Commentary

Wisconsin's Geoffrion gets the job done

Updated: February 16, 2010, 12:08 PM ET
By Mike Eidelbes and Joe Gladziszewski | Inside College Hockey

Blake Geoffrion
David Stluka/Icon SMIBlake Geoffrion leads the Badgers with 21 goals.

Blake Geoffrion
Wisconsin
Sr. | F | Brentwood, Tenn.

His Statistics: 2 GP, 4-3--7, +2 vs. Minnesota State

His Impact: Geoffrion's individual statistics show a strong weekend by him and reflected a national trend where the nation's top teams took care of business over the weekend. Wisconsin was one of four teams atop the INCH Power Rankings to sweep weekend series.

Geoffrion had a goal and three assists to factor in all four of Wisconsin's goals in a 4-3 win Friday night over Minnesota State. He added a pair of goals and an assist in Saturday's 8-3 Badger win, including a power-play goal in the first period that put Wisconsin in front to stay. He leads Wisconsin with 21 goals and ranks third on the Badgers with 35 points.

Runners Up: Bobby Butler, New Hampshire; Jared DeMichael, RIT; Tyler Lehrke, Bemidji State; Jaron Palmer, Miami; Chase Polacek, Rensselaer.

Stick Salute

Niagara made the right call in postponing Saturday's home game against Alabama-Huntsville in light of the shooting incident that took place on that school's campus Friday in which three members of the school's biology department were killed and three others were wounded. Knowing that the Chargers return to Niagara for a series later this month makes the decision easier, but getting the Alabama-Huntsville contingent back to campus as soon as possible was the proper decision.

Bench Minor

What has happened to the goaltending in college hockey? Don't get us wrong -- there are plenty of adequate goalies out there. But other than Denver's Marc Cheverie and perhaps Miami's Cody Reichard and Cornell's Ben Scrivens, the list of netminders who can singlehandedly steal a game is non-existent. It's a topic we'll explore in greater detail in the next INCH Podcast.

Say What?

"It's frustrating because if they would've let it happen, it would be settled now. Now it's just going to escalate and you get worse and worse things happening. … We're grown men. We know what to do. We know how the game is played."

That's from North Dakota senior captain Darcy Zajac, who spoke to reporters following his team's 8-1 win at St. Cloud State Saturday. Early in that game, Fighting Sioux forward Mario Lamoureux and the Huskies' Aaron Marvin dropped the gloves and doffed their helmets in preparation for a fight, retribution for a dirty hit Marvin laid on NoDak standout defenseman Chay Genoway earlier this season. Of course, officials jumped in before punches were thrown.

The NCAA would sooner put Lane Kiffin in charge of compliance before allowing fighting in college hockey. But Zajac is spot on in his analysis; letting Lamoureux and Marvin settle the manner one-on-one would've been much better than letting the game deteriorate into a chippy affair that resulted in 109 minutes in penalties assessed in the second and third periods.

Rankings Outrage

The INCH Power Rankings tend to fluctuate a great deal more than some of the other national polls, and also tend to factor current PairWise standing far less -- and current conference standing and recent results far more -- than some other voters. Vermont built up plenty of good momentum early in the year in a season that features many impressive non-conference wins over the likes of Denver, Yale and Minnesota Duluth. However, Vermont stands eighth in Hockey East and is 7-9-5 within league play following a tie and loss last week against Merrimack.

Tweet Of The Week

@without_a_peer [Men] That's it for one of the most bizarre first periods you'll ever see. 3-3 after 20 minutes, but momentum clearly in RPI's favor.

@WHRBSports Hockey of the absurd here at the Bright Center -- Crimson 2-0 lead becomes 3-3 by the end of the period. Carroll pulled for Richter. End of 1.

An RPI hockey blog and Harvard's student radio briefly recapped a wild opening period Friday night that set the tone for a greater trend across ECAC Hockey. RPI went on to a 5-4 win over Harvard. The same night, Union rallied from a 4-0 first period deficit to upend Dartmouth 5-4. The travel partners exchanged opponents Saturday and Harvard held on for a 4-3 win over Union, despite a late surge by the Dutchmen. RPI had a win in hand at Dartmouth, but the Big Green scored twice in the last three minutes to steal a win. Also, Clarkson picked up a four-point weekend with wins over Princeton and Quinnipiac. The Golden Knights went into the weekend with just one win in ECAC Hockey play.

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