Best of the Rest

Compiled by staff --

Friday was wild, with three major matchups between ranked teams dotting the schedule. The night included battles for supremacy in the NCHA and WIAC, along with a top NESCAC team taking a tumble. If you're looking for more on those games, you'll find them in more detailed fashion in another post curated by our esteemed Senior Writer. This is for the rest of our games tonight. 

Manhattanville's Tyler Feaver kept the lid on the Neumann offense tonight with 22 saves. 
Photo: Jeff Melnik,

We'll start our own journey tonight in the ECAC West, where second half action began to hit stride. Many teams started the 2017 portion of their conference slates and the second go-round through the league's double round robin format, with four teams playing their first league games since November. 

A lot can happen in two months, and naturally, there was some upheaval in the league tonight as a result, as both teams that would be construed as the underdogs by most heading in ended up the winners.

Manhattanville was one of those teams. The Valiants have had their peaks and valleys this season, entering tonight's action with an 8-8-1 record that included an upset of then-No. 1 St. Norbert in November. Tonight was another peak for the 'Ville on their home ice, as netminder Tyler Feaver stopped 22 of 23 shots to derail a blazing hot No. 14 Neumann team by a 3-1 score in Rye, NY tonight. Bryan Platt and Nolan Marshall scored first period goals for the hosts, who led 2-0 most of the way. A third period goal by Neumann's Ryan Luiten just past the midpoint gave the Knights a glimmer of hope in a one goal game, but those hopes were at least partially deflated when Nigel Slade netted his first of the year 43 seconds later to re-open a two goal lead and create the final score. 

Neumann(11-5-2) finishes a twelve game road trip that began in mid-November at 8-2-2. They will be home for five of seven to close out the regular season. Manhattanville improves to 9-8-1, including a strong 5-2-0 mark in the ECAC West. 

The other team to score a big win tonight was Nazareth(6-10-2), who upended first place Utica by handing the Pioneers their first league loss of the season, 4-2 at the Bill Gray's Iceplex in Rochester. Nazareth grabbed a permanent lead at 6:18 of the first on a goal by David Powlowski, and added on two more in the second off Utica netminder Gianluca Baggetta to lead 3-0, despite being outshot handily by an 11-4 count in the period. The Pioneers kept the heat on in the third, scoring twice on 19 shots, but an insurance power play goal by Dominik Gabaj and 17 of Brandon Lane's 38 saves were enough to keep the Golden Flyers in front. The win snapped a three game slide for the Golden Flyers, while Utica(10-7-0) continues to skid with just two wins in their last nine games after an 8-0 start. 

Hobart and Elmira will add to the excitement in the league tomorrow, at least on some level. The Finger Lakes rivals will play a non-conference neutral site game on Saturday at Skaneateles, NY's Allyn Arena. Non-league games will be on the docket for some others, with Buffalo State set to joust with Lebanon Valley, Stevenson on course to collide with Canton, and Potsdam going into Utica.

Trinity brings Tufts back to earth

After becoming the first team to knock off unbeaten Hamilton, anticipation was high for the Tufts Jumbos in terms of what they'd do for an encore. No. 15 Trinity(9-5-1) decided to cut the show short instead as the Bantams scored seven times on 41 shots, while Alex Morin kept the lid on 27 of 28 Jumbo attempts as they pounded Tufts(7-5-3) by a 7-1 score in Hartford. 

It was double trouble from the Bantams when they took the early lead in the first. Tyler Whitney potted the icebreaker for the hosts just 3:45 into the contest. Ten seconds later, the Bantams enjoyed a 2-0 lead when Anthony Sabitsky rushed in and beat Mason Pulde immediately off the ensuing draw. It was the beginning of a great night for the 2015 NCAA champs, and one to forget for the visitors as Ethan Holdaway scored twice on the next five goals for Trinity to help build a 7-0 lead, and a late power play goal from Tufts' Anthony Farinacci busted the shutout for Morin and finalized a 7-1 score. 

Elsewhere in the NESCAC, David Italiano's two goals pushed Williams past Bowdoin, 5-4. 


Collins scores four for Knights; Other SUNYAC happenings

As No. 6 Geneseo hit the road tonight for a SUNYAC matchup with Cortland, Stephen Collins would do Stephen Collins things for the Knights. The Geneseo star lit up the Red Dragons for four goals, and Trevor Hills assisted on three of them as the Knights rolled to a 7-4 win in a wild game at Alumni Arena. 

Geneseo built a 2-0 lead in the first on goals from Collins and Andrew Romano, but that would not be enough to put the Red Dragons away for the night. Cortland fired back with a pair early in the second period to tie the game at two by the three minute mark, only to have Geneseo pile on three more tallies to take a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes of regulation action. 

Collins finished the hat trick with the opening score of the third period to take a comfortable 6-2 lead, but a two goal run from Cortland's Darren McCormick and Wilson Vershay cut the deficit back to a pair. Collins restored order just inside six minutes to play with an additional insurance score to finish off the Golden Sombrero with his fourth of the night. Devin McDonald stopped 26 shots for the Knights, who improved to 12-2-2. 

Elsewhere, Lebanon Valley netminder Joel Eisenhower made Buffalo State work for a non-league victory as he made 55 saves in a 3-2, one goal contest in Hershey, PA. Oswego had a much easier time tonight with Brockport as a four point night for Joey Davies headlined a 10-1 thrashing, and Morrisville gave Plattsburgh all it could handle, but the hosts pulled away in a 7-5 win for the Cards.


  • Lawrence took a 2-1 lead out of the first period, but four second period goals, and six unanswered in all, helped lift St. Scholastica to a 7-2 NCHA win in Duluth. Steven Phee had a four point night on a goal and three assists for the Saints.

  • No. 2 Norwich got a battle from New England College. The Cadets had to dig out of a 2-1 second period deficit with a three goal rally, and held a late one goal lead after the Pilgrims sliced the Norwich lead inside two minutes left in a 4-3 nailbiter. Defenseman Cody Smith had a banner night, assisting on all four Cadet goals. Norwich now has a seven point lead in the NEHC on second place Babson and Castleton.

  • UMass Boston defeated Skidmore by a 7-2 score. Nolan Redler had a hat trick for the Beacons, while Tyler Bishop set the new career points mark for Beacon defensemen with a goal and an assist, giving him 83 points in his four year career.

  • Finlandia went punch-for-punch with MSOE tonight, as a Bryce Mitzel goal near the midpoint of the third had the game tied at three, but the first win of the Lions' season will have to wait another day as James Ring netted the power play go-ahead 40 seconds later to give the Raiders a 4-3 NCHA win. Mitzel finished with two goals for the Lions. 


How the Men's Top 15 Fared

Away   Home   Status Links
No. 1 St. Norbert  3  No. 5 Adrian  1  Final • * BX
New England College  3  No. 2 Norwich  4  Final • * BX
Brockport  1  No. 3 Oswego State  10  Final • * BX
No. 8 UW-Eau Claire  2  No. 4 UW-Stevens Point  3  Final • * BX
No. 6 SUNY Geneseo  7  Cortland  4  Final • * BX
No. 7 Hamilton  1  No. 13 Amherst  2  Final - OT • * BX
No. 9 Buffalo State  3  Lebanon Valley  2  Final BX
Concordia-Moorhead  1  No. 11 Augsburg  4  Final • * BX
No. 14 Neumann  1  Manhattanville  3  Final • * BX RC
Tufts  1  No. 15 Trinity (Conn.)  7  Final • * BX RC







Womens Notables

No. 3 Norwich 2, Franklin Pierce 3- Franklin Piece netminder Shannon O'Neill stops 43 of 45, while the Ravens built up a 3-1 advantage en route to the NEHC win in Northfield. With the game at 2-1 late in the third after Alex Brolsma broke a 1-1 tie, Norwich pulled goaltender Celeste Robert, only to have the decision backfire on a Lanie Matsumoto empty net goal. Norwich still pulled back within one a half minute later, but it was too little, too late as Franklin Pierce got the better of a game in which they were outshot 45-18, including a 17-4 third period. Both teams netted a power play goal in the contest. 

No. 6 Middlebury 2, No. 10 Bowdoin 1- In a NESCAC matchup that was a battle well into the third period, Lizzie Sheline broke a 1-1 tie for the Panthers in the final frame to give Middlebury the conference victory over the Polar Bears. Middlebury netminder Julia Neuberger stopped 20 of 21, with the lone blemish being a Bowdoin power play goal from Katie Leininger that squared the game at one in the third period. Jessica Young scored the other goal for Middlebury (9-2-2, 5-1-1 NESCAC).

Endicott 2, Trinity 1-OT As successful as Endicott has been in just two seasons, it took the Gulls seven tries to win a game in overtime, as freshman Jillian Gibbs broke a 1-1 tie with 1:21 left in the extra session to give the Gulls a 2-1 victory over a struggling Trinity squad in Hartford. Endicott is now 14-2-1 on the year. Kelcie Finn scored the lone goal for the Bantams. Recap.

Cortland 2, Buffalo State 1 Buffalo State outshot the Red Dragons 31-18, but Cortland's Kianna Gutenmann scored twice to bookend a Bengal power play goal, Miranda Kolb collected both primary assists on the night, and veteran netminder Kelly Farinella made 30 saves to give Rick Filighera his second win at Cortland. 

UW-Eau Claire 4, UW-Superior 1 The Blugold power play unloads on the Jackets with three goals as UWEC improved to 13-5-1 on the season.

How the Women's Top 10 Fared

Away   Home   Status Links
UW-Stevens Point  2  No. 2 UW-River Falls  5  Final • *  
Franklin Pierce  3  No. 3 Norwich  2  Final • * BX
No. 4 Adrian  11  Finlandia  1  Final • * BX
William Smith  1  No. 5 Elmira  4  Final • *  
No. 6 Middlebury  2  Bowdoin  1  Final • * BX
No. 7 Lake Forest  3  Concordia (Wis.)  0  Final • * BX
No. 8 Oswego State  7  Neumann  0  Final • *  
Williams  0  No. 9 Connecticut College  3  Final • *  
No. 10 Amherst  5  Colby  0  Final • *











No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.