No. 7 Adrian dominates Northland, earns 6-0 victory behind Ranalli
ASHLAND, Wis. -- Adrian defeated Northland 6-0 on Saturday afternoon to complete a weekend sweep of the LumberJacks at Bay Area Civic Center.
Junior forward Josh Ranalli scored two goals for the second consecutive game and four other players notched a goal as Adrian outshot Northland 54-18 giving junior goaltender James Hamby his third career shutout. Ranalli now has 29 career goals in 55 career games.
Hamby made 18 saves including eight in the second period in his first start of the season. He improved to 20-3-1 in net during his career and hasn't lost a game since his freshman season. Adrian finished 3-of-6 on the power play and is now 5-of-10 this season after leading NCAA Division III in power play percentage (32.1) in 2012-13.
No. 2 St. Norbert, Marian
DE PERE, Wis. -- St. Norbert scored four third-period goals en route to a 5-2 win against Marian in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game.
The Green Knights (2-0, 2-0 NCHA) trailed 2-0, 25 minutes into the game, before cutting the deficit to 2-1 by the end of the second period. St. Norbert slammed home four markers in the final 20 minutes to pull away.
St. Norbert outshot Marian 36-16, including 16-4 in the decisive third period. The Green Knights ended 3-for-8 on the power play, while the Sabres were 1-for-5. David Jacobson made 14 saves for St. Norbert, while Josh Baker made 31 stops for the Sabres.
No. 4 Oswego State 3, Buffalo State 2
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Oswego State earned its first victory of the 2013-14 season with a 3-2 win against Buffalo State on Saturday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena. With the win, Oswego is now 1-1-0 overall and in the SUNYAC while the Bengals fall to the same mark.
Both teams came out aggressive, each scoring a goal in the opening moments of play. Oswego struck first as a barrage of Lakers barreled down on the Bengals goaltender. Dylan Smith buried the goal for his first collegiate score off assists from Chris Waterstreet and Shawn Hulshof. Waterstreet and Hulshof's assists were both career firsts.
Matt Zawadzki got the start between the pipes for the Lakers, earning his first career win while denying 24 Bengal attempts.
No. 6 Utica 5, Brockport 2
UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica wrapped up opening weekend with two victories as the Pioneers topped visiting Brockport 5-2 in their home-opener at the Utica Memorial Auditorium Saturday night. UC has now opened the season 2-0 in four consecutive seasons, while Brockport dropped to 0-1 on the year.
"Opening the season with a couple of quality wins is always a positive," head coach Gary Heenan, who was named a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award last season, said. "It was a solid team effort in front of another great home crowd. We have a long way to go, but this was a good opening weekend for our guys."
Brockport goalie Aaron Green did all he could to thwart the Pioneer attack, stopping 40 shots in his first loss of the season. UC freshman goalie Marcus Zelzer picked up his first collegiate win as he stopped 20 shots between the pipes for the Pioneers. Utica outshot Brockport 45-22 on the evening.
No. 9 Hobart, No. 14 Neumann
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Hobart battled No. 14 Neumann to a 4-4 overtime tie in an ECAC West game played. The Statesmen are now 1-0-1 and the Knights are 0-1-1.
The Statesmen controlled the play in the third period, out-shooting Neumann 20-3, but they could not find the go-ahead goal through the final 20-minute period. Hobart also remained on offense for the majority of the overtime notching a 4-0 advantage in shots, but the Statesmen still could not find the back of the net, and the game ended in a tie.
Hobart finished with a 47-24 advantage in shots. The Statesmen went 0-6 on the power play and killed off all five of the Knights' power-play attempts. Chimienti finished with 22 saves in all 60 minutes in goal for Hobart. Braely Torris played all 60 minutes in goal for Neumann and made 45 saves.
No. 10 Babson 2, Curry 1
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Junior forward Andrew Bonazza scored the go-ahead goal on a power play midway through the third period, helping nationally-ranked Babson to a season-opening 2-1 victory against visiting Curry College in non-conference action on Saturday night at the Babson Skating Center.
Senior Connor Berto also scored the for the Beavers, who got assists from seniors Ryan Heavey and Nik Tasiopoulos as well as first-year Michael Phillips.
First-year James Murphy notched his first career goal for the Colonels, while sophomore Ryan Gay and first-year Michael Vallescuro each chipped in with an assist.