NCAA Game Night: November 9-10, 2019

Saturday night (and Sunday afternoon) NCAA highlights features Max Crozier with 2G, 1A, 1PPG, 1GWG in Providence's wild 6-5 win over BU; Cole Kopeke 1G, EN and 2nd Star as UMD hands Denver and Magnus Chrona their first loss; Alex Green 2A in Cornell's blistering of Yale; Nick Perbix OT GWG in St. Cloud win over Northern Michigan; Sammy Walker 1G, EN sealed Minny win over Michigan; Ty Taylor sat backup in UNH shocker upset of #2 UMass-Amherst; Kris Oldham inexplicably sat backup once again in Clarkson win over RPI.

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#1 Denver Pioneers 2 @ #7 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 1/4 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 6 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: L, 59:34 MINS, 26 SVS, 4 GA
Season Totals: 9 GP, 7-1-1, 2.29 GAA, 0.913 SV%, 2 SH

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 8 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 42 GP, 7-12-19, +14, 14 PIM

Dating back to last season, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke just seems to love playing against fellow "Cole" and Lightning prospect Cole Guttman and the Denver Pioneers. Backing up Friday night’s one goal / 3rd Star performance in a 3-3 tie between these two national powerhouses, Saturday night Koepke scores his 2nd of the season and fired a game-high 7 shots en route to earning 2nd Star of the game. UMD handed both Denver and Lightning prospect Magnus Chrona their first loss of the season. After trading power play markers in the 1st period, Denver jumped out to a 2-1 lead early in the 2nd, but UMD netminder Hunter Shepard barred the door the rest of the way with a 29-save performance. Koby Bender scored a goal and added an assist in the 2nd period to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 edge at the 2nd intermission, before Flyers prospect Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) and Koepke put the game to bed late in the 3rd period. For the Pioneers, Minnesota-Duluth continues to be their Achilles heel they will need to solve if they want to hoist future NCHC and national championships. Denver’s record drops to a still impressive 8-1-1 (0-1-1-1 NCHC) and they head back home next weekend looking for their first NCHC conference win with a weekend series against #10 North Dakota. On the other hand, UMD improves to 4-3-1 (1-0-1-0 NCHC) after their shaky national championship hangover, and travel to Oxford next weekend for a series against unranked NCHC foe Miami (Ohio).

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ #4 Cornell Big Red 6

D Alex Green, COR, 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 4 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 8 PIM

Lightning defensive prospect Alex Green notched a pair of assists Saturday night as the Big Red topped Yale 6-2. Rangers prospect Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) racked up a hat trick and four points as 4th-ranked Cornell scored three times in the 1st period and never looked back. Green appears to have put his injury-riddled 2018-19 season behind him, having already matched his goal and assist output in one-fifth of the games he played last season. The Big Red improves to 4-0 (2-0 ECAC) and hits the New York roadways next weekend for a pair of ECAC conference tilts against #8 Clarkson and St. Lawrence.

#8 Clarkson Golden Knights 2 @ RPI Engineers 1

G Kris Oldham, CLK: did not play
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%

Frank Marotte made 18 saves Saturday night in light work against Rensselaer Polytechnic. I’ll admit to some disappointment and annoyance that Lightning prospect Kris Oldham didn’t get the start against the Engineers, as Marotte has gotten every Clarkson start so far this season. Devin Brosseau had a goal and an assist to pace the Golden Knights, while Greg Moro assisted on both Clarkson scores. The Golden Knights improve to 7-2-1 (2-0 ECAC) and look ahead next weekend to when they host #4 Cornell in a big ECAC match up on Friday night and then Colgate on Saturday night. Oldham better get the start against Colgate, or else...

Boston University Terriers 5 @ #11 Providence Friars 6

D Max Crozier, PRO: 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 2-5-7, +5, 10 PIM

Bolt prospect Max Crozier got robbed of one of the Three Stars of the Game Saturday night. Somebody debate me. Crozier, the Lightning's most recent right-handed defensive prospect, scored twice and added an assist as the Friars outlasted the Terriers in a crazy 11-goal offensive showcase in front of 2700+ home fans at Schneider Arena. Crozier first hit the scoresheet in the 1st period when he setup freshman Jamie Englebert in his first collegiate start, knotting the game at 2-2. Englebert's marker came just 28 seconds after Predators defensive prospect David Farrance (NAS, 2017 3rd round pick) scored his 2nd of the period to give BU the briefest of leads. Crozier then opened the scoring in the 2nd period with a power-play maker that gave Providence their second lead of the game, and then Crozier opened the scoring in the 3rd period with his 2nd of the game that gave the Friars a two-goal lead. Crozier's second goal would eventually stand as the game-winner as a late hatter by Farrance would pull the Terriers back to within a goal. Vegas prospect and Division-I points and assist leader Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick) would match Farrance's four points by racking up four assists of his own on the night for Providence. The Friars improve to 5-3-2 (3-2-1 HEAST) and look ahead next weekend to a home-and-home series with #13 Northeastern.

St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ #16 Northern Michigan Wildcats 4 OT

D Nick Perbix, STC: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -7, 0 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 39 GP, 5-15-20, +24, 16 PIM

Lightning blueline prospect Nick Perbix netted the overtime game-winner just shy of a minute left in the extra session to give the Huskies a much needed win over the Wildcats. Once again St. Cloud had trouble closing out a game with a firm lead in hand, squandering a 4-1 advantage at the 2nd intermission, allowing three 3rd period Northern Michigan goals. Easton Brodzinski scored twice for the Huskies, while Wild prospect and NCHC goal and points leader Sam Hentges (MIN, 2018 7th round pick) paced all skaters with a goal and 3 points. St. Cloud State improves their record to 2-2-4 and look ahead to next weekend when they open NCHC conference play at home with a weekend series with Colorado College.

Minnesota Gophers 3 @ Michigan Wolverines 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MIN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -6, 2 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 23 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-8, -3, 25 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

Jets goalie prospect Jared Moe (WGP, 2018 6th round pick) stopped 38 Michigan shots, including 18 in the 3rd period, as the Golden Gophers won their first Big Ten conference game of the season. Bolt prospect Sammy Walker potted an empty netter with 12 seconds remaining to seal the victory as the Wolverines pressed for the equalizer. The Golden Gophers improve to 4-4-2 (1-1-2-2 Big Ten) and return home next weekend for an important Big Ten challenge against #6 Penn State, hoping to channel some of the Gopher football team's Nittany Lion upset ju-ju.

#2 Massachusetts Minutemen 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 (Sunday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2.91 GAA, 0.872 SV%
’18-‘19 Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-1, 3.67 GAA, 0.855 SV%

Sharks goalie prospect Mike Robinson made 27 saves Sunday afternoon as the unranked Wildcats stunned #2 UMass (Amherst) in a 3-1 upset in front 4700+ elated fans. After a scoreless 1st period, Mitchell Chaffee gave the Minutemen the lead with a power play goal, but that would be the last shot that beat Robinson. Defensemen Ryan Verrier and Panthers prospect Max Gildon (FLA, 2017 3rd round pick) would score 13 seconds apart later in the 2nd period to give UNH a 2-1 lead and the Wildcats would hang on until another New Hampshire blueliner Anthony Wyse potted an empty netter with 28 seconds remaining to galvanize the shocker. UNH improves to 5-2-1 (3-1 HEAST) and looks to perhaps crack the USCHO Men’s Division-I Top-20 rankings this week ahead of a pair of Hockey East conference road games next weekend against the Maine Black Bears.

*USCHO poll used for rankings