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Roundup: Vinny Saponari’s goal for Northeastern beats BU hockey

Senior forward Vinny Saponari scored his fourth goal of the season with 2:03 left in the third period to lift Northeastern to a 6-5 win over No. 9 Boston University in a wild game Friday night at Agganis Arena.

Saponari, a former Terrier, was assisted on the play by Kevin Roy and Dax Lauwers.

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Evan Rodrigues had two goals and two assists for BU (12-8-0, 9-5-0 Hockey East), while Matt Nieto, Garrett Noonan, and Danny O’Regan also scored in the loss.

Roy had a goal and two assists for Northeastern (7-10-2, 4-8-2).

Northeastern led, 5-2, after two periods before Rodrigues and O’Regan combined for three straight goals to knot it at 5, setting the stage for Saponari’s winner.

BU’s Sean Maguire made 32 saves and Northeastern’s Chris Rawlings stopped 29 shots.

Merrimack 1, Maine 1 — Merrimack’s Dan Kolomatis scored on the power play 3:16 into the second period and Maine’s Kyle Beattie evened the score on the man-advantage midway through the third as the Warriors (8-9-5, 6-5-2 Hockey East) and Black Bears (5-13-4, 1-8-4) tied in Orono, Maine.

Yale 4, Harvard 0 — Jeff Malcolm made 21 saves and Trent Ruffolo (two goals, one assist) and Antoine Laganiere (one goal, two assists) led the offense as the No. 12 Bulldogs (10-4-3, 6-3-1 ECAC) shut out the Crimson (5-9-1, 3-7-0) in New Haven.

Dartmouth 4, Brown 2 — Cab Morris made 31 saves and Brandon McNally had a goal and an assist to lead the 11th-ranked Big Green (10-5-2, 6-3-1 ECAC) past the Bears (5-8-4, 1-5-4) in Providence.

Holy Cross 5, Niagara 3 — Brandon Nunn scored two goals and Matt Ginn made 38 saves as the Crusaders (12-7-2, 8-4-2 Atlantic Hockey) beat the No. 15 Purple Eagles (13-4-4, 12-1-1) at the Hart Center.

Bentley 3, Canisius 2 — Brett Switzer scored 2:51 into overtime to lift the Falcons (9-10-1, 7-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) over the Golden Griffins (8-10-5, 7-5-2) in Waltham for their first overtime home win since 2004.

AIC 4, Robert Morris 1 — Blake Peake and Adam Pleskach had two goals apiece to propel the Yellow Jackets (5-12-3, 2-9-3 Atlantic Hockey) past the Colonials (11-7-2, 6-6-1) in West Springfield.

UConn 5, Mercyhurst 4 — Tyler Bouchard (two goals, one assist) and Trevor Gerling (one goal, two assists) led the charge as the Huskies (9-9-2, 6-7-1 Atlantic Hockey) escaped with a win over the Lakers (10-9-1, 8-5-0) in Storrs, Conn.

Women’s hockey

BC 5, Mercyhurst 1 — Alex Carpenter notched her 17th and 18th goals to go along with an assist and Ashley Motherwell scored twice to lead the No. 2 Eagles (17-3-2) past the Lakers (16-4-1) in nonleague action in Erie, Pa.

  Carpenter set the BC record for most consecutive games with a point as she extended her streak to 20 games.

Corinne Boyes made 17 saves in the victory.

Harvard 4, Rensselaer 1 — Lyndsey Fry scored her 10th and 11th goals of the year, including the unassisted winner at 7:45 of the first period, as the third-ranked Crimson (15-1-1, 12-0-0 ECAC) skated past the Engineers (6-15-2, 4-7-0) at Bright Hockey Center.

Emerance Maschmeyer turned aside 14 shots.

Vermont 0, Maine 0 — Goaltending stole the show as Vermont’s Roxanne Douville made 30 saves and Maine’s Brittany Ott stopped 26 shots as the Catamounts (6-12-3, 4-4-3 Hockey East) and Black Bears (3-17-2, 1-10-1) skated to a scoreless tie in Orono.

Men’s basketball

Vermont 81, Stony Brook 73 — Candon Rusin scored a career-high 25 points and Clancy Rugg had 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Catamounts (12-6, 5-1 America East) beat the Seawolves (13-5, 4-1) in Burlington, Vt., to take over first place in the conference.

Iona 84, Fairfield 73 — Lamont Jones scored 27 points to lead the the Gaels (12-6, 6-1 MAAC) over the Stags (10-9, 2-5) in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Fairfield’s Derek Needham scored 19 of his team-high 26 points in the second half.

Middlebury 66, Hamilton 47 — Nolan Thompson reached the 1,000-point plateau with an 18-point effort to lead the No. 3 Panthers (15-0, 5-0 NESCAC) over the Continentals (8-9, 1-4) in Middlebury, Vt.

Amherst 80, Bowdoin 70 — Peter Kaasila led the No. 16 Lord Jeffs (14-2, 4-0 NESCAC) with 19 points and seven rebounds in their win over the visiting Polar Bears (9-5, 2-2).

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