Compiled by D3hockey.com staff --
Since the first puck drop of the season ranked teams seem to have been going down like flies and that was the case again on Friday night as Northland turned the tables on No. 1 St. Norbert while Nichols piled it on No. 2 Endicott. Two other ranked teams suffered the same fate, while No. 9 Geneseo tied Buffalo State. On the women's side, No. 5 UW-River Falls tied UW-Stevens Point while No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus did the same against Augsburg.
|Nichols forward J.B. Baker posted two goals and three assists to help lead the Bison to a convincing 6-1 win over No. 2 Endicott.
Photo: Jill Souza/Nichols Athletics
At Northland, the host Lumberjacks rolled out to a 4-0 lead on top-ranked St. Norbert before staving off a late Green Knights rally to hold on for a 5-4 win. The win marks the first ever for Northland over St. Norbert.
Jacob Jeske opened the scoring in the first period, Josh Racek and Ty Krause added second period tallies, and Max Glashauser struck on the power play at the 1:27 mark of the third period to give Northland the 4-0 lead.
St. Norbert came storming back, however, with power play goals by Kurt Black at 1:47 and Timmy Nicksic at 2:27 to cut its deficit to 4-2, but Northland's Bailey Shaver scored just six seconds after Nicksic to put the 'Jacks back up three at 5-2.
The Green Knights weren't finished as Peter Bates scored at 10:54 and Dominick Sacco brought the Green Knights to within one with 29 seconds remaining, but the game-tying wasn't in the cards and Northland held on for the win.
'Jacks goaltender A.J. Smith turned in a strong 45-save performance to get the win, while T.J. Black and Ryan Bontorin made a combined 21 stops for St. Norbert. The loss marked the first conference setbackk of the season for the Green Knights (15-1-1, 10-1-0 NCHA), though they still maintain a seven point lead over St. Scholastica in the NCHA North Division.
Nichols 6, No. 2 Endicott 1
The CCC featured one of the highest-profile match-ups of the night and it certainly proved itself worth watching as Nichols exploded for four goals in a 4:25 span of the first period and never looked back as it upended conference-leading Endicott.
Matthew Menta kicked it off with a goal at the 7:42 mark of the opening period, while J.B. Baker tallied at 8:55, Vincent Crivello on the power play at 11:56, and Scott Cuthrell at 12:17. Nichols' Nicholas Mangone scored the lone goal of the second period to run the Bison lead to 5-0, and by the time Endicott's Jack Kilty converted on the power play at 4:07 of the third it was simply too late for the Gulls to mount any sort of legitimate comeback.
Baker added his second of the night, also on the power play, with 11:13 remaining to round out the scoring. Baker led the offensive attack for the Bison and finished with a five-point night (2-3-5), while his linemates Menta and Cuthrell both added a goal and three assists of their own.
Colin Brennan finished with 28 saves to get the win in goal for Nichols, while Justin Ketola made 26 stops for Endicott. The loss was Endicott's (14-2-2, 10-1-0 CCC) first of the year in CCC conference action, though the Gulls remain two points clear of Salve Regina fir first in the league. Nichols (11-5-2, 6-3-2 CCC) now sits in a third-place tie with University of New England, six points back of Endicott.
Southern Maine 3, No. 8 UMass Boston 2 (ot)
Southern Maine (3-9-4, 3-5-3 NEHC) turned the tables on NEHC rival UMass Boston when Cody Braga scored with just 53 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Huskies to the win over the eighth-ranked Beacons.
UMass Boston (13-5-0, 8-3-0 NEHC) claimed an early lead when Colin Larkin tallied his 16th goal of the season on the power play just 5:07 into the contest. The second period proved a different story, however, as Southern Maine's Jerome Witkowski and Brett Norman both scored to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead, but the Beacons clawed back in the third and tied things back up at two when John Bonno scored with 15:10 remaining.
UMass Boston held a narrow 38-33 shot advantage on the night, but Southern Maine goaltender Anthony D'Aloisio turned in a strong 36-save performance to held lead the Huskies to the win. The loss could prove crucial to the Beacons' regular season title hopes as they now sit three points behind league-leading Norwich and just one point head of Babson, and two ahead of New England College, all three of which were winners on Friday.
Gustavus Adolphus 4, No. 15 Augsburg 1
After falling out of the D3hockey.com Men's Top 15 earlier in the season, Augsburg (12-6-0, 6-3-0 MIAC) re-entered this week on the heels of a win over No. 3 UW-Stevens Point, but its stay may be short-lived as it came out on the short end of a 4-1 decision at Gustavus Adolphus.
Jake McCann scored at the 12:52 mark of the first period to put the Gusties up 1-0, and they extended the lead to 2-0 thanks to a Colton Schmidt power play goal at the 8:35 mark of the second. Augsburg's Will Peterson put one away on the power play to make it 2-1 with 4:48 left in the period but it was the only offense the Auggies were able to muster on the night.
The contest remained tight through the third period, however, but Gustavus (8-7-3, 7-2-0 MIAC) goaltender Chris Amsden stopped all 12 shots he faced in the period and the Gusties added to empty-netters in the closing minute to put things on ice. Despite a middling overall record, the win vaulted the Gusties into a first-place league tie with Saint John's, while Augsburg sits alone in third, one point behind the Gusties and Johnnies.