Roundup: Canisius Does it Again, Sweeps North Dakota

January 5, 2019 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Brown Wins Three Rivers Classic; Colgate Keeps Scoring

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It worked Friday night. So Canisius was more than happy to do it again on Saturday.

The Golden Griffins defeated North Dakota, 2-1, on Saturday to complete a two-game sweep of the national power.

“It’s a huge moment for Canisius and for our hockey program,” Canisius coach Trevor Large said. “It happens to be our time to make some noise on the national stage, and I could not be prouder or happier of the effort our team displayed tonight.”

Like Friday, CC used a couple timely goals, great goaltending and a little bit of puck luck to earn the win.

UND outshot the Golden Griffins, 49-16, in the game.

Unlike Friday, UND struck first this time around. Nick Jones made it, 1-0, at 15:12 of the first period. The lead didn’t last long. Just 2 minutes later, Felix Chamberland tied the game for CC. The first period ended with the game tied, 1-1; UND led, 23-2, in shots. 

A more even and scoreless second period gave way to a third period that may define UND’s season. At 1:29 of the third period, Grant Meyer scored for CC to put it on top, 2-1.

UND put 16 shots on Matt Ladd in the final 20 minutes but finished without a goal. For the game, Ladd made 48 saves on the 49 shots he faced.

North Dakota dropped to 22 in the Pairwise in the loss. Should the Fighting Hawks miss the NCAA tournament, two losses against Canisius will likely be the culprit.

Colgate 4, Princeton 3

Colgate entered the weekend having scored 19 goals in its first 16 games of the year.

This weekend, in its 17th and 18th games of the season, the Raiders accounted for nine goals. And two wins.

Colgate defeated Princeton, 4-3, Saturday in New Jersey to complete a weekend sweep of the southernmost ECAC schools. The Raiders rallied to beat Quinnipiac on Friday.

Similar to Friday, the Raiders needed a comeback on Saturday. 

Princeton led, 2-1, after 20 minutes. John Snodgrass tied the at 15:11 of the second period.

In the third period, Princeton generated a number of looks. But Colgate did more scoring. Jeff Stewart and Bobby McMann scored to make it 4-2 Raiders.

Max Veronneau’s seventh goal of the season brought Princeton back within one at 12:29. 

Mitch Benson was up to the rest, though. He made 11 saves in the third period to keep the Raiders in front.

The wins are Colgate’s first consecutive victories since a season-opening sweep of New Hampshire. It’s the first time Colgate has won consecutive road games since victories against Maine and Union on the road in January of 2016.

Despite it struggles, Colgate ends the weekend in fifth place in the ECAC, just two games back of first-place Quinnipiac. Princeton ends the weekend in seventh.

Merrimack 1, Northeastern 0

With its No. 1 goaltender and third-leading scorer on international duty, Northeastern still figured to have enough to get past Merrimack on Saturday night.

The Huskies massive territorial advantage and 42-22 shot advantage suggest they more than enough.

The score, however, tells a different story.

Merrimack went into Matthews Arena Saturday night and earned a 1-0 win over Northeastern.

Craig Pantano made 42 saves to earn the shutout.

“Really proud of our guys,” Merrimack coach Scott Borek said. “We didn’t always play smart but we played hard the entire game. Craig was obviously the best player in the rink, and that’s what we needed to get a W.”

Merrimack was in a similar situation on Friday before allowing New Hampshire to earn an overtime win.

“You have to earn wins,” Borek said. “I feel like we almost earned this win last night with a great effort by our team against UNH and a great effort by Drew Vogler. That gave our team a lot of confidence. I didn’t think we got the result we deserved last night, and then we were fortunate to get the result tonight.”

The Warriors picked up their first Hockey East win since Nov. 2 and ended a nine-game winless streak in the process.

Despite the win, MC still hasn’t scored more than one goal in a game since Dec. 8 and has only accounted for nine goals in its last games.

The loss cost NU a chance to jump into first place in the Hockey East standings. The Huskies are tied with Providence for third place in Hockey East.

“We had too many passengers,” Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said. “We didn’t have a sense of urgency all the time. We turned it on and off throughout the three periods. We had a lot of shots and a lot of O-zone time, but we got away from it. We tried to be too cute, and we weren’t heavy enough in our own zone. We didn’t defend fast enough. We didn’t have everyone going, and, in this league, regardless of records, you have to come to play every night and we didn’t have everyone come to play tonight.”

The loss ends an eight-game winning streak for the Huskies. They hadn’t lost since Nov. 3.

NU heads to Maine next weekend for two with the Black Bears. Merrimack heads to Ann Arbor for a game with Michigan on Tuesday before getting back into Hockey East next Saturday against Connecticut.

Brown 6, Union 3

Brown won the Three Rivers Classic Championship on Saturday, downing Union, 6-3, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

An early power-play goal from Tommy Marchin got the Bears going. A pair of shorthanded goals only made matters worse for Union. After 20 minutes, the Dutchmen trailed, 4-1, despite two power plays and a 12-9 shot advantage.

For the game, Union outshot Brown, 40-26.

Brown goaltender Gavin Nieto made 37 saves on the 40 shots he saw.

The non-conference loss was Union’s first of the season. All of the Dutchmen’s previous four defeats came in conference play.

The Dutchmen head to the North Country next weekend for games Clarkson and St. Lawrence.

Brown takes on crosstown rival next time out on January 15. It’s the Bears last game outside of ECAC play for the year.

Elsewhere …

Six different players scored as Massachusetts recovered from Friday’s loss to crush American International, 6-1, in Springfield. Five different UMass players recorded multi-point games. Freshman defenseman Marc Del Gaizo finished the game with a goal and three assists. … St. Cloud State fell behind early on Friday and suffered its worst loss of the season to Union. Saturday, the Huskies used the Three Rivers Classic third-place game to get right. A three-goal third period gave SCSU a comfortable 5-2 win over Robert Morris. Robby Jackson scored two goals for the Huskies. … Dartmouth and Bentley played to a 3-3 Saturday afternoon in Waltham. The Falcons tied the game at 19 seconds left in regulation. Jonathan Desbiens’ fifth goal of the season tied the game. … Quinnipiac ended a disappointing weekend with a 2-2 tie against Cornell on Saturday in Hamden. The Bobcats had 2-0 lead at 14:19 of the first period and controlled play throughout the opening 20 minutes. For the next two periods, Cornell fought their way back. Cam Donaldson and Morgan Barron scored to tie the game. … Holy Cross‘ Kevin Darrar scored at 9:56 of the third period to give the Crusaders a 5-4 win over Mercyhurst. The Crusaders wasted a 4-2 second-period lead before Darrar found the game-winner. … Adam Brubacher broke a 1-1 tie with 2 seconds left in regulation to lift RIT past Niagara, 2-1. Niagara goaltender Brian Wilson made 34 saves for the Purple Eagles. … New Hampshire erased a 4-0 deficit to earn a 5-5 tie with Yale on Saturday night‌ in Durham. The Wildcats scored two goals in the third period after Yale led, 5-3, after 40 minutes. Eric Esposito and Justin Fregona scored in the third period to tie the game for the Wildcats. … Miami rallied to earn a 3-3 tie with Providence on Saturday. PC led, 3-1, at 6:11 of the third period after Bryan Lemos’ second goal of the season. Christian Mohs gave Miami life at 14:39. Gordie Green found the game-winning goal at 19:18. Ryan Larkin made 31 saves for the RedHawks in the win.

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