O'Donnell, Brendan

NCAA Game Night: 10-21-11

No. 10 Miami Redhawks 2 @ No. 14 Ferris State Bulldogs 4

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 2 PIM

Miami, who started the season preseason ranked No. 1, continued to struggle to start the season falling to Ferris State. The Bulldogs are now (5-0-0) to start the year.

No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ Wisconsin Badgers 5

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

O'Donnell was not in the lineup for the first time this season as North Dakota fell to Wisconsin to open WCHA play. Anaheim prospect Justin Schultz, defense, had a goal and an assist for Wisconsin.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Robert Morris Colonials 5

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-5-7, Even, 2 PIM

Freshman, Matthew Peca, picked up a goal in the third to run his point streak to six games.

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Vermont was shutout in their season opener by Minnesota as Colorado prospect Kent Patterson picked up the shutout. Florida Panther prospect Nick Bjugstad, the 19th overall pick in 2010, had two goals for the Gophers and Nashville prospect Zach Budish had a goal and two assists in the game.

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Alaska Nanooks 1

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 8 PIM

The Broncos opened CCHA play with a long road trip out to Alaska and took the first game of the weekend series with the Nanooks to remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0-2. The two teams play again Saturday night.

Guelph Gryphons 2 @ No. 20 Cornell Big Red 3 (Exhibition)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play

Gotovets was not in the lineup as the Big Red beat the University of Guelph in an exhibition game. Cornell plays Carleton College Saturday in their last tune up before regular season play.

Western Ontario Mustangs 4 @ Harvard Crimson 7 (Exhibition)

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG

Senior, Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist as the Crimson knocked off Western Ontario in Harvard's only exhibition game. They open the regular season Saturday, Nov. 4 at home against rival Princeton.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-15-11

No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 11 Union Dutchmen 3 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0,+1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: GP 4 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM

Western Michigan came away from their first road trip with two points from back to back ties against Union. The Broncos travel to play Alaska next weekend.

No. 5 Miami Redhawks 2 @ Colgate Raiders 3 (OT)

F James Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Mullin sat out his first game of the early season as Miami fell in overtime to Colgate.

No. 17 Maine Black Bears 3 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 (OT)

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

North Dakota came away with three points from the weekend series with Maine. Montreal prospect, Danny Kristo had two goals and an assist for the Sioux tonight.

NCAA Game Night: 10-14-11

No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 11 Union Dutchmen 2 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, Even, 6 PIM

The Broncos faced their first ranked opponent in Union and came away with a point.

No. 5 Miami Redhawks 4 @ Colgate Raiders 3

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Miami won their first road game of the season holding on to beat Colgate. Dallas prospect, Reilly Smith had three goals and one assist for the Redhawks.

No. 17 Maine Black Bears 1 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

Florida Panther prospect, Corban Knight had a goal and an assist for the Sioux. North Dakota dropped three spots in the rankings after losing to now No. 1 Boston College last weekend.

U.S. Under 18 Team 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 1 (Exhibition)

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play

Matt Marshall was not in the lineup as Vermont fell to the U.S. Under 18 team.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-8-11

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Ohio State 3

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season stats: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM

Matthew Peca registered his first assist of the new season as the Bobcats scored four first period goals and held on to beat Ohio State.

Bemidji State Beavers 2 @ No. 2 Miami Redhawks 3

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Miami picked up their first win of the year scoring shorthanded with just under five minutes left in the third to split the weekend series with the Beavers.

No. 5 Boston College Eagles 6 @ No. 3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2
Ice Breaker Tournament Final; Grand Forks, ND

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

The Sioux gave up four second period goals as they fell in the final of the Ice Breaker. Calgary prospect, Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College, had a goal and three assists in the game.

Alabama Huntsville Chargers 0 @ No. 13 Western Michigan Broncos 4

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM

Freshman goaltender, Frank Slubowski, had to make only 10 saves to register his first collegiate shutout in his first collegiate start. The Broncos (2-0-0) travel to Union next weekend for two games.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-7-11

Bemidji State Beavers 5 @ No. 2 Miami Redhawks 3

F James Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

The No. 2 Miami Redhawks dropped their season opener to unranked Bedmidji State. Freshman, James Mullin has now scored in his first two games for the Redhawks. The two teams meet again tonight.

Alabama Huntsville Chargers 1 @ No. 13 Western Michigan Broncos 7

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, Even, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

The Broncos opened their season impressively, scoring four first period goals in route to a lopsided win over Alabama-Huntsville. Luke Witkowski started his year off with an assist. In 42 games last season Witkowski had one goal and eight assists.

Air Force Falcons 3 @ No. 3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4
Ice Breaker Tournament; Grand Forks, ND

F Brenden O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

No.3 North Dakota started their season with a win beating Air Force. New York Islanders prospect, Brock Nelson, had two goals and an assist for the Sioux including the game winner in the third. North Dakota takes on No. 5 Boston College tonight in the Ice Breaker final.

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NCAA Game Night: 10/1/11

University of Toronto Varsity Blues 2 vs #13 Western Michigan Broncos 7
Exhibition, Muskegon, MI

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Western opened their 2011 preseason in impressive fashion scoring four powerplay goals against University of Toronto.

University of Regina Cougars 1 @ #3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 8
Exhibition

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG

Freshman, Brendan O'Donnell recorded two helpers in his first preseason game at the NCAA level as #3 North Dakota easily handled Regina.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/14/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 5

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4 @ Penticton Vees 2
Silverbacks win Best of 7 series 4-1

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, 9 PIM

Penticton’s season came to an end Monday when they lost their third game at home in their second round series to upstart goalie Kris Moore and Salmon Arm. O’Donnell had an assist on the Vees’ final goal, which was scored at the four minute mark of the third period to cut the Silverbacks’ lead to 4-2. Salmon Arm scored twice in 14 seconds early in the third period to go up 4-1. Penticton finished two points ahead of Salmon Arm in the regular season. The Silverbacks are now 8-1 in the playoffs.

O’Donnell finished second on the Vees in scoring during the regular season and represented Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. While he missed three playoff games due to an injury sustained in a fight, he was nearly a point-per-gamer for the postseason. He’ll be donning the green of the University of North Dakota the next time we see him.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/12/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 4

Penticton Vees 4 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 3-1

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-3-4, 9 PIM

Penticton staved off elimination by finally beating Silverbacks goaltender Kris Moore twice in both the first period and twice again in the second. The Vees allowed two third period goals to make a dramatic last 10 minutes of the game. After badly outshooting Salmon Arm in Games 1-3, Penticton was outshot by one in Game 4. The series now shifts to Penticton for Game 5 Monday.

USHL

Lincoln Stars 4 @ Fargo Force 7
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 19-31-50, +24, 24 PIM

Fargo got some revenge on Lincoln for shutting the Force out in their last game. Mullin’s eight shots led the team. Fargo is back in a tie for third in the West, though Sioux Falls has two games in hand on them.

OHL

London Knights 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 29 saves on 31 shots, *First Star*
With Attack: 12 GP, 8-2-0-0, 3.08 GAA, .899 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-5-1-1, 3.25 GAA, .887 sv%, 1 SO

In his first game in nearly a month, Zador was named First Star for the Attack in a win over London. Zador, who normally sits backup in Owen Sound, suffered a concussion in warm-ups vs. London a few weeks ago. Schemitsch is reportedly skating again and should be back by the playoffs.

WHL

Prince George Cougars 5 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 1
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 56 GP, 42-25-67, -5, 26 PIM

The Cougars earned their second big win a row, defeated Seattle 5-1 Saturday night in Washington. Prince George beat Vancouver 8-0 on Friday night. Connolly had a goal and an assist in both games. The Cougars are up to seventh in the West, and more importantly three points up on ninth-place Kamloops with a game in hand.

Kootenay Ice 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 4 (SO)
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 51-60-111, +27, 44 PIM

Johnson has goals in four of his last five games after picking up his league-leading 51st of the year Saturday night. He hit the 60 assist and 110 point markers during the game, too. He also pulled within three points of Linden Vey for the league lead in points. Spokane let a two goal lead evaporate late and needed the shootout to win. Johnson was the first shooter for the Chiefs, but failed to convert his attempt. Spokane has clinched at least the third seed in the West.

Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 69 GP, 3-20-23, +36, 133 PIM

Zahn has at least one assist in four of his last five games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/11/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 3

Penticton Vees 1 @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2 (OT)
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 3-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (roughing, high sticking), *Third Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, 9 PIM

This is getting ridiculous. Penticton outshot Salmon Arm badly for the third straight game, this time 52-19, but was still set back by undrafted goaltender Kris Moore. The Vees put up 20 shots in both the second and third periods. Moore has been First Star in all three games of the series. Not only was the 20-year-old goaltender undrafted, he is not listed as a commitment to any NCAA school. Game 4 is Saturday on the Silverbacks’ home rink. Though O’Donnell didn’t score, he was named Third Star on the road.

USHL

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Fargo Force 0
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 19-29-48, +23, 24 PIM

Fargo outshot Lincoln 32-24, but couldn’t put one past 20-year-old goaltender Ryan Massa (undrafted). Lincoln is just five points behind Fargo for fourth in the West, with the Stars holding two games in hand.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 6 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Cole Hawes), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-22-29, +13, 35 PIM

Janosik had three fights last season, but this was his first this year.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Montreal Juniors 2 (OT)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 54 GP, 11-27-38, +22, 28 PIM

The Volts scored twice within four minutes of the end of regulation and again in overtime to steal a win in Montreal. Landry was not on the ice for the overtime winner, but was on the ice for both of Drummondville’s third period goals (one on the power play).

OHL

London Knights 1 @ Guelph Storm 5
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Panik remains out with a sprained ankle. He was expected to return this week.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress
With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was back on the Attack bench Thursday night, but did not dress out Friday for the Attack. He missed several games with a concussion prior to Thursday. Schemitsch is reportedly skating again and should be back by the playoffs.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Tanner Mort)
With Tri-City: 28 GP, 13-25-38, +8, 52 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 57 GP, 29-36-65, -4, 96 PIM
C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 66 GP, 50-59-109, +28, 44 PIM

Not long ago TC was battling Spokane for second in the division. Five straight wins over TC later and the Chiefs are 10 points ahead of the Americans. This was Johnson’s “debut” as a Lightning prospect after signing an NHL Entry Level Contract on Monday. He promptly went out and hit 50 goals for the season, which leads the WHL and is 14 more than his previous career high. Johnson (pictured) is within five points of Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey for the league scoring title. This was Ashton’s sixth fight of the year and third against Spokane. It was the first time he fought Mort. Ashton had his five-game point streak come to an end.

Prince George Cougars 8 @ Vancouver Giants 0
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 42-24-64, -6, 26 PIM

One game after losing 7-0 at home to Red Deer, the Cougars stepped up and crushed the Giants in Vancouver. Connolly continues to raise his career highs for goals and points. He is six assists away from tying his career high in that category.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 68 GP, 3-19-22, +34, 133 PIM

Zahn’s high three-game point streak came to an end in an overtime loss to Brandon. It was the second longest streak of his career after a four-game streak he had earlier this season. The Blades have already clinched the league’s top record.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/9/11

BCHL

BCHL Interior Conference Semifinals – Game 2

Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3 @ Penticton Vees 2
Silverbacks lead Best of 7 series 2-0

C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 29-43-72, 28 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-3-4, 5 PIM

O’Donnell had a goal and an assist, but the story of the game and the series thus far was undrafted goaltender Kris Moore of Salmon Arm. For the second straight game the Vees outshot the Silverbacks by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, but Moore, who lists former Lightning goaltender Corey Schwab as his greatest hockey influence in his player profile, made 40 saves and stole Game 2 for the underdogs. The series now heads the Silverbacks’ barn with the Vees in a big hole.

USHL

Sioux Falls Stampede 7 @ Fargo Force 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 19-29-48, +23, 24 PIM

Mullin broke a two game scoreless streak, but the Force was hammered at home in an important game, 7-2 by Sioux Falls. The teams entered the game tied for third in the Western Conference at 60 points with Sioux Falls holding a game in hand. Fargo now sits alone in fourth, one point behind Omaha.

WHL

Tri-City Americans 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 3
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM (high sticking, hooking)
With Tri-City: 27 GP, 13-25-38, +8, 47 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 29-36-65, -4, 91 PIM

Ashton’s streak of four games with at least two points came to an end, but he did manage his 29th goal of the season to put him within one of his career high of 30 – again. He thought he had his 29th goal two games ago, but a late scoring change took it away. Ashton’s goal Wednesday tied the game at one in Kelowna, but that’s all TC could manage. Rockets captain Tyson Barrie, son of former Lightning owner Len Barrie and once thought to be a certain draft target of the Barrie/Koules Bolts, had an assist in the game for Kelowna. The Avalanche draft pick has 54 points (10 goals) in 49 games this year.

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 67 GP, 3-19-22, +33, 133 PIM

Zahn has quietly established a career high for points in a season at 22. His plus-33 rating is “just” 28 better than his previous career high in that category. The overager and captain of the WHL’s top team is hoping for a contract at the end of the season from the Lightning. He has five points in his last three games and is plus-11 in those three games.

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