NCAA Game Night: 1-5-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 vs Robert Morris Colonials 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 1-8-9, +14, 6 PIM

Nolan Walker (undrafted) setup Robby Jackson (undrafted) for a pair of 3rd period goals to break open a 2-2 game, propelling the Huskies to victory in the consolation game of the Three Rivers Classic. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix was on the ice for all three of St. Cloud’s three 3rd period goals.

The top-ranked Huskies improve to 14-2-2 (6-0-2 NCHC) and look forward to 8 straight weeks of NCHC conference play starting with a powerhouse match up featuring a pair of road games against #4 Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

US NTDP U18 4 @ #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 (Exhibition)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 6 PIM

Expected 2019 1st rounder Cole Caufield (2019 draft eligible) scored a pair of goals to lead the US National Under-18 squad to an exhibition win over the #4 Bulldogs. Although this won’t count in the official standings, UMD with just one win in their last six games doesn’t bode well for a 11-5-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) Minnesota-Duluth team sporting a pair of games on the schedule next weekend against #1 St. Cloud State.

#8 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 4/9 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-6-15, +11, 10 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman scored his 9th goal of the season in the 3rd period to knot the score at 3-3 and eventually force overtime, where Slava Demin (VGK, 2018 4th round pick) potted the game winner in Denver’s weekend sweep of the Badgers. Guttman’s 9th goal is tops among NCAA Division I freshmen. Wisconsin scored twice within a 30 second span in the 1st period to take an early two goal lead, but the Pioneers battled back to tie the scored at 2-2 early in the 2nd before a Matthew Freytag (undrafted) power play goal re-established the lead for the home team. Denver improves to 12-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and begins a long string of NCHC conference play next weekend back at the Magness Center against Nebraska-Omaha.

#20 Cornell Big Red 2 @ #5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 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

Big Red netminder Austin McGrath (undrafted) made 35 saves and Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) led a rally from a two-goal deficit as Cornell battled back for a gutsy ECAC road tie against the #5 Bobcats. Quinnipiac goalie Andrew Shortridge (undrafted) made 30 saves to foil a Cornell victory.

Cornell’s record is now 7-5-1 (5-2-1 ECAC) and takes a break next weekend from conference play to host #15 Arizona State.

#9 Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-7-11, +6, 10 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf set up a Tyler Nanne (NYR, 2014 5th round pick) 1st period score and was on the ice for all four of the Gophers goals as Minnesota beat the #9 Nittany Lions to split the weekend series. Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) led the Gophers with a goal and two assists and Mat Robson (undrafted) made 31 saves. UMN improves to 7-8-4 (4-3-3 B1G) and continues Big Ten conference play next weekend against #6 Notre Dame in South Bend.

#18 Yale Bulldogs 5 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 5 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: ND. 24:20 MINs, 4 GA, 6 SVS
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor was pulled at 4:20 of the 2nd period after giving up 4 Yale goals on 10 shots and the Wildcats in a 4-0 hole. However, UML battled back, scoring five of the final six goals and force an eventual tie with the Bulldogs. Brendan van Riemsdyk (undrafted) led the Wildcats with goals on the power play and shorthanded, and Anthony Wyse (undrafted) scored and added a pair of assists. Robbie DeMontis (undrafted) led Yale with two goals and an assist. New Hampshire’s record is now at 6-7-6 (2-4-3 HEAST) and returns to Hockey East conference play next weekend in a home-and-home series against Boston University.

*USCHO poll used for rankings