Commentary

First shift: Flynn leads Maine

Originally Published: January 18, 2011
By Inside College Hockey

A look back at the weekend, courtesy of our friends at Inside College Hockey:

Player of the week
Brian Flynn, Maine
Jr. | F | Lynnfield, Mass.
His Statistics: 2-3-5, +4 in wins vs. Providence and Boston College.
His Impact: It might be a bit of a stretch to say that Maine's season hung in the balance a disappointing Jan. 8 loss at Merrimack, but the Black Bears certainly were at risk of falling out of the Hockey East title race without a better effort against Providence and Boston College.

Enter Flynn, who got Maine's weekend off to a rollicking start with two goals, including the game-winner 48 seconds into overtime, and an assist in a 4-3 triumph against Providence. Two nights later against Boston College, Flynn set up the Black Bears' first goal and scored another in a 4-1 win.

With the wins, Maine moved into a third-place tie with Boston University In the Hockey East standings, four points behind co-leaders Boston College and New Hampshire.

His runners-up: Rob Gunderson, Alaska Anchorage; Keith Kinkaid, Union; Nathan Longpre, Robert Morris; Andy Miele, Miami.

Stick salute
Even though it happened during a 3-2 loss Saturday at Amsoil Arena, but Minnesota Duluth should take a measure of pride in keeping Wisconsin from registering a shot on goal in the third period of that game. It's the first time the Badgers had been held shotless for an entire period since a 1970 NCAA Frozen Four semifinal match against Colgate. Bench minor
Amid the recent news that there exists a 13th zodiac sign, perhaps Rensselaer should talk to the fellows in research and development and generate a formula that renders Fridays obsolete. After its loss at Cornell, the Engineers' record on Fridays dropped to a pedestrian 4-5-1. On all other days of the week, RPI is a robust 9-1-2.

Say what?
"We could have five more wins. Instead, we lost twice and tied three games. It could be different."

Minnesota State junior forward Michael Dorr expressed his dismay to Mankato Free Press scribe Shane Frederick following the Mavs' 4-3 OT loss to Denver Saturday, a game in which the Pioneers rallied from a 3-0 second-period deficit. The previous night, MSU's Justin Jokinen gave his team a 4-3 lead when he scored with 1:47 left in regulation, but DU's Kyle Ostrow netted the equalizer 31 seconds later and the game ended in a draw.

Rankings outage
Our ire this week isn't with those who decide the polls, but the teams that comprise them. As was mentioned in the most recent INCH Power Rankings, each of the top five teams from a week ago lost at least one game this past weekend. We're used to seeing one or two top teams take a loss during a given weekend, but all five? Unprecedented.

Tweet of the week
@Andy_Miele Is it bad that I'm supposed to be taking notes on a movie in class that has all subtitles but since I'm in the back I can't see the subtitles?

As long as Miami forward Andy Miele keeps putting up five-point weekends like the one he just had against Bowling Green, we'll let him slide on the subtitles.

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