NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 10-21-14

Connecticut Huskies 4 vs No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, -4, 0 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac (1-2-1) continues to struggle to start the year, this time dropping a 4-1 decision to their in-state rivals. On the plus side, Matt Peca has had at least a point in every game so far this year. The Bobcats outshot the Huskies, 37-19, but were stymied by Dallas-born Rob Nichols (undrafted), who also contributed an assist for UConn. The game was played in Bridgeport.

Juniors Game Night: 10-19-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/15 FO, 3 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 5 GP: 1-4-5, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

After a slow start (2 assists in his first 3 games) and sitting out last game, Darcy exploded for three points on Sunday – all in the third period. The Eagles scored four times in the final frame to win and split their weekend series with Halifax.

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ Quebec Remparts 7

W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 3-1-4, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4/5 FO, 4 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 8 GP, 7-7-14, +8, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne had his first hat trick of the season and first since his first game last season to lead the Remparts to a 7-2 walloping of the Sags.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, E, 7 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-7-8, -1, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

It was a frustrating loss for Sarnia, who fell to 1-2 on their road trip. Despite outshooting the Bulls 52-33, Belleville scored the game-winner with 29 seconds remaining in regulation. DeAngelo, who was suspended earlier this year for arguing with an official at the end of a game, was given a major penalty for slashing and a game misconduct at the 20-minute mark of the third period. There was nothing about the incident in the Sarnia or Belleville newspaper game stories.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 5 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, E, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto scored for the third-straight game, but left Sunday’s contest holding his arm. No word yet on the extent of the injury. There was nothing in the Windsor Star’s game story.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 5

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 6 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Flyers first rounder Travis Sanheim had two goals and an assist for the Hitmen in their win over the Pats on Saturday. Sanheim’s former defensive partner, Ben Thomas, had an assist.

NCAA Game Night: 10-18-14

USA U-18 4 vs No. 14 Boston University Terriers 6 (Exhibition)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist to pace the Terriers to an exhibition win over the USA Under-18 squad.

No. 3 North Dakota 7 @ Colorado College Tigers 2

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

North Dakota completed a weekend sweep of the Tigers with a big 7-2 win on Saturday.

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

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 0 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac finished their home-and-home weekend series with UMass-Lowell, 0-1-1. Peca has a point in every game so far.

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

Frozen Four Game Night: 4-10-14

No. 13 North Dakota 1 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2
National Semifinal

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-11-18, +8, 10 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots
Season totals: 37 GP, 26-5-6, 1.86 GAA, .935 sv%, 4 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota scored a shorthanded goal with .6 seconds left in regulation, sending the Gophers to the national championship game at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia. The No. 2 Gophers will face top-ranked Union on Saturday night. O’Donnell was on the ice for UND’s lone goal, scored less than a minute after Minnesota had taken a 1-0 lead in the third period over their longtime rivals. Wilcox stopped 36 shots, including four during UND’s last minute power play. Justin Holl scored the game winner for the Gophers, finding the puck in his skates in front of the UND net and sliding the puck home. Minnesota had just won an own-zone faceoff with 10 seconds left and rushed up the ice hoping to avoid overtime. They did, and now have a chance at a championship.

O’Donnell’s junior season ends with career highs in goals, assists, and points. All signs point to him returning to North Dakota for his senior season next fall.

*USCHO poll used

Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 31, 2014

We continue our Bolt 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 Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 24, 2014 is … Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA - USA).

Adam Wilcox’s trophy mantle is filling up. It’s a good thing the Bolt Prospect of the Week award doesn’t come with a big, honkin’ trophy.

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