NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 3-22-13

Brown Bears 4 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 0
ECAC Semifinals

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 10-12-22, +10, 32 PIM

Brown’s 5-9, undrafted goaltender Anthony Borelli stopped 29 shots and the Bears had four goals in the first two periods to upset top-ranked Quinnipiac in the ECAC semifinals. The Bobcats won the regular season conference title long ago with a remarkable campaign, but still chose not to touch their conference trophy as they had the tournament title in mind. It was not to be. They will play Yale in the Third Place Game on Saturday before their place in the national tournament is announced on Sunday.

Colorado College Tigers 2 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 0
WCHA Final 5 Semifinals

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 18 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 38 GP, 25-7-5, 1.85 GAA, .922 sv%, 3 SO

Colorado College got two goals against Adam Wilcox, and goaltender Joe Howe (undrafted) made them stand up to propel the Tigers to the WCHA Final 5 championship game against Wisconsin. The Badgers upset top-seeded St. Cloud State. On Friday, Wilcox was beat first by a wrist shot from the circles that appeared to be deflected on its way into the upper corner of the net above Wilcox’s blocker. The second goal was a sweeping shot from the low right circle that may have been hard to read as a defender got a stick on it at the time it was released. The puck found it’s way through Wilcox, who made several strong saves to keep the game close in the final period. Nevertheless, he took his seventh loss of the season in 37 decisions. Minnesota will get an at-large bid to the national tournament.

NCAA Game Night: 3-21-13

Colorado College Tigers 4 vs. No. 4 North Dakota 3 (OT)
WCHA Final 5 Quarterfinal

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-8-10, E, 18 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell had an assist on UND’s first goal, but he and his teammates won’t be advancing in the WCHA Final 5 after their overtime loss on Thursday. O’Donnell’s assist came when he won a battle in the right wing corner, using his skate to knock a puck to Habs prospect Danny Kristo, who swung around the net and roofed a wrist shot into the net. North Dakota later battled back to force overtime, but a CC shot banked off a UND defenseman and into the net in overtime to send the Tigers on to face the top-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers and Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox in the semifinals on Friday. North Dakota will now wait for an at-large bid to the national tournament, to be announced on Sunday.

NCAA Game Night: 3-17-13

Cornell Big Red 2 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 (2OT)
Quinnipiac wins best-of-3 ECAC quarterfinals, 2-1

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

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 10-12-22, +10, 32 PIM

The Bobcats escaped their quarterfinal match-up against Cornell, winning in double overtime to advance to the ECAC semifinals. Quinnipiac will play Brown next weekend. Gotovets and Cornell are done for the year. Kirill is expected to return to school for his senior season next year.

Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 4
Miami wins Best-of-3 CCHA quarterfinals, 2-1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Miami outshot MSU 35-19 en route to a 4-1 Game 3 win over the Spartans. Jimmy Mullin started the game on the RedHawks’ fourth line and registered one shot on goal. He had a goal in Game 2. Former Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik scored his 14th goal of the year in the win. (1)Miami advances to play (10)Michigan in the semifinals on Saturday. The Wolverines upset (3)Western Michigan. The winner will advance to Sunday’s final.

Michigan Tech Huskies 0 @ No. 4 North Dakota 6
UND wins best-of-3 WCHA quarterfinals, 2-1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 18 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell scored UND’s sixth goal, adding insult to injury for the upstart Huskies. North Dakota advances to the WCHA’s Final 5 next weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-16-13

Cornell Big Red 0 @ No. 1 Quinnipac Bobcats 10
Best-of-3 ECAC quarterfinals tied, 1-1

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

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-12-22, +11, 32 PIM

Matt Peca had three points and he and his linemates, twins Conner and Kellen Jones, combined for 10 points, as Quinnipiac rebounded from a Friday night loss with a crushing win on Saturday, 10-0. The game got ugly at the end of the second period and again in the late third with several roughing and misconduct calls. Fighting is not allowed in NCAA hockey.

Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 4
Best-of-3 CCHA quarterfinals tied, 1-1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin (pictured) scored his sixth goal of the year and former Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik scored twice to lead the RedHawks to a big win on Saturday to even their CCHA quarterfinal series with MSU. The teams will play again on Sunday.

Michigan Tech Huskies 2 @ No. 4 North Dakota 1
Best-of-3 WCHA quarterfinals tied, 1-1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-7-8, -3, 18 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell had his two-game point streak snapped as Michigan Tech scored late and forced a deciding Game 3 on Sunday. Habs prospect Danny Kristo scored his 24th goal of the year for UND.

Bemidji State Beavers 3 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
Minnesota wins best-of-3 WCHA quarterfinals, 2-0

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 37 GP, 25-6-5, 1.84 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota overcame two two-goal deficits and scored with less than a minute left in regulation to advance to the WCHA Final 5. Wilcox allowed three goals, two of which were scored on rebounds and one on a deflection.

Michigan Wolverines 5 @ No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 1
Michigan wins best-of-3 CCHA quarterfinals, 2-0

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-8-10, E, 46 PIM

The unseeded Wolverines swept out third-seeded WMU with a 5-1 win on Saturday. Witkowski and the Broncos will have to wait until next weekend to see if they earned an at large bid to the national tournament. WMU beat Michigan last year in the CCHA championship game.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-15-13

Cornell Big Red 3 @ No. 1 Quinnipac Bobcats 2
Cornell leads beat-of-3 ECAC quarterfinals, 1-0

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

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-12-22, +11, 32 PIM

Streaking No. 9 seed Cornell, without the services of Kirill Gotovets, upset No. 1 Quinnipiac in Game 1 of their ECAC quarterfinal series. Matt Peca had two helpers for the Bobcats.

Michigan State Spartans 3 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 0
MSU leads best-of-3 CCHA quarterfinals, 1-0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-8-13, -2, 14 PIM

Undrafted Jake Hildebrand stopped 34 shots for the upstart, unseeded Spartans, knocking off top-seeded Miami 3-0 in Game 1 of their CCHA quarterfinal series.

Michigan Tech Huskies 3 @ No. 4 North Dakota 5
UND leads best-of-3 WCHA quarterfinals, 1-0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-7-8, -2, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell (pictured) was on the top line and had an assist for the second straight game as third-seeded UND took a one game to zero lead on the 10th-seeded Huskies in the WCHA quarterfinals.

Bemidji State Beavers 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 (OT)
Minnesota leads best-of-3 WCHA quarterfinals, 1-0

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 17 saves on 18 shots
Season totals: 36 GP, 24-6-5, 1.85 GAA, .924 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox stopped all but one shot through three periods and overtime, helping the second-seeded Gophers to a Game 1 win over the 11th-seeded Beavers in their quarterfinal series. The Beavers scored the tying goal with 38 seconds left in regulation. Game 2 is Saturday.

Michigan Wolverines 4 @ No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 3
Michigan leads best-of-3 CCHA quarterfinals, 1-0

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-8-10, E, 44 PIM

The unseeded Wolverines struck first in this CCHA quarterfinal match-up, beating the third-seeded Broncos on their home ice. Michigan outshot WMU 30-18. Jets first round pick Jacob Trouba had two goals for Michigan. Game 2 is Saturday.

*USCHO poll used

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