Roundup: Quinnipiac Upset by Arizona State
St. Lawrence Moves Into 1st; Rough Weekend for Cornell
CHN Staff Report
Arizona State is still a program with a ways to go, but it has dotted its season with a number of solid wins, and perhaps none better than Saturday's 4-2 victory at Quinnipiac. It was especially noteworthy coming off a 5-2 loss to the Bobcats just a night earlier.
The Sun Devils, the lone Division I independent, improved to 10-18-2.
"In the grand scheme of things, it's probably the biggest win we've had to date," ASU head coach Greg Powers said. "After a less-than-ideal effort last night, for our young team to bounce back, play that hard, and jump out to a lead on these guys was tremendous."
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Alex Gilmour has wasted no time stepping right into the St. Lawrence lineup and making an impact.
The 6-foot-5 freshman turns 21 today, so he already had some polish to his game. But to get six goals in your first nine college games is stellar no matter how you slice it. And his pair of goals Saturday, including one with 17.8 seconds remaining in regulation, were his biggest yet, giving the Saints a 4-3 win over Union to move into first place by themselves in the ECAC.
Gilmour and the Saints erased an early one-goal deficit and then dug themselves out of a two-goal hole late in the second period in a resilient effort. For the second game in a row Kyle Hayton was clutch for St. Lawrence down the stretch, making 18 of his 38 saves in the third period. He stopped a number of chances in close and he and the Saints kept national scoring leader Mike Vecchione and Spencer Foo completely off the scoresheet.
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Cornell had steadily moved up the Pairwise board in recent weeks, to No. 10, and with games in hand was in striking distance of first place. But after two bitter losses at home, the Big Red are forced to regroup and perhaps look at more modest goals for now.
One night after surrendering four third-period goals in a 4-1 loss to rival Harvard, the Big Red squandered a 2-0 lead this time, and lost to Dartmouth, 4-2. It was a brutal end to a weekend at a sold-out Lynah Rink, and in front of many members of the Cornell's first championship of 1967, who were honored during the game, a group that includes NHL Hall of Famer Ken Dryden.
Cornell appeared to be in control of the game throughout. But the Big Red — which entered the game with the third-most efficient penalty kill in the nation — yielded three power-play goals from the Big Green to come up empty.
“We’ve had enough bad bounces the last two nights to last us an entire year,” Cornell coach Mike Schafer said. “Hopefully those things turn and go the other way for us.”
The Big Red did not help themselves with a series of bad penalties, which was only compounded by a sub-par night on the special teams in both directions. But the 5-on-3 that led to Dartmouth's game-winning goal came on back-to-back questionable penalty calls at best, particularly the first one — which got everyone on the Cornell side fired up. They couldn't ride that emotion to a tying goal, however, and allowed an empty netter that sealed its fate.
In addition, despite Cornell seeming to be in control at 2-0, Dartmouth got a pinball goal late in the second to give it some life heading into the third. Then a bad penalty led to the tying goal, followed by two more penalties 10 seconds apart.
“There are certain things in the sport that you can’t control,” Schafer said. “You can’t control the officials. That’s one thing that you’d like to, but you just can’t. You can’t control when pucks hit your guys and go in.
“But what we can control is how we respond to this tough weekend, going on the road against Union and RPI, and how we’re going to bounce back from this. That’s what we can control.”
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One night after rallying for a win at Cornell, Harvard had a less-thrilling but just as important 3-1 victory at Colgate on Saturday.
Sean Malone and Tyler Moy each scored their 11th of the season to lead the Crimson.
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Yale is 6-1-2 in the new year and now have a six-game unbeaten streak thanks to a 4-1 win and a weekend sweep of ECAC travel partner Brown.
Evan Mitchell scored twice and Sam Tucker stopped 24 of 25 shots in goal to help Yale erase a 1-0 deficit with four straight goals in front of a sellout crowd at Ingalls Rink.
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Robert Morris scored six goals in the first period to defeat Holy Cross, 6-0, to earn a weekend split.
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Freshman Jonathan Desbiens scored a hat trick, and Kyle Schmidt had two goals as Bentley defeated RIT, 6-3, to complete a series sweep.