GOTW: Tyler Madden’s pair of goals lift Northeastern past St. Cloud State in battle of Huskies

 (Tim Brule)
Tyler Madden scored two second-period goals as No. 11 Northeastern broke a 1-1 tie to skate to a 4-1 road victory over No. 14 St. Cloud State (Photo: St. Cloud State Athletics)

Two second period goals by sophomore Tyler Madden broke open a 1-1 tie and propelled No. 11 Northeastern to a 4-1 win over No. 14 St. Cloud State in the USCHO Game of the Week.

The win improves Northeastern to 4-0-1 on the young season, while St. Cloud (0-1-2) suffered its first loss at home since March 10, 2018. A year ago, St. Cloud was 17-0-1 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

John Picking opened the scoring at 8:32 of the first. The two clubs traded goals early in the second as Sam Hentegs scored on the rush before Madden picked up his fist of the game at 9:37. It was Madden’s second goal, coming with just 36 second left in the second, that was the back breaker.

Biagio Lerario added an empty-net tally to seal the victory for Northeastern.

The two teams will face-off again on Saturday evening to close out the two-game series.

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No. 8 Minnesota Duluth 5, No. 20 Minnesota 2
A desperate Minnesota Duluth team grabbed a 3-0 lead early, and watched host Minnesota rally to within a goal before third period goals by Koby Bender and Scott Perunovich put the game away.

The victory ended a two-game losing streak for the defending national champs which began the season ranked number one before dropping three of its first four games.

The Gophers dug a big hole early before Ben Meyers goal in the final minute of the second and Sammy Walker’s tally at 8:36 of the third brought the crowd at 3M Arena alive.

Bender, though, had a response to rip momentum away from Minnesota, scoring just 69 seconds after Walker cut the lead to one.

Both teams will travel north to Duluth for Saturday’s conclusion of the home-and-home nonconfence series.

No. 13 Clarkson 4, No. 6 Wisconsin 0
The Golden Knights figured out a way to stop one of the nation’s hottest teams: don’t let them score.

Clarkson goaltender Frank Marotte stopped all 38 shots he faced while Josh Dunne, Harlads Egle, Devin Brosseau and Jack Jacome all netted goals for the road upset of sixth-ranked Wisconsin, 4-0.

Leading 2-0 after 40 minutes, Clarkson faced a Badgers barrage in the third. Wisconsin outshot the Golden Knights, 16-4, in the game’s final frame, but Clarkson accounted for the period’s only two goals.

The two teams play the back on of the two-game series on Saturday.

No. 7 Providence 6, No. 10 Boston College 2
The seventh-ranked Friars scored the final three goals of the game to break open one-goal affair and win going away against the tenth-ranked Eagles, 6-2.

Jack Dugan remained red hot for the Friars scoring a goal and adding two assists. He was one of six Friars to register a multiple-point game.

The turning point in the game came just after the midway point when BC’s Ron Greco was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for interference. A holding penalty to David Cotton less than a minute later gave Providence a 5-on-3 power play where Michael Callahan connected.

UMass Lowell 3, Boston University 3 (OT)
The River Hawks dug themselves a hole, falling behind 3-0 at home to the Terriers. But as if they had a ladder to climb from that home, chipped away before earning a 3-3 tie and salvage a point in each team’s Hockey East opener.

Patrick Harper score twice, including a shorthanded goal just 14 seconds into the second period. A power play goal from David Farrance at 7:48 of the third had BU comfortably sailing.

But 24 seconds after Farrance’s goal, Lowell’s Connor Sodergren caromed home a rebound. Before the end of the second, Kenny Hausinger pulled the River Hawks within a goal.

And Seth Barton’s tally at 1:20 of the third completed the comeback.

Both teams had chances to win the game, including a Carl Berglund breakaway for Lowell late in the overtime. BU goaltender Sam Tucker made the save to help BU grab the point for the tie.

It is the second straight Friday BU has let slip a three-goal lead to walk away with a tie. For Lowell it was its third straight overtime game and second straight tie.