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NCAA Weekend Hockey -- Busy, Busy (highlights, sort of)

Disclaimer -- if you came here expecting to see highlights of Devon Levi's spectacular return to the Northeastern (100 saves in two games), forget it. For whatever reason, not a single clip of a single save was shown.

And neither was anything available of Matteo Costantini's superb one-goal, one-assist effort in North Dakota's Friday win over Western Michigan. Apart from that, there's plenty to see of Owen Power, Erik Portillo, Aaron Huglen and Ryan Johnson, so read on.

Northeastern swept UConn, 3-1 & 5-2

Levi's Friday night performance may not have been seen, but it didn't escape the notice of DBTB moderators (looking at you, Melissa B.). So if you visit this site regularly you probably know by now Levi tied a Northeastern record with 60 saves in the Husky-Husky series opener. The sophomore returned from his Olympic odyssey in fine form. UConn's lone goal came in the final two minutes, with the benefit of an extra attacker.

Levi didn't need to work as hard Saturday, but having to make 40 saves is still stout. Northeastern rallied from a 2-0 deficit to vault into second place in Hockey East with three games to play. The Huskies are 22-10-1 overall, and 13-7-1 in conference play.

Northeastern next -- Tuesday, March 1 at Vermont

Friday's highlights from Northeastern made their way to YouTube, but not one Levi save was included. Saturday highlights weren't available at press time.

Friday game --

Minnesota swept Wisconsin, 5-0 & 8-0

The smoking hot Golden Gophers (eight straight wins) captured the Big Ten regular season title with this shutout sweep of a horrible Badgers team in Minneapolis. Minnesota (23-11 overall) finished 18-6 in B1G play.

Huglen's ascendancy continued. The center freshman posted three weekend assists, won 12-of-24 faceoffs, and was an impressive plus-four in Saturday's rout.

Johnson didn't have a lot of work to do against Wisconsin, which finished the regular season 9-22-3. The junior defenseman didn't register a point, and was plus-two over the weekend.

Minnesota next -- Saturday, March 12 v TBD (Big Ten semifinals), in Minneapolis

Friday game --

Saturday game --

Notre Dame swept Michigan, 4-1 & 2-1

The Fighting Irish continued their mastery over the Wolverines in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame swept the four-game season series from Michigan, and it was the big reason the Wolverines were unable to hold off Minnesota in the B1G regular season race.

Power returned from the Olympics, but wasn't much of a factor. The sophomore had one weekend assist, and finished minus-one over the two contests.

Portillo stopped 24 shots Friday, and 26 Saturday. Apart from a bit of a puck handling miscue behind his net on Friday night, he could hardly be faulted for any Notre Dame goal.

Michigan next -- March 4 & 5 v Michigan State, in Ann Arbor (Big Ten quarterfinal, best-of-three series)

Friday game --

Saturday game --

North Dakota swept Western Michigan, 2-1 & 4-1

As mentioned above, Costantini's big Friday isn't available for viewing. The freshman scored the game winner midway through the second period after assisting on ND's opener.

Costantini didn't register a point on Saturday.

North Dakota next -- March 4 & 5 at Omaha

If interested, I've included a link to the ND men's hockey Web page where video clips are available under the words UND INSIDER. There's a nice interview with Matteo from Friday night (click on his image / he's wearing a baseball hat and a black long-sleeve shirt). He comes across a class act, IMO.

ND Men's Hockey link (copy/paste required) -- https://fightinghawks.com/sports/mens-ice-hockey

Saturday game --

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