BURLINGTON, Vt. — Liam Coughlin scored two goals in the first 10 minutes, and the sixth-seeded Catamounts (19-11-5) rolled past the No. 11 Black Bears (11-20-4) in the first game of their best-of-three series in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

Craig Puffer, Brendan Bradley and Mario Puskarich also scored for Vermont, which can eliminate Maine with a win in Game 2 in Burlington on Saturday night.

The Black Bears are 1-7-1 in their past nine games, having allowed 37 goals in that span.


NORWICH 4, UNE 2: Amanda Conway scored two goals, including the tiebreaker with 6:34 remaining, and the top-seeded Cadets (21-5-1) beat fifth-seeded University of New England (11-14-2) in a New England Hockey Conference semifinal at Northfield, Vermont

Sarah Schwenzfeier added an empty-net goal with 1:02 left.

Mary Wirth and Gabby Crugnale scored for the Nor’easters after UNE fell into a 2-0 hole in the first 8:19.


SCRANTON 49, UNE 48: Bridgette Mann sank the winning 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left, and the Royals (24-3) rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Nor’easters (23-5) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Alexix Roman scored 14 points and Mann finished with 12 for Scranton, which didn’t lead until Mann’s last-second shot.

UNE led by as many as 11 in the third quarter and went into the fourth up 39-29 on Sadie Nelson’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Scranton battled back to make it 48-46 on a layup from Katie Broderick with 50 seconds left. UNE’s Alicia Brown missed a jamper with 22 seconds to play.

Brown led UNE with 12 points. Lindsey Howland had 11.

SUNY NEW PALTZ 62, BOWDOIN 61: Kit Small had 14 points and eight rebounds, and the Hawks (19-8) held on to beat the Polar Bears (21-5) in the first round of the Division III tournament at Ithaca, New York.

Abigail Kelly scored 13 points off the bench to pace Bowdoin. The Polar Bears trailed 50-37 early in the fourth, but responded with a 16-6 run, cutting the deficit to three on a 3-pointer from Kelly with 1:57 left.

Marle Curle hit two free throws and Kelly made a layup to pull Bowdoin within 60-58 with 26 seconds left. Lindsay Bettke made two free throws to push the lead to 62-58 with 20 seconds left and Kate Kerrigan hit a 3 with one second left for Bowdoin.

TUFTS 65, ST. JOSEPH’S 44: Jacqueline Kapp scored a game-high 18 points and the Jumbos (26-2) jumped out to a 20-4 lead against the Monks (24-5) in a Division III first-round game at Medford, Massachusetts.

Melissa Baptista added 13 points for the Jumbos, who held the Monks to 1 of 14 shooting in the first quarter.

Kelsi McNamara scored 17 points for the Monks. Hannah Marks added 11.

HUSSON 74, DESALES 72: Chandler Guerrette scored a game-high 28 points – nine in the fourth quarter – and the Eagles (23-4) held on to beat the Bulldogs (20-8) in a Division III first-round game at Tufts University in Medford, Masschusetts.

Darla Morales gave Husson the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 6:26 left that made it 57-55.


BABSON 92, HUSSON 76: Joe Flannery scored 19 of his 28 points in the first half and the Beavers (26-2) cruised past the Eagles (21-7) in the first round of the Division III tournament at Babson Park, Massachusetts.

Mitch Worcester and Raheem Anderson each scored 17 points for Husson.

(10) WEST VIRGINIA 87, (24) IOWA STATE 76: Daxter Miles Jr. tied a career high with 23 points to lead the host Mountaineers (24-7, 12-6 Big 12) past Iowa State (20-10, 12-6) .