Ruck, Halloran Star in CC Win; Minnesota State Drops ASU
Minnesota-Duluth raised a national championship banner for the second straight season in Friday’s home opener.
What followed was a reminder that the college hockey season is a long one. And, even the best teams, need some time to find themselves.
Mass.-Lowell has made a habit out of capitalizing on teams that haven’t quite gotten it together just yet over the years. Friday, UML made UMD pay.
The River Hawks went into AMSOIL Arena and handed the Bulldogs a 3-2 humbling.
UMD outshot the River Hawks, 34-17, but Tyler Wall outdueled Hunter Shepard to earn the win. Wall made 32 saves in the win, including 28 over the final two periods.
“We were excited to get (the win) tonight,” UML coach Norm Bazin said. “Obviously, we bent at times, but we didn’t break. We are pleased with the effort.”
Lucas Condotta scored two goals for UML. Chris Schutz followed Condotta’s second with the River Hawks’ third goal of the night just 49 seconds later.
Scott Perunovich and Noah cates got UMD back within one with third-period goals. But Wall did enough to earn an impressive win.
“For the first two periods, we didn’t do anything,” UMD coach Scott Sandelin said. “I saw some good things in the third, but we dug ourselves a hole.
“They took advantage. … We had some opportunities to get the lead. We didn’t do that, so, unfortunately, it came back to bite us.”
The teams play their second game of the weekend on Saturday night.
After a season-opening sweep of Alabama-Huntsville last weekend, UML is off to 3-0-0 start.
Minnesota State 4, Arizona State 1
Michaelis’ brace turned a narrow 2-1 lead into a comfortable three-goal cushion.
Dryden McKay made 25 saves for the Mavericks in the win. Eleven of his saves came in the third period with ASU pushing for the equalizer.
“I thought we got better as the game went on,” Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings said. “I thought the second period, we were better at using our speed and putting pucks into areas where we could go get them.”
Evan Debrouwer made 29 saves for the Sun Devils despite the loss. Michaelis’ first goal, which made it 3-1, is probably one Debrouwer would like back. Overall, he kept ASU alive during some stretches when MSU could’ve put the game away.
“I really liked how Evan played in net,” ASU coach Greg Powers said. “He gave us a chance.
“Goaltending was really good.”
While goaltending hasn’t been poor for ASU through the first three games, it’s clear the ceiling is much lower without Joey Daccord or any other truly elite collegiate goaltender.
Max Prawdzik didn’t amaze in his first outing of the season last Saturday, allowing four goals on 21 shots. Debrouwer’s been mostly fine in his two starts.
The Sun Devils have talented players. Their ascent to an NCAA tournament team as an Independent came largely due to Daccord, however. His brilliance helped ASU gloss over some overall issues with roster depth. These issues say more about the program’s age than anything else.
Over time, ASU will likely continue to add talented players, but the 2019-20 season will likely be one of mixed results in the immediate aftermath of Daccord’s departure.
Colorado College 3, Minnesota 2
Colorado College opened its season in memorable fashion on Friday night.
Three third-period goals helped the Tigers erase 1-0 and 2-1 Minnesota leads and escape with a 3-2 victory.
Ben Copeland scored at 15:14 of the third period to give CC a 3-2 lead.
CC’s first two goals of the period came from Chris Wilkie. His goals came in a span of 2:03. However, Minnesota’s Scott Reedy scored between Wilkie’s tallies.
CC goaltender Ryan Ruck, a graduate transfer from Northeastern, made 28 saves in his Tigers debut. Ruck stopped 13 shots in the third period to preserve CC’s hopes.
A pleasant sign for the Tigers was the return of Nick Halloran. One of college hockey’s breakout stars in the 2017-18 season, Halloran missed most of last season with an injury. He assisted on all three CC goals on Friday, playing on a line with Wilkie and Copeland.
Nebraska-Omaha scored two goals in each period to down Alabama-Huntsville, 6-1. Six different players scored for Omaha in the win. Isaiah Saville stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced in his first collegiate start. … North Dakota got some vengeance for last season’s sweep at the hands of Canisius, pummeling the Golden Griffins, 5-0, in Grand Forks. … Steven Ipri scored 1:11 into overtime to help Mercyhurst down St. Lawrence, 3-2, in Erie. … St. Cloud State rallied from 4-0 down to earn a draw with Bemidji State, 4-4, on Friday. BSU appeared to have scored a game-winning goal in overtime. However, officials immediately waived the goal off due to goaltender interference. Officials were unable to review the call due to a failure of the arena’s replay system.
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