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Graff nets all three Utica goals in win

GENEVA, N.Y. -- Seventh-ranked Utica wrapped up its four-game road trip with a key 3-2 overtime victory against No. 14 Hobart in ECAC Men's West Conference action Saturday night at the Geneva Recreation Complex.

UC's Adam Graff registered his first collegiate hat trick and capped the Pioneers comeback by pushing home the game winner with just 29 seconds left in overtime to help the Utica even the season series at 1-1-1 with the Statesmen. Graff finished now has five goals and two assists in his last five games played.

UC fell into an early 2-0 hole on Saturday night as Bo Webster and Terrence O'Neill each tallied power-play goals in the first 24:58 of the contest to give the home team the early advantage.

UC began the comeback with 23 seconds left on the second period clock when Graff knocked home his fourth goal of the season to cut the deficit in half, 2-1 headed into the second intermission.

Graff kept his hot streak alive midway through the second period when he knotted the score at 2-2 with 9:44 left in regulation.

No. 1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 7, Concorida (Wis.) 0

MEQUAN, Wis. -- Coming off its first loss of the season, Wisconsin-Eau Claire rebounded in a big way Saturday night with a 7-0 victory against Concordia.

The Blugolds (5-1-0) scored four goals in the first period, including a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal. Jon Waggoner picked up where he left off on Friday night with his first goal of the night. It was a power-play goal and Jeff Paulukand Alex Olson picked up assists.

Just more than two minutes later, Brian Nehring notched a shorthanded goal with an assist from Waggoner. Charles Thauwald gave the Blugolds a three-goal lead with his first goal of the night at 14:43 of the first. Daniel Olszewski and Pauluk picked up assists on the goal. At 17:41, Waggoner picked up his second goal of the game with an assist from Olson to cap off the scoring in the first period.

UW-Eau Claire got a goal at 14:13 of the second period from Thauwald. It was his second of the game and the only goal of the period. Olszewski and Joe Krause picked up helpers on the goal.

At 4:48 of the final period, Krause got in on the scoring action with his only goal of the night on an assist from Thauwald. Jason Eddy finished the scoring at 18:10 of the third period with assists from Olson and Adam Knochenmus.

No. 2 St. Norbert 5, Wisconsin-Stout 2

DE PERE, Wis. -- St. Norbert remained unbeaten and untied almost one-third of the way through the regular season with a 5-2 non-conference win against Wisconsin-Stout at the Cornerstone Community Center.

The Green Knights (8-0) scored two goals in the first six minutes to get the jump on the Blue Devils (2-6). Mason Baptista scored at 4:33 when he walked in alone on Stout goaltender Corey Koop following a nice feed from the wall by Zach McDonald. Joe Perry put home a goal from the doorstep at 5:48 for a 2-0 edge.

St. Norbert added to its lead at 5:16 of the second period when Chris Rial scored the first of his two goals of the game. Stout answered on a Danny Ray score at 8:58, but the Green Knights pushed their lead back to 4-1 when Rial scored at 16:47 of the second period.

Stout scored a power-play goal by Kevin O'Donnell at 6:12. St. Norbert killed off a Stout power play later in the third period and iced the game when Erik Cooper scored an empty-net goal at with 39 seconds remaining.

Rial finished with two goals for two points, while Baptista added an assist for two points. Ross Pavek and McDonald both had two assists.

No. 3 Norwich 6, New England College 2

NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Norwich rebounded from a tie on Friday night against Saint Anslem with a 6-2 victory against New England College on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.

One night after scoring a clutch game-tying goal late in the third period to help NU salvage a tie with Saint Anselm, Shane Gorman continued his impressive weekend with a goal and three assists to lead the Norwich offense.

Norwich (5-0-1, 4-0-1 ECAC East) also got contributions from its large freshmen class as Nick Pichette, Austin Surowiec and Anthony Flaherty each scored their first career goals. Senior forwards Travis Janke and Chris Duszynski each potted a goal as well to round out the Cadets' scoring on the day.

Matic Marinsek made 10 saves for Norwich to pick up his fourth victory of the season and improve to 4-0-1 on the year. Sebastian Andersson took the loss for NEC, surrendering six goals on 37 shots.

No. 4 Plattsburgh State 4, Morrisville State 3

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Connor Gorman figured into all four goals as Plattsburgh State held on for a 4-3 win at Morrisville in a SUNYAC matchup on Saturday night at the Morrisville State IcePlex.

After a lop-sided affair Friday night, Saturday proved to be an entirely different story. The two teams played a scoreless for the better part of two periods until Gorman's unassisted goal at the 18:56 mark of the second period gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Plattsburgh State's power-play unit started to click in the third period as the Cardinals scored two goals within a span on 19 seconds with the man-advantage. Dillan Fox scored his fifth of the year at 5:54 before Alex Jensen found the back of the net at 6:13 to give the Cardinals a comfortable three-goal lead.

Morrisville's Joe Santino tallied a power-play goal at 10:54 to get the Mustangs on the board before Ryan Marcuz's sixth of the season at 13:04 brought Morrisville within one.

The Cardinals responded at 17:11 with a power-play goal from Barry Roytman to create a bit of breathing room, but two minutes later Morrisville's Marc-Antoine Chaput scored an extra-attacker goal to make it a one-goal game in the final minute of play.

Gorman finished the night with a goal and three assists while defenseman Rich Botting added a pair of assists. Roytman's third of the year was the eventual game winner.

No. T5 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2, Marian 0

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Joe Kalisz tallied two third-period goals to lift Wisconsin-Stevens Point to a 2-0 victory against Marian in non-conference action on Saturday night at K.B. Willett Arena.

The story of the night for the first two periods was not UW-Stevens Point's offense, which leads the nation averaging 7.0 goals per game, it was senior netminder Josh Baker, who kept the Sabres deadlocked with the Pointers, despite being outshot 41-6 through two periods.

In the third, the Pointers finally broke through when Kalisz scored just more than two minutes into the stanza. Kalisz gave the Pointers an insurance goal at the 13-minute mark, putting UWSP in front 2-0.

The Pointers held a 49-16 edge in total shots on net for the evening. UWSP's Brandon Jaeger earned the victory in net, stopping all 16 of Marian's shots on target.

No. 8 Oswego State 4, Brockport 0

BROCKPORT, N.Y. – Oswego State jumped out to an early lead and shut out the Brockport Golden Eagles 4-0 in a SUNYAC contest on Saturday.

Dylan Smith scored the first goal for the Lakers, capitalizing on an assist from Beau Orser and Matt Galati at 9:43 in the first.

Galati would add to the lead 10 minutes later, scoring at 19:15. Smith and Bobby Gertakis assisted Galati with the score.

Oswego held a 2-0 lead well into the second period. Chris Raguseo made it a 3-0 game after David Titanic fed him the puck 14:45 into the period.

Mac Scott scored the final goal of the game with an assist from Smith and Galati, making the score 4-0 at 13:36 in the third period.

Oswego went 36-23 in face-offs in the game. The team ended the game with 26 shots, and goalie Matt Zawadzki out-saved Brockport goalie Jared Lockhurst 26-22.

No. 9 Babson 2, Castleton State 1

RUTLAND, Vt. -- Senior Matt Furey and junior Mike Driscoll each scored, and sophomore goalie Jamie Murray made a season-high 29 saves as Babson stayed unbeaten with a 2-1 victory against Castleton State in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.

With the win, Babson moves to 6-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in in the league, while Castleton State drops to 3-2-1 both overall and in conference play.

Seniors Matt O'Neill and Nik Tasiopoulos, sophomore Max Franklin, and first-year Dan Casey all had assists for the Beavers, who have now won four games by one goal this season.

First-year Bart Moran had the only score of the game for the Spartans while senior Colin Murray chipped in with an assist in the loss.

Wisconsin-Superior 3, No. 10 Saint Scholastica 2

DULUTH, Minn. -- Wisconsin-Superior dealt Saint Scholastica its first setback of the season, topping the Saints 3-2 on Saturday night.

After assisting on the first two UW-Superior goal of the night, Brad Phenow scored the game-winning goal 12:52 into the second period. Nick Stoskopf and Tanner Dion picked up assists on the play.

Twice the Yellowjackets overcame a one-goal deficit. After Josh Hansen opened the game's scoring, the Yellowjackets tied the game at 1 on a Dion goal.

Keegan Bruce would score a power-play goal to give the Saints a 2-1 lead entering the second. All three first-period goals were scored in a 38-second span.

At the 5:25 mark of the second, Pat Dalbec brought the Yellowjackets even. That set up Phenow's game-winning goal.

Drew Strandberg stopped 16 shots to pick up the win.