Roundup: Minnesota Regains Scoring Touch
CHN Staff Report
Minnesota jumped out to a 4-1 lead, then staved off Michigan in the third for a 5-3 win, as the Gophers extended their lead in the Big Ten.
Minnesota, coming off two losses at Wisconsin last weekend, outshot the Wolverines, 16-5, in the first period, while scoring the only goal. Hudson Fasching, Taylor Cammarata and Seth Ambroz extended the lead in the second period.
"Big win tonight," Fasching said. "We were in a little bit of a rut, we only scored one goal (each of) the last four games, we needed to score more goals. ... It's been our main focus in practice, trying to get our 'D' in the rushes more, really working on our game low, trying to cycle pucks."
After J.T. Compher and Zach Hyman scored for Michigan, Gabe Guertler picked up the first of his college career at 15:21 to seal the win for the Gophers.
"It was two talented teams," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "Michigan is a very good transition team, we're a good transition team. If you make mistakes you're going to pay, and that happens both ways.
"They had the momentum and seized control at that point (when it got to 4-3). But Guertler, that's big for him, his first goal as a Gopher, and I thought that line (with Vinni Lettieri and Connor Reilly) had some pretty good fight for us tonight — nice to see them get rewarded."
Ohio State extended its unbeaten streak to six, and Wisconsin's road woes continued, as the Buckeyes won 2-1.
Ohio State used first-period goals from Tyler Lundey and Darik Angeli, along with two assists from Nick Oddo and 29 saves from goalie Christian Frey, en route to the win.
The Buckeyes led 2-0 after the first period. Just 2:08 into the game Oddo found Lundey outside the crease and he was able to score for a 1-0 Buckeye advantage, with Justin DaSilva picking up the second assist. At 14:25, hard work down low by the line of Angeli, Oddo and Lundey led to another goal, with an Oddo shot deflecting off Lundey and then in off Angeli’s shinpad. Ohio State outshot the Badgers, 14-6, in the period.
“We talked about momentum on the bench," Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik said. "It wasn’t our power play tonight that gave us the momentum it was our penalty kill. I don’t think many people would necessarily expect that.”
On freshman goalie Christian Frey, Rohlik said, "I sound like a broken record right now. He’s been very good. He not only makes the saves like he is supposed to but he makes some spectacular ones as well.”
The Buckeyes moved even with Michigan for third place in the Big Ten.
“We just have to keep it going," Angeli said. "We are not trying to sit back really. We need to be aware of what we’re doing out there. If we turn it over they can get out in transition, which can lead to the puck ending up in the back of our net.”
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Sam Anas picked up his 17th goal of the season as Quinnipiac won this battle of Connecticut, 4-0 over Yale. Michael Garteig stopped all 33 shots he faced for the shutout.
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Harvard scored with 14.1 seconds left in overtime to defeat Clarkson, 1-0, in Potsdam.
Sean Malone set up Jimmy Vesey, who finished the back end of the 2-on-1 for the win.
"I backchecked on the original Clarkson rush and got stopped up, and their D pinched," Vesey said. "It came to Brian Hart who chipped it past that first D, and Sean Malone made a great pass and I had the whole net to shoot at. Playing up here it's always a battle. Clarkson-St. Lawrence is a tough road trip. I had a 2-on-1 earlier and shot it wide, so it was a big relief."
Clarkson was playing its first game without top-line center Ben Sexton, who suffered an apparent concussion last weekend against Princeton. The Golden Knights outshot Harvard, 14-2, in the third period, to no avail.
"I thought we deserved a better fate," Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. "It's a cruel fate sometimes sports. That's the way it goes. We'll see about our character and how we can back it up.
"It's that time of the year, you have to stay positive. ... When we got it down around the net, they had a whole lot of sticks and bodies and we couldn't get a whole lot of second-chance opportunities even when we got a shot through. They did a good job of clogging it."
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Michigan State rallied to force a 2-2 tie with Penn State at Pegula Arena. Michigan State won the shootout, 1-0, in seven rounds.
"The defense was awesome tonight, and the forwards were great too," MSU goaltender Jake Hildebrand said. "(Penn State is) a really hard-working team over there. We battled for 65 minutes tonight and we got that goal with five minutes left, so we never stopped battling."
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Connecticut coach Mike Cavanaugh warned his team that defeating Providence last Tuesday didn't mean it would automatically beat Holy Cross. That proved prophetic as Holy Cross took it to the Huskies in a 3-1 win in Storrs.
"I thought we started pretty well," Cavanaugh said. "We had a good first period. We had a lot of riding time in their zone.
"The second period we just got totally outworked — every facet of the game. We were fortunate to be down by just two goals."