2012 NCAA Hockey: Several ranked teams hitting the ice Saturday

J. Meric

There are 23 games going on in college hockey on Saturday, and the top four ranked teams are all in action.

11 ranked teams will be hitting the ice throughout the day Saturday. There are also a pair of games where both teams are ranked; No. 14 Northeastern is taking on No. 3 Boston College, and No. 10 Massachusetts-Lowell is going up against No. 19 Colorado College.

No. 1 Minnesota at Michigan Tech

These two teams are playing for the second straight night. In Friday's game, Minnesota fell behing 3-1 after the first period and could not recover, losing their WCHA opener, 5-3. Michigan Tech was led by Blake Pietilla, who scored a pair of goals in the upset victory.

No. 2 North Dakota at Alaska

North Dakota is taking part in the Alaska Goal Rush tournament, and they played Alaska-Anchorage Friday night. North Dakota had no issues in its 5-0 win over Alaska-Anchorage. Goalie Clarke Saunders recorded the shutout.

No. 14 Northeastern at No. 3 Boston College

Boston College is playing its second game in as many nights. On Friday they defeated UMass 5-4 in overtime, but not before overcoming a three-goal deficit. Boston College trailed 3-0 heading into the final period, and were able to outscore UMass 4-1 to force overtime. The game-winning goal was scored by Johnny Gaudreau on an even-strength goal 3:37 in the extra frame.

Northeastern is 2-0 and has not played since last Saturday. That game was also against Boston College, and Northeastern won, 3-1.

Providence at No. 4 Miami (OH)

These two schools are playing back-to-back games against each other. In Friday night's game, Providence shocked Miami by playing them to a 1-1 overtime draw. Providence had chances in overtime, getting four shots on goal while Miami had just one.

Click here for a look at the full college hockey schedule.

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