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Michigan Berenson's gets historic win

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Andrew Copp and Zach Hyman scored twice, JT Compher had a goal and two assists, and Mac Bennett matched a career high with three assists to help Michigan earn a 7-3 win at Penn State at Pegula Ice Arena. In the first meeting between the two teams, seven different Wolverines had multiple-point efforts in the contest.

With the win, Michigan head coach Red Berenson moved into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time Division I coaching wins list, passing Rick Comley (Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan, Michigan State).

In his seventh consecutive start in goal, Zach Nagelvoort made 33 saves in net to improve to 10-5-2 on the season.

To earn the win, the Wolverines had to withstand a Penn State surge in the second period, as Michigan saw an early two-goal lead vanish in a span of 1:01 early on in the frame.

No. 12 Wisconsin 2, No. 1 Minnesota 1

MADISON, Wis. -- For the first time in nearly two years, Minnesota suffered a sweep on Friday night as Wisconsin picked up its second 2-1 win in as many nights at the Kohl Center. The two-game skid marks the first time the Gophers have been swept since Feb. 10-11, 2012 at Denver.

Minnesota (19-4-5 overall, 8-2-2-0 Big Ten) picked up a goal from Seth Ambroz, who leads the team with 12 goals this season. Five of Ambroz’s goals have come in four games against the Badgers.

For the second night in a row, Wisconsin (16-8-2 overall, 6-4-1-0 Big Ten) took a first-period lead when Grant Besse scored his seventh goal of the year with 20 seconds remaining in the first period. Nic Kerdiles and Frankie Simonelli added assist on the goal.

Ambroz would bring the game back to even with his team-leading 12th goal of the year at 12:03 of the second period, slamming home a rebound on a Gophers’ power play after Jake McCabe was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Justin Kloos and Ben Marshall assisted on the goal. 

Much like Thursday’s series opener, the Badgers slipped in the deciding goal during the third period and then shut down Minnesota’s offense. The duo of Kerdiles and Besse struck for the second time on Friday night just 4:33 into the third period when Kerdiles slipped ninth of the season past Wilcox. The goal would hold for the game winner.

No. 2 Boston College 6, Merrimack 1

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Senior forward Bill Arnold struck early and often for his first-career hat trick to help propel No. 2 Boston College past Merrimack, 6-1, Friday night at Kelley Rink. Arnold's final goal came via the power play, sparking a power play explosion for the Eagles in the final 20 minutes. BC used three power play tallies in the third period to put away the Warriors and extend its unbeaten streak to 14 games (13-0-1).

Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau joined Arnold as a three-point scorer, setting up three BC tallies with the playmaker (0-3-3) to extend his point streak to 23 consecutive games. Within that scoring stretch, Gaudreau has accrued 48 points (21-27-48) and is now tied for second amongst all active skaters for career points (68-85-151).

Sophomore Brendan Silk and first-year forward Adam Gilmour chipped in with BC's other two power-play markers while senior captain Patrick Brown scored his seventh of the season. Sophomore defensemen Michael Matheson and Teddy Doherty both logged a pair of assists in the victory.

Freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko won his 10th game of the season with 23 stops on 24 MC attempts. During the course of his last five starts, he has only surrendered one goal per game. Merrimack Rasmus Tirronen gave up six goals on 24 Eagle attempts.

No. 3 Quinnipiac 6, No. 14 Clarkson 3

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Quinnipiac unior Matthew Peca scored twice to lead the Bobcats to a 6-3 win against Clarkson at High Point Solutions Arena. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 20-4-5 overall and 10-2-3 in ECAC Hockey play while Clarkson drops to 16-11-2 overall and 9-6-0 in league action. The Bobcats also improve to 5-1-2 against ranked opponents for the year.

Peca's two-goal outing gives him 10 points -- on four goals and six assists -- in his past five games. Peca's two goals came after Connor Jones became the first player in NCAA history to score a goal in the first 10 seconds of a game twice in his career. Connor scored eight seconds into the Bobcats' 8-1 win against Dartmouth on Jan. 31 before scoring 10 seconds into the Bobcats tilt against Clarkson.

Cory Hibbeler snapped a 15-game goalless streak with his fourth marker of the year, and Bryce Van Brabant scored his sixth goal in as many games. Kellen Jones had a goal and an assist while Travis St. Denis had four assists. Zach Tolkinen had two assists in the win while Michael Garteig became the first 20-win goalie in the NCAA in the Bobcats' win.

No. 4 Union (N.Y.) 4, Brown 3

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- For the second game in a row, Union (N.Y.) rallied from a deficit to pull out a gutsy 4-3 victory against Brown in front of 1,921 fans at Messa Rink. With the win, Union secured its hold of first place in ECAC Hockey (12-3-0), while improving to 18-6-3 overall. The Dutchmen also improved to 8-0 against Ivy League schools this season.

Max Novak scored the game winner just 1:01 into the third period, ripping a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle off an assist from Shayne Gostisbehere, who extended his points streak to five games.

Novak's third game winner was the only goal in the period, as Union kept Brown off the scoreboard for the final 20 minutes. 

The Bears tied the contest with 31 seconds left in the second period on Zack Pryzbeck's goal. Union has seized its first lead of the game (3-2) just moments earlier at 18:53 of the middle period, when Sam Coatta scored from the slot.

No. 5 Ferris State 7, Northern Michigan 1

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Ferris State opened its final 10-game stretch of the regular-season in impressive fashion as the Bulldogs rolled to a 7-1 victory against Northern Michigan on Friday night inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs returned from a two-week hiatus after being idle last weekend, but showed little rust in a dominating performance on home ice before a near-sellout crowd of 2,297 fans in Big Rapids. The win lifted the Bulldogs to 19-6-3 overall along with 14-3-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

Ferris State struck first at 11:13 of the opening period when sophomore forward Kenny Babinski notched his seventh goal of the campaign on a Bulldog power play to give FSU the early edge. His goal was assisted by junior defenseman Jason Binkley, who posted his 15th helper of the year, along with senior forward Andy Huff.

The Bulldogs scored three goals in each the second and third periods. Garrett Thompson led the way with two goals -- one coming in each period.

No. 6 St. Cloud State 2, No. 15 Denver 2

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- St. Cloud State (14-6-4, 8-4-3-0 NCHC) skated to a 2-2 tie against Denver (13-8-5, 7-5-3 -2 NCHC) at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday.

The Huskies opened the scoring in the first period with a marker by Nic Dowd at 6:12 of the period. He was assisted on the play by Ryan Papa and David Morley. The goal was Dowd's 13th of the season, while Papa's assist totals on the season now stands at 11. Morley continues to lead SCSU this year with 17 assists.

The Pioneers tied the contest at 14:45 of the first period with a power-play goal by Ty Loney.  Will Butcher and Quentin Shore combined for the two assists on the play.

In the second period, St. Cloud State regained the lead at 2-1 with a power play goal by sophomore blueliner Ethan Prow at 17:35 of the period. Jonny Brodzinski and Kalle Kossila each provided assists on the goal by Prow, which was his second of the season.

Denver took advantage of the power play again in the third period with the game-tying goal by Trevor Moore at 14:53. Daniel Doremus charted the lone assist on the power-play goal for DU.

No. 7 Massachusetts-Lowell 2, Boston University 2

BOSTON -- Massachusetts-Lowell skated to a 2-2 tie at Boston University on Friday night at Agganis Arena in Hockey East play.

With the tie, UMass Lowell moves to 18-7-3 overall (8-4-2 HEA), while Boston University holds with an 8-15-4 record and a 3-8-3 record in conference action.

With 2:08 to play in overtime, sophomore defenseman Christian Folin made a great wrap around bid on Matt O'Connor, but he denied the shot with his right pad. With under 4 minutes left in regulation, the River Hawks had sustained pressure in their offense zone with three shots on goal in a span of about 45 seconds.

Senior Derek Arnold opened the scoring in the game 11 minutes into the first period, as he beat BU goalie Matt O'Connor short side on a cross slot pass from Michael Fallon. Freshman defenseman Michael Kapla was also credited with an assist on the Arnold goal, which was his second goal in his past three games. Senior forward Josh Holmstrom registered the second goal of the contest for the River Hawks with 1:08 left in the first period. It marked the first goal in the last 10 games for Holmstrom.

Arnold and senior forward Joseph Pendenza finished with a team-high five shots apiece in the tie for UMass Lowell.

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