Nicely, that was a variety of pleasure stuffed into the primary weekend of aggressive play in D-III motion. Ranked groups received and misplaced and possibly with that rising pattern I’ll cease calling video games upsets seeing how the competitors stage throughout all D-III continues to get higher and higher. There have been some thrilling time beyond regulation video games together with some masterful shutouts and whereas there was little convention play, these video games set the tone for some nice races this season as properly. Right here is the weekend recap for week one among what’s going to be an amazing 2022-23 season.
Nichols gave new coach Alex Gacek his first wins as they repeated as Woo Cup Event champions with wins over Anna Maria and Assumption to seize the title. In Friday’s first spherical win over the AmCats, goaltender Tyler Boat stopped 57 of 58 photographs and 4 completely different gamers scored in a 4-1 win. Sunday’s title sport in opposition to Assumption was a battle as neither crew may achieve greater than a one-goal edge discovered the sport in a 3-3 tie by regulation. In time beyond regulation Nichols took benefit of an early energy play to win the sport and event championship off the stick of Nathan Carl. Carl was additionally named the event MVP.
Curry opened the season with a non-conference sport in opposition to Massachusetts-Boston and the Colonels got here out flying racing to a 3-1 first interval lead on targets by Kevin Pitts, Timmy Kent and Gage Dill on their approach to a simple 5-1 victory over the Beacons.
Endicott earned a cut up of their opening two video games with a win over Salem State and a loss to Norwich. Within the season opener, a five-goal second interval together with two shorthanded tallies from Connor Amsley led the Gulls to a 7-1 win. On Saturday, the Gulls ran right into a scorching goaltender in Norwich’s Drennen Atherton and fell 3-0 to the Cadets.
Canton performed Stevenson in a two-game sequence and got here away with a cut up. On Friday night time, the Kangaroos surprised the hosts with a 4-3 win within the remaining 10 seconds of regulation. Zac Sirota opened the scoring within the first interval and offered the game-winner on the ability play simply earlier than the ultimate buzzer. Filip Schlyter made 30 saves within the win for the Roos who misplaced the second sport 4-0 to Stevenson finishing a 1-1 weekend.
The post-Brian McGrath period started efficiently for the Fitchburg State Falcons as goaltender Max Macchioni earned his first win and shutout in a 3-0 win over New England Faculty. Cole Archambeault, Wyatt Wilmshurst and Toivo Kramer for all of the scoring in entrance of Macchioni and his 27-save effort.
Massachusetts-Dartmouth scored a pair of targets within the third interval to interrupt open a 2-2 tie and down Massachusetts-Boston, 4-2 on Friday night time. The Corsairs have been led by Michael Mania’s two targets and 52 saves from goaltender Daniel Davidson.
St. Anselm had a powerful opening weekend with a pair of victories. The Hawks downed cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire on Friday by a 5-1 rating. 5 completely different aim scorers discovered the again of the online for the Hawks with Max Burum and Jack Murphy having two-point nights. On Saturday, there was a bit extra drama in opposition to Southern Maine the place Matt Hayes scored to tie the sport late within the third interval earlier than Tommy Schwartz scored the game-winner in time beyond regulation for a 6-5 for the Hawks.
Hobart hosted a ranked Oswego squad on Friday night time and took benefit of three energy play targets in path to a 5-2 win over the Lakers. 5 completely different gamers scored targets for the Statesmen within the win. On Saturday, Matthew Iasenza led the way in which with a pair of targets as Hobart downed Potsdam 7-2.
Norwich opened their season on the highway at Endicott and in typical Cadet vogue received an environment friendly 3-0 sport over Endicott. Drennen Atherton made 25 saves to earn the shutout win whereas Brendon Jones, Clark Kerner and Noah Williams offered all of the scoring.
A younger Babson squad hosted Plymouth State on Saturday night time with the primary interval performed scoreless. The following two intervals noticed the groups trade targets leaving the rating deadlocked at 2-2 and sending the sport to time beyond regulation. Within the additional session, first-year ahead Egan Schmitt scored the time beyond regulation winner to provide the Beavers a dramatic 3-2 win.
Geneseo opened their season 2-0 on the power of wins over Neumann and Nazareth. On Friday night time, the Knights took benefit of 25 saves from goaltender Matt Petzian and targets by Tyson Gilmour, Peter Morgan and Justin Cmunt for a 3-0 win of their dwelling opener. On Saturday, two first interval targets have been sufficient in a 2-1 win over Nazareth.
Cortland opened the season with a strong 7-2 win on the highway in opposition to Lebanon Valley on Friday night time. Seven completely different aim scorers supported a 28-save effort from Luca Durante within the win.
After the opening night time loss to Hobart, Oswego returned dwelling on Saturday to face one other NEHC crew in Elmira. The Lakers constructed a 4-0 lead on targets from Shane Bull, Connor Sleeth, Daniel Colabuto and Tommy Cahill on the way in which to a 5-2 victory to complete the weekend at 1-1.
After dropping a 6-1 choice to Brockport on Friday night time, King’s discovered solutions to all of Wilkes’ challenges on Saturday incomes a hard-fought time beyond regulation win over the Colonels. Jack Cooper twice gave the Monarchs the lead solely to see Wilkes reply on targets from Joe Johnson and Cam Lowe. Within the additional session, Aaron Frenkel received the sport for King’s giving them a variety of momentum for the UCHC/MAC schedule.
Utica traveled to face the nation’s primary ranked crew and dropped a pair of video games to Adrian to open the season. Know that my counterpart within the West shall be overlaying in his weekend wrap-up however kudos must be shared for the Bulldogs’ Matus Spodniak who scored 5 targets within the sequence together with the time beyond regulation winner in Friday’s 4-3 OT thriller and a hat trick within the 8-3 win on Saturday.
Nathan Carl – Nichols – scored the time beyond regulation winner within the Woo Cup Event win over Assumption that additionally earned him Event MVP honors.
Emil Normann – Buffalo State – backstopped the Bengals to a 4-0 win over Lawrence stopping all 36 photographs he confronted.
Max Macchioni – Fitchburg State – made 27 saves in his first collegiate begin to earn his first win and shutout in a 3-0 Falcon win over New England Faculty.
Matus Spodniak – Adrian – was the dominant participant within the weekend sequence with Utica scoring 5 targets together with the opening aim each video games, the time beyond regulation winner on Friday and a hat trick in Saturday’s 8-3 win to brush the Pioneers. (Have to provide the additional biscuit right here regardless that Matus doesn’t play within the East)
Week one is within the books and groups have been positively able to play video games with actual outcomes. Anticipating extra and higher as we progress by the primary half dash to the semester break.
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