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NCAA Game Night: 1-5-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 vs Robert Morris Colonials 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 1-8-9, +14, 6 PIM

Nolan Walker (undrafted) setup Robby Jackson (undrafted) for a pair of 3rd period goals to break open a 2-2 game, propelling the Huskies to victory in the consolation game of the Three Rivers Classic. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix was on the ice for all three of St. Cloud’s three 3rd period goals.

The top-ranked Huskies improve to 14-2-2 (6-0-2 NCHC) and look forward to 8 straight weeks of NCHC conference play starting with a powerhouse match up featuring a pair of road games against #4 Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

US NTDP U18 4 @ #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 (Exhibition)

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

Expected 2019 1st rounder Cole Caufield (2019 draft eligible) scored a pair of goals to lead the US National Under-18 squad to an exhibition win over the #4 Bulldogs. Although this won’t count in the official standings, UMD with just one win in their last six games doesn’t bode well for a 11-5-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) Minnesota-Duluth team sporting a pair of games on the schedule next weekend against #1 St. Cloud State.

#8 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 4/9 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-6-15, +11, 10 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman scored his 9th goal of the season in the 3rd period to knot the score at 3-3 and eventually force overtime, where Slava Demin (VGK, 2018 4th round pick) potted the game winner in Denver’s weekend sweep of the Badgers. Guttman’s 9th goal is tops among NCAA Division I freshmen. Wisconsin scored twice within a 30 second span in the 1st period to take an early two goal lead, but the Pioneers battled back to tie the scored at 2-2 early in the 2nd before a Matthew Freytag (undrafted) power play goal re-established the lead for the home team. Denver improves to 12-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and begins a long string of NCHC conference play next weekend back at the Magness Center against Nebraska-Omaha.

#20 Cornell Big Red 2 @ #5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 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

Big Red netminder Austin McGrath (undrafted) made 35 saves and Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) led a rally from a two-goal deficit as Cornell battled back for a gutsy ECAC road tie against the #5 Bobcats. Quinnipiac goalie Andrew Shortridge (undrafted) made 30 saves to foil a Cornell victory.

Cornell’s record is now 7-5-1 (5-2-1 ECAC) and takes a break next weekend from conference play to host #15 Arizona State.

#9 Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-7-11, +6, 10 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf set up a Tyler Nanne (NYR, 2014 5th round pick) 1st period score and was on the ice for all four of the Gophers goals as Minnesota beat the #9 Nittany Lions to split the weekend series. Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) led the Gophers with a goal and two assists and Mat Robson (undrafted) made 31 saves. UMN improves to 7-8-4 (4-3-3 B1G) and continues Big Ten conference play next weekend against #6 Notre Dame in South Bend.

#18 Yale Bulldogs 5 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 5 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: ND. 24:20 MINs, 4 GA, 6 SVS
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor was pulled at 4:20 of the 2nd period after giving up 4 Yale goals on 10 shots and the Wildcats in a 4-0 hole. However, UML battled back, scoring five of the final six goals and force an eventual tie with the Bulldogs. Brendan van Riemsdyk (undrafted) led the Wildcats with goals on the power play and shorthanded, and Anthony Wyse (undrafted) scored and added a pair of assists. Robbie DeMontis (undrafted) led Yale with two goals and an assist. New Hampshire’s record is now at 6-7-6 (2-4-3 HEAST) and returns to Hockey East conference play next weekend in a home-and-home series against Boston University.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 1-4-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 vs #14 Union Dutchmen 7

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 1-8-9, +11, 6 PIM

The Dutchmen got a pair of goals each from Brandon Estes (undrafted) and Ryan Walker (undrafted) along with a 36-save performance from Darion Hanson (undrafted) as Union College routed the top-ranked Huskies in the opening match of the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh on Friday night. This marks the second consecutive game St. Cloud has given up 6+ goals since returning from the holiday break, losing last weekend in an exhibition game against the USA NDTP U18 club. St. Cloud was playing without forward Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick), who currently leads the 2019 WJC tournament with 5 goals and 8 points. Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted) scored both goals for the Huskies, the first a power play marker in the 2nd to cut the Dutchmen lead to 3-1, but Union would strike twice in the first 90 seconds of 3rd to blow open a 4-2 lead and squelch any hope of a final period rally by St. Cloud.

The Huskies drop to 13-2-2 (6-0-2 NCHC) and take on Robert Morris in the consolation game on Saturday night ahead of the trophy game between Union and Brown.

#8 Denver Pioneers 6 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/10 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-6-14, +11, 8 PIM

The Pioneers broke open a 2-2 deadlock at the 2nd intermission on Friday night with 3 goals in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the 3rd period, led by Tyler Ward (undrafted) and Liam Finlay (undrafted). Bolt prospect Cole Guttman won 60% of his draws but failed to register a point.
Denver improve to 11-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and look to complete the sweep against the Badgers Saturday night..

#20 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Princeton Tigers 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

Alec McCrea (undrafted) scored 78 seconds after the Princeton equalizer for what would be the eventual game winner as Cornell upset the #10 Tigers in ECAC conference play on Friday night at the Hobey Baker Rink. Bolt prospect Alex Green missed his ninth game of the season. The Big Red scored twice in the 1st to establish the early lead, but Princeton battled back with two points each from Matthew Thom (undrafted) and Mark Paolini (undrafted).

Cornell improves to 7-5 (5-2 ECAC) and continues their road trip Saturday night against a resurgent #5 Quinnipiac squad.

#9 Penn State Nittany Lions 4 @ Minnesota Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/10 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 4-7-11, +7, 10 PIM

Rough night for Lightning prospects Sammy Walker and Ryan Zuhlsdorf, both going -3 Friday night in the Gophers Big Ten conference loss to ninth-ranked Penn State. The Nittany Lions netminder Peyton Jones (undrafted) made 30 saves in the win. After a 1st period power play goal, Minnesota surrendered three-straight as Penn State put the game out of reach. The Gophers drop to 6-8-4 (3-3-3 B1G) and look to split the weekend series Saturday night in a rematch at 3M Arena.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ #2 UMass-Amherst Minutemen 1

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 6-7-13, +2, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

UML rides into Mullins Center Friday and promptly upsets the #2-ranked Minutemen in Hockey East conference play. Chris Hemberg made 33 saves in this huge win for the River Hawks.

UML improves to 9-8-1 (5-4-1 HEAST) and looks ahead to next weekend with a pair of road games against Colgate.

Merrimack Warriors 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 2 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-1, 3.06 GAA, 0.886 SV%

The Wildcats picked up their fourth straight win Friday night when Senators prospect Angus Crookshank (OTT, 2018 5th round pick) scored 53 seconds into the extra session to give UNH the victory. Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) made 24 saves. New Hampshire improves to 6-7-5 (2-4-3 HEAST) and looks ahead to hosting #18 Yale on Saturday night.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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

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