BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Junior Mike Driscoll scored the game-winning goal 4:27 into overtime, lifting Babson past New England 2-1 in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
With the victory, Babson is now 18-3-1 overall and 12-2-1 in the ECAC East, while New England drops to 8-13-1 overall and 5-10-0 in conference play.
The Beavers outshot the Nor'easters 53-24 on the night, but the game appeared to be headed for a tie before Driscoll's late score. Senior Andrew Bonazza carried the puck down the right wing and with traffic in front of the net, Driscoll converted a pass from senior Nik Tasiopoulos for his fourth game-winning tally of the season.
New England junior goaltender Colby Drost was superb in between the pipes, stopping 53 shots on the night. Sophomore Jamie Murray, the nation's leader in victories, earned his 17th win of the season for Babson, making 23 saves.
No. 1 St. Norbert 3, Saint Scholastica 0
DULUTH, Minn. -- St. Norbert moved into sole possession of first place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association with a 3-0 win against Saint Scholastica in the first game of a two-game series at Mars Lakeview Arena.
The Green Knights (18-3-1, 13-2 NCHA) inched into first place in the NCHA with three games remaining following their win plus Adrian's 2-2 tie with Lawrence. St. Norbert holds a one-point lead on Adrian, and holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Bulldogs.
St. Norbert opened the scoring with a Joe Perry goal at the 13:21 mark of the first period. The marker was Perry's 14th of the season, and Patrick McCadden assisted.
The Green Knights went on a five-minute power play early in the second period but didn't score. St. Norbert did increase its lead later in the stanza on Michael Hill's power-play goal at 13:41, with George Malliaras and Joe Perry assisting.
St. Norbert salted the game away in the third period, with Tyler Zepeda scoring for the seventh time this season on a power-play goal at 8:07. Mason Baptista recorded his 20th assist of the season, and Hill also added a helper.
No. 2 Adrian 2, Lawrence 2
ADRIAN, Mich. -- Adrian trailed 2-0 late in the third period but rallied to end the game at a 2-2 tie against Lawrence on Friday.
Junior Duston Hebebrand came into Friday night's game one of the hottest players on the team with 12 points in his past 10 games. He continued that scoring prowess against Lawrence in the middle of a fight to stay within striking distance in the NCHA standings. Hebebrand parked by the left post and chipped home the first goal of the game for the Bulldogs at 17:09 from Kevin Balas and Justin Basso. Down by one, it was Hebebrand again at 18:22 for his 14th goal of the season to tie the game. He carried the puck around a defender cutting left to right in front of the goal and used a one-handed backhand to slip the puck past the goal line on a great individual effort. Ryan Gieseler and Jake Flegel each had an assist on the tying goal.
Adrian ended regulation and began overtime on the penalty kill which up to that point had not been strong allowing two goals in the second period on two chances. The Bulldogs were able to kill off the penalty and had four minutes to break the tie. Adrian had four shots on goal in the extra session, but none greater than with about 45 seconds left when Josh Cousineau fired a shot off the right post on a two-on-one opportunity.
No. 3 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 6, Wisconsin-Stout 2
MENOMONIE, Wis. -- Garrett Ladd tallied his third consecutive multi-point game, finishing with a goal and three assists to lead the Wisconsin-Stevens Point to a 6-2 win in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) matchup on Friday night at Dunn County Ice Arena.
Ladd's four points gave him nine in the past three games, while Alex Brooks, Kevin Gibson, Kyle Sharkey and Drew Graves each had two points for the Pointers (16-2-2, 4-2-1 WIAC). Craig Lindegard and Kevin O'Donnell scored for UW-Stout (6-14-0, 2-5-0 WIAC), who had defeated UWSP 3-2 on Dec. 7.
UW-Stevens Point led 2-0 early in the second period after a first-period power-play goal by Alex Brooks and a second-period goal by Kyle Heck. UW-Stout then got within a goal on Kevin O'Donnell's power-play goal.
However, the Pointers responded by scoring the next four goals of the game to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Kevin Gibson extended his point streak to six games with his fifth goal of the season, making it 3-1.
Even-strength goals by Sharkey, his 10th of the season, and Grauer put UWSP up 5-1 early in the third. Ladd then scored UW-Stevens Point's final goal of the night, his 17th goal of the season.
No. 4 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 3, Wisconsin-Superior 0
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Shutouts are starting to become a trend for Wisconsin-Eau Claire. With WIAC opponent Wisconsin-Superior in town Friday night, the Blugolds picked up their eighth shutout of the season with a 3-0 win at Hobbs Ice Center.
The previous record for shutouts in a season was four in 2007-08. Tyler Brigl notched all four shutouts that year. With the shutout against the Yellowjackets (7-12-3, 2-5-2) Tyler Green earned his fifth of the season, a school record. His partner Jay Deo has three this season.
Coming into the season, the defense was undoubtedly going to be the strength of the Blugolds (15-4-1, 4-2-1). After a slow start to the season, it continues to prove that the Blugolds have one of the best defensive groups in hockey as they have also played an important role in all the shutouts.
At 14:50 of the first period, Jon Waggoner buried the puck on a rebound with a flurry in front of the net to give the Blugolds the 1-0 lead. Brian Nehring and Jared Williams picked up assists on the goal.
No. 6 Plattsburgh State 4, Fredonia State 1
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- After spending the past three weekends on the road, Plattsburgh State returned home to defeat Fredonia State 4-1 in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Friday night at the Stafford Ice Arena.
The Cardinals went out in front with just 5:30 gone in the game when Dillan Fox's wrap-around shot deflected off the skate of a Fredonia State defender and past Blue Devils' goaltender Jeff Flagler to give Plattsburgh State a 1-0 lead.
Plattsburgh State extended the lead to 2-0 when Kevin Emmerling gathered his own rebound and set a shot wide of Flagler but Dakota Mason was at the back door to bang the puck home at the 11:24 mark of the second period. Alex Jensen gave the Cardinals a three-goal lead with his ninth of the year at 14:34 of the middle frame from Fox.
Alex Brenton opened the third period with Plattsburgh State's fourth of the night, sending a shot from a sharp angle through the legs of Flagler. Rich Botting picked up an assist on Brenton's ninth of the season at the 2:53 mark.
Fredonia State broke up the shutout when Zach White took a feed from Ryan Wilkinson and fired a shot high over the glove side of Plattsburgh State goaltender Mathieu Cadieux with 11:43 left in the game but that was as close as the Blue Devils would come.
Cadieux stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced to improve to 16-3-2 overall. Flaglar recorded 29 saves in the loss for the Blue Devils.
No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.) 2, Bethel (Minn.) 1
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Nick Nielsen's overtime goal pushed St. Thomas (Minn.) past Bethel (Minn.) on Friday night in MIAC play in at St. Thomas Ice Arena, 2-1.
Nielsen's game winner came just 1:56 into sudden-death overtime. In net, Drew Fielding stopped 18 of 19 shots faced on the night and improved to 11-0-2 against conference foes this season.
Bethel took a 1-0 lead 6:00 into the third period on a goal by E.J. Gann. But the Tommies answered back with senior Alex Niestrom's game-tying goal with 9:25 to play. Nielsen's game winner let the Tommies take two points and move two points closer to idle Gustavus Adolphus in the MIAC standings.
Royals goaltender Steven Bolton stopped 40 of 42 shots (3-15-2, 2-8-1), who have lost nine one-goal decisions this season including two overtime losses to St. Thomas.
No. 9 Norwich 1, Castleton State 1
RUTLAND, Vt. -- Norwich skated to a 1-1 draw with Castleton State on Friday night at Spartan Arena in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action.
Castleton (10-10-3, 6-7-3 ECAC East) held a 1-0 lead for the majority of the game, but couldn't hold off Norwich to complete the upset.
The Cadets (14-5-3, 10-3-2 ECAC East) outshot the Spartans 36-18 during the course of the game, but Castleton goalkeeper Thomas Shelley was strong all night to preserve the point for the home team. Shelley finished with 35 saves for the Spartans while Chris Czarnota (Wakefield, Mass.) made 17 saves for Norwich.
In the third, Shelley continued to stump the Cadets, making 14 saves in the frame, but it was one shot that did him in. Junior defenseman Bryce Currier ripped a heater from the point that Shelley turned away with his blocker, but freshman forward Anthony Flaherty came streaking through the slot and dove to sweep the puck into the net tying the game at 1-1 with just under nine minutes.
No. 10 Oswego State 9, Morrisville State 2
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. -- Oswego State used a six-goal second period to rout Morrisville State 9-2 on the road Friday night. Oswego's win improves its record to 14-4-1 overall and 7-3-1 in SUNYAC play while Morrisville drops to 5-14-2, 2-10-1.
Oswego scored five goals in the first 8:40 of the second period, adding to the 2-0 advantage it held after the first. With less than a minute remaining in the second, the Lakers added a sixth goal of the period to hold an 8-2 lead heading to the final break.
Mike Montagna led the way for the Lakers, recording a career-high five points on a goal and four assists. Montagna assisted on Oswego's first two goals by David Titanic and Nick Rivait. He added to his point total with the Lakers third goal, scoring on an assist from Kenny Neil that sparked the five-goal spurt.
The Fulton Native then added an assist on Stephen Johnson's power-play goal before capping his night on Oswego's final goal. Montagna returned the favor to Neil for the earlier assist, helping Neil notch a goal late in the third period.
Titanic finished with a two-point night, tallying a second goal at 4:03 of the second during the Lakers' barrage of goals.