NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 3-10-13

Harvard Crimson 3 @ Dartmouth Big Green 6
(ECAC Tournament: Dartmouth wins best-of-3 series, 2-1)

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

Harvard’s season came to an end on Sunday when they lost to the Big Green in the deciding game of their ECAC series. Harvard won game one of the series thanks to a Brian Hart goal late in the third period. Hart finishes his first collegiate season with an admirable 17 points in 29 games.

NCAA Game Night: 3-9-13

Cornell Big Red 4 @ Princeton Tigers 2
(ECAC Tournament: Cornell wins best-of-3 series, 2-0)

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

Gotovets was in the lineup on Friday night, but sat on Saturday as Cornell eliminated Princeton.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Dartmouth Big Green 4
(ECAC Tournament: Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-13-17, +2, 10 PIM

Hart was scoreless a game after scoring the winning goal on Friday. The teams play a series-deciding game on Sunday afternoon.

No. 5 North Dakota 1 @ No. 10 Minnesota State Mavericks 2 (OT)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, E, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-6-7, -3, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was back in the UND lineup and had an assist, but his team lost in overtime to the Mavericks, 2-1. UND will fall one point shy of a shared conference regular season title (SCSU, Minnesota).

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Bemidji State Beavers 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 23 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 35 GP, 23-6-5, 1.85 GAA, .924 sv%, 3 SO

Just a freshman, Wilcox backstopped the Gophers to a share of the WCHA regular season title as Minnesota beat Bemidji State, 5-1, on Saturday. The Gophers’ win, combined with a St. Cloud State loss in Wisconsin, made Minnesota co-champions.

NCAA Game Night: 3-8-13

Cornell Big Red 4 @ Princeton Tigers 0 (ECAC Tournament)

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

Gotovets was back in the Big Red lineup, helping Ninth-seeded Cornell to a win over eighth-seeded Princeton in the ECAC Tournament. The two teams will meet again on Saturday.

Harvard Crimson 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 1 (ECAC Tournament)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-13-17, +2, 10 PIM

Hart (pictured, Eric Dubose photo) scored with less than three minutes to go in regulation, propelling 12th-seeded Harvard to a 2-1 win over fifth-seeded Dartmouth in the ECAC tournament. The two teams will face off again on Saturday at Dartmouth.

No. 5 North Dakota 4 @ No. 10 Minnesota State Mavericks 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was a healthy scratch. With No. 8 St. Cloud State’s win in Wisconsin, the Huskies clinched a share of the WCHA title. North Dakota would need a win on Saturday against Minnesota State as well as an SDSU loss to get a share of the title.

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Bemidji State Beavers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 34 GP, 22-6-5, 1.87 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox won his 22nd game of the year, getting help from Panthers prospect Nick Bjugstad, who had two goals for Minnesota in their 4-3 win over the Beavers on Friday. With St. Cloud State’s win in Wisconsin, the Huskies clinched a share of the WCHA title. The Gophers need a win on Saturday against Bemidji State as well as an SDSU loss to get a share of the title.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-3-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2 (SO)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 60 GP, 26-51-77, +25, 101 PIM

Paquette led the Armada in hits with four. He did not participate in the game-winning shootout.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Brampton Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 2-23-25, -5, 51 PIM

Brampton now holds onto the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, tied with Sudbury but with a game in hand.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 8-49-57, +18, 90 PIM

Richard notched his fourth assist of the weekend in a win over the Wolves. Guelph sits in fifth in the Western Conference, which has all eight playoff teams set.

NCAA Game Night: 3-2-13

Cornell Big Red 1 @ No. 15 Yale Bulldogs 2

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

Gotovets remains out of the Cornell lineup.

Princeton Tigers 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (OT)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-13-17, +2, 10 PIM

Princeton took it to their rivals, outshooting them 47-29, but needed overtime to secure the win.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 5-8-13, -1, 14 PIM

Miami clinched the CCHA regular season championship with a 4-2 win over Ohio State. The RedHawks finish the regular season at 22-9-5 (17-7-4 CCHA).

Bemidji State Beavers 2 @ No. 6 North Dakota 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was a healthy scratch. UND is tied with Minnesota for second in the WCHA, two points behind St. Cloud State. They play Minnesota State twice next weekend. SCSU plays at Wisconsin and the Gophers play the Beavers.

No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Dartmouth Big Green 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-10-20, +10, 32 PIM

A night after losing to unranked Harvard, the Bobcats outshot Dartmouth 42-21 en route to a 4-1 win. Quinnipiac 24-5-5 (17-2-3 ECAC Hockey) had already clinched the conference title.

No. 10 Denver Pioneers 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 31 saves on 32 shots
Season totals: 33 GP, 21-6-5, 1.86 GAA, .922 sv%, 3 SO

On Friday night these two teams entered the third period tied 0-0 before Denver got a goal. On Saturday night, they entered the final frame tied 1-1, but Minnesota exploded for four goals in the period to win, 4-1. Adam Wilcox (pictured) stopped 31 shots for his 21st win of his first collegiate season. Minnesota is two points behind St. Cloud State for first in the WCHA with a two-game set scheduled for next weekend against Bemidji State.

No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ Michigan State Spartans 1

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-8-10, +1, 44 PIM

Witkowski had his three-game point streak snapped as Spartans goalie Jake Hildebrand stopped 28 shots for an MSU win. WMU finishes the regular season 19-9-8 (15-7-6 CCHA). They finished third in the conference behind Miami and Notre Dame.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-1-13

Cornell Big Red 4 @ Brown Bears 1

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

Gotovets remains out of the Cornell lineup.

Ohio State Buckeyes 3 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 5-8-13, -1, 14 PIM

Miami failed to clinch the regular season CCHA title, losing at home to Ohio State. Alex Szczechura, brother of former Lightning player Paul Szczechura, had a goal and a helper for OSU. The teams play again on Saturday. Miami limited OSU to 16 shots on Friday.

Bemidji State Beavers 1 @ No. 6 North Dakota 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was a healthy scratch on Friday for UND’s 4-1 win over the Beavers.

No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Harvard Crimson 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-10-20, +9, 32 PIM

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-13-17, +2, 8 PIM

Harvard won their biggest game of the year, upsetting No.1 Quinnipiac in overtime. Brian Hart was on the ice for Harvard’s game-tying goal in the third period. Matt Peca was scoreless for the Bobcats.

No. 10 Denver Pioneers 2 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 0

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 35 saves on 36 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 32 GP, 20-6-5, 1.86 GAA, .922 sv%, 3 SO

The Pioneers broke a 0-0 tie 18 seconds into the third period, then added an empty net goal late to defeat No.2 Minnesota, 2-0. Adam Wilcox was named third star for Minnesota despite taking the loss.

No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 5 @ Michigan State Spartans 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 2-8-10, +1, 44 PIM

Witkowski hit 10 points for the season for the second time in his collegiate career, helping the Broncos to a 5-2 win in East Lansing. The two teams play again on Saturday in the last game of the regular season. With Miami’s loss at Ohio State on Friday, the Broncos pulled within two points of the RedHawks for the regular season CCHA title.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-23-13

Union Dutchmen 2 @ Cornell Big Red 4

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

Gotovets remains out of the Cornell lineup. No word as to why.

Harvard Crimson 6 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 8 PIM

The Crimson were outshot 31-20, but won where it counted, 6-2. Lightning prospect Brian Hart had two assists for Harvard.

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 2 @ Lake Superior State Lakers 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 5-8-13, -1, 14 PIM

Miami completed their weekend sweep of LSSU and is now two points away from clinching the CCHA regular season championship.

No. 6 North Dakota 6 @ No. 10 Denver Pioneers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was back in the UND lineup in a fourth line role, helping his school to a 6-1 win over Denver in Colorado. Friday Correction: O’Donnell was indeed in the North Dakota lineup on Friday night. Our report said he was a healthy scratch.

Brown Bears 3 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-10-20, +9, 30 PIM

After a big game Friday against rival Yale on national television, the Bobcats suffered a bit of a letdown, blowing a 3-1 lead and tying sub .500 Brown. Brown’s last two goals were scored with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Matt Peca was on the ice for both goals.

Minnesota -Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 35 saves on 37 shots
Season totals: 31 GP, 20-5-5, 1.89 GAA, .920 sv%, 3 SO

The Gophers gave up two one-goal leads to the unranked Bulldogs, tying their in-state rivals 2-2 on Saturday. Undrafted freshman Matt McNeely was the story for UMD, stopping 38 of 40 shots in net.

No.11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 1

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-7-9, -2, 42 PIM

A two-game series settled nothing as the Irish and Broncos tied for the second consecutive night. This time the Irish won the shootout, though the game is officially a tie. Luke Witkowski (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) had two assists in the series.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-22-13

RPI Engineers 1 @ Cornell Big Red 4

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

Gotovets remains out of the Cornell lineup.

Harvard Crimson 2 @ St. Lawrence Saints 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 4-11-15, E, 10 PIM

The Crimson had their three-game undefeated steak end by St. Lawrence, who ended Quinnipiac’s 21-game undefeated streak earlier this month. Brian Hart was scoreless for Harvard.

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 5 @ Lake Superior State Lakers 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 5-7-12, -1, 12 PIM

Miami got a goal from Jimmy Mullin and overcame allowing four goals for just the second time this season in a 5-4 win over LSSU. Miami had 51 shots on net, helped by outshooting LSSU 22-3 in the second period. The RedHawks are three-points ahead of Western Michigan for first in the CCHA.

No. 6 North Dakota 4 @ No. 10 Denver Pioneers 5

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 as a healthy scratch.

No. 13 Yale Bulldogs 1 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 10-10-20, +11, 30 PIM

Peca (pictured) scored the game-opening goal, pacing the Bobcats to a 4-1 win over in-state rival Yale on national television (NBC Sports). Peca was in position to score Quinnipiac’s third goal, but his teammate beat him to the puck that was lying in the crease. Peca was flying all night and exhibited the skill and physicality that earned him the captain’s C with Pembroke two years ago. He finished his checks all night and showed above-average speed. He could be in consideration for the Hobey Baker award by the time his collegiate career is done. Peca is just sophomore.

Minnesota -Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 31 saves on 34 shots
Season totals: 30 GP, 20-5-4, 1.89 GAA, .918 sv%, 3 SO

The Gophers got a late goal from Kyle Rau (Panthers) to gain the lead for the final time and defeat the visiting Bulldogs. Wilcox made some key saves throughout the game to keep the game close or tied, but was victimized by three unfortunate bounces off of skates – one on each goal against. Wilcox won his 20th game of his freshman season. The Gophers pulled within one point of St. Cloud State for first in the WCHA as the Huskies lost to Colorado College on Friday.

No.11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3 @ No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-6-8, -7, 40 PIM

The Broncos won the shootout, 2-1, though the game will go down as a tie.

*USCHO poll used

Bolt Prospects 2012-2013 Midterm Prospect Rankings

By Pete Choquette

It's been a long, strange trip for Bolt Prospects to arrive at this year's Midterm Prospect Rankings. Between the end of the NHL lockout and an abbreviated training camp, call-ups, graduations, and trades, there's been a lot of movement in the rankings. One lesson learned from the first half of this season: no more standing still for Lightning prospects. Even first and second round picks can't afford to stagnate in their development with so much quality depth within the organization. More than that, the youth movement is already beginning in Tampa Bay with three prospects currently up with the Lightning and recently graduated Keith Aulie also with the NHL club.

NCAA Game Night: 2-17-13

No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2 vs No. 3 Miami RedHawks 1 (Hockey City Classic)

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 4-7-11, E, 12 PIM

Notre Dame defeated Miami in Game 1 of the Hockey City Classic outdoors at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The Irish had a 2-0 lead and held on late for the victory. The ice was in relatively poor condition, which proved challenging for both teams.

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 vs No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers 3 (Hockey City Classic)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 16 saves on 19 shots
Season totals: 29 GP, 19-5-4, 1.85 GAA, .919 sv%, 3 SO

Wisconsin scored the game’s first three goals, then withstood a furious Minnesota comeback to claim the win in Game 2 of the Hockey City Classic outdoors at Soldier Field. All three of the Badgers’ goals were generated from point shots that were deflected (2) or resulted in a rebound goal (1). Wilcox was also bailed out by two posts. He has started all but one of Minnesota’s games this year.

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