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NCAA Game Weekend: March 15-17, 2019

NCHC Tournament Quarterfinals
Miami Redhawks 2 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 (Mar 15th)
Miami Redhawks 3 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 6 (Mar 16th)
St. Cloud State wins series 2-0; advances to NCHC semifinals

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-15-20, +23, 12 PIM

The outmatched Redhawks led just once in their NCHC quarterfinal match against the top-ranked Huskies. On Friday night, St. Cloud State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Miami twice drew within a goal, but each time the Huskies held the answer. Kings prospect David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) made 23 saves, including a perfect 10 in the 1st period that allowed St. Cloud to establish the lead. On Saturday night, the Redhawks went down fighting, leading 1-0 at the first intermission and then twice tying up the game after St. Cloud rallied. But the Huskies proved too much, scoring three straight goals in the 3rd after Miami knotted the score at 3-3. Easton Brodzinski (undrafted) scored twice and added an assist for St. Cloud and both Robby Jackson (undrafted) and Wild prospect Sam Hentges (MIN, 2018 7th round pick) notched a goal and three points of their own to lead the 2-0 sweep in the best of three.

These were the 8th and 9th straight wins for the Huskies, who finish their home-ice 2018-19 season undefeated with a record of 17-0-1 and earns a semifinals berth in next weekend’s NCHC Frozen Faceoff in St. Paul. St. Cloud will play against either the #8 Denver Pioneers or the Colorado College Tigers, depending on the outcome of Monday night’s Game 3 between the Tigers and WMU.

NCHC Tournament Quarterfinals
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 (OT) (Mar 15th)
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 (Mar 16th)
Minnesota-Duluth wins series 2-0; advances to NCHC semifinals

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-10-15, +7, 14 PIM

UMD dispensed with UNO in two-straight this weekend in their NCHC quarterfinal matchup in Duluth. On Friday night, Wild prospect Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) potted the OT game-winner at 13:42 into the extra session to give the Bulldogs the first game in the best-of-three series. Hunter Shepard (undrafted) allowed just one UNO goal on 28 shots. On Saturday night, Lightning prospect Cole Koepke scored an insurance goal just before the end of the 2nd period to extend the Bulldogs rally after falling behind 1-0 in the 1st. Peter Krieger (undrafted) led UMD with a goal and an assist and All-NCHC 1st Team goalie Shepard once again allowed just a single goal on 18 shots.

UMD finishes their 2018-19 home-ice season with a record of 13-3-1 and earns a semifinals berth in next weekend’s NCHC Frozen Faceoff in St. Paul against either the #8 Denver Pioneers or #12 Western Michigan, depending on the outcome of Monday night’s Game 3 between Colorado College and WMU.

NCHC Tournament Quarterfinals
#19 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 0 @ #8 Denver Pioneers 2 (Mar 15th)
#19 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 2 @ #8 Denver Pioneers 4 (Mar 16th)
Denver wins series 2-0; advances to NCHC semifinals

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 21/41 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-11-22, +15, 18 PIM

Denver had little trouble with North Dakota this weekend despite entering the NCHC quarterfinals with a 5-6-3 record over their last 14 conference games. On Fright night, Pioneers goalie and Red Wings prospect Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) pitched a 32-save shutout. On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Cole Guttman opened the scoring with a power-play marker early in the 1st period, and then setup a Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) goal in the 2nd to give Denver a 3-1 lead before finishing out the two-game sweep 4-2. Larsson made 40 saves, frustrating the North Dakota offense and holding them to just two goals on 74 shots over the two-game series. Guttman, who started Game 2, took a total 41 faceoffs in both games, winning 51% of them and continues to lead all NCHC freshmen in goals (12), goals/game, and faceoff wins. He is also 4th among conference freshmen in total points (23).

The 8th-ranked Denver squad led by first year bench boss David Carle earns a semifinals berth in next weekend’s NCHC Frozen Faceoff in St. Paul against either the #1 St. Cloud State Huskies or the #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, depending on the outcome of Monday night’s Game 3 quarterfinal match between WMU and Colorado College.

ECAC Tournament Quarterfinals
Union College Dutchmen 3 @ #10 Cornell Big Red 2 (Mar 15th)
Union College Dutchmen 0 @ #10 Cornell Big Red 4 (Mar 16th)
Union College Dutchmen 2 @ #10 Cornell Big Red 4 (Mar 17th)
Cornell wins series 2-1; advances to ECAC semifinals

D Alex Green, COR: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, -5, 6 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

It took three games for Cornell to knock off Union in the ECAC quarterfinals this weekend, losing Friday night’s game and then winning back-to-back elimination games Saturday and Sunday to advance. On Friday, Union rallied from a 2-1 deficit scoring twice in the 3rd to take the first match. Sebastian Vidmar (undrafted) scored and added an assist for the Dutchmen, and Darion Hanson (undrafted) made 32-saves. On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Alex Green netted his first goal of the season after an injury-marred 2018-19 campaign slowed the rangy blueliner, and Matthew Galajda (undrafted) pitched a 15-save shutout as the Big Red evened the series 1-1. On Sunday in the rubber match, Green turned in perhaps his best defensive effort of the season, notching a +3 rating and Galajda rung up a 27 saves as the Big Red rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the 1st period to advance to the ECAC semifinals next weekend in Lake Placid against the Brown Bears. The 10th-ranked Cornell squad squeaked a one-goal win against Brown at home in early November and then let the Bears score three times in the 3rd on the road in mid-February to settle for a tie.

Hockey East Tournament Quarterfinals
Boston University Terriers 3 @ #18 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 0 (Mar 15th)
Boston University Terriers 4 @ #18 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 6 (Mar 16th)
Boston University Terriers 4 @ #18 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 (Mar 17th)
Boston University wins series 2-1; advances to Hockey East Semifinals

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, +7, 12 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

The Terriers rolled into the Tsongas Center this weekend and upset the #18 ranked River Hawks, eliminating UML and Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin from the Hockey East tournament. On Friday night, BU goalie and Stars prospect Jake Oettinger (DAL, 2017 1st round pick) pitched a 25-save shutout to take Game 1. Flyers 1st rounder Joel Farabee (PHI, 2018 1st round pick) led the Terriers with a goal and an assist. On Saturday night, UML re-discovered their offense, jumping out to 3-0 1st period lead. The two team exchanged a pair of power-play goals early in the 2nd before a BU rally saw Joel Farabee twice draw his Terriers within a goal on power-play and shorthanded markers. Lohin notched his lone point of the three-game series with a 2nd period assist that re-established a UML two-goal lead. On Sunday, the Terriers jumped out to a 3-0 1st period lead of their own, and never looked back. Farabee scored his 4th of the series and Predators prospect Patrick Harper (NAS, 2016 5th round pick) led BU with a two-goal, three-point performance.

For UMass Lowell, this most certainly marks the end to their 2018-19 campaign, as there is little chance of an at large bid to the NCAA regionals after a quarterfinal exit, finishing the regular season with a record of 19-13-5 (13-9-5 HEAST). For Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin, despite having a year of NCAA eligibility remaining, it would not surprise to see Lohin to come out early and sign an ELC with the Lightning along with an ATO for the remainder of the season with the AHL Syracuse Crunch. He led the River Hawks in points this season despite playing four fewer games than his teammates, and it feels there is little left for him to gain at the collegiate hockey level.

Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
Minnesota Gophers 1 @ #16 Norte Dame Fighting Irish 2 (OT) (Mar 16th)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 22 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1/4 FO
Season Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

The 2018-19 Golden Gopher hockey season came to a heartbreaking end Saturday night, as Michael Graham scored an OT power-play game-winner just 53 seconds into the extra session to advance the Fighting Irish to the Big Ten championship next weekend against #17 Penn State. After falling behind 1-0 at the 2:00 mark of the 1st period, Bolt prospect Sammy Walker set up Avalanche prospect Sampo Ranta (COL, 2018 3rd round pick) just 3:44 later to knot the score. Goalies Mat Robson (undrafted) and Cale Morris (undrafted) would battle for the remaining 56-ish minutes before a hooking call in overtime spelled doom for Minnesota’s roller coaster season.

For Walker, he caps off a fabulous freshman season, leading all Big Ten freshmen in points, and looks forward to his sophmore campaign where he will undoubtedly have a more featured role for Gophers with seniors Tyler Sheely (undrafted), Ducks prospect Brett Gates, and Predators prospect Tommy Novak graduating. For fellow Lighting prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf, the junior left-handed blueliner ranked 4th on the Gopher defense in both assists and points. With only Wild prospect Jack Sadek graduating and 2019 draft eligible and Walker’s Edina high school teammate Ben Brinkman already putting up nearly equivalent production to Zuhlsdorf, would it be surprising to see Zuhlsdorf come out of Minnesota a year early and sign an ELC with the Lightning? Do the Lightning want to see another collegiate season from Zuhlsdorf before making a contract decision?

Hockey East Tournament Quarterfinals
New Hampshire Wildcats 4 @ #2 UMass (Amherst) Minutemen 5 (2OT) (Mar 15th)
New Hampshire Wildcats 0 @ #2 UMass (Amherst) Minutemen 6 (Mar 16th)
Massachusetts wins series 2-0; advances to Hockey East semifinals

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 1 GP, 45:23 MINS, 2 GA, 14 SVS
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-1, 3.67 GAA, 0.855 SV%

The Wildcats 2018-19 season came to an end this weekend, as the #2-ranked Minutemen scored 11 goals en route to a two-game sweep. On Friday night, UNH took UMass to the brink before Mitchell Chaffee (undrafted) scored 5:52 into the 2nd OT period. After a scoreless 1st period, the Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd before leading 4-2 early in the 3rd. The Minutemen scored three times in the 3rd, including the 4-4 equalizer by Avalanche prospect Cale Makar (COL, 2017 1st round pick) to force the extra sessions. UMass was led by Bobby Trivigno (undrafted) and Jacob Pritchard (undrafted). Sharks prospect and Wildcats goalie Mike Robinson made 48 saves in almost 86 minutes in the net and Chris Miller (undrafted) scored twice for UNH. On Saturday night, Minutemen netminder Filip Lindberg (undrafted) pitched an 18-save shutout and Brett Boeing (undrafted) scored twice as UMass scored four in the 1st period and never looked back. Lighting prospect Ty Taylor entered the game at 14:37 of the 1st period after Robinson allowed 4 goals on 9 shots. Taylor allowed 2 goals on 16 shots the rest of the way.

The freshman Taylor got just 17% of the minutes this season, sitting behind the sophomore Robinson who played the lion share of the games and minutes for the Wildcats. It is expected that Robinson would return for at least one more season with UNH, with Taylor hopefully earning trust from head coach Mike Souza for more starts and minutes in another season of backup duty.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Weekend: March 8-9, 2019

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (OT) (Mar 8th)
#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (Mar 9th)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 5-15-20, +21, 10 PIM

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 4-10-14, +7, 12 PIM

On Friday night, Lightning prospect Nick Perbix scored a pair of power-play goals, including the OT game-winner to lead the top-ranked Huskies in a big win over #3 UMD. In the 1st period, Perbix helped set up a St. Cloud power-play marker to give the Huskies the early 1-0 lead. The team’s traded three more 1st period goals as the score was knotted 2-2 at the first intermission. After a scoreless 2nd period, Perbix notched his first power-play goal early in the 3rd to give St. Cloud a 3-2 lead before the Bulldogs battled back and once again tied the game to force OT.

On Saturday night, Perbix once again notched a power play assist to help start a three-goal St. Cloud rally after dropping into a 2-0 deficit to the Bulldogs. Perbix ended his freshman regular season with 5 goals and 20 points and a +21 rating. Among NCHC freshmen defensemen, that stat line is good for 1st in the conference in plus-minus, 1st in points/game, 2nd in goals, 2nd in assists, and 3rd in total points.

The top-ranked Huskies finish the regular season with a record of 27-4-3 (19-2-3 NCHC) and will face Miami (Ohio) next weekend in a best of three series in the quarterfinals of the NCHC conference tournament. UMD finishes the regular season with a record of 21-11-2 (14-9-1 NCHC) and takes on UNO next weekend in a their best of three NCHC conference tourney quarterfinals match up.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ #6 Denver Pioneers 1 (Mar 8th)
#6 Denver Pioneers 0 @ Colorado College Tigers 1 (Mar 9th)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/23 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 11-10-21, +15, 18 PIM

The sixth-ranked Pioneers ended their regular season on a sour note, dropping both legs of a home-and-home series with cross-state rival Colorado College. On Fright night, Tigers goalie Alex Leclerc made 26-saves and then backed that up Saturday night with a 30-save shutout. Bolt prospect Cole Guttman finished the regular season leading all NCHC freshmen in goals (11), goals/game, and faceoff wins. He was also 4th in among conference freshmen in total points, and 5th in plus-minus.

Denver finishes the regular season with a record of 19-10-5 (11-10-3 NCHC) and square off next weekend in a best of three series against #19 North Dakota in the NCHC conference tournament quarterfinals.

#10 Cornell Big Red (idle)

D Alex Green, COR: idle
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 6 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

The tenth-ranked Big Red was idle this past weekend, having finished their regular season last week with a record of 17-8-4 (13-5-4 ECAC). Cornell faces off next weekend against Union College in a best of three series in the ECAC conference tournament quarterfinals.

#16 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (OT) (Mar 8th)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/12 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 12-14-26, +9, 12 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

On Friday night, the Catamounts fought the River Hawks to a draw, handing UML a disappointing season-ending 1-3-3 run in their last seven games. Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin ended his regular season campaign as UML’s leading goal-scorer, points, power play goals, and power play points, all despite missing four games with injury.

#16 UMass Lowell finishes the regular season with a record of 18-11-5 (12-7-5 HEAST) and dials up a best of three series next weekend against Boston University in the Hockey East conference tournament quarterfinals.

Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Michigan Wolverines 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 3 (OT) (Mar 8th)
Michigan Wolverines 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 4 (Mar 9th)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 22 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 10-15-25, +6, 18 PIM

The much-beleaguered Gophers entered the Big Ten conference quarterfinals this weekend on a 5-1 roll in their last six games, and rattled off two-straight wins to eliminate the Wolverines and advance to the conference semi-finals. Bolt prospect Sammy Walker set up Ducks prospect Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) Friday night on the game-tying goal in the 3rd that would force overtime before Brannon McManus (undrafted) fired home the OT winner. On Saturday night, Mat Robson (undrafted) would make 22-saves, allowing just a single Michigan goals to complete the sweep.

Minnesota improves to a record of 18-15-4 and takes on #16 Notre Dame in the Big 10 conference semifinals next weekend.

New Hampshire Wildcats 0 @ #9 Northeastern Howlin’ Huskies 4 (Mar 8th)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-1, 3.82 GAA, 0.853 SV%

On Friday night, Northeastern goalie Cayden Primeau pitched a 32-save shutout of the Widcats, ending New Hampshire’s regular season with a record of 12-13-9 (8-10-6 HEAST) and faces off next weekend against #2-ranked Massachusetts (Amherst) in a best of three series in the Hockey East tournament conference quarterfinals.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Weekend: March 1-2, 2019

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ #10 Western Michigan Broncos 4 (Mar 1st)
#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 8 @ #10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (Mar 2nd)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 3-13-16, +21, 8 PIM

On Friday night, the top-ranked Huskies battled tooth-and-nail with the #10 Broncos in Kalamazoo, rallying from a 4-2 deficit with 10 minutes left in the game to score three unanswered to squeak the win. Robby Jackson (undrafted) scored twice in the last 3 minutes of the game, including the game-winner with just 15 seconds remaining. On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Nick Perbix helped setup Blake Lizotte’s (undrafted) 2nd goal of the game, as the Huskies ran up a 7-0 score against Western Michigan before finally pasting a snowman on the scoreboard to punctuate their final road game of the season. Perbix leads all NCHC freshmen with his +21 rating, and his 13 assists are good for 6th in the conference among freshmen.

The top-ranked Huskies improve to 25-4-3 (17-2-3 NCHC) and return home next weekend for a major regular season ending showdown series against conference foe #3 Minnesota-Duluth.

Miami Redhawks 2 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 (Mar 1st)
Miami Redhawks 5 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 6 (Mar 2nd)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 4-10-14, +9, 12 PIM

On Friday night, Lightning prospect Cole Koepke scored an insurance goal in the 3rd period for the #3 Bulldogs. It was his 4th goal of the season, breaking a three-game pointless streak. After Flyers prospect Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) opened the scoring for UMD with two goals in the 2nd period, the Redhawks twice closed within a goal but could never get the equalizer. On Saturday night, Nick Wolff scored the first two goals to give the Bulldogs an early 2-0 lead, but Miami battled back to knot the score at 2-2 before rallying twice more and then surging ahead 5-4 in the 2nd period. The Bulldogs mounted a rally of their own, scoring the final two goals to complete the weekend sweep of the Redhawks.

UMD improves to 21-9-2 (14-7-1 NCHC) and hits the road for their regular season finale against top-ranked St. Cloud State next weekend.

#6 Denver Pioneers 1 @ Colorado College Tigers 0 (Feb 26th)
#6 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 (Mar 1st)
#6 Denver Pioneers 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 (OT) (Mar 2nd)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 3 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-10-21, +15, 18 PIM

Last Tuesday night, the Pioneers returned to Colorado Springs to play the postponed game from January. Denver goalie Devin Cooley (undrafted) pitched a 24-save shutout to make the goal by former Sharks and Oilers head coach Todd McLellan’s son Tyson (undrafted) stand as the game-winner.

On Fright night, Bolt prospect Cole Guttman setup Michael Davies’ (undrafted) game opening power play marker, and then closed out the Pioneer scoring in the 3rd with his 11th goal of the season. Guttman’s 11 tallies on the season sits atop the NCHC in freshmen goal scoring. On Saturday night, Kevin Conley (undrafted) scored a pair of power play goals to rally UNO to from a two-goal deficit to force a tie with the 6th-ranked Pioneers. Guttman set up a Liam Finlay (undrafted) marker early in the 2nd period to give Denver a 2-1 lead.

Denver improves to 19-8-5 (11-8-3 NCHC) and looks ahead to next weekend’s regular season finale in a home-and-home series against Colorado College.

#11 Cornell Big Red 4 @ St. Lawrence Saints 2 (Mar 1st)
#11 Cornell Big Red 2 @ #13 Clarkson Golden Knights 2 (OT) (Mar 2nd)

D Alex Green, COR: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 6 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

On Friday night, Michael Regush (undrafted) scored a pair of 1st period goals and the Big Red established a 3-0 lead and never looked back. On Saturday night, Cornell goalie Matthew Galajda (undrafted) made 33-saves to help the Big Red eek out a road tie against the 13th-ranked Golden Knights. For Lightning prospect Alex Green, an injury-marred regular season comes to an end in which he registered only three assists and a team-worst -8 rating.

Cornell finishes the season with a record of 17-8-4 (13-5-4 ECAC), and takes next weekend off before the ECAC conference tournament quarterfinals begin on March 15th.

#14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 0 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 (Mar 1st)
New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ #14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 (OT) (Mar 2nd)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/8 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 12-14-26, +8, 8 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-1, 3.82 GAA, 0.853 SV%

On Friday night, Sharks prospect Mike Robinson pitched a 29-save shutout for UNH to seal the 1-0 upset over the #14 River Hawks. On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin helped setup the game’s opening goal by Kenny Hausinger (undrafted) for his 26th point of the season, eclipsing last season’s point total in seven fewer games. The gamey Wildcats fought back to take a 2-1 lead after 1st period, before a UML power-play marker in the 2nd proved to be the equalizer. Lohin's 12 goals and 26 points leads UML in both categories

UML drops to 18-11-4 (12-4-4 HEAST) and looks ahead to next weekend’s final regular season game against Vermont. UNH improves to 12-12-9 (8-9-6 HEAST) and faces off next weekend against #9 Northeastern in their regular season finale. The Hockey East conference tournament quarterfinals begins the week after for both teams.

#12 Arizona State Sun Devils 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 5 (Mar 1st)
#12 Arizona State Sun Devils 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 5 (Mar 2nd)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 1-7-8, +1, 22 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-14-24, +5, 18 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker notched his 10th goal of the season to knot the score 1-1 in the 1st period Friday, and then setup Blake McLaughlin in the 2nd for what would be the eventual game-winner. The Golden Gophers would reel off five unanswered after surrendering the opening goal to the 12th-ranked Sun Devils. Fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf helped set up Minnesota’s 3rd goal 40 seconds into the 3rd period. In addition to a 2-point night, Walker was +2, fired a game-high 5 shots, and won over 50% of his faceoffs. Walker’s 24 points on the season leads the Big Ten freshmen in points. On Saturday night, the Gophers scored another five goals on Arizona State, with Zuhlsdorf setting up Avs prospect Sampo Ranta (COL, 2018 3rd round pick) in the 1st to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead. Zuhlsdorf ends the regular season with a three-game point streak, and is just 1 point shy of his last season’s point total in 6 fewer games.

Minnesota ends their regular season with a winning record of 16-15-4 (12-10-3 B1G), and with some momentum heading into the Big 10 conference tournament quarterfinals next weekend.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Weekend: February 22-23, 2019

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 (Feb 22nd)
#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 (Feb 23rd)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 3-12-15, +19, 8 PIM

The Huskies dispensed with the Mavericks handily this weekend, taking a pair of road conference games by a combined score of 9-1. On Friday night, Bolt prospect Nick Perbix setup a second period marker by Nick Poehling (undrafted) for his 15th point of the season, continuing his ½-point per game average he’s carried most of the season. Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) scored twice and St. Cloud goalie David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) allowed just one goal on 23 shots for the win. On Saturday night, Hrenak pitched a 30-save shutout to complete the weekend sweep. Perbix is now 3rd in the nation on plus-minus rating among Division I freshmen defensemen, Top-7 in assists and Top-10 in points.

The top-ranked Huskies improve to 23-4-3 (15-2-3 NCHC) and continue their road trip next weekend in Kalamazoo against a tough #8 ranked Western Michigan conference foe.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 @ North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4 (Feb 22nd)
#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ North Dakota Fighting Hawks 3 (Feb 23rd)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 3-10-13, +8, 8 PIM

Grand Forks is never an easy arena to play, even for the #3 Bulldogs who skated out of the weekend with a split against the Fighting Hawks. On Friday night, the goals came early and often, with UND opening the scoring just 44 seconds into the contest, but UMD getting the 1-1 equalizer a scant 41 seconds later. However, North Dakota would add another pair of 1st period goals just 1:11 apart, and UND goalie and Blue Jackets prospect Peter Thome (CBJ, 2016 6th round pick) would shut the door the rest of the way for the win in front of the home crowd. On Saturday night, UMD would bounce back with Peter Krieger (undrafted) scoring twice for the Bulldogs and salvaging a split on the road against a pesky conference opponent.

UMD’s record now stands at 19-9-2 (12-7-1 NCHC) and rolls into their bye weekend for some rest before closing out the season against Miami (Ohio) and #1 St. Cloud State.

Miami Redhawks 3 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 1 (Feb 22nd)
Miami Redhawks 2 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 5 (Feb 23rd)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/14 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-8-18, +13, 16 PIM

The #7 Pioneers were looking to bounce back this weekend in a pair of home games against the unranked Redhawks after a difficult of run of 2-3-2 in their last 7 outings. Instead, it was more of the same of the recent inconsistent play from Denver. On Friday night, Miami forward Ryan Siroky (undrafted) scored twice and Ryan Larkin (undrafted) made 46 saves to lead the Redhawks to a big road win. On Saturday night, the Pioneers bounced back behind a pair of goals from Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) and Jack Doremus (undrafted) to secure the split. Miami’s Larkin made another 38 saves for a two-game total of 84 saves.

Denver’s record now stands at 16-8-4 (8-8-2-2 NCHC) on the season, and the Pioneers have a quick turnaround for a Tuesday night rescheduled road game against Colorado College, making up for the postponed game in January. The Pioneers then continue on the road to Omaha to take on UNO next weekend.

RPI Engineers 3 @ #9 Cornell Big Red 2 (OT) (Feb 22nd)
#20 Union Dutchmen 1 @ #9 Cornell Big Red 3 (Feb 23rd)

D Alex Green, COR: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

The 9th-ranked Cornell squad struggled earlier in the month on the road against Rensselaer Polytechnic, drawing to a 1-1 tie. On Friday night at home, the Big Red once again ended with a disappointing finish against the Engineers, dropping a 3-2 OT decision. RPI netminder Owen Savory (undrafted) made 35 saves and Senators prospect Todd Burgess (OTT, 2016 4th round pick) scored the OT game-winner after Cornell’s Jeff Malott (undrafted) scored a pair of goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and force the extra session. On Saturday night, the Big Red hosted #20 Union and put down the Dutchmen after Cornell netminder Matthew Galajda (undrafted) made 30-saves to secure a weekend split.

Cornell’s record now stands at 16-8-3 (12-5-3 ECAC) and the Big Red wraps up their regular season next weekend with a pair of road ECAC conference matches against St. Lawrence and #13 Clarkson.

Merrimack Warriors 3 @ #14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 6 (Feb 22nd)
#14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Merrimack Warriors 3 (OT) (Feb 23rd)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 12-13-25, +7, 6 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin scored his 12th of the season Friday night as part of an UML two-goal 3rd period that iced the game for the River Hawks. After UML jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead, the Warriors scored three 2nd period goals of their own, before the River Hawks scored thrice more. Chase Blackmun (undrafted) and Reid Stefanson (undrafted) led UML each with a goal and two assists. On Saturday night, Merrimack forward Chase Gresock (undrafted) twice scored the equalizing goal to force a tie against UML. Lohin’s assist on the River Hawks’ 3rd goal equaled his last season’s point total in 9 fewer games.

UML’s season record now sits at 18-10-3 (12-6-3 HEAST) and looks forward to next weekend with a home-and-home Hockey East conference series against New Hampshire.

#16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 (Feb 22nd)
#16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 (Feb 23rd)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 1-5-6, -2, 21 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/17 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-13-22, +4, 18 PIM

The #16 Fighting Irish rolled into the Twin Cities this weekend and the Gophers managed to split the weekend series. On Friday, Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 1st period lead, including a goal from the Freshmen Line in which Bolt prospect Sammy Walker notched his 13th assist of the season. But Notre Dame would rally and score three unanswered in the final two periods behind a two-goal performance from Colin Theisen (undrafted) to take the first of two games on the weekend. On Saturday night, fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf helped set up a Scott Reedy 2nd period scored that would hold on as the eventually game-winner.

Minnesota’s record now stands at 14-15-4 (11-10-3 B1G) with a non-conference match up next weekend against #11 Arizona State.

#12 Northeastern Howlin’ Huskies 6 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 (Feb 22nd)
#12 Northeastern Howlin’ Huskies 6 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 0 (Feb 23rd)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 1 GP, L, 50:45 MINS, 4 GA, 15 SVS
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-1, 3.82 GAA, 0.853 SV%

The Wildcats got blistered this weekend in a pair of home losses to the 12th-ranked Howlin’ Huskies, who put up a couple of touchdowns on the outmatched UNH squad. On Friday night, Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) gave up 6 goals as Liam Pecararo (undrafted) scored a hat trick and added an assist for Northeastern. On Saturday night, Lightning prospect Ty Taylor saw his first game action since January 4, giving up 4 goals before getting pulled with just over 8 minutes left. Taylor stopped 9 of 10 shots through the first two periods. The wheels came off in the 3rd for UNH, as Taylor surrendered 3 goals on 9 shots, one on the power play and the another short-handed. Joe Lazzaro (undrafted) relieved Taylor and gave up 2 goals on 6 shots, both on the power play, as the Wildcats specials teams went off the rails. For Northeastern, Devils prospect Jeremy Davies (NJD, 2016 7th round pick) scored twice and added a pair of assists, Lincoln Griffin (undrafted) scored a pair of goals, and Percararo added three assists.

New Hampshire’s record now stands at 11-12-8 (7-9-5 HEAST) and faces off next in a home-and-home Hockey East showdown with Ryan Lohin and the UMass (Lowell) squad.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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