Mass. College Hockey: Friday Evening Roundup
By Matt Noonan
Another evening of college hockey is in the books and below are the highlights.
Men’s Ice Hockey:
Boston College 3, Providence College 2 – Pat Mullane and Steven Whitney each tallied one goal and one assist as the Eagles soared past the Friars in Providence.
UMass Lowell 4, Merrimack College 0 – Derek Arnold netted two goals and Ryan McGrath recorded two assists, which helped the River Hawks blank the Warriors in Lowell.
Maine 3, Northeastern University 1 – Vinny Saponari lone goal in the second didn’t propel the Huskies to victory as the Black Bears deposited the puck three times in the third, which snapped their one-game skid.
Boston University 3, Vermont 1 – Matt Nieto notched his first hat trick of the season, while Danny O’Regan and Evan Rodrigues each recorded two assists as the Terriers topped the Catamounts in Boston.
UMass 2, New Hampshire 2 – John Henrion‘s tally at 19:56 helped the Wildcats force overtime. During the extra session Massachusetts outshot the hosts, 5-4, but couldn’t find the back of the net as the Minutemen and Wildcats skated to a tie. Michael Pereira and Eddie Olczyk each scored goals for the Minutemen, while Steve Mastalerz deflected 32 shots between the pipes.
AIC 2, Bentley University 1 – Alex MacMillian‘s third period strike proved to be the difference as the Yellow Jackets stung the Falcons in Springfield. Joe Campanelli provided the visitors with the lead, but AIC answered with an Adam Pleskach strike roughly 11 minutes later, which evened the score at 1.
Harvard 2, Quinnipiac 1 – Alex Fallstrom‘s overtime strike lifted the Crimson past the Bobcats in the team’s second to last game of the season.
Babson College 4, UMass Boston 3 (OT) – Ryan Smith‘s extra session tally at 3:18 lifted the Beavers past the Beacons in the semifinals of the ECAC East tournament and earned Babson a spot in tomorrow’s title match against Norwich University. UMass Boston led, 3-1 after two sessions, but Babson stormed back and evened the score with two goals in roughly 30 seconds by Mike Driscoll and Jay Haseley, which forced overtime.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
Boston College 2, Maine 1 (OT) – Haley Skarupa netted the game-winning strike at 4:00 in overtime to secure the Eagles a spot in next weekend’s Hockey East semifinals. Maine commenced the quarterfinal match with a goal in the second by Jennifer More before Boston College tied the game in third off Melissa Bizzari‘s 17th strike of the season.
Harvard 3, Dartmouth 0 – Katey Stone collected her 400th win behind the bench as the Crimson cruised past the Big Green in the ECAC quarterfinal matchup. Harvard, which earned its first victory in this best-of-three series, will have two more chances to secure a spot in their conference’s semifinals with a win tomorrow or Sunday.