Roundup: PC Beats the Buzzer, St. Cloud Blanks MSU
Clarkson Blanks Michigan; Badgers Get a Split
CHN Staff Report
Miami's run of bad luck against Hockey East teams doesn't only pertain to the NCAA tournament apparently.
Providence sophomore Kasper Bjorkvist scored with less than 1 second left in regulation to give Providence a 3-2 win over the Red Hawks. The Friars took both games of the two-game series in Oxford.
After PC struck twice in a 16-second span early in the first period, Miami held the Friars largely in check offensively until, Bjorkvist's winner.
Miami didn't muster much of an attack either. It did manage a pair of goals, though. Grant Hutton halved the deficit at 13:03 of the second period, and Casey Gilling tied it for the Red Hawks at 6:29 of the third period.
Shots on goal for the game were just 22-20 in PC's favor.
St. Cloud State 4, Minnesota State 0
St. Cloud State took down Minnesota State in one of the marquee non-conference matchups of the season. The Huskies beat MSU, 4-0, in Mankato, riding a goal in each of the first two periods and 42 saves from goaltender Jeff Smith. The Huskies also relied heavily on their available defenseman to get the win over a strong MSU team.
"(Smith) was outstanding in goal from start to finish," SCSU coach Bob Motzko told the St. Cloud Times.
"We relied on four defensemen. They played the entire night. ... We knew we just had one game this weekend, and we went for it. We were going to have them dictate the game, and they did."
Four different SCSU players scored in the game.
Minnesota State carried play for most of the game, badly outshooting the Huskies, 42-26. MSU outshot SCSU in every period, including a 16-5 advantage in the final 20 minutes.
Clarkson 3, Michigan 0
For a second straight night, Clarkson goaltender Joe Kielly stole a victory for the Golden Knights. Friday night, Penn State was the victim. Saturday night, it was Michigan.
Kielly made 29 saves to keep Michigan off the board and lead CU to a 3-0 win over the Wolverines.
"Overall, we paid the price to win," Clarkson coach Casey Jones told the Watertown Daily Times. "Our penalty kill was outstanding. (Kielly) was outstanding. We are getting better every game. We'll bank the weekend, but it's nice to get two wins to start the weekend at home."
A pair of early goals from Dylan Gareau and Terrance Amorosa gave Clarkson an early lead. The goals came in a 1:07 span in the first period. Nic Pierog's marker at 11:40 put the Golden Knights firmly in control.
Michigan was 0 for 8 on the power play in the game, including 0 for 3 in the final period.
Penn State 4, St. Lawrence 1
A night after a disappointing loss in Potsdam, N.Y., Penn State took down a different North Country opponent on Saturday. The Nittany Lions cruised past St. Lawrence, 4-1.
Sophomore forward Denis Smirnov led the way for PSU with a goal and two assists.
Sophomore goaltender Peyton Jones stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced in the win. In his second season as Penn State's No. 1, Jones has to become a more consistent presence for the Nittany Lions to improve on last year's success. His performance on Friday (19 on 21) wasn't terrible, but PSU couldn't get a victory out of it. Saturday was a positive step for PSU's No. 1.
"I loved his demeanor," Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky said of his goaltender. "He was extremely calm when they were really coming at us ... and made some huge saves."
Wisconsin 3, Ohio State 2
Wisconsin and Ohio State will see each other again this season. By then, they'll know a lot more about themselves with the games coming on the final weekend of the regular season in the Big 10.
If the first weekend of the season was any indication, the final weekend is going to be unforgettable.
The Badgers picked up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon, downing Ohio State, 3-2, a day after the teams played to the same score with the reverse result Friday night.
Will Johnson, Cameron Hughes and Tarek Baker each scored to stake UW to a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes. OSU came back with a pair of goals — Freddy Gerard and John Wiitala scored — but came up just short.
"I loved our response after giving up the two," Wisconsin coach Tony Granato said. "Guys wanted to be on the ice. Guys wanted to make the big plays defensively."
The Buckeyes finished the game 0 for 6 on the power play, including an 0 for 2, in the third period.
UNH 3, UMass-Lowell 1
Since Norm Bazin took over at Massachusetts-Lowell, New Hampshire hasn't had much success with the River Hawks. UML won 13 of the 19 games between the teams since Bazin's arrival. Naturally, the season-opening pair between the teams looked like a possibility for a hot UML start.
Not so fast.
UNH completed a weekend sweep of the River Hawks with a 3-1 win at Whittemore Center Saturday night.
After Lowell took an early lead through Kenny Hausinger and finished the first period ahead, 1-0, UNH took over. The Wildcats scored the final three goals of the game and held on for the win.
UNH goalie Daniel Tirone stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced, including 15 in the final period to seal the win for the Wildcats.
After starting the season in the league, UNH will now host consecutive non-conference pairs with Colgate and then with Colorado College. Meanwhile, UMass-Lowell welcomes Nebraska-Omaha to Tsongas Center next weekend.
Northeastern 7, Sacred Heart 0
The goals came from everyone and everywhere for a second straight night for Northeastern. The Huskies annihilated Sacred Heart, 7-0, led by Dylan Sikura and Zach Solow.
"Opening weekend, two wins, obviously we're excited about that, but we know there's a long way to go," NU coach Jim Madigan said. "I like the way we played in the second and third periods. We got back to our foundation, played to our identity. We were able to grind them down."
The Huskies dominated every inch of the rink in their win over the Pioneers. Sikura scored twice in the first period and added an assist late in the second.
For the second straight night, Northeastern freshman Zach Solow was one of the Huskies' best player. The rookie added to his one-goal, three-assist debut with two goals on Saturday. He was involved in an unfortunate play in the games final moments, though, after he went awkwardly into the boards following a poorly timed hit from SHU's Austin McIlmurray. Following the game, Madigan said Solow is fine despite crashing into the boards.
Another important debut for NU was that of Cayden Primeau. The freshman goaltender stopped all 18 shots he saw to pick up the win and shutout in his collegiate debut.
The win also gives Madigan 99 for his career. He'll go for No. 100 next weekend at RIT.