ECAC Northeast and MASCAC Weekend Recap: Jan. 24

Well, the title for this post should really read “Saturday Recap,” as every game from the weekend was squeezed into that day. The teams that needed to took care of business in the ECAC Northeast, while there were some near upsets in the MASCAC. Here’s a look at a busy Saturday for both conferences.
ECAC Northeast
Nichols 4, Suffolk 1: A good win for a Bisons team that has now won both its conference games this month in a quest to jump up the standings.  Nichols jumped out to a 2-0 lead early and made it 3-1 once Suffolk got on the board. Jacob Rinn turned away 33 shots for the Bisons, while the Rams’ Jeff Rose stopped 41.  Nichols evens it’s conference record at 3-3, while Suffolk falls to 1-5 and is tied with Salve Regina for last in the ECAC Northeast.
Johnson and Wales 8, Western New England 2: The Wildcats rebounded from their lone conference loss Wednesday to Nichols to move to 5-1 and hold on to the top spot in the ECAC Northeast.  Jeremiah Ketts had a hat trick for JWU, increasing his goal total to 13  on the season. Ketts is tied with Nichols’ Zach Kohn for first in the conference in points, as each has 28 on the season.
Curry 5, Salve Regina 3: The Colonels kept pace with JWU, although it wasn’t easy. Salve Regina led 2-1 after one and grabbed a 3-2 lead in the second period Jacob Hutt’s second goal of the game.  Curry went ahead 4-3 on Ray Nicks’ goal late in the second and finally sealed it with an empty-netter in the waning seconds of the game.
MASCAC
Salem State 5, Framingham State 5: One of the shockers of the weekend saw Salem State rally back from a two-goal deficit twice. The Vikings were down 4-2, thanks to two goals by the Rams’ Daniel Miressi, but Salem State’s Derek Crocker added two goals of his own to tie the game after two. Miressi’s third goal of the game gave Framingham State a 5-4 lead at 13:12 in the third, but Crocker again answered in kind, tallying his own hat trick and tying the game at 19:38.
Westfield State 3, Fitchburg State 3: A symmetrical game saw each team score exactly one goal in each period, with Westfield State’s final goal coming at 19:35 in the third to send the game to overtime.  Ian Wilson stopped 32 shots for the Owls, while Robert Vorse turned away 30 for the Falcons.
Massachusetts-Dartmouth 3, Worcester State 0: A matchup of two defensive-minded teams saw neither one get on the board until the final period, when the Corsairs’ Joe Hill broke the deadlock at 10:52. Hill added an empty-netter to cap the scoring at 19:47. Collin Tracy turned away 28 shots for the shutout, while the Lancers’ Brian Kalcynski made 31 saves.
“We played one of our better games of the season,” UMD head coach John Rolli told the school’s official website after the game.  “We needed a turnaround game after losing our last two and it was a real  will-to-win effort.”
Weekly Honors
MASCAC
Player of the Week: Daniel Miressi, Framingham State. Collected five goals and an assist for six points in a 1-0-1 week for Rams, including a hat trick and helper in a 5-5 draw with Salem State to go with a pair of tallies in a 3-2 triumph at Worcester State.
Goalie of the Week: Terence Sullivan, Framingham State. Posted a win and tie while making 93 saves for .930 saves percentage in 1-0-1 week for Rams, including 46 stops in a 5-5 draw with Salem State to go with 47 saves in 3-2 victory at Worcester State.
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124 COMMENTS

  1. Elliot may not see much Western hockey, I know I see very little Eastern hockey, so I would obviously have a huge WCHA bias were I to write a hockey article. It’s OK, and a mistake is just a mistake, which can be corrected. We all make them.
    The bigger issue is can USCHO afford to have writers submit pertinent articles from the “outerlands” of college hockey? Not sure if they can, unless they get some gratis work done along the way.
    Just geographically, Eastern hockey has a fairly small area in which to see most of the teams. Once you move West the square miles and weekend only play make it very difficult for one or two people to cover all the teams. It just is what it is for a niche sport, which college hockey is. The same problem exists on XM Home Ice. Their college program falls way short of proper coverage of the West, and by the time they do pick up a story from the West, it’s usually old news to those of us who follow it regularly.
    As for the Hobey voters, you just hope they have followed these players as best they can all season and will be honest in their assessments. Since everyone assumes the winner will be either Miele or Frattin, it’s not a potential Eastern bias, but how they perceive value that will matter most. If you put more value on goals or getting your team to the Frozen Four, you pick Frattin, if you put more value on points or PPG, or downgrade someone for past mistakes, you pick Miele. As long as each voter is comfortable with how they pick one player over the other, that’s good enough for me, though I may personally disagree with them. The reality is they are both great college players, and as far as I can discern, both great people off the ice this year.
    My hope is that Matt Frattin wins the Hobey, and North Dakota wins the NCAA Championship, but, I’m a Sioux alumnus and season ticket holder so I have that bias.
    Should be a great Frozen Four, Go Sioux!

    • Ron,
      No offense to your well written post. However, based on your documented bias towards UND, you forget the qualifications to win the Hobey Baker Award.
      Here they are:
      1. Candidates must exhibit strength of character both on and off the ice.
      2. Candidates must contribute to the integrity of the team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game.
      3. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportmanship.
      4. Candidates must comply with all NCAA rules: be full time students in an accredited NCAA college or university; and complete 50% or more of the season.
      Matt Frattin does not qualify on number 1. He could be questioned on #2. #3 i am not sure, and #4 he must qualify.
      The way I see it, and this is not a UND bash! Frattin should not even be in the Top 10. He has earned the right not to be considered.
      If he had character, he would remove himself from the Top 3.

      • 1. What did Frattin do this year that took away from his character?
        2. What part of the game is Frattin not outstanding? When did he stop contributing to the integrity of team?
        If you want to look at past mistakes, that’s your perrogative. But it’s a “this year” award.
        Like I said before, Frattin most likely won’t win it. Miele had a heckuva year.

      • Let me guess, you think Atkinson qualifies under this criteria though? In my opinion being charged with 3rd degree assault on a minor doesn’t exhibit much strength off the ice. Atkinson is without question the joke of the Hobey Hat trick.

      • If Frattin hadn’t met the criteria you just posted, he wouldn’t be in the final 3. Since he has you can move onto something that carries some weight.

  2. Matt Frattin had a problem with alcohol, worked very hard at rectifying his life, paid his own money to come back to school when he could have gone pro and proceeded to be a leader and great hockey player on a team that has had great success in the face of difficult competition. He deserves the Hobey Baker Award without people whining about his character. In my eyes, he has shown his character by how he has handled his problems.

    • Frattin has 9-6 for 15pts. in 17 games against teams in the NCAA Tourny.
      20% of his points are against Michigan Tech
      15% of his points are against Bemidji State
      Atkinson has 12-6 for 18pts in 11 games against teams in the NCAA Tourny.
      Very Consistent, but his overall numbers do get him over the top.
      Meile has 8-17 for 25pts. in 15 games against teams in the NCAA Tourny.
      Highest point total since 2002-03.
      Summary:
      Frattin has paid his dues, but let’s not make the mistake of saying he deserves it because he got his life back on track. That takes away from a kid like Meile, who has better stats, and has been a model of the ideal “Hobey Baker” candidate all through his College Experience.
      This isn’t the Heisman Trophy, this is the Hobey Baker!
      Meile, Atkinson, Frattin

      • Frattin deserves it because he’s the best player in college hockey. Not trying to take away from Meile, but Frattin is a star on a talented and deep team. And so what if he’s feasted on weaker teams? UND beat the hell out of them both, and I don’t think its Frattin’s fault that the Sioux played them 4 times each the regular season. He does have 7 game winners on the season, most recently the double ot goal against Denver. He is the complete package.

      • If Frattin was on the same line as Miele, he’d probably have 50 goals. When a guy scores 24 goals and has double the assists, it’s not because he’s the next Gretzky. When it was elimination time, Miele was a -2 and absent on the score sheet. Yes, it’s only one game. But it’s also the most important game of the season. At least Atkinson made the score sheet in their loss. Put Miele on a line with Trupp and Malone. I’m confident he’s not scoring anywhere near 36 goals and it’s also a far fetch to think that he’s going to rack up 71 points in the WCHA. You simply can’t look at nothing but their stats and say one guy is way better than the other. Look at who’s buried the biscuit come clutch time. I hate Sidney Crosby, but I’d take him 10 out of 10 times over Ovechkin because he produces when it counts.

        • No one had argued that Frattin is not a good goal scorer. Meile had the game winner the CCHA Playoff Championship.
          Who is calling Miele the next Gretzky?
          How do you know he wouldn’t have 71 points in the WCHA? He had 25 points in 15 games against the teams in the NCAA Tourny. Are you saying the WCHA is better than the Top 15 teams? Get over yourself and the WCHA.
          I cannot just look at the stats and say someone is better? You just did when referring to Miele’s performance against UNH.
          Your argument is based on the fact that this award goes to the best college hockey player. It isn’t that simple. The Award goes to the College Hockey Player who exemplifies the characteristics of Hobey Baker.
          And I say Frattin had earned the right not to win it.

          • Get over yourself? I don’t recall ever mentioning anything about myself. And actually, I agree that it doesn’t go to the best college hockey player. That’s obvious from years past. And fortunately for all of us, what you say doesn’t really matter so get over yourself.
            I don’t really care who wins the Hobey. I think it would be cool if Frattin did because it’d be pretty wild to have the Sioux go 4 for 4 on the year. I definitely think he’s deserving, but when the Sioux were knocked out a few years ago in St. Louis, Duncan winning the Hobey didn’t make it any less painful. They’re all worthy, and I won’t be surprised who wins it. But there’s an argument to be made for whoever doesn’t. That’s all I was trying to say.

        • What are you talking about? Did you see the CCHA Championship? I doubt it as I’m sure in your eyes the CCHA don’t count. When it was elimination time, Miele took the game over in the 3rd period to take his team to the title. You people in the west think hockey only exists in the WCHA, open your eyes and quit being a homer.

    • it reeks of siouage on this entire website….remember, there are two more games to go for whoever raises the banner in the fall…

      • I don’t see “any other college kid” getting arrested twice and getting kicked off the team. Least of all the other two finalist for the hobey.

        • any other college kid isn’t on a elite hockey team to get kicked off of. Its not like he would have been suspended from school or anything (unless it was BYU maybe). He got kicked off the team because if he wasn’t people would have been in an uproar about how Sioux hockey players get away with whatever they want.
          . . . I’m guessing you never drank and got a little rowdy in your life. I’m also guessing that you never had 2-3 drinks and than drove a vehicle and DIDN’T get a DUI.
          Now TJ Oshie . . . definately threw away his Hobey chances because he was getting caught during the season (if I remember correctly). There is a pattern here. We live in ND, we need to drink . . . there is no other way around it. Hell Captain Serious has a picture of him doing a beer bong and he got a minor (at the bar commodore brought the cup to mind you).

    • Why should a kid get more preference for the hobey after it took him 2 arrests and getting kicked off the team before he “figured it out” over a kid who has never been in trouble a day in his life and has turned down 2 free agent offers the last two years to turn pro so he return to his team and help his teamates win a national champonship? I applaud Frattin for turning his life around but Miele gets the nod over Frattin hands down…..

  3. That’s what I don’t get about the process. It’s hypocritical at best.
    People are saying that Cam Atkinson doesn’t deserve to be a finalist because you shouldn’t include his past achievements at BC. Yet, at the same time, they continually bring up Matt Frattin’s screw up’s from 2 years ago and hold it against him.
    It’s not a career award. It’s a “this year” award. I would like Frattin to win being a Sioux fan, but I believe and have seen Andy Miele on TV this year to know that he is uber-talented and will most likely win it this year. Eclipsing 70 points in college hockey now-a-days is a rare feat. The only thing holding him back potentially is what held Jack Connolly back IMO. His linemates are extremely good. So is it more Miele or his linemates
    We’ll find out next Friday.

    • You are not the real Lefty. What Lefty would really be saying right now, among other things is that Atkinson had to go to classes. Frattin was busy at party pulls.

    • Let’s just fix the whole Atkinson and Frattin debacle off ice and toss both out of the running and add Connolly back in.

  4. It would be wonderful if Miele won. Outside of him being a fantastic player, he is the one of the three who most embodies the best of the student athlete rising to the occasion not just on the ice butafter the tragedy at Miami. Oh, UND fans, please refrain from the usual comments

  5. Frattin had something like .83 points per game against the top 7 teams in the WCHA. Connolly had something like 1.25 against the top 7 teams. Mike Connolly had 1.43. Just saying.
    I hope Meile gets this.

    • I think Connolly should have been a final three instead of Atkinson . . . but
      Keep in mind Connolly had a 5 goal game against UMD. If not for that game, he only had 4 goals and 28 assists against the WCHA period. Half of his goals game out of conference . . . and his +/- is 8 lower than Frattins.
      Connolly does a heck of a job passing the puck to a goal-scorer when playing tough teams. But you have a good argument in that Connolly records even less points against worse opponents
      In conference play Frattin has as many GWG as Connolly has goals outside the UMD game. You can play around with numbers all you want. Take out your bias and Frattin is better and everyone knows it. Just saying.
      I like Miele, won’t argue against him but I’m pulling for Frattin

  6. don’t let the fact get in the way of a good story
    if my memory is correct Mike Mottau both played for Jerry York at Boston College and one the Hobey…. or do we just want to list the players that never one the award
    cause I have a long list of guys from every school that “DIDN”T” win it

  7. While all the non-hockey Big 10 schools are possibilities, it comes down to dollars.
    Looking at each school, i see it this way:
    Illinois. They used to have varsity hockey. I see this one as most likely, though its club rink is non-regulation size. A major physical plant restructuring is necessary here, though with the BTHC starting up, and with a constant “keep up with xxx” in the conference, it isn’t a question of if, but when.
    Indiana. They have the same issues as purdue, maybe more so. This is the conference’s southernmost school, and hockey is not as strong here. While nearby Evansville has a minor league team, basketball is king in this area. I don’t see it.
    Iowa. This one’s an oddball. While hockey here is weaker than Indiana, Des Moines, Waterloo, and Sioux City have had junior or minor league teams. But with a lack of money for hockey, and a lack of physical plant, It’s a long shot.
    Maryland. They hare having financial issues, having just dropped a bunch of sports. Granted, none were the ‘big ticket” ones like football and basketball, but they were sports all the same. Until Maryland gets it’s budget sorted out, with ACC fees and other, I can’t see hockey soon. But with the MCI center nearby and a large TV market, It will add it sooner or later. Probably within 10y.
    Nebraska. It makes logical sense here, with UNO. But again, money is an issue. While Cornhusker football is an engine in the nth sense, I don’t know how much of that goes to start new sports. But it would be a great asset again, opening up new possibilities.
    Northwestern. I don’t know why there isn’t a team here yet. You sit in (suburban) Chicago, with a massive market, and an endowment here that is second only to Michigan. A good fundraising drive, and it’s only a matter of time before NU Puple is seen in Minneapolis and East Lansing.
    Purdue. The state of Indiana has never been the hockey strongbed that its neighbors are. Even Indianapolis has a tough time keeping a pro/minor league/junior league club. I just can’t see it, not without one donor like Penn State.
    Rutgers. There’s hockey in this area, being in the NE megalopolis. But is there enough alumni willing to fund things including an arena? it’s a possibility, though my instinct is Maryland will go first.
    Both Maryland and Rutgers are the little fish in the Big 10’s pond, when it comes to individual dollars from donors and endowments. I know a lot of them are xxxx’ed about the move to the Big 10, and it may take time for that to clear out first. If the NHL strike had happened when the BTHC was already playing, I could definitely see them working with ESPN to get thir games on, and that would definitely left the non-hockey school’s donors asking “why not us”.

  8. Hail to the Victors. Getting knocked out in hoops and hockey on the same day would have been a bit much.
    So how many huskies and how many bulldogs will be in the Men’s hockey 16?

  9. Just a quick pick here…..
    2 vs 3
    BC vs Harvard in East
    UML-Yale in East
    BU- vs Denver in West
    ND-Michigan in West
    1 vs 4
    Quinnipiac vs Ferris St in East
    Providence vs RIT in East
    North Dakota vs NU West
    St Cloud vs Minn-D West

  10. It is a shame how they adjust the bracket integrity for perceived attendance reasons, but all of the regionals will still end up with poor attendance. Two years ago, the Gophers played St. Cloud at the Xcel center in the Region final and there were 9k people there. Why? Because tickets are $75+ and most of the fan base is college kids. If they are really that focused on attendance, understand that 16k tickets at $40 is better than 8k tickets at $80

    • The committee and NC$$ doesnt understand simple economics. West regional tickets this year, with ridiculous ticketmaster fees are a little over a 100. They just dont understand about lower price, higher demand.

  11. Northeastern is on fire, but got to remember they played a umass team that basically played two games on Friday night. Umass to me is the scarier team!

          • is UMass not in their name? and the actual UMass didnt play Friday night….so everyone knew exactly who he was speaking about.

          • In the context that was used, I knew EXACTLY what team was being talked about. Wasnt that hard. people type ND for north dakota all the time……why shouldnt I think its notre dame and fly off the deep end?

          • Not every college hockey fan simply calls your team UML. Since they are officially University of Massachusetts Lowell, it is no crime to shorten it to UMass without thinking Univ. of Massachusetts. Don’t be so thin skinned on an honest mistake. Little insecure to “like” yourself, isn’t it?

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