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: UMass Boston’s Kuhn, Buco Named Concannon Award Semifinalists

By NoontimeSports.com 

Two member of the No. 8/9 UMass Boston men’s ice hockey team – seniors Stephen Buco and Mike Kuhn – have been named semifinalists for the 15th annual Joe colcannon Award, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced Monday morning.

Below is the release about the news from the UMass Boston Sports Information Department:

BOSTON, Mass.—#8/9 UMass Boston men’s hockey seniors Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) and Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) have been named semifinalists for the 15th annual Joe Concannon Award, the Gridiron Club of Great Boston announced Monday morning.

The Beacons’ duo are two of the 18 semifinalists in contention for the honors of being named the top American-born hockey player in New England playing at the Division II/III level. UMass Boston is one of five nationally-ranked Division III squads to have two semifinalists in contention, including ECAC East rivals #1 Norwich University and #8/9 Babson College.

#4/6 Trinity College is the lone school to sport three semifinalists, with last year’s Concannon winner Jackson Brewer leading the way for the Bantams.

Buco is enjoying a tremendous first full season in Beacons Blue with a team-high 14 goals, 25 assists and 39 points in 23 contests. He sits second amongst all Division II/III skaters in total points and ranks fourth overall with his 1.70 points per contest. His 25 assists also rank second in the nation, while his 1.09 assists per game rank fourth overall. Buco also leads all Concannon award semifinalists and ranks second in the nation with his five game-winning tallies. He has scored a point in nine-straight games heading into the final weekend of the regular season and has recorded at least one point in 21 of the team’s 23 games.

Kuhn might be the biggest surprise on the list, after slowly developing into a top-flight offensive threat in his five years as a Beacon. After recording 27 points in his first three seasons, the senior captain ranks third in the ECAC East and tied for 13th nationally with his 29 points. He sits second on the roster with his 18 assists and 29 points and leads the Beacons with his +25 +/- rating. In addition to sitting tied for first on the team with his four power-play tallies, Kuhn also ranks tied for third nationally with his four game-winning goals. The senior has recorded at least one point in 18 different contests and has five multi-point games thus far.

The Gridiron Club plans to announce the finalists and winner of the 15th Joe Concannon Award in March, prior to the start of NCAA Frozen Four Tournament play and present the award during the New England Hockey Writers dinner in April.

The Gridiron Club established the Joe Concannon Award in 2001 to honor the late Concannon, a lifelong devotee of college hockey and, as a journalist, a staunch advocate for the amateur athletes he knew and covered. A native of Litchfield, Conn., Concannon graduated from Boston University in 1961 and served as sports information director at the College of the Holy Cross before joining the Boston Globe in the late 1960s to cover college sports.

Mass. College Hockey: Local Squads Earn Spots In NCAA D3 Tournament

By NoontimeSports.com

The NCAA unveiled its pairings for the upcoming NCAA Division 3 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, which begins this Wednesday, March 12.

Three local squads will be competing in the tournament following conference tournament championship victories yesterday.

Nichols College and Salem State will begin their quests toward Lewiston, Maine with opening round matchups. The Bison will face-off against Geneseo State, while the Vikings will battle Norwich University. Both contests are on the road.

The winner of Salem State vs. Norwich will take on either Nichols or Geneseo State in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 15.

Babson College earned a first-round bye and will host the winner of Bowdoin College vs. Oswego State in the quarterfinals.

No times have been announced for the first round or quarterfinals.

Mass. College Hockey: ECAC East Unveils Men’s Tournament Pairings

UMass Boston's men's ice hockey team will begin its quest toward an ECAC East crown on Saturday when they host University of New England. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
UMass Boston’s men’s ice hockey team will begin its quest toward an ECAC East crown on Saturday when they host University of New England. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The ECAC East men’s ice hockey tournament pairings were released today and two local squads (Babson College and UMass Boston) will be participating in the eight-team playoff. 

Babson secured the second spot and will face-off against No. 7 Southern Maine on Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at the Babson Skating Rink.

UMass Boston earned the third seed and will host University of New England on Saturday at 3 p.m. Similar to Babson, UMass Boston will host the game at the Clark Athletic Center.

The winner of both contests will meet in the semifinals on Saturday, March 1. No location or time has been announced for that game.

Babson enters the tournament with a 13-3-2 conference mark, while UMass Boston finished with a 9-5-4 record against ECAC East foes.

Mass. College Hockey: Babson, UMass-Boston Earns Spots On D3Hockey.com Preseason Poll

By Matt Noonan

Both Babson College and UMass-Boston each earned spots on the D3Hockey.com Men’s Top-15: Preseason Poll, which was released earlier this week

The Beacons were selected as the ninth best team in the country, while Babson checked in as the 12th best team. 

UMass-Boston enters the 2013-14 season following a 19-6-2 overall record and 11-5-2 mark in ECAC East play. Babson ended its 2012-13 slate 18-7-5 and 10-5-3, along with an ECAC East Conference Championship. 

The Beavers defeated the Beacons in the ECAC East semifinals before they edged Norwich University in the conference championship, 2-1. The Cadets, who had lost three games last year to the Beavers, defeated Babson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Both Babson and UMass Boston will commence their seasons on Saturday, November 2, as the Beavers host Curry College, while the Beacons travel to UMass Dartmouth. 

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