Gotovets, Kirill

NCAA Game Night: 10-29-11

No. 14 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 3 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 15 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 25 PIM

Western Michigan (5-0-3) remained unbeaten as Freshman defenseman Garrett Haar scored 28 seconds into overtime. Witkowski was given a 5-minute major for checking from behind midway through the third period. The major resulted in an automatic 10-minute game disqualification. The Broncos will have a tough test next weekend to remain undefeated going on the road for two games with No. 4 Michigan.

Mercyhurst Lakers 5 @ No. 19 Cornell Big Red 4

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG

The Big Red opened their season with a tough loss to Mercyhurst at home. Freshman Nardo Nagtzaam had two goals and an assist for the Lakers including the game winner in the third.

No. 9 Merrimack Warriors 4 @ Vermont Catamounts 2

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM

Merrimack (6-0-0) remained unbeaten completing the sweep of Vermont. The Catamounts (1-3-0) are at Providence (2-3-1) next weekend for two games.

St. Cloud State Huskies 1 @ No. 12 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Out - Leg injury
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

Florida prospect Corban Knight had a goal and an assist for the Sioux as they split the weekend series with the Huskies and snapped a four game winless streak. North Dakota will be at No. 8 Minnesota next weekend.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-22-11

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-5-8, +2, 4 PIM

Peca scored again to run his point streak to seven games as Quinnipiac split the weekend series with Robert Morris.

No. 10 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No. 14 Ferris State Bulldogs 2

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 4 PIM

Ferris State remained undefeated sweeping the weekend series with No. 10 Miami. Bulldog freshman goalie, C.J. Motte, recorded his second shutout in just his third start on the young season.

No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 5

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

Freshman, Brendan O'Donnell was listed on the Sioux pregame injury list as out with a leg injury for three to six weeks.

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alaska Nanooks 2 (ot)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 10 PIM

Western remained unbeaten on the year (3-0-3) after a tie Saturday with Alaska. The Broncos are home next weekend for two games with No. 17 Northern Michigan.

Carleton Ravens 1 @ No. 20 Cornell Big Red 5 (Exhibition)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

The Big Red concluded their preseason with a win over Carleton University out of Ottawa. Cornell opens the regular season next weekend at home against Mercyhurst.

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 Tournament Selection

The 2011 NCAA Tournament has been set. Luke Witkowski and the Western Michigan Broncos (19-12-10) received the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional and will face No. 2 seed Denver (24-11-5). The Tournament begins this coming Friday, March 25 with the regional semifinals. Each round is single elimination.

This is the fourth appearance for the Broncos in the NCAA tournament and first since 1996. Western Michigan has a 2-2-0 record all-time against the Pioneers.

Cornell was not selected for the tournament meaning Kirill Gotovets and the Big Red's season has come to an end. Gotovets finishes his freshman season playing in 34 games, recording one goal and six assists for seven points. He finished with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-8, good for third overall on the team and the highest of any freshman on the roster.

NCAA Game Night: 3/19/11

CCHA Tournament
Finals

Detroit, MI

#12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 vs. #6 Miami Redhawks 5
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 54 PIM

The Broncos tied the game at two early in the third period but could not hold off a late game rush by the Redhawks and fell in the CCHA tournament final.

The Broncos will now wait for a possible NCAA tournament bid Sunday. The tournament will begin Friday, March 25.

ECAC Tournament
Finals

Atlantic City, NJ

#3 Yale Bulldogs 6 vs. #20 Cornell Big Red 0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 1-6-7, +8, 32 PIM

Yale goalie Ryan Rondeau(undrafted) stopped 22 shots for the shutout to give Yale the ECAC tournament title.

Cornell (16-15-3) will sit and hope to receive a bid for the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red are rated 27th in the Pairwise Comparison Ratings, which is college hockey's objective system for ranking teams for tournament bids. There will be 16 teams that make the tournament. There are five automatic bids that go to the conference tournament champions of the five Division I conferences. The remaining 11 teams are selected based upon the Pairwise Ratings.

Boston College, Miami, Yale, Air Force, and North Dakota all have automatic bids. The Tournament Selection Show is tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

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