Nik Tasiopoulos' second-period goal helps lift sixth-ranked Babson in win
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Senior Nik Tasiopoulos scored the go-ahead goal at 11:21 of the second period and sophomore goalie Jamie Murray made 16 of his 36 saves during the final 20 minutes, lifting sixth-ranked Babson to a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Massacusetts-Boston in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action at the Babson Skating Center on Saturday afternoon.
With its fifth consecutive win, Babson is now 16-3-0 overall and 10-2-0 in conference play, while UMass-Boston, which has dropped three consecutive games, falls to 13-4-2 overall and 6-4-2 in the ECAC East.
Junior Mike Driscoll and first-year Michael Phillips each scored for the Beavers, who got three assists from sophomore Mike Vollmin. Tasiopoulos, senior Troy Starrett and first-year Jon Mleczko all chipped in with an assist in the win.
Junior Nathan Milam and sophomore Peter MacIntyre, who entered the game ranked second nationally in scoring, both had a goal for the Beacons. Junior Stephen Buco added a pair of assists while MacIntyre and senior Travis Daniel each had one.
No. 1 Adrian 5, Finlandia 3
ADRIAN, Mich. -- Adrian had freshmen scored four of the team's five goals in a 5-3 win against Finlandia at Arrington Ice Arena. Jeremy Olinyk scored twice and fellow classmates Brett Pinkerton and Michael Hoy also lit the lamp for the Bulldogs as they remained unbeaten at 16-0-3 overall and 10-0-2 in the NCHA.
Olinyk got Adrian on the board first at 5:23 of the opening period as his one-timer in front from Austin Hervey, who passed the puck behind the net, beat Finlandia goaltender Troy Chandler. Travis Armstrong tied the game at 1-1 for the Lions on the power play at 10:41 as he re-directed the puck past Adrian netminder Scott Shackell. The Bulldogs rounded out the first at 14:32 as Hoy scored on the power play from Josh Cousineau and Ryan Lowe. Hoy crashed the net and took a rebound off a Cousineau shot and buried it.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-1 after 40 minutes with two tallies in the middle stanza. Pinkerton's sixth goal of the season at 7:04 came from the right circle with a wrister to the left top corner of the net. Duston Hebebrand and Lowe had assists on the goal. Justin Basso notched his eighth of the season at 10:13 from Josh Ranalli and Hoy. Basso took a pass on a two-on-one from Ranalli and slapped the puck top right corner.
No. 2 St. Norbert 2, Milwaukee Engineering 0
MILWAUKEE -- St. Norbert picked up a shutout for the second consecutive night as the Green Knights earned a 2-0 win against Milwaukee Engineering in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Kern Center.
The Green Knights (16-2-1, 11-1 NCHA) head into next weekend's series with No. 1-ranked Adrian College (16-0-3, 10-0-2) tied atop the NCHA standings at 22 points.
David Jacobson turned in a 25-save performance to improve to 13-0-1 on the season. The shutout was Jacobson's third of the season and 13th of his career.
St. Norbert took a 1-0 lead when Blake Thompson scored his second goal of the season at the 14:29 mark of the first period, with Reid Campbell and Mason Baptista assisting.
The Green Knights got an insurance goal when Tyler Zepeda converted a five-on-three power-play goal at the 15:14 mark of the second period, his third goal of the year. Cullen Bradshaw and Jacobson assisted. The helper was Jacobson's third of the season, and ties him with Kyle Jones for most career points for a St. Norbert goaltender.
No. 3 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 8, Wisconsin-Superior 3
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Nick D'Avolio scored a hat trick as Wisconsin-Stevens Point team built up a 4-0 lead in an 8-3 win against Wisconsin-Superior on Saturday night at K.B. Willett Arena.
D'Avolio scored a goal in each period and Kyle Sharkey added a career-high five points for the Pointers (14-2-2, 3-2-1 WIAC). Sharkey scored twice and recorded three assists for UWSP, who scored seven times over the final two periods.
D'Avolio got the scoring started with the only goal of the first period on the power play.
UW-Stevens Point then built up a 4-0 lead on second-period goals from Drew Graves, Scott Henegar and D'Avolio's second. Kevin Gibson extended his point streak to five games with two second-period assists.
After pulling goalie Drew Strandberg in favor of Zach Thompson, UW-Superior (6-10-3, 1-3-2 WIAC) bounced back by scoring the next two goals of the game to get within two goals at 4-2. Sharkey then got the UWSP lead back up to 5-2 at 15:38 of the second period but Pat Dalbec scored 31 seconds later to cut the deficit to two again.
After the seven-goal second period, UW-Stevens Point did all the scoring in the third. Sharkey scored his second of the night before D'Avolio completed his hat trick and Garrett Ladd finished the scoring with 39 seconds to play.
Ladd had a three-point night, finishing with a goal and two assists and Graves added an assist to his first goal of the season.
No. 5 Norwich 3, Southern Maine 0
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Norwich picked up a weekend sweep with a 3-0 win against Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action.
Freshman forward Trevor Stewart scored twice and fellow rookie forward Dmitry Ermakov added a goal as well as Norwich (14-3-2, 10-1-1 ECAC East) won its fourth consecutive game.
Senior goalie Chris Czarnota made his second start in a row and stopped all 11 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the year and improve to 4-0-0 on the season.
No. 13 Wisconsin-River Falls 3, No. 7 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 0
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Wisconsin-River Falls erased the memory of Friday night's 8-3 defeat to Wisconsin-Eau Claire to bounce back and defeat those same Blugolds 3-1 on Saturday evening.
Senior goaltender Scott Lewan (7-3) played a mammoth role in his team's road victory, stopping 30 of 31 shots. Falcons freshman forward Ryan Doner led the offensive charge, scoring a late third-period goal, as well as assisting the game-winning goal.
Blugolds senior defenseman David Donnellan picked up where he left off on Friday evening with an early goal, just 7:03 into the contest. Donnellan's eighth goal of the season was assisted by sophomore defenseman Jeff Pauluk and freshman forward David Henry.
The goal could have flattened the Falcons' spirits, but they were soon lifted by Blake Huppert's power-play goal 1:54 later. Huppert was setup by captain senior defenseman Jon Schreiner. Schreiner's assist was his second of the season.
An early second-period power-play goal from freshman defenseman Jeff Bergh put the Falcons on top 2-1, just 4:51 into the period. His second goal of the season was assisted by Doner and freshman forward Christian George. George's assist ties him with senior defenseman Jeff Burke for the team lead with nine, while Doner upped his total to eight. Bergh's shot came from the point as the puck found its way through traffic and past Blugolds sophomore goaltender Tyler Green (7-4).
Doner put the game out of reach with his fifth goal of the season at 17:23 of the third period.
No. 8 Williams 2, Bowdoin 1
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- A goal with less than 3 minutes remaining in the final frame by freshman Eph forward Tyler Young lifted Williams (11-3-2, 7-1-2 NESCAC) by Bowdoin (10-5-2, 6-5-1 NESCAC) for a 2-1 victory.
For the second time in two days, Williams was in a 1-1 tie late in the third period. The game looked as though it would require overtime until Young put away a rebound goal to put his team up 2-1 with 2:34 remaining in the game. Assists were awarded to forwards Matt Werner and Alex DeBaere.
Williams took a 1-0 lead in the first when Young and Paul Steinig came down the ice and into the offensive zone on a two-on-one situation. Young drove to the net and slid the puck across the slot onto Steinig's stick. Steinig then buried the puck into the back of the net past Bowdoin goaltender Steve Messina for his third goal on the year.
Williams carried that lead until sophomore Bowdoin forward Matt Rubinoff put away a rebound goal after a shot from the point at the 8:07 mark. Assists were awarded to Harry Matheson and Colin Downey.
No. 9 Saint Thomas (Minn.) 2, Hamline 0
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- John Sellie-Hanson kicked out 23 shots but Hamline was unable to dent the St. Thomas net and took a 2-0 loss at Oscar Johnson Arena Saturday night.
HU stayed stride for stride with the power-laden Tommies all night. UST scored a goal late in the first period and made it stand up until an empty net power goal with nine seconds left.
Hamline, now 2-14-1 overall, carried the play much of the first 20 minutes, outshooting UST, 11-8. Things changed in the second period. HU managed just two shots on goal and allowed eight. Sellie-Hanson, however, was impregnable.
He stayed so in the third as well, finally leaving for a sixth attacker in the final minute of play. The Tommies were on a power play, though and found the empty net late to end the scoring.
No. 10 Utica 4, Hamilton 4
UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica tied visiting Hamilton 4-4 in a non-conference contest at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Saturday night.
UC trailed 3-1 in the second period, and stormed back to take a 4-3 lead early in the third period, but the Continentals were able to score the equalizer with 16:04 left in regulation.
The two local foes returned from a four-year hiatus and squared off on Saturday night for the first time since a 3-3 tie at Hamilton on Nov. 30, 2009.
The Pioneers are still searching for their first win in more than two weeks as their record moved to 10-4-4 overall on the year. Hamilton snapped a two-game losing streak and moved its overall record to 4-9-1 on the year.
Utica's Ridge Garbutt led the Pioneers with two goals and one assist, while junior All-American Louie Educate chipped in with two assists of his own. Freshman first line defender Kevin Kirsits netted a goal and added one assist for the Pioneers. Garbutt is now tied for second on the team with 13 points this season.
Kenny Matheson and Truman Landowski each registered one goal and one assist for the Continentals, while Dom Jancaterino added two assists.