New Hampshire halts No. 3 Providence in OT behind Matt Willows' goal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior forward Matt Willows scored the game-wining goal just 15 seconds into overtime as New Hampshire defeated Providence 3-2 on Friday night at Schneider Arena. The win extends the Wildcats' winning streak to six games.
In the overtime period, Willows dumped the puck into the Providence zone. The Friar defense attempted to clear the puck off the glass, but Nick Sorkin blocked the clear and passed it to Willows in stride. Willows then ripped a shot that relief goalie Nick Ellis got a piece of, but could not contain. It was Willows' second goal of the game.
Willows opened the scoring five minutes into the first with an assist going to Kevin Goumas. With 21 seconds before the end of the period, Grayson Downing gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.
Providence would tie the game at 2-all in the third period behind goals from Noel Accieri and Mark Jankowski.
Casey DeSmith made 29 saves in the win.
No. 1 Minnesota 6, No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth 1
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota overcame a slow start Friday night against Minnesota-Duluth to win 6-1 at Mariucci Arena in the first game of a two-game series. Six different Gophers netted goals and netminder Adam Wilcox stopped a career-high 36 shots in a winning effort.
Now with victories in its past four contests, Minnesota is 9-1-1 on the year.
The game got off to an ominous start for the Gophers, who conceded a Dominic Toninatio breakaway and a UMD power play in the game's first 2:02 before allowing a Charlie Sampair goal at the 4:19 mark that gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
Minnesota came alive toward the end of the opening stanza, however. A.J. Michaelson, Tom Serratore and Justin Kloos scored in rapid succession to stake the home team to a 3-1 lead before the end of the period.
The Bulldogs mounted 15 shots in the third period, but could not solve Wilcox and cut into the Gophers' lead.
Eleven different Minnesota skaters had at least one point in the game and Serratore, Travis Boyd, Kyle Rau, Michael Brodzinski, Taylor Cammarata and Seth Ambroz each had two points on the night. It was Brodzinski's first-career multi-point contest.
No. 2 St. Cloud State 2, Colorado College 2
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Scott Wamsganz scored the lone third-period goal as Colorado College tied the game at two 11:18 into the period as St. Cloud State ended up with the 2-2 tie on Friday night.
The Huskies had a one-goal lead twice but could not hold on in each situation. Jonny Brodzinski scored a power-play midway through the first period but CC's Cody Bradley scored at the 13:35 mark to tie the game.
Niklas Nevalainen regave the Huskies a one-goal lead that would extend into the third period.
Ryan Faragher ended up with 31 saves for the Huskies.
No. 4 Quinnipiac 3, Princeton 0
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Kellen Jones became the 21st player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to score 100 career points and the Bobcats pushed their NCAA-best unbeaten streak to 13 games (12-0-1) with a 3-0 win against ECAC Hockey foe Princeton at Hobey Baker Rink. Quinnipiac improves to 12-1-1 overall and 6-0-1 in ECAC Hockey while Princeton drops to 2-8-0 overall and 1-6-0 in league play.
Kellen Jones hit the century mark with 11:38 left in the second period on the power play after receiving a pass from twin brother Connor. Connor scored his 100th career point in a 7-2 win against Colgate on Nov. 1. In addition to becoming the 21st player in Quinnipiac's Division I history, Kellen is the 35th player all-time.
The twins are the fifth set of brothers in NCAA history to tally 100 career points each while playing together and the first since St. Lawrence's Pete and Tim Lappin in 1988. Before the Lappins, Ohio State's Paul and Perry Pooley (1981-84), Ferris State's Peter and Paul Lowden (1983-87) and Cornell's Doug and Dave Ferguson (1964-67) all tallied 100 points apiece playing together.
Sam Anas had a goal and an assist while Jordan Samuels-Thomas scored in his fourth consecutive game while increasing his point streak to seven games. Michael Garteig posted his third career shutout for his national-best 12th win of the year.
No. 5 Michigan 6, Niagra 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Four different members of Michigan registered goals on the way to a 6-0 victory against the Niagara Purple Eagles on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena.
Goaltender Zach Nagelvoort recorded his first career shutout -- and the first shutout at Yost since Dec. 15, 2012 -- while both Alex Guptill and Andrew Copp registered two goals apiece.
The Maize and Blue tallied two goals in the first, one in the middle frame and finished out the third period with three goals within five minutes of one another. Seven Wolverines finished out the night with at least two points, and freshman forward Tyler Motte lead the way three points (one goal, two assists).
No. 13 Massachusetts-Lowell 1, No. 6 Notre Dame 0
LOWELL, Mass. -- Stephen Buco scored the game's lone goal and Connor Hellebuyck collected his second shutout of the season as Massachusetts-Lowell (9-4-0, 3-1-0 Hockey East) picked up a 1-0 win against Notre Dame (8-3-1, 2-1-1 Hockey East).
The pitted two of the top-rated defensive teams in the country, and the game lived up to the billing.
The River Hawks were able to crack the Fight Irish's No. 1-rated penalty kill when Buco finished off a play started by Adam Chapie to pick up a power-play goal at 15:46 of the first period. It was Buco's second consecutive game with a goal and his third of the season.
The goal would prove to be enough as Hellebuyck and the River Hawks' defensive corps staved off Notre Dame's attack. Hellebuyck would finish the game with 40 saves, earning his second consecutive shutout and eighth of his UMass Lowell career. A sophomore, Hellebuyck is two shutouts shy of the school's all-time shutout mark.
Nebraska-Omaha 6, No. 8 Miami (Ohio) 3
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska-Omaha scored five second-period goals to down Miami (Ohio) by a 6-3 final on Friday.
Austin Ortega led the Mavericks offensively with two goals with five other players picked up a goal.
The RedHawks led 1-0 after the first, but Dominic Zombo scored 22 seconds into the second to start the offense. Johnnie Searfoss would score the game-winning goal two minutes into the second period.
Ryan Massa made 29 saves for the Mavericks, with 11 coming in each the second and third periods.
No. 9 Yale 5, Colgate 2
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Jesse Root has always been a leader for Yale, but he hasn't always been the scoring leader. Root, a senior captain, continued his hot hand for the Bulldogs by scoring his team-high fifth and sixth goals of the season in a 5-2 ECAC Hockey win against Colgate.
Root, who has 27 career goals, tallied on a power play in the first period and found an empty net with 57 seconds left as the Blue (5-1-2, 3-0-2 ECAC) ran its unbeaten streak to seven games.
The Bulldogs outshot the Raiders 37-20 overall and 19-4 in the opening frame while jumping out to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
Colgate (6-7-1, 4-3-0) cut the margin in half early in the second, but that was the closest it would get to Yale, who was led in goal by Alex Lyon and his 18 saves.
No. 10 Ferris State 5, Alaska 3
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- The unbeaten streak continues for Ferris Stateas the Bulldogs opened a two-game (WCHA) home series with a 5-3 win against Alaska on Friday night inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs ran their unbeaten streak to eight consecutive contests (7-0-1) and held onto first place in the WCHA standings with the triumph. FSU scored the first four goals of the contest and withstood a three-goal spurt by the Nanooks to earn the victory on home ice.
Five different Bulldogs scored and CJ Motte made 41 saves for his ninth win of the season.