No. 14 Harvard Crimson 1 @ No. 20 St. Lawrence Saints 5
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-5-11, E, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
The Saints took care of business at home against Harvard, easily disposing of the higher-ranked Crimson, 5-1.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 2
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-6-8, +10, 42 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
The Irish scored in the last four minutes of regulation to force overtime. The game ended in an old fashioned 2-2 tie.
No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-5-14, +7, 27 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
North Dakota got a big road win in Kalamazoo, defeating Luke Witkowski’s alma mater, 3-1. UND improved to 21-6-3.
No. 13 Yale Bulldogs 2 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 5-25-30, +1, 23 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Yale and Quinnipiac entered the third period tied at two, but the teams couldn’t break the tie in the final period or overtime.
No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Penn State Nittany Lions 1
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 35 saves on 36 shots
Season totals: 30 GP, 17-8-3, 2.45 GAA, .908 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
The Gophers won their fifth in a row, defeating Penn State in State College. Wilcox has come out of his mid-season rut with five solid games in a row. Minnesota is back in the top-20 after an extended absence. They were No. 1 earlier in the season before falling down and out.
*USCHO poll used
After totaling just three goals in the last five games, the Syracuse Crunch offense appeared to turn the corner.
Yanni Gourde gave the Crunch the lead midway through the first period, Jonathan Marchessault added a goal early in the second, and after the Devils cut their deficit to one, Vladislav Namestnikov sealed the win with a breakaway goal in the third, as Syracuse topped Albany, 3-1, to snap a five game losing streak at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"I thought we started a little bit slow -- for six or seven minutes our execution wasn't there -- but we started rolling," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "I thought we competed hard. I thought the only time we were in trouble was the second period when we took three penalties in a row. It felt like they gained some momentum from it, they obviously scored on one of them, but we got back to our five on five game and controlled the play a little bit."
Offense starting to come together.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. That's three pretty quality starts in a row as Gudlevskis adjusts to being the clear-cut number one between the pipes in Syracuse again.
SYR Gourde, (17) (Corrente, Ashton), 13:03
SYR Marchessault, (13) (Namestnikov, Vermin), 1:42
ALB K. Zajac, (1) (Thompson, Burlon), 9:16 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (10) (Broll), 8:35
Syracuse had a couple of, frankly, horrible games as they tried to make the adjustment after adding Ashton to the lineup in lieu of losing Mike Blunden. They also had to deal with Marchessault being out of the lineup due to injury and a rash of callups, but you could see that game-by-game things were starting to come together. This was hardly an offensive explosion to get 3 goals, but now you're starting to see some lines gel and little-by-little the results are coming.
Syracuse will jump over Hershey onto 2nd in the Eastern Conference with tonight's result and they'll be 1-2 points behind Manchester for the top spot when the night concludes. So, the hiccup that the Crunch had hasn't compromised their standings position to any great degree. The Crunch are still in a great spot if they continue to build up as they have been doing in the last 2-3 games.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Liberec 5 vs. Sparta Praha 2
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, Loss, 11/15, 6.57 GAA, .733 sv%
Season totals (CZE): 3 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 4.10 GAA, .864 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%
Jaroslav Janus was lifted 16:32 into the Second Period in Sparta's 5-2 loss to Liberec. 33 year old veteran forward Petr Vampola had assists in triplicate to help lead Liberec. Ex-Canadiens 6th rounder Daniel Pribyl had a goal in defeat for Sparta.
Sparta currently sits in 4th on the 14 team Tipsport Extraliga table.
HPK 1 vs. Tappara 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM
Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill scored HPK's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Tappara. Former Kings 2nd rounder Josh Green had a helper in the victory for Tappara.
HPK is now 4 points out of the final playoff position on the Liiga table.