Colgate Raiders 0 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 3
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Miami opened their season with a non-conference win over Colgate. Freshman Ryan McKay made 24 saves for the shoutout win. McKay (undrafted) was the goaltending partner of Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox for USHL Green Bay to start last season before Wilcox was moved to Tri-City.
USA U-18 4 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 6 (exhibition)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM (slashing, checking from behind major, game misconduct), 0 SOG
UND got two goals from Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi, who like Brendan O’Donnell, missed considerable time last season due to injury.
Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play
Freshman Adam Wilcox watched as sophomore Michael Shibrowski got the start for the Gophers. The two are expected to split time during the first few weeks of the season. Nick Bjugstad (Panthers) had a goal and an assist to be named first star for the game.
Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No.2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 10 saves on 11 shots
Season totals: 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO
Freshman Adam Wilcox made his first collegiate start and stopped 10 of 11 shots against the Spartans. Wilcox last played for Tri-City of the USHL. He is expected to share time in the Minnesota nets with Gophers junior Michael Shibrowski (undrafted) to start the year.
St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Witkowski and the Broncos opened their season at home against St. Lawrence, but were unable to pull out a win, falling in overtime, 4-3. WMU scored twice in the third period to force overtime, including a goal with 31 seconds left in regulation. Junior Jeremy Wick (undrafted) had the game winner for St. Lawrence. It was his fourth career goal.
*USCHO poll used
Western Ontario Mustangs 2 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 6 (exhibition)
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
2011-2012 season totals: 37 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM
On Saturday, Western Ontario stunned Western Michigan University, tying them, 2-2. Miami took them seriously from the get-go, outshooting the Mustangs 16-4 in the first and 49-14 for the game. Mullin (pictured), now a sophomore, had a goal and an assist and his linemate, 2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik, had a pair of goals. The third member of that line, Riley Barber (Capitals), had three helpers. Miami opens Friday against Colgate.
Acadia Axemen 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 0 (exhibition)
F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Quinnipiac beat Maine on Saturday to start their regular season, then rested players – including Peca – for an exhibition game on Sunday. The Bobcats fell to the Axemen, 2-0.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 @ Quebec Remparts 4
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM
The Foreurs held a 2-1 lead entering the third period, but Sergeev and company couldn’t upset the CHL’s No.1 ranked team, Quebec. The Remparts, who remain without Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov who is rehabbing a shoulder injury, got three assists from Kucherov’s good friend, Mikhail Grigorenko. The Lightning passed on Grigorenko at the June draft. The Sabres took him two picks after the Lightning’s selection of of a much-needed defensive prospect, Slater Koekkoek, at 10th overall. Grigorenko has 11 points in four games so far this year.
Ontario Hockey League
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Oshawa Generals 7
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM
Blujus’ scoreless streak reached three games as the Battalion fell in Oshawa, 7-4. Boone Jenner (Blue Jackets), Lucas Lessio (Coyotes), and Tyler Biggs (Leafs) all had two goals a piece for the Gens. Biggs was a teammate of Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin last year at Miami (Ohio) University.
Guelph Storm 4 @ London Knights 1
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, interference)
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 8 PIM
Tanner Richard (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and added an assist to help Guelph avenge an 8-2 loss to London a week ago with a 4-1 win Sunday. Richard’s plus-4 rating was a career high. He had a plus-3 game last November against Oshawa.
The strength of the Lightning organization remains at the forward positions, where the team still boasts an impressive mix of star veterans like Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, and Ryan Malone, and the game's best young star, Steven Stamkos. The team will spend some of its offseason tweaking its third line, and they made overtures to Swiss star Damien Brunner to try to improve their scoring depth on the wings. But, ultimately, the team should feel pretty solid offensively. Keeping the puck out of the back of their own net has always been the bigger challenge.
No. 14 Cornell Big Red 3 vs. No. 2 Michigan Wolverines 2 (OT)
NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM
Upset city, baby! Cornell got an overtime winner from undrafted Rodger Craig (no, not that Roger Craig) to propel Cornell into the Midwest Regional finals against Ferris State, who beat Denver, 2-1.
No. 13 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 4 vs. No. 7 Miami RedHawks 3 (OT)
NCAA East Regional Semifinal
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM
Another upset. The Riverhawks skated out to a 3-0 lead entering the third period before Miami decided to play, outshooting UML 18-8 in the final frame while scoring three times. Miami even had a five minute power play to end regulation, but they couldnâ€™t get the game winner. That was scored by UMLâ€™s Riley Wetmore (undrafted), 2:13 into overtime. UML will face Union in the East Region finals for the right to go to the Frozen Four in Tampa. Union knocked off Michigan State, 3-1. Mullin ends an outstanding freshman season with 11 goals and 26 points. He spent the majority of the year on the RedHawksâ€™ top line and will be relied upon for his offense next season in Oxford.