Roundup: Cornell, Clarkson Fall
Umile 4 Wins from 600; PC Stumbles at UVM
CHN Staff Report
Two streaks ended Saturday night in Ithaca.
Rensselaer ended a five-game losing streak by ending Cornell's 11-game unbeaten run.
The Engineers, which was second to last in the Pairwise coming into the game, escaped Lynah Rink with a 2-1 win, withstanding a third-period barrage from Cornell to earn the win.
"They did a good job right from the opening draw," Cornell coach Mike Schafer said of RPI. "It's an unfortunate bounce on the first goal with (our defender on the play), he jammed it and it kind of went right back of the net. It seemed to signify what the rest of the night would be like for us.
"RPI played hard throughout the course of the night, and we didn't respond well it. A little taste of a loss will go a long, long way for this hockey team."
Goals from Jacob Hayhurst and Brady Wiffen had RPI leading by a pair heading into the final 20 minutes.
Cornell's Jared Fiegl cut the lead in half midway early in the first, scoring his second goal of the season 1:35 ito the period.
RPI goaltender Linden Marshall was up to the rest, though. He made 11 saves in the third period to protect the lead. For the game, he finished with 29 saves total.
Cornell, which dropped to No. 4 in the Pairwise, remains three points clear of second-place Clarkson heading into next weekend's showdown between the two clubs.
Princeton 4, Clarkson 3
Clarkson, after what was a 14-game winning streak, is now 1-3-2 in its last six games after its most recent setback. The Golden Knights fell, 4-3, to Princeton on Saturday nighty at Hobey Baker Rink.
The win moves Princeton into a sixth-place tie in the ECAC with Ivy League rival Dartmouth.
Clarkson stays three points back of league leaders Cornell with the loss. It was the second straight loss on the weekend, following a setback to Quinnipiac on Friday. The pair of losses dropped Clarkson to No. 7 in the Pairwise.
"We lost our way in terms of how we want to play for 60 minutes, and we're trying to find it back," Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. "I thought today was a good step forward to be honest. We had relentless pressure. There were good saves by Jake (Kielly). There were opportunities on our sticks to score goals where other games I felt differnt. We have to find a way to perservere and get (wins). We coughed up a couple leads recently. That's not normal for us."
Third-period goals from David Hallisey and Reid Yochim gave Princeton the win Saturday night. Hallisey's strike at 12:57 of the third period tied the game. Just 1:36 later, Reid Yochim scored on the power play to put the Tigers up for good.
Yochim has recently seen increased playing time due to injuries — most notably that of Josh Teves.
"His tenacity is missed," Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. "We had guys step up. That's a sign of where the program is going. To lose a big pillar of your team and someone else can step up and do the job for us."
Clarkson hosts Cornell next Friday night and Colgate Saturday.
The Tigers, winners of their last four games, head to southern New England next weekend for games with Brown and Yale.
Union 3, Colgate 1
Union may have seen its winning streak end at four games Friday night. However, the Dutchmen managed to avoid losing any more ground in the ECAC standings with a 3-1 win over Colgate Saturday night in Hamilton.
The win keeps Union comfortably in positon to skate through the first round of the ECAC tournament into the quarterfinals. It's currently one point clear of fourth-place Harvard and five points up on Colgate.
Colgate took the lead midway through the first period on a goal from Josh McKechney. However, the Dutchemn took over in the second and leveled the score on a gaol from Anthony Rinaldi.
Sebastian Vidmar found the game-winner at 12:09 of the third period. Cole Maier's empty-net goal at 19:45 sealed the win for the Dutchmen.
Next week, Union faces Harvard and Dartmouth. The matchup with the Crimson could help Union put even more room between itself and Harvard. Colgate heads to the North Country, beginning with St. Lawrence Friday before taking on Clarkson to close the weekend.
UNH 3, UMass 1
There's nothing quite like a visit from Massachusetts to get things back on track.
New Hampshire, which entered the game winless in its last 12, controlled played throughout on Saturday.
Liam Blackburn's power-play goal 2:35 into the first period. Kohei Sato doubled the UNH lead at 17:43 of the first period with his first collegiate goal.
UMass outshot UNH 18-8 in the final 40 minutes, but Danny [[Tirone]] kept the Minutemen from getting any closer after Mitchell Chafee brought UMass within one midway through the second period.
Tirone finished the night with 26 saves.
Marcus Vela put UNH back up by two goals, scoring on Jake Gaudet's 5-minute major, at 10:59 of the third period.
With the win, UNH coach Dick Umile moves to within four victories of 600 for his career. The Wildcats have six regular-season games left.
UMass has lost its last six games and is 2-8-1 since the start of the second half.
Merrimack 3, Maine 2 (OT)
Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman has been the talk of Hockey East for a lot of the season. The freshman has led the Black Bears to the Pairwise bubble and into a race for a bye in the Hockey East tournament.
Saturday, though, it was another goalie that stole one for his team.
Drew Vogler made 36 saves and kept Merrimack alive long enough for Sami Tavernier to win the game for the Warriors. Tavernier's goal at 3:36 of overtime ended Merrimack's six-game losing streak and lifted the Warriors out of the Hockey East basement.
"Vogler was really good tonight," Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy said. "He made some big saves, some timely saves as well."
"We have been struggling to get wins lately," Vogler said. "Any points are huge for us right now. We need to climb back up in the standings to get home ice. I'm trying to help in any way I can and the boys were good in front of me tonight."
The teams traded goals throughout the game. Tyler Drevitch got the scoring started, giving Merrimack the lead just 5:10 into the game. Maine's Tim Doherty equalized at 15:02 of the opening frame.
Bret Seney's shorthanded goal in the second period, and Mitchell Fossier's power-play tally in the third period capped the scoring in regulation.
Maine ends the weekend a point back of Boston University in the race for the fourth seed in the Hockey East tournament. The fifth-place Black Bears are still in position for a bye, however. They have a one-point lead on sixth-place UMass-Lowell but have played one more Hockey East game than the River Hawks.
Vermont 4, Providence 3
A physical, hotly-contested game ended with Providence once again failing to seize control of the Hockey East race.
The Friars are currently in a three-way race with Boston College and Northeastern for the league's regular-season title. Taking just one point from a weekend with a struggling Vermont team isn't going to help.
Alex Esposito's goal at 13:27 of the third period gave UVM a 4-3 lead it would relinquish.
"That had a flavor of playoff hockey, a grind-it-out game," UVM coach Kevin Sneddon said. "I was really happy with our response. Every time they got up, we responded. We've got a lot of guys with cuts and bruises, but that's what it takes to win in this league."
PC wasted leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 Saturday night. Jacob Bryson scored two goals for the Friars. However, UVM's Craig Puffer matched him with a pair of his own.
Stefanos Lekkas made 30 saves to help UVM to the win. PC's Hayden Hawkey stopped just 23 of the 27 shots he faced on Saturday.
"It's hard for a goaltender when you have that much traffic at the net," Sneddon said. "(Lekkas) got bumped an awful lot. He probably endured more hits than most guys this weekend. He held his ground and did a great job for us all weekend."
The Friars have won just one of their last five games. With only four games remaining in the regular-season schedule, PC is going to need wins and some help to earn a regular-season title. PC is two points back of leaders Boston College. However, BC has a game in hand on the Friars — as does second-place Northeastern.
The loss also drops Providence to 12th in the Pairwise.