DeBlois Gets Late Redemption for Michigan
Union, Colgate, Quinnipiac, Providence, UNH Earn Sweeps
CHN Staff Report
Derek DeBlois' second effort goal, coming just seconds after Nebraska-Omaha had tied it, gave Michigan a win and a split of the weekend series in Omaha. It also was redemption for DeBlois, whose penalty led to the tying goal, by UNO's Brock Montpetit just 50 seconds earlier, at 13:53 of the third.
"I can't say ever say you're satisfied with a split," Michigan forward Andrew Copp said, "but coming in today, I think we were happy with the way we played."
Michigan sophomore goaltender Steve Racine, making his first start since Oct. 18 at New Hampshire, made 40 saves to earn the victory.
UNO is now 6-6-0 this season while Michigan improved to 7-2-1.
Down 3-2 late in the third period and being called for a five-minute major, things looked bleak for the Colgate. But the the Raiders responded to grind out a 4-3 win at Clarkson and a weekend sweep in the North Country, improving to 6-6-1.
Darcy Murphy scored the game winner with five minutes left in the game, while Kyle Baun scored the tying goal 29 seconds earlier.
"Our guys are pretty resilient, and we've been preaching just hard work and being gritty, and we grinded one out there," Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. "I'm proud of our guys. Clarkson's a very good team. (Clarkson coach Casey Jones has)done a great job here.
"It's the ECAC. There's a very fine line between winning and losing. ... It's two big wins and we've gotta continue to work and build on it. And there's no nights off, we've got Yale coming in next Friday and we have to get ready for them now."
Clarkson, which lost for the first time this season in nine one-goal games, was called for a trip on Kevin Tansey, just 65 seconds into a major power play.
Clarkson also took two penalties in the final minutes to hurt its chances of rallying for the tie.
"We didn't have it most of the night," Jones said of the Golden Knights. "I thought they beat us to a lot of loose pucks. It just wasn't our best game overall. I thought they had something to do with it. They jumped on loose pucks and came out more prepared than we were tonight."
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Providence used goals from Ross Mauermann, Nick Saracino and Kevin Rooney and a shutout performance from Jon Gillies to record a 3-0 win at Gutterson Arena against Vermont.
With that, Gillies, a sophomore, becomes Providence’s all-time leader in career shutouts with eight.
Providence improved to 9-1-1 (5-1-0 HEA), while Vermont is now 3-5-1 (2-4-0 HEA).
"It's hard to sit here with zero points (for the weekend) for the effort we put forth," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "I thought our team put it all on the line and played playoff style hockey. We just have to learn to stop beating ourselves 5-on-5. We just can't give up three goals 5-on-5 on plays we can avoid. Unfortunately that's been a theme of ours, and I've got to do a better job as a coach to somehow figure out how we can avoid those. The two big turnovers, one right after the other, and all of a sudden we're down by two.
"I don't have the answers right now, but it's our job as a coaching staff to figure it out, because it's plaguing us. It's costing us points. Our team's effort is incredible from start to finish, it's just ... we get into certain situations that, I don't want to say it's a letdown because we're not going soft — it's just a key turnover at the wrong time."
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It's been an up-and-down start for Union, but playing cross-town rival Rensselaer brought out the best in the Dutchmen this weekend. Union swept a two-game, home-and-home series with its rivals, winning Saturday, 4-1, in Troy.
Shayne Gostisbehere scored twice for Union in the third period, and Union's defense stifled the Engineers to just one shot in the third period.
Tensions and frustrations boiled over shortly after the last goal, in three separate incidents starting with 3:13 left in the game. A total of 12 10-minute misconducts were handed out in that span, plus separate charging and spearing penalties on RPI. With 50 seconds left in the game, RPI's Jake Wood was given a pair of 5-minute majors and two misconducts.
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Merrimack rallied in South Bend to gain a tie and one point in the weekend series with Notre Dame.
"The game didn't break the way we wanted to early," Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy said. "They definitely had a game plan and made adjustments to what we did the night before. But our guys hung with it. The bench was great. There was a lot of positivity."
Vinny Scotti scored the tying goal with 1:09 remaining, after Merrimack had pulled the goalie with 2:06 left.
"(Assistant) coach (Glenn) Stewart has been drawing up 6-on-5 plays all day," Dennehy said. "I thought maybe he was looking for mega millions with all the different combinations. We had it drawn up before the game. We had two different units. And based on how they playing during the game, we switched that around. So he was all over it. ... You need a little bit of puck luck, but it's about time."
Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said he was happy with his team's play, despite giving up the lead.
“We did good things with the puck; we didn’t turn the puck over in key areas of the ice," Jackson said. "I thought we defended well. We were really good the first two periods then I thought there was a little bit of a fatigue factor in the third.”
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Cornell bounced back for a weekend split, topping St. Lawrence 5-3, and leaving the Saints with an empty weekend at home.
Junior forwards Joel Lowry and Brian Ferlin each had two goals and one assist.
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Quinnipiac continued its roll and kept Dartmouth winless. Jordan Samuels-Thomas led the way with two goals in the weekend sweep of Dartmouth and Harvard, his sixth and seventh of the season.
Dartmouth is now 0-8 overall, 0-6 in the ECAC.
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New Hampshire finished a sweept of Northeastern with a 4-1 win Saturday. The Huskies dropped to 1-4 in Hockey East.
The Wildcats were 3-of-4 on the man advantage, and received 31 saves from Casey DeSmith. Kevin Roy scored the lone goal of the night for Northeastern, while Derick Roy had 28 saves in goal.