NCAA Game Night: 1-25-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ North Dakota Fighting Hawks 1

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 1-10-11, +16, 6 PIM

Bolt prospect Nick Perbix assisted on a Micah Miller (undrafted) goal with 14 seconds left in the 2nd to knot the score 1-1 on Friday night in Grand Forks against UND. The top-ranked Huskies would go on to tally two 3rd period markers and claim their 10th conference win of the season, a road victory in a tough venue. St. Cloud State improves to 18-3-2 (10-1-2 NCHC) and look to complete the sweep Saturday night when these two teams resume their weekend series.

#4 Denver Pioneers 1 @ #13 Western Michigan Broncos 3

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-8-18, +16, 10 PIM

Lightning prospect Cole Guttman helped setup up Denver’s lone goal Friday night, a Liam Finlay (undrafted) marker early in the 3rd to cut WMU’s lead to 2-1, but the Pioneers could never get the equalizer. Broncos special teams was the difference maker, scoring both short-handed and on the power play in the 2nd and Western Michigan goalie Trevor Gorsuch (undrafted) turned away 14 3rd period shots to make the tenuous lead stick. Denver drops to 14-5-3 (6-5-1-1 NCHC) on the season, and looks to split the weekend series Saturday night in the conference rematch.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ #5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 7

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 8 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke fired a season-high 7 shots Friday night as part of a UMD 56-shot barrage on UNO goalies Evan Weninger and Matej Tomek (PHI, 2015 3rd round pick). Wild prospect Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) notched a hat trick off a stunning 12-shots on goal performance to lead the Bulldogs offensively. Minnesota-Duluth improves to 15-6-2 (8-4-1 NCHC) and hopes to complete the sweep Saturday night.

#12 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Colgate Raiders 2

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

Mitch Vanderlaan (undrafted) scored a goal and added an assist on Cornell’s two goal 1st period Friday night to establish an early lead. But Bobby McMann (undrafted) led a Colgate rally with a goal and an assist of his own to knot the score 2-2 before the Big Red got the game-winner from Michael Regush (undrafted). Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 15th game on the season due to injury. Cornell improves to 12-5-1 (8-2-1 ECAC) as the teams travel to Ithaca Saturday night for the back half of this home-and-home series.

#19 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Boston College Eagles 1

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 9-12-21, +4, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

UML celebrated their newly minted Top-20 ranking with their 6th straight win Friday night on the road at Boston College. Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin set up Reid Stefanson’s (undrafted) 2nd goal of the game, an empty netter with 21 seconds left to seal the win. UMass-Lowell improves to 14-8-1 (8-4-1 HEAST) and returns to the Tsongas Center Saturday night for the back half of this weekend home-and-home series with the Eagles.

Wisconsin Badgers 4 @ Minnesota Gophers 9

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/7 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 8-10-18, +3, 12 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker led the way Friday as the Gophers unleashed a season’s worth of frustration, putting up 9 goals on the visiting Badgers. Walker scored twice and added an assist for his first multi-goal game of his collegiate career. Fellow Lightning prospect and teammate Ryan Zuhlsdorf added an assist of his own, setting up Minnesota’s 4th goal early in the 3rd to quell a Wisconsin rally from a 3-0 1st period deficit that saw the Badgers tighten the score to 3-2. Wisconsin would rally again later in the 3rd, once again drawing within a goal to 5-4 before the Gophers unleashed four goals in the final 5 minutes of the game, including two by Walker and Minnesota’s Freshman Line. For Walker, his 8 goals on the season places him tied for 4th among Division I freshman nationwide. The Golden Gophers improve to 10-10-4 (7-5-3 B1G) and look to complete the weekend sweep Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ UConn Huskies 2 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

Alexander Payusov (undrafted) scored twice for the Huskies Friday night, pacing UConn to a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd over the Wildcats. But Jackson Pierson (undrafted) tied the game for UNH to help the Wildcats squeeze out their 8th tie of the season. New Hampshire’s record now stands at 8-8-8 (4-5-5 HEAST) as these two teams head to the Whittemore Center Saturday night for the back end of this weekend home-and-home series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings