Michigan 6, Penn State 2
If Erik Portillo isn't B1G "goalie of the week," blame it on some late-arriving absentee ballots. EP1 stopped 35 of 37 shots in this one, and if you watch the video highlights below, you'll see neither Nitts goal was Erik's fault.
Michigan swept the two-game set in State College, outscoring the hosts 11-3. That sounds dominant, but consider this. The Nittany Lions held a huge overall shots advantage, 71-57. So If my math is correct, future Sabres netrminder Erik Portillo stopped 68 shots in 120 minutes. Give him the award already.
Owen Power wasn't the highlight package he was the night before, but the box score will show he scored once and assisted on two others. His two-game total was 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points. OP22 might just be in contention for BIG "player of the week" with those numbers.
Michigan next -- Nov. 19 & 20 vs. Notre Dame in Ann Arbor.
UMass-Lowell 2, Northeastern 1 (ot)
The Sabres other top-prospect goalie, Devon Levi, did nothing to hurt his reputation in this one. He can't be faulted for either goal. Levi stopped 21 of 23 shots.
Northeastern next -- tonight (11/13) vs. Boston University
North Dakota 4, Miami 1
Local boy Matteo Costantini continued his goal scoring ways in this one. The St. Catharines, Ontario resident (that's local as far as I'm concerned) has lit the lamp in the last three ND games. Though, to be honest, if you watch the highlights it's hard to tell just who scored ND's third goal (it was credited to MC18).
Costantini is a surprise package so far, IMO. The freshman has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) for the nation's 7th ranked team. And if you watch the highlights closely you'll see #18 on the ice for all but one of ND's goals.
North Dakota next -- tonight (11/13) vs. Miami
Ohio State 4, Minnesota 3
Woof. The below highlights are a video nasty if you're a Golden Gophers fan (I'm not), or a Ryan Johnson fan (I am).
Minnesota led 3-0 after one period, scoring twice in the waning seconds of that stanza. Mariucci Arena's roof caved in after that.
Johnson was on the ice for the OSU's third, but he couldn't be faulted for it. The fourth, well, what a mess. The junior defenseman tried a Savardian spin-o-rama at his own blueline, got decked for trying, lost the puck, and vainly tried to catch a Buckeyes forward who roofed it.
Minnesota next -- tonight (11/13) vs. Ohio State