Walker, Sammy

NCAA Game Night: 12-29-18

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 vs #19 Clarkson Golden Knights 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 6 PIM

Nico Sturm (undrafted) scored twice and Clarkson netminder Jake Kielly (undrafted) made 29 saves as the 19th-ranked Golden Knights upset 4th-ranked Minnesota-Duluth to claim the Desert Hockey Classic trophy in Glendale Saturday night. Bulldogs goalie Hunter Shepard (undrafted) gave up two first period goals to Clarkson but was a perfect 10 for 10 the rest of the way. UMD opened the 2nd period with a Parker Mackay (undrafted) goal just 32 seconds into the period to draw the Bulldogs within one, but the UMD offense could never muster the equalizer.

Minnesota-Duluth falls to 11-5-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) and will play the US NTDP Under-18 team in an exhibition match next Saturday night before embarking on 16-straight NCHC conference games to close the regular season.

#8 Denver Pioneers 4 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/13 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 8-6-14, +11, 8 PIM

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/2 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 6-7-13, +3, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman scored his 8th goal of the season and added an assist as the Pioneers rolled over the River Hawks in Lowell Saturday night. Fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin assisted on UML’s lone goal of the evening. Guttman opened the scoring late in the 2nd period and then helped setup the first of two Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) power play markers early in the 3rd as Denver sprung to a 3-0 lead. Lohin set up a Seth Barton (DET, 2018 3rd round pick) power play goal later in the 3rd to cut the UML deficit to 3-1 but Pioneer goalie Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) shut the door the rest of the way. Guttman’s 8th tally is good for tops in the nation among all freshman, and teammate Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick), who notched a pair of assists in the game, ranks 2nd among collegiate freshman with 17 points.

The Pioneers improve to 10-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and continue their road trip through Madison next weekend for a two-game series against the Badgers. UML drops to 8-8-1 (4-4-1 HEAST) and gears up to take on the #2-ranked Minutemen at the Amherst campus next Friday night.

Ferris State Bulldogs 3 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 8/10 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 4-7-11, +10, 8 PIM

Ferris State struck for two goals in the 3rd overcoming deficits twice in the game Saturday night to split the weekend series with the Gophers. The Bulldogs were led by a pair of goals from Corey Mackin (undrafted) and Finnish netminder Roni Salmenkangas (undrafted) turned away 44 Minnesota shots. The Gophers led 1-0 at the 1st intermission and again 2-1 at the 2nd intermission, but the Minnesota offense couldn’t buy a third goal. Despite being held pointless, Bolt prospect Sammy Walker fired seven shots and was an impressive 80% on draws, The Gophers drop to 6-7-4 (3-2-3 B1G) and look towards a pair of Big Ten conference games against #9 Penn State next weekend.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 12-28-18

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 vs #3 Minnesota State Mavericks 3 OT

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 4 PIM

The 4th-ranked Bulldogs opened the Desert Hockey Classic in Glendale Friday night against the #3-ranked Minnesota State, rallying from 3-2 second intermission deficit to win in overtime. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke notched an assist as UMD scored twice within the span of a minute in the 1st period to take an early 2-0 lead. The Mavericks struck back for three straight before Kobe Roth (undrafted) scored a power play marker in the 3rd to force overtime and Nick Swaney’s (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) game-winner in the extra session. UMD, now sporting an 11-4-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) record, will take on #19 Clarkson in the Desert Classic final on Saturday night after the Golden Knights blanked Arizona State Friday.

#8 Denver Pioneers 3 @ Merrimack Warriors 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/11 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 7-4-11, +10, 8 PIM

The Pioneers emerged from the holiday break on the road in North Andover with a win over Merrimack, scoring a goal in each of the three period before letting in a lone Warriors goal with less than 90 seconds left in the game, The Pioneers improve to 9-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and take on Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin and UMass-Lowell on Saturday night.

Ferris State Bulldogs 3 @ Minnesota Gophers 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/7 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-8-12, +10, 6 PIM

The Golden Gophers scored three straight, winning Friday’s match against visiting Ferris State and looking to reboot their season. Lightning prospect Sammy Walker, recently cut from the USA WJC camp, set up Scott Reedy’s (SJS, 2017 4th round pick) hat trick late in the 3rd period. For Walker, that was his 12th point on the season as freshman, now moving ahead of fellow Bolt prospect Cole Guttman’s 11 points on the season. In addition to Reedy’s hat trick, Minnesota got a goal and an assist from Predators prospect Rem Pitlick and three assists from Blue Jackets propect Robbie Stucker. The Gophers improve to 6-6-4 (3-2-3 B1G) and draw the rematch Saturday night against Ferris State.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 12-7-18

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 1-6-7, +10, 6 PIM

Kings prospect David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) pitched a 18-save shutout Friday night and the #2 ranked Huskies got goals from Jack Poehling (undrafted) and Jimmy Schuldt (unranked) as St. Cloud blanked the unranked Mavericks in NCHC conference action. The Huskies improve to 12-1-2 (6-0-2 NCHC) and prepare for the rematch against UNO Saturday night.

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 4 PIM

The unranked Broncos upset the #4 ranked Bulldogs at home at the Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo with a pair of 3rd period goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit. It marks the first two-game losing streak for UMD on the season after losing to North Dakota last Saturday night. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke helped set up a Justin Richards (undrafted) marker late in the 2nd period to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. But Western got goals from Blues prospect Hugh McGing (STL, 2018 5th round pick) and Colt Conrad (undrafted) in the 3rd while Trevor Gorsuch (undrafted) made 14 saves in the final frame to preserve the win. UMD falls to 10-4-1 (4-3 NCHC) and looks to split the weekend series with WMU Saturday night in NCHC conference action.

#6 Denver Pioneers 1 @ #14 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/14 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-4-11, +9, 6 PIM

North Dakota fired just 15 shots at Pioneer goalie Devin Cooley (undrafted), scoring twice in the 1st and again early in the 3rd to build a 3-0 lead. The Fighting Hawks were led by Mark Senden (undrafted) and Colton Poolman (undrafted), who each notched a goal and an assist. UND netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) turned aside 21 Denver shots for the team’s second straight win. Denver drops to 7-4-2 (3-4 NCHC), winners of only two games in their past seven as they’ve ran the gauntlet against all ranked opponents in St. Cloud, UMD, Providence, and now UND. Denver hopes to split the weekend series Saturday night against this same North Dakota team.

Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #15 Michigan Wolverines 2 OT

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/8 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 4-7-11, +9, 6 PIM

After a pair of 2-2 draws last weekend against Ohio State, the Golden Gophers pick up Friday night where they left off, this time battling #15 ranked Michigan to a 2-2 tie. Lighting prospect Sammy Walker celebrated his naming to the USA World Juniors preliminary roster by opening the Gophers scoring with his 4th goal of the season just past the midpoint of the 2nd to knot the score at 1-1. Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead less than two minutes later, but the Wolverines managed the equalizer before the second intermission. UMN goalie Mat Robson (undrafted) made 36 saves, including 18 in a scoreless 3rd period to stave off the Michigan onslaught. The 4-6-4 (2-2-3 B1G) Gophers return to the Ann Arbor ice Saturday night, attempting to break a four-game winless streak.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ Boston University Terriers 3

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Red Wings prospect Seth Barton (DET, 2018 3rd round pick) and Charlie Levesque (undrafted) both scored in the 3rd to break open a 3-3 deadlock, securing the River Hawks’ 8th win of the season. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin set up Anthony Baxter (undrafted) just past the game’s midpoint to give UML a 3-1 lead. Flyers 1st rounder Joe Farabee (PHI, 2018 1st round pick) assisted on all three of BU’s goals, and Chris Schutz (undrafted) led the River Hawks with a goal and an assist. UML improves to 8-6-1 (4-3-1 HEAST), winners of four of their last five, returns home Saturday night to the Tsongas Center for the back half of this home-and-home series.

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ Dartmouth Big Green 2

G Ty Taylor, UNH: W, 60:00 MINS, 2 GA, 25 SVS
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-1, 3.06 GAA, 0.886 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor recorded his first collegiate win Friday night, a 25-save effort against the Big Green for UNH’s 3rd win. After UNH scored twice in the 1st, Dartmouth battled back to knot the score 2-2 in the 2nd. Joseph Cipollone (undrafted) scored what would be the game-winner for Taylor just past the midpoint of the 3rd. New Hampshire improves to 3-7-5 (1-4-3 HEAST) and look for the sweep Saturday night back at the Whittemore Center for part two of this weekend home-and-home series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Weekend Roundup: 12-1-18

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 @ Miami Redhawks 4 OT (Friday)
#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ Miami Redhawks 2 OT (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-6-7, +10, 6 PIM

St. Cloud never trailed in eight periods of road hockey this weekend, but victory eluded them like a slippery gremlin. Miami, however, rallied six times from one-goal deficits to avoid a pair of losses.

On Friday night, the Redhawks rallied from one-goal deficits four times to eventually draw the top-ranked Huskies in the first of a two-game NCHC conference series. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix helped set up Robby Jackson (undrafted) for the opening goal just 1:08 into the contest. Jackson scored twice for St. Cloud and Patrick Newell (undrafted) added a goal and an assist to lead the Huskies offensively. On Saturday night, St. Cloud once again opened the scoring in the 1st, allowed the equalizer from Miami in the 2nd, and the two teams trading goals once again in the 3rd.

St. Cloud’s season record now stands at 11-1-2 (4-0-2 NCHC) on the season after a pair of conference ties and looks ahead next weekend for a pair of conference games back home at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center against the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

#15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 0 @ #2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 (Friday)
#15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 2 @ #2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-6-8, +8, 4 PIM

The #2 Bulldogs split a pair of NCHC conference games with the visiting Fighting Hawks from North Dakota this weekend.

On Friday night, Hunter Shepard (undrafted) pitched a 22-save shutout as UMD blanked North Dakota to open the weekend series. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke helped set up a Parker Mackay (undrafted) marker just 38 seconds into the 2nd period. Kobe Roth (undrafted) scored twice for the Bulldogs and both Mackay and Kings prospect Mikey Anderson (LAK, 2017 4th round pick) added a goal and an assist. On Saturday night, UND netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) turned the tables, allowing just a one goal on 29 shots and Jordan Kawaguchi (undrafted), cousin of former Shark Devin Setoguchi, scored a goal and added an assist to spur the Fighting Hawks to victory.

UMD’s record on the season now sits at 10-3-1 (4-2 NCHC) and heads to Kalamazoo next weekend for another NCHC conference series with Western Michigan.

#16 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3 (Friday)
#16 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (Saturday)

D Alex Green, COR: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

Cornell split a pair of road Ivy League and ECAC conference games this weekend. Bolt prospect Alex Green missed his seventh straight game in Friday night’s loss to Dartmouth but returned to action Saturday night as the Big Red avenged last weekend’s home loss to Harvard.

On Friday night, Jeff Malott scored a goal and added an assist in Cornell’s loss to the Big Green while Dartmouth goalie Adrian Clark (undrafted) rang up a 38-save performance. Saturday night, Big Red goalie Austin McGrath made 23 saves and Tristan Mullin led the way offensively for Cornell with a goal and an assist.

Cornell enters the December break with a record of 6-5 (4-2 ECAC) on the season with their next games not coming until after the New Year when they hit the road for a pair of ECAC conference games against #19 Princeton and #9 Quinnipiac with hopes of a healthy Alex Green patrolling the Big Red blueline.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 OT (Friday)
Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 OT (Saturday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/20 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-7-10, +8, 6 PIM

The struggling and unranked Gophers hosted the #5 ranked Buckeyes this weekend for a pair of Big Ten conference games and managed to stop the bleeding against a tough opponent. Lighting prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf returned to action after missing three games to aid the Minnesota backline.

On Friday night, the Gophers opened the scoring with Bolt prospect Sammy Walker setting up Ryan Norman (undrafted) for a short-handed tally. Ohio State rallied to take a 2-1 lead, but Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored with just 41 seconds left in regulation to force OT. On Saturday night, the Gophers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force OT once again, with Mat Robson (undrafted) dialing up a 43-save effort to preserve another tie.

The 4-6-3 (2-2-2 B1G) Gophers hit the road next weekend for a pair of Big Ten conference games against #14 Michigan.

#10 Providence Friars 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 OT (Friday)
#10 Providence Friars 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 (Saturday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-1, 3.38 GAA, 0.874 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat backup to Wildcats starter Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) in back-to-back games this weekend against #10 Providence. On Friday night, Robinson pitched a 32-save effort to draw the Friars 1-1, with only Flyers 2018 1st rounder Jay O’Brien solving the UNH netminder. Saturday night, O’Brien would light the lamp again along with two of his mates and hand the Wildcats their 7th loss of the season. New Hampshire’s record now stands at 2-7-5 (1-4-3 HEAST) with a home-and-home series against Dartmouth queued up for next weekend.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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