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Chris Collins, a native of Fairport, N.Y., was the Hockey East Player of the Year and a first-team All-Hockey East selection. An alternate captain, he has led Boston College to the NCAA Frozen Four, and heads to Milwaukee with 61 points in 40 games (31 goals, 30 assists). He had 39 points in conference play, six more than any other Hockey East player, and won the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born player in New England. Collins ranks second nationally in points, points per game (1.52), goals and shorthanded goals (5). An NHL free agent, Collins is enrolled in BC's Carroll School of Management.
Brian Elliott, a native of Newmarket, Ontario, leads the nation in nearly every goaltending category, including goals-against average (1.55), save percentage (.938), shutouts (8), wins (25) and winning percentage (.803). Elliott has posted three consecutive shutouts to lead the Badgers to the NCAA Frozen Four, and was named the All-Regional goaltender and the MVP at the Midwest Regional last weekend. The second-team All-WCHA goaltender, Elliott led the conference in goals-against average (1.80) and save percentage (.930). A business major with a 3.13 grade-point average, Elliott is in his first year of studies at the prestigious UW School of Business. He makes frequent visits to the UW Children's Hospital.
(above) San Jose Sharks Kyle McLaren, left, celebrates the Sharks 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild with teammate Matt Carle (25) in an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 25, 2006, in St. Paul, Minn. Carle scored his first NHL goal during the game. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)
Rookie Sharks defenseman Matt Carle got caught by the speed of the game on a few occasions and took two penalties Saturday, but he capped his NHL debut by scoring in the final minute of a 5-1 victory over Minnesota.
"It was a good first game, I guess,'' said Carle, who signed last Sunday after finishing his junior season at the University of Denver.
He added, "A good experience. But I still have a ways to go to get up to that level.''
Carle, who logged 10 1/2 minutes, became the 10th Shark to score in his first game. He joins Grant Stevenson, Milan Michalek, Miroslav Zalesak, Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm, Alexander Korolyuk, Marcus Ragnarsson, Jan Caloun and Jeff McLean.
"I just kind of threw it on net,'' Carle said. "I was at the top of the circle and just decided to shoot it. I don't really know how it went in, so I've got to watch it on video before any comments about it.''
Coach Ron Wilson said Carle probably would not have played if flu-ridden Josh Gorges had been healthy. "He was on the ice for a goal-against, but that wasn't his fault: Nobody backed him up,'' Wilson said. "He was nervous at times, but who wouldn't be? There were a lot of things he did so well. It's fun to see a defenseman skate like that.''
Mankato, MN - Four Minnesota State University men’s hockey players who were held out of the last five games of the season by their coach are also named in criminal investigative documents that include allegations of a sex assault and drug use, according to a search warrant filed in Blue Earth County District Court (who's responsible for naming counties in Minnesota?).
The search warrant filed by Mankato police also names one player from the women’s hockey team and two other players from the men’s team (for those of you keeping score at home thats a total of SEVEN Mankato hockey players. Who's got a MSU game program to keep track of this?).
Police are not commenting on the case (Can you say "Cover Up?") because the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made (There isn't enough room in the Mankato jail for the whole team?), nor have charges been filed. A search warrant also is simply a request from police to search a property and does not require in-depth investigation of an incident.
The search warrant details the following events:
Investigators were called to Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital Feb. 21 for a report of a sex assault. A woman being treated at the hospital told investigators she had been at a house at 103 Porter Ave. (check the Mankato Free Press Want Ads if you need a nice little three bedroom, two bath bungalow in Mankato. Current occupents have been transferred. Assume lease.), where she had been sexually assaulted after smoking marijuana she suspected was tainted with a white powdery substance (its probably dandruff from a hockey player).
She said she was picked up earlier that morning about 3:30 a.m. by Felicia Nelson, a member of the women’s team, and Austin Sutter, a men’s team player who lives at the Porter Avenue house (hmm. 3:30 in the morning? I've heard of "fashionably late," but this is ridiculous). They went to Sutter’s house and were allegedly joined by men’s players Shane McCormick, Blake Friesen, Brian Kilburg, Christian Toll and Brock Becker (remember these names, because some of them may appear on the All-American team...er...I mean...the All-Bad Boyz Team), according to the court document. The eight of them started smoking marijuana (but not inhaling) before going into the house, the woman told investigators.
Once inside the house, the pipe they were using was loaded again with marijuana and a white substance, she said. At least one other person smoked from the pipe but she told authorities she believed she was the only one who inhaled (the MSU players had one of Coach Jutting's regular Sunday Morning Drug Tests the next day and they are not dummies).
After becoming dazed (& confused) by the drug, she said she was sexually assaulted in a manner that didn’t include intercourse (sounds like most of my dates in college). She said she also remembered feeling pain and hearing voices saying, “Take a picture of that ("Sleeping Girls Gone Wild - Mankato" available online for $14.95),” the search warrant application said.
She told authorities she waited for the others to go to sleep and walked home at about 5 a.m. (Where are their manners? No one walked her home. She could have been attacked).
Police searched the house that evening. They took a glass pipe, a bag with a “green leafy substance" (I hope its Oregano from Mrs. Jutting's famous Lasanga), three cellular camera phones (odds are the cops won't find many victory photos from the WCHA season), a digital camera and a foot massager (with a ribbed tip for her pleasure) from the house. Nelson’s room in the McElroy residence hall on the MSU campus was searched Feb. 27. A cellular camera phone and charger (Good thinking by the cops. How many cases were overturned on appeal when the cell phone went dead during the trail?) were taken by police during that search, court records said.
Officials with the MSU Athletics Department referred media questions about the allegations to Michael Cooper (the former Laker?), MSU spokesman. He said he was aware of the situation involving the hockey players but had not been given all the details that were in court documents. (In other words "We Ain't Talking")
Privacy issues kept him from commenting further, Cooper said.
Becker, Toll, Sutter and McCormick have not played or practiced with the team since Feb. 21. The absence was described as a “coach’s decision” and Coach Troy Jutting has said he can’t comment further (until he buys the video on late night TV).
The "Canisius Four" - dismissed from school.
Wes Clark (Maine) - The Ultimate "Wing Man"
Aaron Slattengren (CC) - Nailed the Exacta - Kicked off the team and dismissed from school.
Lane Caffaro and T.J. Fox (Union) - According to the Coach they were suspended for being "Good Citizens" and "one day will be captains of the team."
The Mankato "Checking Line" (MSU-Mankato) - These five or six players (depending on which version you subscribe too) plus a member of the MSU's Women's team did it all: allegedly smoked the peace pipe, perhaps laced with the date rape drug, sexual assault and then broke out the camera for posterity.The Duke Lacrosse Team (Duke) - OK, its not a college hockey team, but you have to admit if you read the story and they didn't mention the school or the sport, you might have guessed hockey. The worst part was all the free national publicity lacrosse received. College hockey always gets the short end of the stick.
Theme Song Artist
Gary Glitter, British Citizen. Wrote Rock & Roll Part II
Charges - Rape, Child Porn, Lewd acts with a minor(s), Bad Hair Cut (not convicted)
Jail Time - Britian & Vietnam
Suspension - Thanks to a few well timed bribes he slithered out of the "Death Penalty" in Vietnam
Family hobby pays dividends for California NTDP forward
By John Raffel Dec. 9, 2005
Special to usahockey.com
Matt Carle emerged from the closed University of Denver locker room Sunday night after consoling the Pioneers' two seniors, Gabe Gauthier and Ted O'Leary, after the loss to Minnesota-Duluth.
Question is, was anyone consoling Carle?
Carle, perhaps DU's finest defenseman since the late Keith Magnuson in the 1960s, also might have played his final game with the Pioneers.
After the two-time defending NCAA champions were knocked out of NCAA Tournament contention by being eliminated from the WCHA playoffs by Minnesota-Duluth, Carle said he would complete final exams and then meet with his parents to decide on his future. His choice comes down to returning for his senior season or joining the San Jose Sharks.
"All I'm thinking about now is finals and finishing the quarter strong here from an education (standpoint), and we'll go from there," Carle said.
Carle, who shared captain duties with Gauthier, tied sophomore center Paul Stastny for a team-leading 53 points in 39 games. If Carle returns to DU, he is assured of being a captain next season for a team that should be strong in all areas. Gauthier, who finished fourth on the team with 39 points, is the only significant loss. O'Leary did not produce a point in 38 games. DU (20-15-3) will regain the services of highly touted freshman forward Brock Trotter, who severed his Achilles tendon five games into the season, and welcomes an elite recruiting class built from the fruits of back-to-back championship seasons.
With or without Carle, Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky said the strength of next season's team will be experience and the knowledge that losing home games to teams such as Princeton cannot be tolerated. Next season's team will "hopefully see the importance of what every game means at this level," Gwozdecky said. "At least a handful of games we look at and say, 'If only we would have won.' We're sitting here looking at all the teams that will get into the national tournament and saying, 'What if?"'
DENVER - Minnesota Duluth scored four goals in a span of 3:45 in the second period to erase a 1-0 lead by No. 8/7 University of Denver en route to handing the back-to-back NCAA National Champion Pioneers a 5-2 season-ending loss tonight in front of 3,382 fans at Magness Arena. UMD's win secured a 2-1 series victory for the Bulldogs (11-24-4) in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs and denied DU (21-15-3) its second consecutive trip to the Red Baron WCHA Final Five.
Sophomore center Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo.) had a power-play goal and one assist for DU, which finished 1-for-6 on the man advantage. Senior center Gabe Gauthier (Buena Park, Calif.) also notched one goal and one assist while sophomore left wing Ryan Dingle (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and freshman right wing Patrick Mullen (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each added one assist for DU.
DU sophomore goaltender Peter Mannino (Farmington Hills, Mich.) took the first playoff loss of his career (6-1-0) and made 14 saves before being replaced by junior goaltender Glenn Fisher (Edmonton, Alberta) at 16:02 of the second period. Fisher finished with eight saves while Nate Ziegelmann stopped 33 shots for Minnesota Duluth, which was 2-for-7 on the power play.
"The loss is disappointing because we had a really good start to the game," DU Head Coach George Gwozdecky said. "We tried all kinds of things to get back into the game and had a bunch of flurries, but their young goaltender played really well."
It appeared that the Pioneers would head to overtime for a school-record fourth consecutive time when UMD deflected a shot into the net with 6.8 seconds left in the third period. However, the goal was reviewed and overtuned because Tim Stapleton's deflection was made with a high stick.
Pioneers sophomore left wing Ryan Dingle scored two goals, marking his seventh game this season with two or more scores. DU sophomore goaltender Peter Mannino improved to 6-0-0 in the postseason for his career after stopping 29 shots.
Pioneers junior defenseman Matt Carle set a DU single-season record for assists by a defenseman with his 41st of the year on a first-period goal. The Hobey Baker Award candidate also assisted on another DU score to finish with two points while junior right wing J.D. Corbin (Littleton, Colo.) also added two assists.The Pioneers, who were 0-for-3 on the power play, generated 30 shots with Minnesota Duluth goaltender Nate Ziegelmann finishing the game with 27 saves. The Bulldogs were 1-for-5 on the power play and totaled 31 shots.
"I think we had a much better attitude coming into this game tonight, and we knew we had to play hard and with intensity," DU Head Coach George Gwozdecky said. "Mannino came up with some big saves when we needed them, and that was a positive for us."
Adam Berkhoel did it two years ago, recording two postseason shutouts while helping lead the University of Denver to its first national championship in 35 years.
Peter Mannino, as a freshman, did it last year, earning the Most Outstanding Player award at the Frozen Four as DU won a second consecutive national title.
Can Mannino do it again? Maybe, but he won't assume all the Pioneers' goaltending duties this week, coach George Gwozdecky said.
With DU preparing for its home series against Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs, Gwozdecky said he is leaning toward keeping his goaltending rotation intact with Glenn Fisher and Mannino, despite Fisher's recent struggles and Mannino's postseason pedigree.
That would mean Fisher probably will get the start in the series opener Friday with Mannino to follow Saturday. If necessary, a deciding game would be played Sunday at Magness Arena.
"I don't see why we're going to change," said Gwozdecky, whose team will play a club that lost 13 of its final 14 regular-season games and was shut out in four of its final six. "At this point in time, I think we're going to stay with the same rotation we've had all season long."
Fisher was brilliant while leading DU to a 1-0 victory Jan. 20 at Wisconsin, but he has been unsteady in his five other most recent starts, compiling a saves percentage of .866 during those games.
"I think we both have the ability to take this team as far as we can," Mannino said. "When it comes down to it, we're both going to be ready."
A 6-0, 210-pound sophomore, Stastny's 44 points in 28 league games, with 15 goals and 29 assists, enabled him to become Denver's first conference scoring champion since Dave Shields in 1989-90. Stastny edged teammate Matt Carle and Minnesota's Ryan Potulny by two points for the scoring title. Carle and Potulny finished with 42 points each.
Last Thursday evening at the Colorado Springs World Arena, Stastny led the way for the visiting Pioneers with a pair of goals, including the game-opening tally in the first period and the game-winner at 3:33 of overtime, as Denver rallied from a one-goal third period deficit to win 5-4 in overtime.
Stastny then came back last Friday (March 4) in the rematch against the Tigers to score a game-tying goal in the third period and also draw an assist as host Denver gained a 3-3 overtime tie against CC and three points in the series.
In addition to his four-point series, Stastny also added 10 shots on goal, added 10 hits, and finished the two games with a +3 plus-minus rating. Overall this season, the Colorado Avalanche (NHL) draftee ranks second behind Carle in scoring with 16-33--49 in 36 games.
The Pioneers played their second overtime game in a row against the Tigers following their 5-4 win Thursday night in Colorado Springs. DU's victory extended its unbeaten streak in overtime to 16 games, and the Pioneers are 6-0-1 in their last seven games against Colorado College.
"I thought we played pretty well in the first period, but we just didn't finish around the net," DU Head Coach George Gwozdecky said. "After they scored their second goal, you could see the change in how we moved the puck, shared the puck and relied on our simple-but-effective style of play."