Roundup: Union Stays Hot With Win at UNH
York Earns 950th Win as BC Tops BU
CHN Staff Report
Union continued its strong road play with a 3-1 win at New Hampshire. Union (14-4-3) is now unbeaten in 10 of 11 games (8-1-2) away from home while improving to 6-1-1 against ranked opponents.
"I thought at times we did a good job coming back, our forwards helped our defensemen and that benefited our transition game," Union coach Rick Bennett said. "We also had some puck luck early on and were able to find the back of the net."
Union saw the return of Shayne Gostisbehere, who missed the last two periods of Saturday's game at Princeton.
"It wasn't one of our smartest games," Bennett said to the Schenectady Gazette. "I guess it's [like] the old Herb Brooks saying, 'Play hard, but you've got to play smart.' It is a tough environment to play in. It took a game to get used to. We'll get better tomorrow with our execution.
"When we transitioned to defense, we weren't executing our systems by picking up the proper guys in the defensive zone. We made it easy on their defensemen a lot of the times. And we didn’t box out well."
New Hampshire had a four-game win streak come to an end.
"It wasn't our best team effort. We needed everybody to have one of their better games, and ... we got beat as a team tonight," UNH coach Dick Umile said. "Disappointing. We didn't make plays when we had opportunities to make plays."
Boston College got two goals from Johnny Gaudreau (21), including an empty netter, and the fourth line contributed three scores as the Eagles held off a late rally to defeat Boston University, 6-4.
The win also marked the 950th victory in the illustrious career of coach Jerry York, extending the all-time record.
BC's unbeaten streak is now eight, and its record improved to 15-4-2 (9-1-1 HEA). With the loss, BU fell to 7-12-2 overall and 2-6-1 in Hockey East play.
BU's Sean Maguire played well in the loss, despite allowing five goals, making 38 saves, many of them tough ones.
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A trio of freshmen highlighted a good win for Clarkson, which knocked off Yale, 3-2.
Forward A.J. Fossen scored twice, and defenseman James de Haas had two assists while also putting in a strong effort on the blueline as Clarkson snapped Yale's four-game unbeaten streak.
"I thought our centers did a phenomenal job inside the faceoff circle to get us possession," Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. "I thought we won a lot of loose puck battles, which usually leads to winning a gockey game.
"We talked about having a better shooting mentality, net-front presence. We talked about getting rebound goals. We had a lot of chances with our stick around the net. We have to be hungry there and score some ugly ones."
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Senior Dennis Robertson netted a pair of power-play goals as Brown defeated slumping St. Lawrence, 5-3. Brown improves to 7-6-3 overall (4-4-1 ECAC) to remain unbeaten over the last six games (4-0-2). St. Lawrence drops to 8-11-2 on the season and 2-5-2 in the conference.
Brown went 3-for-4 on the power play in the game.
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Colgate scored two power-play goals for the third-straight game and downed Dartmouth, 4-1. Charlie Finn was once again solid in net and is now unbeaten in his last four starts. He was tested in the second period with 12 saves. The Raider netminder and the defense has not allowed more than two goals in six of their last seven games.
“We are playing well in front of Charlie,” said head coach Don Vaughan. “We are not giving up a lot of second and third chances and I think the guys are doing a good job around the net. We have had great puck support.”
The power play has been another bright spot.
“We have had good possession and great entries into the zone,” Vaughan said. “We are finally getting pucks to the goaltender. The power play always seems to be, what have you done for me lately and I am really pleased with how our guys have stuck with it after a bit of a drought.”
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Clay Witt stopped 46 shots and Northeastern held on to a late lead for a 3-2 win over Vermont. The Catamounts fall to 11-8-3 (4-6-0 HEA) despite a 48-19 edge in shots on goal, while the Huskies improve to 14-6-3 (7-4-1 HEA).
With the win, the Huskies take over sole possession of second place in the Hockey East standings and secure their fourth straight league win.
The Huskies held Vermont to 0-of-8 on the power play.
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Austin Wuthrich and Sam Herr each scored a pair of goals and Notre Dame scored four times in the third period for a come-from-behind 6-3 win over Lake Superior State. The win, the third straight for the Irish, improves them to 13-8-1 overall on the season. The Lakers fall to .500 on the year at 11-11-1.
“I thought we got some momentum when we tied the game and it was the first time that we were actually skating,” Irish head coach Jeff Jackson said. “They (Lake Superior) play a smart, patient game and we turned pucks over and got frustrated. We tied the game and got that momentum and we started moving our feet a lot better.”
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Despite holding a 43-27 advantage in shots on goal, the Niagara hockey team failed to capitalize on its chances in a 4-2 loss to Holy Cross. Matt Ginn stopped 41 shots for Holy Cross, including 19 in the final period.
“Ginn is the first start of the hockey game," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "Their guy stole two points for Holy Cross. We threw 20 shots on him in the third period with nothing to show for it. If we’re going to win (Saturday) we’re going to have to jump on the rebounds and be more opportunistic around the cage when those second chances come around.”