NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 10-26-13

Bentley Falcons 0 @ Harvard Crimson 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart and Harvard finally made their season debuts, with the Crimson beating the Falcons, 3-0. Harvard senior goalie Raphael Girard (undrafted) stopped all 43 shots he faced. College Hockey News listed Hart as playing right wing on Harvard’s second line.

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 4 @ No. 8 Providence Friars 4 (OT)

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Miami went 0-1-1 at Providence this weekend, salvaging a tie on Saturday night. Jimmy Mullin did not play and may have been a healthy scratch. No injury was reported.

Holy Cross Crusaders 1 @ No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

QU swept its home-and-home series with Holy Cross with a 4-1 win Saturday night. Peca had one assist in the two games.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-25-13

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 2 @ No. 8 Providence Friars 3 (OT)

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Miami fell on the road, 3-2 to Providence in overtime. Former Lightning camper Austin Czarnik had two assists for Miami.

No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Holy Cross Crusaders 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Matt Peca is still looking for his first goal of the season after five games. He registered an assist on Friday in the Bobcats’ win over the Crusaders, who managed only 13 shots on goal.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ No. 5 Boston College Eagles 3 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 31 saves on 34 shots
Season totals: 5 GP, 4-0-1, 1.77 GAA, .930 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox allowed three goals in the first period, then shut out the Eagles the rest of the way to earn a 3-3 tie. BC won the shootout between the traditional college hockey powers, 2-1, but the game will go down as a tie. They will play again on Saturday. Minnesota was playing its first game of the season as the NCAA’s top-ranked team.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-19-13

No. 6 North Dakota 2 @ No. 1 Miami RedHawks 6

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-2-2, +3, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

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

Miami got a little revenge against North Dakota, who beat the RedHawks Friday night in the first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference game. Jimmy Mullin had two helpers and was plus-3 for Miami. Brendan O’Donnell had a rough night, finishing minus-4.

No. 9 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 1 @ No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

The Bobcats played their first home game, completing a home-and-home sweep of the Riverhawks. Peca remains on the second line, away from his former linemates, Conner and Kellen Jones.

No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Bemidji State Beavers 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 23 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .936 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

The Gophers beat the Beavers for the second night in a row on the back of Adam Wilcox, who started his 41st straight game for Minny.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-18-13

No. 6 North Dakota 4 @ No. 1 Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

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

O’Donnell (pictured) started on the first line with Michael Parks and Mark MacMillan, and the line was magic for North Dakota as they upset the No. 1 team in the nation in their own barn, 4-2. Jimmy Mullin was scoreless for Miami.

No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ No. 9 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

The Bobcats got a big road win over the country’s previous No. 1 team, UMass-Lowell. According to collegehockeystats.net, Peca was taken off his normal line with the Jones twins, Conner and Kellen.

No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6 @ Bemidji State Beavers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 15 saves on 18 shots
Season totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 1.67 GAA, .928 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox started his 40th straight game for the Gophers, winning 6-2 against the Beavers.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-12-13

Ohio State Buckeyes 3 @ No. 2 Miami RedHawks 6

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Miami should be the new No. 1 team in the country after UMass-Lowell’s loss on Friday and Miami’s sweep of that school that likes to hate Michigan. Alex Szczechura, brother of former Lightning player Paul Szczechura, had two goals for the losing side. 2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had a goal and three assists for Miami. He had two goals on Friday night.

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ No. 7 North Dakota 2

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

Vermont overcame a 2-0 deficit to tie North Dakota, 2-2. UND won the shootout, 2-1, though it will go in the books as a tie.

No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

The Bobcats got in the win column after a loss on Friday with a win over the Nanooks on Saturday. Matt Peca (pictured) centered QU’s first line and had two assists. Lightning prospect camper Cody Kunyk was scoreless for UAF, but had two goals on Friday night.

No. 13 New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota captured the Icebreaker tournament title with a win over New Hampshire, 3-2.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-11-13

No. 2 Miami RedHawks 6 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-2-2, +2, 4 SOG
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Miami opened their season with a commanding win over Ohio State, 6-2. Junior Jimmy Mullin started on the third line and had the primary assists on the goals that gave the RedHawks 3-2 and 4-2 leads.

Vermont Catamounts 3 @ No. 7 North Dakota 5

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

Brendan O’Donnell started his junior year with a goal at the end of the second period that enabled UND to enter the second intermission tied with Vermont at 3. O’Donnell was listed on UND’s third line by collegehockeystats.net. Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi had a goal and three helpers for North Dakota.

No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Tenth-ranked Quinnipiac dropped their first game of the season, losing 2-1 to the Seawolves in the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage, Alaska. Matt Peca, expected to be one of the top players in college hockey this season, was scoreless in the Bobcats’ debut.

Mercyhurst Lakers 0 @ No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 25 saves on 25 shots, shutout, *Third Star*
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Sophomore star Adam Wilcox earned a 25-save shutout in his season debut as the Gophers crushed the visiting Lakers, 6-0.

*USCHO poll used

2013 Development Camp: Days 2, 3 and 5

Apologies for the delayed observations but personal circumstances have necessitated a combined summary of impressions from several days I attended.

The bulk of the following observations stem from last Wednesday's 3-on-3 tournament action (I was unable to make it Tuesday) although some does come from the on-ice sessions last Sunday and Monday. Here are some thoughts on a limited number of camp participants, from those I went out of my way to watch and those my eyes kept being drawn to:

2013 Development Camp: Day 1

On the heels of a national holiday, 32 prospects--most drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, others signed as free agents and a handful of invitees--gathered on the ice Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to begin several days of on-ice and off-ice conditioning as well as instruction in organizational values and the culture of professional hockey for both returning and first-time participants.

"Let's call this what it is: summer hockey," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told assembled media. "Part of what [the players] get out of this camp is the chance to get to know myself, Rob Zettler, the staff. Getting to know expectations and being a pro."

"A lot of these kids are coming from juniors programs, college, all these different walks of life, but here at the Tampa Bay Lightning we've got a certain code of conduct," Cooper noted. "This is where it starts."

Having concluded fitness testing and physicals, players hit the ice and rounded out their day with an hour-long practice spent completing basic drills as well as a forty-five minute power skating session.

"The first day is always kind of a feel out day," Cooper said. "Some of these guys, I'm sure, have been skating and some haven't been."

Keeping in mind that the 3-on-3 tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday and wrap-up on Wednesday, the final day of camp, will provide better opportunities to gauge player abilities and hockey sense, here are some brief and selected observations:

NCAA Game Night: 4-13-13

(West-3) Yale Bulldogs 4 vs (East-1) Quinnipiac Bobcats 0
National Championship

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

The magical ride of Quinnipiac and Matt Peca was going to end anyway on Saturday, but they would have preferred it end with a win. The top-ranked Bobcats, playing in their first national tournament, were beaten by upstart Yale, 4-0. It was the fourth time the two state and ECAC rivals met this year and the first time Yale won. It just happened to be for the national championship.

There is a chance the Lightning starts Peca on the road to the NHL by signing him and placing him in AHL Syracuse next year, but that doesn’t seem like the normally patient approach by Bolts GM Steve Yzerman. If Peca returns for his junior year he will be one of the early Hobey Baker candidates.

NCAA Game Night: 4-11-13

(Midwest-3) St. Cloud State Huskies 1 vs (East-1) Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
National Semifinals

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 15-15-30, +17, 36 PIM

Peca and his line with the twins, Conner and Kellen Jones, were flying all night but only scored one goal – a wrist shot by Kellen Moore from the slot. It didn’t matter as QU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and coasted to a 4-1 win and a berth in the national championship game against conference and state rival Yale. That game will be played on Saturday night on ESPN. Peca received constant compliments from the ESPN 2 crew throughout the game as he showed off his speed and stickwork, creating multiple scoring chances. John Buccigross and former Lightning coach Barry Melrose called Peca’s line one of the best in the country this year.

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