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Because the first pucks of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign have already been dropped some time ago now and the results, partiuclarly those that involve the Big Ten Conference schools, are always extremely important, of course :

Friday, October 17, 2014
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New Hampshire 5Michigan 1
(goals — G. Downing, Eiserman, Pesce, Correale, Poturalski ; Kile)
Northern Michigan 2Wisconsin 0
(goals — Shine, Nowick)
Miami (Ohio) 5Ohio State 1
(goals — Barber, Kuraly, Wideman, Paulides, Coleman ; Brevig)
Michigan State 5Massachusetts 3
(goals — Berry 2, Stenglein, MacEachern, DeBlouw ; Burchett 2, LaRue)
Penn State 3Alaska/Anchorage 3
(goals — Loik, Richard, Bailey ; Tatchell, Leask, Coldwell)

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Michigan 2New Hampshire 1
(goals — M. Downing, Martin ; Willows)
Northern Michigan 4Wisconsin 1
(goals — Nowick, Trenz, Shine, Kesti ; Navin)
Miami (Ohio) 2Ohio State 1
(goals — Belpedio, Wideman ; Greco)
Massachusetts 4Michigan State 3
(goals — Iacobellis 2, Horton, Lee ; Berry 2, Ferrantino)
Alaska/Fairbanks 4Penn State 3
(goals — Vieth 2, Munson, Huysmans ; Scheid, Varley, Gardiner)

The University of Michigan Wolverines (1-2-0), who have no fewer than ten players who have already been been drafted by National Hockey League clubs on this year’s roster and were rather highly ranked in all the pre-season polls, salvaged a split with the visiting University of New Hampshire Wildcats after winning on Saturday night. The fans in Ann Arbor are still waiting for top shelf players J.T. Compher, the very highly touted sophomore right wing from Northbrook, Illinois, who led the Wolverines in scoring (35 ga, 11 go, 31 pts) as a freshman last season after becoming the second round choice (# 35 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 NHL Draft, and center Andrew Copp, the homegrown junior from Ann Arbor who was Michgan’s top marksman last term (33 ga, 15 go, 29 pts) after being taken in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of that same 2013 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, to shoot their first goals of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign. Nevertheless, Michigan netminder Zach Nagelvoort, the homegrown sophomore from Holland whom the Edmonton Oilers chose in the fourth round (# 111 overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft this past summer, gave his first standout performance of this new season with 31 saves and just one goal conceded against New Hampshire on Saturday night.

The University of Wisconsin Badgers (0-4-0), the six-time NCAA champions who have still seven NHL Draft picks on this year’s roster despite having lost a good number of highly skilled players from last season’s squad, are still waiting to skate against opponents they can actually beat after being swept by the Northern Michigan University Wildcats in the Upper Peninsula. Not only were the Badgers blanked on Friday night, it took Wisconsin more than 58 minutes to score its only goal of the game on Friday night, as well. Wisconsin first line center Joseph LaBate, the senior from Eagan, Minnesota, who was the fourth round choice (# 101 overall) of the Vancouver Canucks at the 2011 NHL Draft, has no points and a -3 defensive rating after four games while linemate Grant Besse, the sophomore right wing from Plymouth, Minnesota, who was the fifth round pick (# 147 overall) of the Anaheim Ducks at the 2013 NHL Draft, is also pointless and sports a -5 defensive rating after four games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes (1-3-0) dropped both ends of a home-and-home series to the intra-state rival University of Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. Two linemates who each won gold medals with the United States squad at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships, center Sean Kuraly and right wing Riley Barber, each scored goals on Friday night as the RedHawks put five pucks past Ohio State netminder Matt Tomkins, the 20-year-old sophomore Canadian legionnaire from Sherwood Park, Alberta, who was chosen in the seventh round (# 199 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Chicago Black Hawks. On Saturday night, the other Buckeyes goaltender, Christian Frey, the 21-year-old sophomore from Arlington, Texas, who was very impressive last season after joining Ohio State in mid-term, was fantastic in turning aside no less than 60 shots but Miami, who came in ranked # 11 in the country according to the latest USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine poll, still managed to score twice and complete the sweep in their own barn.

The Michigan State Spartans (1-1-0) shared the spoils with the visiting University of Massachusetts Minutemen despite winning the first of season-opening two-game set at home in East Lansing. Reliable right wing Matt Berry, the 22-year-old homegrown senior from Canton who led Michigan State in scoring two seasons ago (41 ga, 15 go, 31 pts) but suffered through an injury-plagued campaign (23 ga, 10go, 17 pts) last term, had a pair of goals and an assists in each contest with gritty UMass for a sensational six-point weekend at the Munn Ice Arena. MacKenzie MacEachern, the 20-year-old homegrown sophomore left wing from Troy who was third round selection (# 67 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2013 NHL Draft, had a goal and two assists for the Spartans in their opener and finished with a four-point weekend, himself.

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Alaska / Fairbanks 4 – Penn State 3


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Two rapid-fire goals scored just twenty-seven seconds apart inside the last six minutes of regulation play by a third-line right wing propelled the # 19 ranked Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the luckless Penn State Nittany Lions in the well-played finale of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament.

It was, in fact, the second consecutive time in a row at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks that the Nittany Lions conceded two unanswered goals in the last six minutes of a game and simultaneously surrendered victory in the process. Indeed, if ice hockey games were only 54 minutes long, then Penn State would have joyfully carted off the very first tournament trophy ever won in school history by now having defeated both the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves and the Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks back-to-back. But, unfortunately for third-year head coach Guy Gadowsky‘s charges, that is simply not the case.

Penn State can be commended for twice falling behind but quickly responding with with equalizing goals on both occasions. Nittany Lions center Eric Scheid, the 22-year-old redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who scored six goals for the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves during the 2011/12 NCAA campaign, did well to react to a rebound in front after Nanooks senior goalie Sean Cahill could not control a big blast from visiting defenseman Connor Varley. The ever-opportunistic Scheid, Penn State’s leading marksman last term with eleven strikes, shot the puck through the five-hole of Cahill, the 24-year-old Canadian legionnaire from Calgary, Alberta, who was making his first appearance for Alaska – Fairbanks this season, and promptly celebrated his second goal of this new 2014/15 NCAA season.

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Penn State center Taylor Holstrom (28), the experienced senior from Yorba Linda, California, who had collected two goals and six points in the Nittany Lions’ first three games of this new 2014/15 NCAA season, was conspicuously absent from head coach Guy Gadowsky’s lineup versus the Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks on Saturday night … Holstrom, who currently counts 19 goals and 40 points in 63 career NCAA games for Penn State, had two assists on Friday but also suffered an upper body injury against the Alaska – Fairbanks Seawolves.
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Varley scored his first goal for Penn State in almost 22 full months with another long-range drive that somehow managed to negotiate its way through heavy traffic … previously, the last goal that the 22-year-old homegrown junior from Lansdale had notched on behalf of the Nittany Lions had come against the University of Connecticut Huskies back on January 4th in 2013.

Penn State also did very well to capitalize on a five-minute major penalty and grab the lead a little past the halfway point of the contest when Max Gardiner, the 22-year-old redshirt senior from Deephaven, Minnesota, who was the third round choice (# 74 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, scored on the power play. After finishing as the Nittany Lions’ third-leading scorer with 22 points (three goals) in 27 NCAA games two seasons ago, the former University of Minnesota Golden Gophers right wing went goalless in 22 appearances for Penn State last term. Prior to his strike against the Nanooks on Saturday night, Gardiner’s last collegiate goal had arrived at the expense of the University of Alabama – Hunstville Chargers on February 8th, 2013.

And so it was Alaska – Fairbanks freshman right wing Austin Vieth who became the big hero of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush by scoring his first two collegiate goals very late in the third period against Penn State in the tournament finale at the Carlson Center. The 20-year-old out of Marinette, Wisconsin, also added an assist on the Nanooks’ first goal of the evening, as well, and ended up walking off with the award for Most Valuable Player of the entire four-game tournament. Some mention must be made, then, of the netminder Cahill, who came up with 40 saves against the Nittany Lions.

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October 18, 2014
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
Attendance : 3,584

ALASKA / FAIRBANKS 4 – PENN STATE 3

04:53 … UAF – Munson (B. Morley, Vieth)
05:26 … PSU – Scheid (Varley, Robinson)
24:17 … UAF – Huysmans (T. Morley, Perry)
25:25 … PSU – Varley (Loik, Brooks)
32:09 … PSU – Gardiner (Williamson, Juha) – ppg
54:03 … UAF – Vieth (Atkinson, Krieger)
54:30 … UAF – Vieth (T. Morley)

shots-on-goal : PSU 43 (10 + 15 + 18) – UAF 33 (12 + 11 + 10)

penalty minutes : UAF 9 – PSU 4

power plays : PSU 1/4 – UAF 0/2

ALASKA – FAIRBANKS : Cahill – Froese, Parayko ; Atkinson, Kaiser ; Tateson, Campbell – Perry, T. Morley, Huysmans ; Sparrow, Krieger, Basara ; B. Morley, Munson, Vieth ; Erickson, Hochhausen, Youngmun

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Varley ; Jensen, Juha ; Williamson, Autio – Goodwin, Conway, Bailey ; Richard, Scheid, Robinson ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; Olczyk, Gardiner, DeRosa

Note — Nanooks defenseman Colton Parayko (2012) and Nittany Lions forward Max Gardiner (2010) are both third round NHL Draft picks of the St. Louis Blues

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Penn State Nittany Lions netminder Matthew Skoff was certainly a sympathy selection as far as his place on the All-Tournament Team for the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush is concerned. It’s not that the 22-year-old homegrown junior from McKees Rocks played so poorly, it’s just that a save percentage of .881 and seven goals allowed in two games at the Carlson Center is not so worthy. A much more deserving selection for the goaltender position on the all-star squad would have clearly been Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves shot-stopper Michael Matyas, who foiled all three Penn State attempts in a shootout and posted a fine save percentage of .922 while conceding only four goals during his two games played in Fairbanks.

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Defiant Adirondack Dumps Lehigh Valley Late, Takes Season Series On Total Goals


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October 18, 2014
Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, New York
Attendance : 4,055

Adirondack Flames 4Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2

06:51 … ADR – Ferland (Stevenson, Yonkman)
10:29 … ADR – Granlund (Wotherspoon) – ppg
15:30 … LV – Laughton (Lauridsen) – shg
39:46 … LV – Laughton (unassisted)
56:32 … ADR – Granlund (Stevenson, Ferland)
59:19 … ADR – Stevenson (unassisted) – eng

shots-on-goal : LV 38 (11 + 17 + 10) – ADR 36 (12 + 9 + 15)

penalty minutes : LV 19 – ADR 13

power plays : ADR 2/6 – LV 0/3

fights : Tousignant (ADR) vs Manning (LV)

10-minute misconducts : none

Adirondack : Ortio – Acolaste, Culkin, Sieloff, Stevenson, Wotherspoon, Yonkman – Agostino, Arnold, Baertschi, Elson, Ferland, Granlund, Hathaway, Knight, Reinhart, Tousignant, van Brabant, Wolf

Lehigh Valley : Stolarz – Manning, Gostisbehere ; Alt, Haag ; Pettersson, Lauridsen – Leier, Laughton, Gordon ; Powe, Goumas, Alderson ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Fyten, Hextall

Notes — A second consecutive two-goal game from the Philadelphia Flyers’ first round pick (# 20 overall) at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, then, as former Canada junior national team captain Scott Laughton hikes his total to four goals in three AHL games thus far.

Markus Granlund, the younger brother of Olympic bronze medal winner and NHL veteran Mikael Granlund who had 25 goals and 46 points in 52 American Hockey League games for the Abbotsford Heat last season, netted his first two goals of this new 2014/15 season for the Adirondack Flames. The 21-year-old native of Oulu was the second round choice (# 45 overall) of the Calgary Flames at the 2011 NHL Draft and made seven NHL appearances (two goals, three points) for Calgary during his rookie professional campaign in North America last term. Just like his Canadian counterpart, Laughton, the skillful Granlund, who appeared for Finland at both the 2012 & 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships, concluded the home-and-home set between past and present hosts of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliates with four points in two games.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman Oliver Lauridsen, the towering (6’6″ 230 lbs) former St. Cloud State University rearguard who skated in 15 NHL games for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2012/13 season has appeared for his native Denmark at the annual IIHF World Championships the past two years now, picked up his first point of this new 2014/15 American Hockey League campaign by drawing an assist on Saturday night.

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Phantoms Survive Suspicious Breach Of Berlin Wall, Extinguish Flames In Overtime


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October 17, 2014
PPL Center – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,647

Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4Adirondack Phantoms 3 … (overtime)

11:59 … LV – Laughton (Gordon, Leier) – ppg
26:07 … ADR – Acolaste (Granlund) – ppg
30:49 … ADR – Wolf (Tousignant, Ramage) – ppg
39:15 … LV – Laughton (Gordon, Gostisbehere) – ppg
42:26 … LV – Straka (Cousins, Sortini)
44:44 … ADR – Stevenson (Granlund)
61:24 … LV – Manning (Gostisbehere, Cousins)

shots-on-goal : ADR 32 ( 6 + 14 + 11 + 1 ) – LV 31 ( 8 + 12 + 9 + 2 )

penalty minutes : LV 26 – ADR 24

fights : none

10-minute misconducts : Stevenson (ADR), Rosehill (LV)

Lehigh Valley : Zepp – Manning, Gostisbehere ; Alt, Haag ; Pettersson, Lauridsen – Leier, Laughton, Gordon ; Powe, Goumas, Alderson ; Straka, Cousins, Sortini ; Rosehill, Fyten, Hextall

Adirondack : Ortio – Acolaste, Ramage, Sieloff, Stevenson, Wotherspoon, Yonkman – Arnold, Baertschi, Elson, Ferland, Granlund, Hanowski, Hathaway, Knight, Reinhart, Tousignant, van Brabant, Wolf

Notes — After effectively appearing as some sort of Geistspieler in the AHL season-opener against the intra-state rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins, highly touted Phantoms forward Scott Laughton came good on his first regular season appearance at the magnificent $ 177.1 million dollar Pawlowski Palace of Sport. The first round pick (# 20 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, who served as the captain for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships last winter, notched a pair of goals including the game-winner in overtime. As good sign in the development of Laughton, then, as there is no question that NHL management routinely look to see “a sense of the occasion” from prospects playing at any level.

The Philadelphia Flyers’ recall of veteran Chris VandeVelde, the former NCAA champion with the University of North Dakota who scored two goals in the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’s first official American Hockey League game ever played, necessitated a line-up change for the NHL team’s reserve club. Moving up from the fourth line to skate in between left wing Darren Powe, the experienced NHL veteran who played his college hockey at Princeton University under current Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky, and right wing Brandon Alderson was 22-year-old undrafted free agent signing Kevin Goumas. The decidedly undersized (5’10″ 160 lbs) Goumas, the native of Florida who played his high school hockey for the Canterbury School in Connecticut, had 19 goals and 52 points in 40 NCAA games for the University of New Hampshire before joining the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms (11 ga, 1 go, 4 pts) at the tail end of last season.

Good to see a first-ever professional goal from the rather large (6’3″ 215 lbs) deutscher Nationalmannschaft right wing David Wolf. The 25-year-old undrafted free agent, who was a member of the ill-fated national team squad that, two seasons ago, failed to qualify Germany for the Winter Olympic Games ice hockey tournament for the first time since 1924, had a career year in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga last term with 40 points (14 go, 26 as) in 48 games for the Hamburg Freezers. Early in his senior career, Wolf spent two years in the second division with Eispiraten Crimmitschau, the very same east German club that featured Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds during the 2012/13 NHL lockout season.

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Noebels Makes Eisbaeren Debut, Berlin Rally to Beat Koelner Haie


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Former Philadelphia Flyers farmhand Marcel Noebels made his season debut in a most memorable Deutsche Eishockey Liga match as visiting Eisbaeren Berlin, after being shutout for more than forty-four minutes of play, rallied in dramatic fashion to defeat host Koelner Haie 3-2 in overtime.

A late first period goal from 32-year-old Canadian legionnaire Chris Minard, the veteran left wing who once skated in 40 NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers but is now in his third D.E.L. season with Koelner Haie after leaving the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, was beginning to loom rather large, particularly after national team goaltender Danny aus den Birken, the 29-year-old who made his major international debut for Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Scandanavia last spring, had turned aside every one of the 37 Eisbaeren Berlin shots he faced in the first two periods.

But Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender Petri Vehanen had made what would prove to be a most pivotal save after Koelner Haie had been awarded a penalty shot roughly eight and a half minutes into the second period. One might expect such heroics from the 37-year-old veteran who has, in recent seasons, earned a gold medal while backstopping the Finland national team at the 2011 IIHF World Championships and celebrated two Kontinental Hockey League playoff titles, with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan in 2010 as well as Czech outfit HC Lev Praha in 2014. The highly experienced Vehanen was specifically signed by Eisbaeren Berlin during the summer to replace the departed Germany national team netminder Rob Zepp, now of the American Hockey League’s new Lehigh Valley Phantoms club.

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With nearly five minutes of the final frame already gone, imported Czech right wing Petr Pohl, the well-traveled 28-year-old who was chosen in the fifth round (# 133 overall) of the 2004 National Hockey League Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets and appeared in 10 AHL games for the Syracuse Crunch over the course of three seasons, finally got visiting Eisbaeren Berlin on the scoreboard after picking up a rebound in the slot; the summer transfer from Czech Extraliga club HC Karlovy Vary was involved again when veteran Germany national team defenseman Frank Hoerdler leveled the score on a long slapshot from the center point position with a little less than three minutes remaining to be played.

Eisbaeren Berlin grabbed the victory in overtime when Germany national team defenseman Constantin Braun, the sixth round selection (# 164 overall) of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2006 NHL Draft, made a hustling play to chase down his own rebound behind the Koelner Haie net and alertly found Canadian legionnaire Julian Talbot, the 29-year-old veteran now in his fourth season with the German capital city club after spending four years skating in the AHL for the Peoria Rivermen and Lake Erie Monsters, all alone at the right side of the cage for what amounted to a relatively easy tap-in Siegtor.

Noebels had three shots on goal and finished with a + 1 defensive rating while skating on a productive Eisbaeren Berlin line with Pohl and Finland national team veteran Antti Miettinen, the Olympic bronze medal winner who skated in 539 NHL games for the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets.

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Eisbaeren Berlin center Antti Miettinen, the Finland national team veteran who totaled 97 goals and 230 points in his lengthy NHL career, leaps into the air while trying to deflect a shot as well as screen out Koelner Haie goaltender Danny aus den Birken during the exciting Deutsche Eishockey Liga contest at the Lanxess Arena.
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October 17, 2014
Lanxess Arena – Cologne, Germany
Attendance: 10,057

EISBAEREN BERLIN 3 – KOELNER HAIE 1

09:35 … KH – Iggulden (Johnson, Sulzer)- ppg
16:42 … KH – Minard (Johnson, Iggulden)
44:56 … EB – Pohl (Miettinen)
57:09 … EB – Hoerdler (C. Braun, Pohl)
62:57 … EB – Talbot (C. Braun, Hoerdler)

shots-on-goal : Berlin 53 ( 14 + 23 + 13 + 2 ) – Koeln 27 ( 9 + 9 + 8 + 1)

penalty minutes : Koeln 12 – Berlin 8

power play : Koeln 1/4 – Berlin 0/6

KOELNER HAIE : aus den Birken – Ankert, Krupp, Luedemann, Mueller, Sulzer, Tjarnqvist, Zerressen – Falk, Gogulla, Iggulden, Johnson, Latta, Minard, Ohmann, Rankin, Riefers, Stephens, Tripp, Weiss

EISBAEREN BERLIN : Vehanen – Hoerdler, C. Braun ; Baxmann, Sharrow ; Borer, Haase – Ziegler, Olver, Tallackson; Rankel, Mulock, Talbot ; Noebels, Miettinen, Pohl ; Schlenker

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Eisbaeren Berlin goaltender Petri Vehanen, the Finland national team veteran who has appeared at the annual IIHF World Championships on four occasions, stops the second period penalty shot from aging Koelner Haie defenseman Mirko Luedemann, the 40-year-old veteran who appeared on the German blue line at 12 major international tournaments (63 ga, 5 go, 17 pts) including three Winter Olympic Games during the course of his distinguished career.

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Penn State 3 – Alaska / Anchorage 3


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Penn State forward David Goodwin (9), the 22-year-old sophomore left wing from Des Peres, Missouri, who scored a late game-tying goal with the Nittany Lions’ net empty against the visiting UConn Huskies at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania, one week earlier, battles for control of the puck after a faceoff with Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves center Matt Anholt (17) during the opening game of this season’s Brice Alaska Goal Rush being held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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Despite being held in check throughout much of this contest witnessed by several thousands fans disguised as empty seats, the “home” side were able to strike back for two vital goals inside the final six minutes of regulation play — including a dramtic, game-tying tally with the goaltender on the bench in lieu of a sixth attacker — as the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves rallied to tie the Penn State Nittany Lions 3-3 in the opening match of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournment.

The Nittany Lions absolutely domintated while outshooting the Seawolves 14-4 in the first period. The visitors from the East Coast jumped out to an early lead roughly four and a half minutes in after Canadian legionnaire Curtis Loik made a fine solo rush down the left wing side after initially gaining possession of the puck well behind his own blue line. A sharp-angle shot from the left faceoff circle conspired to beat Alaska – Anchorage sophomore netminder Michael Matyas and provided the 21-year-old junior from West Vancouver, British Columbia, his first goal of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign and his thirteenth career strike sporting the colors on behalf of Penn State.

The Nittany Lions doubled their advantage less than five minutes later after Canadian legionnaire Dylan Richard, the 21-year-old from Sherweood Park, Alberta, who tied for the Penn State team lead with 11 assists as a freshman last season, netted on the power play after taking a screened wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. The Seawolves pulled a goal back in the second period on the power play after Richard, himself, was penalized for holding the stick of an Alaska -Fairbanks player. Junior center Blake Tatchell, the 23-year-old from North Battlefield, Saskatchewan, who led the Seawolves with 25 assists last term, notched his first goal of this new season

Alaska native Casey Bailey restored Penn State’s two-goal lead late in the second period on the power play with a long-range wrist shot from the left point. Bailey’s second strike in as many games — his 25th career goal for the Nittany Lions — looked for a moment as if it might be enough for this extremely defensive-oriented affair at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. But the Seawolves defense would reorganize themselves to completely strangle the life out of the Nittany Lions’ attack in the final frame and ultimately set the table for what was to eventually transpire.

A two-minute slashing minor to native Englishman Scott Conway, the somewhat highly touted 19-year-old freshman who helped the Indiana Ice capture the Clark Cup (the United States Hockey League title) last season, allowed Alaska – Anchorage to halve the deficit to one after Canadian legionnaire Blake Leask, the 22-year-old junior defenseman from Beaumont, Alberta, who did not appear at the Kendall Hockey Classic last weekend, struck on the power play from the point with less than six minutes remaining in the contest. The Seawolves withdrew their goaltender Matyas in the closing stages and this always-risky tactic paid almost immediate dividends when Canadian legionnaire Austin Coldwell, the 24-year-old senior from Vancouver, Washington, whose six tallies accounted for exactly half of all goals scored by Alaska – Anchorage blueliners last season, connected on his long-range effort.

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October 17, 2014
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
Attendance : 772

PENN STATE 3 – ALASKA / ANCHORAGE 3

04:33 … PSU – Loik (Conway)
08:47 … PSU – Richard (Jensen, Holstrom) – ppg
16:14 … UAA – Tatchell (Allen, Brown) – ppg
37:53 … PSU – Bailey (Jensen, Holstrom) – ppg
54:19 … UAA – Leask (Trupp, van Allen) – ppg
58:51 … UAA – Coldwell (Duwe) – ext att

shots-on-goal : PSU 27 ( 14 + 8 + 2 + 3 ) – UAA 26 ( 4 + 9 + 10 + 3 )

penalty minutes : PSU 8 – UAA 6

power plays : PSU 2/3 – UAA 2/4

ALASKA – ANCHORAGE : Matyas – Brown, Coldwell, Docken, Leask, Sevalrud, van Allen – Allen, Anholt, Azurdia, Conti, Duwe, Friesen, Hubbs, Kozun, Matthews, Rassell, Tatchell, Trupp

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Autio ; Jensen, Varley – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Richard, Scheid, Brooks ; Loik, Glen, Conway ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Robinson

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Penn State Nittany Lions defenseman David Thompson (22) was carried off on a stretcher late in the overtime session with the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. The 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from Glens Mills was taken to a local hospital and stitched back together after suffering a serious stomach laceration. Thompson, who proved to be a real pleasant surprise while appearing in the second-most games played by any Penn State rearguard last season, is expected to make a speedy recovery but, of course, will be unavailable when head coach Guy Gadowsky’s long-distance travelers face off against the tournament host, the University of Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks, on Saturday night.

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On The Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks


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The University of Alaska – Fairbanks began their 2014/15 NCAA campaign by claiming the trophy on offer at the annual Kendal Hockey Classic in Anchorage by virtue of a tie-breaker after blanking the Wisconsin Badgers and then dumping the Maine Black Bears. In doing so, the Nanooks, who finished with the winning record of 18 wins against 15 losses with four ties last season, won their first Kendall Hockey Classic title since 2009, the same competition that saw Alaska – Fairbanks shut out the Michigan Wolverines and then defeat the Mercyhurst Lakers decisively. The Nanooks under the tutelage of sixth-year head coach Dallas Ferguson, who are now ranked # 19 according to the latest national poll put out by USCHO.com, will look to build on this achievement when it hosts the Brice Alaska Goal Rush at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks this weekend.

Alaska – Fairbanks did lose their top two scoring leaders from last season. Canadian legionnaire Cody Kunyk, the 24-year-old center from Sherwood Park, Alberta, topped the Nanooks with both 22 goals and 43 points but is now with the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League after skating in one National Hockey League game for the Tampa Bay Lightning last spring while countryman Colton Beck, the 24-year-old left wing from Langley, British Columbia, who led Alaska-Fairbanks with 25 assists, looks set to begin this season with the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League after appearing in three AHL games with the St. John’s Ice Caps last spring. Also gone is defenseman Michael Quinn, the 23-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia, who paced all Nanooks blueliners with 22 helpers and figures to be with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones this fall.

Alaska – Fairbanks do welcome back standout defenseman Colton Parayko, the third round choice (# 86 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2012 NHL Draft. Last season, the 21-year-old junior from St. Albert, Alberta, who stands six-foot five inches tall and weights 225 pounds led all Nanooks rearguards with 26 points (seven goals). More importantly, Parayko was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Defensive Player of the Year and was also honored as an NCAA (West) Second Team All-America selection.

The highly decorated Parayko is already in commanding form this fall, as evidenced by points in each of the Nanooks’ first three games including the game-winning goal versus Wisconsin at the Kendall Hockey Classic as well as a critical third period strike that tied the contest against Air Force at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Friday night.

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Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks defenseman Colton Parayko (4) pushed his career totals to 13 goals and 46 points in 73 career NCAA games against the Air Force Academy Falcons at the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament.
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This year’s defensive unit for Alaska – Fairbanks also features a pair of seniors, Trevor Campbell, the 24-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, and Canadian legionnaire Nolan Kaiser, the 22-year-old from Calgary, Alberta, in addition to junior Josh Atkinson, the 21-year-old from Spruce Grove, Alberta, who was named to the Kenall Hockey Classic all-tournament team last weekend. Kyle Froese, the 20-year-old from Traverse City, Michigan, and Zach Frye, the 20-year-old from Spokane, Washington, are two freshman newcomers who have already earned places in the Nanooks’ regular line-up.

Alaska – Fairbanks deployed three different goaltenders who each made at least 10 appearances during the 2013/14 NCAA campaign and all of whom are returning to the Nanooks program once again this season. It does appear, however, as if Canadian legionnaire Davis Jones, the 22-year-old hailing from St. Albert, Alberta, who played in 10 games (3.06 avg, .900 svpct) as a freshman last term, has established himself as the clear number one netminder for Alaska – Fairbanks. Jones, who has now started the first three games for the Nanooks thus far this fall, posted a shutout in the season-opener against the University of Wisconsin and was ultimately named the Most Valuable Player at the Kendall Hockey Classic after the victory over the University of Maine.

Relegated to reserve status, if only at least for the time being, is Canadian legionnaire Sean Cahill, the 24-year-old senior from Calgary, Alberta, who led Alaska – Fairbanks with 17 appearances (2.40 avg, .900 svpct) and also had the best record with ten wins against six losses with one tie.

Canadian legionnaire Tyler Morley (31 ga, 17 go, 34 pts) ended up as the third-leading scorer for Alaska – Fairbanks last season and is back for his junior campaign. The 21-year-old from Burnaby, British Columbia, missed the Kendall Hockey Classic on account of injury but did notch a vital goal for the Nanooks against the Air Force Academy Falcons in the first round of the Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Friday night. The Nanooks also boast younger brother Brandon Morley, the 20-year-old who had five goals and 11 points in 37 games as a freshman left wing.

Alaska – Fairbanks will also be looking for offense from Canadian legionnaires Marcus Basara, the 21-year-old right wing from Vancouver, British Columbia, who led all WCHA freshmen with a dozen goals last season, and right wing Nolan Huysman, the 23-year-old junior from Ponoka, Alberta, who netted eight goals and 23 points in 36 games last term, as well as left wing Garrick Perry, the 24-year-old native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, who totaled 12 goals and 22 points in 37 games last season.

The Nanooks will be also hoping that left wing Jared Larson, the redshirt senior who appeared in 12 NCAA games but went pointless over the course of three year with the powerful University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, will recapture his form from last term — the 25-year-old who also comes from Apple Valley found the back of the net eight times in only 22 games in his first season for Alaska – Fairbanks.

Peter Krieger, the 20-year-old native of Oakdale, Minnesota, who played his high school hockey at the St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul, is one freshman forward to have made an immediate impact for the Nanooks — the rookie center scored the first goal in the 5-2 win over the University of Maine at the Kendall Hockey Classic and then shot the late game-winner against Air Force at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks.

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On The Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves


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The University of Alaska – Anchorage started this 2014/15 NCAA season off in successful fashion by posting a pair of victories over the Maine Black Bears and the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend at the Kendall Hockey Classic tournament that the school hosts annually. The Seawolves, who finished last season with the winning record of 18 wins against 16 losses with four ties while competing in the newly-aligned Western Collegiate Hockey Association, deployed the exact same eighteen skaters in both games but will be forced to make at least one change to the line-up. This because Canadian legionnaire and team captain Brett Cameron, the senior right wing from Spruce Grove, Alberta, who had an an assist in each of Alaska – Anchorage’s two games at the Kendall Hockey Classic, has now been suspended after drawing a game misconduct penalty for a hit to the head of a Badgers player in the third period of the Wisconsin contest.

Cameron was skating on Alaska – Anchorage’s all-Canadian first line with left wing Scott Allen, the 24-year-old senior from Edmonton, Alberta, as well as Blake Tatchell, the 23-year-old center from North Battlefield, Saskatchewan. As a sophomore last season, Tatchell led the Seawolves with 25 assists while Allen, who had a goal in each game of UAA’s games at the Kendall Hockey Classic last weekend, was the second-leading marksman amongst the troops at the disposal of head coach Matt Thomas having notched 17 goals in 33 NCAA contests. Aside from Allen, the only other Alaska – Anchorage player who exceeded 10 or more goals last term was, in fact, the captain Cameron.

Alaska-Anchorage’s leading scorer last term, 23-year-old Canadian center Matt Bailey (38 ga, 20 go, 38 pts), exhausted his eligibility and is now skating in the American Hockey League with the Norfolk Admirals.

One player who could be moved up to the first line is right wing Bradley Duwe, the 22-year-old homegrown sophomore form Soldatna who scored seven goals in 27 games as a freshman for the Seawolves last season. Another possibility is Canadian legionnaire Dylan Hubbs, the 21-year-old sophomore forward from Beaumont, Alberta, who led all Alaska – Anchorage freshmen with 10 points in 35 games last term. Cameron’s replacement might even be incoming freshman Austin Azurdia, the 21-year-old forward from Wenatchee, Washington, who scored a goal on his collegiate debut against the University of Maine.

Little Canadian legionnaire Tad Kozun, the 21-year-old freshman left wing from Nipawin, Sakatchewan, celebrated his first weekend of NCAA competition by first earning an assist against the Maine Black Bears and then adding two very important goals during Alaska – Anchorage’s uplifting 4-2 win over the University of Wisconsin while Hayden Trupp, the 22-year-old homegrown left wing from Anchorage who did not register a single goal despite earning eight assists in 27 games as a freshman for the Seawolves last season, also had a significant strike in the victory over the Badgers

Outside of the Seawolves number one trio of Allen-Tatchell-Cameron, the rest of the players comprising Alaska – Anchorage’s other three forward lines are all sophomores or freshmen.

Alaska – Anchorage have a fairly well experienced defenisve corps which featured a six-man unit consisting of two 24-year-olds, two 23-year-olds and a 22-year-old in opening this season at the Kendall Hockey Classic. The best of the bunch might be Austin Coldwell, the senior from Vancouver, Washington, who led all Seawolves blueliners with both six goals and 19 points last season. The most promising of this crew is probably Chase van Allen, the homegrown sophomore from Anchorage who had eight assists in 30 games as a freshman last term.

Another reliable rearguard for Alaska – Anchorage is Derek Docken, the senior from Richfield, Minnesota, who has already skated in 107 NCAA contests to date. The heaviest defenseman that the Seawolves have listed on their roster is Chris Williams (6’2″ 220 lbs), the junior from North Coventry, Pennsylvania, who has accumulated six assists and 64 penalty minutes in 67 career NCAA games to date. The youngest of the UAA blueliners to appear in both games at the Kendall Hockey Classic was Canadian legionnaire Jarrett Brown, the 20-year-old from Beaumont, Alberta.

Alaska – Anchorage come into this 2014/15 NCAA campaign very short on collegiate game expereince at the all-important goaltender position between the pipes. At the conclusion of last season, the Seawolves bid adieu to a pair of capable netminders who had combined to appear in 35 of UAA’s 38 games. This means that the only returning shot-stopper is Canadian legionnaire Michael Matyas, the 23-year-old sophomore from Calgary, Alberta, who appeared in seven games (3.29 avg, .877 svpct) last term.

Both Matyas as well as incoming freshman Olivier Mantha, the 21-year-old from La Tuque, Quebec, performed admirably at the Kendall Hockey Classic just this past weekend. The former limited the Maine Black Bears to a solitary goal while making eighteen saves on behalf of the Seawolves in the season-opener. The latter, meanwhile, was a major factor in Alaska – Anchorage’s triumph over Wisconsin with 27 saves … (it shall be noted here that the Badgers outshot the Seawolves 29-25).

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Minnesota’s Lucia vs Penn State’s Gadowsky At Alaska – Fairbanks


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There are only half a dozen men’s ice hockey head coaches in the Big Ten Conference but, as matters stand at present, one-third of the six were actually given their very first opportunity to pilot an NCAA Division I program by the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

It is rather difficult to directly compare the collegiate track records of current Minnesota Golden Gophers mentor Don Lucia and Penn State Nittany Lions bench boss Guy Gadowsky at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks if only for the simple fact that the Nanooks were still not yet members of the crack Central Collegiate Hockey Association when Lucia, the former University of Notre Dame defenseman who was the tenth round pick (# 168 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 1978 National Hockey League Draft, was in charge from the late 1980s thru the early 1990s.

It could be noted that Gadowsky, who played his collegiate ice hockey at Colorado College before embarking on a professional career in the North American minor leagues and Europe, managed to recruit and train more University of Alaska – Fairbanks players who ultimately went on to appear in the vaunted National Hockey League than Lucia did.

DON LUCIA at Alaska – Fairbanks
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87/88 … 21 wins … 10 losses … 2 ties …… Great West Hockey Conference
88/89 … 21 wins … 12 losses … 3 ties …… Division I independent
89/90 … 10 wins … 20 losses … 9 ties …… Division I independent
90/91 … 17 wins … 16 losses … 2 ties …… Division I independent
91/92 ….. 7 wins … 27 losses … 1 tie …….. Division I independent
92/93 … 23 wins … 12 losses … 2 ties …… Division I independent

future NHLers recruited & trained : Corey Spring

(to Colorado College)

GUY GADOWSKY at Alaska – Fairbanks
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99/00 ….. 6 wins … 25 losses … 3 ties …… Central Collegiate Hockey Asso.
00/01 ….. 9 wins … 19 losses … 8 ties …… Central Collegiate Hockey Asso.
01/02 … 22 wins … 12 losses … 3 ties …… Central Collegiate Hockey Asso.
02/03 … 15 wins … 14 losses … 7 ties …… Central Collegiate Hockey Asso.
03/04 … 16 wins … 19 losses … 1 tie …….. Central Collegiate Hockey Asso.

future NHLers recruited & trained : Aaron Voros, Jordan Hendry

(to Princeton University)

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Penn State Prepare For Alaskan Journey


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The longest road trip ever undertaken by the Penn State men’s ice hockey team to date was, of course, last season’s mid-October trek to Colorado for a pair of non-conference games with the Air Force Academy. This year, the Nittany Lions will be traveling just a little bit further on down the proverbial line and should encounter more than its fair share of mystery facing off against both the University of Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves as well as the Unviersity of Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament. With the spirits of both Alaskan schools certainly bound to be absolutely sky high after having both beaten the six-time NCAA champion University of Wisconsin Badgers at the annual Kendall Hockey Classic last weekend, it figures to be a most interesting journey, then, for third-year head coach Guy Gadowksy as well as the rest of his Penn State squad.

On the heels of the Nittany Lions’ school record-setting 7-1 triumph over the University of Connecticut Huskies, this blog wonders which eighteen skaters will actually be donning the Penn State jersey when the puck drops against the University of Alaska – Anchorage on Friday night. Will either of the two freshmen, Finnish defenseman Erik Autio and Canadian legionnaire Scott Conway, who both appeared in the Nittany Lions’ season-opening 2-2 tie with UConn be regaining a place in the line-up or does Gadowsky stick with the exact same group that scored the most goals in any one game since Penn State made the mighty leap from “club hockey” to Division I three years ago now? Conway, in particular, was rather involved on his NCAA debut and ended up leading the hosts last Friday night with four shots on goal.

One Nittany Lions player who should really need any extra special motivation for this Friday night’s clash with the Seawolves would be left wing Casey Bailey, the soon-to-be 23-year old junior who originally hails from Anchorage. Another Penn State player who should be particularly pumped up to play would be center Eric Scheid, the redshirt junior from Blaine, Minnesota, who scored six goals in 30 games for the University of Alaska – Anchorage during the 2011/12 NCAA season. Both players should also be most anxious to continue personal goal-scoring streaks initiated against UConn last Saturday night.

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Penn State Nittany Lions left wing Casey Bailey (25) uncorks his shot well before University of Connecticut Huskies defenseman Ryan Segalla (3), the fourth round pick (# 119 overall) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, can effectively interfere during the lopsided non-conference meeting of Hockey East and Big Ten teams last Saturday afternoon at the splendid Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.
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Exactly which goaltender the University of Alaska – Anchorage will call upon for Friday’s game against the Penn State Nittany Lions remains to be seen. The Seawolves’ Canadian tandem of sophomore Michael Matyas and freshman Olivier Mantha each performed capably in their first starts of this 2014/15 NCAA season, respectively, at the Kendall Hockey Classic last weekend. However, both of these two netminders remain extremely inexperienced in the grand scheme of things — last season, the University of Alaska – Anchorage relied heavily upon two now-graduated senior goaltenders who combined to appear in 35 of the school’s 38 games.

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