NCAA Record Involves Top Islanders Prospect

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Mar. 1, 2013; Hockey vs. Bowling Green, Robbie Russo (5).

It is the first weekend of the 2015 amateur playoff season and already a New York Islanders prospect got to be a part of a history making game. Playoff overtime and the New York Islanders is something that you cannot say without mentioning the other.

Mar. 1, 2013; Hockey vs. Bowling Green, Robbie Russo (5).

Tonight’s Star Robbie Russo Notre Dame

It lasted five overtimes and a NCAA record 151:22 but Robbie Russo (2011 fourth rd.) and his Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost game one of their best of three Hockey East playoff series to the Minutemen of UMass/Amherst 4-3. Russo had assists on all three Notre Dame goals and played his heart out. This one was for the history books as these two teams put on quite a show for the hockey world.

Russo’s night started with a secondary assist on the game’s first goal, an even strength goal at 9:39 of the first period to give Notre Dame a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Russo would get the only assist on Notre Dame’s second goal also an even strength goal. After UMass had scored to make it a 2-1 game, Russo would set up Notre Dame’s third goal this time a power play goal at 14:24 of the second period.

Notre Dame could not hold the lead and UMass rallied to tie the game before the end of the second period and then it began. No scoring in the third period and the game went into overtime, no goals in the first overtime or the second or even the third overtime period. As time wore on the game started working its way up the record book and when the fourth overtime ended there was just two other games in college history that had gone on longer.

In the fifth overtime the record for longest overtime game in NCAA Division One history had been passed and a new record had been set. Two minutes after they had set the new record, UMass would score the game winning goal at 11:42 of the fifth overtime and earn a 4-3 win as well as a 1-0 lead in the series. Russo would finish the game 0-3-3 on eight shots and an even”.

Somehow these two teams have to find a way to get ready for game two of this series on Saturday night. For Notre Dame, their entire season is now down to one loss as one more loss and it is over as they do not have a good enough record to earn an invite to the NCAA tournament unless they somehow manage to win the Hockey East tournament and the automatic bid that comes with it.

For Russo the three assists improved his numbers to 12-21-33 which is third best among NCAA defensemen. But for him, the senior defenseman he is staring at the end of his college career should Notre Dame lose this series. It might not be a bad thing as he could sign an Amateur Tryout contract and be playing for Bridgeport by next weekend.

Still this was one of the more exciting hockey games in a very long time and it was a shame that somebody had to lose.

The Race To The Playoffs

Islander prospects had a hand in shaking up the playoff races both good and bad.

Big Ten

Taylor Cammarata (2013 third rd.) and Jake Bischoff (2012 seventh rd.) each had an assist to help their 15th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 4-2. The win moved Minnesota back on top of the Big Ten Conference thanks to some help from another Islander prospect who we will get to in a minute. Cammarata setup Minnesota’s first goal of the game, an even strength goal at 13:04 of the first period.

Ohio State would tie the game 12 seconds after the first goal and it remained tied until Jake Bischoff would combine with Travis Boyd to set up Sam Warning’s goal at 17:04 to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead. Ohio State would score 19 seconds later to tie up the game at 2-2 but Minnesota would go on to win.

For Cammarata, his assist improved his season totals to 2-21-23 on his first point in five games. Jake Bischoff improved to 3-7-10. Minnesota has one more game with Ohio State on Saturday and then host Michigan State in the final two games of the Big Ten regular season.

Minnesota is back in first place in the Big Ten thanks to Eamon McAdam’s (2013 third rd.) first win since January 10th as McAdam stopped 41 out of 45 shots to lead Penn State to a 6-4 win over Michigan knocking Michigan out of first place in the Big Ten. The win was just the second in their last seven games for Penn State who are in fourth place in the Big Ten but have a slim hope of still winning the conference title.

For McAdam the win improves his numbers to 5-2-1 with a 3.03 goals against and a 0.912 save percentage. Penn State can have a huge say in the outcome of the Big Ten as they have one more game with Michigan and then finish their season with two games against Minnesota.

WCHA

Stephon Williams (2013 fourth rd.) did not make it out of the first period as he gave up three goals on 10 shots and was pulled after 18:23 as his second-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks dropped a 5-2 decision to Bemidji State. The loss prevented the Mavericks from winning the WCHA title and the McNaughton Cup that goes with it. Whoever did the stat sheet for this game has it royally messed up as Williams who gave up three goals was not charged with the goals or the loss so will skip the stats.

The big question is who will Minnesota State start in-goal on Saturday night against Bemidji State? Williams has been the best goalie all season long but Minnesota State has a ton on the line and while rightfully it should be Williams you never know.

Kyle Schempp (2014 sixth rd.) was scoreless as his Ferris State Bulldogs earned a 4-1 win over the Lake Superior State Lakers. The win combined with Northern Michigan’s loss to Michigan Tech opens a door for Ferris State to possibly move up to sixth place in the WCHA final standings with another win over Lake Superior State and a second loss or tie by Northern Michigan.

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