ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Lukas Hafner made 32 saves and Shane Berschbach netted the game-winning goal just 4:39 into the third period as Western Michigan upset No. 3/4 St. Cloud State 2-1 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey center on Saturday night.
After Hafner made two quick saves he poked the puck ahead to Kenney Morrison and he threaded the needle to Berschbach at the SCSU blue line. Berschbach settled the waist-high pass, skated in on Ryan Faragher and put the puck between his legs for his 10th goal of the season and second on the weekend. Morrison tallied his 12th assist and fourth helper of the series, while Hafner also notched his second assist of the season.
The Broncos were outshot 33-19 on the night but were able to kill off all six of the Huskies power plays.
Western Michigan (12-8-4, 6-5-1-1) opened up the scoring at the 7:10 mark of the first period. Nolan LaPorte centered a pass that deflected between the circles but Will Kessel knifed through and buried it for his second goal of the season. Sheldon Dries also tallied an assist on the goal as WMU took an early 1-0 lead.
Kalle Kossila responded for the Huskies at the 16:58 mark when he fired a shot from the left circle past Hafner’s glove for his seventh goal of the season.
The two teams battled in the second period but the Bronco penalty kill shined, killing off 1:59 of two five-on-three power plays to keep the puck out of the net. WMU also was forced to kill off a power play in the final two minutes of the game but held strong for the win.
No. 1 Minnesota 4, Ohio State 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota used a natural hat trick by junior winger Sam Warning to erase a 2-0 deficit en route to a 4-2 triumph against Ohio State on Hockey Day Minnesota at Mariucci Arena on Saturday evening. Warning became the first Gopher to record three consecutive goals since Jay Barriball accomplished the feat Oct. 9, 2010 in a 5-4 opening-weekend win against Massachusetts.
The sweep-clinching victory improved the Gophers all-time record on Hockey Day Minnesota to 5-2-1 and upped the team's record against the Buckeyes to 14-1-0. Minnesota is now 17-2-3 with a 7-0-1-0 Big Ten conference mark and sits in first place by 10 points.
The Buckeyes scored the game's first two goals before Warning got hot. He scored once before the end of the first, then his two goals in the second boosted the Gophers to a 3-2 lead. Seth Ambroz picked off an Ohio State breakout pass in the offensive zone and roofed a quick shot to give Minnesota an insurance goal in the third.
Minnesota State-Mankato 4, No. 2 Ferris State 3
MANKATO, Minn. -- Junior forward Jean-Paul Lafontaine scored a pair of power-play goals and added an assist as Minnesota State-Mankato downed visiting Ferris State 4-3 in a penalty-marred Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest Saturday.
Ferris State struck first when Seth Adams directed a Scott Czarnowczan pass past Minnesota State freshman Cole Huggins at 10:11 of the opening period. The Mavericks responded at 17:44 after Dylan Margonari converted on an offensive zone face-off win, and the two teams headed to the locker room with the score knotted at 1-1.
It became a 2-1 Minnesota State lead at 17:35 of the second frame on a power play marker from Jean-Paul Lafontaine.
Ferris State tied it up at 2:41 of the third on a goal from Andy Huff. Lafontaine answered on the power play again for the Mavericks at 4:52 on a one-timer he ripped over the glove of C.J. Motte. The goal gives Lafontaine a team-high 13 goals on the year and is his 11th power-play marker.
Senior captain Johnny McInnis made it 4-2 at 7:56 with a power-play goal he scored while camping out in front of the FSU net. The Bulldogs kept battling and a following a skirmish that filled the penalty boxes on both sides, Kenny Babinski pulled FSU within one with a power-play goal at 12:58. But that goal completed the scoring in the game as the Mavericks held on in completing the two-game league sweep.
Minnesota State freshman goaltender Cole Huggins stopped 32 FSU shots in the and now stands 9-5-0 for the year. Lafontaine finished with three points on two goals and an assist. Junior forward Matt Leitner was credited with a pair of assists and McInnis finished with a goal and an assist.
No. 4 Boston College 7, No. 19 Maine 2
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Boston College avenged its earlier loss to Maine in a big way on Saturday night thanks to five-point performances by Kevin Hayes and Johnny Gaudreau in a 7-2 triumph at Kelley Rink. The Eagles scored three power-play goals to stretch their unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1).
Hayes offered up his first-career hat trick along with a pair of assists while Gaudreau helped out on all three of Hayes' goals. He added two more helpers to cap a five-assist performance and stretch his point streak to a nation-best mark of 18 consecutive outings with at least one point.
Senior captain Patrick Brown accounted for two of BC's three power-play tallies and added an assist for his first-career three-point night. Bill Arnold also had a three-point performance with a goal and two helpers.
The Eagles have now defeated six teams by a five-goal margin or more with the top-ranked offense (4.57 goals per game) in the country. The Eagles' nine-game unbeaten streak is the second-longest in the country (Minnesota at 8-0-2).
Rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko turned in an incredible performance, along with an assist, to earn his fifth victory of the season. Maine's Martin Ouellette stopped four goals on 16 shots while Dan Sullivan steered away 13 of 16 shots in 34:04 of relief duty. Boston College outshot the Black Bears 32-25.
Merrimack 6, No. 5 Quinnipiac 3
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Sophomore forward Brian Christie scored twice and dished an assist to help Merrimack split a weekend home-and-home series with Quinnipiac, as the Warriors rebounded from a tough loss with a 6-3 victory on Saturday night at Lawler Rink.
Brian Christie led al Warriors with three points (two goals), while Jordan Heywood and Brendan Ellis each registered two assists apiece.
A night after being pulled early in the second, Rasmus Tirronen rebounded with a 26-save performance, edging Michael Garteig, who finished with 23 stops for the visitors.
Merrimack won the shot-attempt battle, putting 33 on net against one of the top defensive teams in the country on Saturday.
Both teams registered a pair of power-play tallies; Merrimack finished 2-for-7 with the man advantage, while Quinnipiac finished 2-for-6.
No. 6 Union (N.Y.) 3, No. 17 New Hampshire 1
DURHAM, N.H. -- Union (N.Y.) completed a non-conferrence sweep of New Hampshire with a 3-1 victory Saturday night before 4,837 spectators at the Whittemore Center. The Dutchmen (15-4-3) are now 9-1-2 on the road this season and own a 7-1-1 record against ranked opponents.
Max Novak broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with his game-winning goal at 16:07, tapping in a centering pass from Daniel Ciampini. Defenseman Mat Bodie provided an insurance goal with an empty-netter tallied with 1:03 left in regulation. Bodie launched a shot from 183 feet away that banked off the left post and crossed the goal line.
Union opened scoring with a nifty goal from Mark Bennett at 15:05 of the first period. Angling toward the net, Bennett managed to tuck a shot between his legs on a pass from Cole Ikkala along the goal line. It was Bennett's first goal since Oct. 25.
UNH (13-12-1) responded seconds after losing Hobey Baker candidate Trevor van Riemsdyk to an injury. Tyler Kelleher broke down the right boards and snapped a wrister over the shoulder of goaltender Colin Stevens at 17:26 of the first period.
Stevens finished with a career-high 40 saves to improve his season record to 12-2-1.
No. 7 Providence 7, Colorado College 2
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Providence used a five-goal second period to pull away from Colorado College en route to a 7-2 win at the World Arena (7,276) on Saturday night.
Noel Acciari led the offense with a goal and two assists as seven different Friars scored goals. Brandon Tanev also had a multi-point night with a goal and an assist and Shane Luke scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Providence improved to 14-5-5 (6-4-1 HEA) with the win, while Colorado College moved to 2-16-4 (2-7-3-1 NCHC).
In net, Jon Gillies finished with 28 saves for the Friars, while Josh Thorimbert made 10 saves and Courtney Lockwood made seven stops for the Tigers.
No. 8 Yale 4, St. Lawrence 2
CANTON, N.Y. -- John Hayden had two goals and one assist, Jesse Root had a goal and three points and Matt Killian had a goal and an assist as Yale skated past St. Lawrence 4-2 before 1,837 at Appleton Arena.
The Bulldogs (9-4-4, 4-3-3 ECAC) scored a pair of power-play goals to make Alex Lyon a winner between the pipes with 28 saves.
Lyon, a freshman goalie, had it easy at the start because the Bulldogs came out blazing in the opening period with three goals while outshooting SLU 17-4. Lyon then needed 13 saves in the second and 11 in the third to get the Blue two points in the North Country. Both of the home team goals came with an advantage.
"We focused on coming out hard for 60 minutes from the drop of the puck," said Root, who is now tied for the team lead with seven goals. "There's a lot of work to be done, we need to make sure we show up for 60 minutes every game."
No. 10 Massachusetts-Lowell 3, Boston University 1
LOWELL, Mass. -- Massachusetts-Lowell out-muscled Boston University 3-1 on Saturday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 5,856 at the Tsongas Center.
The River Hawks improved to 15-6-2 (5-3-1 HEA), while Boston University dropped to 7-13-2 overall and 2-7-1 in Hockey East play. It was UMass-Lowell's sixth consecutive win, and seventh in their past eight games against the Terriers, a team that once dominated the River Hawks.
Scott Wilson got the River Hawks on the board with 7:51 left in the first period taking a pretty behind-the-back pass from sophomore forward Adam Chapie and skating from the right wing, his off wing, to the high slot, and drilling a snap shot high into the net and past BU goalie Sean Maguire's stick side. It was Wilson fifth goal of the season. Chapie and Senior forward Josh Holmstrom, who put the play in motion in the neutral zone picked up assists.
Junior forward Terrance Wallin extended the River Hawk lead to 2-0 with a breakaway goal firing a wrist shot past Maguire's blocker side. It was his second goal of the season; he'd been sent in alone on a long north/south pass from freshman defenseman Michael Kapla.
Boston University made the game interesting early in the third period. Kevin Duane narrowed the gap to one with a rocket from the top of the left circle which eluded the glove of UMass Lowell sophomore netminder Connor Hellebuyck. The goal came with just seven seconds remaining on a five-minute power play. Sophomore defenseman Christian Folin had been sent to the locker room with a major for kneeing and a game misconduct.