January 15, 2007
THE BIG STORY
|The RIT Tigers,
and leading scorer Steve Pinizotto, are Making Waves
after their road sweep of former Atlantic Hockey
leader Sacred Heart. RIT stands in first place in
Atlantic Hockey in its first year as members of
It had to happen. Minnesota finally losing
a game. Same with St. Cloud State. Boston University
figuring out that scoring more goals than the other
team is a good thing. And it all occurred within a 48-hour
Because of it, the top five in the INCH
Power Rankings have been reshuffled from this time a
week ago. Here’s why.
* Minnesota’s 22-game unbeaten streak
ended with a 2-1 loss to Wisconsin Friday. Forward Ross
Carlson scored both Badger goals, while wing Jack Skille
added two assists. Things could be a lot worse for the
Gophers, however. Coach Don Lucia’s team has scored
one goal in each of the last three games, but they’re
2-1 during that span thanks to sharp goaltending work
from Kellen Briggs and, most recently, Jeff Frazee.
The sophomore – fresh off a successful stint for
the U.S. team at the World Junior Championships –
made 30 saves in a 1-0 shutout of the Badgers Saturday
in his first start since returning from Sweden.
* Minnesota State snapped St. Cloud State’s
15-game unbeaten streak Friday in typical Maverick fashion.
Trailing 4-1 with less than 16 minutes left in regulation,
the Mavs scored four goals in 12:09 to take the lead
and added an empty netter with 45 second remaining to
salt away the improbable 6-4 win. Fresh off the scintillating
victory, the Mavericks returned home Saturday for the
back end of the home-and-home series with the Huskies
and treated Mankato fans to a scoreless tie.
* Boston University, a team that has struggled
to score for a good chunk of the season, left Orono
Saturday with a sweep of host Maine in tow courtesy
of an offense that scored nine goals in two games. On
Friday, the Terriers chased Black Bear goaltender Ben
Bishop after a little more than 40 minutes of work,
beating him six times on 17 shots. On the other end,
John Curry made 40 saves as BU held off Maine for a
6-5 win. Curry was the star Saturday, making 30 saves
in a 3-0 shutout.
Sacred Heart's non-league portfolio is
more impressive than RIT's, but within Atlantic Hockey,
the Tigers proved they're the team to beat, and make
their first-ever appearance in the INCH Power Rankings.
RIT comprehensively defeated the Pioneers, winning 4-0
and 6-3 at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
Standout goaltender Jocelyn Guimond made
30 saves in a shutout on Friday night, and Rob Tarantino
and Brent Patry scored two goals each. Leading scorer
Steve Pinizzotto had four points in Saturday's 6-3 win
over Sacred Heart.
The Tigers are 13-7-2 overall and 12-3-1
in Atlantic Hockey. They went into this weekend chasing
first place, but will be playing the opposite role,
as holders of the top spot, until someone knocks them
From the Chippiness Will Get You
Nowhere Dept.: Maine couldn't solve BU goaltender
John Curry during play Saturday night at Alfond Arena.
So the Black Bears apparently tried to beat him after
the whistle on a couple of occasions.
Maine players Josh Soares and Keith Johnson
received minor penalties for shooting after the whistle
— an infraction that carries with it an automatic
10-minute misconduct — Saturday. Johnson got his
in the first period, while Soares' came a little more
than two minutes into the third. Black Bears coach Tim
Whitehead told the Portland Press Herald that it was
a big crowd and difficult to hear the whistle in Alfond
That's not all that Whitehead had to say.
He and assistant Grant Standbrook and referee Scott
Hansen had a heated exchange as the Black Bears left
the ice. Whitehead was hit with a 10-minute misconduct.
"I was there to try and help him
get his head through the door," Whitehead told
the Press Herald. "I was just trying to be helpful."
If Whitehead wants to continue his neighborly
ways, he could write out a check in advance payable
to Hockey East. That quote certainly appears fine-worthy
from this vantage point.
Wins this past weekend that'll look good in March
Forget looking good in March, BU's wins
over Maine look good right now. The Terriers' unusually
high number of ties so far this season make getting
wins in the second half imperative, and these two over
Hockey East rival Maine are very solid. Boston University's
10 wins at this point in the season is the fewest number
of victories by any team in the INCH Power Rankings,
except for Cornell's nine. But their four losses is
the lowest number in that category, save for Minnesota
IT HAPPENED IN ...
… Ann Arbor, Mich.:
Michigan scored four goals in the first 23 minutes of
its game against Northern Michigan en route to a 5-2
win over the visiting Wildcats Friday for Wolverine
coach Red Berenson’s 600th career win. On Saturday,
NMU’s Bill Zaniboni made 36 saves and Mike Santorelli
scored two goals — his 19th and 20th of the season
— as the ‘Cats salvaged a split, winning
… Denver, Colo. (Friday):
Tyler Ruegsegger’s goal with seven seconds left
in overtime gave Denver a 2-1 win over visiting Niagara.
Juliano Pagliero made 52 saves for the Purple Eagles.
… Duluth, Minn. (Saturday):
Colorado College scored four goals during an 8:16 span
of the third period to salvage a split of its series
with Minnesota Duluth with a 4-2 win.
… Grand Forks, N.D. (Saturday):
Philippe Lamoureux stopped all 29 shots he faced as
North Dakota, 4-1-1 in its last six games, blanked Alaska
Anchorage, 4-0, taking three of four points from the
… Manchester, N.H. (Saturday):
New Hampshire scored three third-period goals en route
to a 4-2 win over Dartmouth. Josh Ciocco had a goal
and two assists for the Wildcats, who got 42 saves from
goalie Kevin Regan.
… Michigan rinks (Friday):
Three games played in the Mitten State ended with game-winning
goals in overtime. In East Lansing, Tim Kennedy’s
goal 2:04 into OT gave Michigan State a 3-2 win against
Alaska. In Sault Ste. Marie, Erik Condra’s goal
with 1:36 left in extra time propelled Notre Dame to
a 4-3 win over Lake Superior State. Down in Big Rapids,
meanwhile, Wayne State’s Matt Krug scored with
29 seconds left in regulation to send the Warriors’
game with Ferris State into overtime at 1-1. WSU’s
Jared Katz notched the winner 1:42 into extra time.
… North Andover, Mass. (Friday):
Benn Ferriero scored three goals and added an assist
and Brian Boyle had a goal and four assists in Boston
College’s 6-1 rout of Merrimack.
… Omaha, Neb. (Friday):
Scott Parse scored with 55 seconds left in regulation
to lead Nebraska-Omaha to a 2-1 triumph over Bowling
… Springfield, Mass. (Friday):
Center Jereme Tendler recorded a hat trick and added
an assist in American International’s 6-1win against