College Wraparound: Yale victorious in 'Rivalry on Ice'
Yale freshman Mike Doherty tallied against Harvard at Madison Square Garden. (Photo courtesy: NiceRink)
BOSTON -- The finale of Hockey East’s Citi Frozen Fenway 2014 was a warm and wet one at Fenway Park, but it was a rather smooth road to victory in Boston.
No. 16 Northeastern used a three-goal second period to run by No. 9 UMass Lowell by a 4-1 score in the opener, before Maine jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first en route to downing “host” Boston University, 7-3.
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Yale 5, Harvard 1
The first installment of “Rivalry on Ice” at famed Madison Square Garden was a rousing success. Sophomore Cody Learned (Amherst, N.H.) scored twice and was named Most Valuable Player as the No. 10-ranked and defending national champion Bulldogs (8-3-4) downed their archest of archrivals in front of 15,524 fans. Each team lit the lamp just once in the first period with Harvard sophomore Jimmy Vesey (North Reading, Mass.) and Yale rookie Mike Doherty (Reading, Mass.) doing North of Boston proud on Broadway. Freshman Alex Lyon (23 saves) bounced back from Vesey’s goal 10:51 into the first and pitched a shutout the rest of the way, while the Eli offense took command in a hurry with three goals - two by Learned and one by senior defenseman Gus Young (Dedham, Mass.) - within the first six minutes of the middle stanza.
New Hampshire 4, Dartmouth 2
In a battle for state of New Hampshire supremacy, senior Dalton Speelman scored the game-winning goal with 2:15 remaining in regulation to lift Hockey East’s Wildcats (13-10-1) to a fourth win in a row against the in-state rival Big Green (3-12-2) at Verizon Wireless Arena to capture the Battle for the RiverStone Cup XIII. Sophomore Brad Schierhorn and junior Charlie Mosey were the Big Green goal scorers, while sophomore Charles Grant made nearly half (13) of his 28 saves in the second period.
Boston College 3, Brown 3
One night after an exciting win over No. 6 Providence, the fourth-ranked Eagles (14-4-3) used senior Bill Arnold’s (Needham, Mass.) game-tying goal at 14:12 of the third to draw even with the host Bears (6-6-3) at Meehan Auditorium in Providence in the first meeting between the teams since Jan. 2, 2000. Arnold matched a career-high seven-game point streak, while junior Johnny Gaudreau extended his to 16 with the primary assist to Arnold. Stellar Bruno sophomore Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) scored his ninth of the season at 10:40 of the second, beating BC rookie netminder Thatcher Demko (29 saves) in his first action since Dec. 7.
Quinnipiac 6, RPI 2
The seventh-ranked Bobcats (17-3-5, 8-2-3 ECAC Hockey) were paced by a three-goal first period and six different goal scorers in total in a blowout win of the visiting Engineers (8-10-4, 3-5-3) at High Point Solutions Arena. Freshman Sam Anas returned to his standout form with a goal and two assists for QU, while sophomore Michael Garteig continued his banner season by making 16 saves in his 17th win of the year.
Colgate 3, Vermont 2
At Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y., the Catamounts (11-7-3) saw a five-game unbeaten streak snapped at the hands of the host Raiders (9-9-3). In UVM’s first loss since Dec. 17 against Northeastern, freshman Mario Puskarich and junior Colin Markison scored goals and freshman Mike Santaguida made 21 saves, while earning his first-career assist.
Merrimack 4, Clarkson 0
Junior Rasmus Tirronen stopped all 34 shots he faced as the Warriors (5-10-3) pitched their first road shutout since Dec. 2011 with a 4-0 win over the No. 11 Golden Knights (13-7-2) at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. Senior Mike Collins (Boston, Mass.) scored a second-period goal and an assist to lift Tirronen to his first-career blanking. Current Utica Comet Joe Cannata (Wakefield, Mass.) was the last Warrior to pitch a road shutout, doing so at Holy Cross back on Dec. 31, 2011.
Bentley 4, RIT 1
One night after becoming the all-time goal scoring leader in program history, senior Brett Gensler scored twice and registered an assist as the Falcons (11-8-2, 9-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) finished off their first-ever sweep of the visiting Tigers (6-11-3, 5-7-1) at John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown, Mass. Northfield Mount Hermon product Branden Komm finished off the weekend with a 28-save effort for his 11th win of the campaign.
Mercyhurst 4, Holy Cross 2
For the second game in a row, the Crusaders (4-15-2, 3-9-2 Atlantic Hockey) fell to the AHA-leading Lakers (13-9-2, 11-1-1) at Worcester’s Hart Recreation Center. Junior Tommy Dwyer (Ridgefield, Conn.) and freshman Mike Barrett each scored goals in defeat for Holy Cross.
Canisius 5, Sacred Heart 4
The Pioneers (5-16-0, 4-10-0 Atlantic Hockey) surrendered three third-period goals in the opener of a two-game series on the road against the Golden Griffins (8-10-1, 7-4-1) in Buffalo. Junior defenseman Will Rayner (Needham, Mass.) scored a go-ahead goal to break a 2-2 tie at 9:28 of the second period, but the home team was able to run away with the latter half of play, beating SHU second-year Alex Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) for the game’s final three strikes.
Niagara 5, American International 0
The Yellow Jackets (5-14-0, 5-8-0 Atlantic Hockey) dropped the back half of a weekend series against the Purple Eagles (5-12-3, 5-5-3) at Dwyer Arena, despite 17 saves over two periods by rookie netminder Hunter Leisner.