NCAA Game Weekend: October 5-6, 2019

Alberta Golden Bears 5 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 (Saturday)

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

The top-ranked and defending national champion Bulldogs used an exhibition game with the University of Alberta to get all three of their goaltenders a period of action Saturday night. Starter Hunter Shepard allowed just one goal on 10 shots in the 1st and Ryan Fanti also allowed one goal on 10 shots in the 3rd. Ben Patt let in three on 8 shots in the 2nd as the Golden Bears jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the 2nd intermission. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke set up a Justin Richards shorthanded marker in the 1st that tied the game 1-1 with 41 seconds left in the opening frame. Richards is the son of Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards. UMD begins its official defense of their national championship next weekend with a pair of home games against UMass-Lowell.

#2 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 3 (Saturday)
#2 Denver Pioneers 3 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0 (Sunday)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: 2 GP, 120:00 MINS, 2W, 58 SVS, 3 GA, 1 SO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 0.951 SV%

Denver opened their 2019-20 season this weekend on the road in Fairbanks, Alaska and Bolt prospect Cole Guttman picked up where he left off in last year’s Frozen Four, scoring the game-winner with just 63 seconds left in regulation. Guttman picked up an assist in the 2nd when his goal-mouth scrambled was poked home by Bobby Brink (PHI, 2019 2nd round pick) for the 3-2 go ahead goal. Fellow Freshman Lightning prospect Magnus Chrona made 30 saves for the win in his first collegiate start.

On Sunday night, Magnus Chrona pitched a 28-save shutout for his 2nd wind and appears to have slammed the door as the new Pioneers starting goalie. Guttman scored his 2nd of the season, adding the empty netter with 29 seconds remaining.

Denver’s season-opening road trip continues next weekend as the Pioneers travel to Saulte Ste. Marie for a pair of games against Lake Superior State.

#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.

Alberta Golden Bears 2 @ #6 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (Sunday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, - PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 39 GP, 5-15-20, +24, 16 PIM

A night after upsetting the top-ranked UMD squad in exhibition play, the Golden Bears ran afoul of special team problems, allowing St. Cloud to score 4 power play goals in this exhibition tune-up. Lighting prospect Nick Perbix tallied an assist on the Huskies’ 4th final power-play goal. St. Cloud State officially opens their season next weekend on the road for a pair of games at Bemidji State.

Maine Black Bears 0 @ #7 Providence Friars 7 (Saturday)

D Max Crozier, PRO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 8OG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM

Providence winger Greg Printz scored four goals and added an assist as the Friars put a touchdown on the board against Maine in both club’s Hockey East season opener. Bolt prospect Max Crozier notched his first collegiate point with an assist on Printz’s final goal of the contest. Providence takes on Holy Cross next Friday night

Royal Military College 0 @ #10 Clarkson Golden Knights 7 (Saturday)

G Kris Oldham, CLK: 20:00 MINS, 6 SVS, 0 GA
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%

Connor McCarthy and Adam Tisdale both scored twice to lead Clarkson over RMC in exhibition play Saturday night. After transferring to Clarkson from Nebraska-Omaha and sitting out all of last season, Lightning prospect Kris Oldham pitched 20 minutes of shutout hockey in the 3rd period, stopping 6 shots and looks to be slated as the backup to Frank Marotte this season. The Golden Knights open their 2019-20 season next weekend on the road in Ann Arbor for a pair of games against Michigan.

Mount Royal Cougars 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 OT (Sunday)

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

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

Yeah, it was just an exhibition game and the results are throwaway, but I was live in-person at 3M Arena for a rare witness of prospect hockey. And Bolt prospect Sammy Walker did not disappoint, opening the scoring just 3 minutes into this warm-up tilt against Royal Mount. Walker, sporting the new “C” on his sweater, is the first underclassman captain of the Minnesota ice hockey team in the almost 100 years of the program. It was clear that Walker is the leader not just in the locker room, but on the ice as well, as much of the offense was generated by his speed, shot, and playmaking skills. The Gophers officially open their 2019-20 season on the road next weekend in Colorado Springs for a pair of games against Colorado College.

Guelph Gryphons 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 4 (Sunday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 28:31 MINS, W, 6 SVS, 2 GA
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%
’18-‘19 Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-1, 3.67 GAA, 0.855 SV%

Lightning prospect Ty Taylor played the back-half of the Wildcats’ exhibition match Sunday night against Guelph, making 6 saves on 8 shots and earning the win in back up to Mike Robinson. UNH officially opens their 2019-20 season next weekend on the road in Oxford for a pair of games against Miami.

*USCHO poll used for rankings