Massachusetts-Boston upsets Norwich 4-2 behind Jeremy Finger's two goals
BOSTON -- For the second time in a row Massachusetts-Boston upset Norwich one day after the Cadets beat Babson at Fenway Park.
Two years ago the Cadets beat Babson 4-1 and then lost to UMass-Boston 2-1 the next day. This time around NU was coming off a 1-0 victory against the Beavers, but the Beacons played the role of spoiler again, besting the Cadets 4-2 at the Clark Athletic Center on Friday night in ECAC East action.
UMass-Boston sophomore forward Jeremy Finger scored twice, including the game-winning goal at the 6:28 mark of the third period to lift the Beacons (11-1-2, 4-1-2 ECAC East) to the victory and extend their program-record 12-game unbeaten streak.
Despite Norwich (10-2-2, 7-1-1 ECAC East) outshooting UMass-Boston 36-28, the Cadets had a hard time solving UMass-Boston sophomore goalie Billy Faust, who made 34 saves in his first start since transferring in from Division I Vermont.
No. 1 Adrian 4, St. Olaf 4
NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The first meeting between Adrian and St. Olaf College turned into a much closer game than the team's overall records coming into the game would indicate. The Bulldogs took over the nation's number one spot for the first time in school history this week and that pressure played into Friday night's result. St. Olaf had just three wins coming into the contest but held their own in a 4-4 tie at Northfield Arena.
No. 2 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 5, Lawrence 0
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Second-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point built a 5-0 lead against the first two periods and earned goals from six different players in a 7-2 non-conference win against Lawrence on Friday night at K. B. Willett Arena.
UW-Stevens Point outshot Lawrence 48-32 in the game. Vikings goalie Anton Olsson kept out 41 UWSP shots in the loss, while Brandon Jaeger made 30 saves for the Pointers. Neither team managed power-play goal, as the Pointers had four opportunities with the extra man and Lawrence had two.
No. 3 Plattsburgh State 4, Skidmore 3
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- Plattsburgh State rallied for a 4-3 win against Skidmore in a non-conference game Friday night at the Stafford Ice Arena.
The Cardinals (11-1-2) wasted little time getting on the board with Michael Radisa's third of the year just 43 seconds into the game. Radisa took a feed from Michael Cassidy, carried it up the left boards and sent a shot past Skidmore goaltender Jack McDonald to give Plattsburgh State some early momentum.
Plattsburgh State outshot Skidmore 52-22 but the Cardinals continued to struggle on the power play, going 1-for-5 on the night. The Thoroughbreds went 0-for-6.
No. 4 St. Norbert 3, No. 13 Wisconsin-River Falls 2
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Freshman forward Pijus Rulevicius scored with 2.7 seconds remaining in overtime to give St. Norbert a pulsating 3-2 win against Wisconsin-River Falls in a non-conference game at Hunt Arena.
The Green Knights (12-2) improved to 36-6-2 in their last 44 meetings with the Falcons. River Falls, ranked 13th by USCHO, fell to 9-3-1 and suffered its second overtime loss in four days.
Rulevicius scored his fifth goal of the season with his overtime game-winner, officially timed at 4:57, and was assisted by Michael Hill and Marian Fiala. Rulevicius banged home a rebound off a Hill shot to close out the win. The Green Knights outshot the Falcons 4-3 in the overtime session.
No. 6 Babson 8, St. Michael's 3
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Mike Driscoll scored a pair of goals and sophomore Max Franklin notched a career-high three assists as sixth-ranked Babson powered past Saint Michael's 8-3 in ECAC East action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
With the win, Babson is now 12-3-0 overall and 6-2-0 in the league, while Saint Michael's drops to 1-10-1 overall and 0-7-1 in conference play.
First-year Tim Searles recorded a goal and two assists for the Beavers, while seniors Shayne Anderson and Matt O'Neill and junior Andrew Bonazza each chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Senior Nik Tasiopoulos scored once and first-year Michael Phillips added two assists in the win.
Junior AJ Pieprzak led the Purple Knights with a goal and an assist, while classmate Wiliam Cote notched a pair of assists.
No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.) 5, Finlandia 2
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- The Tommies (9-2-2) scored three goals in a 2:11 span late in period two to take control in Friday night's non-conference win against the Finlandia Lions (1-11-1) played on neutral ice.
Sophomore goalie Joe Morris won in his first collegiate start and second college game.
UST freshman Thomas Williams scored the tying and go-ahead goals in a 42-second span late in period two. Teammates Nick Nielsen and Connor McBride each tallied a goal and an assist.
Sophomore Jordan Lovick scored his first collegiate goal midway through period one to tie the game at 1-1. But the Lions went back ahead 2-1 just four minutes later. Finlandia kept that margin until late in period two when the Tommies scored three times to build a cushion.
No. 8 Utica 5, Western New England 1
UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica used four second-period goals to skate away with a 5-1 victory against Western New England. Four different players scored on the evening and senior Nick Therrien stopped 20 of 21 shots for the Pioneers.
UC got on the board at 12:51 as senior Lou Malvasi batted in a puck out of midair from the top of the crease for his first of the year. Easton Powers and Steve Zappia assisted on the play. That was the only scoring in the first frame as the Pioneers took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. However, UC had a commanding 20-4 ledger in shots on goal after one period.
The persistence paid off as the Pioneers were able to net four goals in the second period to take a 5-0 lead. This time it was Powers who found the back of the net to get things started in the second stanza. Ridge Garbutt and Mike Baird assisted on Powers' second tally of the season. Then just over 1:30 later, Jon Gaffney came streaking up the left side and fired one passed Golden Bear net minder Eric Sorenson. Luc Boby and Trever Hertz assisted on the play.
It was freshmen who scored the next two goals and Zac Lazzaro put in a rebound off of a Louie Educate shot and Kevin Kirisits riffled home his third of the year off assists from Baird and Garbutt.
No. 9 Williams 3, Wesleyan (Conn.) 2
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Matt Doyle's third period redirect goal off of Frank Mork's shot from the point allowed for the Ephs to remain atop the NESCAC standings with a 3-2 win against a good Wesleyan opponent.
The first place Ephs (8-1-2, 6-0-2 NESCAC) took to the ice at home for the first time in the new year in yet another key NESCAC matchup against Little Three rival, Wesleyan (7-3-1, 2-3-0 NESCAC).
As expected in any Little Three contest, both teams came out of the locker room ready and aggressive with several minutes of fast paced hockey.
No. 10 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 5, Northland 0
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Occasionally the final score can be deceiving to what actually happened in a game. For Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Northland, who were meeting for the first time, that was the case despite the 5-0 win for the Blugolds at Hobbs Ice Center.
After outshooting Augsburg (Minn.) 48-20 Tuesday night, the Blugolds (9-3-1) were even more dominant Friday night, outshooting Northland (2-12-0) 61-17. The five-goal margin was actually closer than the play dictated throughout the game.