NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 10-17-14

No. 3 North Dakota 3 @ Colorado College Tigers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota’s Mark MacMillian (Canadiens) had two goals and Brendan O’Donnell added a single marker to lead the nation’s No. 2 team to a 3-1 win in Colorado Springs.

No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ No. 9 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 6

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 0 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac cut the Riverhawks’ lead to 5-3 with five minutes to go in regulation, but they were unable to complete a comeback from down 4-1. Peca has two points in each of his first two games.

NCAA Game Night: 10-12-14

RPI Engineers 0 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3
Ice Breaker Tournament Championship (at Notre Dame)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 22 shots, shutout
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .939 sv%, 1 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers won the Ice Breaker tournament for the second consecutive year, beating RPI in the championship game, 3-0. Junior Adam Wilcox notched his first shutout of the season and 53rd win in a Gopher uniform. He was one of five Gophers named to the All-Tournament team. Minnesota now has off until October 24. (gophersports.com photo)

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-11-14

No. 2 North Dakota 2 @ Bemidji State Beavers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota avenged a Friday night loss to the Beavers by winning 2-1 on Saturday. O’Donnell didn’t start on the first line, but did manage a primary assist.

Bentley Falcons 3 vs No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac opened their 2014-2015 season with a win over Bentley, though it didn’t come easy. The Bobcats needed a late empty net goal to provide breathing room against the Falcons. Peca played first line center for QU and contributed a goal and an assist.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-10-14

No. 20 Boston University Terriers 8 vs UMass Minutemen 1

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM, 1 SOG
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

“Johnny-Mac” (pictured) notched his first collegiate point and all-everything freshman Jack Eichel had two goals and four points as the Terriers put a snowman up on the UMass scoreboard, 8-1. There were three penalties in the game, all on MacLeod.

Bemidji State Beavers 4 vs No. 2 North Dakota 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota was routed in their season debut, 4-1 by Bemidji State. As expected, O’Donnell started on UND’s first line. Blackhawks first rounder Nick Schmaltz was the only North Dakota player to register a goal. Brendan Harms (undrafted) had two goals for the Beavers.

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
Ice Breaker Tournament at Notre Dame

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 27 shots
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers had a 4-1 lead against the rival Bulldogs, but J.T. Brown’s alma mater cut Minnesota’s lead to 4-3 in the third period. Wilcox shut the door the rest of the way. The Lightning prospect and Hobey Baker candidate was beaten by a weak-side one-timer in the crease, a wrist shot from the RW circle, and a low-high one-timer from behind the net.

*USCHO poll used

Frozen Four Game Night: 4-12-14

No. 1 Union Dutchmen 7 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
National Championship

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 42 saves on 48 shots
Season totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota fell short of their sixth national championship, losing in the finals to tiny Union College, 7-4. The Gophers held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the game, but soft defensive play and ill-timed penalties did them in. Despite giving up six goals – a season high – Adam Wilcox was excellent for the Gophers (the last goal was an empty netter). As Barry Melrose said after the first period, if Wilcox was just average, the score would have been 8-2 after one period. The sixth goal was one he would have liked to have had back, however. Minnesota had pulled within a goal late in the third and Wilcox had an unscreened wrist shot go through him. At the 10-minute mark of the third he made two outstanding saves to keep it a 5-3 game.

Wilcox’s sophomore season is over and it was special even without the national championship. With the Lightning’s depth it goal, it would seem Wilcox would return for his junior season, but one never knows. He’s certainly talented enough to succeed in professional hockey next year. Congrats to Wilcox on an outstanding season.

*USCHO poll used

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