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College Roundup: UNH falls at Merrimack; Gaudet earns 300th win

February 16. 2018 11:06PM

The University of New Hampshire hockey team will now be forced to sweep next weekend’s home-and-home series with Northeastern University to even have a shot at earning home ice for the first round of the Hockey East Tournament.

That’s because the Wildcats lost to last-place Merrimack 3-2 on Friday night at Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. The loss kept UNH in 10th place with 15 points, two points behind eighth-place Vermont. The teams that finish sixth, seventh and eighth earn home ice for round one.

Vermont lost to Northeastern in overtime, 4-3, on Friday night.

The Wildcats (10-16-6 overall, 5-12-5 in the league) led 2-0 on goals by Shane Eiserman and Liam Blackburn in the first 9:22 of the game. Merrimack tied it on markers by Johnathan Kovacevic and Ryan Cook before the period ended. Cook’s goal came with one second remaining.

Cole McBride scored the winner at 7:27 of the second period, on the power play.

Bedford’s Mike Robinson, a freshman, stopped 31 shots in goal. Craig Pantano made 34 saves for the Warriors.

Dartmouth 3, Clarkson 2: In Hanover, Bob Gaudet recorded his 300th win as Dartmouth coach as the Big Green beat No. 7 Clarkson for a season sweep of the Golden Knights.

Charley Michalowski and Cam Strong scored goals in the first 3:16 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie. Shane Sellar also stayed red-hot with his ninth goal of the season, in the first period, and junior goalie Devin Buffalo stopped 33 shots.

Dartmouth is 9-9-1 in the ECAC, 11-13-2 overall. Clarkson dropped to 11-4-4 in the league and 19-7-5 overall. The Big Green host St. Lawrence tonight at Thompson Arena.

St. Anselm 4, SNHU 2: In Goffstown, St. Anselm scored four straight goals, two shorthanded, in a win over the Penmen.

Kevin Curley, Jonathan Folsom, Jake Grade and Justin Longo scored for the Hawks. Kyle Valliere and Timothy Baylis scored for the Penmen.

Kurt Gutting made 41 saves for SNHU, and Colin Soucy made 25 stops for St. Anselm.

Women’s hockey

St. Anselm 3, Holy Cross 2: St. Anselm scored three straight goals to score a win over Holy Cross in a key New England Women’s Hockey Alliance game Friday night in Worcester, Mass. Amanda Conger and Ashley Moran each had a goal and an assist for the Hawks (20-2-4, 15-1-1 NEWHA). Haley Marshall also scored. Michaela Kane made 27 saves for the Hawks, who host the Crusaders (15-7-3, 14-3-2 NEWHA) today at 3 p.m.

Men’s basketball

Yale 77, Dartmouth 65: In Hanover, the Bulldogs built a 25-point lead in the second half en route to the win. Yale improved to 5-4 in the Ivy League while Dartmouth dropped to 1-8 and 5-17 overall. Miles Wright’s 18 points led the Big Green, which hosts Brown tonight.

Women’s basketball

Dartmouth 64, Yale 62: In New Haven, Conn., senior Kate Letkewicz scored 29 points, including her 1,000th career point, as the Big Green improved to 5-4 in the Ivy League and 13-9 overall. Yale dropped to 5-4 in the league.

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