Men's conference tournament tracker: Wednesday wrap

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Both the SUNYAC and the UCHC kicked off their postseasons on Wednesday night with a pair of quarterfinal games each, three of which went down to the wire and were settled by a single goal. The end results: Buffalo State, Fredonia, Neumann and Elmira all were victorious and have all advanced to their respective league semifinals.

Fredonia's 4-3 quarterfinal win at Plattsburgh State advanced the Blue Devils to the SUNYAC semifinals  for the first time since 2012.
Photo: Fredonia Athletics

As always you can stay caught up on all of the conference tournaments below with our conference-by-conference postseason scoreboards for each league, but here's how things shook out on Wednesday:


SUNYAC

No. 15 Buffalo State jumped out to a 4-1 third period lead on SUNY Potsdam  after a Vadim Vasjkonkin goal at the 8:12 mark of the period, but Potsdam stormed back as Dylan Vander Esch scored a power play goal at the 9:35 mark of the period and added an even-strength tally with 1:50 to go.

The Bears carried a 13-5 shot advantage in the third but were unable to find the game-tying tally in the final two minutes and Buffalo State held on for the 4-3 win. Goaltender Ian Sylves finished with 28 saves to help lead the Bengals, while Vasjonkin also scored in the second period. Zach Niemenen and Zach Remers also scored for Buffalo State.

The win advances the Bengals to Saturday's semifinal where they will travel to face No. 8 SUNY Geneseo. Buff State is 0-1-1 against Geneseo this season.

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For the first time since 1991 Plattsburgh State has failed to reach the SUNYAC semifinals as the Cardinals fell 4-3 at home to Fredonia State despite piling up an apparent 58 shots on goal.

Matt Quilty and Liam Lawson both scored first period goals to give Plattsburgh a 2-1 lead after one, but Fredonia countered with second period goals by Victor Tracy and Jacob Hynes to tie the game at three after 40 minutes. The lone third period tally and game-winner came from Fredonia's Ryan Dunner with 6:40 to play.

Fredonia netminder Anton Rosén finished the night with 55 stops to backstop the Blue Devils to the league semifinals for the first time since 2012. In the semis, Fredonia will face top-seed Oswego State, which it is 0-2 against this season and has not defeated since the opening game of the 2013-14 season.


UCHC

Elmira was the third 4-3 winner of the night thanks in large part to a Chris Moses game-winner with 9:36 remaining in the third period. Neither team ever led by more than a goal, and Elmira took its first lead of the night when Connor Powell scored his second of the night just 17 seconds into the third period.

Manhattanvilles Axel Walltott scored on the power play at the 8:59 mark of the third to again draw things all square, but Moses' converted just under 90 seconds later to give the Soaring Eagles the lead for good.  Nick Ford also scored and added two assists for Elmira, which Matthew Cuce finished with a pair of assists.

On tap next for Elmira is a semifinal date with second-seed Stevenson. The Soaring Eagles and Mustangs have met twice this season with both contests ending in 2-2 ties.

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Joining Elmira in the semifinals will be Neumann, which went on the road and scored a 3-1 win over Lebanon Valley. The win advances the Knights to the semifinals where they will face No. 1 seed Utica. The Knights and Pioneers split their two regular seasons meetings this year with Utica scoring a 9-1 win on December 9 and Neumann notching a 3-2 win on February 10.

The game was deadlocked at one after the opening period, but Zach Boyle and Glenn Florczak both scored in the second period to give Neumann the 3-1 lead it never relinquished.

Paul Butler also scored for Neumann while Cole Hepler notched Lebanon Valley's only goal of the night. Matt Gibney finished with 28 saves for Neumann, which outshot Lebanon Valley 37-29 on the night.

 

Conference tournament formats, schedules and results


CCC

Tournament format: Top eight teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games.  All rounds are single game format.  Champion  receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Salve Regina, 2 Endicott, 3 University of New England, 4 Curry, 5 Nichols, 6 Wentworth, 7 Suffolk, 8 Western New England

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 17 Suffolk  2  Endicott  10  Final BX
  Western New England  1  Salve Regina  8  Final BX
  Nichols  4  Curry  3  Final BX RC
  Wentworth  3  University of New England  6  Final BX RC
Feb. 24 University of New England  4  Endicott  1  Final BX RC
  Nichols  5  Salve Regina  4  Final RC BX P
Mar. 3 Nichols  8  University of New England  3  Final BX RC

Championship game: Saturday, March 3
all times Eastern


MASCAC

Tournament format: Top six teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games, top two seeds receive byes to the semifinals.  All rounds are single game format. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Plymouth State, 2 Fitchburg State, 3 Worcester State, 4 Westfield State, 5 UMass Dartmouth, 6 Salem State

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 24 Westfield State  4  Mass-Dartmouth  5  Final - OT BX
  Salem State  3  Worcester State  2  Final BX
Feb. 27 Mass-Dartmouth  3  Plymouth State  1  Final BX
  Salem State  2  Fitchburg State  5  Final BX
Mar. 3 Mass-Dartmouth  0  Fitchburg State  2  Final BX P P

Championship game: Saturday, March 3
all times Eastern


MIAC

Tournament format: Top five teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games, top three seeds receive byes to the semifinals.  All rounds are single game format. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 St. John's, 2 St. Thomas, 3 Augsburg, 4 Gustavus Adolphus, 5 Concordia (MN)

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 22 Concordia-Moorhead  1  Gustavus Adolphus  2  Final BX
Feb. 24 Augsburg  4  St. John's  3  Final BX
  Gustavus Adolphus  4  St. Thomas  3  Final - OT BX RC P P
Mar. 3 Gustavus Adolphus  1  Augsburg  3  Final BX P P

Championship game: Saturday, March 3
all times Eastern


NCHA

Tournament format: Top four teams from each of the North and South divisions qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games.  Teams are paired off by division for the quarterfinals, with the #1 seeded North team facing the #4 North team and the #2 North team facing the #3 North team. The South dvision teams do the same. The quarterfinals and semifinals are kept within the divisions. Higher seed hosts all games. Semifinals and championship are single elimination.  Quarterfinals are first to three point series with a minigame if neccessary. Adrian is considered the #1 overall seed.  Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: North 1 St. Norbert, 2 Marian, 3 St. Scholastica, 4 Lawrence. South 1 Adrian, 2 Concordia (WI), 3 Lake Forest, 4 MSOE

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 16 St. Scholastica  1  Marian  4  Final BX
  MSOE  2  Adrian  3  Final BX
  Lawrence  1  St. Norbert  3  Final BX
  Lake Forest  5  Concordia (Wis.)  3  Final BX
Feb. 17 MSOE  3  Adrian  6  Final BX
  St. Scholastica  2  Marian  3  Final BX P
  Lawrence  1  St. Norbert  3  Final BX
  Lake Forest  2  Concordia (Wis.)  1  Final - OT BX P
Feb. 24 Lake Forest  0  Adrian  9  Final BX
  Marian  0  St. Norbert  3  Final BX P
Mar. 3 St. Norbert  2  Adrian  1  Final - OT BX RC

Championship game: Saturday, March 3
all times Eastern


NEHC

Tournament format: All eight teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games and all rounds are single game format. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Norwich, 2 Hobart, 3 Babson, 4 UMass Boston, 5 New England College, 6 Skidmore, 7 Southern Maine, Castleton

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 17 New England College  3  UMass Boston  5  Final BX RC
  Skidmore  2  Babson  3  Final - 2OT BX RC P
  Southern Maine  0  Hobart  8  Final BX
  Castleton  1  Norwich  2  Final - 2OT BX
Feb. 24 Babson  2  Hobart  3  Final BX
  UMass Boston  3  Norwich  6  Final BX
Mar. 3 Hobart  3  Norwich  0  Final BX

Championship: Saturday, March 3
all times Eastern


NESCAC

Tournament format: Top eight teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts quarterfinals; semifinals and finals are hosted at a single location by the highest remaining seed.  All rounds are single game format. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Trinity, 2 Amherst, 3 Connecticut College, 4 Hamilton, 5 Wesleyan, 6 Colby, 7 Williams, 8 Bowdoin

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 24 Tufts  0  Trinity  2  Final BX RC
  Wesleyan  2  Hamilton  1  Final BX
  Williams  4  Connecticut College  2  Final BX
  Colby  5  Amherst  1  Final BX
Mar. 3 Colby  5  Wesleyan  1  Final BX P
  Williams  2  Trinity  5  Final BX RC
Mar. 4 Colby  4  Trinity  1  Final BX RC RC

Championship game: Sunday, March 4
all times Eastern


SUNYAC

Tournament format: Top six teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games, top two seeds receive byes to semifinals. All games single game format. Champion receives automatic bid to NCAA tournament. The top 3 seeds are currently set but only one point separates 4th through 7th.

 

Seeding: 1 Oswego State, 2 Plattsburgh State, 3 SUNY Geneseo, 4 Buffalo State, 5 Fredonia, 6 Brockport

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 21 SUNY Potsdam  3  Buffalo State  4  Final BX RC
  Fredonia  4  Plattsburgh State  3  Final BX
Feb. 24 Fredonia  3  Oswego State  1  Final BX RC
  Buffalo State  2  SUNY Geneseo  5  Final BX P
Mar. 3 Fredonia  1  SUNY Geneseo  7  Final BX RC P

Championship game: Saturday, March 3
all times Eastern


UCHC

Tournament format: Top six teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games, top two seeds receive byes to the semifinals.  All rounds are single game format.  The champion does not receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 Utica, 2 Lebanon Valley, 3 Stevenson, 4 Manhattanville, 5 Neumann, 6 Elmira

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 21 Elmira  4  Manhattanville  3  Final BX RC
  Neumann  3  Lebanon Valley  1  Final
Feb. 24 Neumann  2  Utica  5  Final BX
  Elmira  5  Stevenson  3  Final BX RC
Mar. 3 Elmira  3  Utica  8  Final BX RC

Championship game: Saturday, March 3
all times Eastern


WIAC

Tournament format: All five teams qualify.  Higher seed hosts all games, top three seeds receive byes to semifinals. Championship game is single game, first round and semifinals are first-to-three-point series w/minigame if necessary.  The champion does not receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

 

Seeding: 1 UW-Stevens Point, 2 UW-Eau Claire, 3 UW-Stout, 4 UW-Superior, 5 UW-River Falls

Date Away Home Time/Status Links
Feb. 16 UW-River Falls  7  UW-Superior  1  Final BX
Feb. 17 UW-River Falls  3  UW-Superior  3  Final - OT
Feb. 23 UW-River Falls  1  UW-Stevens Point  5  Final
  UW-Stout  1  UW-Eau Claire  4  Final P BX
Feb. 24 UW-River Falls  2  UW-Stevens Point  3  Final
  UW-Stout  3  UW-Eau Claire  2  Final BX P P
  UW-Stout  0  UW-Eau Claire  1  Final P BX
Mar. 3 UW-Eau Claire  3  UW-Stevens Point  2  Final P BX

Championship game: Saturday, March 3
all times Eastern

 

 

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