Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer, who was injured early Sunday morning in Ann Arbor, Mich., in an apparent assault, suffered serious injuries that will keep him off the ice for an extended period, multiple sources report.
For Kampfer, 20, from Jackson, Mich., the season could be in jeopardy.
As of Wednesday, the junior was “recovering and resting as best as he can” at home after suffering a skull and neck fracture, his mother, Karyn Kampfer, told the Ann Arbor News.
“The dust hasn’t settled on the injury yet, so we don’t know how much time will be needed. He’s extremely upset,” Karyn Kampfer said.
Michigan football player Mike Milano is a suspect in the assault, and has been suspended indefinitely by the football team, but has not been arrested and no charges have yet been filed. According to eyewitnesses and police reports, Kampfer was “bodyslammed” to the ground, and was found unconscious by police arriving at the scene.
Kampfer was taken to University Hospital after the incident.
The police report, which identified neither Kampfer nor Milano by name due to the department’s policy on continuing investigations, did name the alleged attacker as a 22-year-old male from Ohio, matching Milano’s age and home state. Milano is a former wrestler and a walk-on with the Wolverine football team.
Reasons for the altercation are not known, although eyewitnesses indicated that words passed between Kampfer and a friend and three males, one of whom is believed to be Milano, before the assault.
“I can’t tell you that [Kampfer] did anything bad,” Michigan hockey head coach Red Berenson was quoted in the Michigan Daily. “He just was a victim.”
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer, who was injured early Sunday morning in Ann Arbor, Mich., in an apparent assault, suffered serious injuries that will keep him off the ice for an extended period, multiple sources report.
Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) recorded 31 saves, including 17 in the second period, to lift the sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team to Sunday evening's 2-1 Hockey East victory against fifth-ranked Boston University at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, with its fourth consecutive win in the series vs. the Terriers, improved to 3-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in Hockey East while BU suffered its first loss of the season and is now 3-1-0, 1-1-0.
Foster made 15 saves in nine shorthanded situations. UNH's offense was sparked by James van Riemskdyk (Middletown, N.J.), who finished with a goal and an assist, and Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.), who tallied two assists.
BU goalie Grant Rollheiser finised with 22 saves.
After going 1-for-5 on the power play in the first period, the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead at 5:32 of the second stanza on van Riemsdyk's power-play tally. Kapstad made a tape-to-tape pass from his goal line to van Riemsdyk behind the defense at the opposite blue line. van Riemsdyk shifted to the slot and lifted a shot into the net.
UNH spent most of the remainder of the second period shorthanded, as the Wildcats were whistled for six consecutive minor penalties. The Terriers had a 5x3 advantage for 1:27 at 6:52 but generated just one shot. They had another two-skater advantage - this time for 72 seconds - at 12:51 and called time out.
BU pulled within 2-1 at 13:06 with tic-tac-toe passing on that 5x3 power play. From the left circle, Colby Cohen found Colin Wilson at the right doorstep. Wilson quickly moved the puck to the slot, where Jason Lawrence one-timed a shot into the net.
The Terriers continued to pepper Foster, but he stopped all four shots he faced on the remainder of that power play to preserve UNH's one-goal advantage.
Despite being outshot 25-14 through two periods, the 'Cats took a 2-1 lead into the start of the third period.
The Wildcats gained a two-skater power play for 54 seconds at 13:15, but Rollheiser stopped all three shots he faced in that time frame to keep the Terriers within one goal.
Rollheiser was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 1:24 to play, then had to re-enter the game five seconds later on a neutral-zone faceoff. He once again went to the bench with 57 seconds remaining.
Kevin Shattenkirk fired a screened shot from the right circle that was turned aside by Foster, and that proved to be the last shot he would face. With 5.5 seconds to play, Wilson won the faceoff back to Jason Lawrence, but his shot from the right point was blocked by the UNH defense. The puck was then cleared from the slot as time expired.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a power-play goal by Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) at 11:58. With one Terrier already in the penalty box, a second was sent there at 10:47 to give the 'Cats a two-skater advantage for 1:10. Kapstad initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from the left point across the slot to van Riemsdyk. He quickly moved the puck down low to DeSimone, who jammed the puck in at the right post.
UNH had another two-skater advantage - this time for 1:46 - at 14:46. BU kept the 'Cats at bay, however, and limited them to just one shot in that span. Immediately after that kill, the Terriers generated a rush in which Colin Wilson's hard wrist shot from the left circle was snared by Foster's glove.
New Hampshire generated a 3-on-2 rush with 2:30 remaining in the opening stanza. Thomas Fortney (Webster Grove, Mo.) snapped a pass from the left circle to Steve Moses (Leominster, Mass.), whose redirection from deep in the right circle sailed wide of the near post.
BU went on the power play in the opening minute of the game and sustained heavy pressure on Foster, who had to make four saves on that kill to keep the game scoreless. The Terriers continued to generate pressure, and Foster stoned Joe Pereira's wraparound bid at the left post in the sixth minute.
UNH, on its first power play of the night, nearly took the lead when Kapstad's shot from the slot was blocked and trickled just wide of the net, and then Mike Sislo (Superior, Wis.) was denied at the top of the crease.
The Wildcats went 2-for-8 on the power play and 8 of 9 on the penalty kill.
Posted by: Bloggo at 2:08:00 AM
Monday, October 13, 2008
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
October 13, 2008
|Team||Points||(First Place Votes)||Last Poll||Record|
|Others receiving votes:University 18, University 17, University 14, University of 10, University 8, University of 8, U.S. Academy 5, University of 3.|
Both the Clarkson University Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams, coming off successful seasons last year, are projected to be among the elite in the NCAA this winter with high rankings in a national preseason poll.
For the second year in a row, Clarkson Athletics has partnered with B2 Networks to provide LIVE Video Broadcasts of Golden Knight Hockey for alumni, parents, family and friends to view from anywhere in the world on their personal computers!
The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll ranks the Golden Knights 11th in the nation, while the Women’s Poll has Clarkson also receiving votes, tied for 12th.
The Clarkson Women, guided by first-year co-head coaches Shannon and Matt Desrosiers, begin the 2008-09 campaign this Saturday, hosting Ottawa PWHL in an exhibition contest at Cheel Arena, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Knights officially open the season at 10th-ranked Boston College on the weekend of October 4-5. Selected 4th in the ECAC Preseason Coaches Women's Poll, the Green and Gold begin league play on November 7 at Brown.
2008-09 Clarkson Women’s Hockey Outlook
Guided by sixth-year head coach George Roll, associate coach Greg Drechsel and assistant coach Jean-Francois Houle, the Clarkson Men begins their 87th season of action on Friday, October 17 at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Knights host 5th-ranked Colorado College in their home-opener at Cheel Arena on the weekend of October 24-25. Tickets for the Friday's game against CC go on sale October 7 at the Cheel Arena Box Office. There are no more reserved tickets available for Saturday's game against Colorado College.
Selected 4th in the ECAC Preseason Coaches Men's Poll, Clarkson begins league play on November 7 hosting Brown.
Two weeks after he exchanged wedding vows with his wife, Debbie, Mike Logan was named the voice of Providence College hockey.
Thirteen years later, the honeymoon continues.
A Rockland High School graduate, Middleboro resident and former on-air personality at Taunton radio station WPEP, Logan was recently named the 17th recipient of the Joe Concannon Media Award, which is presented annually to a person “who demonstrates a superior body of work in covering and promoting Hockey East over an extended period of time.”
“The nicest honor is when you work to do a job you love and your peers take a moment to say you’re doing it the right way,” said Logan. “That means something. That’s the most touching and humbling thing.”
It was 1995 and the Logans had just returned from their honeymoon in Alaska when Mike’s association with PC began.
Now in its 14th season, the relationship is still going strong.
“Like I said (when presented the award at the 25th annual Hockey East Media Day held Sept. 29 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston), I hope it continues,” said Logan. “I’d love to do this another 30 years.”
A Northeastern University graduate (1991) wed to Providence College hockey? Talk about an odd couple.
“There’s still nothing like seeing Northeastern beat BU or BC,” said Logan. “I still root for Northeastern, only now it’s all but three dates a year.”
Logan had family ties to PC long before he stepped into the broadcast booth. His grandfather, Taunton native Joe Harraghy, was the captain of the Friars’ 1930 baseball team.
“Sixty-five years later,” said Logan, “I was hired to do their games.”
Logan, who played baseball (first base) and football (an offensive lineman his senior year) for Ken Owen’s Bulldogs at Rockland High, attended the University of Maine for two years before transferring to Northeastern where he earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism.
Fresh out of Northeastern, Logan was hired by WPEP where he virtually did it all — from news to calling high school games to serving as morning host — over the years.
“I was lucky,” said Logan. “I was 22, six months out of college, and there I was doing high school games on the air.”
In November 2000, Logan made the move to WJDA in Quincy where he worked as the station’s news director through May 2006.
Nowadays, both Logan and his wife, who are the parents of a 10-year-old daughter, Abbey, are employed as middle school English teachers in Taunton: Mike at the Parker School; Debbie at the Martin.
“First year, I learned more than the kids did,” said Logan, who is now in his third year teaching. “It’s a challenge. It’s like going in to do news on the radio. You never knew where the day was going to take you. There’s a schedule, but class to class you never know where the day is going to take you.”
The night may take Logan in a number of directions as well, but the final destination point is often a broadcast booth.
In addition to calling the PC men’s hockey games on either the Internet (Friars.com), Woonsocket radio station WOON (1240-AM) or Cox Sports TV, Logan has also called some women’s hockey games and both men’s and women’s basketball.
Since 2001, Logan has run MWL Sports — duties which call upon him to lend his voice to the 11 high school football games it will carry over either the Internet (MWLSports.com), Middleboro radio station WVBF (1530-AM) or Somerset radio station WSAR (1480-AM) this season.
“I sell it, I produce it, and I do at least half of the games,” said Logan.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The UMass Minuteman hockey team dropped its season opener to No. 12 Michigan State Friday afternoon, 3-1 at the Icebreaker Tournament at Agganis Arena. The Spartans received goals from three different players, while Brian Keane scored the lone Minuteman goal with 7:06 left to play in the third period. UMass (0-1-0) will take on No. 4 North Dakota in a Saturday matinee at 4:30 PM.
The Minutemen were awarded six power plays throughout the course of the game, but they unable to capitalize on their man advantages. Michigan State (1-0-0) was 1-for-2 on the power play. Dan Meyers got the start in goal for UMass, making 13 saves. UMass outshot the Spartans 37-16, including a 13-0 advantage in the third period.
UMass opened up the first period with lots of physicality, and carried it throughout the period. When James Marcou took a boarding penalty 1:03 into the frame, Michigan State had several chances to take an early lead, but Meyers was up to the task, denying the Spartans with a huge save on the doorstep. One second after Marcou's penalty expired, Michigan State took a 1-0 lead when Andrew Rowe banged home a loose puck in the crease. Meyers saved the original shot from Daultan Leveille, but the rebound squirted out and onto Rowe's stick.
After the goal, UMass seemed to carry the play for the remainder of the period, generating multiple scoring opportunities on Lerg. The Minutemen were awarded three power plays during the opening stanza, but they were not able to take advantage of them. Massachusetts nearly tied the score when Marcou attempted to thread a pass across the ice to Chris Davis, but a Michigan State defenseman got his stick in the passing lane and broke up the play. UMass' best chance of the period came when Marcou toe-dragged around a Michigan State defender, but his shot was deflected above the net. UMass finished the period outshooting the Spartans 13-7.
Michigan State netted two goals during the second period, giving the Spartans a 3-0 lead heading into the locker room. The Spartans scored their first goal of the period 51 seconds into the frame when Jeff Petry dropped a pass to Leveille at the point. Leveille shot the puck from the blue line, and it was deflected by Andrew Conboy past Meyers for the score.
Following the goal Massachusetts created some chances of their own, but Lerg was up to the task. The Spartans nearly extended their lead to three when Conboy took a one timer from the point, but Meyers went post to post to deny the scoring chance.
UMass' best chance of the period came when Justin Braun took a one timer from the blue line that was saved by Lerg. The rebound popped out to Alex Berry on the doorstep, but the puck hopped over his stick. Michigan State closed out the period when Matt Schepke banged home a rebound in front of the net to extend the Spartan lead to three.
Massachusetts prevented the Spartans from taking any shots on goal during the third period by applying pressure to the Michigan St. defense and created lots of chances. Marcou created several chances throughout the final frame, but Lerg made numerous saves to keep the shutout intact. The Minutemen finally got on the board with seven minutes to play in the frame when Keane netted his first goal of the year. Keane skated around a defender and flung a backhand towards the net. The puck hit Lerg and Keane was knocked into the net, but the puck had already trickled in.
It truly was a special night for Boston College hockey. Four special-teams goals lifted the top-ranked Eagles to a 5-4 season-opening win over Wisconsin before a sellout crowd of 7,884 in Kelley Rink.
Just prior to the game, Boston College paid a final salute to its 2007-08 title-winning team by raising the national-championship banner to the arena's rafters.
Freshman Cam Atkinson made his collegiate debut a memorable one by scoring the decisive goal - the team's sole even-strength tally - at 13:30 of the third period.
Sophomore Brian Gibbons scored twice - once shorthanded and once on the power play - to pace the home team.
BC and Wisconsin were tied 1-1 after one period and 3-3 after two periods. The visiting Badgers gained a one-goal edge on senior Ben Street's goal just 80 seconds into the third period.
Gibbons' shorthanded goal evened the score at 3:43, setting the stage for Atkinson's gamewinner.
Wisconsin sophomore Patrick Johnson opened the night's scoring at 2:59. Gibbons tied the game with a power-play goal at 5:59.
Junior Matt Price gave BC a 2-1 advantage with a shorthanded goal at 4:18 of the second period, before Wisconsin answered with consecutive goals from freshmen Jordy Murray and Eric Springer. BC senior captain Brock Bradford tallied on the power play at 13:18 to even the score once again.
BC sophomore John Muse made 28 saves to earn his 26th collegiate victory. Wisconsin senior Shane Connelly finished with 32 stops.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Red Wings prospect Gustav Nyquist has begun his North American hockey odyssey with the University of Maine Black Bears, and he spoke to the Portland Press Herald's Rachel Lenzi about his decision to take an unconventional route to professional hockey via the NCAA:
October 9, Portland Press Herald: "I've always had the dream, and everyone's dream is to play in the NHL," Nyquist said. "I was really excited to come over here. The rink's much smaller here, and I wanted to come over and find out what it was like (to play hockey). I want to see how the game is here and how much it takes to get to the NHL."
Maine's roster includes 13 American-born players and 12 Canadian-born players. But NCAA Division I academic eligibility rules require that foreign students must meet high school graduation and core curriculum requirements, have a GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and meet minimum scores on the ACT or the SAT (taken in English; the NCAA has different test score requirements for each country).
"It's very challenging to recruit in Europe, and it takes a lot of work in helping (Europeans) get eligible academically, simply because they did not grow up planning to go to college here," Maine coach Tim Whitehead said. "The NCAA clearinghouse has very strict regulations and does not give any special treatment to foreign players. It's very difficult to qualify academically, no matter how good you are. Europe is not an area where we think we'll get a lot of players every year, but this opens the door for a couple more prospects. And we're pleased with the two we have."
One of the main reasons that Nyquist was chosen by the Red Wings was his decision to head to Maine as it gives him four years of development time while Detroit retains his rights, and both he and fellow Swedish import Theo Andersson know that their freshman seasons will require significant adjustments to the North American style of play and the dimensions of a 200'x85' rink:
"You have a little bit more time with the puck [in Europe] and we don't hit as much as they do here," Nyquist said. "They go harder to the net here, and in Sweden we search for a nice play or a nice pass. Here, there's more shooting and going right to the net."
The Detroit Red Wings took Nyquist in the fourth round (121st overall) of this year's NHL entry draft after he scored 11 goals and 20 assists in 24 games with Malmo, a team in Sweden's top junior hockey league, despite missing six weeks with a shoulder injury. But he felt needed to hone his game and become more physical against bigger, stronger college players.
Black Bears senior Matt Duffy tells Lenzi that he and his teammates plan to assist Nyquist and Andersson adjust to life as a collegiate hockey player in the U.S., but he admits that he's not sure whether he could match their linguistic moxie:
"If I went to Sweden, I guarantee I couldn't understand half the things that were being said," Duffy said. "I'd be at a loss."
October 6, 2008
|Team||(First Place Votes)||Record||Points||Last Poll|
|2||Michigan||( 5)||33- 6-4||922||1|
|3||Colorado College||( 7)||28-12-1||874||6|
|4||Notre Dame||( 1)||27-16-4||829||12|
|5||North Dakota||( 1)||28-11-4||789||3|
|15||St. Cloud State||19-16-5||299||8|
|Others Receiving Votes: Northeastern 74, Air Force 59, Niagara 58, Ferris State 42, Mass.-Lowell 30, Massachusetts 21, Minnesota-Duluth 17, Providence 8, Yale 6, Maine 5, Bowling Green 3, Dartmouth 3, Quinnipiac 3, Rensselaer 3, Union 3, Bemidji State 2, RIT 2, Robert Morris 2, St. Lawrence 2, Mercyhurst 1, Michigan Tech 1|
This much we know for certain about the University of New Hampshire hockey season, which commences Saturday night with a home game against Wisconsin: If the Wildcats manage to qualify for the NCAA tournament for an eighth straight season, they will play a Northeast Regional game at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Saturday, March 28.
Now, about those 168 days between the start of the season and the start of the playoffs.
Gone to graduation are UNH's top two scorers, two of its top defensemen and Kevin Regan, who owns just about every career goaltending record at the school.
Coach Dick Umile, entering his 19th season, and his guys are confident they can plug those holes.
"I like our team," Umile said. "I think we've got great senior leadership again from the senior class. We've got three senior defensemen. We've got senior forwards in Greg Collins and Jerry Pollastrone and Thomas Fortney and hopefully Alan Thompson, who's definitely going to play if he stays healthy."
And they've got Brian Foster, a junior from Pembroke who's waited through two seasons for his chance to be the No. 1 guy in goal.
"I think he's going to be a real good one," Umile said. "He's excited. No disrespect to Kevin Regan, but I think Brian's real happy Kevin left."
Last year, UNH was picked in the preseason Hockey Easy coaches' poll to finish in a first-place tie with Boston College. Instead, the Wildcats ran away with the regular-season title.
BC stumbled at the end of the regular season and barely hung on to fourth place and home ice for the league playoffs. And then the Eagles got hot and rolled to the Hockey East title and straight on through to the national championship.
This season, Boston College is picked first in the league, BU second and UNH third.
So do the Wildcats have what it takes to win a third straight regular-season championship, a first Hockey East tournament title since 2003, grab another berth in the NCAAs and make a run at that elusive national title?
Yeah, they lost forwards Matt Fornataro and his 118 career points and Mike Radja and his 117.
But they have much back, too, led by James van Riemsdyk, the No. 2 draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers and one of three returning players in Hockey East who averaged more than a point a game last season.
He had 11 goals and 23 assists in 31 games, and the folks around him think he's ready to deliver more.
"He has something to prove," Pollastrone said. "You can just tell it in his eyes: He wants to prove he's a big-time player. He's such a great player, he expects more from himself. You can see it in practice. He's gotten stronger, he's gotten faster. You can just tell."
Van Riemsdyk is the leader of what could be a breakout sophomore group.
"You look at last year's freshman class. and I think that's where we're going to pick up the goal production," Umile said.
Phil DeSimone, Danny Dries, Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo are others in that mix.
"Phil DeSimone has a lot more confidence this year," said senior co-captain Greg Collins. "I think he's going to be real good. He's lost some weight. He scored a lot of goals in captains' practices."
A third-round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2007, DeSimone had three goals and 10 assists last season. He had 26 goals and 27 assists for 73 points in 60 games in his last year of junior hockey in the United States Hockey League.
Senior Joe Charlebois, named the Old Time Hockey best defensive defenseman in Hockey East last season, leads the blueliners. He was a league-best plus-25 in plus/minus statistics last season, and fellow senior Jamie Fritsch was at plus-17. Kevin Kapstad is the other senior.
Last year, they helped the Wildcats to a 2.00 goals-against average in Hockey East games, which was best in the league.
Freshman Blake Kessel, the brother of Boston Bruin forward Phil, was lined up as one of the top six defensemen in last Saturday's exhibition game win.
What's more, Greg Collins, a defensive-minded forward, and Charlebois are the captains.
"I think Greg and I bring a defensive game, a defensive mentality to practice and games," Charlebois said. "We're excited about this year."
Foster, who is backed up by freshman Matt DiGirolamo, pitched shutouts in his first two career starts, against UMass-Lowell and St. Lawrence, as a freshman. He appeared in seven games as a freshman and six last year, and now it's his time.
"I'm really looking forward to it," Foster said. "It's all about consistency now. Every week, every game."
A change in goal, turnover up front and at the blueline -- it doesn't change the approach in the Wildcat locker room.
"We want to win three titles," Foster said. "The regular season, the Hockey East tournament and the national championship. That's definitely the goal."
This group of seniors has been part of a 71-34-12 record with a couple of league championships over the last three years and has qualified for the national tournament each year.
But the Wildcats have not won an NCAA playoff game in that stretch.
"Hopefully we can make it there, because I think we do have something to prove in the NCAA tournament," Charlebois said. "Not to ourselves, but to our fans and the rest of the college hockey world: that we can do something in the postseason."
Posted by: Bloggo at 8:26:00 AM
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