Hockey East roundup: UNH, Merrimack draw in non-conference action; NU, UVM fall at home

St. Lawrence 5, Northeastern 2
After an even first period at Matthews Arena, things went way downhill for the Northeastern Huskies as they dropped their first non-conference match of the season to the visiting Saints in the first meeting between the teams in ten seasons. With the win, the Saints move within one win of a tie in the series between the teams and was their first over the Huskies since Dec. 30, 2000. Each of SLU's goals came from different scorers as it remained unbeaten in its last eight contests against Hockey East opponents, including 3-0-0 so far this season, heading into Saturday's game at Boston University's Agganis Arena. Westwood, Mass. native Gunnar Hughes was one of three Saints with a goal and an assist, while Kyle Flanagan and Greg Carey turned the same feat and finished the night in a tie atop the national scoring lead with 21 points apiece. Despite a heavy fall, the Huskies opened and closed scoring in the contest, thanks to junior Ludwig Karlsson and Dax Lauwers' first as a Husky. In his fourth start of the season for NU, senior Bryan Mountain played well, but surrendered five goals on 39 shots. Senior captain Vinny Saponari extended his point streak to a career-high seven games, assisting on Karlsson's goal. Northeastern was held to just 23 shots on goal by SLU senior Matt Weninger, who improved to 6-3-2.



Minnesota 5, Vermont 1
Eleven different Minnesota Golden Gophers notched points and five different players scored goals as they defeated the host Vermont Catamounts in the first of two games in their first-ever visit to Gutterson Fieldhouse. After allowing the first goal of the game to Seth Ambroz, senior Brett Bruneteau had the answer with UVM's lone goal of the contest at 15:26 of the opening period. With an 8-2-2 mark, the No. 4 Gophers pushed their unbeaten streak to five games and out-shot the opponent for the 11th time in 12 games this season, by a 35-23 count. Rookie Brody Hoffman stopped 30 shots for the host Catamounts, including 14 in the second period. In the team's first East Coast trip since (opening Agganis Arena in) 2003, rookie netminder Adam Wilcox improved to 7-1-2 with 22 saves. The teams return to the Burlington ice at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.

New Hampshire 4, Colorado College 4 (OT)
The No. 3 Wildcats scored the first four goals of the contest, but the host and No. 14 Tigers, despite a heavy disadvantage in shots on goal, scored four unanswered to earn a tie with the nation's best defensive team at World Arena. Sophomore Casey Thrush scored a pair of goals for the Wildcats, coming within the first 121 seconds of the first two periods. The Wildcats also received a multi-point effort from junior Kevin Goumas as he dished out a pair of assists to Thrush and sophomore Trevor van Reimsdyk. Second-year stopper Casey DeSmith made 25 stops in the draw as he slipped to a still-stingy 8-1-2 on the season for the Wildcats. After Josh Thorimbert allowed each of UNH's goals, Joe Howe came in and closed the door to UNH's offense with 27 saves in the final 34:58. The Tigers' senior now sits at 3-2-1 on the season after the miraculous comeback. The tie also marked the first time UNH allowed multiple goals in a game since Oct. 26 vs. Northeastern - a slim 4-3 win at Whittemore Center. The Wildcats head back on the bus for a Saturday contest at No. 2 Denver, which was upset on Friday night by visiting Yale in an exciting overtime game at Magness Arena.

Merrimack 1, Colgate 1 (OT)
For the second time in as many years, the Warriors and Raiders skated to a draw with each side scoring a goal apiece at Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Junior Mike Collins continued his strong stretch, scoring the Warriors’ lone goal (his seventh of the season) at 7:19 of the first period. The only other goal of the contest came less than five minutes into the middle stanza, from ‘Gate sophomore Joe Wilson as Warrior sophomore Rasmus Tirronen and Raider rookie Spencer Finney combined for a strong day between the pipes, combining for 44 saves. The two teams skated to a 1-1 tie in Hamilton, N.Y. on Dec. 11, 2011. Merrimack, which returns to Hockey East action next Friday against Providence, now holds the 8-7-2 edge in the all-time series between the teams.

Joshua Kummins is the Hockey East beat writer and a weekend editor for SB Nation Boston. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.

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