The Islanders Informer
by William Morrison on 10/10/11 at 09:05 PM ET
Brock Nelson was most certainly the star of the Islanders NCAA prospects this weekend. Nelson was named to the Ice Breaker all-tournament team after registering three points and leading the University of North Dakota to a second place finish.
Anders Lee-Notre Dame-The Irish played well this weekend in splitting two games with defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth. The Irish lost a tough game 4-3 on Friday night, but came back with a solid 5-3 win on Saturday night. Lee notched his first goal of the season in the first period of Friday night’s loss. Lee also registered three shots on goal in Friday night’s game. Lee came back strong on Saturday night and notched two points-one goal and one assist. Lee’s goal helped the Irish rebound from a 2-0 deficit early in the game. Lee had a good weekend. He notched a total of three points and got the season off on a positive note. Notre Dame opens up the 2011-2012 CCHA slate this weekend against Ohio State in the Joyce Center. These will be the final games the Irish play in the historic Joyce Center as they move into their sparkling new arena November 11th against Alaska. Notre Dame is currently ranked #2 in the USCHO.com rankings.
Brock Nelson-University of North Dakota-The Fighting Sioux opened up the 2011-2012 season by hosting the Ice Breaker Tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND beat Air Force 4-3 on Friday night in their first regular season game. UND then lost a tough, hard fought game on Saturday night 6-2 to a good Boston College team. Nelson certainly was the best player on the ice on Friday night. At 13:48 of the third period, Nelson knocked in his own rebound to tie the game at 3-3. Less than two minutes later, Nelson scored his second goal of the season on a brilliant pass from Danny Kristo to give UND a 4-3 lead. Junior center Corban Knight said of Nelson after Friday night’s game: “He’s going to be a guy to watch this year. He’s one of the most talented players I’ve ever played with. Just watch, he’s going to be a big-time player.” Nelson also added an assist in Friday night’s game. In the Ice Breaker Tournament Championship on Saturday night, Nelson registered three shots on goal and finished a -1. Nelson was the only UND player to be named to the all-tournament team. UND is ranked #6 in the USCHO.com rankings. UND hosts 17th ranked Maine next Friday and Saturday night.
Corey Trivino-Boston University-BU began the season by cruising to a 5-0 victory against 15th ranked New Hampshire on Saturday night at home in Agganis Arena. Trivino scored a goal and registered three shots on goal in the victory. The Terriers return to action when they face Providence on the road Friday night. BU is ranked #8 in the USCHO.com rankings.
Jason Clark-University of Wisconsin-The Badgers lost a tough tilt in overtime on Friday night against Northern Michigan. UW fought back and recorded a 3-2 victory on Saturday night. Clark didn’t register any ice time this weekend. I’m assuming that Clark is still recovering from the injuries that hampered him last season. The Badgers travel to Michigan Tech next weekend for a two game series. Wisconsin is currently ranked 18th in the USCHO.com rankings.
Update: 10/11/11: Through email correspondence, Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal told me the following: “Spoke with Mike Eaves a few minutes ago. He said that while Jason is 100 percent healthy to practice, he’s roughly two weeks behind everyone else in terms of conditioning. Eaves said once Clark closes that gap he’ll be in the mix.”
Scott Mayfield-University of Denver-Denver only played one game this weekend as they faced the U.S. Under-18 team. Mayfield didn’t register a shot on goal in the game, but did register six PIM on three minor penalties. Denver travels cross country next weekend for a Friday night tilt against Boston College and a game on Saturday against Boston University. Denver is currently ranked #3 in the USCHO.com rankings.
Cody Rosen-Clarkson University-Clarkson opened up their season with a 4-4 tie at Alaska-Anchorage on Friday night. Clarkson then dropped a 3-1 game on Saturday night against Alaska-Fairbanks. Rosen failed to register any ice time as senior goaltender Paul Karpowich started both games over the weekend. Clarkson hosts two games against Sacred Heart University this weekend.
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