No. 1 Massachusetts-Lowell 5, Massachusetts 2
LOWELL, Mass. -- On paper, the Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks (0-2, 0-0 Hockey East) and Massachusetts Minutemen (0-2-0, 0-1-0 Hockey East) both play in the Hockey East Conference, but the two squared off Saturday night in a non-conference game to keep the Alumni Cup competition between the two schools alive. UMass-Lowell topped the visiting Minutemen 5-2 at the Tsongas Center.
For the River Hawks, Saturday's game was less about gaining the edge in the Alumni Cup race as it was about putting together a complete game after the team's season-opening loss to Sacred Heart.
The River Hawks got on the board first when Ryan McGrath snapped the puck past UMass goaltender Steve Mastalerz at 16:28 of the first period. Senior forward Joseph Pendenza picked up his second goal of the young season, scoring UMass-Lowell's first powerplay goal of the season at 17:21 of the second to give the River Hawks a 2-0 lead.
UMass cut the lead in half when Branden Grace deflected in a shot from the right point into the net at 4:53 of the third period. The River Hawks battled regained their two-goal lead when defenseman Joe Houk, trailing the odd man rush, picked up the rebound of a Scott Wilson shot and drilled it into the net, his first goal with UMass-Lowell. UMass continued to press, pulling within one at 13:40 but a late goal by Michael Fallon and an empty-netter by Chris Maniccia sealed the deal for UMass-Lowell to make it 5-2.
No. 2 Miami (Ohio) 6, Ohio State 3
OXFORD, Ohio -- Sophomore forward Riley Barber scored a career-high four goals to lead Miami (Ohio) to a 6-3 win against Ohio State to complete the home-and-home series sweep on Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena. Junior captain Austin Czarnik registered a career-high four points on the night for the RedHawks (2-0-0) to help take down the former CCHA rival Buckeyes (0-2-0) for the third consecutive time, dating back to last season.
After winning the opening faceoff, Czarnik took a pass from senior Max Cook along the left boards and fed it ahead to Barber who muscled it past a defender. He cut in front of the crease and beat Ohio State goaltender Matt Tomkins for the 1-0 Miami lead just 14 seconds into the game. Barber’s tally was the second-fastest goal to start a game in team history.
Barber added his second of the night on a rebound in front of the net at 4:27 of the first period. Czarnik intercepted a pass at center ice and fired in the initial shot. Cook found the loose puck and pushed it to his left where Barber, trailing the play, put it into the back of the net for the 2-0 Miami lead.
After a Buckeye goal, sophomore Sean Kuraly pushed the Miami lead back to two goals at 13:34 of the second period as he ripped a wrist shot between Tomkins’ glove and the right pipe. Alex Szczechura brought Ohio State back within one by the end of the second period.
In final period, Czarnik added his fourth point of the game when he lit the lamp at 14:17 of the third. Czarnik got behind the Buckeye defense and moved in from the blue line all alone on a breakaway. He moved the puck to his forehand and beat the goalie glove-side to put Miami ahead 5-2.
Barber capped the scoring for the RedHawks with a short-handed empty netter with 2:46 left to play in the game.
No. 3 Wisconsin 2, Northern Michigan 1
MADISON, Wis. -- After Friday's offensive fireworks, Wisconsin (2-0-0) proved on Saturday that it was more than capable of grinding out a win in a 2-1 slugfest, as it topped Northern Michigan (0-2-0) at the Kohl Center to earn its first opening-series sweep since the 2004-05 season.
Nic Kerdiles made it two quick starts in a row for the Badgers, as he took a Joseph LaBate pass, weaved through the Wildcat defense and beat NMU goaltender Michael Doan with a slapshot from just inside the blue line to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead. The goal came a little more than eight minutes into the contest.
Northern Michigan came out with increased pressure and intensity in the final frame, culminating with a Luke Eibler finish to tie the score at 1-1 with 10:40 left in the game.
With just 3:35 to go, Grant Besse took a feed from Michael Mersch and turned it into a two-on-one scoring opportunity for UW. He ripped a shot from the left side, but the puck got away from Doan, and Besse gathered his own rebound. He put the Badgers ahead for good with a backhand tap-in.
No. 5 Minnesota 3, No. 13 New Hampshire 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota finished its opening weekend by claiming the 2013 Ice Breaker Tournament championship with a 3-2 victory against No. 13 New Hampshire on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena. Freshman Vinni Lettieri’s second-period goal, his first as a Gopher, proved to be the difference.
The first period saw each team generate multiple scoring opportunities, but none of them found the back of the net as netminders Adam Wilcox and Casey DeSmith kept the game scoreless through 20 minutes. Minnesota held a 9-6 advantage in shots, but finished the frame shorthanded after Sam Warning was whistled for tripping with 10 seconds to go.
The Wildcats capitalized on the man advantage just 25 seconds into the second period as captain Eric Knodel found the top right corner of the net to make it 1-0.
Just 3:40 later, however, Hudson Fasching registered his first collegiate goal to knot the score at one, tapping home a Justin Holl shot from the half wall that trickled past DeSmith.
UNH regained the lead at the 11:30 mark of the middle frame with another power-play tally when Nick Sorkin connected on a point shot. Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk earned his second assist of the game on the play.
The Gophers, however, would respond even quicker than they did when trailing 1-0 by evening the game at 2-2 on when Sam Warning notched his second goal of the season. Warning, a junior winger, missed on his initial shot attempt after breaking into the zone and Holl and Kyle Rau missed the bouncing rebound, but Warning finished the play on a sharp angle shot.
Lettieri scored the eventual game winner with 2:10 left in the middle stanza, flinging a shot from the left circle that beat DeSmith short side. Seth Ambroz and A.J. Michaelson registered assists on the play.
After allowing two goals on three shots in the second, Wilcox made the Gophers’ only lead stand, turning aside all 14 Wildcat shots he faced in the third. His biggest test of the frame came with 7.3 seconds left when Dalton Speelman had a gaping net to shoot at after the puck landed on his stick on the back door. Wilcox sprawled across the blue paint to deny the Wildcat senior with the glove and seal the win.
No. 7 North Dakota 2, Vermont 2
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota shooters hit two crossbars and two pipes that could have turned a 2-2 overtime tie with Vermont into a weekend sweep of the non-conference series.
Brendan O'Donnell hit a pair of goal posts and Rocco Grimaldi crossbars twice for UND as Vermont rallied from a 2-0 deficit to salvage the tie.
Grimaldi's one-timer on the power play put UND ahead 1-0 at 10:58 of the first period after some strong stickwork by Drake Caggiula near the blue line kept the puck in the zone to set up Grimaldi.
Caggiula stretched the lead to 2-0 at 19:17 of the opening period. When Vermont goalie Mike Santaguida slid slighly to his right in anticipation of a pass by Caggiula, he wristed his backhander high to the short side with freshman linemate Adam Tambellini assisting.
Both of Vermont's goals came in the second period. Sophomore center Robert Polesallo's wrist shot bounced off the catching glove of UND sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg and rolled into the net at 3:34 to get Vermont on the board.
Senior wing Chris McCarthy scored shorthanded with his 29th career goal on an outmanned rush. McCarthy slid to his right from the left side on a rush and buried his wrist shot at 17:14 of the period.
No. 8 Notre Dame 3, Western Michigan 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- For the second time in two nights, Notre Dame senior goaltender Steven Summerhays made 22 saves as the Irish blanked Western Michigan, this time by a 3-0 score, in front of a sellout crowd of 4,114 at Lawson Arena on Saturday night.
The back-to-back shutouts in the season-opening weekend mark the first time in the 46-year history of the program that the Irish have started the season with two consecutive whitewashings.
Thomas DiPauli, Sam Herr and Kevin Lind provided all the offense Summerhays would need with Summerhays assisting on Lind's empty-net goal in the final minute of the game.
On the night, Notre Dame out shot Western by a 41-22 margin. The Broncos' Frank Slubowski had 38 saves as he kept his team in the game, especially in the second period when the Irish outshot Western by a 20-1 margin.
The win improves Notre Dame to 2-0-0 on the season while the Broncos start the year with a 0-2-0 record.
No. 9 St. Cloud St. 2, Bemidji State 2
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- St. Cloud St. (1-0-1, 0-0-0 NCHC) battled back to earn a 2-2 tie against non-conference rival Bemidji State (0-1-1, 0-0-0 WCHA) on Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn.
Bemidji State went on to win the shootout by a 3-2 margin. The game will go in the books as a tie but the new shootout procedure will determine points for the NCHC regular-season standings when two league teams are playing this season.
Bemidji State opened the evening's scoring in the first period with an even-strength goal by Phil Brewer at 16:28. The lone assist on the play was credited to Graem McCormack. In the second period, Nate Arentz added BSU's second tally with a goal at 8:01 with an assist from Brewer.
Down 2-0 heading into the final period, SCSU charged back early in the third with a goal by senior defender Kevin Gravel at 2:02. Lindgren gained his first collegiate point on the play with the goalie assist. This was Gravel's fourth career goal at St. Cloud State.
SCSU senior Nic Dowd added his second goal of the season at 9:46 with a power-play tally that knotted the score at 2-2. Sophomore forward Jonny Brodzinski and junior defender Andrew Prochno both posted assists on the play for the Huskies.
No. 10 Quinnipiac 4, Alaska-Fairbanks 0
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Bobcats freshman Sam Anas had a goal and two assists, while Matthew Peca had two assists to lead Quinnipiac to a 4-1 win against Alaska-Fairbanks at the Kendall Hockey Classic. Quinnipiac improves to 1-1-0 on the season while the Nanooks drop to 1-1-0 overall.
Three Quinnipiac freshmen scored their first career goals in the Bobcats' win. Derek Smith and Anas both scored in the first period while Connor Clifton had his first career goal, set up by Anas, late in the second period. Anas also picked up an assist on Connor Jones' first goal of the year for a three-point night. Peca had three assists in the Bobcats' win. Michael Garteig stopped 24 of the Nanook's 25 shots on goal for his first career win.
Michael Garteig stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced to pick up the win.