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Beacons Shine in Utica
And then, there was one. Entering Friday's action, two non-NESCAC men's teams remained with undefeated and untied records. One of those teams, No. 2 Oswego, will remain in that position through the weekend, without another game until December 2nd.
No. 5 Utica wasn't so lucky. The Pioneers have dominated their opposition thus far, trailing for just over five minutes through eight games. But in a second straight game against a top ten opponent, a program best 8-0 start came to a halt tonight. The No. 9 UMass Boston Beacons built a 2-1 lead after one period in a game where they never trailed, and survived a late Utica(8-1) comeback attempt in a 4-2 win at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. 
The Beacons (5-2), who had lost two of their last three games, took their first step towards a critical rebound victory just 2:48 in, as leading scorer Colin Larkin banged in a point blank shot on a crisp feed from freshman Ryan Cusin to put the visitors in front. Utica clawed out of the early deficit at 13:30 of the period when sophomore Alex Roberts jacked in a rebound off a Zach Borsoi shot to square the score, but the Beacons would exit the frame with the lead on Cody Wickline's first collegiate goal at 17:54. 
That lead would hold for almost the entirety of the second period, before the Beacons would add to the cushion late. Captain Albee Daley put a long shot on net that produced a lively jump off the pads of Utica netminder Patrik Virtanen, and right onto the blade of Tyler Sifferlen, who canned the chance at 19:42 to take a 3-1 lead. 
Utica, however, would not go quietly into the evening of Black Friday. The rally was jump started on a five minute major to Sifferlen, who clipped Utica defenseman Dalton Carter from behind to produce a head contact penalty and a game misconduct. Utica would not convert on the ensuing five minute man advantage, but the Pioneers would carry the momentum forward for the balance of the period as they outshot the Beacons 14-3. That momentum would pull Utica back within a single goal, as the Pioneers' leading scorer, Roman Ammirato, extended an eight game point streak to nine with his eighth goal of the season at 10:11. Utica would get multiple power play chances, including a 6-on-4 with the extra attacker on in the closing moments, but UMass Boston freshman netminder Jordan Bustard held strong long enough for Dakota Keene's empty netter to seal the deal as the Beacons prevailed 4-2. Bustard finished the night with 29 saves for his fifth victory of the season as a first year starter for UMass Boston.  
Both teams are back in action tomorrow night about a half hour apart. Utica will do battle with Amherst, who will play its first game of the weekend, and the Beacons will travel southward to play Morrisville State. 

West Woes

Utica wasn't the only ECAC West team to have a hard time on Friday night, as the league finished the night 0-4.
Stevenson made another of their many journeys into the Empire State, and were met with a flurry as fierce as the average Western New York snowstorm as No. 15 Buffalo State built a 3-0 first period advantage en route to a 7-0 rout of the Mustangs at the Buffalo State Ice Arena. Centerman Jake Rosen led the Bengals with three assists, while Morrisville transfer Darren Young had his best game yet for Buffalo State with a goal and two assists. 
Manhattanville outshot No. 1 St. Norbert 8-6 in the third period en route to their lone goal of the game, but a 3-0 Green Knight lead was too much damage to fix as the Valiants' 4 game win streak was foiled by the nation's new No. 1 team, 3-1. The Green Knights are now 8-1, and will square off with Manhattanville once more at 3pm Eastern on Saturday in Rye, NY. 
Nazareth also took a tumble at the hands of an NCHA team, heading west to Chicago, where they would drop a 4-1 game to Lake Forest. The teams will play at 4pm Eastern, 3pm Central on Saturday.

Primelink Roundup

Game 1: Norwich 3, Middlebury 2, Overtime Final
Middlebury dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole, but couldn't land the go-ahead in time as junior forward Payton Baldillez landed the game-winner at 3:40 of overtime on a blocker side shot past goaltender Stephen Klein to loft the Cadets to a 3-2 win over longtime rival Middlebury, and a spot in tomorrow's Primelink title game. Norwich constructed a 1-0 first period lead just in the nick of time, as Kevin Salvucci converted a Cadet power play chance with just one second remaining on the clock. The Cadets kept the pressure on to add a second goal in the early stages of the second period, as Trent Dillinger was assisted by Kevin Salvucci at 3:15. The Panthers chipped away to get one back before the game's midpoint on a Kamil Tzachuk power play tally, and pulled even in the third on Mark Lyman's first of the year before taking the fall in extra time. 

The Cadets (6-1) are 9-1-2 in their last twelve games against the Panthers, who fall to 0-3 on the season under second year head coach Neil Sinclair. 

Game 2: Concordia Moorhead 4, No. 12 Plattsburgh 3
The Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers advanced to their second Primelink final in as many trips in a back-and-forth affair with No. 12 Plattsburgh, knocking down the hosts 4-3 at Stafford Ice Arena. The Cobbers bolted out of the gates to take a 2-0 lead after one period of play on goals from Jon Grebosky and Dalton Mills, prompting a furious second period charge from the Cardinals. Plattsburgh scored the next three goals, pulling within one on an early score from Jesse Neher. They kept their foot on the gas from there, aided by a string of Cobber penalties towards the midpoint of the period, and Cole Stallard was in the driver's chair for the Cardinals. Stallard scored off the ensuing faceoff after a Quinn Fuchs holding minor, and scored again 1:06 later after a Tanner Okeson tripping penalty put the Cardinals back on the power play. The Cobbers turned the tables in the latter half of the period, anchored by Jordan Krebsbach and Garrett Hendrickson. Krebsbach scored the equalizer on the power play at 12:08, with Hendrickson grabbing the secondary assist, and Hendrickson scored the go-ahead on a Krebsbach helper to put Concordia in front for good. The Cobbers were outshot in the third, 10-4, but the efforts of goaltender Sam Nelson put a goose egg on the board for the final 20 minutes to hoist the Cobbers to the final. Plattsburgh is now 3-3 on the year. 


Friday Scores


Away   Home   Time/Status Links
No. 4 St. Norbert  3  Manhattanville  1  Final BX
No. 9 Mass-Boston  4  No. 5 Utica  2  Final BX RC
Concordia-Moorhead  4  No. 12 Plattsburgh State  3  Final BX
Stevenson  0  No. 15 Buffalo State  7  Final BX
Brockport State  1  Tufts  4  Final BX
Norwich  3  Middlebury  2  Final - OT BX RC
Western New England  1  Castleton  0  Final BX
Nazareth  1  Lake Forest  4  Final BX
Concordia (Wis.)  6  Bethel  4  Final BX

Note: No women's games were played Friday. Action will pick up in a big way on Saturday, with Adrian, Middlebury, Plattsburgh, and Utica all in action at the Panther/Cardinal classic at Middlebury. Stay tuned for the latest in our Saturday wrapup.

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