Compiled by D3hockey.com staff --
Another big Saturday is in the books though it featured only one game between ranked teams, which occured out West as No. 12 Augsburg invaded No. 2 UW-Stevens Point. That didn't mean the day was short on excitement however as NESCAC conference play proved as even and challenging as ever as a pair of ranked teams fell, the NEHC continued to sort itself out, and another pair of CCC-ECAC West non-conference games yielded interesting results
|Tufts' Mason Pulde stopped 39 of 40 shots as the Jumbos handed No. 5 Hamilton its first loss of the year.
Photo: Tufts Athletics
In Stevens Point, the second-ranked Pointers came into Saturday night's meeting with Augsburg on their heels thanks to a Wednesday tie with Northland and a Friday loss to Saint Mary's, but the Pointers rebounded from a slow start to score a 5-2 win over the Auggies.
Augsburg's Luke Dietsch scored just 1:34 into the game to stake the visitors a 1-0 lead, but Jono Davis and Ethan Strong both notched second period goals to make it 2-1 Stevens Point after 40 minutes.
Jacob Barber scored to extend the Pointers' lead to 3-1 with 5:48 remaining in the game, and though Augsburg's Evan Hesse scored with 2:22 remaining to reduce the Auggies' deficit to one, the Pointers added a pair of empty net goals to secure the key West Region non-conference win.
Stevens Point outshot Augsburg 48-26 on the night and improved to 12-3-3 on the year to stay smack dab in the middle of the Pool B race. Speaking of which, other current Pool B front-runners, No. 10 Hobart (9-2-3) and No. 7 UW-Eau Claire (12-3-3), both kept pace as the Statesmen topped University of New England, 5-1, while the Blugolds downed St. Thomas by the same score.
Parity continues to reign in NESCAC
The NESCAC entered the weekend with the best non-conference record in the nation and seven of its ten teams boasting winning records, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that league play continues to prove itself littered with landmines as two more ranked teams fell to conference rivals on Saturday.
|Jay Kourkoulis' first period goal put Bowdoin up 3-0 over No. 11 Trinity.
Photo: Bowdoin Athletics
Tufts pulled off the biggest win of the day as the Jumbos hit the road and upended previously unbeaten and fifth-ranked Hamilton, 3-1. A Connor Lamberti power play goal at 16:37 of the first period put Hamilton up 1-0, but that would be all the Continentals could muster on the afternoon as Tufts' goaltender Mason Pulde stopped 39 of 40 shots.
Tufts' Clay Berger tied it up with a shorthanded goal late in the first period, added an even-strength marker at 7:06 to make it 2-1 Jumbos, and Tyler Scroggins put away a shorthanded empty-netter in the closing minute to secure the win for Tufts. The loss dropped Hamilton to 11-1-2 overall and 6-1-2 in the NESCAC though the Continentals remain atop the league standings, two points ahead of Colby. Tufts now stands at 7-4-3 overall and 5-2-1 in the NESCAC, three points behind Hamilton.
Bowdoin joined Tufts on the upset train as the Polar Bears scored three times in the first period en route to a 3-0 win over No. 11 Trinity. Matthew Melanson, Austin Ricci, and Jay Kourkoulis were the first period goal-scorers for Bowdoin, while Cody Tedesco and Matthew Lison also scored.
Sean Orlando was the lone scorer for Trinity, who fell to 8-5-1 overall and 4-4-0 in the NESCAC. Bowdoin, who was outshot 38-32 on the day, picked up 37 saves from Peter Cronin to improve to 7-8-0 overall and 4-6-0 in the NESCAC.
Other results around the league saw No. 15 Amherst win its sixth straight with a 4-1 win over Connecticut College. The soon-to-be-named Amherst side remains three points back of Hamilton in the league race. Elsewhere, Wesleyan and Colby skated to a 4-4 (ot) tie and Williams was the lone NESCAC team in non-conference action on Saturday, where the Ephs fell 3-1 at Plattsburgh State.
- Babson avenged a Thursday night loss to UMass Boston with a 4-2 win over the Beacons. The Babson win marks just its second in eight games, though the Beavers still stand in a three-way tie for third in the NEHC with New England College and Castleton. All three sit six points behind Norwich, who fought through a superb performance by Southern Maine goaltender Kyle Shapiro to score a 2-1 road win over the Huskies.
- A week after breaking into the D3hockey.com Men's Top 15, No. 14 Salve Regina fell to an ECAC West opponent for the second night in a row as the Seahawks were topped, 5-2, by Elmira. Connor Powell finished with a goal and two assists to lead Elmira, while Tyler Theodoulou and Eddie Nolan each posted a goal and an assist
- No. 6 Adrian stayed five points up in the NCHA league race as the Bulldogs finished off a weekend sweep at Lake Forest with a 5-2 win over the Foresters. No. 1 St. Norbert, who stands in second and has two games in hand on Adrian, wrapped up its own road sweep with a 3-0 win at Finlandia.
- Plymouth State and Salem State played to a 1-1 (ot) tie at Salem, which was enough to keep Plymouth in first in the MASCAC, one point ahead of UMass Darmouth, who was a 6-4 winner at Westfield State. Salem remains alone in third place, three points behind the league-leading Panthers.
- A night after upending No. 2 Stevens Point, Saint Mary's came out on the short end of a wild 6-5 (ot) decidion at UW-Stout. A Colton Brausen power play goal 1:03 into overtime handed the Blue Devils the win. Alex Toscano scored twice to lead Stout, who picked up goals from five different skaters.
How the Top 15 Fared
|No. 1 St. Norbert||3||Finlandia||0||Final||• *||BX|
|No. 12 Augsburg||2||No. 2 UW-Stevens Point||5||Final||•|
|No. 3 Norwich||2||Southern Maine||1||Final||• *||BX|
|Tufts||3||No. 5 Hamilton||1||Final||• *||BX|
|No. 6 Adrian||5||Lake Forest||2||Final||• *||BX P|
|St. Thomas||1||No. 7 UW-Eau Claire||5||Final||•||BX|
|Stevenson||2||No. 8 SUNY Geneseo||6||Final||•||BX P|
|University of New England||1||No. 10 Hobart||5||Final||•||BX RC|
|No. 11 Trinity (Conn.)||1||Bowdoin||5||Final||• *||BX|
|No. 14 Salve Regina||2||Elmira||5||Final||•||BX|
|Conn. College||1||No. 15 Amherst||4||Final||• *||BX|