on Saturday evening in a game Bruno ultimately lost, but he earned first-assists on each of Brown’s first two goals Sunday, then sealed the historic upset with a last-minute breakaway goal. The senior captain ranks third in the league in overall points per game, with 1.44.
Honorable mention: Greg Miller, Cornell (0-4-4, +1 vs. RPI and Union); Aaron Bogosian, St. Lawrence (3-2-5 in two at Michigan Tech); Kyle Flanagan, St. Lawrence (2-3-5)
Rookie of the Week: Greg Carey, St. Lawrence
Mr. Carey makes another appearance in this space, scoring two goals and adding four assists in a win and tie at Michigan Tech. He opened the weekend with two first assists in a 4-4 draw, but then really brought it home with two goals, two helpers and a +3 rating in SLU’s 6-0 blowout win on Saturday. Carey leads the league in overall points per game (1.14), and is tied with Union rookie Daniel Carr for the conference lead in overall goals with 14.
Honorable mention: Kevin Sullivan, Union (1-2-3, +2 at Cornell); Daniel Carr, Union (2-0-2, 2 PPG at Cornell)
Goalie of the Week: Mike Garman, Cornell
The Cornell junior made the most of a platoon-split weekend, stopping 23 of 24 Engineers shots on Friday in what ultimately ended up a runaway victory. He upped his save rate to .915 in 10 appearances this season, and shrank his goals-against mean to 2.46.
Honorable mention: Keith Kinkaid, Union (2 goals against, 40 saves at Colgate and Cornell); Matt Weninger, St. Lawrence (4 goals against, 61 saves; 2nd career/season shutout); Mike Clemente, Brown (6 goals against, 62 saves against Yale)
Players like numbers, too
Through most levels of youth hockey, in most parts of the world, players only get to choose sweater numbers between 1 and about 35, give or take. Most youth teams don’t make custom jerseys, so they only order as many numbers as they might have players on the roster.
Then you get to juniors or college, with equipment managers and name-plates and custom sizes, and the options open up. But athletes being athletes, most either don’t care what number they get, or are tied to the digits they wore throughout their youth. (Only 18 ECAC Hockey players don digits above 39; 13 of them play in the North Country, for some reason.) So when you see Bobby Farnham’s 46, Allan McPherson’s 93 or Chad Ziegler’s 59, you can’t help but wonder what the stories are behind them.
I did. So here are a few of them.
“Cornell’s not had a #13 on the men’s side since the 1965-66 season – I don’t know if superstition has deemed that number unlucky within the program, that the first year someone didn’t wear it we won a national title, or what.
“I do know that [goalies] Mike Garman (35) and Andy Iles (33) are the first players in program history to wear their respective numbers, and rumor has it that when Shane Hynes played here [last year at Cornell: 2004-05], he wanted to wear #57 (Heinz/Hynes 57? – get it?), but as the story goes, that was denied.”
Zeise also edified me on a very cool Big Red tradition: When a player is assigned his number, he is also responsible for researching the history of that number in the context of Cornell Hockey. Schafer thereby instills within his charges a sense of responsibility with each of their jerseys… a duty to honor the legacy of every Big Red to ever wear those digits before. That strikes me as a very inspiring concept.
Unfortunately, no one had any insight on why one of the Devins (twins Mike and Joe) got #2, and the other 22. Oh well.
My top 20
2. North Dakota
3. Boston College
4. Minnesota Duluth
7. New Hampshire
10. Notre Dame
16. Colorado College
18. Western Michigan
19. Boston University