No. 2 Minnesota completes sweep in first series against rival Michigan
MINNEAPOLIS -- Behind four different goal scorers and another strong performance in net by Adam Wilcox, Minnesota completed a sweep of No. 10 Michigan with a 4-1 victory Saturday night at Mariucci Arena.
The game got off to a poor start for Minnesota when Michigan defenseman Andrew Sinelli scored his first goal of the season with the Wolverine’s first shot of the game. The Gophers responded well, controlling most of the even-strength play until Sam Warning evened the score with 2:14 to play in the period. Warning’s 11th goal of the season was set up by Kyle Rau and Hudson Fasching.
The good vibes kept coming in the second period as Minnesota broke the deadlock with two goals. First, Connor Reilly beat Michigan goaltender Steve Racine off the rush with a blast to the glove side. Connor Reilly’s fifth goal of the season was assisted on by Gabe Guertler and Vinni Lettieri.
Lettieri would also set up the Gophers second goal of the second stanza when found Nate Condon to give the Gophers a two-goal lead. Vinni Lettieri’s two-assist night was the first multi-point night of his career while Condon tallied three assists during the weekend after entering the series with just three points.
Minnesota closed out the scoring in the third period. Fasching got to the front of the net and deposited a loose puck to help the Gophers capitalize on a five-minute power play. Kyle Rau picked up the primary assist, his second assist of the night. Travis Boyd also tallied a point on Fasching’s goal. Minnesota finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
No. 1 Boston College 5, No. 14 Vermont 3
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- For the third time in the past four seasons and league-record 13th overall, No. 1 Boston College clinched the Hockey East regular season title by completing the sweep of No. 14 Vermont with a 5-3 victory on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Five different goal scorers and a strong performance by junior goaltender Brian Billett propelled the Eagles to their 10th consecutive victory. Boston College is unbeaten in its past 17 games, two shy of matching the record set by the 2011-12 squad in the Jerry York era.
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau was one of three multi-point scorers for BC, tallying a power play goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 26 consecutive outings with at least one point. Rookies Chris Calnan and Scott Savage also netted a goal and an assist in the victory.
Vermont outshot Boston College 38-27 but Billett stopped 35 shots to up his record to 12-3-1 on the season. UVM’s Mike Santaguida started the first two periods and stopped 14 shots on 18 attempts before Brody Hoffman cleaned up the third period.
No. 3 Union (N.Y.) 4, No. 19 Colgate 4 (OT)
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Union (N.Y.) rallied from two goals down to post a 4-4 overtime tie at Colgate on Saturday night. With Quinnipiac losing, the third-ranked Dutchmen (20-6-4) now own a four-point lead in the ECAC Hockey standings (14-3-1 ECACH) with two weeks left in the regular season.
Kevin Sullivan sent the game into overtime, when he knocked in a loose puck in the crease with 4:49 left in regulation. Union finished with a 4-3 edge in overtime shots and recorded a 36-28 shot advantage for the game.
Colgate (14-11-5/10-5-3 ECACH) scored twice in a span of 1:13 on goals from Spiro Goulakos and Andrew Black. Union responded with back-to-back goals from Mike Vecchione and Daniel Ciampini to tied the game at 2-2. Ciampini's shot from between the circles produced his team-leading 14th marker, and was assisted on by Vecchione, who recorded his sixth multiple-point game of the season.
Bemidji State 2, No. T4 Ferris State 1
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- A pair of early goals lifted Bemidji State to a 2-1 triumph against nationally fourth-ranked Ferris State in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play on Saturday at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn.
The host Beavers struck twice in the initial seven minutes of the contest and held on the rest of the way as they split the weekend series against the league-leading Bulldogs. FSU had won Friday's opening game by a 4-1 count and saw its four-game win streak snapped with Saturday's setback.
The loss combined with Minnesota State's home victory against Alabama-Huntsville created a tie atop the WCHA standings as both FSU and MSU have compiled 34 points each to date. However, the Bulldogs do own two games in hand with six games remaining on their regular-season slate.
Despite the setback, Ferris State did officially clinch home ice for the first round of the WCHA Playoffs on March 14-16 in Big Rapids by virtue of the weekend split.
Brown 4, No. T4 Quinnipiac 2
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Senior Garnet Hathaway notched a pair of goals to lead Brown to a 4-2 victory against Quinnipiac in Saturday afternoon's ECAC contest at Meehan Auditorium.
Brown improves to 10-12-3 on the season and 7-10-1 in the conference, while Quinnipiac falls to 21-6-5 overall and 11-4-3 in the ECAC.
Along with Hathaway, junior Massimo Lamacchia and sophomore Nick Lappin also scored for the Bears, while senior Dennis Robertson recorded a pair of assists. Senior Marco De Filippo made 23 saves in net to earn the win for the Bears. Michael Garteig stopped 27 shots on the other end for the Bobcats.
No. 6 St. Cloud State 4, No. 16 Minnesota-Duluth 3
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- St. Cloud State (17-6-5, 11-4-3-0 NCHC) stretched its unbeaten streak to four games and maintained its hold on first place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with a 4-3 win against Minnesota-Duluth (13-11-4, 8-8-2-2 NCHC) before a crowd of 5,545 fans at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
The Huskies outlasted the Bulldogs as Jonny Brodzinski notched the game winner late in the third period to give SCSU its first home sweep of the 2013-14 campaign.
The Huskies jumped into the scoring column early with a goal by Jimmy Murray at :30 of the first period. Murray gained his third goal of the weekend on a nifty set-up pass from Nic Dowd. The second assist on the play was credited to David Morley.
This marked the ninth goal of the year for Murray, while Dowd's assist was his 14th of the campaign and it was Morley's team-leading 20th helper of 2013-14.
No. 8 Wisconsin 4, Ohio State 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Wisconsin took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission and held on for a 4-2 win against Ohio State.
Morgan Zulinick and Mark Zengerle starred for the Badgers (17-9-2, 8-5-1 B1G), as they each lit the lamp in the first period to stake UW with a lead it would never relinquish.
Zengerle and Zulinick combined for three goals for Wisconsin. The win snapped Ohio State's six-game unbeaten streak and Wisconsin's five-game road winless streak.
Joel Rumpel stopped 28 of 30 Ohio State shots to get his 14th win of the season.
No. 20 Notre Dame 3, No. 9 Providence 0
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays made 36 saves and the Irish got goals from David Gerths, Bryan Rust and Jeff Costello in a 3-0 win against Providence on a snowy, wintery night at Schneider Arena.
The shutout gives Summerhays six on the season, tops in the nation and ties him for first on Notre Dame's all-time list with David Brown and Jordan Pearce.
Jon Gillies made 24 saves for Providence as the Friars out shot the Irish 36-27 on the night. Summerhays, who had a career-high 47 saves on Friday night in the 2-2 tie, finished the weekend with 83 saves in the Notre Dame win and tie.
The win snapped a six-game (0-5-1) Irish winless streak on the road in Hockey East. The last Irish win in the conference away from home came on Nov. 2, at Vermont, a 3-2 win.