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RANGERS NCAA UPDATE - March 19, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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CCHA CHAMPIONS - University of Michigan
Michigan (Montoya) 4, Ohio State (Guenin) 2
Led by a two-goal effort from Milan Gajic, the No. 4 Michigan ice hockey team downed No. 10 Ohio State 4-2 in the CCHA Super Six final Saturday, March 19, in Detroit to claim the Mason Cup for the third time in four years. Gajic scored a power-play goal 2:54 into the game and put U-M up 2-1 with another extra-man tally 6:46 into the second, but OSU tied it 11 seconds later. Jeff Tambellini was credited with the game-winner at 5:27 of the third, and U-M added an empty-net goal with half a tick left. Al Montoya made 33 saves in net for the victory. The Wolverines have seven CCHA Tournament championships and three in the last four years. Michigan has won double CCHA championships in the regular season and postseason five times. Also, the victory clinches the Maize and Blue a spot in the NCAA Tournament for an NCAA-record 15th consecutive season.
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Michigan State (Potter) 2, Alaska - Fairbanks 3
Michigan State dropped a heart-breaking 3-2 decision to Alaska Fairbanks in the CCHA Super Six Third-Place game at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday afternoon (March 19). UAF jumped out to a 2-0 lead and was able to hold off a MSU rally, thanks in large part to the play of UAF goaltender Wylie Rogers, who finished with 36 stops and No. 1 star of the game honors. State's Corey Potter finished the game with two penalty minutes; he finished the season with a team-high 61 PIMS. With today's loss, MSU closed the season with a 20-17-4 slate and a 12-13-3 sixth-place CCHA record.
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WCHA CHAMPIONS - Denver University
Colorado College (Crabb) 0, Denver 1
Colorado College's quest for its first-ever Broadmoor Trophy ended in frustration Saturday as the Tigers dropped a 1-0 decision to archrival University of Denver in the championship game of the 2005 WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. DU's Luke Fulghum snapped a scoreless tie with an unassisted power-play goal at 16:56 of the second period, and freshman goalie Peter Mannino made 25 saves to blank CC for the second time in two weeks. The Tigers dropped to 29-8-3 with the loss, but nevertheless are expected to be a No. 1 seed for one of the four NCAA regional tournaments next weekend. The announced crowd of 16,507 on Saturday is the largest ever to attend a CC-Denver game.
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ECAC CHAMPIONS - Cornell University
Harvard (Reese, Flynn) 1 vs. Cornell 3
In the championship game of the ECACHL, the Cornell Big Red used two goals from Charlie Cook, including the game-winner, to capture its 11th ECACHL title with a convincing 3-1 win over No. 8/9 Harvard on Saturday evening at the Pepsi Arena in Albany. The win clinched an automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA tournament and extended the team's unbeaten streak to 18 games (17-0-1) in improving to 26-4-3. Harvard slipped to 21-9-3 with the loss. Sophomore goalkeeper and Hobey Baker Award finalist David McKee (Irving, Texas) stopped 17 shots between the pipes in the win, ending the four-game run to the championship with a 0.71 goals against average and a .970 save percentage. Harvard's lone tally was recorded by Rangers prospect Dylan Reese.
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