The Thank You Terry blog is at the ACHA D1 Nationals and has provided terrific coverage through the first few days. Here are his stories from the first day.
By Kyle Rossi - Thank You Terry (special to ACHAhockey.org)
Oakland 8 - Mercyhurst 0
The thirteenth-seeded Oakland Grizzlies used dominant special teams to dispose of an outclassed Mercyhurst in the opening match of the ACHA national championship tournament. In all, Oakland was 4-of-9 on the power play. The Grizzlies moved on to face Arizona State on Saturday.
Davenport 4 - Drexel 1
A game in which Drexel squad gave defending national champion Davenport all they could handle before falling 4-1. After the Dragons dominated play through the first 16 minutes, the Panthers flipped on a switch while killing a late Jeff Slusser cross-checking penalty. Shortly after, with only 17 seconds left in the stanza, Ben Dykstra one-timed Brock Carlston's feed home from the high slot to complete the drastic momentum swing. Davenport moved on to face Deleware on Saturday.
West Virginia 5 - Rutgers 1
West Virginia placed themselves firmly in control with two goals 1:36 apart early in the second from Christian Lewton and Sam Jarrett. Jarrett added a second goal in the third period, and Conor Frei also tallied to thwart any notion of a Rutgers comeback. The Knights' extremely potent top line, despite a second-period Matthew McDonald goal, was largely shut down by a nice defensive effort, and RU was unable to find a secondary attack.
Central Oklahoma 2 - Kent State 1 OT
Thanks largely to the efforts of Golden Flashes goalie Justin Wisniewski, who stopped 63 of 65 shots playing in his hometown of Strongsville, OH, this game was an instant classic. He and Central Oklahoma netminder Tory Caldwell traded saves through a scoreless first two periods.
UCO dominated play for the first five minutes of the extra session, but KSU somehow rediscovered their legs and evened things out for a wild stretch of prime chances in each direction for the next seven. With 4:13 left though, Melbye - the hero of the recent past via his penalty shot - became a goat. His turnover deep in the KSU end went right on the stick of UCO's Patrick Higgins, who teed up teammate Corey Allen to blast home the winner and send Central Oklahoma to the second round.