DIII Men’s Hockey daily roundup
Three games kicked off the 2011 DIII Men’s Hockey tournament
Hamline 3, Wisconsin-Superior 2 (OT) -- Full Recap
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Chris Berenguer is a two-time All-American and was named the MIAC player-of-the-year this afternoon, but the biggest goal of his collegiate career came just before the seven-minute mark of overtime tonight, as he scored the game winner in a 3-2 win at UW-Superior in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Said Berenguer: “I don’t know how the puck got to me, I looked down and the puck was at my feet.”
The Pipers played the role of the home team on the scoreboard as they held the higher seed heading into the game. Beau Christian, who made 36 stellar saves, pointed out that although “It was different being the home team on the road, we have a corps group of guys who can set up camp anywhere,” therefore creating a home-ice feel for the Pipers.
Bowdoin 2, Neumann 1 -- Full Recap
BRUNSWICK, Me. -- Bowdoin won its first NCAA Tournament game on Wednesday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena 2-1 against visiting Neumann. The Polar Bears (19-7-1) advance to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament where they will travel to play at Oswego State at 7 p.m. Saturday. Neumann ends its season 14-9-5.
Steve Messina was outstanding, stopping 33 shots in the victory for Bowdoin. Bryan Rosata's first career goal and Robert Toczylowski's fifth of the season accounted for Bowdoin's scoring. The Polar Bears earned a victory in their first home NCAA Tournament game in their fourth national tournament appearance. The Knights, making their second NCAA Tournament appearance, lost for the first time in NCAA play after winning the 2009 Championship.
Norwich 5, Curry 1 -- Full Recap
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Norwich completed the first of four steps on the road to repeating as the Division III national champions with a 5-1 win against Curry on Wednesday in a NCAA First Round game at Kreitzberg Arena.
The Cadets (21-5-3) jumped out to an early lead and then survived a ferocious Curry fore-check during the first 10 minutes of the first period. NU settled down in the second half of the period and added another goal late in the opening stanza to put the Cadets well on their way to advancing to a quarterfinal date Saturday night at SUNY Plattsburgh.