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ACHA DI Nationals Day 2 recap

2012-03-04


Here is Kyle Rossi's coverage of the second day of the ACHA D1 National Tournament.

By Kyle Rossi - Thank You Terry (special to ACHAhockey.org)

Penn State 4 - West Virginia 1

A strong early Penn State push in this second-round tilt with West Virginia abruptly ended with an early WVU power play goal. West Virginia did a masterful job all game long of waiting back and keeping the Icers' transition game in check and their goaltender, Rob Borcky was very strong.

A pair of mistakes cost the Mountaineers as Penn State scored three third-period goals to thwart the potential upset.

Adrian 6 - Liberty 3

Goaltender Matt Anderson, a stout Adrian penalty kill and a second-period barrage keyed a 6-3 Bulldogs win over Liberty in the opening game of the second round.

Even after AC built a 4-1 lead late in that middle period, the margin was jeopardized by a 2:38 5-on-3 advantage for the Flames. Not only did Adrian kill it off, but Tristan Musser found a fresh-out-of-the-box Alex Norman for a shorthanded breakaway goal that was enough to withstand an abbreviated Flames rally in the third.

Oakland 3 - Arizona State 2 OT

Adam Novack buried the winner with 7:19 left in overtime to complete one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, as 13th-seeded Oakland took down No. 4 Arizona State.

The extra-period drama was only possible because of goalie Matt Toter's heroics to keep the Sun Devils at bay. Fresh off of a shutout of Mercyhurst in the opening round, Toter turned away 49 of 51 Sun Devil attempts, including every single one of them after the first period ended.

Ohio 5 - Illinois 4

Ohio twice jumped out to three-goal leads, and twice survived subsequent Illinois rallies, as the Bobcats eliminated their CSCHL rivals to advance to the quarterfinals.

Deleware 3 - Davenport 1

A pair of third-period goals from Ryan McDonald and Chris Volonnino snapped a 1-1 tie and propelled the third-seeded Blue Hens through to the quarterfinals over the defending national champions.

Delaware's win wasn't an ordinary dethroning of defending champs. While the Panthers won the D1 title last season in their first year at that level, they also won D2 titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010. This defeat, then, was DU's first at an ACHA national championship tournament since the 2007 D2 national championship game.

Oklahoma 8 - Iowa State 2

A four-point effort from Travis McKinney pushed Oklahoma past Iowa State in a battle between the eighth and ninth seeds. McKinney notched half of his points in the first 3:20 of the game as the Sooners jumped to an early lead. 

Minot State 6 - Robert Morris (IL) 3

Seventh-seeded Minot State rallied from an early 2-0 hole against Robert Morris (IL) to win going away. The Eagles kept good pressure on throughout much of the final period but were unable to add a fourth goal before the Beavers' insurance in the final minute of play to effectively end the tilt.

Lindenwood 5 - Central Oklahoma 2

The Lindenwood Lions used bursts of offense early and late to topple an upset-minded Central Oklahoma.

However, before an upset could materialize, UCO's hopes were dashed. A funny hop on a dump-in beat UCO Tory Caldwell for what ended up being the final nail in the coffin for the Bronchos.



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