NCAA/USHS

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

NCAA Game Night: 12-7-18

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 1-6-7, +10, 6 PIM

Kings prospect David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) pitched a 18-save shutout Friday night and the #2 ranked Huskies got goals from Jack Poehling (undrafted) and Jimmy Schuldt (unranked) as St. Cloud blanked the unranked Mavericks in NCHC conference action. The Huskies improve to 12-1-2 (6-0-2 NCHC) and prepare for the rematch against UNO Saturday night.

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 4 PIM

The unranked Broncos upset the #4 ranked Bulldogs at home at the Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo with a pair of 3rd period goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit. It marks the first two-game losing streak for UMD on the season after losing to North Dakota last Saturday night. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke helped set up a Justin Richards (undrafted) marker late in the 2nd period to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. But Western got goals from Blues prospect Hugh McGing (STL, 2018 5th round pick) and Colt Conrad (undrafted) in the 3rd while Trevor Gorsuch (undrafted) made 14 saves in the final frame to preserve the win. UMD falls to 10-4-1 (4-3 NCHC) and looks to split the weekend series with WMU Saturday night in NCHC conference action.

#6 Denver Pioneers 1 @ #14 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/14 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-4-11, +9, 6 PIM

North Dakota fired just 15 shots at Pioneer goalie Devin Cooley (undrafted), scoring twice in the 1st and again early in the 3rd to build a 3-0 lead. The Fighting Hawks were led by Mark Senden (undrafted) and Colton Poolman (undrafted), who each notched a goal and an assist. UND netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) turned aside 21 Denver shots for the team’s second straight win. Denver drops to 7-4-2 (3-4 NCHC), winners of only two games in their past seven as they’ve ran the gauntlet against all ranked opponents in St. Cloud, UMD, Providence, and now UND. Denver hopes to split the weekend series Saturday night against this same North Dakota team.

Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #15 Michigan Wolverines 2 OT

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/8 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 4-7-11, +9, 6 PIM

After a pair of 2-2 draws last weekend against Ohio State, the Golden Gophers pick up Friday night where they left off, this time battling #15 ranked Michigan to a 2-2 tie. Lighting prospect Sammy Walker celebrated his naming to the USA World Juniors preliminary roster by opening the Gophers scoring with his 4th goal of the season just past the midpoint of the 2nd to knot the score at 1-1. Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead less than two minutes later, but the Wolverines managed the equalizer before the second intermission. UMN goalie Mat Robson (undrafted) made 36 saves, including 18 in a scoreless 3rd period to stave off the Michigan onslaught. The 4-6-4 (2-2-3 B1G) Gophers return to the Ann Arbor ice Saturday night, attempting to break a four-game winless streak.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ Boston University Terriers 3

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Red Wings prospect Seth Barton (DET, 2018 3rd round pick) and Charlie Levesque (undrafted) both scored in the 3rd to break open a 3-3 deadlock, securing the River Hawks’ 8th win of the season. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin set up Anthony Baxter (undrafted) just past the game’s midpoint to give UML a 3-1 lead. Flyers 1st rounder Joe Farabee (PHI, 2018 1st round pick) assisted on all three of BU’s goals, and Chris Schutz (undrafted) led the River Hawks with a goal and an assist. UML improves to 8-6-1 (4-3-1 HEAST), winners of four of their last five, returns home Saturday night to the Tsongas Center for the back half of this home-and-home series.

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ Dartmouth Big Green 2

G Ty Taylor, UNH: W, 60:00 MINS, 2 GA, 25 SVS
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-1, 3.06 GAA, 0.886 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor recorded his first collegiate win Friday night, a 25-save effort against the Big Green for UNH’s 3rd win. After UNH scored twice in the 1st, Dartmouth battled back to knot the score 2-2 in the 2nd. Joseph Cipollone (undrafted) scored what would be the game-winner for Taylor just past the midpoint of the 3rd. New Hampshire improves to 3-7-5 (1-4-3 HEAST) and look for the sweep Saturday night back at the Whittemore Center for part two of this weekend home-and-home series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Weekend Roundup: 12-1-18

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 @ Miami Redhawks 4 OT (Friday)
#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ Miami Redhawks 2 OT (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-6-7, +10, 6 PIM

St. Cloud never trailed in eight periods of road hockey this weekend, but victory eluded them like a slippery gremlin. Miami, however, rallied six times from one-goal deficits to avoid a pair of losses.

On Friday night, the Redhawks rallied from one-goal deficits four times to eventually draw the top-ranked Huskies in the first of a two-game NCHC conference series. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix helped set up Robby Jackson (undrafted) for the opening goal just 1:08 into the contest. Jackson scored twice for St. Cloud and Patrick Newell (undrafted) added a goal and an assist to lead the Huskies offensively. On Saturday night, St. Cloud once again opened the scoring in the 1st, allowed the equalizer from Miami in the 2nd, and the two teams trading goals once again in the 3rd.

St. Cloud’s season record now stands at 11-1-2 (4-0-2 NCHC) on the season after a pair of conference ties and looks ahead next weekend for a pair of conference games back home at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center against the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

#15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 0 @ #2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 (Friday)
#15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 2 @ #2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-6-8, +8, 4 PIM

The #2 Bulldogs split a pair of NCHC conference games with the visiting Fighting Hawks from North Dakota this weekend.

On Friday night, Hunter Shepard (undrafted) pitched a 22-save shutout as UMD blanked North Dakota to open the weekend series. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke helped set up a Parker Mackay (undrafted) marker just 38 seconds into the 2nd period. Kobe Roth (undrafted) scored twice for the Bulldogs and both Mackay and Kings prospect Mikey Anderson (LAK, 2017 4th round pick) added a goal and an assist. On Saturday night, UND netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) turned the tables, allowing just a one goal on 29 shots and Jordan Kawaguchi (undrafted), cousin of former Shark Devin Setoguchi, scored a goal and added an assist to spur the Fighting Hawks to victory.

UMD’s record on the season now sits at 10-3-1 (4-2 NCHC) and heads to Kalamazoo next weekend for another NCHC conference series with Western Michigan.

#16 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3 (Friday)
#16 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (Saturday)

D Alex Green, COR: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

Cornell split a pair of road Ivy League and ECAC conference games this weekend. Bolt prospect Alex Green missed his seventh straight game in Friday night’s loss to Dartmouth but returned to action Saturday night as the Big Red avenged last weekend’s home loss to Harvard.

On Friday night, Jeff Malott scored a goal and added an assist in Cornell’s loss to the Big Green while Dartmouth goalie Adrian Clark (undrafted) rang up a 38-save performance. Saturday night, Big Red goalie Austin McGrath made 23 saves and Tristan Mullin led the way offensively for Cornell with a goal and an assist.

Cornell enters the December break with a record of 6-5 (4-2 ECAC) on the season with their next games not coming until after the New Year when they hit the road for a pair of ECAC conference games against #19 Princeton and #9 Quinnipiac with hopes of a healthy Alex Green patrolling the Big Red blueline.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 OT (Friday)
Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 OT (Saturday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/20 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-7-10, +8, 6 PIM

The struggling and unranked Gophers hosted the #5 ranked Buckeyes this weekend for a pair of Big Ten conference games and managed to stop the bleeding against a tough opponent. Lighting prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf returned to action after missing three games to aid the Minnesota backline.

On Friday night, the Gophers opened the scoring with Bolt prospect Sammy Walker setting up Ryan Norman (undrafted) for a short-handed tally. Ohio State rallied to take a 2-1 lead, but Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored with just 41 seconds left in regulation to force OT. On Saturday night, the Gophers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force OT once again, with Mat Robson (undrafted) dialing up a 43-save effort to preserve another tie.

The 4-6-3 (2-2-2 B1G) Gophers hit the road next weekend for a pair of Big Ten conference games against #14 Michigan.

#10 Providence Friars 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 OT (Friday)
#10 Providence Friars 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 (Saturday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-1, 3.38 GAA, 0.874 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat backup to Wildcats starter Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) in back-to-back games this weekend against #10 Providence. On Friday night, Robinson pitched a 32-save effort to draw the Friars 1-1, with only Flyers 2018 1st rounder Jay O’Brien solving the UNH netminder. Saturday night, O’Brien would light the lamp again along with two of his mates and hand the Wildcats their 7th loss of the season. New Hampshire’s record now stands at 2-7-5 (1-4-3 HEAST) with a home-and-home series against Dartmouth queued up for next weekend.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 11-25-18

Rensselaer Engineers 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 11 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Turnabout is fair play as the old saying goes. After RPI rolled into the Tsongas Center and beat UML on Friday night, the River Hawks returned the favor Sunday afternoon at the Houston Field House in Troy, NY. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin fired a game-high and career-high 11 shots (no one else had more than 4) and extended his point streak to six games with a goal and an assist in UML’s 5-2 drubbing of the Engineers. UML improves to 7-6-1 (3-3-1 HEAST) and takes next weekend off before another home-and-home series the weekend of Dec 7th against Boston University.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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