NCAA Game Night: November 2, 2019

Saturday night NCAA highlights include Ty Taylor with his 2nd OT win between the UNH pipes in his 2nd start, and Nick Perbix with is first goal of the season in St. Cloud's tie with Princeton. Denver wins their 8th but Magnus Chrona finally sits one out. Cornell sweeps the Spartans, and Clarkson gets the sweep over St. Lawrence, but there still isn't a Kris Oldham sighting. Providence falls to BC and Minnesota fades against Notre Dame. Minnesota-Duluth sits idle another night.

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Niagara Purple Eagles 0 @ #1 Denver Pioneers 4

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/15 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-2-5, +3, 4 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: did not play
Season Totals: 7 GP, 7-0-0, 1.86 GAA, 0.925 SV%, 2 SH

Denver head coach David Carle finally gave Lighting prospect Magnus Chrona the night off, and backup netminder Michael Corson pitched a 16-save shutout of Niagara, earning 1st Star and completing the weekend sweep in just his 2nd career collegiate start. The Pioneers improve to a perfect 8-0 and hit the road next weekend in Duluth for a powerhouse NCHC conference opener against #6 UMD in what will be the first installment of the Battle of the Coles.

#4 Cornell Big Red 6 @ Michigan State Spartans 2

D Alex Green, COR, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 8 PIM

The Big Red scored the first five goals of the game, including a pair from Michael Regush to give Cornell the weekend sweep over the Spartans. Freshman Sam Malinski led all scorers with a goal and three points, while Yanni Kaldis added a pair of assists. 4th ranked Cornell leave East Lansing with a record of 2-0, and look ahead next weekend to a pair of ECAC conference bouts at home against fellow Ivy Leaguers Brown and Yale.

#15 Boston College Eagles 3 @ #8 Providence Friars 2

D Max Crozier, PRO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-4-4, +4, 4 PIM

Golden Knights prospect Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick) and Devils prospect Tyce Thompson (NJD, 2019 4th round pick) scored power play goals for the Friars, but the Eagles got three 2nd period markers from Avs prospect Alex Newhook (COL, 2019 1st round pick), Canes prospect David Cotton (CAR, 2019 6th round pick), and Finn Julius Mattila for a big road conference win for BC. Dugan continues to lead the nation in points (18), assists (13) and power play assists/points (7/8) while Thompson is 2nd in points (16) and T-3 in goals (7). Providence drops to 4-3-1 (2-2 HEAST) and plays a home-and-home series next weekend against unranked Boston University.

#11 Clarkson Golden Knights 3 @ St. Lawrence Saints 2 OT

G Kris Oldham, CLK: did not play
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%

Josh Dunne scored twice, including the OT game-winner 89 seconds into the extra session to give the Golden Knights back-to-back OT wins over a tough St. Lawrence squad. Saints freshman netminder Francis Boisvert made 40 saves but was saddled with an unlucky loss. The Golden Knights improve to 5-2-1 and hit the road next weekend to open ECAC conference play against Union and RPI.

Princeton Tigers 5 @ #16 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 OT

D Nick Perbix, STC: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 0 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 39 GP, 5-15-20, +24, 16 PIM

Bolt blueline prospect Nick Perbix scored his first goal of the season, a 3rd period power play marker that knotted the score at 4-4 in a back-and-forth match with five lead changes that eventually ended in a 5-5 tie. Corey Andonovski had a hat trick for Princeton and Jackson Cressey had a goal and four points for the Tigers. St. Cloud was led by Easton Brodzinski who had a goal and three points. The Huskies failed to pick up a win this weekend against Princeton, but also avoided the sweep and their record now stands at 1-2-3 with a road trip next weekend to Marquette to take on #20 Northern Michigan with the possibility of St. Cloud State falling out of the USCHO Top-20.

#5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5 @ Minnesota Gophers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MIN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -6, 0 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 23 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/15 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-3-7, -4, 23 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

The 5th-ranked Irish remain unbeaten after rallying twice to Gopher leads before putting the game away in the 3rd period. Jack Perbix, the brother of Lighting prospect Nick Perbix scored his first of the season, capping off a two-goal 1st period to give Minnesota the early lead. Notre Dame responded in the 2nd with two goals of their own to knot the score, and after the Gophers re-assumed the lead, Avs blueline prospect Nick Leivermann (COL, 2017 7th round pick) scored his 2nd goal of the period for a 3-3 tie at the 2nd intermission. In the 3rd, the Fighting Irish unleashed 17 shots at Minnesota, and tickled the twine twice to put the game away. Cam Morrison (COL, 2016 2nd round pick) tallied three assists and along with fellow Avs prospect Leivermann’s two goals led the Notre Dame attack. Minnesota drops to 3-4-1 and heads out on the road next weekend to kick off Big Ten conference play in Ann Arbor with a pair games against unranked Michigan.

Dartmouth Big Green 4 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 5 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 64:08 MINS, W, 22 SVS, 4 GA
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2.91 GAA, 0.872 SV%
’18-‘19 Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-1, 3.67 GAA, 0.855 SV%

Bolt prospect goalie Ty Taylor gutted out a quality backup performance, making 22 saves and persevering in another 0T win, his 2nd of the season in as many starts. Both Senators prospect Angus Crookshank (OTT, 2018 5th round pick) and Patrick Grasso scored twice for the Wildcats, but it was Charlie Kelleher who potted the OT game winner. Jackson Pierson led all UNH skaters with 4 assists. After a 2-2 score at the 1st intermission, the Big Green tallied twice in the 2nd to take a two-goal lead, but Taylor shut the door the rest of the way and the New Hampshire offense responded in the 3rd to force the extra session. Matt Baker led Dartmouth with a pair of goals. UNH improves to 4-2-1 (2-1 HEAST) and looks ahead next Sunday to a challenging Hockey East conference tilt against #3 Massachusetts (UMass-Amherst).

*USCHO poll used for rankings