After missing nearly the entire 2007-08 season with a knee injury, University of Minnesota forward Ryan Stoa has bounced back and might be playing the best hockey of his young career.
Tabbed as Minnesota’s captain prior to the season based in large part on his work ethic and dedication during his rehabilitation period a year ago, the Bloomington native has provided a steadying hand both on and off the ice.
Now a junior on a talented Gopher squad, Stoa scored two goals and added a pair of assists Saturday as Minnesota topped St. Cloud State by an 8-6 count.
With 30 points (15g/15a) in 21 games this year, he ranks third in the nation in points-per-game (1.43) and fourth in goals-per-game (0.71).
Click here to read a feature on Stoa from earlier this season.
Tyler Weiman picked up his second consecutive shutout as the Lake Erie Monsters topped Quad City by a 3-0 count on Wednesday (Jan. 14). Weiman – who had blanked Philadelphia three days earlier – made 32 saves, while Nathan Smith scored twice and Nigel Williams added a goal of his own.
The Monsters were then shut out in back-to-back contests, dropping a 4-0 decision to Hamilton on Friday and losing by a 1-0 score to Manitoba the following night.
Lake Erie rounded out its week with a 2-1 loss to Houston on Sunday. Weiman made 27 saves, while Justin Bowers scored the Monsters’ lone goal.
Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate now owns a 15-21-1-5 record this season and ranks sixth in the North Division with 36 points.NCAA
-Miami (Ohio) University forward Justin Mercier
tallied an assist in a 4-1 loss to Michigan State on Friday and then notched a goal and two assists as the RedHawks bounced back with a 6-1 win during Saturday’s rematch. Mercier ranks third on Miami’s scoring chart with 20 points (8g/12a) through 23 games.
-Billy Sauer was back between the pipes for the University of Michigan during Saturday’s contest against Bowling Green State University. Sauer was up to the task, stopping all 19 shots he faced in a 1-0 shutout victory.
-Colby Cohen registered a power-play goal and then assisted on fellow defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk’s power-play marker as Boston University downed Boston College by a 5-2 count on Saturday. Cohen leads all BU defensemen with 16 points (2g/14a), while Shattenkirk is tied for the team lead among blueliners with four goals.
-Brad Malone totaled two assists in the University of North Dakota’s 5-0 win over Michigan Tech on Saturday, giving the forward nine points (2g/7a) in 24 contests.
-Mike Carman picked up his sixth goal of the season during the University of Minnesota’s 5-1 triumph over St. Cloud State on Friday evening.QMJHL
Quebec Remparts center Kelsey Tessier notched an assist Friday in his club’s 5-2 win over Saint John. Tessier is scoring at a point-per-game pace, with 42 points (15g/27a) in 42 contests.
-Joel Chouinard picked up an assist as Victoriaville earned a 5-4 win against Rimouski over the weekend. Chouinard has 24 points (8g/16a) in 43 games for the Tigres.
-Lewiston netminder Peter Delmas turned away 31 shots in a 4-3 victory over Rouyn-Noranda on Friday. The win was Delmas’ seventh of the season.OHL
-Mississauga’s Cameron Gaunce
picked up an assist on Thursday during a 2-1 loss to Niagara and then added a goal and an assist in a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Oshawa on Friday. Gaunce’s 38 points (14g/24a) rank sixth among OHL defensemen.
-The London Knights picked up a 5-2 win over Kitchener on Saturday after being bolsetered by Kevin Montgomery’s two assists and Trevor Cann
’s 17 saves. Cann then made 26 saves on Friday, but the Knights were topped by Guelph, 6-5 in overtime.
London bounced back with a 4-2 win over Plymouth on Monday, with Cann making 29 saves for the victors. The netminder has posted a sparkling 18-3-0-1 record with a .913 save percentage and 2.57 goals-against average in 22 games with the Knights.USHL
-Nathan Condon posted an assist and a +2 rating on Friday as the Fargo Force dropped Waterloo, 4-2. Condon, in his first season with Fargo, has 18 points (7g/11a) through 33 games.