Roundup: Morris Steals One for Notre Dame
Atlantic Hockey Race Even Closer
CHN Staff Report
Notre Dame's season has been defined by its success, which has come largely from the regular brilliance of goaltender Cale Morris.
Saturday, the result wasn't what it's usually been, but Morris was just as brilliant.
The sophomore made 55 saves, including a penalty shot in overtime, and stopped three shootout attempts to earn a 2-2 tie and an extra point in the shootout. Jordan Gross' goal in the third round of the shootout sealed the extra point for UND.
"(Morris) has been our rock all season," UND coach Jeff Jackson said. "Especially, against a team like Penn State who shoots from everywhere, rebound control is really important. He played very composed."
"Give Cale a ton of credit," PSU coach Guy Gadowsky said of Morris on the penalty shot attempt in overtime. "I'd take (Andrew) Sturtz in that situation anytime, and no one wants to win more than him. I thought he played a really great game and deserved that."
With the extra point, Notre Dame is six points — two games — from clinching the Big 10 regular-season title.
Penn State, which has slipped outside the Pairwise bubble after this weekend's loss and tie, came back from an initial 2-0 deficit to draw even.
Cal Burke and Dylan Malmquist scored in a span of 1:44 in the first period to put UND up early.
Andrew Sturtz and Liam Folkes scored to tie the game, 2-2.
PSU ends the weekend two points back of Michigan in fifth place in the Big 10 standings.
Michigan State 6, Ohio State 3
Michigan State goaltender John Lethemon made 27 saves, and six different Spartans scored as MSU dropped Ohio State, 6-3, Saturday night in Columbus.
"The guys played really well," MSU coach Danton Cole said. "There was a lot of energy, a lot of great emotion, but they executed, moved pucks and played fast. I thought we did a really good job, especially the first two periods, of getting pucks in the zone and player in their end."
The loss ends Ohio State's four-game winning streak and keeps Ohio State from furthering their stranglehold on the No. 2 seed in the Big 10 tournament.
The Spartans scored three times in the first period Saturday night. Butrus Ghafari opened the scoring 3:23 into the first period. Austin Kramer and Patrick Khodorenko scored at 9:56 and 19:31, respectively, to put MSU up, 3-0.
Ohio State got one back just 16 seconds after Khodorenko's goal. However, MSU would score two more times before OSU could further cut into the lead.
"We always felt we were in the game," Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik said. "We always felt we could come back. Again, that's the locker room. That's the culture of these guys. They still believed right to the end. The problem was ... when we had some momentum going all of a sudden, it was a breakdown the other way. The next thing you know, they have a guy behind our D walking on on goal. We just had too many defensive breakdowns."
Wisconsin 4, Michigan 2
Fifty-six seconds defined Michigan's 4-2 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday night.
Already leading, 1-0, Wisconsin struck for two goals in 56 seconds at 13:00 and 13:56. Michigan never recovered.
The Wolverines lost, 4-2, and saw Wisconsin move past them into third place in the Big 10 after moving past the Badgers with a win on Friday.
"From (Friday) night to (Saturday) night, to be able to give us an effort like that (after losing on Friday), it shows who (we) are," Wisconsin coach Tony Granato. "(We) had to dig down to find energy."
Trent Frederic, Ryan Wagner and Cullen Hurley scored in the first period. Wyatt Kalynuk made it 4-0 early in the second period.
Jake Slaker cut into the lead at 12:48 of the second period. Jake Becker made it 4-2 at 8:42 of the third, but it never got any closer.
“(Friday) night, we thought we played a great first period and we were down 3-1," Granato said. "Tonight was kind of the opposite. Tonight, we didn’t have a great first but we got some saves to give us a chance. We were very opportunistic in the first, that’s what they were last night. Power play scored two big goals for us, last night we gave them two power-play goals, so it was pretty much the opposite.”
Kyle Hayton made 32 saves for Wisconsin to earn the win.
It was the last games Granato coached for the Badgers before he leaves for South Korea, where he will lead Team USA at the Winter Olympics.
Robert Morris 3, Sacred Heart 1
Robert Morris' second-half push for Atlantic Hockey's regular-season title continued Saturday night with a 3-1 win over Sacred Heart.
The Colonials scored once in each period and held SHU scoreless until the 15:07 mark of the third period to earn the win.
Michael Coyne, Timmy Moore and Eric Israel all score for RMU. Francis Marotte made 26 saves for the Colonials to keep the Pioneers at bay.
RMU has won five of its last seven games and lost just one of those games total.
The Colonials end the weekend just one game back of both Canisius and Holy Cross — the teams tied atop the Atlantic Hockey standings.
Canisius 5, Holy Cross 2
The weekend atop Atlantic Hockey ended precisely as it began.
Canisius responded to Friday's loss to Holy Cross with a 5-2 win over the Crusaders. The teams are, once again, tied atop the Atlantic Hockey standings. However, Holy Cross has played two more games than Canisius.
"I know coaches say it all time, but it felt like a great team win today," Canisius coach Trevor Large said. "Everybody responded from (Friday) night. Our discipline was way better. Our lack of discipline hurt us last night. Today, I felt we were disciplined during some very emotional moments of the game. That was a big adjustment. Our energy into the way we want to play was great from the start.
"There are no secrets in hockey. There isn't one systematic thing that's going to change from game to game, especially this time of year. What we did as a coaching staff is refocus the guys to get shots on net. We want to make plays, but we need more shots on net to score more. The guys responded today."
The Golden Griffins host Army next weekend before heading to Air Force the falling weekend. The regular season ends with a home-and-home pair against Niagara.
Three of Holy Cross' last four games are on the road, including two at Mercyhurst. The season ends with a home-and-home series with AIC.
Saturday, Canisius used a three-goal second period to take control of the game. Logan Gestro, Matt Long and Matt Hoover all scored in the middle frame to put CC on top for good. Hoover's goal was his second of the night. His first put CC up, 1-0, at 18:33 of the first period.
The teams traded goals in the third period.
Canisius goaltender Daniel Urbani made 31 saves to earn the win.