The weekend that was: Week 18

Friday, February 4

Clarkson 2 at Cornell 5

Cornell scored three power-play goals as well as one short-handed, sealing Clarkson’s fate. Sophomore John Esposito, junior Sean Collins, and seniors Tyler Roeszler and Mike and Joe Devin scored for the Big Red in front of junior goalie Mike Garman (23 saves). Freshman David Pratt and senior Brandon DeFazio struck for the Golden Knights, while junior Paul Karpowich made 23 saves as well.

Dartmouth 3 at Brown 0

Junior James Mello earned his second shutout of the year and third of his career with 39 saves, and head coach Bob Gaudet won his 200th game at Dartmouth (200-190-50; 293-33-281 overall) in the Big Green victory. Freshman Matt Lindblad and juniors Doug Jones and Nick Walsh beat Brown junior Mike Clemente (20 saves), as Dartmouth improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight games. Brown dropped its fourth straight contest, and has lost six of eight; the goose-egg was Bruno’s second in three games.

Harvard 0 at Yale 1

In a classic goaltending battle between classic rivals, Yale senior Ryan Rondeau (34 saves) edged Harvard counterpart Ryan Carroll (also 34 saves) for his third shutout of the season (and of his career). Senior defenseman Jimmy Martin’s goal 5:36 into the third period finally broke the deadlock and maintained the Bulldogs’ lead in the ECAC standings, but Rondeau’s season-high save count preserved it as the Blue ended a stunning two-game losing skid. Harvard, meanwhile, lost its ninth game in 10, and for the 16th time in 18 games.

Rensselaer 3 at Quinnipiac 3 (ot)

Sophomore Jeremy Langlois scored twice for the Bobcats, but it was freshman Connor Jones’ 52nd-minute strike that lifted QU into a draw with visiting RPI. Rookie Brock Higgs and seniors Jeff Foss and Bryan Brutlag scored for the Engineers, who not only lost the lead, but also one of the league’s top netminders in junior Allen York in the third period: The elite goalie left the game after 41 minutes and 26 saves with an as-of-yet unspecified injury. Sophomore Bryce Merriam (13) saves played well in relief, while sophomore Eric Hartzell (28 saves) played equally well between the Bobcats’ pipes. Jones’ late goal sustained QU’s unbeaten run (3-0-3); the ‘Cats are also 6-1-4 in their last 11. The tie ended RPI’s winning streak at five games, but what is now an unbeaten streak improved to six (5-0-1).

St. Lawrence 4 at Colgate 0

The Saints and Raiders had five power plays apiece, but the three power-play goals all belonged to visiting SLU as junior Robby Moss (24 saves) earned his first career shutout. Sophomores Kyle Flanagan and George Hughes lit the lamp for the road team, and senior Nick Pitsikoulis did it twice as the Saints guaranteed themselves at least a two-point league weekend for the first time since early December. Colgate, meanwhile, is on life-support in the midst of a 14-game winless skid; the Raiders’ December 4 win over Army was their last triumph since October.

Union 7 at Princeton 4

Down 4-1 approaching the game’s midpoint, the Dutchmen scored six straight goals in the contest’s last 30:37 to stun the Tigers. Rookies Daniel Carr and Mat Bodie, sophomores Jeremy Welsh and Greg Coburn, junior Kelly Zajac and seniors Adam Presizniuk and Brock Matheson scored for Union, which won its fourth straight and eighth game in nine. The loss snapped Princeton’s four-game win streak, despite the efforts of goal-scoring freshman Andrew Calof, sophomore Eric Meland, and seniors Mike Kramer and Taylor Fedun. Surprisingly, both starting goalies survived ’til the final horn, as Union sophomore Keith Kinkaid (28 saves) and Princeton soph Mike Condon (25 saves) are each owed apologies by his respective defensive corps.

Saturday, February 5

Rensselaer 5 at Princeton 2

The Engineers scored three times on four power plays, and blanked the Tigers on all seven of the home team’s advantages to roll in ‘Jersey. Sophomore Marty O’Grady popped one in for RPI, junior Josh Rabbani scored twice, and seniors Tyler Helfrich and Chase Polacek buried goals for the ‘Tute as well. Merriam stopped 39 of 41, allowing goals to junior Derrick Pallis and senior Taylor Fedun; rookie Sean Bonar only stopped 19 of 23 in the Princeton net as the Tigers lost consecutive games for the first time since early November, and straight league games for the first time this year.

Clarkson 2 at Colgate 4

The Raiders finally got a W, as sophomore Kurtis Bartliff scored his fourth and fifth goals of the year and rookie Eric Mihalik won his first collegiate game with 25 saves. Junior Matt Firman and senior Francois Brisebois also beat Clarkson’s Karpowich (35 saves), while rookie Allan McPherson and DeFazio scored for the Golden Knights, who lost their fourth straight and eighth in ten games (2-8-0). The win was the first of the ECAC season for the Raiders, and first overall since December 4 versus Army.

Dartmouth 2 at Yale 4

The Big Green scored first, but the Bulldogs laughed last with four of the game’s last five goals. Sophomore Andrew Miller, juniors Kevin Limbert and Charles Brockett, and senior Broc Little lit the lamp for the Blue, which got back to its winning ways with a weekend sweep after last weekend’s twin losses in the Capital District. Rondeau stopped 25 of 27, besting Mello’s 38-save performance at the other end of the ice. Junior Connor Goggin and senior Matt Reber scored for the Green, whose three-game unbeaten run came to an end in New Haven.

St. Lawrence 3 at Cornell 4 (ot)

Cornell senior Joe Devin scored his second of the game with the extra attacker on, which led to sophomore Greg Miller’s power-play strike in overtime to sink the Saints, who saw a 3-1 third-period lead evaporate in the last 12 minutes of regulation. Sophomore Braden Birch also scored for the Red, who required only 15 saves from frosh Andy Iles to claim the win. Kyle Flanagan, rookie Greg Carey and senior Aaron Bogosian scored for SLU; Moss saved 31 of 35.

Union 3 at Quinnipiac 2 (ot)

Union senior forward Justin Pallos plunged the dagger in overtime as the Dutchmen bounced back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to take a four-point road trip. Matheson and sophomore Wayne Simpson also scored for the U, which got 23 stops out of Kinkaid in its fifth straight win and ninth in 10 games (9-1-0). Freshmen Kellen Jones and John Dunbar did the damage for the Bobcats, whose six-game unbeaten run (3-0-3) came to an end despite Hartzell’s 35 saves.

Monday, February 7

Harvard 0 vs. Northeastern 4 (Beanpot Semifinals at TD Garden; Boston, Mass.)

Harvard was shut out for the second game in a row and third time in a month despite 41 shots on net and six power plays. Carroll and classmate Kyle Richter combined for 27 saves, but the Crimson will be playing in next week’s Beanpot consolation game for the 12th time in 13 years.

In retrospect…

Last week: 10-1-1

Season record: 116-51-19 (.675)