Monday, October 29, 2012

College hockey round-up: Week 3

Week three of the Division I college hockey slate saw both a national powerhouse and a local squad post overwhelmingly positive weekends.

The No. 1 Boston College Eagles continued their early-season surge by winning on Friday night and Sunday afternoon against UMass-Lowell. In the former, at Tsongas Arena, Parker Milner notched his second straight shutout with a 38-save performance to give the defending champs a 1-0 victory. In the latter, Bill Arnold totaled a goal and three assists and Kevin Hayes scored twice for a 6-3 triumph which kept Jerry York's kids in the top spot nationally according to the latest poll.

Lowell somehow remained in the Top 20 despite falling to 1-3-1 on the year.

Gaining momentum and headlines are the Penn State Nittany Lions, who posted their first back-to-back victories of the season.

On Friday, the Nits ripped the United States Military Academy by a 5-0 score. P.J. Musico led the way and earned a spot in the school's history books by stopping all 34 Army shots and Casey Bailey totaled a goal and two assists. They followed up Saturday by dispatching Sacred Heart by a 6-3 count. Michael McDonagh picked up three helpers, with Michael Longo, Nate Jensen, Max Gardiner, Curtis Loik, Jonathan Milley and Mark Yanis lit the lamp in Connecticut.

Here's Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky after Saturday's win:
PSU will not get a chance to prolong its momentum on Tuesday, as a scheduled match against Fredonia State has been postponed due to the impending wrath of Hurricane Sandy.

Princeton opened up its regular-season slate over the weekend, but struggled in a pair of losses in the Ivy League shootout at Providence, falling to Brown by a 2-1 score on Friday then taking a 3-2 loss to Yale.

Second-ranked Minnesota won its lone game of the weekend, a 1-0 decision at Mariucci Arena over Canisius which saw freshman goaltender Adam Wilcox record his first career whitewash thanks to 20 saves. No.3 Denver swept Michigan Tech with 5-1 and 5-2 victories on home ice, while fourth-ranked Miami-Ohio split with Michigan, losing 4-2 and winning 4-3.

No. 5 North Dakota used the comforts of the Ralph to beat (4-1) and tie (3-3) Alaska-Anchorage.

Nebraska-Omaha did not have a favorable outcome at home this weekend, losing (3-2) and tying (3-3) Bemidji State. Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz left Saturday's loss after two periods having allowed three goals on 13 shots.

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