NCAA Game Night: October 19, 2019

Saturday night NCAA highlights has Sammy Walker with another 1st Star in Minnesota win and Ryan Zuhlsdorf with first point of the season; Magnus Chrona and Denver win again; Max Crozier with a pair of helpers in Providence win over Clarkson; another Minnesota-Duluth loss.

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#6 Boston College Eagles 4 @ #1 Denver Pioneers 6

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/18 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 4 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: 60:00 MINS, W, 22 SVS, 4 GA
Season Totals: 6 GP, 6-0-0, 1.83 GAA, 0.930 SV%, 2 SH

After six collegiate games Bolt prospect Magnus Chrona finally exhibited signs of being human on Saturday night, allowing 4 goals on 26 BC shots, but thanks to some sweet goal support managed to backstop his nation-leading 6th win. The Pioneers pasted six goals on Panthers prospect Spencer Knight (FLA, 2019 1st round pick), including a pair of goals from Tyson McLellan, son of Kings head coach Todd McLellan. The two teams finished the first frame tied 2-2, but Denver reeled off three goals in the first 4:06 of the 2nd to take a commanding 5-2 lead, and all things pointed to an easy win for the Pioneers. Boston College had other ideas, scoring twice in the 3rd to draw within one before a late power play marker from freshman Flyers prospect Bobby Brink (PHI, 2019 2nd round pick) sealed the game for DU. The top-ranked Pioneers improve to 6-0 and sit idle next weekend before hosting Niagara November 1-2 for the celebration of the Denver men’s hockey team’s 70th Anniversary.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 @ #17 Wisconsin Badgers 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 42 GP, 7-12-19, +14, 14 PIM

One thing is for certain, this is not the way the defending national champions drew up the start to the 2019-20 season. Kings 2019 5th overall pick Alex Turcotte (LAK, 2019 1st round pick) opened the scoring Saturday night early in 2nd with his Big Ten leading 3rd power play goal of the season for the Badgers. Wisconsin didn’t look back, completing the weekend sweep of the suddenly struggling Bulldogs behind a 31-save performance from Daniel Lebedeff. Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) scored later in the 2nd to draw the Bulldogs within one, but UMD could never get the equalizer before Wisconsin sealed the game with a empty netter late in the contest. Minnesota-Duluth drops to 1-3 with a home-and-home series against cross-state rivals Minnesota next weekend.

#5 Cornell Big Red (Idle)

D Alex Green, Idle
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 8 PIM

Bolt prospect Alex Green and Cornell were idle this weekend ahead of next Friday night’s annual Red/White intra-squad scrimmage.

#13 Providence Friars 4 @ #10 Clarkson Golden Knights 2

D Max Crozier, PRO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, +5, 0 PIM

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

Bolts blueline prospect Max Crozier notched a pair of assists Saturday night, including one on the power play, as the Friars handed the Golden Knights their first loss of the season. Tyce Thompson [NJD, 2019 4th round pick) scored twice for Providence while Jason O’Neill also nabbed a couple of helpers. Fellow Lightning prospect Kris Oldham sat back up once again to starter Frank Marotte for Clarkson, who made 30 saves on 34 shots. Crozier sits 2nd in the Hockey East conference among all blueliners in assists (4) and 3rd in points (4) and plus/minus (+5) rating. The Friars improve to 3-1 and look ahead next weekend to opening Hockey East conference play against #6 Boston College and #18 UMass-Lowell. Clarkson drops to 2-1-1 and hits the road next weekend for a pair of games against #17 Wisconsin.

Niagara Purple Eagles 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MIN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 23 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 1-1-2, -1, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 2/5 FO, *1st STAR*
Season Totals: 4 GP, 3-2-5, -1, 19 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker chalked up a goal and an assist Saturday night, both on the power play, as the Golden Gophers completed the weekend sweep of Niagara. The Purple Eagles would open the scoring just 35 seconds into the game, but Walker’s power play marker at the game’s midpoint would knot the score at 1-1. Just over a minute later fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf would tally his first point of the 2019-20 campaign, helping set up a Brannon McManus goal for Minny’s first lead of the contest. Niagara would even up the score early in the 3rd before Walker and McManus would combine on the power play to set up Nathan Burke for what would be the game-winner. Walker has now earned 1st Star of the game in Minnesota’s last three games and finds himself in the Top-7 in the Big Ten in many offensive categories (goals, points, ppg, ppp, faceoff wins, FO%, PIMs) along with leading all Big Ten skaters in PIMs (19). fired a game-high 5 shots at the Niagara netminder. The Gophers improve to 3-1 and looks forward to rivalry weekend with a home-and-home series against the struggling #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.

*USCHO poll used for rankings