Men's Division 1 National Championship Day 3 recap

2014-03-09


Saturday's action was highlighted by a number of impressive performances between the pipes as the final four games of the second round wrapped up.

Saturday’s showdown between the last two ACHA National Champions did not disappoint as Delaware and Minot State traded blows in a 3-2 overtime thriller that saw Minot State triumph over the Blue Hens.

Delaware’s Mark Zeszut showed a knack for timely goals as both of his tallies served to tie the game at pivotal junctures. Down 1-0 after MSU’s Josh Rutherford’s opening talley, Zeszut scored with just 43 seconds remaining in the opening period to keep the score level after one.

Brett Nespor put Minot State ahead in the second but Zeszut answered with 2:28 remaining in the game as his second goal forced overtime between the two past champions.

Zeszut’s magic ran out in OT as Rutherford picked up his second of the game to push Minot State into a third round matchup with Arizona State.

Both goaltenders were astounding as Wyatt Waselenchuk turned aside 31 of the 33 shots he faced and Delaware’s Dylan Troiano finished with 46 saves on 49 shots in a losing effort.



Central Oklahoma 1 - Adrian 0

Over 50 minutes of scoreless hockey was broken when Sam Rice finally put a puck past  Matthew Schnoes in Central Oklahoma’s 1-0 victory over Adrian.

Schnoes and Tory Caldwell turned in the most impressive goalie duel in the three days of action thus far, combining for 58 saves as Rice’s goal was the only puck to get behind either goaltender on the day.

Rice scored on a nice setup from Peter Kressner to pick up the game’s lone tally. Caldwell finished with 34 saves for UCO who will face off against Robert Morris (IL) in the next round.



Iowa State 3 - Ohio 1

A upset served as the headliner for the second-straight day as #10 Iowa State rode three unanswered goals over #7 Ohio to advance to the third round.

ISU fell behind early as Matt Hartman put Ohio on top just 3:39 into the opening frame. But Chris Cucullu scored ISU’s first with just 1:45 left in the first to tie the game. Matt Bennett and Jon Feavel would add to ISU’s tally as Bennett’s second period power play goal would hold up as the game winner.
Matthew Cooper played a big role in the Cyclone’s win, turning aside 42 shots to earn the win. Cooper and the Cyclones will advance to face #2 Oklahoma in the next round.



Stony Brook 3 - Davenport 0

Brendan Jones’ turned aside all 31 shots that he faced, helping lead Stony Brook to a 3-0 victory.

Stony Brook received goals from Vincent Lopes, Kevin Kavanagh and an empty net marker from Nick Barbera and a tremendous special teams effort as they knocked off the #12 seed.

Penalty trouble plagued Stony Brook throughout the game as they took seven penalties throughout the contest but Jones and the penalty kill until were perfect on the afternoon and allowed the Seawolves offense to counter punch their way to victory.

The win elevates Stony Brook to a matchup with upset-minded Navy. The #13 seed has knocked off West Virginia and #4 Liberty on their way to the third round.