Redshirt junior Jason Kasdorf sparkled in the RPI net Sunday, making 36 saves to backstop the Engineers to a 2-1 upset victory over No. 1 Boston College. RPI clung to their lead down the stretch with the Eagles applying pressure, and Kasdorf made it stand with a fantastic diving save with two minutes left to thwart a pretty 3-way passing play.
Kasdorf’s confidence and composure in the Sunday matinee victory will likely need to be a common theme for an RPI program that was picked to finish no higher than eighth place in ECAC preseason polls.
Kasdorf, who made 35 saves in Friday’s 3-0 season-opening loss at Lowell, enters a weekend road trip to Fairbanks for the Brice Alaska Gold Rush with a 1-1 record, 2.00 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. The Engineers kick things off Friday evening against Alaska-Anchorage.
Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) scored his first-ever NCAA goal Friday as No. 1 Boston College skated to a 5-1 win at Army. Early in the third period, Brown gave the Eagles a 4-0 advantage when Alex Tuch (MIN) found him in the slot for the quick deposit.
The goal was a great sign for Brown, who went without a marker in his final 27 USHL games last season including the playoffs. The freshman centerman wrapped up the weekend with an even rating in the loss at RPI. Next up for Boston College is a Friday tilt with Wisconsin.
Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) scored his first goal of the year as No. 7 Providence began the defense of their national title with a 7-3 win at No. 11 Miami. Florentino gave the Friars 3-1 lead late in the first period when he tucked a wrist shot underneath the crossbar from the high left circle.
On Saturday, the blueliner produced one shot on goal as the teams played to a 2-2 tie. The Friars continue the non-conference schedule on Friday when they host Holy Cross.
Sophomore Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) scored in consecutive games for the first time in his collegiate career as No. 17 St. Cloud State earned a pair of wins at the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage, Alaska. On Friday, Peterson went to the crease for a late strike to close out the Huskies’ 3-0 blanking of Alaska-Fairbanks. Peterson connected for a shorthanded marker on Saturday to cap a 6-2 decision over Alaska-Anchorage.
Peterson’s teammate Will Borgen (2015, fourth round) emerged from his first two regular season skates with an even rating and one shot on goal as St. Cloud State swept their games in Alaska. The freshman rearguard will pursue his first collegiate point when the Huskies open a non-conference set with Minnesota State on Friday.
Budding power forward Hudson Fasching notched one shot on goal as No. 9 Minnesota opened the season with a 3-0 loss to Vermont. The Gophers next meet in-state rival Minnesota-Duluth for a home-and-home set beginning Friday at Mariucci Arena.
Freshman defender Ivan Chukarov (2015, seventh round) came away with one shot on goal and a plus-1 rating as Massachusetts earned the weekend sweep at Colorado College by scores of 6-3 and 4-3.
The Minutemen next host Sacred Heart on Friday.
In exhibition action, Cal Petersen(2013, fifth round) made 33 saves Sunday as Notre Dame played to a 2-2 tie with Team USA Under-18. The sophomore netminder played the second half of Friday’s meeting with Guelph, stopping nine of 11 shots in a 7-5 win.
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) rang up two assists and three shots on goal Friday as Notre Dame held on for the victory over Guelph. The second-year pivot contributed two shots on goal in Sunday’s tie with Team USA Under-18. The Fighting Irish get their regular season started Friday at Penn State.
Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) amassed six points last week to catapult Lethbridge to pair of victories. After notching three assists in 5-2 decision over Red Deer on Tuesday, Estephan collected a goal and two assists Friday to earn the game's second star as the Hurricanes cruised past Medicine Hat 7-0.
Estephan started things off with a beautiful assist to set up the game's first goal at 7:28 of the opening period. He buried one of his own late in the middle frame when Tyler Wong found him all alone in front of the net. The top-line centerman, who has nine points in six games, will look to keep the pedal to the metal Wednesday when Lethbridge hosts Regina.
Brycen Martin (2014, third round) added a pair of assists to his stat line Sunday, including one on the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation as Saskatoon edged Swift Current 6-5. On Friday, Martin posted three shots on goal and two minor penalties in a 5-0 loss to the Broncos. Martin is currently tied for fourth in WHL scoring for defenseman with nine points (1+8) through seven contests.
Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) logged a plus-2 rating Tuesday as Kelowna edged Medicine Hat 6-5. The left-shot defender went without a point for the seventh-straight game Friday in a 3-0 loss to Victoria. Currently in second place in the B.C. Division standings, the Rockets will look to return to their winning ways Wednesday versus Red Deer.
Eric Cornel (2014, second round) capped a productive week Sunday with a goal and two helpers as Peterborough earned a 6-4 victory at Flint. The night before, Cornel picked up an assist to help the Petes deliver a 7-2 pounding at Saginaw. The Peterborough captain has two goals and eight points entering Thursday’s contest with undefeated Erie.
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) cashed his third goal of the year Saturday and added an assist for his first multi-point effort of the season as Baie-Comeau earned a 3-2 win over Cape Breton. Karabacek, who recorded a team-high five shots on goal in a 4-2 loss to Moncton on Friday, has collected four points in seven games. Baie-Comeau goes for consecutive victories for the first time this season on Wednesday when they visit Sherbrooke.
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) saw his six-game point streak snapped Thursday as MODO was hammered by Frolunda HC 7-0. The speedy winger was again blanked Saturday, posting one shot on goal in a 3-1 win over Rogle BK. Olofsson continues to lead MODO in scoring with seven points (2+5) through the club’s first eight games.
Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) picked up one shot on goal in each of MODO’s two contests last week as his point drought extended to five games. Possler, who has two points (1+1) while averaging 15:14 of work per night, will look to get back on track offensively Wednesday when MODO hosts Brynas IF.
Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made 24 saves Thursday as Almtuna IS defeated HC Vita Hasten 3-2 in overtime. The 6-foot-4 backstop was unable to go undefeated for the week, allowing five goals on 28 shots in a 5-1 loss to AIK on Saturday. Johansson has started nine of his team’s 11 games, sporting a 5-4 record with a 2.20 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
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