Compiled by D3hockey.com staff --
Friday's featured affair came courtesy of the NEHC as No. 8 UMass Boston hosted No. 9 Babson. The two entered the night a mere two points apart in the D3hockey.com Men's Top 15, and Friday's affair lived up to the even billing as a Tim Searles goal 4:13 into the third period and 36 saves by goaltender Jamie Murray helped the Beavers eek out a crucial 3-2 road win.
Highlights from No. 9 Babson's 3-2 win over No. 8 UMass Boston.
Babson's Tommy Munichiello notched a pair of goals, the first coming at 14:23 of the first period and the second at the 5:49 of the second, to stake the Beavers a 2-0 lead. But UMass Boston's Tyler Bishop struck later in the second to reduce the Beacons' deficit to one, while Frankie DeAugustine tallied on the power play 45 seconds into the third to draw things even at 2-2.
Searles' game-winner came three and a half minutes later and it was enough to secure the win for Babson, despite the fact UMass Boston was able to sustain significant pressure over the closing ten minutes.
The win pulled the Beavers (11-3-2, 7-1-1) to within a point of the league-leading Beacons (12-3-1, 8-1-0) in the NEHC race. The win in goal was Murray's 11th of the season, while UMass Boston netminder Billy Faust turned in a solid 37 save performance despite being saddled with the loss.
The Babson-UMass Boston result wasn't the only notable one in the NEHC as the University of New England turned some heads with a 4-3 overtime win at No. 12 Norwich when Trevor Fleurent buried the game-winner with just 42 seconds remaining in the extra session.
The Nor'easters win proves especially significant in terms of the NEHC conference race as it gives Babson and UMass Boston some breathing space at the top of the standings while pulling the teams in third through sixth to within two points of each other. Norwich (11-6-0, 6-4-0) sits in third place with 12 points, four points behind UMass Boston, while UNE (9-4-2, 5-4-1) moves into a fourth place tie with St. Anselm, one point behind the Cadets.
|A late goal by Neumann's Mike Davis forced overtime as the No. 14 Knights played to a 5-5(ot) draw at No. 13 SUNY Geneseo.
Photo: Neumann Athletics
One other game between ranked games went down on Friday and featured No. 13 SUNY Geneseo playing host to No. 14 Neumann. In the rematch of a Tuesday game that saw Neumann score a 4-1 win, Friday's affair was a much tighter one as the two played to a 5-5 (ot) draw.
A pair of Stephen Collins goals helped Geneseo (9-3-3) to a 5-3 lead after two periods, but Jory Mullin and Mike Davis both scored in the final five minutes for Neumann (10-5-1) to force overtime. Neumann carried a 46-40 shot advantage in the contest
Friday's wildest finish came to us from North Smithfield, R.I. as Johnson and Wales scored not once, but twice in the final 11 seconds of the game to break a 1-1 deadlock and beat Buffalo State, 3-1. A Michael Mazzotta power play goal with 11 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner for the Wildcats (7-6-3), while Connor Bates buried an empty-netter with four seconds left. The non-conference loss dropped Buffalo State to 6-5-4 overall.
In other notables, Kenny Neil scored twice for Oswego State as the Lakers got back on the winning track with a 4-2 win over Utica in a high-profile meeting between unranked teams...Salve Regina received goals by three different skaters as the Seahawks scored once in each period en route to a 3-1 non-conference win over Elmira...St. Scholastica moved to a quiet 9-3-1 overall and 7-2 in the MCHA with a 2-0 blanking of Milwaukee School of Engineering...UW-Stout struck three times in the third period to break open a tie game and score a 5-3 road win over St. Thomas.
Elsewhere in the Men's Top 15:
No. 1 St. Norbert exploded for five goals in the opening period and the Green Knights cruised to a 7-1 league win over Finlandia. Pijus Rulevičius and Ross Pavek each registered a goal and an assist for St. Norbert, while Tanner Froese added a trio of assists.
- No. 2 Adrian jumped out to a 5-0 second period lead en route to a 5-1 win over Lake Forest in their NCHA series opener. The Bulldogs scored twice on the power play and were led by Mathew Thompson's (1-2-3) three-point night.
- No. 3 Hobart received a pair of goals from Sean Rudy as the Statesmen jumped out to a 3-0 second period lead en route to an eventual 4-2 win at Curry. Ben Gamache and Tyler Wolf also scored for Hobart, while Carl Belizario dished out a pair of assists.
- No. 4 UW-Stevens Point scored twice in each period and pulled away to score a 6-2 non-conference win at Saint Mary's. Kyle Sharkey and Eliot Grauer both scored twice for the Pointers, while Tanner Karty (1-1-2) also had a two-point night.
- No. 5 Plattsburgh State blanked long-time non-conference rival Middlebury, 3-0, on the strength of a 24-save shutout performance by goaltender Brady Rouleau. Michael Radisa scored twice to pace the Cardinals.
- No. 6 Trinity rolled up 49 shots but had to fight off three third period goals by Colby to hang on for a 4-3 NESCAC win. Ethan Holdaway scored twice for the Bantams, while Ross Mandigo and Ryan Cole also registered markers.
- No. 7 UW- Eau Claire got third period goals from Jesse Tredinnick and Patrick Moore to claim a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Augsburg. Tyler Green stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced to get the win in goal for the Blugolds.
- No. 10 Williams held on for a 3-2 non-conference win at Manhattanville. A Roberto Cellini shorthanded goal at 6:44 of the second period proved to be the game-winner for the Ephs.
Bowdoin scored the biggest win of the night on the women's front as the unranked Polar Bears(6-5-0) scored twice on the power play to take a late second period lead, and responded to a late Amherst equalizer with just seven seconds to play as Ariana Bourque scored to stun No. 3 Amherst, 3-2 at Sid Watson Arena in Brunswick.
|Ariana Bourque's goal with just seven seconds to play lifted Bowdoin to a 3-2 upset win over No. 3 Amherst.
Photo: Bowdoin Athletics
After a scoreless first, Amherst's Brenna Sullivan netted the icebreaker 1:50 into the second period to put the Lord Jeffs up, 1-0. But Amherst committed four second period penalties and Polar Bears cashed in on two of the power plays to claim the lead. Maureen Greason netted the equalizer at 11:48, and then Maryann Iodice tallied at 19:01 to take make it a 2-1 Bowdoin lead.
Amherst outshot Bowdoin 11-5 in the period but was unable to manage the equalizer, until with just 2:22 to play, Eileen Harris netted her fourth of the year to make it a 2-2 game. That set the stage for Bourque's heroics as she broke through with the game-winner in the closing seconds. Lan Crofton stopped 26 of the 28 shots she faced to pick up the win in goal for Bowdoin. The pair are back at it again at 3 p.m. today.
Another ranked NESCAC team faced a stern test, but No. 7 Middlebury sent Utica to its third straight with a 2-1 win over the visiting Pioneers. The Pioneers put the onus on the Panthers early as Gabrielle Schnepp netted a power play goal at 10:10 of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Any hopes of an upset were soon squashed by the Panthers as Rachel St. Clair tied it late in the first period and Jenna Marotta put the game on ice a goal at 17:08 of the second.
Both teams went were their backup netminders and both turned in outstanding performances. Utica's Amanda Lupo stopped 31 in her second start of the year, while Middlebury's Kiana Verplancke stopped 25 Utica shots to scoop up her first win.
It took 15 games, but Johnson and Wales is finally in the win column. In a battle of winless first-year teams in the Colonial Hockey Conference, the Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one, and never so much as glanced in the rear view mirror as they trounced a shorthanded Daniel Webster team by a 6-0 final. Summer Britton and Kathy Ensor had two goals apiece for the Wildcats, while Kami Weiner collected her first collegiate shutout with 16 saves. Ensor tied for a game-high fourteen shots with Caitlin Sweet, who finished with a goal and an assist. The Eagles, who dressed a mere seven players, were outshot 63-16.
Elsewhere in the Women's Top 10:
- No. 1 Plattsburgh State ran away from William Smith, 9-0.
- No. 4 Lake Forest was tested when St. Scholastica's Sierra Hanowski tied the game at one in the third, but Michelle Greeneway was the hero for the Foresters, scoring her second of the game at 15:40 of the third to lift Lake Forest to a 2-1 win over the Saints in Duluth.
- No. 5 Adrian was also tested in league play. Brooke Lupi's first collegiate hat trick matched the output of Concordia-Wisconsin, and Kaylyn Schroka's game-winner at 10:01 of the third comprised the difference as the Bulldogs survived in a 4-3 decision in Mequon, Wisconsin.
- No. 6 Castleton got two goals and an assist from Aimee Briand in a 4-1 win over Plymouth State.
- No. 9 Norwich scored twice in the third period to rally for a 3-2 NEHC conference win at Saint Anselm. Erin Joyce scored twice on the power play for the Cadets.