Roundup: St. Cloud Drops Minnesota
Harvard Stuns Union; Cornell Holds off QU
CHN Staff Report
It hasn't been easy for anyone against St. Cloud State this season. So Minnesota needed all the help it could get ahead of Saturday's game with its in-state rival.
Fresh off a bronze medal at the World Junior hockey championships, Casey Mittelstadt and Ryan Lindgren were set to join their Minnesota teammates — just as St. Cloud coach Bob Motzko did — but the duo's equipment never made it. So they watched instead.
And they probably didn't like whay they see. For the fifth consecutive time, SCSU cruised past Minnesota, dropping the Gophers, 5-2, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
The way it's gone for most of the season, Mittelstadt and Lindgren may not even have helped much. The Huskies continued their dominant performance of the season, outshooting Minnesota, 34-23.
"I was a spectator, and I give my staff credit," Motzko said. "Our guys were ready to play tonight.
"That was as good as our team has played. We were on top of pucks, and our defensemen were really solid."
Mike Szmatula and Robby Jackson traded goals in the first period. However, SCSU would score the next three, including two from Mikey Eyssimont.
The last time Minnesota defeated St. Cloud State was Nov. 1, 2014 — a 4-3 overtime win in St. Paul. Minnesota coach Don Lucia expected a tough test entering the game.
"They are the best team we've seen this year," he said. "We've played some of the top teams, but I think what separates (St. Cloud State) is depth."
Harvard 4, Union 3 (OT)
Friday night, Harvard dominated from the start and cruised to a win. Saturday, the Crimson had to hang on a bit, prove they could withstand some pressure. Harvard did exactly that and eventually found a winner.
Henry Bowlby scored with 6 seconds left in overtime — his second goal of the game — to earn a 4-3 win over Union Saturday afternoon.
The teams traded goals three times during regulation, with Harvard responding to a Union tally each time.
"I'm pretty proud of our guys for sticking with it," Harvard coach Ted Donato said. "We had plenty of chances to hang our head ... but it's nice to see our guys keep their composure."
Michael Floodstrand's goal at 8:56 of the third period tied the game, 3-3. It was the fourth goal of the third period and third in just 55 seconds. After Ryan Scarfo scored to give Union a 2-1 lead at 6:24, Bowlby tied the game at 8:01. Union went back on top at 8:32 through Anthony Rinaldi before Floodstrand capped the regulation scoring 24 seconds later.
Harvard's win caps a huge weekend for the Crimson. Taking games from both Rensselaer and Union gives Harvard the start to their second-half league schedule it needed. With the sweep, Harvard is now fourth in the ECAC and just two games back of first-place Clarkson.
For Union, the loss prevented them from moving level with Clarkson atop the league table. Overall, the Dutchmen have lost four of their last five games.
Cornell 1, Quinnipiac 0
Statistically, not much has separated Cornell and Quinnipiac this season. They do things differently, but both teams have been able to play games as they wanted. The only difference — one can't stop winning and another can't seem to get started.
Cornell defeated Quinnipiac, 1-0, Saturday night at Lynah Rink in a game that has typified both teams' years.
"We got away with one tonight," Cornell coach Mike Schafer said. "They came out and had two or three pipes on the power play. We just weren't sharp all over the ice. (Quinnipiac) played well. They played a team game tonight. We didn't have the same bite to our game.
"Any time you get a win like (Saturday night), you have to give credit to the other team as far as the intensity in which they played. It forces you into some of that lull, it forces you into some of that lack of playing with poise."
Quinnipiac controlled play and generated some scoring chances.
Cornell got a timely goal and made it difficult for their opponent to establish much offensively.
Trevor Yates' second-period goal was the lone marker, giving the Big Red a 1-0 lead it wouldn't relinquish. Matthew Galajda's 28 saves kept CU in front.
Cornell's win keeps the Big Red in the top 5 of the Pairwise for the weekend. In the ECAC, they're a game back of Clarkson. Both teams have played eight games and meet for the final time on Feb. 9 in Canton.
Bowling Green 6, Ferris State 3
Bowling Green's hot second half start continued Saturday. The Falcons erupted for four goals in the third period to erase a 3-2 Ferris State deficit and drop the Bulldogs, 6-3, at Ewigleben Ice Arena.
FSU went ahead with 23 seconds to play in the second period, setting up a crucial third-period for the upstart Falcons.
It didn't take long to BGSU to find an equalizer. It took even less time for them to go ahead. Sam Craggs scored 2:43 into the period to tie the game; Cameron Wright put BGSU ahead just 1:43 later. Wright would add another at 8:05 before Lukas Craggs scored at 9:41.
Bowling Green is now level with Northern Michigan in second place of the WCHA. THe Falcons and Wildcats are both eight points back of first-place Minnesota State.