Roundup: Notre Dame Rallies Late Past Maine
Vermont Sweeps UNH; Union Rolls Again
CHN Staff Report
One night after Notre Dame thought it scored two goals in the final two minutes, only to see the tying goal disallowed on video review, the Irish did it again Saturday. This time, however, they both counted, and this time, the second one was the game winner.
Bryan Rust scored twice in the closing moments of regulation as Notre Dame turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win over Maine, avoiding a sweep in South Bend.
“I thought (Friday) night if that disallowed goal had counted that maybe that would be a turning point for us,” said Irish coach Jeff Jackson. “Maybe tonight was. That’s what I have to hope. They (Maine) didn’t quit, they kept on coming. We just have to keep on pushing forward.
“It’s harder to generate chances when teams have played two tough games. But our guys persevered and they went down to three lines and I kept rolling four. Hopefully that paid off in the end.”
The win was huge for Notre Dame, which currently sits just outside the NCAA picture, but needed a win to stay within striking distance.
“This time of the year, it’s playoff hockey for us,” Jackson said. “Every point is important. We just have to worry about each game and take them one at a time. It’s the same old story, the same old cliche from coaches. It’s about the process and there is a lot of truth to that.”
Union won its last three games under acting head coach Joe Dumais, including Saturday's 5-3 win over Yale. Rick Bennett, who was suspended four games for his role in a post-game fight against RPI two weeks ago, will return next weekend.
The win moved Union three points ahead of Quinnipiac, which lost to St. Lawrence.
The line of Daniel Carr, Daniel Ciampini and Mike Vecchione were catalysts in the win, including Carr's go-ahead goal early in the third.
"The nice thing about those guys is they're all very good down load, all have very good feet," Dumais said.
Theo DiPauli's first goal of his career, in the second period, tied the game. It was just DiPauli's 13th game played over two seasons with Union.
"The bench just erupted," Dumais said. "He's one of hardest workers we have, a 4.0 student. He just does everything we've asked of him. ... He just waited for his opportunity."
Yale saw things slip away fast after Carr's goal made it 3-2, allowing two more goals.
"I thought we played pretty well in the third period, carried the play the first couple minutes," Yale coach Keith Allain said. "We made a mistake, they scored a goal and then I thought our guys started to cheat before they needed to."
Dumais said he's glad Bennett is returning next week.
"It was a great experience," he said. "The team runs itself. Rick has done a great job establishing this program. I just kinda filled in and called lines. It was more like the guys rewarded me and rewarded Rick for this. I'm gonna be very happy to get back to being the assistant coach and let Rick run the games."
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Junior defenseman Spiro Goulakos had a natural hat trick in the third period as Colgate snapped Cornell's nine-game unbeaten streak with a 6-1 win. The win also moved Colgate one point ahead of Cornell into third place in the ECAC with six games remaining.
The Big Red hadn’t lost a game since Nov. 30. Patrick McCarron had the lone goal for Cornell, while Andy Iles made 17 saves and took the loss. He was relieved by Mitch Gillam in the third period and Gillam made eight stops.
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St. Lawrence scored two late third-period goals to stun Quinnipiac, 3-2, in Canton, N.Y. Brian Ward scored with 5:28 left in regulation to tie it. Shortly thereafter, Quinnipiac's Connor Jones took a penalty, and the Saints needed just 13 seconds before Justin Baker converted on the power play.
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Pete Massar and Mario Puskarich netted second period goals less than three minutes apart, and Mike Santaguida stopped 28 shots as 19th-ranked Vermont held off New Hampshire for a 2-1 win and weekend sweep in Durham.
"Tonight was a much tougher game (than Friday). UNH played extremely well," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "We had to be on our toes the whole game. They are an excellent team and it certainly made us better having to defend them and we got better as time went on.
"Tonight was much tighter and we were well aware of how displeased they were with Friday's game. We talked all day about how we had to match their intensity and we did a good job."
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Sophomore forward Michael Fallon had a career-high three-point game as Massachusetts-Lowell defeated Masschusetts, 5-3.
“I really liked the way we killed that penalty in the third period, that was a huge penalty kill for us,” Lowell coach Norm Bazin said. “We found a way to close out the game, I thought the last five minutes of the third were probably our best minutes of the night.”
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Robert Morris extended a program record with its ninth game without a loss, after it defeated RIT, 5-1. Cody Wydo scored his 21st goal early in the second period to give the Colonials a 2-1 lead, and it held up as the game winner.
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Trailing cross-town rival Canisius heading into the final period of play, Niagara scored three times in the third period to drop Canisius, 4-2.
"We talked after the second period that we played a perfect first 20 minutes with 25 attempts and 12 shots on goal," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "The second period we didn't play very well though. There were penalties on both sides, but Canisius took it to us. We said if we could duplicate the first period and just work them it would end well for us which is what happened. To win the season series against the returning champions is huge for us."