Roundup: 216 PIMs as Minnesota State Sweeps Ferris State
WMU Holds Off St. Cloud; Minnesota, Michigan State Sweep
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Minnesota State win over Ferris State
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Minnesota State and Ferris State racked up a season high 216 penalty minutes during a weekend that saw the top two teams in the WCHA become instant new rivals. In the end, though, what mattered for the Mavericks was getting the sweep, which it did thanks to Saturday's 4-3 win.
Junior forward Jean-Paul Lafontaine scored a pair of power-play goals to lead MSU.
"He's got some instincts that you can't teach," MSU coach Mike Hastings said. "He finds a way to get open and to deliver the puck. You don't have to give him a perfect pass for him to get some good wood on it and get it to an open area."
In a tough game, Ferris State's Scott Czarnowczan had already been ejected in the second period for a contact to the head penalty. But things got really crazy in the third, not long after Johnny McInnis scored a power-play goal to give MSU a 4-2 lead.
After the Mavericks' Teddy Blueger was denied on a scoring chance, he was hit into the boards by FSU's Justin DeMartino. The pair got involved in a shoving match, and before you knew it, both teams were involved in a full out melee.
When the dust settled, three players got game disqualifications, and there were nine game misconducts handed out. Two of those went to FSU goalie C.J. Motte, who got involved in a fight, though one of those game misconducts may be switched to a DQ to Motte.
Blueger and Zach Stepan received the DQs for MSU, and will miss the next game.
"That was a playoff hockey game. What wasn't involved in that game, right?" Hastings said.
"They got the first goal, came out and buzzed. We hadn't given (the crowd) a lot to get excited about. ... Dylan Margoneri blows and edge and the guy goes by and gets a goal. Good teams find a way to get that one back, and Dylan did that."
Western Michigan got a late goal from Shane Berschbach and held on to defeat St. Cloud State, 2-1, and take five of a possible six points on the road. The Broncos are now 6-1-1 in the last eight.
St. Cloud State thought it had the tying goal with 2:09 remaining, but referees ruled the whistle blew before the puck went in. The puck was sitting at the goal line and then was knocked in the net by WMU goalie Lukas Hafner's skate, but the whistle had blown.
That was not a satisfactory explanation for Huskies coach Bob Motzko, who was still upset after the game.
“I don’t know how in God’s green earth, with four officials and video replay — that’s the second time we’ve scored a goal (this season) that doesn’t get counted,” Motzko told the St. Cloud Times. “We have all the technology and we have all these people and it’s a goal again and it’s the second time it’s happened to us.”
Still, SCSU had a power play after that, because the play came during a delayed penalty. But the Huskies could not convert on Hafner, who was good all weekend after replacing Frank Slubowski in the first period Friday.
“Every guy in that locker room left it all out there and we just couldn’t get a bounce," SCSU captain Kevin Gravel told the St. Cloud Times. “I got a shot in from the point that got blocked and (Nic) Dowd walked one in from the corner that the goalie made a save on.”
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Minnesota-Duluth, a day after losing in overtime, this time got the shootout win to salvage two points on the weekend. A record crowd of 6,889 attended the game in Duluth.
The Pioneers have now played a total of 11 games that have required overtime this season and 14 of their 24 contests have been decided by a single goal or ended in a tie. The Pioneers are now in a three-way tie for second place in the NCHC standings with 21 points – even with next week’s home opponent North Dakota, as well as Omaha and two behind conference leader St. Cloud State (23 points).
“I think we just keep getting better and better,” Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. “UMD came out and stormed us and Sam Brittain helped us weather the storm and then our power play helped us get momentum in the first and we started to chip away. It is exciting to see our development and I think there is still a huge window for us to continue getting better.”
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Andrew Panzarella's first career goal boosted North Dakota in a 4-2 win over Bemidji State. UND is unbeaten in its last ninth.
When asked how it felt to get his first goal, Panzarella had one word: "Relief." Then he added, "That's all that it is. It's been a long-time coming. It couldn't have been any easier, either. I was just driving the net and Mark (McMillan) put it right on my tape. I don't think I even moved my stick. That was awesome."
Ten different players figured in the scoring for UND, led by MacMillan with two assists, the only player with multiple points.
UND coach Dave Hakstol said, "That's kind of the calling card of this team. Anytime we've had good nights, we've always had guys chipping in from different areas. That's not something that's off the charts."
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One night after a chilly outdoor game in front of 45,000-plus, Minnesota returned to the cozier confines of Mariucci Arena and completed a sweep of Ohio State. Sam Warning scored a natural hat trick to erase a 2-0 deficit en route to a 4-2 win.
Warning became the first Gopher to record three consecutive goals since Jay Barriball accomplished the feat Oct. 9, 2010.
“I thought we settled in and played a pretty good hockey game,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State coach, said. “You just can’t give Minnesota some gifts like we did there a little bit. It was a good hockey game both ways and again we just came up a little short.”
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Josh Archibald's hat trick helped Nebraska-Omaha defeat Miami, 5-1, and snap the Mavericks' seven-game winless streak.
The loss pushes slumping Miami's winless streak to five, and the Red Hawks are 2-8-2 since mid-November.
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Michigan State swept a weekend series from Penn State at Munn Arena.
Penn State dropped to 0-6 in the Big Ten.
"Again, we didn't play well in the first," Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said. "We battled hard to the end. We're working hard enough where we really want to get some results here, but we haven't. ... We're slowly, slowly, slowly learning we can play with teams in this league."
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Steven Fogarty scored a pair of goals while Mario Lucia and Peter Schneider notched one goal each to lead Notre Dame to a 4-2 win over Lake Superior State in front of a sellout crowd of 5,022 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Lake Superior goaltender Kevin Murdock made over 40 saves for the second consecutive night in the loss. For the weekend, Notre Dame fired 94 shots at the Laker goaltender and he finished with 84 saves in the two games.
“I give them (Lake Superior State) credit. They play a smart patient game,” said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson. “I don’t think we had as much net presence in the early part of the game as we did last night. You can take all the shots you want, but if (Murdock) is seeing them, it’s not that challenging to stop them. He’s a good goaltender. He competes hard and he made some impressive saves.”
Jackson was happy to get secondary scoring from Fogarty and Schneider.
“They get frustrated. It’s good to see them get going," Jackson said. "It helps their confidence and it helps our depth offensively."
Notre Dame closes out a six-game home stand next week with a Hockey East series against second-place Northeastern.
“It’s going to get tougher,” Jackson said. “Now we are playing for points and playing the top teams in the conference. We are going to have to be even better. We’ve had a couple of good weekends to start the second half. We will see goaltenders like we saw tonight and teams that will pressure us more offensively. It’s going to be a challenging couple of months coming up.”
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Seven different players scored as Providence snapped a five-game winless streak with a 7-2 win over Colorado College.
Providence played the weekend without head coach Nate Leaman, who was home in Rhode Island expecting the birth of his third child.
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Air Force freshman goaltender Chris Truehl posted his second shutout in the last five games and four different Falcons scored as Air Force blanked Sacred Heart, 4-0.
“We played our game tonight,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “Our intensity and energy were much better tonight. We just were not there last night, but tonight we had our game back. Chris Truehl was really solid for us tonight. He was in control, confident and poised. This was a great team win tonight.”