NCAA Game Night: 10-26-18

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 2 PIM

Big road victory for the #3 ranked Bulldogs knocking off the top-ranked Fighting Irish in South Bend Friday night in the first of a pair of games between these two powerhouse programs. UMD, the pre-season #1 ranked team, re-established its claim as the best men’s hockey team with a gutsy come-from-behind two-goal 3rd period to edge Notre Dame 3-2. After a scoreless 1st period, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke fed senior Parker Mackay (undrafted) for a tap-in tally just under 4 minutes into the 2nd period as UMD open the scoring. Notre Dame battled back, scoring twice to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission with goals from Andrew Peeke (CBJ, 2016 2nd round pick) and Colin Theisen (undrafted). Bulldog netminder Hunter Shepard (undrafted) made eight saves in the 3rd and Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) scored shorthanded and added an assist in UMD’s two-goal third period that secured the victory. These two teams resume their weekend series Saturday night.

Michigan State Spartans 5 @ #8 Cornell Big Red 2

D Alex Green, COR: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

The unranked Spartans reeled off four straight goals in the 3rd as Michigan State shocked #8 Cornell at home in the Big Red’s season opener. 2018 Lightning draft pick Alex Green had a rough outing with a game-worst minus-three rating. The Spartans led 1-0 at the first intermission after scoring shorthanded, with Cornell battling back in the 2nd and knotting the score at 1-1 on a Max Andreev (undrafted) marker. But the Spartans scored early and often in the 3rd, building a 5-1 lead before Matt Cairns (EDM, 2016 4th round pick) added a late goal for the Big Red. Michigan State was led by Taro Hirose (undrafted) with a goal and pair of assists, and Spartan netminder John Lethemon (undrafted) made 32 saves for the win. Cornell and Michigan State will tangle again Saturday night in the conclusion of this non-conference weekend series.

#18 Northeastern Huskies 4 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1

F Ryan Lohin, UML: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin was absent from the River Hawks lineup Friday night as U-Mass Lowell dropped their Hockey East conference opener against Northeastern. Patrick Schule (undrafted) opened the scoring in the 1st for the Huskies on the first of his two goals, and then after a scoreless middle frame, Northeastern poured on three 3rd period scores to seal an early conference victory on the road at the Tsongas Center. It is unknown if Lohin is injured or was a healthy scratch, as he has struggled out of the gate for the now 3-2 River Hawks. UML travels the 30 minute bus ride to Waltham on Saturday for a non-conference tilt against Bentley University.

NCAA Game Night: 10-25-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ Boston College Eagles 0

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +8, 4 PIM

St. Cloud State goalie David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) turned aside 32 Boston College shots on Thursday night as the #2 ranked Huskies chalked up their second consecutive shutout. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix tallied his second assist of the season when he set up a Nolan Walker (undrafted) second goal of the game late in the 3rd period. The Huskies were led by a hat trick from Sam Hentges (MIN, 2018 7th round pick) and Jimmy Schuldt (undrafted), Spencer Meier (undrafted), Jake Ahcan (undrafted), and Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted) each notched a pair of assists. St. Cloud State continues their road trip Saturday night at #18 ranked Northeastern University in Boston.

NCAA Game Night: 10-21-18

University of Guelph Gryphons 0 @ #8 Cornell Big Red 7 (Exhibition)

D Alex Green, COR: 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Cornell wrapped up its preseason exhibition play Sunday night against the University of Guelph. Lighting prospect Alex Green fired a game-high five shots and notched three assists, including one on the power play, as the Big Red put a touchdown up on the scoreboard against the outmatched Gryphons. All three Cornell goaltenders saw action in the final tune up before next weekend’s non-conference series against Michigan State.

NCAA Game Night: 10-20-18

Maine Black Bears 2 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke tallied his first collegiate goal Saturday night with about four minutes left in the 2nd period in what would prove to be the game-winning goal. The Bulldogs built a three-goal lead, but the Black Bears battled back with a pair of goals to make it close. Maine netminder Jeremy Swayman (BOS, 2017 4th round pick) stopped 41 shots in a losing effort as UMD shot early and often. Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) notched a pair of assists for the Bulldogs, who improve to 4-1-1 after sweeping Maine in the weekend series. UMD travels to South Bend next weekend for a pair of games against #2 ranked Notre Dame.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 0 @ #4 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

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

St. Cloud State goalie Jeff Smith (undrafted) stopped just 10 Northern Michigan shots for the shutout as the Huskies defense smothered the Wildcats to sweep the two-game weekend series Saturday night. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix notched his first collegiate point, setting up a Jacob Benson (undrafted) power play marker in the 3rd for the Huskies’ fifth goal. St. Cloud State now sports a perfect 4-0-0 record on the season and hits the road next week for a Thursday night stopover at #18 ranked Boston College before a Saturday night tilt against #12 Northeastern.

Trinity Western Spartans 1 @ #6 Minnesota Gophers 7 (Exhibition)

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

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker racked up 3 primary assists in the Golden Gophers 7-1 exhibition victory over the visiting Spartans from Trinity Western University. Ryan Norman (undrafted) led the Minnesota charge with a pair of goals and an assist, while Joey Marooney (undrafted) notched 4 assists. After a couple of weekends of exhibition play, the 1-0-1 Gophers get back to games that count in the Hall of Fame Game in at a sold-out Orleans Arena in Las Vegas next Saturday night against rival #16 North Dakota.

Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 3 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/17 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +7, 4 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman was key in the Pioneers erasing a three-goal deficit to draw a tie after a scoreless overtime against the visiting Nanooks from Alaska-Fairbanks. The Nanooks built a three-goal lead with a pair of tallies in the 1st period and then scoring again early in the 2nd period, getting a goal and an assist from Kylar Hope (undrafted) and a pair of power play helpers from Chris Jandric (undrafted). Forty-seven seconds after the Nanooks’ third goal, Guttman set up Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) to get the Pioneers on the scoreboard. With the goalie pulled just under two minutes left in the game, Guttman fired home his second goal of the season and then Les Lancaster (undrafted) scored with thirty-five seconds left to force overtime. Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) notched assists on both those 6-on-5 goals to avoid a Denver loss. The Pioneers, now 3-0-1, take next weekend off before starting NCHC conference play in November against #19 Western Michigan.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ Miami Red Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/14 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

The Red Hawks scored twice in the 3rd Saturday night, including the game-winning power play goal by Derek Daschke (undrafted) as Miami squeaks out a 2-1 win to split the weekend series with UML. A night after River Hawks goalie Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) pitched a 36-save shutout, he made 30 saves but fell one save short. UML falls to 2-2-0 on the season, returning to Massachusetts next weekend against #12 Northeastern at home at the Tsongas Center before travelling to Waltham to take on Bentley.

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ Colorado College Tigers 4

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 10:23 mins, 3 GA, 6 SV
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

Lightning prospect Ty Taylor was pulled just over 10 minutes into the game after surrendering three Tigers goals on just 9 shots. Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) allowed just one goal on 20 shots the rest of the way as the Wildcats battled back to within a goal but failed to get the equalizer despite almost 3 minutes of empty net play. Ara Nazarian (undrafted) led UNH with a goal and an assist. New Hampshire, still winless at 0-3-1 on the season, opens up HEAST conference play next weekend in a Saturday night tilt against the Catamounts of Vermont.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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