Harvard forward Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) made an immediate impact in his return from a three-game absence over the weekend, totaling six points, 10 shots on goal and a plus-5 rating as the Crimson earned the sweep of Rensselaer in ECAC Tournament Quarterfinal action.
On Friday, Malone unloaded a pair of goals plus an assist as the Crimson took game one of the best-of-three series with a 5-2 victory. At 17:02 of the opening frame, Malone gave Harvard a 1-0 lead with a quick wrist shot from the slot. He’d pick up his second of the night with 1:18 left in regulation when he took the puck across the crease and filled the open net to complete the scoring.
Malone posted another three-point night Saturday, snagging the game-winning goal and two assists as Harvard ended RPI's season with an 8-2 blowout victory. The speedy junior netted his 10th goal of the season and third of the weekend when he carved from the left circle into the slot for a backhand finish at 1:35 of the second period.
Malone's big weekend, his second and third three-point games of the season, elevate his totals to 10 goals and 19 points through 25 outings. Malone takes a four-game goal streak into Friday’s ECAC Tournament Semifinal against St. Lawrence.
Junior winger Hudson Fasching produced one assist and four shots on goal Friday as Minnesota dropped a 4-3 decision to Wisconsin in the first game of their final regular season series in Big Ten Hockey conference play.
Fasching led by example and was a force all game long Saturday, with the effort paying off in the third period when he planted in front of the net and batted home a power-play rebound for the game-winning goal and later assisted on an empty-netter as the Gophers claimed the Big Ten regular-season championship with a 4-1 win over the Badgers.
Fasching's two-point night, which included a career-best nine shots on goal, gives him 20 goals and 38 points through 35 games. The Gophers have won 19 games this season, with Fasching securing the game-winner in seven of them.
Minnesota gets a bye into Friday’s Big Ten Hockey Tournament Semifinal, where they’ll meet the winner of a Thursday quarterfinal tilt between Michigan State and Ohio State.
In a Hockey East Quarterfinal, Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) allowed two goals on 22 shots Friday as Notre Dame fell to Northeastern 3-1 in the opener of their best-of-three series. Petersen returned to the crease Saturday but was unable to bounce back, allowing six goals on 34 shots as the Fighting Irish were eliminated from the tournament with a 6-4 loss to the Huskies.
Petersen closes the Hockey East slate with a 19-10-7 record, 2.19 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.
Notre Dame centerman Connor Hurley (2013, second round) contributed four shots on goal in Friday’s loss to Northeastern, and then notched a pair of assists Saturday as the Fighting Irish saw their conference tournament come to an end in the 6-4 defeat to the Huskies.
Hurley's fourth multiple-point effort of the season gives him 18 points (6+12) through 35 games as Notre Dame now waits until Sunday's NCAA Tournament Selection Show to learn their next opponent.
Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) was unable to record any offensive stats as Boston College split the first two games of their Hockey East Quarterfinal series with Vermont, winning 3-0 Friday and dropping a 4-2 decision the following day. The clubs played a deciding Game Three Sunday, with Brown posting a minus-1 rating as the Eagles squeaked past the Catamounts 4-3 in overtime.
The freshman forward has compiled 10 points (2+8) while appearing in all 37 of the Eagles’ games. Boston College next faces Northeastern in a Friday semifinal.
Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) logged back-to-back one-shot-on-goal efforts as Providence swept Merrimack with 3-1 and 2-0 victories to advance to the semifinal round of the Hockey East Tournament. Florentino has 12 points (5+7) and a plus-15 rating in 29 appearances for the Friars, who move on to face Massachusetts-Lowell Friday in Boston.
Freshman defenseman William Borgen (2015, fourth round) connected for a one-timer from the left wing for his first collegiate goal Friday as St. Cloud State opened their NCHC Tournament Quarterfinal series with a 4-3 overtime victory over Western Michigan.
Borgen, who assisted on an empty-net goal Saturday as the Huskies swept the Broncos with a 4-2 triumph, has one goal and 13 assists this season, including points in three of his last four games.
St. Cloud State forward Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) recorded six shots on goal over the weekend in the sweep of Western Michigan. The Huskies move on to next weekend's NCHC Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis where they’ll face Denver in the second semifinal.
Jason Kasdorf allowed four goals on 31 shots Friday before being replaced by Cam Hackett late in the middle frame of RPI’s 5-2 loss to Harvard. Kasdorf, who injured his groin in Friday’s warmup, but still played, did not get the start for the Engineers on Saturday. He watched as Hackett made 30 saves in defeat.
Kasdorf's season ends with a 12-12-5 record, 2.30 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
Eric Cornel (2014, second round) recorded a pair of assists Thursday as Peterborough came back to defeat North Bay 4-3. The 19-year-old forward, who added another helper Saturday as the Petes were bested by Barrie 5-2, saw his four-game point streak snapped Sunday in a 4-3 shootout loss to Oshawa.
Cornel has collected 78 points (26+52) through 65 appearances as the Petes' captain. He has gone without a goal in his last eight games.
In Wednesday action, Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) took a pass at center ice, split two defenders and broke in alone for his 16th goal of the year as Moncton closed out Saint John 7-4. The even-strength marker, which capped a second-star effort, gave Karabacek goals in three straight games.
Karabacek saw the streak snapped in Friday’s 6-2 smashing of Halifax, and ended the week Sunday with a minus-2 rating in Moncton's 4-1 loss to Saint John. The Czech winger, who missed approximately six weeks of the season due to his World Junior tryout and a broken thumb, sits with 16 goals and 27 points with two games left on the schedule.
Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) kept up his impressive pace Tuesday, connecting for a goal and two helpers as Lethbridge pounded lowly Kootenay 7-2.
Estephan was blanked Friday in a 6-1 throttling of Red Deer, but resumed production Saturday with an assist as the Hurricanes ended the home-and-home series on the other end of a 6-1 drubbing by the Rebels.
On Sunday, the playmaking pivot clicked for a goal and two more assists in a 4-3 loss to Edmonton.
Estephan has piled up 31 goals and 42 assists in 57 games, including 10 points (4+6) in six outings since returning from an ankle injury.
Defenseman Brendan Guhle (2015, second round) rung up one assist in the first three games of the week as the Raiders dropped road decisions at Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Swift Current. Prince Albert returned home Saturday, where Guhle finished with a minus-1 rating in a 2-1 overtime win over Swift Current.
In 61 games, Guhle has amassed a career-best 10 goals and 28 points.
Devante Stephens (2015, fifth round) picked up two assists last week as Kelowna won two of their four games. Stephens has operated in a shutdown capacity all season long while collecting 10 points (2+8) and a plus-10 rating through 69 contests.
Everett defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) remained out of action with an upper-body injury. Martin has played 63 games this season, registering six goals, 35 points and a plus-9 rating.
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) scored his team’s only goal Tuesday as MODO closed the regular season with a 3-1 loss to Orebro HK.
The 20-year-old winger ends the season as the team leader with 14 goals, including three game-winners, and 29 points in 49 appearances. MODO gets back to work Sunday when they begin a best-of-seven Swedish Hockey League qualification series.
Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) rounded out his regular season with two shots on goal in the loss to Orebro HK. Possler connected for nine goals and 24 points while stating healthy for all of MODO’s 52 games.
Jonas Johansson (2014, third round) made the final start of his 2015-16 campaign Thursday, making 23 saves as Almtuna IS was doubled by Leksands IF 4-2. Johansson went 1-3 in the Slutspelsserien round of the Allsvenskan postseason with a 3.01 GAA and a .892 save percentage.
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