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Roundup: Top two teams lose

WAUSAU, Wis. -- Thirteenth-ranked Saint Scholastica scored three second-period goals on its way to a 4-2 victory against top-ranked and unbeaten St. Norbert in a non-conference contest at the Marathon Park Ice Arena on Saturday.

The victory against the Green Knights was the first for Saint Scholastica under head coach Mark Wick. Prior to Saturday, a Wick-led Saints squad had been 0-3-0 against No. 1-ranked teams, all St. Norbert.

Chad Golanowski put the Saints on the board 7:25 into the opening period. Alex Valenti and Matt Malenstyn had the assists.

Brandon Millin made it 2-0 CSS five minutes into the second period. Steven Phee and Malenstyn were credited with the assists. Keegan Bruce scored for the third consecutivegame with 7:19 remaining in the period. Ryne Bodger and Joel Paiement had the assists.

Wisconsin-Superior 3, No. 2 Norwich 0

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- For the second time in as many days, Wisconsin-Superior played a team ranked in the top five in the nation. Despite being outshot in the game, the Yellowjackets carried the play for much of the afternoon, scoring timely goals and shutting down a potent Norwich offense on its way to a 3-0 win at Stafford Ice Arena in the second game of the 2013 PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout.

With the win the Yellowjackets upset the No. 2-ranked team in the country and became the western-most team to win a game at the PrimeLink. Prior to Saturday, western teams compiled an 0-11 record since 2008.

Late in the first period, Norwich went down two skaters and the Yellowjackets took advantage of the five-on-three. Jordan Neduzak had the puck on the left wing and moved it into the middle where Pat Dalbec fired from between the circles and beat Cadets' goaltender Matic Marinsek to give the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead with 90 seconds left in the first period.

Midway through the third, Michael Rey carried into Norwich territory on the left and centered a pass that went through Thomas Paine right onto the tape of Cody Hotchkin, who lifting a wrist shot over Marinsek's glove hand to give the Yellowjackets a 2-0 edge. It was the third goal of the year for Hotchkin, matching his total from all of last season.

Dalbec added an empty-net goal to end the period and seal the win. Dayn Belfour earned his first shutout as a Yellowjacket, finishing the game with 27 saves.

No. 3 Plattsburgh State 3, No. 15 Middlebury 1

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Three goals in the first period would be all the Plattsburgh State (8-0-1) would need as the Cardinals claimed their fourth PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut title in a 3-1 victory against the Middlebury Panthers.

Connor Gorman gave the Cardinals a quick 1-0 lead on a shot from the left circle at the 3:29 mark of the first period. Kevin Emmerling and Luke Baleshta provided the set-up for Gorman's fourth of the season.

Just more than two minutes later, Kyle Hall's shot was stopped by Middlebury goaltender Mike Peters but Dakota Mason knocked home the rebound at 5:37 to put Plattsburgh State up by two.

The Cardinals added to the lead with 1:01 left in the opening period when Michael Radisa took a pass from Rich Botting and beat Peters through the five-hole to make it 3-0 in favor of the home team.

Plattsburgh State's third goal signaled the end of Peters' night. Peters made five saves for the Panthers in the loss. Nick BonDurant went the rest of the way between the Middlebury pipes, making 18 stops.

A flashy goal from Louis Belisle at 11:12 of the third allowed Middlebury (3-1-2) to finally break through the Cardinals' defense. Belisle went coast-to-coast before toe dragging around a defender and firing a shot past Plattsburgh State goaltender Mathieu Cadieux for the Panthers' lone goal of the evening.

No. 7 Babson 2, No. 10 Amherst 0

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- First-year Michael Phillips recorded a goal and an assist, and sophomore goalie Jamie Murray made 23 saves as Babson blanked Amherst 2-0 in an early-season battle of unbeatens on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.

With its first win against Amherst since 2007, Babson is now 8-0-0 on the year, while the Lord Jeffs drop to 5-1-0.

Junior forward Andrew Bonazza picked up a goal for the Beavers, his second game winner of the season, while sophomore Jared Wiedemann notched an assist for his first point of the year.

Babson, which entered the game tied for second nationally on the power play, converting 33.3 percent of its chances (11 of 33), took advantage of an early Amherst penalty to jump ahead 1-0 just 6:36 into the first period. Phillips collected the puck on the left wing and fed Bonazza, who beat Lord Jeff sophomore goalie Dave Cunningham for his second goal of the season.

Just five seconds after Amherst was called for holding in the second period, Phillips knocked home the rebound of a shot by Wiedemann from the left point to make it 2-0 at the 16:22 mark.

No. 8 Utica 5, Connecticut College 1

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Utica rebounded from a loss at home on Friday night by topping host Connecticut College 5-1 in non-conference action Saturday night. Junior All-American Louie Educate scored the first two goals of the contest, while senior defender Steve Zappia tallied the final two goals of the game to help the Pioneers improve to 7-2-1 overall on the year.

Utica jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period after Educate netted goals at the 4:43 marker and the 17:39 mark. Senior forward Trever Hertz assisted on both of Educate's goals. Educate now has four goals this season and Hertz pushed his assist total to eight, which leads the team.

UC freshman Jide Idowu registered his first collegiate goal in the second period and Zappia followed that up with his first of the season as the Pioneers skated to the end of the second with a 4-1 advantage. Zappia netted the final goal of the contest in the third period to hand the Pioneers the four goal victory.

Utica freshman Ryan Walker registered his first multi-point evening, as he assisted on both of Zappia's goals. Mike Baird, Steve Charest, Adam Graff and Nick Miglio also added assists for the Pioneers. Graff currently ranks second on the team with 10 points this season.

Freshman goalie Marcus Zelzer moved his record to 3-0 on the year after stopping 24 of the 25 shots he faced.

No. 5 Adrian 4, Fredonia State 1

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The quick-strike offense of Adrian broke open a tight game in the second period on Saturday night against Fredonia State.

The two squads were tied 1-1 heading into the first intermission after both teams scored on the power play in the opening 20 minutes. Adrian (8-0) then scored three goals in a span of 2:42 to take a 4-1 lead.

Jake Flegel scored his first of the season at 4:35 from Justin Basso and Josh Ranalli on a shot from the right point through a screen. Ranalli scored on the power play on a one-timer between the circles on a feed from Ryan Lowe and Josh Cousineau at 6:14 to make it 3-1. Freshman Brent Sauve scored 1:03 later on a great individual effort coming down the right wing boards and shoveling the puck five-hole for his first goal of the season.

Fredonia State scored on the power play at 16:46 of the second to make it 4-2 after two periods, but then Adrian outscored the Blue Devils 3-0 in the third stanza. Brett Pinkerton scored from the left wing at 1:09 on the power play for his second goal of the season from Ryan Gieseler and Duston Hebebrand. Hebebrand scored from just below the right circle on a streaking play from Pinkerton at 7:48 for his fifth goal of the season. Austin Hervey stole the puck in the neutral zone and carried it in before shooting five-hole at 14:38 for his second of the season to conclude the scoring.