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Top-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire falls to No. 2 St. Norbert

DE PERE, Wis. -- Second-ranked St. Norbert scored four goals in the decisive second period en route to a 5-2 win against No. 1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire in a non-conference battle.

The Green Knights (7-0) remained unbeaten, while UW-Eau Claire, the defending national champion, dropped to 4-1. The win at the Cornerstone Community Center was the second for St. Norbert against the No. 1-ranked team, the other coming in a 4-1 win against Norwich in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Division III Frozen Four.

St. Norbert took the lead at the 2:56 mark of the second period, when Pijus Rulevicius scored just as an Eau Claire penalty expired. The lead held up until St. Norbert extended it with a Michael Hill goal at 10:11. George Malliaras had a breakaway and was stopped, but Hill finished the rebound for a 2-0 edge.

Eau Claire scored at 13:25 when Jon Waggoner slipped one into the net just as a Green Knights' penalty was expiring. St. Norbert responded quickly, scoring 45 seconds later on an Erik Cooper goal at 14:10. Brandon Hoogenboom put the Green Knights ahead 4-1 when he forced a turnover and finished with 48 seconds left in the period.

The Blugolds cut the deficit to 4-2 at the 11:48 mark of the third period on a Waggoner goal that snuck just inside the post. St. Norbert salted the game away at 13:20 on a five-on-three power-play goal by Mason Baptista.

No. 3 Norwich 2, Saint Anselm 2

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Senior forward Shane Gorman scored with 3:50 left in the third period to help Norwich salvage a 2-2 tie with Saint Anselm on Friday night at Kreitzberg Arena in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action.

Despite outshooting Saint Anselm 47-25, Norwich could only muster two goals past Saint Anselm senior goalie Nick Dries as the Cadets suffered their first blemish on their 2013-14 season record. Norwich is now 4-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in ECAC East play, while Saint Anselm is 0-3-2 overall and 0-3-2 in ECAC East games.

After missing a large chunk of the third period due to a cut on his chin, Gorman returned to the ice to score the game-tying goal to stave off Saint Anselm's upset bid. Gorman took a pass from senior forward Travis Janke in the slot and had an initial shot blocked by Dries. However, Gorman found his rebound and shoveled the puck toward the net again. The puck squeezed through Dries' pads and just trickled over the line inside the left post. Senior defenseman Zac Fulton also picked up an assist on the goal.

Norwich opened the scoring at the 16:20 mark of the first period when freshman forward Paul Russell netted his fourth goal of the season off assists from Dean Niezgoda and Nick Pichette.Saint Anselm responded though in the second period with two power-play goals coming at the 7:33 mark and the 19:45 mark of the middle frame to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room.

No. 4 Plattsburgh State 7, Morrisville State 1

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. -- Four third-period goals allowed Plattsburgh State to run away with a 7-1 win at Morrisville State in a SUNYAC matchup Friday night at the Morrisville State IcePlex.

Dillan Fox opened the scoring with at 7:12 of the first period with his second of the season from Alex Jensen to give Plattsburgh State a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Alex Jensen buried his own rebound to make it 2-0 in favor of the Cardinals. With 1:06 left in the opening stanza, Luke Baleshta made it a three-goal game with an unassisted short-handed goal.

A sluggish second period by the Cardinals gave Morrisville a chance to get back in the game. The Mustangs cut the deficit to 3-1 on Zach Baker's short-handed goal with 2:24 gone in the period. But despite only a slight 13-11 edge in shots on goal for Plattsburgh State, the Cardinals were able to keep the Mustangs from getting any closer.

The Cardinals regained a three-goal lead at 8:17 of the third period on Ryan Farnan's unassisted marker. Connor Gorman followed with a tip-in from Barry Roytman at the 12:24 mark to stretch the Cardinals' lead to 5-1. Power-play goals by Mark Constantine and Adam Scuglia rounded out a period dominated by Plattsburgh State.

No. T5 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 6, Milwaukee Engineering 1

MILWAUKEE -- Six different players scored as Wisconsin-Stevens Point won its seventh consecutive game to start the season with a 6-1 victory against Milwaukee Engineering on Friday night at the Kern Center.

Garrett Ladd, the nation's leading scorer, and Lawrence Cornellier each had a goal and an assist for UW-Stevens Point (7-0). The Pointers outshot the Raiders (0-7) by a 49-20 margin in the game.

UWSP led 1-0 after one and 3-1 after two periods but put the game out of reach in the third. The Pointers scored three times and had 21 shots in the final period.

Just 21 seconds into the third period, Kyle Heck gave UWSP a three-goal lead at 4-1 off an assist by Cornellier. The goal was Heck's fourth of the season.

Ladd's team-best eighth goal in seven games accounted for the fifth Pointers goal. Kyle Sharkey picked up one of his two assists on the night on Ladd's goal, while Alex Brooks also earned a helper.

Cornellier capped the scoring from Max Bobrow and Evan Dixon at 13:15, just 17 seconds after Ladd's goal. Kyle Brodie, Joe Kalisz and Evan Dixon scored the first three goals for UW-Stevens Point. Kalisz's goal came on the power play in the second period.

Brandon Jaeger made 19 saves in net for UWSP to improve to 6-0 this season

No. 7 Utica 3, No. 14 Hobart 3

GENEVA, N.Y. -- Utica tied host Hobart 3-3 in a key ECAC West Conference contest at the Geneva Recreational Complex on Friday night. After trailing 3-2 for the entire third period, the Statesmen sent the contest into overtime when Keith Clarke scored his first of the year with 54 seconds left in regulation to tie the score up at 3-3.

UC moved its record to 5-1-1 overall (4-1-1 ECAC West), with its lone loss of the season coming at the hands of Hobart two weekends ago. Hobart's overall record is now 2-1-4 (2-0-3 ECAC West). The Pioneers are now 2-0-1 and have one game left in their four game conference road trip.

Two short-handed goals for the Pioneers proved to keep the contest close early on. UC trailed 1-0 before junior Peter LaFosse netted an unassisted short-handed goal, his first of the season, to knot the score at 1-1 with 8:19 left in the first period.

Hobart answered and UC fell behind 2-1, but the Pioneers responded again, with another short-handed goal from the stick of senior Rob Morton, to knot the score at 2-2 with 8:48 left in the second period. Morton's first goal of the season was assisted by team-leading scorer Trever Hertz.

Utica freshman Kevin Kirisits gave the Pioneers their first lead of the afternoon as he netted his first intercollegiate goal with 4:08 to go in the second period off assists from Mike Baird and Justin Hogan.

No. 15 Geneseo State 7, No. 8 Oswego State 4

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Genseo State junior winger Justin Scharfe scored two goals and added an assist to lead Geneseo State to a 7-4 victory against Oswego State on Friday night in SUNYAC action.

Geneseo (5-2, 4-1 SUNYAC) defeated the Lakers (3-2, 2-2 SUNYAC) for the first time since earning a 3-1 victory on Feb. 20, 2010. Playing their third consecutive game versus a ranked opponent, the Knights also defeated former-No. 8 Hobart in overtime 4-3 last Friday, before falling to No. 5 Adrian 5-1 on Tuesday.

Geneseo trailed 1-0 after the first period but then erupted for five goals in the second. Connor Anthoine, Matt Solomon and Jonathan Sucese all scored in a span of less than two minutes early in the period to help the Knights take a 3-2 lead.

A.J. Sgaraglio and Justin Scharfe scored to close out the period for the Knights and Scharfe and Zachary Vit added a goal in the third to round out Geneseo's scoring.

Bryan Haude made 27 saves for the win.

No. 9 Babson 2, Skidmore 1

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Senior Nik Tasiopoulos and sophomore Mike Vollmin each scored in the second period, helping Babson to a 2-1 victory against Skidmore in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action on Friday night at the Saratoga City Rink.

With the victory, Babson moves to 5-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in conference play, while Skidmore, which is winless in its past four games, drops to 2-3-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the league.

Tasiopoulos, fellow seniors Matt Furey and Matt O'Neill, and sophomore Max Franklin all chipped in with an assist for the Beavers.

Junior Thomas Park scored his second goal of the year for the Thoroughbreds. Senior Dave Dupuis and junior Anders Gundersen each tallied an assist.

No. 10 Saint Scholastica 4, Wisconsin-Stout 3

MENOMONIE, Wis. -- Saint Scholastica saw a three-goal lead slip away in the second period, but Paul Marcoux netted the game-winner for the Saints midway through the third period to defeat Wisconsin-Stout on Friday night 4-3 in non-conference play.

CSS received its first goal with 5:38 left in the opening period as Keegan Bruce found the back of the net for the first time this season. Dave Williams had the assist. The Blue Devils outshot the Saints 13-6 in the opening period.

The Saints came out strong in the second period as Williams scored 48 seconds into the period with Bruce getting credit for the assist. Chad Golanowski made it 3-0 St. Scholastica four minutes later. Alex Valenti had the assist.

However, the Blue Devils got back in it starting with a short-handed goal by Justin Moody about a minute after Golanowski's tally. Midway through the period Stout's Tyler Cayemberg made it 3-2. Stout eventually tied it on the power-play with a goal by Danny Ray as the score was 3-3 at the second intermission.

In the third period, CSS's top line would get its first goal of the night, which was the game winner as Marcoux was assisted by brothers Brandon Nowakowski and Dylan Nowakowski with 10:37 remaining. That is all goaltender Tyler Bruggeman would need as the Saints remained unbeaten with a 4-3 victory.