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NCAA Game Night: 11-2-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ Colorado College Tigers 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +8, 4 PIM

The #2 ranked Huskies rolled into Colorado Springs Friday night, opening NCHC conference play against Colorado College. St. Cloud battled back from deficits twice before closing out the 3rd period with a three-goal flurry. The Tigers scored twice in the opening frame to take an early lead to the first intermission. The Huskies would knot the score at 2-2 after goals late in the 2nd and early in the 3rd before Colorado College re-established a 3-2 lead just 32 seconds after the equalizer. The Huskies answered once again, this time with three unanswered to seal their first conference victory of the season. St. Cloud was led by a pair of goals each from Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) and Patrick Newell (undrafted). Four Huskies tallied a pair of assists each, including Jake Ahcan (undrafted), Nolan Walker (undrafted), Jimmy Schuldt (undrafted), and Robby Jackson (undrafted). St. Cloud State improves to 6-1 and completes the weekend series against the Tigers in a Saturday night rematch.

Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 5

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/13 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-4-6, +8, 4 PIM

Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) notched a hat trick for the Pioneers, scoring in each of the three periods, to lead Denver to victory against Western Michigan in their opening NCHC conference match Friday night. Michael Davies (undrafted) and Liam Finlay (undrafted) each tallied a goal and an assist for the Pioneers, and Ian Mitchell (CHI, 2017 5th round pick) added a pair of assists. Lightning prospect Cole Guttman extended his point streak to three games, assisting on Finlay’s 2nd period marker. The Broncos twice tied the game on a pair of Hugh McGing (STL, 2018 5th round pick) goals, but Denver responded with three unanswered to pull away. The Pioneers improve to 4-0-1 and look to finish the sweep against Western Michigan Saturday night.

#4 Minnesota State Mavericks 5 @ #10 Minnesota Gophers 1

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

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

The #4 ranked Mavericks won a decisive road win over the #10 ranked Gophers at the 3M Arena at Mariucci behind a two-goal, four-point performance from German Marc Michaelis (undrafted) on Friday night. Minnesota drops to 1-2-1 and rolls into Mankato Saturday night for the back half of the weekend home-and-home non-conference series between these two cross-state rivals.

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ #18 Cornell Big Red 4

D Alex Green, COR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Alex Green tallied his first point of the season on a 1st period power play marker by Cam Donaldson (undrafted), as the Big Red opened ECAC conference play with a victory over Yale. Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) notched a pair of goals to lead the Cornell attack and Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) added a goal and an assist. The Big Red jumped out to a three-goal lead before the Bulldogs battled back within a goal until Barron’s empty netter with 41 seconds remaining sealed the Cornell win. The Big Red improve to 1-2 with ECAC conference play continuing Saturday when Brown visits Lynah Rink in Ithaca.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Maine Black Bears 4

F Ryan Lohin, UML: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Maine overcame a 2-0 deficit to the River Hawks, reeling off four straight goals to hand UMass-Lowell their 2nd Hockey East conference loss. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin did not dress for the third consecutive UML game. Sam Knoblauch (undrafted) tallied a goal and an assist for UML, establishing the early two-goal lead, but Maine’s Chase Pearson (DET, 2015 5th round pick) scored twice and Eduards Tralmaks (undrafted) and Adam Dawe (undrafted) each added a pair of assists to lead the Black Bear rally. UML falls to 3-4 on the season, but the River Hawks will have a chance for the split as these two teams tangle once again Saturday night for the back half of the weekend series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-27-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ #18 Northeastern Huskies 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +8, 4 PIM

A night after beating U-Mass Lowell in their HEAST opener, #18 Northeastern overcame a two-goal deficit and knocked off #2 St. Cloud State on Saturday night. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix set up Jake Ahcan (undrafted) for St. Cloud’s second goal. Northeastern got a goal and an assist from Eric Williams (undrafted) to lead their three-goal rally. St. Cloud State, now 5-1 on the season, continues their road trip next weekend when they open NCHC conference play against Colorado College.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 2 PIM

The third-ranked Bulldogs followed up Friday night’s 3-2 road win over the top-ranked Fighting Irish, sweeping the weekend series on Saturday by a score of 3-1. UMD got a 27-save effort from goaltender Hunter Shepard (undrafted) and a goal and an assist each from brothers Jackson (undrafted) and Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick). The Bulldogs improve to 6-1-1 and take next weekend off before opening NCHC conference play on November 9th against Colorado College.

#5 Minnesota Gophers 1 vs. #17 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 3 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, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/5 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game featuring storied rivals Minnesota and North Dakota was played for the first time in Las Vegas Saturday night with the #17 Fighting Hawks toppling the #5 Golden Gophers, handing them their first loss of the season. UND got a pair of goals from Colton Poolman (undrafted) and three assists from Hayden Shaw (undrafted), and netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) made 20 saves to the thrill of the mass of North Dakota fans that had been reppin' their Fighting Sioux jerseys up and down the Strip. UMN drops to 1-1-1 and plays a home-and-home series next weekend against Minnesota State Mankato.

Michigan State Spartans 4 @ #8 Cornell Big Red 3

D Alex Green, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM

For the second night in a row, the unranked Spartans reeled off four straight goals and then outlasted a resurgent #8 Cornell team to sweep the weekend series against the Big Red. Michigan State was led by Mitch Lewandowski (undrafted) and Taro Hirose (undrafted) each with a goal and a pair of assists. Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) scored twice for the Big Red, but their two third period goals were too little too late to stave off the sweep. Next weekend the 0-2 Cornell squad opens ECAC conference play with home games against both Yale and Harvard.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ Bentley Falcons 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Nick Master (undrafted) scored twice and added two assists as the River Hawks doubled up Bentley Saturday night. Tanner Jago (undrafted) led the Falcons with a goal and an assist. Ryan Lohin did not dress for the second consecutive game leading to speculation that he may be injured. UML travels to Orono, Maine next weekend for a HEAST conference match up against the Black Bears.

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

New Hampshire opened HEAST conference play Saturday night rallying from a two-goal deficit to defeat the visiting Catamounts. The Wildcats were led by Jackson Pierson (undrafted) with a goal and an assist. It was the first win of the season for UNH, now 1-3-1, and the Wildcats continue HEAST conference play next weekend at home in the Whittemore Center against the visiting U-Mass Minutemen from Amherst.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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: 10-13-18

#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

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