Roundup: Spartans Pound LSSU; UMD Sweeps
Brey Earns SLU Split in Madison
CHN Staff Report
The Danton Cole era hasn't yet brought a slew of high-quality opponents through East Lansing just yet. It's certainly brought a few more wins, though.
The Spartans cruised past Lake Superior State, 6-0, Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena to finish a sweep of the Lakers. MSU ends the month 4-2-0; its best start since going 3-0-3 to open the 2010-11 season. The Spartans hadn't won four games in October since winning six of eight in the 2009-10 season.
Carrying a 1-0 lead into the second period, MSU scored four times in the middle frame to put the game away. The goals were well-deserved — MSU outshot LSSU, 16-1.
"I didn't like the first period very much, but we defended well and work hard," Cole said. "They really buckled down in the second. ... You're always going to have those ups and downs during a game, and you try to ride out the bad parts. We were able to do that tonight."
Not much has gone right for LSSU to start the 2017-18 season. The Lakers are winless in their last seven games after a season-opening win against Northern Michigan. They've been outscored, 28-13, in that time.
Both teams face conference opponents next weekend. Michigan State travels to Minneapolis for two with the Gophers. In fact, the Spartans will play all but two of their remaining games against Big Ten teams.
Lake State is in the same position. Twenty-six of its final 28 games come against WCHA teams.
Ohio State 3, Robert Morris 1
Robert Morris senior Andrew Pikul did his best to get his team a win Saturday night. Problem was, no one else was much help.
Pikul made 38 saves and held Ohio State scoreless for more than 41 minutes before Matt Miller's second of the season gave the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead.
Alex Tonge got the Colonials level at 7:51. Once again, Pikul fought to keep his team alive. Tanner Laczynski had other ideas. The sophomore scored at 17:29 of the third period to put OSU in the lead and added an empty-net goal at 19:52 to seal the win.
The Buckeyes are unbeaten in their last six games against fairly weak competition. They'll get a major test next weekend, hosting Notre Dame for a pair in Columbus.
RMU has lost three in a row and four of its last five games. The Colonials begin a run of eight straight conference games next weekend, welcoming Holy Cross to town for a pair of games.
St. Lawrence 6, Wisconsin 3
St. Lawrence picked up its first win of the season and got a measure of revenge in the process. The Saints earned a split with Wisconsin, defeating the Badgers, 6-3, Saturday night in Madison.
Kyle Hayton, the senior transfer from SLU, defeated his former club Friday night. Saturday, however, SLU put four goals past starter Jack Berry before getting another on Hayton after he relieved Berry in the third period.
SLU recorded only 13 shots on goals in the win; the game ended with shots on goal 37-13 in the Badgers' favor. Hayton faced just one shot on goal in the game — Ben Finkelstein's goal, which extended SLU's lead to 5-3.
A year ago, Wisconsin emerged as a team capable of playing for championships despite a significant hole in goal. Hayton's transfer solved that problem. Clearly, Berry still isn't capable of instilling confidence for the Badgers.
Junior Arthur Brey, Hayton's de facto replacement, stopped 34 shots to earn the win for St. Lawrence.
Minnesota 2, Clarkson 1
After a 3-0-1 start and wins from four of its first six games, Clarkson's trip out west has officially sent the Golden Knights back to earth. Minnesota completed a weekend sweep of Clarkson with a 2-1 win Saturday night.
The Golden Knights have now lost three of their four games.
Sheldon Rempal gave Clarkson an early 1-0 lead, scoring at 6:06 of the first period. However, the offense never got going to build its leads, and Minnesota used goals from Leon Bristedt and Mike Szmatula to earn the win.
Minnesota has won four of its last five games after dropping two of three to start the season.
Clarkson, which has exclusively played non-conference games to start the season, hosts its first two ECAC games of the year next weekend. The Golden Knights welcome Rensselaer and Brown to Cheel Arena.
Minnesota also heads back into its lead, hosting a pair of games against Michigan State.
Minnesota-Duluth 2, Maine 0
Minnesota-Duluth rode goals from Parker Mackay and Riley Tufte to a 2-0 win over Maine Saturday night in Orono. The win completed a two-game sweep of the weekend out east for the Bulldogs.
Goaltender Hunter Shepard made 26 saves to earn the shutout. The sophomore started both games over the weekend and allowed just one goal on the 53 shots he faced.
Duluth is unbeaten in its last five games after dropping a pair of games to Michigan Tech and Bemidji State.
Tufte's goal was his fourth of the season. While he finished his rookie campaign with nine goals total, he didn't get his first of the 2016-17 season until Jan. 13.
Maine, on the other hand, has lost fourth of its last five games. The Black Bears' next four games come against Massachusetts-Lowell and Boston University — both contenders for Hockey East silverware this season.
Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman made 35 saves in the loss, keeping an overmatched Maine team alive.