Roundup: Minnesota State Sweeps BU
Denver, Lowell Get 1st Wins
CHN Staff Report
Minnesota State has a clear path to the NCAA tournament in winning the WCHA tournament. However, the Mavericks appear to have more than just an appearance on their mind.
MSU picked up a few early additions to its Pairwise resume this weekend. The Mavericks took two games from Boston University at Agganis Arena, completing the sweep with Saturday's 3-0 win over the Terriers.
"Leaving the bench after the first period tonight, I didn't think we had enough in the tank," Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings said. "(Our best players) exerted a lot of energy in that first period just defending. It's not a great recipe for success, but I'm happy to see us survive."
Goaltender Jason Pawloski stopped 28 shots to earn the shutout.
"I thought our goaltender was exceptional in the first period," Hastings said. "To not be down by the end of the first period ... he was the difference-maker tonight. He gave us a chance to collect our breath and get to the second period with zeroes."
In the second period, Nicolas Rivera and C.J. Suess scored for the Mavericks, giving them a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. MSU kept the Terriers from cutting into the lead, though, and eventually Marc Michaelis added an empty-net goal to seal the win.
Denver 4, Notre Dame 2
A late comeback proved for naught for Notre Dame Saturday night. Despite two goals in a 24-second span in the final minutes of regulation, UND let Denver build its lead right back.
DU's Liam Finlay scored just 24 seconds after Jordan Gross' equalizer to put DU back in the lead. A Dylan Gambrell empty-net goal sealed the 4-2 win for the Pioneers.
"All four lines played really well and all six defenseman," DU coach Jim Montgomery said.
"We generated a lot of scoring chances, did a lot of good stuff in the offensive zone, our puck protection was better, and we got inside the middle of the ice."
Gross' goal, which came at 15:08, initially went unnoticed by most on the ice. However, a Notre Dame challenge found the puck sailed right over Tanner Jaillet's right shoulder, into the net and through the twine.
DU established its lead in the first period, with goals coming from junior Troy Terry and freshman Jake Durfinger.
The defending national champion Pioneers were without one of their best players. Sophomore forward Henrik Borgstrom, who scored twice on Friday, missed the game due to illness.
Notre Dame received a pair of strong performances from its two goaltenders in the weekend. Friday night, freshman Dylan St. Cyr stopped 46 shots in a 2-2 tie with DU. Saturday, sophomore Cale Morris made 30 saves for UND. The pair is vying for playing time as UND coach Jeff Jackson looks to replace Cal Petersen.
"I thought (Morris) made some really key saves for us, and that's good," Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. "I'm OK with (Morris and St. Cyr) playing back to back for us for the time being. Dylan's had a little bit more success, but Cale's made some really big saves in key moments in the game. He's done well, too."
Quinnipiac 3, Vermont 2 (OT)
Quinnipiac's hard-luck start looked certain to continue Saturday afternoon. Despite carrying play for most of the game, the Bobcats surrended a one-goal, third-period lead and looked headed for a tie with the Catamounts.
Odeen Tufto took care of that.
The freshman scored his second goal of the game at 2:27 of overtime to give QU a 3-2 win — its first victory of the young season.
Tufto's first goal cme at 3:58 of the second period, knotting the game, 1-1, just 35 seconds after Liam Coughlin game UVM a 1-0 lead at 3:23. Tanner MacMaster put the Bobcats ahead, 2-1, with only 56 seconds left in the period.
"My linemates are great," Tufto said. "You play with them, good things will happen. I feel good out there. It comes from the players you're with."
"We had a good second, but I think we struggled in the third," QU coach Rand Pecknold said. "Vermont had a good push and found a way to tie it. We were great in the overtime. We'll take out win.
"He's really good," Pecknold said of Tufto. "He's got a lot of poise. He made a lot of plays. Obviously, he had the two goals tonight. We need that right now. We need some forwards to step up and posses the puck and make plays for us."
After 40 minutes, QU held a 28-12 advantage in shots on goal. Once again, though, the Bobcats hadn't put enough space between them and their opponent. Similar to their first game of the season against Boston College, QU had allowed its opponent to stay in the game.
Craig Puffer tied the game at 11:33 of the third period to send it overtime.
UVM goaltender Stefanos Lekkas was a major reason the game even got that far. The sophomore goaltender stopped 34 of QU's 37 shots on goal.
UMass-Lowell 5, Omaha 2
Not much went right for Massachusetts-Lowell through the season's first three games. The River Hawks couldn't score. They couldn't get saves. They couldn't do much of anything.
Saturday night, UML wasn't perfect, but it got a badly needed win — its first of the season. The River Hawks defeated Nebraska-Omaha, 5-2, to earn a split.
"We're pleased with the outcome," UML coach Norm Bazin said. "I thought it was a good effort tonight by a lot of people. ... We're pleased with the effort. It was a good start, and the guys were able to nail it down in the third, which is nice to see."
Freshman defenseman Croix Evingson, who missed the season's first three games, scored a goal and added an assist.
UML and UNO traded two goals each in the middle period. Despite this, a troubling trended continued for UML. The River Hawks have been badly outplayed in the second periods of games this season. Saturday night, UNO oushot Lowell, 14-4.
Last year's No. 1 goaltender Tyler Wall struggled badly in his first three starts. Wall posted a .833 save percentage and was eventually pulled on Friday night for Christopher Hernberg. Hernberg started on Saturday and made 24 saves for UML to earn the win.
UMass 3, AIC 1
Freshman forward John Leonard scored two goals and added an assist in Massachusetts' 3-1 over American International Saturday night. The Minutemen have won three consecutive games after a season-opening loss to Arizona State.
"I thought both teams looked a little ragged out there, but it's a good sign for this young team that, if we don't have our A game, our B game was good enough to get is the win," UMass coach Greg Carvel said.
Leonard, the Amherst native, now has three goals in the first four games of his collegiate career.
The Minutemen opened the game with a pair of goals in the first period. Oliver Chau's second of the season gave UMass a 1-0 lead at 9:18. Leonard's first of the night doubled the lead at 13:27.
AIC goaltender Alex Murray would keep his team in the game, stopping 31 of the 34 shots he faced. In the second period, Murray saved 16 shots.
Northeastern 3, RIT 3 (OT)
RIT scored three goals in 13:02 in the second period of Saturday's game with Northeastern. The outburst gave the Tigers a large cushion and plenty of wiggle room as Northeastern prepared its onslaught.
The three-goal lead wasn't enough to earn the win. It was, however, enough not to lose — barely enough.
NU answered with three goals of its own, and the teams finished with 3-3 tie.
Just 3:08 after Erik Brown's second goal of the night gave RIT a 3-0 lead, Lincoln Griffin struck to cut the deficit and get Northeastern on the board. Garrett Cockerill an Dylan Sikura would score in the third period to level the score.
RIT goaltender Logan Drackett made 41 saves to earn the tie for the Tigers.
Northeastern goaltender Cayden Primeau stopped 24 of the 27 shots he saw after earning a shutout in his first-career start last Saturday night against Sacred Heart.
Michigan Tech 2, Lake Superior State 2 (OT)
Michigan Tech wins shootout, 1-0
In an Upper Peninsula battle, Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State played to a 2-2 tie Saturday night at Taffy Abel Arena.
The game goes down as a 2-2 tie for NCAA purposes. However, MTU earned the additional point in the WCHA standings with a 1-0 shootout win — Jake Lucchini scored the lone goal in the shootout.
LSSU goaltender Mareks Martins made 40 saves to keep the Lakers alive throughout the game.
Mercyhurst 4, Holy Cross 4 (OT)
Overcoming a third-period deficit can take a pretty big effort sometimes, especially on the road.
Outshooting an opponent, 20-5, in the final 20 minutes is one way to do the job. Mercyhurst dominated the final 20 minutes following a pretty even first 40 to fight back and earn a 4-4 tie with Holy Cross.
Taylor Best scored with 10 seconds left in regulation to even the game. Both goaltenders, Holy Cross' Paul Berrafato and Mercyhurst's Brandon Wildung, made four saves in the overtime.
The night, however, belonged to Berrafato. The senior made 46 saves for the Crusaders.
Both teams have started their seasons with a pair of ties.
Canisius 4, Robert Morris 1
Canisius earned an important split with Robert Morris with a 4-1 win Saturday. The Golden Griffins held the high-powered RMU offense in check, limiting the Colonials to 24 shots on on goal in the game.
Nick Hutchinson scored two goals for Canisius to pace the team's offense.
Daniel Urbani made 23 saves for CC in the win. The sophomore split the weekend's games with junior Simon Hofley. Hofley fared worse, allowing four goals on 26 shots in a loss.
A year ago, Canisius boasted the nation's best goaltender in Charles Williams. He finished his lone season in Buffalo with a .943 save percentage.
The win was the first for first-year Canisius coach Trevor Large.
Northern Michigan 1, Ferris State 0
After a season-opening loss to Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan has extended its winning streak to three games with a 1-0 win over Ferris State.
The Wildcats looked destined for overtime before Darien Craighead scored with less than 1 second left in regulation to win the game.
Ferris State, on the other hand, has lost three straight after a season-opening win over Western Michigan.
Atte Tolvanen made 35 saves for NMU in the win.