Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
The Babson and UMass Boston men, and the Connecticut College and Bowdoin women can all lay claim to something Ted Williams never did at Fenway Park: Skate on the field. It's a highlight of the playing careers of everyone who got that experience tonight, and it's just one of many highlights in the past week for Division III Hockey. Let's begin.
|Division III action again graced the hockey showcase known as Frozen Fenway.
Beacon Men, Polar Bear Women Dominate the Diamond
Despite being outshot for the contest by a 38-29 margin, UMass Boston was opportunistic in the second period as three goals in less than a three minute span in the second broke a 1-1 tie, and transfer goaltender Bailey Macburnie stopped 37 Babson shots to lead the Beacons to a 5-1 win in the first leg of an NEHC Home-and-Home at Fenway Park. A scoreless stretch of 26:50 to start off the game quickly turned to a wild offensive explosion when Ryan Cusin broke the ice at 6:50 of the second period with his eleventh goal of the season. It set off a flurry over the next ten minutes of play. Babson's Matt McMorrow tied the game just past the midpoint of the period before three unanswered goals had the Beacons(9-5-2) back in front by a trifecta entering the third period. Tyler Bishop added a third period insurance goal for the Beacons, his 22nd point of the season and 81st of his career, tying the school record for career points by a defenseman. Bishop was a +4 for the evening, while Colin Larkin finished with three assists. Matt Pompa made 24 saves in the loss for Babson. The two teams meet again on Saturday at UMass Boston.
Goaltender Kerri St. Denis pitched a 24 save shutout in the Polar Bear crease, while her offense delivered three goals on eighteen shots against Camel netminder Katherine Chester as Bowdoin made a statement to the rest of the NESCAC after leaping into the first D3hockey.com Poll of 2017. Maegan Sheehan broke a scoreless tie at 11:01 of the second period for Bowdoin, and the Polar Bears doubled the lead 1:38 later on Julie Dachille's unassisted goal. Brooke Solomon created more breathing room with an insurance goal in the third as Bowdoin posted the clean sheet. Bowdoin(8-2-2) has won four of its last five games, the Camels are winless in three of their last four.
Jacks, Panthers score huge ties this week
A short while ago, we ran a story about the continued growth of the program at Northland. The Jacks, under head coach Seamus Gregory, took another big step forward on Wednesday as they tied defending national champ No. 2 UW-Stevens Point. The Pointers led nearly the entire way on a first period score from captain Lawrence Cornellier, but Northland, who outshot the Pointers 27-25, would get their due with 1:03 remaining in regulation on a goal by Michael Berens to generate a 1-1 tie at KB Willett Arena.
While Northland(5-8-2), continues to make strides, the Middlebury Panthers needed something, anything to break their season-long slide. The eight time NCAA Division III champions are still without a win this season, but the past tends to go out the window when you face your rival. The Panthers scooped up a noteworthy tie on Tuesday, 3-3 with No. 3 Norwich at Kenyon Arena. In a back-and-forth affair, the Panthers enjoyed a brief, 3-2 third period lead on a Greg Conrad goal. It wouldn't last long as Norwich's William Pelletier netted the equalizer, and the Green Mountain State rivals skated to a stalemate in their second and final meeting of the year. Norwich won the season series with an early season win at the Primelink. The Panthers(0-10-2) scored two power play goals on the evening.
Break Out the Record Books
Women: Utica 2, Canton 0 Taylor Osowski and Kayla Dion each scored for the Pioneers to give Utica a fourth straight victory off a 41-19 shot advantage for the evening, but something special happened at the other end as well. Senior goaltender Keira Goin posted a 19 save shutout, the twelfth of her career. That sets a new Utica school mark for career shutouts, previously set by the first woman to start a game in the Utica net, Sarah Detweiler, who coincidentally, recorded a shutout in her 2001 debut.
Westfield State 4, Fitchburg State 1 With both teams hovering around the .500 mark, it was a big MASCAC win for Westfield tonight, and the Owls can thank Jackson Leef for their success. Leef scored three of his team's four goals to pick up the hat trick, and Jon LoParco collected the win in net for the Owls with 34 saves.
Cortland 9, Assumption 1 Andrew Gleason scored twice and finished at a team-best +5, and Darren McCormick accumulated four points as the Red Dragons routed the Greyhounds.
Johnson and Wales 5, Morrisville 2 Five consecutive Wildcat goals did in the Mustangs tonight in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Johnson and Wales is now 5-7-2 for the year.
Pointer Women Win Wednesday
UW-Stevens Point 6, St. Thomas 1 The Pointers continue to demonstrate how competitive the WIAC might be this season with a non-conference bulldozing of the Tommies in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Lauren Smith scored twice on the power-play for Ann Ninneman's Pointers, who built a 4-0 lead before the Tommies got their only score of the game.
Williams 4, Brockport 1 Father Bill defeats son, Ryan in the battle of the Kangases in Williamstown as four unanswered goals propel the Ephs. David Italiano and Roberto Cellini each had a goal and an assist for the hosts.
UNE 6, Bowdoin 4 Both teams entered at .500, and neither left that way as the Nor'Easters built off a resounding win over the US Under 18 team by scoring four times in the third period to take care of their in-state rivals at Alfond Forum.
New England College 1, Salem State 0 Brett Kilar outduels Jason Pucciarelli in net with a 30 save shutout, while a third period goal by Adam Zollner was the difference.
Tuesday's Women's Highlights
No. 2 UW-River Falls 3, St. Norbert 0 Angie Hall needed just 12 saves to pick up a road win in De Pere, Wisconsin. Leigh Grall stopped 29 shots in the loss for the Green Knights.
No. 9 Connecticut College 1, Castleton 1 The Camels had a frustrating offensive outing, as they spent nearly the entire game trying to dig themselves out of a 1-0 hole, and did so in the nick of time as Michella Igo scored with 3.5 seconds remaining on the clock to force a 1-1 tie.
St. Kate's 5, Northland 4 Northland takes a 4-4 game into the third, but the program's second win will have to wait another day for the Lumberjills as Tori Gruett's third period go-ahead held up for the Wildcats.
Hamilton 1, Potsdam 0 The Continentals lived in the Bears' end in Massena, NY, outshooting Potsdam 39-13, while Sam Walther recorded a shutout. Hamilton is now 7-3.