NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 10/08/10

#9 Denver Pioneers 5 @ Vermont Catamounts 3
F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Canisius Golden Griffins 5 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Vermont and Western Michigan each blow early 2-0 leads to drop their season openers 5-3. Both teams play again tomorrow night against the same opponents.

NCAA Game Night: 10/3/10

New Brunswick Varsity Reds 3 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (Exhibition)
C Matt Marshall, UVM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Marshall scored with five seconds left in Catamounts' first preseason game.

Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks 2 @ Western Michigan Broncos 5 (Exhibition)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

The Broncos outshot UOIT 61-15 on their way to easily winning their preseason opener.

Fourth Round, One Hundred Eighteenth Overall

Name: James Mullin
Position: Center/Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 5.10
Weight: 152 lbs
Born: 2/24/1992, Philadelphia, PA
Last Team: Shattuck St. Mary's Prep (Minnesota High School)
Rankings: CSS 165 (North American Skaters), RLR NR (Overall), THN NR (Overall)

2009-2010 Statistics:
Shattuck St. Mary's (USHS), 55 GP, 32-40-72, 26 PIM

Strengths:
Mullin can score, and that's the name of the game. He led the prestigious Shattuck program (of Sidney Crosby fame) last season in scoring when he was a teammate of fellow Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets. Mullin is small, but he's a speedy, tenacious player, as well as a creative playmaker and a good finisher. He makes his linemates better with his style of play.

Weaknesses:
Size is a major issue for Mullin, who must add weight to his small frame. He also needs to make quicker decisions with the puck as time and space will shrink at the next levels.

Projection:
Mullin will have up to four years at the University of Miami (Ohio) to add strength and weight and could come out of collegiate play as a mid-round steal for the Lightning. He's got a long road to the NHL, but has a fine chance to be a solid contributor at the AHL level at the least. The more the game opens up, the more it favors players such as Mullin. As the Lightning's Martin St. Louis has proven, there's no substitute for heart, desire, and natural skill, but you have to have legs the size of tree trunks to make it as a small player in the big leagues.

NCAA Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-10

No.15 Vermont Catamounts 2 vs. No.5 Wisconsin Badgers 3
NCAA West Regional Semifinal (St. Paul, MN)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

Vermont actually led this game 2-1 after the first period, but were then outshot 30-15 over the final two periods, being outscored 2-0. The Catamounts' season and impressive playoff run is now over. Marshall (pictured) was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game after the sophomore only missed one regular season contest. His speed and defensive ability are assets to the Catamounts, and he’ll likely be a fixture on at least their third line next season.

C/W Alexander Killorn, Harvard: Season complete.
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM

Killorn, a sophomore, was one of the top prospects at the Lightning’s 2009 summer camp and could be a signing target of the Lightning this offseason. Speculation from Harvard followers is he’ll return to the Crimson next season, however. Stay tuned.

D Luke Witkowski , Western Mich. Univ.: Season complete.
Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-4-6, -13, 67 PIM

Witkowski gained valuable ice time as a freshman defenseman for the Broncos this season, though he went through his ups and downs in his rookie year. He is expected to be a big part of WMU’s future on the blueline.

USHS Update

D Kirill Gotovets, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Season Totals: 44 GP, 8-19-27, 73 PIM

Gotovets, a Cornell commit, had five points after 14 games, but has 22 points in his last 30. Shattuck is 42-11-4 entering the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Tournament in Chicago on April 7. Shattuck’s playoffs start following the Chicago tourney.

NCAA Playoffs Game Night: 3-19-10

No.14 Vermont Catamounts 0 vs. No.4 Boston College Eagles 3
Hockey East Semifinals; BC advances to finals.
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.

Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

John Muse (undrafted) shutout the upstart Catamounts, and now the BC Eagles will face the University of Maine for the Hockey East championship. The Catamounts will wait for a potential at-large bid to the upcoming 2010 NCAA Tournament. Marshall, a sophomore, sat for the fourth straight game as a healthy scratch after only missing one game all season. According to the Burlington Free Press, Marshall's replacement, Jay Anctil, scored the game winner in overtime to clinch their series vs. New Hampshire to send them to the Hockey East Semifinals.

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