Islanders Williams Continues To Dominate NCAA

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Stephon Williams (WCHA)

Saturday night was a great advertisement for why NCAA hockey is so very entertaining to watch and the New York Islanders Prospects who play in the NCAAs helped put on the show. The funny thing though was that the outcomes of the games was a repeat performance in one game and almost the same in the other.

Williams Continues Hot Play

Stephon Williams (2013 fourth rd) and the third-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks were playing Kyle Schempp (2014 sixth rd) and his Ferris State Bulldogs for the fourth time in their last six games. Coming off Friday night’s 5-1 for the Mavericks, Williams and his teammates handed Schempp and his Bulldogs another 5-1 loss.

Williams stopped 17 out of 18 shots that he faced giving up just one goal to Schempp, who also scored the only goal for the Bulldogs on Friday night. Williams got a lot of help from his teammates who when they were not scoring goals were playing some strong defense as he faced just eight shots in the first period, three shots in the second and seven in the third period.

With the win, the Islanders prospect improves to 17-3-1 with a 1.72 goals against and a .921 save percentage. Those numbers make him the fifth best goalie in the NCAAs. Schempp scoring a goal for the fourth straight game (all against Minnesota State) and improves to 8-5-13.

Bischoff / Cammarata

Jake Bischoff (2012 seventh rd) and Taylor Cammarata (2013 third rd) along with their Minnesota Golden Gophers were taking on the Wisconsin Badgers in the second game of their weekend series. Friday night saw Bischoff and Cammarata helped their Gophers earn a wild 7-5 win. Saturday night was a bit of a different outcome but an equally wild game.

It started really fast with Wisconsin scoring first with their goal coming a mere nine seconds into the contest. The lead lasted until 7:57 when Bischoff scored an even strength goal to tie the game up. It was his third goal of the season and second in two games. The first period would end tied at 1-1 which led to Minnesota taking a 2-1 lead in the second period, a lead they would carry into the third when the fun really began.

Wisconsin would tie the game up on a power play goal at 7:01 of the third and Taylor Cammarata would set up an even strength goal 30 seconds later to regain the lead at 3-2. It was Cammarata’s 14th assist on the season and his 16th point. Wisconsin would score twice to take a 4-3 lead late in the third.

Minnesota would tie the game up and send it to overtime with just two seconds remaining in overtime. Cammarata did not get a point but he would set off a wild scramble in front of the net that led to the goal. Neither team scored in the overtime period so the game went to the shootout.

As with the game, the shootout round was equally as wild as it needed seven rounds to determine who would gain the extra point. Cammarata would miss on his attempt in the sixth round as Wisconsin would eventually win the round 3-2. It was an entertaining game for all involved.

Ho-Sang and others

Josh Ho-Sang (2014 first rd) earned a primary assist on his Niagara IceDogs third goal but the Barrie Colts would go on to score four unanswered goals to earn a 6-3 win ending Niagara’s 11 game “unbeaten in regulation” streak. Ho-Sang’s assist though extended his personal scoring streak to eight games (4-11-15) which improves his overall season totals to 12-45-57 which is 18th among OHL scorers.

Victor Crus Rydberg (2013 fifth rd) was scoreless as his Plymouth Whalers dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Windsor Spitfires.

Devin Toews (2014 fourth rd) missed Quinnipiac’s game against Yale due to an undisclosed injury.

Robbie Russo (2011 fourth rd) missed Notre Dame’s game with New Hampshire sitting out the second game of his suspension. Russo is eligible to return to action next weekend.

Kyle Burroughs (2013 seventh rd) sat out the fourth game of his suspension which was the last game of the suspension.

Eamon McAdam (2013 third rd) did not play in Penn State’s game with Vermont.

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