School Daze: Islanders NCAA Prospects Shine

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The Friday night New York Islanders report is headlined by a couple of prospects who have been too quiet this season. By too quiet we mean they have not had the kind of impact that their team was needing from them. Overall it was not a bad evening but it was hurt by a suspension and an injury.

Taylor Cammarata (2013 third rd.) was looked upon to have a strong season after a good freshman year for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Last season’s 10-17-27 had the expectations of a big season from Cammarata to be one of the reasons why Minnesota was expected to be the favorite for the NCAA Men’s Championship. Jake Bischoff (2012 seventh rd.) was supposed to be the offensive answer from the blueline but he has had to fight just to remain in the lineup.

Bischoff was just 3-4-7 as a freshman and coming into the game with Wisconsin was 1-4-5. Both players and their team have been struggling in a way that Minnesota fans are not used to. Minnesota is unranked and facing another traditional hockey power having a tough season in the Wisconsin Badgers. As the two rivals took to the ice on Friday, it was badly needed wins not the traditional jockeying for dominance at the top of the college hockey world at stake.

College Rivals Square Off

Minnesota got off to a slow start trialing 3-1 in the second period before they started to rally. After a Minnesota goal cut the lead to 3-2, Bischoff would tie the game with his second goal of the season, an even strength goal at 12:01 as part of a Minnesota flurry that saw the Gophers score three times in just 39 seconds to take a 5-3 lead.

Wisconsin was not going away and they cut the lead to just one with a late goal in the second period. In the third period Cammarata would score what would prove to be the game winning goal when he tallied a power play goal at 8:17 to boost Minnesota’s lead to 6-4. It was Cammarata’s second goal of the season ending a span of 19 games without one.

But Bischoff was not done… 36 seconds after Cammarata’s goal it would, he would earn a secondary assist on Minnesota’s seventh goal of the game. It was Bischoff’s first multi-point game of his NCAA career but more importantly it would help seal a win for his team. Cammarata, who earned his first game winning goal of the season improved to 2-13-15 while Bischoff improved to 2-5-7.

In The Crease

Goalie Stephon Williams (2013 fourth rd) helped his third-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks earn a 5-1 win over Kyle Schempp (2014 sixth rd) and the Ferris State Bulldogs. Williams stopped 21 out of 22 shots to earn his 16th win of the season as he surrendered only a first period goal to fellow prospect Schempp.

Williams is currently fifth among NCAA goalies with a 1.76 goals against and a 0.920 save percentage is also third in the NCAA in wins. For Schempp, the goal was his seventh of the season and his 12th point of the season. Schempp has a three game goal scoring streak going with all three goals coming against Minnesota State.

More Dal Colle

Michael Dal Colle (2014 first rd) had two assists for his Oshawa Generals to extend his latest scoring streak to six games but his Generals fell in overtime to the Peterborough Petes 5-4. Dal Colle had two secondary assists as he has gone 3-5-8 to raise his season totals to 29-40-69 which is ninth among OHL scorers. The Generals saw their seven game winning streak become an eight game “unbeaten in regulation” streak.

Others

Victor Crus Rydberg (2013 fifth rd) had a secondary assist on the only goal his Plymouth Whalers would need to earn a win over the Belleville Bulls as the Whalers shut out the Bulls 3-0. For Crus Rydberg, the assist was his 20th of the year and his 27th point.

Doyle Somerby (2012 fifth rd) returned to the second-ranked Boston University lineup after serving a one game suspension as they defeated UMass-Amherst 9-5. Somerby was scoreless on one shot as his teammates were a very impressive 6 for 9 on the power play in this one.

Robbie Russo (2011 fourth) sat out the first game of his two game suspension for his Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Russo earned his suspension from Hockey East because of a slashing penalty he took last Saturday during a game with Northeastern.

Devin Toews (2014 fourth) did not dress for his Quinnipiac Bobcat’s game against Brown sitting out due to an undisclosed injury. Toews is also expected to miss Saturday’s matchup against Yale as well.

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