NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 11-23-12

No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2 @ No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 2 PIM

Despite only registering 17 shots on goal to Notre Dame’s 36, the Sioux snuck by the Irish, 2-1. Alabama-Huntsville transfer Clarke Saunders (undrafted) starred in net for North Dakota.

No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Vermont Catamounts 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 23 shots, 1 assist
Season totals: 10 GP, 7-1-2, 1.50 GAA, .928 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox registered his first collegiate point when he had an assist on Minnesota’s fourth goal in a 5-1 win in Vermont over the Catamounts. Wilcox didn’t have much of a chance on the shot that got by him. A centering pass from deep in the corner found the stick of a Vermont forward on the far edge of the crease. The forward had a tap-in goal into the open side of Wilcox’s net. Wilcox has given up one goal or less in six of his starts this year. The Gophers are working on a 5-game win streak in which Wilcox has won all five and given up just six goals.

Bolt Prospects 2012-2013 Preliminary Rankings

We're now almost two months deep into the second NHL lockout in less than a decade. As difficult as it is to remember, though, hockey goes on. It goes on in small junior rinks in Canada and on campuses throughout the U.S. It goes on in the sporting halls of Sweden and Russia. And, it goes on in Syracuse, New York, where players on the cusp of making the highest level of hockey in the world patiently await the mere chance to make their case to play in the NHL. For those players, and in spite the cynical greed of the NHL's business wing, Bolt Prospects presents its 2012-2013 Preliminary Rankings.

We delayed the release of the rankings a few weeks when optimism ran high that hockey would be back after Thanksgiving, believing that perhaps an NHL training camp was in the cards for some of our prospects. But with the breakdown of talks between the commissioner and the NHLPA, it looks like a Lightning camp is far from imminent. So, we press forward, in spite of the setback.

NCAA Game Night: 11-17-12

No. 12 Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 10 Cornell Big Red 1

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM

Cornell moved to 3-3-2 on the year after tying Dartmouth in a battle of big colors. Both teams had 27 shots on goal. Gotovets is still looking for his first point of the season after six games. Last year he had a goal and eight points in 24 games. He had seven points in 34 games as a freshman.

No. 17 Harvard Crimson 0 @ Colgate Raiders 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM

Hart missed both of Harvard’s games this weekend – an upset win over Cornell on Friday and a close loss to Colgate on Saturday. Spencer Finney (undrafted) had a 22-save shutout for Colgate.

Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was back on the ice for the RedHawks, who limited the Spartans to 13 shots on goal. Like fellow Lightning prospect Matthew Peca of Quinnipiac, Mullin is having a harder time getting points in his sophomore year than he did as a freshman. Last year Mullin had 11 goals and 26 points in 37 games.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 6 @ No. 16 St. Lawrence Saints 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, E, 4 PIM

Matthew Peca was not in the lineup on Saturday as Quinnipiac improved to 7-3-1 and 4-0 in the ECAC with a win over St. Lawrence. Arizona-native Jeremy Langlois (undrafted) had two goals for the Bobcats.

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 (OT)

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

Mark MacMillan (Canadiens) scored two goals, including the overtime winner for North Dakota. O’Donnell and MacMillan played together for Penticton in the BCHL prior to coming to North Dakota.

Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 16 saves on 17 shots
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-1-2, 1.55 GAA, .924 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox (pictured), the reigning WCHL Rookie of the Week, had a stellar game on Saturday in his sixth-straight start of the Gophers. He made several key saves to preserve the Gophers’ win, including a big glove save on a point-blank shot in the third period, then late in the game the puck hit the knob of his stick and ricocheted over the net to keep it 2-1 at the time. Minnesota added an empty net goal.

No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 14 PIM

WMU scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and avoid being swept in Alaska. The Nanooks beat the Broncos on Friday night. The Broncos were outshot 42-29 on Saturday.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-16-12

No. 17 Harvard Crimson 4 @ No. 10 Cornell Big Red 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM

Brian Hart was not in the lineup for Harvard’s win over Cornell on the NBC Sports Network. Gotovets had an undeserved minus when a teammate failed to challenge a shot that ended up in the Big Red’s goal. Gotovets played a smooth game all night, showing good jump with the puck and quick skating. He had his pocket picked early in the game, but he recovered to steal the puck back as the Crimson player was about to shoot.

Michigan State Spartans 2 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 2 (OT)

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was out of the lineup as the RedHawks tied Sparty, 2-2. Miami won the shootout, 2-0, thought the game will go down as a tie. The game-tying goal was scored by Jake Chelios, son of former Blackhawk and Red Wing, Chris Chelios.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 5 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, E, 4 PIM

Matthew Peca (pictured) scored his third goal of the year to help the Bobcats to a road win over Clarkson. Peca had 39 points in 39 games last year as a freshman, but has found points harder to come by this season.

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 (OT)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 2 PIM

Each team had two leads on Friday in a game that ended in a 4-4 tie.

Wisconsin Badgers 2 @ No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals (pregame): 7 GP, 5-1-1, 1.58 GAA, .924 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox got his fifth-consecutive start for the Gophers and earned his second straight tie. Minnesota outshot Bucky, 43-24.

No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 6

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 12 PIM

Some of the WMU players were joking on Twitter this week about taking time to fish while in Alaska. Considering the Broncos only put up 17 shots (7 through 2 periods) to Alaska's 32, they might as well have been "gone fishing." The Nanooks took it to the ninth-ranked team in the country, defeating them 6-1.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-10-12

RPI Engineers 0 @ No. 14 Harvard Crimson 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM

Brian Hart (pictured) had his first collegiate goal on Saturday in Harvard’s win over visiting RPI. Hart has a 3-game point streak in this, his freshman year. By comparison, Lightning prospect Alex Killorn had 6 goals and 14 points as a freshman at Harvard (30 games). Raphael Girard (undrafted) had the shutout for the Crimson on Saturday.

No. 16 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 5 Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM

Miami scored with under three minutes remaining in regulation to salvage a tie with visiting Northern Michigan. Miami won the shootout, 2-0, though the result is officially a tie.

No. 4 Cornell Big Red 1 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM

Cornell lost for the second time this weekend and fell to 3-2-1 overall. They will likely fall out of the USCHO top-10 on Monday. Meanwhile, Quinnipiac won for the second time in two nights. They’re hoping to get back into the top-20 after falling out early in the season.

No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2 @ No. 15 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell created a few scoring chances, but the night belonged to the Huskies, who scored twice in the third period to break open a close game. The game was televised on NESN. UND defeated SCSU, 3-0, on Friday night.

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals (pregame): 7 GP, 5-1-1, 1.58 GAA, .924 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox was in net for the second-consecutive night and fourth-consecutive game for the Gophers. It appears he's taken over as the No. 2 team in the country's No. 1 goaltender. Wilcox shut out the SeaWolves on Friday night, stopping 14 shots. Alaska had 17 through two periods on Saturday. There was no shootout following the tie.

No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Bowling Green Falcons 2 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (slashing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 12 PIM

The Broncos went 1-0-1 against the Falcons in a home-and-home set this weekend. WMU won the shootout, 2-0, though the game will go down as a tie. WMU was able to kill off Witkowski’s slashing penalty in overtime to secure the point. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser remains out with a leg injury. He’s considered day-to-day.

*USCHO poll used

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