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Men's D-I Quarterfinals Recap

Date:  Source: ACHA



Lindenwood University scored a pair of goals in all three periods to comfortably ride their quarterfinal matchup against 6th-ranked Robert Morris University-Illinois to a 6-1 win Sunday morning at the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks-Easton. Austin Wilk, Tommy Heinzman, Graham Zagrodney and Hayden Dawes each led the Lions with two points each.

After Lindenwood opened the first period with goals by Aapo Nurminen and Vic Lombardi, the Lions started the second period with 43 seconds remaining on their power-play. Lindenwood’s senior captain Micheal Lozano scored on a 5-on-3 powerplay at 5:18 before the Lions jumped to a commanding 4-0 lead at the 8:35 mark when Wilk assisted on senior Zagrodney’s goal.

The Robert Morris Eagles stopped Cooper Seedott’s shutout bid with just under two minutes remaining in the second period. Sophomore Scott Coash’s scored on a power-play with Ryan Martin and Dylan Holt assisting.

Senior defenseman Mitchell Riese’s unassisted goal at 13:17 in the third period eliminated any Eagles hope for a comeback. Zagrodney and Matt Runyon assisted on Zach Mitchell’s empty-net goal at 15:25 to seal the Lion’s advancement into the #FrostyFour.

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The University of Illinois (#5) upset the 4th-ranked Ohio University 4-3, in overtime, in the quarterfinal matinee game Sunday at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena. While Illinois had three players notch multi-point games, it was sophomore Luke Forfar’s power-play goal that edged the Fighting Illini to advance to the #FrostyFour.

Both teams scored a pair of goals in the first period. Hometown favorite, Ohio, scored early when Gianni Evangelisti scored just 1:36 into the game. Illinois’ drew Richter answered back near the midway mark of the period to tie the game. Freshman Drew Richter scored his first goal of the night to give the Fighting Illini a 2-1 lead until Jake Faiella evened the game back at 2-2 with 1:19 remaining in the period.

After a scoreless second, Illinois’ Neil Novosel found Quinn at 7:13 into the period to regain the lead.

The Bobcats’ Tyler Harkins game-tying goal with 2:09 remaining in regulation would force the third overtime game of 2018 ACHA National Championships.

Illinois will face Lindenwood University in the #FrostyFour on Monday. Game time will be either 5 or 8 p.m.; determined after the ACHA re-seeds for the semi-final games.

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Game three of the quarterfinals concluded with 2nd-ranked Adrian College defeating the defending champion University of Central Oklahoma 5-3 Sunday at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena. Josh Hosking scored a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Bulldogs over the 7th-ranked Bronchos as Adrian had four players had multi-point performances.

Four goals were scored in the opening frame as the first period saw the first three within a 1:11 of each other. Hosking, a senior, tallied the game’s first goal at 7:09 but the Bronchos quickly responded 13 seconds later when sophomore Nial Mills scored at 7:22 to even the game at 1-1.

Central Oklahoma got into a little trouble allowing Bulldogs’ Joe Costello to score a power-play goal 58 seconds later at the 8:20 mark. Hosking captured his second goal of the night with 10 seconds remaining in their power-play at 10:34.

Adrian extended their lead to 4-1 with 30 seconds remaining in the second period.

Defenseman Spencer Peratalo brought the Bronchos within two, scoring an unassisted goal at 11:22 into the third period. Sophomore Austin Cunningham brought Central Oklahoma within one with 3:20 remaining as the Bronchos were transitioning out of a 5-on-3 power play.

Adrian added an insurance goal on Chris Donaldson’s empty-net goal, his second point of the night, with 36.9 seconds remaining.

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The fourth and final game of the quarterfinals saw the 9th-ranked University of Colorado Buffalos give the No.1 seed Minot State University Beavers a battle. In the end, it was Minot State to narrowly eek by with a 2-1 win over Colorado Sunday at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena.

Dylan Johnson, a junior, scored a game-winning, power-play goal with 1:36 remaining in regulation to solidify the Beavers as the last team to decide the final #FrostyFour spot of the ACHA Men’s D-I National Championships. Johnson’s goal was assisted by Klye Lipinski and Eric Bollefer.

Colorado netminder Colin Champine and Minot’s goaltender Joshua Bykowski each showcased impressive goaltending early and throughout the game but it was Champine who would crack first when Bryce Lipinski scored midway into the first period.

The Buffalos made it a tie game with nearly a 1:30 remaining in the period by Chris Doyle.

Goalies Champine and Bykowski each stopped every shot peppered at them in the second period, and almost looked like each would force the fourth overtime game of 2018 ACHA National Championships. A tripping penalty by Colorado’s Luke Obrien allowed the Beavers to capitalize on the man-advantage and advance with Johnson’s go-ahead goal.

With all four teams determined, re-seeding occurs for the semi-final games. The #FrostyFour will have the first semi-final game of No. 3 Lindenwood University vs No. 2 Adrian College at 5 p.m. Eastern, followed by No. 5 University of Illinois vs No. 1 Minot State University at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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