NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 2-2-2014

No. 11 Northeastern Huskies 6 @ Harvard Crimson 0 (Beanpot)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 16 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart picked up a hitting-after-the-whistle penalty in the third period when the game was out of hand. Harvard will play their next Beanpot game next Monday.

Prospect of the Week: February 3, 2014

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for February 3, 2014 is … Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA – USA).

They call Adam Wilcox “the Iron Man.” The Gophers goalie and Tampa Bay Lightning sixth round draft pick (2011) has the Marvel Comics character on his mask and has played in nearly every game since starting his collegiate career with the University of Minnesota.

NCAA Game Night: 2-1-2014

Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 19 saves on 19 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 18-2-5, 1.96 GAA, .931 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox got his third shutout of the year and kept pace behind national leader Michael Garteig of Quinnipiac for the wins lead as Minnesota blanked visiting Michigan State, 1-0. Wilcox matched last year’s shutout total and got his save percentage back over .930. Wilcox hasn’t suffered a loss since Thanksgiving.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-31-2014

Princeton Tigers 2 @ Harvard Crimson 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-7-9, -5, 14 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Predators pick Jimmy Vesey scored his 11th of the season for Harvard in the Crimson’s 3-2 win over Princeton.

No. 3 Quinnipiac Bobcats 8 @ Dartmouth Big Green 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 7-14-21, +4, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Matt Peca had three points as the Bobcats put a snowman on the Dartmouth scoreboard, 8-1. QU has climbed up to No. 3 in the nation in the USCHO poll.

Michigan State Spartans 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 26 saves on 28 shots
Season totals: 24 GP, 17-2-5, 2.04 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

The Gophers got a third period goal from Justin Kloos (undrafted) and Adam Wilcox stopped 26 shots through three periods and overtime in a 2-2 tie with Sparty. MSU won the just-for-show shootout in six rounds, 2-1. Minnesota remains undefeated in Big 10(ish) play, 7-0-2.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-25-2014

Miami RedHawks 6 @ Colorado College Tigers 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-6-7, +4, 21 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was a scratch after playing Friday night’s 4-1 loss at CC.

No. 18 North Dakota 0 @ No. 16 Denver Pioneers 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -1, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

Denver won Saturday to earn a weekend split with UND. O’Donnell’s line combined for six points on Friday night, but failed to register a point on Saturday.

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 38 saves on 42 shots
Season totals: 22 GP, 17-2-4, 2.05 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox and the Gophers won the inaugural North Star College Cup with a 5-4 shootout win over the Bulldogs. UMD scored with two minutes left in the third period on a lethal wrist shot that snuck under the crossbar by Wilcox. Overtime was scoreless and Wilcox stopped both shooters he faced in the shootout, including a big glove save on the second opportunity. Both Gopher shooters converted their opportunities to claim the championship.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-24-2014

Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 3 Union Dutchmen 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-7-9, -4, 14 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart’s second goal of the season cut Union’s lead to 3-2 mid-way through the third period, but the Dutchmen scored about a minute later to regain the 2-goal advantage and defeat the Crimson.

Miami RedHawks 1 @ Colorado College Tigers 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-6-7, +4, 21 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Miami continues to struggle, this time losing to Colorado College on the road. Miami cut a 3-0 lead to 3-1 at 19:14 of the third period, but the Tigers scored an empty netter to eliminate any hope of a comeback.

No. 18 North Dakota 4 @ No. 16 Denver Pioneers 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +1, 3 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, E, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

O’Donnell had two points and his linemate, Michael Parks (Flyers), had a goal and an assist to lead UND to a road win in Denver.

No 5 St. Cloud State Huskies 1 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 38 saves on 39 shots, *First Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 17-2-3, 1.97 GAA, .931 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

The top-ranked Gophers secured a berth in the North Star College Cup Finals with a 4-1 win over No. 5 SCSU on Friday night. The tournament is being held in St. Paul. The Gophers will play Minnesota-Duluth in the championship. Adam Wilcox was First Star, stopping 38/39 shots. Wilcox is in the top-10 in the nation in wins, GAA, and save percentage. (M. Christians photo via CHN)

*USCHO poll used

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-19-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 9 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-3-4, +2, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, 10/17 FO, *First Star*
Season totals: 26 GP, 18-42-60, +24, 28 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Drouin finished his 2-game weekend with eight points (1-7-8) and two First Stars. Yeah, he’s good. Halifax outscored their two opponents 17-2. The Titan fired their coach, too.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ North Bay Battalion 5

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-12-15, -1, 38 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Blujus is plus-13 in the last six games.

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Guelph Storm 6

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 13-32-45, +11, 31 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Kingston went up against one of the best teams in the league and didn’t come out very well, losing 6-1.

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 11-26-37, +33, 30 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

Koekkoek had his first plus game in three contests, finishing plus-2 in a strong home win over the East’s second place team.

NCAA Game Night: 1-18-2014

Colgate Raiders 4 @ Harvard Crimson 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-7-8, -4, 12 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Harvard fell to 5-10-3 overall this year and 2-8-3 in the ECAC. The Crimson tried to climb out of a 3-0 hole but couldn’t complete the comeback. Colgate added an empty net goal late.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 5 @ Miami RedHawks 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, +1, 15 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +4, 21 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin (pictured) was back in the RedHawks lineup, but only for a half a game as he was ejected midway through the second period for a boarding major. Miami is 9-10-3 this year, 3-8-1 in conference (NCHC).

Bemidji State Beavers 2 @ No. 20 North Dakota 4

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-2-5, -1, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

North Dakota had a 4-1 lead by the early second period and cruised to a 4-2 win.

No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ Merrimack Warriors 6

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-12-18, +4, 14 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Merrimack earned a split of their weekend series with the Bobcats, winning 6-3 on Saturday. The Warriors scored four times in the third period.

Ohio State 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 25 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 16-2-3, 2.02 GAA, .928 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

The No. 1 Gophers spotted that school in Ohio with a 2-0 lead before taking their lunch money and winning, 4-2. Wilcox won his 16th of the season, which is third-best in the country.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-17-2014

No. 12 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Harvard Crimson 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-7-8, -4, 10 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Former Lightning prospect defenseman Kirill Gotovets (Was sent to Chicago in Philippe Paradis trade) was scoreless, plus-1, with two shots on goal. The senior has no goals and two assists this year. He hasn’t scored a goal since his sophomore year.)

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was a scratch on Friday. The RedHawks only managed 13 shots on goal (including overtime). Miami dropped out of the USCHO top-20 this past week.

No. 20 North Dakota 1 @ Bemidji State Beavers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 5 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-2-5, -1, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

O’Donnell finished third on the team in shots on goal with five. The leaders had six. UND snuck back into the USCHO top-20 this week at No. 20.

Merrimack Warriors 1 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 6

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-11-17, +5, 14 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Peca continues to put hit the scoresheet, this time with an assist. He seems to have settled into a 2-way center role after playing top-line wing most of last season.

Ohio State 0 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 21 saves on 21 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 15-2-3, 2.02 GAA, .928 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox shut out the visiting Buckeyes before more than 45,000 people outdoors on the Gophers’ football field. It was the largest crowd to ever see a hockey game in Minnesota – which is saying something. (Michael Russo photo)

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-13-2014

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Penn State Nittany Lions 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 34 saves on 36 shots
Season totals: 18 GP, 14-2-3, 2.13 GAA, .925 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota scored three times in the final period en route to a 5-2 win and 2-game sweep over Penn State. Best sign of the night was the PSU fan calling Happy Valley “Hockey Valley.” Well done. Wilcox stopped 34 of 36 shots, including a short-handed breakaway when the game was 2-0 early in the third.

*USCHO poll used

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