NCAA Game Night: 11-24-18

#9 Providence Friars 4 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 4 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/13 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 7-4-11, +10, 6 PIM

The freshmen stars shone Saturday night in the back half of the weekend series between the 9th ranked Friars and the 7th ranked Pioneers, with these two teams battling to a 4-4 draw. Golden Knight freshman prospect Jack Dugan opened the scoring early in the 1st for Providence, but Bolt prospect Cole Guttman struck back a scant 7 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1. It was Guttman’s 7th goal of the season and vaulted him as the sole goal scoring leader among NCAA Division I freshman. Guttman was 69% on draws and earned 2nd Star honors for the game. The Friars responded early in the 2nd with a pair of goals to take a 3-1 lead, the latter a power play marker by Kasper Bjorkqvist (PIT, 2016 2nd round pick) that was assisted by Dugan, who now leads all Div. I freshman in points (14) and power play points (7). But the resilient Denver squad battled back later in the 2nd, striking for a pair of power play goals of their own in the span of 42 seconds, the first of which tallied by Flames prospect Emilio Pettersen who leads Div. I freshmen in power play goals (4), power play points (7) and second only to Dugan in points (14). Both goalies would close the door in the last half of the game to preserve the tie with Friar netminder and Oiler prospect Hayden Hawkey (MTL, 2014 6th round pick) making 34 saves and Pioneer backstop and Red Wing prospect Filip Larsson totaling 42 saves. Denver’s season record now stands at 7-3-2 (3-3 NCHC), with the Pioneers taking next weekend off before hitting the road to Grand Forks Dec 7th for a two-game NCHC tilt against North Dakota.

Harvard Crimson 4 vs #17 Cornell Big Red 1

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Alex Green missed his sixth straight game Saturday night, absent from the Frozen Apple rival game between Harvard and Cornell at Madison Square Garden. After the Big Red got out to a 1-0 1st period lead, the Crimson snapped off the next four behind a pair of goals from Henry Bowlby (undrafted) and three assists from Casey Dornbach (undrafted). Dornback, former Edina high school captain and teammate of Bolt prospect Sammy Walker, leads all NCAA Div. I freshmen in power play assists (7), power play points (7), and second among freshmen in assists (10). Cornell drops to 5-4 (3-1 ECAC) on the season and looks ahead next weekend to a pair of road ECAC conference games against Dartmouth and a rematch against Harvard.

Michigan State Spartans 4 @ Minnesota Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: did not play
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/9 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 3-6-9, +9, 6 PIM

Tyler Sheehy (undrafted) scored a pair of power play goals midway through the 2nd period to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead over the Spartans Saturday night in Big 10 conference play, but Michigan State stormed back with four straight, led by the undrafted Taro Hirose with a goal and a two assists. For Hirose, that’s good for 3rd in points (19) among all NCAA Division I men. Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf missed his third consecutive game as Minnesota dropped to 4-6-1 (2-2 Big Ten) on the season. The road gets tougher next weekend for the struggling Gophers as they welcome 5th ranked Ohio State to the 3M Arena for a pair of Big 10 conference games.

#19 Miami Redhawks 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-1, 3.38 GAA, 0.874 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat backup to Wildcats starter Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick), who allowed just one goal and stopped 33 Redhawks shots as New Hampshire upset 19th ranked Miami. After a 1-0 start by the Redhawks, the Wildcats reeled off four unanswered for just their 2nd win of the season. New Hampshire’s record improves to 2-6-4 (1-3-2 HEAST) with a two-game series on the horizon next weekend in ECAC conference play against #9 Providence.

*USCHO poll used for rankings