NCAA/USHS

Prospect of the Week: February 17, 2014

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for February 17, 2014 is … Brian Hart, W, Harvard Crimson (NCAA – USA).

For the third consecutive week a collegiate player is our Prospect of the Week. This week the honor goes to Harvard’s Brian Hart, a second round pick (53rd overall) of the Lightning in 2012.

Hart, a 6-3 212-pound forward out of Phillips-Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, had two goals and an assist this week to raise his season point total to 12 (four goals) in 25 games. The Maine native had a goal in Monday’s 6-2 Beanpot Consolation Game win over Boston University and followed that up with an assist in a 1-0 upset win over Clarkson on Friday. He finished his weekend with a goal in a 2-2 tie against St. Lawrence on Saturday.

NCAA Game Night: 2-15-2014

Harvard Crimson 2 @ St. Lawrence Saints 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 5-7-12, -2, 16 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart set a new career high with five goals this season. The sophomore is starting to heat up with two goals and an assist in his last three games. Hart’s goal in the last minute of the second period gave the Crimson a 2-1 lead.

Miami RedHawks 2 @ No. 17 North Dakota 9

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-1-2, +1, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 5-5-10, -1, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

UND got out to a 4-0 lead and piled on Miami’s miserable season. O’Donnell got some late power play time and scored his fifth goal of the year. The RedHawks fell to 4-10-1 in conference play.

No. 4 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Brown Bears 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-16-26, +5, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

The Bobcats lost just their fourth conference game of the season, 4-2 at Brown, who improved to 7-10-1 in conference play.

No. 10 Michigan Wolverines 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 28 saves on 29 shots, *First Star*
Season totals: 29 GP, 20-4-5, 1.97 GAA, .931 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox was named first star, winning his 20th game of the season – one off the national lead. The Gophers completed a 2-game weekend sweep of the Wolverines.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-14-2014

Harvard Crimson 1 @ No. 14 Clarkson Golden Knights 0 (OT)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-7-11, -3, 16 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart was back on the top line for Harvard, and had the secondary assist on Jimmy Vesey’s game-winner in overtime. Vesey is a Preds prospect. Harvard was outshot, 31-17. Earlier this week Harvard beat Boston University 6-2 in the consolation game of the Beanpot Tournament. Hart had a goal.

Miami RedHawks 2 @ No. 17 North Dakota 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 4-4-8, -2, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

UND skated out to a 3-0 lead over struggling Miami, then hung on for a 3-2 win. Miami cut the lead to 3-2 with 30 seconds left in the game. Jimmy Mullin was scratched for Miami.

No. 4 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ No. 13 Yale Bulldogs 0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-15-25, +6, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Peca had his three-game goal streak snapped in a shutout win over Yale.

No. 10 Michigan Wolverines 3 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 35 saves on 38 shots
Season totals: 28 GP, 19-4-5, 2.01 GAA, .930 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota had a 4-1 lead, but needed a late goal to comfortably put away the visiting Wolverines in a Big 10 match-up. Minnesota fell to No. 2 in the USCHO rankings after holding the top spot for a few months. Boston College is the new No. 1.

*USCHO poll used

Prospect of the Week: February 10, 2014

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for February 10, 2014 is … Matt Peca, C, Quinnipiac Bobcats (NCAA – USA).

Matt Peca was one of the best-kept secrets in the NCAA until his natural hat trick last year in the East Regional Finals.

As the 2013-2014 collegiate hockey season got underway, much was expected from the junior forward. He was coming off an excellent post-season and regular season in which he had 15 goals and 15 assists. Many thought Peca would challenge for the Hobey Baker as the NCAA’s top player, but Peca found himself in a little different role.

NCAA Game Night: 2-8-2014

Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was a scratch for Miami. WMU completed the 2-game weekend sweep of Miami.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 6 @ No. 16 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 4-4-8, -2, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

UNO coach Dean Blais, former head coach of North Dakota, was ejected from the game.

St. Lawrence Saints 3 @ No. 3 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-15-25, +6, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Peca scored for the third straight game, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Bobcats to a home win over unranked St. Lawrence.

*USCHO poll used

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