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NCAA Game Night: 11-9-18

Colorado College Tigers 0 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 2 PIM

Hunter Shepard (undrafted) backstopped a 19-save shutout and the top-ranked Bulldogs opened 2018-19 NCHC conference play against Colorado College on Friday night with a 3-0 win. UMD got goals from three different players and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) and Peter Krieger (undrafted) each had a pair of assists. These two teams square off again on Saturday night to complete the weekend series.

#5 Denver Pioneers 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, +10, 6 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/18 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 4 PIM

Two Top-5 NCHC powerhouses, each sporting 2-0 conference records battled Friday night with the Huskies scoring three straight in the 2nd period to hand the Pioneers their first loss of the season. Lightning stealth prospect Cole Guttman opened the scoring midway through the 1st with his third goal of the year to give Denver the early 1-0 lead. Brett Stapley (MTL, 2017 7th round pick) led the early Pioneer attack with a goal and an assist to build a 3-1 lead 95 seconds into the 2nd period. But the St. Cloud offense kicked into gear, finishing the period with three goals to take a 4-3 lead into the 2nd intermission. St. Cloud netminder David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) stopped a perfect eight 3rd period Pioneer shots to preserve the tenuous Husky lead. Bolt prospect Nick Perbix helped set up the equalizer, and Nolan Walker (undrafted) led St. Cloud State with a pair of goals and an assist. These two teams battle again Saturday to complete weekend series.

#16 Minnesota Gophers 3 @ #20 Wisconsin Badgers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/10 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

The Gophers stopped the bleeding after three straight losses, besting the Badgers on the road Friday night in their Big Ten opener. Wisconsin jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Minnesota scored three-straight in the 2nd and Mat Robson (undrafted) stopped a perfect 15 shots in the 3rd to seal the win. These two team go at it again Saturday night to close out the weekend series.

#17 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 1

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

Cornell scored twice Friday night in the 2nd period to break open a 1-1 game and claim a non-conference road win against the Wildcats in Northern Michigan. Bolt prospect Alex Green did not dress for the second straight game, leading to speculation that the sophomore blueliner may be injured. Cam Donaldson (undrafted) led the Big Red with a goal and an assist. These two teams square off again Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/7 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

After missing four games due to injury, Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin returned to action Friday night, leading an UML rally and scoring both goals for the River Hawks as UMass-Lowell plays to a 2-2 draw with the visiting New Hampshire team. Fellow Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat back-up to a 32-save Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) effort. UML held the Wildcats to just 11 shots. UML hosts Northeastern Saturday night while UNH returns home Saturday night to host the visiting Boston University.

*USCHO poll used for rankings