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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

CHL Game Night: 12-1-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 5 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 10/22 FO, 3 Hit
Season Totals: 28 GP, 12-22-34, +20, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Baie-Comeau got a last-minute goal at the end of the second period to pull the game to 4-2, then scored in the third to make it 4-3, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Quebec sealed it with an empty-netter. Fortier didn’t find his way onto the scoresheet.

ECHL Game Night: 12-1-18 Admirals at Solar Bears

Norfolk Admirals 5 @ Orlando Solar Bears 6 (OT)

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 9 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 10 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: 1-0-1, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela scored his second goal in as many games and Matt Spencer added a primary assist as Orlando won its second straight 6-5 overtime game. Troy Bourke (Syracuse contract) was not in the lineup for the Solar Bears. Orlando will face Tampa Bay’s former AHL affiliate Sunday to complete the weekend series.

NHL Game Night: 12-1-18 Lightning at Panthers

The Florida Panthers: always there for a good laugh.

TB-5
FLA-4 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the OT victory. My man needs a rest. He's admitted in the media he's physically fatigued, and whether he's willing to admit it or not, physical fatigue leads to mental fatigue. His First Period allowing 2 on 3 shots and letting in 3 of the first 7 just isn't defensible. I get he made some key Third Period saves and a big toe save in OT, but with replacement-level goaltending the Lightning probably win that game in regulation in a walk. He's overextended. They're asking the man to carry too much of a burden and he's cracking a bit under the weight of it. Give him a night to recharge his batteries. Please.

First Period
10:23 FLA Vatrano (8), (Dadonov, Matheson)
10:34 FLA Barkov (10), (Huberdeau)
11:18 TB Killorn (5), (Sergachev, Coburn)

Second Period
2:11 FLA Huberdeau (6), (unassisted)
8:04 FLA Dadonov (12), (Yandle, Hoffman)(PP)
13:00 TB Joseph (6), (Kucherov, Girardi)
19:00 TB Kucherov (11), (Hedman, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
11:41 TB Paquette (6), (unassisted)

Overtime
3:12 TB Point (19), (Kucherov, Johnson)(PP)

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and third stars.

That was in no way, shape, or form a Picasso by the Tampa Bay Lightning, but there's still something so satisfying about still cutting the Panthers' hearts out even when the team brings its B- game to the rink. There were simply too many turnovers in the neutral zone tonight and just a horrible job of managing the puck in the center third overall. There's just no excuse gifting an opposing club odd man rushes and breakaways, especially when you know your backup goaltender behind you is sucking wind after playing ten straight games. But, against the boys from that empty rink in Sunrise, the Lightning seem to always find a way to turn a fiasco into a reaffirmation of the cosmic order that demands that the Panthers and their fan(s) must suffer. That team plays the Lightning like it's Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final seeming every time the two teams meet, and nearly every time they find a new and exciting way to wet the bed and let the Lightning escape with two points. Tonight, once Kucherov scored on the PP to further narrow the Panthers' once commanding three goal lead to just a single goal before the Second Intermission, you knew this game was going to only end in one way: heartbreak for the Florida Panthers, the handful of people who show up to their games to be surrounded by a bevy of unfilled red seats, and the propagandists Fox Sports Florida employs to pretend they're a real NHL team. And Lord, do I love it.

Mathieu Joseph had a scorcher of a goal to start the comeback and was +2 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 9:08.

Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 4 shots, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:51. He was also a stylish 73% on 11 draws.

Erik Cernak had 2 hits and 6 blocked shots in 21:10. This was the first game in the Cernak's stint up top with Tampa Bay that I thought he had some rough moments. That it happened this deep into his first run with the team, and the fact the coaching staff still entrusted him with over 21 minutes of IT anyway, speaks volumes about the quality of his play overall.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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