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NCAA Game Night: 3-7-15

Brown Bears 3 @ No. 19 Harvard Crimson 4
ECAC First Round
Harvard wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard eliminated the Bears from the ECAC tournament with a 4-3 win Saturday. Harvard had a 4-2 lead entering the third period and held on. Hart’s seventh goal of the season in his 30th game matches his totals from last year identically. On Saturday he had the puck behind the Brown net and passed the puck off the back of the net back to himself though no one was around him. The Brown goalie thought he was reversing direction and moved to his right so Hart swung around to the goalie's left and slid the puck into an open net. Harvard will play rival Yale in the ECAC quarterfinals.

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 5 Miami Redhawks 6

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-6-16, +9, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota clinched the conference championship Friday so Saturday’s game may not have had the same intensity. Former Lightning camper and upcoming free agent Austin Czarnik had a hat trick and four points for Miami.

No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 33 GP, 18-11-3, 2.54 GAA, .906 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers had a 2-1 lead in the second period, but gave up the game’s next four goals to take the road loss. Minnesota was bypassed by Michigan State for first in the Big 10 by one point. There are two conference games remaining.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 3-7-15 Stars at Lightning

Lightning win a shootout against some Texans.

DAL-4
TB-5

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the victory. The stat line isn't pretty, but he made several key saves in the Third Period to preserve the victory for the Lightning. Were it not for Fiddler's goal with under 3 seconds left, which might've been kicked in, it'd look a lot better.

First Period
12:59 TB Stralman (6), (Palat)(PP)
14:24 DAL Seguin (30), (Spezza, Ja. Benn)(PP)
15:52 TB Kucherov (25), (Palat, Coburn)

Second Period
3:52 DAL Seguin (31), (Klingberg)
11:03 DAL Fiddler (9), (Goligoski, Sceviour)

Third Period
3:40 TB Killorn (14), (Callahan, Hedman)
5:31 TB Hedman (9), (Johnson, Palat)
19:36 TB Boyle (14), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)
19:57 DAL Fiddler (10), (Jo. Benn, Sceviour)

That was hardly artful, but effective in the end. The Stars defense ultimately just wasn't going to be able to stop the Lightning unless Enroth stood on his head. He didn't and therefore they didn't. Just that simple, really.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 hits in 12:50. He was very effective in limited ice time, helping to set up a handful of prime chances. He's gone to dirty areas and he showed good vision and decision-making off the rush.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 3-7-15

Lukko 3 vs. HPK 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen again dressed as HPK's 13th forward but did not see any ice time in their 3-0 loss to Lukko. Ex-ECHL journeyman Ryan Zapolski stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout.

AHL Game Night: 3-6-15 Pirates at Crunch

Roller coaster goes down...

POR-5
SYR-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss. Just wild swings from one game to the next in Gudlevskis' and the team's play.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (17) (Dodero, Blujus), 9:45
POR Dziurzynski, (14) (Hanley, Wathier), 10:17
POR Reese, (7) (Martinook, H. Samuelsson), 16:19
POR Shinnimin, (13) (Szwarz, Hodgman), 17:55

Second Period
SYR Kunyk, (9) (Koekkoek), 15:53
POR H. Samuelsson, (11) (P. Samuelsson, Bolduc), 16:50

Third Period
POR Martinook, (13) , 19:09 (EN)

Mike Angelidis was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Can't Keep Momentum, Fall to Pirates


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Every time the Crunch gained ground, the Pirates stole the momentum.

Portland answered Syracuse goals within a minute in both the first and second period, as the Pirates topped the Crunch, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"They did a good job of striking right after we scored, and that's unacceptable," said Syracuse captain Mike Angelidis. "We can't let that happen, not twice."

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