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Kardiles Keeps Streak Alive, Leads Wisconsin

Quinnipiac Wins 8th Straight

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With a week off to think about a two-game massacre in Boston, Wisconsin was able to respond with a tie and win this weekend at home against . Friday, the Badgers handed the Lakers their first loss in a big way, taking an 8-1 win behind two goals from Nic Kerdiles.

“That’s a nice way to end a weekend. I think that’s what the doctor ordered for a lot of our guys,” said Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves. “We had a lot of first goals tonight for the season and as Badgers. It was a type of weekend I think our boys needed to get going and to realize some things. We can move forward from here now.”

Kerdiles now has points in 18 straight games, dating back to last year.

“(Kerdiles) is one of those guys that the puck follows,” Eaves said. “I mean, the last goal, he’s cutting across the ice, it’s flipped up in the air, he puts it down, takes a shot and it goes in. Stuff happens when Nic’s on the ice.”

Also, Mark Zengerle scored, giving him 124 career points, the most for a Wisconsin player in the Eaves era.

It almost didn't happen that way. Perhaps still in a Boston fog, the Badgers fell behind 3-0 in Friday's game against Lake Superior. But suddenly, the flip was switched; Wisconsin outscored LSSU 11-1 from that point forward.

“We were hoping for a different start,” Eaves said Friday. “As a matter of fact, it felt like we were in Boston again. This (was) a test for us. It (was) a test of our maturity as a team. (I told the team) ‘let’s just get our way back in’, and that’s exactly what happened. I’m pumped. This is exactly what we needed for our guys.”

Elsewhere

Ohio State earned a split with Minnesota-Duluth, winning Friday.

“We played in spurts tonight, but all in all I thought it was our best weekend of hockey this season,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “We can be a pretty good hockey team when we play a full 60 minutes.”

Said junior forward Nick Oddo, "We kept things simple and did the little things that coach is always preaching to us. It was a good win for our team.”

Rohlik had said he felt the team played a fairly complete game Friday, despite the loss. Saturday, the Buckeyes got to prove it, as they got back to .500.

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Union forward Daniel Carr broke the school record for goals in a career, helping lead the Dutchmen to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over Harvard, and a weekend ECAC sweep.

Union fell behind early to a Harvard team that had knocked off a hot RPI team Friday.

"We were just caught watching," Union coach Rick Bennett said about the first period.

Union regrouped, and started the comeback just 23 seconds into the second period. By the end of the period, Union had taken the lead, on Carr's one timer, outshooting Harvard 22-4 in that span.

"Obviously it's an honor," said Carr of breaking the record.

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Most people expected Quinnipiac to take a step back off its storybook 2012-13 season that included a Frozen Four run. But don't tell that to Quinnipiac.

The Bobcats won their eighth in a row since a season-opening loss to Alaska-Anchorage, sweeping a weekend road series from Colgate and Cornell. Saturday's game was a 3-0 win over Cornell, with Michael Gerteig, who has started all nine games, getting the shutout.

The teams were meeting for the first time since last year's rough-and-tumble ECAC quarterfinal playoff series.

Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas picked up his 13th point, which is tied for the second in the nation.

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After a tie against St. Lawrence on Friday, Yale cooled off Clarkson with a 6-3 win in New Haven.

Yale scored four straight goals, and ended Clarkson's six-game unbeaten streak.

Yale’s freshman class had much to do with the win. Two newcomers scored their first collegiate goals and goalie Patrick Spano made 25 saves, including a number of quality chances.

"They [the freshmen] are making great contributions early, and they are spread throughout our lineup. For us to have success, we will have to get contributions from them," Yale coach Keith Allain said.

"Anthony [Day] has shown a great shot in practice. We've just been waiting for it to show in games. I'd like to see him shoot more."

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Colgate bounced back from Friday's ECAC-opening loss to Quinnipiac, topping Princeton 3-1. Charlie Finn stopped 27 shots to get his first collegiate win.

“We know he is a great goaltender, it is just a matter of him getting that first win,” Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. “The monkey is off his back and we have a great situation back there with three goalies, that on even given night I have no problem playing one of the three.”

Spiro Goulakos, the junior captain and defenseman who was sidelined last season with cancer treatments, scored his first goal of the season.

“We played in layers better tonight,” head coach Don Vaughan said. “I thought we did a great job with our secondary defense and pressured well, but we also had the layers to our game working and we talk a lot about that. As a five-man on-ice defensive unit, we did a much better job.”

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Mercyhurst ended Air Force's five-game winning streak with a 7-2 win Saturday, in its first Atlantic Hockey game of the season.

“Mercyhurst is a very good team,” Air Force coach Serratore said. “We expended a ton of energy last night at RIT and tonight we were reacting. Our guys battled right to the end and we had some chances, but didn’t get any bounces. We haven’t had many games over the years that have gone like this. It was just a frustrating, disappointing night.”

Jason Torf made 39 saves Friday as Air Force shut out RIT, 2-0.

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