Commentary

Scrivens makes difference for Cornell

Updated: March 2, 2010, 12:40 PM ET
By Mike Eidelbes and Joe Gladziszewski | Inside College Hockey

Ben Scrivens
Cornell
Sr. | G | Spruce Grove, Alberta

His Statistics: 2 GP, 1-0-1 record, 0.96 GAA, .964 save percentage

His Impact: Scrivens allowed just one goal in each game of Cornell's regular-season wrap-up weekend against Union and Rensselaer. His 29-save effort against Union virtually clinched second place in the league and drew plenty of praise from Union coach Nate Leaman.

"I thought Scrivens was the difference in the game. It's funny, not a lot of people are talking about him as a possible Hobey Baker candidate, but with that performance tonight and his numbers in the league, he should absolutely be in that talk," Leaman said.

Scrivens made 24 saves Saturday in a 1-1 tie against Rensselaer. He's got a .931 save percentage and 1.99 goals-against average this season with a 17-8-4 record and four shutouts.

His Runners-Up: Brayden Irwin, Vermont; Tim Kirby, Air Force; Dion Knelsen, Alaska; Chris Moran, Niagara; Rhett Rakhshani, Denver.

Stick Salute

Two teams made particularly important moves over the weekend in helping secure postseason berths and improving their NCAA criteria. Alaska's Governor's Cup series sweep of in-state rival Alaska Anchorage was a perfect tuneup for the upcoming CCHA playoffs. Vermont righted its ship with a pair of wins over Boston University and back into the playoff posisitons in Hockey East with one weekend remaining.

Bench Minor

It's not a bench minor so much as it is a case of unfortunate timing for Boston University and Vermont, two Hockey East teams playing a Sunday afternoon game in front of a nationally televised audience. Of course, there was a game of some import starting at the exact same time on the other side of the continent, one that also served as the final athletic event of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The sellout crowd in Burlington went home happy -- the Catamounts beat the Terriers, 3-2. Whether they were still happy after seeing the end of the Canada-U.S. gold medal hockey match, however, depended on rooting interest.

Say What?

"It's a slippery slope to be looking at penalties after the fact."

That's what WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod told Kevin Allenspach of the St. Cloud Times after handing down a three-game suspension to St. Cloud State's Aaron Marvin for a hit to the head of Wisconsin's Blake Geoffrion during a Feb. 20 game at the Kohl Center.

Unlike the hit Marvin laid on North Dakota defenseman Chay Genoway in November -- one that likely ended the Fighting Sioux All-American's season prematurely -- this check wasn't malicious. Had he not caught Geoffrion with his head down, it would've been a terrific open-ice hit.

But Marvin hit Geoffrion in the head, and that's always a penalty regardless of intent. And even though Marvin wasn't penalized at the time, the nature of the hit and his prior history led to the suspension. It's a no-win situation for both the WCHA and Marvin -- the league had to do something, even though Marvin was making a hockey play.

Rankings Outrage

We're probably guilty of sticking up for the so-called little guys, and have previously admitted that we value regular-season championships as a measure of consistent excellence over the course of a long season. That said, it seems that most voters in national polls don't think a lot of the kind of run RIT has gone on in Atlantic Hockey. The Tigers won their third Atlantic Hockey regular-season title in the last four years and are 22-6-1 after an 0-5-0 start to the year. Sure, they don't have any wins outside of the league, but most of those games were played early in the season and they're playing their best hockey right now.

Tweet Of The Week

@inch Four of six players on Olympic all-star team played college hockey: Miller, Rafalski, Parise, Toews.

Former college hockey players were among the best players during the Olympic men's hockey tournament as evidenced by the all-tournament team. Further, Ryan Miller (Michigan State) was named as the tournament's most valuable player, Brian Rafalski (Wisconsin) was the best defenseman and Jonathan Toews (North Dakota) was the best forward. Hard to argue with Rafalski, but we wonder how many panelists tried to grab their ballots back after the last shift.

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