Pay the Piper(s)

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On a night where almost every ranked team took care of a team that was unranked, or ranked lower in the polls, the Hamline Piper men stood alone as the team to upset the apple cart. Buoyed by a pair of power play goals, the Pipers (2-1) rode a 26 save performance by Justin Quale to a 2-1 victory over No. 4 UW-Stevens Point (2-1) in front of just over 1,000 fans at KB Willett Arena, spoiling the home debut of first year Pointers coach Tyler Krueger. 

The Pipers, off a hooking penalty to Tristan Conrad, broke the ice just 4:14 in when Mitch McPherson canned an opportunity with the assist by Garrett Schmitz. Point would net the equalizer in the second period at even strength. NAHL graduate Zach Zech netted his first goal in a Stevens Point uniform in

Justin Quale slammed the door shut with 26 stops to beat the Pointers tonight. 
Photo: Ryan Coleman, D3photography

unassisted fashion to level the score. That would hold until just under nine minutes later, when Brandon Reinholz netted Hamline's second goal with the extra man, and a tight checking third period with seven combined shots contained the margin at one as the Pipers pulled the road upset, and they impressively allowed a single goal in the absence of star defenseman Mitch Hall. Hamline will go for the Badger State Sweep on Saturday against No. 13 UW-Eau Claire, and the Pointers will swap opponents with the Blugolds by taking on Bethel in non-conference action. 

Statements Made

In the only matchup between ranked teams for the evening, a promising No. 15 Concordia-Wisconsin side would turn out to be no match for one of the top dogs in the NCHA, No. 3 St. Norbert, in SNC's first game since their semifinal exit in Utica. True to typical Green Knight form, St. Norbert assumed an early lead on the weight of their stifiling defensive play, as they limited the Falcons to a single shot through 20 minutes while grabbing the lead on a lamp lighter from veteran forward Roman Uchyn. The game would then go hog wild on special teams, with St. Norbert scoring on the power play and shorthanded to outpace a Falcon power play goal and lead 3-1 after two periods. CUW would inch closer on Brett Garvey's shorthanded goal, but a St. Norbert goal on the same man advantage would be the dagger as Brad Pung netted his first of the season.

"There were a couple moments of truth, so to say," St. Norbert head coach Tim Coghlin said after the game. "When they scored the shorty (to make the score 3-2 St. Norbert in the third period), and we came out on the ensuing power play and scored, that's a big momentum swing right there.  That could be one of those that changes the game.  Two-goal lead again, different story.  All things considered, for us, with a lot of new faces, we're pleased with our effort."

The Green Knights rode that momentum swing, and struck twice more before the end of the third period as they waltzed away as 6-2 winners. It won't get easier for SNC tomorrow, as they welcome in a highly intriguing Milwaukee School of Engineering team that is off to a 3-0 start. 

Defending national champion Norwich (1-1) got back on the horse tonight after a loss to Salve Regina on opening weekend. The Cadets did so in statement fashion, as they efficiently dismantled UMass Boston (2-1) goaltending with five goals on 23 shots against Anthony D'Urso and Jordan Bustard, and Braeden Ostepchuk pitched in with a flawless shutout performance in a 5-0 win. After the Beacons carried play with a 13-4 first period shot advantage, it took little time for the Cadets to pick up steam in the second, as sophomore forward Todd Jackson netted the game-winner at 1:25 of the period, and would be joined on the sheet by Jordan Hall on the power play at 10:01, and Coby Downs at even strength on the 13:04 mark on the clock. Downs would strike again in the third alongside the first of the season for Kale Kane as the Cadets defended Kreitzberg with a flattening to open NEHC play. Norwich is tested again tomorrow against Babson, and the Beacons will stay in the Green Mountain state to take on Castleton, who was a 6-1 loser to Babson tonight. 

The women's edition of Beacons/Cadets was a much closer affair, as the last two NEHC women's champions renewed their old rivalry at the Beacon Ice Arena. The Beacons (0-2) snared a 1-0 lead in the opening stanza as Arielle Gallucci registered a goal, but from there, the Cadet power play took complete command of the game. Norwich scored the next three goals, all on the power play, to grasp a 3-1 lead early in the third period and withstood a pair of third period Beacon goals in a 5-3 win. Adrieanna Rossini scored twice and posted an assist for the Cadets, and UMass Boston goaltender Rachel Myette deserves a tremendous amount of credit as she made 51 stops and did not allow a single even strength goal while in the crease. 

The No. 14 Plattsburgh State (1-1) men showed no ill effects of last week's stunning loss to Canton, as Bob Emery's crew showed they had something to prove tonight at the Stafford Ice Arena with a 12-4 shellacking of Morrisville State (0-1-2) to open SUNYAC play. The Cardinals were 5/9 on the power play and got four point outings from Rich McCartney, Liam Lawson, and Ayrton Valente. 13 different Cardinals had at least one point in the matchup. Jimmy Philbin netted a pair for the Mustangs. 

A Close Shave for the Falcon Women

After a disappointing 0-1-1 performance at the Bulldog Bowl tournament, the No. 4 UW-River Falls women again hit the road and made the short drive to the twin cities to take on Bethel (2-1). The Falcons had to contend with Norwich and Adrian last weekend, and the Royals were equally as pesky today for the Falcons to deal with. The Royals put their weight on the Falcons quickly, slipping out to a 1-0 lead on Kaitlyn Vantassel's fourth goal of the season. The Royal reign was hardly notable when the Falcons laid the smack down with four goals, three in less than one minutes' time, to snare a 4-1 lead after one period. Generally speaking, the opposition would be mentally crushed by that rally, but the Royals dug deep and slowly clawed their way back into affairs in the second period. Kirsten Olson's unassisted goal at 2:04 got the ball rolling, and the Royal power play delivered on a goal by Bri Stafne at 10:14 to whittle the advantage back to one. One became zero in the third when Stafne scored again to tie it, but the Falcons pumped the brakes when veteran skater Amy Auran scored 19 seconds later. River Falls leveraged their power play with two of the next three goals in the game as they bagged their first win of the campaign, 7-5. Jessie Anderson and Auran finished with a pair of scores apiece for the Falcons. 

Honoring the Fallen

The world of Northland College hockey was brought to a virtual standstill this summer when defenseman Chris Morgan was found dead as the result of an incident with a passing motorist near his Rochester Hills, Michigan home. Tonight, on a night where their fallen teammate was honored, you could say the Jacks got a little extra help from their old friend. Locked in a 1-1 game through 40 minutes against Lake Forest, Northland would be outshot by a 16-9 differential in the third. That margin would hold no weight in the end, as after Lake Forest pulled ahead on a George Gerasimou goal just past the midpoint of the third, Northland went on a tear. The hosts scored four times on their nine shots for the period to topple the Foresters by a 5-2 score. Goaltender AJ Smith was lights out for the Lumberjacks with 35 saves to earn the win. 

All the King's horses, and all the King's women

While the above headline sounds like a familiar nursery rhyme, we can confirm that King's College has officially arrived on the women's side. The Monarchs played their premiere game today at the Commonwealth Cup tournament in Pittsburgh, which features non-conference games between UCHC members Lebanon Valley, Chatham, King's and Neumann. King's was thwarted by the Neumann in their debut, as a Helen Cooney 19 save shutout and a two goal night from Bek Lucas was enough damage for the Knights to win 5-0. Kiva Sierra Stoltz backstoped the Monarchs with 48 saves. The Monarchs and Lebanon Valley will convene in search of their first wins tomorrow in the tournament's consolation game, while Chatham advances to play Neumann after the Cougars beat Lebanon Valley 6-1. 

UCHC opens conference play, Chatham makes debut. 

The newest conference in Division III hockey finally made landfall tonight as the United Collegiate Hockey Conference began league play. To begin its' inaugural league season, the artists formerly known as the ECAC West put four games on the slate tonight, and a long-awaited men's program at Chatham made a competitive debut on the road. 

It wasn't a winning performance in the first go for Chatham tonight, but the Cougars certainly stayed in the hunt against host Neumann University, who played its first conference game under Kyle Mountain. The Cougars had a level score through twenty minutes, but star forward Liam Board's two goals were enough to put the game away as the Knights prevailed by a 3-1 score. Jace Burton scored the first goal in program history for Chatham, assisted by Cory King and Ben Perron, at 16:06 of the first period, and goaltender Morgan Hudson had 47 saves. Neumann got two goals and an assist for Board, a two assist night by Jake Davidson, and transfer Sammy Bernard won his first start in a Neumann uniform. The Cougars will reload for a matchup at Stevenson on Saturday, while the Knights remain home to face Lebanon Valley, who suffered a 7-1 defeat against Stevenson tonight. 

Elsewhere, after an unsightly tie with Morrisville State on opening weekend, Manhattanville is in the win column at the expense of an Elmira team that shocked Hobart and hung with Oswego last weekend. It wouldn't come easy, as a 2-1 lead created by a 16-7 shot advantage slipped away to become a 3-2 Soaring Eagle lead in the first five minutes of the second period. The Valiants, undeterred, righted the ship by the 40 minute mark with Ryan Jackson's second goal of the season, and a shorthanded marker from Jared Martin at 17:51. Ken McLean puffed the net for the first goal of his Manhattanville career in the third to create a two goal cushion that sealed the deal. The Valiants outshot the Soaring Eagles at the Thunderdomes by a 36-23 advantage. 

And finally, the league's only ranked team, No. 11 Utica, turned to some new blood to put away an oftentimes pesky foe. Nazareth, who has somewhat of a notorious knack for playing Utica tough, was again not far behind, but a third period goal by John Power wasn't enough to erase a 2-0 hole as the Pioneers escaped Rochester with a 2-1 win to start 3-0 on the campaign. The difference was created by two of Utica's first year players, with freshman defenseman Brandon Young, and transfer forward Gregg Burmaster both netting their first goals in blue and orange. Patrik Virtanen was outstanding in net with a 26 save performance. 

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.