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NH College Roundup: SNHU men skate past St. A in Northeast-10 semifinal

February 23. 2014 8:47PM

University of New Hampshire's Elizabeth Belanger (5) and UMASS/Lowell's Lindsey Doucette try to pull in a rebound during the first half of their game in Durham Saturday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

Two first-period power-play goals and great goaltending were the difference as the Southern New Hampshire University men’s hockey team posted a 4-1 victory over St. Anselm in a Northeast-10 Conference semifinal game on Saturday night at Sullivan Arena in Goffstown.

The Penmen (16-8-1) will now host St. Michael’s for the league championship on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. at the Ice Den in Hooksett. The Penmen have never won the league title since entering the league in 2003.

St. Anselm finished 10-12-4.

Jay Sylvia and Dane Caracino scored with the Penmen enjoying the man advantage in the first period. Hudson’s Zach Lubinkski gave SNHU a 3-0 lead at 12:50 of the second period. Johnny Daniels scored the Hawks’ lone goal late in the second period, offset by Collins’ second marker, in the third period.

Tyler Holske notched 54 saves for SNHU, 18 in each period. Nick Dries stopped 18 shots for St. Anselm.

Plymouth State 4, Framingham State 0: Goalie Gordon Ceasar stopped 14 shots to notch his second straight shutout, helping PSU to the easy win on Saturday night at Hanaway Rink in Plymouth. Freshman Ian McGilvrey led the Panthers with a goal and an assist. Mike Economos, Chad Barthelmess and Phil Arnone scored the other Plymouth State goals. Arnone, a senior from Litchfield, scored his second goal of the season on a partial breakaway after good passing at the blue line by Baxter Strachan and Londonderry’s Ryan Callahan. McGilvrey’s goal was set up by Zach Fox of Sandown.

The Panthers finish their regular season on Tuesday at Westfield State.

Dartmouth 3, Yale 3: Andy Simpson’s goal with 1:26 remaining in regulation allowed the Big Green to earn a tie in their final regular-season home game before 4,267 fans at Thompson Arena in Hanover.

Simpson drilled a one-timer from the point past Yale goalie Alex Lyon, giving Dartmouth a three-point weekend. The Big Green are 7-16-4 overall, 6-12-2 in the ECAC and tied with Harvard for 10th place. Heading into its final weekend, at Cornell and Colgate, Dartmouth is still alive for a top-eight finish and home ice for the first round of the ECAC playoffs.

Defending national champ Yale, 14-8-5 overall 9-7-4 in the ECAC, rallied from a 2-0 deficit early in the second period. Jesse Root scored at 4:38 of the second period, and Amherst’s Cody Learned tied the game at 5:29 by dashing down the right wing and beating Dartmouth goalie Chuck Grant on a short-side wrister. The goal was the fifth of the season for the sophomore product of the Boston Junior Bruins EJHL team.

Mike Doherty gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead at the 10-minute mark of the third period by beating Grant from the slot with a rising shot to the stick side.

Earlier, Dartmouth’s Grant Opperman scored the first period’s only goal, and Tim O’Brien doubled the lead at 3:03 of the second period.

Women’s hockey

St. Anselm 5, St. Michael’s 0: Franny Nicholson and Alexandra Starzyk each recorded three points, and goalie Lindsey made seven saves for the shutout as the Hawks routed St. Michael’s in an ECAC Open Tournament semifinal on Saturday afternoon in Worcester, Mass.

St. Anselm (23-3-0 overall, 14-2-0 in the ECAC) thus advanced to Sunday’s tourney final against Holy Cross.

Northeastern 4, UNH 2: The Wildcats’ loss at home in their regular-season finale left them with a 9-22-2 overall, 4-15-2 in Hockey East. UNH thus earned the eighth seed for the league tourney and will play top-seeded Boston College on Friday in a quarterfinal. Northeastern earned the third seed and will host sixth-seeded UConn.

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