CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Junior Adam Murray stopped 21 shots and four players scored as No. 3 Denver beat No. 1 Boston College 4-2 in its season-opener on Friday night at Kelley Rink.
Jason Zucker, Beau Bennett, Drew Shore and David Makowski all scored goals as the Pioneers won their season opener for fifth consecutive year.
Zucker struck first for DU with a breakaway goal from Dustin Jackson at 3:27 of the first period. After a Paul Phillips penalty, Barry Almeida answered for the Eagles on the power play at 6:05 from Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider to even the game at 1-1. BC outshot Denver 7-6 in the opening period.
Bennett roofed a wrist shot from the left circle past Parker Milner just 55 seconds into the second stanza to give DU a 2-1 lead. Phillips and Scott Mayfield earned assists on the goal.
Drew Shore staked Denver to a 3-1 lead with a tap-in goal right in front of the net at 8:49 of the second period. Zucker and Luke Salazar were credited with assists on the goal.
Murray mishandled the puck near his net and Kevin Hayes capitalized from the top of the slot at 17:13 to conclude the second-period scoring and cut the Boston College deficit to 3-2 .
Makowski iced the win with an empty-net goal from just outside DU’s blueline with 39 seconds left in the game.
Boston College (2-1) outshot Denver, 23-22, and went 1-for-5 on the power play. DU was 0-for-4 with the man-advantage.
No. 2 Notre Dame 5, Ohio State 2
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Sophomore left wing Anders Lee scored two goals and added an assist for a three-point night while Notre Dame teammates, Austin Wuthrich, T.J. Tynan and Patrick Gaul each tallied goals to lead the Irish to a 5-2 win against Ohio State at the Joyce Center. The game was the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) opener for both teams.
Tynan added a pair of assists for his second consecutive three-point game. Riley Sheahan and Bryan Rust each had a pair of two-point nights with two assists each in the victory. The Buckeyes scored twice in the opening period with both goals coming off the stick of Danny Dries.
The win is the second in a row for Notre Dame that saw the Irish fall behind by two goals and then roar back to get five unanswered markers. Last Saturday night in Duluth, Minn., Notre Dame trailed Minnesota-Duluth, 2-0, before getting five consecutive goals on the way to a 5-3 victory.
The win improves the second-ranked Irish to 2-1-0 overall and 1-0-0-0 in CCHA play. The Buckeyes fall to 1-2-0 on the year and 0-1-0-0 in conference action.
For the night, Notre Dame outshot Ohio State by a 35-22 margin. Mike Johnson finished with 20 saves in the game for the Irish while Ohio State’s Brady Hjelle had 30 stops on the night.
No. 5 Miami (Ohio) 4, Colgate 3
HAMILTON, N.Y. — Junior Reilly Smith had a hand in all four RedHawk goals on Friday night, including his second-career hat trick, as he led fifth-ranked Miami (Ohio) to a 4-3 victory against Colgate at Starr Rink in the Raiders’ home opener. The RedHawks (2-1-0, 0-0-0 CCHA) scored two goals early in the third period to break a 2-2 second intermission deadlock while handing Colgate (2-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) its first loss of the year.
Smith wasted little time making an impact in his first game of the year, as he put Miami on top 1-0 just 9:26 into the first period on the power play. Freshman Tyler Biggs carried the puck into the zone and dropped it off for senior Chris Wideman, who waited at the blue line and crossed to Smith for a one-timer that Smith fired top shelf for the goal from above the left circle. Biggs picked up his first career point on the play.
The lead was short-lived however as the Raiders scored twice on the power play, capitalizing on two of their five man-advantages in the opening period. Less than a minute after the RedHawks took the lead, Austin Smith evened the score for Colgate, poking home a loose puck behind senior goalie Cody Reichard after a scrum in front of the net. The Raiders then went up 2-1 on their third power play of the stanza when Chris Wagner scored on a blast from the blue line that Reichard was screened on. Joe Wilson set up the score at 15:02 of the first period.
The RedHawks would draw even late in the second period, again scoring on the power play. Smith kept the puck in the Miami zone and fed Wideman, who picked up his second assist of the game on the goal. He then found freshman Austin Czarnik near the blue line with a Raider in his face, but Czarnik was able to keep possession and blast a wrister over Colgate goalie Eric Mihalik’s left shoulder to make it 2-2 with just 1:40 left in the middle period. The tally was Czarnik’s first collegiate goal.
Smith then turned it on early in the third period, notching two goals in the first four minutes of the final frame. Just 40 seconds into the third period, he intercepted a failed clear by the Raiders in their own end and blasted a low drive that found the twine to put Miami back on top 3-2. A little over three minutes later, Smith found the net again on another Colgate turnover as Czarnik and senior Alden Hirschfeld picked up the assists to make it 4-2 RedHawks and complete Smith’s hat trick. Smith’s four points marked a career high while his other hat trick came Oct. 23 against Northern Michigan last year.
The Raiders pulled Mihalik with under a minute to go and got a goal back with 32 seconds remaining, as Mike McCann finished a one-timer on the doorstep on a cross from Matt Firman with the extra attacker. Miami was able to hold off Colgate for the remainder of the game, however, to clinch its second consecutive win.
Even in victory, Miami was outshot 23-15 by the Raiders, with the 15 shots matching last year’s season low. Reichard finished with 20 saves to pick up his first win of the year, including 10 in the first period, while Mihalik had 11 stops for Colgate.
No. 6. North Dakota 3 , Maine 1
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol hoped that with Brad Eidsness getting his first home start in nearly a year, the senior goalie wouldn’t see much action for the first 10 minutes of the game against visiting Maine.
The Black Bears had other ideas, however, outshooting the Fighting Sioux 26-14 through two periods and testing the veteran goaltender repeatedly.
“He was real good through the first and second when he had to be,” Hakstol said. “We gave up probably 13, 14 grade-A opportunities in the first two periods.”
It took 54 minutes and 25 seconds for senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.) to net the game-winner. Four minutes after that, Blood set up center Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) for the insurance marker and a 3-1 nonconference win before 11,399 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
No. 7 Colorado College 3, Bemidji State 1
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Thanks to some offensive fireworks from a pair of veteran defensemen, Colorado College officially opened its 2011-12 season with a bang on Friday.
Gabe Guentzel and Mike Boivin each struck for a goal, while Boivin also set up the game winner by Jaden Schwartz, leading CC to a 3-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Bemidji State at the World Arena.
Providence 5, No. 8 Boston University 3
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence (1-0, 1-0 Hockey East) used five different goal scorers, including four freshmen, en route to a 5-3 season-opening win against No. 8 Boston University (1-1, 1-1 Hockey East) on Friday night in front of a crowd of 2,884 at Schneider Arena.
The Friars came out fast from the start and took the lead at 2:48 when freshman Drew Brown fired a wrister from the right circle and over the shoulder of Boston University goaltender Kieran Millan. Senior Andy Balysky assisted on the goal. Less than a minute later, the Friars extended their lead to 2-0 when freshman Matt Montesano scored from in close. It also marked Montesano’s first career goal as junior Tim Schaller and senior Matt Bergland assisted on the goal.
The quick 2-0 lead by the Friars forced the Terriers to take an early timeout. Before the end of the first period, the Friars managed to tally another goal for a three-goal edge. Freshman Stefan Demopoulos scored after being setup in the slot by from sophomore Damian Cross.
The Terriers quickly cut the lead to 3-2 early in the second period. Matt Nieto raced down the right wing, cut into the slot before rifling a high wrist shot into the net at 1:31. Just 1:08 later, Corey Trivino scored on the power play to trim PC’s lead to one heading into the last period of play.
Early in the third period, Garrett Noonan evened the score at 3-3 with his first goal of the season at 3:13. However, the Friars regained the lead at 5:42 on the power play. Cross setup junior Myles Harvey who ripped a one-timer from the point and into the net. It marked Harvey’s first collegiate goal as sophomore Derek Army assisted on the goal.
Later in the third period freshman Ross Mauermann gave the Friars a 5-3 lead. Demopoulos skated into the BU zone and made a toe-drag move around a defender before firing a shot that Millan saved. However, Mauermann collected the rebound and calmly lifted a wrist shot into the net at 8:56.
The Friars outshot the Terriers 30-26 on the night. Providence senior goalie Alex Beaudry finished the game with 23 saves while Millan stopped 25 shots for the Terriers.
No. 14 Minnesota 5, No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth 4 (OT)
DULUTH, Minn. — Late-game heroics led the 14th-ranked Minnesota men’s hockey team to a 5-4 overtime road victory over defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth at Amsoil Arena on Friday night. Nate Condon’s first goal of the season late in the extra session completed a last-minute comeback win on a night where Gopher goaltender Kent Patterson had a career-high 46 saves.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.