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NCAA Game Weekend: February 2-3, 2019

Miami Redhawks 1 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 (Friday)
Miami Redhawks 1 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-11-13, +17, 6 PIM

The #1 ranked Huskies blistered the Redhawks this weekend, sweeping the weekend series with a pair of 5-1 conference home wins Friday and Saturday night. On Friday, Canadiens prospect Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) scored twice and added a pair of assists to lead St. Cloud to victory, with two of his four points coming on the power-play. On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Nick Perbix potted his second goal of the season and added an assist in St. Cloud’s reprise of Friday night’s 5-1 win. Blake Lizotte (undrafted) scored twice and added an assist to lead the Huskies offensively. Kings goalie prospect David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) made 36 saves on 38 shots over the coarse of the two-game weekend series, avenging a pair of tie games against Miami in Oxford back in late November. Perbix now ranks 5th in plus-minus, Top-8 in assists, and Top-10 in points among Division I freshmen defensemen, all while playing on a deep roster of the nation’s top-ranked team.

St. Cloud State improves to 20-4-2 (12-2-2 NCHC) and hosts Colorado College next weekend for a pair of NCHC conference games. The Huskies swept the Tigers on the road in Colorado Springs in early November.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 @ Colorado College Tigers 4 (Friday)
#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 6 @ Colorado College Tigers 0 (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 9/18 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-9-11, +6, 8 PIM

The #3 Bulldogs split a pair of road games in Colorado Springs this weekend against the Tigers. On Friday night, Lighting prospect Cole Koepke had a bit of a rough outing for UMD with a -3 rating, while Troy Conzo (undrafted) scored twice and goalie Alex Leclerc (undrafted) made 40 saves for Colorado College. Saturday night the Bulldogs rebounded with a six-goal outburst behind a pair of goals from Koby Bender (undrafted) and a 23-save shutout from goalie Hunter Shepard (undrafted). Koepke fired a game-high 5 shots, but the scoresheet eluded him once again, extending his pointless streak to 8 games after scoring 11 points in his first 18 games of the season.

Minnesota-Duluth’s record now stands at 17-7-2 (10-5-1 NCHC), losing the ground they gained last weekend against St. Cloud State in the NCHC conference standings, and looks ahead to a big conference matchup against #7 Denver next weekend at home in Duluth.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks 1 @ #4 Denver Pioneers 2 (Friday)
North Dakota Fighting Hawks 1 @ #4 Denver Pioneers 1 OT (Saturday)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/16 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 10-9-19, +16, 12 PIM

UND rolled into Denver this weekend and played a pair of tightly contested road games against the Pioneers, splitting the series and holding Denver to just 3 total goals Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday night, Denver goalie and Red Wings prospect Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) made 45-saves to steal a win for the home team. On Saturday night, Larsson once again held off North Dakota from victory, making 34-saves to secure a tie with the Fighting Hawks.

Denver’s record now stands at 15-6-4 (7-6-2-2 NCHC) on the season and hits the road for a big conference showdown next weekend against #3 Minnesota-Duluth.

#13 Cornell Big Red 4 @ #18 Union Dutchmen 0 (Friday)
#13 Cornell Big Red 1 @ RPI Engineers 1 OT (Saturday)

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

Bolt prospect followers can finally breathe a sigh of relief after 2018 draft pick Alex Green returned to action this weekend for Cornell after missing 16 games due to injury. On Friday, the Big Red delivered a thumping of the 18th ranked Dutchmen behind a 24-save shutout by goalie Matthew Galajda (undrafted) and a pair of goals from Rangers prospect Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick). On Saturday night, RPI’s netminder Owen Savory (undrafted) made 40 saves to stick Cornell with a 1-1 tie.

Cornell’s record now stands at 13-6-2 (9-3-2 ECAC) and returns home for a pair of conference games against #10 Clarkson and St. Lawrence.

#19 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Northeastern Huskies 1 (Friday)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/14 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 10-12-22, +5, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin earned 2nd Star honors Friday night, scoring what would be the game-winning goal in the 3rd period to break a 1-1 deadlock. It was Lohin’s 10th goal of the season, eclipsing his 2017-18 goal totals in 15 fewer games.

UMass-Lowell improves to 15-8-2 (9-4-2 HEAST) and looks ahead next weekend to a pair of home games against Boston College and #2 UMass (Amherst).

Michigan Wolverines 4 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 (Friday)
Michigan Wolverines 3 @ Minnesota Gophers 4 (Saturday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 17 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 0-4-4, -6, 21 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 8/15 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 8-10-18, +2, 14 PIM

The Gophers split a pair of Big Ten conference games against the visiting Wolverines this weekend. On Friday night, Predators prospect Rem Pitlick scored once and added an assist as Michigan doubled up Minnesota to claim the first leg of the series. On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Sammy Walker got his first start of the season, as head coach Bob Motzko went with the Freshman line for the first puck drop. After leading 3-0, the Wolverines erased the three-goal deficit behind a pair of 2nd period goals from Michael Pastujov (undrafted). Fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf earned a five-minute major later in the 2nd period for checking from behind along with a 10-minute game conduct, but the Golden Gopher PK held tough, and Minnesota scored in the 3rd to make the win stick.

Minnesota’s record now stands at 11-12-4 (8-7-3 B1G) and treks to Penn State next week for a pair of conference games against the #15-ranked Nittany Lions.

Maine Black Bears 2 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 (Friday)
Maine Black Bears 5 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 (Saturday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

Sharks prospect Mike Robinson tended the nets in both weekend games against Maine, making 37 saves Friday night for a Wildcats victory. Ara Nazarian (undrafted) scored twice and added an assist for the Wildcats. On Saturday night, Bears goalie and Bruins prospect Jeremy Swayman (BOS, 2017 4th round pick) made 41 saves as Maine rebounded to split the series with UNH. Mitchell Fossier (undrafted) scored twice in a four-point night to lead the Black Bears offensively.

New Hampshire’s record now stands at 10-9-8 (6-6-5 HEAST) and hits the road to Burlington to face off against the Catamounts next weekend for a pair of conference Hockey East games.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 1-26-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 1 @ North Dakota Fighting Hawks 5

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 1-10-11, +15, 6 PIM

UND bounced back Saturday night at home, splitting the weekend series with the top-ranked Huskies after a dominating 5-1 win behind a pair of goals each from Flyers prospect Gavin Hain (PHI, 2018 6th round pick) and Dixon Bowen (undrafted). North Dakota goalie Adam Scheel (undrafted) made 22 saves for the win, handing St. Cloud just their 2nd conference loss on the season. Bolt prospect Nick Perbix has 10 assists on the season, good for 9th among Division I freshmen defensemen and only 5 assists off Mike Lundin’s 16 assists in his freshman season at Maine as Tampa Bay’s best collegiate freshman blueliner.

St. Cloud State drops to 18-4-2 (10-2-2 NCHC) and return home to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center next weekend for a pair of NCHC conference games against Miami University.

#4 Denver Pioneers 1 @ #13 Western Michigan Broncos 5

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4/11 FO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 10-9-19, +16, 10 PIM

Lightning prospect Cole Guttman setup up Denver’s lone goal Saturday night, a Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) power-play marker early in the 3rd down 5-0 to the Broncos. Just a few weeks ago, WMU swept a high ranked Minnesota-Duluth team at home, and this weekend the Bronco do the same to the #4 Pioneers. Cam Lee (undrafted) and Dawson DiPietro (undrafted) each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Western Michigan, and goalie Gorsuch (undrafted) made 36-saves, including 19 in the 3rd period for the win.

Denver drops to 14-6-3 (6-6-1-1 NCHC) on the season and returns home next weekend for a pair of conference games against North Dakota.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ #5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 2-9-11, +8, 8 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke set up Koby Bender (undrafted) on what would be the eventual game-winner Saturday night, as UMD swept the weekend series against UNO. A night after firing 56 shots on goal, the Bulldogs launched another 52 shots on goalie Evan Weninger (undrafted).

Minnesota-Duluth improves to 16-6-2 (9-4-1 NCHC), gaining ground against both St. Cloud State and Denver University, and looks ahead next weekend to a road series against Colorado College.

Colgate Raiders 3 @ #12 Cornell Big Red 2 OT

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

John Snodgrass (undrafted) scored the OT game-winner, his 2nd goal of the game, Saturday to lift the Raiders over the Big Red, ending Cornell’s 5-game winning streak. Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 16th game on the season due to injury.

Cornell drops to 12-6-1 (8-3-1 ECAC) and the Big Red hit the road next weekend for games against #16 Union and against RPI.

Boston College Eagles 4 @ #19 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 9-12-21, +3, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Ryan Dmowski (undrafted) scored a power play goal for the River Hawks late in the game Saturday night to force overtime and the eventual tie. Dmowski scored two goals and added an assist to lead UML. Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin had his five-game points streak snapped, failing to hit the scoresheet for just the 3rd time in his last 16 games.

UMass-Lowell’s record now stands at 14-8-2 (8-4-2 HEAST) and takes on Northeastern next Friday night in Boston.

Wisconsin Badgers 4 @ Minnesota Gophers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-4-4, -4, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: did not play
Season Totals: 24 GP, 8-10-18, +3, 12 PIM

Predators prospect Rem Pitlick scored twice and Tyler Sheehy notched three assists for the Gophers, but it was enough as the Badgers rallied from a 3-2 deficit for the win against the Walker-less Minnesota squad. It’s not immediately clear while Bolt prospect Sammy Walker did not dress for the 2nd match of this weekend home series against Wisconsin the night after his best collegiate game.

The Golden Gophers drop to 10-11-4 (7-6-3 B1G) and continue their home stand next weekend against the University of Michigan.

UConn Huskies 0 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 6

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

Sharks prospect Mike Robinson pitched a 36-save shutout Saturday night as UNH scores six against UConn. New Hampshire improves to 9-8-8 (5-5-5 HEAST) and welcomes Maine to the Whittemore Center next weekend for a pair of conference Hockey East games.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 1-25-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ North Dakota Fighting Hawks 1

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 1-10-11, +16, 6 PIM

Bolt prospect Nick Perbix assisted on a Micah Miller (undrafted) goal with 14 seconds left in the 2nd to knot the score 1-1 on Friday night in Grand Forks against UND. The top-ranked Huskies would go on to tally two 3rd period markers and claim their 10th conference win of the season, a road victory in a tough venue. St. Cloud State improves to 18-3-2 (10-1-2 NCHC) and look to complete the sweep Saturday night when these two teams resume their weekend series.

#4 Denver Pioneers 1 @ #13 Western Michigan Broncos 3

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-8-18, +16, 10 PIM

Lightning prospect Cole Guttman helped setup up Denver’s lone goal Friday night, a Liam Finlay (undrafted) marker early in the 3rd to cut WMU’s lead to 2-1, but the Pioneers could never get the equalizer. Broncos special teams was the difference maker, scoring both short-handed and on the power play in the 2nd and Western Michigan goalie Trevor Gorsuch (undrafted) turned away 14 3rd period shots to make the tenuous lead stick. Denver drops to 14-5-3 (6-5-1-1 NCHC) on the season, and looks to split the weekend series Saturday night in the conference rematch.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ #5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 7

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 8 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke fired a season-high 7 shots Friday night as part of a UMD 56-shot barrage on UNO goalies Evan Weninger and Matej Tomek (PHI, 2015 3rd round pick). Wild prospect Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) notched a hat trick off a stunning 12-shots on goal performance to lead the Bulldogs offensively. Minnesota-Duluth improves to 15-6-2 (8-4-1 NCHC) and hopes to complete the sweep Saturday night.

#12 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Colgate Raiders 2

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Mitch Vanderlaan (undrafted) scored a goal and added an assist on Cornell’s two goal 1st period Friday night to establish an early lead. But Bobby McMann (undrafted) led a Colgate rally with a goal and an assist of his own to knot the score 2-2 before the Big Red got the game-winner from Michael Regush (undrafted). Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 15th game on the season due to injury. Cornell improves to 12-5-1 (8-2-1 ECAC) as the teams travel to Ithaca Saturday night for the back half of this home-and-home series.

#19 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Boston College Eagles 1

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 9-12-21, +4, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

UML celebrated their newly minted Top-20 ranking with their 6th straight win Friday night on the road at Boston College. Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin set up Reid Stefanson’s (undrafted) 2nd goal of the game, an empty netter with 21 seconds left to seal the win. UMass-Lowell improves to 14-8-1 (8-4-1 HEAST) and returns to the Tsongas Center Saturday night for the back half of this weekend home-and-home series with the Eagles.

Wisconsin Badgers 4 @ Minnesota Gophers 9

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/7 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 8-10-18, +3, 12 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker led the way Friday as the Gophers unleashed a season’s worth of frustration, putting up 9 goals on the visiting Badgers. Walker scored twice and added an assist for his first multi-goal game of his collegiate career. Fellow Lightning prospect and teammate Ryan Zuhlsdorf added an assist of his own, setting up Minnesota’s 4th goal early in the 3rd to quell a Wisconsin rally from a 3-0 1st period deficit that saw the Badgers tighten the score to 3-2. Wisconsin would rally again later in the 3rd, once again drawing within a goal to 5-4 before the Gophers unleashed four goals in the final 5 minutes of the game, including two by Walker and Minnesota’s Freshman Line. For Walker, his 8 goals on the season places him tied for 4th among Division I freshman nationwide. The Golden Gophers improve to 10-10-4 (7-5-3 B1G) and look to complete the weekend sweep Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ UConn Huskies 2 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

Alexander Payusov (undrafted) scored twice for the Huskies Friday night, pacing UConn to a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd over the Wildcats. But Jackson Pierson (undrafted) tied the game for UNH to help the Wildcats squeeze out their 8th tie of the season. New Hampshire’s record now stands at 8-8-8 (4-5-5 HEAST) as these two teams head to the Whittemore Center Saturday night for the back end of this weekend home-and-home series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 1-19-19

#10 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 1-9-10, +15, 6 PIM

#2 ranked St. Cloud State completed the weekend sweep of #10 WMU Saturday night, pelting both Bronco goalies with a total of 37 shots. The Poehling brothers, Jack, Nick, and Ryan (MTL, 2017 1st round pick), combined for a goal and four assists along with 8 shots. Western Michigan scored the lone 1st period goal, but the Huskies reeled off four 2nd period tallies, two on the power play, to put the game out of reach by the second intermission.

St. Cloud State improves to 17-3-2 (9-1-2 NCHC) and hit the road next weekend for a showdown in Grand Forks against #20 North Dakota. The Huskies will likely roll into Ralph Englestad Arena back atop the USCHO Division I rankings after #1 UMass-Amherst dropped a 2-1 OT tilt to #8 Northeastern Saturday night.

#3 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Colorado College Tigers 4 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/7 FO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 10-7-17, +15, 10 PIM

After sitting on a bus Friday night for hours waiting for a jack-knifed tractor trailer to get cleared from blocking Hwy 83, the Pioneer squad had to rally twice Saturday night just to preserve a tie with cross-state and conference rival Colorado College. The Tigers were 3 of 4 on the power play, building a 2-1 lead in the 1st and a 4-2 lead in the 2nd using an efficient man advantage. Brett Stapley (MTL, 2018 7th round pick) scored twice for Denver, including the 4-4 equalizer that capped a two-goal 3rd period rally for the Pioneers. Trey Bradley (undrafted) scored twice for Colorado College to lead the Tigers offensively.

Denver’s record is now 14-4-3 (6-4-1-1 NCHC) on the season, losing ground to St. Cloud in the conference standings not just because of the tie Saturday night, but also the Friday postponement. Next weekend the Pioneers travel to Kalamazoo to take on a frustrated #10 WMU squad that dropped a pair of games this weekend to St. Cloud by a combined score of 7-3.

#5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ Miami Redhawks 0

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 2-8-10, +6, 8 PIM

A night after pitching a 23-save shutout of the Redhawks, UMD goalie Hunter Shepard (undrafted) comes back Saturday night with a 17-save shutout as the #5 Bulldogs swept Miami by total score of 7-0 over the two-game weekend series in Oxford. Wild prospect Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) also repeated his Friday night performance by once again putting up a goal and an assist to lead UMD offensively.

Minnesota-Duluth improves to 14-6-2 (7-4-1 NCHC), keeping pace with St. Cloud and jumping ahead of Denver in the NCHC conference standings. The Bulldogs return home to Amsoil Arena next weekend for a pair of conference games against Nebraska-Omaha.

Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ #15 Cornell Big Red 5

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Cornell’s early season struggles seem to be a distant memory as the Big Red continues to roll, notching their 7th ECAC conference win of the season Saturday night against the visiting Dartmouth College squad. Austin McGrath made 22 saves and Cam Donaldson (undrafted) and Beau Starrett (CHI, 2014 3rd round pick) each scored a goal and an assist to lead Cornell to their 11th win of the season. Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 14th game on the season due to injury.

The Big Red improves to 11-5-1 (7-2-1 ECAC) and looks forward to a home-and-home conference series next weekend against Colgate.

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-11-20, +4, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Rangers prospect Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) pasted a 25-save shutout on the scoreboard and Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin set up a Mattias Goranssen (undrafted) goal as the River Hawks cruised to their 5th straight win dating back to January 4th when UML knocked off #1 UMass-Amherst 2-1.

UMass-Lowell improves to 13-8-1 (7-4-1 HEAST) and looks to bank the sweep Saturday night against this same Vermont squad. Next weekend, UML squares off against Boston College in a home-and-home Hockey East conference series.

Minnesota Gophers 3 @ Michigan State Spartan 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/9 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-7-13, +8, 12 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker opened the scoring Saturday night in East Lansing just 4:52 into the game set up by the Gopher's much touted Freshman Line that includes Ducks prospect Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) and Nathan Burke (undrafted). But the Spartans reeled off four-straight, three on the power play to put the game out of reach. Mitch Lewandowski (undrafted) scored twice for MSU and Taro Hirose notched three assists to extend his NCAA Division I leading 27 assists and 38 points. For Walker, it was his 6th goal of the season and along with fellow Bolt prospect Cole Guttman’s 10 goals as a freshman, firmly puts these Lightning NCAA prospects among the best of Division I freshman. By contrast, USA WJC silver medalists and freshmen Tyler Madden (VAN/Northeastern) has 8 goals and Joel Farabee (PHI/BU), Noah Cates (PHI/UMD), Jack Drury (CAR/Harvard) and Nolan Walker (undrafted/STC) all have 6 goals on the season.

The Golden Gophers drop to 9-9-4 (6-4-3 B1G) and look to spilt the weekend series Sunday afternoon in a rematch against WMU.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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