NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 1-20-19

Minnesota Gophers 3 @ Michigan State Spartan 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-1-1, -5, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/8 FO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 6-9-15, +1, 12 PIM

The Freshman Line opened the scoring for the Gophers again Sunday afternoon, this time on the power play to knot the score 1-1 midway through the 1st period. Bolt prospect Sammy Walker set up Ducks prospect Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) for his 9th assist and 15th point on the season. Unfortunately, Walker had a miserable afternoon on the defensive end as he was on the ice for all five Spartan goals as MSU repeated Saturday night’s 5-3 win to complete the weekend sweep. Fellow Lightning prospect and teammate Ryan Zuhlsdorf launched a season-high 4 shots, but also was on the ice for two of Michigan State’s goals. Mitch Lewandowski (undrafted) once again scored twice for MSU and Zach Osburn (undrafted) notched four assists to lead the Spartan attack.

The Golden Gophers drop to 9-10-4 (6-5-3 B1G) and return home next weekend for a pair of games against Wisconsin.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 1-19-19

#10 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 1-9-10, +15, 6 PIM

#2 ranked St. Cloud State completed the weekend sweep of #10 WMU Saturday night, pelting both Bronco goalies with a total of 37 shots. The Poehling brothers, Jack, Nick, and Ryan (MTL, 2017 1st round pick), combined for a goal and four assists along with 8 shots. Western Michigan scored the lone 1st period goal, but the Huskies reeled off four 2nd period tallies, two on the power play, to put the game out of reach by the second intermission.

St. Cloud State improves to 17-3-2 (9-1-2 NCHC) and hit the road next weekend for a showdown in Grand Forks against #20 North Dakota. The Huskies will likely roll into Ralph Englestad Arena back atop the USCHO Division I rankings after #1 UMass-Amherst dropped a 2-1 OT tilt to #8 Northeastern Saturday night.

#3 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Colorado College Tigers 4 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/7 FO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 10-7-17, +15, 10 PIM

After sitting on a bus Friday night for hours waiting for a jack-knifed tractor trailer to get cleared from blocking Hwy 83, the Pioneer squad had to rally twice Saturday night just to preserve a tie with cross-state and conference rival Colorado College. The Tigers were 3 of 4 on the power play, building a 2-1 lead in the 1st and a 4-2 lead in the 2nd using an efficient man advantage. Brett Stapley (MTL, 2018 7th round pick) scored twice for Denver, including the 4-4 equalizer that capped a two-goal 3rd period rally for the Pioneers. Trey Bradley (undrafted) scored twice for Colorado College to lead the Tigers offensively.

Denver’s record is now 14-4-3 (6-4-1-1 NCHC) on the season, losing ground to St. Cloud in the conference standings not just because of the tie Saturday night, but also the Friday postponement. Next weekend the Pioneers travel to Kalamazoo to take on a frustrated #10 WMU squad that dropped a pair of games this weekend to St. Cloud by a combined score of 7-3.

#5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ Miami Redhawks 0

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 2-8-10, +6, 8 PIM

A night after pitching a 23-save shutout of the Redhawks, UMD goalie Hunter Shepard (undrafted) comes back Saturday night with a 17-save shutout as the #5 Bulldogs swept Miami by total score of 7-0 over the two-game weekend series in Oxford. Wild prospect Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) also repeated his Friday night performance by once again putting up a goal and an assist to lead UMD offensively.

Minnesota-Duluth improves to 14-6-2 (7-4-1 NCHC), keeping pace with St. Cloud and jumping ahead of Denver in the NCHC conference standings. The Bulldogs return home to Amsoil Arena next weekend for a pair of conference games against Nebraska-Omaha.

Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ #15 Cornell Big Red 5

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Cornell’s early season struggles seem to be a distant memory as the Big Red continues to roll, notching their 7th ECAC conference win of the season Saturday night against the visiting Dartmouth College squad. Austin McGrath made 22 saves and Cam Donaldson (undrafted) and Beau Starrett (CHI, 2014 3rd round pick) each scored a goal and an assist to lead Cornell to their 11th win of the season. Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 14th game on the season due to injury.

The Big Red improves to 11-5-1 (7-2-1 ECAC) and looks forward to a home-and-home conference series next weekend against Colgate.

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-11-20, +4, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Rangers prospect Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) pasted a 25-save shutout on the scoreboard and Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin set up a Mattias Goranssen (undrafted) goal as the River Hawks cruised to their 5th straight win dating back to January 4th when UML knocked off #1 UMass-Amherst 2-1.

UMass-Lowell improves to 13-8-1 (7-4-1 HEAST) and looks to bank the sweep Saturday night against this same Vermont squad. Next weekend, UML squares off against Boston College in a home-and-home Hockey East conference series.

Minnesota Gophers 3 @ Michigan State Spartan 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/9 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-7-13, +8, 12 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker opened the scoring Saturday night in East Lansing just 4:52 into the game set up by the Gopher's much touted Freshman Line that includes Ducks prospect Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) and Nathan Burke (undrafted). But the Spartans reeled off four-straight, three on the power play to put the game out of reach. Mitch Lewandowski (undrafted) scored twice for MSU and Taro Hirose notched three assists to extend his NCAA Division I leading 27 assists and 38 points. For Walker, it was his 6th goal of the season and along with fellow Bolt prospect Cole Guttman’s 10 goals as a freshman, firmly puts these Lightning NCAA prospects among the best of Division I freshman. By contrast, USA WJC silver medalists and freshmen Tyler Madden (VAN/Northeastern) has 8 goals and Joel Farabee (PHI/BU), Noah Cates (PHI/UMD), Jack Drury (CAR/Harvard) and Nolan Walker (undrafted/STC) all have 6 goals on the season.

The Golden Gophers drop to 9-9-4 (6-4-3 B1G) and look to spilt the weekend series Sunday afternoon in a rematch against WMU.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 1-18-19

#10 Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 1-9-10, +15, 6 PIM

After last weekend’s split with UMD, the Huskies dropped from the top spot in the Division I rankings to the #2 spot and Friday night were faced with yet another NCHC challenge in the form of #10 Western Michigan. That’s when St. Cloud netminder David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) dialed up a 23-save shutout and the other two undrafted Poehlings, Jack and Nick, each scored to propel the Huskies past the Broncos.

St. Cloud State improve to 16-3-2 (8-1-2 NCHC) and look for the sweep Saturday night in front the home crowd at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center against this same Western Michigan team looking for tough NCHC road split.

#3 Denver Pioneers @ Colorado College Tigers (Postponed)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: game not played
Season Totals: 20 GP, 10-7-17, +14, 10 PIM

The bus carrying the #3 Pioneers squad to the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs was delayed Friday night due to a jack-knifed semi as a result of adverse weather and travel conditions. The game will be rescheduled for either February or March, but these two teams will square off as scheduled on Saturday night.

#5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ Miami Redhawks 0

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 2-8-10, +6, 8 PIM

UMD goalie Hunter Shepard pitched a 23-save shutout as the #5 Bulldogs rolled into Oxford Friday and beat the unranked Redhawks. Lightning prospect Cole Koepke fired a game high 6 shots at a pair of Miami keepers but couldn’t find the scoresheet. Wild prospect Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) led the way offensively for the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist.

Minnesota-Duluth improves to 13-6-2 (6-4-1 NCHC) as they attempt to keep pace with St. Cloud and Denver in NCHC conference play. UMD will look to secure the weekend sweep Saturday night against a Miami squad looking to get back to 0.500.

Harvard Crimson 0 @ #15 Cornell Big Red 2

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Cornell backstop Matthew Galajda served up a 25-save shutout as the Big Red returned to ECAC conference play in decisive fashion. Rangers prospect Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) led the way for #15 Cornell with a goal and an assist. tallied a goal and an assist. Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 13th game on the season due to injury.

The Big Red improves to 10-5-1 (6-2-1 ECAC) and welcomes Dartmouth College to Lynah Rink in Ithaca Saturday night looking to avenge a November 30 loss to the Big Green.

Vermont Catamounts 5 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 6

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 9-10-19, +3, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin equaled his goal output from last season in less than half the games, scoring his 9th goal of the season near the game’s midpoint to give UML their first lead at 3-2. The Catamounts would later rally to knot the score at 5-5 in the 3rd before Ryan Dmowski (undrafted) responed 20 second later for the eventual game-winner Friday night for the River Hawks. Lohin had previously setup Connor Wilson (undrafted).

UMass-Lowell improves to 12-8-1 (6-4-1 HEAST) and looks to bank the sweep Saturday night against this same Vermont squad.

New Hampshire Wildcats 5 @ Merrimack Warriors 0

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

Sharks goalie prospect Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) pitched a 25-save shutout of Merrimack on the road Friday night. New Hampshire evens their record to 8-8-6 (4-5-3 HEAST) on the season and travels to Maine for a matinee MLK Day Hockey East showdown against the Bears.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 1-12-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 vs #5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 1-9-10, +14, 6 PIM

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 2-8-10, +5, 8 PIM

David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) made 30 saves Saturday night for the Huskies as St. Cloud evened up the weekend series against the Bulldogs. After each team scored two goals in the 1st period, Hrenak shut the door for the remaining two periods, stopping 24 shots the rest of the way as the Huskies scored once in the 2nd and once in the 3rd to secure the win.

St. Cloud State improves to 15-3-2 (7-1-2) and UMD drops to 12-6-2 (5-4-1 NCHC) on the season. The Huskies return home next weekend to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center to host #14 Western Michigan while the Bulldogs hit the road in Oxford to take on #20 Miami.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ #3 Denver Pioneers 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 5/11 FO, *1st STAR*
Season Totals: 20 GP, 10-7-17, +14, 10 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman scored the OT game-winner 55 seconds into the extra session to push the third-ranked Pioneers past a pesky Mavericks club Saturday night to sweep the weekend series. UNO twice held one goal leads before Blackhawks prospect Ian Mitchell (CHI, 2017 2nd round pick) scored for Denver with 81 seconds left in regulation to force a fourth period. The game-winner was Guttman’s 10th goal of the season, good enough for 1st Star honors, and continues to lead all Division I collegiate freshmen in goals scored. Liam Finlay (undrafted) scored and added an assist as part of both of Denver’s equalizers. Mavericks netminder Evan Weninger (undrafted) made 39 saves – 73 total in the two weekend matches – but came away with a pair of losses to show.

The Pioneers improve to 14-4-2 (6-4 NCHC) and looks ahead to a home-and-home series next weekend with conference and in-state rivals Colorado College.

#13 Arizona State Sun Devils 2 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 3

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Cam Donaldson (undrafted) scored twice, and Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) tallied a goal and an assist as Cornell pulled off the weekend sweep of ASU Saturday night. After falling behind 3-0, the #13 ranked Sun Devils rallied in the 3rd to draw within a goal but could never notch the equalizer. Flames prospect Demetrios Koumontzis (CGY, 2018 4th round pick), former linemate of Bolt prospect Sammy Walker at Edina High School, tallied his 10th assist of the season when he helped set up a Brinson Pasichnuk (undrafted) hope goal for Arizona State with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 12th game on the season due to injury.

The #13 ranked Big Red improves to 9-5-1 (5-2-1 ECAC) and returns to ECAC conference play next weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ Colgate Raiders 1

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 8-9-17, +5, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin scored twice and added an assist to lead the River Hawks in the weekend sweep of the Raiders on Saturday night. Mattias Goransson scored and added an assist as part of the UML dominance over Colgate.

Lowell improves to 11-8-1 (5-4-1 HEAST) and returns home for Star Wars weekend at the Tsongas Center for a Hockey East conference battle against the Catamounts of Vermont.

Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 0-3-3, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/6 FO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 5-7-12, +8, 10 PIM

Call Ducks prospect Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) the Irish killer after posting back-to-back game winners against Notre Dame Saturday night as the oft-maligned Gophers completed the unlikely road sweep against the #9 Irish. Tonight’s game winner carried a bit more of the dramatic as McLaughlin tallied the winner with just 8 seconds remaining in regulation to stun the Notre Dame faithful. Bolt prospect Sammy Walker fired a team-high 6 shots and Mat Robson (undrafted) once again shone for the Gophers with 34 saves for a weekend total of 76 saves on 78 shots to earn a pair of wins for Minnesota.

The Golden Gophers improve to 9-8-4 (6-3-3 B1G) and continue their Big Ten road trip as they pull into East Lansing next weekend for a pair of games against the Spartans of Michigan State.

Boston College Eagles 4 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 6

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

The Wildcats thrice rallied from deficits to knot the score before scoring a pair of 3rd period goals to put the Eagles away Saturday night. Patrick Grasso (undrafted) scored twice for UNH, who improves to 7-8-6 (3-5-3 HEAST) and draws Merrimack next weekend on the road in North Andover.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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