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Roundup: Spink Twins Ignite Surging Colgate

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One night after twin brother Tyson had a hat trick, Tylor Spink scored twice as Colgate defeated Quinnipiac, 3-1.

In a season full of wins against good teams, this might have been the best, as the surging Raiders took advantage of an opportunity to pass Quinnipiac in the standings into sole possession of second place.

The wins against "top teams" gives Colgate the second-best Quality Win Bonus in the nation, behind only Boston College. That's the part of the Pairwise which boosts your RPI by rewarding "good wins." With the help of that, Colgate would be in the NCAA tournament if the season ended today.

“I’m proud of our guys. They just keep working on improving every day,” Vaughan said. “It’s a process and this group bought in early to what we are trying to do. The first round bye (in the ECAC playoffs) is important, but we know there are tough games ahead. We just try and to get better every day. Again just very proud of the team.

“The two of them compete so hard,” Vaughan said of the Spink twins. “I thought this weekend they really created a lot of time and space for themselves. When they get that, they make a lot of plays and that is what good players do.

“We can’t overlook what Kyle Baun does on that line as well. He is hard on the puck and separates as well as any player I’ve ever coached.”

Quinnipiac, while still in solid position for the NCAAs at 21-8-5, has gone into a funk recently, losing three straight and four of five. After a stretch where the Bobcats scored 29 goals in five games, it has scored just six in the four losses.

Elsewhere

Cornell snapped an 0-for-32 slump on the power play with juniors Brian Ferlin and Jacob MacDonald both scoring on the man advantage to power the Big Red to a 4-1 victory at Princeton.

MacDonald finished the night with a goal and an assist, and freshman defenseman Clint Lewis added his first collegiate goal to help Cornell (14-7-5, 10-6-4 ECAC Hockey) build a three-goal lead.

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After clinching a share of the title Friday, Union outright won the ECAC regular-season championship with another impressive win, this time 6-2 over St. Lawrence behind a pair of goals from Daniel Carr.

The Dutchmen have now won 10 straight home games — the second longest active streak in Division I.

"We talked early in the year about being consistent. That's one of our staples," Union coach Rick Bennett said. "It's very impressive, we just have to keep it going."

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Providence got goals from Noel Acciari and Mark Jankowski to defeat Massachusetts, 2-1, and sweep the weekend series. The wins helped Providence move into a tie for fifth in the tightly-packed Hockey East standings, which is the final bye spot for the first round of the playoffs that begin in two weeks.

With 17 wins, Providence has turned in back-to-back seasons of at least that many for the first time since the 1999-00 (18-18-2) and 2000-01 (22-13-5) seasons.

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Four assists from Kevin Roy, along with three-point efforts from Zach Aston Reese and Mike Szmatula helped Northeastern to a 4-3 victory over Maine. The win moved Northeastern past Maine into third in Hockey East with one weekend remaining.

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Vermont scored two power-play goals and a shorthanded goal in the second period and held on for a 4-3 win over Merrimack. It was the Warriors' seventh straight loss.

Nine different Catamounts recorded a point in the victory, while Chris McCarthy and Michael Paliotta posted multi-point games. Brody Hoffman stopped 31 shots for his second straight win and seventh overall this season.

"Our power play did a great job getting us a couple of key goals and the shorthanded goal really put them back on their heels," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "Certainly our power play generated the offense we needed to build the lead and we held on. It was a good, gritty effort with a ton of wall battles and a ton of net front battles. I'm really proud of the guys."

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In front of a record crowd at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass., Massachusetts-Lowell battled Boston College to a 2-2 tie, snapping the Eagles' 11-game win streak. It also kept Lowell one point ahead of Northeastern in second place.

Boston College still has a 19-game unbeaten streak, which matches the longest in the Jerry York era, established in 2011-12.

Johnny Gaudreau netted a power-play goal, his 29th overall this season, stretching his point streak to 28 games.

Boston College peppered UML goaltender Doug Carr with 43 shots.

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Notre Dame shut out Boston University, 2-0, for the second straight night. It's already been a notably poor season for the Terriers, but that marked a new nadir. It's the first time since 1941-42 that BU was shut out in back-to-back games.

“It’s been a long season with some of the tough losses that we’ve had in this building so it was good to win a couple of tight games,” said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson. “Those are the kind of games that we will face in the playoffs.”

Said BU coach David Quinn to the Daily Free Press, “I’m trying everything right now. It’s been frustrating for everybody and it’s just, I just want to shake it up because we’re not generating a lot. It’s been frustrating.”

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Heading into the night, to clinch Atlantic Hockey's regular-season title, Mercyhurst needed to win while Air Force, Bentley and Robert Morris each lost. And that's exactly what happened.

Freshman Kyle Dutra snapped a 2-2 tie with 2:57 left in regulation to lift the Lakers to a 4-2 victory at Niagara, improving the team's overall record to 18-12-6 and their conference record to 16-4-5.

With it all playing out, Mercyhurst claimed its first-ever AHA regular-season championship. The Lakers won three straight regular season titles from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the MAAC Hockey League, but, until this season, had never finished with top spot in the regular season in the Atlantic Hockey Association.

For Niagara, it was another game of too little, too late.

"We played really well the last 40 minutes yesterday and I think from start to finish tonight we played pretty well," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "To lose it on an unlucky bounce was unfortunate. You can't be displeased with the effort and how we played. This has been three consecutive games now where we've had 40-plus shots so if we continue to play this way we will be a very dangerous team come playoff time. You just have to trust the process and trust hard work."

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