DE PERE, Wis. -- St. Norbert moved into sole possession of first place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association when it throttled Adrian 11-1 in the first game of a two-game league series between the nation's top-two ranked teams at the Cornerstone Community Center.
The Green Knights (17-2-1, 12-1 NCHA), ranked No. 2 in the USCHO.com and D3hockey.com Division III polls, scored two goals in the first 100 seconds of the game to take control against Adrian (16-1-3, 10-1-2). St. Norbert moved into first place by two points ahead of Adrian, which sustained the worst loss in its program's seven-year history.
Cullen Bradshaw scored his 10th goal of the season at the 1:14 mark, and Marian Fiala followed with his fourth goal of the season at 1:40 for a 2-0 lead. The Green Knights sent the partisan crowd of 1,481 into full throat when Pijus Rulevicius scored on a chip past Adrian netminder James Hamby at 14:04. Blake Thompson then put home a rebound on a power-play goal at 15:23 for a 4-0 lead, a score which chased Hamby.
The Green Knights took command of the second period much as they did to open the game, when Tyler Zepeda scored 72 seconds into the frame with a power-play goal. Zepeda scored again at 2:49 for a 6-0 St. Norbert lead. St. Norbert added a pair of power-play markers later in the second for an 8-0 edge, with Patrick McCadden and Ross Pavek scoring at 14:35 and 17:22, respectively.
Erik Cooper scored his 11th goal of the season at the 3:07 mark of the third period for a 9-0 edge. Adrian's Zach Wilson got the Bulldogs on the board at 9:12, but Zepeda registered a hat trick with a short-handed breakaway goal at 13:27 as the Green Knights were killing off a major penalty. Mason Baptista scored a power-play goal at 16:36 to close out the scoring.
No. 14 Geneseo State 5, No. 4 Plattsburgh State 3
GENESEO, N.Y. -- Geneseo State sophomore forward David Ripple broke a 3-3 third-period tie with the eventual game-winning goal to lead the Knights to a 5-3 victory against Plattsburgh State in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play.
Ripple collected a deflection of a saved shot by junior winger Justin Scharfe and flipped it over Plattsburgh goalkeeper Mathieu Cadieux for the decisive goal with 5:55 remaining in regulation. Junior blue-liner Jack Caradonna was also credited with an assist on the play as the Knights (14-4-0, 8-1-0 SUNYAC) handed the Cardinals (15-3-2, 8-1-2 SUNYAC) their first conference loss of the season.
Knights' junior goalie Bryan Haude was credited with a season-high 39 saves in the victory.
New England College 4, No. 5 Norwich 3
HENNIKER, N.H. -- New England Collegeforward Andreas Persson would come through with the game-winning goal in the final minutes of regulation lifting the Pilgrims past the visiting Norwich Cadets 4-3 on Friday evening.
With the win the Pilgrims improve to 13-6-1 overall and 9-5-0 in ECAC East action. The loss drops the Cadets to 14-4-2 on the season and 10-2-1 in the ECAC East.
NEC would strike early as Matt Abbott would fire a shot that would ricochet off the left shoulder of Norwich goalie Chris Czarnota notching Abbot's second goal of the season, assisted by Andre Stalberg just 2:07 into the opening period.
The Pilgrims would extend their lead to 2-0 just more than five minutes later as Kyle Manlow would record his team-high 15th goal of the season putting in a feed from Ben Maclaughlin. The Cadets would get on the board at the 10:06 mark as Travis Janke would rebound in his initial shot assisted by Chris Duszynski and Ryan Whitell.
NEC would come through with the lone goal of the second period as Garrett Brazzier \would fire in a shot over the right shoulder of Czamota assisted by James O'Reilly at the 12:37.
Norwich would storm back in the third period as Whitell would score his fourth goal of the season putting in a pass from Trevor Stewart at the 7:04 mark. The Cadets would knot the game at 3-3 at the midway point in the third as Duszynski would fire a shot from the point that would beat NEC keeper Sebastian Andersson.
No. 6 Babson 3, Castleton State 3
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Babson rallied from an early two-goal deficit, but Castleton State sophomore Derek Gingera tied the game with 30.6 seconds left to go in the third period as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
With the tie, Babson is now 16-3-1 overall and 10-2-1 in the ECAC East, while Castleton moves to 10-9-2 overall and 6-6-2 in conference play.
Junior Mike Driscoll had a goal and an assist for the Beavers and has now scored in four consecutive games. Classmates Andrew Bonazza and Joe DiPietro also scored for the Green and White.
First-year Nick Kovalchik had a goal and an assist for the Spartans, and classmate Kevin Rosset scored his first career goal.
No. 7 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 4, Wisconsin-Superior 0
MENOMONIE, Wis. -- Wisconsin-Eau Claire started a new shutout and win streak, beating Wisconsin-Stout 4-0 on Friday night.
The Blugolds (13-4-1, 2-2-1) scored early when Ross Andersen found the back of the net for his first goal of the night at 2:41. Patrick Moore assisted on the goal.
UW-Eau Claire added to the lead at 7:58 when Jon Waggoner scored a goal with helpers from Daniel Olszewski and Jared Williams for the 2-0 lead.
At 4:12 of the second period, Andersen scored his second goal of the night, this time on an assist from Chris Heineman. It was a big game for Andersen, who for the first time in his career, was playing against his younger brother Karl, a freshman for the Blue Devils (6-12-0, 2-3-0).
The Blugolds took a 3-0 lead into the third period, and at 6:04 of the final period, they put the game away, this time on a goal by Moore, which came on the power play. David Donnellan and Olszewski assisted on the goal.
No. 8 St. Thomas (Minn.) 5, Augsburg 1
MINNEAPOLIS -- Niklas Almstrom scored the lone goal of the game for Augsburg at the 16:18 mark of the second period, but three third-period goals enabled St. Thomas (Minn.) to claim a 5-1 win against the host Auggies in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest Friday evening at Ed Saugestad Rink.
Almstrom cut the St. Thomas advantage to 2-1 with his fifth goal of the season, assisted by Dylan Meier and Mack Ohnsted. But the Tommies pulled away in the third period, scoring three goals on its eight shots on goal in the final frame.
Alex Altenbernd and Tyler Gubb had a goal and an assist each for St. Thomas, with Alex Niestrom, Johnny Roisum and Thomas Williams also scoring goals for the Tommies. Nick Nielsen and Connor McBride had two assists each for St. Thomas.
Drew Fielding picked up the win in goal for St. Thomas, collecting 21 saves. John Bretzman had 11 saves for Augsburg before being relieved by Brandon Jones, who had five saves in the final 7:03 of play, his first collegiate action in goal.
Augsburg (9-6-3, 2-4-3 MIAC) outshot St. Thomas (13-3-2, 7-0-2 MIAC) by a 22-21 margin in the game.
No. 9 Williams 1, Connecticut College 0
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Greg Johnson's second-period power-play goal stood up Friday night as Williams held off a game Connecticut College squad 1-0 at Lansing Chapman Rink.
Williams improved to 12-3-2, 8-1-2 in the NESCAC, holding onto the top spot in the standings while the Camels fell to 4-12-1, 3-8-0.
The Ephs killed off two Conn. College power plays in the final 6:53 to hold onto the win. Junior goalkeeper Sean Dougherty had another strong game and was at his best in e third period, making several good saves despite being screened out in front on the goal.
Dougherty finished with 29 saves en route to his second shutout of the season.