Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Ohio State 3
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season stats: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Matthew Peca registered his first assist of the new season as the Bobcats scored four first period goals and held on to beat Ohio State.
Bemidji State Beavers 2 @ No. 2 Miami Redhawks 3
F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Miami picked up their first win of the year scoring shorthanded with just under five minutes left in the third to split the weekend series with the Beavers.
No. 5 Boston College Eagles 6 @ No. 3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2
Ice Breaker Tournament Final; Grand Forks, ND
F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
The Sioux gave up four second period goals as they fell in the final of the Ice Breaker. Calgary prospect, Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College, had a goal and three assists in the game.
Alabama Huntsville Chargers 0 @ No. 13 Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM
Freshman goaltender, Frank Slubowski, had to make only 10 saves to register his first collegiate shutout in his first collegiate start. The Broncos (2-0-0) travel to Union next weekend for two games.
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Bemidji State Beavers 5 @ No. 2 Miami Redhawks 3
F James Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
The No. 2 Miami Redhawks dropped their season opener to unranked Bedmidji State. Freshman, James Mullin has now scored in his first two games for the Redhawks. The two teams meet again tonight.
Alabama Huntsville Chargers 1 @ No. 13 Western Michigan Broncos 7
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, Even, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
The Broncos opened their season impressively, scoring four first period goals in route to a lopsided win over Alabama-Huntsville. Luke Witkowski started his year off with an assist. In 42 games last season Witkowski had one goal and eight assists.
Air Force Falcons 3 @ No. 3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4
Ice Breaker Tournament; Grand Forks, ND
F Brenden O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
No.3 North Dakota started their season with a win beating Air Force. New York Islanders prospect, Brock Nelson, had two goals and an assist for the Sioux including the game winner in the third. North Dakota takes on No. 5 Boston College tonight in the Ice Breaker final.
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Acadia University Axemen 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Quinnipiac won their preseason match up with Acadia University out of Nova Scotia. The Bobcats open the season this coming weekend against Ohio State.
University of Windsor Lancers 1 @ #2 Miami Redhawks 4
F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
#2 Miami rolled over the University of Windsor in their lone exhibition game.
University of Toronto Varsity Blues 2 vs #13 Western Michigan Broncos 7
Exhibition, Muskegon, MI
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Western opened their 2011 preseason in impressive fashion scoring four powerplay goals against University of Toronto.
University of Regina Cougars 1 @ #3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 8
F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Freshman, Brendan O'Donnell recorded two helpers in his first preseason game at the NCAA level as #3 North Dakota easily handled Regina.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning will open their 2011 Rookie Camp with fitness testing and physicals at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum on Friday, September 9, the team announced today. The prospects will hit the ice in Brandon the following day, Saturday, September 10.
For the first time in franchise history the Lightning prospects will travel to the Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs, Florida for a three-team rookie tournament which begins Sunday, September 11. The tournament will also feature prospects from the Florida Panthers and
Nashville Predators. The camp and tournament schedule is as follows:
National Tournament â€“ Regional Semifinals
MW No.2 Denver Pioneers 3 vs. MW No.3 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (hitting after the whistle), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 1-8-9, +14, 54 PIM
This is going to hurt for a while. WMU had the higher ranked Pioneers down 2-0 with five minutes left in the third period headed for an upset win when Denver scored twice in under two minutes to send the game to overtime. Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild) scored the game winner in the extra session for Denver, who will move on to play North Dakota for the right to represent the Midwest Region in the Frozen Four.
Witkowskiâ€™s sophomore season comes to an end in disappointing fashion, but the big rearguard made great strides in his second year with WMU. He was one of the Broncosâ€™ leaders on defense and played big minutes. Witkowski tied for the team lead in penalty minutes and was tops in plus/minus. Heâ€™s got a great future ahead of him.
The 2011 NCAA Tournament has been set. Luke Witkowski and the Western Michigan Broncos (19-12-10) received the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional and will face No. 2 seed Denver (24-11-5). The Tournament begins this coming Friday, March 25 with the regional semifinals. Each round is single elimination.
This is the fourth appearance for the Broncos in the NCAA tournament and first since 1996. Western Michigan has a 2-2-0 record all-time against the Pioneers.
Cornell was not selected for the tournament meaning Kirill Gotovets and the Big Red's season has come to an end. Gotovets finishes his freshman season playing in 34 games, recording one goal and six assists for seven points. He finished with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-8, good for third overall on the team and the highest of any freshman on the roster.
#12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 vs. #6 Miami Redhawks 5
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 54 PIM
The Broncos tied the game at two early in the third period but could not hold off a late game rush by the Redhawks and fell in the CCHA tournament final.
The Broncos will now wait for a possible NCAA tournament bid Sunday. The tournament will begin Friday, March 25.
Atlantic City, NJ
#3 Yale Bulldogs 6 vs. #20 Cornell Big Red 0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 1-6-7, +8, 32 PIM
Yale goalie Ryan Rondeau(undrafted) stopped 22 shots for the shutout to give Yale the ECAC tournament title.
Cornell (16-15-3) will sit and hope to receive a bid for the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red are rated 27th in the Pairwise Comparison Ratings, which is college hockey's objective system for ranking teams for tournament bids. There will be 16 teams that make the tournament. There are five automatic bids that go to the conference tournament champions of the five Division I conferences. The remaining 11 teams are selected based upon the Pairwise Ratings.
Boston College, Miami, Yale, Air Force, and North Dakota all have automatic bids. The Tournament Selection Show is tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.
#12 Western Michigan Broncos 5 vs. #4 Michigan Wolverines 2
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 1-7-8, +16, 52 PIM
Western Michigan avenged two regular season losses to Michigan and moved into the finals of the CCHA Tournament. The Broncos jumped out to a 3-0 lead early into the second period and held on to knock out the tournament No. 1 seed Wolverines.
The Broncos now face No. 3 seed Miami in the tournament final Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Broncos have not been in the finals of the CCHA tournament since 1986. Western was 1-2-1 against the Redhawks during the regular season. Miami beat Notre Dame 6-2 to reach the finals.
Atlantic City, NJ
#20 Cornell Big Red 3 vs. #15 Dartmouth Big Green 0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-6-7, +9, 32 PIM
Cornell junior goalie Mike Garman(undrafted) made 22 saves helping Cornell blank Dartmouth and send the Big Red to the ECAC tournament finals. It was Garman's first shutout of his career at Cornell.
Cornell now faces tournament No. 1 seed Yale in the tournament final Saturday night. The Big Red went 0-2-0 against the Bulldogs in the regular season. Yale defeated Colgate 4-0 to advance to the finals.
Quarterfinals - Game 3
Harvard Crimson 3 @ #18 Dartmouth Big Green 4
Dartmouth wins series 2-1
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 15-14-29, +7, 36 PIM
Harvard made it interesting scoring with .20 seconds left to pull within one but were unable to even it up.
The Crimson finish with a 12-21-1 record. They went 5-3-1 in the month of February to push themselves into the playoffs and eventually knock out No. 7 seed Clarkson in the first round.
Killorn, a junior, finished the season as the team's leading goal scorer with 15 and was second on the team in total points with 29. He set career highs in both categories, as well as assists with 14. He also led the team a plus-7 rating.
In his three years at Harvard, Killorn has played 96 games registering 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points.
Quarterfinals - Game 3
Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Cornell Big Red 3 (OT)
Cornell wins series 2-1
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 1-6-7, +8, 32 PIM
Cornell senior Joe Devin (undrafted) scored midway through the first overtime to win the series for Cornell. Gotovets recorded his first point in 20 games for the Big Red as they move onto the semifinals against Dartmouth.
Quarterfinals - Game 3
Ferris State Bulldogs 4 @ #15 Western Michigan 5 (OT)
Western Michigan wins series 2-1
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 1-7-8, +14, 52 PIM
Senior Max Campbell (NY Rangers) scored his 18th of the season 2:23 into overtime to win the series for Western Michigan. The Broncos led 3-0 and 4-1 in the game before Ferris State clawed their way back to send it to overtime.
The Broncos now face tournament No. 1 seed Michigan in the semifinals. Western was 0-2-0 against Michigan in the regular season.