2005-06 MCHA News and Notes

-Awards Continue to Roll in for MSOE's Brian Soik (6/13/06)
-Lawrence University Tabs Mike Szkodzinski as New Head Coach (6/5/06)
-Lawrence Parts With Head Coach (5/8/06)
-MCHA Well-Represented On All-USCHO Teams (4/5/06)
-League Announces Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-Conference Awards (3/8/06)
-MSOE Misses At-Large Selection to NCAA Tournament (3/6/06)
-Harris Cup Belongs to MSOE for Second-Straight Season (3/5/06)
-Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament Starts This Friday (3/1/06)
-Northland College Athletes Featured in Sporting News Magazine (2/28/06)
-MSOE Raiders Win MCHA Regular Season Championship (2/20/06)
-League Heads Into Final Weekend of Regular Season Play (2/13/06)
-MSOE Raiders Become First-Ever MCHA Team in Top 15 in Nation (2/6/06)
-League Set to Enter Home Stretch of Regular Season (1/30/06)
-Interim Label Removed From Fabiili at Northland (1/26/06)
-MSOE Closing in on Top 15 in the Nation (1/24/06)
-Oakes a Finalist for 2006 Hockey Humanitarian (1/20/06)
-League Schedule Hits Midway Point as MCHA Race Stays Tight (1/16/06)
-Crookston's Gary Warren Records Career Win No. 400 (1/13/06)
-MCHA's Oakes Nominated for Hockey Humanitarian; League Returns to Action (1/9/06)
-MCHA Receiving More National Attention as League Enters Break (12/18/05)
-MCHA Website Experiencing Technical Problems With Server (12/17/05)
-MSOE Continues to Rise in National Rankings (12/12/05)
-Sabres, Raiders, Sweep by MCHA Foes to Take Early Standings Lead (12/5/05)
-Raiders and Vikings Post Unprecedented Victories (11/28/05)
-MSOE Tops Nationally-Ranked Babson College (11/26/05)
-Northland Splits With Finlandia, Gets Fabiilli First Victory as Lumberjacks Coach (11/21/05)
-MSOE, Lawrence Sweeps Highlight Full League Slate (11/14/05)
-Raiders and Sabres Battle to Split in MCHA Opening Series (11/7/05)
-2005-06 Season Underway for MCHA (11/2/05)
-MCHA Set to Open Eighth Season of Play on Tuesday (10/24/05)
-MSOE's Burzon Named to Preseason All-USCHO Team (10/19/05)
-Fabiilli in at Northland College (9/19/05)
-Northland Head Coach Dan Huntley to Leave MCHA (7/27/05)
-MSOE Coach Wins USA Hockey 16-Select Festival
-MCHA Names New League Commissioner (7/22/05)
-Marian's Ian Carroll Earns National Academic Honors (6/14/05)
-MSOE Hockey to Host USA Hockey National Under-18 Team (6/1/05)



-June 13, 2006
Soik Chosen to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team
-Courtesy of MSOE Sports Information Director Brian Gibboney
CONTACT: 414-277-2412 or gibboney@msoe.edu
MSOE hockey player Brian Soik (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) was selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Second Team, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSida). The At-Large selection includes scholar-athlete candidates with at least a 3.20 Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) from the following sports: golf, hockey, tennis, men’s volleyball and wrestling. The College Division includes student-athletes from NCAA Division II and III institutions.

In MSOE’s 103-year history, Soik is one of five athletes to receive the CoSida Academic All- America honor. He joins men’s basketball players Jeff Brezovar (1982 & 1983), Matt Hopf (2004), track athlete Rachel Eggebrecht (1999) and wrestler Matthew Schoenherr (2004) as MSOE student-athletes that have accomplished this achievement.

Athletic Director Dan Harris commented, “Brian is one of the elite students and athletes at MSOE. He has many natural talents and abilities, but his dedication to success in both academic and athletic achievement is matched by very few others,” Harris stated. “I am extremely proud to have Brian as a student-athlete at MSOE.

MSOE men’s hockey coach Mark Ostapina was also extremely proud of Soik’s accomplishments. “Brian is very deserving of this award,” said Ostapina. “He puts pride in both his academic and athletic achievements and this award signifies what Brian is all about.”

The 6’1” junior forward has received numerous honors this year including the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA) Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the conference tournament. Soik finished tied for fifth in the NCAA in points per game with a 1.67 average. His .78 goals per game average placed him in a tie for ninth place, nationally.

Soik was also a USCHO online All-West Region Honorable Mention. He was the leading scorer in the MCHA. In 2006, Soik and the MSOE hockey program won its second straight MCHA and Harris Cup title.

Scholastically, he has a 3.90 Grade Point Average in mechanical engineering and has made the Dean’s List every quarter at MSOE. He is a three-time MCHA All-Academic team member and was a CoSida Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Second Team Region V selection in 2005.

This year, his Region V All-America first team selection automatically made him one of eighty finalists for the award.




-June 5, 2006
Szkodzinski Named Lawrence University Hockey Coach
-Courtesy of Lawrence Sports Information Director Joe Vanden Acker
CONTACT: 920-832-6878
APPLETON, Wis. -- Mike Szkodzinski has been named the new head ice hockey coach at Lawrence University, Director of Athletics Robert Beeman announced on Monday.

Szkodzinski comes to Lawrence from St. Norbert College, where he has been an assistant with the Green Knights for the past two seasons.

"We are pleased to secure a coach of Mike's caliber to lead the Lawrence University hockey program," Beeman said. "His proven track record as a player and as the top assistant for the nationally ranked St. Norbert team, combined with his East Coast recruiting ties, give Lawrence instant credibility in national hockey circles."

During Szkodzinski's two seasons at St. Norbert, the Green Knights put together a 49-8-5 record, including a 22-2-4 mark in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play. St. Norbert was the NCAA Division III runner-up in 2006 after winning the NCHA regular season title. The Green Knights won the NCHA title in 2005 and also claimed the Peters Cup.

"I am extremely excited to lead the Lawrence University hockey team in the coming seasons," Szkodzinski said. "I'd like to thank Bob Beeman for the chance to coach the Vikings, and I'm really looking forward to becoming a part of the Lawrence community."

Before coaching at St. Norbert, Szkodzinski was an assistant for two seasons at the University of Findlay and spent a season as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

A native of Brighton, Mich., Szkodzinski played for two seasons at Ferris State University, earning All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie Team honors in 1997. He transferred to St. Norbert and was a standout goaltender for the Green Knights. Szkodzinski was a second-team All-American in 1999 and earned first-team All-NCHA honors in 1999 and 2000.

Szkodzinski put together an impressive 2.21 career goals against average and still holds the school record with a .917 career save percentage. He compiled a 32-9-4 record between the pipes, and included in that total is a 4-2 win in the 1999 NCAA Division III Tournament over Middlebury College.

Szkodzinski earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from St. Norbert and has a Master of Business Adminstration from Findlay.

Lawrence returns 21 players from this past season's squad, including captain Joe Searl, assistant captain and All-Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association defenseman Josh Peterson, and All-MCHA goaltender Andrew Isaac. The Vikings finished the 2005-06 campaign with a 9-14-4 record, including a 7-9-4 mark in conference play.




-May 8, 2006
Ruhly Not Renewed as Lawrence University Head Hockey Coach
-Courtesy of Lawrence Sports Information Director Joe Vanden Acker
CONTACT: 920-832-6878
APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University head ice hockey coach Dave Ruhly will not be offered a new contract, Director of Athletics Robert Beeman announced Monday.

Ruhly's contract expires in June at the end of the 2005-06 academic year.

A 1998 graduate of Providence College, Ruhly served as Lawrence's head coach for seven seasons. Ruhly was the first full-time head coach, and the eighth overall, in the brief history of intercollegiate hockey at Lawrence when he came on board in 1999. Hockey has been a varsity sport at Lawrence since 1986.

Ruhly's team put together a record of 9-14-4 in 2005-06, and the Vikings finished in fourth place in the six-team Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association with a 7-9-4 record.

In Ruhly's seven seasons, the Madison native compiled a record of 50-119-9. His best season was 2004-05, when Lawrence finished 11-13-2 and took second place in the MCHA.

Beeman said a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.



-April 5, 2006
Three MCHA Players and MSOE's Ostapina Earn National Postseason Honors
USCHO.com's Men's Division III All-USCHO Team has been announced, and three players from the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association as well as Milwaukee School of Engineering head coach Mark Ostapina have been recognized with end of the year honors.

Left to Right: Brian Soik, Matt Burzon, Mitch Sabo, Mark Ostapina

Two MSOE players were tabbed for Honorable Mention honors in the West, as Brian Soik and Matt Burzon were rewarded for their performances from this past season. Soik, who was named MCHA Player of the Year and league tournament MVP, earned a spot after tying for the league-lead with 45 points (21G/24A) in leading the Raiders. He was also first in scoring in league play, finishing second in assists and third in goals. Burzon played a vital role in goal, topping the league goalies in goals-against-average (2.21), save percentage (.914) and winning percentage (.824) in a 14-3-0 campaign.

The other player to earn an individual honor was Lawrence University's Mitch Sabo, who was an Honorable Mention choice for the West's All-Rookie Team. Sabo scored 10 points (7G/3A) as a defender, recording two game-winning goals along the way.

Rounding out the awards was MSOE head coach Mark Ostapina, who was named Honorable Mention for the West Coach-of-the-Year award for the second-straight season. Ostapina claimed back-to-back MCHA regular season crowns and Harris Cup Championships this year, leading the Raiders to a 21-5-1 campaign - a school record for victories and the most wins by an MCHA team since 1998-99. He was honored as MCHA Coach-of-the-Year for the second-straight season as well.

West First Team
Goal — Kyle Jones, So., St. Norbert
Defense —Andrew Derton, Jr., St. Norbert
Defense — John Bottoms, Sr., St. Thomas
Forward — Connor Hughes, Sr., St. Norbert
Forward — Aaron Johnson, Jr., Augsburg 
Forward — Scott Bjorklund, Jr., St. John's

West Second Team
Goal — Adam Hanna, Sr., St. John's 
Defense — Jon Keseley, Jr., Gustavus Adolphus
Defense — Darryl Smoleroff, Sr., St. John's
Forward — Andy Cote, Jr., St. Norbert
Forward — Dan Krmpotich, Sr., St. Thomas
Forward — Mike Kneeland, Fr., Lake Forest
Honorable Mention: Matt Burzon (MSOE), Spencer Carbury (St. Norbert), Tyler Dahl (UW-River Falls), Sean Fish (UW-Stevens Point), Adam Gill (St. Mary's), Derek Hansberry (UW-River Falls), Mark Menzies (St. Scholastica), Mike Salmela (UW-River Falls), Brian Soik (MSOE)

West Rookie Team
Goal — AJ Bucchio, UW-River Falls
Defense — Mark Menzies, St. Scholastica
Defense — Clay Rehm, St. Thomas
Forward — Derek Hansberry, UW-River Falls
Forward — Mike Kneeland, Lake Forest
Forward — Kent Bostrom, Bethel
Honorable Mention: Sean Fish (UW-Stevens Point), Chris Nathe (UW-River Falls), Mitch Sabo (Lawrence), Barrett Simons (St. Olaf), Jon Skoog (St. Norbert), Jack Wolgemuth (UW-Stout)

West Coach of the Year: Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert
Runners-Up: Sean Goldsworthy (St. Olaf), Mark Ostapina (MSOE)

D-III Player of the Year: Mickey Gilchrist
Runners-Up: Adam Hanna (St. John's), Connor Hughes (St. Norbert)



-March 8, 2006
Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Announces End-of-Season Awards
The Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association announced all if its league awards at a banquet held in conjunction with the MCHA Tournament this past weekend in Appleton. The league's All-Conference, All-Freshman and All-Academic Teams were all named, as well as the Player and Coach of the Year awards.

Harris Cup champion MSOE won the two major awards, with Mark Ostapina earning the Coach-of-the-Year honor and Raider Brian Soik adding MCHA Player-of-the-Year honors to his Tournament MVP trophy that he won this past weekend..


2006 MCHA All-Conference (Alphabetical):
F Michael Duta - MSOE
F Blair Hanberg - MSOE
F Joe Lewis – Finlandia University
F Chad Little – Marian College
F Josh Paquette – Finlandia University
F Brian Soik - MSOE
D Matt Bobo – Marian College
D Josh Peterson – Lawrence University
D Steve Piccoli – Finlandia University
D Jason Woll - MSOE
G Matt Burzon - MSOE
G Andrew Isaac – Lawrence University

2006 MCHA All-Freshmen (Alphabetical):
Andrew Corvo – Marian College
RG Flath – MSOE
James Goodfellow- Marian College
Jason Jadczak – Marian College
Simon Labrosse-Gelinas – MSOE
Mike Mistretta – Northland College

MCHA Coach of the Year: MSOE's Mark Ostapina MCHA Player of the Year: MSOE's Brian Soik

The 2005-06 MCHA All-Academic Teams:


Lukas Alberer
Travis Hanson
Joe Junttila
Ilkka Korteslouma
Jamie Leffler
Joe Lewis
Matt Lindgren
Josh Paquette
Mike Parks
Phil Schwartz

Joe MacDonald
Josh Peterson
Andy Link
Mason Oakes
Brian Kennihan
Daniel Ljung



Matthew Bobo
Dave DeSander
Chad Little


Nick Bilpush
Ross Chawansky
Matt DenBoer
Matt Fastelin
Ryan Lettau
Josh Rudolph
Brian Soik
Bryce Wasebeck
David Yolo


Scott Canfield
Adam Svette
Derek Lehrke
Aaron Wallace
Ryan Potts
Jeff Affleck
Steve O’Hern
Jim Junker

Nathan Haskins
Kyle Knudsen
Wyatt LaVigne
Teal Plaine
Brett Shelanski
Dustin Steigauf
Ryan Tucker 



  Lawrence University's
-Mason Oakes-
One of seven finalists for the 2006 Hockey Humanitarian Award



-March 6, 2006
MSOE Misses Bid for the NCAA Tournament
-Courtesy of MSOE Sports Information Director Brian Gibboney
CONTACT: 414-277-2412 or gibboney@msoe.edu
After winning the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association championship game on Sunday night, MSOE Raiders head coach Mark Ostapina waited anxiously for the call - whether or not the Raiders will get a bid to the NCAA tournament. At 10:15 p.m. Ostapina had to call his team and let them know that they would be home during the tournament.

The selection committee, comprised of coaches from both eastern and western schools chose to take three teams from the west region; West region automatic qualifiers UW-Superior and St. Olaf with C pool candidate St. Norbert, and seven other teams coming from the highly competitive and Division III heavy New England/New York area, will compete for the title.

After compiling a 21-5-1 record Ostapina was disappointed that the Raiders were not selected to the NCAA tournament. “We had the second best winning percentage and quality win quotient in the west behind number one seed St. Norbert and still was overlooked by the committee. The MSOE team did everything the coaching staff asked of them and fell short. The fact is that this is the NCAA tournament, and many fine teams are watching.”

The Raiders completed their second straight season with 20 or more wins and their second consecutive MCHA/Harris Cup championship.



-March 5, 2006
MSOE Repeats as Harris Cup Champions Behind MVP Performance of Brian Soik
The Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders won their second-straight Harris Cup on Sunday afternoon at the Appleton Family Ice Center, defeating Marian College by a final score of 5-2 in the title game of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament.

Marian took a 2-1 lead into the final period before tournament MVP Brian Soik (pictured at left) put his team on his shoulders and took over. Soik scored a hat trick in the third period alone, tallying three of the four goals that MSOE added. He lit the lamp at the 10:17 mark to tie the game and at the 15:41 mark for the game-winner. After Michael Duta registered his second goal of the contest to make it 4-2, Soik added an empty-netter for the hat trick. The victory gave the Raiders the Harris Cup in MSOE’s most-successful season in program history at 21-5-1 overall. Marian finishes its season at 14-12-1.

Marian’s Greg Copeland opened the scoring in the first, slipping one past Matt Burzon for the 1-0 lead. Duta tied the game with just five seconds remaining in the first before Chad Little gave the Sabres their second lead of the game with the only goal of the second period.

All-Tournament Team
MVP, Brian Soik, MSOE
Jason Jadczak, Marian
Mike Parks, Finlandia
Luke Hasbargen, MSOE
Chad Little, Marian
Michael Duta, MSOE
Lee Swallow, MSOE



-March 1, 2006
Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament Starts Friday in Appleton, Wis.
The journey for the right to claim the Harris Cup starts this weekend for all six teams in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association. Action gets underway this Friday at the Appleton Family Ice Center, as Lawrence University will play host to the event.

Friday features two semifinal qualifiers, with No. 3 Finlandia (9-12-3 overall, 9-8-3 MCHA) taking on No. 6 Northland (3-22-0, 3-17-0) in the first game of the tournament, with the puck dropping at 2 p.m. for the game. The second contest features No. 4 Lawrence (8-13-4, 7-9-4) taking on No. 5 Minnesota-Crookston (6-17-2, 6-13-1), scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Once those games are over, Saturday's schedule will then be determined as the lowest remaining seed will play No. 1 MSOE (19-5-1, 17-2-1), last year's Harris Cup Champions. The highest remaining seed will then clash with No. 2 Marian College (13-11-1, 13-6-1). MSOE will play their game at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the Sabres set to play at 6:30 p.m.

The tournament will conclude with the MCHA Championship on Sunday afternoon, as winners of Saturday's semifinals will battle for the Harris Cup starting at 3 p.m.

Dates: Friday, March 3rd-Sunday March 5th, 2006
Host Team: Lawrence University
Where: Appleton Family Ice Center

Appleton Family Ice Center
From the North or South:
• Take Highway 41 and exit at Ballard Road.
• Turn south and go approximately a quarter-mile and turn right into the entrance for Memorial Park.
• The Ice Center is located to the left just past the entrance to the park.

Friday, March 3, 2006
2:00 Game 1 Semi-final qualifier FINLANDIA UNIVERSITY vs. NORTHLAND COLLEGE
5:00 pm Game 2 Semi-final qualifier LAWRENCE UNIVERISTY vs. MN-CROOKSTON

Saturday, March 4, 2006
3: Game 3 Semi-final MSOE vs. Lowest remaining seed 
6:30pm Game 4 Semi-final MARIAN  COLLEGE vs. highest remaining seed

Sunday, March 5, 2006
3:00 pm Championship Winners of Saturday's semifinals

ADULTS $5.00 / STUDENTS $3.00 / 8 & UNDER FREE

-February 28, 2006
Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Players Receive National Attention
-Courtesy of the Northland College Sports Information Department
Two Northland College hockey players are featured in this week’s issue of Sporting News magazine. Sporting News magazine is one of the most respected sporting magazines in the United States. The magazine has been around for nearly 120 years and reaches 3.9 million readers weekly.

The article is entitled “Give blood, play hockey – and live to tell about it.” It retells the story of Northland College Senior Ryan Theros getting injured during a hockey game down in Milwaukee. Teammate Jim Junker jumped onto the ice and applied pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding.

Reporter Dave Kindred decided to write the story after hockey fan and spectator Dave Lewis wrote to him describing Junker as a true team player, “I wish I had noticed the teammate’s number so I could tell you his name. He is a true American hero,” Lewis said.



-February 20, 2006
League Tournament Next Up on the Schedule for MCHA
The 2005-06 Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association regular season is in the books and the Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders are the champions of the league for the second-straight season. The Raiders repeated on the strength of a 17-2-1 league record, breaking the mark for most wins by a team in league play set by Marian College back in 2001-02 (the Sabres went 16-0-0 that season). They earn the No. 1 seed in the tournament, with Marian coming in at No. 2 with its 13-6-1 league mark after tying Lawrence 2-2 in overtime Feb. 17 and beating the Vikings 7-3 on Saturday. Next up is the Finlandia Lions, coming in at 9-8-3 and off the biggest win of their season – a 6-5 defeat of then-#12 MSOE on Saturday. Lawrence is the four-seed (7-9-4), with Minnesota-Crookston the five (6-13-1) and Northland – coming off a season-ending 7-4 victory over Crookston – the six seed (3-17-0) in the run for the Harris Cup at the league tournament, which begins Friday, March 3rd, in Appleton, Wis.

MSOE led the way in numerous statistical categories, including 6.05 goals-per-game on offense – more than a goal per game better than number two. They also led in defense with their 2.10 GAA, more than 1.5 better than second place.

The Raiders had four of the top five point scorers in the league, with Brian Soik leading the MCHA with 37 points (15G/22A). Teammate Lee Swallow was next with 36 (13G/23A), a new record for sophomores. MSOE’s Blair Hanberg was third, recording 32 points (17G/15A), tied with Finlandia’s Josh Paquette (13G/19A). Raider Michael Duta rounded out the top five with 30 points (13G/17A).

MSOE newcomer RG Flath led the conference in goals with 17, tying the league mark for scores by a freshman, set by Joe Lewis of Finlandia last year. Hanberg was tied for first with 17, breaking the sophomore record of 15 held by MSOE’s Ryan Herron (1998-99). Soik was third with 15 goals.

Swallow topped the charts in assists with 23, with Soik’s 22 equaling the junior record held by Marian College’s Dave Chipman (1999-2000). Teammate James Shipley was third with 20.

Defensively, MSOE had two goalies turn in tremendous seasons, as Matt Burzon was first with his .917 save percentage and his 2.06 GAA. Not far behind, Joe Dovalina was second in both categories at .915 and 2.13.

Left to Right: Aaron Wallace (Northland) ... Daniel Ljung (Lawrence) ... Jason Jadczak (Marian)

Players of the Week:
-Northland College Lumberjacks senior forward Aaron Wallace (Brownstown, MI) earns the honors for MCHA Player-of-the-Week for his efforts in getting Northland its third league win of the season. He accounted for six points in Saturday’s 7-4 victory, netting four goals while adding two more assists. He also had one assist on Friday for a league-high seven points.
Other Nominees: Brian Soik (MSOE), Evan Thornton (Lawrence), Bill Griffore (Marian), Mike Parks (Finlandia)

-Lawrence University Vikings senior goalie Daniel Ljung (Avesta, Sweden) is this week’s choice for MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week. The German major had 61 saves in Friday’s tie – the third-most in league history (former Northland goalie Todor Petvov had games of 71 and 65). He also played in relief on Saturday, making 10 more saves to give him a save percentage of .945 for the weekend.
Other Nominees: Jason Jadczak (Marian), Joe Juntilla (Finlandia)

-Marian College Sabres freshman goalie Jason Jadczak (Des Plains, IL) is the MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week. In Friday’s 2-2 tie with Lawrence, he stopped 38 of 40 shots for a save percentage of .950. Then, on Saturday, he earned the victory with 38 more saves to give him a .939 save percentage on the weekend.
Other Nominees: Simon Labrosse-Gelinas (MSOE), Bill Griffore (Marian), Keith Johnstone (Finlandia)

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: The MCHA website was experiencing technical difficulties with it’s server that have just been able to be fixed today. The site was unable to be edited and updated from Feb. 16 through 5 p.m. today, Feb. 27. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience in this matter.



-February 13, 2006
MSOE Continues to Rise in National Rankings as MCHA Heads into Final Weekend
The MSOE Raiders moved up two spots in the national rankings, checking in at No. 12 today when the USCHO.com Division III men's poll was released. They swept Lawrence by scores of 10-2 and 5-2 on the weekend and received 47 votes, 16 more than when they were No. 14 a week ago.

In other league action, Marian secured their hold on the No. 2 seed with a sweep of Northland, defeating the Lumberjacks by scores of 7-4 and 5-2. In the other match-up, both games were 5-4 decisions, with Crookston winning on Saturday and Finlandia claiming the victory on Sunday.

Players from around the league continue to record hat tricks, as two more accomplished the feat this past weekend. MSOE's Blair Hanberg was the first on Friday night, recording a power play, short-handed and even-strength tally in the Raiders' 10-2 win. The other happened on Saturday, when Crookston's Teal Plaine accounted for three of his team's five goals in a 5-4 victory.

The league record book will be assaulted this upcoming weekend, as plenty of scoring records are within reach of falling heading into the final weekend of regular season play. MSOE's RG Flath has 16 goals, just one off the freshman record of 17 set by Finlandia's Joe Lewis a season ago. His teammate Blair Hanberg needs just one more goal to set a new record for goals by a sophomore, as he has already tied the mark of 15 set by MSOE's Ryan Herron in the 1998-99 season. Assist-wise, three players have a chance to break their respective class records: Finlandia's Josh Paquette has 19 assists, just two off the record of 21 for sophomores. MSOE's Brian Soik has 20 assists in MCHA play, just two off the junior record of 22. And, lastly, his teammate James Shipley currently has 19 assists, also two off the senior mark of 21. In the points category, MSOE's Lee Swallow has 30 points, just one away from the sophomore record of 31, held my Raider Mike Turcott set back in the 1999-2000 campaign.

Left to Right: Teal Plaine (Crookston) ... Luke Hasbargen (MSOE) ... James Goodfellow (Marian)

Players of the Week:
-Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagle sophomore forward Teal Plaine (Hallock, Minn.) is this week's MCHA Player-of-the-Week. The accounting major had the hat trick on Friday and also an assist, helping account for four of his team's five goals in the 5-4 win. On Sunday, he scored another goal to finish with five points on the weekend.
Other Nominees: Evan Thornton (Lawrence), Joe Lewis (Finlandia), Blair Hanberg (MSOE)

-Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders senior defenseman Luke Hasbargen (Rhinelander, Wis.) is this week's MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Hasbargen played extremely well in all three zones in the weekend sweep of Lawrence, helping limit the Vikings to an 0-for18 showing on the power play. He also had two assists and finished the weekend +4.
Other Nominees; Lukas Alberer (Finlandia), Mitch Sabo (Lawrence)

-Marian College freshman forward James Goodfellow (Naperville, Ill.) wins MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week honors for the second time this season for accounting for game-winning goals in each of Marian's victories on the weekend. On Friday, he had the winner and an assist and was +2. On Saturday, his goal was the decision-maker again and was +3.
Other Nominees: RG Flath (MSOE), Ryan Sullivan (Finlandia), Aaron LaFave (Lawrence)



-February 6, 2006
MSOE Becomes First MCHA Team to Crack Top 15 in Nation
The big news out of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association was made by the Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders, who became the first-ever league school to be voted into the Top 15 poll when the new standings were released earlier this afternoon by USCHO.com. The Raiders, who swept by Northland College this past weekend by scores of 6-0 and 5-1, received 31 votes to claim the No. 14 spot in the poll. They had been receiving votes for most of the season, and were even the highest vote-getter last month, before making the jump. Only MSOE and Marian College have ever received votes in the poll in the eight-year history of the league.

That wasn't the only highlight for MSOE, as they clinched the regular season championship with the pair of victories. They now have 29 points courtesy of their 14-1-1 league mark, earning their second-straight league regular season crown (the most second-place Marian could end up with is 28 points).

On the ice, there were some notable performances as well. Three players recorded hat tricks, as Finlandia University's Joe Welgos and Marian College teammates Chad Little and Billy Schill all scored three goals in a game. The high-scoring Sabre duo helped lead their team to a sweep of UMC-Crookston, as Marian swept the Golden Eagles by scores of 7-1 and 8-4. In the other league match-up, Lawrence got past Finlandia 5-1 on Saturday before the Lions came back for a 4-4 overtime tie on Sunday. With second through fourth place separated by just two points, every game left on the schedule will have meaning for those involved.

USCHO.com Division III Men's Poll (Minneapolis, Minn./February 6, 2006)

Team (1st place) Record Points Last Week
1. St. Norbert (10) 19-2-2 220 2
2. Middlebury (5) 10-0-0 211 2
3. Norwich 10-2-2 192 3
4. Manhattanville 12-3-0 180 4
5. Oswego 8-2-1 158 5
6. UW-River Falls 7-1-0 151 7
7. Hobart 9-2-0 128 8
8. St. Thomas 5-2-1 105 13
9. New England College 6-3-3 81 12
10. St. John's 8-3-0 78 NR
11. St. Scholastica 6-1-0 57 11
12. Bowdoin 7-4-2 53 9
13. Geneseo 5-2-0 49 15
14. MSOE 16-4-1 31 NR
15. Williams 7-2-0 28 10

Others receiving votes: Bethel 13, Colby 11, Wis.-Superior 9, St. Olaf 8, Elmira 7, Gustavus Adolphus 7, Mass.-Dartmouth 5, Utica 5, Babson 1.
The USCHO.com Poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO), and consists of 15 voters, including coaches and beat writers from across the country. USCHO is currently in it's tenth year as the nation's premier source of information on college hockey.

Left to Right: Chad Little (Marian) ... Jason Jadczak (Marian) ... Billy Schill (Marian)

Players of the Week:
-Marian College Sabres junior forward Chad Little (Southampton, ONT) earns the MCHA Player of the Week award. The team captain led the league with eight points (4G/4A) for the week, helping his team to a sweep of UM-Crookston. On Friday, he scored or assisted on three of the first four goals of the game, helping the Sabres cruise to the win. On Saturday, he put up a five-point (3G/2A) effort, including the hat trick when he scored short-handed in the closing minutes of the victory. He had two short-handed goals and was +6 on the weekend.
Other nominees: Blair Hanberg (MSOE), David Olynyk (Lawrence), Joe Welgos (Finlandia), Teal Plaine (UM-Crookston)

-Marian College Sabres freshman goalie Jason Jadczak (Des Plaines, IL) earns his first career award, as he is tabbed for the MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week. He started and played the whole game Friday, stopping 34 of 35 shots (.971 sv %) and holding the Golden Eagles to an 0-for-10 showing on the power play. Then, on Saturday, he came on in relief at the 13:01 mark of the first after Crookston had scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead. He went on to make 32 more saves on 33 shots (.970) while blanking the Golden Eagles on eight more extra-man opportunities to record a perfect 2-0 weekend.
Other nominees: Andrew Isaac (Lawrence), Matt Burzon (MSOE), Joe Juntilla (Finlandia), Jay Visger (UM-Crookston)

-Marian College Sabres freshman forward Billy Schill (Sault Ste. Marie, ONT) gives the Sabres the first weekly award sweep of the season, earning MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week accolades. Schill had a hat trick and was +2 on Friday before adding two more assists in Saturday's victory. He finished +3 on the weekend.
Other nominees: Jason Jadczak (Marian), Ted Greeley (Lawrence), Simon Labrosse-Gelinas (MSOE)


-January 30, 2006
MSOE Takes Control of First Place as League Enters Last Month of Regular Season
The MSOE Raiders took a firm hold of first place in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association this past weekend, defeating second-place Marian College twice in a home-and-home series. Both games were one-goal affairs, with the Raiders securing a 4-3 overtime victory on the road on Friday night before recording a  3-2 win at home on Saturday to improve to 26-3-1 in their last 30 regular season MCHA contests. They now stand in at 12-1-1 in league play this season, taking a step closer to their second-straight regular season title. All eyes will be on the release of the USCHO.com national poll later Monday evening as well, as the Raiders could crack the Top 15 for the first time ever after an undefeated week.

The other two league match-ups produced splits, as Lawrence made the long road trip to Crookston, winning 3-2 in overtime on Friday before falling 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. In the final series, Northland came back from a 9-2 loss to Finlandia on Friday night by defeating the Lions 3-2 on Saturday. Both of the Lumberjack's MCHA victories this season have come against Finlanida.

With six games remaining in the regular season, a look at the conference scoring leaders shows quite a battle brewing for the league lead. Finlandia (two players) and MSOE (four players), make up the top six point-scorers, while the league already has nine players with 20 or more points (to compare there were just 10 all season last year). Finlandia's Josh Paquette (25 points on 9G/16A) currently has a one-point lead over MSOE's Brian Soik (24 points on 11G/13A), while just four points separate the top six scorers.

1. Josh Paquette (FU) 25 points (9G/16A)
2. Brian Soik (MSOE) 24 (11G/13A)
3. Michael Duta (MSOE) 23 points (11G/12A)
4. Lee Swallow (MSOE) 22 points (10G/12A)
T5. Blair Hanberg (MSOE) 21 points (9G/12A)
T5. Joe Lewis (FU) 21 points (8G/13A)

Left to Right: Joe Searl (Lawrence) ... Mike Mistretta (Northland) ... Mike Marquette (MSOE)

Players of the Week:
-Lawrence University Vikings junior left wing Joe Searl (Fond du Lac, Wis.) is the choice for the MCHA Player-of-the-Week. The psychology major and team captain was instrumental in Lawrence's 3-2 overtime road win on Friday. He had an assist on the goal that put his team up 2-1, and then, after Crookston had battled back to tie the game and send it into overtime, scored the game-winner to send the Vikings out with the victory. He also had an assist on Saturday, giving him a team-leading 19 points (7G/12A) on the year.
Other Nominees: Mike Parks (Finlandia), Patrick Knutson (Crookston), Michael Duta (MSOE), Matt Hann (Crookston)

-Northland College Lumberjacks freshman goalie Mike Mistretta (Amherst, NY) wins the MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week award for his role in the Lumberjacks efforts against Finlandia this weekend. The meteorology major played over 24 minutes of Friday's game, stopping 21 of 23 shots. He then came back on Saturday to make 48 saves on 50 shots (.960 save %) in the 'Jacks 3-2 victory, his first collegiate win. For the weekend, his save percentage was .945.
Other Nominees: Ben Larson (Crookston), Joe Juntilla (Finlandia), Brett Shelanski (Crookston), Jason Woll (MSOE), Andrew Isaac (Lawrence), Wyatt LaVigne (Crookston)
Other Nominees: Ryan Sullivan (Finlandia), Ted Greeley (Lawrence)




-January 26, 2006
Steve Fabiili Promoted to Northland College Head Coach; Interim Label Removed
-Courtesy of Northland College Athletic Director Steve Wammer
CONTACT: 715-682-1244

ASHLAND, WI – The interim tag has been removed from Northland College Head Men’s Ice Hockey Coach Steve Fabiilli’s title today according to Director of Athletics Steve Wammer.

Fabiilli had been named interim coach in September of 2005 following the resignation of former coach Dan Huntley.  “Steve has done an excellent job so far this year, his knowledge, experience and work ethic has brought much to our program” commented Wammer. “It has become obvious that he is a great choice for this position, the decision to make him our permanent coach was easy.  I feel the future of Northland Hockey is in excellent hands.”

Prior to being named Interim Head Coach at Northland, Fabiilli served as co-head coach at Division I Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.  That team finished second in the Atlantic Hockey Conference with a record of 14-7-3.  An alumnus of Canisius, Fabiilli was named Team MVP his senior year and was also the College’s Male Athlete of the Year.

"I am excited to continue to work with the program at Northland College." says Fabiilli, "I believe that we can move LumberJack Hockey forward and build a strong and successful hockey program.”



-January 24, 2006
Leitzan Ties MCHA Record With Five Goals; MSOE Climbs in National Poll
It was a week for the record book in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association. For starters, MSOE freshman Matt Leitzan tied the league record for goals in a game when he lit the lamp five times against Minnesota-Crookston on Friday night, becoming the first player in nearly six years to accomplish the feat. He started things out with a goal in the first period before exploding for four more in the third to tie three other players who share the record.

Matt Leitzan, MSOE vs. Crookston, 01/20/06
Mike Dittrich, Marian College vs. MSOE, 02/05/00
Chris Hill, Findlay vs. Benedictine, 02/13/99
Dave Bell, Findlay vs. Benedictine, 02/13/99

There was another milestone reached in that same game, as Crookston senior Patrick Knutson recorded career point No. 100 with assists on two goals. He then went over the century mark with a goal on Saturday. He now has 101 points (55G/46A) and is the second-leading scorer in Golden Eagle history, trailing only Brock Anundson's 112 points (51G/61A). He was honored for his achievement by the school at a recent game (L-R: Head Coach Gary Warren, Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson, Patrick Knutson, MCHA Commissioner Terry Brand).

MSOE reached unprecedented territory for a league team, receiving 35 votes when the USCHO.com NCAA Division III poll was released on Monday. They are just one spot away from cracking the Top 15, as Colby, with 37 points, was ranked 15th this week. This is the highest-ever ranking for an MCHA team. Marian was the only other team to previously receive votes in the poll.

In league action, MSOE swept by Crookston to remain firmly in first place with a 10-1-1 record. Marian and Finlandia played to a split, leaving the Sabres in second with a ledger of 8-4-0 in league play. In the other series, Lawrence University came away with a sweep, downing Northland in two one-goal games at home.

   -Matt Leitzan-         -Andrew Isaac-

Players of the Week:
-Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders freshman forward Matt Leitzan (Appleton, WI) is the MCHA Player-of-the-Week. Leitzan had a fabulous weekend on the ice, recording the five-goal game on Friday and then adding two more on Saturday. The business major also two assists on Saturday for a nine-point weekend.
Other Nominees: Patrick Knutson (Crookston), Dave Olynyk (Lawrence), Matt Bobo (Marian)

-Lawrence University Vikings junior goalie Andrew Isaac (Mississauga, ONT) receives MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his work between the pipes in the Vikings sweep of Northland. The economics major stopped 22 of 23 shots on Sunday and 19 of 21 Lumberjack shots on Monday to give him an unblemished record and a save percentage of .931 for the weekend.
Other Nominees: Matt Bobo (Marian), Jason Woll (MSOE), Scott Ross (Marian)

-It's hard to argue with a scoring record and a league-best nine-point weekend, so freshman forward Matt Leitzan (Appleton, WI) takes two awards this week, winning the MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week award as well.
Other Nominees: Scott Ross (Marian), Ted Greeley (Lawrence), Andrew Corvo (Marian)


-January 20, 2006
Mason Oakes of Lawrence University Named One of Seven Finalists for the 2006 Hockey Humanitarian Award
The finalists for the 2006 Hockey Humanitarian Award were announced Friday, and Lawrence's Mason Oakes is among them. This marks the second time that a player from the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association has been a finalist for the award, joining Lawrence's Tom Conti, a three-year captain who was a finalist for the honor in January of 2002. Oakes (pictured at left) was announced earlier this month as one of 18 players nominated nationally for the honor. He is currently fourth on the team with 12 points (7G/5A) and has played in 89 games in his Viking career, recording 57 points (29G/28A). 

The following press release is courtesy of the award's website, www.hockeyhumanitarian.org

Mpls., Minn. – The Hockey Humanitarian Foundation today announced seven outstanding student athletes who were selected as finalists for the 2006 Hockey Humanitarian Award.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Janelle Armitage Sr. University of Connecticut
Eric Leroux Sr. Princeton University
Drew Miller Jr. Michigan State University
Mason Oakes Sr. Lawrence University
Jaime Sifers Sr. University of Vermont
Chris Trick Sr. University of Notre Dame
Lindsay Williams Jr. Clarkson University

The finalists were selected by the Hockey Humanitarian Award Executive Committee from a group of 18 nominees. Each of the finalists have exhibited a strong commitment to their communities, their teams and their studies. Among the highlights of their many humanitarian endeavors:

Janelle Armitage organized a winter coat and clothing drive, organized a team effort to purchase gifts for teen home and organized a fund drive to aid an arena employee whose home was burned down. Eric Leroux spent 10 weeks in Kenya working with the Foundation for Sustainable Development and six weeks in Ecuador working in a community malaria clinic. At Princeton he founded a team initiative named PUCK (Providing Underprivileged Communities and Kids) and the Princeton World Health Initiative.

Drew Miller created the Spartan Buddy Program which sends students to visit children with severe or terminal illnesses. Miller is a Pen Pal to a local elementary classroom and has worked with the Children’s Miracle Network, Teams For Toys and the Special Olympics. Mason Oakes works with multiple Boys and Girls Clubs and is very involved in the Appleton, Wisconsin community including food drives and volunteering at retirement homes.

Jaime Sifers is the team liaison with the Jarred Williams Foundation which helps families with a chronically ill child, helped raise $20,000 to improve the lives of children, women and families at risk as well as working with the King Street Youth Center. Chris Trick oversees the community service activities of the Irish hockey team and organized the “Buddy Walk” in addition to organizing the Robinson Center Kid’s Skate. Lindsay Williams oversees the weekly community service efforts of the Clarkson women’s hockey team and works with the Helping Hands for less fortunate families. Williams has raised money for holiday dinners and organized the “Skate With The Knights”.

The 11th recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award will be selected from this group of finalists and named in a ceremony held in conjunction with the Hobey Baker Award and NCAA Skills Competition on Friday, April 7th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the 2006 NCAA Frozen Four.



-January 16, 2006
Warren's 400th Career Victory Highlights Conference Slate of Games
Minnesota-Crookston highlighted the weekend in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association, as they got head coach Gary Warren his 400th career victory on Friday night and then topped that off by sweeping Northland with a victory on Saturday as well. In a weekend of three MCHA series, the Golden Eagles were the only ones to pull off the sweep as the league schedule hit it's mid-point.

MSOE kept it's hold on first place (17 points) with a 7-1 win on Friday and a 3-3 overtime tie Saturday on the road against Finlandia, who now stands in third in the league standings (12 points). The Raiders stayed prominent in the eyes of the national voters as well, as they received 18 votes in Monday's USCHO.com Division III poll.

Marian College remains in second (14 points), as they split with Lawrence, falling 5-3 Friday night before coming out on top in a 9-7 shoot-out on Saturday. Each league team now has 10 games in the books and 10 games remaining in conference action, with just five points separating first through third place.

Players of the Week:
-The MCHA Player-of-the-Week award will be shared this week. One recipient is Minnesota-Crookston sophomore forward Brent Groenke (Morden, MB). Groenke scored twice on Friday before playing an even bigger role on Saturday. After already recording an assist, he added two goals in the third period once Northland had tied the game at 4-4. The first came on the power play while the second was the short-handed game-winner. The other honoree is Northland College junior forward Jim Junker (St. Paul, MN). It's not too often that a player on a team that gets swept earns the honor, but Junker played a role in seven of the 10 goals that the Lumberjacks scored on the weekend. On Friday, he had two goals and two assists out of Northland's five goals. On Saturday, it was three assists on the team's five goals for a league-best seven points (2G/5A) on the week.
Other Nominees: Neil Wallace (Lawrence), Chad Little (Marian), Patrick Knutson (Minnesota-Crookston)

-Milwaukee School of Engineering junior goalie Matt Burzon (Danby, Vt.) wins the MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the third time this season. The construction management major was between the pipes for the Raiders' 7-1 victory over Finlandia on Friday night, stopping 23 of 24 Lion shots in the win. He now leads the MCHA in goals-against-average (1.50), save percentage (.942) and winning percentage (1.000, a perfect 6-0).
Other Nominees: Pete Stafford (Lawrence), Andy Fiore (Marian), Ben Larson (Minnesota-Crookston)

-Marian College freshman forward Billy Schill (Sault Ste. Marie, ONT is the MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week for his efforts in the Sabres split with Lawrence. On Friday, he played a role in each of Marian's scores, recording a goal and two assists in the 5-3 loss. Then, on Saturday, he added another goal and two assists to give him a six-point (2G/4A) weekend. He was also +5 on the ice for the series.
Other Nominees: Nick Jennette (Lawrence), Travis Pederson (Minnesota-Crookston), Matt Lietzan (MSOE)


-January 13, 2006
Crookston's Gary Warren Nets Career Victory No. 400
Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some, but not this time for Crookston head coach Gary Warren. On Friday, his Golden Eagles defeated Northland College by a score of 7-5 to give Warren career victory No. 400.

Warren (pictured at left), in his fifth season at Crookston, has accumulated a record of 55-59-10 in his tenure as Golden Eagles head coach, winning a regular season crown in the 2002-03 season and tournament crowns in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 campaigns. Crookston has played for the Harris Cup in each of the seasons that Warren has been the head coach.

For his career, his 25-year mark now stands at 400-279-47. He was the head coach at MSU-Bottineau before accepting the Crookston job in December of 2000.


-January 9, 2006
Lawrence's Oakes Nominated for 2006 Hockey Humanitarian; MCHA Returns to Ice for 2006
The Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association returned to the ice for the 2006 portion of their schedule this past week, with every team but Northland taking part in non-conference action. In the biggest game of the week, MSOE took a 2-0 first period advantage on No. 3 St. Norbert, only to see the Green Knights battle back to take the lead and add a late empty-netter in the 4-2 victory. The Raiders outshot St. Norbert 12-6 in the final period, but were unable to retake the lead.

The other big news of the week happened at Lawrence University, where senior Mason Oakes (pictured below left) was announced as one of 18 players nominated nationally for the 2006 Hockey Humanitarian Award. Oakes is currently fifth on the team with eight points (5G/3A) and has played in 87 games in his Viking career, recording 53 points (27G/26A). He is also a two-time MCHA All-Academic team member.

According to the organization's website, http://www.hockeyhumanitarian.org/, the Hockey Humanitarian Award annually honors college hockey’s finest citizen and seeks to recognize college hockey players, Division I or Division III, male or female, who give back to their community in the true humanitarian spirit. It’s been said of the Hockey Humanitarian Award that we seek not to celebrate Hall of Fame athletes, but rather Hall of Fame human beings.

The nominees, listed in alphabetical order, are:
Janelle Armitage, Sr., University of Connecticut
Jessica Clermont, Sr., Niagara University
Carlton Ellis, Jr., Suffolk University
Abbey Kaknes, Sr., University of Vermont
Eric Leroux, Sr., Princeton University
Eric Marvin, Sr., Western Michigan University
Annice Mason, Sr., Saint Michael’s College
David McKee, Jr., Cornell University
Drew Miller, Jr., Michigan State University
Greg Moore, Sr., University of Maine
Meghan Mutrie, Sr., University of North Dakota
Mason Oakes, Sr., Lawrence University
Carrie Schroyer, Sr., Harvard University
Jamie Sifers, Sr., University of Vermont
Jon Smyth, Sr., Colgate University
Chris Trick, Sr., University of Notre Dame
Lindsay Williams, Jr., Clarkson University
Jason Wilson, Sr., Norwich University

Finalists for the award will be announced on www.hockeyhumanitarian.org on Friday, January 20. The 11th recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award will be selected from the group of finalists and named in a ceremony held in conjunction with the first-ever NCAA Skills Competition on Friday, April 7th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the 2006 NCAA Frozen Four.

Players of the Week:
-Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders sophomore forward Lee Swallow (Stanwod, MI) earns MCHA Player-of-the-Week honors for his role in the Raiders' contest against No. 3 St. Norbert. The construction management major scored the goal that gave MSOE a 2-0 first period lead and was outstanding in all three zones in his return from injury.
Other Nominees: Matt Hann (UM-Crookston), Joe Searl (Lawrence)

-Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders sophomore defenseman Ken Walters (Amery, WI) earns the MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week award. The business major recorded the first goal of the Raiders contest against St. Norbert and was +1 on the evening.
Other Nominees: Andy Link (Lawrence)

-Lawrence University Vikings freshman left wing/defenseman Blake Royale (Burlington, Ontario) earns the MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week honors for his play this week. The Biology major scored a goal against Gustavus Adolphus and was +1 for the weekend.


-December 18, 2005
Finlandia's Paquette; MSOE's Ostapina Among First Half's Bests on USCHO.com
The Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association received some national attention this week in C. J. Spang's "This Week in West Region - D-III" article on the college hockey website uscho.com.

In the article called "Midway Madness", Spang lists his mid-season first and second teams in the West. The MCHA was represented with Finlandia University's Josh Paquette earning a spot as a First Team forward, while Milwaukee School of Engineering head coach Mark Ostapina was selected as the coach of the Second Team.

Paquette currently leads the MCHA in assists (11) and points (19), while his 1.90 points per game average ranks ninth in the country. His goals per game average of 0.80 ranks 24th and his assist average of 1.10 is 21st among all NCAA Division III hockey players.

Ostapina has MSOE back where they finished last season, in first place in the league standings with a 7-1 ledger. His 9-3-0 overall slate includes a 3-2 victory over Lake Forest (Oct. 29), the Raiders first-ever defeat of an NCHA squad. It also includes a 3-2 overtime win over No. 11 Babson (Nov. 26), MSOE's first-ever defeat of a ranked team.


-December 17, 2005
Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Website Experiencing Technical Difficulties
The MCHA website has been experiencing technical difficulties over the past three to four days. We appreciate your patience as we found the cause of the problem. As of 5 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 17), it appears that everything should be back to normal. Unfortunately, the website needed to be repaired using a back-up from Dec. 10, so any information that was added since then has been lost. The scores, schedules and standings pages have now been updated, but last week's recap and players of the week have yet to be re-posted.

The league PR director is currently working on that, and the information will be back on the MCHA site as soon as possible.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding in helping us deal with problems with our server.
(NOTE: The information has now been re-posted)


-December 12, 2005
Top Three Teams in MCHA Complete Weekend Sweeps
The MSOE Raiders, Marian Sabres and Finlandia Lions all completed sweeps on the weekend, keeping their respective holds on first (MSOE at 7-1-0), second (Marian at 6-2-0) and third place (Finlandia at 5-2-1) in the conference standings. The Raiders and Lions did it with offensive fireworks: In a series that pitted the top two teams from the regular season a year ago, MSOE made a statement by defeating Lawrence by scores of 8-3 and 8-1. Finlandia completed their first-ever sweep of Crookston, defeating the Golden Eagles 7-4 and 8-4. The Sabres kept pace with a sweep of their own, handing Northland losses by scores of 7-4 and 2-1 in Fond du Lac. All teams in the league except MSOE are now off for the holiday/semester break. The Raiders have one exhibition game remaining versus the US Under-18 Team on Dec. 17, 2005.

The weekend victories have helped MSOE continue to earn national recognition as well, as they continue to receive votes in the USCHO.com/CSTV Division III Men's poll. This marks the third-straight week that they have appeared, getting the most-ever votes (17) that they have ever received when the poll came out Monday afternoon. The poll ranks the top 15 teams in the land; MSOE would be considered No. 18 in the country.

Team (1st place) Record Points Last Week
1. Middlebury (12) 6-0-1 222 1
2. Manhattanville (3) 10-0-0 211 2
3. St. Norbert 10-2-2 192 3
4. Oswego 12-3-0 180 4
5. St. John's 8-2-1 158 5
6. Bowdoin 7-1-0 151 7
7. Hobart 9-2-0 128 8
8. Norwich 5-2-1 105 13
9. UW-River Falls 6-3-3 81 12
10. St. Thomas 8-3-0 78 NR
11. New England 6-1-0 57 11
12. UW-Superior 7-4-2 53 9
13. Trinity 5-2-0 49 15
14. Plattsburgh 7-4-1 41 NR
15. Colby 7-2-0 28 10

Others Receiving Votes: Geneseo 21; Bethel 18; Milwaukee School of Engineering 17, Gustavus Adolphus 5; UW-Stout 2; Babson 1; UW-Stevens Point 1
--The USCHO.com Poll is compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online, and consists of 15 voters, including coaches and beat writers from across the country.

Players of the Week:
-Milwaukee School of Engineering sophomore forward Blair Hanberg (Edmonds, Wash.) becomes the third-consecutive Raider to earn MCHA Player-of-the-Week honors, sharing the award this week with Finlandia University Lions sophomore forward Josh Paquette (Marquette, Mich). Both players had phenomenal weekends in leading their respective teams to league sweeps. Hanberg had a league-high nine points (3G/6A) for the week, starting things off with a goal and four assists in Saturday's win over Lawrence. The business major then topped that on Sunday with two goals and two assists, including the game-winning tally. He finished +5 on the weekend. Paquette continued his torrid scoring pace, adding eight more (3G/5A) to give him a league-leading 19 points (8G/11A) in just eight games, well ahead of the second-place total of 15 points. Paquette had a goal and two assists (including a helper on the game-winner) in Friday's victory and then recorded two goals and three assists in Saturday's win.
Other Nominees: Brian Soik (MSOE), Matt Hann (UM-Crookston), James Goodfellow (Marian), 

-Marian College junior defenseman Brett Fox (Detroit, Mich.) is the MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week. The team captain played a key role in the Sabres' sweep of Northland. On Friday, he had a goal and three assists (including one on the game-winner) in the 7-4 victory. Then on Saturday, he registered an assist on Marian's first goal in a 2-1 win, and helped anchor a defense that held the 'Jacks to a 1-for-8 showing on the power play.
Other Nominees: Joe Dovalina (MSOE), Ben Larson (UM-Crookston), Ryan Riley (Northland), Brad VanTassell (Finlandia)

-The high-scoring action on the weekend gave the league ties in two different awards, as Milwaukee School of Engineering freshman forward Simon Labrosse-Gelinas (Houston, Tex.) gives the Raiders two of the league award winners for the week, earning the MCHA Freshman of the Week honors. He ended the weekend +6, with three goals and two assists. He had a goal and an assist on Saturday and then finished the weekend with two goals and one assist in Sunday's victory. He shares the honor with Marian College freshman forward James Goodfellow (Naperville, Ill.). Goodfellow recorded a hat trick in the Sabres' 7-4 win on Friday, scoring an even-strength, power-play and short-handed goal. He played an even bigger role on Saturday, assisting on the first goal and scoring the game-winner short-handed in Marian's 2-1 victory. He ended the series with a hand in five of the nine goals his team scored on the weekend.
Other Nominees: Mike Mistretta (Northland), Ryan Sullivan (Finlandia)


-December 5, 2005
Marian, MSOE Use Sweeps to Move Atop MCHA Standings
The Marian Sabres and MSOE Raiders both swept weekend series, keeping the Raiders in first place and moving the Sabres up into second place in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association standings. MSOE powered past Northland, outscoring the Lumberjacks by a combined score of 13-1, while Marian made the tough road trip up to Crookston and came away with the sweep, topping the Golden Eagles by scores of 6-4 and 5-3. Marian (4-2 MCHA) now trails the Raiders (5-1 MCHA) by just a game in the race for the top of the conference. In other league action, Finlandia posted a 7-5 victory and a 2-2 tie against Lawrence University, leap-frogging the Vikings in the standings as a result. Just four points separate first through fourth place as the league heads back into another conference slate of games this weekend.

Players of the Week:
-Milwaukee School of Engineering sophomore forward Lee Swallow (Stanwood, MI) becomes the second-straight Raider to earn MCHA Player-of-the-Week honors. The construction management major had a five-point weekend (3G/2A) in helping power MSOE to the sweep of the 'Jacks. He started the weekend off with two goals on Friday, including the game-winner.
Other Nominees: Travis Hanson (Finlandia), Pete Mossberg (Lawrence), Patrick Knutson (Crookston), Bill Griffore (Marian)

-Finlandia University Lions junior goalkeeper Joe Juntilla (Calumet, MI) and Milwaukee School of Engineering junior goalie Matt Burzon (Danby, Vt.) give the MCHA its first tie for the year, as they share league Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors. Juntilla played a key role in helping the Lions jump into third place with a victory over Lawrence on Friday with 29 saves and then a tie on Saturday with 27 stops. In addition, he held the Vikings to an 0-for-14 showing on the power play. Burzon earns the top honor for the second-straight week, as he recorded a shutout and two wins on the weekend. The construction management major
Other Nominees: Matt Bobo (Marian)

-Marian College freshman forward Bill Griffore (Milford, MI) earns the Sabres first MCHA Freshman of the Week honors of the season. Bill scored two goals and had one assist in Saturday's 6-4 Marian win over Crookston and was +4 on the night. A day later, he scored again and was +1. He played in every situation and helped his line to record five of the 11 goals that Marian scored on the weekend.
Other Nominees: Mitch Sabo (Lawrence), Joe Beaudry (Finlandia), Simon Labrosse-Gelinas (MSOE)


-November 28, 2005
Holiday Week of Games Provides Thrills for MCHA
The Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association witnessed a couple of firsts on the ice during the holiday week. The first happened on Tuesday night, when Lawrence defeated Lake Forest by a final score of 6-5. That victory marked the first-ever win over an NCHA team for Lawrence and snapped what was a 12-game losing streak in the series, dating back to Nov. 21, 1986 (Lake Forest began play in the NCHA in 1992-93). The other big moment came on the weekend, when MSOE topped nationally-ranked Babson College 3-2 in overtime on Saturday at the Babson Invitational in Massachusetts. The win over Babson, who entered play ranked No. 11 in the most recent uscho.com NCAA Division III poll, was the Raiders first-ever over a nationally ranked opponent. The last MCHA team to beat a ranked opponent was Marian College, when they knocked off River Falls - ranked No. 5 at the time - by a score of 4-2 back on Jan. 9, 2004. The Sabres tied then-No. 3 St. Norbert College 3-3 on Nov. 26 of  last season as well.

Conference action will be the name of the game this weekend, as all six schools square off in three series: Finlandia versus Lawrence, MSOE versus Northland and Marian versus Minnesota-Crookston.

Players of the Week:
-Milwaukee School of Engineering senior forward James Shipley (Oak Park, Ill.) earns MCHA Player-of-the-Week for his role in the big Raider victory over Babson on Saturday. The business major scored the goal that tied the contest at 2-2 in regulation and then assisted on the game-winner in overtime. His efforts earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team as well.
Other Nominees: Mason Oakes (Lawrence)

-Milwaukee School of Engineering junior goalie Matt Burzon (Danby, Vt.) gives the Raiders two league honors this week, as he is the MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week. The construction management major was between the pipes for the Raiders unprecedented victory on Saturday, saving 34 of 36 shots for a save percentage of .944 in the victory over Babson. He helped out on the offensive side as well, recording an assist on MSOE's first goal of the game by Brian Soik. A night later in the championship game, he came off the bench in the second period, stopping 22 of 24 shots to give him a save percentage of .933 for the weekend.
Other Nominees: Daniel Ljung (Lawrence)

-Lawrence University Vikings freshman forward Nick Jennette (Grand Rapids, Mich.) is the MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week for the second time this season. The biology major played a key role in the Vikings first-ever victory over an NCHA opponent, scoring a goal and adding an assist on the game-winner against Lake Forest. He currently leads all MCHA freshman with 1.14 points per game (5G/3A), with his eight points good enough for third in the league overall.
Other Nominees: Jason Woll (MSOE)


-November 26, 2005
MSOE Pulls Upset of Nationally-Ranked Opponent
-Courtesy of MSOE Sports Information Director Brian Gibboney
CONTACT: 414-277-2412 or gibboney@msoe.edu

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Sophomore Lee Swallow (Stanwood, Mich. / Northwood) scored the game-winning goal at 8:28 of overtime to lead the Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders to a 3-2 victory over host Babson College in the first semifinal of the 2005 Babson Invitational Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament presented by Irving Oil on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Raiders (5-2-0) advance to Sunday’s championship game at 4 p.m., while the Beavers (1-2-0) will play in the consolation game at 1 p.m.

This victory is the first win in MSOE’s history over a nationally ranked opponent. Coach Mark Ostapina shares his enthusiasm after the game. “We played a consummate team game against a bunch of individuals (Babson) and we won,” said Ostapina. “To travel east and beat them on their home ice, there is nothing bigger.” Babson currently ranks #8 in NCAA Division III Men’s Hockey and is one of the east coast ice hockey giants. 

Babson took a 1-0 lead at 13:32 of the first, as senior Sam Vatrano scored for the Beavers. They increased the lead to 2-0 three minutes later off a blue-line shot by senior Greg Cassista on the power play at 16:09.

MSOE cut its deficit in half eight minutes into the second period, as the Raiders caught Babson in a line change on the heels of a two-man advantage. After the first penalty expired, junior Brian Soik (Stevens Point, Wisc. / Spash ) skated in uncontested and put a shot through the legs of senior goalie Craig Weiner at 8:01. MSOE then knotted the contest at 2-2 when senior James Shipley (Oak Park, Ill. / Oak Park) scored on a slap shot from the right point on another power play at 12:40.

MSOE out shot Babson, 12-6, in the third period, but Weiner made 12 of his 27 saves to keep the game even. However, the Raiders would secure the victory midway through the 20-minute overtime session, as Shipley gathered a rebound of sophomore Blair Hanberg’s (Edmonds, Wash. / Edmonds-Woodway) shot in the right corner and sent a backhand centering pass to a wide-open Swallow. The sophomore forward then one-timed the pass into an open net to lift MSOE to the 3-2 overtime win.

Burzon was outstanding for the Raiders, stopping 34 of the 36 shots that he faced in net while also adding an assist on Soik’s goal. MSOE will now play Hobart (5-2-0) in Sunday’s championship game slated for 4pm EST. Hobart was a 6-0 winner over William’s College in Saturday’s second semifinal contest. 


-November 21, 2005
Weekend Slate of League Games Tightens Early Standings Race
Both Minnesota-Crookston and Northland College broke into the victory column this past weekend, tightening the standings across the MCHA. Idle MSOE remains in first place after Lawrence lost and tied Crookston, going overtime for the 3-3 result on Friday before the Golden Eagles won 3-1 Saturday. Finlandia moved into a tie for third with Marian, who was off this weekend as well, after their split with Northland College. The Lumberjacks victimized the Lions to get new head coach Steve Fabiilli his first victory, winning 5-3 on Friday night. It's early, but just three points separate first through fifth in the standings. There will be a full slate of games over the holiday week, with two teams making trips over Thanksgiving - Finlandia will be playing in the Hockey Showcase in Blaine, Minn., while MSOE will head to the Babson Invitational.

Players of the Week:
-Northland College Lumberjacks junior forward Jeff Affleck (Souris, MB) becomes the first Lumberjack to earn MCHA Player-of-the-Week honors this season. The business major played a key role in getting his team the win on Friday. Down 3-0 to the Lions, Affleck started the rally with an assist on the 'Jacks first goal. The team captain then scored short-handed to get his team within one at 3-2, as Northland scored five unanswered goals to earn the victory. He also added an assist on Saturday.
Other Nominees: David Olynyk (Lawrence), Jason Aldridge (Finlandia), Teal Plaine (Minnesota-Crookston)

-Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles junior goalie Kyle Knudsen (Mead, WA) gives Crookston their first league honors of the season as well, as he is the MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week. He went 1-0-1 on the week, playing the entire weekend against Lawrence. He made made 42 saves in the 3-3 draw on Friday before making 32 more stops in the win on Saturday. His numbers for the week included a 1.92 GAA and a .949 save percentage.
Other Nominees: Andrew Isaac (Lawrence), Steve Piccoli (Finlandia), Ryan Riley (Northland)

-Finlandia University Lions freshman forward Ryan Sullivan (Marquette, MI) gets the honor of MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week. In Friday's game, he was even on +/- in the loss while playing on power play and penalty kill. Then on Saturday, he helped spark the Lions to the win when his goal gave Finlandia the 2-1 edge, a lead they would never relinquish in the 6-3 victory. He also added an assist on Saturday and finished +2 for the game.


-November 14, 2005
Lawrence, MSOE Get Weekend Sweeps in MCHA Action
Lawrence University and MSOE both went undefeated in conference play on the week, with the Vikings opening league action with a sweep of Northland College and the Raiders moving to 3-1 in the MCHA with two victories over Minnesota-Crookston. The Vikings unleashed their offense to start the conference slate, combining for 15 goals in their two wins, including an amazing three tallies in a span of just 16 seconds in their victory on Saturday. The Raiders won going away in Friday and then thwarted a Golden Eagle comeback on Saturday with a 5-4 overtime win after UMC battled back from a 4-1 deficit. In other league action, Finlandia opened loop play with a split at Marian College to start off at 1-1, securing a tough road victory in the process.

Players of the Week:
-Finlandia University Lions sophomore forward Josh Paquette (Marquette, MI) wins a heated battle for MCHA Player-of-the-Week. The second-leading scorer in the league from a season ago got off to a red-hot start with a league-high 7-point weekend. He started with a bang, recording a hat trick (one shorthanded/one power play/one even-strength) to go along with an assist in the Lions 6-4 win on Friday. He then added three more points (1G/2A) on Saturday.
Other Nominees: Michael Duta (MSOE), Brent Groenke (UM-Crookston), Josh McAndrew (Marian), Eric Bury (Marian), Neil Wallace (Lawrence)

-Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders freshman defenseman Jason Yolo (Hartland, WI) lands MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week accolades for the Raiders. The mechanical engineering major was +4 for the weekend. He recorded an assist in Friday’s victory and then came back Saturday with an assist to go along with the game-winning goal in overtime to give his team the victory.
Other Nominees: Matt Bobo (Marian), Nate Haskins (Minnesota-Crookston), Josh Peterson (Lawrence)

-Lawrence University Vikings freshman forward Aaron LaFave (Centerville, OH) gives Lawrence the MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week honor for second time in three weeks to start the 2005-06 season. He scored his first two career goals on Friday before assisting teammate Neil Wallace on back-to-back goals just eight seconds apart in the second period of Saturday’s victory.
Other Nominees: Josh McAndrew (Marian), Eric Bury (Marian), Blake Miller (Finlandia), Simon Labrosse-Gelinas (MSOE)


-November 7, 2005
MSOE and Marian Open Conference Play With Weekend Split
The Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association began league play this weekend, in addition to getting two more teams on the ice for the 2005-06 campaign. The first league game of the season was a good one, as the Marian Sabres surprised defending champion MSOE Raiders with a 3-2 overtime victory at the Kern Center on Friday before the Raiders regrouped for a 5-1 victory on Saturday in Fond du Lac. Finlandia opened the new campaign in impressive fashion, posting two victories over the Toronto Rattlers, while Northland College started the year with losses to Concordia (MN).

Players of the Week:
-Milwaukee School of Engineering junior forward Michael Duta (Seattle, WA) gets the nod for MCHA Player-of-the-Week, giving MSOE the award for back-to-back weeks to start the 2005-06 season. The business major had a five-point weekend, all on assists (two helpers Friday/three Saturday), and made the key steal and pass on the game-winning goal on Saturday night.
Other Nominees: Kyle Grabowski (Marian)

-Marian College junior goaltender Kyle Grabowski (Oakdale, MN) earns MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week for his efforts in the Sabres' overtime victory in Milwaukee. He made an amazing 50 saves and had a .962 save percentage in the 3-2 win, and stopped 84 of 91 (.923 save %) Raider shots on the weekend.
Other Nominees: Matt Burzon (MSOE), Greg Copeland (Marian)

-Milwaukee School of Engineering freshman forward RG Flath (Salt Lake City, UT) gets his first league accolades, earning Freshman-of-the-Week honors with his offensive display on the weekend. The architectural engineering major netted the first hat trick of the new season, finding the back of the net three times in MSOE's 5-1 victory on Saturday. He scored the game-winner shorthanded in that game and also added an assist on Friday for the four-point weekend.
Other Nominees: Greg Copeland (Marian)


-November 2, 2005
MSOE Gets Milestone Victory Over Lake Forest in Opening Week of Season
The Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association opened the eighth season in league history this past week, with four of the six schools seeing non-conference action. Marian College played in the first game of the NCAA Division III season against No. 2 St. Norbert Oct. 25th. The Sabres pulled within a goal at 3-2 just 2:51 into the third period before the Green Knights turned it on for the victory. The story of the week, however, was MSOE opening their season with a split against NCHA foe Lake Forest. The Raiders were defeated 4-1 on Friday night but came right back the next night with a 3-2 win over the Foresters. The victory was not only the team’s first-ever defeat of LFU, but also marked the school’s first win against an NCHA opponent. Northland and Finlandia open their 2005-06 campaigns this weekend.

Players of the Week:
-Milwaukee School of Engineering sophomore forward Ryan Lettau (Fond du Lac, Wis.) is the first MCHA Player-of-the-Week for the 2005-06 season. The architectural engineering major scored the game-winner in MSOE’s 3-2 victory over Lake Forest, giving his team their first-ever victory over an NCHA opponent. For the game, he had one goal and assisted on another. He was also a key factor in the team’s goal on Friday night without being awarded an assist.
Other Nominees: Andrew Isaac (Lawrence)

-Milwaukee School of Engineering junior goalie Joe Dovalina (Evergreen Park, Ill.) gets honored as the MCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week. The business major was between the pipes for four of six periods this weekend. He entered Friday’s game in the third period, keeping Lake Forest scoreless while making eight saves. He then recorded the team’s milestone victory on Saturday, taking a shutout into the third period while making 31 saves on the night. His save percentage for the series was .951.

-Lawrence University Vikings freshman forward Nick Jennette (Grand Rapids, Mich.) is the MCHA Freshman-of-the-Week. The biology major made an immediate impact as a newcomer to the Viking line-up, scoring a goal in his first collegiate game against UW-Stout.
Other Nominees: Jason Woll (MSOE)


-October 24, 2005
Let the Games Begin!...Puck Drops Tomorrow on 2005-06 Season
With just a day to go before the 2005-06 hockey season begins, players and coaches alike are eager to start playing for real. The MCHA will begin non-conference action on Tuesday (Oct. 25), with Marian College taking on No. 2 St. Norbert College on the road.
Three more games dot the schedule on Friday (Oct. 28), as Lawrence opens with a home game against UW-Stout and defending MCHA Champion MSOE plays host to Lake Forest. Marian will also open their home schedule that day, taking on Buffalo State.

Season previews for each MCHA team follow:
-Season Previews are courtesy of each school's Sports Information Director
MSOE (2004-05 MCHA record: 14-2-0, First place)
The MSOE Raiders opened the new Kern Center and the 2004-2005 season in remarkable fashion: playing to packed houses and winning the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association championship and the Harris cup for the first time in the teams’ history. Now they have set their sites on another goal, a second consecutive championship.

Head Coach Mark Ostapina didn’t mince words concerning what lies ahead for this team. “I told my guys last year, that they reached the top of the mountain,” said Ostapina. “ Now we are starting back at the foot of a steeper mountain, looking to defend the Harris Cup and the MCHA crown.”

What was unique about last year’s team is that not one person stood out, but the team had a balanced lineup. They only garnered two All-Conference nods on a team that finished 14-2 in the MCHA regular season, and was one of only nine Division III teams with a 20-win season.

This season, expect more of the same from the Raiders as they rely on youth since having graduated six players from last year’s team. However, they return All Conference and MCHA tournament Most Valuable Player, junior goalie Matt Burzon. His 2.26 Goals Against Average was first in the league.  Ostapina said, “Matt (Burzon), as all our goaltenders played strong last year and anchored our stingy defensive play.”

All-Tournament defender Ross Chawansky and Luke Hasbargen will play key roles in repeating as defending champions. Chawansky was named to the MCHA All-tournament team for his post-season play, while Hasbargen was a force on the ice for the Raiders all season long. “Luke (Hasbargen) has developed into the consummate captain and leader”, said Ostapina.

Ostapina plans to use rookie defenseman Jason Woll and Jason Yolo to fill the void left by a tough, hard checking Brano Krueger.

MSOE may be strong defensively, but they have a balanced and efficient offense, returning five of their top scorers, including Raider’s top scorer sophomore Lee Swallow, scoring threats sophomore Blair Hanberg and junior Brian Soik.

Although not making the MCHA all-tournament team, Soik led MSOE in playoff points. In regular season play, Hanberg averaged 1.50 points per game (ppg), while Swallow had a 1.31 ppg average, landing the Raiders in fifth and ninth place among conference point-getters, respectively.

Freshmen also play a large part in Ostapina’s plan for success. He will look to Forwards RG Flath and Simon Labrosse-Gelinas to contribute immediately to the Raider offense. Ostapina said, “These two players has experienced success at the highest junior level and I see no reason they cannot succeed at the NCAA level”.

This year, the Raiders not only play a tough conference schedule, but also have a tough non-conference road schedule. The Raiders travel to Boston over Thanksgiving break to play in the Irving Oil Invitational against nationally ranked NCAA Division III teams Williams, Hobart and host Babson College (November 26 & 27).

At home, their schedule is not any easier, opening with midwest power, Lake Forest on October 28, followed by home games with last year’s number one ranked team in the nation, Saint Norbert (January 7) and an exhibition game with the USA 18-Under Olympic Developmental team (December 17).

LAWRENCE (9-7-0, Second)
The Lawrence University hockey team is coming off one of the best seasons in school history, but the Vikings have plenty of work to do heading into the 2005-06 campaign.

Lawrence returns a solid core of players, but the Vikings must replace the two leading scorers in school history, Ryan Blick and Mike Burkhart, who were both lost to graduation.

The Vikings took second place in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association last season with a 9-7 mark and 26 points. Lawrence was 11-13-2 overall.
The Vikings can build on the fact they will receive great goaltending from a pair of all-conference performers, Andrew Isaac (Mississauga, Ontario) and Daniel Ljung (Avesta, Sweden).

Issac, who earned national Player of the Week honors last season, is a two-time all-conference selection. He was 8-7-1 with a 3.66 goals against average and .912 save percentage last season. Ljung, who earned all-conference honors as a freshman, was 3-6-1 with a 4.65 GAA and .881 save percentage.

New to the mix is freshman goaltender Andrew Litchfield (Grayslake, Ill.).

The goaltenders will get help from a solid corps of defenders. Sophomore assistant captain Josh Peterson (Duluth, Minn.) earned all-conference honors and was named to the United States College Hockey Online All-West Rookie Team last season. He had eight goals and 11 assists a season ago. Also returning are senior defensemen Andy Link (Rochester, Minn.) and sophomores Joe MacDonald (St. Paul, Minn.), Ryan Colville (Milton, Ontario), and Pat Tuohy (Wrentham, Mass.).

A big group of freshmen defensemen will also be called upon to help. Adam Brand (Antigo), Peter Stafford (Madison), Ted Greeley (Marquette, Mich.), Blake Royle (Burlington, Ontario), and Mitch Sabo (Bell Canyon, Calif.) will be counted upon to lend a hand at the blue line.

Junior captain Joe Searl (Fond du Lac) is one of several standout forwards that are back. Searl had 10 goals, 16 assists, and 26 points last season.

Assistant captains Pete Mossberg (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Mason Oakes (Madison), both seniors, are coming off solid seasons. Oakes had 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points, and Mossberg had eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points.

Junior Kalle Larsson (Gothenburg, Sweden) made the move to forward last season, and his powerful slap shot produced five goals and 11 assists for 16 points.

Also returning at foward are senior Charlie Ward (Falmouth, Maine), juniors David Olynyk (Burlington, Ontario), Evan Thornton (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Will Vanderhyden (Viroqua), and sophomores Neil Wallace (Presque Isle) and Brian Kennihan (Valencia, Pa.).

The Vikings have a host of freshmen forwards, led by Nick Jennette (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Jesse Jacobs (Pacifica, Calif.), Chris Lawson (Monument, Colo.), and Aaron LaFave (Centersville, Ohio).

Perhaps known for their slow starts and strong finishes, this year’s Golden Eagle Hockey Squad is anxious to sustain a strong performance throughout the season.

Returning 18 candidates who experienced playing time in last year’s MCHA runner-up run, Coach Gary Warren is looking for the team to be led with character and a positive direction. “A year ago we got of to a slow start; we put it into perspective, redefined our team goals, and were persistent with them. It was a valuable learning experience that strengthened this year’s returnees,” says Coach Warren.

The Golden Eagles will be led by four seniors, Patrick Knutson (EGF, MN), Nate Haskins (Spooner WI), and Dustin Steigauf (Bemidji, MN) and all will help captain the team. Senior defenseman Ben Larson (Rothsay, MN) will also be looked upon for leadership.

Knutson has made a strong impact on the team and the MCHA in his three years. He has been named MCHA Player of the Week on numerous occasions. He has been selected to All-Tournament Teams, the All-Freshman Team and last season after a tremendous playoff run Patrick was Named National Player of the Week. Going into his senior season he has tallied 81 points in 82 games, an outstanding accomplishment at any level of hockey.

Nate Haskins’ tournament play of a year ago was outstanding as the converted defenseman made the move from forward to help strengthen his team. No coincidence the team started to make its second half move the same time Haskins was moved back to the point. The past two seasons Haskins was named MCHA All-Academic.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jaden Isakson (Bismarck ND) anchors the defense having come off a great freshman year. Isakson was named UMC Male Athlete Newcomer of the Year after his heroics of a year ago. Some of his honors were being named MCHA Player of the Week back to back times and to the All-Tournament team. He will be challenged by Junior Brett Shelanski (Bloomington, MN) and Junior College All-American transfer Kyle Knudsen (Mead, WA).

Local favorite Matt Hann (Crookston, MN) turned in a noteworthy freshman campaign by registering 20 points in 28 games and also being recognized as MCHA Player of the Week on back to back occasions. He along with nine returning forwards will give the Golden Eagles depth up front.

“In the early going,” Coach Warren states “These guys have not been afraid of the work. They show a great work ethic and enthusiasm toward the demands of being a student athlete, with a daily approach to the task at hand look for the 2005-2006 Golden Eagles to factor in the always difficult Midwest College Hockey Association race.

FINLANDIA (7-8-1, Fourth)
Last season the Finlandia Lions hockey team accomplished one of their main goals for the season – make an impact in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MHCA) and host the first round of playoffs.   Their goals for the 2005-2006 do not vary much from the previous year.  The team would like to finish in the top three of the MCHA, resulting in a home play-off opportunity.  Fifth year head coach Joe Burcar hopes to also have one-third of his team on the MCHA All-Academic Team.  “We have very talented student-athletes in the classroom and on the ice,” says Burcar.  “This is a very important goal for us to accomplish.” 

In the classroom and on the ice, Burcar will be looking five returnees to lead the way: Josh Paquette (Marquette, MI), Joe Lewis (Marquette, MI), Mike Parks (Marquette, MI), Travis Hanson (Bark River, MI), Jamie Leffler (Vancouver, Canada). 

Paquette, a 6’0”, 180-pound sophomore, returns to the Lions’ starting line.  Last season, he tied the MCHA assist record with 26.  Paquette also had seven goals on 45 shots.  “Paco (Paquette) is a good leader,” states Burcar.  “We will be looking for him to compete against the opponents’ top lines this year.”

Along side Paquette is another Marquette-native, Joe Lewis.  Lewis had a spectacular freshman year last season.  With 19 goals and 15 assists, he broke the MCHA freshman goal record.  “Like Paco, Joe will be lined up with the opponents’ best line,” says Burcar.  Lewis also had six power-play goals and one short-handed goals.

Travis Hanson, 6’1”, 200-pounds, is with the Lions for the second year.  Hanson compiled seven points in his 24 games.  “Travis is a scrappy player,” remarks Burcar.  “He is the team’s workhorse.  He can go out there at any moment and play any position.  He is the grinder of the team.”

From Vancouver, Canada, junior Jamie Leffler will be looked to for penalty kills.  Last season he had 19 points (eight goals and 11 assists), two of those from power play goals.  “Leffler is a great leader.  As for his speed, he is up there with some of our top skaters,” says Burcar.

To round out the Lions’ returning youth, Mike Parks enters his second year as a Lion.  Originally from Marquette, Michigan, Parks was third on the team in scoring with nine goals and 20 assists in his 24 games.  “We will look to Parks to play many aspects of the game,” states Barcar.  “Parks leads by example.  He has a great presence on the ice.”

“We also can’t forget about the others returning,” says Burcar.  “Derek Onkalo (Houghton, MI), Jason Aldrich (Hancock, MI), Trevor Morrison (Ishpeming, MI), and Joe Juntilla (Calumet, MI).  They will all get quality minutes on the ice this year, along with some of our new guys like Reed (Laulainen) and Ryan (Sullivan).”

Reed Laulainen, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward from Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated from Minnehaha Academy, where he played four years. He was honorable mention all-state in Minnesota his senior season after he tallied 26 goals and 27 assists. "Reed is a natural scorer," says Burcar. "He has great vision on the ice and has good offensive skills."

From Marquette, Michigan, Ryan Sullivan, a 5-8, 165-pound, forward, played for the Helena Bighorns of the North American Hockey league the past two seasons, recording five goals and four assists last year. Before Helena, Sullivan spent one year with the Springfield Spirit of the NAHL and two years with the Marquette Electricians. "Ryan is a hard worker and a great penalty killer," Burcar says.  “Look to him to create a lot of disruption when he is on the ice.”

Overall, Coach Burcar sees a tight race in the MCHA.  “It is going to be tough each weekend,” he says.  “Most teams have a great core returning, making them very competitive.  It should be an exciting season.”

MARIAN (6-9-1, Fifth)
Marian College Hockey head coach Jasen Wise won’t make any predictions on the season, but one thing he will say is that he knows his team will not be outworked. The Sabres head coach is reluctant to make any predictions, simply because he really doesn’t know what to expect this season. The Sabres were 9-18-2 last season and only return six players from a season ago. That being said, the Sabres have 14 new skaters this season, 12 of which are freshmen. Coach Wise knows that some may view this as a weakness, but he thinks that he has some young players that are very mature and that will make up for the lack of experience at the collegiate level.

The Sabres will have some big holes to fill in regards to losses from last season. Graduated are six seniors who contributed for 52 goals and 76 assists a year ago. Forwards Jon Daigle, Andy Allen, and Ian Carroll were major contributors on an offense that finished second in the MCHA last season, with 4.19 goals/game. Diagle and Allen rank as the 4th and 6th most prolific scorers in Marian history, respectively.

However, coach Wise believes that they have plenty of offense returning to go along with the newcomers. “We have some key returnees to go along with a lot of offensive-minded newcomers that will make things very interesting,” stated Coach Wise. Coach Wise wants to focus on what he has and not on what he doesn’t have. What he does have back is a trio of forwards that are looking to make an even bigger impact this season. Chad Little (Southampton, ONT) is back and has been chosen as one of two captains on this year’s squad. “Chad is someone who I cheer for because he works so hard. He is someone I see putting up a season like Jon Daigle did a year ago,” stated Wise. The junior had 14 goals last season and 10 assists to go along with 3 power-play goals. The last of the trio of forwards is sophomore Carl Bresser (Waupun, WI). Bresser was impressive as a freshman last season as he tallied 10 goals and 10 assists on the season. “Carl is someone who has vastly improved since last season and someone we will look to in short-handed situations,” stated Wise. Coach Wise also sees freshman James Goodfellow (Naperville, IL) as someone to come in and provide a lot of punch offensively. Goodfellow’s stick handling ability and his knack for scoring have stood out in practice so far. Another freshman Andrew Corvo (Oak Park, IL) has also caught the attention of the head coach. “Andrew is someone who could have a serious impact as a freshman. He understands the game and will be a threat offensively,” stated the head coach. Other newcomers on offense include Josh McAndrew (Atikokan, ONT), Eric Bury (Blue Springs, MO), Eric Rakow (Little Falls, MN), Jake Hanson (Peoria, IL), Jack Aide (Bismarck, ND), Bill Griffore Jr. (Milford, MI), and Billy Schill (Sault Ste. Marie, ONT). All seven of these players will be expected to come in and contribute right away. “These are guys that are very versatile. We will use them in many different situations,” noted the coach.

Defensively, the Sabres will rely on junior captain Brett Fox (Detroit, MI) to lead the way. The Sabres gave up 3.81 goals/game last season and hope to improve on that number. “Brett’s leadership will be relied on immensely this season at the blue line,” noted the coach. Fox scored 2 goals last season and also chipped in with 7 assists. Senior Matthew Bobo (Mattawan, MI) is also back and he is looking to improve on his 7 goals and 14 assists from a season ago. “Bobo is someone who will be relied on for leadership in all situations and a player we look for to really improve this season,” stated the head coach. Jeffrey Wills (Flint, MI), who is a very physical player, will help defensively with his aggressive attitude. Andrew Fiore (Georgetown, ONT) is someone Coach Wise believes will have a great career in a Sabre uniform. “Andrew is a player who with time will be recognized as a force in the conference,” stated Wise. Kyle Jones (Sault Ste. Marie, ONT) and Gregory Copeland (Lloydminister, SK) are two other defensive players who will see plenty of time in the 2005-2006 season.

The goalie position is one that Coach Wise feels comfortable with. Kyle Grabowski (Oakdale, MN) and Dave DeSander (Saginaw, MI) are both back and will compete for minutes between the pipes all season. Coach Wise believes that the two will challenge each other and in the end that it will make them both better. Grabowski played in twenty-four games last season and accounted for 72.9% of the minutes in goal. Grabowski had 664 saves a season ago and a save percentage of .885. He had two shutouts and was credited with eight wins on the season. His 3.41 goals-against-average in conference placed him fourth in the MCHA. DeSander played in four games as a freshman and made 100 saves. He does have some starting experience as he started four games for the Sabres a year ago. Brett Anderson (Buffalo, MN) will also look to compete for time in goal this season for the Sabres.

As usual, the schedule will be demanding. Coach Wise believes the first three games, which are against #2 ranked St. Norbert College, Buffalo State (NY), and Fredonia State (NY) will greatly help them prepare for the MCHA schedule. He believes that there is great parody in the league, but feels MSOE and Crookston have to be the favorites in the conference.

This young Sabre team will be put to the test right away as they face St. Norbert College on the road Tuesday, October 25th. The Knights are currently ranked 2nd in the Preseason USCHO.com Poll.

NORTHLAND (2-14-0, Sixth)
Last season the LumberJacks finished with a 3-24-0 record in the MCHA.  With a new coaching staff implemented and a solid core of seniors back in the line up, the Jacks should make big strides in growing and developing into a competitive team.

Joining the Jacks for his first season behind the helm will be Head Coach Steve Fabiilli.  Coach Fabiilli comes to Northland after serving as assistant coach at Division I Canisius College.  “Creating a team identity that will allow us to be competitive consistently - on the ice, in the classroom, and respectfully among the community will be our focus”, said Coach Fabiilli.  Helping Fabiilli achieve this goal will be first year assistant coach Chris Hamp.  Coach Hamp played for the Jacks from 1999-2002 and is exactly what Coach Fabiilli is looking for.  “Chris brings a very strong work ethic, dedication and positive energy that will most definitely have an impact on our players.” 

The LumberJacks will see a total of 11 seniors return for their final campaign.  Leading the way will be senior captain and All-Academic Team member Jeff Affleck (Souris, Man.), who led the way last year with a team high 16 goals and 16 assists.  “Jeff is an outstanding young man and team leader for us.  He leads by example day in and day out and will continue to set the bar for the rest of his teammates,” comments Coach Fabiilli.   Assisting Affleck up front will be fellow classmate and assistant captain Winston Bothner (Beechy, Sask.) who finished second in team scoring with 7 goals and 16 assists.  “Winston will be looked upon to improve on his numbers from last year and continue to lead the team with his strong character and work ethic,” notes Fabiilli.

Leading the way on defense will be senior assistant captain Derek Lehrke (Park Rapids, MN) and sophomore assistant captain Ryan Riley (Moose Jaw, Sask).  Lehrke will be relied on heavily this year as the workhorse of the team.  He competed in all 27 games last year and will be looked upon to take care of his own end and log some heavy ice time.  “The way Derek is able to motivate himself and his teammates will make everyone around him better, he is always first in the gym and is ready to help out in any way he can within the community,” said Coach Fabiilli.  Helping out will be Riley, who joined the team late last year.  In the final 11 games of the season Riley was able to chip in 7 points.  He will be expected to contribute again this year and to improve on his numbers from last year.  “Ryan has the potential to become one of the best defenseman in the league and maybe in the nation.  He continues to push himself everyday and expects nothing less of himself,” said Coach Fabiilli.  “He will have to be at his best day in and day out to ensure team success.” 

There will be a battle for the position of goaltender.  With the return of junior Justin Grant (Burlington, IA) and new comers Corey Brenner (Lanesborough, MA.) and Mike Mistretta (Buffalo, NY) it is up in the air as to who will take over the number one spot.  Coach Fabiilli knows they will decide it for them.  He says, “I will let them battle it out in practice and in games and let them make the decision for me, the one who wants it the most and is consistent will be our guy”.

This is a year of change and new beginnings for the Northland College LumberJacks, with a solid core of returnees and new attitudes, the team will look to each other to compete day in and day out in the classroom, on the ice and in the community. 

Steve Fabiilli enters his first season as head coach and third in the team’s history.  He takes over a program that will continue to build itself up into a competitive contender in the MCHA.

Fabiilli comes to Northland after serving as an assistant coach at Division I Canisius College.  While at Canisius, Fabiilli helped guide the Griffins to a 14-7-3 record, good for second place in the Atlantic Hockey Conference and a school record for conference standings.

He was involved in coaching a finalist for the Humanitarian Award, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award Winner, two Atlantic Hockey Conference Academic All-Stars, two Players of the Week, and a Rookie of the Week.  Coach Fabiilli was instrumental in working with and developing a four-time Goalie of the Week and All-Atlantic Hockey Conference goalie.

Fabiilli was a four-year letter winner at Canisius from 1997-2001 and finished his career with an overall record of 29-15-4.  He currently ranks fifth in career wins, ninth in career saves, and fourth in both career goals against average and save percentage.  His senior year coach Fabiilli was honored with being named Canisius College Male Athlete of the Year and Team MVP.

“I am extremely excited to be part of the LumberJack Hockey family,” Fabiilli said.  “I look forward to the challenges of building a successful hockey program.”

Coach Fabiilli, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, competed in three National Championships in a four-year span.  He played in the Telus Cup in 93-94, and had back to back appearances in the Royal Bank Cup in 95-96 and 96-97.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2001 and a Master’s degree in Sports Administration in 2005, both from Canisius College.  He currently resides in Ashland.


-October 19, 2005
MSOE's Matt Burzon Named Preseason Honorable Mention All-USCHO
The U.S. College Hockey Online website (www.uscho.com) named their Preseason All-USCHO teams comprised of all NCAA Division III teams on Wednesday.

MSOE junior goalie Matt Burzon has been chosen as a West Team Honorable Mention selection.

Burzon [pictured at left] led the MCHA in goals-against average (2.26), save percentage (.922) and winning percentage a season ago en route to helping the Raiders to their first-ever league crown with a 14-2-0 record. He was named MCHA All-Conference and capped the season by earning MCHA Tournament MVP honors as MSOE won the Harris Cup.

The complete list, courtesy of uscho.com:
The All-USCHO teams are selected by USCHO staff.

East First Team:

Forward — Cameron Finch, Sr., Trinity
Forward — Gus Katsuras, Sr., Hamilton
Forward — Ryan McCarty, Jr., Potsdam
Defense — Tom Sullivan, Sr., Babson
Defense — Brendan Timmins, Sr., Trinity
Goal — George Papachristopolous, Sr., Bowdoin

East Second Team:

Forward — Mike Carmody, So., New England
Forward — Eric Frank, Sr., UMass-Dartmouth
Forward — Mikey Gilchrist, So., Middlebury
Defense — Jason Murfitt, So., Manhattanville
Defense — Arthur Fritch, So., Colby
Goal — Ross Cherry. Middlebury

Honorable Mention: Bret Adams (Curry), Adam Dekker (Utica), Jocelyn Dubord (Oswego), Matt English (Geneseo), Mike Gooch (Neumann), Josh Hector (St. Anselm), Ryan Scott (Oswego), Matt Zeman (Fredonia)

West First Team:

Forward — Spencer Carbury, Sr., St. Norbert
Forward — Jay Dardis, Sr., Wisconsin-Superior
Forward — Brandon Wilcox, Sr., St. Thomas
Defense — Andrew Derton, Jr., St. Norbert
Defense — Keith Detlefsen, Sr., Gustavus Adolphus
Goal — Adam Hanna, Sr., St. John's

West Second Team:

Forward — Scott Bjorkland, Sr., St. John's
Forward — Tyler Canal, Jr., Lake Forest
Forward — Conner Hughes, Sr., St. Norbert
Defense — Mike Kautz, Sr., Wisconsin-Stout
Defense — Darryl Smoleroff, Sr., St. John's
Goal — Kyle Jones, So., St. Norbert

Honorable Mention: Ryan Adams (Bethel), Mathieu Bonnelly (Wisconson-Superior), Matt Burzon (MSOE), Tyler Dahl (Wisconsin-River Falls), Chris Gehrke (Wisconsin-Stevens Point), Critter Nagurski (Augsburg)


-September 19, 2005
Steve Fabiilli Named Northland College Ice Hockey Coach
ASHLAND, WI – Steve Fabiilli has been named head men’s ice hockey coach at Northland College today, according to Director of Athletics Steve Wammer.

“We are thrilled to have Steve take over our hockey program,” commented Wammer. “His knowledge, experience and work ethic will bring much to our program.  We believe we have an excellent coach who will be able to work well with our players and teach them the skills necessary to compete in the MCHA.”

Fabiilli served as co-head coach last season at Division I Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. That team finished second in the Atlantic Hockey Conference with a record of 14-7-3.  An alumnus of Canisius, Fabiilli was named Team MVP his senior year and was also the College’s Male Athlete of the Year.

"I would like to thank Northland College and Athletic Director Steve Wammer for this exciting opportunity to join the LumberJack hockey family." says Fabiilli, "I look forward to the challenges of building a strong and successful hockey program.”


-July 27, 2005
Huntley Resigns as Northland College Hockey Coach & Assistant Director of Athletics
Named Director of Athletics at University of Texas - Brownsville
Northland College Director of Athletics Steve Wammer announced today (July 27) that Assistant Director of Athletics & Head Hockey Coach Dan Huntley has resigned to become Director of Athletics at the University of Texas – Brownsville.  Huntley had a five year tenure at Northland, coming to Ashland following an exceptionally successful stint as the Head Hockey Coach at Rainy River Community College where he led the Voyaguers to the National Championship in 1999.

“Dan Huntley (pictured at left) served Northland College exceptionally well, he cared deeply about his team and the hockey program, he also was a tremendous administrator, which made him an obvious choice as Northland’s first Assistant Director of Athletic,”  commented Wammer.  “The University of Texas-Brownsville is looking for someone to lead them as they advance and expand their athletic program – they couldn’t have chosen a more qualified candidate than Dan Huntley, I am confident he will do an outstanding job there.  Northland will miss his leadership, professionalism, and dedication, not only to the hockey team, but to the athletic department and college.”

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to coach hockey the past 15 years and last five, at Northland College.  I have thoroughly enjoyed playing a role in the development and in building relationships with all of the players I have been associated with.  They will always have a special place in my heart.  I wish the current players at Northland College the very best and hope for more success in the coming years,’ states Huntley.  “I am very excited to take on the leadership role of Director of Athletics at UTB and in helping their athletic department as it takes on new challenges.” 

“In our five years in Ashland and at Northland College, we were able to make some wonderful and lasting friendships and participate in great organizations with our children.  Those two things have made this decision to leave very hard.”  Huntley added, “I am very appreciative of the opportunities, outside of hockey, that were offered to me during my employment at Northland College.  They have had a great influence on my professional development and in receiving the opportunity to become the Director of Athletics at UTB.”

Northland will announce plans for hiring a new coach in the near future according to Wammer. 


-July 26, 2005
MSOE Coach Wins USA Hockey 16-Select Festival
-Courtesy of MSOE Sports Information Director Brian Gibboney
CONTACT: 414-277-2412 or gibboney@msoe.edu

Rochester, NY -
MSOE head hockey Coach Mark Ostapina led USA Hockey 16 select Gold to first place in the National division and first place overall point total with 9 points, best in the festival held in Rochester New York, June 24-July 1.

  Milwaukee School of Engineering
Head Coach Mark Ostapina

The Gold team finished the festival 4-1-1 among the twelve 16-select teams. Coach Ostapina was one of 12 head coaches selected to coach at the festival, coaching America’s top 240 premier 16-year-old athletes. The select program is one of the USA Olympic hockey feeder programs, preparing athletes for future Olympic and World competition.

Ostapina returns to coach the MSOE Raiders as they prepare to defend the Harris Cup and their Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association crown.


-July 22, 2005
MCHA Names Terry Brand as New League Commissioner
The Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association has announced Friday (July 22) that the league has appointed a new outside commissioner to lead the conference into the 2005-06 season and beyond. The six-team league - which will be entering their eighth season of play this upcoming winter - will now be headed by Terry Brand, who replaces former MCHA President Steve Wammer of Northland College. Wammer served the role of president for over three years, succeeding Dan Harris of MSOE, the league's founding president.

Brand is very excited about the position and the opportunity to join the MCHA. "This is a great opportunity for me to give something back to a game that has given a lot to my family and I," he stated. "College hockey is a great game to be involved in and it provides student athletes an outstanding activity to enhance their college experience."

"I look forward to working with all the coaches and players during this upcoming season."

Brand (pictured at left) brings a wealth of hockey knowledge to the position. He is very familiar with hockey programs around Wisconsin and the surrounding area. He currently serves as the Supervisor of Community Services in the D.C. Everest School District, where he schedules all facility use in the community, including youth sports and youth and adult recreation programs. His background includes over twenty years of experience in the management of ice skating facilities. Additionally, his coaching experience in hockey dates back to over twenty years. Coaching stops include UW-La Crosse (1983-86), Lawrence University (1987-90), the Fox Valley Youth Hockey Association (1990-92), the US Naval Academy (1992-93), the University of Maryland (1992-94), and USA Hockey (1993-94) before reaching his current coaching positions. He presently serves as Head Coach and General Manager of Central Wisconsin AAA Hockey (since 1996) and the Head Coach of the Antigo Area Youth Hockey Association (since 1995).

Brand is looking to put his ideas and thoughts about the league to use. "The MCHA offers student athletes the opportunity to extend their hockey careers into their college years. I look forward to building on the efforts of both Dan [Harris] and Steve [Wammer] and the progress they led the league through in the first seven years."

The league has seen membership increase in recent years and expansion is just one of the items on the agenda for Terry. He continued, "I will work towards building a league that will draw the same respect from prospective student athletes that some of the long standing leagues have now."

Developing more Division III hockey schools and growing the league are things he plans to put his efforts into. "At both UW LaCrosse and Lawrence University, I was involved in the years of transition from club teams to varsity teams. I think that is very valuable experience that I can use in expanding the MCHA."

The MCHA has also announced one other change in the league office directory. Chris Zills, who has served as the league's public relations director for the past four seasons, will be back but will no longer be at Marian College. The former Marian SID (pictured at left) has taken a new position in the sports information office at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He will stay on in his role as PR Director of the MCHA from his new position.


-June 14, 2005
Marian's Ian Carroll Named Third Team Academic All-American
The 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American College Division Men's At-Large Teams were named today (June 14) by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), and the MCHA was represented by Marian College's Ian Carroll, who was chosen as a member of the Third Team. Being picked for one of the national teams is one of the highest honors a Division III athlete can receive.

Ian played in all 29 games for the Marian hockey team this past winter, notching career-highs with 13 goals and 12 assists on his way to a personal-best 25 point season. The senior Economics/Finance and Marketing major carries a 3.97 GPA and finished his Sabre career as the eleventh-most prolific scorer in school history, recording 70 points on 33 goals and 37 assists in his career. He also finished his career second all-time in game played with 109, just a game shy of the record 110. He has been named to the MCHA All-Academic Team each year he has played at Marian, and was named the school's Economics/Finance Student-of-the-Year this spring. Additionally, Carroll was one of just two hockey players among the 45 student-athletes on the three teams.

The fifteen-member at-large teams are made up of nominees from 350+ NCAA Division III schools that sponsor the 14 sports that do not have an individual Academic All-American team. The Men's At-Large program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

Third Team (Alphabetical Order)
Name                School, Yr, Sport, (Hometown), GPA/Major
Brandon Burke      Emory, Jr, Swimming, (Duluth, Ga.), 3.82/Business Admin.
Ian Carroll              Marian (Wis.), Sr, Ice Hockey, (Peoria, Ill.), 3.97/Econ./Fin. & Marketing
Brad Changstrom  Whitman, Sr, Tennis, (Loveland, Colo.), 3.75/Biochem./Biophys.
Jason Ford             Central (Iowa), Jr, Tennis, (Granite Falls, Minn.), 3.97/Physics
Adam Hanna          Saint John’s, Jr, Ice Hockey, (Owatonna, Minn.), 3.71/Economics
Thomas Hipp         Barry, Jr, Tennis, (Kreenheinstetten, Germ.), 3.95/Sports Mgmt.
Vanja Kalabic         BYU-Hawaii, Sr, Water Polo, (Belgrade, Yugo.), 3.71/Bus. Mgmt.
Jonathan Kleinman Johns Hopkins, Sr, Swimming, (North Oaks, Minn.), 3.67/Neuroscience
Rio Kuteira              Willamette, Sr, Golf, (Arcata, Calif.), 3.91/Physics
David Lutz               Wayne State, Sr, Swimming, (Rochester, Mich.), 3.72/Civil Engineering
Matt Martelli            Sewanee, Sr, Swimming, (Winchester, Ky.), 3.65/Biology
Andrew Miller         Otterbein, So, Golf, (Xenia, Ohio), 3.94/Business Finance
Andy Shelley           Missouri-Rolla, So, Swimming, (Katy, Tex.), 4.00/Mech. Engineering
Kyle Thompson     Rollins, Sr, Swimming, (Orlando, Fla.), 3.90/Mathematics
Ryan Valek              Augsburg, Jr, Wrestling (Belle Plaine, Minn.), 3.78/Accounting
Dustin Winn            SUNY-Oneonta, Sr, Wrestling, (Bainbridge, N.Y.), 3.65/Phys./Engineering

"Being one of just 45 student-athletes on one of the national teams is truly an honor," stated Carroll when told of his selection. "Hockey and school have both been very important to me over the last four years and to receive an award that combines both is a great ending to my four years at Marian."

"Ian is the type of person you only wish the best for," stated Jasen Wise, Carroll's head coach on the hockey team. "He is very deserving of this award and we are proud to say he is a member of our hockey program. I wish I had Ian for another four years, he will be missed and is an excellent example of a person who excels both in the classroom and at the rink."

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selects ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® teams in 12 programs: football, women’s volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s track & field/cross country, women’s track & field/cross country, men’s at-large and women’s at-large.


-June 1, 2005
MSOE Hockey to Host USA Hockey National Under-18 Team
-Courtesy of MSOE Sports Information Director Brian Gibboney
CONTACT: 414-277-2412 or gibboney@msoe.edu

Milwaukee -- Coming off their first Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Championship, Athletic Director Dan Harris announced that the MSOE Raiders hockey program would be part of the USA Hockey National Under -18 team’s tour. The game will be played on Saturday December 17, 2005 at the MSOE Kern Ice Arena with the puck dropping at 7:05pm.

The USA Hockey program sends an Under 18 developmental team across the nation, playing competitive top ranked varsity college programs to prepare players for Olympic play. Many of the players on the team go on and play hockey professionally, both at the national and international level. The MSOE men’s hockey program has been one of a handful of colleges chosen as an opponent for the USA national team while they are touring through Wisconsin.

Dan Harris shares his enthusiasm for the event. “That USA Hockey would want to play against our Raiders is a compliment to Coach Ostapina and his program. This will be a great experience for our team and a great game for all the hockey fans of Milwaukee to enjoy.”

The U-18 team will be playing the University of Wisconsin on December 16, the night before playing the Raiders. MSOE plays at the Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. Ticket availability will be announced at a later date.