Monday, March 14, 2011

Men's Hockey: ECAC Playoffs Update 5 and 6

A combined look at all of Saturday and Sunday's actions

Hanover, NH- On Saturday night, the Dartmouth Big Green got a new lease on life as they picked up a 2-1 OT win. The Big Green benefited from a couple of lineup changes, as Adam Estoclet, moved up to the first line, made it 1-0 Dartmouth. Harvard answered back in the second as Michael Biega netted a power play goal. The game headed to OT, where Harvard got the first flurry of shots but Dartmouth scored on their lone shot as Andrew Owsiak,  just inserted into the lineup, had his shot deflected past Ryan Carroll for the game winner.
On Sunday afternoon, a lengthy delay to fix a leaking coolant pipe delayed the game an hour and a half, yet the two teams came out with an abundance of energy. Alex Fallstrom rifled home a shot in the slot to give Harvard the 1-0 lead. Doug Jones answered in the first minute of the second, the first Harvard PP goal given up in the postseason. Michael Del Mauro put Harvard back in the lead in the third period but Dartmouth tied things up with Matthew Lindblad getting on the board. Harvard came close to taking back the lead but James Mello raised his pad to just manage a blind save by an inch and Dartmouth then came the other way and scored on their own scramble as Evan Stephens blasted one home to give Dartmouth his first lead of the game. Dartmouth scored its third straight as Lindblad scored on the power play. Harvard pulled Ryan Carroll with three minutes left and drew a power play on a Doug Jones cross-check. Alex Fallstrom scored for Harvard but with only 20.6 seconds left. The Crimson kept the net empty and drew another power play, an Estoclet slash, but with only 4.5 seconds left, the Crimson lost the faceoff and the game, ending their season.

Schnectady, NY- On Saturday night, Union jumped out to a two goal lead but Colgate responded with a big third period to even the series. Union scored a goal in each of the first two periods, but the Raiders added four straight in the third period. Robbie Bourdon netted the game winner and Colgate sealed it with an empty netter.
On Sunday night, both teams headed to overtime knowing the next goal meant Atlantic City. Andrew Buote got on the board for Union in the first, then the teams combined for three power play goals in the second to knot things at two all. Kelly Zajac added a goal for Union but Colgate answered with less than three minutes to send things to OT. There, Wade Poplawski completed the upset as the 12th seeded Raiders dispatched their second-straight Capital District team on the road and punched their ticket to Atlantic City.

Ithaca, NY- On Saturday night, a goaltending duel saw only one goal scored, Jeremy Langlois unassisted in the first period for Quinnipiac as the Bobcats knotted their series with Cornell at 1. Eric Hartzell made 24 saves in the 1-0 shutout while Andy Iles made 30 saves on 31 shots in the losing effort.
On Sunday night, the two teams required an extra period to decide who would head to Atlantic City. Patrick Kennedy scored a power play goal in the first and Joe Devin added to the hosts lead to make it 2-0 heading into the third. Quinnipiac responded with a two goal third period as they scored two goals in four minutes and forced OT. Over halfway through the first OT, Joe Devin added his second goal to send Cornell to Boardwalk Hall.

New Haven, CT- On Saturday night, the Yale Bulldogs cruised away from St. Lawrence with three unanswered in the second period on the way to a 5-2 victory. After both teams traded goals in the first, Yale put three on the board until Nick Pitsokoulis could get one back for the visitors. The Elis sealed the deal with a goal from Broc Little in the third to send the series to a game three.
On Sunday night, Yale netted two power play goals in the span of five minutes of the first period and never looked back as they coasted to a 4-0 win to eliminate St. Lawrence. Cahill and O'Neill had the PP tallies in the first while Limbert and Little added two more in the second. Ryan Rondeau made 21 saves to earn the shutout.

Three Stars of Saturday
1. Eric Hartzell, Qunnipiac- 24 saves, shutout
2. Andy Iles, Cornell- 30 saves, 1 GA
3. Andrew Owsiak, 1 G, GWG

Three Stars of Sunday
1. Joe Devin, Cornell- 2 G, GWG
2. Matt Lindblad, Dartmouth- 2 G, GWG
3. Alex Fallstrom, Harvard- 2 G

ECAC Semifinals Set
The Winner Takes All, Best of One "Series" are as follows from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City:
12. Colgate vs. 2. Yale - Friday, March 18th at 4:30 pm
4. Cornell vs. 3. Dartmouth- Friday, March 18th at 7:30pm

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