NCAA/USHS

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.

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

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