The Eastern Region is behind the West by a day, so their First Round began on Saturday night.
St. Cloud St. routed Notre Dame, 5-1, and we saw some great things from St. Cloud’s Joey Benik.
Benik scored two goals and an assist in the game to put himself on the map. The team also out shot Notre Dame 23-18, and goaltender Ryan Faragher made those 17 saves look easy.
Minnesota State- Mankato didn’t really stand a chance against Miami (Ohio) after getting shutout, 4-0, by Miami’s goalie Ryan McKay.
McKay had help from the aggressive play of Max Cook who scored a goal and assist. His teammates Blake Coleman and Austin Czamik also proved to be great passers and set up men by each logging two assists.
You have to also remember that Riley Barber and Sean Kuraly, members of the 2013 World Junior Championship gold medal team are also on this team. They weren’t as active in this game, but you can be sure to see more from them later in the tournament.
Canisius may have been the worse team in this tourney, but they put up a huge fight, and almost upset, Quinnipiac. The latter might be the best team in this championship and are poised to win. They proved that on Saturday night with a 4-3 late comeback win over Canisius.
Quinnipiac almost let this game get away from them, but they were aggressive on the forecheck and had balanced scoring. Connor Jones proved this by scoring the first goal and getting an assist. He also had the most shots on goals (eight), which shows his determination and drive to get to the net.
Union College (NY) upset returning champs Boston College 5-1.
This game should interest Philadelphia Flyers fans the most because Flyer prospect Shayne Gotisbehere plays for Union. Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn‘s little brother Greg Coburn also plays for this team. The two are both defenseman, and with the Flyers having a weak blueline, we better keep our eyes peeled on these two.
Gotisbehere tried to get a shot in early and eventually did get a goal, so that is always something Flyers fans like to see. Teammate Josh Jooris was also strong as he led the team with two goals in the beginning of the game.
Quinnipiac will take on Union tomorrow, after Miami (Ohio) tries to size up St. Cloud St for the last two spots in the Frozen Four. I like for Gotisbehere and Coburn to be successful tomorrow, but Quinnipiac is a really good team.
Deanna Vasso is a staff writer for Broad Street Buzz, you can follow her on Twitter @Dmvasso