No. 6/6 Salve Regina Prevails in All CCC Matchup In NCAA DIII Men’s Ice Hockey Quarterfinal

No. 6/6 Salve Regina Prevails in All CCC Matchup In NCAA DIII Men’s Ice Hockey Quarterfinal

INTERACTIVE BRACKET

KINGSTON, R.I. – Frankie Sullivan (Fairfield, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal with just over four minutes left in regulation to give No. 6/6 Salve Regina the 4-3 edge over No. 11/13 Nichols in the all Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) matchup in the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinals on Saturday (March 17) night at Boss Ice Arena. With the win, Salve becomes the first CCC team in any sport to earn a spot in the NCAA Semifinals. The Seahawks will travel to Lake Placid next Friday to play Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Herb Brooks Ice Arena.

Series and Streaks
The Bison own a 21-15-4 record in the all-time series, however the Seahawks went 3-1-0 against Nichols this season.

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Salve Regina freshman Frankie Sullivan (Fairfield, Conn.) scored twice, including the game winner.
  2. Salve Regina freshman John McClean (North Andover, Mass.) was a physical force for the Seahawks and got the scoring started 32 seconds into the game. He also handed out an assist.
  3. Salve Regina freshman Danny Eruzione (Winthrop, Mass.) handed out three assists in the game.

Key Stat of the Game
No team scored back-to-back goals in the game. The Bison tied the game three times, but ran out of time trying to find a fourth equalizer.

Turning Point
Eruzione hustled down the ice, beating two Bison to the puck to cancel out icing, then found Paul Boutoussov (Dana Point, Calif.) who dished the puck to the point where Sullivan snapped home his second goal of the game to give the Seahawks a 4-3 lead with 4:21 left to play. The Bison withstood a number of Seahawk scoring changes of the final minutes and were able to pull the goalie for an extra skater in the final minute, but could not find the tying goal and the Seahawks ran the final second of the clock to walk away victorious.

Quick Hits

  • Salve Regina opened the scoring just 12 seconds into the contest when freshman McLean's long wrister deflected off a body and past senior netminder Colin Brennan (Chester, N.J.).
  • The Bison knotted the score at one at 11:01 on Vincent Crivello's (Rosemere, Quebec) team-leading 16th tally of the season.
  • After the Seahawks took a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal by freshman Erik Udahl (East Walpole, Mass.) at 15:53, the Bison struck back just 16 seconds later to tie it at two. Senior captain Scott Cuthrell (Waterford, Mich.) cradled the puck on his backhand through the slot, and Matthew Menta (Lima, Pa.) banged in his rebound for his eight of the campaign.
  • In the second, Salve Regina scored with 1:55 remaining in the stanza as freshman Sullivan ripped a wrist shot from the left circle past Brennan. Filip Virgili (Malmo Sweden) tied the game on the PP with a wrister from the top of the left circle at 7:02 before Sullivan's second marker of the night with 4:21 remaining gave the Seahawks the win.
  • Blake Wojtala (Trenton, Mich.) made 23 saves in the victory to improve to 19-5-2 on the season.
  • Brennan stopped 30 shots in the loss to fall to 12-7-3 between the pipes for the Bison.

Game recap courtesy of the Salve Regina Sports Information Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 NCAA DIVISION III MEN'S ICE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 

NCAA First Round – Saturday, March 10

No. 11/13 Nichols def. Fitchburg State, 3-1 | BOX
Colby def. No. 8/7 University of New England, 4-2 | BOX

NCAA Quarterfinals – Saturday, March 17

No. 6/6 Salve Regina def. No.11/13 Nichols, 4-3 | BOX

NCAA Semifinals – Friday, March 23
Herb Brooks Ice Arena (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

No. 6/6 Salve Regina vs. No. 4/4 Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 3 p.m.
Colby vs. No.1/1 St. Norbert, 6:30 p.m.

NCAA Championship – Saturday, March 24
Herb Brooks Ice Arena (Lake Placid, N.Y.)

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

 

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