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Roundup: Colgate Gets By Minnesota in Tournament Opener

CHN Staff Report

Ferris State did its part, but Minnesota could not follow suit.

Many were hoping for a championship game matchup between two of the top-rated schools in the country, at the Mariucci Classic. Ferris State defeated Rensselaer in the early game Friday, but the Gophers only mustered a 2-2 tie before losing in a shootout to Colgate.

Minnesota, still without a couple of key players and head coach Don Lucia, still en route back from the World Junior championships, saw junior captain Kyle Rau pick up his 100th career point in the game.

But the Raiders got a 36-save effort from freshman goalie Charlie Finn. Darcy Murphy and Joe Wilson were the two goal scorers for the Raiders and Ryan Johnston won the shootout, going between the pads of Gophers netminder Adam Wilcox.

“We figured we were going to lose the territorial battle early on with this being Minnesota’s building,” Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. “Charlie knew he would have to be up to the task and he was. Even though he is a rookie, he has a great calming effect on our team and that is great quality for young goaltender to have.”

Finn said it was a fun atmosphere to play in and proud of his teammates.

“We came out well and we normally don’t play in an atmosphere like this,” Finn said. “So it was a lot of fun and I was really proud of the guys and how we stayed composed out there for the first period and throughout the entire game.”

Colgate advances to play Ferris State, which it split a pair with in Hamilton, N.Y., earlier this season. The game will be played first on Saturday, with Minnesota hosting RPI in the late game.

“I’m really proud of our guys tonight,” head coach Don Vaughan said. “This is a great hockey environment. If you can’t get up for a game like this, it’s time to take up chess.

“The energy was phenomenal in the rink tonight and we really answered the bell. It was a really entertaining game.”

Elsewhere

Former ECAC rivals Darmouth and Vermont skated to a 1-1 tie.

For Dartmouth, it was a welcome improvement over a crazy 8-8 tie with Northeastern last week. But Vermont, which had won six of its last seven, was not as pleased.

“I just didn’t think offensively we had our game," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon told the Burlington Free Press. "I thought we were in third gear for most of the night. We certainly had some good smart play out of our third and fourth lines but I didn’t think we had a great jam offensively from guys who have recently been good.

“We fought pucks. We shot very poorly. You talk about basketball and field goal percentage, through two periods … we launched 46 shots and we had 20 on goal. We were missing nets. We were getting them blocked.”

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Jordan Samuels-Thomas scored with 1:03 left in regulation to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 win over Maine.

Kellen Jones also scored his 11th of the season in the win, as thew Bobcats improved to 15-3-4.

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With a pair of defensive-minded teams, you'd expect a low-scoring game, and that's indeed what happened, with Massachusetts-Lowell and Clarkson tying 1-1.

However, Lowell pumped 39 shots at Clarkson goalie Steve Perry, so it certainly wasn't a case of sitting back.

Joseph Pendenza's first-period goal was all Lowell would get. Sam Labrecque tied it for Clarkson late in the third.

The teams will play for a third straight time Saturday. They met last week in Vermont's tournament.

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Kevin Goumas and Trevor van Riemsdyk recorded three points apiece to lead New Hampshire to a 6-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha at the Whittemore Center.

Josh Archibald had two goals in the loss for the Mavericks.

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