No. 4 Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 15 Colgate Raiders 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-4-10, -1, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Hart scored at the 9-minute mark of the second period to tie the game at one, then Harvard scored five more unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 win. It was a good response to Friday’s loss to Cornell.
No. 3 Boston University Terriers 2 @ No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 1
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-3-5, +9, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
BU completed the weekend sweep of Martin St. Louis’ alma mater with a 2-1 win Saturday. The Terriers won 4-2 Friday.
Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 2 North Dakota 5
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-4-13, +8, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
UND beat the Tigers for the second straight night, winning 5-3 Saturday. O’Donnell led the team in shots with five.
No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 vs No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 22 GP, 11-8-2, 2.51 GAA, .907 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
The slumping Gophers lost the Third Place Game of the North Star College Cup, falling 2-1 to No. 7 UMD. Wilcox lost his eighth game of the season, which ties his career “high,” set when he was a freshman (25-8-5).
*USCHO poll used
Despite falling behind in the opening minutes of the third period, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to rally.
Mike Blunden scored shorthanded for his second goal of the night, Mike Angelidis added the go-ahead goal on the power play two minutes later, and Andrei Vasilevskiy shut the door on multiple scrambles in the final minutes, as the Crunch topped the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, to take the Northeast Division lead heading into the all-star break at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"Mike Blunden was unreal tonight, (Mike) Angelidis was good tonight," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "All the guys you count on night in and night out really stepped up."
Syracuse takes the division lead heading into the AHL All-Star Break.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. As with last night's game, solid stat line and key saves at key moments.
SYR Blunden, (12) (Koekkoek, Corrente), 1:29
HFD Allen, (6) (Mueller, Vaive), 5:17 (PP)
HFD Hrivik, (5) (Bodie, Kristo), 2:31
SYR Blunden, (13) (Namestnikov), 7:47 (SH)
SYR Angelidis, (14) (Blunden, Mormina), 9:48 (PP)
The win allows Syracuse to move 1 point ahead of Springfield into first place in the Northeast Division, 1 point back of Manchester for the conference lead. Almost as important, it allowed the Crunch to expand their lead over the Wolf Pack to 4 points in the ultra-competitive Northeast race, as the Crunch's division might be the toughest in the league this season.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
HPK 2 vs. Karpat 5
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was -1 in 11:49 of ice time in HPK's 5-2 loss to Karpat. Karpat was led by 2 goals from ex-Kings pick Esa Pirnes, as they avenged their loss to HPK on the front half of the home and home set.
Florida Everblades 5 at Gwinnett Gladiators 7
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-9-15, +5, 10 PIM, 40 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, 59:00 MIN, 6 GA, 35 SH, 29 SV
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-4-0-3, 2.76 GAA, 0.898 SV%, 3 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 28 GP, 6-10-16, +1, 26 PIM, 51 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
The league standings says you have won 75% of your games, but then again you've lost 4 of your last 5, 5 of your last 8, and the cellar-dwelling Gwinnett Gladiators have put a 7-spot up on the scoreboard in back-to-back games. Seems like a reason for concern in Estero. The once unflappable Allen York is winless in this last 3, allowing 16 goals in that span, and his save percentage has dipped below 90% for the first time this season. Friday night, the 'Blades took a 3-2 lead into 2nd intermission, partly behind Lightning camper Mike Aviani's sixth goal of the season that was the equalizer early in the 2nd period. But far from closing out a one-goal lead, Florida allowed five 3rd period Gwinnett goals on just six shots! York made just 1 save on 5 shots in that disastrous 3rd period. Florida draws the rematch Saturday night against Gwinnett looking to stop the bleeding.
Wichita Thunder 4 at Rapid City Rush 5
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 39 GP, 15-20-35, -1, 37 PIM, 118 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 87 PIM, 36 SOG
Fresh off an impressive performance in the ECHL All-Star game, Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier earned a visiting team Third Star in an losing effort Friday night. Gauthier assisted on the Thunder's first and last goals, the latter being a power-play marker that knotted the game at 4-4 early in the 3rd period. Back from recall to Syracuse, Lightning prospect Dan Milan squared off against Rush forward Daniel Barczuk in a bit of fisticuffs following Wichita's 3-2 go ahead tally early in the 2nd period. The Thunder, losers of 3 straight and 6 of their last 8, get another shot at Rapid City Saturday night.