On a night where the nation’s top two teams – Cornell and North Dakota – tied atop the USCHO.com poll, each skated to ties (North Dakota won the sudden death shootout versus Miami), there were a number of upsets of top teams and a rally by Boston College.
It’s all below in Friday’s roundup:
Michigan 6, No. 6 Penn State 0
In possibly the most unlikely of upsets, a red hot Michigan squad coming off a sweep of Notre Dame carried its mojo forward an blanked highly-talented No. 6 Penn State, 6-0.
Michigan goaltender Strauss Mann was the hero, stopping all 31 shots he saw, though the Wolverines attack was quiet potent. Mann also earned an assist in the game.
— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) January 18, 2020
Michigan plastered the Penn State net with 47 shots, as both Jake Slater and Johnny Beacher recorded two-goal games.
No. 5 Boston College 3, No. 13 UMass Lowell 2
Despite falling behind, 2-0, in the first 71 seconds of the game, No. 5 Boston College held its composure and rallied for a 3-2 road victory at No. 13 UMass Lowell.
The turning point in the game was a shorthanded goal by Marc McLaughlin, who buried the rebound of a breakaway by Ron Greco when the Eagles trailed, 2-0.
After another successful penalty kill, Alex Newhook sniped a shot glove side to even the game before Logan Hutsko’s individual effort in the third provided the game-winning goal for the Eagles.
Someone get @justinbieber on the phone!
— Hockey East (@hockey_east) January 18, 2020
Spencer Knight was solid in net for BC making 30 saves.
New Hampshire 4, No. 11 Providence 3
Despite Providence rallying from an early 3-0 deficit, Angus Crookshank’s goal with 3:45 remaining was the difference maker as UNH upset the 11th-ranked Friars, 4-3.
The Wildcats defeat No. 11 Providence, 4-3, and have now won 4 straight games! Angus Crookshank with the game-winner! We host Providence on Saturday at the Whitt presented by @ABMFacilityServ at 7 pm. #BeTheRoar
— UNH Men's Hockey (@UNHMHOCKEY) January 18, 2020
Kohei Sato, Crookshank and Max Gildon spotted the visitors a 3-0 lead early in the game. But not surprisingly, the host Friars rallied on goals by two goals by Vimal Sukumaran sandwiched around a Parker Ford tally.
Crookshank’s 12th of the season, though, was the difference maker giving the Wildcats the chance to sweep the home-and-home series on Saturday.
St. Cloud State 2, #8 Minnesota Duluth 1
In a renewal of an old WCHA/somewhat-new NCHC rivalry, St. Cloud State upset eight-ranked Minnesota Duluth, 2-1.
Chase Brand’s second-period goal was the difference maker as David Hrenak stopped 32 shots to earn the victory.
— The NCHC (@TheNCHC) January 18, 2020
It is the fifth straight loss for the Bulldogs in St. Cloud.