Adrian bites back, Valiants topple SNC, Tourneys abound

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Kings of the Kennel

We begin in Adrian, Michigan, where a rematch of a hotly contested NCAA quarterfinal game went the other way this time around. No. 3 Adrian (6-1-0) whipped up a 3-0 start out of the gate, and never trailed as the Bulldogs made a statement with their sixth straight win, while sending No. 4 UW-Stevens Point(6-2-1) to a second straight loss by a 6-3 final at Arrington Ice Arena.The Bulldogs wasted little time putting the Pointers to task in the opening period, with underclassmen shouldering the load for the home team. They took an omnipresent lead just 3:19 in on freshman Matt McNair's second career goal. The hits kept on coming from there, as the 'Dogs cashed in 3:33 later on a tally from freshman Vincent Paquette, with sophomores Cory Dunn and Connor Armour picking up the assists. That same triumvirate would connect once more, with Armour pounding in a power play chance off a Ryan Bittner tripping minor with just over five minutes left to propel the Bulldogs to a 3-0 lead after one period of play. 
Adrian stretched that lead to four to begin the second period when senior Austin Hervey scored at even strength with just over 16 minutes left to play. The goal would start off a string of alternating tallies that held a three goal Bulldog advantage through two periods. Trace Strahle got the Pointers on the board with the man advantage at 10:04, and Lawrence Cornellier closed out the period with Point's second score to sandwich an even strength lamp lighter from Adrian's Kyle Brothers as the score read 5-2 at the end of two periods. 
The Pointers chipped deeper into the lead, cutting it to two on Cornellier's second of the night, but proceeded no further as they were held to just six third period shots, and the Pointers added an empty net goal by Bryan Yim for good measure to close out a 6-3 win. Adrian outshot the Pointers 33-24, with Kevin Entmaa's 21 saves enough to earn the victory in net.
Entmaa, a sophomore, has lost just twice in his entire career to this point. Adrian has won its last six games against Division III opposition, with its last loss coming on opening night to Milwaukee School of Engineering. The Bulldogs will continue their nonconference weekend tomorrow against St. Thomas in a game that starts shortly after 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Stevens Point will drive to Plymouth, Michigan, to take on the USA Under-18 team. The NTDP defeated Adrian last weekend, 8-3. 

Big Time Thrill for the 'Ville

It may not have been the inter Top-5 matchup you just read about, but the Manhattanville Valiants, one of the country's hottest teams, posted a win for the ages themselves. The Valiants have won five times in a six game stretch, and avenged their only loss of that bunch as Cory Anderson cashed in on a power play at 2:35 of the third period to take a permanent 3-2 lead over No. 1 St. Norbert, salvaging a home split in Rye, NY. 
St. Norbert, who won the first game of the weekend series by a 3-1 score, scored the lone goal of the first period, with Sean Campbell bumping in a power play goal at 7:57 to hold an advantage at the horn, despite being outshot by an alarming 12-3 margin due to a rash of penalties.
Manhattanville would take the lead just past the midpoint of the second, with Kevin Loppatto striking at 11:49 and Matt Lippa pulling the Valiants ahead 2:30 later. The Green Knights would restore order before the break, squaring the game on a Jeremy Olinyk goal with veterans Pijus Rulevicius and Roman Uchyn credited for assists. 
The penalty troubles returned to haunt the Green Knights early in the third. Tanner Froese was sent off for a trip 1:50 in, and Anderson converted the sixth Valiant power play opportunity of the game 45 seconds later to put the pressure on the visitors. Manhattanville generated numerous odd man rush chances over the balance of the contest, outshooting the Green Knights 13-6 in the third en route to a stunning 3-2 win. Tyler Feaver needed just 19 saves for the Valiants, who outshot St. Norbert 35-21. Manhattanville's win was their first over a No. 1 team in four tries all-time. A recap of the Valiant win is available here. 

Moose Hunt: Amherst sends No. 5 Utica to Second Straight Loss In OT

From the outset of this season, Utica's season outlook has been quite promising. The Pioneers started 8-0 through the first four weekends, while climbing to a top 5 position in the Top 15. On Saturday night, it was Amherst who showed promise as well while sending Utica to a second straight defeat. The visitors rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the final five minutes, scoring twice in a span of 39 seconds, and Noah Gilreath scored his first career goal on a right wing shot at 4:02 of overtime to lift Amherst to a 6-5 win over Utica in a back-and-forth affair. The win improves Amherst to 2-0-1 on their young campaign, while the Pioneers drop to 8-2. 

Amherst drew first blood at 6:25 of the first period on an even strength lid lifter from Stanley Brenner, prompting a quick response by their hosts shortly thereafter. Utica's leading scorer, Roman Ammirato, delivered his second goal of the weekend and extended his Division III best point streak to 10 games on a breakaway two minutes and 50 seconds after the opening goal. The visitors would strike once more in the final minute, with Greg Krisberg's power play goal standing as the difference after one period. 

After being outscored 2-1 in the first, Utica turned the tables to pull even through 40 minutes of play. A Patrick Daly goal was wrapped by two Utica strikes, the first from Kevin Valenti at 9:37, and the second from Hayden Dawes, who scored his first of the season at 13:53 to wrap up the period with the score at three goals apiece. 

Early in the third, the Pioneers appeared to have separated themselves just enough. Kevin Valenti motored in with a shorthanded goal with just under seven minutes elapsed, and Brett Szajner canned a lengthy right wing feed from Ammirato to open up a 5-3 lead with just under seven minutes left. Amherst, however, had other plans for the result. PJ Conlon contained the lead to one on the man advantage at 16:19 following an Alex Brissette minor, and shortly after, a seeing eye point shot from Will Vosejpka evened the game at five, forcing the extra session. 

Utica held an early overtime advantage on a power play that overlapped into the latter part of the extra frame, but Amherst walked away with an even 2-2 count in shots, including the one that counted most. Gilreath wheeled in over the right wing side of the offensive blue line, and fired a bullet to the right of Utica goaltender Henry Dill to seal the come from behind victory for Amherst. Senior Adam Ellison stopped 25 of 30 shots in his first career collegiate win. Amherst outshot Utica 32-30 on the night. 

Amherst will play Babson Sunday in a 5pm matchup with the Beavers. Utica loses the first two games of its semester-closing homestand. 

Norwich Wins Primelink Title

Norwich 3, Concordia-Moorhead 0 
After yesterday's overtime thriller, the Cadets had a much easier time in the championship game of the Primelink, outshooting the Cobbers 38-19 en route to a 3-0 victory in Plattsburgh, and the Cadets' first Primelink title since 2012, and their record ninth overall. The Cadets opened up a 1-0 cushion after one on their lone power play goal on eight chances, as tournament MVP Kevin Salvucci scored the eventual game-winner on a 5-on-3, shelfing a short side wrister to put the Cadets in front. Taeron Lewis and Ian Williams added more comfort on the Cadet side with their second period goals, both of which were the first of their careers, as Norwich cruised to a 3-0 shutout victory. Braeden Ostepchuk posted a 19 save clean sheet for his second goose egg in three games. Norwich is now 7-1-1 on the year, while the Cobbers are 2-2. 

No. 12 Plattsburgh kept Middlebury winless with a 5-2 win in the consolation game. A two-of-six power play performance propelled the Cardinals. 

Other Noteworthy Results

Rutland Herald Invitational Final: Western New England 3, Tufts 1
After surpassing last year's win total in their semifinal win, Western New England continued to surprise in the month of November as they handed Tufts its first loss of the season and walked away with the Rutland Herald Invitational championship. David Kleyman paced the Golden Bear attack with a goal and two assists, while Kevin Gollmer made 35 saves for his fourth win of the season. The Jumbos led in shots, 36-20. 

Skidmore Invitational Semifinals
Neumann 6, Fitchburg State 0
ory Mullin posted a hat trick, and Shane Topf almost had one himself as the Knights improved to 6-3 with a 6-0 blasting of Fitchburg State. Liam Board finished with a team high four points on a goal and three assists for Neumann, while Anthony Puppio improved to 2-0 with a 17 save shutout. Neumann hung 42 shots on the board. 

No. 14 Skidmore 2, Connecticut College 1
Skidmore carried a 2-1 lead through the entire latter half of the game to prevail over the Camels. Anthony Bird and Mickey Foley landed goals in the game for the Thoroughbreds, who improve to 6-2 and play for the championship tomorrow. 

No. 9 UMass Boston 5, Morrisville 5, Overtime
The Mustangs rallied out of a 4-2 hole by scoring three of the next four goals, two of which came in the final 90 seconds as CJ Stubbs netted the equalizer to carve a 5-5 tie in stone with No. 9 UMass Boston, who posted an unbeaten weekend after taking down Utica on Friday. Derek Caruso led the Beacons offense with a goal and an assist, and the Mustangs got three point nights from Stubbs and Jordan Carvalho to keep up with the Beacons. UMass Boston is now 5-2-1 for the year, while Morrisville holds just one win thus far. 

Stevenson 4, No. 15 Buffalo State 3
The Mustangs turned the tables on the Bengals in the game, and for the weekend, responding to a 7-0 defeat by rallying from a 2-0 gap in the third period with four goals to drop the Bengals on the road.  Nick Bohatiuk had two goals in the first four minutes of the third to spark the Stevenson rally. 

How the Men's Top 15 Fared

Away   Home   Time/Status Links
No. 1 St. Norbert  2  Manhattanville  3  Final BX RC
No. 4 UW-Stevens Point  3  No. 3 Adrian  6  Final BX
Amherst  6  No. 5 Utica  5  Final - OT BX
No. 6 SUNY Geneseo  7  Bowdoin  4  Final BX RC
No. 9 Mass-Boston  5  Morrisville State  5  Final - OT BX
Williams  1  No. 11 Babson  2  Final BX RC
Middlebury  2  No. 12 Plattsburgh State  5  Final BX
Franklin Pierce  1  No. 13 Trinity (Conn.)  12  Final BX RC
Conn. College  1  No. 14 Skidmore  2  Final  
Stevenson  4  No. 15 Buffalo State  3  Final BX

Women's Cardinal/Panther Classic

Like with the men's Primelink, this weekend also features one of the nation's premier holiday tournaments for women, the Cardinal/Panther classic, which is being held at Middlebury this season. The host Panthers, No. 4 in the latest Top 10, will meet No. 1 Plattsburgh for the championship at 4:00 PM Eastern, while the consolation game also promises to be a dandy with Utica, receiving a single vote in the latest poll, set to joust with No. 3 Adrian at 1:00 p.m. 

Semifinal No. 1: No. 4 Middlebury 5, Utica 1
 Utica outshot the Panthers for the game, 29-27, but the hosts were far more opportunistic, converting three of their first eight shots to chase Utica starter Keira Goin from the game, and Elizabeth Wulf converted on two of six Middlebury power play chances to lift the Panthers out to a 5-0 lead en route to a 5-1 victory at home. Utica's Jane Pagano broke up the shutout with her second goal in as many games to  crack Panther netminder Julia Neuberger, who stopped 26 of 27 to earn the win. Middlebury is 3-0 to start the season. 

Semifinal No. 2: No. 1 Plattsburgh 5, No. 3 Adrian 0
Plattsburgh State burst out to a 3-0 lead after one, and never checked the rear view mirror once as they landed themselves in the final with a 5-0 victory. Melissa Sheeran scored twice for the Cardinals while eclipsing the 100 career point mark in the victory. Camille Leonard had 20 saves to blank the Bulldogs in net, while Adrian employed the services of both Jade Walsh and Brooke Gibson, with the two combining to make 28 saves on 33 shots. 


Other Notable Women's Results

 No. 7 Oswego 7, Williams 2 
Oswego got out to a 4-0 lead early in the third period, and outscored the Ephs 3-2 from there on in as the Lakers posted another huge win in Williamstown. The visiting attack was jump started by Alexa Aramburu, who notched a hat trick for the Lakers. Shots were even at 31 apiece, with Mariah Madrigal stopping 29 to scoop up the win for Oswego. 

Johnson and Wales 1, Chatham 0
The Cougars are now 0-6 despite outshooting the Wildcats 39-22. Casey Chodkowski broke a scoreless tie with 3:29 left, spoiling an otherwise outstanding outing by Chatham goaltender Sydney Isbell. Julia Aberg made 39 saves to earn the shutout while Johnson and Wales improves to 4-4 in their second season as a program. 


November 26th Women's Scoreboard

Away   Home   Time/Status Links
No. 3 Adrian  0  No. 1 Plattsburgh State  5  Final BX
Utica  1  No. 4 Middlebury  5  Final BX
No. 7 Oswego State  7  Williams  2  Final BX
Colby  2  No. 10 Mass-Boston  7  Final BX
Morrisville State  9  Nichols  0  Final BX RC
Chatham  0  Johnson and Wales  1  Final BX
Concordia-Moorhead  5  Marian  2  Final BX
UW-Eau Claire  4  St. Mary's (Minn.)  0  Final BX
Buffalo State  3  Trinity (Conn.)  1  Final BX RC
Holy Cross  1  Bowdoin  3  Final BX








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