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Roundup: Cornell, Notre Dame Win to Earn 3-Point Weekends vs. Tough Foes

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Cornell finally got to play a pair of home games this weekend, just its fifth and sixth of the season, and earned three points, including a tie with Clarkson and Saturday's 3-2 win over St. Lawrence.

Friday, Cornell had to rally for the tie. Saturday, it went ahead 2-0, lost the lead, then got the game winner from sophomore defenseman Brendan Smith late in the second period, the first goal of his career. With the heels of junior forward Alex Rauter’s skate inches from the crease, Smith’s shot sailed through the screen and bounced into the net off the glove of Saints goalie Kyle Hayton.

The goal gives Cornell (12-4-2, 7-2-2) a 10-1-1 record over its last 12 games, and kept it at No. 12 in the Pairwise. While the Big Red remains fifth in the league standings, it continues to have games in hand on every team ahead of it.

"There's a reason why they're in first place," Cornell coach Mike Schafer said of St. Lawrence. "Their special teams are good, they work hard, well-coached."

Schafer said the team's effort was more in line with where it needed to be from the get go Saturday.

"We didn't play (Friday) with the intensity we played with on the road," Schafer said. "Last night they were excited to play but not excited to compete. Tonight our guys competed for the most part. We let our foot off the gas a little in the second, but it was tight in the third.

"On the road, we played hard, not worrying about what the result is but focused on our game plan. We got distracted Friday night because we were back here (at Lynah Rink). You could tell they were excited, but they weren't ready. And you can see that tonight. By the skin of our teeth, in a hard-fought competitive game, we barely win. So there's that fine difference in sports where coming and playing with heart and soul and passion for every possession and puck race and everything that happens in a game ... we were ready to get after it."

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Dylan Malmquist scored in the first period and Cal Petersen held one of the nation’s most prolific offenses off the board to lead Notre Dame to a 3-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday night.

Petersen made 31 saves to earn his NCAA-leading fifth shutout of the season and the 10th of his career.

“It was a tough game. They’re hard to score on," Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. "Everybody talks about how good they are offensively, but their goaltender had a good weekend and made it very challenging for us to score on and they play good on their own end. Defensively they’re tough because they create turnovers, but tonight I thought we did a better job of not turning those pucks over as much as we did last night. A couple timely goals in the third period certainly took the pressure off.”

Joe Wegwerth also drew a penalty shot in the third period after he was slashed on a breakaway, but UNH's Danny Tirone made a right pad save on the ensuing penalty shot attempt by the sophomore winger.

“They kind of play a bend and don’t break system on their own end," Jackson said. "They give you a lot of outside shots and that kid he makes a lot of good saves. He challenges. He’s not a real big guy but he’s really aggressive and comes out on you and it’s hard for guys to get accustomed to that.”

The three-point weekend moved Notre Dame into fourth place in Hockey East, a spot ahead of the Wildcats; the Irish sit at No. 19 in the Pairwise. Critical weeks are ahead for Notre Dame if it wants to get back into the NCAA picture and secure home ice in the Hockey East playoffs.

“We’ve got to learn to be as good without the puck as we are with it," Jackson said. "When we’re good with the puck we’re pretty fast. When I say without the puck, I mean offensively too. I thought our puck support was better and I thought we did a better job of coming out of our zone from last night so it was a good weekend for us. We had a good set of shots last night and close to that tonight.”

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Scott Conway’s goal midway through the third period lifted Providence to a 3-2 win over Massachusetts-Lowell on Saturday night at Schneider Arena. The win completes the Hockey East sweep for the Friars as they improve to 12-8-4 (4-6-2 HEA). The River Hawks dropped to 15-7-3 (7-5-1 HEA).

In addition to his game-winning tally, Conway chipped in with an assist as seven Friars recorded at least one point on Saturday. Hayden Hawkey made 19 saves for his 12th victory of the season, while Tyler Wall turned away 32 shots to fall to 14-6-1.

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Boston University earned a 3-1 road victory at Maine on Saturday evening to earn a season sweep of the Black Bears for the third straight year and improve its nation-best win streak to eight games.

Clayton Keller extended his point streak to nine games (7-10—17) while sophomores Jordan Greenway (1-8—9) and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (7-4—11) pushed theirs to eight and seven games, respectively. 

The Terriers and goaltender Jake Oettinger have gone four full games without allowing an even-strength goal.

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Evan Peterson scored the game-winning power-play goal with 6:36 left in the final period Saturday night to complete the Colgate’s third-period comeback and a 3-2 win over Clarkson.

Willie Brooks skated the puck to the point before passing to Jake Kulevich. Kulevich made a move that caused a Clarkson defender to fall before making a backwards pass to Peterson at the point. With plenty of room in front of him, Peterson wound up for a one-timer that went through a great screen from Derek Freeman and past Jake Kielly’s glove side for the game winner.

The Raiders snap a five-game winless streak with the big ECAC win to improve to 5-13-5

“I’m just really happy for our guys, we haven’t had a whole lot of luck and positives to show for some of the efforts," Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. "We continue to be a work in progress, we’ve got a lot of things we still need to work on but it doesn’t matter how you get them, you need a win to build some confidence and some momentum. We’re certainly going to take it and find a way to build upon it.”

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Patrick Spano stopped 33 of 34 shots and Ted Hart scored his sixth goal of the year as Yale completed a three-point road weekend with a 1-1 tie at Harvard. The 21st draw in 116 years of the rivalry was scoreless until the 56th minute. The Bulldogs (8-7-4, 4-5-3 ECAC) had a brief lead before the Crimson (12-5-2, 8-4-2) answered 69 seconds later.

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Robert Morris forward Alex Tonge scored two goals and Francis Marotte made 23 saves as the Colonials defeated Air Force, 2-1, in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Saturday. Air Force fell to 14-8-4 overall and 11-5-2 in the league. Robert Morris improved to 14-7-3 overall and 10-6-2 in the AHC. Air Force remained in first place in Atlantic Hockey, one point ahead of Army.

“That game was for men only,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. “That was a tough battle. The shots were pretty even and they managed to score the only even-strength goal. We have to score more than one goal to win games. Billy was solid and gave us a chance to win. We had some chances and didn’t convert. We worked hard and competed hard, but have to find a way to make a couple more plays."

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