Colgate Raiders 1 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 5
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Miami easily handled the Raiders on Saturday, one night after shutting them out, 3-0. Jimmy Mullin hit the scoresheet for the first time this year with a third period assist.
Robert Morris Colonials 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Quinnipiac improved to 2-0 on the year with a shutout win over the Colonials. Lightning prospect Matthew Peca earned his first point of the season, an assist. Eric Hartzell (undrafted) made 16 saves in the Quinnipiac nets for the shutout.
St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No.10 Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
The Broncos exacted a bit of revenge on the Saints, who beat WMU in overtime on Friday night. Lightning prospect and WMU captain Luke Witkowski (pictured) notched his first two points of the season, including an assist on the game-tying goal scored by Lightning target Danny DeKeyser. The Lightning pursued DeKeyser, a free agent, late last year and along with the Red Wings were thought to be a finalist to sign him until he decided to return to school for his junior season. DeKeyser and Witkowski are partners on the ice and roommates off the ice.
Colgate Raiders 0 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 3
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Miami opened their season with a non-conference win over Colgate. Freshman Ryan McKay made 24 saves for the shoutout win. McKay (undrafted) was the goaltending partner of Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox for USHL Green Bay to start last season before Wilcox was moved to Tri-City.
USA U-18 4 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 6 (exhibition)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM (slashing, checking from behind major, game misconduct), 0 SOG
UND got two goals from Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi, who like Brendan O’Donnell, missed considerable time last season due to injury.
Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play
Freshman Adam Wilcox watched as sophomore Michael Shibrowski got the start for the Gophers. The two are expected to split time during the first few weeks of the season. Nick Bjugstad (Panthers) had a goal and an assist to be named first star for the game.
Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No.2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 10 saves on 11 shots
Season totals: 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO
Freshman Adam Wilcox made his first collegiate start and stopped 10 of 11 shots against the Spartans. Wilcox last played for Tri-City of the USHL. He is expected to share time in the Minnesota nets with Gophers junior Michael Shibrowski (undrafted) to start the year.
St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Witkowski and the Broncos opened their season at home against St. Lawrence, but were unable to pull out a win, falling in overtime, 4-3. WMU scored twice in the third period to force overtime, including a goal with 31 seconds left in regulation. Junior Jeremy Wick (undrafted) had the game winner for St. Lawrence. It was his fourth career goal.
*USCHO poll used
Western Ontario Mustangs 2 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 6 (exhibition)
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
2011-2012 season totals: 37 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM
On Saturday, Western Ontario stunned Western Michigan University, tying them, 2-2. Miami took them seriously from the get-go, outshooting the Mustangs 16-4 in the first and 49-14 for the game. Mullin (pictured), now a sophomore, had a goal and an assist and his linemate, 2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik, had a pair of goals. The third member of that line, Riley Barber (Capitals), had three helpers. Miami opens Friday against Colgate.
Acadia Axemen 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 0 (exhibition)
F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Quinnipiac beat Maine on Saturday to start their regular season, then rested players – including Peca – for an exhibition game on Sunday. The Bobcats fell to the Axemen, 2-0.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ No. 15 Maine Black Bears 1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
2011-2012 Season totals: 39 GP, 8-31-39, E, 12 PIM
Quinnipiac started their season off on the right note by going into Maine and defeating the Black Bears, 2-1, in a non-conference match-up. Peca was held off the scoresheet, but is expected to be a big contributor to the Bobcats success this year. Maine outshot QU, 32-18. Bobcats goalie Eric Hartzell (undrafted), a senior, made 31 saves in the win. Quinnipiac plays an exhibition game on Sunday against Acadia. Quinnipiac received the 23rd most votes in the latest USCHO poll.
Manitoba 3 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 (exhibition)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
O’Donnell made his return to the Sioux lineup after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury. He didn’t figure into the scoring in UND’s first exhibition game of the year. They will play another exhibition game next Friday against the USA Under-18 squad. Now a sophomore, O’Donnell had five goals and an assist in 17 games last year before getting hurt.
Lethbridge Pronghorns 0 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7 (exhibition)
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: 7 saves on 7 shots, shared shutout
Freshman Adam Wilcox (pictured) played the second half of Minnesota’s exhibition win over the University of Lethbridge, stopping all seven shots he faced. Wilcox starred for Tri-City in the USHL last year after a trade from Green Bay. Sophomore Michael Shibrowski started the game for the Gophers and made nine saves in 29:30. Christian Isackson (Sabres) had three goals for Minnesota.
Western Ontario Mustangs 2 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (exhibition)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM (interference, elbowing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 2 SOG
Broncos co-captain Luke Witkowski went scoreless, but spent six minutes in the penalty box as WMU tied Western Ontario in exhibition play on Saturday. WMU outshot the Mustangs 46-20. Former Lightning fifth round pick (2008) Kyle De Coste now plays for UWO. He had one shot and two penalty minutes in the game. De Coste was never signed by the Lightning. The best junior season he had was a 19-goal effort in 2010-2011 for Sault Ste Marie and Belleville.
*USCHO poll used
Matt Peca (Quinnipiac) will get his season started tonight as the Bobcats take on the University of Maine in a non-conference match-up.
In other action, Western Michigan Co-captain Luke Witkowski (pictured), Minnesota freshman Adam Wilcox, and North Dakota sophomore Brendan O'Donnell begin their respective exhibition seasons. O'Donnell missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.
We'll have recaps later tonight.