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Sacred Heart 2, No. 1 Massachusetts-Lowell 1

LOWELL, Mass. -- Behind two goals by Drew George, Sacred Heart earned its biggest win in program history, defeating No. 1 Massachusetts-Lowell 2-1 at the Tsongas Center Friday night.

The River Hawks are the highest-ranked team Sacred Heart has beaten since the Pioneers defeated No. 8 Yale 7-6 on Nov. 22, 2011 at Webster Bank Arena. Goaltender Alex Vazzano made 35 saves in his first career start for the Pioneers.

Sacred Heart (1-0) took advantage of an early power play to take a 1-0 lead. With five seconds left on the man advantage, David Iacono found George on the back post, who knocked the puck past UMass-Lowell (0-1) goalie Connor Hellebuyck with 16:12 remaining in the period. The Pioneers almost took a 2-0 lead at the 11:48 mark, as George found Ben Lake on a 2-1 in the River Hawk zone, but Hellebuyck stopped Lake's shot. Vazzano was on point early, making five saves in the early portion of the period including a couple in heavy traffic.

The Pioneers killed off two UMass-Lowell power plays in the first period. Sacred Heart went on the power play for the second time with 4:40 left in the first, but only managed two shots. A late rush in the last two minutes saw shots from Erlich Doerksen, Justin Danforth, and Brian Sheehan all stopped by Hellebuyck as Sacred Heart took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Sacred Heart withstood an early UMass-Lowell barrage in the second period to keep the score 1-0. Vazzano made a save with 15:52 left in the period, sprawling to his right to stop a wraparound try. Back in the other end of the ice, Danforth put a shot off the post that almost went past the goal line but was confirmed by video replay to not be the Pioneers' second goal at the 15:15 mark. The River Hawks had their best chance to tie the game with 3:00 left in the period. With Sacred Heart on the power play, Joe Gambardella took the puck on a change and charged right in on Vazzano all alone. The Pioneers goalie was equal to the task, stopping the shot to keep the game 1-0 heading into the third period.

UMass-Lowell had two power plays in the first three minutes of the third, but still could not get on the scoreboard. The River Hawks had a chance to tie with 16:20 to play when Ryan McGrath found the puck on his stick right in front of the goal. However, three Pioneers dived to keep the puck out of the net and keep the score 1-0. UMass-Lowell tied the game with 15:36 remaining when Joe Pendenza re-directed a Michael Kapla shot. Sacred Heart took back the lead at the 14:11 mark. Lake won a faceoff in the River Hawks end to George, who snapped a shot past Hellebuyck to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead. Sacred Heart's defense made the lead stick as Vazzano made three key saves in the last two minutes to give the Pioneers' their history-making win.

No. 2 Miami (Ohio) 6, Ohio State 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Miami used strong special teams, scoring three power-play goals and finishing three-for-three on the penalty kill to drop former CCHA rival Ohio State 6-2 in the season opener on Friday. Six different RedHawks scored as they jumped out to an early lead in the first period and then broke a third-period tie with a four-goal outburst.

Sophomore Sean Kuraly assisted on three goals and his classmate Riley Barber assisted on two to lead the RedHawks offensively while goaltender Jay Williams made 28 saves in the winning effort.

The RedHawks finished three-for-eight on the power play and outshot the Buckeyes 38-28. Miami also held a 41-29 advantage on faceoffs.

No. 3 Wisconsin 5, Northern Michigan 2

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin (1-0-0) won its season opener 5-2 against Northern Michigan (0-1-0) on Friday night at the Kohl Center. The win marks the Badgers' first win in a season-opening game since the 2007-08 season.

Ten different Wisconsin players tallied points in the win, including freshman forwards Grant Besse and Jedd Soleway, who recorded a goal and an assist, respectively, for their first career points as Badgers. Forwards Michael Mersch (one goal, one assist), Mark Zengerle (two assists), Nic Kerdiles (two assists), Tyler Barnes (one goal, one assist) and McCabe (one goal, one assist) all recorded multi-point games for Wisconsin. Kerdiles’ two points stretches his point-scoring streak to 13 games dating back to last season.

Junior goaltender Landon Peterson turned away 18 of 20 shots for his first win of the season.

The Badgers were 1-for-7 on the power play and 7-for-9 on the penalty kill. Junior defenseman Jake McCabe also scored a short-handed goal for Wisconsin.

No. 5 Minnesota 6, Mercyhurst 0

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota opened its 93rd season of play off strong with a 6-0 triumph against Atlantic Hockey foe Mercyhurst in the first round of the 2013 Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena Friday night. Junior captain Kyle Rau gave the Gophers a lead 6:25 into the game and the Gophers never looked back as sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox made 24 saves for his fourth career shutout.

Despite outshooting the Lakers 14-8 in the first stanza, Minnesota only led 1-0 on Rau's tally, which came off a Ben Marshall rebound at the side of the cage on the man advantage.

The Gophers padded their lead in the second period when junior Seth Ambroz banked a behind-the-back shot from behind the net off a Mercyhurst defenseman's skate and in at the 3:37 mark.

Sam Warning made it a 3-0 game 8:15 later when he quickly toe-dragged around MU netminder Jordan Tibbett and backhanded a shot that narrowly crossed the goal line before a Laker defenseman was able to swat it away.

Freshman Justin Kloos capped the scoring in the second period, beating a sprawling Tibbett upstairs on the power play off a cross-ice feed from captain Nate Condon. The goal was the first of this career.

Minnesota tacked on two more goals in the third period when defensemen Mike Reilly and Michael Brodzinski found the back of the net 7:10 apart. Freshman Hudson Fasching earned his first career point with a helper on Reilly's tally while Brodzinski's goal was his first in the Maroon and Gold.

No. 7 North Dakota 5, Vermont 3

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota used a career-high-tying four points from sophomore Rocco Grimaldi to rally from a 3-1 deficit and defeat Vermont 5-3 on Friday night in the season opener at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Three of Grimaldi’s four points came in the game’s final 27 minutes as UND scored four unanswered goals in front of a sellout crowd of 11,725. Grimaldi, a Rossmoor, Calif., native, scored a power-play tally at 13:34 of the second period to cut the Catamounts’ lead to 3-2, then set up UND’s final two goals in the third period to complete the comeback. Grimaldi, UND’s top rookie a year ago, also set up freshman Adam Tambellini’s first collegiate goal to tie the game 1-1 early in the first period.

Junior forwards Brendan O’Donnell and Mark MacMillan also scored for UND in a penalty-filled tilt that featured 21 minor penalties and 18 power plays. UND scored twice on seven power-place chances while killing 10 of 11 Vermont opportunities.

Nick Bruneteau, Tom Forgione and Rob Hamilton scored for the Catamounts, while freshman Mike Santaguida stopped 31 shots in his collegiate debut.

UND starter Clarke Saunders stopped 14 of 17 shots before being pulled early in the second period with UND trailing 3-1. Sophomore Zane Gothberg came on in relief and stopped all 17 shots he faced.

No. 8 Notre Dame 4, Western Michigan 0

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Senior goaltender Steven Summerhays got the season off to a fast start as he stopped all 22 shots he faced to blank Western Michigan 4-0 in front of 4,879 at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Friday night.

Junior Austin Wuthrich and freshman Vince Hinostroza each had a goal and an assist while senior captain Jeff Costello added a power-play goal and junior blueliner Robbie Russo an empty-net short-handed goal to provide the offense.

The game was the first for Notre Dame against the former CCHA rivals of the Irish as both teams now play in two leagues. Notre Dame is in Hockey East while the Broncos are in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

On the night, Notre Dame outshot the Broncos by a 32-22 margin.

No. 9 St. Could State 3, Bemidji State 2

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- St. Cloud State (1-0-0, 0-0-0 NCHC) opened its season on Friday with a 3-2 victory against non-conference rival Bemidji State (0-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.

The Huskies gained the upper hand in the first period with a power-play marker by sophomore forward Joey Benik at 3:42 of the first period. He was assisted on the play by sophomore Jonny Brodzinski and senior Nic Dowd.

Benik pushed the score to 2-0 at 5:51 of the second period with his second goal of the evening with even strength assists from Brodzinski and sophomore Kalle Kossila. 

Bemidji State broke the shutout for the Huskies at 10:43 of the second period with an even-strength marker by Markus Gerbrandt. Mark Prapavessis and James Hansen each had assists on the play for BSU. The Beavers knotted the score at 2-2 with a goal by Cory Ward at 14:38 of the second period. Prapavessis posted his second assist of the evening on the play, while Rado Illo had the second assist.

The Huskies notched the game winner less than two minutes later with another special teams gem. Dowd carded the shorthanded goal with a wrist shot from the right circle that baffled BSU netminder Andrew Walsh. Dowd's goal at 15:59 of the second was assisted by senior forward Cory Thorson, and the goal also proved to be the winning margin for the Huskies.

Alaska-Anchorage 3, No. 10 Quinnipiac 1

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Quinnipiac lost to Alaska-Anchorage 3-1 in the second game of the Kendall Hockey Classic. Quinnipiac opens the year at 0-1-0 while Alaska-Anchorage debuts at 1-0-0.

Alaska-Anchorage's Hudson Friesen scored the first goal of the game when he picked up a rebound off a shot by Dylan Hubbs that was stopped by Quinnipiac goalie Michael Garteig. With the puck sitting in the crease, Friesen was able to get a stick on it and deposit it in the Bobcats' goal. Three minutes later, Friesen carried the puck behind the Bobcats' goal before snapping a pass to Blake Tatchell in the slot. Tatchell's one-timer found the back of the net to give the Seawolves a 2-0 lead.

Quinnipiac was quick to respond as Jordan Samuels-Thomas took control of the puck in the Seawolves' defensive zone off a face-off. Samuels-Thomas sent the puck through a crowd parked in front of Alaska-Anchorage goalie Rob Gunderson who was able to stop the initial shot. Bryce Van Brabant was there to clean the loose puck and cut the Seawolves lead in half.

Three minutes into the third period, Quinnipiac was whistled for a double minor, putting Alaska-Anchorage on the power play. Brett Cameron took control of the puck on the boards to the left of Garteig and fired a shot on goal. The puck was re-directed in the crowd in front of Garteig before the deflection floated over the should of Garteig to give the Seawolves a 3-1 lead.

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