Gotovets, Kirill

Lightning Acquire LW Philippe Paradis from Chicago

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired left wing Philippe Paradis (pair-ah-DEE) from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Kirill Gotovets today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. He will be assigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Paradis, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, has played in 36 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League this season, recording a goal and eight points with 100 penalty minutes. He ranks fourth on the team for penalty minutes. Paradis has also played in five games with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.

A native of Dolbeau, Quebec, Paradis has played in 102 career AHL games with the IceHogs and the Toronto Marlies, recording seven goals and 27 points. He recorded a career-best five goals and 16 points in 58 games last season. Paradis made his professional debut with the Marlies on April 2, 2010.

Paradis was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, 27th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

NCAA Game Night: 2-16-13

Cornell Big Red 2 @ Harvard Crimson 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-11-15, +1, 10 PIM

Harvard extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a tie against the Big Red.

Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-10-19, +7, 30 PIM

Quinnipiac returned to their winning ways, hanging on to beat Clarkson, 2-1. The Bobcats had their 21-game unbeaten streak snapped on Friday against St. Lawrence. With the win, the Bobcats clinched the Cleary Cup as ECAC regular season champions for the first time in school history. According to a USCHO recap, no Bobcat player touched the trophy at the presentation. Matt Peca had an assist, but nearly had a goal as he was stopped on a breakaway after leaving the penalty box.

No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 6

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-5-7, -7, 40 PIM

A very atypical night for WMU, who allowed four second period goals en route to a 6-3 loss in Columbus. The Broncos, under former NHL coach Andy Murray and with one of the best defensive corps in the country, are known for limiting shots and rarely giving up more than two goals. This was the seventh time in 26 games they’ve allowed more than two goals.

Undrafted junior Alex Szczechura, brother of former Bolt Paul Szczechura (pictured), had a hat trick and four points for OSU. Paul is currently in the KHL with Dynamo Riga. He has eight goals and 25 points in 40 games so far this season. Ironically, Paul went to Western Michigan.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-15-13

Cornell Big Red 4 @ No. 17 Dartmouth Big Green 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

Cornell snapped their seven-game losing streak, defeating Dartmouth, 4-2. Gotovets did not make the trip to New Hampshire.

Colgate Raiders 1 @ Harvard Crimson 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 4-11-15, +1, 8 PIM

Coming off an upset win over Boston University, Harvard won their second in a row, 4-1 over visiting Colgate. The Crimson are now undefeated in three games after what has been a disastrous season. Brian Hart (pictured) had his second straight two-assist game for Harvard.

No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-7-1, +1, 12 PIM

Miami got a home win before they play in the inaugural Hockey City Classic on Sunday outside at Chicago’s Soldier Field against the Irish. Minnesota will play Wisconsin in the other match.

St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 9-9-18, +6, 28 PIM

It’s over. The unranked Saints ended No. 1 Quinnipiac’s 21-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win in the Bobcats’ barn. Matt Peca’s personal eight-game point streak also came to an end.

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 28 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 28 GP, 19-4-4, 1.81 GAA, .922 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota won this edition of the Border Battle, defeating the Badgers 3-2 on their home ice. The two will play again on Sunday outdoors at Chicago’s Soldier Field. On Friday, Minnesota got a late goal to go up 3-1 before the Badgers cut the lead to one goal with 1:02 left. They were never able to get the equalizer by Adam Wilcox, who won his 19th game.

No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 1 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-5-7, -4, 40 PIM

Western Michigan won the shootout, 2-1, though the game will go down as a tie. WMU limited OSU to 18 shots on goal.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-8-13

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-7-11, -1, 10 PIM

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 36 PIM

The Broncos held the Red Hawks off the scoresheet in a match-up of two of the country’s top teams. WMU captain Luke Witkowski did not record a point in the win. Frank Slubowski (undrafted) had 29 saves for the shutout. With the win, WMU moved into first place in the CCHA, two points ahead of Miami.

No. 7 North Dakota 2 @ No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell remains out of the North Dakota lineup. On Friday, Danny Kristo (Flames) had a goal and an assist to lead UND to a big road win. UND is in a three-way tie for second in the WCHA with UNO and Minnesota.

No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Cornell Big Red 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 9-8-17, +9, 18 PIM

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 12 PIM

Matt Peca (pictured) had a goal to help Quinnipiac to their 20th straight game without a loss. His nine goals are one more than he scored as a freshman last season in 39 games. The Bobcats have a nine point lead on Yale for the ECAC title. Cornell finally fell out of the USCHO top 20, and did not receive a vote this past week. The Big Red are 11th out of 12 teams in the ECAC standings.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 8 St. Cloud State Huskies 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 26 GP, 18-3-4, 1.71 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota overcame two disallowed goals and an early third period tie to defeat WCHA-leading SCSU, 4-2. Eric Haula (Wild) had two goals for the Gophers. Wilcox was excellent in the third period, making athletic stops and turning back a late breakaway chance. He came into the game second in the country in wins. Minnesota is tied with North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha for second place in the conference, three points back of the Huskies. The Gophers have two games in hand on the other three teams mentioned here.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-2-13

Cornell Big Red 3 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 6

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 12 PIM

After being outscored 3-0 in the third period by St. Lawrence on Friday night, Cornell was outscored 2-0 by Clarkson on Saturday night in yet another loss. Cornell is now 8-11-2 and is in front of only Harvard in the ECAC standings.

No. 20 Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 6

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-7-11, -1, 10 PIM

Kevin Morris (undrafted) and Riley Barber (Capitals) each had two goals for the Red Hawks, who swept their two-game set with visiting Alaska this weekend.

No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 7 North Dakota 4

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell remains out of the North Dakota lineup.

No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats 6 @ No. 8 Yale Bulldogs 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 8-8-16, +7, 18 PIM

Quinnipiac responded to a 2-0 deficit with six unanswered goals, defeating the Bulldogs, 6-2. Peca’s goal turned out to be the game-winner for the Bobcats, who lead second place Yale by seven points in the ECAC.

No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Ferris State Bulldogs 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 34 PIM

Western Michigan won the shootout, 2-1, though the game will go down as a tie. WMU defeated the Bulldogs on Friday night. They are one point behind Miami for first in the CCHA.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-18-13

No. 16 Cornell Big Red 3 @ No. 17 Union Dutchmen 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 8 PIM

Cornell scored twice in the third period to post a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Union. Kirill Gotovets is still looking for his first point of the year, but doubled his season plus/minus total to plus-4.

Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-3-6, -2, 8 PIM

Yale outshot their rivals from Harvard, 39-21, en route to a 4-0 win on Friday night.

No. 8 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Wisconsin Badgers 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 10 PIM

Wisconsin got a late goal to top the visiting RedHawks, 1-0. Jimmy Mullin is back on the lower lines after filling in up top while Riley Barber was at the World Junior tournament with USA.

No. 6 North Dakota 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 16-2-3, 1.62 GAA, .927 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox (pictured, Univ. of Minnesota photo) continued his stellar play as a freshman, stopping 24 of 25 shots as top-ranked Minnesota beat rival North Dakota, 5-1. UND scored the game’s first goal on the power play before the Gophers answered with five unanswered goals. Wilcox leads the WCHA in wins and his 2.04 GAA in conference play is second best. Friday was his 20th straight start. Wilcox has allowed three total goals against then No. 1 Boston College, then No. 2 Notre Dame, and against rival UND. Minnesota and UND face off again on Saturday. Lightning prospect Brendan O’Donnell should be back in the lineup for the second game; he’s been a scratch on Fridays recently.

No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Bowling Green Falcons 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, -2, 20 PIM

WMU outshot the Falcons 11-4 in the third period, but BGSU scored the only goal in the final frame to break a 1-1 tie and win the game, 2-1.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-29-12

No. 11 Cornell Big Red 4 @ Maine Black Bears 6

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM

They say a 3-goal lead is the worst in hockey and Cornell proved it yet again, blowing a 3-0 first period lead en route to a 6-4 loss in the championship game of the Florida College Classic in Estero. The victory was only Maine’s fourth of the season against 11 losses and a tie.

Northeastern Huskies 5 @ No. 20 Harvard Crimson 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 6 PIM

Brian Hart (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) opened the game’s scoring in the first five minutes, but that is all that Harvard would get on the board in a bad home loss to Northeastern. The Crimson (4-5-1) fell under .500 for the season, to a team that was 5-9-1 coming into the game. Not good. Sharks pick Cody Ferriero had four goals for the Huskies. He came into the game with one goal in 15 games this year.

No. 5 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM

Jimmy Mullin played on the top line for the second straight game and had nine shots on goal to lead the RedHawks in that category for the second straight game. Miami outshot the Colonials, 51-21, but couldn’t beat senior goaltender Eric Levine (undrafted). Levine came into the game with a 7-2-2 record, 1.98 GAA, and .949 save percentage. He’s listed at 6’3” and likely has a pro contract in his future. Robert Morris’ 1-0 win gave them the Three Rivers Classic championship in Pittsburgh.

No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM

Matt Peca had a goal and an assist as the Bobcats topped the Mavs, 5-4. Jordan Samuels-Thomas swatted home Peca’s centering feed three minutes into the third period to give the Bobcats their fifth goal. Quinnipiac has now won 11 consecutive games. Lightning prospect camper Andrej Sustr had two shots on goal and was minus-1 for UNO. The 6’8” defenseman remains a free agent.

Air Force Falcons 0 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 11-2-2, 1.67 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox wasn’t tested too often, but came up big when needed – like stopping a breakaway – to lead the Gophers to a 4-0 win over Air Force. The Gophers will face top-ranked Boston College on Sunday in the finals of the Mariucci Classic.

No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Michigan State Spartans 1
(Broncos won shootout, 1-0)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, -5, 14 PIM

WMU advanced to the finals of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament thanks to a fourth-round shootout win over Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Western is looking for their first GLI tournament win and will face Michigan Tech in the championship on Sunday. Witkowski played big minutes against MSU’s top line, but took a minus with 17 seconds left in regulation when the Spartans scored on a 6-on-5 advantage. With the puck dumped into the corner, Lightning free agent target Dan DeKeyser chased the puck and his partner, Witkowski, faded to the strong side as a defensemen is supposed to do. WMU’s three forwards watched from the strong side near the slot, leaving the backdoor wide open. A cross-crease pass from a forward who outbattled DeKeyser found an unmarked MSU player who banged the puck into the net. WMU had played well defensively throughout the game and that was MSU’s best scoring chance. Witkowski had several deep rushes and his confidence with and without the puck is at an all-time high.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-28-12

No. 19 Ferris State Bulldogs 3 @ No. 11 Cornell Big Red 5

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM

Cornell opened the Florida College Classic in Estero with a 5-3 win over the Bulldogs. Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets was scoreless in the match for the Big Red.

Ohio State Buckeyes 0 @ No. 5 Miami RedHawks 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 8 PIM

Jimmy Mullin (pictured) was moved to the top line with former Lightning camper Austin Czarnik and Curtis McKenzie and responded by leading the RedHawks with seven shots on goal against the Buckeyes on Friday night. The top line spot was opened by the departure of Riley Barber, who is representing the United States at the World Junior Championships in Russia. Miami’s top line combined for 15 of the team’s 26 shots on goal. Miami will face Robert Morris on Saturday for the championship in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.

Gotovets’ Game Still Evolving

As Kirill Gotovets describes his style, he makes it clear that defense comes first. Despite recording 15 points over his first two seasons at Cornell University, the defenseman isn’t worried about not finding his name on the scoresheet during the first nine games of his junior year. His game still evolving, Gotovets knows stats aren’t everything. “I think I still play the same style, just a little bit unlucky with the points,” he said. “I don’t think it matters how many points I get, I just worry about how I play and how the team plays.”

NCAA Game Night: 12-1-12

Saint Lawrence Saints 1 @ No. 12 Cornell Big Red 3

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM

The Big Red won their second game of the weekend, coming from behind against the Saints for a 3-1 win. Bolt Prospects writer Jeremy Houghtaling was at the game and will have a feature on Kirill Gotovets in the coming days. For a recap of the game, see Jeremy’s Twitter timeline at Twitter.com/jghoughtaling.
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No. 4 Miami RedHawks 4@ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 6 PIM

Jimmy Mullin had his first multi-point game of the year with a goal and an assist in Miami’s second win in as many nights over the Nanooks. Mullin’s assist came when he fed a teammate from behind the net and another teammate banged in that rebound. His goal came on a breakaway in which he went 5-hole on the Alaska-Fairbanks goaltender. Miami freshman goalie Ryan McKay had the shutout for the RedHawks. McKay is the former goaltending partner of Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox. The two were together in USHL Green Bay before the Gamblers decided to keep McKay and trade Wilcox.

No. 16 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ RPI Engineers 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 4 PIM

Matthew Peca (pictured) scored shorthanded in the third period while RPI was on a 5-on-3 power play to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead. It turned out to be the game-winning goal and Quinnipiac remained unbeaten in ECAC play (6-0).

No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ No. 18 Colorado College Tigers 2 (OT)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 2 PIM

The Sioux badly outshot the Tigers for the second night in a row, but this time they came away with a victory – albeit in overtime. UND had 42 shots to CC’s 20. The game-winning goal was scored by Drake Caggiula (2013), his fifth of the season.

No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 14 GP, 9-2-2, 1.61 GAA, .925 sv%, 2 SO

After his 6-game win streak was snapped on Friday night against UNO, Adam Wilcox got some revenge on the Mavericks with a 3-2 win on Saturday night. Wilcox made several big saves in the second period after the Gophers went up, 3-0. UNO scored late in the second and again late in the third period to make things interesting.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 0 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 1

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM

The Broncos completed a weekend sweep of the Wildcats with a 1-0 victory on Saturday. WMU goaltender Frank Slubowski (undrafted) got the shutout.

*USCHO poll used

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