Roundup: Wisconsin Routed Again
Quinnipiac Sweeps Lowell; Michigan Tops UNH in OT
CHN Staff Report
After a rough loss to Boston College on Friday night, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team came into a highly-anticipated battle against No. 15 Boston University (3-1-0) looking forward to a fresh start. Instead, it was déjà vu in Boston, as the Terriers topped the Badgers, 7-3, to send the Badgers to their second-straight defeat and make it 16 goals allowed by Wisconsin (2-2-0) over the weekend.
A day after falling into a deep first-period hole against BC, the Badgers were much more competitive early in this contest, heading to the locker room with the score tied 1-1. Both goals came on the power play.
The game would turn in the second period, however, after the Terriers emerged from a frenetic one-minute stretch with a lead that they would never relinquish.
Wisconsin had 43 shots on net, but again Landon Peterson could not step up in net in the absence of fellow junior Joel Rumpel, who was injured in practice this week and didn't make the trip. Peterson, who was pulled from Friday's loss, allowed seven goals on just 26 shots.
Quinnipiac swept a weekend home-and-home series with Massachusetts-Lowell, winning by an identical 3-1 score Saturday in Hamden, Conn. The two teams were Frozen Four participants a year ago, but Quinnipiac was expected to take a step back with 11 graduating seniors, while Lowell was the preseason No. 1 in the eyes of many.
Lowell opened the season with a loss to Sacred Heart, and is now 1-3 after the sweep. Meanwhile, Quinnipiac is 3-1.
“I thought we played a good hockey game (Saturday),” River Hawks Head Coach Norm Bazin said. “There are certainly some areas we need to improve upon, but I was more pleased with our effort than I have been all year. If we continue with that same kind of effort, we’re going to win more games than we lose.”
The Bobcats blocked 22 shots, which helped the cause and frustrated Lowell.
“It’s a credit to them, they played two really good hockey games this weekend,” Bazin said. “Their ability to block shots was the difference tonight. From my standpoint, there were a lot of pucks directed to the net but not enough of them got through.”
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Michigan remained unbeaten at 3-0-1 with a win over New Hampshire on Saturday, which followed up Friday's tie. Kevin Goumas scored twice in the loss for New Hampshire.
The game was 2-2 after two, and stayed that way into overtime, where the Wolverines' Tyler Motte won it. It was the third goal of the year already for the freshman Motte, who was a fourth-round draft pick of Chicago and comes from the U.S. National Team Development Program. Early on, he's already develping into the kind of sniper Michigan has lacked in recent years.
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Red Gendron earned his first win as a head coach, as Maine defeated Bentley, 2-1, at Alfond Arena.
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Massachusetts swept Michigan State in a pair of games this weekend, improving the Minutemen to 2-2. It was the Spartans' first two games of the season.
UMass scored four power-play goals in Saturday's win. The second line of freshman Ray Pigozzi, redshirt-junior Troy Power and freshman Steven Iacobellis combined for nine of the Minutemen's 13 points on the night. Iacobellis led the way, scoring twice, including his first career game winner.