In part one, we previewed Friday action. So, it’s only natural that, in part two, we take a look at Saturday play.
(Note: Again, I will be unable to post a Sunday preview, as I will be busy working on things that I wish I weren’t working on.)
The “mysterious Canadian potential powerhouse” that is the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology continues its play in Alaska on Saturday, as they go north – way, way north.
First-year head coach and former Nebraska-Omaha assistant Doc DelCastillo will stand at the helm for his Alaska Nanooks for the first time, but without the aid of former captain Lucas Burnett and forward Curtis Frasier, who graduated, and without defenseman Darcy Campbell, who signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Nanooks still look to be strong, however, returning defenseman T.J. Campbell (6 assists), left-winger Kyle Greentree (21g-21a-42pts.), and goaltender Wylie Rodgers for their senior seasons. The Nanooks tallied an overall record of
Dalhousie vs. Bentley (Exhib.)
Ryan Skating Arena,
Making the trip from
The 2005-‘06 Atlantic Hockey runner-up Bentley is trying to improve off of their 2007 campaign, in which they went 12-22-1 – a record which included a fairly nasty 2-8 slide in their last ten games. The good news for the Falcons – they return all but two players from last year’s squad, including lead scorers Jeff Gumaer (18g-15a-33pts.), Dane Prewitt (13g-15a-28pts.), and Anthony Canzoneri (9g-17a-26pts.).
The Acadia Axemen come to
Clarkson, on the other hand, will be gearing up for their opening regular-season game on Sunday against St. Lawrence, and will do so with five impact seniors – forwards David Cayer (11g-26a-37pts.), Nick Dodge (18g-21a-39pts.), and Steve Zalewski (16g-18a-34pts.), defenseman Clint Clintsome (7g-12a-19pts.), and goaltender David Leggio (24-7-5, GAA – 2.16, SV% – .930). In his fifth year with Clarkson, head coach George Roll will look to build upon a 2006-’07 season which included an NCAA tournament appearance and an overall record of 25-9-5.
World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO; .
Sixth-year head coach Scott Atkinson brings his Dinos (Yes, perhaps the “Godzilla” reference would have been best suited here.) stomping into the
Hey! Americans! The U-18 NTDP comes to
The Black Bears are coming into this contest on the heels of a pair of Frozen Four-placing seasons, going 23-15-2 last year under now-7th-year coach Tim Whitehead. Despite losing leading scorers and linemates Josh Sores and Michel Leveille to graduation, and also losing #2 scorer Teddy Purcell early to the professional ranks, Maine does get back goaltender Ben Bishop (who is in likely healthier condition after an off-season of rest) for his junior year, who registered a GAA of 2.14 and a save percentage of .923 last season.
MacInnes Student Ice Arena,
The Varsity Blues of Toronto come rolling into Houghton to play the U.P.’s program on-the-rise Saturday. Can’t tell you much about the Blues’ supporting cast, but they appear to have a heckuva goalie in forth-year player Ryan Grinnell. Grinnell, last season, touted a CIS leading GAA of 2.20 and a save percentage of .921, and won MVP honors in
If the Huskies haven’t had their true “breakout” season in the WCHA as of yet, they’re likely very, very close to having just that this season. Under 5th-year coach Jamie Russell, the Huskies nearly broke through the WCHA’s glass ceiling in 2006-’07, finishing tied for sixth with
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The defending regular-season CHA champion Niagara comes into 2007-’08 only graduating five seniors from last year’s club. Sophomore Ted Cook returns to the Purple Eagles, hoping to build upon an excellent 2006-‘07, in which he lit the lamp 32 times and tallied 16 assists. Also returning, along with others – forward Matt Caruana (14g-24a-38pts.), forward Les Reaney (16g-28a-44pts.), forward Egor Minorov (10g-8a-18pts), defenseman Ryan Annesley (3g-6a-9pts.), and goaltender Juliano Pagliero (