LOWELL, Mass. — David Vallorani scored a goal and an assist as the No. 18 River Hawks defeated third-ranked Boston College on Friday night 3-2.
The win marks UMass Lowell eighth in the last nine games as its record soars to 10-4-0 on the year and 7-3-0 in Hockey East action. Friday also marked the River Hawks first win against the Eagles since Feb.12, 2010, halting a string of six consecutive losses. Boston College falls to 12-6-0 overall and 9-4-0 in conference play.
The Eagles appeared to have the upper hand early in the contest after a game-misconduct on UMass Lowell put Boston College on a five-minute power play. The advantage was negated by a hooking call and the River Hawks sprung into action during the 4-on-4 hockey with a goal by Vallorani at 4:57. Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel threaded the needle with a pass through center ice to Vallorani, who deked a Eagle and skated in alone to beat Brian Billett for his fifth goal of the year.
Despite the heightened drama, the River Hawks held on for the victory — its first against a team ranked in the top-three in the country since Feb. 19, 2005, a 4-1 win against No. 1 Boston College.
Recording his eighth consecutive win in net, sophomore Doug Carr improved to 9-1-0 after stopping 23-of-25 shots. The Eagles’ Billett fell to 3-1-0 while making 24 saves on the night.
No. 1 Minnesota Duluth 3, Wisconsin 3
MADISON, Wisc. — UMD skated to a 3-3 draw with Wisconsin Friday night in Madison to vault into a first-place tie with the University of Minnesota in the WCHA standings with one game to go before the league’s regular season schedule hits the midway points. The Bulldogs improved their unbeaten streak to 13 games and are 11-0-2 since suffering its last setback nearly two months ago.
UMD (11-3-3; 9-2-2) outshot the Badgers 36-24 and held them to just one power play in eight opportunities while going 0-of-4 with the man advantage. Senior Kenny Reiter, who has tended the Bulldog goal for the entirety of their 14-game unbeaten streak, finished with 21 saves, including 10 in the third period and one in the five-minute minute.
The Bulldogs, who have lost just five of their 30 away outings since the start of 2011-12 season (18-5-6) will meet Wisconsin again Saturday night in UMD’s final appearance until Jan. 6, 2012.
Michigan Tech 3, No. 2 Minnesota 2 OT
MINNEAPOLIS — Brett Olson skated around two defenders and beat Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson 33 seconds into overtime to lift Michigan Tech to a 3-2 upset of the No. 2-ranked Gophers tonight at Mariucci Arena. The senior captain took the puck from outside the zone and raced through the left circle to notch the game-winner.
The win snapped a two-game skid for the Huskies and pushed their record to 9-7-1 overall and 6-6-1 in the WCHA. The Gophers fell to 13-5-1 and 10-3-0 in league play, suffering their first WCHA home loss.
The game was close affair throughout as neither team held more than a one-goal lead. Both goaltenders played phenomenal games. Josh Robinson made 34 saves while Patterson had 23. It was 1-1 after one period and scoreless in the second period before both teams tallied a marker in the third to head to overtime.
Olson ended the game 33 seconds into the extra session, helping the Huskies improve to 3-0-1 in overtime games.
Miami (Ohio) 5, No. 4 Ohio State 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Miamiscored within the first four minutes of each period while five different RedHawks notched a goal, including three freshmen, as Miami never trailed in a 5-3 win against No. 4 Ohio State Friday night. With the victory, the RedHawks (9-8-2, 5-6-2-1 CCHA) snapped the Buckeyes’ (12-4-1, 9-3-1-1 CCHA) nine-game winning streak and 11-game unbeaten streak. The win also gave Miami its 600th win in program history.
Miami finished with a 38-30 advantage in shots on goal, with the 38 shots the most the Buckeyes have given up all year while the five goals allowed tied their season high. Knapp totaled 27 saves to earn his third win of the year and 34th of his career, which ties him for sixth in school history. Heeter ended with 33 saves in defeat, his first loss since Oct. 20. The ‘Hawks were 0-for-5 on the power play while going 5-for-6 on the penalty kill, including a 5-on-3 kill.
No. 9 Ferris State 4, No. 7 Notre Dame 1
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Ferris State got back in the win column this evening as they defeated the Notre Dame4-1 in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) tilt at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The three-point conference victory brings the nationally seventh-ranked Bulldogs to an overall record of 11-5-1 with a 7-5-1 record in the CCHA. The loss brings Notre Dame to a 10-6-3 overall and 7-3-3 in conference play.
The physical game saw ten penalties with 31 PIMs for Notre Dame, they were 0-6 in power-play situations. The Bulldogs racked up 35 penalty minutes with 12 penalties, as they were 1-6 in the man advantage situation.
The win brings senior goaltender Taylor Nelson’s record to 7-3-0 as he stopped 28 of 29 Notre Dame shots. The Bulldogs had 23 shots on goal as the Fighting Irish goaltender, Mike Johnson, made 19 saves.
With three points Matthew Kirzinger was named the first star of the game. With two assists each Chad Billins and Derek Graham received the second and third stars respectively.