The weekend that was: Week 19

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Friday, February 11

Brown 1 at Clarkson 4

The Golden Knights didn’t score on either of two power plays, but they did keep Bruno off the board on eight Bears advantages to grit out the victory. Frosh Allan McPherson and Will Frederick scored for ‘Tech, as did seniors Scott Freeman and Tom Pizzo as junior Paul Karpowich stopped 28 shots. Junior Bobby Farnham scored for Brown in support of junior Mike Clemente (25 saves on 28 shots) as Brown dropped its fifth straight; the win snapped Clarkson’s own four-game L-slide.

Colgate 2 at Rensselaer 1 (ot)

Thanks to a third-period equalizer by junior Austin Smith and the OT game-winner by classmate Kevin McNamara, the Raiders attained consecutive wins for the first time all season. Freshman Eric Mihalik stopped 18 of 19 in the victory, including a mere two saves on two shots in the second period: The Raiders put 13 shots in the direction of sophomore Bryce Merriam in what was ultimately a scoreless middle frame. The loss snapped a seven-game unbeaten run (6-0-1) for the Engineers.

Cornell 0 at Union 4

Freshman Daniel Carr’s power-play goal only 170 seconds into the action stood up as the game-winner, as Union held the Big Red to only nine shots on goal in the entire game. Sophomore Keith Kinkaid’s third shutout of the year was an undemanding one from that point of view, especially after rookie Matt Hatch’s first of two goals on the night put the Dutch ahead 2-0 only 3:02 after Carr’s tie-breaker. Kevin Sullivan became the third freshman to beat junior Mike Garman (32 saves) with a goal in the third period, as Cornell’s six-game unbeaten run (4-0-2) came to an end in Schenectady.

Princeton 4 at Harvard 4 (ot)

The Crimson trailed three times, but came back quickly each time in a wild back-and-forth contest. Juniors Daniel Moriarty and Alex Killorn and senior Chris Huxley scored power-play goals for Harvard, while sophomore Conor Morrison also tallied for the home side; sophomore Rob Kleebaum and senior Mike Kramer each scored twice for Princeton as the Tigers failed to secure the two points. Princeton freshman Sean Bonar and Harvard senior Kyle Richter each finished with 29 saves on 33 shots.

Quinnipiac 1 at Dartmouth 3

Second-period goals by sophomore Alex Goodship and junior Nick Walsh put the Big Green on top for good Friday night, and junior Paul Lee’s empty-netter wrapped up win No. 12 for junior James Mello (21 saves). Rookie Connor Jones scored the Bobcats’ lone goal, which wasn’t enough for sophomore Eric Hartzell (25 saves) or Quinnipiac as what had been a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3) transitioned into a four-game winless slide (0-2-2).

Yale 2 at St. Lawrence 3

Sophomore Sean Flanagan lit the lamp just 68 seconds into the contest, setting the pace for the upset. Seniors Nick Pitsikoulis and Aaron Bogosian helped the Saints salt it away for junior goalie Robby Moss (31 saves), as goals by Bulldogs sophomores Andrew Miller and Antoine Laganiere weren’t enough to keep Yale from its third loss in five games (2-3-0). Senior Ryan Rondeau made seven saves each period for 21 overall.

Saturday, February 12

Cornell 3 at Rensselaer 2 (ot)

The Engineers fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to force overtime, but ultimately suffered their first sweep of the season when senior Joe Devin beat Merriam (20 saves) 3:32 into the extra session. Soph Vince Mihalek scored his first career goal, junior Sean Collins notched one as well, and rookie Andy Iles made 30 saves for the Big Red, which has now won four of five and is 5-1-2 in its last eight. Senior Chase Polacek and junior Alex Angers-Goulet scored for the ‘Tute in the penalty-marred contest in which the officials required a security escort off the ice after the final horn.

Princeton 1 at Dartmouth 4

Senior Adam Estoclet and sophomore Dustin Walsh scored 15 seconds apart in the first period, and rookie Matt Lindblad scored twice to lead the Big Green over the Tigers in Hanover. Mello (29 saves) out-dueled Bonar (30 saves), and helped Dartmouth hold on by backstopping five successful penalty kills. Kramer scored again for Princeton – his 12th of the year – but it wasn’t nearly enough, as the Tigers lost their third game in their last four (0-3-1).

Brown 5 at St. Lawrence 1

Senior David Brownschidle lit the lamp 46 seconds into the game, and it was all Brown from there as Bruno added three more goals in the next 24 minutes and cruised on Clemente’s 33 saves. St. Lawrence went 0/6 on the power play and got its only goal from Bogosian when the score was already 4-0; Moss (21 saves) was pulled in favor of freshman Matt Weninger (10 saves) after four goals and 28 minutes of action. Rookies Garnet Hathaway and Mark Hourihan, sophomore Chris Zaires, and junior Jeff Buvinow also contributed goals for Brown, which ended a five-game losing slide.

Colgate 3 at Union 6

Colgate had its brief two-game winning streak snapped in frustrating fashion, surrendering a 2-0 second-period lead by allowing five straight Union strikes. Senior Adam Presizniuk scored twice for the Dutchmen, and was boosted by goals by rookies Josh Jooris and Daniel Carr, and both Simpsons: sophomore Wayne and senior John. Kinkaid made 24 saves in Union’s seventh straight win and 11th of 12 (11-1-0), while Mihalik’s 30 stops and goals by McNamara, senior Brian Day and sophomore Thomas Larkin couldn’t stem UC’s surge.

Yale 6 at Clarkson 3

Five straight Blue strikes in 20 minutes of action doomed the Golden Knights, and Yale junior Brian O’Neill’s hat trick put him back into the team lead in overall goals (15). Senior Brendan Mason scored twice for the Elis, and junior Chad Ziegler potted one as well in support of Rondeau (22 stops). Freshman Jarrett Burton, junior Julien Cayer and the senior Freeman scored for the Knights, who also had to play two ‘keepers against the feisty Bulldogs: Karpowich got the hook after five goals, 16 saves and 30:39; junior Richie LaVeau wrapped up with 15 stops and one goal against.

Monday, February 14

Harvard vs. Boston University

The Crimson surrendered three power-play goals on six BU advantages, but it ultimately put an end to a four-game winless slide (0-3-1) thanks to senior Ryan Carroll’s 45 saves and a late goal by senior Michael Del Mauro. Classmate Alex Killorn scored twice for the Ivy, which also needed strikes by sophomore Danny Biega and junior Ryan Grimshaw to eke out the consolation-game win.

Tuesday, February 15

Clarkson plays at St. Lawrence tonight: That rumble you hear is Route 11 getting all shook up.

In retrospect…

Last week: 5-6-1. Ugh.

Season record: 121-57-20 (.662)