St. Lawrence continues winning ways at Quinnipiac, rallies for 3-2 victory
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Senior goaltender Matt Weninger continued to weave a spell at third-ranked Quinnipiac's Highpoint Solutions Arena, making 31 saves for his third consecutive win in that venue as St. Lawrence rallied from a 2-1 deficit with a pair of third-period goals and a 3-2 win against the Bobcats.
St. Lawrence swept a weekend series for the first time since early November and took four points in the ECAC standings for just the second time this season. The Saints, now 6-1-1 in their past eight against Quinnipia,c won their fourth in a row in Hamden and Weninger won his third consecutive, allowing only three goals on 99 shots in the three games.
It was the seventh win of the season against a team currently ranked in the top 20 nationally and SLU also has two ties against teams with national rankings.
Quinnipiac had three power plays in the final four minutes including 1:14 of five-on-three and a final 50 seconds with a power play and the goaltender pulled, but the Saint penalty killers and Weninger kept the Bobcats from finding the equalizer.
No. 4 Union (N.Y.) 5, No. 13 Yale 3
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Union (N.Y.) extended its home winning streak to eight games with a 5-3 win versus defending national champion Yale in front of a sellout crowd of 2,205 at Messa Rink. The Dutchmen also ran their record to 9-0 against Ivy League schools this season.
Union (19-6-3) has now earned 26 of a possible 32 points (13-3-0) in the chase for the Cleary Cup, holding down first place in ECAC Hockey by three points.
The Dutchmen trailed Yale 2-1 early in the second period before striking for four unanswered goals. Sophomore Theo DiPauli notched his first collegiate goal, followed shortly by Daniel Carr's team-leading 13th goal to give Union its first lead of the night, 3-2 at the 6:25 mark of the third period. Carr worked a give-and-go with Daniel Ciampini on the highlight goal of the night.
Matt Hatch (ninth goal) and Matt Wilkins (fifth goal) also scored in the third period, as 11 different players recorded points on the scoresheet.
Sophomore defenseman Sebastien Gingras notched a career-high three points (all assists) while Ciampini netted his 12th goal, setting a personal-best season mark in the process. Union finished with a 37-27 advantage in shots.
Yale (12-7-4/7-6-3) received goals from Mike Doherty, Kenny Agostino and Matthew Beattie -- the latter occuring with just 13 seconds left in regulation.
No. 5 Ferris State 2, Northern Michigan 1
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Ferris State capped a weekend home sweep of visiting Northern Michigan and recorded its third consecutive victory as the Bulldogs skated to a 2-1 triumph before a sold-out crowd on Saturday night in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs, who posted a decisive 7-1 win in Friday night's series opener, built a 2-0 lead against the Wildcats and held on for the win. The victory was FSU's 20th of the season as the Bulldogs improved to 20-6-3 overall and remained on top of the league standings with a 15-3-2 conference record.
Freshman forward Jared VanWormer opened the scoring for the Bulldogs only 3:44 into the contest as he notched his second goal of the season in the first period off a feed from junior forward Dominic Panetta along with sophomore Dakota Klecha. The assist was Panetta's fourth of the year while Klecha notched his first of the campaign.
The 1-0 lead stood through the remainder of the first period and the entire second frame as a pair of injuries hampered the Bulldog lineup and shortened the bench. However, the FSU defensive end and junior goaltender CJ Motte were up to the task as the Bulldogs shutout the Wildcats for the opening two frames.
Ferris State pushed its lead to 2-0 at 4:21 of the final frame when senior center Cory Kane scored in front of the net for his second goal of the weekend. The original shot was fired by Klecha, who picked up his second assist of the game, and tipped near the net by VanWormer as the Bulldog freshman tallied his second point of the game before Kane scored the lamplighter.
The Wildcats, though, answered at 12:47 of the third period for their only goal of the night to trim the margin to 2-1 off the stick of Darren Nowick, who recorded his third marker of the year. Wade Epp tallied his fourth assist this year on the goal.
No. 6 St. Cloud State 4, No. 15 Denver 2
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- St. Cloud State (15-6-5, 9-4-3 NCHC) rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second period with four unanswered goals to earn a 4-2 victory against Denver (13-9-6, 7-6-3 NCHC) on Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
SCSU and Denver battled to a 0-0 deadlock through the first period before the Pioneers' Daniel Doremus posted the first goal of the evening at 7:41 of the second period. Assists on the play were added by Trevor Moore and Nolan Zajac.
DU extended its lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal by Will Butcher at 9:59 of the second with helpers from Quenitn Shore and Moore.
The Huskies rallied the troops one minute later with Nic Dowd's goal at 10:59 of the second period. David Morley and Ryan Papa each provided assists on the goal, which made the tally 2-1.
In the third period, SCSU tied the game at 2-2 with a goal by Morley at 10:52. The goal was set up on a textbook passing play by rookie forward Daniel Tedesco. The goal was Morley's eighth of the season and it was his 26th point of the year. Morley currently leads the club with 18 assists in 2013-14.
The eventual winner was added by sophomore defender Ethan Prow, who scored at 13:25 of the third period. Dowd posted the solo assist on the play, which was his 12th of the season.
To ice the decision, Dowd posted his 15th goal of the year with an empty-net marker at 19:17 of the third period to make the final 4-2.
No. 7 Massachusetts-Lowell 5, Massachusetts 3
AMHERST, Mass. -- Sophomore forward Michael Fallon scored a career-high three points leading Massachusetts-Lowellto a 5-3 victory at Massachusetts on Saturday night at the Mullins Center in Hockey East play.
With the victory, the River Hawks improve to 19-7-3 overall and 9-4-2 in conference action. UMass Lowell has now won eight consecutive games versus the Minutemen, dating back to Nov. 19, 2011.
Fallon finished the night with a goal, two assists and four shots on goal. He now has five points (one goal,four assists) in his past three games for the River Hawks.
The River Hawks got out to a 4-0 lead in the first 22:52 of play on goals by Fallon, sophomore Adam Chapie, freshman Michael Kapla and sophomore Michael Colantone. Kapla's goal was the second of his collegiate career.
Ray Pigozzi, Conor Sheary and Adam Phillips all scored in the losing effort for the Minutemen with two of their three goals coming in the second frame. Sophomore forwar Ryan McGrath scored the fifth and last goal for the River Hawks, his ninth of the season. McGrath totaled a team-high five shots on goal for UMass Lowell.
UMass Lowell registered 33 shots on the night, including 21 shots alone in the second period. Sophomore netminder Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 shots in his 11th win of the season. It marked the third consecutive game with 30 or more saves for Hellebuyck.
Colgate 6, No. 9 Cornell 1
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Junior captain Spiro Goulakos tallied his first career hat trick as the Raiders routed Cornell 6-1 on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,116 at Starr Rink.
Colgate (14-11-3, 10-5-1 ECAC) saw Goulakos get all three goals in the third period with two of the three coming on the power play and finished with four points. Senior Mike McCann stepped up for the fourth line with a pair goals as well. Charlie Finn moved to 9-2-1 in league play with 23 saves in net.
Cornell (12-5-2, 8-4-4 ECAC) came into the game with the third-longest unbeaten streak in the nation at nine games. The Big Red hadn't lost a game since Nov. 30. Patrick McCarron had the lone goal for Cornell, while Andy Iles made 17 saves and took the loss. He was relieved by Mitch Gillam in the third period and Gillam made eight stops.
Penn State 4, No. 10 Michigan 0
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Sophomore goaltender Matthew Skoff turned aside all 32 shots he faced and the Nittany Lions utilized a three-goal first-period, as Penn State captured its first Big Ten victory with a 4-0 whitewash against Michigan at Pegula Ice Arena on Saturday night.
The Nittany Lions (5-18-1, 1-9-0-0 Big Ten), who played in front of a sellout crowd of 6,170 fans, became only the second school this season to blank Michigan (14-7-3, 6-3-1-1 Big Ten). Penn State also earned its first shutout of the season, while Skoff, a McKees Rocks, Pa., native, earned his third career shutout.
Penn State received contributions throughout the lineup, including freshman Zach Saar, who opened the scoring and netted a goal in his second consecutive game. Classmate Ricky DeRosa (one goal, one assist) and redshirt sophomore Eric Scheid recorded two points each for three-point weekends, while forward Taylor Holstrom collected his second helper in as many days.
Sophomores David Glen and Casey Bailey, who scored in three consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 5-19, 2013, followed Saar's lead with first-period tallies of their own, chasing Michigan starter Zach Nagelvoort out of the net. After a scoreless second stanza, DeRosa netted his fourth marker of the season late in the third.