Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Kings of the Kennel
Big Time Thrill for the 'Ville
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 D3hockey.com 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
Jory 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
|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 D3hockey.com 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
|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|
|UW-Eau Claire||4||St. Mary's (Minn.)||0||Final||BX|
|Buffalo State||3||Trinity (Conn.)||1||Final||BX RC|