Friday was an up-and-down night for Hockey East member teams as there were some favorable results and then some extremely unfavorable outcomes.
To the surprise of no one, Boston College took just 12 seconds to blow the doors open on a 6-0 shutout victory over hapless Wisconsin. Austin Cangelosi and Colin White each scored twice for the Eagles, who bounced back from Sunday's ugly loss at Rensselaer.
On the other end of the spectrum, Northeastern was victimized by Atlantic Hockey's Bentley University. Despite outshooting the Falcons 51-11, the Huskies were 3-2 losers at Matthews Arena.
After an impressive opening night win at Minnesota, Vermont continued its tough stretch to begin the season with a lesser result Friday night. The Catamounts fell behind, 2-0 and 4-1, before eventually losing, 4-3, to Nebraska Omaha. It was a tough night for the top line that went a combined -4.
On banner night in Providence, the Friars easily dispatched of Holy Cross, 4-1. Mark Jankowski and Jake Walman led the way with a goal and an assist each while Nick Ellis stopped 31 of 32 shots faced for his second win of the young season. A defenseman had a hand in three of the four goals, a trend that will likely continue throughout the season.
Maine continued to exhibit signs that its team defense could be much improved. Rob McGovern made 28 saves as the Black Bears skated to a 1-1 tie at Union in Schenectady, NY. Brian Morgan's second goal of the season evened the score with 5:56 to play in the third period. It's the third consecutive tie to start the season for Red Gendron's squad.
Merrimack proved Mark Dennehy's preseason statements correct, at least for a night. The Warriors scored seven times en route to a 7-1 win over a typically stingy Clarkson defense. Seven different Merrimack players had multi-point nights.
St. Lawrence, Merrimack's opponent Saturday, blew a 2-0 lead at New Hampshire, but pulled out the victory in overtime, 3-2. The Wildcats scored while shorthanded and on the power play to pull even in the third period.
Perhaps the ugliest game of the night was turned in by Boston University. Fortunately for the Terriers, there was a silver lining. The game didn't count and the three stars of the game were handed out to three future Terriers. BU lost 7-4 at the hands of the US Under-18 Team. Clayton Keller (three assists), Jake Oettinger (41 saves) and Kieffer Bellows (two goals, one assist) took home the honors.
Notre Dame started off its season with a 7-5 win at Penn State. New York Rangers prospect Steven Fogarty had a hat trick and added an assist. Linemates Mario Lucia, one goal and two assists, and Sam Herr, three assists, also had big nights.
Connecticut made quick work of Division I newcomer Arizona State. Spencer Naas had two goals and Max Letunov added two assists for the Huskies, who won 5-1.
UMass Lowell fought off a pesky Colorado College team to improve to 2-0-0. The River Hawks outshot the Tigers, 55-18, but needed a late third period goal from Ryan McGrath for a 3-2 victory.
Dennis Kravchenko provided all the offense and Henry Dill made 36 saves to help guide Massachusetts to a 5-2 triumph over Atlantic Hockey upstart Sacred Heart. Kravchenko's hat trick was the second by a UMass player in three games to start the season. Keith Burchett and Dominic Trento also added goals for the 3-0-0 Minutemen.
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