ASNetminding: What gives with goaltending? Not much this season

Thatcher Demko’s historic pace in nets for Boston College continues.

The junior goalie picked up two more shutouts over Maine, giving him six in the past seven games. The San Diego native now has an eye-popping 0.67 goals-against average and .974 save-percentage. Both lead all of college hockey, as well as his six shutouts.

What gives?

Apparently, not much when it comes to goaltending these days.

Though we’re not yet into the teeth of the college hockey season, so far there have been 39 shutouts across college hockey since the regular season opened; 40, if you want to give double credit to Bemidji State and Northern Michigan for their scoreless tie on Oct. 30.

Whether it’s a lack of firepower or just elite goaltending, Demko’s numbers deserve notice. Through nine games he has stopped 221 of the 227 shots he’s faced and his six shutouts in seven games has tied him with Blaine Lacher of Lake Superior State as the only goalies to accomplish the feat. Lacher did it during the 1994 season. Demo’s current scoreless streak is 183 minutes and 55 seconds.

Charlie Lindgren of St. Cloud State is second in shutouts this season with four


North Dakota’s improbable 3-1 loss on Friday to unranked Wisconsin dropped UND from first to third in the latest USCHO poll and from first to fourth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine men’s poll. UND is also fourth in The ASN Eight inaugural poll.

The biggest drop, however, was Minnesota-Duluth falling from sixth and seventh to 13th in both polls after being swept on the road at Omaha. UNO climbed to sixth in both polls and remains unbeaten at its new Baxter Arena.

Meanwhile, results of online polling will determine North Dakota's new nickname.
Vote: Which nickname do you prefer for UND?

Since being forced to retire its Fighting Sioux logo the school has held two votes this fall to find a new nickname. The first vote was between five choices — Nodaks, Fighting Hawks, Roughriders, North Stars and Sun Dogs. A poor turnout and lack of a clear winner forced a second vote between Nodaks, Fighting Hawks and Roughriders. Since no majority was again chosen, the school is holding a third online vote between Roughriders and Fighting Hawks.


Harvard, 3-0-1, battled fellow ECAC preseason favorite Yale to a 2-2 tie this past weekend. Next up is unbeaten Quinnipiac, the surprising rising star of the early season. Quinnipiac, 8-0, is ranked third and fourth in the polls, including fourth in The ASN Eight, and with eight first-place votes between both.

Harvard is ranked seventh and sixth in the polls and leads the NCAA in scoring at 4.63 goals per game. Quinnipiac is third at 4.36.

The teams also rank 1-2 in power play percentage (Harvard 41%, Quinnipiac 36%). Harvard has yet to give up a goal on the power play.


It was a light schedule for women’s hockey this past weekend, but Bemidji State’s sweep of Ohio State moved the Beavers (10-2-2, 7-2-1) into the fifth spot in the latest USCHO women's poll.

It is Bemidji State’s highest ranking ever and helped them moved into second place in the WCHA standings behind unbeaten Wisconsin. Next up, though, is Minnesota in Minneapolis this weekend.

The Gophers were idle this past weekend and will be coming off a loss at North Dakota two weeks ago, it’s only loss of the season.


The Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald reports that the storied rivalry between Minnesota and North Dakota will take on a glittery twist with an Oct. 27, 2018, game in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel’s ice arena. Give UND credit for spreading its name nationally. Next year North Dakota will play Boston College in the historic Madison Square Garden in New York. The Dec. 3, 2016, game is being dubbed the “College Hockey Showdown.” ... Alaska’s Tyler Morley reached the 100-point plateau for his career over the weekend. He tallied three goals and and two assists against Northern Michigan to give him 103 career points. … Omaha’s Jake Guentzel is on a tear, gathering five points in a weekend sweep of Minnesota-Duluth. His 16 points are tied for tops in the NCAA along with Greg Gibson of Robert Morris. … Miami snapped a three-game skid with a pair of 2-1 victories over Western Michigan. Senior goalie Ryan McKay stopped 42 of 44 shots. … UNO freshman goalie Evan Weninger continues to turn heads. The Mavericks swept Minnesota-Duluth in large part because of his 80 saves (45 on Friday, 35 on Saturday). Weninger finished the series with a .952 save percentage and allowed just four goals, none of five UMD power plays. He’s now 5-1 on the season.

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