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Notre Dame hands Boston College its biggest loss of season

CHESTBUT HILL, Mass. -- Senior defenseman Stephen Johns and junior right wing Peter Schneider each scored twice and added an assist for three-point games to lead Notre Dame to a 7-2 win against Boston College on Friday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three quarterfinal series at Conte Forum.

Mario Lucia, Bryan Rust and Thomas DiPauli added single goals and senior goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped 22 of 24 shots as the Irish handed the second-ranked Eagles their largest loss of the season. The loss also was the first Hockey East quarterfinal loss for BC since 2004. The Eagles entered the game having won 18 consecutive quarterfinal series.

Ryan Fitzgerald and Patrick Brown scored power-play goals for Boston College to open the scoring and close it on the evening. Notre Dame peppered freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko with 34 shots on the night and he made 27 saves before Brian Billett came in to play the final 5:01 of the game.

The win was the sixth in a row for the 11th-ranked Irish and ran their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) since Feb. 8. Notre Dame is now 22-12-2 for the year. Second-ranked Boston College falls to 25-6-4 on the year.

No. 3 Union (N.Y.) 3, Dartmouth 0

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Union (N.Y.) extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 3-0 victory against Dartmouth in the opening game of an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series held before a sellout crowd of 2,054 at Messa Rink. The Dutchmen (25-6-4) have not allowed a goal in nine-plus periods (189:07), stretching the nation's longest home winning streak to 11 games.

After a scoreless first period, freshman Michael Pontarelli put Union on the board with a power-play goal at 1:12 of the second period. Pontarelli knocked down a shot wide of the goal, then quickly one-timed a shot to the right of goaltender Charles Grant, who finished with 39 saves on the night.

Union then received a pair of goals from Daniel Carr in the third period, scored 1:11 apart. Carr converted on Union's first successful penalty shot since Jan. 2003, when he scored on the forehand stick side with 2:37 left in the third period. He then added an empty-netter at 18:34.

Colin Stevens finished with 32 saves, notching his second consecutive shutout and his school-recording setting sixth shutout of the season. He hasn't allowed a goal in 129 minutes of action.

Miami (Ohio) 5, No. 4 St. Cloud State 4

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Riley Barber capped a wild playoff opener when he scored 10:10 into overtime to lift Miami (Ohio) to a 5-4 win at St. Cloud State on Friday night.

The RedHawks (13-19-3) never trailed to take Game 1 in the best-of-three National Collegiate Hockey Conference postseason series versus the Huskies (21-9-5).

Miami scored on its first shot of the game when Kevin Morris snapped in a centering feed from Alex Wideman 2:40 into the game. The room for Wideman was created by crossing past John Doherty behind the goal. Doherty also added an assist on the scoring tally for his second point of the year.

An interference penalty at the 6:05 mark put SCSU on its first power play of the evening, but Ryan McKay was up to the task by stopping two Husky shots, including a strong stick save on Nic Dowd from the slot area. A transition rush shortly after the penalty expired led to an opening for Tim Daly to pinch in from the right point. He beat McKay to even the score at 1-1 with 11:31 left in the first.

Michigan State 5, No. 5 Wisconsin 4 (OT)

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Lee Reimer's power-play goal 46 seconds into overtime gave Michigan State a 5-4 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. Matt Berry scored twice for the Spartans, while Greg Wolfe had three assists.

After giving up a goal 1:58 into the game, the Spartans (11-16-7, 5-8-6-4) scored three unanswered to grab a 3-1 lead. The Badgers (21-10-2, 12-6-1-0) came back with two goals in the middle stanza, while Villiam Haag and the Badgers' Chase Drake traded goals in the third to make to make it 4-4.

With 23 seconds to go in the third, UW's Tyler Barnes was called for slashing, giving MSU its third power play of the game. Having converted on its previous two man-advantage opportunities, MSU's power-play unit again came through. Wolfe and Brent Darnell worked to get the puck to Reimer just off the left side of the net, near the bottom of the circle. Reimer didn't hesitate and got off a shot that eluded the blocker of UW goaltender Joel Rumple and hit the back of the net to give the Spartans the win.

No. T6 Quinnipiac 6, No. 16 Yale 2

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Four unanswered goals in the first 30-plus minutes of play for Quinnipiac helped build an unsurmountable lead for the Bobcats as they downed Yale 6-2 in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series from the High Point Solutions Arena. Five Bobcats scored, including a pair from sophomore Travis St. Denis, as Quinnipiac improves to 23-8-6 on the season while the Bulldogs fall to 17-10-5.

In addition to St. Denis' two-goal night, Quinnipiac saw five different freshman tally their first career postseason points -- the most in a single game in Quinnipiac's Division I postseason history. Tim Clifton scored the game's first goal, while his younger brother Connor scored the Bobcats' last marker. Sandwiched in-between were goals by St. Denis, Connor Jones and Bryce Van Brabant. Zach Tolkinen had two assists while Michael Garteig picked up his 23rd win of the season with a 17-save outing.

No. T6 Ferris State 8, Bemidji State 0

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Ferris State left little doubt in game one of its Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) best-of-three home playoff series against eighth-seeded Bemidji State on Friday night as the Bulldogs rolled to a 8-0 shutout inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Ferris State, which captured the WCHA's regular-season championship, scored a pair of goals in each of the first two periods and then exploded for four more in the first 13:49 of the final frame to take Game 1 of the weekend series. It was the most decisive postseason victory in school history for the Bulldogs.

Junior forward Justin Buzzeo and freshman forward Kyle Schempp each had a pair of goals while junior goaltender CJ Motte picked up 26 saves in earning his fourth shutout of the year and pushing his record to a nation-leading 25-7-3 overall record.

No. 8 Massachusetts-Lowell 3, No. 15 Vermont 2

LOWELL, Mass. -- Sophomore forward Adam Chapie scored his 12th goal of the season with 1:17 left in regulation to give Massachusetts-Lowell a 3-2 victory against Vermont in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals on Friday night at the Tsongas Center in front of 3,888 fans.

Chapie beat Vermont goalie Brody Hoffman blocker side off a cross slot feed from junior forward Scott Wilson in the right faceoff circle. The River Hawks scored on the power play after Michael Paliotta was whistled for an interference penalty with 1:52 left in the game. UMass Lowell finished 1-for-5 with the man advantage on the night, while Vermont was 0-for-2 on the power play.

The River Hawks upped their record to 22-9-4 overall, while the Catamounts fell to 19-13-3 on the year.

Freshman forward Evan Campbell beat Hoffman glove side off a put back from a Zack Kamrass shot from the left point to make it a 2-2 game at the 11:37 mark of the third period. Sophomore Michael Fallon chipped puck up the boards to the point on the secondary assist for the River Hawks. Campbell tied a career-high with two points on the night, as he also added an assist.

No. 9 Providence 3, Maine 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Third-seeded Providence scored two goals in the first seven minutes and went on to post a 3-1 win against sixth-seeded Maine on Friday night at Schneider Arena to take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series.

Mark Jankowski had a goal and an assist and Jon Gillies made 34 saves to lead the Friars to their fifth win in a row and 20th of the season (20-9-6, 11-7-2 HEA). Trevor Mingoia and Derek Army also scored for the Friars.

Ben Hutton scored Maine’s goal, while Black Bear goaltender Martin Ouellette made 29 stops. The Friars were 1-for-2 on the power play, while Maine (16-14-4, 9-8-3 HEA) finished 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

The Friars held a 2-0 lead against the Black Bears after the first 20 minutes of play. Mingoia recorded his first career playoff goal at 5:28 of the opening period to break the scoreless tie. After receiving a pass from junior Stefan Demopoulos, Jankowski set up Mingoia for the wrist shot. Mingoia’s shot from the right face-off circle went over Ouellette’s shoulder for a 1-0 Providence lead.

No. 10 North Dakota 4, Colorado College 2

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- It had been two months and 16 games since sophomore Bryn Chyzk last scored a goal for North Dakota.

His previous goal came Jan. 10 in a UND weekend sweep of Colorado College, part of a three-point weekend for Chyzk.

His goal on Friday night proved to be the game winner as North Dakota rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Tigers 4-2 in the opening game of the best-of-three National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.

Chyzyk pounced on an errant clearing pass by the Tigers and unleashed a one-time rocket at 18:07 of the second period to give his team its first lead of the game and pave the way to victory.

His unassisted goal was his fourth of the season. Of his 12 points in 43 career games, four have now come against the Tigers.

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