Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Roundup

Johnny Gaudreau recorded six points against the Catamounts, which helped the Eagles conclude the regular season with a win! (Photo Credit: ESPN)
Johnny Gaudreau recorded six points against the Catamounts, which helped the Eagles conclude the regular season with a win! (Photo Credit: ESPN)

By Matt Noonan 

There were some important games that occurred on Saturday and below are their summaries.

Men’s Ice Hockey

UMass 3, Merrimack College 0 – Conor Allen assisted on two of his team’s three goals, while Adam PhillipsConor Sheary and Colin Shea each recorded one goal for the Minutemen.

UMass Lowell 4, Providence College 1 – Scott Wilson and Josh Holmstrom each recorded two points (one goal, one assist) as the River Hawks defeated the Friars and claimed their first Hockey East regular season crown.

Boston University 5, Northeastern University 0 – Danny O’Regan finished the contest with three points (one goal, two assists), Sahir Gill added two points (two goals) as the Terriers dominated the Huskies in Boston.

Boston College 7, Vermont 2 – Johnny Gaudreau recorded a season-best six points (two goals, four assists), Bill Arnold registered four points (two goals, two assists) as the Eagles soared past the Catamounts in Vermont.

RIT 7, American International 1  Chris Porter was the only player to light the lamp for AIC as his shot in the third brought the Yellow Jackets within three. The Tigers responded with three additional tallies, which helped the hosts dislodge the Yellow Jackets from the first round of the Atlantic Hockey Association.

Dartmouth 4, Harvard 1 – The Big Green forced a rubber match on Sunday as the hosts one second period strike and two third period goals to beat the Crimson. Harvard’s Alex Fallstrom sliced his opponent’s lead with a goal at 8:43 in the second, but that’d be the closest the Crimson would get.

Norwich University 4, Babson College 0 – The Beavers season came to a halt as the Cadets tallied four strikes — two in the first and two in the third, which helped them defeat Babson in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.

Women’s Ice Hockey

Boston University 4, Providence College 0 – Louise Warren netted the Terriers third and fourth goals in the second, which secured the Terriers a spot in tomorrow’s Hockey East championship. Sarah Lefort and Marie-Philip Poulin each netted a goal in the victory.

Northeastern University 4, Boston College 1 – Kendall Coyne recorded her 36th goal of the season, Casey Pickett registered her 21st as the Huskies topped the Eagles in the Hockey East semifinals.

Harvard 4, Clarkson 2 – Mary Parker recorded three points (two goals, one assist), Jillian Dempsey finished with two points (one goal, one assist) as the Crimson defeated the Golden Knights in the ECAC semifinals in Ithaca College. Harvard will face-off against Cornell University tomorrow in the conference championship at 1:00 p.m.

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Afternoon/Evening Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another day of college hockey in the Bay State is in the books and below are some highlights.

Men’s Ice Hockey

UMass Lowell 3, Boston University 1 – Joseph Pendenza repeated his performance from last night with one goal and one assist as the River Hawks defeated the Terriers in Lowell.

Providence College 3, Northeastern University 2 – Josh Manson‘s power play goal at 9:30 in the third couldn’t spark the Huskies, as the Friars earned a weekend sweep.

UMass 5, Maine 2 – Branden Gracel and Conor Sheary each recorded two points (one goal, one assist) as the Minutemen defeated the Black Bears in Amherst. UMass and Maine were tied at 2 entering the third, but the Minutemen exploded for three strikes during the final frame.

UMass Boston 5, University of New England 2 – Travis Daniel netted one goal and recorded two assists as the Beacons skated past the Nor’easter’s in the first round of the ECAC East tournament. UMass Boston will face-off against Babson College in the semifinals next Friday evening, which will be held in Northfield, Vermont.

Babson College 7, Skidmore 1 Three Beavers finished the contest with three points as Babson beat Skidmore in the ECAC East quarterfinals. Troy Starrett led the Green and White with two tallies, while Pt Donato ended the contest with three assists.

Salve Regina 8, Western New England 4 – The Gulls potted three goals in the second and third periods, which lifted them past the Golden Bears in Springfield College in the first-round of the ECAC Northeast tournament. Alan Martin netted two goals in the setback.

Middlebury College 4, Amherst College 3  Louis Belisle‘s third period strike helped the Panthers sneak past the Lord Jeffs in Amherst in the first round of the NESCAC tournament.

Williams College 2, Colby College 1 – Craig Kitto netted a goal and assisted Nick Anderson as the Ephs defeated the Mules in the first-round of the NESCAC tournament.

Johnson & Wales 6, Curry College 4 – Ian DePasquale registered a hat trick as the Wildcats defeated the Colonels in the ECAC Northeast quarterfinals in Milton.

Women’s Ice Hockey

Boston University 7,  Connecticut 5 – Five Terriers finished  with three points, which secured an important win at home for BU. The Huskies netted four first period goals before the Terriers answered with four strikes in the second, which tied the game at 5, but Kayla Tutino and Jenelle Kohanchuk netted the go-ahead strikes in the third to seal the victory.

Northeastern University 5, Providence College 1 – Casey Pickett recorded two goals and two assists as the Huskies skated past the Friars in Providence.

Clarkson 3, Harvard 1 – Miye D’Oench‘s second period goal couldn’t ignite the Crimson as the Golden Knights defeated Harvard in Cambridge.

UMass Boston 5, Castleton 3 – Emily Larosa finished with three points (two goals, one assist) as the Beacons stunned the Spartans in the first-round of the ECAC East tournament.

Amherst College 5, Hamilton College 1 – Courtney Baranek and Megan Doyen each found the back of the net twice as the Lord Jeffs topped the Continentals in the first-round of the NESCAC tournament.

Sperry Sets BU Record, Terriers Top Northeastern, 4-1 (Press Release)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from the Boston University athletic department — here is tonight’s press release pertaining toward the women’s ice hockey team’s most recent victory against Northeastern University:

BOSTON – Junior goaltender Kerrin Sperry (North Reading, Mass.) made 24 saves to set the new program record for career wins as the No. 3 Boston University women’s ice hockey team defeated No. 8/9 Northeastern, 4-1, on Tuesday night at Matthews Arena.

Sperry broke Allyse Wilcox’s (’09) previous record of 43 wins to improve BU to 4-0-0 on the season and 2-0-0 in league play. It was the second time this season the Terriers’ have defeated a ranked opponent on the road, as they beat then-No.3/4 Boston College, 4-2, to open the season. Northeastern dropped to 4-1-0 on the season and 0-1-0 against conference competition.

Freshman Sarah Lefort scored her league-leading sixth goal of the season, while sophomore Kayla Tutino, senior co-captain Jill Cardella and senior Taylor Holze also lit the lamp. It was another team effort on offense, as eight different skaters got on the score sheet. Cardella (1g, 1a), junior co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin (2a) and senior Kathryn Miller (2a) each had a multi-point night.

It was a tightly checked game throughout the first period, as each team managed five shots apiece. BU killed three penalties in the opening 20 minutes and allowed Northeastern just one shot during its three power plays.

Sperry stood tall in the second period with some great saves. Four of Northeastern’s eight second-period shots were below the circles, including a Kendall Coyne chance at the top of the crease. The junior goaltender also made two great saves off of redirects through traffic.

Tutino staked the Terriers a 1-0 lead on the power play with a nifty redirect of her own. Miller and Poulin played catch at the top of the zone until Poulin finally unloaded a one-timer that Tutino deftly deflected past Husky goaltender Chloe Desjardins (27 saves). Tutino’s third goal of the year came with just 46 seconds remaining in the stanza.

Lefort made it a 2-0 lead just 47 seconds into the final frame. Cardella skated into the offensive zone and had the puck knocked off her stick in the right faceoff circle. Lefort trailed the play nicely, however, and quickly won the puck back before releasing a wrist shot from the near hash mark that beat Desjardins to the top right corner.

Cardella extended the Terriers’ lead at the 9:23 mark on a play that originally started as a clearing attempt. Miller hammered the puck around the boards from behind her own net and Poulin slowed down along the half-wall. She then chased after the puck as it slowed in the Huskies’ zone. Northeastern got caught in a line change and BU took advantage, as Cardella and Lefort joined the play. Poulin corralled the puck and sent a pass to the slot for Cardella, whose wrist shot found the back of the net.

Casey Pickett got a goal back for the Huskies at the end of a power play less than three minutes after Cardella’s goal, but that was the only blemish on Sperry’s record-setting night. She helped backbone three successful penalty kills in the final frame to help preserve the win, making 11 total saves in the period.

Holze capped the scoring for the Terriers with 2:57 remaining in regulation. Junior Louise Warren sent a pass across the top of the crease to Holze, who was in perfect position on the doorstep to knock in her first goal of the year in her first game of the season.

BU will face its third ranked opponent of the year this weekend when No. 2 Cornell comes to Boston for a pair of games. Saturday night’s contest will take place at Agganis Arena at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday matinee at Walter Brown Arena at 2 p.m.

34th Women’s Boston Beanpot Final: Northeastern 4, BU 3 (OT)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – One week ago, Northeastern clinched a spot in the 34th Boston Beanpot championship match when junior Brittnay Esposito notched a game-winning goal in a first round shoot out against Boston College.    

Then, a week after their dramatic win against the Eagles, Northeastern provided their fans with a fairy tale tournament ending when junior Casey Pickett netted a game-winning goal in overtime, which lifted the Huskies past Boston University, 4-3 at the Walter Brown Arena on Tuesday evening.

“As soon I got [the puck], I knew what I wanted to do with it, and I was confident that it was going in, so I guess that helped having confidence,” said an elated Pickett. “It’s a great feeling to know that you made your whole team happy, and I’m glad that I could do that for everyone.”

“It’s great,” said an exuberant Northeastern senior goaltender Florence Schelling, who ended the game with 43 saves between the pipes. “I’m so excited, I can’t even think about it.”

Pickett’s game winning goal was assisted by freshman line-mate Kendall Coyne, (one goal, one assist), who provided the Huskies with their first lead in the second period when she notched her 24th strike of the season past BU sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry, (25 saves).

The Huskies doubled their lead practically two minutes later when freshman Lucie Povova lit the lamp for the seventh time this year to give Northeastern a two-goal advantage.

BU answered literally eight minutes later when freshmen Shannon Stoneburgh and Kayla Tutino tied the game at 2-2.

Once the third period began, both teams ramped up the intensity, and combined for six penalties, which didn’t provide either squad with momentum until BU’s Tutino tallied the go-ahead goal with roughly five minutes left in regulation.

However, BU’s celebration was short lived, as Northeastern responded 33-seconds later when sophomore Sonia St. Martin scored the equalizer, which forced overtime, and another epic tournament finish.

“Once we got that goal right back, I had almost a sense of calm that we were going to win the game,” said Northeastern head coach Dave Flint. “The mood was great in the locker room after regulation going into overtime everyone was positive.”

“I thought that after the third, we had a lot of positive energy in the locker room,” said Pickett. “We bounced back after a late goal by BU, and kind of showed what we’re made of and I think that we all knew we had confidence in each other going into overtime, and we knew that we had it.”

Pickett exhibited some confidence following the face-off, as she recorded the game winner at 5:27 in the extra session after receiving a pass from Coyne, who stole the puck away from a few BU players at center ice.

“Obviously it was one of those goals that was real pretty, and real nice in the OT,” said BU head coach Brian Durocher. “It wasn’t just a fluke or something that fell out of the sky in the back of the net [because] it was a real good hockey play by two super hockey players.”

Northeastern hadn’t won a championship since they defeated Harvard University in 1998, and now has collected 15 Beanpot trophies, which is two more than the Crimson, and 14 more than the Terriers.

“I liked how our team battled,” said Flint. “I think earlier in the year, we might not have come back from [trailing, 3-2], but we’ve matured a lot as a team, and we have a group of girls that really believe in their selves.”