Roundup: Bazin Picks Up 200th Win at Lowell
QU Survives Late Colgate Rally
CHN Staff Report
Late Thursday, news broke of a three-year contract extension for Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon. The news came as a bit of a shock to UVM fans with the Catamounts sitting on just four wins coming into the weekend.
Friday night didn't do much to assuage any of those concerns. The Catamounts put together one of their worst performances of the season and fell, 6-0, to UMass-Lowell at Tsongas Center.
The River Hawks scored two goals in 1:12 span midway through the opening period and never looked back.
Six different players scored for UML in the win — Norm Bazin's 200th as head coach at his alma mater.
"I thought, away from the puck, the whole D corps ... this was one of the better games for those guys," Bazin said. "You could play all six on the penalty kill. We substituted all six on the power play."
UVM is now winless in its last six games. The Catamounts have won just one of their last 11 overall. They haven't scored more than two goals in a game since a Nov. 10 loss to Boston College.
UML, on the other hand, began its second half of Hockey East games with an important win. The River Hawks are now six points back of league leader, Boston College. Saturday night, the River Hawks host Massachusetts. UVM's next games are against the Minutemen, as well. The Catamounts head to Amherst for a pair of gamesnext weekend.
Merrimack 3, UConn 2 (OT)
Merrimack's last non-conference games of the season produced a lot of drama last weekend. The Warriors played a pair of one-goal games in Colorado, defeating defending national champion Denver, 3-2, Friday night before losing to Colorado College, 2-1, a night later.
This weekend, the drama continued as MC got back into its Hockey East schedule with a late rally. Ludvig Larsson's goal at 18:30 of the third period tied the game just as regulation was coming to an end. Sami Tavernier won it for the Warriors just 12 seconds into overtime.
"I thought it was a pretty good hockey game overall," MC coach Mark Dennehy said. "I like how our team stayed with it. We played with poise, which, when you're down by a goal, can be difficult.
"When we played the way we want to play, we did a good job overall. Every time we've played (UConn) ... has been a grind. We were fortunate. We'll take the two points and move on."
Merrimack overcame a pair of one-goal deficits to pick up the win. UConn's Benjamin Freeman gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead midway through the second period. Marc Biega equalized for MC early in the third, but UConn quickly retook the lead through Maxim Letunov at 3:22.
The loss extends UConn's losing streak to three games. The Huskies are off until next weekend when they play the return game at Merrimack. The Warriors close out their weekend in Providence Saturday.
Quinnipiac 4, Colgate 3 (OT)
An overtime win in January has sparked a lengthy run for plenty of college hockey team. Friday night, Quinnipiac earned the kind of victory that often marks the beginning of a long run.
The Bobcats defeated Colgate, 4-3, in overtime in Hamilton. The win came after QU blew a two-goal lead with less than a minute left in regulation.
Nick Austin and Adam Dauda each scored in the final minute of the third. Just 26 seconds separated the two markers. The late pair made it look like yet another sound QU peformance would end without a victory.
Instead, Bo Pieper saved the day. He scored just 22 seconds into overtime.
The Bobcats are in the middle of the ECAC standings and have played more games than every team in front of them. Saturday's game in Ithaca is a big one for QU.
Cornell 7, Princeton 1
An important run of ECAC games began in style for Cornell. The Big Red smashed Ivy League rival Princeton, 7-1, Friday night.
An opening-period 1-0 lead bloomed into a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes, and it only got worse for the Tigers after that.
Six different players scored for Cornell in the win. Anthony Angello, who scored the Big Red's first goal of the night, added a second late in the middle period to make it 5-1.
Princeton is now winless in its last four games and has just one win in its previous seven games.
The Tigers head to Hamilton Saturday night for a game against Colgate. Meanwhile, Cornell hosts Quinnipiac at Lynah Rink.
Union 4, Dartmouth 1
Union defeated Dartmouth, 4-1, Friday night in Hanover. The Dutchmen scored a pair of goals in both the first and third periods to earn the win.
UC goaltender Jake Kupsky made 33 saves to earn the win.
The Dutchmen are currently two points back of Clarkson for the top spot in the ECAC standings. With the Golden Knights off this weekend, the Dutchmen can pull level ahead of next weekend's showdown with a win Saturday night against Harvard.
Harvard 3, RPI 0
Right around this time last year, Harvard started a run that would take them to the Frozen Four. There's no telling where the Crimson end up this year, but it started the second half with an important win on Friday.
Harvard cruised past RPI with a 3-0 win.
First-period goals from Ryan Donato and Ty Pelton-Byce put the Crimson up for good. Jack Badini extended the lead early in the second period.
Merrick Madsen made 32 saves to earn the shutout.