Roundup: Wisconsin's Burst Beats Merrimack
Clarkson, UNH, St. Cloud Remain Among Unbeatens
CHN Staff Report
Three goals in a nearly 40-second span helped lead Wisconsin past Merrimack, 4-1. Wisconsin was following up Friday's win at Boston College with its first ever trip to North Andover.
Kyle Hayton made 41 saves in the victory, which upped the Badgers' record to 4-1.
Merrimack tied the game in the second period on a play where Hayton thought the puck never went in, which led to an outburst towards the officials that went for naught.
But instead, Wisconsin rallied off of it, getting the three-goal outburst that started with a power play.
“I think the response that our players got from it – Kyle doesn’t chase the referee down (normally). There were a lot of things that factored into that," Wisconsin coach Tony Granato said. "It was [emotional] and I think for how hard Kyle has battled for us all year, it was one of those like, ‘Okay boys, let’s get going here for Kyle.’ Let’s make sure we’re taking this game over."
Said Hayton, “I’m a competitive guy and I don’t like giving up goals, especially ones that don’t go in. ... You can be upset about it for a little bit, but as soon as that puck drops you’ve gotta get back to the game. Still had half the game left at that point. Had to stay focused and keep pushing on.”
Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy thought the game came down to just a few mistakes.
"We played well for large stretches, and the whole game came down to about 90 seconds," Dennehy said. "That's a good lesson for us. If you want to win, you have compete for 60 minutes."
Said Granato, “That’s a hard rink to play in and it’s a hard team to play against. They are tenacious, they compete and every battle out there was a tough one, like a playoff game. I thought that was really encouraging, especially how we played last night and they’ve been sitting and waiting for us to come into their building. I thought our readiness, to be ready for a game like that is really a nice thing to see this early in the season.”
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Christian Lampasso scored a second-period goal to even things up, and that's how it stayed, as Ohio State tied Rensselaer for the second straight night by the same 1-1 score.
A difference, however, from Friday was that Ohio State had a reasonable amount of shots, only 28 compared to 57. RPI's Chase Perry was in net for both ties. Junior Evan Tironese scored RPI's only goal.
“I was happy with our third period. We started to play the way we needed to," OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. "Sometimes it’s not all about the number of shots, it’s about the quality of them. Tonight, I don’t think we were as good down low, but I think we still generated enough to score more than one.”
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New Hampshire, the reigning CHN Team of the week, remained perfect in the young season with a weekend sweep of Colgate. UNH won Saturday night, 5-3, behind two goals from Jason Salvaggio, who had three on the weekend.
Colgate senior goaltender Zac Hamilton made 30 stops in the loss.
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Bemidji State and Minnesota-Duluth skated to a scoreless tie, one night after BSU earned a win over the Bulldogs.
BSU's Michael Bitzer was the star of the scoreless tie, posting a career-high 45 saves, while holding UMD without a power-play goal in four opportunities. It was his 17th career shutout.
UMD had a 74-44 shot advantage on the weekend, but only got the one tie.
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Six different UND players scored their first goal as North Dakota completed a weekend sweep of St. Lawrence, 6-1.
Defenseman Christian Wolanin opened the scoring at 6:11 of the first period. A power-play goal by Shane Gersich and an even-strength tally by rookie Grant Mismash staked UND to a healthy 3-0 lead after one period in which the Fighting Hawks outshot the Saints 13-4.
The Fighting Hawks scored on rebounds, odd-man rushes and screens, doing the little things that meant a lot on this night.
"It was a good week of practice and preparation that showed during the game," said defenseman Colton Poolman, who assisted on both of UND's first two goals and was named the game's No. 1 star. "We got pucks in, and we played hard and heavy the whole game. I think that was the big key."
Gersich, UND's leading returning scorer, got his first goal (and point) of the season on a rebound on the power play at 14:11 of the period. He came into the season with 30 goals in his first two seasons.
"Obviously it feels good," Gersich said of his first goal. "Maybe gripping the stick a little too much the first three games. The first one's out of the way. Now I can look forward."
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Clarkson got a pair of goals from Sheldon Rempal to knock off Western Michigan, 4-2, and remain unbeaten (3-0-1). The teams tied Friday night. Jake Kielly made 35 saves for the Golden Knights.
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Mason Bergh scored all three goals for Colorado College as it earned the weekend sweep of Alaska-Anchorage with a 3-2 win at home.
On the other side of the ledger, UAA goaltender Olivier Mantha became the school's career leader in saves. He had 38 on the night and now has 2,645 for his career, passing Paul Krake (1989-92).
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Alaska gave St. Cloud State everything it could handle Saturday, one night after a 6-3 loss. But ultimately, the end result was the same for the Nanooks, who suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 overtime defeat Saturday.
The Huskies needed a goal with under two minutes remaining from Ryan Poehling to tie it, then won in overtime at 2:06 when his brother Nick Poehling deposited the game winner.
First-year UAF coach Lance West is still looking for his first career win (0-3-1).
“I’m extremely proud of how the guys played tonight and really, throughout the weekend,” West said. “We got down early and battled back to take the lead a couple of times, which shows the resiliency this group has in them. If we learned anything from this trip, it’s that we need to control the ups and the downs and I thought we managed our emotions pretty well. We had a push-back in all situations but we continued to compete and battle until the end. We have to clean up a couple details in order to close out a game but I believe after how we played this weekend, we can compete with the best of them.”
The Huskies wasted no time opening up the scoring, as captain Jimmy Schuldt recorded a power-play goal only 5:07 into the first period. Schuldt, who posted two power-play goals against the Nanooks on Friday, continued the trend by ripping a one-timer past Anton Martinsson.
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Danton Cole earned his first win as head coach of his alma mater, as Michigan State earned a split of the weekend. Taro Hirose scored with 40 seconds left in regulation to give the Spartans the victory.
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Two second-period goals gave Air Force a 3-2 win over Arizona State and a weekend sweep, in two close games.