Roundup: Yale, Brown Impress in Newark
Canisius Upsets Denver; Clarkson, Cornell Earn Sweeps of NCHC Foes
CHN Staff Report
Yale got in the win column, 3-2 over Princeton, in the finale of the Liberty Invitational at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
After a sloppy game Friday, Yale coach Keith Allain was happier Saturday.
“That looked more like Yale hockey to me,” Allain said. “Everyone contributed. We were quick to pucks and won a lot of races. We won a lot of puck battles. As well as you think you played, it was a one-goal game.”
After freshman Alex Lyon played in Friday's loss, fellow freshman Patrick Spano got the look in net for Yale on Saturday. He stopped 22 shots for the win.
Six-foot-three sophomore Matthew Beattie, a New Jersey native and draft pick of Vancouver, scored the first goal for Yale.
Brown was actually the "winner" of the Liberty Invitational for being the only team to win two games. Brown defeated Yale on Friday, then defeated Dartmouth 5-3. Mark Naclerio, who had two Friday, scored again against the Big Green, getting the game winner late in the third.
It's the first time since 2003-04 that Brown started 2-0. That was the year Yann Danis was the goaltender and a Hobey Baker Award finalist.
“It’s a good way to start, you want to open with some positive momentum and getting these two wins is a great start for our program,” Brown coach Brendan Whittet said. “We’ve got a pretty mature team, with a lot of young guys, but most of our guys have been through these situations so they remained patient and responded very well with the go-ahead goal.”
Canisius bounced back from Friday's loss to upset Denver, 4-1, Saturday at at Magness Arena. The Griffs earned their first win of the season with the victory, improving to 1-2-0, while the Pioneers drop to 3-3-0.
“Tonight, we put together good positioning with high intensity,” said Canisius coach Dave Smith. “Leading up to this game, it was one or the other. We got great goaltending and had goals from our power-play unit, penalty kill, empty net and 5-on-5. We were very hard to play against tonight, which is the recipe for us to win.”
Senior Kyle Gibbons had a shorthanded goal to spark the effort. Junior Keegan Asmundson stopped a career-best 36 shots to earn the win in his first start of the season and the third of his career.
"The youth in our team showed in how we prepared for the game tonight," said first-year Denver head coach Jim Montgomery. "I don't think we were mentally as logged in because our execution wasn't as good. It's a process. That's all I've said all along. This season is a journey. We've got another week of practice coming in front of us where we've got a lot work to do on some things we haven't even covered yet. We've got to continue to get better. We start play in the NCHC, and we've got to be strong right off the start against Omaha."
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Clarkson is still trying to rebuild its offense, now with Casey Jones in his third year behind the bench. But in the mean time, the defense seems to have figured many things out. Clarkson held Colorado College to just 19 shots and finished off a weekend sweep at Cheel Arena with a 1-0 overtime win Saturday.
Junior Joe Zarbo scored the game's lone goal with 9.9 seconds left in overtime. Freshman goaltender Steve Perry recorded his second shutout of the season.
Clarkson, which won just nine games last season, is now 6-1-1 this year.
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Notre Dame's perfect 5-0 start was ended Saturday at the hands of Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs scored three goals in a 3:25 span of the first period and rolled from there.
Joe Basaraba, Caleb Hebert, Dominic Toninato and Kyle Osterberg scored for UMD while Austin Wuthrich had the lone Notre Dame goal, scoring on a power play in the third period.
The Bulldogs out shot the Irish, 30-20, on the night, including 14-3 in the first period.
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St. Lawrence responded off blowing a lead in Friday's game, and used three power-play goals to defeat Northeastern 6-4. It was the Huskies' first loss of the season in six tries.
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Andy Iles stopped 37 shots as Cornell, despite being heavily outshot, defeated Nebraska-Omaha for a two-game, season-opening road sweep of the Mavericks. All of Cornell's goals were on the power play in the 4-3 win.
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Bemidji State and Alabama-Huntsville renewed acquaintances as league rivals for the first time since the CHA disbanded, and the Beavers got the road sweep. Friday was a blowout, but Saturday was a tighter 1-0 win, as Cory Ward scored his fourth goal of the season midway through the first period.
BSU held UAH to just 14 shots.