Weekend picks have been made

Plattsburgh’s Michael Cassidy will need to be on his game this weekend as the Cardinals face Oswego (photo: Dan Hickling).

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the corner.

But before everyone unwraps gifts, they can enjoy a little more hockey before the holiday break.


Below is a look at my picks for a handful of matchups among teams this weekend in the West region.


Augsburg (5-4, 2-0) vs. No. 13 St. John’s (5-1-3, 3-0-1): This is one of the biggest matchups in the conference this weekend.

The Johnnies are in first place and are looking to get back on track after a 2-1 road loss to St. Scholastica. Neal Smith and Huba Sekesi lead St. John’s with five goals apiece, while Saxton Soley has fashioned a goals-against average of 1.58. The Johnnies have yet to lose at home this season.

The Auggies, who received votes in the USCHO.com Division III Men’s Poll this week, open this series on the road and are hoping to end a two-game losing streak. The good news is they have been impressive away from home, sporting a 3-1 road record. Mark Ohnsted leads the offense with six goals and five assists. Dylan Meier has scored five goals and dished out two assists. I think this is a series that ends in a split, with each team winning at home. St. John’s, 4-2; Augsburg, 3-2.

Concordia (Minn.) (5-3-2, 2-1-1) at St. Thomas (3-3-2, 2-1-1: Concordia has a ton of momentum heading into the series, especially after making history in the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout. The Cobbers are riding a five-game unbeaten streak and have yet to lose on the road. Jordie Bancroft has come through with eight goals and four assists to pace the Cobbers. Freshman Alex Reichle continues to get better in goal and owns a 1.81 goals-against average.

The Tommies are the defending champs and have won two of their last three. They have scored just 17 goals and will look to crank up their offensive production this weekend. Alex Altenbernd and Willie Faust lead the Tommies with four goals apiece. Drew Fielding has allowed only 12 goals in net. I can’t see either team getting a sweep here, but expect Concordia to win the first game of the series. Concordia, 4-3; St. Thomas 3-2.


No. 14 Wisconsin-Eau Claire (4-2-2) at No. 7 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (6-2): Nothing beats a conference opener like a matchup between two nationally-ranked teams. The Blugolds and Pointers square off for the first time this season and both teams are out to make an early statement in the league.

Eau Claire ended a three-game winless streak with a big road win over Augsburg and will look to build on that momentum. Ross Andersen and Ethan Nauman anchor a balanced scoring attack with six goals apiece while Tyler Green and Jay Deo continue to split time in goal.

The Pointers made a huge statement last week, beating previously unbeaten Adrian on the road, and now they come home with a chance to get another big win. Joe Kalisz and Kyle Sharkey lead the offense with five goals apiece while Brandon Jaeger has been rock solid in goal. This one will be close, but the Pointers get the edge at home. Stevens Point, 5-3.

No. 5 Wisconsin-River Falls (7-0) at Wisconsin-Superior (5-4): The quest for another league championship begins for the Falcons, who have scored four or more goals in all but one game. They thrive on a balanced attack where 10 players have scored two or more goals, including five by Alex Murphy, and Tanner Milliron has been tremendous between the pipes, giving up only 14 goals.

The Yellowjackets have won their last three and hope home ice works to their advantage in this huge early-season matchup. They are 4-2 at home this season. Tanner Dion and Jake Johnson have scored five goals apiece while Cory Simons has shown off his potential in goal the last two games, winning twice. The Falcons will prevail in this one. River Falls, 4-2.


Lawrence (5-4-1, 4-2) vs. No. 1 St. Norbert (8-0-1, 5-0-1): The Vikings have started off well in league play and want to maintain that momentum. It won’t be easy against the reigning national champions. Lawrence opens this home-and-home series on the road and needs to be at its best to have a chance to make an early-season statement. The Vikings are led by Brendan Vetter and Blake Roubos. Both players have struck for four goals apiece. Mattias Soderqvist has started nine games between the pipes.

The Green Knights have rattled off three consecutive wins and have cranked out 51 goals. Michael Hill and Erik Cooper lead the high-powered offense with six goals apiece. David Jacobson has done his job in goal, giving up just nine goals. St. Norbert is too good on both ends of the ice to fall short in this series. St. Norbert, 5-2 and 4-1.

No. 12 St. Scholastica (6-1, 5-1) at Lake Forest (4-3-2, 3-2-1): The Saints hit the road with a chance to extend their two-game win streak. They edged St. John’s back on Nov. 25 and are hoping to come out sharp despite the extended break. Derek Sutliffe has paced the Saints with six goals and six assists. Josh Hansen has scored six goals as well. One of the keys to St. Scholastica’s success has been its ability to score off the power play. The Saints have nine power-play goals this season.

This series is a huge test for the Foresters, who have also won their last two games. They have proven they can compete with the best, forcing ties against St. Norbert (2-2) and Eau Claire (1-1). Luke Swardenski has led Lake Forest with six goals while Jack Lewis and Ben Certo have come through with eight assists apiece. Leo Podolsky has been tough as a goalie and owns a 1.87 goals against average. This is a series that ends with a split. Lake Forest 4-3, St. Scholastica 5-3.



ECAC West – Nazareth (4-4-2, 3-1-1) @ Elmira (3-4-1, 2-2-1) – Elmira 5, Nazareth 4. Even at this early date, this matchup has the earmarks of a season-definer. Even more so for Elmira, which has yet to flash its defending championship form. If nothing else, the home ice is the ace up the sleeve.

SUNYAC – No. 8 Oswego (5-1-2, 3-1-1) @ No. 4 Plattsburgh (8-1-0, 7-0-0) – Plattsburgh 2, Oswego 1. The East’s marquee matchup of the week. The Cardinals may prevail in a tilt for the ages. But don’t hold us to it.


MASCAC – Salem St. (4-2-0, 2-2-0) @ Worcester St. (2-5-2, 1-2-1) – Salem 5, Worcester 1. It’s time for the preseason favorite Vikings to put some MASCAC wins together. There’s a good chance one of those will come here.

NESCAC – No. 15 Amherst (5-1-0, 2-1-0) @ Williams (4-1-1, 3-0-1) – Williams 4 Amherst 2 – Amherst can win a high-scoring tilt, or a low-scoring bleeder. But so can Williams, and having with the taste of last week’s upset loss to Morrisville still stale in their mouths, that should make all the difference.

ECAC East – No. 2 Norwich (7-0-1, 5-0-0) @ Castleton (3-6-0, 3-3-0) – Castleton 4, Norwich 3. There is a “trap” game in every elite team’s future. The Cadets won’t have to leave the state of Vermont to find theirs.


ECAC Northeast – Suffolk (6-0-1, 4-0-1) @ Wentworth (4-4-1, 2-2-1) – Suffolk 3, Wentworth 1. Suffolk is among the hottest squads in the country and there’s no cooling down here.

Looking back on the weekend

Brandon Jaeger helped Wisconsin-Stevens Point knock off Adrian last weekend (photo: Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com).

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EAST – Dan Hickling

With the vast majority of teams in the East playing out of conference, this week’s wrap looks at how last week’s ranked teams fared.

With No. 3 Plattsburgh tangling with No. 2 Norwich, one could have expected a game for the ages. Such was not the case, as the Cadets easily handled Platty, 5-1. Austin Surowiec paced Norwich with two goals. The next day, Norwich was held to a 2-2 tie while the Cardinals rebounded by beating Primelink Tourney hosts Middlebury, 4-2 … Babson, ranked No. 6, made a sweep of two visiting ECAC West foes, Nazareth (6-2) and Elmira (2-1). Dan Casey’s second period goal – his sixth of the season – proved to be the difference against Elmira. … No. 8 Trinity split its two tilts, blasting Massachusetts-Dartmouth 9-1 – with Conor Coveney, Anthony Sabitsky and Tyler Whitney all chipping in two goals – but then lost to No. 10 Massachusetts-Boston, 5-3. The Beacons stunned Trinity with four unanswered goals, two of them by Stephen Buco (his seventh and eighth). … The previous night, UMB rolled over Weslyan, 6-2, as Peter MacIntyre racked up four assists. … No. 11 Bowdoin trounced Wentworth, 6-1 in the opener of the Bowdoin/Colby Tournament, as half a dozen Polar Bears lit the lamp. That was followed by a 8-0 rout of Salve Regina, which featured a 27-save shutout by Max Fenkell and two goals by Matthew Lison. … Finally, No. 15 Williams squeaked out a 4-3 win over Johnson & Wales in the opener of the Skidmore Invitational, then was shocked in overtime, 3-2 by Morrisville for the tourney title. The Mustangs erased a two-goal deficit, with Marc-Antoine Chaput knotting the score with 4:57 remaining in the third period. Matthew Beer then notched the game-winner at 1:20 of the extra session. Morrisville goalie Steven Dombrosky racked up 36 saves in a winning cause.

WEST – Brian Lester

MIAC – Concordia (Minn.) made history over the weekend as it became the first western team to win the PrimeLink Shootout tournament, knocking off No. 2 Norwich in a shootout. It is also the first invited team to win the tourney title in 17 years. The Cobbers and Cadets were tied at 3-3 after regulation and overtime before Concordia came through with the win over a program that has won three national championships. Andrew Deters and Jon Grebosky scored goals in the shootout. Jordie Bancroft and Jordan Krebsbach both scored in regulation for the Cobbers. Alex Reichle tallied 28 saves. The Cobbers are unbeaten in their last five games, improving to 5-3-2 … Gustavus Adolphus was winless on the weekend at the MIAC/NCHA Showcase, falling 2-1 to Marian on Sunday after skating to a 3-3 tie against Lawrence on Saturday. Andy Pearson tied the game in the third period against Lawrence to force overtime. It marked the fourth consecutive game where Gustavus had a game end in a tie. Jake McCann and Gavin Tufte both scored goals as well for the Gusties against Lawrence. The Gustied ended up with a 45-23 edge in shots. Against Marian, a goal with under five minutes to play proved to be the difference as Gustavus had its six-game unbeaten streak end. The Gusties are now 3-3-4 on the season. Jack Walsh scored Gustavus’ only goal of the game. The Gusties held a 28-13 advantage in shots and have killed 21 straight penalties over an eight-game span.

NCHA - Concordia (Wis.) retained possession of the Thanksgiving Cup with a 3-1 win over Bethel on Saturday. The Falcons capped a weekend sweep of the Royals with the win. They earned a 6-5 win over Bethel on Friday. Tanner Bull broke a 1-1 tie in the third period and Chris Hughes finished off the scoring for the Falcons, who improved to 3-7. Domingo Torrenueva started his first game of the season on Saturday and racked up 32 saves. In Friday?s win, Anthony Pickering scored twice, including the game winner with 9:21 remaining in the game, to lift the Falcons to a victory. Dylan Frank started between the pipes and made 30 saves. After opening the season with six consecutive losses, the Falcons have won three of their last four games … The Milwaukee School of Engineering swept Aurora over the weekend, punctuating the sweep with a 5-2 win on Sunday. The win was the fourth in a row for the Raiders, who are 4-4 on the year. Patrick Dwyer scored twice and Casey Moneer tallied two assists. Austin Campbell made 13 saves. In Friday’s 6-5 overtime win, Omar Mullan scored with 18.8 seconds to play to help finish off a furious comeback for the Raiders. MSOE trailed 5-1 in the game before fighting back for the win. Mullan scored twice in the victory, while Nick Kohn tallied 21 saves.

WIAC – In a battle of nationally-ranked opponents, Wisconsin-Stevens Point had the upper hand on Saturday as it knocked off previously unbeaten Adrian 6-3 on the road. The win avenged a 6-4 loss to the Bulldogs earlier in the month. The No. 9 Pointers held a 33-27 advantage in shots and led the fourth-ranked Bulldogs 2-1 after one period. They stretched their lead to 3-1 after two periods. Six different players scored in the victory, while Kyle Brodie and Scott Henegar came up with two assists apiece. Brandon Jaeger made 24 saves as the Pointers improved to 6-2 on the season. It was the fourth win in the last five games for Stevens Point, which was the national runner-up last season … Wisconsin-Eau Claire went on the road Saturday and knocked off Augsburg 3-1, beating the Auggies for the fifth time in their last six meetings. The Blugolds, ranked No. 13 in the country, are 11-0-2 against MIAC schools since January of last season. Ross Andersen scored twice in the win, pushing his goal total to six on the year, and Ethan Nauman added a goal as well as Eau Claire improved to 4-2-2. Nauman has also tallied six goals on the season. Tyler Green made 25 saves and is 3-0-1 on the year. The victory over the Auggies ended a three-game winless streak where Eau Claire never scored more than two goals in a game. Saturday’s win marked the fifth time this year that the Blugolds have scored at least three goals in a game.

Weekend picks are in

Babson goaltender Jamie Murray is off to a stellar start for the Beavers (photo: Babson Athletics).

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that everyone is thankful for another weekend of college hockey.

Our two columnists take a look at this weekend’s top games and weigh in with their predictions.


Concordia (Minn.) is certainly thankful to be playing and for its early-season success. It will be tested this weekend as it heads out to the prestigious PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout at Middlebury.

The Cobbers take on the host team on Friday and will look to build on their early-season success. Concordia is tied for second in the MIAC at the moment, sitting at 4-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the league.

Concordia has won its last two and has gotten a huge lift from Andrew Deters, who has tallied five goals. Jon Grebosky has come through with four goals. The Cobbers have scored 25 goals in all.

The Panthers have played just four games and are 1-1-2 on the season. Mike Najjar and Vincent Gosonti have scored two goals apiece. Although this is a road game for Concordia, I think the Cobbers are more than capable of getting the job done and advancing to the tournament title game. Concordia, 4-3.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point (5-2) vs. Adrian (8-0): The ninth-ranked Pointers and No. 4 Bulldogs face off in a pivotal non-conference matchup. Stevens Point has won three of its last four and is looking avenge a 6-4 loss to Adrian last weekend. The Pointers held a 37-21 edge in shots in the last meeting. But they gave up three goals in the second period and they have to avoid the flurry of goals that Adrian is capable of coming through with in a game. Defense will be key. Brandon Jaeger has tallied 143 saves on the year.

Adrian’s high-powered offense is tough to contain. The Bulldogs are averaging six goals per outing and are extremely difficult to defend. Matthew Thompson leads the attack with five goals. He has also dished out eight assists. Taylor McCloy is the assist leader with 13 on the season. If this were on the road, I might give the Pointers the edge. The Bulldogs get the edge being at home. Adrian, 5-4.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire (3-2-2) vs. Augsburg (5-3): The Auggies will look to get back on track after a tough overtime loss to Wisconsin-River Falls. Mark Ohnstead has paced Augsburg with six goals and Dylan Meier has come through with five goals. The Auggies need to be able to cash in on scoring opportunities when they get them and take advantage of being at home.

The No. 13 Blugolds hit the road looking to end a three-game winless streak. Jay Deo and Tyler Green have split time and goal and there is no question the defense will need to shine for Eau Claire to get the win.

Scoring off the power play will be key as well. Eau Claire is 0-for-30 in those situations, and if it can generate goals off of it this weekend, it could go a long way toward a win. I think Eau Claire gets back on track. Eau Claire, 4-3.

Lake Forest (2-3-2, 1-2-1) vs. Finlandia (1-6, 1-3): The Foresters are hoping to break out of a funk where they have gone five games without a win. They have managed to score only two goals in a game only twice during the stretch. Luke Swardenski has led Lake Forest with four goals. This is a NCHA series the Foresters need to take care of business in, especially with the expectations they have for the season.

Finlandia is capable of beating anyone on any given night. It proved as much with its upset win over St. Scholastica. The Lions have dropped three in a row and have managed to score only nine goals all year. They have given up 44. The odds favor Lake Forest and my guess is the Foresters get the job done. Lake Forest, 4-1, 5-2.



Manhattanville (1-3-1) vs. Castleton (3-4-0) at Rutland Herald Invitational – Castleton 2, Manhattanville 1
Both squads are looking for a jump start. The view here is that Castleton finds one.

No. 3 Plattsburgh (7-0-0) vs. #2 Norwich (6-0-0) at Primelink Tourney – Plattsburgh 3, Norwich 2
Would you be surprised to see these two squaring off for the national championship in three months? Didn’t think so.


University of New England (3-4-0) vs. Cortland (2-5-1) at PAL Stovepipe – UNE 6, Cortland 5
Like a full-tilt 200-foot contest? Get to this one. These teams can score and score some more. Should be highly entertaining for everyone – except the goalies, that is.

Nazareth (4-2-1) @ No. 6 Babson (6-0-0) – Babson 3, Nazareth 1
Nazareth has pulled off enough upsets over ranked teams that another one here wouldn’t be such a shock. Still, Babson’s Jamie Murray is playing as well as any goalie in the country, and the eager Beavers in front of him are very protective of him.


No. 10 Massachusetts-Boston (6-0-0) @ No. 8 Trinity (3-0-1) – Trinity 4 UMB 2
Two quality teams who play in tough conferences, eager (and capable) of entering the national conversation. What do they say? Nothing to lose and everything to gain?

Looking back on the weekend

Nazareth goaltender Ed Zdolshek pitched a shutout and added an assist in two wins last weekend (photo: Dan Hickling).

Taking a quick glance back on the goings on in the world of Division III hockey last weekend.

ECAC EAST – When the first puck dropped at the start of the weekend, three ECACE powerhouses – Babson, Norwich and Massachusetts-Boston – all sported unblemished records. The weekend changed nothing. All three powerhouses came through the weekend unscathed, Babson (5-0-0, 4-0-0) in a breeze with strong wins over Skidmore (6-1) and Castleton (3-0). … Norwich (6-0-0, 5-0-0) walked over St. Anselm 5-1, then eked out a 4-3 win over New England college, with Dean Niezgoda third period goal holding up as the game-winner. … Idle the weekend before, Mass-Boston (6-0-0, 4-0-0) returned with wins over Castleton (2-0) and Skidmore (6-1).

ECAC NORTHEAST – Weekend action was light – just four tilts on Saturday – but provoked some eyebrow arching. Upstart Suffolk (5-0-1, 4-0-1) slipped into sole possession of first place with a strong 7-2 rout of Becker. Stanton Turner fired in three goals for the Rams … Meanwhile Nichols (5-1-1, 3-1-1) suffered its first loss, 3-2 to Salve Regina. Alan Boozer netted the game-winner at 8:44 of the third, his second goal of the game.

ECAC WEST – The weekend was a mixed bag for everybody in the West, everybody except for Nazareth. The Golden Flyers took wins over Manhattanville (5-0) and Neumann (3-2). Junior goalie Ed Zdolshek stopped 31 shots for the shutout on Friday, then garnered an assist on James Redman’s go-ahead goal Saturday … Elmira and Hobart split their two-game set in Geneva, both by twin 4-2 counts. … Then there was last-place Utica (1-4-2, 0-4-1), who was thumped at home by Neumann, 4-1. The Pioneers, an early season disappointment, followed by battling No. 2 ranked Oswego to a 4-4 tie before a D-III record crowd of 7,047 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Louie Educate’s power play goal at 12:34 of the third – his second of the game – served as the game-tying tally.

MASCAC – A trio of tilts on Saturday, including first-place Plymouth’s (3-2-1, 3-0-1) 5-1 waxing of Worcester. Dan Dupell netted a pair of goals. … Massachusetts-Darmouth and Fitchburg State both racked up their first wins of the season. Five different marksmen connected to give UMD a 5-4 win over Westfield, while Fitchburg goalie Ryan Wysocki stopped all 38 Framingham shots to lift the Falcons to a 4-0 triumph.

MIAC – Concordia (Minn.) completed a sweep of Bethel with a 4-1 win over the Royals on Saturday. The Cobbers continue a streak where they have lost only once in their last five games. Garrett Hendrickson scored a goal and dished out two assists in the win, pushing his point total to 12. Goalie Alex Reichie stepped up as he stopped 30 shots for his third win. He stopped 59 of 62 shots overall on the weekend as CU improved to 4-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the MIAC. The Cobbers won 5-2 on opening night….Hamline proved once again that it has made significant strides since last season, playing Gustavus Adolphus to a tie on both nights of their weekend series. The Pipers skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday and to a 2-2 tie the following night. Charlie Adams scored twice for Hamline on Friday. Tyler Lapic struck for a pair of goals for the Gusties in Saturday’s win. Hamline was outshot 37-31 on Friday and by a 45-20 count on Saturday. Hamline goalie John Sellie-Hanson racked up 77 saves for Hamline in the two games. Hamline is now 3-3-2 overall and 0-0-2 in the MIAC. Gustavus is 3-2-3 overall and 1-0-3 in the league.

NCHA – Adrian went on the road over the weekend and picked up a pair of pivotal nonconference wins over nationally-ranked opponents. The No. 6 Bulldogs (8-0) topped No. 9 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 5-2 and finished off the weekend with a 6-4 win over No. 6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The win over the Blugolds was the first ever for the Bulldogs in three meetings. Scott Shackell earned the win in goal against Eau Claire, racking up 27 saves. He made 11 of those stops in the third period. Adrian scored the final two goals in the battle with the Pointers, notching their fourth road win of the season in the process. Adrian converted on its first three power-play attempts of the game en route to the victory. Josh Ranalli scored twice to pace the Bulldogs. Taylor McCloy came through with three assists. Stevens Point held a 37-21 edge in shots on goal, but Shackell stepped up and tallied 33 saves…Lake Forest has been battled tested this season, and Saturday night marked the fourth consecutive game where it played a nationally-ranked opponent. The Foresters were coming off a 5-1 loss to Stevens Point on Friday but gave Eau Claire all it could handle in a 1-1 tie. Goalie Leo Podolsky helped secure the tie as he racked up a career-high 43 saves. Podolsky’s old career high was 42 in a game against St. Norbert last weekend. He owns a 1.99 goals against average on the year. Jordan Bruce scored the lone goal for Lake Forest (2-3-2), which is still looking for its first win since Nov. 7.

NESCAC – Bowdoin, Trinity and Williams all emerged from the weekend with 3-0-1 conference records and a share of first place. Bowdoin took both ends of its home-and-home set with rivals Colby, 5-3 and 6-3. Senior John McGinnis racked up five points, two goals and three assists, to up his league-leading scoring total (11 points), while linemate Connor Quinn netted a three-goal hat trick. … Williams took twin wins, a 2-1 squeaker over Connecticut College followed by a 9-0 blasting of Tufts. David Jarrett’s third period tally was the game-winner against CC, while Luke Stickel’s big night – three goals and an assist – fueled the rout of the Jumbos. … Behind Ryan Cole’s hat-trick, Trinity began the weekend with a 7-2 hammering of Amherst – its third consecutive win by that hefty score, then had to settle for a 1-1 tie with visiting Hamilton the next night. John Hawkrigg’s second period goal allowed the Bantams to salvage the point, and was the only one of Trinity’s 46 shots to elude Hamiton goalie Buitenhuis.

SUNYAC – What was the big story of the weekend? Perhaps it was the twin wins put up by Cortland – 4-2 over No. 13 Geneseo and 5-4 over Brockport. The Red Dragons upended Genny with four unanswered goals to give rookie head coach Joe Cardarelli his first-ever win. Dan Broderick (7), and Nick Zappia (6) both scored three times during the weekend and sit atop the SUNYAC’s goal-scoring ladder. … Meanwhile, Oswego, which began the week ranked second in the nation, were held to a pair of 4-4 deadlocks by unranked Brockport and Utica (see ECAC West). The Brockport tilt featured late third-period goals by Golden Eagles’ James Ryan and Jake Taylor wrapped around one by Oswego’s Krystian Yorke, all in a white-knuckling span of just 26 seconds. … Then there is first-place Plattsburgh, which ran its mark to 7-0-0 with a pair of wins over Morrisville, 5-3 and 5-2.

WIAC – Wisconsin-River Falls is still unbeaten after a weekend sweep of non-conference opponents. The Falcons stopped Lawrence 4-1 and blanked Northland 3-0 to improve to 6-0 on the season. In the series opener, the No. 10 Falcons were outshot 29-28, but Mike Fazio helped propel River Falls to the win as he scored twice. Tanner Milliron made 28 saves in the win. On Saturday, Milliron came through with his first shutout of the season, making 19 saves. River Falls held a 28-19 edge in shots, with Ryan Doner, Terry Leabo and Jeff Bergh all scoring goals … Wisconsin-Superior capped a perfect weekend on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Finlandia. The Yellow Jackets defeated Northland 4-3 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak. In Saturday’s win, Superior (4-4) scored four times in the second period for the third time this season. Of the 24 goals it has scored this season, 19 have have come in the second period. Anton Svensson, Jake Johnson, Tanner Dion and Jordan Shockey all scored goals in period. The Yellow Jackets held a 47-28 edge in shots. Against Northland, Superior got itself back on track, scoring three times in the second and then hanging on for a close win. Four different players scored in the victory and Corey Simons earned his first collegiate victory, racking up 31 saves. He made 27 of those saves in the final two periods.

At Carrier Dome, Utica, Oswego play before largest crowd to see Division III men’s hockey game

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The organizers of the Frozen Dome Classic at the Carrier Dome made no secret of their goal — to break the U.S. professional hockey indoor attendance record with their feature game between two “local” American Hockey League teams, the Syracuse Crunch and the Utica Comets.

The U.S. pro indoor record was 28,138 set at Tropicana Field during Game 4 of the 1996 NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers.

The organizers met their goal as the Carrier Dome now owns the record with an official attendance count of 30,715 on Saturday.

The U.S. indoor record for any hockey game was a college game — the 2010 NCAA national final between Wisconsin and Boston College at Ford Field in Detroit. That was 37,592.

The semifinals for that Frozen Four is second on the list with 34,954.

For the college participants in the Frozen Dome Classic, it was a thrill.

“It was awesome. The guys were excited about it,” Oswego coach Ed Gosek said after a 4-4 tie with Utica. “The ice really wasn’t that bad. More than the ice is the boards. The boards are dead because they are not permanently mounted into the surface. You got to work for everything off the walls.”

“This is fun,” Utica coach Gary Heenan said. “When you get off the bus, it had that feeling it was the big time. It’s great for us.”

The college game also set a record. The official attendance was 7,047, setting the mark for an NCAA Division III hockey game.

Two games were played on Friday — Cicero North Syracuse beat Baldwinsville 3-2 in overtime in a high school game and the Syracuse club team beat West Virginia 4-2.

The first game of Saturday’s tripleheader was also between the two nearby cities — Syracuse firefighters and medical versus Utica law enforcement. The police won 4-1.

Predictions for the weekend

St. John’s goaltender Saxton Soley will need to be on his game this weekend as the Johnnies play St. Mary’s (photo: Caleb Williams/d3photography.com).

The crystal ball is out and our Division III columnists are at it again.

Who gets wins this weekend and who doesn’t? Digest the predictions below.



ECAC East – Castleton (3-2-0, 3-1-0) at No. 11 Massachusetts-Boston (4-0-0, 2-0-0) – Mass-Boston 3, Castleton 1
UMB returns from its two-week layoff with scant signs of rust. Could be a defining weekend for Castleton which also has No. 7 Babson on Saturday.

NESCAC – Tufts (0-2-0) at Middlebury (0-1-1, 0-1-1) – Middlebury 4, Tufts 2
After a trouncing by Bowdoin and being forced to settle for a tie with Colby, Middlebury is still trying to figure itself out. Some answers may come courtesy the likewise winless Jumbos.


ECAC Northeast – Becker (1-4-0, 0-3-0) at Suffolk (4-0-1, 3-0-1) – Suffolk 3, Becker 1
Still-unbeaten Suffolk doesn’t score a lot, but their foes score even less. While on that subject, the Hawks have been blanked the last two times out.

MASCAC – Fitchburg State (0-3-2, 0-1-1) at Framingham State (0-3-1, 0-2-1) – Fitchburg 2, Framingham 1
Framingham scores four goals again, but few goalies in the conference are as good as Fitchburg’s Ryan Wysocki, who may see his customary 40 shots per game, but could put up another of his head-standing performances.

ECAC West/SUNYAC – Utica (1-3-1, 0-3-0) vs. No. 2 Oswego (5-0-0, 3-0-0) at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y – Oswego 5, Utica 1
The big stage of the Frozen Dome will be suitable for a large-sized showing by the Lakers, ranked second in the nation. Utica can give them a game, but will they?


The puck is set to drop on another weekend of hockey, and two big games over the weekend involve a matchup between top teams in the WIAC and NCHA.

Adrian takes on Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Friday night before battling 2013 national runner-up Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday. Both games are on the road for the fifth-ranked Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs (6-0) have scored 37 goals this season and feature one of the top offenses in the nation.

Josh Ranalli and Kyle Brothers have paced the offense with five goals apiece. Duston Hebebrand has come through with four goals. Adrian has also gotten solid goaltending from James Hamby and Scott Shackell.

No. 6 Eau Claire (3-1-1) has scored 19 goals on the season and has given up 11. Defense will be the key to success against the Bulldogs. The Blugolds have allowed opponents to go just 1-of-20 on the power play this season.

Tyler Green and Jay Deo have split time in goal and either one is capable of starting on any given night.

For the No. 6 Pointers, who have won their last two games, defense will likely be a key to their success as well. They have given up just seven goals on the season and this game provides an opportunity for a huge nonconference win

Brandon Jaeger has played well, fashioning a goals against average of 1.40. If he rises to the occasion, the Pointers will be in a position to win.

I think Adrian gets the win on Friday by a 5-3 score, but takes a hit on Saturday and in a tight one I’ll give the Pointers the edge in a 4-3 win.

Below are a few other games to watch this weekend.

St. Johns (4-0-2, 2-0) vs. St. Mary’s (2-3-1, 0-1-1): The Johnnies are one of two unbeaten teams in league play. They come into the series on a two-game win streak. Neal Smith has played a key role offensively, scoring four goals. Huba Sekesi has tallied three goals. Goaltender Saxton Soley gives SJU a chance to win every night.

The Cardinals have given up three goals in each of their last two games, but will look to get back on track this weekend. Martin Gruse has played well, scoring four goals and dishing out three assists, while Phil Heinle has led the way in goal. He has tallied 175 saves.

This should be a competitive matchup, but in the end SJU will find a way to win. SJU, 4-2, 3-2

Gustavus Adolphus (3-2-1, 1-0-1) vs. Hamline (3-3, 0-0): The Gusties have scored 18 goals on the season and will look to be on top of their game offensively against the Pipers. Five players have scored two or more goals, with Jake Bushey paving the way with four. Conor Deal has tallied three goals and three assists. Erik Johnson will need a big game in goal.

Hamline is playing its first league series of the season and is a much different team than it was a year ago. The Pipers will need to be at their best on offense. They have scored 14 goals. Kevin Novakovich has led the way with four. For the Pipers, this is an opportunity to make a statement against one of the top teams in the MIAC. I think they do it in the series opener. HU, 2-1, GU, 4-2

Lawrence (4-2) vs. Wisconsin-River Falls (4-0): Lawrence has an opportunity to nail down a big road win. The Vikings have won their last two and have been led by Blake Roubus, who has tallied four goals and four assists. Renato Engler has come through with three goals and six assists for Lawrence, which has scored 22 goals and given up 17. Goalie Mattias Soderqvist has been consistent between the pipes.

The Falcons, ranked 10th in the nation, have scored four or more goals in every game. Their offense is anchored by Alex Murphy, who has come through with five goals and two assists. Ryan Doner has tallied two goals and five assists. Tanner Milliron has been solid in goal, too. The Falcons should get the job done at home. River Falls, 4-2

Looking back on the weekend’s action


Bowdoin’s John McGinnis tallied two goals and two assists in the Polar Bears’ 6-0 win over Middlebury last Friday night (photo: Dan Hickling).

This past weekend, games were played and the action is heating up.

Who won? Who lost? Who stood out?

Our Division III columnists have the wrap-up.

ECAC EAST – Castleton and Norwich both moved ahead of idle rivals Babson and Massachusetts-Boston in the league standings, tied as they are at the top now with six points. However, for Castleton, the weekend produced a mixed bag, a 5-4 loss to St. Anselm followed by a 5-2 win over visiting New England College. The Spartans got two third-period goals from defenseman Tyler Gaudry against NEC as they scored four times times to break open what had been a tight 1-1 contest. … As for Norwich, the Cadets had little trouble in defeating visiting Southern Maine (5-0) and UNE (4-1). Nevin Lawler netted three goals on the weekend, including two against USM.

ECAC NORTHEAST – Nichols won its only contest of the weekend, 7-3 over Wentworth on Saturday, and getting goals from seven different sources in the process. The Leopards had taken an early 2-0 lead, but the Bison struck back for four consecutive goals, including three in the middle stanza. … Suffolk kept pace with Nichols (both are 3-0) by winning a pair of close contests, 2-1 over Johnson & Wales (in OT) and 3-1 over Western New England. The Rams trailed in both games, but still grabbed the maximum four points thanks to game winners by Tim Benedetto and Brett Lawson. … Nichols will host Suffolk on Wednesday in what amounts to an early season showdown clash.

ECAC WEST – Neumann and Hobart both sit atop the conference with identical 3-1 conference records. Goaltender Ben Gurley stopped all 20 Manhattanville shots in leading the Knights to a 3-0 triumph on Friday. The next night, Mike Davis scored at 3:31 of overtime to down Manhattanville again, 4-3. … Hobart also won twice at home, 5-2 over Nazareth and 5-4 in overtime against Utica. Brad McBride’s goal at 1:34 of extra time secured the Statesmen’s Saturday triumph.

MASCAC – Plymouth State’s Mike Freitag had a productive week, scoring twice in Thursday’s 3-3 tie at Framingham State, then chipped in one more tally in the Panthers’ 4-1 win over visiting Mass-Dartmouth, Saturday. … Westfield State got an early jump on what proved to be a rewarding week, with Tuesday’s 6-4 shootout with Framingham State, and a 6-1 trouncing of Salem State on Thursday. Westfield freshman Nik Passero netted his first two collegiate goals against Framingham, then chipped in another, two nights later. Junior Dalton Jay netted a three goal hat trick in the Salem win, while Maxime Richard popped in two more.

MIAC – Freshman Huba Sekesi came through with a hat trick as St. John’s finished off a sweep of St. Olaf with a 4-2 win on Saturday. Sekesi scored his first three collegiate goals in the win, including the first on a power and the last with three seconds remaining. It was the first hat trick for a SJU player since John Haeg did it in 2012. Saxton Soley made 21 saves and the Johnnies (4-0-2, 2-0) outshot the Oles (1-5, 0-2) 32-23….Gustavus got a solid performance from goalie Erik Johnson in its conference opener against Concordia but had to settle for a tie in the series finale. Johnson stopped 30 shots in the Gusties’ 2-1 win on Friday, earning his second consecutive victory. On Saturday, Gustavus (3-2-1, 1-0-1) opened up a 3-0 lead but couldn’t hold onto it as Concordia rallied for the tie. Blake Schammel scored twice and also dished out an assist. His linemates were also productive. Connor Deal scored a goal and tallied two assists while Tim Donohue finished with two assists. The Cobbers (2-3-1, 0-1-1) earned two points, however, by winning the shootout on a goal by Jordie Bancroft….Hamline (3-3) topped its win total from a year ago after knocking off Superior 2-0 on Friday. The three wins matches the victory total from the last two seasons combined for the Pipers. John Sellie-Hanson earned the shutout, the first of his career, as he racked up 34 saves.

NCHA – Finlandia came up with one of the most stunning wins of the weekend, edging No. 8 St. Scholastica 4-3 on Saturday for its first victory of the year. The Lions (1-3, 1-2) handed the Saints (4-1, 4-1) their first loss of the season. Justin Scott punched in the game-winning goal, scoring 4:26 into the third period. Andrew Brownlee shined between the pipes, racking up 37 saves. The Lions, who gave up 30 goals in their first three games, led 2-0 early and were up 3-2 entering the third period. Finlandia won despite being outshot 40-21. Finlandia missed out on a sweep, however, as it lost 3-2 to the Saints on Sunday…Nick Kohn made 24 saves and helped Milwaukee School of Engineering complete a sweep of Marian on Saturday. The Raiders won 3-1 on both nights. Brent Wilcox tallied a goal and an assist to pave the way for MSOE (2-4, 2-4) in the finale. Kohn came through with 17 saves on Friday. MSOE took 44 shots, with Patrick Dwyer, Jerad Tafoya and Omar Mullan all scoring for the Raiders. Marian (2-4, 2-4 was limited to 18 shots as the Raiders ended a four-game losing streak…Lake Forest bounced back from a 3-1 loss to top-ranked St. Norbert on Friday to forge a 2-2 tie against the Green Knights on Saturday. Charlie Stein and Billy Kent both scored for the Forresters (2-2-1, 1-2-1). Leo Podolsky made a career-high 42 saves a night after tallying 37 saves against the Green Knights (5-0-1, 5-0-1).

NESCAC – Think Trinity was ready to get the season started? The Bantams exploded for 14 goals during the opening weekend, split evenly between a pair of 7-2 triumphs over Connecticut College and Tufts. Freshman Tyler Whitney got his collegiate career off with a flourish, scoring three goals, including two game-winners. … Bowdoin’s John McGinnis enjoyed a four-point night (two goals, two assists) in the Polar Bears’ 6-0 Friday thumping of Middlebury, then added another the next night in a 3-3 tie with Williams. Connor Quinn netted the crucial game-tying tally for Bowdoin with 52 seconds remaining in regulation. Assisting on that extra-attacker goal? You guessed it. It was McGinnis. Freshman Colby Cretella had earlier tallied twice for Williams. The Ephs, by the way, won their opener, 4-2, at Colby, with freshman C.J. Shugart sniping two goals.

SUNYAC – Plattsburgh ran its record to 5-0 with hefty wins over Buff State (6-1) and Fredonia (4-1). As per usual, the Cardinals enjoyed balanced scoring, with 10 different marksmen hitting the net during the weekend. … Oswego, ranked second in the nation, routed a pair of nonconference foes, Canton (9-1) and Nazareth (4-0). Sophomore Matt Galati had a pair of goals in each game, and is now tied for the national scoring lead with Adrian’s Kyle Brothers. Both have impressive 5-7-12 numbers. … Morrisville earned its first two wins of the season, taking counts a pair from Cortland, 6-4 and 7-3. Robert Molinaro scored twice in each game.

WIAC – In a rematch of last season’s opening round NCAA tournament game between Stevens Point and St. Thomas, the Pointers once again knocked off the Tommies, picking up a 3-1 victory on Friday. Stevens Point (3-1) scored twice in the third period to secure the win over the Tommies (1-2-2). Andrew Kolb broke the tie with 4:52 remaining, scoring on a power play goal. It was his second goal of the season. Lawrence Cornellier also scored in the third. The empty-net goal pushed his total to four on the year. The Pointers held a decisive 33-12 edge in shots. Brandon Jaeger made 11 saves…River Falls remained unbeaten with a pair of wins over MIAC schools this weekend. The Falcons (4-0) topped Bethel 5-2 on Friday and beat Augsburg 5-3 the next day. River Falls held a 39-14 edge in shots against Bethel (2-3). Blake Huppert scored his first goal of the year in the win. Ryan Doner, Christian George and Mike Fazio also scored. Tanner Milliron came up with 12 saves. Against Augsburg, River Falls struck for three goals in the third to rally for the win. Alex Murphy scored a goal and tallied an assist. He has six goals on the year. Taylor Burden also racked up a goal and an assist. Milliron made 28 saves.

Weekend picks are in


Hobart and netminder Lino Chimienti face Nazareth Friday night (photo: Dan Hickling).

Our East columnist, Dan Hickling, and our West columnist, Brian Lester, are back at it this week with their picks for the weekend’s top games.


Another weekend of college hockey is about to begin.

For some teams, conference play continues this week while other teams are set to battle in pivotal nonconference games that will prove beneficial in the long run.

One of the big matchups of the weekend is St. Thomas’ showdown with Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The two teams met in the NCAA tournament a year ago, with the Pointers winning and going on to finish as the national runner-up.

The Tommies come in at 1-1-2 on the season and will face a huge challenge on the road against the Pointers.

St. Thomas is led by Willie Faust, who has tallied three of the team’s seven goals. He no doubt needs to have a big game for St. Thomas to thrive.

Drew Fielding is allowing 1.69 goals per game and has tallied 82 saves. His play between the pipes will go a long way in determining how the Tommies fare against the sixth-ranked Pointers.

Stevens Point comes in stinging from a 3-2 loss to St. Olaf and is eager to get back on track.

Lawrence Cornellier leads a balanced attack, having tallied three goals. Four others have scored at least two goals. The Pointers have been particularly tough on defense, allowing only four goals. Brandon Jaeger has shined in goal, making 73 saves.

This one will be close, but with the Pointers being at home, they get get the edge. Stevens Point, 3-2.

Other predictions for the weekend:

Gustavus Adolphus (2-2) vs. Concordia (Minn.) (2-2): The Gusties enter their first league series of the season averaging nearly four goals per game. They have scored 13 on the season. Jake Bushey has fueled the attack with our goals. Gavin Tufte has scored twice. Gustavus has yet to give up a power play goal and Erik Johnson has stepped up between the pipes. He has racked up 107 saves in four games.

The Cobbers have shown a lot of potential on offense as well, scoring 12 goals so far. Jon Grebosky has been the top scoring threat, having tallied four goals and an assist. Andrew Deters has also played well. He has scored once and dished out three assists.

Concordia has the luxury of playing both of these games at home and should at least be able to to steal one of them in a battle of two teams that made the MIAC playoffs a year ago. Concordia 4-3, Gustavus 5-3.

St. John’s (2-0-2) vs. St. Olaf (1-3): Another matchup of two MIAC playoff teams from a year ago. The Johnnies have yet to lose and have shown they have the potential to be a very good team after playing Wisconsin-Eau Claire to a 3-3 tie last week.

The Johnnies have scored 11 goals, with Neal Smith paving the way with four. Saxton Soley is one of the top goalies in D-III hockey and his play will be key in the series. He owns a goals-against average of 1.88 and has made 88 saves in three starts.

St. Olaf dropped three of its first four, but did knock off Stevens Point last week for its first win. The Oles are led by Brian Hickey, who has scored two of the team’s eight goals. Steve Papciak has made 96 saves. If St. Olaf can duplicate its effort against the Pointers, they will at least get a split in this home-and-home series. St. Olaf 3-2, St. John’s 5-3.

Augsburg (3-1) vs. Wisconsin-River Falls (2-0): The Auggies are riding high after winning their last two, scoring 10 goals in two games against Bethel. Mark Ohnstead has paced the offense with four goals. Dylan Meier and Rory Vesel have tallied two goals apiece. The Auggies play well as a team. They have dished out 24 assists, including five from Ben McClellan and four from Zach Dick. A total of 14 players have registered at least one assist.

The Falcons have already beaten two MIAC teams and have scored nine goals in their first two games. Alex Murphy is off to a great start, scoring four goals, while goalie Tanner Milliron has come up with 52 saves.

River Falls has been particularly efficient on the power play, having tallied five goals already, but I think Augsburg goes on the road and gets the win. Augsburg, 4-3.

St. Norbert (4-0, 4-0 NCHA) vs. Lake Forest (2-1, 1-1): The defending national champions have been an offensive machine through four games, racking up 28 goals. Ten players have scored at least two goals apiece. The Green Knights have also been sensational on the defensive end of the ice, allowing just four goals on 59 shots. David Jacobson has been solid between the pipes, making 47 saves in three starts. Tony Kulava has started once and has made eight saves.

For Lake Forest, this series is a chance to make a statement against the No. 1 team in the country. The Foresters have shown off their potential to be solid on offense and have tallied 15 goals. But if Lake Forest is going to have a chance at success in this series, it needs to play well on defense. Goalie Leo Podolsky has started twice and has made 58 saves. St. Norbert is just too good offensively to lose in this home-and-home series. St. Norbert 6-2, 5-1.

Marian (2-2, 2-2 NCHA) vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering (0-4, 0-4): Marian has won its last two games and will look to keep the momentum rolling this weekend. The Sabres have been led by Derek Thorogood and Brodie Jamieson. Both players have tallied two goals apiece. Marian will look to improve a bit on defense this weekend. The Sabres have given up 12 goals, including four on the power play. The good thing is Marian can turn to either Mike Baldwin or Mike Gudmandson in goal. The two have combined to make 115 saves.

The Engineers have struggled, allowing four or more goals in each of their games, and that trend needs to change if they want to get back on track. Of course, all four losses have come against nationally ranked opponents, and that experience could pay off this weekend. Generating offense hasn’t been a huge issue. MSOE has tallied 11 goals, with Omar Mullen scoring three times. The Engineers have been competitive and my guess is they find a way to get at least one in the series. MSOE 4-2, Marian 5-3.



ECAC East – New England College (0-2-1, 0-2-0) at Skidmore (2-1-0, 1-1-0) – NEC 3 Skidmore 2.

Nothing so dangerous as a team hungry for its first win. That description fits the Pilgrims to a tee.

ECAC West - Nazareth (2-0-1, 1-0-1) at Hobart (2-2-0, 1-1-0) – Hobart 4, Nazareth 3.

The upstart Golden Flyers opened some eyes last weekend by taking three out of four points from Utica. Grabbing two more, with Hobart goalie Lino Chimienti standing in the way, might be asking too much.

SUNYAC – Cortland (0-2-1, 0-2-1) at Morrisville (0-2-2, 0-2-2) – Morrisville 5 Cortland 2.

Someone’s gotta win their first game, unless of course they tie, which the Mustangs have done twice already. Then they would get to do it all over again on Saturday, when they meet again.


ECAC Northeast - Nichols (4-0-0, 2-0-0) at Wentworth (3-0-0, 1-0-0) – Nichols 4, Wentworth 1.

Wentworth is off to a soaring start under new coach Jay Pecora. However, the defending conference champion Bison will beckon their hosts back to Earth.

MASCAC – Fitchburg State (0-2-3, 0-1-1) at Worcester State (1-1-2, 0-0-1) – Fitchburg 1 Worcester 0.

Tired of tying – they have three deadlocks already this season – the Falcons are due to break into the win column. A battle of under rated goaltenders – Fitchburg’s Ryan Wysocki and Salvatore Tecci of Worcester – could be in the offing.

NESCAC – Middlebury (0-0-0, 0-0-0) at No. 13 Bowdoin (0-0-0, 0-0-0) – Bowdoin 3 Middlebury 2.

It was a win over Middlebury to open the NESCAC tourney that sent then fifth-seeded Bowdoin on its improbable run to the NCAAs. Now nationally ranked, the Polar Bears will be looking to start another run, this one on opening night.

The weekend that was

Tyler Beasley’s two goals helped Nichols overcome Curry last Saturday (photo: Dan Hickling).

As the weeklong grind begins, it’s never a bad thing to reflect back on the weekend that was in NCAA Division III hockey.

East columnist Dan Hickling and West columnist Brian Lester have the low-down.

EAST – Dan Hickling

ECAC EAST – Babson, Castleton and Massachusetts-Boston all enjoyed productive, two-win weekends … Top-line center Mike Driscoll potted two goals in Babson’s 7-0 blanking of D-II foe St. Anselm. Goalie Jamie Murray made 25 stops for the shutout and even racked up an assist. Murray then turned in an 18-save whitewash the next night against New England College. … Likewise, Castleton goalie Ryan Mulder was perfect in both his starts, with blankings of both Southern Maine (4-0) and UNE (3-0). … UMB’s Steven Buco scored with 1:39 gone in overtime to cement Friday’s 5-4 over New England College. The next night, Buco turned playmaker, setting up both of Nathan Milam’s goals in a 3-1 win over St. Anselm. Milam already has five tallies in the new season.

ECAC NORTHEAST – Just three games on the slate, all on Saturday, and two of them decided by one goal … Wentworth’s Ben Brouillard netted the game-winner at 11:42 of the third in a 3-2 triumph over Salve Regina. Kevin Crowe also scored twice for the Leopards, who are now 3-0 overall for new head coach Jay Pecora. … Suffolk got third-period goals from Justin Selep and Danyil Medvedev to take a 3-2 squeaker over Salve Regina. Medvedev’s game-winner came at 15:44 … Tyler Beasley scored twice on power plays in the third period to lift Nichols to a 4-1 win over Curry.

ECAC WEST – Elmira went to overtime twice, against Neumann and Manhattanville, and emerged with just one point. Neumann’s Chris Bournazos scored on a power play at 2:14 of extra time to beat Elmira 3-2 on Friday. The Soaring Eagles had erased a 2-0 deficit with third-period tallies from Alexander Taulien and Eric David. … On Saturday, Greg Whittle scored with 3:37 left in regulation to help Elmira salvage a 1-1 tie. … Nazareth and Utica played twice, with the upstart Golden Flyers taking a 2-2 tie on Friday followed by a 5-4 win the next night. In that win, Nazareth scored three unanswered goals in the third to erase a 4-2 Utica lead on home ice. David Seward’s tally at 7:43 was the game-winner.

MASCAC – The lone weekend tilt was an exciting one, a 5-5 deadlock between Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Framingham. UMD held a 5-3 lead with 1:48 left the third before Brendan McCarron and Keith Barnaby both scored for Framingham. Barnaby’s goal came with just 10 seconds remaining. Jaret Babych scored twice for the Corsairs in the second period. UMD outshot their hosts 6-2 in overtime, but Framingham goalie Alessio Muggli held firm to preserve the tie.

SUNYAC – Plattsburgh won both its starts in different fashions. On Friday, Cardinals goalie Brady Rouleau outdueled Brockport’s Jared Lockhurst in a 1-0 victory. Rich Botting netted the game’s lone goal at 13:32 of the second period. Lockhurst made 33 saves in a losing effort. The following night, Platty ran past Geneseo, 7-4, outscoring the Knights 6-1 over the last two periods. Seven different Cardinals scored as they erased a 3-0 Geneseo lead. … Morrisville and Buffalo State hooked up for a pair of ties, 4-4 and 5-5. The Bengals had to rely on last-minute heroics both times, with game-tying goals coming from Jake Rosen at 19:43 on Friday and Marcus Michalski at 18:06 the next night. … Oswego prevailed in its only start, 6-4 against Cortland, with half a dozen goal getters chipping in.

WEST – Brian Lester

MIAC – Competitive nonconference games were the story for a couple of teams over the weekend…St. Olaf came through with, perhaps, the biggest win, knocking off Wisconsin-Stevens Point 3-2 on Saturday. The Pointers were the 2014 national runner-up, but the Oles showed up ready to play. Steven Sherman scored the game winner as St. Olaf won its first game of the year. The Oles won despite the Pointers’ 50-33 edge in shots. Steve Papciak racked up 48 saves for St. Olaf….St. John’s led twice but had to settle for a 3-3 tie against Eau Claire on Sunday. It was the first ever tie between the two schools. Neal Smith, Tyler Dunagan and Tyson Fulton all scored goals for the Johnnies, who have yet to lose in four games. Saxton Soley came through with 23 saves. The Johnnies and Blugolds combined to go 0-for-7 on the power play. St. John’s held a 33-26 edge in shots.

NCHA – Nationally-ranked opponents Adrian and St. Scholastica avoided upsets over the weekend. Adrian exploded for three goals in the third period on Friday to knock off the Milwaukee School of Engineering 5-4 and avoid an upset loss. The Bulldogs were paced by Jeremy Olinyk, who scored twice in the victory. Olinyk also dished out an assist. James Hamby came up with 18 saves. Adrian held a 45-24 edge in shots. The Bulldogs completed a sweep of the Raiders on Saturday and have won their last 11 games against the Raiders. They own a 29-3-2 record in the all-time series….St. Scholastica picked up a pair of 4-3 wins over Concordia (Wis.). In the series finale on Saturday, Dylan Nowakowski scored twice, including the game-winner. Corey Koop was tough between the pipes, racking up 29 saves for the Saints. St. Scholastica has opened the season strong, winning its first four games. The Saints have scored four or more goals in each of their four wins.

Dylan Nowakowski scored twice as St. Scholastica swept Concordia (Wis.) last weekend (photo: CSS Athletics).

WIAC – Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Wisconsin-River Falls showed flexed their offensive muscle in non-conference wins over the weekend…River Falls scored three times in the third period to roll to a 5-2 win over Hamline on Saturday. Christian George scored twice for the Falcons, who owned a 33-26 advantage in shots. George added an assist as well and now has eight goals in his career. Jeff Bergh scored his third career goal in the win for River Falls. The Falcons, 2-0 on the season, were 3-of-7 on the power play. Tanner Milliron tallied 24 saves….Eau Claire opened its 2014-15 season in style, blanking St. Olaf 3-0 on Friday. The Blugolds shut out the Oles for the first time in 26 meetings. Adam Knochenmus, Brandon Whalin and Ethan Nauman all scored goals for the Blugolds, who are the defending WIAC tournament champions. Tyler Green came through with his first shutout win since Feb. 7 of this year. Green racked up 32 saves.

Predicting the best games of the weekend

Geneseo goaltender Nick Horrigan leads his team to battle Plattsburgh this weekend (photo: Dan Hickling).

Our East columnist, Dan Hickling, and our West columnist, Brian Lester, get into full swing this week with their picks for the weekend’s top games.



Skidmore (1-0-0, 0-0-0) @ UNE (1-0-0, 0-0-0) – UNE 4, Skidmore 2
Two middle of the pack teams trying to grab some early season points. The Nor’Easters will use home ice to their advantage

Nazareth (1-0-0, 0-0-0) @ Utica (1-0-0, 0-0-0) – Nazareth 3, Utica 2
Teams play twice this weekend. Nazareth always pulls off some early-season surprises and this could well be another of those.


Plattsburgh (1-0-0, 1-0-0) @ Geneseo (2-0-0, 2-0-0) – Geneseo 3, Plattsburgh 1
Clashes of two titans often are decided by goaltending. Genny’s Nick Horrigan has played in a Frozen Four. Plattsburgh’s Spencer Finney has not (yet).

ECAC Northeast
Nichols (2-0-0, 0-0-0) @ Curry (1-2-0, 0-0-0) – Nichols 5, Curry 1
The defending conference champs seem to be ready for another roll through the ECACNE. It begins here with Curry.

Mass-Dartmouth (0-1-0, 0-0-0) @ Framingham (0-1-0, 0-0-0) – Mass-Dartmouth 5, Framingham 4
Could be a big night (and a game winning goal) for UMD’s top scorer Luc Sauve.


Wisconsin-Stout (0-1) at Hamline (1-1): The Pipers are looking to build off the confidence they gained in a win over St. Thomas last week. Kevin Novakovich leads the team in goals scored with two, while John Sellie-Hanson and Santino Vasquez have both seen time in goal and give the Pipers depth between the pipes.

Stout has played just one game and was outshot 50-27 against Lake Forest. Chase Hollander and Spencer Veale have combined to make 44 saves. This one should be close but Hamline gets the edge at home. Hamline 4-2.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1-0) at Gustavus Adolphus (1-1): Gustavus was the runner-up in the MIAC tournament a year ago and is hoping to take the next step this year. This game is a chance for the Gusties to make a statement against the national runner-up of a year ago. Jake Bushey leads Gustavus with two goals and Erik Johnson has started the first two games in goal, tallying 52 saves.

Stevens Point flexed its offensive muscle in its opener, scoring 11 goals against Finlandia. Eight players scored goals and Brandon Jaeger racked up 11 saves. The Pointers will be tough to beat and should nail down a win. Stevens Point, 5-2.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire at St. Olaf (0-2): The Oles are searching for their first win of the year. They managed to score only four goals in the first two games. St. Olaf has had four different players score goals, while Steve Papciak has tallied 38 saves in two games. St. Olaf will have to be at its best on both ends of the ice to knock off a team that is one of the best in the country.

The Blugolds are playing their first game of the year and are coming off a season where they won the WIAC tournament championship. They scored 93 goals a year ago and will come in ready to go after feeling as if they were snubbed in the NCAA tournament selection process. Eau Claire, 4-3.

Concordia (Minn.) (0-2) at St. Scholastica (2-0): The Falcons are hoping to win their first game of the year. They managed only four goals in the first two games and allowed 10. They were outscored 4-2 on the power play in the two games and changing that trend will be a key to success against the Saints on the road.

St. Scholastica rolled to a pair of wins last week and will look to continue hot streak this week as it hosts the Falcons. The Saints have been led by Derek Sutliffe, who has scored five goals. Tyler Bruggeman started in goal twice and has allowed just four goals while making 65 saves. The Saints are poised to sweep the series. St. Scholastica, 5-2, 4-2.

Lake Forest (1-0) at Northland (0-2): Lake Forest scored six goals in its opener against Stout, with Jack Lewis showcasing his talent, scoring three times in the win. Leo Podolsky earned the win in goal, racking up 25 saves, and if the Foresters can put together that same type of effort this weekend, they should be in position to start off league play in style.

Northland is coming off a pair of losses to nationally-ranked Adrian and will need to get its offense going to have success against Lake Forest. The Lumberjacks scored just four goals in their first two games and gave up 16. Tyler Ampe made 49 saves in the first two games. The Foresters appear to have the edge in the series and should get a sweep. Lake Forest, 5-2, 6-3.

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