NCAA Game Night: 12-30-18

Bentley Falcons 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 4

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-1, 3.06 GAA, 0.886 SV%

The Wildcats picked up where they left off before the holiday break, winning their third straight game against a gamey Bentley squad. UNH got a goal and an assist each from Senators prospect Angus Crookshank (OTT, 2018 5th round pick) and Patrick Grasso (undrafted). Bentley netminder Aidan Pelino (undrafted) made 39 saves in a losing effort. For UNH in net, Lightning prospect Ty Taylor sat back up to Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick), who allowed three goals on just 16 shots despite getting the win. New Hampshire improves to 5-7-5 (1-4-3 HEAST) and looks ahead to a Hockey East conference match next Friday against Merrimack.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 12-29-18

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 vs #19 Clarkson Golden Knights 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 6 PIM

Nico Sturm (undrafted) scored twice and Clarkson netminder Jake Kielly (undrafted) made 29 saves as the 19th-ranked Golden Knights upset 4th-ranked Minnesota-Duluth to claim the Desert Hockey Classic trophy in Glendale Saturday night. Bulldogs goalie Hunter Shepard (undrafted) gave up two first period goals to Clarkson but was a perfect 10 for 10 the rest of the way. UMD opened the 2nd period with a Parker Mackay (undrafted) goal just 32 seconds into the period to draw the Bulldogs within one, but the UMD offense could never muster the equalizer.

Minnesota-Duluth falls to 11-5-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) and will play the US NTDP Under-18 team in an exhibition match next Saturday night before embarking on 16-straight NCHC conference games to close the regular season.

#8 Denver Pioneers 4 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/13 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 8-6-14, +11, 8 PIM

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/2 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 6-7-13, +3, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman scored his 8th goal of the season and added an assist as the Pioneers rolled over the River Hawks in Lowell Saturday night. Fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin assisted on UML’s lone goal of the evening. Guttman opened the scoring late in the 2nd period and then helped setup the first of two Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) power play markers early in the 3rd as Denver sprung to a 3-0 lead. Lohin set up a Seth Barton (DET, 2018 3rd round pick) power play goal later in the 3rd to cut the UML deficit to 3-1 but Pioneer goalie Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) shut the door the rest of the way. Guttman’s 8th tally is good for tops in the nation among all freshman, and teammate Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick), who notched a pair of assists in the game, ranks 2nd among collegiate freshman with 17 points.

The Pioneers improve to 10-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and continue their road trip through Madison next weekend for a two-game series against the Badgers. UML drops to 8-8-1 (4-4-1 HEAST) and gears up to take on the #2-ranked Minutemen at the Amherst campus next Friday night.

Ferris State Bulldogs 3 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 8/10 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 4-7-11, +10, 8 PIM

Ferris State struck for two goals in the 3rd overcoming deficits twice in the game Saturday night to split the weekend series with the Gophers. The Bulldogs were led by a pair of goals from Corey Mackin (undrafted) and Finnish netminder Roni Salmenkangas (undrafted) turned away 44 Minnesota shots. The Gophers led 1-0 at the 1st intermission and again 2-1 at the 2nd intermission, but the Minnesota offense couldn’t buy a third goal. Despite being held pointless, Bolt prospect Sammy Walker fired seven shots and was an impressive 80% on draws, The Gophers drop to 6-7-4 (3-2-3 B1G) and look towards a pair of Big Ten conference games against #9 Penn State next weekend.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 12-28-18

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 vs #3 Minnesota State Mavericks 3 OT

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 4 PIM

The 4th-ranked Bulldogs opened the Desert Hockey Classic in Glendale Friday night against the #3-ranked Minnesota State, rallying from 3-2 second intermission deficit to win in overtime. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke notched an assist as UMD scored twice within the span of a minute in the 1st period to take an early 2-0 lead. The Mavericks struck back for three straight before Kobe Roth (undrafted) scored a power play marker in the 3rd to force overtime and Nick Swaney’s (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) game-winner in the extra session. UMD, now sporting an 11-4-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) record, will take on #19 Clarkson in the Desert Classic final on Saturday night after the Golden Knights blanked Arizona State Friday.

#8 Denver Pioneers 3 @ Merrimack Warriors 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/11 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 7-4-11, +10, 8 PIM

The Pioneers emerged from the holiday break on the road in North Andover with a win over Merrimack, scoring a goal in each of the three period before letting in a lone Warriors goal with less than 90 seconds left in the game, The Pioneers improve to 9-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and take on Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin and UMass-Lowell on Saturday night.

Ferris State Bulldogs 3 @ Minnesota Gophers 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/7 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-8-12, +10, 6 PIM

The Golden Gophers scored three straight, winning Friday’s match against visiting Ferris State and looking to reboot their season. Lightning prospect Sammy Walker, recently cut from the USA WJC camp, set up Scott Reedy’s (SJS, 2017 4th round pick) hat trick late in the 3rd period. For Walker, that was his 12th point on the season as freshman, now moving ahead of fellow Bolt prospect Cole Guttman’s 11 points on the season. In addition to Reedy’s hat trick, Minnesota got a goal and an assist from Predators prospect Rem Pitlick and three assists from Blue Jackets propect Robbie Stucker. The Gophers improve to 6-6-4 (3-2-3 B1G) and draw the rematch Saturday night against Ferris State.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 12-27-18

US NTDP U18 6 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (Exhibition)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 1-8-9, +12, 6 PIM

Cole Caufield (2019 draft eligible), expected to go in the 1st round of the 2019 Entry Draft, scored twice and added an assist as the US NDTP Under-18 squad shocked the top-ranked Huskies Thursday night in exhibition play. John Beecher (2019 draft eligible), also expected to be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round next summer, notched three assists for Team USA as they broke open a 3-3 deadlock at the 2nd intermission by pouring in three 3rd period goals. St. Cloud scored twice in the last minute of the 1st period to overcome an early 2-0 deficit, and then struck first in the 2nd period to take a 3-2 lead well past the game’s midpoint. But Caufield and Beecher led the way for the US U18 team, scoring four of the next five goals to win the game running away. The Huskies got a goal and an assist each from Patrick Newell (undrafted) and Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted).

This will likely be a game that STC head coach Brett Larson chalks up to knocking the rust off a Huskies team that hasn’t played since December 8th, which perhaps is the reason you schedule an exhibition game after a long layoff. #1 St. Cloud State travels to Pittsburgh next weekend for the Three Rivers Classic where they will take on #14 Union on Friday night, and then play on Saturday night against either Brown or Robert Morris.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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