First Shift: Ostergard stops Miami
Player of the Week
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His statistics: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .975 save pct.
His impact: The sophomore goalie for Robert Morris was at his best this weekend in helping the Colonials to a pair of victories over previously top-ranked Miami University. In Friday's game at Mellon Arena, home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, Ostergard made 39 saves and allowed just a power-play goal in a 3-1 win.
Sunday in Oxford, Ohio, Ostergard stopped 38 Miami shots and again was beaten by only a power-play goal. He made 14 saves in the third period when the Colonials were protecting their 2-1 lead, which held up as the final margin.
Ostergard was named First Star of the game after both wins. For the season he has a 4-9-21 record in 17 games with a .907 save percentage and 3.43 goals-against average.
Runners-up: Bobby Butler, New Hampshire; Brandon Coccimiglio, Mercyhurst; Mike Connolly, Minnesota Duluth; Mike Embach, Ferris State; Allan York, Rensselaer
There were a lot of impressive visuals from Fenway Park over the past two weeks when a hockey rink was built on the famous baseball ground and hosted a number of hockey events. When Boston University and Boston College took the ice Friday night, INCH's initial reaction was being overwhelmingly impressed by the special sweaters worn by the BU Terriers.
The lettering on the front resembled that worn by the Boston Red Sox on their home jerseys, and the hanging skates shoulder-patch tribute to the Red Sox's alternate logo was a particularly fitting touch. The design was almost entirely the idea of coach Jack Parker, as the Terriers used to wear warm-up jackets with similar lettering in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Parker and equipment manager Mike DiMella worked with some of the team's equipment providers to make the vision a reality. And if you're hoping to get your hands on one too bad. The idea behind the special design was so that the team members would always have something to hold on to and remember the experience.
We understand that people tend to think their own little corner of the world is the best there is, but sometimes that provincialism can be a bit misguided. Take, for example, Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, who, in the afterglow of the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park earlier this month, was prepared to lobby the league to have the event in Beantown every year. The notion was quickly shot down by NHL brass.
Fenway is one-of-a-kind setting, and the Winter Classic certainly benefited from the aura surrounding the venerable ballpark, but suggesting the event should be permanently housed in Boston is a disservice to the cities that have hosted the Winter Classic in the past as well as those poised to host it in the future.
"I was a little smarter than he was. I gave my gold to my mom."
Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Jake Gardiner, a member of the U.S. team that won first place at last week's IIHF World Junior Championship, wisely sent his hardware home to suburban Minneapolis with his family following the tournament's conclusion.
The U.S. team captain and Gardiner's Badger teammate, forward Derek Stepan, planned on toting his medal back to Madison. The bauble went AWOL, however, when the airline lost his luggage. Fortunately, the bag and the medal showed up unharmed a couple of days later.
Miami must have fostered a heaping helping of goodwill with poll voters somewhere, because the RedHawks managed to drop just one spot to second place in both the USA Hockey Magazine/USA Today and USCHO.com polls despite managing a total of two goals in a pair of losses to Robert Morris, a team that entered the weekend series in the throes of a nine-game winless streak and hadn't won consecutive games all season.
That the RedHawks managed to score only twice in 120 minutes against the Colonials is even more troubling (or impressive, depending on your perspective) given the fact that RMU ranks 54th among the 58 Division I teams in scoring defense, allowing an average of 3.75 goals per game, and ranks 52nd in penalty killing success rate.
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