UMD’s off week; Stalock’s cousin; GLI likely to go indoors; NYC Marathon to go on Sunday

Minnesota Duluth is in the midst of an off week. After being on the ice Monday and Tuesday, the Bulldogs are off Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, with practice Thursday and Friday.

When resuming their schedule, the Bulldogs have a Saturday-Sunday series Nov. 10-11 at Nebraska-Omaha to accommodate the Creighton University men’s basketball team. Creighton, ranked No. 15 in the preseason, opens the regular season at home Nov. 9 against North Texas at 7 p.m. at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha (also used by the Nebraska-Omaha hockey team.) The hockey games are 7:07 p.m. Saturday and 2:07 p.m. Sunday

That will make for a short week for UMD as the Bulldogs continue on the road the next week at No. 5 North Dakota on Nov. 16-17.

Alex Stalock’s cousin, University of Minnesota freshman goalie Adam Wilcox of South St. Paul, may have an edge in gaining the starting job for the Gophers. Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has an update here.

Zack Friedli of College Hockey News looks at who’s hot and who’s not in the WCHA here.

The 48th Great Lakes Invitational was scheduled to go outdoors for the first time at Detroit’s Comerica Park on Dec. 28-29, in connection with the NHL’s Hockeytown Winter Festival and the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. Yet the NHL is expected to announce this week that the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (between Detroit and Toronto) will be canceled because of the league labor stalemate. That would also force the Great Lakes Invitational back indoors to its traditional site, at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, for Dec. 29-30. The first round has Michigan Tech facing Michigan, and Michigan State playing Western Michigan. The Ann Arbor News has an update here.

Sunday’s 43rd New York City Marathon, the world’s largest 26.2-mile race with 47,000 entrants, is scheduled to go on as planned despite this week’s storm flooding. The course through the five boroughs, however, could have some changes according to a Wednesday story in the New York Times here.

WCHA Power Rankings; INCH’s Great 58; Hjelle wins CCHA award

The latest and greatest WCHA Power Rankings by the Web Media are out:

Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey with his votes here.

The Web Media Poll is here.

Andy Johnson of Bucky’s Fifth Quarter looks back on the Minnesota Duluth-Wisconsin series, from the Badger perspective, here.

Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey also looks back on Division I from last weekend, and other good stuff, here.

The Inside College Hockey Writers weigh in with rankings for all in the Great 58 plus 1 here.

Former UMD goalie Brady Hjelle of International Falls, an Ohio State senior, was named CCHA goalie of the week following a 1-0 win over Bowling Green. A news release from the Buckeyes is here.

And the St. Cloud State women’s team is stranded in Rhode Island because of a storm of some sort. The St. Cloud Times has a story here.

UMD No. 17 in USCHO poll

Minnesota Duluth (2-3-1) dropped three spots to No. 17 in Monday’s U.S. College Hockey Online poll. Boston College is No. 1 and Minnesota No. 2, also from the WCHA are No. 3 Denver, No. 5 North Dakota and No. 18 St. Cloud State. The poll is here.

UMD is off this week before resuming play in a Saturday-Sunday WCHA series, Nov. 10-11, at Nebraska-Omaha.

The weekend by USCHO; Omaha rink nearer; WCHA power rankings; Laura Bellamy starts with a shutout

On a Monday morning, U.S. College Hockey Online looks back at last weekend’s games here.

Omaha-based blogger Matthew Semisch has WCHA power rankings here.

And Eric Burton has WCHA power rankings here.

Nebraska-Omaha regents have approved a plan for a new sports building, which would serve as a hockey venue for the Red Mavs. The Omaha World Herald has a story here.

Duluthian Laura Bellamy helped the Harvard women get the season off to a good start as she backstopped a shutout over the weekend. USCHO has an update here.

Stalock outduels Reiter

Two former Minnesota Duluth goalies faced each other Sunday afternoon in the American Hockey League as the Worcester (Mass.) Sharks and Alex Stalock were home against the Bridgeport (Conn.) Sound Tigers and Kenny Reiter at the DCU Center.

Worcester outshot Bridgeport 46-35 and won 5-2. Stalock, 25, earned his 61st career win with the Sharks, making 33 saves. Reiter, 25, beginning his first professional, had 41 saves.

Stalock was with the Bulldogs from 2006-09 and ranks second in career save percentage (.910) and goals-against average (2.48). Reiter played from 2009-12 and ranks first in career save percentage (.912) and goals-against average (2.37).

Former UMD center Travis Oleksuk, with Worcester, didn’t play Sunday.

Sunday in the WCHA

One full weekend of play has been completed in the WCHA and five teams are undefeated in the league, with Denver and St. Cloud State leading the way at 2-0. Denver (4-0) is the only WCHA member undefeated overall and is scoring five goals a game. No. 2 Minnesota is home Sunday afternoon with Canisius.

Minnesota Duluth gained a point in the standings at home Saturday in a 2-2 tie with Wisconsin. The Bulldogs (2-3-1) lead the league in penalty minutes (17.7 per game). Freshman goalie Matt McNeely, with his first consecutive starts, has marks of 1.64 and .935 for three games.

UMD is off this week before resuming play Nov. 10-11 at Nebraska-Omaha (2-3-1).

Recaps from Saturday at Amsoil Arena from Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal here and Andy Johnson of Bucky’s Fifth Quarter here.

In Ithaca, N.Y., three power-play goals, one in each period, sparked No. 7 Cornell to a 3-2 win over No. 19 Colorado College and a nonconference series sweep. Joel Lowry scored twice for Cornell (2-0), while Alexander Krushelnyski got CC within the final margin at 7:51 of the third period. CC led in shots 23-20. Attendance was a sellout of 4,267. From the Ithaca Journal here and Colorado Springs Gazette here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., after being handled Friday, Alaska Anchorage turned things around and battled for a 3-3 tie with No. 4 North Dakota. Tyler Currier and Jordan Kwas gave Anchorage a 3-2 lead in the third period before Derek Forbort tied it with 68 seconds left in regulation (with an extra attacker). Just four minor penalties in the game. North Dakota led in shots 33-30. Attendance 11,581. Anchorage is 3-27-4 lifetime in Grand Forks. From the Anchorage Daily News here and Grand Forks Herald here.

At Omaha, Neb., there is just no solving Bemidji State for the Nebraska-Omaha Red Mavs. The Beavers built a two-goal lead and won 3-2. Bemidji State is 5-0-3 in Omaha and 7-1-4 in the series. Ben Kinne and David Boehm staked BSU to a 2-0 lead, UNO tied it with a Josh Archibald goal, and then Boehm won it with 89 seconds left in the second period. Anthony Solarz lasted two periods as UNO’s goalie, allowing three goals on 13 shots. Andrew Walsh got the win for BSU. Omaha led in shots 27-19. Attendance 3,921. BSU is 2-1-1 and has earned 1,000 wins in program history. From the Omaha World Herald here and Bemidji Pioneer here.

At St. Cloud, Minn., the high-flying St. Cloud State Huskies humbled previously unbeaten Minnesota State-Mankato over the weekend with a pair of 5-1 victories. St. Cloud State used four third-period goals Saturday to close the deal, including a goal from Drew LeBlanc, who has 10 points in six games. Evan Mosey scored for Mankato, shorthanded, with 52 seconds to play. Ryan Faragher was the winning goalie. Mankato led in shots 36-30. The Huskies were 3-of-7 on power plays. Attendance 4,141. From the St. Cloud Times here and Mankato Free Press here.

At Denver, No. 5 Denver continued to roll with a 5-2 victory over Michigan Tech. David Makowski and Joey LaLeggia each had a goal and an assist for the Pioneers (4-0). Adam Murray was in goal. Dennis Rix had both Tech goals. Michigan Tech led in shots 38-28. Attendance 5,795. From the Denver Post here.

WCHA Summaries and Standings Courtesy of College Hockey

  Colorado College   2 at Cornell            3       Box   
  Alaska Anchorage   3 at North Dakota       3   tie Box   
  Bemidji State      3 at Nebraska Omaha     2       Box   
  Minnesota State    1 at St. Cloud State    5       Box   
  Wisconsin          2 at Minnesota Duluth   2   tie Box   
  Michigan Tech      2 at Denver             5       Box
 1 Denver             4   2  2- 0- 0 1.00  10-  3    4  4- 0- 0 1.00  20-  6
   St. Cloud State    4   2  2- 0- 0 1.00  10-  2    6  4- 2- 0 .667  27- 14
 3 Bemidji State      3   2  1- 0- 1 .750   6-  5    4  2- 1- 1 .625  11-  7
   North Dakota       3   2  1- 0- 1 .750   7-  4    4  2- 1- 1 .625  13-  6
   Wisconsin          3   2  1- 0- 1 .750   4-  2    4  1- 2- 1 .375   7-  8
 6 Minnesota          2   2  1- 1- 0 .500   6-  7    4  3- 1- 0 .750  18-  9
   Michigan Tech      2   4  1- 3- 0 .250  10- 16    6  2- 4- 0 .333  20- 24
 8 Alaska Anchorage   1   2  0- 1- 1 .250   4-  7    6  2- 2- 2 .500  15- 18
   Minnesota Duluth   1   2  0- 1- 1 .250   2-  4    6  2- 3- 1 .417  14- 14
   Nebraska Omaha     1   2  0- 1- 1 .250   5-  6    6  2- 3- 1 .417  18- 14
11 Colorado College   0   0  0- 0- 0 ----   0-  0    6  3- 3- 0 .500  19- 18
   Minnesota State    0   2  0- 2- 0 .000   2- 10    6  2- 2- 2 .500  15- 19


Final: UMD 2, Wisconsin 2, tie

Losing a two-goal lead and settling for a tie Saturday night wasn’t exactly what No. 14-ranked Minnesota Duluth wanted, but the Bulldogs were more upbeat than expected afterward.

UMD and Wisconsin finished 2-2 in overtime before 6,302 fans at Amsoil Arena in a second-straight closely-fought Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s game.

“We’re happy with the way we played, the way we competed, and our physical play,” said UMD sophomore defenseman Derik Johnson. “We moved the puck extremely well. It was one of our best games so far. We weren’t happy with giving up a lead, but we made progress and that’s the important thing.”

After losing 2-0 Friday, the Bulldogs were in the midst of only a third losing streak in 97 games the past two years. And they had scored just one goal in 145 minutes and 59 seconds over three games. Coach Scott Sandelin tinkered with all four lines and his team responded, while freshman goalie Matt McNeely started again. Sophomore Joel Rumpel was superb in a second straight start for Wisconsin making 35 saves.

The first period was better than any period Friday for the Bulldogs in outshooting Wisconsin 12-4. An Andy Welinski shot from the right point caromed off a Wisconsin skate at the crease and to UMD freshman center Tony Cameranesi. He fired from the lower left circle with 2:00 left in the period for his second goal of the season. The Bulldogs led 1-0 at the break.

“We played with a purpose and everyone was going. Compared to Friday the difference was night and day,” said Sandelin.

There was no letup in the second period as UMD led 2-0 and outshot Wisconsin 14-6. Senior Keegan Flaherty of Duluth rushed up right wing and had an open shot, knocking the puck to the far side with 5:00 left in the period. It was his first point of the season.

The Badgers, who started the season with consecutive losses versus Northern Michigan, primarily due to poor third periods, rallied. Mark Zengerle scored from in close 96 seconds into the period and Michael Mersch’s drive from the slot with 5:13 left in regulation looked to go off a teammate’s stick and past McNeely.

“We played as well as we have for two periods, we had more fire, and our third period wasn’t bad,” said Flaherty. “We’re not ever satisfied when we don’t win, but we played well against a good team.”

UMD (2-3-1 and 0-1-1 in the WCHA) had the only shot of overtime. Wisconsin (1-2-1 and 1-0-1) was 0-of-4 on power plays (including the last 1:46 of regulation) and UMD 0-of-5. The Bulldogs led in total shots on goal 37-21

“UMD was fiercely competitive and Rumpel gave us a chance to get our feet underneath us,” said Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves. “We didn’t have a good third period either night against Northern Michigan, and this was our best so far.”

The Bulldogs, 5-3-2 the last 10 games in the series, may have been seeing the Badgers a final time for the foreseeable future. The teams do not meet again during the regular season and don’t play in 2013-14 when they head to separate leagues. UMD will be part of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Wisconsin the Big Ten’s new hockey conference.

The schools have met 165 times with Wisconsin leading 89-61-15. Eaves said there’s no immediate plans to schedule UMD but noted that he hopes the rivalry will resume.

After the first period, UMD’s 1992-93 team was saluted. The Bulldogs won their third, and most recent, MacNaughton Cup that season, emblematic of the WCHA regular-season title. Assistant coach Derek Plante was captain and scoring leader that season as a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist.

Wisconsin…………………… 0-0-2-0—2

Minnesota Duluth………… 1-1-0-0—2

 First period — 1. UMD, Tony Cameranesi 2 (Andy Welinski, Mike Seidel), 18:00. Penalties —Adam Krause, UMD (tripping), 6:52; Welinski, UMD (roughing), 15:20.

Second period — 2. UMD, Keegan Flaherty 1 (Derik Johnson), 15:00. Penalties —Brendan Woods, Wisconsin (unsportsmanlike conduct), :31; Joe Faust, Wisconsin (boarding), 8:03; Kevin Schulze, Wisconsin (interference), 17:05.

Third period — 3. Wisconsin, Mark Zengerle 2 (Tyler Barnes), 1:36; 4. Wisconsin, Michael Mersch 3 (Morgan Zulinick), 14:47. Penalties — Zengerle, Wisconsin (slashing), 5:41; Drew Olson, UMD (slashing), 5:56; Jake McCabe, Wisconsin (interference), 6:36; Flaherty, UMD (cross-checking), 18:14.

Overtime –  No scoring. Penalties –  None.

Shots on goal — Wisconsin 4-6-0-11-0—21, UMD 12-14-10-1—37. Goalies — Joel Rumpel (1-1-1), Wisconsin (37 shots-35 saves); Matt McNeely (1-1-1), UMD (21 shots-19 saves). Power plays — Wisconsin 0-of-4, UMD 0-of-5. Referees — Don Adam, Timm Walsh. Linesmen — Tony Czech, Brandon Polich.  A — 6,302.

Saturday in the WCHA

The third week of 2012-13 provided scores in pairs for the WCHA: two 5-1 victories, two ties and and 2-0 victories (including Wisconsin defeating No. 14 Minnesota Duluth), oh, and a three-goal victory for North Dakota.

The Bulldogs entered their opening league series with the most power-play goals in Division I, but Wisconsin and goalie Joel Rumpel put the clamps on UMD. And that included surviving a five-minute UMD man advantage late in the game. Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal has a game story on Wisconsin’s first win of the season here.

Bruce Ciskie has some post-game thoughts right here.

In Ithaca, N.Y., in the feature game of the night, John Esposito’s two power-play goals led No. 7 Cornell over No. 19 Colorado College 2-0. The first goal came with 6 seconds left in the second period and the second goal with 5:41 left in the game. Cornell, in its first game of the season, led 28-19 in shots. Winning goalie Any Iles had 19 saves. Josh Thorimbert worked for CC. Attendance 4,164. From the Ithaca Journal here and Colorado Springs Gazette here.

In Minneapolis, in an exhibition game, No. 2 Minnesota needed to rally to tie the USA U-18 National Team Development Program 2-2. The U18s led 2-0 after one and the game was 2-2 after two. Michael Shibrowski was in goal for the Gophers and Thatcher Demko had 39 saves for the U18s. Minnesota led in shots 41-29. Attendance 7,917. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune here and the St. Paul Pioneer Press here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., four second-period goals led No. 4 North Dakota to a 4-1 win over Alaska Anchorage. North Dakota led in shots 34-18. Defenseman Derek Forbort had a goal and Danny Kristo had two assists. Zane Gothberg had 17 saves in his college debut for North Dakota. Attendance 11,446. From the Grand Forks Herald here.

At Omaha, Neb., three second-period goals rallied Bemidj State to a 3-3 overtime tie with Nebraska-Omaha. Johnnie Searfoss gave Omaha a 3-1 lead before BSU came back. Markus Gerbrandt tied it for the Beavers with 2:37 left in the second. Omaha led in shots 42-25. Andrew Walsh had a career-high 39 saves for BSU. Attendance 5,850. In the last 11 games in the series, Bemidji State is 6-1-4, including 4-0-3 in Omaha. From the Omaha World Herald here and Bemidji Pioneer here.

At. St. Cloud, Minn., senior captain Drew LeBlanc had a goal and three assists, and Ben Hanowski added two goals, as St. Cloud State handed Minnesota State-Mankato its first loss of the season 5-1. St. Cloud led in shots 28-25. Mankato is 2-1-2. A sparse crowd of 3,901. Winning goalie Ryan Faragher had 24 saves. From the St. Cloud Times here and Mankato Free Press here.

At Denver, Nick Shore and Quentin Shore scored as No. 5 Denver topped Michigan Tech 5-1. Denver (3-0) is now the only unbeaten in the WCHA. Michigan Tech led in shots 28-22. Phoenix Copley started for the Huskies and allowed four goals on 15 shots and was replaced by Jamie Phillips. Sam Brittain was in goal for Denver. Attendance 4,935. From the Denver Post here.

WCHA summaries courtesy of College Hockey

  Colorado College   0 at Cornell            2       Box   
  USA Under-18 Team  2 at Minnesota          2, tie  Box   
  Wisconsin          2 at Minnesota Duluth   0       Box   
  Alaska Anchorage   1 at North Dakota       4       Box   
  Bemidji State      3 at Nebraska Omaha     3, tie  Box   
  Minnesota State    1 at St. Cloud State    5       Box   
  Michigan Tech      1 at Denver             5       Box

Final: Wisconsin 2, UMD 0

For Wisconsin, it was almost like starting over Friday night as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season began on the road at Amsoil Arena.

The Badgers had lost two close games to Northern Michigan on Oct. 12-13 in Green Bay, Wis., then had an off week.

A renewed chance at 2012-13 was a success as Wisconsin beat No. 14-ranked Minnesota Duluth 2-0 before a crowd of 6,296. Tyler Barnes scored in the first period, Mark Zengerle in the second, sophomore goalie Joel Rumpel made 29 saves and Wisconsin (1-2) blocked 20 opposing shots.

“We were very good the first two periods and good enough to get a win in the third,” said Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves, 13-12-6 against UMD in his 11 seasons. “It seemed like a month since we had played.”

The Bulldogs (2-3) were sharp in the opening minutes, but weren’t on target with their shots, and then just couldn’t get to Rumpel. UMD has scored just one goal over the last seven-plus periods and have consecutive losses, including 4-1 at Notre Dame last Friday.

“We’re opening the WCHA season at home against a big-time team and they outworked us most of the game. That’s not acceptable. We have to come out with a lot more fire,” said UMD sophomore winger Justin Crandall. “We made it too easy for them to come out of their zone and they were willing to sacrifice their body to block shots. We shouldn’t be waiting until the last seven minutes of the game to get into the game.”

Winger Barnes finished off an intense flurry with 4:49 left in the first period, punching the puck past freshman goalie Matt McNeely, UMD’s best player on the night.

A power play led to a 2-0 advantage with 5:52 remaining in the second period. Star junior center Zengerle cranked an attempt from the left circle that hit off the far pipe and behind the goalie.

“I think I did a good job in all areas of the ice. I think I played a smart even-keeled game,” said Zengerle, who also had an assist, and has 90 points in 81 career games.

A five-minute power play, with 7:49 left in the third period, gave UMD a bundle of changes, leading to a final 29-26 shots on goal advantage. Wisconsin’s Morgan Zulinick was called for a hit from behind on UMD’s Dan DeLisle.

The Bulldogs were around the net, yet the Badgers seemed to get some inspiration on the penalty kill and snuffed all chances. Earlier in the period, Crandall misfired in a 2-on-1 rush.

“Our energy level was good, our execution was not,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “We again dug ourselves a hole and if Matty McNeely hadn’t been very good, it could’ve been more of a hole. Wisconsin played good, tight defense. We have to get into the tough areas and stay on pucks. We just missed the net a lot.”

McNeely was making his second collegiate start, following a 3-1 win at Notre Dame last week. He had 24 saves. Rumpel earned a fourth career shutout.

“Wisconsin came ready to play, right off the bat, and it seemed like we couldn’t catch a break,” said McNeely. “We were a little sluggish at the start, including me, and then we had multiple opportunities and didn’t capitalize. That’s a good defensive team.”

UMD was shutout just twice last season, 5-0 at home against Michigan Tech and 4-0 in the NCAA playoff quarterfinals against eventual-champion Boston College. The Bulldogs are 5-2-1 the last eight games versus Wisconsin.

Wisconsin………………………. 1-1-0—2

Minnesota Duluth……………. 0-0-0—0

First period —1. Wisconsin, Tyler Barnes 1 (Mark Zengerle, Jake McCabe), 15:11. Penalties —Adam Krause, UMD (roughing), 3:20; Jefferson Dahl, Wisconsin (roughing), 3:20.

Second period —2. Wisconsin, Zengerle 2 (John Ramage, McCabe), 14:08 (pp). Penalties —Eddie Wittchow, Wisconsin (interference), 1:52; Chris Castso, UMD (holding), 9:14; Justin Crandall, UMD (boarding), 12:53.

Third period —No scoring. Penalties — Krause, UMD (roughing, 10-minute unsportsmanlike misconduct, served by Austin Farley), 3:56; Sean Little, Wisconsin (roughing), 3:56; Morgan Zulinick, Wisconsin (5-minute checking from behind, served by Brad Navin), 12:11; John Ramage, Wisconsin (roughing), 20:00.

Shots on goal — Wisconsin 15-6-5—26, UMD 11-6-12—29. Goalies — Joel Rumpel (1-1), Wisconsin (29 shots-29 saves); Matt McNeely (1-1), UMD (26 shots-24 saves). Power plays — Wisconsin 1-of-2, UMD 0-of-2. Referees —Don Adam, Timm Walsh. Linesmen —Tony Czech, Brandon Polich.  A — 6,296.

Game Day: Wisconsin at Minnesota Duluth

The WCHA season kicks off for No. 14 Minnesota Duluth (2-2) in 7:07 p.m. games Friday and Saturday against Wisconsin (0-2) at Amsoil Arena (94X FM, My9 and a News Tribune live blog right here).

After Saturday’s first period, the 1992-93 MacNaughton Cup-winning UMD team will be recognized at the rink. The News Tribune remembers that season here.

There are also series notes, including captain Cody Danberg out with an injury, here.

Super fan Chris Anderson has posted video of UMD’s 1993 WCHA championship-clinching game here.

Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal has game notes here and a Badger feature on Wisconsin’s forechecking system here.

Radio voice Bruce Ciskie also previews the series here.

Mick Hatten of the St. Cloud Times provides the story of Hibbing native Marty Sundvall, one of the great people in college hockey, who passed away in May at age 46. Marty at one time was a writer and editor for the St. Cloud Times and was on the hockey statistics crew at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud and a frequent contributor with score updates to the News Tribune live blogs of UMD games. Marty will be remembered Saturday between periods of St. Cloud State vs. Minnesota State-Mankato, and his is told here.

And from around the WCHA great Friday previews from Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press here and Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald here.

Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey previews the WCHA weekend here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has WCHA weekly picks right here.