Kevin Balas' goal in overtime seals hat trick, No. 1 Adrian's win vs. Lake Forest
ADRIAN, Mich. -- The NCHA Harris Cup playoffs have yet to start but Saturday's contest between Adrian and Lake Forest had a playoff feel, as the Bulldogs pulled off a 6-5 overtime win against the Foresters in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Bulldogs looked to be on cruise control after building a 4-0 lead. Then all of a sudden, the wheels seemed to fall off for the Bulldogs late in the second period as Lake Forest scored three times in the final 4:46 to cut the lead to 4-3 entering the third period.
The break did not slow down the Foresters as they tied the game up at the 2:38 mark of the third and then just more than five minutes later took a 5-4 lead. The game switched gears back toward Adrian at 9:54 as Josh Ranalli scored his 18th goal of the season to tie the game at 5-5.
Kevin Balas had scored twice in the first period and picked a great time to record his second career hat trick. Josh Cousineau stole the puck behind the Adrian net and tried a backhand wrap-around move which was save. The rebound in front however belonged to Balas who slammed the puck home at 2:51 for his eighth goal of the season.
Scott Shackell made 32 saves to improve to 10-0-1 this season.
No. 1 St. Norbert 7, Northland 0
DE PERE, Wis. -- For the second game of the series Northland was once again held to a shutout by St. Norbert with a final of 7-0.
Special teams was a key factor in the game as St. Norbert scored three goals on the power play and added in a short-hand goal. Similarly to the first game, however, the Jacks were able to stick around in the game as they only found themselves down 2-0 after the first intermission. Joe Perry got the scoring going early in the first period when the Green Knights were able to take advantage of their first power play of the game. Later in the period Brandon Hoogenboom would extend the Norbert's lead to 2-0.
The St. Norbert attack kept coming as it was able to add on another two goals in the second period. Another power-play goal for the Green Knights allowed them to continue to extend their lead, but only 56 seconds later they added their fourth goal. The third period once again saw St. Norberts add on to their lead with two goals that were only 44 seconds apart. Northland wouldn't have an answer for the consistent offensive bursts the Green Knights had, and the final horn sounded with the score 7-0.
Mason Riley took the loss in net, but made 45 saves on the night.
No. 4 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2, No. 3 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Garrett Ladd scored midway through overtime to give Wisconsin-Stevens Point a 2-1 victory against Wisconsin-Eau Claire on senior night on Saturday night at K.B. Willett Arena.
Ladd scored his 18th goal of his season on a wrap around with 2:26 remaining in overtime as UW-Stevens Point (18-3-2, 6-3-1 WIAC) defeated UW-Eau Claire (16-6-1, 5-4-1 WIAC) for the third time this season. The 18 wins are the most by a Pointers team since the 2001-02 season.
Ladd's goal came shortly after the Blugolds had a great chance to win the game but UWEC could not get the puck on the net with the goal wide open.
The Pointers took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on Kyle Sharkey's 11th goal of the season. At 9:15 of the opening period, Sharkey converted a chance in front of the net off assists from Ladd and Joe Kalisz.
UW-Stevens Point outshot UW-Eau Claire 12-8 in the opening period but the Blugolds turned that around in the second, outshooting the Pointers 16-6. UWEC tied the score in the second period on a power-play goal by Daniel Olszewski, who slotted in a rebound off his own shot.
No. 5 Babson 1, Saint Michael's 1
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Junior Andrew Bonazza gave visiting Babson the lead midway through the second period, but Saint Michael's junior Jeremy Wong scored with 2:34 left in the third period as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action on Saturday afternoon.
With the tie, Babson claimed a share of the conference regular-season title, and is now 19-4-2 overall and 13-3-2 in the ECAC East. Saint Michael's closes its regular season at 6-16-3 and 3-12-3 in league play.
Sophomore Max Franklin and first-year Michael Phillips each notched an assist for the Beavers. Sophomore goaltender Jamie Murray turned away 17 shots.
Sophomore Nick Potter recorded an assist for the Purple Knights, who got 40 saves from junior goaltender Dave Donzanti for the second consecutive night.
No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.) 4, Gustavus Adolphus 1
ST. PETER, Minn. -- Senior Bryce Walker scored his first goal of the season to break a third-period tie and Drew Fielding stopped 24 of 25 shots as No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.s) secured the MIAC championship with Saturday night’s 4-1 road win against Gustavus Adolphus.
The Tommies (18-3-2 overall, 12-0-2 MIAC), who secured the No. 1 playoff seed, have won or shared three consecutive MIAC crowns under coach Jeff Boeser.
They are unbeaten in 16 games this season against conference opponents including three close wins over Gustavus. They never trailed in the 4-2, 4-1 weekend sweep and climbed to 14-0 this season in games when they post the first goal.
Cory Kapeller scored his first season goal midway through period two for a 1-0 UST lead.
Walker’s goal 2:50 into the third period broke a 1-1 tie. Nick Neilsen scored 2:12 later for a 3-1 lead. Michael Dockrey finished with an empty-net goal and added one assist. Walked also had one assist, and Derek Jacobson scored two.
Corey Leivermann scored all three goals this weekend for the Gusties, two on the power play.
No. 8 Norwich 5, No. 14 Massachusetts-Boston 3
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Norwich clinched its 16th consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East title with a 5-3 victory against Massachusetts-Boston on Saturday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Norwich freshman forward Anthony Flaherty scored the biggest goal of his young career at the 4:55 mark on the power play to give the Cadets (17-5-3, 13-3-2 ECAC East) the lead for good.
Flaherty beat UMass-Boston goalie Zach Andrews five-hole off a pass from Travis Janke from behind the net for his third goal of the year. Senior forward Chris Duszynski picked up the second assist on the goal.
Janke sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left in the game to give Norwich an insurance tally. The goal was the 50th of his career and 147th overall point, tying him for 14th on the all-time Norwich scoring list.
Brockport 3, No. 9 Oswego State 2
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Junior Aaron Green made a career-high 44 saves to lead Brockport a 3-2 victory against Oswego State on Saturday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game.
Brockport (8-12-3 Overall, 5-8-1 SUNYAC) beat Oswego (15-6-2, 8-5-1) for the first time in 11 years with the last victory against the Lakers coming almost exactly 11 years ago on Feb. 14, 2003 and by the same 3-2 score at Oswego.
The Golden Eagles came out of the gate quickly and Chris Cangro scored the first goal of the game just 4:34 into the contest. Jonathan Demme took a shot from the point that was stopped by Oswego goalie Justin Gilbert but a rebound left out in front of the net was gathered in by Cangro before he fired a shot into the back of the net for the early lead.
Less than six minutes later, Nick Marinac caused a turnover in the corner of the Oswego zone and Troy Polino picked up the loose puck and sent a pass to the slot area and the stick of Shane Cavalieri. Cavalieri took the one-timer and put it past Gilbert for a 2-0 Brockport lead 10:02 into the game.
Oswego scored with less than two minutes left in the opening period to trim the lead and the teams went into the locker rooms for the first intermission with Brockport leading 2-1.
Early in the third period, Brockport regained the two-goal advantage when Rob Hall took a shot from the point that was again saved by Gilbert but the rebound found the stick of Brockport's Jesse Facchini on the corner of the goal for the easy tap-in goal and a 3-1 Brockport lead.
No. 10 Trinity (Conn.) 4, Colby 2
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Trinity (Conn.), the league leader in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), opened up a 3-0 lead and went on for a 4-2 victory against the Colby Mules at Alfond Rink. Trinity moves to 18-4 overall and 13-3 in the league with their fifth win in a row, while the Mules fall to 10-9-3 overall and 7-8-1 in the conference.
Sophomore forward Michael Hawkrigg scored two of the first three goals for the Bantams. Trinity went up 1-0 at 6:48 of the first period when Hawkrigg scored his 17th of the season from junior forward Jackson Brewer and first-year forward Sean Orlando. Less than three minutes later, Trinity forward sophomore forward Joe Horak made it 2-0 with his third of the season from classmates Tim Shea and Ben Hjalmarsson.
After a boarding call on Colby at 1:45 of the second period, Trinity went to work quickly on the power play and scored just 15 seconds later on Hawkrigg's 18th goal. Brewer had assist number 29 and rookie forward Ryan Cole had his 24th of the year. The Mules fought back when senior captain Nick Lanza had his 13th of the year just 2:22 after Trinity's third goal. Jack Bartlett had his team-best 18th assist and Ben Chwick dished his 14th for the Mules.
The Bantams went back up by three goals when first-year forward Brandon Cole scored his first collegiate goal at 15:10 of the second period from brother Ryan Cole.