Roundup: Maine Wins Its First Road Game
Union Topples Brown; UVM Wins at New Hampshire
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Maine won for the first time on the road all season, a huge win at Notre Dame, 2-1. The Black Bears scored a late insurance goal, and needed it, as Notre Dame buzzed late, and had what could've been the tying goal reversed on video review.
Notre Dame senior Jeff Costello scored with 1:23 left on the clock to cut the lead to 2-1. The Irish would get control of the puck and get the goalie off for the sixth attacker, and with 26 seconds left it looked like Costello was able to jam a loose puck under Maine goaltender Martin Ouellette to tie the game.
While the Irish celebrated, referees John Gravallese and Kevin Shea headed to the penalty box to review the goal. After a lengthy review, they waved the goal off.
“From my perspective, there was a shot on goal and the puck was loose. I came in and tried to whack it,” Costello said. "It was chaos in that situation. I thought I got it under the goalie and it slid in. The ref explained to me that I pushed the goalie into the net with the puck under him.”
For a third straight season, Notre Dame is facing second-half woes.
“They (the team) are getting discouraged,” said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson. “Again, we had chances and didn’t finish. I thought Maine stressed us out at times defensively. We have to do a better job in our own end, especially breaking out. It hasn’t been a problem until they put pressure on us and we turned pucks over.
“I don’t think are guys were as prepared as they should have been for the speed of the game. They (Maine) are a fast team. They put a lot of pressure on you.”
Clay Witt has been superhuman for Northeastern this year, but even he can't score the goals. The Huskies were outshot 48-27 in a 3-0 loss to Massachusetts. Witt stopped 45 of 47, with the last goal being an empty netter.
"He's bailed us out all year, we couldn't bail him out after he gave one up I'm sure he'd like to have back," Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said of Witt.
UMass got one from Marc Hetnik, his first career goal.
"They played faster, they thought the game faster — we didn't respond," Madigan said. "I was disappointed with our lack of urgency and execution in a critical game. ... I thought we talked about it enough (UMass' speed), but evidently we didn't talk about it enough. It didn't seep through. ... They're a good team and they play fast."
Northeastern plays in the Beanpot final against Boston College on Monday.
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Vermont's top line of Brendan Bradley, Chris McCarthy and Mario Puskarich combined for three goals and five assists as the Catamounts defeated New Hampshire, 5-2. McCarthy posted a goal and two assists, becoming the 42nd player in program history to reach the 100-point mark.
"They made some special plays at key times," said head coach Kevin Sneddon. "It's great for Chris to get his 100th point and his 101st and 102nd points as well. That line is just clicking. They were able to make plays. They're smart and skilled and there's a good chemistry going on right now."
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Boston College's unbeaten streak hit 14 (13-0-1) behind hat trick from Bill Arnold and three assists from Johnny Gaudreau. The Eagles defeated Merrimack, 6-1.
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Union got an early third-period goal from Max Novak and it held up as the game winner, 4-3 over Brown. The win helped the Dutchmen stay one point ahead of Quinnipiac for first place in the ECAC. Novak also had two goals against Brown in last year's ECAC championship game.
"He's always been a kid since freshman year, the bigger the game, the better he is," Union's acting coach Joe Dumais said.
Brown was playing with five defensemen and one forward converted to defense, thanks to injuries. Inexperience contributed to the winning goal, as Novak came in and fired a quick shot.
"They made a play," Brown coach Brendan Whittet said. "Their defensemen have the ability to carry it up the ice. That was just a pressure play that we didn't execute correctly — we were backing in and we wanted to play a little more aggressive."
Dumais is filling in for Rick Bennett, who serves the last of a four-game suspension Saturday.
"At times I thought we played very well, and times we struggled, and times as well it was up and down and more to our liking," Dumais said. "But the guys battled hard, they competed, they faced adversity again and stuck with it. That speaks volumes to the leaders in that locker room."
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Connor Jones scored 10 seconds into the game, and Matthew Peca scored twice, as Quinnipiac defeated Clarkson, 6-3.
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Mike Doherty, who missed the last three games because of injury, scored on a power play 59 seconds into overtime to give Yale a 3-2 win over Rensselaer. The power play came after Guy Leboeuf was called for boarding just 21 seconds into OT.
Stu Wilson, who took a pass in the corner from Doherty, avoided a defender and then passed it in front of the cage to Frankie DiChiara, who had his back to the goalie. Instead of trying to flip a backhander on goal, the rookie forward passed straight back to Doherty in the high slot. His shot went blocker side midway up for his fifth of the year.
“It was a gutsy team effort by our guys,” Yale coach Keith Allain said. “RPI was clearly running around out here. We gave it our best shot and found a way to win.”
Yale's other two goals were scored by defenseman Tommy Fallen.
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Gary Wright won his 300th game as American International defeated Army, 2-1.