Miami RedHawks 3 vs No. 11 North Dakota 0
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 7-8-15, +5, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
Miami continued their hot streak after knocking off top-seeded St. Cloud State last weekend, beating North Dakota, 3-0, in the NCHC semifinals on Friday night. Mullin remains out for the RedHawks with a lower body injury. O’Donnell and North Dakota will wait to see where they play in the national tournament. Miami will play Denver for the first NCHC championship.
No. 14 Colgate Raiders 3 vs No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (2OT)
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 12-26-38, +5, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM
Quinnipiac will go another year without an ECAC championship as they blew a 2-0 lead and fell in double overtime to Colgate, 3-2, in the semifinals. Peca had a power play assist on a one-touch pass into the slot to help the Bobcats to a 2-0 lead. He was on the ice late in the third period with Colgate’s goalie pulled, covering high as Colgate banged away at a loose puck in the crease to tie the game at two. In double overtime, Peca came off the bench to backcheck on an odd-man rush. Colgate’s initial shot caromed back into the high slot and a QU defenseman lost his feet, enabling a clear shot for a Raider player to win the game. The Bobcats will next play in the national tournament.
Ohio State Buckeyes 3 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1
Big 10 Semifinals
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 34 GP, 23-5-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox, who was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist earlier in the week, allowed two goals to Ohio State, but the story was the Gophers picking a bad time for sloppy play. Minnesota wasn’t themselves on Friday night, especially late in the third period when they struggled to even get the puck in deep on the forecheck. One of those failed opportunities resulted in an empty net goal. The Gophers will await their seeding in the national tournament.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round series, 1-0
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 12 SOG, 15/28 FO, *First Star*
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Halifax took Game 1 of their first round series with Charlottetown, 6-3, outshooting the visiting Islanders, 51-18. Drouin, who was named QMJHL First Star for the month of March, had three points and a team-leading 12 shots on goal.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 @ Quebec Remparts 4 (OT)
Huskies lead best-of-7 first round series, 1-0
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: Did not play.
Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, -3, 61 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Erne remains out while recovering from a lacerated spleen. He is due back by the end of the month if the Remparts are still alive.
Ontario Hockey League
Niagara IceDogs 0 @ North Bay Battalion 4
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 1-0
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Blujus scored his fourth career playoff goal to help North Bay to a 4-0 Game 1 shutout win over Niagara. Blujus’ goal was the game-winner, scored early in the second period on the power play. All of North Bay’s goals came in the middle frame.
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 1-0
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen scored his first goal of the playoffs mid-way through the second period to give the Fronts a 3-0 lead. They never looked back en route to a 4-1 Game 1 win.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored twice in the first period, and held on to hand the Syracuse Crunch their second straight shutout loss, 2-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
Syracuse had trouble creating sustained pressure, and was held to four shots in the first period and 16 overall.
"For whatever reason -- it's hard to explain -- we came out flat tonight," said Syracuse forward Jon DiSalvatore. "You've got to be ready to battle, you've got to be ready for the pressure."
Offensive outage continues.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for another hard luck loss. Lack of goal support is a terrible thing.
WBS Machacek, (17) (Ebbett, Dumoulin), 7:38
WBS Payerl, (3) (Manderson, Zlobin), 17:39 (PP)
Gudlevkis was the game's third star.
16 shots on goal. That's all Syracuse could manage in the entire game. 16 shots on goal. That's about 5 less than Bishop had to stop in the Third Period alone against Toronto the other night. 16? It's embarrassing.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(1)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (6)Novosibirsk 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, 32/34, 1.81 GAA, .941 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 5-1-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .929 sv%
Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored a power play goal 6:29 into Overtime to deliver Metallurg a 3-2 Game One win over Novosibirsk. Mozyakin also had a pair of helpers in the match to lead the way for Magnitogorsk.
(2)Astana 2 vs. (4)Ufa 3 (OT)
Ufa Leads the Series 1-0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 35/37, 1.97 GAA, .946 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 5-3-0, 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .936 sv%
Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov scored 1:17 into Overtime to give his club, Ufa, a 3-2 Game One win over Barys Astana. Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov dropped in 2 assists in the win. Former Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin had a goal in defeat for Barys and former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski also had a helper in the loss for Astana.