Alex Roos wins in OT as Colo. College forces deciding game with N. Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Alex Roos scored seven minutes into overtime to give Colorado College a 3-2 victory against North Dakota on Saturday, forcing a third and deciding game in the NCHC quarterfinal series.
CC goalie Josh Thorimbert stopped 44 of 46 shots and was named the game's No. 1 star.
Peter Stoykewich and Scott Wamsganz also scored for the Tigers.
Drake Caggiula and Jordan Schmaltz provided the UND goals, while Zane Gothberg made 29 saves.
No. 13 Michigan 6, No. 1 Minnesota 2
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Brady Skjei scored twice for the inaugural Big Ten champion Gophers on Saturday, but the two goals weren’t enough as Michigan closed out the regular season with a 6-2 win at Yost Ice Arena.
Skjei was the bright spot in Minnesota’s final regular-season game of the season, setting a career high with two goals and tallying two points for the second time in his career. He ended the weekend with three goals to his credit after scoring in the Gophers’ 3-2 overtime win to clinch the Big Ten crown on Friday night.
Additionally, Travis Boyd tallied an assist on Skjei’s first goal of the night on Saturday to give him his 50th career point as a Gopher. Seth Ambroz and Justin Holl also tallied assists for Minnesota.
No. 2 Boston College 4, No. 10 Notre Dame 2
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Boston College utilized a big performance from its top-scoring unit, including a four-point performance from junior Johnny Gaudreau, to force a deciding Game 3 after downing Notre Dame 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in the Hockey East quarterfinals.
Gaudreau's two-goal, two-assist performance pushed his season total to 69 points (32-35-69). Head coach Jerry York has not had a skater turn in 69 points on The Heights since Marty Reasonser did so during the 1997-98 season. Reasonser, one of York's first recruits, scored 73 points that year. Gaudreau turned in his 10th power-play goal, counting for his sixth in the past seven games.
Seniors Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold regained their scoring touch, each with multi-point performances. Hayes netted the game-winning goal, his sixth of the year, while Arnold doled out a pair of helpers. Senior captain Patrick Brown logged his fourth power-play marker of the season while rookies Scott Savage and Adam Gilmour each charted an assists.
No. 3 Union (N.Y.) 4, Dartmouth 2
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Union (N.Y.) closed another home season at Messa Rink in fine fashion, defeating Dartmouth 4-2 to complete a weekend ECAC Hockey quarterfinals sweep. The Dutchmen have advanced to the ECACH semifinals on Friday.
Union (26-6-4) extended its home winning streak to 12 games, its unbeaten streak to 11 games and improved its record against Ivy League competition to 14-0.
Daniel Carr (goal, assist), Daniel Ciampini (goal, assist) and Mike Vecchione (goal, two assists) turned in multiple-point efforts in a contest that was not decided until the final minute.
Miami (Ohio) 4, No. 4 St. Cloud State 3
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- St. Cloud State (21-10-5, 15-7-3 NCHC) saw its run in the NCHC postseason playoffs end on Saturday with a 4-3 loss against Miami (Ohio) (14-19-3, 7-17-1 NCHC) at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Miami's Anthony Louis tied the game at 4-4 at the 12:08 mark of the third period with a power-play goal, which set the table for the game-winning goal with 19:57 left in the third period by MU's Justin Greenberg. His last-second shot was assisted by Louis and Matt Joyaux.
In the game, SCSU was outshot by Redhawks 30-28, and both squads were 1 of 3 on the power play. In the nets, Ryan Faragher was the goalie of record for the Huskies with 26 saves and Ryan McKay was the game winner with 25 saves.
No. 5 Wisconsin 4, Michigan State 3
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Just minutes after a disappointing overtime loss on Friday, Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves returned to the locker room to find his team already looking forward to a chance at redemption on Saturday. It got it -- barely -- thanks to four first-period goals that enabled it to hold on to a 4-3 win against Michigan State in the final game of the regular season.
How hot were the Badgers (22-10-2, 13-6-1-0 Big Ten) in the opening period? With two minutes left in the first frame, Wisconsin had twice as many goals (four) as MSU (11-17-7, 5-9-6-4 Big Ten) had shots on goal.
The Badgers got goals from four different players in the first period, as Nic Kerdiles' power-play goal on a slapshot from the point just 2:55 in was followed in quick succession by Gavin Hartzog, Sean Little and Grant Besse tallies later in the frame.
Hartzog, making his season debut for the injured Jake McCabe, earned his first goal since he scored on Alabama Huntsville on Oct. 15, 2010. Besse scored the first road goal of his career.
No. T6 Quinnipiac 5, Yale 3
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas scored twice while Jordan Samuels-Thomas' goal early in the third period stood as the game winner, as the Bobcats defeated Yale 5-3 to complete its ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series sweep at High Point Solutions Arena. Quinnipiac will advance to the league semifinals for the second consecutive year and will face tournament-seed No. 2 Colgate on Friday at Herb Brooks Rink in Lake Placid, N.Y.
With the series win, Quinnipiac remains the only team to win an ECAC Hockey postseason series in each season since 2005-06 when the Bobcats joined the league. Quinnipiac improves on the year to 24-8-6 overall while Yale's season ends at 17-11-5.
Anas becomes the first Quinnipiac freshman to score twice in an ECAC Hockey tournament game since Quinnipiac joined the ECAC Hockey ranks. With 21 goals this year, he also becomes the fourth Quinnipiac freshman at the Division I level -- joining Brandon Wong (27) as well as Brian Herbert and David Marshall (22) -- to scored 20 goals in his first season.
Samuels-Thomas, Travis St. Denis and Tommy Schutt also scored for Quinnipiac while Matthew Peca and Connor Jones both had two assists in the game. Bobcats goalie Michael Garteig picked up his 24th win of the year.
No. T6 Ferris State 3, Bemidji State 2 (2OT)
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Ferris State is headed to Grand Rapids and Van Andel Arena for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five Championship after a memorable and thrilling double-overtime triumph against Bemidji State on Saturday night at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs trailed 2-1 late in regulation of their first-round home playoff series, but pulled the goalie for the extra skater to score the game-tying goal with only 45 seconds left to play. Following 20 minutes of scoreless action in the first extra period, the Bulldogs finally won the game in short-handed fashion on a shot from the point by senior captain Scott Czarnowczan 5:15 into the second overtime period.
No. 15 Vermont 3, No. 8 Massachusetts-Lowell 2 (OT)
LOWELL, Mass. -- Rookie Mario Puskarich scored the team-leading seventh game-winning goal of his freshman campaign 5 1/2 minutes into overtime on Saturday night, lifting Vermont to a 3-2 victory against Massachusetts-Lowell in Game 2 of the Hockey East quarterfinals at Tsongas Center.
With the win, the Catamounts force a Game 3 in the best-of-three series on Sunday. UVM is just the fifth No. 7 seed to force a Game 3 in the quarterfinal round in the history of the Hockey East Tournament.
Vermont collected its 20th win of the season and improves to 20-13-3 (10-10-0 HEA), while the River Hawks fall to 22-10-4 (11-6-3 HEA). Puskarich tied the NCAA lead in game-winning goals and tallied his 19th of the season overall, while Michael Paliotta posted two assists. UVM went 2-for-3 on the power play, scoring its first two goals with the man advantage.
No. 9 Providence 4, No. 19 Maine 2
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence defeated Maine 4-2 to sweep its Hockey East quarterfinal series against the Black Bears at Schneider Arena (2,172) on Saturday night. With the win, the Friars advance to the Hockey East semifinals for a third consecutive season.
After falling behind 1-0, the Friars bounced back as a result of two first-period goals from sophomore Nick Saracino to take a 2-1 lead into the second period. Senior Derek Army and junior Ross Mauermann each added a goal in the middle frame for the Friars to go ahead 4-1 against the Black Bears. Army's goal proved to be the game winner for the second consecutive game.
Maine surged in the third period as Steven Swavely cut the deficit to two goals but the effort by the Friars defense and Providence (21-9-6, 11-7-2) sophomore goaltender Jon Gillies proved impossible to overcome. Gillies stopped 36 shots in the game, including 15 in the third period.
Maine (16-15-4, 9-8-3) goaltenders Martin Ouellette and Dan Sullivan combined for 26 saves.