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Roundup: Bentley Upset Boston University

St. Cloud Avoids Sweep; North Dakota, Vermont, Ferris Keep Rolling

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Senior goalie Branden Komm made 42 saves and four different players scored as Bentley got its second big upset win this season, knocking of Boston University, 4-1, at Agganis Arena in Boston.

Komm had a shutout going for nearly 55 minutes in a standout performance as the Falcons knocked off one of college hockey’s traditional powers on its home ice. It’s the fifth time in six seasons Bentley has beaten a team from Hockey East. Komm also earned his 36th career win to break the school record for wins that had stood since 1984.

Bentley defeated Nebraska-Omaha on the road earlier this season.

Bentley jumped out to a 1-0 lead just after the halfway point of the opening period on Derek's Bacon’s second goal of the season.

The Falcons then had a tremendous second period with goals from Jared Rickord and Brett Switzer to take a 3-0 lead into the third period, while Komm had 26 saves through 40 minutes.

From Boston University's end, coach David Quinn thought his team turned a corner with recent good play against North Dakota and Cornell. But the team was heavily outshot in those games, and that caught up with the Terriers recently, even though they finally had the shot edge against Bentley.

“Maybe complacency has set in," Quinn said. "We were in a position to build on some of the things we were doing well ... and we dropped the ball. And when I say we, I mean me included, apparently. I’m sick to my stomach that I don’t think I held on to my end of the bargain, and I’m going to make sure I do.”

Elsewhere

Union, bucking for a mighty impressive road sweep at top-rated St. Cloud State, managed just a tie in the finale after two third-period goals by the Huskies.

St. Cloud State tied the game on a power play when Jonny Brodzinski scored with 20 seconds left in regulation.

The goal came on Brodzinski's ninth shot of the game, on a nice set up on the back door.

“With the first game of the year, we ran that same power play and had a goal like that with Brodzy,” St. Cloud's Joey Benik told the St. Cloud Times. “There’s only one defenseman there and he’s either got to take me or Brodzy on that. ... The back door was left wide open and it’s one play that we do focus in on in practice.”

Union dominated the second period, which, at that point, seemed to have it headed towards a sweep until the Huskies recovered.

“We came out flat-footed in the second period and they’re a very skilled team and they took the lead,” Benik told the Times. “We needed to get bodies in front of the net and get some shots on (Union goalie Colin Stevens)."

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North Dakota won its fifth in a row, finishing a sweep of Northern Michigan.

Drake Caggiula, who was injured Thursday in practice, was not supposed to play this weekend, but wound up scoring the game-winning goal Saturday. Center Rocco Grimaldi made a great feed out front from behind the net to Caggiula at 14:12 of the period, with Caggiula burying his fifth goal of the season.

North Dakota did it with defense as much as late fireworks from the offense. UND limited the Wildcats to just 14 shots on goal, 11 fewer than UND has given up in any game this season.

Grimaldi and the Sioux have prospered since he was moved from wing to center recently.

"I'm kind of different from a lot of people," Grimaldi said. "The more I play, the more energy I get. I don't know if that's human-like or what. I like getting out there a lot."

"A realy tight, hard-fought game,'' UND coach Dave Hakstol said.

"In the third period, we really needed was somebody to make a play. Michael Parks and Gage Ausmus made a play. From there, we got a little momentum going."

Hakstol said Northern Michigan is really hard to play against. "They don't give up much time, space, especially in the critical scoring areas," Hakstol said. "This was a little different win for us, but in a lot of ways, it was one of our best wins."

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C.J. Motte faced just 16 shots, but stopped all of them to record the shutout over Michigan State, 2-0. It wrapped up a big week against former CCHA foes Michigan and Michigan State, with the Bulldogs going 1-0-1, as they increased their unbeaten streak to 15 games.

Motte's personal unbeaten streak remains unbroken this season at 14-0-3. The team is 14-2-3 overall.

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Wisconsin came back from down 2-0 to sweep last-place Colorado College, the first time it did so in Madison since 1993.

Wisconsin made it 3-2 before CC's Archie Skalbeck tied it with 1:03 left in regulation. That set up Tyler Barnes' overtime heroics.

The Badgers found themselves in a hole almost immediately after the opening faceoff, as CC netted a goal 54 seconds in. Wisconsin defender Kevin Schulze was attempting to break up a backdoor pass from Jeff Collett, who was ultimately credited with the goal after a UW defensive-zone turnover.

The lead ballooned to 2-0 when Sam Rothstein picked up a rebound and pushed it past Joel Rumpel at the 8:17 mark.

But the slow start didn’t faze the Badgers, as they emerged from the locker room a different team, scoring three goals in rapid succession to take a 3-2 lead that they would never relinquish.

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Junior Ty Loney scored Denver’s lone goal with 1:12 left in the second period as the Pioneers skated to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night in the final game of a weekend non-conference series at Rensselaer.

The game marked the eighth for the Pioneers that has gone to overtime this season and Denver’s 11th that has ended in a tie or been decided by a single goal over the first 18 games this season.

“This shows just how good (goalie) Sam (Brittain) is,” DU head coach Jim Montgomery said. “Most of the games this year he has had to keep us in it until we could prevail or try and tie a game, but this weekend we controlled the play for the majority of the action and had a good number of scoring chances, so for Sam this weekend he had to control the game when we gave up opportunities and those two saves at the end of the third period just showed how calm and confident he is.”

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Five different Catamounts scored a goal and Brody Hoffman stopped 21 shots on Saturday night as Vermont extended its winning streak with a 5-1 non-conference victory over former ECAC rival St. Lawrence at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Greg Carey, who leads the nation in points, scored St. Lawrence's only goal, but was otherwise shut down by the Vermont defense.

"This is a big win for us. I was very proud of our guys for their ability to come through a difficult week with limited practice time and a lot of attention on academics," said head coach Kevin Sneddon. "To quickly refocus and get ready, they knew how big this game was. This was an important game for us and I'm pleased with the effort from the net out."

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Senior Chris Kamal backstopped Alaska-Anchorage to a 1-0 victory over Lake Superior State. Brett Cameron scored the game-winning goal with 15.9 seconds left in regulation.

With overtime looming, the Seawolves (8-8-2, 5-7-2 WCHA) and the Lakers (10-7-1, 6-6-0 WCHA) were scoreless as the final seconds began to run off the clock when Cameron punched home his sixth of the season to give UAA the WCHA split. The win moved the Seawolves into a three-way tie at No. 5 in the league standings with LSSU and Michigan Tech.

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