Friday Knight Feast

Compiled by D3hockey.com staff -

Though Friday's schedule offered up a mere seven playoff games, six men's and two women's ranked teams hit the ice for posteason action that all came courtesy of the West Region.

The most notable result came down on the women's side as unranked St. Norbert toppled No. 5 Lake Forest, 3-1, in the opening game of their NCHA semifinal series.

St. Norbert topped Lake Forest, 3-1, to take game one of their NCHA semifinal series.
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Reaghan Chadwick's goal just 18 seconds into the game staked the Green Knights a lead it never relinquished. A Jillian Kosteck tally at 6:46 of the first period made it 2-0, while a Jessica Schlaff goal at 6:49 of the third ran the Green Knights' lead to 3-0.

Caroline Campbell scored the lone goal for the Foresters, who were outshot 22-20 on the night. Leigh Grall made 21 saves to get the win in goal for St. Norbert.

Game two of the first-to-three point series is slated for Saturday afternoon at Lake Forest.


NCHA Men

The top two ranked teams in the nation were both in action on Friday night and both claimed home wins in game one of their first-to-three-point series as No. 2 Adrian downed St. Scholastica, 4-2, while No. 1 St. Norbert beat No. 11 Marian, 4-1.

In Adrian, the top-seeded Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead at 2:28 of the first period on a goal by Brian Bachnak, and Austin Hervey made it 2-0 at the 5:36 mark of the second.

Adrian's Trevor Boyd ran the lead to 3-0 at the 7:16 mark of the third, but St. Scholastica wasn't finished as a Keegan Bruce goal at 9:41 and then a shorthanded tally by Derek Sutliffe at 16:49 reduced the Saints' deficit to 3-2. The Saints were unable to find the equalizer, however, and an empty-netter by Boyd with 13 seconds to go put the lid on the win for the Bulldogs.

Adrian outshot St. Scholastica 38-23 on the night and picked up 21 saves in goal from Kevin Entmaa. Game two of the series is set for Saturday afternoon at Adrian.

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At St. Norbert, the Green Knights held Marian to just 12 shots as it pulled away for the win. Roman Uchyn's 12th goal of the season put St. Norbert up 1-0 at 9:55 of the first period, but Marian's Tanner Pagendam answered just over six minutes later to tie the game, 1-1.

A Chris Rygus goal at 14:33 of the second period gave St. Norbert the lead for good, while Ross Pavek and Tanner Froese scored in the third.

Uchyn finished with a goal and an assist to lead the Green Knights, while Tony Kujava only needed to make 11 saves to get the win in goal. Also of note, Green Knights' forward Erik Cooper's assist on Froese's goal ran Cooper's consecutive game point streak to 18 which set a new school record, breaking the old mark of 17 held by Maris Ziedins.

The Green Knights and Sabres series finale is slated for Saturday night at St. Norbert.

 

WIAC Men

With both teams' NCAA hopes perhaps hanging in the balance, little was settled at Hobbs Arena in Eau Claire as No. 4 UW-Stevens Point and No. 8 UW-Eau Claire skated to a 2-2(ot) tie in game one of their first-to-three point semifinal series.

UW-Eau Claire's Jay Deo stopped 26 shots in the Blugolds' 2-2(ot) tie with UW-Stevens Point.
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Stevens Point jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Jacob Barber and Alex Kromm, but the Blugolds reeled the Pointers back in over the final 40 minutes with a Jake Hopfner goal at 11:42 of the second period and a Lucas Kohls tally at 3:52 of the third.

Eau Claire posted a 34-28 shot advantage on the night and were backstopped by 26 saves from Jay Deo. Max Milosek turned back 32 shots for Stevens Point. The series wraps up with game two Saturday night in Eau Claire

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Top-seeded and 14th-ranked UW-River Falls made methodical work of visiting UW-Stout as the Falcons pulled away for a 3-1 win in their series opener.

Stout held a 1-0 lead after one period thanks to a goal by Danny Ray at the 5:39 mark, but second period tallies by River Falls' Ryan Doner and Eddie Matsushima put the Falcons up 2-1 and they never looked back. Zach Schrotenboer added an early third period goal to round out the scoring.

Tanner Milliron made 21 saves to get the win in goal for the Falcons, who outshot Stout 40-22. Game two is on tap for Saturday night in River Falls.

 

WIAC Women

Women's semifinals also kicked off in the all-Wisconsin league, and both top seeds held course as top-seeded and ninth-ranked UW-River Falls upended UW-Eau Claire, 4-1, while UW-Stevens Point dispatched UW-Superior, 7-1.

River Falls rolled up a commanding 36-12 shot advantage in its win over the Blugolds and led 2-1 after one period on goals by Dani Sibley and Jessie Anderson. Amy Auran struck late in the second period to make it 3-1, while a Sibley added her second of the night near the midpoint of the third to round out the scoring. Sibley also registered an assist on Auran's goal to finish with a three-point night.

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In Stevens Point, the host Pointers held a 3-1 lead after two period and then rolled up four third period goals to pull away from the Yellowjackets.

Ellie Punnett scored twice and added three assists to post a five-goal night and lead the Pointers' offense, while Emily Lester also scored twice and tallied an assist, and Katherine Nejedlo chipped in with four assists of her own.

Sydney Conley made 23 saves to get the in in goal for the Pointers, who outshot Superior 33-24.

River Falls and Eau Claire will close out their series on Saturday afternoon in River Falls, while Stevens Point and Superior will settle things on Saturday night in Stevens Point.

 

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