No. 8 Wisconsin-Eau Claire ties NCAA record with fifth shutout in a row
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Eau Claire entered Saturday's game with No. 6 St. Thomas (Minn.) without allowing a goal in the last 259 minutes and 28 seconds, a streak that included four consecutive shutouts. With another shutout, the Blugolds would be just the second team at any level to pitch five consecutive, a record set by Lake Superior State in 1994. UW-Eau Claire scored a goal in both the first and second period and that was enough as it did hold on for the shutout in a 2-0 win at Hobbs Ice Center.
The shutout streak, which began before the holiday break against Lawrence on Dec. 14, is now at 319 minutes and 28 seconds. The record is 337 minutes and 22 seconds, set by St. Norbert goalie Kyle Jones in 2006. Interestingly, that streak was set with four consecutive shutouts.
Tyler Green, who had two shutouts in the four-game streak, made 39 saves in what was easily his most impressive game in the streak. He made several key saves for the Blugolds and the shutout gives him his third in a row. He has not allowed a goal in 2014 after picking up his first career shutout on Jan. 7 against Augsburg.
The Blugolds opened the scoring at 16:14 of the first period when Chris Heineman beat St. Thomas goalie Drew Fielding five-hole on an assist from Ethan Nauman. The goal was scored four-on-four, after a scrum in front of the net led to a minor penalty on St. Thomas and a five-minute major penalty on Daniel Olszewski for kicking. The penalty also led to a game disqualification for Olszewski.
In the second period, St. Thomas started to take more control after the Blugolds held the advantage in the first period. But at 16:20, Jack Callahan gave the Blugolds some insurance on the power play. Jon Waggoner took the initial shot that was stopped by Fielding, but Callahan put home the rebound from the left side for the 2-0 lead. Preston Hodge also picked up an assist on the goal.
No. 1 Adrian 4, No. 15 Saint Scholastica 3
ADRIAN, Mich. -- Junior Justin Basso scored at 1:58 of overtime with his third game-winning goal of the season to give Adrian a 4-3 win against Saint Scholastica.
St. Scholastica dropped their first conference game of the season (6-1-3) while the Bulldogs remained unbeaten overall at 14-0-3.
Duston Hebebrand had a big game with two goals and an assist. Hebebrand's first came at 11:23 of the first to give AC a 1-0 advantage. He skated into the offensive zone and let go a shot inside the left circle that was mishandled off the glove of St. Scholastica goalie Tyler Bruggeman. Hebebrand then assisted on the Bulldogs' second goal by Jeremy Olinyk on the power play at 4:25 of the second period. Hebebrand saved the puck from going down the length of the ice at his own defensive blue-line and passed the puck to the offensive blue-line for Brett Pinkerton. Pinkerton hit a streaking Olinyk for the tip-in goal which was his third of the season.
Dave Williams at 18:59 of the second tied the score at 2-2 and then Joel Paiement gave CSS a 3-2 lead at 2:46 of the third stanza. Hebebrand scored his second of the game and 10th of the season at 14:33 of the third on a sharp angle below the right circle which beat Bruggeman top shelf.
The Saints had three shots on goal in overtime before the Bulldogs needed just one to end things. Ryan Lowe and Josh Cousineau started the play on an odd-man rush and Cousineau left the puck for the trailer Basso who wristed it under the armpit between the circles.
Junior Scott Shackell stopped 31 shots to improve to 6-0-1 this season.
No. 13 Wisconsin-River Falls 2, No. 2 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1
RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons handed the Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers only their second loss of the season in a 2-1 victory at Hunt Arena.
After going 0-for-8 on power-play opportunities Friday night, UWRF scored on its first power-play chance Saturday when team captain Jon Schreiner scored his second goal of the season assisted by fellow defenseman Jeff Bergh. The goal came at 7:56 of the first period and was the only special teams goal of the period.
It took just more than one minute into the second period for UWRF to extend its lead. Christian George scored his second goal of the season assisted by Alec Hagaman at 1:21 of the period.
Toward the end of the second period at 19:08 Lawrence Cornellier found the back of the net to pull the Pointers within one. He was assisted by Kevin Gibson and Kyle Brodie on the goal.
An area the Falcons have struggled with is keeping leads in the third period but they held up strong and did not allow another goal to a Pointers team that averages a nation-best 5.5 goals a game.
Tanner Milliron got the start in net and was a big reason UWRF held on to the lead recording 23 saves in the win. Milliron ranks fifth in the country in goals-against average (1.45) and save percentage (.945) and now is 5-1-2 on the season.
No. 12 Williams 5, No. 3 Plattsburgh 1
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Plattsburgh State was unable to overcome a three-goal second period by Williams as the Cardinals suffered a 5-1 loss at the hands of the Ephs in a non-conference game Saturday night at Lansing Chapman Rink.
The Cardinals registered a handful of shots during a long possession early in the contest but Williams' goaltender Sean Dougherty was up to the task to keep Plattsburgh State off the board in the first.
Williams broke through at the 10:40 mark of the second when a Plattsburgh State turnover led to Luke Stickel's first collegiate goal to give the Ephs a 1-0 lead. The Ephs quickly extended the lead when Sam Gray scored on a rebound exactly one minute later to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team.
The Ephs added to their lead with just under one minute to play in the second when Craig Kitto beat Cadieux through the five-hole, putting the Cardinals down by three at the end of two periods.
No. 4 St. Norbert 11, Concordia (Wis.) 1
DE PERE, Wis. -- St. Norbert scored 10 times in the final 26 minutes of the game to turn a nailbiter into a massacre as the Green Knights rolled to an 11-1 win against Concordia (Wis.) in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Cornerstone Community Center.
The Green Knights (14-2-1, 9-1 NCHA) held a 1-0 lead midway through the game before scoring three goals in a 2:36 stretch in the second period for a 4-0 lead. St. Norbert really got things rolling in the third, scoring four times in a 3:11 stretch to boost its lead out to 8-0.
Patrick McCadden added three assists for a four-point game. Blake Thompson and Mason Baptista both had three assists apiece. Cooper added two assists for a three-point game. Reid Campbell and Noah Nelson both had two assists. Bradshaw registered an assist to give him a two-point game.
No. 5 Norwich 5, Middlebury 2
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Norwich continued its recent dominance against long time arch-rival Middlebury with a 5-2 win in the 147th meeting between the two rivals on Saturday night at Kreitzberg Arena.
Norwich (11-3-2, 7-1-1 ECAC East) got goals from five different players as the Cadets improved to 10-2-2 in its past 14 meetings with their instate rivals. Middlebury still leads the all-time series 80-59-8.
Senior forward Shane Gorman scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Cadets' offense. Erik Lyrvall, William Pelletier, Dean Niezgoda and Chris Duszynski each scored as well.
Norwich thoroughly dominated the opening 20 minutes of the game with perhaps their best period of the season, outshooting Middlebury 17-1. The Panthers didn't record their first shot until 22 seconds left in the stanza.
No. 7 Babson 4, Saint Anselm 3
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sophomore Max Franklin scored the game-winning goal at 15:54 of the third period and classmate Jamie Murray made a career-high 40 saves, helping Babson defeat Saint Anselm 4-3 in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action on Saturday afternoon.
With its third consecutive win, Babson is now 14-3-0 overall and 8-2-0 in the ECAC East, while Saint Anselm falls to 5-7-3 overall and 3-5-3 in league play.
Junior Mike Driscoll had a pair of goals for the Beavers, scoring both short-handed and on the power play, while senior Nik Tasiopoulos added his team-high eighth goal of the season. Seniors Ryan Heavey, Matt O'Neill and Troy Starrett, junior Joe DiPietro, and first-year Michael Phillips each chipped in with an assist.
Senior Joe Tebano had a pair of goals for the Hawks while first-year Peter Sikalis scored once. Greg Merrill contributed two assists and sophomores John Rogeri and Bryan Sullivan each chipped in with one.
No. 9 Utica 2, Brockport 2
BROCKPORT, N.Y. -- Utica tied host Brockport on Saturday evening 2-2 in non-conference action. Three seniors led the way for the Pioneers as Jordan Hobaica and Rob Morton each scored and Nick Therrien made 22 saves.
The Golden Eagles opened the scoring at 6:31 of the first period as Chase Nieuwendyk netted his third of the year, assisted by Bobby Chayka. Five minutes later, Morton put in the equalizer, on the power play to even the score. Ridge Garbutt assisted on Morton's third of the year.
The Pioneers took the lead at 17:17 of the second period, as Hobaica broke free on the penalty kill and found the back of the net with an unassisted short-handed tally, for his fourth goal of the year. It was short lived; however, as Brockport tied the game just 1:17 later as Jake Taylor scored his sixth of the year on the power play. Shane Cavelieri and Troy Polino assisted on the tally.
Despite each team having a power play in overtime, neither was able to score the winner as the game ended in a 2-2 tie after 65 minutes of action. Each team went 1-for-5 with the man advantage, Therrien stopped 22 shots, while his counterpart, Jared Lockhurst has 34 saves in the tie.
Elmira 3, No. 10 Oswego State 2
PINE VALLEY, N.Y. -- Three first-period goals and a career-tying performance from rookie goaltender Sal Magliocco lifted Elmira to a 3-2 victory against Oswego State. The win is EC's third in a row and it snaps a nine-game losing streak to the Lakers. Also coming to an end was Oswego State's 10-game unbeaten streak, a stretch that started back on Nov. 23, 2013.
The Soaring Eagles did something no other team has been able to do against the Lakers this season: score first. Carter Shinkaruk wasted little time getting EC on the board as he scored 28 seconds into the first period to give Elmira a 1-0 lead. Shinkaruk's backhand finish over the goalie's shoulder was his seventh of the year and the second time in three games that he has scored in the first minute of the game. Tommy Sumi and Josh Burnell picked up assists on the play.
The Lakers broke through the Soaring Eagle defense in the third period for a pair of goals to cut EC's lead to one. Matt Galati and Kenny Neil scored goals 46 seconds apart from one another, both on the power play, to make it a 3-2 game with 14:55 to play. The Purple and Gold held strong during the final 14-plus minutes to secure the 3-2 win.
Magliocco tied his career high with 42 saves on the night, while eight different skaters recorded a point in the game. Oswego State held a 44-26 shot advantage on the night, marking the largest shot differential this season.