NCAA Weekend Roundup: 12-1-18

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 @ Miami Redhawks 4 OT (Friday)
#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ Miami Redhawks 2 OT (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-6-7, +10, 6 PIM

St. Cloud never trailed in eight periods of road hockey this weekend, but victory eluded them like a slippery gremlin. Miami, however, rallied six times from one-goal deficits to avoid a pair of losses.

On Friday night, the Redhawks rallied from one-goal deficits four times to eventually draw the top-ranked Huskies in the first of a two-game NCHC conference series. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix helped set up Robby Jackson (undrafted) for the opening goal just 1:08 into the contest. Jackson scored twice for St. Cloud and Patrick Newell (undrafted) added a goal and an assist to lead the Huskies offensively. On Saturday night, St. Cloud once again opened the scoring in the 1st, allowed the equalizer from Miami in the 2nd, and the two teams trading goals once again in the 3rd.

St. Cloud’s season record now stands at 11-1-2 (4-0-2 NCHC) on the season after a pair of conference ties and looks ahead next weekend for a pair of conference games back home at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center against the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

#15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 0 @ #2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 (Friday)
#15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 2 @ #2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-6-8, +8, 4 PIM

The #2 Bulldogs split a pair of NCHC conference games with the visiting Fighting Hawks from North Dakota this weekend.

On Friday night, Hunter Shepard (undrafted) pitched a 22-save shutout as UMD blanked North Dakota to open the weekend series. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke helped set up a Parker Mackay (undrafted) marker just 38 seconds into the 2nd period. Kobe Roth (undrafted) scored twice for the Bulldogs and both Mackay and Kings prospect Mikey Anderson (LAK, 2017 4th round pick) added a goal and an assist. On Saturday night, UND netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) turned the tables, allowing just a one goal on 29 shots and Jordan Kawaguchi (undrafted), cousin of former Shark Devin Setoguchi, scored a goal and added an assist to spur the Fighting Hawks to victory.

UMD’s record on the season now sits at 10-3-1 (4-2 NCHC) and heads to Kalamazoo next weekend for another NCHC conference series with Western Michigan.

#16 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3 (Friday)
#16 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (Saturday)

D Alex Green, COR: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

Cornell split a pair of road Ivy League and ECAC conference games this weekend. Bolt prospect Alex Green missed his seventh straight game in Friday night’s loss to Dartmouth but returned to action Saturday night as the Big Red avenged last weekend’s home loss to Harvard.

On Friday night, Jeff Malott scored a goal and added an assist in Cornell’s loss to the Big Green while Dartmouth goalie Adrian Clark (undrafted) rang up a 38-save performance. Saturday night, Big Red goalie Austin McGrath made 23 saves and Tristan Mullin led the way offensively for Cornell with a goal and an assist.

Cornell enters the December break with a record of 6-5 (4-2 ECAC) on the season with their next games not coming until after the New Year when they hit the road for a pair of ECAC conference games against #19 Princeton and #9 Quinnipiac with hopes of a healthy Alex Green patrolling the Big Red blueline.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 OT (Friday)
Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 OT (Saturday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/20 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-7-10, +8, 6 PIM

The struggling and unranked Gophers hosted the #5 ranked Buckeyes this weekend for a pair of Big Ten conference games and managed to stop the bleeding against a tough opponent. Lighting prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf returned to action after missing three games to aid the Minnesota backline.

On Friday night, the Gophers opened the scoring with Bolt prospect Sammy Walker setting up Ryan Norman (undrafted) for a short-handed tally. Ohio State rallied to take a 2-1 lead, but Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored with just 41 seconds left in regulation to force OT. On Saturday night, the Gophers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force OT once again, with Mat Robson (undrafted) dialing up a 43-save effort to preserve another tie.

The 4-6-3 (2-2-2 B1G) Gophers hit the road next weekend for a pair of Big Ten conference games against #14 Michigan.

#10 Providence Friars 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 OT (Friday)
#10 Providence Friars 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 (Saturday)

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) in back-to-back games this weekend against #10 Providence. On Friday night, Robinson pitched a 32-save effort to draw the Friars 1-1, with only Flyers 2018 1st rounder Jay O’Brien solving the UNH netminder. Saturday night, O’Brien would light the lamp again along with two of his mates and hand the Wildcats their 7th loss of the season. New Hampshire’s record now stands at 2-7-5 (1-4-3 HEAST) with a home-and-home series against Dartmouth queued up for next weekend.

*USCHO poll used for rankings