Zuhlsdorf, Ryan

NCAA Game Night: 11-23-18

#9 Providence Friars 1 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 3

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5/13 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-4-10, +9, 6 PIM

Denver goalie Devin Cooley (undrafted) made 39 saves as the #7 Pioneers fought off a tough 9th ranked Providence team. Denver was led offensively by Tyler Ward (undrafted), setting up Colin Staub (undrafted) on the power play in the 1st, and then scoring an insurance marker just past the midpoint of the 3rd to seal the Pioneer victory. The Pioneers improve to 8-2-2 (3-2-1 NCHC) on the season, and look for the sweep Saturday night in a rematch against the Friars.

Michigan State Spartans 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 7

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: did not play
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/8 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, +9, 6 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker extended his point streak to 4 games, notching his 3rd of the season and adding two assists en route to Third Star honors as the Gophers unleash a season of frustration on the hapless Spartans. Minnesota got a pair of goals from both Tyler Sheehy (undrafted) and Brannon McManus (undrafted), and Brent Gates (ANA, 2015 3rd round pick) added three assists. Don't look now but after a bit of a slow start, Walker is 2-4-6 in his last 3 games. Fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf missed his second straight game, leading to speculation he may have been injured in that first game last weekend against St. Lawrence. The Gophers improve to 4-5-1 (2-1 Big Ten) on the season and draw a rematch Saturday night against these Spartans.

Rensselaer Engineers 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1

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

Will Reilly (PIT, 2017 7th round pick) scored in the first to give RPI an early 1-0 lead, and then setup Jakub Lacka (undrafted) in the 3rd for what would be the game-winner power play score as the Engineers bested the River Hawks at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin fired a game-high 6 shots and extended his five game point streak, setting up Jon McDonald (undrafted) early in the 3rd for the 1-1 equalizer. UML drops to 6-6-1 (3-3-1 HEAST) on the season and travels to Troy, NY for the back half of this weekend home-and-home against RPI on Sunday afternoon.

#19 Miami Redhawks 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: T, 64:14 MINS, 3 GA, 25 SVS
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-1, 3.38 GAA, 0.874 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor battled to a 3-3 draw against Miami netminder Ryan Larkin (undrafted) in this 3rd start for UNH on the season. Taylor maintained a 2-1 1st period lead until early in the 3rd when the Redhawks scored twice in the span of about 90 seconds to take a 3-2 lead. But Taylor shut the door from that point on, giving his team a chance to knot the score with 34 seconds left in the game to force overtime and eventually hold a 19th ranked Miami squad to a draw. Angus Crookshank (OTT, 2018 5th round pick) led UNH with a goal and an assist. It was the Wildcats fourth tie of the season, their record now at 1-6-4 (1-3-2 HEAST) on the season, and these same two teams tangle again Saturday night to complete the weekend non-conference series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Weekend Roundup: 11-18-18

#1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 0 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 2 (Friday)
#1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 3 OT (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 4 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4/10 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-4-10, +9, 6 PIM

A week after dropping a pair of 4-3 heartbreakers to #2 St. Cloud State, Denver hosted #1 Minnesota-Duluth this weekend along with their 8-game winning streak in a powerhouse NCHC conference showdown, or better known in Lightning Land as the Battle of the Coles.

On Friday night, the Pioneers shutout the nation’s best team behind a 38-save performance by Devin Cooley (undrafted). The Bulldogs held the Denver offense to a scant 14 shots, but the difference was a 2nd period power play marker by future Blackhawk blueliner Ian Mitchell (CHI, 2017 2nd round pick).

On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke scored the OT game-winner to hand the Pioneers yet another 4-3 loss. The other Lightning Cole – Cole Guttman – opened the scoring just 3 minutes into the contest in what would be the start of a 3-0 Denver lead. After two frames, Cooley’s shutout of the top-ranked Bulldogs would climb to 62 saves and 5 periods of hockey in the two nights, but UMD would unleash 20 shots in the 3rd period, throwing everything at Denver to avoid the weekend sweep. The Bulldogs would score thrice in the 3rd behind one goal and one assist performances by Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick), including a Perunovich tally with 1 second left in the game to knot the score and force a heartbreaking extra session for the Pioneers. Theatrics indeed. Cooley would make 41-saves in the game, but skate off the ice splitting the weekend series with UMD after making a total of 79 saves in the two games. Such is the life in the NCHC.

UMD improves to 9-2-1 (3-1 NCHC) and takes the holiday weekend off before conference rivals #11 North Dakota visits Amsoil Arena Nov 30 and Dec 1st for a weekend tilt against the #1 Bulldogs. For the now 7-2-2 (3-2-1 NCHC) Denver Pioneers, #9 Providence rolls into the Mile High City next weekend for a post-Thanksgiving non-conference series. Guttman continues to lead the nation in freshman scoring with 6 goals, sharing the lead with Providence freshman and Golden Knight prospect Jack Dugan and undrafted 19 year-old Quinnipiac freshman Wyatt Bongiovanni.

Bemidji State Beavers 0 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 (Friday)
Bemidji State Beavers 4 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 7 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 1-4-5, +11, 6 PIM

On Friday night, Huskies netminder Jeff Smith (undrafted) backstopped a 32-save shutout of the visiting Beavers to give St. Cloud State its 10th win of the season. On Saturday night, however, these same two teams combined for 11 goals in a high scoring affair that resulted in 7-4 decision in favor of the Huskies. The St. Cloud offense was paced by two-goal performances from Jimmy Schuldt (undrafted) and Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted), and a three-point night from Patrick Newell (undrafted). The Huskies improve to 11-1 (4-0 NCHC) on the season and take the holiday weekend off before traveling to Oxford for a weekend series starting Nov 30th against #20 Miami (Ohio).

#14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 2 (Friday)
#15 Princeton Tigers 1 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 5 (Saturday)

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

The Big Red continue to battle the injury bug, with two of their top 4 defensemen on the sidelines, including Bolt prospect Alex Green missing his fifth straight game this weekend. On Friday, Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) and Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) gave Cornell a 2-1 lead in the 2nd, but the Bobcats scored three times in the 3rd to rally to the win the match. After tying the game early in the 3rd, Quinnipiac took the lead on score off the back of the Cornell goalie and then sealed the win with an empty netter. William Fallstrom (undrafted) led the way for the Bobcats with three assists, and Kaldis led the Big Red with a goal and an assist. On Saturday night, Cornell got goals from five players in a key Ivy League win over Princeton. Cornell’s record on the season now stands at 5-3 (3-1 ECAC) and the Big Red heads to Madison Square Garden next weekend for an Ivy League matchup against rival Harvard.

St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ #19 Minnesota Gophers 3 OT (Friday)
St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ #19 Minnesota Gophers 3 (Saturday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/10 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 6 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker doubled up his season production this weekend against the visiting Saints, scoring a goals and tallying a pair of assists in the two games. On Friday, Walker set up future Predator Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) for a 1st period goal that would knot the game at 1-1. Brent Gates (ANA, 2015 3rd round pick) and Pitlick would lead a 3rd period Gopher rally from a two-goal deficit to force overtime before Michael Ederer (undrafted) would score the OT game-winner in St. Lawrence’s upset of the struggling Minnesota squad.

On Saturday night, Walker would feature in two of the Gophers three goals in a Minnesota shutout of the Saints to split the weekend series. The Lightning prospect would set up Nathan Burke’s second goal of the game in the 2nd and then score his second goal of the season in the 3rd. Fellow Bolt prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf didn’t dress for the Saturday night tilt against the Saints.

The Gophers are now a disappointing 3-5-1 (1-1 Big Ten) on the season, and risk dropping out of the USCHO Top 20 when the new rankings come out early this week. The unranked Michigan State Spartans visit 3M Arena next weekend for a post-Thanksgiving Big 10 conference match up with the Golden Gophers.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ UConn Huskies 2 (Friday)
UConn Huskies 0 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 (Saturday)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 5-3-8, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin continued his point streak this weekend, now at four games, as he notched a goal and an assist in a pair of wins in a HEAST conference tilt against UConn. On Friday, Lohin capped off four straight goals by the River Hawks after the Huskies opened scoring, scoring in the 2nd to give UML a 4-1 lead. On Saturday, Lohin set up a Kenny Hausinger (undrafted) marker to open the scoring just 1:46 into the game, en route to a 28-save shutout by Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) for the series sweep. UML improves to 6-5-1 (3-3-1 HEAST) on the season and looks to tangle with RPI this weekend in a non-conference series.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ Boston College Eagles 2 (Friday)
New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ #4 UMass Minutemen 4 (Sunday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-0, 3.67 GAA, 0.864 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat backup both Friday night and Sunday to Wildcats netminder Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick). UNH battled Boston College to a 2-2 road as the Eagles climbed out of a 2-0 deficit with a pair of 3rd period goals. On Sunday, the Wildcats faced the #4 ranked Minutemen and gave up three power play goals to UMass to fall behind 3-0 before battling back in the 2nd to draw within a goal. The Minutemen were led by Jacob Pritchard (undrafted) and John Leonard (SJS, 2018 6th round pick) who each had a goal and a pair of assists. The Wildcats drop to 1-6-3 (1-3-2 HEAST) on the season and heads back home next weekend for a non-conference series against #20 Miami (Ohio).

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 11-10-18

Colorado College Tigers 1 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-2-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-5-6, +7, 2 PIM

A night after shutting out the Tigers, the top-ranked Bulldogs defense once again smothered Colorado College, allowing just one goal on 16 shots. Lightning prospect Cole Koepke notched a pair of assists to help lead UMD to a 5-1 victory Saturday night. Six Bulldogs recorded a multi-point night, including Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) leading the way with a pair of goals. UMD improves to 8-1-1 (2-0 NCHC) and travels to Denver next weekend in another NCHC powerhouse match up with the Pioneers.

#5 Denver Pioneers 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-4-5, +10, 6 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/9 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 5-4-9, +10, 6 PIM

Déjà vu all over again. A night after the #2 ranked Huskies squeaked a 4-3 winner over the #5 Pioneers, St. Cloud State inched out another 4-3 win Saturday night to remain a perfect 4-0 in NCHC conference play. Just like Friday night, Lightning stealth prospect Cole Guttman opened the scoring as the Pioneers built a 2-0 1st period lead. But then fellow Bolt prospect Nick Perbix netted his first collegiate goal for the Huskies to close the gap to 2-1 at the 1st intermission. In the 2nd, St. Cloud added a pair of power play goals to take a 3-2 lead before Guttman potted his second of the game to knot the score at 3-3 at the 2nd intermission. The Huskies found a way to win a period and win the game, improving to 9-1 on the season and looking to keep the home cooking going next weekend in a non-conference series against Bemidji State. For Denver, the Pioneers drop to 5-2-1 (2-2 NCHC) and the schedule doesn't get any easier for head coach David Carle as Denver returns home next weekend to take on the top-ranked Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Guttman may not be a stealth prospect much longer, sporting a filthy stat line, leading all freshmen in the nation with 5 goals (tied with 3 others) and a 0.62 goals/game.

#16 Minnesota Gophers 1 @ #20 Wisconsin Badgers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

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

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker set up Brandon McManus for a power play marker to open the scoring for Minnesota Saturday night in the rematch between Gophers and the Badgers in Madison. But Wisconsin would get the equalizer before the 1st intermission on a power play goal of their own, and then add a pair of goals in the 3rd period to split the weekend series. Badger netminder and Helsinki native Daniel Lebedeff (undrafted) made 32 saves to lead Wisconsin to their first Big Ten victory of the season. UMN drops to 2-4-1 (1-1 Big Ten) on the season and returns home next weekend for a non-conference series against St. Lawrence.

#17 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

All five goals scored Saturday night in Marquette lit the lamp on the man advantage with Cornell building a 2-0 1st period lead and holding on for a road sweep against Northern Michigan. Bolt prospect Alex Green did not dress for the third straight game, but the Big Red was led by a goal and an assist from Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) while the Wildcats got a pair of goals from Troy Loggins (undrafted). Cornell improves to 4-2 (2-0 ECAC) on the season and returns home to Ithaca next weekend for a pair of ECAC bouts against #13 Quinnipiac and #18 Princeton.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ #15 Northeastern Huskies 5 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-1-3, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0/2 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin continued his red-hot return from missing four games to injury, scoring a pair of power play goals Saturday night and adding an assist in leading the River Hawks to a 4-2 lead early in the 3rd period. But Northeastern rallied with a pair of 3rd period goals to force OT and then winning this HEAST match up in the extra session. Grant Jozefek (undrafted) led the Howlin’ Huskies with a pair of goals, dropping UML to 4-5-1 (1-3-1 HEAST) on the season. UMass-Lowell continues HEAST conference play next weekend with a home-and-home series with UConn.

Boston University Terriers 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 2 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: L, 63:00 MINS, 3 GA, 23 SVS
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-0, 3.67 GAA, 0.864 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor was back in the nets Saturday night for the Wildcats, making 23 saves in the overtime home loss to Boston University. New Hampshire twice erased 1-goal deficits and Taylor gave a perfect 7-save effort in the 3rd to force the extra session, but the Terriers scored shorthanded in OT for the win. Avalanche prospect Shane Bowers (OTT, 2017 1st round pick), acquired by Colorado in the Duchene trade, led BU with a pair of goals and Joel Farabee (PHI, 2018 1st round pick) and Dante Fabbro (NAS, 2016 1st round pick) each added a pair of assists. The Wildcats drop to 1-5-2 (1-2-1 HEAST) on the season and continues HEAST conference play next weekend with road matches against Boston College and #9 UMass-Amherst.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 11-9-18

Colorado College Tigers 0 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 2 PIM

Hunter Shepard (undrafted) backstopped a 19-save shutout and the top-ranked Bulldogs opened 2018-19 NCHC conference play against Colorado College on Friday night with a 3-0 win. UMD got goals from three different players and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) and Peter Krieger (undrafted) each had a pair of assists. These two teams square off again on Saturday night to complete the weekend series.

#5 Denver Pioneers 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, +10, 6 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/18 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 4 PIM

Two Top-5 NCHC powerhouses, each sporting 2-0 conference records battled Friday night with the Huskies scoring three straight in the 2nd period to hand the Pioneers their first loss of the season. Lightning stealth prospect Cole Guttman opened the scoring midway through the 1st with his third goal of the year to give Denver the early 1-0 lead. Brett Stapley (MTL, 2017 7th round pick) led the early Pioneer attack with a goal and an assist to build a 3-1 lead 95 seconds into the 2nd period. But the St. Cloud offense kicked into gear, finishing the period with three goals to take a 4-3 lead into the 2nd intermission. St. Cloud netminder David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) stopped a perfect eight 3rd period Pioneer shots to preserve the tenuous Husky lead. Bolt prospect Nick Perbix helped set up the equalizer, and Nolan Walker (undrafted) led St. Cloud State with a pair of goals and an assist. These two teams battle again Saturday to complete weekend series.

#16 Minnesota Gophers 3 @ #20 Wisconsin Badgers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 6 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, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/10 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

The Gophers stopped the bleeding after three straight losses, besting the Badgers on the road Friday night in their Big Ten opener. Wisconsin jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Minnesota scored three-straight in the 2nd and Mat Robson (undrafted) stopped a perfect 15 shots in the 3rd to seal the win. These two team go at it again Saturday night to close out the weekend series.

#17 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 1

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

Cornell scored twice Friday night in the 2nd period to break open a 1-1 game and claim a non-conference road win against the Wildcats in Northern Michigan. Bolt prospect Alex Green did not dress for the second straight game, leading to speculation that the sophomore blueliner may be injured. Cam Donaldson (undrafted) led the Big Red with a goal and an assist. These two teams square off again Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/7 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM

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

After missing four games due to injury, Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin returned to action Friday night, leading an UML rally and scoring both goals for the River Hawks as UMass-Lowell plays to a 2-2 draw with the visiting New Hampshire team. Fellow Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat back-up to a 32-save Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) effort. UML held the Wildcats to just 11 shots. UML hosts Northeastern Saturday night while UNH returns home Saturday night to host the visiting Boston University.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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