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NCAA Game Night: 10-20-18

Maine Black Bears 2 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke tallied his first collegiate goal Saturday night with about four minutes left in the 2nd period in what would prove to be the game-winning goal. The Bulldogs built a three-goal lead, but the Black Bears battled back with a pair of goals to make it close. Maine netminder Jeremy Swayman (BOS, 2017 4th round pick) stopped 41 shots in a losing effort as UMD shot early and often. Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) notched a pair of assists for the Bulldogs, who improve to 4-1-1 after sweeping Maine in the weekend series. UMD travels to South Bend next weekend for a pair of games against #2 ranked Notre Dame.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 0 @ #4 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 2 PIM

St. Cloud State goalie Jeff Smith (undrafted) stopped just 10 Northern Michigan shots for the shutout as the Huskies defense smothered the Wildcats to sweep the two-game weekend series Saturday night. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix notched his first collegiate point, setting up a Jacob Benson (undrafted) power play marker in the 3rd for the Huskies’ fifth goal. St. Cloud State now sports a perfect 4-0-0 record on the season and hits the road next week for a Thursday night stopover at #18 ranked Boston College before a Saturday night tilt against #12 Northeastern.

Trinity Western Spartans 1 @ #6 Minnesota Gophers 7 (Exhibition)

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

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker racked up 3 primary assists in the Golden Gophers 7-1 exhibition victory over the visiting Spartans from Trinity Western University. Ryan Norman (undrafted) led the Minnesota charge with a pair of goals and an assist, while Joey Marooney (undrafted) notched 4 assists. After a couple of weekends of exhibition play, the 1-0-1 Gophers get back to games that count in the Hall of Fame Game in at a sold-out Orleans Arena in Las Vegas next Saturday night against rival #16 North Dakota.

Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 3 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/17 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +7, 4 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman was key in the Pioneers erasing a three-goal deficit to draw a tie after a scoreless overtime against the visiting Nanooks from Alaska-Fairbanks. The Nanooks built a three-goal lead with a pair of tallies in the 1st period and then scoring again early in the 2nd period, getting a goal and an assist from Kylar Hope (undrafted) and a pair of power play helpers from Chris Jandric (undrafted). Forty-seven seconds after the Nanooks’ third goal, Guttman set up Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) to get the Pioneers on the scoreboard. With the goalie pulled just under two minutes left in the game, Guttman fired home his second goal of the season and then Les Lancaster (undrafted) scored with thirty-five seconds left to force overtime. Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) notched assists on both those 6-on-5 goals to avoid a Denver loss. The Pioneers, now 3-0-1, take next weekend off before starting NCHC conference play in November against #19 Western Michigan.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ Miami Red Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/14 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

The Red Hawks scored twice in the 3rd Saturday night, including the game-winning power play goal by Derek Daschke (undrafted) as Miami squeaks out a 2-1 win to split the weekend series with UML. A night after River Hawks goalie Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) pitched a 36-save shutout, he made 30 saves but fell one save short. UML falls to 2-2-0 on the season, returning to Massachusetts next weekend against #12 Northeastern at home at the Tsongas Center before travelling to Waltham to take on Bentley.

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ Colorado College Tigers 4

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 10:23 mins, 3 GA, 6 SV
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

Lightning prospect Ty Taylor was pulled just over 10 minutes into the game after surrendering three Tigers goals on just 9 shots. Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) allowed just one goal on 20 shots the rest of the way as the Wildcats battled back to within a goal but failed to get the equalizer despite almost 3 minutes of empty net play. Ara Nazarian (undrafted) led UNH with a goal and an assist. New Hampshire, still winless at 0-3-1 on the season, opens up HEAST conference play next weekend in a Saturday night tilt against the Catamounts of Vermont.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-19-18

Maine Black Bears 2 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 8

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +4, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke fired 5 shots at Maine netminder Jeremy Swayman (BOS, 2017 4th round pick) but failed to hit the scoresheet as the 3rd-ranked Bulldogs pasted a snowman on the scoreboard at AMSOIL Arena Friday night. UMD was led by Nick Wolff (undrafted) and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) who each had a goal and three assists. UMD held Maine to just six shots through the first two periods. These two teams tangle again in non-conference play Saturday to close the weekend series.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 1 @ #4 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +6, 2 PIM

Easton Brodzinski (undrafted) scored a goal and added an assist, and Slovakian David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) made 20 saves in the Huskies victory Friday night over the visiting Wildcats. St. Cloud continues their Homecoming weekend against Northern Michigan University on Saturday night as these two team wrap up the weekend series.

Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 1 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 4

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/17 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 4 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman notched a pair of assists and won 74% of his draws as the 9th-ranked Pioneers defeated the Nanooks Friday night in non-conference play. Liam Finlay (undrafted) led the David Carle attack for Denver with a pair of goals and Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) added a goal and an assist. Denver goaltender Devin Cooley (undrafted) stopped 25 shots, including 12 in the 3rd period for the win. Alaska-Fairbanks and this Pioneer team play again Saturday night to close out the weekend series.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Miami Red Hawks 0

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/24 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) pitched a 36-save shutout Friday night as UML rolled into Oxford, OH and shutout Miami 3-0. The River Hawks got goals from three players and Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin was 54% on faceoffs. These two teams battle again Saturday night for the finale of the weekend series.

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ Colorado College Tigers 3 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 2.09 GAA, 0.917 SV%

UNH thrice overcame one goal deficits to force overtime on the road, and then Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) stopped five shots in the extra session to secure the non-conference tie. Max Gildon (FLA, 2017 3rd round pick) led the Wildcats offense with a goal and two assists, and Robinson stopped 34 shots by the Tigers. These two teams play again Saturday night to close out the weekend series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-13-18

#6 Minnesota Gophers 7 @ USA U18 Team 1 (Exhibition)

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

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

A week after toppling top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth going 1-0-1 in their weekend series, the Golden Gophers took the weekend off for exhibition play against the U.S. National U18 Team. After holding the high-powered Gophers to just 2 goals in the first 40 minutes, Team USA couldn’t hold off a 5-goal 3rd period by Minnesota. Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored twice and added an assist to lead the Gophers offensively along with a two-goal performance by Joey Marooney (undrafted). Judd Caulfield (2019 draft eligible) scored early in the 3rd for Team USA to close the Minnesota lead to 2-1, but the Gophers exploded for five unanswered. Eric Schierhorn (undrafted) made 29 saves on 30 shots. Zuhlsdorf and Walker and the rest of the Golden Gophers will play another exhibition next Saturday against Western Trinity University.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 @ #19 Michigan Tech Huskies 2

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke picked up his 2nd assist of the season as the Bulldogs completed the weekend sweep of Michigan Tech. After a scoreless 1st period, the two teams combined for six 2nd period goals, including a pair by Bulldog freshman forward Tanner Laderoute (undrafted). UMD returns home next weekend as the visiting Maine Black Bears roll into AMSOIL Arena for a two-game series.

Alabama-Huntsville 0 @ #10 Denver Pioneers 6

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 9/10 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 4 PIM

I grew up watching Chargers hockey, but UAH was outmanned and outgunned against the #10 Pioneers, as Denver blanked Alabama-Huntsville 6-0. Lightning prospect Cole Guttman was 90% on draws and threw a game-high seven shots at Charger netminder Jake Theut (undrafted), but was held off the scoresheet. Liam Finlay (undrafted), however, was not held pointless, notching a hat trick and four points to lead the Pioneers offensively. Denver goaltender Devin Cooley (undrafted) earned his first collegiate shutout, stopping all 16 Charger shots. Alaska-Fairbanks rolls into the Mile High City next weekend for a two-game series.

RIT Tigers 5 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/18 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

RIT’s Alden Dupuis (undrafted) spoiled the River Hawks’ Homecoming 46 seconds into OT to defeat UML 5-4. The River Hawks led 2-0 at the 1st intermission, but allowed four Tiger goals in the 2nd, including a pair from Abbot Girduckis (undrafted) short-handed and on the power play. UML fought back in the 3rd, scoring twice on the power play including Kenny Hausinger’s (undrafted) 2nd of the night and Reid Stefanson’s (undrafted) marker with 90 seconds left to force OT. UMass-Lowell travels to Oxford, Ohio next weekend for a pair of games against Miami (Ohio).

#5 St. Cloud State Huskies 6 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 2 PIM

The Huskies and Nanooks swapped a couple of goals until Patrick Newell (undrafted) broke open a 2-2 game in the 2nd period with his 3rd goal of the season to give St. Cloud State a 3-2 lead at the 2nd intermission. The Huskies scored three times in the 3rd, including a pair of goals from Robby Jackson (undrafted). Lightning prospect Nick Perbix was held pointless despite being on the ice for four Husky goals. St. Cloud returns home next weekend to the Herb Brooks Center for a two-game series against Northern Michigan University.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Colgate Raiders 2

G Ty Taylor, UNH: L, 57:30 mins, 2 GA, 22 SV
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 2.09 GAA, 0.917 SV%

Déjà vu all over again. Bolt prospect Ty Taylor got the start and made 20 saves on 22 shots in his collegiate debut for the Wildcats as Colgate duplicates Friday night’s 2-1 win over New Hampshire. Bobby McMann (undrafted) and Adam Dauda (undrafted) both had a goal and an assist for the Raiders, while Brendan van Riemsdyk (undrafted) scored the lone goal for UNH. Freshman netminder Mitch Benson, making his collegiate debut as well, made 35 saves for the Colgate win. UNH play Colorado College next weekend in a pair of games for their 2018-19 home opener.

Laurentian Voyaguers 1 @ #7 Cornell Big Red 6 (Exhibition)

D Alex Green, COR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Cornell’s season opener is still weeks away, but the Big Red kicked off exhibition play Saturday night with a 6-1 victory over Ontario-based Laurentian University. Lighting prospect Alex Green had a 1st period goal and assist to lift Cornell to a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. The Big Red continue exhibition play next weekend with the annual Red/White scrimmage game followed by the University of Guelph visiting for the final warm-up before the beginning of their 2018-19 campaign.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-12-18

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ #19 Michigan Tech Huskies 1

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

The top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs dropped to #3 after a tie and a loss last weekend to the Golden Gophers but took care of business Friday night on the road against the Huskies at Michigan Tech. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke launched a game-high five shots at Tech netminder Devin Kero (undrafted) but came up empty on the scoresheet. Bulldog goalie Hunter Shepard stopped 31 of 32 Tech shots, who were pressing for the equalizer in the 3rd. These two teams will tangle again Saturday night to complete the weekend series.

#10 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Air Force Falcons 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/11 FO
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Cole Guttman notched his first collegiate goal on a feed by Norwegian Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) at 4:24 of the 3rd for the Pioneers final score of the game. Petterson had a goal and two assists to lead Denver over the Falcons in their 2018-19 season opener. The Pioneer victory was the first for new Denver head coach David Carle, the youngest in the NCAA ranks and former Lightning draft pick in 2008. Pioneer goaltender Devin Cooley (undrafted) allowed just one goal on 22 shots. Denver returns home Saturday to face off against the Chargers of the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

RIT Tigers 1 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/16 FO
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The River Hawks scored two 3rd period power-play goals to overcome a late 2nd period 1-0 deficit and win their 2018-19 season opener against the Rochester Institute of Technology. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin tallied a helper on the first power play marker that tied the game and was 63% on draws. UMass-Lowell goalie Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) stopped 24 of 25 shots, keeping the River Hawks in the game until the power play stole the two points. These two teams are set to rematch Saturday night for the UMass-Lowell Homecoming celebration.

#5 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Patrick Newell (undrafted) scored twice and added an assist and Sam Hentges (MIN, 2018 7th round pick) tallied a pair of helpers as Nick Perbix and the 5th-ranked St. Cloud Huskies kicked off their 2018-19 campaign with a 3-2 victory over the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. After falling behind 1-0 to the Nanooks in the 1st, St. Cloud scored the next three to put the game out of reach. The teams complete their weekend two-game series Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Colgate Raiders 2

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play

UNH goalie Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) made 28 saves on 30 shots, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a 3rd period two-goal Raider rally to hand the Wildcats a loss in their 2018-19 season opener. These teams resume the weekend series Saturday night.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 12-28-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 0 @ Halifax Mooseheads 9

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/15 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-25-36, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Q and Otto Somppi resumed play after the break for the holidays and Islander netminder Matthew Welsh (undrafted) pitched a 36-shot shutout, and Pascal Aquin (undrafted) scored both Charlottetown goals.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Barrie Colts 4

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/11 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Barrie once each in the 1st and 2nd, and then let Sudbury draw even before Ben Hawerchuk (undrafted) scored with two minutes left in regulation to give the Colts the win. No doubt a tall order for Lipanov to come back after not making the Russian WJC squad.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Guelph Storm 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 10-4-14, -19, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Nate Ratcliffe (PHI, 2017 2nd round pick) scored twice for the Storm and the woes for the Petes continue even after a long holiday rest.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw), Cal Foote (Kelowna), and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 8

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 7-10-17, +27, 36 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors pasted a snowman on the board against the Broncos in the backside of the home-and-home series coming out of the break. Moose Jaw got goals from seven different players, with Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) scoring twice. With Swift Current’s Tyler Steenbergen (ARI, 5th round pick) off to the WJCs, Halbgewachs assumes sole lead in the WHL in goals scored with 37. Sosunov scored his 7th goal of the season as part of four-goal 3rd period.

United States Hockey League

Cedar Rapids Roughriders 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 (OT1)

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: Did not play
Season Totals: 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The Captain remained out of the lineup for the Fighting Saints for the second consecutive game, and wondering now if somehow Guttman might have gotten hurt in the championship game at the WJAC’s. Josh Maniscalco (Arizona State commit) scored in OT for Dubuque after serving a fighting major and 10 minute misconduct in the 1st for his tangle with Roughrider Will Zmolek (Bemidji State commit).

Omaha Lancers 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 3

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix was back in the Omaha lineup after silver medaling in the WJACs and taking the holiday break, but the Black Hawks blanked the Lancers behind last year’s Slovakian WJC goalie Matej Tomek’s 31-save shutout.

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 5 vs St. Michael-Albertville Knights 1

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 11 GP, 12-15-27, 8 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker and Jett Jungels (Western Michigan commit) tag-teamed on a couple of shorties to help the Hornets pull away from the Knights and win their final game of the Schwan’s Cup Gold Division tournament. Edina took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, but STMA cut the lead in half before Jungel scored his first of the game at even strength to reestablish a two-goal Hornet lead. Jungel then assisted on Walker’s shorthand marker with nearly 3 minutes left in the 2nd, and then Walker assisted on Jungel’s shorthanded tally just 19 seconds into the final frame. Edina’s win placed them 3rd in eight-team tournament, with St. Thomas Academy winning the Schwan’s Gold Cup in a shootout win over Minnetonka.

Edina plays next on January 2nd against the Burnsville Blaze.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-16-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 1 @ Canada West U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 team will have to settle for Silver in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge six-team tournament, as the Canada West U19 scored 5 goals on just 19 shots to win the tourney’s Gold Medal. Canada West netminder Zach Rose (undrafted) stopped 35 of 36 shots fired by the Americans in a spectacular effort. The Canadians got goals from 5 different players including the game opening shorthanded marker from future Cole Guttman University of Denver teammate Brendan Budy (2018 draft eligible, Denver commit). After Angus Crookshank (2018 draft eligible, New Hampshire commit) and Corey Andonovski (undrafted, Princeton commit) gave the Canada West team a 3-0 advantage, the Americans opted for goaltending change, bringing in Ryan Bischel (undrafted, Clarkson commit) for Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit), who allowed 3 goals on just 12 shots. USA would respond to the change in net, as Jack Drury (2018 draft eligible, Harvard commit), the son and nephew of ex-NHL’ers Ted and Chris Drury, would draw the Americans within two with a power play goal. It would be the Americans’ only goal, as Rose shut the door for the remainder of the game. Ross Armour (undrafted, Bemidji State commit) and sixteen year old Dylan Holloway (2020 draft eligible, Wisconsin commit) provided insurance markers for the Canadians during the 3rd period, as Bishel allowed 2 goals on 7 shots.

Nick Perbix finished the tournament pointless in 5 games for USA, and Cole Guttman scored one goal in 4 games.

In Friday's consolation game action, the Czech Republic U19 team claimed Bronze in a 4-2 victory over the Russia U18 squad. The Canada East U19 team defeated the Swiss U18 club 3-2 in OT to finish 5th in the tourney.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-14-17

World Junior A Challenge

Russia U18 0 @ USA U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 team got two goals from Tyler Madden (2018 draft eligible, Northeastern commit) as the Americans blanked the Russia U18 squad 5-0 to advance to Saturday’s gold medal championship game. Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) stopped 21 shots for the shutout, Jack Dugan (VGK 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) notched a goal and an assist, and Alex Steeves (undrafted, Notre Dame commit) added a pair of assists. Paul Cotter (2018 draft eligible, Western Michigan commit) opened the scoring in the first period, and then Madden netted the first of his two tallies in the second, before the floodgates opened in the third with goals from Madden, Hudson, FL native and former Tampa Scorpions midget Nathan Smith (undrafted, Minnesota St commit), and Dugan.

Team USA will square off Saturday in a rematch with the Canada West U19 club, who defeated the Czech Republic U19 team by a score of 5-1 in the other semifinal match. The Russians and the Czechs will battle for Bronze on Friday in the consolation match.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-14-17

World Junior A Challenge

Russia U18 0 @ USA U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 team got two goals from Tyler Madden (2018 draft eligible, Northeastern commit) as the Americans blanked the Russia U18 squad 5-0 to advance to Saturday’s gold medal championship game. Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) stopped 21 shots for the shutout, Jack Dugan (VGK 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) notched a goal and an assist, and Alex Steeves (undrafted, Notre Dame commit) added a pair of assists. Paul Cotter (2018 draft eligible, Western Michigan commit) opened the scoring in the first period, and then Madden netted the first of his two tallies in the second, before the floodgates opened in the third with goals from Madden, Nathan Smith (undrafted, Minnesota St commit), and Dugan.

Team USA will square off Saturday in a rematch with the Canada West U19 club, who defeated the Czech Republic U19 team by a score of 5-1 in the other semifinal match. The Russians and the Czechs will battle for Bronze on Friday in the consolation match.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-13-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 3 @ Swiss U18 1

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 squad punched their ticket to Thursday’s semi-finals with the 3-1 victory over the Swiss U18 squad. USA got first period tallies from Tyler Madden (2018 draft eligible, Northeastern commit) and Curtis Hall (2018 draft eligible, Yale commit), with Hall’s score coming on the power play 18 seconds before the end of the frame. The USA defense choked the Swiss, with Ryan Bischel (undrafted, Clarkson commit) facing just 15 shots en route to his first win of the tournament.

The Swiss halved the two-goal lead of the Americans early in the 2nd period on a Jeremi Gerber (2018 draft eligible) score, but Paul Cotter (2018 draft eligible, Western Michigan commit) restored the two-goal cushion in the 3rd. Blueliner Graham Lillibridge (undrafted, Yale commit) notched a pair of assists for the Americans.

The USA U19 team squares off against the Russian U18 team in the tournament semifinals on Thursday. The Canada West U19 team defeated the Canada East U19 squad in OT in the other quarterfinal match, and will face the Czech Republic U19 team in the other semifinal game on Thursday. The Swiss and Canada East will play Friday in one of the consolation matches, with the losers of the semifinals playing in the other consolation game Friday.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-12-17

World Junior A Challenge

Canada West U19 1 @ USA U19 2

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 1-0-1
Tournament Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Cole Guttman opened the scoring early in the 2nd period and Golden Knight prospect Jack Dugan (Providence commit) scored the game winner with 32 seconds remaining to lift the USA U19 team over the Canada West U19 squad by a score of 2-1. Ross Armour (undrafted, Bemidji State commit) tallied for Canada West a scant 35 seconds after the Guttman marker, as the game was untied a total of 67 seconds in the match. Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) outdueled Canadian goalie Zach Rose (undrafted) for the win. With the Preliminary matches concluded, the Czech Republic U19 paced Group B with a 2-0 record, USA U19 finished 1-1, and Canada West U19 completed with a 0-2 record.

In Group B action, the Russia U18 squeaked a 3-2 victory over the Swiss U18 team. With the win, Russia paced Group B with a 2-0 record, Canada East U19 finished 1-1, and the Swiss youngsters ended with a 0-2 record.

The quarterfinals kick off Wednesday with USA U19 taking on the Swiss U18 club, and the two Canadian teams East U19 and West U19 squaring off. Russia U18 and Czech Republic U19 earned quarterfinal byes by virtue of winning their respective Groups.

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