NCAA Report – Friday, January 19, 2007
Cornell and Yale skate to a 2-2 tie. Mark McCutcheon had a power play assist and three shots on goal.
Dartmouth doubles up Canisius 6-3. David Jones notched a goal on the power play and finished even.
Boston University shuts out Merrimack 3-0. Brandon Yip did not record a shot on goal.
Miami and Ohio State skate to a 4-4 tie. Tom Fritsche had two shots on goal and finished plus two. Justin Mercier had two assists.
Denver upsets number one Minnesota 1-0. It’s the first home loss for the Golden Gophers this season. Ryan Stoa had two shots on goal and finished even. Mike Carman recorded one shot and was even. Derek Peltier also had one shot and finished even.
Observations: Peltier is a nice college player, but there is nothing that sticks out that oozes future NHLer. Ryan Stoa hasn’t taken that next step that I and others had predicted. His play is stagnant; you only really notice him on the power play. While some Avalanche fans have had notions of him turning pro after his sophomore season, he’s better off spending another year at Minnesota. Mike Carman looks to be the best of the Gophers Avs prospects at this point. He hits, kills penalties and has some nice offensive instincts. He looks as if he could fill that 3rd/4th line center role in the NHL; a scoring threat on the PK.
New Hampshire tops Massachusetts 5-1. Brett Hemingway had one assist, two shots on goal, and was plus two.
Michigan thumps Alaska-Fairbanks 6-2. TJ Hensick , who has not scored a goal since November 25, recorded a hat trick. Hensick only trails Air Force’s Eric Ehn in NCAA scoring with 41 points.
Observations: It would seem that TJ Hensick is the most NHL ready unsigned Colorado Avalanche prospect. He’s a very good setup man, but in the first game against the Nanooks, he found his scoring touch. Hensick kills penalties and is good on face-offs. Hensick has reshaped his game from selfish puck hog to solid two-way player. Billy Sauer has had a nice stretch in which he was recently named CCHA Goaltender of the Week. His rebound control is an issue, but Sauer’s form looks better then earlier in the season.
In a battle of the service academies, Air Force beats Army 4-1. Eric Ehn continues his fantastic season with two assists in the game.
Upcoming Games – Saturday, January 20, 2007:
Army @ Air Force – 7:05 PM MST
Michigan @ Alaska – 9:05 PM MST
Brown @ Cornell – 5:00 PM MST
Merrimack @ Boston University 5:00 PM MST
New Hampshire @ Massachusetts 5:00 PM MST
Denver @ Minnesota 4:35 PM MST
Sacred Heart @ Dartmouth 7:00 PM MST
US Under-18 Team @ Colorado College (exhibition) – 2:05 PM MST