Roundup: Tale of Two Cities in North Country
CHN Staff Report
Clarkson bounced back from its first loss of the season to roll over Providence, 4-0, at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson will complete a tough opening month of October, in which they will play seven of their first eight games against teams that competed in last year's NCAA Tournament, with a two-game series at Minnesota next weekend.
Saturday's win gave seventh-year head coach Casey Jones his 100th career coaching victory.
"We had years early on trying to scratch and claw for wins, trying to get the culture and players here," Jones said.
Sophomore Devin Brosseau paced the Knights offensively with his second career two-goal game and classmate Jake Kielly backstopped a solid team effort with 26 saves to record his second shutout on the year.
"I just didn't think we were sharp last night and battle through some adversity," Jones said about Friday's loss to Mass.-Lowell. "We challenged our guys today. We were looking for that response that we got. Last night we weren't ready for the drop of the puck. You set that tone and you gain confidence as the game goes on.
"We want to be a smart hockey team. There was as 180-degree turn on that, we played a really intelligent hockey game."
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St. Lawrence is the only team in the nation without a win or tie after suffering a 5-0 setback to Massachusetts-Lowell on Saturday. Friday, the Saints lost in overtime to Providence.
Junior goaltender Christoffer Hernberg posted 27 saves for his first career shutout to help Lowell.
The River Hawks exploded with a four-goal second period, which included a pair of power-play goals by Chris Forney, a one-timer from the point and Zach Kamrass’ second goal of the night, which was a wrister from the top of the left circle.
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Quinnipiac carried over its strong third period from Friday, and completed a weekend sweep of Northeastern thanks to some late heroics at Matthews Arena. Alex Whelan scored with 37.8 seconds left in overtime to improve QU's record to 2-2-1.
Quinnipiac, which tossed six shots on goal in the extra frame, ended it in the final minute after a shot from Karlis Cukste was blocked by Adam Gaudette, but the loose puck landed on the stick of Whelan, who lifted it over Ruck for the game-winner.
"We competed a lot better and it was a close game," Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said. "That's a tough goal to give up late in the game. Adam tried to stop it with his glove and couldn't get his stick on it, and tried to kick it out. Then we got the block and it came right back to (Whelan) who put it in. You move on. It's not going to define the rest of our season."
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Michigan rallied back from a 2-1 deficit entering the third period to defeat Vermont, 3-2, behind two goals from sophomore Jake Slaker on Saturday at Red Berenson Rink at Yost Ice Arena.
With the Wolverines down one goal, they played aggressively looking for quick ways to score, recording five shots in the first five minutes of the third period while holding the Catamounts to only one. Michigan finally connected at 15:07 on Slaker's first goal of the season. Slaker added the game-winning goal on a snipe from the right faceoff circle four minutes later.
This is Slaker's second career game with two goals — coincidently happening Oct. 21 of last season in a 4-3 win over Michigan Tech. The San Diego, Calif., native recorded a three-point weekend, recording an assist in the Wolverine's 4-1 win yesterday over the Catamounts.
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Junior Bobo Carpenter picked up his first collegiate hat trick to lead Boston University to a 6-3 win over Connecticut in Hartford. BU takes three points on the weekend, following Friday's tie, and snaps a three-game winless streak.
All of Carpenter’s goals came on the power play and he added an assist for a four-point performance. Sophomore Patrick Curry had the first two-goal game of his career to help the Terriers improve to 3-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play.
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Bowling Green turned around its game from Friday, when it was handled at home by Minnesota State, and returned the favor for a 5-2 win over the Mavericks.
Lukas Craggs scored his first two goals of the season, but a chance at a hat trick was snigged out when he was ejected just 2:37 into the second period for a hit from behind.
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Alabama-Huntsville earned its first win of the season in its fourth game, getting a split with Michigan Tech after a 4-2 win Saturday.
Jordan Uhelski made 41 saves to earn the win for the Chargers. Tech's goaltender, Patrick Munson, left the game in the third period.
After the Huskies took an early lead, the Chargers scored three straight to gain control, including a shorthanded goal by junior defenseman John Teets, just the second goal of his career.
"Special teams were the difference in the game tonight," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "Again, I give full credit to Huntsville. They're competing hard all game long, and we have to take that same mentality."
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Rick Bennett became the winningest coach in Union history with a 5-1 win over Niagara on Saturday, giving the Dutchmen a sweep of the weekend against Atlantic Hockey opponents.
Union defeated RIT, 6-1, a night earlier.