NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Weekend: March 8-9, 2019

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (OT) (Mar 8th)
#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (Mar 9th)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 5-15-20, +21, 10 PIM

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 4-10-14, +7, 12 PIM

On Friday night, Lightning prospect Nick Perbix scored a pair of power-play goals, including the OT game-winner to lead the top-ranked Huskies in a big win over #3 UMD. In the 1st period, Perbix helped set up a St. Cloud power-play marker to give the Huskies the early 1-0 lead. The team’s traded three more 1st period goals as the score was knotted 2-2 at the first intermission. After a scoreless 2nd period, Perbix notched his first power-play goal early in the 3rd to give St. Cloud a 3-2 lead before the Bulldogs battled back and once again tied the game to force OT.

On Saturday night, Perbix once again notched a power play assist to help start a three-goal St. Cloud rally after dropping into a 2-0 deficit to the Bulldogs. Perbix ended his freshman regular season with 5 goals and 20 points and a +21 rating. Among NCHC freshmen defensemen, that stat line is good for 1st in the conference in plus-minus, 1st in points/game, 2nd in goals, 2nd in assists, and 3rd in total points.

The top-ranked Huskies finish the regular season with a record of 27-4-3 (19-2-3 NCHC) and will face Miami (Ohio) next weekend in a best of three series in the quarterfinals of the NCHC conference tournament. UMD finishes the regular season with a record of 21-11-2 (14-9-1 NCHC) and takes on UNO next weekend in a their best of three NCHC conference tourney quarterfinals match up.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ #6 Denver Pioneers 1 (Mar 8th)
#6 Denver Pioneers 0 @ Colorado College Tigers 1 (Mar 9th)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/23 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 11-10-21, +15, 18 PIM

The sixth-ranked Pioneers ended their regular season on a sour note, dropping both legs of a home-and-home series with cross-state rival Colorado College. On Fright night, Tigers goalie Alex Leclerc made 26-saves and then backed that up Saturday night with a 30-save shutout. Bolt prospect Cole Guttman finished the regular season leading all NCHC freshmen in goals (11), goals/game, and faceoff wins. He was also 4th in among conference freshmen in total points, and 5th in plus-minus.

Denver finishes the regular season with a record of 19-10-5 (11-10-3 NCHC) and square off next weekend in a best of three series against #19 North Dakota in the NCHC conference tournament quarterfinals.

#10 Cornell Big Red (idle)

D Alex Green, COR: idle
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 6 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

The tenth-ranked Big Red was idle this past weekend, having finished their regular season last week with a record of 17-8-4 (13-5-4 ECAC). Cornell faces off next weekend against Union College in a best of three series in the ECAC conference tournament quarterfinals.

#16 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (OT) (Mar 8th)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/12 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 12-14-26, +9, 12 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

On Friday night, the Catamounts fought the River Hawks to a draw, handing UML a disappointing season-ending 1-3-3 run in their last seven games. Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin ended his regular season campaign as UML’s leading goal-scorer, points, power play goals, and power play points, all despite missing four games with injury.

#16 UMass Lowell finishes the regular season with a record of 18-11-5 (12-7-5 HEAST) and dials up a best of three series next weekend against Boston University in the Hockey East conference tournament quarterfinals.

Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Michigan Wolverines 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 3 (OT) (Mar 8th)
Michigan Wolverines 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 4 (Mar 9th)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 22 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 10-15-25, +6, 18 PIM

The much-beleaguered Gophers entered the Big Ten conference quarterfinals this weekend on a 5-1 roll in their last six games, and rattled off two-straight wins to eliminate the Wolverines and advance to the conference semi-finals. Bolt prospect Sammy Walker set up Ducks prospect Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) Friday night on the game-tying goal in the 3rd that would force overtime before Brannon McManus (undrafted) fired home the OT winner. On Saturday night, Mat Robson (undrafted) would make 22-saves, allowing just a single Michigan goals to complete the sweep.

Minnesota improves to a record of 18-15-4 and takes on #16 Notre Dame in the Big 10 conference semifinals next weekend.

New Hampshire Wildcats 0 @ #9 Northeastern Howlin’ Huskies 4 (Mar 8th)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-1, 3.82 GAA, 0.853 SV%

On Friday night, Northeastern goalie Cayden Primeau pitched a 32-save shutout of the Widcats, ending New Hampshire’s regular season with a record of 12-13-9 (8-10-6 HEAST) and faces off next weekend against #2-ranked Massachusetts (Amherst) in a best of three series in the Hockey East tournament conference quarterfinals.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Weekend: March 1-2, 2019

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ #10 Western Michigan Broncos 4 (Mar 1st)
#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 8 @ #10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (Mar 2nd)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 3-13-16, +21, 8 PIM

On Friday night, the top-ranked Huskies battled tooth-and-nail with the #10 Broncos in Kalamazoo, rallying from a 4-2 deficit with 10 minutes left in the game to score three unanswered to squeak the win. Robby Jackson (undrafted) scored twice in the last 3 minutes of the game, including the game-winner with just 15 seconds remaining. On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Nick Perbix helped setup Blake Lizotte’s (undrafted) 2nd goal of the game, as the Huskies ran up a 7-0 score against Western Michigan before finally pasting a snowman on the scoreboard to punctuate their final road game of the season. Perbix leads all NCHC freshmen with his +21 rating, and his 13 assists are good for 6th in the conference among freshmen.

The top-ranked Huskies improve to 25-4-3 (17-2-3 NCHC) and return home next weekend for a major regular season ending showdown series against conference foe #3 Minnesota-Duluth.

Miami Redhawks 2 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 (Mar 1st)
Miami Redhawks 5 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 6 (Mar 2nd)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 4-10-14, +9, 12 PIM

On Friday night, Lightning prospect Cole Koepke scored an insurance goal in the 3rd period for the #3 Bulldogs. It was his 4th goal of the season, breaking a three-game pointless streak. After Flyers prospect Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) opened the scoring for UMD with two goals in the 2nd period, the Redhawks twice closed within a goal but could never get the equalizer. On Saturday night, Nick Wolff scored the first two goals to give the Bulldogs an early 2-0 lead, but Miami battled back to knot the score at 2-2 before rallying twice more and then surging ahead 5-4 in the 2nd period. The Bulldogs mounted a rally of their own, scoring the final two goals to complete the weekend sweep of the Redhawks.

UMD improves to 21-9-2 (14-7-1 NCHC) and hits the road for their regular season finale against top-ranked St. Cloud State next weekend.

#6 Denver Pioneers 1 @ Colorado College Tigers 0 (Feb 26th)
#6 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 (Mar 1st)
#6 Denver Pioneers 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 (OT) (Mar 2nd)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 3 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-10-21, +15, 18 PIM

Last Tuesday night, the Pioneers returned to Colorado Springs to play the postponed game from January. Denver goalie Devin Cooley (undrafted) pitched a 24-save shutout to make the goal by former Sharks and Oilers head coach Todd McLellan’s son Tyson (undrafted) stand as the game-winner.

On Fright night, Bolt prospect Cole Guttman setup Michael Davies’ (undrafted) game opening power play marker, and then closed out the Pioneer scoring in the 3rd with his 11th goal of the season. Guttman’s 11 tallies on the season sits atop the NCHC in freshmen goal scoring. On Saturday night, Kevin Conley (undrafted) scored a pair of power play goals to rally UNO to from a two-goal deficit to force a tie with the 6th-ranked Pioneers. Guttman set up a Liam Finlay (undrafted) marker early in the 2nd period to give Denver a 2-1 lead.

Denver improves to 19-8-5 (11-8-3 NCHC) and looks ahead to next weekend’s regular season finale in a home-and-home series against Colorado College.

#11 Cornell Big Red 4 @ St. Lawrence Saints 2 (Mar 1st)
#11 Cornell Big Red 2 @ #13 Clarkson Golden Knights 2 (OT) (Mar 2nd)

D Alex Green, COR: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 6 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

On Friday night, Michael Regush (undrafted) scored a pair of 1st period goals and the Big Red established a 3-0 lead and never looked back. On Saturday night, Cornell goalie Matthew Galajda (undrafted) made 33-saves to help the Big Red eek out a road tie against the 13th-ranked Golden Knights. For Lightning prospect Alex Green, an injury-marred regular season comes to an end in which he registered only three assists and a team-worst -8 rating.

Cornell finishes the season with a record of 17-8-4 (13-5-4 ECAC), and takes next weekend off before the ECAC conference tournament quarterfinals begin on March 15th.

#14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 0 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 (Mar 1st)
New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ #14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 (OT) (Mar 2nd)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/8 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 12-14-26, +8, 8 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-1, 3.82 GAA, 0.853 SV%

On Friday night, Sharks prospect Mike Robinson pitched a 29-save shutout for UNH to seal the 1-0 upset over the #14 River Hawks. On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin helped setup the game’s opening goal by Kenny Hausinger (undrafted) for his 26th point of the season, eclipsing last season’s point total in seven fewer games. The gamey Wildcats fought back to take a 2-1 lead after 1st period, before a UML power-play marker in the 2nd proved to be the equalizer. Lohin's 12 goals and 26 points leads UML in both categories

UML drops to 18-11-4 (12-4-4 HEAST) and looks ahead to next weekend’s final regular season game against Vermont. UNH improves to 12-12-9 (8-9-6 HEAST) and faces off next weekend against #9 Northeastern in their regular season finale. The Hockey East conference tournament quarterfinals begins the week after for both teams.

#12 Arizona State Sun Devils 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 5 (Mar 1st)
#12 Arizona State Sun Devils 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 5 (Mar 2nd)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 1-7-8, +1, 22 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-14-24, +5, 18 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker notched his 10th goal of the season to knot the score 1-1 in the 1st period Friday, and then setup Blake McLaughlin in the 2nd for what would be the eventual game-winner. The Golden Gophers would reel off five unanswered after surrendering the opening goal to the 12th-ranked Sun Devils. Fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf helped set up Minnesota’s 3rd goal 40 seconds into the 3rd period. In addition to a 2-point night, Walker was +2, fired a game-high 5 shots, and won over 50% of his faceoffs. Walker’s 24 points on the season leads the Big Ten freshmen in points. On Saturday night, the Gophers scored another five goals on Arizona State, with Zuhlsdorf setting up Avs prospect Sampo Ranta (COL, 2018 3rd round pick) in the 1st to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead. Zuhlsdorf ends the regular season with a three-game point streak, and is just 1 point shy of his last season’s point total in 6 fewer games.

Minnesota ends their regular season with a winning record of 16-15-4 (12-10-3 B1G), and with some momentum heading into the Big 10 conference tournament quarterfinals next weekend.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Weekend: February 22-23, 2019

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 (Feb 22nd)
#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 (Feb 23rd)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 3-12-15, +19, 8 PIM

The Huskies dispensed with the Mavericks handily this weekend, taking a pair of road conference games by a combined score of 9-1. On Friday night, Bolt prospect Nick Perbix setup a second period marker by Nick Poehling (undrafted) for his 15th point of the season, continuing his ½-point per game average he’s carried most of the season. Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) scored twice and St. Cloud goalie David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) allowed just one goal on 23 shots for the win. On Saturday night, Hrenak pitched a 30-save shutout to complete the weekend sweep. Perbix is now 3rd in the nation on plus-minus rating among Division I freshmen defensemen, Top-7 in assists and Top-10 in points.

The top-ranked Huskies improve to 23-4-3 (15-2-3 NCHC) and continue their road trip next weekend in Kalamazoo against a tough #8 ranked Western Michigan conference foe.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 @ North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4 (Feb 22nd)
#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ North Dakota Fighting Hawks 3 (Feb 23rd)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 3-10-13, +8, 8 PIM

Grand Forks is never an easy arena to play, even for the #3 Bulldogs who skated out of the weekend with a split against the Fighting Hawks. On Friday night, the goals came early and often, with UND opening the scoring just 44 seconds into the contest, but UMD getting the 1-1 equalizer a scant 41 seconds later. However, North Dakota would add another pair of 1st period goals just 1:11 apart, and UND goalie and Blue Jackets prospect Peter Thome (CBJ, 2016 6th round pick) would shut the door the rest of the way for the win in front of the home crowd. On Saturday night, UMD would bounce back with Peter Krieger (undrafted) scoring twice for the Bulldogs and salvaging a split on the road against a pesky conference opponent.

UMD’s record now stands at 19-9-2 (12-7-1 NCHC) and rolls into their bye weekend for some rest before closing out the season against Miami (Ohio) and #1 St. Cloud State.

Miami Redhawks 3 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 1 (Feb 22nd)
Miami Redhawks 2 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 5 (Feb 23rd)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/14 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-8-18, +13, 16 PIM

The #7 Pioneers were looking to bounce back this weekend in a pair of home games against the unranked Redhawks after a difficult of run of 2-3-2 in their last 7 outings. Instead, it was more of the same of the recent inconsistent play from Denver. On Friday night, Miami forward Ryan Siroky (undrafted) scored twice and Ryan Larkin (undrafted) made 46 saves to lead the Redhawks to a big road win. On Saturday night, the Pioneers bounced back behind a pair of goals from Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) and Jack Doremus (undrafted) to secure the split. Miami’s Larkin made another 38 saves for a two-game total of 84 saves.

Denver’s record now stands at 16-8-4 (8-8-2-2 NCHC) on the season, and the Pioneers have a quick turnaround for a Tuesday night rescheduled road game against Colorado College, making up for the postponed game in January. The Pioneers then continue on the road to Omaha to take on UNO next weekend.

RPI Engineers 3 @ #9 Cornell Big Red 2 (OT) (Feb 22nd)
#20 Union Dutchmen 1 @ #9 Cornell Big Red 3 (Feb 23rd)

D Alex Green, COR: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

The 9th-ranked Cornell squad struggled earlier in the month on the road against Rensselaer Polytechnic, drawing to a 1-1 tie. On Friday night at home, the Big Red once again ended with a disappointing finish against the Engineers, dropping a 3-2 OT decision. RPI netminder Owen Savory (undrafted) made 35 saves and Senators prospect Todd Burgess (OTT, 2016 4th round pick) scored the OT game-winner after Cornell’s Jeff Malott (undrafted) scored a pair of goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and force the extra session. On Saturday night, the Big Red hosted #20 Union and put down the Dutchmen after Cornell netminder Matthew Galajda (undrafted) made 30-saves to secure a weekend split.

Cornell’s record now stands at 16-8-3 (12-5-3 ECAC) and the Big Red wraps up their regular season next weekend with a pair of road ECAC conference matches against St. Lawrence and #13 Clarkson.

Merrimack Warriors 3 @ #14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 6 (Feb 22nd)
#14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Merrimack Warriors 3 (OT) (Feb 23rd)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 12-13-25, +7, 6 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin scored his 12th of the season Friday night as part of an UML two-goal 3rd period that iced the game for the River Hawks. After UML jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead, the Warriors scored three 2nd period goals of their own, before the River Hawks scored thrice more. Chase Blackmun (undrafted) and Reid Stefanson (undrafted) led UML each with a goal and two assists. On Saturday night, Merrimack forward Chase Gresock (undrafted) twice scored the equalizing goal to force a tie against UML. Lohin’s assist on the River Hawks’ 3rd goal equaled his last season’s point total in 9 fewer games.

UML’s season record now sits at 18-10-3 (12-6-3 HEAST) and looks forward to next weekend with a home-and-home Hockey East conference series against New Hampshire.

#16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 (Feb 22nd)
#16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 (Feb 23rd)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 1-5-6, -2, 21 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/17 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-13-22, +4, 18 PIM

The #16 Fighting Irish rolled into the Twin Cities this weekend and the Gophers managed to split the weekend series. On Friday, Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 1st period lead, including a goal from the Freshmen Line in which Bolt prospect Sammy Walker notched his 13th assist of the season. But Notre Dame would rally and score three unanswered in the final two periods behind a two-goal performance from Colin Theisen (undrafted) to take the first of two games on the weekend. On Saturday night, fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf helped set up a Scott Reedy 2nd period scored that would hold on as the eventually game-winner.

Minnesota’s record now stands at 14-15-4 (11-10-3 B1G) with a non-conference match up next weekend against #11 Arizona State.

#12 Northeastern Howlin’ Huskies 6 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 (Feb 22nd)
#12 Northeastern Howlin’ Huskies 6 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 0 (Feb 23rd)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 1 GP, L, 50:45 MINS, 4 GA, 15 SVS
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-1, 3.82 GAA, 0.853 SV%

The Wildcats got blistered this weekend in a pair of home losses to the 12th-ranked Howlin’ Huskies, who put up a couple of touchdowns on the outmatched UNH squad. On Friday night, Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) gave up 6 goals as Liam Pecararo (undrafted) scored a hat trick and added an assist for Northeastern. On Saturday night, Lightning prospect Ty Taylor saw his first game action since January 4, giving up 4 goals before getting pulled with just over 8 minutes left. Taylor stopped 9 of 10 shots through the first two periods. The wheels came off in the 3rd for UNH, as Taylor surrendered 3 goals on 9 shots, one on the power play and the another short-handed. Joe Lazzaro (undrafted) relieved Taylor and gave up 2 goals on 6 shots, both on the power play, as the Wildcats specials teams went off the rails. For Northeastern, Devils prospect Jeremy Davies (NJD, 2016 7th round pick) scored twice and added a pair of assists, Lincoln Griffin (undrafted) scored a pair of goals, and Percararo added three assists.

New Hampshire’s record now stands at 11-12-8 (7-9-5 HEAST) and faces off next in a home-and-home Hockey East showdown with Ryan Lohin and the UMass (Lowell) squad.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Weekend: February 15-16, 2019

Due to my trip to Orlando last week, the NCAA weekend round up for Feb 8-9, 2019 was not posted. This update catches up that weekend as well as this weekend.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 OT (Feb 8th)
Colorado College Tigers 4 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 OT (Feb 9th)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 3-11-14, +19, 6 PIM

The Tigers might have a losing record on the season, but they are generally a tough opponent, at home or on the road. A week ago Friday, #1 ranked Huskies needed all three Poehlings to squeak out a tie against gritty Colorado College. Nick Poehling (undrafted) opened the scoring just a buck seventeen into the game, but Colorado College countered with a two 1st period goals to carry a 2-1 lead all the way into the 3rd before Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) set up his brother Jack (undrafted) for the equalizer. A week ago Saturday, Grant Cruikshank (undrafted) scored a pair of power play goals to help propel the Tigers to a 4-2 lead at the 2nd intermission, but Bolt prospect Nick Perbix started a three-goal rally, potting his third goal of the season. Patrick Newell first scored the equalizer late in the 3rd, and then broke through with the OT game-winner to give St. Cloud the 5-4 win. Perbix was +3 on the night, and his +19 on the season is good enough for 4th in the nation among Division I freshmen defensemen.

St. Cloud State improves to 21-4-3 (13-2-3 NCHC) and took this weekend off before embarking on a road trip next weekend to Omaha to square off with UNO for a pair of NCHC conference games.

#7 Denver Pioneers 2 @ #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 (Feb 15th)
#7 Denver Pioneers 1 @ #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 0 (Feb 16th)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/19 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 10-8-18, +13, 12 PIM

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 3-10-13, +8, 8 PIM

Both these NCHC powerhouses came into this weekend’s big showdown with a week of rest under their belts as a pair of Lightning freshman prospects squared off in the Battle of the Coles. On Friday night, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke helped propel the #4 Bulldogs to a dominating win, scoring a goal and adding an assist and registering a +3 rating against the #7 Pioneers. After Denver opened the scoring just 2:50 into the game, UMD reeled off four straight, including a pair of goals by Justin Richards (undrafted), to put the game away. Koepke added the 5th Bulldog goal in garbage time with 46 seconds left. On Saturday night, the Pioneers salvaged a weekend split when Denver goalie Devin Cooley (undrafted) pitched a 27-save shutout, ensuring Golden Knight prospect Slava Demin’s (VGK, 2018 4th round pick) 1st period marker held up as the game-winner.

UMD’s record now stands at 18-8-2 (11-6-1 NCHC), two games back of St. Cloud in the NCHC standings, and hit the road next weekend for a NCHC series against North Dakota in Grand Forks. Denver’s record now stands at 16-7-4 (8-7-2-2 NCHC) and head back home next weekend for a weekend NCHC series against Miami (Ohio).

#9 Clarkson Golden Knights 0 @ #10 Cornell Big Red 5 (Feb 8th)
St. Lawrence Saints 1 @ #10 Cornell Big Red 3 (Feb 9th)
#8 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Brown Bears 3 (OT) (Feb 15th)
#8 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Yale Bulldogs 5 (Feb 16th)

D Alex Green, COR: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, -6, 2 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Last weekend, Bolt prospect Alex Green notched a pair of assists for Cornell in a pair of home wins over then #9 Clarkson on Feb 8th and St. Lawrence on Feb 9th. Against Clarkson, Big Red netminder Matthew Galajda (undrafted) pitched a 17-save shutout and Green set up Jeff Malott’s (undrafted) 2nd goal of the game. Against the Saints, Green once again rang up an assist, this time setting up a Mitch Vanderlaan (undrafted) marker late in the 2nd to re-establish Cornell’s two-goal lead.

The weekend, the Big Red hit the road for a pair of ECAC games against Ivy Leaguers Brown and Yale with some disappointing results. On Friday, Cornell established a 3-0 lead behind a goal and an assist each from Tristan Mullin (undrafted) and Vanderlaan, but then allowed the Bears to reel off three 3rd period goals and force a tie. On Saturday, Cornell fell into a 3-0 hole before rallying to close the gap to 3-2 in the 2nd period, before the Bulldogs scored twice more to put the game out of reach. Yale was led by a pair of goals from Bruins prospect Curtis Hall (BOS, 2018 4th round pick) and three assists from Robbie DeMontis (undrafted).

Cornell’s record now stands at 15-7-3 (11-4-3 ECAC) and returns home next weekend for a pair of ECAC conference games against RPI and #20 Union.

Boston College Eagles 0 @ #15 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 (Feb 8th)
#2 UMass Minutemen 0 @ #15 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 (Feb 9th)
#13 Providence Friars 6 @ #10 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 (Feb 15th)
#10 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 0 @ #13 Providence Friars 1 (Feb 16th)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 6 8OG, 4/16 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-12-23, +4, 6 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin notched his 11th goal of the season a week ago Friday on Feb 8th and Rangers prospect Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) posted a 28-save shutout of Boston College. On Feb 9th, it was UML goalie Chris Hernberg’s (undrafted) turn to shine, pitching a 31-save shutout of the then #2 Minutemen.

This weekend, the River Hawks’ 10-game unbeaten streak came to screeching halt, dropping a home-and-home series against #13 Providence by a combined score of 7-2. On Friday night, the Friars put up 6 on UML behind a pair of goals by Penguins prospect Kasper Bjorkqvist (PIT, 2016 2nd round pick) and three assists from Sabres prospect Jacob Bryson (BUF, 2017 4th round pick). On Saturday night, Friar netminder and Oilers prospect Hayden Hawkey (MTL, 2014 6th round pick) pitched a 21-save shutout.

UML’s season record now sits at 17-10-2 (11-6-2 HEAST) and looks to bounce back next weekend with a home-and-home Hockey East conference series against Merrimack.

Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #18 Penn State Nittany Lions 7 (Feb 8th)
Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #18 Penn State Nittany Lions 6 (Feb 9th)
Minnesota Gophers 4 @ #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 3 (Feb 15th)
Minnesota Gophers 4 @ #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 3 (Feb 16th)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 4 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 21 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 4 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG, 11/25 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 9-12-21, +4, 18 PIM

This extended road trip for the Gophers was a tale of two weekends. Last week on Feb 8th and 9th, the Nittany Lions pasted a pair of touchdowns on the scoreboard, shredding Minnesota by a combined two-game score of 13-4. On the game against Penn State on the 9th, Bolt prospect Sammy Walker scored his 9th goal of the season, as the Freshman line gave Minnesota an early 2-1 lead before the Nittany Lions scored five unanswered.

This weekend, the Golden Gophers traveled to Columbus to take on #2 Ohio State and pulled off a pair of 4-3 road wins to stun the Big Ten leading Buckeyes. On Friday night, fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf scored his first goal of the season to re-establish the Gopher’s two-goal lead at 3-1 after Walker notched an assist when the Freshman line gave Minnesota an early 2-0 lead. On Saturday night, the Freshman line once again put Minnesota up 2-0 early as Walker notched his 12th assist of the season and his 21st point.

Minnesota’s record now stands at 13-14-4 (10-9-3 B1G) and looks forward to finally some home cookin’ next weekend when #15 Notre Dame rolls into the 3M center for Minnesota’s final two Big Ten conference games of the regular season.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Vermont Catamounts 0 (Feb 8th)
New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Vermont Catamounts 4 (Feb 9th)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

The Wildcats took this weekend off but split a pair of Hockey East conference games last weekend against the Catamounts. Sharks prospect Mike Robinson tended the nets in both games against Vermont, pitching a 29-save shutout on Feb 8th. On Feb 9th, Vermont got goals for four different players and Catamount goalie Stefanos Lekkas (undrafted) allowed just two goals on 59 shots across both games to earn the split. Lightning prospect Ty Taylor hasn’t played since January 5th against Yale.

New Hampshire’s record now stands at 11-10-8 (7-7-5 HEAST) and returns home next weekend for a pair of games against #14 Northeastern in Hockey East conference play.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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