Because the first pucks of this still relatively new 2014/15 NCAA season have been dropped some time ago now and the results, particularly those involving the Big Ten Conference schools, are always important, of course :
Friday, November 7, 2014
Minnesota 5 – Notre Dame 0
(goals — Kloos, Bristedt, M. Reilly, Warning, Marshall)
North Dakota 4 – Wisconsin 3
(goals — Parks 2, Gaarder, St. Clair ; Drake 2, Soleway)
Nebraska/Omaha 4 – Ohio State 1
(goals — Parizek, Cooper, Peterson, Brady ; Johnson)
Michigan State 4 – New Hampshire 3
(goals — Ferrantino 2, Walsh, MacEachern ; Kelleher 2, Downing)
Saturday, November 8, 2014
North Dakota 5 – Wisconsin 1
(goals — O’Donnell, Caggiula, Johnson, Stecher, Ausmus ; Besse)
Nebraska/Omaha 4 – Ohio State 3
(goals — Peterson 2, Pope, Parizek ; Fritz, Niddery, Angeli)
New Hampshire 5 – Michigan State 2
(goals — Poturalski, Willows, Kelleher, Correale, Downing ; MacEachern, Ferrantino)
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Minnesota 4 – Notre Dame 2
(goals — Warning, Fasching, M. Reilly, Brodzinski ; Russo, Wuthrich)
Notre Dame left wing Mario Lucia (22), the 21-year-old junior from Plymouth, Minnesota, who was the second round pick (# 60 overall) of the Minnesota Wild at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft as well as the second-leading marksman (16 goals) for the Fighting Irish last season, was kept of the scoreboard at the Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis this weekend by Minnesota netminder Adam Wilcox, the 22-year-old homegrown junior from South St. Paul who was tabbed in the sixth round (# 178 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning before being named the Big Ten Conference’s Best Goaltender as well as an NCAA Second Team (West) All-America selection, and the rest of the Golden Gophers.
The five-time NCAA champion Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-1-0) confirmed their status as the country’s number one ranked team with a two-game sweep over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Minneapolis. Minnesota right wing Taylor Cammarata, the 19-year-old homegrown sophomore from Plymouth who was the third round selection (# 76 overall) of the New York Islanders at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft, had two assists in Friday’s 5-0 shutout win and set up three more goals during Sunday’s 4-2 triumph to conclude a five-point weekend. Sam Warning, the 22-year-old senior left wing from Chesterfield, Missouri, who was the second-leading scorer with 34 points (14 goals) for the Golden Gophers last season, as well as NCAA First Team (West) All-America defenseman Mike Reilly, the 21-year-old homegrown junior from Chanhassen who was the fourth round choice(# 98 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2011 NHL Draft, both netted a goal in each of the two games against Notre Dame. Minnesota freshman Leon Bristedt, the 19-year-old Swedish import, scored his first collegiate goal in the United States on Friday night.
The six-time NCAA champion Wisconsin Badgers (0-6-0) carried on with their disastrous start to this 2014/15 season while being swept on home ice in Madison by former Western Collegiate Hockey Association rival North Dakota, the number two ranked team in the land at present. Wisconsin gave away the lead twice in the second period before falling 4-3 on Friday night and were blasted 5-1 on Saturday evening. The Badgers’ Canadian legionnaire Joel Rumpel, the 23-year-old senior from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, who was a finalist for the coveted Hobey Baker Award last season, has not been in standout form thus far (5 ga, 3.44 avg, .833 svpct)
The struggling Ohio State Buckeyes (2-5-1) dropped a pair of home games to the Nebraska – Omaha Mavericks, who came into the weekend series at Columbus ranked # 19 in the nation by the latest USCHO.com weekly poll. Ohio State outshot their guests 26-19 on Friday night but still lost 4-1 and then built a two-goal lead late in the first period of Saturday night’s before conceding three times unanswered in a 4-3 defeat. Canadian legionnaire Tanner Fritz, the 23-year-old senior from Grande Prairie, Alberta, who leads Ohio State with nine points in eight games this fall, had a goal and an assist for the Buckeyes on Saturday.
The three-time NCAA champion Michigan State Spartans (3-4-0) earned a split against the New Hampshire Wildcats on the road in New England. The Spartans were heavily outshot by New Hampshire on Friday night but Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand, the 21-year-old junior from Butler, Pennsylvnia, who has been a real workhorse ever since arriving on campus, had 42 saves and Michael Ferrantino, the 21-year-old homegrown junior from Plymouth, had two goals. Ferrantino finished the weekend series with three goals while MacKenzie MacEachern, the 20-year-old homegrown sophomore from Troy who was selected in the third round (# 67 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, had a goal in each game against the Wildcats, as well.