Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
On a night where several teams hauled in upsets, the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons may have landed the biggest one of all in the NCHA. It's not every day that you get to beat No. 1.
|CUW had plenty to celebrate this evening after sending No. 1 St. Norbert to a loss on the road. Photo: Steve Frommell, D3photography.com|
The Falcons owned their moment tonight, on a night where they had never beaten St. Norbert, or a No. 1 team in the D3hockey.com Top 15 going in.
Despite being limited to just 18 shots, the Falcons kept the lid on their opposition through two periods en route to a 3-1 lead, and weathered a 13 shot third period that whittled their lead to a single goal as CUW held on to take down No. 1 St. Norbert 4-2 at the Cornerstone Community Center.
A goal in the final minute of the period is often said to be awe-inducing, as it can dictate the terms for intermission discussion and adjustments. The Falcons got one of those to set the tone, and break the ice in the closing moments of the first period. Dante Hahn connected on just his second of the year, assisted by Jim Pearson to put the Falcons in front by a 1-0 score after one period.
That momentum carried forward into the second for the Falcons, as they wasted little time padding their slim lead. With less than two minutes played in the second period, the lead doubled as Brody Decker nailed down his second of the year. With the team now under some heat, the Green Knights needed a quick answer. They turned to their veterans to get one before the period was five minutes old. Star defenseman Blake Thompson netted his third of the season, assisted by Noah Nelson to pull St. Norbert back within one. The Falcons didn't let the game get any closer than that, as CUW's Connor Hogg cashed in on a Dominick Sacco minor assisted by Pearson and Hahn to re-open a 3-1 lead that the nation's No. 1 team could not erase tonight.
St. Norbert did pull back to a single goal once more at 16:17 of the third, but a Taylor Gauld empty net goal with ten seconds left sealed the deal as the Falcons set two major program milestones with a 4-2 win. Sophomore Nick Malvin scored the first win of his career in the CUW net with a 26 save performance. The two teams will finish a weekend home-and-home tomorrow in Mequon.
While the Falcons posted the biggest win of the night out west, the Morrisville Mustangs may have scored the most shocking. Jordan Carvalho led the way with three assists for Morrisville as they took the lead just 1:38 in on a Layne Martin goal, and did not trail once the entire night from there as they stunned No. 4 Geneseo by sending the Knights to a second straight defeat by a 5-2 score. The Knights were able to respond to a pair of early one goal deficits, with Stephen Collins netting the equalizer after the Martin goal, and a late first period goal by Morrisville's CJ Stubbs was negated in the second by Sotiris Athanasopoulos at 8:09. Morrisville had three more goals up its sleeve to shatter that stalemate, and goaltender Jared Young shut down the vaunted Knight attack with 45 saves to guide the Mustangs to the win. The Mustang special teams contributed heavily to the win with a perfect penalty kill effort on seven appearances, and a Mason Corliss power play goal in the third helped to ensure victory for the hosts.
The win snaps a seven game winless skid for Morrisville, the team's first win since December when they defeated Utica by an identical 5-2 score. Geneseo has not won in its' last three games. The two teams meet again tomorrow at Ira Wilson arena in Geneseo.
In other horse-related news, the Stevenson Mustangs picked up a dramatic road win in the ECAC West. After a 3-1 lead vanished on a Connor Powell goal with just over a minute left, the Mustangs turned to their star to win the game in overtime. Mike Davis netted his second of the night with just five seconds left on the OT clock to silence Elmira with a 4-3 road win. The Mustangs improve to over .500 at 9-8-2, while Elmira fell to 1-6-0 in the ECAC West.
Cardinals Inch By Bengals
Ask anyone in the country who has played against him, and they'll tell you how hard it is to beat Buffalo State goaltender Mike DeLaVergne. To have a chance to beat him, scoring at least twice is a requirement against the stingy Bengal backstop, who is now 12-3-1 on the season and has allowed more than one goal in just a handful of games, with two of his three losses happening in that fashion.
One of those losses happened tonight as a once-struggling Plattsburgh team found even more second half traction with their fourth win in five games, taking out the No. 9 Bengals 2-1 at Stafford Ice Arena in Plattsburgh. The Cardinals did all of their damage in the first twenty minutes on goals by Brady Pfaff and Joe Drabin with Ayrton Valente collecting assists on both of them. Plattsburgh outshot the Bengals 16-6 in that frame. Anthony Beaumont slashed the lead in half just past the midpoint of the contest for Buffalo State, but Brady Rouleau stopped sixteen shots in the final two periods to hold down the Cardinal victory. Plattsburgh now joins the Bengals as one of a group of three teams that are two points back of second place Geneseo in the SUNYAC.
Another one of those teams, Fredonia, moved into that position tonight with a 3-1 win at Potsdam.
Moose on Parade
In one of the southern outposts of the ECAC West, a team that was red hot through the middle of the season lost its' second straight. Meanwhile a team that went 2-7 over a similar timeframe after an 8-0 start won its' second straight to remain atop the ECAC West. The former, is No. 15 Neumann. The latter was Utica. With the game tied at two after two periods, the Pioneers got the better of a wild third period to down the Knights 5-4 at IceWorks in Aston, Pa, in Neumann's first home game since November.
First place Utica(12-7-0, 7-1-0 ECAC West) appeared to be running away with the game in the front half of the third period with Shawn Lynch's second goal of the night, and an Anthony McVeigh goal that stretched it to 4-2. Neumann's Joe Mitchell returned the lead to a single goal just inside four minutes left to play in regulation to make it interesting, with the Knights pulling for the extra attacker in the final minute. Mik Bushinski had other ideas, scoring on the empty net to reopen a 5-3 lead. The Knights took one final stab at pulling even with Matt Zendejas scoring with eight seconds remaining but it was too late as the Pioneers outshot the Knights 45-40 on their way to a one goal win. Jarrod Fitzpatrick and Roman Ammirato had two assists apiece for the Pioneers, while Kevin Valenti totaled a goal and an assist. Ryan Luiten had a 1-1-2 line for the Knights(11-6-2) who now stand at 3-5-0 in conference play.
Hamilton, Trinity get Point Each in Pivotal League game
Of the ten teams in the NESCAC, six are within two points of the lead. Three (Hamilton, Williams, Colby), are in the lead after Friday's games. When two of those six teams meet on that schedule, needless to say it's important, and when all was said and done, No. 10 Hamilton stayed at the top of the league in the three-way tie with a 2-2 tie against No. 14 Trinity in a battle of the league's only teams in the D3hockey.com Top 15 at Sage Rink.
After a scoreless opening frame, the teams went stride for stride from that point forward. Trinity's Will Sleeper put the visitors in front with the icebreaker at 8:34 of the second period, only to have Hamilton's Ian Nichols square the score just past 10 minutes to remain even after two. Hamilton made a go of the lead in the early stages of the third on a Rory Gagnon power play goal, but veteran forward Ethan Holdaway would erase the advantage before the end of the third. Hamilton got the better of the five combined shots in the extra session, but neither team converted to create the tie.
Evan Buitenhuis stopped 43 of 45 shots for the hosts, while Alex Morin stoned 37 of 39 for the visitors. Hamilton will have to fend off another one of the league's top six teams when Wesleyan invades Clinton tomorrow for a 3 p.m. start. Trinity has another big one as well as they look to keep pace with that same group against No. 12 Amherst, who tied Wesleyan tonight 2-2.
In other NESCAC action, Williams piled on five goals in the final two periods to drop Tufts by a 5-4 score and pick up a share of first place. Frankie Mork had three assists for the Ephs.
No. 11 Augsburg 4, St. Mary's 3 Eric Brenk breaks a 3-3 tie at 4:30 of the third period to propel the Auggies in a tight game.
Aurora 3, St. Scholastica 1 Jared Rutledge with 32 saves while his offense goes wild with three goals in the second to erase a 1-0 deficit and pull an NCHA upset at Fox Valley. Rihards Marenis scored twice for the Spartans, with Liam Stirtzinger and Drew Doyon assisting on both goals. The Saints are now 10-7-1 as Aurora gathered its' fourth win of the season.
St. Thomas 2, St. John's 0 The latest round of the Tommie-Johnnie rivalry goes to the Tommies, and it wasn't decided until the third when Michael Dockry converted a power play off a Garrett Reibling minor penalty. St. Thomas is now 7-1-1 in the MIAC after the win tonight in Mendota Heights. Ben Myers had 24 saves in the Tommie net.
Southern Maine 4, UMass Boston 3 The Beacons fall under .500 for the year in the NEHC as they also got handed a season sweep by the Huskies, who previously beat them in November. Kyle Shapiro, the star of that first victory, didn't have to be quite as good in net the second time with just 30 saves, but the offense picked up the slack as they got the better share of a five goal first period and went on to win.
Concordia-Moorhead 4, Gustavus 0 Mario Bianchi with a three assist night for the Cobbers while Sam Nelson pitched a 40 save shutout.
MSOE 3, Marian 1 Three unanswered goals for the Raiders at home propel them past the Sabres on the same day Marian head coach Lincoln Nguyen had the interim tag removed from his job title.
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