NCAA Game Night: 1-19-19

#10 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 1-9-10, +15, 6 PIM

#2 ranked St. Cloud State completed the weekend sweep of #10 WMU Saturday night, pelting both Bronco goalies with a total of 37 shots. The Poehling brothers, Jack, Nick, and Ryan (MTL, 2017 1st round pick), combined for a goal and four assists along with 8 shots. Western Michigan scored the lone 1st period goal, but the Huskies reeled off four 2nd period tallies, two on the power play, to put the game out of reach by the second intermission.

St. Cloud State improves to 17-3-2 (9-1-2 NCHC) and hit the road next weekend for a showdown in Grand Forks against #20 North Dakota. The Huskies will likely roll into Ralph Englestad Arena back atop the USCHO Division I rankings after #1 UMass-Amherst dropped a 2-1 OT tilt to #8 Northeastern Saturday night.

#3 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Colorado College Tigers 4 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/7 FO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 10-7-17, +15, 10 PIM

After sitting on a bus Friday night for hours waiting for a jack-knifed tractor trailer to get cleared from blocking Hwy 83, the Pioneer squad had to rally twice Saturday night just to preserve a tie with cross-state and conference rival Colorado College. The Tigers were 3 of 4 on the power play, building a 2-1 lead in the 1st and a 4-2 lead in the 2nd using an efficient man advantage. Brett Stapley (MTL, 2018 7th round pick) scored twice for Denver, including the 4-4 equalizer that capped a two-goal 3rd period rally for the Pioneers. Trey Bradley (undrafted) scored twice for Colorado College to lead the Tigers offensively.

Denver’s record is now 14-4-3 (6-4-1-1 NCHC) on the season, losing ground to St. Cloud in the conference standings not just because of the tie Saturday night, but also the Friday postponement. Next weekend the Pioneers travel to Kalamazoo to take on a frustrated #10 WMU squad that dropped a pair of games this weekend to St. Cloud by a combined score of 7-3.

#5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ Miami Redhawks 0

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 2-8-10, +6, 8 PIM

A night after pitching a 23-save shutout of the Redhawks, UMD goalie Hunter Shepard (undrafted) comes back Saturday night with a 17-save shutout as the #5 Bulldogs swept Miami by total score of 7-0 over the two-game weekend series in Oxford. Wild prospect Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) also repeated his Friday night performance by once again putting up a goal and an assist to lead UMD offensively.

Minnesota-Duluth improves to 14-6-2 (7-4-1 NCHC), keeping pace with St. Cloud and jumping ahead of Denver in the NCHC conference standings. The Bulldogs return home to Amsoil Arena next weekend for a pair of conference games against Nebraska-Omaha.

Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ #15 Cornell Big Red 5

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Cornell’s early season struggles seem to be a distant memory as the Big Red continues to roll, notching their 7th ECAC conference win of the season Saturday night against the visiting Dartmouth College squad. Austin McGrath made 22 saves and Cam Donaldson (undrafted) and Beau Starrett (CHI, 2014 3rd round pick) each scored a goal and an assist to lead Cornell to their 11th win of the season. Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 14th game on the season due to injury.

The Big Red improves to 11-5-1 (7-2-1 ECAC) and looks forward to a home-and-home conference series next weekend against Colgate.

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-11-20, +4, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Rangers prospect Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) pasted a 25-save shutout on the scoreboard and Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin set up a Mattias Goranssen (undrafted) goal as the River Hawks cruised to their 5th straight win dating back to January 4th when UML knocked off #1 UMass-Amherst 2-1.

UMass-Lowell improves to 13-8-1 (7-4-1 HEAST) and looks to bank the sweep Saturday night against this same Vermont squad. Next weekend, UML squares off against Boston College in a home-and-home Hockey East conference series.

Minnesota Gophers 3 @ Michigan State Spartan 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/9 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-7-13, +8, 12 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker opened the scoring Saturday night in East Lansing just 4:52 into the game set up by the Gopher's much touted Freshman Line that includes Ducks prospect Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) and Nathan Burke (undrafted). But the Spartans reeled off four-straight, three on the power play to put the game out of reach. Mitch Lewandowski (undrafted) scored twice for MSU and Taro Hirose notched three assists to extend his NCAA Division I leading 27 assists and 38 points. For Walker, it was his 6th goal of the season and along with fellow Bolt prospect Cole Guttman’s 10 goals as a freshman, firmly puts these Lightning NCAA prospects among the best of Division I freshman. By contrast, USA WJC silver medalists and freshmen Tyler Madden (VAN/Northeastern) has 8 goals and Joel Farabee (PHI/BU), Noah Cates (PHI/UMD), Jack Drury (CAR/Harvard) and Nolan Walker (undrafted/STC) all have 6 goals on the season.

The Golden Gophers drop to 9-9-4 (6-4-3 B1G) and look to spilt the weekend series Sunday afternoon in a rematch against WMU.

*USCHO poll used for rankings