Nov. 29, 2010

By Jen Gunnels

The Brown Bears made waves over the holiday week, skating to a pair of overtime ties on the road against two of the nations top-ranked teams. The Bears first traveled to New Hampshire on Tuesday where last weeks USA TODAY/USA Hockey No. 6 Wildcats netted a pair of goals in the final two minutes of regulation to salvage the tie. The Bears then traveled to No. 2 Boston University on Saturday where the Terriers also came from behind in the final period to tie the game 4-4. The Bears move to 3-2-3 overall and boast the third-best power play percentage in the nation at 29.4. Brown will face another top-ranked opponent on Friday when it faces Union and looks to extend the four-game unbeaten streak.

The Broncos of Western Michigan netted three third-period goals on Friday to upset No. 5 Miami, 5-2. Western Michigan senior forward Max Campbell led the Broncos with a four-point performance in the win. The following night Miami rebounded with a 5-1 win to split the series and gain the top spot in CCHA standings. The RedHawks outshot the Broncos 42-27 in the Saturday contest. The CCHAs No. 11 Notre Dame was engaged in a nonconference weekend series at No. 10 North Dakota, where the Fighting Irish fell 6-3 in the first contest. The Fighting Sioux fired a season-high 39 shots in the Friday game, with five different players finding the net. On Saturday, Irish sophomore defenseman Sam Calabrese netted his first collegiate goal in the third period to lift the Irish to a 2-2 tie. Sophomore goaltender Mike Johnson stopped a season-high 39 shots, including two Sioux power-play chances in the overtime to seal the tie.

The Wisconsin Badgers shook loose of a four-game losing streak during the College Hockey Showcase, skating to a 4-4 tie with No. 8 Michigan followed by a 4-1 win over Michigan State. Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Justin Schultz recorded a hat trick in the win, the first time a Wisconsin defenseman has accomplished the feat since Barry Richter in 1992. No. 8 Michigan went on to lose to No. 15 Minnesota on Saturday. The 3-1 win for Minnesota marked the first time the Golden Gophers have defeated Michigan since Nov. 25, 2006.

Air Force claimed its first victory in the Denver Cup Classic, defeating Clarkson on Friday 2-1 and ending a 14-game losing streak in the tournament. The Falcons went on to lose on Saturday to the hosting Denver Pioneers, who earlier defeated Lake Superior State on their way to claiming their 15th Denver Cup Classic title. Pioneer sophomore forward Drew Shore was the tournament MVP, tallying six points on the weekend, including a hat trick on Friday and the game-winning goal against Air Force in the title game on Saturday.

Other Weekend Notables

Michigan States win over No. 15 Minnesota was the Spartans first win over the Golden Gophers since Nov. 24, 2000…Minnesota State right winger Justin Jokinen completed a hat trick in the Mavericks 8-3 win over UMass-Lowell on Friday…Dartmouth swept Harvard in a weekend series for the first time since the 1995-96 season and move into first place in ECAC Hockey standings…Rensselaer defeated Connecticut on Friday and Bowling Green in overtime on Saturday to win the 60th Annual Rensselaer Invitational.

Results from November 22-28 for Teams in the USA TODAY/USA Hockey Top 15
1. Minnesota-Duluth—DNP.
2. Boston University—tied Brown 4-4 (OT).
3. Yale—beat Sacred Heart 5-1.
4. Nebraska-Omaha—DNP.
5. Miami (Ohio)—lost to Western Michigan 5-2; beat Western Michigan 5-1.
6. New Hampshire—tied Brown 5-5 (OT); beat Merrimack 2-1.
7. Boston College—lost at Merrimack 5-3; beat Vermont 6-0.
8. Michigan—tied Wisconsin 4-4 (OT); lost at Minnesota 3-1.
9. Maine—DNP.
10. North Dakota—beat Notre Dame 6-3; tied Notre Dame 2-2(OT).
11. Notre Dame—lost at North Dakota 6-3; tied at North Dakota 2-2 (OT).
12. Union—DNP.
13. Denver—beat Lake Superior State 6-3; beat Air Force 3-1.
14. Alaska—tied Ohio State 3-3 (OT); beat Ohio State 5-2.
15. Minnesota—lost to Michigan State 5-2; beat Michigan 3-1.