Northeastern downs UMass-Lowell at Fenway for first outdoor win
BOSTON -- Sixteenth-ranked Northeastern netted a pair of shorthanded goals and added a power play tally en route to its first outdoor win on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, battling through sloppy conditions to top No. 9 Massachusetts-Lowell 4-1 at Citi Frozen Fenway 2014.
Clay Witt turned away 47 shots, Braden Pimm scored a pair of goals and Mike Szmatula added two assists as the Huskies improved to 13-6-3 and 6-4-1 in Hockey East. Matt Benning and Josh Manson also scored for the Huskies, who swept their season series with the River Hawks (14-6-1, 4-3-0 Hockey East) for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.
Lowell outshot NU 48-31 in the game and dominated the face-off dot, winning 49 of 74 draws. The Huskies were 1 of 4 on the power play while holding the River Hawks to an 0-of-3 showing on the man advantage.
No. 17 Denver 5, No. 2 St. Cloud State 2
DENVER – Denver had five different players score goals and nine players post at least a point as it rebounded for a 5-2 victory against St. Cloud State on Saturday in the finale of a two-game NCHC series at Magness Arena.
Denver scored a pair of goals in the first and second periods to open a 4-1 lead that it would not relinquish en route to its third win against a ranked opponent this season.
Sophomore Quentin Shore led the way for the Pioneers offensively as he finished the night with a team-best three points (one goal, two assists).
With the victory, Denver improves to 11-7-4 overall and 5-4-1-1 in the conference loop. St. Cloud slips to 12-3-3 and 7-2-1-0 in NCHC action. The loss marked the Huskies first on the road this season after nine consecutive wins. Denver is now 8-2-4 overall dating back to Nov. 8 after opening the season with just three victories during its first eight contests.
The win also snapped a four-game losing streak for the Pioneers versus St. Cloud State – marking the Pioneers first victory in the series since Nov. 3, 2012. Each of St. Cloud’s past seven trips to Denver have resulted in the teams splitting the two-game set.
No. 3 Ferris State 3, Michigan Tech 2
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Nationally third-ranked Ferris State wrapped up a weekend home sweep of visiting Michigan Tech in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) action as the Bulldogs skated to a 3-2 triumph on Saturday evening before a sellout crowd of 2,490 fans inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
Ferris State scored the first two goals of the night and received a 44-save performance in net from junior goaltender CJ Motte in topping the Huskies to remain unbeaten in WCHA play this season. The first-place Bulldogs moved to 12-0-2 in conference action with the triumph and have now captured 26 of a possible 28 league points to date this year.
TJ Schleuter, Kenny Babinski and Justin Buzzeo scored for Ferris State. Alex Petan and David Johnstone found the back of the net for Michigan Tech.
The Bulldogs ran their overall record to 17-3-3 on the season with the win while the Huskies fell to 7-13-6 this season.
No. 4 Union (N.Y.) 3, Princeton 0
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Union completed a season sweep of Princeton with a 3-0 victory in a conference matinee held at Hobey Baker Rink. Goaltender Colin Stevens made 33 saves to record his third shutout of the season (and sixth of his career). He has also shutout the Tigers twice this season.
It was not all good news for the Garnet and White. Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere was shaken up in the first period and did not return.
After a scoreless first period, Union broke through at 3:53 of the second period as Michael Pontarelli deflected Charlie Vastauro's shot from the blueline. Union dominated in shots during the period (23-5), due in part to back-to-back Princeton penalties -- including a major for checking from behind -- that gavie the Dutchmen a two-man advantage for 1:35. Tiger netminder Colton Phinney kept the visitors off the board, however, making 22 saves in the period, including a stoppage of Daniel Ciampini on a breakway late in the period.
Max Novak gave Union some breathing room with his fourth marker of the season, scored in third period. Daniel Ciampini and Sebastien Gingras assisted on the play. Daniel Carr added an empty netter to improve Union's overall record to 14-4-3, 9-2-0 in ECAC Hockey play.
No. 5 Boston College 3, Brown 3 (OT)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Boston College extended its unbeaten streak to seven games, battling back from a late deficit to force a 3-3 draw at Brown on Saturday night at Meehan Auditorium. Saturday’s stalemate marked the first contest between Boston College and Brown since Jan. 2, 2000.
Senior Bill Arnold matched a career-high seven-game point streak with the game-tying goal late in the third frame while linemate Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to 16 games. Gaudreau assisted on Arnold’s goal in his 100th-career game as an Eagle. He has collected 135 points (61-74-135) throughout his time on The Heights.
Senior Kevin Hayes continues his hot streak, scoring his 11th-career power play, along with an assist to bring his point streak to eight games. Freshman Chris Calnan also scored his second career goal with help from sophomore Brendan Silk and senior Isaac MacLeod. Sophomore blue liner Michael Matheson has now accounted for five assists in his last three games, helping out on Hayes’ power play tally.
Rookie netminder Thatcher Demko returned to goal for BC for the first time since Dec. 7, stopping 29 of 32 shots for his second tie of the season (4-1-2). Brown’s Tyler Steel stopped the same total as BC and Brown matched shot totals at 32 apiece.
No. 7 Quinnipiac 6, Rensselaer 2
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Six different Quinnipiac skaters scored as the nationally-ranked No. 7 Bobcats rolled to a 6-2 win against Rensselaer in an ECAC Hockey match-up at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac improves to 17-3-5 overall and 8-2-3 in ECAC Hockey play while RPI drops to 8-10-4 overall and 3-5-3 in ECAC action.
Sam Anas had a goal and two assists while Kellen Jones and Matthew Peca had a goal and an assist each. Tim Clifton had two assists in the Bobcats' win while Alex Barron, Brayden Sherbinin and Bryce Van Brabant also scored for Quinnipiac. Michael Garteig picked up his NCAA-leading 17th win after stopping 16 of RPI's 18 shots on goal.
No. 14 Wisconsin 3, No. 8 Michigan 1
MADISON, Wis. – After allowing Michigan to pull even late in the first period, Wisconsin left no doubt during the final two frames, racing past the Wolverines 3-1 much to the delight of the season-high 14,273 fans that packed the Kohl Center.
The crowd -- the largest since Feb. 18, 2012 -- watched UW (13-6-1, 4-2-0-0 B1G) run its home record to 12-1-1, while earning its second consecutive conference sweep in the process.
The sweep marked the first for Wisconsin against a top-10 opponent at home since beating No. 5 North Dakota on Oct. 21-22, 2011.
No. 10 Yale 5, Harvard 1
NEW YORK -- A ferocious fore-check, excellent goaltending and an impressive all-around team effort made the first "Rivalry On Ice" all Yale. Four Bulldogs hit the net, including a pair by Cody Learned, and Alex Lyon made 23 saves as the No. 10 ranked Elis beat Harvard 5-1 before 15,524 at Madison Square Garden.
Gus Young and Mike Doherty added a goal and an assist and Chris Izmirlian had two helpers as Yale outshot the Crimson 34-24 and upped its unbeaten string to four.