USCHO: Men No. 12, Women No. 5

    Monday’s U.S. College Hockey Online polls. The UMD men are No. 12 (up two spots), while the UMD women remain at No. 5. Also, Division III polls are also listed.

      Also it should be noted that Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl junior forward Garrett Hendrickson, son of former UMD defenseman Keith Hendrickson, has given an oral commitment to St. Cloud State. Hendrickson, 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, had 23 goals and 39 assists last season for 62 points. Keith Hendrickson, who followed in his dad, Dave’s, footsteps, is the VMIB hockey coach.

USCHO Division I Men

1 Miami
2 Denver
3 North Dakota
4 Quinnipiac
5 Bemidji State
6 Colorado College
7 Cornell
8 Mass.-Lowell
9 Massachusetts
10 Yale
11 Michigan State
12 Alaska Fairbanks
tie Minnesota Duluth
14 Notre Dame
15 Boston College
16 Wisconsin
17 Ferris State
18 Nebraska-Omaha
19 Vermont
20 St. Cloud State

Others Receiving Votes: Michigan, RIT,
Colgate, Union, New Hampshire,
Northern Michigan, Rensselaer, Providence,
Boston University, Minnesota, Princeton.

USA Hockey-USA Today Division I Men

1 Miami
2 Denver
3 North Dakota
4 Bemidji State
5 Colorado College
6 Quinnipiac
7 Cornell
8 Mass.-Lowell
9 Massachusetts
10 Yale
11 Michigan State
12 Minnesota Duluth
13 Alaska Fairbanks
14 Boston College
15 Notre Dame

     Also receiving votes: Ferris State, Wisconsin, Nebraska-Omaha, Vermont, Michigan, RIT, Boston University, Colgate.

USCHO Division I Women

1 Mercyhurst
2 Minnesota
3 New Hampshire
4 Clarkson
5 Minnesota Duluth
6 Cornell
7 Wisconsin
8 Northeastern
9 Harvard
10 Boston University

Others Receiving Votes: Princeton, Niagara,

USCHO Division III Men

 1 Oswego
 tie Plattsburgh
 3 St. Norbert
 4 Adrian
 5 Norwich
 6 Elmira
 7 St. Scholastica
 8 Middlebury
 9 Wis.-Superior
10 Wis.-River Falls
11 Manhattanville
12 Curry             
13 Amherst        
14 Bowdoin        
15 Hamline        

Others Receiving Votes: Salem State, Williams,
Wis.-Stout, Trinity, Wentworth,
Gustavus Adolphus, New England College, Hobart.

USCHO Division III Women

 1 Amherst      
 2 Plattsburgh  
 3 Middlebury   
 4 Wis.-River Falls
 5 Elmira             
 5 Gustavus Adolphus
 7 RIT                       

 8 Norwich 
 9 Manhattanville 
10 Wis.-Superior 
tie Lake Forest 

Others Receiving Votes: St. Thomas, Neumann,

First Poll of the Day

     Inside College Hockey provides the first poll of the day Monday which can be found here. The power raankings are a bit WCHA-heavy at the very top with Denver at No. 1 and North Dakota at No. 2, the two teams, by the way, that just happen to be appearing in Duluth the next two weekends (with North Dakota up first at the DECC this Friday and Saturday). Minnesota Duluth? The Bulldogs, idle last weekend, stay at No. 13.

UPDATED: Raymond, Sharp

     Vancouver was 4-1 the last five games in the NHL heading into a Sunday home game and winger Mason Raymond had a goal and six assists for seven points in that streak. He had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 7-3 win over Edmonton and is 9-8-17 in 25 games. Vancouver, however, lost 4-2 at home Sunday to San Jose and Raymond was blanked on the scoresheet.

     And Anaheim was 4-1 the past five games, which coincides with MacGregor Sharp joining the team at center. Sure a bit of a stretch. Sharp is averaging about 3 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time per game, and has 32 total shifts and just two shots on goal. The Ducks, however, lost 3-2 in overtime at home Sunday to Phoenix.

Sunday in the WCHA

Just when you thought you had everything figured out after Friday of this Holiday Weekend, thought you saw a trend, then everything changed Saturday. Just about everything. Minnesota got smacked at Michigan, then won at No. 8 Michigan State. Alaska Anchorage got smacked at No. 5 Colorado College, then won in overtime. St. Cloud State lost at No. 2 Denver, then won. No. 15 Wisconsin crunched Michigan State, then lost at unranked Michigan. Soon-to-be WCHA member Bemidji State toppled No. 1 Miami of Ohio, then lost to unranked Ohio State.

Not everything changed. No. 4 North Dakota beat Ohio State and then went toe-to-toe with Miami for a 5-5 tie. And Minnesota State-Mankato beat last-place Michigan Tech twice in Mankato, Minn. The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs were watching it all on Turkey Weekend.

Here are some Saturday highlights with all six games involving a WCHA team being decided by one goal or less, with four of them finishing 3-2:

Minnesota and goalie Kent Patterson held Michigan State at bay, before the the Spartans scored with 3:25 left for a 1-1 tie, then Minnesota’s Mike Carman responded 39 seconds later on a 40-foot shot for the game-winner and a 3-2 victory. That broke Minnesota’s four-game losing streak, gave Patterson his first career win, and made Michigan State 0-7-4 the last 11 games in the College Hockey Showcase (0-6-3 vs. Minnesota). The Spartans are 0-3-1 the last for games overall. The College Hockey Showcase will cease after the 2010 edition after 18 years.

"We’ve been struggling as of late, and we had a big loss last night," Carman told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Everyone was pretty down about that, and we wanted to redeem ourselves. They scored with a few minutes left, and I thought, ‘Oh great, here we go again, another tie.’"

At Colorado College, the Tigers won 5-0 Friday and were up 1-0 in the second period Saturday. Yet after gettng 13 shots on goal in the first period, Colorado College got just 15 the rest of the way, including zero in overtime, which Anchorage’s Daniel Naslund ended in 60 seconds with a goal for a 3-2 victory. That gives Anchorage wins over the WCHA co-leaders, CC and Denver.

"We had a tough go,” CC coach Scott Owens told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “We had trouble getting it up to the forwards; the forwards weren’t moving real well. We had trouble getting it into the net.”

In Denver, St. Cloud State took leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before the Pioneers scored with 2:30 to play to make the final 3-2. Tony Mosey had two goals for the Huskies and Dan Dunn got the win in goal. Denver goalie Marc Cheverie (7-1) lost for the first time this season. After losing twice at Miami to start the season, St. Cloud State has at least a win in every other series.

"All I can tell you is that we keep holding serve right now with a very tough schedule," St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko told the St. Cloud Times. "We’re getting better. The only time we didn’t [win a game in a series] was at Miami early in the year, and we played very well. We keep afloat, we keep going, because I think there is something there where we’ll become a pretty good team."

North Dakota is 1-3-1 in five games without injured star defenseman Chay Genoway, yet the Fighting Sioux were good over the weekend in a win over Ohio State before going head-to-head with Miami in a 5-5 tie. North Dakota led 5-3 after two periods (four goals in the second period, two by scoring leader and freshman Danny Kristo), but Miami had the only two goals of the third period. Miami tied it with 2:41 to play.

“I thought we took a real good step back to where we want to be this week,” North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol told the Grand Forks Herald. “We got a win last night and this (tie) won’t hurt us come tournament (selection) time. We’re still undefeated in nonconference play. More important, we got back to playing and practicing the way we expect.”

Wisconsin had humbled Michigan State 7-3 Friday in Lansing, then lost to Michigan 3-2 in Ann Arbor. Wisconsin and Michigan meet again in the inaugural Culver’s Camp Randall Classic Feb. 6, the first outdoor hockey game at Camp Randall Stadium. Michigan got back to .500 at 7-7 by scoring a power-play goal and shorthanded goal.

"It comes down to we had three mistakes and they had three goals for it," Wisconsin’s Derek Stepan told the Wisconsin State Journal.

In Mankato, Minn., the Mavericks led 3-0 in the third period Saturday, before Michigan Tech scored twice in the final 3:34 to make it close at 3-2. Mankato got two goals from Kael Mouillierat to complete the sweep.

“Our only goal this week was to get four points [for the WCHA standings],” Mankato coach Troy Jutting told the Mankato Free Press. “We didn’t care how we did it.”

Oh, and No. 6 Bemidji State took it on the chin 2-1 against Ohio State in overtime Grand Forks, a day after disposing of Miami of Ohio.

“It was just one of those games – very vanilla. We had no energy, no intensity. Quite honestly I was hoping to get out of there with a tie. It was a hard game to coach and, I’m sure, hard to watch,” Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore told the Bemidji Pioneer.

Gophers 2, Michigan St. 1

     A couple of 2-1 games to report early Saturday. Ouch! Ohio State’s Kyle Reed scored his first goal of the season at 48 seconds of overtime to defeat No. 6-ranked Bemidji State 2-1 in the Subway Classic in Grand Forks, N.D.

     And in Lansing, Mich., Minnesota knocked off No. 8 Michigan State 2-1 as Jordan Schroeder and Mike Carman score for the Gophers. Goalie Kent Patterson made 37 saves.

     In the second game at Ralph Engelstad Arena, which was a doozy, No. 4 North Dakota and No. 1 Miami of Ohio tied 5-5.

     In Ann Arbor, Mich., Michigan beat No. 15 Wisconsin 3-2. And in Mankato, Minn., Minnesota State Mankato held on to beat Michigan Tech 3-2.

     And in Denver, St. Cloud State beat No. 2 Denver 3-2, and No. 5 Colorado College got a Stephen Schultz goal with 30 seconds left but Anchorage scored early in overtime for a 3-2 victory in Colorado Springs, Colo. Daniel Naslund scored at 60 seconds of sudden death.

     Also Saturday, defenseman Derek Forbort of Duluth scored his first goal as a member of the USA Hockey Under-18 team in a 4-0 win over Colby College in Waterville, Maine, as part of the Colby-Bowdoin Classic.

UMD Women 5, Boston College 1

     Freshman center Katie Wilson scored three goals Saturday afternoon as No. 5-ranked Minnesota Duluth beat Boston College 5-1 to sweep on nonconference women’s series before 126 fans in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Senior winger Emmanuelle Blais had three assists, winger Laura Fridfinnson had a goal and two assists, and senior center Saara Tuominen had the game-winning goal.

     The Bulldogs (12-6) led 3-0 after one period, scoring three goals in seven minutes, and were up 4-1 after two. Boston College (4-6-6), getting a goal from Allie Thunstrom of Maplewood, Minn., lost 3-0 Friday. UMD outshot Boston College 32-25 as freshman goalie Jennifer Harss made 24 saves for the win. Harss has a .924 save percentage and 2.28 goals-against average.

     UMD is 6-1 the past seven games and has outscored opponents 30-10 in that stretch. In the sweep of Boston College, Wilson had four goals and one assist, and has nine goals in 18 games. Boston College was 0-of-13 on power plays in the series.

      UMD plays at defending Division I champion Wisconsin this Friday and next Sunday in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.

Minnesota Duluth…..3-1-1—5

Boston College……….0-1-0—1

     First period – 1. UMD, Katie Wilson 7 (Laura Fridfinnson), 9:48; 2. UMD, Saara Tuominen 6 (Audrey Cournoyer), 13:24; 3. UMD, Fridfinnson 9 (Emmanuelle Blais), 16:44 (pp). Penalties – Allison Szlosek, Boston College (hooking), 14:45; Mary Restuccia, Boston College (cross-checking), 17:32.

     Second period – 4. UMD Wilson 8 (Blais, Cournoyer), 1:10; 5. Boston College, Allie Thunstrom 9 (Kristina Brown), 2:24. Penalties – Kacy Ambroz, UMD (checking), 2:37; Restuccia, Boston College (interference), 6:56; Andrea Green, Boston College (checking), 10:13; Tracy Johnson, Boston College (interference), 11:50; Justine Fisher, UMD (slashing), 14:19; Kristina Brown, Boston College (boarding), 17:13; Jaime Rasmussen, UMD (checking), 18:13; Caitlin Walsh, Boston College (Interference), 19:44.

     Third period – 6. UMD, Wilson 9 (Blais, Fridfinnson), 1:47. Penalties – Wilson, UMD (tripping), 4:49; Ambroz, UMD (too many players on ice), 5:22; Stephanie Lenz, UMD (holding), 9:03; Walsh, Boston College (tripping), 11:13; Wilson, UMD (contact to head), 12:16; Dru Burns, Boston College (checking), 17:44; Danielle Welch, Boston College (interference), 19:18.

     Shots on goal – UMD 11-14-7–32, Boston College 7-9-9–25. Goalies – Jennifer Harss (12-6), UMD (25 shots-24 saves); Corinne Boyles (3-3-4), Boston College (32 shots-27 saves). Power plays – UMD 1-of-10, Boston College 0-of-7. Referees – Danyel Howard, Carol Weston. Assistants – Gary Young, Chris Leavitt. A – 126.

The WCHA-Plus on Saturday

      We’ll get to the present-WCHA in a minute, but the lead for Saturday is the future-WCHA, the Bemidji State Beavers, who join the league next season. There was a time in 1982-83 (well, some 27 years ago), that Minnesota Duluth hit the big time for the first time. The Bulldogs started off 13-2-1 and caught the attention of — everyone. Yet, they were newcomers and weren’t taken too seriously. Wisconsin coach Bob Johnson, if I remember, said he liked the way UMD was playing, for a team playing on emotion. Well the Bulldogs played well enough to be chosen for the Division I tournament for the first time, in a controversial choice by the Ice Hockey Rules Committee.

     Now, Bemidji State isn’t really a newcomer. The Beavers were in the 2009 Frozen Four, but despite their record in 2009-10, No. 6-ranked Bemidji State may not have been taken too seriously until — Friday’s 3-2 win over No. 1 Miami of Ohio. Here’s part of Saturday’s story by John McRae in the Bemidji Pioneer.

     More WCHA from Friday follows further down:    

GRAND FORKS — The Bemidji State men’s hockey team was looking to make a major statement to the college hockey world in its game Friday against Miami, the nation’s top ranked team.

Statement made.

A goal by senior captain Chris McKelvie propelled the Beavers to a 3-2 win over Miami in the opening game of the Subway Holiday Classic at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks Friday afternoon.

The Beavers built a 2-0 lead after two periods, only to have Miami come roaring with a pair of goals in the opening nine minutes of the third period to tie the game at 2-2.

It was a major win for the Beavers who improved to 11-1-1 on the season. It marked the first time the Beavers defeated a No. 1-ranked team in the program’s Division I era.

“It was a great game and a monumental win for us,” said Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore. “It was a playoff-like atmosphere; there was no easy ice out there. Every goal scored was earned – it was tough, old-fashioned hockey.”

Miami (9-2-5 overall), which saw an eight-game unbeaten streak broken, led 22-15 in shots on goal.

“I think they did a great job taking care of the front of the net,” said Miami head coach Enrico Blasi. “They made sure we didn’t get many second chances. We expected a tough, close game and it was. In the end they got an opportunity and converted. That was it.”

Bemidji’s Matt Read said the Beavers talked a lot about the fact Miami was the top ranked team in the country in the week leading up to the game.

“We all said we needed to play our best game of the year and show the rest of the country we are for real,” he said. “We also talked how this game could give us a bit of redemption for the loss we had against them in the Frozen Four. I thought we played really well.”

Serratore stressed he wanted to keep the game and the team’s fast start in perspective.

“There was no gloating in our locker room after the game,” Serratore reported. “We all get beaten up in life at times and we’ve been on the other side plenty."

     No. 5-ranked Colorado College and No. 2 Denver each won at home Friday to move ahead of UMD in the league standings, tied for first place.

     Colorado College scored two power-play goals (and has a man-advantage goal in 10 straight games) and earned a shorthanded score in smacking Alaska Anchorage 5-0.

     Denver scored its most goals since the season opener in stopping St. Cloud State 5-3 in Denver. Jesse Martin had two goals for the Pioneer and goalie Marc Cheverie remained unbeaten. After games Saturday, Denver and Colorado College will look forward to facing each other next weekend.

       No. 15 Wisconsin also made something of a statement — facing its first ranked opponent this season, the Badgers smacked No. 8 Michigan State 7-3 in Lansing, Mich. Badger star defenseman Brendan Smith had two goals and sophomore center Derek Stepan had a goal and four assists.

      Not so much of a statement, was Minnesota’s 6-0 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. It was the most one-sided loss in coach Don Lucia’s 10 seasons with the Gophers and the program’s worst loss since 1998. It was also Minnesota’s fourth straight loss and fourth time it has been shut out this season.

     "I’m disappointed," Lucia told the Minneapolis Star Tribune said. "We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win tonight. We looked like we had a plate full of turkey in our bellies the way we played. We were sluggish, and we’re not a good enough team to come out and play sluggish."

     Minnesota State-Mankato players told the Mankato Free Press they played one of their best games of the season in beating Michigan Tech 5-2 in Mankato. Zach Harrison had a goal and three assists for the Mavericks and Geoff Irwin had two goals. Mankato led in shots on goal 41-29.

      Oh, and the second game in Grand Forks, N.D., the No. 4 Fighting Sioux took care of Ohio State 4-1. That meant North Dakota broke a three-game losing streak and now faces Miami of Ohio on Saturday. How about an interesting obscure stat? North Dakota goalie Brad Eidsness gave up his first even-strength goal in 226 minutes, 12 seconds, more than three full games and two periods. North Dakota is at the DECC next weekend when UMD resumes play. Here are the WCHA standings courtesy of College Hockey

                         Conference Only                Overall
Pts GP Record Win% GF- GA GP Record Win% GF- GA
1 Colorado College 15 9 7- 1- 1 .833 34- 17 13 10- 2- 1 .808 49- 27 Denver 15 9 7- 1- 1 .833 29- 21 13 9- 3- 1 .731 40- 35 3 Minnesota Duluth 13 10 6- 3- 1 .650 36- 29 14 9- 4- 1 .679 49- 38 4 North Dakota 11 10 5- 4- 1 .550 29- 17 13 8- 4- 1 .654 41- 22 Wisconsin 11 10 5- 4- 1 .550 33- 22 13 8- 4- 1 .654 50- 27 6 St. Cloud State 9 9 4- 4- 1 .500 24- 25 13 5- 6- 2 .462 32- 34 7 Minnesota 7 10 3- 6- 1 .350 24- 28 13 4- 8- 1 .346 30- 41 Minnesota State 7 11 3- 7- 1 .318 30- 36 13 5- 7- 1 .423 37- 39 9 Alaska Anchorage 6 11 3- 8- 0 .273 22- 46 15 5-10- 0 .333 34- 60 10 Michigan Tech 4 9 2- 7- 0 .222 19- 39 11 3- 8- 0 .273 25- 45

No. 6 BSU 3, No. 1 Miami 2

      Holiday tournament action started with…an upset…as No. 6-ranked Bemidji State stopped No. 1 Miami of Ohio 3-2 Friday afternoon at Ralph Engelstad Arena in the Subway Classic in Grand Forks, N.D. The second game in Grand Forks, after the second period, North Dakota beat Ohio State 4-1.

      And in Lansing, Mich., No. 15 Wisconsin took care of No. 8 Michigan State 7-3, while Michigan took care of Minnesota 6-0 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

     It was Minnesota’s worst defeat in Don Lucia’s 10-year tenure as head coach and biggest setback since a 7-1 loss to Colorado College on Nov. 6, 1998. The loss, which was Minnesota’s fourth straight, dropped the Gophers to 4-8-1 overall. Michigan had lost four straight home games and improved to 6-7 with the victory.

      And in Mankato, Minn., MS-Mankato beat Michigan Tech 5-2. Denver beat St. Cloud State 5-3 in Denver, and Colorado College smacked Alaska Anchorage 5-0 in Colorado Springs.

     Bemidji State (11-1-1) had just 15 shots on goal but received scores from Darcy Findlay, Tyler Lehrke and Chris McKelvie (breaking a 2-2 tie with 3:19 to play). Cody Reichard was in goal for Miami, making 12 saves.

     Bemidji State goalie Dan Bakala (8-1-1) had 20 saves. Miami (9-2-4) outshot the Beavers 22-25,. Miami had an eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-3) broken. It was the longest in Division I, tied with RIT. Bemidji State has won four in a row.

UMD Women 3, Boston College 0

     The Minnesota Duluth women’s team defeated Boston College 3-0 Friday afternoon in a nonconference game before 157 fans at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Katie Wilson, Laura Fridfinnson and Audrey Cournoyer had goals for the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs, while freshman goalie Jennifer Harss earned a shutout with 22 saves. UMD (11-6) scored a goal in each period. The teams meet again at 1 p.m. Saturday.

      UMD scored just 52 seconds into the game on a Katie Wilson goal, then made it 2-0 with 3:46 left in the second period on Audrey Cournoyer’s power-play score and Laura Fridfinnson connected for her eighth goal of the season with 1:51 to play. It was the third shutout of the season for Harss, who has a .922 save percentage and 2.35 goals-against average.

Minnesota Duluth…. 1-1-1—3

Boston College……….0-0-0—0

First period – 1. UMD, Katie Wilson 6 (Tara gray, Jessica Wong), :52. Penalties – Shannon Webster, Boston College (cross checking), 2:33; Jaime Rasmussen, UMD (roughing), 19:46.

Second period – 2. UMD Audrey Cournoyer 4 (Saara Tuominen), 16:14 (pp). Penalties – Caitlin Walsh, Boston College (tripping), 1:10; Stephanie Lenz, UMD (too many players on ice), 2:48; Wong, UMD (checking), 3:46; Emmanuelle Blais, UMD (checking), 15:42; Danielle Welch, Boston College (checking), 15:42; Rasmussen, UMD (cross checking), 17:30.

Third period – 3. UMD, Laura Fridfinnson 8 (Wilson, Blais), 18:09. Penalty – Kirsti Hakala, UMD (tripping), 6:20.

     Shots on goal – UMD 12-6-8–26, Boston College 6-6-10–22. Goalies – Jennifer Harss (11-6), UMD (22 shots-22 saves); Kiera Kingston (1-3-2), Boston College (26 shots-23 saves). Power plays – UMD 1-of-3, Boston College 0-of-6. Referees – Julie Piacentini, Patrick Silva. Assistants – Katie Guay, Tim Kerrigan. A – 157.

Catching up: Serratore and Air Force

     This is a bit over two weeks old, but Coleraine native Frank Serratore, brother of Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore, has signed a five-year contract with the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Here’s some information from the Colorado Springs Gazette:

The Air Force Academy and hockey coach Frank Serratore agreed on a new five-year contract that runs through the 2013-14 season. The deal replaces a five-year deal signed last season. Further details were not disclosed.

”I’m honored that they think enough of me as a coach and mentor to the young athletes here at the academy that they choose to commit to keeping me around that long,” Serratore said. “We have a big responsibility here.”

Serratore, 52, has a 253-309-44 career mark for 17 years, the last 13 at Air Force. The Falcons, in the Division I tournament the last three years, are 6-5-3 in 2009-10. The Falcons have also won three straight Atlantic Hockey Association playoff championships.

“Frank has committed to building a successful program on and off the ice,” associate athletic director Dermot Coll said in a press release. “The success the team has had the last few years is a direct reflection of the hard work and effort he and his staff have put into this program. The Academy is proud of the team and coaches and all that they have accomplished on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.”