The Lady Colonials (12-19-1) are facing off this weekend in a home-at-home series against #7 Mercyhurst (22-7-3), starting tonight. RMU is 0-12 all-time versus the Lady Lakers.

Some Quick Hits:
-5-12 this season on the road
-7-7-1 this season at the Island Sports Center
-outscored opponents 48-39 at home

The Watcher's eye:
Watching Mercyhurst gives you a chance to see two of the best players to come into women's hockey out of Canada:Meghan Agosta and Valerie Chouinard. Agosta is currently 4th in the Nation in points (59) and she leads her team in goals (36) and is second in assists (23). Chouinard has posted 43 points on the season tallying 13 goals and 30 assists.

This series has always been dominated by Mercyhurst, but the Lady Colonials have made serious strides in their season as well as the program. It is not hard to say that the Lady Colonials could come away with a huge upset in Erie or at home this weekend, especially with the strong performances against #10 Wayne State two weekends ago.

If you look at the box score from the games early on in the season, especially the games against Mercyhurst, the Lady Colonials were having a hard time getting shots on goal, which ultimately lead to being defeated. Lately however, the Lady Colonials have been a force around the net, not only getting more shots on goal, but limiting their opponents shots. In the win at Wayne State, RMU out shot the Warriors 29-27, winning 2-1, but in the loss the next night (1-2) they were out shot 23-17.

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RMU Press Release

With the season winding down, the Colonials have two weekend sets of games left on their plate, coming up first, the Niagara Purple Eagles on Friday and Saturday. The Colonials are 2-2 this season against Niagara, with one win on the road. This season the Colonials are 4-2-2 in CHA conference road games, but only 3-4 in non-conference games.

I the two wins versus Niagara, the Colonials have out shot the Purple Eagles in a total of, 151-108 abut have been outscored in a total of, 13-16 in the four games so far this season. It's great to look at the numbers and see that RMU is skating toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the nation, but good team or not, you have to put those shots in the net. RMU has been playing well of late, this series is a spirited rivalry and I look forward to hearing the games on the radio and seeing some hard fought hockey.

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RMUColonials.com Press Release

The CHA Tournament is coming up on March 7th & 8th (Women's Tournament) and March 14th through the 16th (Men's Tournament) at Niagara University and here is the information about the games.

Men's Tournament

The Men's Tournament will be held from March 14th through the 16th at Niagara University. Here is the makeup of the games for the men, starting on the 14th - #4 Seed vs #5 Seed at 7pm. March 15th - #1 Seed vs Winner of #4/#5 game at 2pm and the second game that day is the #2 Seed vs #3 Seed at 7pm. The Championship Game can be seen on CSTV March 16th at 2pm.

Men's Ticket Order Form found here

Women's Tournament
The Women's Tournament will be held from March 7th through March 8th. The games are determined based on who Niagara will play, since they are the home team, they will have the prime spot of a 7pm game on the first day. The first game will be at 3pm. The Championship game will be at 7pm on the 8th.

The games could possibly be Robert Morris vs Wayne State in the first game (#4 Seed vs #1 Seed) and the second game of Mercyhurst vs Niagara (#2 Seed vs #3 Seed). If Wayne State and Mercyhurst sweep their weekend series' this weekend, Wayne State holds the tie breaker against Mercyhurst for the #1 Seed.

Women's Ticket Order Form found here

We are hoping to send out a crew from RMU-TV to tape the Men's Tournament for a re-broadcast in the Moon Township Area.

Check back to Centre Ice for complete tournament coverage soon!

I recently emailed members of the CHA conference, specifically the CHA assistant commissioner, Jeff Weiss and I was told that there is no new news for the CHA and that they do not expect to know anything about the CHA's future until the CHA year-end meetings in April.

Hopefully good news is to come.

The Wayne State Lady Warriors defeated Mercyhurst this weekend in a spirited battle for a 3-2 win in overtime.

Check out the Press Release on the game





The CHA Standings look like this:

                         Conference Only                 
Pts GP Record Win% GF- GA

1 Mercyhurst 15 10 7- 2- 1 .750 42- 16
* Wayne State 15 10 7- 2- 1 .750 34- 23
3 Niagara 6 10 3- 7- 0 .300 17- 37
4 Robert Morris 4 10 2- 8- 0 .200 17- 34
(source: collegehockeystats.net)

The Warriors now have three players at the top of the Conference points standings:
Point Scoring:                                     GP     PPG    G- A- P
1 Melissa Boal Wayne State JR F 28 2.25 31-32-63
* Sam Poyton Wayne State JR F 30 2.10 35-28-63
3 Lindsay DiPietro Wayne State JR F 30 2.03 16-45-61
(source: collegehockeystats.net)


Here are the rankings as of 2/25/08:
Rank School W-L Points Prev
1 Harvard (10) 25-1-0 145 1
2 UNH (5) 28-3-1 135 2
3 UMD 27-4-1 124 3
4 Minnesota 25-5-4 98 4
5 Wisconsin 24-7-3 88 5
6 St. Lawrence 25-8-1 85 6
7 Mercyhurst
22-7-3 50 7
8 UConn 22-5-5 49 8
9 Clarkson 22-7-5 27 9
10 Dartmouth 16-7-6 17 10

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Wayne State 6, Providence 1
(source: CSTV)

For the last three games, team captain Kristen Miles has been a healthy scratch. On November 3rd, when RMU played Sacred Heart at home, Coach Handrahan told our production crew that it was a "coach's decision" as to why Miles was scratched, as well as alluding to her not practicing hard enough during the week.

Prior to Kristen sitting out these last three games, between the dates of December 30th and February 15th (her last 10 games), Miles has 6 points (5 goals and 1 assist) and has averaged 2.9 shots a game.

Kristen's last game, the win at #10 Wayne State on February 15th, she had no shots on goal, she only won 6 of her 18 face-offs, but she did not commit a penalty.

Hopefully we can hear back soon from Coach Handrahan on Kristen's status, whether it is an injury or a coaches decision.

Maybe this will light a fire under someone's ass...cough cough..(Cruthers). The latest top 3 and potential "outsiders looking in," on InsideCollegeHockey.com, came out last tuesday, and Ryan Cruthers of RMU has dropped from their list. Ryan hasn't gone cold, but it seems to be that other players have been heating up for their teams in the final stretch of the season.

If Robert Morris looks to make an impact going into the CHA tournament, they need to look to Ryan Cruthers' stick to heat up on the offensive zone. Shots, shots and more shots Ryan...non-alcoholic preferably.

Check it out here: Hobey Tracker

*credit the photo to rmucolonials.com

Here is what the Poll looks like right now, but let's remember, Michigan got crushed once this past weekend to Michigan State, but this did win last night.

Look who is still sitting at no.20....damn Purple Eagles


Team(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Michigan(48)25- 3-49981
2North Dakota( 2)19- 8-29523
3New Hampshire
19- 7-28764
4Colorado College
21- 8-18435
5Miami
25- 6-18282
6Michigan State
20- 8-57158
7Boston College
16- 7-76857
8Denver
19-10-16636
9Notre Dame
21-10-35579
10Wisconsin
14-12-650410
11Minnesota State
16-11-448413
12Clarkson
17-10-346911
13Minnesota-Duluth
12-10-642412
14Northeastern
14-11-325915
14Providence
13-11-425914
16St. Cloud State
14-13-325519
17Princeton
15-10-025117
18Mass.-Lowell
13-11-413918
19Quinnipiac
17- 9-411616
20Niagara
16- 8-46220

Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 48, Michigan Tech 24, Harvard 16, Massachusetts 11, Army 10, Ferris State 10, Cornell 8, Boston University 7, Union 7, Nebraska-Omaha 6, Bemidji State 4, Air Force 2, Bowling Green 2, Colgate 2, RIT 2, Yale 2


Source: USCHO.com

The US National Under-18 Team finally got a win Saturday at the Island Sports Center against the Robert Morris Colonials in a 5-2 final score. The Colonials were desperate on the offensive attack and could not limit shots on goal as they were badly out shot 31-19 in the game.

1st Period
Five minutes in the Colonials fell behind as Vinny Saponari put one past goaltender Wes Russell, on the power play.

2nd Period
The Colonials got on the board at the 3:35 mark as David Boguslawski put one in the net on the power play. Saponari got a second goal at 13:46 on the clock to give Team USA a 2-1 lead. This is where things started to get hairy as Team USA continued to pour on the shots, which lead to a 3-1 lead at the 15:03 mark, until RMU's David Boguslawski scored his second goal of the game to cut the lead to one.

3rd Period
One Second into the 3rd Period, Team USA's David Wohlberg put his second goal of the game against Jim Patterson's entrance to the game. Patterson played better after the initial second of the game, making 10 saves on 11 shots total, in 20 minutes of play. Russell played 40 minutes making 16 saves on 20 shots.

Views on the Game
RMU lost the face-off battle 43-25, which was by far their worst outing this season at the face-off circle. The Colonials were also horribly out shot 31-19 on the game, only mustering up 2 goals. The Colonials are now 1-2-1 all-time vs Team USA.

Looking to Next Week
The Colonials are heading to Niagara next weekend (2/29-3/1) to take on the Purple Eagles (17-9-4, 9-5-2 CHA) who are tied with RMU for 2nd in the CHA conference standings. The season series stands at 2-2 between these division rivals.

RMU vs Team USA Press Release/Box Score

The Lady Colonials (12-19-1, 2-8-0 CHA) lost 4-1 Saturday Night to the Purple Eagles (9-19-4, 3-7-0 CHA) as Niagara swept the weekend series on Senior Night in front of a crowd of 391 in Dwyer Arena. The weekend's losses have put RMU in 4th place on the CHA, and things only look to get more difficult next weekend, as the Lady Colonials take on the no. 7 ranked team in the nation and no. 1 ranked team in the conference, in Mercyhurst, in a home-at-home series on February 29th and March 1st.

1st Period
The Lady Colonials got off to a hot start in Saturday's game, as Mallory Giambra took a slapshot past goaltender Jill Zelonis, to score her 4th goal of the season and give the Colonials the lead. The Purple Eagles responded late in the first period (17:28) as Liza Agozzino scored her 5th goal of the season to tie the game at one a piece on the power play.

2nd Period
Nearly two minutes in, the Colonials got the chance to go up on the power play, only to give up a short-handed goal to Ashley Riggs, as she scored her 20th goal of the season.

3rd Period
Niagara continued to pour it on, as they put two past goaltender Brianne McLaughlin at 16:39, and 18:23, to ride the score to 4-1.

Views on the Game
Some things to look at for the game, mainly were the opportunities that the Lady Colonials had to on the power play, as Niagara had 9 penalties for 18 minutes, throughout the game. Niagara limited RMU's shots on the power play to 7, which became a huge factor for the Lady Colonials. The Lady Colonials were subsequently out shot in the game 27 to 16.

Looking to Next Week
February 29th and March 1st, the Lady Colonials take on the Mercyhurst Lakers (22-7-3, 7-2-1 CHA *tie for 1st) in a home-at-home series. So far this season, the Lady Colonials are 0-2 vs the Lakers, the first game they were shutout 3-0 and the second they fell 6-1.

Check out the box score from Saturday's Game

*Team Captain Kristian Miles did not dress again for the second game in a row


Last night, the Lady Colonials were taken down by the Purple Eagles of Niagara 2-1. Both teams are now in a tie for third place in the CHA, sitting at a 2-8 conference record. The loss drops Goaltender Brianne McLaughlin to 9-18-1 on the season. Freshman forward Sarah O'Malley now leads the team in points (17) with 11 goals and 6 assists on the season. If you look at the box score there are a few things that stand out, the first being that Captain Kristen Miles was scratched from the lineup. This is not the first time Coach Handrahan has scratched his Captain from the lineup this season. Miles could very well be dealing with a lingering injury or something different, that may have kept her out of the lineup as well.

The Lady Colonials seemed to be in full control of this game as well, until the third period where they were outshot 11-3. The game winning goal was decided in the third period as well by Niagara. The Colonials could not capitalize on their power play opportunities going 0-4, but letting Niagara go 1-4. The perfect opportunity came for the Colonials at the 15:38 mark when they went on the Power Play in the third period, only they could not position themselves to get any scoring chances or any shots in an attempt to tie the game.

These two teams face-off again, tonight at 7:00pm.


Here are the stats from last night's contest:

                        |-Shots by Prd-|
## Robert Morris 1 2 3 Tot +/-
-------------------------------------------
3 Dy-anna Stewart..... 0 0 0 0 0
5 Jenny Monteleone.... 0 0 0 0 0
6 *Mallory Giambra..... 0 1 0 1 0
8 Kylie Rossler....... 0 0 0 0 0
9 Alissa Dorman....... 0 0 1 1 0
11*Morgan Beikirch..... 2 1 0 3 0
12*Jacki Gibson........ 2 2 0 4 0
15 Whitney Pappas...... 1 2 0 3 -1
16*Sara O'Malley....... 1 0 0 1 0
17 Maria Olausson...... 0 1 0 1 0
18 Samantha Ullrich.... 0 1 0 1 +1
19 Jessica Riley....... 0 0 0 0 0
20 Ali Proodian........ 0 2 1 3 0
21 Chelsea Walkland.... 0 1 0 1 0
22 Megan Picinic....... 1 0 0 1 0
24 Kathryn Traynor..... 0 0 0 0 0
27 Jordan Riley........ 0 0 0 0 0
29*Maria Stoa.......... 0 1 1 2 0
TM TEAM................ 0 0 0 0 0
Totals.............. 7 12 3 22 0

|-Shots by Prd-|
## Niagara 1 2 3 Tot +/-
-------------------------------------------
4 *McKinnon, Mary...... 2 1 0 3 +1
5 Edwards, Kara....... 0 0 0 0 -1
7 *Breu, Alyssa........ 0 0 0 0 +1
10 Agozzino, Lisa...... 1 0 0 1 0
11 Castonguay, Emilie.. 0 0 0 0 0
12 Yorkson, Mallory.... 0 0 0 0 0
14 Malty, Alison....... 0 1 0 1 0
15 Mills, Melanie...... 0 0 2 2 +1
16 Bleiman, Meagan..... 0 0 0 0 0
17 Price, Megan........ 0 0 0 0 0
20 Henriksen, Marie.... 2 2 2 6 -1
21 McPhail, Frances.... 1 0 2 3 0
22*Stuntz, Autumn...... 0 0 1 1 -1
23*Moulson, Shannon.... 0 0 0 0 0
24 Jablonski, Christina 0 0 1 1 0
91*Riggs, Ashley....... 1 6 3 10 0
Totals.............. 7 10 11 28 0

Goals by Period
Team 1 2 3 Tot
-------------------
RMU 0 1 0 - 1
NIA 1 0 1 - 2

Shots by Period
Team 1 2 3 Tot
-------------------
RMU 7 12 3 - 22
NIA 7 10 11 - 28

Power Play G-Att (Shots)
Prd RMU NIA
-----------------------------
1st 0-1 (1) 1-2 (3)
2nd 0-2 (6) 0-1 (1)
3rd 0-1 (0) 0-1 (0)
Total 0-4 (7) 1-4 (4)

Penalties/Minutes by Prd
Prd RMU NIA
-------------------------
1st 2/4 1/2
2nd 2/4 3/6
3rd 2/4 2/4
Total 6/12 6/12

GOALTENDERS

Robert Morris Dec MIN GA EN 1 2 3 Svs
-----------------------------------------------------
33 Brianne McLaughlin.. L 60:00 2 0 6 10 10 26

Niagara Dec MIN GA EN 1 2 3 Svs
-----------------------------------------------------
1 Zelonis, Jill....... W 60:00 1 0 7 11 3 21

Robert Morris Press Release

The Lady Colonials (12-17-1, 2-6-0 CHA) are set to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles (7-19-4, 1-7-0 CHA) in Niagara this weekend. Here is the info from the RMU Press Release:

The Robert Morris University women’s ice hockey team heads to Niagara Falls this weekend for a two-game set against Niagara on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23. The Colonials are currently 12-17-1 overall and 2-6-0 in the CHA.

Robert Morris enters the series fresh off a split against Wayne State. The Colonials knocked off #10 Wayne State 2-1 in game one, marking several firsts for the young program including their first win over a ranked opponent and their first win over the Warriors in 11 attempts. The win also pushed the Colonials to 12 wins, surpassing a program-best of 11 wins set during the 2006-07 season. Junior Megan Picinic and sophomore Jessica Riley tallied goals while junior Brianne McLaughlin went the distance in goal with 26 saves, including a shutout third period against the second-ranked scoring offense in the country. Game two saw the Colonials drop a hard fought battle falling 2-1 to the Warriors in a mirror image of the first game. Junior Morgan Beikirch tallied the lone goal for RMU while McLaughlin finished with 21 saves.


Read more at RMUCOLONIALS.com

Gaul returns home to face Robert Morris
By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Patrick Gaul is so appreciative of the opportunity to wear a USA jersey while skating with the U.S. National Under-18 Team that it bothers him to have to take it off.

"The feeling is kind of indescribable," Gaul said. "But I get mad after every game because I know that's one less chance I'll have to put it on."

His next chance will come at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday at the Island Sports Center against Robert Morris University, a homecoming for the former Pittsburgh Hornets star.

"I pretty much grew up in that rink," Gaul said.

Gaul, a 5-foot-7, 180-pound center, spent his freshman and sophomore years at Upper St. Clair High School before the chance to join the U.S. National Team Development Program beckoned.
He played this past season with the Under-17 squad and is sixth in scoring for the Under-18 team through 39 games (7-12-19) in 2007-08.

Both teams are comprised of elite players brought to the NTDP's headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., where they live with host families, attend a local high school and compete on national and international levels.

The Under-18 team already has included Maine, Colorado College, Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio State among its NCAA foes, and it will finish its season at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-18 Championships on April 13-23 in Kazan, Russia.

"It was interesting leaving home at 16," Gaul said, "but I'm doing real well."

The NTDP was created in 1996 to further the collegiate, professional and international careers of America's brightest hockey prospects.

In the nine years NTDP players have been eligible for the NHL Entry Draft, 141 players have been selected, including 16 this past season. Five of those taken in 2007 went in the first round, including Patrick Kane and James vanRiemsdyk, the first American-born players ever to be selected No. 1 and No. 2 overall.

The program is as competitive as it is all-encompassing. Players are trained on and off the ice -- there's even a boxing coach -- and are constantly evaluated.

Forward Grant Scott, a Sewickley native who attended Shady Side Academy before joining the NTDP last year, has appeared in 21 games for the Under-18 Team this season but as of Thursday was not scheduled to make the trip to Pittsburgh.

Plum's R.J. Umberger, a first-round pick of Vancouver in 2001 who now plays for the Philadelphia Flyers, is among those who took the NTDP route to college (Ohio State) and ultimately the NHL.

The Penguins' Ryan Whitney (Boston University) and Adam Hall (Michigan State) are also NTDP alums.

Scott, 6-4, 205, has signed a letter of intent to attend Minnesota next season and was rated as the No. 192 North American skater available (projected seventh round) in the 2008 draft by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau.

Gaul, bound for Notre Dame next season, wasn't rated in Central Scouting's mid-season report.

"I'm going to try to play hockey until no one wants me on their team," Gaul said.

Gaul's mother, Margaret, will be preparing dinner for the Under-18 Team tonight.

Tomorrow night, it'll be business as usual, with an anticipated twist.

"I'll be focused on the game," Gaul said, "but I'll probably feel right at home."

CHA Press Release for Feb 23-24

As the season winds down in the CHA, a tight race to the finish for first has occurred. Wayne State has the weekend off and there is only one series of games that are CHA Conference games, Niagara at Alabama-Huntsville. Right now, Bemidji State stands alone at #1 with 25 points on the season, with RMU and Niagara close behind. RMU is at 20 points on the season, but could be tied with Niagara if the Purple Eagles sweep the Chargers, then they will be tied at 2nd place with RMU.

Even though RMU and Bemidji State aren't playing conference games this weekend, RMU is at home vs the U.S. Nat. U-18 Team and BSU is traveling to the 2nd ranked team in the Nation, North Dakota. These games are just as important to the CHA, as the pair of games that could help layout the final outcome of the CHA standings. Each year, RMU has taken on the U.S. Nat. U-18 Team, last year skating two a 2-2 tie, and in '05-'06 the Colonials won 6-5. For the CHA, scheduling games against teams that consistently send players to the NHL, most recently Patrick Kane (from U.S. Nat. U-18) and Johnathan Toews (from North Dakota). Both Kane and Toews currently play for the Chicago Blackhawks and have continued to contribute to the growing success of young players in the NHL.

Let's jump back to the current make up of the CHA standings, with Robert Morris and Niagara battling to reach the top (with some help from BSU losses) it does seem that RMU and Niagara will be facing off in the first round of the CHA tournament. It looks like Bemidji State will be able to keep itself positioned for the 1st seed in the CHA tournament with their final CHA games coming up the first weekend of March, against Wayne State .

Once again, just as last year's CHA tournament, anything is possible. Specifically, RMU went into the tournament with a record of 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. Currently, with 5 games remaining, RMU is 4-1 (granted one of their next 5 is an exhibition games this weekend) but the chance to finish on a hot streak is in the Colonials favor. Last year's CHA Champion, Alabama-Huntsville, finished their season with a 5-5 record, to come out of no where and take the Tournament from RMU in an overtime win.

Former Colonial Forward, Aaron Clarke, has been playing in the ECHL this year, with the Wheeling Nailers. He has appeared in 38 of 50 games this season, posting 7 goals and 12 assists, totaling for 19 points.

The Nailers are currently 15th in the American Conference and 7th in the North Division, at 14-31-2 with 33 points on the season.

Also, Joey Olson is currently skating for the Johnston Chiefs of the ECHL. Joey has played in 20 of the Cheif's 50 games this season, putting up 8 goals and 10 assists for 18 points. The Chiefs are 23-23-1 in the North Division of the American Conference. He started the 07-08 season in the MAHL with the Mon Valley Thunder where he played in 22 games where he scored an astounding 49 points (20 goals and 29 assists).

So far, Aaron and Joey have become the 3rd and 4th players to appear in Minor Professional hockey. Former players Doug Conley (Kalamazoo Wings Wings - Total of 7 games, 2006-2007) and former team captain Kurt Wright (Wheeling Nailers - 4 total games, 2005-2006) have also appeared in the minor league hockey ranks.

There have been a few RMU Colonials to top the charts in the National scene this year, this is where they stand in a few categories amongst the rest.

Check the entire list here

Scoring Leaders

RkNameGPGAPts.Pt./GMGWPPSH
1Kevin Porter, Sr, F, Michigan322523481.504131
2Ryan Cruthers, Sr, F, Robert Morris291925441.52254

Nathan Gerbe, Jr, F, Boston College292222441.52483
4Bryan Marshall, Sr, F, Nebraska-Omaha301330431.43040

Chad Kolarik, Sr, F, Michigan322419431.34654
6Ryan Lasch, So, F, St. Cloud State302021411.373100
7Ryan Jones, Sr, F, Miami322713401.257110
8Joe Whitney, Fr, F, Boston College30732391.30130
9Chris Margott, Jr, F, Robert Morris291424381.31360


Goals
RkNameGPG
1Ryan Jones, Sr, F, Miami3227
2Derek Whitmore, Sr, F, Bowling Green2926
3Kevin Porter, Sr, F, Michigan3225
4Chad Kolarik, Sr, F, Michigan3224
5Nathan Gerbe, Jr, F, Boston College2922

Justin Mercier, Jr, F, Miami3222
7Matt Smith, Sr, F, RIT2920

Ryan Lasch, So, F, St. Cloud State3020
9Ryan Cruthers, Sr, F, Robert Morris2919
28J.T. Wyman, Sr, F, Dartmouth2214

Matt Caruana, Sr, F, Niagara2814

Chris Margott, Jr, F, Robert Morris2914


Assists
RkNameGPA
1Joe Whitney, Fr, F, Boston College3032
2Bryan Marshall, Sr, F, Nebraska-Omaha3030
3Dan Ringwald, So, D, RIT3026
4Ryan Cruthers, Sr, F, Robert Morris2925
5Chris Margott, Jr, F, Robert Morris2924


Power Play Goals
RkNameGPPPG
1Mick Lawrence, Sr, F, Nebraska-Omaha3013

Kevin Porter, Sr, F, Michigan3213
3Derek Whitmore, Sr, F, Bowling Green2912

Matt Smith, Sr, F, RIT2912
5Ryan Jones, Sr, F, Miami3211
23Brandon Coccimiglio, Fr, F, Mercyhurst256

Riley Nash, Fr, F, Cornell256

Bear Trapp, Jr, F, Sacred Heart266

Sean Berkstresser, Sr, F, Robert Morris286

T.J. Oshie, Jr, F, North Dakota286

Chris Margott, Jr, F, Robert Morris296

Shorthanded Goals
1Chad Rau, Jr, C, Colorado College295
2Jean-Marc Beaudoin, So, F, Quinnipiac284

Ryan Cruthers, Sr, F, Robert Morris294

USCHO.com's Top 40 RPI (Ratings Per Index)

Cracking the Top 40, at #39, the RMU Men's team.

Rk Team RPI Rk W-L-T Win % Rk SOS
1 Michigan .6020* 1 25-3-4 .8438 19 .5177
2 North Dakota .5870 5 19-8-2 .6897 1 .5527
3 Colorado College .5866 3 21-8-1 .7167 2 .5433
4 Miami .5807 2 25-6-1 .7969 25 .5087
5 New Hampshire .5747 4 19-7-2 .7143 11 .5282
6 Denver .5699 8t 19-10-1 .6500 3 .5432
7 Michigan State .5539 6 20-8-5 .6818 23 .5113
8 Boston College .5526 8t 16-7-7 .6500 16 .5202
9 Notre Dame .5503 7 21-10-3 .6618 22 .5131
10 Minnesota State .5434 14 16-11-4 .5806 10 .5310
11 Wisconsin .5384 26 14-12-6 .5312 4 .5408
12 Minnesota-Duluth .5376 20t 12-10-6 .5357 6 .5383
13 Clarkson .5346 12 17-10-3 .6167 26 .5072
14 St. Cloud State .5326 27t 14-13-3 .5167 7 .5379
15 Princeton .5284 13 15-10-0 .6000 31 .5046
16 Northeastern .5271 16 14-11-3 .5536 18 .5183
17 Minnesota .5240 35 12-13-7 .4844 8 .5371
18 Quinnipiac .5239 11 17-9-4 .6333 43 .4874
19 Providence .5236 20t 13-11-4 .5357 17 .5196
20 Mass.-Lowell .5196 20t 13-11-4 .5357 20 .5142
21 Massachusetts .5180 31t 11-11-6 .5000 12 .5240
22 Michigan Tech .5178 40 11-14-5 .4500 5 .5404
23 Vermont .5109 37 10-11-7 .4821 14 .5205
24 Cornell .5089 19 12-10-3 .5400 36 .4985
25 Boston University .5085 38 12-14-4 .4667 13 .5224
26 Yale .5067 15 12-9-4 .5600 41 .4889
27 Niagara .5065 10 16-8-4 .6429 50 .4611
28 Union .5056 23t 13-11-5 .5345 38 .4960
29 Harvard .5051 31t 11-11-3 .5000 27 .5068
30 Nebraska-Omaha .5039 31t 14-14-4 .5000 30 .5052
31 Bowling Green .4984 31t 15-15-0 .5000 37 .4978
32 Colgate .4967 27t 13-12-5 .5167 40 .4900
33 Ferris State .4958 27t 13-12-5 .5167 42 .4889
34 Northern Michigan .4952 39 13-16-3 .4531 24 .5093
35 Alaska-Anchorage .4886 48t 7-16-7 .3500 9 .5349
36 Dartmouth .4857 41 9-12-4 .4400 33 .5010
37 Bemidji State .4854 27t 14-13-3 .5167 45 .4750
38 Air Force .4838 17t 14-11-5 .5500 49 .4617
39 Robert Morris .4831 23t 14-12-3 .5345 48 .4660
40 Merrimack .4806 44 10-15-3 .4107 32 .5039


Krach Ratings:

(KRACH is the implementation of a sophisticated mathematical model known as the Bradley-Terry rating system, first applied to college hockey by a statistician named Ken Butler. While the model is sophisticated, and needs a computer to calculate, its essential meaning is actually quite simple.

The key to understanding KRACH is understanding that it's calculated recursively, so that the end result is self-evident by the results. In other words, if you took one team's schedule to date, and played a theoretical "game" for each game already actually played, using the KRACH ratings themselves in order to predict the winner, then the end result would be a theoretical won-loss percentage that matches the team's actual won-loss percentage. Pretty cool.

It is not possible to do any better than that with a completely objective method. Any other method introduces arbitrary-ness and/or subjectivity.)



Rk Team KRACH Record Sched Strength
Rating RRWP Rk W-L-T Win % Win Ratio Rk SOS
1 Michigan 810.4 .8616 1 25-3-4 .8438 5.400 15 150.1
2 North Dakota 620.4 .8292 5 19-8-2 .6897 2.222 1 279.2
3 Colorado College 584.7 .8213 3 21-8-1 .7167 2.529 4 231.1
4 Miami 504.9 .8009 2 25-6-1 .7969 3.923 26 128.7
5 Denver 442.7 .7814 8t 19-10-1 .6500 1.857 3 238.4
6 New Hampshire 436.5 .7792 4 19-7-2 .7143 2.500 11 174.6
7 Michigan State 289.9 .7112 6 20-8-5 .6818 2.143 23 135.3
8 Wisconsin 284.3 .7077 26 14-12-6 .5312 1.133 2 250.9
9 Minnesota State 284.0 .7075 14 16-11-4 .5806 1.385 10 205.1
10 Notre Dame 272.1 .6998 7 21-10-3 .6618 1.957 22 139.1
11 Minnesota-Duluth 263.6 .6940 20 12-10-6 .5357 1.154 7 228.5
12 Boston College 260.2 .6916 8t 16-7-7 .6500 1.857 20 140.1
13 St. Cloud State 238.2 .6752 27t 14-13-3 .5167 1.069 9 222.8
14 Minnesota 215.9 .6565 35 12-13-7 .4844 0.939 6 229.8
15 Michigan Tech 188.5 .6300 40 11-14-5 .4500 0.818 5 230.4
16 Northeastern 179.4 .6202 16 14-11-3 .5536 1.240 18 144.7
17 Clarkson 176.8 .6173 12 17-10-3 .6167 1.609 29 109.9
18 Providence 175.7 .6160 20 13-11-4 .5357 1.154 14 152.3
19 Massachusetts 168.7 .6079 31t 11-11-6 .5000 1.000 12 168.7
20 Mass.-Lowell 164.9 .6033 20 13-11-4 .5357 1.154 19 142.9
21 Princeton 152.4 .5873 13 15-10-0 .6000 1.500 33 101.6
22 Boston University 141.6 .5723 38 12-14-4 .4667 0.875 13 161.9
23 Vermont 138.8 .5681 37 10-11-7 .4821 0.931 17 149.0
24 Quinnipiac 126.1 .5482 11 17-9-4 .6333 1.727 44 72.98
25 Nebraska-Omaha 124.0 .5449 31t 14-14-4 .5000 1.000 27 124.0
26 Alaska-Anchorage 121.2 .5400 48t 7-16-7 .3500 0.538 8 225.0
27 Northern Michigan 112. .5236 39 13-16-3 .4531 0.829 24 135.2
28 Cornell 108.5 .5170 19 12-10-3 .5400 1.174 37 92.42
29 Harvard 107.9 .5158 31t 11-11-3 .5000 1.000 31 107.9
30 Bowling Green 105.5 .5112 31t 15-15-0 .5000 1.000 32 105.5
31 Yale 104.0 .5082 15 12-9-4 .5600 1.273 41 81.73
32 Union 102.8 .5057 23t 13-11-5 .5345 1.148 40 89.50
33 Ferris State 96.90 .4934 27t 13-12-5 .5167 1.069 39 90.65
34 Niagara 94.59 .4884 10 16-8-4 .6429 1.800 49 52.55
35 Colgate 85.96 .4685 27t 13-12-5 .5167 1.069 43 80.41
36 Merrimack 78.67 .4501 44 10-15-3 .4107 0.697 28 112.9
37 Bemidji State 77.12 .4461 27t 14-13-3 .5167 1.069 45 72.15
38 Maine 76.95 .4456 51 8-17-3 .3393 0.514 16 149.8
39 Dartmouth 74.71 .4395 41 9-12-4 .4400 0.786 36 95.08
40 Alaska 71.14 .4295 48t 8-17-5 .3500 0.538 25 132.1
41 Robert Morris 69.23 .4239 23t 14-12-3 .5345 1.148 48 60.30

"Defensive Player of the Week
Brianne McLaughlin - Junior - Goalie - Sheffield Village, Ohio/Ohio Flames - Robert Morris
McLaughlin held the nation’s second-ranked offense to a total of three goals in two games as Robert Morris split at 10th-ranked Wayne State. Friday’s win was the first in RMU history over the Warriors. McLaughlin stopped 26 shots in Friday’s 2-1 victory, and made 21 saves on Saturday. She helped the Colonial penalty killing stop all 10 WSU power-play chances. Wayne State entered the weekend series eighth in the nation in power-play percentage."


Press Release: College Hockey America

The ten finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award have been announced and they are:
Mark Dekanich, Colgate, Bryce Hollweg, Army, Peter Mannino, Denver, Marty Mjelleli, St. Cloud State, Justin Pesony, St. Lawrence, Kevin Porter, Michigan, Frank Schiavone, Air Force, Topher Scott, Cornell, Landis Stankievech, Princeton and Mark Van Guilder, Notre Dame.

An early hopeful, RMU's Ryan Cruthers did not make the final list, even though he is having a fantastic year. Congratulations to Ryan to being nominated early on.

This is the second year for the award, last year's winner was Notre Dame goaltender David Brown. Pittsburgh fans got a chance to see Brown at Mellon arena last year, when Notre Dame faced off against Robert Morris in the College Hockey Showcase. Brown is currently in the Pittsburgh Penguins system.

You can read about the Lowe's Senior Class Award here

Inside an article on College Hockey News.com, this was said about the CHA:

Whither CHA

The CHA is expected to fold because it's no longer viable as a four-team league, as Goeb alludes to. It will become a four-team league at the end of the season when Wayne State's program disbands.

Attempts to find other teams to come into the league have failed.

However, CHA commissioner Bob Peters re-opened speculation about other programs coming in. In a radio interview in Bemidji this week, Peters said that the CHA is in "active negotiations" with Atlantic Hockey about bringing in teams, perhaps Mercyhurst and Canisius, to bring the league back to six teams.

This has been talked about before, and it makes sense on some level. Mercyhurst's girls team plays in the CHA. And the two schools are close to current CHA school Niagara.

But Mercyhurst athletic director Craig Barnett remains steadfast in saying his school is staying put.

"I still stand by — we'd like to be part of the solution, but it will need more than just Mercyhurst and Canisius," Barnett said. "With all these rumblings and rumors, I'd like it to be clear, that we are a proud member of Atlantic Hockey and we don't want to leave the AHA. We don't have any intention of leaving.

Goeb did allude, however, to something else possibly being in the works, though he didn't want to be specific.

"Anything is possible. There's a lot of options being discussed. And I do think college hockey will take care of college hockey," Goeb said. "There's not a lot of programs, and they all know each other quite well, the coaches do certainly, and it's a fraternity and they do want to take care of each other."

Said Barnett, "It sounds like the CHA as a whole or some of their members are in the process of making a proposal for absorption into Atlantic Hockey. I have no idea how Atlantic Hockey would react to that. I don't know if it's a total CHA proposal, or just some members. It's survival time for some of those programs."

Said McLeod, "I thought it was pretty much toast, but now ... it's rumbling beyond some coaches rhetoric. The ADs and even presidents are involved."


You can find the article here: CHN, Special Report

According to College Hockey News.com, Niagara Junior forward Les Reaney has decided to leave school and join the Edmonton Oilers organization. He will be going to the AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.

This season Les has put up a 15 point season (5 goals and 10 assists) playing on the No. 20 ranked team in the nation. The Purple Eagles are currently sitting in 3rd place in the CHA conference, behind Robert Morris and Bemidji State.

Official Niagara Press Release

This article, written in 2006, about the CHA conference and an apparent ammendment to NCAA Championship law 31.3.4.4 (which upholds the automatic bid for the NCAA tourney) which would allow for the CHA conference to keep its 5 team structure without loosing it's automatic bid. However, this has all changed since Wayne State University has decided to end it's Men's Ice Hockey program.

I just thought it would be nice to try and piece the puzzle together as we hope and pray for a resolution. I feel it is important to see where things have gotten to this point.

You can read the article here: CHA Appears Saved
*Once again, this is old news and recent occurrences have changed what might happen*

Inside College Hockey has a good article on a top scoring forward for RMU, Chris Margott. You can read it here: RMU's Second Fiddle is First-Rate

A little out-dated (Jan 18) BSU Press Release

With news that Bemidji State has reached an agreement to play 12 (6 home, 6 away) "non-conference" games with the WCHA, starting in 2010-2011 (teams like Colorado College, North Dakota, Denver and Wisconsin to name a few), this news comes as a surprise since BSU was not granted entry to the WCHA when they attempted to contact them after Air Force left for the Alantic Hockey Conference in 2006.

Change so far: (none)
This could be the best news that the CHA and the remaining four teams have heard in some time (Wayne State Men's program will no longer exist after this year). A few weeks ago, when Robert Morris University was holding a press conference and based on their unwillingness to release any information prior to the announcement, it had been assumed by many, that the RMU Men's program had found a new conference to play in starting next season. Unfortunately, we are still waiting to see or hear what will happen. The only thing I have heard, may be just as much as anyone else, when I sat down with RMU's Head Coach Derek Schooley early in the 07-08 season and asked him what might happen, and he only responded "Don't worry, we will be fine." Nothing has changed since then either. With that said, having one of the top conferences in the nation agreeing to play a strong team, who might become an independent real soon, is good news for RMU, Alabama-Huntsville and Niagara.

There are about three possibilities that could happen for the four remaining teams:
1) Find a new conference to play in
2) Become an independent
3) Drop to Division III

If choice #1 doesn't happen for any of these teams, at least for RMU and Alab-Hunts, they would be crippled. Niagara and Bemidji could possibly survive on their own as independents, especially if Bemidji will be guaranteed 12 games vs the WCHA.

Positive Outlook:
The best way to look at this news of the WCHA gearing up for games with Bemidji is that if the CHA could stay together with four teams, loose it's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, the programs could survive if they can also find their own agreements to play competitive teams or conferences for the next few years, until a decision is made about the CHA.

A strong possibility would be to grab two or more Division III teams to add to the CHA (would could explain why things have been so quiet). If you wish to look at teams with great history and great records in Division III, look at the Norwich Cadets who are located in Northfield Vermont, playing in the ECAC conference. Under Head Coach Mike McShane, the Cadets have gone 276-79-13, in 13 seasons. That's pretty damn good if I say so myself. This season alone, the Cadets have posted a 18-5 record. Statistically, they have two guys who could match up pretty well in CHA play:

Name, Yr GP G A Pts. Pt/GP PIM GW PP SH
Nikita Kashirsky, F, Jr221615311.409123431
DJ Fimiani, F, So22525301.36366010



For that second magical team to join the CHA, how about another team from the ECAC, the Babson Beavers out of Wellesley, Massachusetts. The Beavers are 15-5-3 this season under four year Head Coach, Jamie Rice (70-30-7). The Beavers have a pretty well spread offensive attack, with 5 players with 20 points or more:

Name, Yr GP G A Pts. Pt/GP PIM GW PP SH
Pat McLaughlin, F, Jr231211231.000013420
Jason Schneider, F, So231112231.000020022
Mike Venit, F, Sr231111220.95658400
Shane Farrell, F, So22616221.00000020
Brad Baldelli, F, Jr23516210.913020110

The Beavers goaltending is another to look at:
Name, Yr GP W L T GA MIN GAA SH SV SV%
Skylar Nipps, Jr2315535513492.44690489.899

Let's hope that something can be done with the CHA, it is a strong conference, that has the opportunity to get stronger and more competitive.

(RMU vs BSU - CHA conference game)
Just a few hours ago, since it is 2:02 am as I write this, the RMU Men's Ice Hockey team took on the Bemidji State Beavers, in the second game of their weekend series. Friday nite, the Colonials skated away with an impressive win, putting them in sole possession of 2nd place in the College Hockey America Conference (CHA). The story Saturday nite, was very different.

RMU came storming out of the gates, putting one in the net just 1:30 into the gave (Kyle Burton- from Margott, from Cruthers). At the 4:45 mark, BSU's Matt Pope answered on a Power Play, and the Beavers never looked back. BSU then scored two more goals, only 1:10 apart, to begin their onslaught of scoring against the Colonials. By the end of the First period BSU was up 4-1....1st PD....4...to...1.

Let's face it, you can't keep up the let's play great on Friday and hand them Saturday on a silver platter, because if you do keep doing that, you'll never play with the big boys out in Ann Arbor (Michigan Wolverines, the #1 team in the land). I'm not saying what's the point, but you have to play more consistent.

Last year's Dr. Jekl, Mr. Hyde of Boucher one nite, and Tuset the other, was fine. When you have that same scenario the next year, but with only one goaltender, you've got trouble, with a major capital "T" (sad Music Man reference). Christian Boucher's season numbers look great, he has a Goals Against Average hovering at 3.03, before last nite's game, he had a nice, 2.95. It's not like the Colonials can turn to Joe Tuset to suit up on the ice, he's too busy coaching the Colonial goaltenders that will one day replace Boucher (Freshman- Jim Patterson and Sophomore-Wes Russell). Russell and Patterson have had their bright spots, but against poor teams.

I'm not even going to contiune to go over the rest of the game from Saturday, it's easier to sum it up as BAD, Terrible, disgusting even. Coach Schooley said it best in our side-ice interview at the second intermission "I want to apologize to everyone watching because this isn't Colonial Hockey..." It's not every day you see a coach apologize for his team not getting the job done.

That's basically what it is right now for these guys, getting the job done. There are two more weekend set of games, next weekend at Niagara and the following weekend versus rival Alabama-Huntsville. If RMU can split the next two weekends picking up 4 points, possibly keeping them at the 2nd place spot, their chances could be a lot better going into the CHA tournament. Relaying on the 5th seed to beat the 1st seed again, wouldn't be the way to go.

Robert Morris has a solid offensive scoring team, I'm not just pointing out Ryan Cruther's season either. The Colonials have a solid offensive attack. However, that doesn't mean anything if you lead the conference in Penalty Minutes and you are out shot in every game you play. The little things are what matter most right now.

Here is the current CHA Standings:
1 Bemidji State - 25pts (11-4-3)
2 Robert Morris - 20pts (9-5-2)
3 Niagara -18pts (8-4-2)
4 Wayne State -10pts (5-10-0)
5 Alab-Hunts -5pts (1-11-3)

Try after try after try, the Lady Colonials of RMU have not been able to beat their in conference rival Wayne State, until now! On Friday nite, RMU took down the #10 team in the nation 2-1, on the road. This is the first win for the program over a nationally ranked team, the Colonials are also tallying up the wins this season, putting together a great 07-08 campaign.

Brianne McLauglin, as always, put up a steller performance with 26 saves on 27 shots and coming up with 13 of those saves on 3 Penalty Kills in the third period.

UPDATE: The Lady Colonials split the weekend series, dropping the second game on Saturday at Wayne State, 2-1.

There has been a change at the top spot this week in the College Hockey Rankings. Michigan has taken over the top spot over Miami to re-claim their force in College Hockey. Here is the rankings:


Team(First Place Votes)RecordPointsLast Poll
1Michigan(48)23- 3-49952
2Miami
25- 4-19391
3North Dakota
17- 8-28753
4New Hampshire( 2)18- 7-18545
5Colorado College
21- 8-18134
6Denver
19- 8-17477
7Boston College
14- 6-76859
8Michigan State
18- 8-56346
9Notre Dame
20-10-25368
10Wisconsin
13-11-649311
11Clarkson
16- 9-347713
12Minnesota-Duluth
11- 9-647510
13Minnesota State
15-10-440315
14Providence
13-10-333312
15Northeastern
13- 9-329814
16Quinnipiac
17- 7-429616
17Princeton
14- 9-023319
18Mass.-Lowell
12-10-410317
19St. Cloud State
12-13-396NR
20Niagara
16- 8-367NR

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