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Roundup: Czarnik's 5 Assists Leads Miami

Minnesota Sweeps Wisconsin; Northeastern Wins Tournament

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One night after blowing a three-goal lead for a tie, Miami snapped a four-game winless streak with a 6-3 win at Bemidji State.

Miami's Austin Czarnik had five assists in the game, and linemate Riley Barber had four points, including a shorthanded goal.

"They're a very good transition team, great speed," BSU coach Tom Serratore said. "You have to play a 200-foot game against Miami. Their counter-attacks are so good and their speed, on all four lines, they make you pay."

BSU had held Miami's top line scoreless the night before.

"Tonight they made us pay," Serratore said. "They're one of the top lines in the country, they just make plays everywhere."

Barber's shorthanded goal came during a major penalty.

"The shorthanded goal deflated us. That was a tough one right there, there's no question about it," Serratore said.

Elsewhere

Seth Ambroz scored four goals on the weekend, including Saturday's game winner with just 26 seconds left in regulation, as Minnesota swept Wisconsin in the first Big Ten meetings between the teams.

Nic Kerdiles had tied the game, 3-3, but a costly turnover led to Minnesota's winning goal.

"It was a poor decision in the middle of the ice, and the young man in there feels real bad right now," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "So, hopefully lesson learned for everybody, and we'll move on. ... We played a very tough team pretty well ... When you work this hard and get this close and don't win, it hurts. So I think we have to build on this hurt."

Ambroz went to the net after the turnover, and wind up with a deflection past Wisconsin goalie Joel Rumpel.

“I was a little surprised. They were just skating out when the turnover happened, and I just went right to the net," said Ambroz, who had two goals in each game on the weekend. "I was a little surprised, but our line has been creating turnovers all weekend. So it was nice to have another one, right there at the end.”

Minnesota had to battle through a tougher test than the Badgers gave Friday.

“You have to stay with the game," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "You are not always going to be in control when you play good teams, there are going to be periods where they have you on your heels, and you have to fight back for different segments of the game. It’s how hard you have to play. (It takes) sixty minutes to beat good teams.”

At one point, Minnesota received five straight power plays. Eaves was asked about it, but knew he risked a fine saying anything.

"Call (Big Ten Director of Officiating) Steve Piotrowski and talk to him," Eaves said. "Talk to the guy who can answer you guys. I'd love to say something, but I can't. Unless you want to give me a thousand dollars that I can give them."

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Yale defeated Merrimack, 3-2, in overtime, despite a depleted lineup due to injury.

Frankie DiChiara, who had just jumped on the ice, picked off a pass by Merrimack defenseman Dan Kolomatis inside the visitor’s blueline and then spotted his linemate. Chris Izmirlian took the pass at the top of the right circle and fired a slapshot that bounced off the glove of Warriors’ goalie Rasmus Tirronen. The puck popped up about three feet over Tirronen’s head and a few feet behind him. Izmirlian followed his shot and beat the goalie to the puck in the crease before smacking it home.

“I tried to shoot short-side high, but he got his glove on it. Then I tried to whack in in before he saw it,” said Izmirlian. “I think he (goalie) turned around and looked at it but I was already behind him.”

The Elis overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits.

“I thought we played really well outside the first 10 minutes of the second period," Yale coach Keith Allain said. "Even though we were playing well, we weren’t getting rewarded. ... It was a great character-building win. The fact that the guys stuck with it was key. Both teams were pretty tired at the end. I thought we were transitioning the puck well and playing good defense. It’s nice to get rewarded for that in the end.”

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Connecticut scored an extra-attacker power-play goal with just 1:25 remaining in regulation to salvage a 2-2 tie with Canisius.

“In a great weekend of two physical and fast-paced teams, we were able to get 3-of-4 points,” Canisius coach Dave Smith said. “Special teams gave us a chance to win along with great goaltending today. Connecticut played very well but we were able to match it and were in a great position to earn the win. I like the way the team played this weekend and look forward to building on it.”

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Northeastern rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Notre Dame, 3-2, in the final of the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend, Ind.

“This game boiled down to penalties," Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. "We had that game in control, but the penalties turned things around. ... We don’t have enough guys right now to try to kill off eight power plays. We are relying on the same guys all the time and we end up giving the puck away for the goal. That’s where it all started.”

With four forwards out of the lineup, the Notre Dame defense stepped up getting a pair of special teams goals in the game.

“This was a pretty demoralizing loss,” said senior defenseman Stephen Johns. “I thought we were playing some of our best hockey this year in the first period and early in the second, but it all just disappeared.”

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Vermont's all-senior line of H.T. Lenz, Anthony DeCenzo, and Connor Brickley combined for nine points as the Catamounts defeated Maine, 4-2, to push their winning streak to four. Vermont swept the weekend, though they were played as non-league games.

"We found ourselves in a very similar situation to (Friday), tie game going into the third, let's play to win and our guys did a great job with that," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "I thought we were the more aggressive team tonight."

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Providence defeated cross-town rival Brown, 3-2, in the 28th meeting of the Annual Mayor's Cup at Schneider Arena. Senior Derek Army's goal at 9:17 of the third period proved to be the game winner.

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New Hampshire goalie Casey DeSmith posted a 32-save shutout as the Wildcats topped Colorado College, 3-0, in Colorado Springs. Senior Kevin Goumas had two goals and an assist for UNH.

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