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EAST – Dan Hickling
With the vast majority of teams in the East playing out of conference, this week’s wrap looks at how last week’s ranked teams fared.
With No. 3 Plattsburgh tangling with No. 2 Norwich, one could have expected a game for the ages. Such was not the case, as the Cadets easily handled Platty, 5-1. Austin Surowiec paced Norwich with two goals. The next day, Norwich was held to a 2-2 tie while the Cardinals rebounded by beating Primelink Tourney hosts Middlebury, 4-2 … Babson, ranked No. 6, made a sweep of two visiting ECAC West foes, Nazareth (6-2) and Elmira (2-1). Dan Casey’s second period goal – his sixth of the season – proved to be the difference against Elmira. … No. 8 Trinity split its two tilts, blasting Massachusetts-Dartmouth 9-1 – with Conor Coveney, Anthony Sabitsky and Tyler Whitney all chipping in two goals – but then lost to No. 10 Massachusetts-Boston, 5-3. The Beacons stunned Trinity with four unanswered goals, two of them by Stephen Buco (his seventh and eighth). … The previous night, UMB rolled over Weslyan, 6-2, as Peter MacIntyre racked up four assists. … No. 11 Bowdoin trounced Wentworth, 6-1 in the opener of the Bowdoin/Colby Tournament, as half a dozen Polar Bears lit the lamp. That was followed by a 8-0 rout of Salve Regina, which featured a 27-save shutout by Max Fenkell and two goals by Matthew Lison. … Finally, No. 15 Williams squeaked out a 4-3 win over Johnson & Wales in the opener of the Skidmore Invitational, then was shocked in overtime, 3-2 by Morrisville for the tourney title. The Mustangs erased a two-goal deficit, with Marc-Antoine Chaput knotting the score with 4:57 remaining in the third period. Matthew Beer then notched the game-winner at 1:20 of the extra session. Morrisville goalie Steven Dombrosky racked up 36 saves in a winning cause.
WEST – Brian Lester
MIAC – Concordia (Minn.) made history over the weekend as it became the first western team to win the PrimeLink Shootout tournament, knocking off No. 2 Norwich in a shootout. It is also the first invited team to win the tourney title in 17 years. The Cobbers and Cadets were tied at 3-3 after regulation and overtime before Concordia came through with the win over a program that has won three national championships. Andrew Deters and Jon Grebosky scored goals in the shootout. Jordie Bancroft and Jordan Krebsbach both scored in regulation for the Cobbers. Alex Reichle tallied 28 saves. The Cobbers are unbeaten in their last five games, improving to 5-3-2 … Gustavus Adolphus was winless on the weekend at the MIAC/NCHA Showcase, falling 2-1 to Marian on Sunday after skating to a 3-3 tie against Lawrence on Saturday. Andy Pearson tied the game in the third period against Lawrence to force overtime. It marked the fourth consecutive game where Gustavus had a game end in a tie. Jake McCann and Gavin Tufte both scored goals as well for the Gusties against Lawrence. The Gustied ended up with a 45-23 edge in shots. Against Marian, a goal with under five minutes to play proved to be the difference as Gustavus had its six-game unbeaten streak end. The Gusties are now 3-3-4 on the season. Jack Walsh scored Gustavus’ only goal of the game. The Gusties held a 28-13 advantage in shots and have killed 21 straight penalties over an eight-game span.
NCHA - Concordia (Wis.) retained possession of the Thanksgiving Cup with a 3-1 win over Bethel on Saturday. The Falcons capped a weekend sweep of the Royals with the win. They earned a 6-5 win over Bethel on Friday. Tanner Bull broke a 1-1 tie in the third period and Chris Hughes finished off the scoring for the Falcons, who improved to 3-7. Domingo Torrenueva started his first game of the season on Saturday and racked up 32 saves. In Friday?s win, Anthony Pickering scored twice, including the game winner with 9:21 remaining in the game, to lift the Falcons to a victory. Dylan Frank started between the pipes and made 30 saves. After opening the season with six consecutive losses, the Falcons have won three of their last four games … The Milwaukee School of Engineering swept Aurora over the weekend, punctuating the sweep with a 5-2 win on Sunday. The win was the fourth in a row for the Raiders, who are 4-4 on the year. Patrick Dwyer scored twice and Casey Moneer tallied two assists. Austin Campbell made 13 saves. In Friday’s 6-5 overtime win, Omar Mullan scored with 18.8 seconds to play to help finish off a furious comeback for the Raiders. MSOE trailed 5-1 in the game before fighting back for the win. Mullan scored twice in the victory, while Nick Kohn tallied 21 saves.
WIAC – In a battle of nationally-ranked opponents, Wisconsin-Stevens Point had the upper hand on Saturday as it knocked off previously unbeaten Adrian 6-3 on the road. The win avenged a 6-4 loss to the Bulldogs earlier in the month. The No. 9 Pointers held a 33-27 advantage in shots and led the fourth-ranked Bulldogs 2-1 after one period. They stretched their lead to 3-1 after two periods. Six different players scored in the victory, while Kyle Brodie and Scott Henegar came up with two assists apiece. Brandon Jaeger made 24 saves as the Pointers improved to 6-2 on the season. It was the fourth win in the last five games for Stevens Point, which was the national runner-up last season … Wisconsin-Eau Claire went on the road Saturday and knocked off Augsburg 3-1, beating the Auggies for the fifth time in their last six meetings. The Blugolds, ranked No. 13 in the country, are 11-0-2 against MIAC schools since January of last season. Ross Andersen scored twice in the win, pushing his goal total to six on the year, and Ethan Nauman added a goal as well as Eau Claire improved to 4-2-2. Nauman has also tallied six goals on the season. Tyler Green made 25 saves and is 3-0-1 on the year. The victory over the Auggies ended a three-game winless streak where Eau Claire never scored more than two goals in a game. Saturday’s win marked the fifth time this year that the Blugolds have scored at least three goals in a game.