Roundup: Turnaround Teams Share Saturday Spotlight

Roundup: Turnaround Teams Share Saturday Spotlight

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Roundup: Turnaround Teams Share Saturday Spotlight

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It was a night of turnarounds for a number of teams.

Boston University was just one of the bigger teams to bounce back off a Friday loss, though its turnaround wasn't as "pure" as the others, perhaps, because it only lost in overtime the first game of the weekend.

Nevertheless, it was the second straight week that BU had a big rebound on Friday. Last week, the Terriers got walloped, 9-2, by Michigan, only to rally for a 3-2 win at Yost Arena on Saturday.

“Another good response from our team," BU coach Jay Pandolfo said. "We didn’t play our best (Friday) night, we expected to get a response from our group. I think our leaders led the way tonight and I thought we set the tone in the first period. I thought we came out and were hungry right away, we were on the attack. We got away from it a little bit in the second. Then when we’re up in the third, they’re gonna push a little bit. We weathered the storm there in the third and it was a big win for us.”

This week's turnaround wasn't as dramatic, following the OT loss with a 5-2 win Saturday, but it did give the Huskies their first loss of the season. And BU was pretty dominant throughout as well.

“I think our structure was really good," Pandolfo said. "I think we got pucks out right away and got out on the attack and that’s what we talked about. We needed to be better in the d-zone, closing out plays quickly and in transition, that’s what we did tonight.”

Matt Brown scored twice, including a 5-on-3 goal in the second period, and BU outshot UConn, 43-26.

“We didn’t deserve to win the game tonight," UConn coach Mike Cavanaugh said. "They had a great first period, us only being down 1-0 was a positive for us going into the second. I thought we played better in the second period, but silly penalty puts us down five-on-three and it was undisciplined. We still kept fighting. Even at 4-1, I liked our energy. It was a lot of penalties but we still made it 4-2 and almost made it 4-3 on a shorthanded breakaway. We had some good looks five-on-four, but basically Boston University was the better team tonight, they deserved to win.”

With No. 1 goaltender Drew Commesso still on the shelf with a hamstring injury, Vinny Duplessis earned a third straight start for the Terriers. He let up a somewhat soft goal in OT in Friday's loss, but bounced back strong.

“Vinny, he’s a gamer," Pandolfo said. "Like I’ve talked about him before, he’s ready to play every night. He’s a competitive kid, he loves being in the net and again tonight he made some huge saves for us. Obviously at the end of the game we gave up a couple of breakaways and he was right there to stop them.”

North Dakota 5, Minnesota 4 (OT)   1 2 3 OT F North Dakota 0 4 0 1 5 Minnesota 0 3 1 0 4 Full Box

North Dakota is certainly playing entertaining games this year. Coach Brad Berry may wish his team were a bit less entertaining and living on the edge, but he'll take this OT win at Mariucci.

Last week, North Dakota overcame a 4-1 deficit to Quinnipiac on Friday, took a lead, lost the lead, then lost in overtime. Saturday, Quinnipiac dominated.

This week, North Dakota lost a late lead and lost in overtime again. But this time, Saturday was a much better response than last week's.

Still, it was not for the faint of heart. After a scoreless first period, then falling behind 2-0, the Fighting Hawks scored four goals in 3:54 to take a 4-2 lead. Then they watched in horror as the Gophers tied it up again, with Jimmy Snuggerud getting the equalizer 6:30 into the third period, his fifth of the season.

This time, Mark Senden scored his second of the game, 2:21 into OT, to give North Dakota the win.

It was a wild game that have everything, befitting these two storied rivals. There was goals, great plays, and a lot of rough stuff — even chippy stuff.

"This series has a lot of history to it with moments like these. There's nothing like it in college hockey," Senden said to the Grand Forks Herald.

The Gophers outshot North Dakota, 41-20.

"I give our guys credit because outside of that little window, our guys battled tonight," Minnesota coach Bob Motzko said. "We played some good hockey. It was unfortunate that it turned out the way it did."

Both ND standout Tyler Kleven and Minnesota freshman phenom Logan Cooley were tossed from this game after major penalties.

Western Michigan 4, Notre Dame 0

One night after Notre Dame goaltender Ryan Bischel shut out the Broncos, WMU's Cameron Rowe returned the favor.

Rowe needed 22 saves for his third career shutout, as WMU improved to 5-2. Rowe had a solid season two years ago for a Wisconsin team that went to the NCAA Tournament, but last season, the whole team struggled and his save percentage plummeted to .861. He decided to transfer to Western Michigan, where he has found new life.

Meanwhile, junior defenseman Cedric Fiedler scored the first two goals of his college career, getting both 2:42 apart in the first period. The other two goals were also scored by a defenseman, Zam Galambos, who has already equaled a career high with five goals this season. He had five last year while playing for American International.

Alaska-Anchorage 3, Northern Michigan 1

UAA won its first game after returning from a two-year hiatus, then lost the next four, including last night's 9-1 throttling at the hands of NMU. But it finally got back in the win column Saturday, with a strong rebound game.

NMU threatened to run away with things again, going up 1-0 and outshooting UAA, 18-8, in the first period. But Seawolves goalie Nolan Kent kept his team in it, and Connor Marritt scored his fourth of the season late in the first period — a huge goal that set the tone for the rest of the game.

Clarkson transfer Jamie Collins got the game winner with 4:04 remaining in the game.

"I was proud of the character our team showed tonight," UAA coach Matt Shasby said. "Nolan played an excellent game against his old squad. This is a great win against a very good opponent. The win will give us some momentum going into the bye week, and as we start to prepare for Air Force."

Colgate 5, Merrimack 3

Colgate is another example of a team that had a Friday-Saturday turnaround two weekends in a row.

Last week, playing in Tempe as Arizona State opened its new arena, the Raiders were shut out Friday, then returned the favor Saturday. This week, similarly, Merrimack dominated Friday's game in a win, but Colgate bounced back with the first four goals of Saturday's game, before the Warriors made a late rally to make it close.

Carter Gylander made 35 saves and held on despite two extra attacker goals by Merrimack in the third period.

“Disapointing result,” Merrimack coach Scott Borek said. “I was happy with the way we kept playing until the end, but I thought we played sporadically. It was a hard game. It was a physical game. Several times I thought I was watching a WWE match. But once the officials made the decision that the game would be allowed to be played like that, we had to stand up and play that way and we didn’t. So it was disappointing that we didn’t respond in a better way.”

Merrimack had more shot attempts, but Colgate was good at blocking shots, which frustrated Merrimack.

“(Colgate) wasn’t as aggressive on the forecheck,” said Borek, “and I think that’s because we transitioned a lot on Friday night. They sat back more and we got impatient and started sending several players up ice.”

Massachusetts-Lowell 3, Northeastern 2   1 2 3 F Mass.-Lowell 1 1 1 3 Northeastern 1 0 1 2 Full Box

It was just a single game this weekend for both of these teams. The big news here was the absence of superstar Northeastern goalie Devon Levi, who is out with an illness. As a result, freshman Grant Riley started his first college game, and allowed three goals on 17 shots.

Owen Fowler scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to give Lowell a 2-1 lead, and the teams exchanged 4-on-4 goals in the third period.

"Any time you win in this building, they are valuable points come the end of the year," Lowell coach Norm Bazin said. "I thought we had some flashes in the game. I wasn't necessarily satisfied with the whole game. It wasn't a work of art tonight, but there were some positives: scored a shorty, ended up 100 percent on the PK and a couple of guys scored their first of the year. There's still a lot to be worked on. We're a work in progress right now."

Henry Welsch continues to alternate in net with Alaska transfer Gustavs Davis Grigals. Each has a save percentage above .920.

"Goaltending was good, no question," Bazin said. "We usually don't get limited to 17 shots, but at the same time, it happens. It's a long season. You're not going to be at your best every night. You need goaltending. [Henry] was there for us."