NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 3-21-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 4 vs No. 15 Colgate Raiders 2
ECAC Finals

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-9-16, +4, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard claimed the 2015 ECAC tournament championship with a 4-2 win over Colgate. The Crimson will now play in the national tournament as part of the field of 16. Harvard’s win likely ensures Matt Peca and Quinnipiac will receive an at-large big into the field of 16.

No. 12 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 3 vs No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5
Hockey East Finals

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-7-9, +16, 48 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

Boston University won the Hockey East tournament championship on the back of Jack Eichel’s two goals and assist Saturday. Eichel was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. MacLeod and BU will likely get a 1-seed in the national tournament.

No. 5 Denver Pioneers 5 vs No. 1 North Dakota 1
NCHC Third Place Game

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 13-7-20, +11, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

UND lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, falling in the third place game Saturday against Denver. UND is still a lock for the national tournament.

No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 vs Michigan Wolverines 2
Big 10 Finals

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 24 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 37 GP, 22-11-3, 2.39 GAA, .913 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox was named the Big 10 tournament Most Outstanding Player after making 22 saves in the finals against Michigan. Minnesota held a 1-0 lead in the second period before Michigan scored two power play goals. The first on a deke from in close that snuck under Wilcox’s arm, and the second on a back-door finish he had no chance of stopping. Minutes after Minnesota went up 3-2 in the third period Wilcox made a series of big saves on the Wolverines to maintain the lead. He was solid the rest of the way as the Gophers iced the game with an empty net goal. Minnesota and Wilcox had a lot of expectations on them coming into the year and have ridden a roller coaster of inconsistency for the majority of the season, but they’ve found their groove lately and their tournament performance was indicative of their potential. Watch out for the Gophers in the national tournament as they try to make their way back to the championship game. They lost to Union in the finals last year.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-20-15

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 vs No. 3 Boston University Terriers 4
Hockey East Semifinals

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-7-9, +17, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod returned to the BU lineup after a 3-game absence and notched an assist in the Terriers’ semifinal win over UNH. BU will play No. 12 UMass-Lowell for the conference championship.

No. 18 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 vs No. 1 North Dakota 1
NCHC Semifinals

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 13-6-19, +12, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

SCSU scored twice in the final minute of the first period and held on for the upset win over No. 1 North Dakota. UND will play Denver in the third place game on Saturday. Miami plays the Huskies for the championship. UND will get an at-large bid to the national tournament.

No. 17 Harvard Crimson 5 vs No. 7 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2
ECAC Semifinals

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 7-9-16, +4, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 7-28-35, +1, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Hart and Harvard scored an upset win over top-seeded Quinnipiac in the ECAC semifinals, moving the Crimson on to the finals against Colgate. As for Peca and Quinnipiac, they will wait to see if they receive an at-large bid to the national tournament. They need some help in the form of Harvard winning the ECAC and the higher seeds taking their conference tournaments. There’s a good possibility Peca played his last collegiate game. If he chooses to sign with Tampa Bay, he could join AHL Syracuse as soon as his collegiate career is officially over.

No. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 vs Ohio State Buckeyes 0
Big 10 Semifinals

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 39 saves on 39 shots, shutout, *First Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 21-11-3, 2.39 GAA, .913 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox recorded his sixth shutout of the season with a herculean performance in the Big 10 semifinals. The shutout was the 13th of his career, tying the school record. The junior goaltender, who was named a Big 10 Second Team All-Star earlier this week, stopped all 22 shots he faced in the third period with the Gophers nursing a 1-0 lead until halfway through the final stanza. Minnesota advanced to play Michigan for the championship game. A win propels them to the national tournament.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-15-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2 (2OT)
ECAC Quarterfinals
Harvard wins best-of-3 series, 2-1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 7-9-16, +4, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey scored his 27th goal of the season at 16:46 of the second overtime to propel Harvard into the ECAC semifinals. Harvard had a 5-minute power play at the end of the first overtime, but couldn’t capitalize. Brian Hart had the primary assist on Harvard’s game-opening goal. Yale would later take a 2-1 lead before Harvard forced overtime with a goal with 3 ½ minutes left in regulation.

Union Dutchmen 1 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
ECAC Quarterfinals
Quinnipiac wins best-of-3 series, 2-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 7-27-34, +3, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca scored for the second consecutive game – a shorthanded goal into an empty net to seal a Bobcat win and advance them to the ECAC semifinals. QU had to play the majority of the game without leading scorer Sam Anas (undrafted), who was injured.

Juniors Game Night: 3-15-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 5

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/18 FO, 3 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 35 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy was named first star for his 1+2 effort against the visiting Huskies. The Phoenix sits in a 3-way tie for sixth on the league table.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 8

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +2, 5 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 21-23-44, -9, 100 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto hit the 100-PIM mark for the second year in a row with a fight against Aaron Haydon.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 4

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 7-24-31, +15, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary returned home after their 11-game road trip and picked up a win over Lethbridge.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NCAA Game Night: 3-7-15

Brown Bears 3 @ No. 19 Harvard Crimson 4
ECAC First Round
Harvard wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard eliminated the Bears from the ECAC tournament with a 4-3 win Saturday. Harvard had a 4-2 lead entering the third period and held on. Hart’s seventh goal of the season in his 30th game matches his totals from last year identically. On Saturday he had the puck behind the Brown net and passed the puck off the back of the net back to himself though no one was around him. The Brown goalie thought he was reversing direction and moved to his right so Hart swung around to the goalie's left and slid the puck into an open net. Harvard will play rival Yale in the ECAC quarterfinals.

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 5 Miami Redhawks 6

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-6-16, +9, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota clinched the conference championship Friday so Saturday’s game may not have had the same intensity. Former Lightning camper and upcoming free agent Austin Czarnik had a hat trick and four points for Miami.

No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 33 GP, 18-11-3, 2.54 GAA, .906 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers had a 2-1 lead in the second period, but gave up the game’s next four goals to take the road loss. Minnesota was bypassed by Michigan State for first in the Big 10 by one point. There are two conference games remaining.

*USCHO poll used

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