Dartmouth defeats defending champion and eighth-ranked Yale on the road
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Freshman Troy Crema scored two goals in the first period and sophomore goalie Charles Grant turned aside 40 shots as Dartmouth took down defending national champion and eighth-ranked Yale 4-1 on Friday night in front of 3,421 at Ingalls Rink.
The win was the first in New Haven for the Big Green (2-8-0, 2-6-0 ECAC) since Feb. 17, 2007, snapping a seven-game skid in the Queen City.
The first 10 minutes of the opening period was all Dartmouth would end up needing on this night as Crema scored his two goals at 4:29 and 7:22, respectively, to help the visitors jump out to the early advantage over the Bulldogs (6-3-2, 3-2-2 ECAC).
His first of the night and third of the season was the result of a faceoff win in the offensive zone that would end up back on his stick for the tap-in via great puck movement from juniors Rick Pinkston at the blueline and Brandon McNally in the slot.
McNally would play into the second goal as well, making the long pass from his own blueline to spring the rookie center in on the rush. A right-handed shot coming down the left side, Crema beat Yale starting goalie Alex Lyon high over the glove and under the bar to the far side.
Leading scorer Eric Neiley would make it a 3-0 game just 3:20 later with a great effort in the slot to wait out Lyon trying going post-to-post before burying his seventh of the season into an open netmouth.
After making a goalie change to start the second and bringing in freshman Patrick Spano, Yale would not be able to get on the board until 1:24 into the final frame with Kenny Agostino knocking in a rebound.
That goal would be the only blemish in an otherwise unbelievable game from reigning ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week Charles Grant. The Nova Scotia native and Big Green netminder matched his career with the 40 saves, including turning aside an incredible 20 shots in the third period.
The penalty kill was clutch too, going a perfect 3-for-3 in the game. Twice in the third, the Bulldogs had the opportunity with the extra skater only to see Grant and the defense step up and quell the Elis’ chances.
Sophomore Brett Patterson fought through an interference call to score the empty-net goal with 42.1 seconds left, icing the game from his knees just outside the offensive zone. McNally was credited with his third helper of the game, setting a new career high for assists and points in a single game.
Michigan State 3, No. 1 Minnesota 2, in shootout
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- After picking up the first Big Ten Conference win and the league’s first sweep last weekend, No. 1 Minnesota was unable to continue coming out ahead in the Big Ten’s first shootout on Friday night against Michigan State. The two Big Ten teams battled to an official 2-2 overtime tie before the Spartans prevailed 1-0 in a shootout for the bonus league point.
No. 4 Providence 3, No. 10 Northeastern 3
BOSTON -- Fourth-ranked Providence erased a three goal, third period deficit to post a 3-3 tie at No. 19 Northeastern on Friday night at Matthews Arena. Sophomore defenseman Tom Parisi Scored the game-tying goal at 17:39 of the third period to lift the Friars to the tie.
Northeastern scored two first period goals and added one in the second but the Friars answered with goals by freshman Anthony Florentino and junior Shane Luke in the first six minutes of the third, paving the way for Parisi's game-tying tally.
Providence (11-2-3, 6-2-1 HEA) piled up the scoring chances, including outshooting the Huskies 25-7 in the third, but Northeastern (9-5-2, 3-4-1 HEA) goaltender Clay Witt finished with 52 saves. Jon Gillies finished with 23 saves for the Friars.
No. 5 Quinnipiac 3, Rensselaer 3
TROY, N.Y. -- Facing a two-goal deficit early in the first period, No. 5 nationally-ranked Quinnipiac battled back and scored a 3-3 tie against Rensselaer. The Bobcats scored two goals in the second period while junior Matthew Peca scored the game-tying goal with 8:23 remaining in the third period to cap the come-from-behind result. Quinnipiac's record moves to 13-2-3 (6-1-2 ECAC Hockey) while the Engineers record stands at 7-5-2 (2-3-3 ECAC Hockey).
Peca's goal was his fourth on the season while senior Zach Tolkinen and freshman San Anas proved the scoring for the Bobcats. It was Quinnipiac's second time this season coming back to erase a two-goal deficit as they also did so back on Oct. 25, 2013 against Holy Cross. Anas' goal bumps his scoring streak up to five games as the nation's leading freshman scorer has now tallied a point in 13 out of the last 14 games.
No. 6 Ferris State 5, No. 14 Lake Superior 3
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- A quick start fueled nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State team to yet another victory as FSU opened a key Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) weekend series with a 5-3 win against 14th-ranked Lake Superior on Friday night.
The Bulldogs scored three goals in the first five minutes of action and established a 5-1 lead heading into the third period as they increased their nation-leading unbeaten streak to 12 consecutive games (10-0-2).
Ferris State improved to 12-2-2 on the year and is still unbeaten atop the WCHA standings with a 9-0-2 league mark in FSU's debut season. The Bulldogs also increased their league lead to eight points with the victory.
LSSU fell to 9-5-1 overall and 5-4-0 in the WCHA with the series-opening setback.
No. 9 Boston College 6, No. 18 New Hampshire 2
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Boston College bounced back from its recent skid in a big way, skating past No. 18 New Hampshire in a 6-2 triumph on Friday night in the final game at Kelley Rink of 2013.
The Eagles used six different goal scorers, all even strength, and sturdy goaltending from junior Brian Billett to leapfrog the Wildcats in the Hockey East standings for second place. Despite being outshot 41-21 BC used an explosive second period to power past UNH to up its mark to 9-4-2.
Rookie Austin Cangelosi turned in his third three-point performance of his career with a goal and two assists while junior Destry Straight and freshman defenseman Steven Santini both recorded their first multi-point games of the season, each with a goal and an assist. Sophomore defenseman Teddy Doherty netted his first goal of the season and added an assist while junior Johnny Gaudreau snapped a two-game goal scoring drought with a goal and an assist performance to extend his point streak to 10 games (10-9-19).
Senior Kevin Hayes scored his ninth goal of the season and has charted at least one point in nine of his last 10 outings.