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RANGERS NCAA UPDATE - March 11, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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PHOTO: Al Montoya and the Michigan Wolverines routed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 10-1, on Friday.

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Providence 4 vs. Boston University (Roche) 1
Tyler Sims set a Hockey East Tournament record for saves by a freshman goalie with 51, as he led the seventh-seeded Providence College hockey team to a 4-1 win over second-seeded Boston University in front of 3214 fans at B.U.x's Agganis Arena on Friday night.
For the Friars (12-19-4), it gave them a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series over the nation's eighth-ranked Terriers (21-12-4). The two teams will play at Agganis Arena on Saturday night, and, if necessary, the two teams will conclude the series at Agganis Arena on Sunday night. BU's Kenny Roche registered one shot on goal in the contest.
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UMass-Lowell 2 vs. Maine (Moore, Ryan) 7
The Maine men's ice hockey team came up with four power play goals on the way to a 7-2 win over UMass-Lowell in the first game of the Hockey East Quarterfinals on Friday night at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears seven goals were scored by six different players, with Keith Johnson netting two goals. Maine is 19-11-7 (13-6-5 Hockey East) and UMass-Lowell 20-11-4(14-3-7 Hockey East) following the game. The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at 7:00 pm in the best-of-three series. Rangers prospect Greg Moore tallied his 14th of the season in the win, while freshman teammate Billy Ryan registered two shots on goal.
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Michigan (Montoya) 10 vs. Notre Dame (Walsh) 1
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team took the 1-0 lead in its CCHA first-round series against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tonight (Friday, March 11) at Yost Ice Arena. The 10-1 final came after a single-period season-best effort of seven goals in the second period. The leading scorer was Milan Gajic (Burnaby, B.C.), who tied a career high with four points on two goals and two assists. Eight other Wolverines had multi-point nights. Al Montoya (Glenview, Ill.) opened solidly for the Maize and Blue, repelling the puck on a tough rebound just five minutes into the contest. Montoya finished with 10 saves in the contest before being relieved in the third period, while Michigan improved its winning streak to seven games. Its unbeaten streak is up to 10 games (8-0-2).
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Michigan State (Potter) 2 vs. Miami-Ohio 1
Junior Chad Hontvet (Warroad, Minn.) scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to help lead the Michigan State hockey team (18-15-4 overall, 12-13-3 CCHA) past Miami, 2-1, in game one of its first-round CCHA playoff series, Friday, March 11, 2005, at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans' Corey Potter finished with two penalty minutes and two shots on goal.
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Northern Michigan (Olver) 1 vs. Western Michigan 2
The last time the Northern Michigan University hockey team dropped the first game of the CCHA Playoffs was to Nebraska-Omaha during the 1999-00 season. The Mavericks ended up winning the series in three games. Tonight at the Berry Events Center the Broncos of Western Michigan University got the edge on the 'Cats with the 2-1 win and now lead the best-of-three series 1-0. NMU is now 20-10-7 on the season while the Broncos improve to 14-19-2. NMU standout Darin Olver had two shots on goal in the contest.
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Ohio State (Guenin) 4 vs. Ferris State 2
The No. 7 Ohio State men's hockey team took a 1-0 lead in its CCHA tournament first-round series with Ferris State with a 4-2 victory over the Bulldogs Friday in Value City Arena. The teams will face off in game two at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in VCA, with game three scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Sunday in VCA if necessary. The win improves the Buckeyes' season record to 25-8-4, while the Bulldogs drop to 12-21-4. OSU assistant captain Nate Guenin chipped in with an assist and two penalty minutes.
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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 4 vs. Lake Superior State 3
Joe Grimaldi scored with 6.7 seconds left to give the University of Nebraska-Omaha a 4-3 victory over Lake Superior State in the first round of the CCHA playoffs. With the win, UNO took a 1-0 advantage in the best of three series. The Mavericks escaped with the win after failing to hold on to a 3-0 lead. Mavs goaltender Chris Holt stopped 16 shots in the UNO victory.
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St. Lawrence 0 vs. Harvard (Flynn, Reese) 2
Hobey Baker candidate Dov Grumet-Morris recorded his league-record second career postseason shutout and Jon Pelle tallied a goal and an assist in Harvard's 2-0 victory over St. Lawrence in game one of the ECACHL quarterfinal series on Friday night at the Bright Hockey Center. The Crimson wins its 12th straight home ECACHL Tournament game, and puts St. Lawrence in an elimination tilt Saturday in Cambridge. Both Dylan Reese and teammate Rob Flynn were held off the scoresheet in their team's victory.
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Vermont 2 vs. Dartmouth (Jessiman) 3
Senior captain Lee Stempniak (West Seneca, N.Y.) got his stick down for the game winning tip-in 10:37 into the third period as the Dartmouth men's hockey team defeated Vermont, 3-2, in the first game of the ECACHL quarterfinals. With the win the Big Green has its second 20-win season since Bob Gaudet took over the reins in 1997-98. Dartmouth junior Mike Ouellette (Kamloops, B.C.) had a three-point night enroute to capturing his 100th career point.
Dartmouth (20-11-2) and Vermont (19-12-4) will meet again tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. in the second game of the best of three series. Big Green forward Hugh Jessiman recorded three shots on goal in the game.
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Colorado College (Crabb) 8 vs. St. Cloud State 2
Brett Sterling scored two goals and added an assist to lead Colorado College to an 8-2 win over St. Cloud State in Game 1 of their WCHA first-round playoff series Friday night at the World Arena. CC grabbed an early lead when Marty Sertich scored just 1:22 into the game, but the Huskies tied the game on a power-play goal just under two minutes later. The Tigers broke the game open with five consecutive goals, with Rangers prospect Joey Crabb picking up and assist. The #1 ranked Tigers can finish off St. Cloud tonight in Game Two of the series.
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