Compiled by D3hockey.com staff --
Friday's men's feature presentation came courtesy of the SUNYAC where No. 6 SUNY Geneseo played host to No. 7 Oswego State in a conference clash that marked the first meeting of the year between the Knights and Lakers. When all was said and done, the two had skated to a 2-2 (ot) tie, thus representing their adjacent national rankings fittingly.
|Lake Forest goaltender Louis-Philippe De Courcy stopped all 19 shots he faced to lead the Foresters to a 5-0 upset win over No. 13 MSOE.
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Geneseo's Cam Russell put the Knights out front 1-0 just 3:22 into the game, and the Knights' lead held until the 1:02 mark of the second period when Oswego's Josh Zizek notched his seventh of the season to deadlock the game, 1-1. Oswego claimed its first and only lead of the night at 15:21 of the period when Michael Gillespie struck to put the Lakers up 2-1, but Geneseo's Tyson Empey converted on the power play just over two minutes later to tie it 2-2 and set the stage for a scoreless third period and overtime.
The fast-paced contest featured a mere three penalties -- all on Oswego. David Richer made 24 saves for Oswego, who stands at 5-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the SUNYAC, while Devin McDonald turned back 27 shots for Geneseo (7-2-1, 5-1-1).
Four Ranked Teams Fall
While the SUNYAC showdown ended without a winner, three other ranked teams weren't so lucky as they fell to teams currently sitting outside of the Men's Top 15.
No. 4 Augsburg entered the night as one of the few remaining men's unbeatens, but the Auggies can no longer claim that title as they were blanked 2-0 at home by St. Thomas in a MIAC league affair. The game remained scoreless through 40 minutes, but a power play goal by St. Thomas' Johnny Panvica and an empty-netter by Cullen Wilcox with 1:03 remaining were all the Tommies needed to secure the win. Goaltender Benjamin Myers showed up big for the Tommies as the junior stopped all 38 shots he faced to get this win and the fourth shutout of his career.
No. 9 UMass Boston entered entered the weekend as one of the hottest teams in the nation as the Beacons had won seven straight, but number eight was not in store on Friday as they were upended 4-3 by NEHC rival Babson. Babson's Bobby Hall notched back-to-back markers in the mid-first and early second periods to hand the Beavers a 3-1 lead it never relinquished. UMass Boston's Nolan Redler converted on the power play at the 19:00 mark of the second to reduce the Beacons' deficit to one, but Babson's Christian Faggas, with an assist from Hall, scored what proved to be the gamewinner at the 5:27 mark of the third. The win keeps the Beavers tied with Norwich atop the NEHC, one point ahead of the Beacons.
No. 13 MSOE suffered fell prey to the same scoring woes as Augsburg as the Raiders were shutout 5-0 at home by NCHA foe Lake Forest. The Foresters outshot the Raiders 28-19 on the night and picked up goals from five skaters en route to the win. The Lake Forest power play proved especially proficient as it converted three of its seven chances, while goaltender Louis-Phillippe De Courcy's shutout marked the second of his career.
No. 15 Concordia-Wis. has been sitting just on the edge of the Top 15 for some weeks now, but the position might now be in jeopardy as the Falcons dropped a 4-3 decision to Aurora in the second NCHA upset of the night. Aurora jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one and led 4-2 after two. Concordia's Dante Hahn scored at the 10:59 mark of the third to cut the deficit to one, but the Falcons were unable to find the equalizer in the final nine minutes. Five different skaters scored for Aurora, who were led by two-point nights from Josh Delezenne (1-1-2) and Liam Stirtzingler (0-2-2).
The Rest of the Ranked
It didn't come easy for St. Norbert but the top-ranked Green Knights edged Lawrence 3-2 to improve to 8-0-1 on the year....No. 2 Adrian fell behind 1-0 after one, but rallied four unanswered goals en route to a 4-1 win over St. Scholastica. Ten different skaters made the scoresheet for the Bulldogs.....No. 8 Endicott scored a 5-3 road CCC win at Western New England to move to 7-0 in conference play. Daniel Kuceroy scored twice and added an assist, while Anthony Petrella and Logan Day both added two assists to help pace the Gulls.....No. 10 UW-Stevens Point trailed 1-0 after one but ramped things up over the final 40 en route to a 6-1 WIAC conference win at UW-River Falls. The Pointers outshot the Falcons 34-19 and picked up points from 12 different skaters.....No. 11 Norwich received a stiff test from Castleton in NEHC action but scored twice in the third period to notch a 2-0 win over the Spartans. Carter Cowlthorp and Jordan Hall were the goal scorers for the Cadets.....No. 12 Hobart rolled up 40 shots in a 4-2 NEHC conference win over Skidmore. Jonáš Ťoupal scored twice to lead the Statesmen, while Tanner Shaw chipped in with a pair of assists.
One prominent upset proves the Friday night headline as No. 6 UW-River Falls fell 3-1 at the hands of UW-Superior in a WIAC conference tilt. The Falcons posted a solid 30-16 shot advantage but it didn't manifest in the form of goals as a first period power play goal by Madi Nolan was all they could muster. Meanwhile, Superior picked up tallies from Kaylee Wood, Saige Patrick and Mikayla Goodin, and 29 saves from Sky Brown, to help turn the upset. The loss dropped River Falls to 6-2-1 on the year while Superior improved to 5-4-0.
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No. 8 Connecticut College has hovered in the bottom portion of the Women's Top 10 for mutiple weeks now, and hit the road Friday to face No. 6 Middlebury, which entered the weekend on the heels of a pair of losses in last week's prestigious UNO Classic. Despite the two-game skid, the season's first battle for NESCAC supremacy went to Middlebury as the Panthers blanked the Camels, 3-0.
After a scoreless first period in which Conn College posted am 11-6 shot advantage, Middlebury's Maddie Winslow scored at the 7:00 mark of the second to put the Panthers up 1-0. Katherine Jackson and Jessica Young scored insurance markers in the middle stages of the third, and Lin Han stopped all 22 shots she faced to get the shutout win in goal. Winslow and Young both picked up assists for Middlebury, who moved to 3-0 in league play and now is tied for first in the NESCAC with Hamilton.
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Out in the West Region, the night's marquee match-up came in the MIAC as No. 10 St. Thomas played host to upstart and 6-1-1 Augsburg. As it turned out, 65 minutes wasn't enough to figure things out as the Tommies and Auggies skated to a 1-1 draw. St. Thomas struck first when Estee Frantz scored shortanded at the 18:10 mark of the first period, but Augsburg's Mikayla Jones tallied at the 19:25 mark of the second to draw things all square. Augsburg carried a slim 25-23 shot advantage on the night and both teams finished 0-for-4 on the power play. The pair will faceoff again on Saturday night, this time with Augsburg serving as host.
Speaking of Hamilton, the Continentals remained unbeaten in NESCAC conference play with a 1-0 overtime win over Colby. The goal came courtesy of freshman forward Andrea Rockey and marked the first of her career. Kelli Mackey and Kate Piacenza. The win moves Hamilton to 3-0 in NESCAC play, good enough to stand in a first-place tie with aforementioned Middlebury.
Aside from the Augsburg/St. Thomas tilt, four other contests went to the extra session on Friday though none of the others featured an overtime game-winner. They were: Williams and Wesleyan skating to a 2-2 tie, Neumann and William Smith also came up deuces at 2-2, as did Post and New England College. Two others finished as 1-1 draws as Morrisville and Franklin Pierce, and St. Scholastica and St. Norbert both finished with a victor and just a single goal per side.
The Rest of the Ranked
No. 2 Elmira rolled up a 49-12 shot advantage in a comfortable 5-1 win at Chatham. Five different skaters scored for the scoring Eagles, who improved to 8-0-0 on the year.....SUNY Potsdam stood at 5-2-1 heading into Friday's NEWHL contest at No. 3 Plattsburgh, but it mattered little as the Cardinals blew out the Bears, 8-0. Annie Katonka posted a hat trick to lead Plattsburgh, while Courtney Moriarty (1-3-4), Melissa Sheeran (2-1-3), Erin McArdle (0-3-3) and Maci Hoskins (0-3-3) all tallied at least three points.....No. 4 Adrian piled up an absurd 78-6 shot advantage and hung a ten spot on Aurora in a 10-1 NCHA conference win. Savannah Veri registered a hat trick for the Bulldogs, who picked up points from 14 different skaters, though none scored more than three.....No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus improved to 5-1-1 with a 3-1 win at Bethel. Allie Stanger, Laine Fischer and Kaitlyn Klein all scored for the Gusties.