No. 4 Wis.-Stevens Point strikes quickly in win against No. 3 Wis.-Eau Claire
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- An early three-goal flurry propelled Wisconsin-Stevens Point to a 6-1 win against third-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Friday night at K.B. Willett Arena on Put a Check to Cancer Night.
Kyle Politz, Lawrence Cornellier and Joe Kalisz all scored in the first 3:43 of the game for the Pointers (17-3-2, 5-3-1 WIAC). UWSP built a 5-0 lead through two periods and sent the Blugolds (16-5-1, 5-3-1 WIAC) to just their second loss in 13 games.
Politz got the scoring started 63 seconds into the game, scoring off a rebound from a Scott Henegar shot. At the 3:26 mark, Cornellier scored his seventh goal of the season to make it 2-0 and Kalisz scored his first of two goals just 17 seconds later.
UW-Stevens Point made it 4-0 at 8:53 of the first period on a power-play goal by Alex Kromm. Kevin Gibson earned his second assist of the game on Kromm's goal, giving the defenseman at least one point in nine consecutive games.
Kalisz's second goal of the game came at 8:24 of the second period and was assisted by Ladd and Kyle Sharkey. Ladd and Sharkey each had two assists in the game.
Charles Thauwald scored UW-Eau Claire's only goal of the game on the power play at the 6:04 mark of the third period, making the score 5-1. Kyle Heck's eighth goal of the season capped the scoring at with just under 8 minutes remaining.
No. 1 St. Norbert 10, Northland 0
DE PERE, Wis. -- St. Norbert moved into position to claim the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season title and the Peters Cup with a 10-0 win against Northland at Cornerstone Community Center.
The Green Knights (20-3-1, 15-2 NCHA) scored seven second-period goals to take a 9-0 lead after 40 minutes.
St. Norbert got on the board when George Malliaras scored at 6:15 of the first period. Michael Hill scored the first of his four goals on the night with a marker at 8:53.
The second-period onslaught began at 6:34 when Hill scored again. Chris Rial netted a goal at 8:06, and Mason Baptista scored the first of his three goals 42 seconds later. Hill's goal at 10:29 chased Northland goaltender Mason Riley at 6-0.
Joe Perry netted his 15th goal of the season at 14:58, and Hill followed 13 seconds later to boost the lead to 8-0. Baptista's goal at 16:59 finished off the second-period scoring, which tied a school record for goals in the second period of a game.
St. Norbert's lone third-period goal came at 1:04, when Baptista scored just as a Green Knights' power play was expiring.
No. 2 Adrian 4, Lake Forest 2
ADRIAN, Mich. -- Adrian halted Lake Forest's 10-game unbeaten and nine-game winning streak halted by the final score of 4-2 at Arrington Ice Arena.
Jack Lewis scored his 10th goal of the season on a right wing shot to the near post at 10:12 of the opening period to give Lake Forest a 1-0 lead. It was the fifth consecutive game that an opponent scored the first goal against the Bulldogs.
It took just 3:36 for the Bulldogs to answer as Ryan Lowe scored his fifth of the season with assists by Micki Mihailovich and Duston Hebebrand. Senior captain Zach Wilson gave Adrian a 2-1 lead just 47 seconds later for his fourth goal of the season.
Freshman Jeremy Olinyk provided a little breathing room for the Bulldogs at the 5:02 mark of the third. Olinyk's sixth goal of the season came after Kevin Balas charged the net and put a shot on net. Olinyk gathered the rebound and just put the puck over the goal line. Rob Heath also had an assist on the game-winning goal which was reviewed by the officials and allowed to stand.
No. 8 Norwich 1, No. 5 Babson 0
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Sophomore forward Dean Niezgoda scored with 6:46 left in the third period to lift Norwich to a crucial 1-0 shutout victory against Babson Cllege on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Niezgoda tapped home a rebound off an initial shot by freshman forward Austin Surowiec for his third goal of the season to finally get a puck past Babson sophomore goalie Jamie Murray.
Niezgoda's heroics foiled a brilliant 47-save performance by Murray that kept Babson in the game despite being heavily outshot by a 48-10 margin. It also marked the second time Norwich has beaten Babson 1-0 this season with the first coming on Jan. 9 at Fenway Park.
Norwich (16-5-3, 12-3-2 ECAC East) kept its hopes alive in trying to continue its ECAC East regular-season title streak. The Cadets have won 15 consecutive titles and with Friday night's win moved within one point of Babson (19-4-1, 13-3-1 ECAC East) for the top spot.
No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.) 4, No. 13 Gustavus Adolphus 2
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Senior Alex Niestrom scored the go-ahead goal with 2:16 to play and added an empty-net tally as No. 7-ranked St. Thomas (Minn.) (17-3-2 overall, 11-0-2 MIAC) pulled out a close victory on home ice against No. 13-ranked Gustavus (13-5-4, 10-2-1) on Friday night.
UST broke to a 2-0 lead but Gustie senior Corey Leivermann scored late in period two and again 4:16 into the final period to tie the score at 2.
Niestrom's eighth goal of the season and 14th of his career found the top left corner as overtime loomed in the final 2:30.
Gustavus outshot UST 29-21. Junior Drew Fielding stopped 27 shots for the Tommies, while GAC’s John McLean made 18 saves.
Connor McBride had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Lovick also scored a goal for the victors. Tyler Gubb assisted on the two late goals.
St. Thomas has a 15-game unbeaten streak this season against conference foes (14-0-1), including non-conference wins against Bethel and Gustavus in early November. The Toms improved to 8-1 on home ice.
Gustavus, which never led, had a seven-game unbeaten streak halted.
The Toms have a four-point lead in the standings (36-32) on second-place Gustavus with three games remaining.
No. 12 Oswego State 3, No. 9 Oswego State 2
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Geneseo State senior forward Zachary Vit scored his team-leading 16th goal and sophomore winger David Ripple tallied the game-winning goal to lead the Knights past Oswego State 3-2 in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) action.
Sophomore goalie Nick Horrigan was credited with a career-high 36 saves to improve to 8-1 on the season.
Oswego jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a tally 6:33 into the game but Geneseo would answer with two goals in less than two minutes to take a 2-1 lead at 8:30.
Following an Oswego interference penalty, Vit would get the Knights on the board with a long shot from the top of the point that found its way through traffic and into the net at 8:07. Twenty-three seconds later, junior winger Ryan Stanimir would find a loose puck during a scramble in front of the Laker goal and flip his 11th goal of the season past Oswego goalie Justin Gilbert into the net from close range.
With 47 seconds remaining in the period, Ripple was able to somehow stuff what would turn out to be the game-winning goal inside the pipe off Gilbert to give the Knights a 3-1 edge after 20 minutes of play.
Oswego converted a power-play tally 3:20 into the second period but was unable to solve Horrigan the rest of the way.
The victory was the Knights first win at Oswego since the 2005-06 campaign, and also marked the first time Geneseo swept the regular-season series with the Lakers since 2004-05 after also picking up a 7-4 win at home on Nov. 22.
No. 10 Trinity (Conn.) 5, Bowdoin 4
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Trinity (Conn.) scored less than a minute into overtime to complete a 5-4 comeback win against the Bowdoin Polar Bears in Watson Arena. Trinity improves to 17-4 overall and moves into sole possession of first place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference at 12-3 with its fourth consecutive victory. Bowdoin drops to 12-7-2 overall and 7-7-1 in the league.
Trinity converted on its third power play of the day off an uncontested slap shot by Cole from the top of the circle to pull within at 4-3. Bowdoin maintained its lead for only 51 seconds of the third period before Michael Hawkrigg and Ryan Cole combined to erase Bowdoin's previous two-goal advantage. Bringing the puck down the right once again, Cole slid a pass to Hawkrigg in the slot who wristed it over Messina's shoulder.
With the game in overtime, Trinity repeated its third-period heroics, scoring the winning goal with 24 ticks off the clock. Jackson Brewer's long cross-ice pass was settled by rookie forward Sean Orlandoon top of the right circle and wristed over a diving Steven Messina to end the game. Nathaniel Heilbron made 18 saves in net for the Bantams, with Messina stopping 32 shots for Bowdoin.