Roundup: Boston College Clinches Hockey East, Unbeaten in 17
ECAC Race Takes Shape After Pivotal Weekend
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Boston College defeated Vermont, 5-3, to clinch Hockey East.
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Boston College clinched the Hockey East regular-season championship with a 5-3 win over Vermont.
"We had to play near-perfect to beat these guys and we just didn't do it this weekend," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "That's on us as coaches and certainly as players, we have to get better."
Chris Calnan got BC started with a shorthanded goal with 1:42 left in the first period. Bill Arnold followed with another just over a minute later.
"The first 18 minutes I thought we were fantastic. Then we give up a shorthand (goal) and then missed coverage on a wide shot and all of a sudden it's 2-0 and we head back to the locker room feeling very, very bad. They capitalized on mistakes very well and we didn't."
Johnny Gaudreau added his 27th goal of the season in the second period. Gerbe is within striking distance of the Boston College single-season record for goals held by Scott Harlow (1985-86) and David Emma (1990-91) with 38. The most since then was Nathan Gerbe's 35 in 2007-08, which came in 43 games. Gaudreau has played 31 so far this season.
Notre Dame took steps towards righting its ship with a three-point weekend at Providence, including Saturday's 3-0 shutout.
Meanwhile, Providence continues to struggle, winless in five straight and 10 of its last 12.
Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays made 36 saves and the Irish got goals from David Gerths, Bryan Rust and Jeff Costello. The shutout gives Summerhays six on the season, tops in the nation and ties him for first on Notre Dame’s all-time list with David Brown and Jordan Pearce.
Summerhays, who had a career-high 47 saves on Friday night in the 2-2 tie, finished the weekend with 83 saves.
The win snapped a six-game (0-5-1) Irish winless streak on the road in Hockey East.
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Maine got a late goal from Connor Leen, minutes after a Merrimack goal was disallowed, to win 3-2 over the Warriors and sweep the weekend.
“You have two really determined college hockey teams going at it tonight,” Maine coach Red Gendron said. “Any fans who showed up were treated to an exceptional college hockey game. When you have two teams with young men who battled as hard as these teams did tonight, quite frankly, it’s inspiring.”
"That's the best game we played all year long," Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy said. "We lost the game 3-2, but nobody left that building thinking we lost the game. ... We lose the game, but we found a team."
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Cornell, which was as high as sixth in the Pairwise, dropped a pair of games to Union and RPI in a disappointing weekend at home. Saturday, the Big Red lost to Rensselaer, 3-1, and remained tied for the fourth and final home ice spot for the ECAC playoffs.
Cornell also remained No. 13 in the Pairwise, good enough for an NCAA bid if the season ended today.
“Our effort for six periods this weekend was tremendous,” Schafer told the Ithaca Journal, despite the losses. “I told our guys after the game that I’ve been disappointed with some of the ties we’ve had through the course of the year, but I can’t come out and say that our guys didn’t work hard or do the things necessary to win hockey games.”
Cornell was without forwards Dustin Mowrey and Christian Hilbrich for the weekend.
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Colgate gave up a pair of two-goal leads to first-place Union and settled for a 4-4 tie. Nevertheless, the Raiders moved within two points of second place, and are now three up on Cornell and Clarkson.
Colgate was led by Darcy Murphy and Joe Wilson with a goal and two assists each. Spiro Goulakos scored his fourth goal in the last three games.
Colgate goalie Charlie Finn made 32 saves, but a couple of the goals he allowed he'd probably want back, including the game-tying score from Union's Kevin Sullivan with 4:49 left in regulation.
Union's Colin Stevens, meanwhile, made just 24 saves, but many of them huge.
"As a coaching staff, we are really pleased with the team's effort tonight," said Union coach Rick Bennett, who returned this weekend from having served a four-game suspension. "The guys played through a lot of adversity and our leaders really stepped it up. It's a credit to the team to come away with three points this weekend."
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Garnet Hathaway scored twice to lead Brown over Quinnipiac. The Bobcats have lost two of three and dropped to sixth in the Pairwise, and four points behind Union for first place in the ECAC with four games remaining. Brown moved into sole possession of eighth place, which is the last home-ice spot for the first round of the ECAC playoffs.
Senior Marco De Filippo made 23 saves in net to earn the win for the Bears. Michael Garteig stopped 27 shots on the other end for the Bobcats.
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Yale scored three shorthanded goals in defeating Princeton, 7-5, at Ingalls Rink. The Elis got two goals and four points from captain Jesse Root and a pair of goals from Kenny Agostino.
Yale made it 3-0 during a penalty kill near the midpoint of the second period. Root, who has a pair of shorthanded goals this year, took a feed up the right boards from Agostino and had a 2-on-1 with Gus Young. Root held on until the edge of the right circle and then fired low past Sean Bonar at 11:26.
“Once we got the first shorthanded goal, I thought we started cheating a little bit,” said Root. “The moral of that story is we need to play solid defensively, you can’t cheat the offense especially on a penalty kill. You have to kill the penalty first and make sure the puck gets out of the zone, but when we did get opportunities it was good that we capitalized on them.”
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Connecticut bounced back from Friday's loss to defeat Holy Cross, 5-0, behind 38 saves from Robby Nichols.
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Niagara has been making a habit this season of heavily outshooting its opponent and losing. It happened against Saturday night, as its four-game winning streak was snapped, 5-0, at the hands of Robert Morris.
RMU netminder Terry Shafer stopped all of Niagara's season-high 44 shots.
"Terry Shafer was first star of the game," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "Without a doubt he was the best player on the ice for both teams. I did like our level of competitiveness at times, but in the end there were some guys that let us down and didn't punch the clock. They just didn't play Niagara hockey. We had numerous great opportunities, but we couldn't get one by Shafer and Robert Morris was opportunistic on their chances."
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Nardo Nagtzaam scored two goals as Mercyhurst defeated RIT, 6-2. The Lakers, who also got 43 saves from junior Jimmy Sarjeant, remained in first place by itself in Atlantic Hockey. Mercyhurst still holds a two-point lead on Bentley, which defeated Army 5-4 in overtime on Saturday night.
It marked the second time in the all-time series that Mercyhurst has swept a regular season series against RIT – the first since winning a pair of games against the Tigers in the Division III ECAC West days during the 1990-91 season. It was, however, the first time in program history that the Lakers swept a weekend series against the Tigers at Ritter Arena.