Northeastern Huskies 6 @ No. 4 Boston University Terriers 5
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
BU beat Northeastern earlier in the week for the Beanpot title, but fell to the Huskies on Friday. Clay Witt stopped 19 of 24 shots for Northeastern. Evan Rodrigues (undrafted free agent) had a hat trick for BU.
St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 28 GP, 10-5-15, +8, 27 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
North Dakota skated out to a 3-0 lead, then held on to defeat SCSU, 3-2. O’Donnell had UND’s second goal, and was a tap-in away from another late in the game on the power play. He missed on a quick centering pass that ended up in his skates and out of harm’s way. He skated to the bench shaking his head.
No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5 @ No. 16 Harvard Crimson 2
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 5-27-32, +1, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 6-5-11, -2, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Quinnipiac had a 5-1 lead before Brian Hart assisted on Harvard’s second goal. Matt Peca had two more assists to give him 27 for the season. His career high is 30, set in his freshman season. Hart, meanwhile, notched his first point in about a month.
Michigan State Spartans 4 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 26 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-10-3, 2.55 GAA, .906 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Wilcox missed Thursday’s game with an injury, but was back in the nets on Friday against Michigan State. The junior, who was named a Mike Richter Award nominee for the second-straight year, allowed four goals in the loss. Wilcox was a finalist last year for the award, which is given to the nation’s top goaltender.
*USCHO poll used
Syracuse tied the score three times and briefly led in the second period, but Albany's special teams play proved to be too much.
The Devils went 4-for-5 with the man-advantage and added a shorthanded marker in the third, as Albany powered past the Syracuse Crunch, 7-6, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
While Crunch head coach Rob Zettler saw some things he liked, the overall game was frustrating.
"We have work to do," Zettler said of the Crunch, who sit in first place in the Northeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference. "We're not where we want to be in a lot of ways, but the bottom line is we continue to work hard and continue to compete. We just have to clean up some of the mess in front of our net and some of the discipline."
Crunch cut their kicker after he misses the extra point?
ALB Sislo, (15) (Hrabarenka, K. Zajac), 5:33 (PP)
ALB Timmins, (7) (Boucher, Scarlett), 10:22 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (14) (Marchessault, Koekkoek), 11:55
SYR Kunyk, (7) (Ashton, Gourde), 16:57 (PP)
ALB Sislo, (16) (Boucher, Helgeson), 17:17
SYR Gourde, (20) (Ashton, Namestnikov), 2:58 (PP)
ALB K. Zajac, (3) (Helgeson, Sestito), 8:30 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (14) (Koekkoek, Vermin), 9:55
SYR Kunyk, (8) (Broll, Dodero), 10:33
ALB Wohlberg, (5) (D. Zajac), 1:03 (SH)
ALB Matteau, (6) (K. Zajac, Hrabarenka), 3:20 (PP)
ALB D. Zajac, (5) (Helgeson, Wohlberg), 6:51
SYR Marchessault, (15) (Vermin, Dotchin), 9:45 (PP)
I'm trying to imagine what an ex-defenseman like Zettler is going through having given up 10 goals in one game and 7 in another over the last month or so. I suspect it makes him want to peel the paint off the walls with his fingernails. The good news was Syracuse actually got 3 PP goals, but they ultimately lost the game because they were -2 on special teams including surrendering a SH goal. 1/5 on the PK and giving up a SH goal is just awful. There's no sugar coating it.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
As close to perfect as it gets...
Ben Bishop stopped all 26 shots he faced for the shutout and the win. He didn't face many quality chances, but he was solid as a rock when he did, including turning aside a breakaway bid by Saad. In a battle of two ex-Black Bears, it was Bishop who got him some #UofMaineJustice.
8:27 TB Boyle (13), (Drouin)
17:53 TB Stamkos (33), (Garrison, Nesterov)
7:37 TB Callahan (19), (Filppula, Johnson)(PP)
17:15 TB Stamkos (34), (Garrison, Hedman)(PP)
That's probably the most complete game the Lightning have played all season. True, the Hawks played last night and the Lightning have just been relaxing at the crib since returning from their West Coast trip, but that was just a good old fashioned butt whipping. When you have that long of a layoff, maybe you worry about rust and your timing and passing being off, but that wasn't the case tonight. I thought the breakout was as crisp and efficient as it has been all season, and when the Lightning get out of their own end that cleanly and quickly and get to use their skating ability, they're more than a handful for the opposition. They built the 2 goal lead headed into the Third Period and then, my goodness, they finally figured out how to put a game away on the power play. Yes. That's how it's done.
Don't be coy, Rick Peckham. You know where the Dump Truck nickname came from.
Nikita Nesterov had a helper and was +2 in 14:21. It was a good recovery game after the debacle against the Avs. He got back to being smart with the puck and he was assertive when the times came to jump up and hold pucks in the offensive zone.
Litvinov 5 vs. Sparta Praha 3
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, Loss, 26/31, 5.00 GAA, .839 sv%
Season totals (CZE): 4 GP, 1-3-0, 0 SO, 4.41 GAA, .856 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%
Jaroslav Janus struggled in his 4th decision for Sparta Praha. His club fell 5-3 to Litvinov Undrafted 21 year old defenseman Tomas Pavelka had a pair of helpers in the match for Litvinov.