Where Are They Now Feature: Solid Sophomores

Two seasons ago, the Black Hawks won the Anderson Cup and reached the Clark Cup Championship Series.  Karen’s Print Rite offers an update on five players from that team rolling into their sophomore seasons in the NCAA.

Mark Friedman, Bowling Green  D

Friedman started his college career with a notable splash.  He played in every Falcons game and tied for the team lead with 17 assists.  Generating 19 total points, Friedman was awarded a place on the WCHA All-Rookie Team.  The Philadelphia Flyers’ draft pick was also +7, which ranked fifth among his teammates.

The current campaign has opened a little more conservatively for Friedman from a scoring standpoint, but already at +3 through five games, the defenseman is tied for fifth on the team in that category.  The Falcons are currently 3-1-1.

In preseason polls, Bowling Green was projected to finish among the top three teams in the WCHA.  They begin conference play this weekend on the road against Alaska-Anchorage, where Friedman will look for his first point of the year.

Peter Krieger, Alaska  F

Krieger spends most of his time in Alaska, but this weekend he is closer to home visiting Minnesota State-Mankato with the University of Alaska Nanooks.  As is the case for Bowling Green, the weekend represents the beginning of Alaska’s WCHA schedule.

The Nanooks have opened the year 2-2-0.  Krieger currently ranks second on the squad, averaging better than a point per game with a goal and four assists.  Last weekend, Alaska won the Brice Alaska Gold Rush tournament for the fourth consecutive year.  Krieger scored the winning goal in the final game, one of two points he was credited with during a 4-2 comeback victory over RPI.

The Oakdale, Minnesota, native is already almost halfway to his freshman point production.  Krieger notched five goals and eight assists during 33 appearances in 2014/15.  His first year on NCAA ice was highlighted by a four-game point streak in October, which included his first college goal against the University of Maine.  Krieger also recorded a pair of assists against rival Alaska-Anchorage.

Cal Petersen, Notre Dame  G

Many freshmen goalies have to make due with limited ice time.  That was not an issue for Petersen in 2014/15.  The Waterloo native made 31 starts last winter and finished the campaign with 13-16-3 record.  He was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, and put his name in the record books by appearing in the longest collegiate hockey game ever played, a 4-3 five-overtime loss to the University of Massachusetts during the Hockey East playoffs.

So far this season, Petersen’s familiar #40 is the only number which the Fighting Irish have called.  He has play in all four Notre Dame games, turning away 91.1% of the shots he has faced during the program’s 1-1-2 start.  The early schedule has included a pair of 3-3 ties versus Minnesota-Duluth.

Conference games against Hockey East opponents begin this weekend as the Fighting Irish travel to meet the University of Connecticut.  Notre Dame will also face Northeastern and Massachusetts-Lowell before Thanksgiving, but next weekend, they step out of conference for two games against Minnesota, including a Saturday matchup on NBCSN.

Patrick Russell, St. Cloud State  F

When it comes to sophomore scoring, Russell is among the nation’s top ten, with six points in six games.  Bob Motzko’s Huskies have opened the year 4-2-0, including a two-game sweep of in-state rival Minnesota State-Mankato.  However, last weekend St. Cloud saw the tables turned, falling twice to Quinnipiac.  They try to get back on track this weekend versus Miami in the first NCHC game of the season.

Russell is off to an impressive start as he follows up a freshman season which saw him earn a place on the All-NCHC Rookie Team.  An important part of the Huskies’ power play, Russell totaled ten goals and 15 assists in 40 appearances last year.  St. Cloud reached the NCAA Tournament regional final.

This season, Russell already has three multipoint games, recording a goal and an assist in both wins against Minnesota State-Mankato, as well as two assists versus Alaska-Anchorage.  As a freshman, the native of Denmark contributed five multipoint efforts.

Zach Sanford, Boston College  F

Like Russell, Sanford has hustled to six points, reaching the total in only five appearances.  The Washington Capitals selection is coming off a particularly strong performance last Saturday.  Visiting Colorado College, Sanford matched a career-best with three points (one goal, two assists) during a 5-0 decision against the Tigers.

As a freshman, Sanford played in all of BC’s games, stacking up seven goals and 17 assists.  He had a point in five consecutive early January matchups, including a goal against crosstown rival Boston University.  Like Russell, he helped his team reach the NCAA Tournament; the Eagles were ousted in their opening game against Denver.

Friday, Boston College looks for retribution against the Pioneers when the Eagles host Denver.  A return to postseason play this spring is the expectation; BC opened the year as the #1 team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine college hockey rankings.  They currently sit in the fourth slot.  Boston College’s conference schedule begins Tuesday against Massachusetts.

Other Black Hawks alumni in their sophomore seasons include: Dane Cooper (Brown), Jake Horton (Harvard), Tim Lappin (Brown), Drew Melanson (RPI), Derek Pratt (Connecticut), Austin Vieth (Alaska), Blake Winiecki (St. Cloud State).

Where Are They Now is presented by Karen’s Print Rite.

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