No. 11 Cornell Big Red 4 @ Maine Black Bears 6
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM
They say a 3-goal lead is the worst in hockey and Cornell proved it yet again, blowing a 3-0 first period lead en route to a 6-4 loss in the championship game of the Florida College Classic in Estero. The victory was only Maine’s fourth of the season against 11 losses and a tie.
Northeastern Huskies 5 @ No. 20 Harvard Crimson 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 6 PIM
Brian Hart (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) opened the game’s scoring in the first five minutes, but that is all that Harvard would get on the board in a bad home loss to Northeastern. The Crimson (4-5-1) fell under .500 for the season, to a team that was 5-9-1 coming into the game. Not good. Sharks pick Cody Ferriero had four goals for the Huskies. He came into the game with one goal in 15 games this year.
No. 5 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM
Jimmy Mullin played on the top line for the second straight game and had nine shots on goal to lead the RedHawks in that category for the second straight game. Miami outshot the Colonials, 51-21, but couldn’t beat senior goaltender Eric Levine (undrafted). Levine came into the game with a 7-2-2 record, 1.98 GAA, and .949 save percentage. He’s listed at 6’3” and likely has a pro contract in his future. Robert Morris’ 1-0 win gave them the Three Rivers Classic championship in Pittsburgh.
No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Matt Peca had a goal and an assist as the Bobcats topped the Mavs, 5-4. Jordan Samuels-Thomas swatted home Peca’s centering feed three minutes into the third period to give the Bobcats their fifth goal. Quinnipiac has now won 11 consecutive games. Lightning prospect camper Andrej Sustr had two shots on goal and was minus-1 for UNO. The 6’8” defenseman remains a free agent.
Air Force Falcons 0 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 11-2-2, 1.67 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO
Adam Wilcox wasn’t tested too often, but came up big when needed – like stopping a breakaway – to lead the Gophers to a 4-0 win over Air Force. The Gophers will face top-ranked Boston College on Sunday in the finals of the Mariucci Classic.
No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Michigan State Spartans 1
(Broncos won shootout, 1-0)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, -5, 14 PIM
WMU advanced to the finals of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament thanks to a fourth-round shootout win over Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Western is looking for their first GLI tournament win and will face Michigan Tech in the championship on Sunday. Witkowski played big minutes against MSU’s top line, but took a minus with 17 seconds left in regulation when the Spartans scored on a 6-on-5 advantage. With the puck dumped into the corner, Lightning free agent target Dan DeKeyser chased the puck and his partner, Witkowski, faded to the strong side as a defensemen is supposed to do. WMU’s three forwards watched from the strong side near the slot, leaving the backdoor wide open. A cross-crease pass from a forward who outbattled DeKeyser found an unmarked MSU player who banged the puck into the net. WMU had played well defensively throughout the game and that was MSU’s best scoring chance. Witkowski had several deep rushes and his confidence with and without the puck is at an all-time high.
*USCHO poll used
No. 19 Ferris State Bulldogs 3 @ No. 11 Cornell Big Red 5
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM
Cornell opened the Florida College Classic in Estero with a 5-3 win over the Bulldogs. Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets was scoreless in the match for the Big Red.
Ohio State Buckeyes 0 @ No. 5 Miami RedHawks 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 8 PIM
Jimmy Mullin (pictured) was moved to the top line with former Lightning camper Austin Czarnik and Curtis McKenzie and responded by leading the RedHawks with seven shots on goal against the Buckeyes on Friday night. The top line spot was opened by the departure of Riley Barber, who is representing the United States at the World Junior Championships in Russia. Miami’s top line combined for 15 of the team’s 26 shots on goal. Miami will face Robert Morris on Saturday for the championship in the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.
No. 5 Miami RedHawks 3 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 1 (OT)
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 2-4-6, -2, 8 PIM
Jimmy Mullin was back in the RedHawks lineup after being a healthy scratch on Friday night. He registered three shots on goal in Miami’s 3-1 triumph in Columbus.
No. 8 North Dakota 4 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-5-6, -4, 10 PIM
Lightning prospect Brendan O’Donnell (pictured) recorded his sixth point of the year as UND swept Michigan Tech two games to none with a 4-1 win on Saturday night. O’Donnell’s assist came on the first goal of the game, scored 1:30 into the contest.
No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ Michigan Wolverines 2
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 14 PIM
WMU’s six-game win streak came to an end at Yost with a 2-0 shutout loss to the Wolverines. Rarely used Adam Janecyk had the shutout for Michigan, stopping 23 shots. The junior was playing in just his seventh career game.
*USCHO poll used
By Damian Cristodero, Tampa Bay Times
University of Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox claims he can solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle in "about a minute."
Yeah, right, said laughing Gophers goaltenders coach Justin Johnson. "Maybe if he was doing just one side."
No, really, Wilcox said, "It's just kind of learning patterns. You have to take it step by step."
And that is exactly how Wilcox has turned himself into one of the nation's top freshman goalies and one of the Lightning's most interesting and promising prospects.
For the rest of this story, see the Tampa Bay Times.
No. 5 Miami RedHawks 1 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 1 (OT)
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 8 PIM
Jimmy Mullin was not in the lineup on Friday night in Columbus.
No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ Princeton Tigers 0
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 4-1-5, +3, 8 PIM
The Bobcats went into Princeton and completed their weekend sweep of the Tigers. One night after limiting Princeton to 12 shots, QU held them to 18 shots on goal. Quinnipiac is running away with the ECAC at 8-0.
No. 8 North Dakota 6 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 8 PIM
Corban Knight (Panthers) had two goals and two assists to lead UND to a big win over Michigan Tech.
No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Michigan Wolverines 1
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 14 PIM
Broncos captain Luke Witkowski’s first goal of the season – scored on the power play – turned out to be the game-winner as WMU won their sixth straight game, defeating Michigan, 4-1, on Friday night. Witkowski’s career-high for goals in a season is two, set both as a freshman and last year as a junior. WMU has won six games in a row.
*USCHO poll used