One of the biggest match ups in the WCHA this weekend was #3 Denver University Vs #7 Colorado College. This arch rival, home-and-home series would be DU’s biggest test of the season yet.
Friday night’s game in Colorado Springs was a bizarre one. Even though DU slightly dominated the first period with a couple of nice hits, it was CC that took the early lead on a power play goal from Matt Stewart. Each team had two power plays and shots were even at nine a piece.
Period two consisted of two goals, two non-goals and a whole mess of penalties.
The first goal was an unassisted,come from behind the net goal from DU’s Jeff Drummond. Goal number two was an impossible angle goal from DU’s David Neale, also unassisted. Neither goal was scored on the power play even though both teams racked up a total of 44 minutes in the box.
DU’s captain Brian Vines had a goal called off after it was determined that he kicked in the puck and a goal from CC was waved off because the net had moved before the puck crossed the line. Shots on goal were 13 for DU and 9 for CC.
The third period was very chippy but a bit more disciplined. It looked like DU was going to wrap it up with a stellar break away goal from Connor James, but it too was wave off with a late interference call. With less than 5 minutes left, CC scored which sent the game into overtime.
Overtime was a bit timid with neither team wanting to make a mistake. With a pile of people in front of the net, DU’s Aaron Mackenzie’s slapped one off of a CC player and into the net for Read more»
ALBANY, NY. (November 3, 2001). In some respects, it was billed as a battle for last place. The Albany River Rats were in last place in the Eastern Conference (1-6-1-2, for 5 points in 10 games), with their opponents (and former “Mid-Atlantic Division” rivals), the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in last place in the Western Conference (2-9-1-1, for 6 points in 13 games).
The loser could claim the title to last place in the 27-team American Hockey League (if Albany lost, they would indisputably have the fewest points; if WBS lost, they would have the lowest win percentage.
Neither team wanted to be called losers, and each provided excitement, a bit of opportunism (on turnovers) and the fans (including about 50 from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) saw ten goals on the night, five per team. A small Saturday crowd of 3,131 showed up, with the rest presumably home watching the World Series.
Devils’ prospect, Christian Berglund, made the worst turnover of his AHL career, with an unbelievably dumb give-away inside his own defensive zone late in the second period. By then, the Rats had clawed their way back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the score. Berglund had the puck in his zone, on the boards near the edge of the circle. No opposing player was pressuring him. In what presumably was a mental lapse, he passed the puck straight across the ice, practically on the hash marks. Standing in the middle of the slot, with no River Rat in sight, was Tom Kostopolous (who, last night in Quebec got the overtime game-winner for WBS). Kostop Read more»