Colgate tops Quinnipiac to complete weekend sweep, lock first-round bye
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Sophomore Tylor Spink had his chance to shine after his twin brother, Tyson, had a hat trick last night and he did against fifth-ranked Quinnipiac.
Colgate (16-11-5, 12-5-3 ECAC) earned the weekend sweep with a 3-1 win against Quinnipiac and has earned a first-round bye in the upcoming ECAC Hockey tournament. The No. 19 Raiders are five points ahead of Yale, who sits in fifth, with two games to go.
Spink tried his luck at equaling his brother's hat trick, but couldn't find the third goal. He scored twice, including the game winner in the third period. Darcy Murphy added an empty netter with under a minute to go in the game to seal the deal.
Charlie Finn was excellent in net with 31 saves to help the Raiders earn their second first-round bye in the past two seasons. The Raiders have tallied seven wins this season against ranked opponents and are 5-1-3 against top-20 teams in 2014.
No. 1 Boston College 2, No. 7 Massachusetts-Lowell 2, OT
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Boston College weathered a record-setting crowd (7,649) and extended its unbeaten streak to 19 games (17-0-2) with a 2-2 tie at No. 7 Massachusetts-Lowell on Saturday night. With the draw, the Eagles matched the longest unbeaten streak of the Jerry York era set in the 2011-12 season.
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau netted a power play goal in his fourth consecutive contest, stretching his point streak out to 28 games (26-29-55). Rookie Ryan Fitzgerald tallied his 10th goal of the season while senior captain Patrick Brown turned in his second-consecutive multi-assist performance.
Boston College peppered UML goaltender Doug Carr with 43 shots in the draw. BC backstopper Thatcher Demko steered away 28-of-30 River Hawk attempts.
No. 3 Union (N.Y.) 6, St. Lawrence 2
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- There will be no sharing of the Cleary Cup.
Union (N.Y.) captured the ECAC Hockey regular-season title outright Saturday night with a 6-2 win against St. Lawrence, and in the process, clinched the top seed for the ECAC Hockey Championship. The Dutchmen have now won 10 consecutive home games -- the second longest active streak in the NCAA ranks.
Daniel Carr scored twice and finished with three points while classmate Mat Bodie added a pair of assists on senior night before the seventh sellout of the season at Messa Rink.
No. 4 St. Cloud State 3, Miami (Ohio) 0
OXFORD, Ohio -- St. Cloud State (18-7-5, 12-5-3-0 NCHC) maintained a share of the NCHC lead thanks to a 3-0 victory at Miami (Ohio) (11-16-3, 5-14-1-1 NCHC) on Saturday. The victory moves SCSU's league point total to 39 and the Huskies are tied for top honors in the league along with North Dakota.
The victory was clinched by the Huskies thanks to a stellar effort in the nets by junior goalie Ryan Farahger, who made 33 saves. This was Faragher's first shutout in 2013-14 and it marked the fifth shutout in his career at SCSU. This was also the first time in the series history that the Huskies have shutout the Redhawks.
The Huskies broke the ice early with the game-winning goal scored by Jimmy Murray at 4:14 of the first period. Jonny Brodzinski and Nic Dowd both posted assists on the goal, which was Murray's 10th of the 2013-14 campaign.
Just more than a minute later, SCSU took advantage of a double-minor penalty called on Miami's Blake Coleman. On the advantage, David Morley scored his ninth goal of the year on the power play at 5:36. Cory Thorson and Murray earned assists on the goal by Morley.
No. 6 Ferris State 5, Alaska-Anchorage 3
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Ferris State capped off a big weekend sweep to increase its lead in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) standings as the Bulldogs beat Alaska Anchorage 5-3 before a sellout crowd of 2,490 fans on Saturday (Feb. 22) night inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs scored three goals in the opening period and held off the Seawolves' charge in improving to 23-7-3 overall and 18-4-2 in league action. FSU had previously won Friday night's series' opener by a 4-2 count as the two teams squared off for the first time since 1988.
With the school's fourth capacity crowd in the last six contests on hand, Ferris State pushed its lead atop the WCHA standings to four points above second-place Minnesota State. Both teams have four games remaining in the regular season as the Mavericks will return to action next weekend.
No. 8 Wisconsin 2, Michigan State 0
MADISON, Wis. -- A to-do list for Wisconsin coming into its final home series of the year would likely have contained at least three items. First, send off the team's nine seniors on top. Second, improve a sputtering power play, and third, extend the team's hot streak on the penalty kill. Check, check and check.
The Badgers (19-9-2, 10-5-1-0 Big Ten) did all that and more, riding their special teams to a 2-0 win against the Spartans (9-15-7, 3-7-6-4 Big Ten), and cementing the sweep, all the while earning head coach Mike Eaves his 250th career win at Wisconsin in the process.
The effort made it 17 home wins this season for Wisconsin, the most in a single season in the Kohl Center era, and pulled the Badgers within a point of Big Ten-leading Minnesota. Fittingly, it came in front of a sellout crowd of 15,359, making it the second home sellout of the season for UW.
It was a pair of power-play goals that proved to be the difference for UW, with one coming from Joseph LaBate in the first period and another courtesy of Michael Mersch in the second.
No. 9 Northeastern 4, No. 17 Maine 3
BOSTON -- Four assists from Kevin Roy, along with three-point efforts from Zach Aston Reese (two goals, one assist) and Mike Szmatula (one goal, two assists) helped Northeastern (18-10-4, 10-6-2) to a 4-3 victory against Maine (15-11-4, 9-6-3) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
Aston-Reese scored the game's first and final goal as his line with Roy and Szmatula combined for three of the game's four goals. Clay Witt was strong in net for the Huskies, making 35 stops as the Black Bears held a slight 38-37 edge in shots on goal.
Ben Hutton scored twice for Maine while Ryan Lomberg added two assists and Martin Ouellette made 33 stops. Maine was 1 of 4 on the power play while NU went 1 of 3 on the man advantage.
No. 10 Michigan 5, Penn State 2
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan defeated Penn State by a score of 5-2 to split the weekend series on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd inside Yost Ice Arena.
Freshman forward Alex Kile and junior forward Phil Di Giuseppe supplied two goals apiece, and sophomore goaltender Steve Racine stopped 18 of 20 shots in his 10th appearance between the pipes this season and first at home since Oct. 10 versus Boston College.