No. 11 Cornell Big Red 4 @ Maine Black Bears 6
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM
They say a 3-goal lead is the worst in hockey and Cornell proved it yet again, blowing a 3-0 first period lead en route to a 6-4 loss in the championship game of the Florida College Classic in Estero. The victory was only Maine’s fourth of the season against 11 losses and a tie.
Northeastern Huskies 5 @ No. 20 Harvard Crimson 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 6 PIM
Brian Hart (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) opened the game’s scoring in the first five minutes, but that is all that Harvard would get on the board in a bad home loss to Northeastern. The Crimson (4-5-1) fell under .500 for the season, to a team that was 5-9-1 coming into the game. Not good. Sharks pick Cody Ferriero had four goals for the Huskies. He came into the game with one goal in 15 games this year.
No. 5 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM
Jimmy Mullin played on the top line for the second straight game and had nine shots on goal to lead the RedHawks in that category for the second straight game. Miami outshot the Colonials, 51-21, but couldn’t beat senior goaltender Eric Levine (undrafted). Levine came into the game with a 7-2-2 record, 1.98 GAA, and .949 save percentage. He’s listed at 6’3” and likely has a pro contract in his future. Robert Morris’ 1-0 win gave them the Three Rivers Classic championship in Pittsburgh.
No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Matt Peca had a goal and an assist as the Bobcats topped the Mavs, 5-4. Jordan Samuels-Thomas swatted home Peca’s centering feed three minutes into the third period to give the Bobcats their fifth goal. Quinnipiac has now won 11 consecutive games. Lightning prospect camper Andrej Sustr had two shots on goal and was minus-1 for UNO. The 6’8” defenseman remains a free agent.
Air Force Falcons 0 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 11-2-2, 1.67 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO
Adam Wilcox wasn’t tested too often, but came up big when needed – like stopping a breakaway – to lead the Gophers to a 4-0 win over Air Force. The Gophers will face top-ranked Boston College on Sunday in the finals of the Mariucci Classic.
No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Michigan State Spartans 1
(Broncos won shootout, 1-0)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, -5, 14 PIM
WMU advanced to the finals of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament thanks to a fourth-round shootout win over Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Western is looking for their first GLI tournament win and will face Michigan Tech in the championship on Sunday. Witkowski played big minutes against MSU’s top line, but took a minus with 17 seconds left in regulation when the Spartans scored on a 6-on-5 advantage. With the puck dumped into the corner, Lightning free agent target Dan DeKeyser chased the puck and his partner, Witkowski, faded to the strong side as a defensemen is supposed to do. WMU’s three forwards watched from the strong side near the slot, leaving the backdoor wide open. A cross-crease pass from a forward who outbattled DeKeyser found an unmarked MSU player who banged the puck into the net. WMU had played well defensively throughout the game and that was MSU’s best scoring chance. Witkowski had several deep rushes and his confidence with and without the puck is at an all-time high.
*USCHO poll used
UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ No. 18 Harvard Crimson 0
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 6 PIM
On the day they climbed to No. 18 in the USCHO poll, Harvard was crushed at home by unranked UMass-Lowell.
No. 20 Harvard Crimson 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM
Harvard had a 2-0 lead on the Warriors before Merrimack fought back for a tie.
Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 3
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 6 PIM
Jimmy Mullin was scoreless coming off his first multi-point game of the year, but Miami got a win over visiting Lake Superior State, 3-2.
Princeton Tigers 1 @ No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 6 PIM
The Bobcats gave up just 12 shots on goal in their win, which was their seventh in conference play against no losses.
No. 6 Denver Pioneers 2 @ No. 9 North Dakota 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 4 PIM
The teams were deadlocked at two goals apiece midway through the game, but neither team could get a game-winner.
No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season totals: 15 GP, 10-2-2, 1.64 GAA, .925 sv%, 2 SO
Wilcox has now won seven of his last eight games for the Gophers. Like many of his wins, he was protecting a small lead for the majority of the game before the Gophers were able to get an insurance goal. Wilcox was recently named HCA Division I Rookie of the Month for November, which is a national award.
No. 16 Ferris State Bulldogs 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM
The Broncos won again, this time beating visiting Ferris State, 4-2. Witkowski leads WMU in blocked shots for the season with 14.
*USCHO poll used
No. 12 Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 10 Cornell Big Red 1
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM
Cornell moved to 3-3-2 on the year after tying Dartmouth in a battle of big colors. Both teams had 27 shots on goal. Gotovets is still looking for his first point of the season after six games. Last year he had a goal and eight points in 24 games. He had seven points in 34 games as a freshman.
No. 17 Harvard Crimson 0 @ Colgate Raiders 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM
Hart missed both of Harvard’s games this weekend – an upset win over Cornell on Friday and a close loss to Colgate on Saturday. Spencer Finney (undrafted) had a 22-save shutout for Colgate.
Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 2
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Jimmy Mullin was back on the ice for the RedHawks, who limited the Spartans to 13 shots on goal. Like fellow Lightning prospect Matthew Peca of Quinnipiac, Mullin is having a harder time getting points in his sophomore year than he did as a freshman. Last year Mullin had 11 goals and 26 points in 37 games.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 6 @ No. 16 St. Lawrence Saints 2
F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, E, 4 PIM
Matthew Peca was not in the lineup on Saturday as Quinnipiac improved to 7-3-1 and 4-0 in the ECAC with a win over St. Lawrence. Arizona-native Jeremy Langlois (undrafted) had two goals for the Bobcats.
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 (OT)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 2 PIM
Mark MacMillan (Canadiens) scored two goals, including the overtime winner for North Dakota. O’Donnell and MacMillan played together for Penticton in the BCHL prior to coming to North Dakota.
Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 16 saves on 17 shots
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-1-2, 1.55 GAA, .924 sv%, 2 SO
Adam Wilcox (pictured), the reigning WCHL Rookie of the Week, had a stellar game on Saturday in his sixth-straight start of the Gophers. He made several key saves to preserve the Gophers’ win, including a big glove save on a point-blank shot in the third period, then late in the game the puck hit the knob of his stick and ricocheted over the net to keep it 2-1 at the time. Minnesota added an empty net goal.
No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 14 PIM
WMU scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and avoid being swept in Alaska. The Nanooks beat the Broncos on Friday night. The Broncos were outshot 42-29 on Saturday.
*USCHO poll used
RPI Engineers 0 @ No. 14 Harvard Crimson 4
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM
Brian Hart (pictured) had his first collegiate goal on Saturday in Harvard’s win over visiting RPI. Hart has a 3-game point streak in this, his freshman year. By comparison, Lightning prospect Alex Killorn had 6 goals and 14 points as a freshman at Harvard (30 games). Raphael Girard (undrafted) had the shutout for the Crimson on Saturday.
No. 16 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 5 Miami RedHawks 2
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Miami scored with under three minutes remaining in regulation to salvage a tie with visiting Northern Michigan. Miami won the shootout, 2-0, though the result is officially a tie.
No. 4 Cornell Big Red 1 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM
Cornell lost for the second time this weekend and fell to 3-2-1 overall. They will likely fall out of the USCHO top-10 on Monday. Meanwhile, Quinnipiac won for the second time in two nights. They’re hoping to get back into the top-20 after falling out early in the season.
No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2 @ No. 15 St. Cloud State Huskies 5
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 2 PIM
Brendan O’Donnell created a few scoring chances, but the night belonged to the Huskies, who scored twice in the third period to break open a close game. The game was televised on NESN. UND defeated SCSU, 3-0, on Friday night.
No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals (pregame): 7 GP, 5-1-1, 1.58 GAA, .924 sv%, 2 SO
Adam Wilcox was in net for the second-consecutive night and fourth-consecutive game for the Gophers. It appears he's taken over as the No. 2 team in the country's No. 1 goaltender. Wilcox shut out the SeaWolves on Friday night, stopping 14 shots. Alaska had 17 through two periods on Saturday. There was no shootout following the tie.
No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Bowling Green Falcons 2 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (slashing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 12 PIM
The Broncos went 1-0-1 against the Falcons in a home-and-home set this weekend. WMU won the shootout, 2-0, though the game will go down as a tie. WMU was able to kill off Witkowski’s slashing penalty in overtime to secure the point. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser remains out with a leg injury. He’s considered day-to-day.
*USCHO poll used