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Roundup: BC Routs Wisconsin on Jerry York Night

Notre Dame, St. Lawrence, Lake Superior Remain Unbeaten

CHN Staff Report

Boston College enjoyed its second straight blowout win, 9-2 over Wisconsin, this one coming on Jerry York Night in Chestnut Hill on Friday.

The Eagles, which downed Rensselaer 7-2 last week, honored their legendary coach before the game for breaking the NCAA all-time wins mark. York surpassed the milestone last season, but planned nights for him were postponed because of medical issues that forced York to miss games.

York, in his 20th season coaching Boston College, has five nationals championships (four at BC) and 937 career wins and counting.

Meanwhile, Johnny Gaudreau continues to light it up. The junior had another goal and two assists, giving him 2-5—7 in three games so far. In just over two seasons, Gaudreau has now reached 100 points in 82 games.

Freshman Austin Cangelosi scored his first two career goals and added an assist, as BC scored four goals in a span of just over five minutes of the first period.

For Wisconsin, it was a rough loss for a team with extremely high hopes for the season. Its top two guns, Michael Mersch and Nic Kerdiles, provided the offense, but the defense was in shambles.

Wisconsin learned during the week that it would be without junior goalie Joel Rumpel for a while. He hurt his ankle in practice.

Junior Brian Billet, who is expected to alternate games — at least early on — with highly-touted freshman Thatcher Demko, got the win for BC, then gave way to Brad Barone for mop-up duty late in the game.

BC sophomore defenseman Michael Matheson was a plus-7 on the night, just one of many gaudy statistics for the Eagles.

The game was part of the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge. BC continues such games next week, when it plays a pair at Minnesota.

Elsewhere in College Hockey

North Dakota and Miami played the first game in NCHC history, and North Dakota came away with the 4-2 win in Oxford behind two goals from junior Brendan O’Donnell. He and fellow juniors Michael Parks and Mark MacMillan helped set an early tone.

“That was a positive for them to come out and make some plays,” UND head coach Dave Hakstol said of his juniors. “More importantly, there were some good bounces there. They played good, two-way hockey and that’s the most important thing from my perspective.”

Sophomore goalie Zane Gothberg made 35 saves.

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Josh Thorimbert stopped 30 shots as Colorado College opened its season with a 3-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth.

Charlie Taft, Peter Maric and Alex Roos were the goal scorers for the Tigers, who opened the season with a league game in the new NCHC, which is headquartered in Colorado Springs.

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Colgate senior Eric Mihalik, a native of nearby Avon Lake, Ohio, made 38 saves as the Raiders earned a 1-1 tie at Bowling Green.

“It was probably Eric’s best game for us in a bit and he seemed very comfortable tonight,” Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. “He was seeing the puck right from the opening faceoff and make a lot key saves and made them look easy. Really happy for him and he played in front of a lot of friends and family and I am very proud of him.”

Colgate was outshot 39-20 margin, but killed off five power plays from BGSU, including one in overtime.

“The shots can be deceiving because we had some grade-A chances and we both had bounces around the cage,” Vaughan said. “There are a lot good things to take away from tonight.”

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[[Lake Superior State]] fought back from four different one-goal deficits, before finally winning in overtime, 6-5, at Union on Friday.

Stephen Perfetto scored the game winner early in the overtime, giving the Lakers their third straight win to start the season.

Freshman Alex Sakellaropoulos got the start for Union, making just 17 saves on 23 shots. Sakellaropoulos has seen all the action for Union since Colin Stevens went out with an injury early in the team's first game. Junior Dillon Pieri has been barely used in the last two seasons, and Troy Grosenick signed a pro deal in the offseason, leaving Sakellaropoulos to get thrown right in the fire.

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Notre Dame senior center T.J. Tynan came through late in the third to snap a 2-2 tie and give Notre Dame a win over Michigan Tech in front of a sellout crowd of 5,022 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Notre Dame remains unbeaten at 3-0.

"I was worried this week because its one of the tough weeks being mid-term exam week," Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. "We shortened the practices because guys have heavy exam loads. I don’t know that we were all that sharp the whole game until we got on a roll at the very end.

“The biggest thing that is going to be different for us this year showed up tonight — playing teams that we have never played before. You can watch all the film you want but until you actually go through the game, you have to figure it out and we did eventually in the third period.”

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Rensselaer bounced back from a bad loss to Boston College and losing No. 1 goaltender Jason Kasdorf for an extended time, defeating Boston University on the road, 3-1.

It was the first loss for new BU coach David Quinn in three games. "They were just bigger and stronger and older," Quinn said. "We were willing to be combative, we just lost too many battles along the walls."

Scott Diebold had 31 saves in place of Kasdorf, and Ryan Haggerty scored twice.

"Their goalie didn't look like a backup goalie in the second period — he made some great saves," Quinn said. "We played for 50 minutes instead of 60."

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Freshman wing Drew Smolcynski scored two goals in his first collegiate game to spark St. Lawrence to a 3-2 win at Ferris State Friday. St. Lawrence has won its first three games.

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Quinnipiac limited [[Massachusetts-Lowell]] to just 22 shots, as the Bobcats won a meeting of Frozen Four participants from a year ago, 3-1.

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