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.
|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|
|Norwich||3||Middlebury||2||Final - OT||BX RC|
|Western New England||1||Castleton||0||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.