Special night for Boston U. ends in 4-1 win against ninth-ranked Northeastern
BOSTON -- On a night when Boston University honored both its legendary coach and its senior class, the Terriers made sure their final home game of the season was a triumphant one, topping No. 9 Northeastern 4-1 on Friday at Agganis Arena.
Freshman Robbie Baillargeon tallied a goal and an assist and three other Terriers lit the lamp as BU secured the ninth seed for the Hockey East tournament. Sophomore Sean Maguire turned in a 31-save performance.
The No. 6, which Jack Parker wore during his playing days at BU, became just the second number retired in the program's history during a first-intermission ceremony. BU's seniors were honored prior to their last game at Agganis.
No. 2 Minnesota 5, Penn State 1
MINNEAPOLIS -- Hudson Fasching tallied the game-winning goal plus an assist and both Mike Reilly and Travis Boyd added two assists as No. 2 Minnesota topped Penn State by a 5-1 margin on Friday night at Mariucci Arena.
Sam Warning, Kyle Rau, Taylor Cammarata and Nate Condon also tallied goals for Minnesota while Adam Wilcox made 30 saves to pick up the win in net.
After Kenny Brooks scored 3:12 into the game, Minnesota (22-4-5 overall, 11-2-2-0 Big Ten) rallied off five-consecutive goals in front of the 9,929 fans in attendance as the Gophers kicked off the final home series of the season.
No. 3 Union (N.Y.) 2, No. 14 Yale 0
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Union (N.Y.) ran its unbeaten streak to eight games with a 2-0 victory against Yale in ECAC Hockey action from Ingalis Rink. With the win, the Dutchmen (23-6-4/17-3-1) swept the season series against the defending national champions while improving to 11-0 versus Ivy League competition this season.
On a day he was named as a candidate for the Mike Richter Award, given to the nation's top goaltender, Stevens looked the part in making a career-high 49 saves and notching his fifth shutout of the season (and the eighth of his career).
Union scored on its first shot of the night, as Sam Coatta redirected a shot from Matt Hatch at 1:55 of the first period.
Daniel Carr doubled the lead with a goal 39 seconds into the third period. Sebastien Gingras drove to the net, and after his shot was turned away by goaltender Alex Lyon, Carr knocked in the rebound. It was Carr's 16th goal of the season, tying him for the team lead.
Alaska-Fairbanks 4, No. 4 Ferris State 1
FAIRBANKS -- In a night where Alaska-Fairbanks donned special arctic camouflage jerseys in honor of military appreciation, the season-high 3,313 fans had plenty to cheer about as junior goaltender Sean Cahill had a career night to lead the Nanooks to a 4-1 upset win against fourth-ranked Ferris State in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Friday night at the Carlson Center.
Cahill stopped a career-best 36 shots and allowed just one goal to lead the Nanooks (15-12-4, 12-11-2 WCHA) to their fifth win in a row and seventh out of their last eight as the Calgary native improved his season mark to 7-3-1.
Sophomore center Tyler Morley and junior left wing Garrick Perry both scored one goal and had an assist while junior defenseman Josh Atkinson had a season-best two assists.
The Nanooks, who have outshot teams in eight the of the previous nine outings coming into Friday, didn't need a huge number of shots on goal as they were able to beat C.J. Motte four times on just 19 tries on net while the Bulldogs (23-8-3, 18-5-2 WCHA) only scored once on 37 shots. It is the least amount of shots Alaska took in a victory since Jan. 3, when it beat Minnesota State 4-2 on 18 shots.
No. 10 North Dakota 5, No. 5 St. Cloud State 2
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Surging North Dakota has put itself within one win of clinching the first Penrose Cup as National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) regular season champions.
Tenth-ranked UND blitzed host St. Cloud State with five consecutive goals in the second period – two by junior forward Connor Gaarder – to turn a 1-0 deficit into an eventual 5-2 victory.
The win moved UND (19-9-3, 14-7-0) ahead of the Huskies and into sole possession of first place in the NCHC.
A win Saturday night and UND would clinch a share of the Penrose Cup and the No. 1 seed for the NCHC Frozen Faceoff.
No. 7 Massachusetts-Lowell 1, No. 17 Vermont 0
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Senior defenseman Joe Houk scored with 15 seconds left in overtime to propel Massachusetts-Lowell to a 1-0 victory against Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday night in Hockey East play.
Houk scored with a wrist shot from the right slot, beating Vermont goaltender Brody Hoffman high glove side on a feed from freshman Chris Maniccia and sophomore Ryan McGrath. The game winner for Houk is his second in the past three contests for the River Hawks. Three of Houk's four goals this season have been game winners.
With the victory, the River Hawks lock up the No. 2 seed in the Hockey East tournament and clinch home ice in the Hockey East best-of-three quarterfinal round, which begin on March 14 at the Tsongas Center. UMass-Lowell improves to 21-8-4 overall on the season and 11-5-3 in Hockey East play, while Vermont falls to 17-12-3 overall (9-10-0 HEA).
Sophomore goaltender Connor Hellebuyck notched 25 saves for his 10th career shutout, which tied a school record held by Carter Hutton (2006-10). He now has four shutouts on the season for the River Hawks. Hellebuyck upped his record to 13-6-2 in his 21st start of the season for UMass-Lowell. Sophomore Brody Hoffman recorded 29 saves in the losing effort for the Catamounts.
No. 8 Quinnipiac 5, St. Lawrence 0
CANTON, N.Y. -- Matthew Peca broke Quinnipiac's Division I single-game point record with a six-point performance to lead Quinnipiac to a 8-0 win at St. Lawrence as the Bobcats clinched a first-round bye in the ECAC Hockey Championship tournament. Quinnipiac improves to 22-8-5 overall and 12-6-3 in ECAC Hockey with the win, while St. Lawrence drops to 12-17-4 overall and 6-11-4 in league play. The Bobcats will either be the second or third seed in the ECAC Hockey tournament.
Peca had a hand in six of Quinnipiac's eight goals, tallying two goals and four assists as he became the 37th player in Quinnipiac history and 23rd player in the program's Division I history to reach 100-career points. He also becomes the first junior to accomplish the feat since Brandon Wong reached the century mark during the 2008-09 season. He joins Connor and Kellen Jones and Jordan Samuels-Thomas to give Quinnipiac the only lineup in NCAA Division I hockey with four players with 100 career points on its roster.
Bobcats goalie Michael Garteig also broke Eric Hartzell's single-season shutout record with his sixth of the season. Garteig finished with 24 saves in the Bobcats' win, snapping a personal and team three-game losing streak.