Mass. College Hockey: Power Play Goals Lift No. 5 BC Past No. 7 Harvard In Beanpot Semifinal

Boston College freshman Casey Fitzgerald netted the quickest goal in the last 10 years of the Beanpot as the Eagles beat Harvard in Monday's semifinal. (Photo Credit: BCHeights.com)
Boston College freshman Casey Fitzgerald netted the quickest goal in the last 10 years of the Beanpot as the Eagles beat Harvard in Monday’s semifinal. (Photo Credit: BCHeights.com)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of second period power play goals by sophomore Zach Sanford and freshman Colin White proved to be the difference as the fifth-ranked Boston College Eagles defeated seventh-ranked Harvard University, 3-2, in the 64th Boston Beanpot semifinals on Monday evening at the T.D. Garden.

With the win, the Eagles will compete in their 35th championship in program history. Boston College will face either ninth-ranked Boston University or Northeastern University next Monday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The Crimson will compete in the consolation game with puck drop scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Boston College freshman Casey Fitzgerald provided the Eagles with an early lead, potting his third goal of the season at 1:35 in the opening stanza. Fitzgerald’s goal was the quickest marker since Bryan Ewing lit the lamp 10 years earlier as a member of the BU Terriers.

Harvard, which did not register a single shot for close to 10 minutes, capitalized on its initial attempt as freshman Ryan Donato netted his first-ever Beanpot goal after racing into the Eagles zone at 9:47. Classmate Adam Baughman pushed the Crimson ahead, 2-1, minutes later as he slid the puck past BC junior goalie Thatcher Demko at 14:44. The goal marked Baughman’s initial collegiate marker.

The Crimson would not locate the back of the net for the remainder of the game as Demko turned aside 21 shots. Harvard sophomore goaltender Merrick Madsen denied 30 shots, including 13 attempts in the final session.

“(Boston College) played a strong game and were really able to limit us. (We) didn’t get the amount of zone time and possession of the puck that we needed (so we could) create more offense, so give them a lot of credit for (the win), but we’re disappointed and frustrated that we didn’t execute a lot of the things we needed to do to be more successful,” said Harvard head coach Ted Donato.

Monday’s win marked Boston College’s 12th consecutive victory against Harvard in the Beanpot, while head coach Jerry York improves to 14-1 against the Crimson.

“It was a good test for us,” York said following his team’s 18th win of the season. “I thought Harvard gave us all we could handle tonight, I thought the ability for us to kill (a late third period) penalty was a major factor, and then our five versus six – we never really let them get settled coming up the ice, so those are kind of key parts of the game.”

Mass. College Hockey: Amherst Men’s Hockey Tops ‘Noontime Top 5’ Week 1

By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first-time in NoontimeSports.com history, we will be producing a weekly top-5 team poll that will highlight NCAA Division III hockey (men and women) in the state of Massachusetts.

With the 2015-16 season set to commence this week, we kick-off our weekly and first-ever poll with Amherst College, topping our Men’s Hockey ‘Top-5’ for Week One. Babson College, Williams College, Nichols College and UMass Boston rounded out the five-team poll with second, third, fourth and fifth placements, respectively, while Curry College and Endicott College each earned votes.

PROGRAM NOTE: As stated above, we will be posting our ‘Top-5’ poll every Tuesday throughout the season, however, we encourage you to engage with our weekly projections by tweeting your weekly picks to @NoontimeSports. 

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Week One (Oct. 27 – Nov. 2):

1. Amherst College: The Jeffs came within one game of the NCAA Division III National Championship last season, but should be one of the top teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), along with defending national champion Trinity College (Conn.). The Jeffs ranked second in the conference in defense and third in scoring offense last season. Sophomore David White returns after an impressive freshman year, which concluded with 20 goals and 15 assists. Amherst will commence its 2015-16 season on Friday, November 20 when they Hamilton College for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.

2. Babson College: The Beavers have turned the page from their overtime setback to Norwich University last season in the conference tournament championship. Babson returns senior goaltender Jamie Murray, who enjoyed a few days of N.H.L. experience in July at the Tampa Bay Lightning Development Camp, so expect that few-day period of summer hockey to be on display all season. Additionally, Babson returns senior Mike Vollmin (four goals, 19 assists) and junior Bill Seligman (15 goals, nine assists). Babson begins its season on Friday, October 30 against Hobart at home at 7:00 p.m.

3. Williams College: A one-goal setback in the conference championship to rival Amherst concluded Williams’ season last March. Seven months later, the Ephs will look to rebound, beginning their season on Saturday, November 21 against Bowdoin College in Williamstown at 7:00 p.m. Sophomore David Italiano returns after finishing second on the team with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists).

4. Nichols College: Picked to capture the ECAC East crown, the Bison will kick-off their season on Friday, October 30 by traveling to Vermont to face Norwich for 7:00 p.m. face-off. First-year head coach Parker Burgess inherits an impressive unit, which features senior goaltender Alex Larson, who finished last season first in the nation in save percentage (.952). Additionally, the Bison’s offense will be fueled by seniors Tyler BeasleyFrank Butler and Paul Prescott 

5. UMass Boston: Following one of their most successful seasons in program history, the Beacons return to the ice with questions on offense, especially with graduation losses of Stephen Buco (16 goals, 32 assists) and Mike Kuhn (12 goals, 20 assists). Sophomore Colin Larkin finished fourth on the team in points (10 goals, 17 assists) and will be counted on to guide the offense, while senior Billy Faust and Zach Andrews split time between the pipes. UMass Boston begins play on Friday, October 30 when they host Curry College at 7:00 p.m.

Receiving Votes: Curry College and Endicott College

Frozen Four: Boston University Captures Northeast Regional (Roundup)

By Matt Noonan 

Boston University punched its ticket to the ‘Frozen Four’ – TD Garden in Boston, Mass. – as the Terriers defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2, on Saturday evening in the second round of the NCAA Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena.

BU’s Evan Rodrigues netted two goals, including the game-winner at 17:36 in the third period – his 21st strike of the season – which secured the Terriers a return trip to the TD Garden.

BU's Evan Rodrigues netted a pair of goals, which lifted the Terriers past Minnesota-Duluth this evening, 3-2, in the Northeast Regional Final. (Photo Credit: BU.edu)
BU’s Evan Rodrigues netted a pair of goals, which lifted the Terriers past Minnesota-Duluth this evening, 3-2, in the Northeast Regional Final. (Photo Credit: BU.edu)

Last weekend, the Terriers earned back-to-back wins at the Garden on Causeway Street, downing New Hampshire and UMass Lowell en route to winning the Hockey East crown. BU secured the top spot in their region and rallied to defeated Yale yesterday, 3-2, in overtime.

Rodrigues opened the scoring for the Red and White in the opening stanza by locating the back of the Bulldogs’ cage at 7:17 in the first period. Minnesota-Duluth responded Willie Raskob, who scored his fourth goal of the season, which made it 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Matt Lane pushed BU ahead, 2-1, at 3:32 in the second period, but again, the Bulldogs countered with Kyle Osterberg that made it 2-2 after two periods of play.

Matt O’Connor picked up his 24th win between the pipes, deflecting 27 shots, including 11 attempts in both the first and second period. Kasimir Kaskisuo concluded his season 18-14-3 and with 27 saves.

Before BU captured the regional finals, Boston College fell to Denver, 5-2, in the East Regional Semifinal in Providence, Rhode Island.

Will Butcher and Grant Arnold each lit the lamp for Denver during the final stanza that pushed the Pioneers ahead for good. Michael Matheson and Ryan Fitzgerald netted the Eagles’ goals.

In South Bend, Indiana, Jimmy Vesey brought Harvard within one-goal of Nebraska-Omaha early in the third period (2-1), but the Mavericks dashed the Crimson’s potential rally, potting back-to-back open-net goals to secure the win (4-1), their first-ever in NCAA Tournament play.

Frozen Four: Boston University’s O’Regan Lifts Terriers Past Yale In OT

Boston University junior Danny O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) netted the game-winning goal on Friday that lifted the Terriers past Yale in the Northeast Region Semifinal. (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)
Boston University junior Danny O’Regan (Needham, Mass.) netted the game-winning goal on Friday that lifted the Terriers past Yale in the Northeast Region Semifinal. (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By Matt Noonan 

Boston University’s Danny O’Regan lifted the Terriers past the Yale University Bulldogs in the Northeast Regional Semifinal on Friday afternoon in Manchester, New Hampshire with an overtime goal – his 22nd of the season – that extended the Red and White’s campaign for an additional day.

BU will face the winner of Minnesota/Minnesota-Duluth tomorrow (Mar. 28) at the Verizon Wireless Center, face-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

O’Regan’s game-clinching tally occurred 7:27 into the extra session as he buried a rebound over Yale’s netminder Alex Lyon following assists from Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues.

BU trailed, 1-0, after two sessions as Nate Repensky provided the Bulldogs with a one-goal advantage – a power play strike – at 13:19 in the second period. Ahti Oksanen evened the score with an even-strength goal at 8:21 before Rodrigues provided the Terriers with their initial lead at 11:20, scoring off a pass from O’Regan.

Yale tied the game at 2-2 as Frankie DiChiara sailed the puck past Matt O’Connor at 13:12.

O’Connor, who improved to 23-3-4 between the pipes for the Terriers, blocked 21 shots, including 12 in the second period. Lyon, who concluded his team’s season with a 17-10-5 mark in net, turned away 39 shots – 11 in the opening period, 11 in the second stanza and 12 in the third session.

Rodrigues and O’Regan paced BU with two points (one goal, one assist) and Yale’s DiChiara ended his season with one goal and one assist.

BU entered the Frozen Four following back-to-back wins last weekend in the Hockey East Tournament, downing University of New Hampshire and University of Massachusetts-Lowell in the semifinal and finals. The Terriers earned the top seed in the Northeast Regional. This is the 33rd year in program history that the Terriers have competed in the NCAA Tournament with their last championship occurring in 2009 – their fifth in program history.

Mass. College Hockey: Friday Night Roundup (Scores/Highlights)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Despite the cold temperatures and snowy conditions, Friday was a busy afternoon and evening in the Division III college hockey world. Below is a roundup of the local contests, including scores from around New England.

Men’s Ice Hockey Results:

No. 1 Norwich 6, No. 11 Babson 1 – Entering the third period with a one-goal lead, the Cadets ballooned their advantage with four tallies to secure a season-sweep of the Beavers. Tim Searles netted the Beavers’ lone goal at 7:52 in the second period. Jamie Murray – Babson’s netminder – turned away 29 of 34 shots.

No. 6 UMass Boston 6, St. Michael’s 5 (OT): Mike Miller potted the game-winning goal at 3:42 in overtime to lift the Beacons to their 20th win of the season – 15th in ECAC East play. Matt Lemire netted a pair of goals, while Dan Cornell, Tyler Bishop and Stephen Buco recorded two assists, respectively.

Middlebury 2, Williams 0: Evan Neugold and Ronald Fishman each lit the lamp for the Panthers as Middlebury skated past Williams in Vermont. The Ephs recorded 22 shots, including 10 during the final stanza, and goalie Sean Dougherty deflected 34 of 36 shots.

Men’s Ice Hockey Local Scores/New England Scores:

No. 5 Trinity (Conn.) 5, Bowdoin 4

No. 12 Amherst 4, Conn. College 0

Tufts 3, Hamilton 3 (OT)

Wesleyan 2, Colby 1 (OT)

Saint Anselm 2, Southern Maine 1

Castleton State 4, Skidmore 1

New England Coll. 1, University of New England 0

Women’s Ice Hockey Roundup:

No. 3 Middlebury 2, Williams 1: Maddie Winslow’s power play goal at 9:12 in the second period proved to be the difference as the Panthers defeated the Ephs in Williamstown. Eliza Noyes netted Williams’ lone goal at 7:31 in the second period.

Holy Cross 5, UMass Boston 0: Francesca Panarelli recorded one goal and two assists, Erin Hall registered one goal and one assist as the Crusaders defeated the Beacons in Boston.

Women’s Ice Hockey Local Scores/New England Scores:

Castleton State 3, University of New England 2

Bowdoin 1, Hamilton 1 (OT)

Colby 2, Wesleyan 1 (OT)

Salve Regina 4, Nichols 0

Saint Anselm 3, St. Michael’s 0

Manhattanville 1, New England College 0

* Franklin Pierce 5, Plymouth State 1

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Evening Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

A variety of regular season and conference tournament contests occurred this evening and below is their outcomes.

Men’s Ice Hockey: 

* Notre Dame 2, Boston College 1 (OT)

* UNH 5, Merrimack 2

* BU 4, Northeastern 2

* Vermont 3, UMass Lowell 2

* Bentley 4, AIC 1

* Cornell 3, Harvard 2

* No. 8 Babson 4, No. 13 UMass Boston 2 — Babson advances to next Saturday’s ECAC East Championship vs. Norwich University

* Curry 4, Salve Regina 1 — Curry advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Nichols College

* Williams 7, Colby 3 — Williams advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Amherst College.

* Johnson & Wales 7, Suffolk 0 — J&W advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Wentworth Institute of Technology

* Westfield State 1, Worcester State 0 — Westfield State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals vs. Plymouth State

* Amherst 4, Conn. College 2 — Amherst advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Williams

* Framingham State 7, Fitchburg State 1 — Framingham State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals against Salem State

Mass. College Hockey: Harvard’s Stone Ready For Sochi (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Harvard University’s athletic department recently produced a quick interview, which can be seen on their YouTube Channel, of women’s ice hockey head coach Katey Stone, who’ll be coaching Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Stone talks about the opportunity, along with her outlook for the games in a video that we’ve provided below.

Team USA’s women’s ice hockey team begins their quest for a gold medal tomorrow morning (Feb. 8) at 3 a.m. when they take on Finland.