St. Lawrence sends No. 4 Union (N.Y.) to its second loss in a row with 2-1 win
CANTON, N.Y. -- St. Lawrence freshman defenseman Mike Graham snapped a 1-1 tie with his first collegiate goal at 8:40 of the third period and the Saints went on to upend fourth-ranked Union (N.Y.) 2-1 in a ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena on Friday night.
The Saints, 9-13-3, 3-7-3 in ECAC play, snapped a nine-game winless streak with their first win since a 5-2 decision at North Dakota on Nov. 29 and won at home for the first time since a victory against Northeastern on Oct. 26. Union dropped its second consecutive decision, both by 2-1 scores, and is now 16-6-3, 10-3-0.
St. Lawrence opened the scoring 13:10 into the second period when senior wing Greg Carey fed freshman Drew Smolcynski between the circles in the Union zone and Smolcynski skated in on Union goalie Colin Stevens, putting a backhand past Stevens' outstretched pad for his fifth of the year. The assist stretched Carey's point scoring streak to 20 games and Matt Carey picked up his 15th assist of the season and 30th point on the play.
Union's Daniel Carr scored his 12th of the year just after a Union power play had expired, sneaking the puck past Saint senior goalie Matt Weninger and inside the far post from Shayne Gostisbehere and Max Novak to make it 1-1 at 1:01 of the third period.
Graham then scored what proved to be the game winner as he came off the bench and headed right toward the net as the Saints were pressuring in the Union end. Senior wing Jeremy Wick found Graham with a pass and Graham put a shot into the upper right corner at 8:40 with Gunnar Hughes also assisting on the play.
No. 1 Minnesota 2, Michigan State 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- Top-ranked Minnesota extended the nation's longest unbeaten streak to 13 games on Friday night at Mariucci Arena, recording a 2-2 tie against Michigan State before losing to the Spartans in a shootout. Minnesota, now 18-2-5 and 7-0-2-0 in Big Ten play, overcame an early 2-0 deficit, but for the second time in three games against the Spartans this season, was unable to take the extra point by winning the shootout.
It would take 12 combined shooters to settle the shootout, with each goalie stopping the first four shots he faced. Matt Berry started the scoring with a goal to begin the fifth round, a goal matched by Taylor Cammarata to push the festivities to a sixth round. In what would prove to be the final shots of the game, JT Stenglein beat Adam Wilcox before Jake Hildebrand made a left pad stop on Sam Warning to clinch the shootout for Michigan State (8-12-4, 2-4-3-3 Big Ten).
No. 2 Boston College 2, No. 7 Providence 0
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Boston College extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1), shutting out Providence 2-0 in a gritty triumph on Friday night at Schneider Arena. First-year goaltender Thatcher Demko earned his first shutout, stopping all 30 Friars shots while junior Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to 21 consecutive games with his 23rd goal of the season.
Demko’s first career blanking was aided by sturdy play from his defensive corps, blocking 10 shots in the win.
Sophomore Brendan Silk broke the scoreless drought midway through regulation, zipping a wrist shot by PC goaltender Jon Gillies for his second tally of the season. Senior captain Patrick Brown assisted on the play, extending his point streak to a career-best four games.
With Steven Shamanski in tight on Gaudreau, he unleashed a snap shot through his legs to beat Gillies short side at 14:01 of the third period for the 2-0 Boston College lead.
No. 3 Quinnipiac 8, Dartmouth 1
HANOVER, N.H. -- Connor Jones scored the fastest goal to start a game in Quinnipiac history and Jordan Samuels-Thomas became the newest member of the 100-point club as the Bobcats cruised to a 8-1 win at Dartmouth. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 19-4-5 overall and 9-3-2 in ECAC Hockey while Dartmouth drops to 3-15-3 overall and 2-11-1 in league play.
Jones scored twice in the game, while Samuels-Thomas had an assist to go along with his 12th goal of the year. Travis St. Denis added two goals in the third period. Freshman Tommy Schutt scored his first career goal while Bryce Van Brabant, Travis St. Denis and Matthew Peca also scored for the Bobcats. Peca also added two assists for the three-point night while Kellen Jones, Sam Anas and Devon Toews all had two assists. Sophomore goalie Michael Garteig picked up his NCAA-leading 19th win of the year.
Jones' first goal came when he won the opening faceoff back to Zach Tolkinen, who fed Kellen Jones. Kellen connected with his twin, Connor, who one-timed the puck past Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead with just eight seconds off the clock. The goal was the fastest at Quinnipiac passing Ryan Olson's goal 10 seconds into the Bobcats' tilt with American International on Oct. 28, 2000.
No. 5 St. Cloud State 5, Nebraska-Omaha 3
OMAHA, Neb. -- Fifth-ranked St. Cloud State charted its first victory at Nebraska-Omaha on Friday with a 5-3 decision against the Mavericks at the CenturyLink Center.
Senior defender Kevin Gravel stepped into the spotlight as he posted the game-winning goal at 16:38 of the third period with assists from Tim Daly and David Morley, which broke a 3-3 tie in the contest. The Huskies then iced the decision at 19:53 with an empty-net goal by junior forward Brooks Bertsch that made the final 5-3.
Omaha outshot the Huskies 34-30 in the contest, but SCSU did manage to control play in the third by outshooting the Mavs 14-7 in the final round. On the night, SCSU was 0 of 2 on the power play and Omaha was 0 of 4.
Ryan Farahger was the goalie of record for the Huskies with 31 saves, while Reed Peters posted 25 saves in the loss for Omaha.
No. 8 Massachusetts-Lowell 4, Merrimack 2
LOWELL, Mass. -- Senior defenseman Joe Houk and senior forward Derek Arnold each registered two points apiece (one goal,one assist) to lead Massachusetts-Lowell to a 4-2 victory against Merrimack on Friday in Hockey East action with a crowd of 5,325 on hand at the Tsongas Center.
With the win the River Hawks improve to 17-7-2 overall (7-4-1 HEA) on the season, while Merrimack falls to 7-14-3 overall and 2-8-2 in league play.
Arnold beat Merrimack goalie Rasmus Tirronen high glove side with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle to give UMass Lowell a 4-2 lead to cap off the game's scoring. It was the first goal in 10 games for Arnold and it marked his eighth of the season. Greg Amlong tallied his second assist on the night as he chipped the puck off the boards from his own defensive zone. Amlong now has seven assists in his past four games for the River Hawks.
Freshman forward Joe Gambardella got UMass-Lowell back in the lead with 58 seconds left in second frame off a backhander beating Tirronen glove side with assists going to Christian Folin and Arnold.
Merrimack cut the River Hawks lead to one goal with 6:20 left in the second period on Justin Mansfield's third goal of the season and then Mike Collins made it a 2-2 game just 1:48 seconds later with Mike Collins' ninth goal of the season.
No. 12 Michigan 3, No. 9 Wisconsin 1
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tyler Motte and Alex Guptill scored in a 1:20 span in the first period, Zach Hyman added a second-period goal, and Zach Nagelvoort made 26 saves to lead Michigan to a 3-1 win against Wisconsin on Friday night at Yost Ice Arena.
With the win, Michigan head coach Red Berenson is now tied with Rick Comley for fourth on the all-time Division I coaching wins list with 783 wins in 30 years behind the bench at U-M.
The Wolverines won their first game against Wisconsin since Nov. 29, 2009, snapping a four-game winless streak against the Badgers (0-3-1).
Michigan has won three consecutive contests and has moved into a tie for second in the Big Ten standings with Wisconsin at 5-2-0-0 in league play.