Witkowski, Luke

NCAA Game Night: 10-21-11

No. 10 Miami Redhawks 2 @ No. 14 Ferris State Bulldogs 4

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 2 PIM

Miami, who started the season preseason ranked No. 1, continued to struggle to start the season falling to Ferris State. The Bulldogs are now (5-0-0) to start the year.

No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ Wisconsin Badgers 5

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

O'Donnell was not in the lineup for the first time this season as North Dakota fell to Wisconsin to open WCHA play. Anaheim prospect Justin Schultz, defense, had a goal and an assist for Wisconsin.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Robert Morris Colonials 5

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-5-7, Even, 2 PIM

Freshman, Matthew Peca, picked up a goal in the third to run his point streak to six games.

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Vermont was shutout in their season opener by Minnesota as Colorado prospect Kent Patterson picked up the shutout. Florida Panther prospect Nick Bjugstad, the 19th overall pick in 2010, had two goals for the Gophers and Nashville prospect Zach Budish had a goal and two assists in the game.

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Alaska Nanooks 1

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 8 PIM

The Broncos opened CCHA play with a long road trip out to Alaska and took the first game of the weekend series with the Nanooks to remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0-2. The two teams play again Saturday night.

Guelph Gryphons 2 @ No. 20 Cornell Big Red 3 (Exhibition)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play

Gotovets was not in the lineup as the Big Red beat the University of Guelph in an exhibition game. Cornell plays Carleton College Saturday in their last tune up before regular season play.

Western Ontario Mustangs 4 @ Harvard Crimson 7 (Exhibition)

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG

Senior, Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist as the Crimson knocked off Western Ontario in Harvard's only exhibition game. They open the regular season Saturday, Nov. 4 at home against rival Princeton.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-15-11

No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 11 Union Dutchmen 3 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0,+1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: GP 4 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM

Western Michigan came away from their first road trip with two points from back to back ties against Union. The Broncos travel to play Alaska next weekend.

No. 5 Miami Redhawks 2 @ Colgate Raiders 3 (OT)

F James Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Mullin sat out his first game of the early season as Miami fell in overtime to Colgate.

No. 17 Maine Black Bears 3 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 (OT)

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

North Dakota came away with three points from the weekend series with Maine. Montreal prospect, Danny Kristo had two goals and an assist for the Sioux tonight.

NCAA Game Night: 10-14-11

No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 11 Union Dutchmen 2 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, Even, 6 PIM

The Broncos faced their first ranked opponent in Union and came away with a point.

No. 5 Miami Redhawks 4 @ Colgate Raiders 3

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Miami won their first road game of the season holding on to beat Colgate. Dallas prospect, Reilly Smith had three goals and one assist for the Redhawks.

No. 17 Maine Black Bears 1 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

Florida Panther prospect, Corban Knight had a goal and an assist for the Sioux. North Dakota dropped three spots in the rankings after losing to now No. 1 Boston College last weekend.

U.S. Under 18 Team 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 1 (Exhibition)

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play

Matt Marshall was not in the lineup as Vermont fell to the U.S. Under 18 team.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-8-11

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Ohio State 3

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season stats: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM

Matthew Peca registered his first assist of the new season as the Bobcats scored four first period goals and held on to beat Ohio State.

Bemidji State Beavers 2 @ No. 2 Miami Redhawks 3

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Miami picked up their first win of the year scoring shorthanded with just under five minutes left in the third to split the weekend series with the Beavers.

No. 5 Boston College Eagles 6 @ No. 3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2
Ice Breaker Tournament Final; Grand Forks, ND

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

The Sioux gave up four second period goals as they fell in the final of the Ice Breaker. Calgary prospect, Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College, had a goal and three assists in the game.

Alabama Huntsville Chargers 0 @ No. 13 Western Michigan Broncos 4

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM

Freshman goaltender, Frank Slubowski, had to make only 10 saves to register his first collegiate shutout in his first collegiate start. The Broncos (2-0-0) travel to Union next weekend for two games.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-7-11

Bemidji State Beavers 5 @ No. 2 Miami Redhawks 3

F James Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

The No. 2 Miami Redhawks dropped their season opener to unranked Bedmidji State. Freshman, James Mullin has now scored in his first two games for the Redhawks. The two teams meet again tonight.

Alabama Huntsville Chargers 1 @ No. 13 Western Michigan Broncos 7

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, Even, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

The Broncos opened their season impressively, scoring four first period goals in route to a lopsided win over Alabama-Huntsville. Luke Witkowski started his year off with an assist. In 42 games last season Witkowski had one goal and eight assists.

Air Force Falcons 3 @ No. 3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4
Ice Breaker Tournament; Grand Forks, ND

F Brenden O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

No.3 North Dakota started their season with a win beating Air Force. New York Islanders prospect, Brock Nelson, had two goals and an assist for the Sioux including the game winner in the third. North Dakota takes on No. 5 Boston College tonight in the Ice Breaker final.

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NCAA Game Night: 10/1/11

University of Toronto Varsity Blues 2 vs #13 Western Michigan Broncos 7
Exhibition, Muskegon, MI

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Western opened their 2011 preseason in impressive fashion scoring four powerplay goals against University of Toronto.

University of Regina Cougars 1 @ #3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 8
Exhibition

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG

Freshman, Brendan O'Donnell recorded two helpers in his first preseason game at the NCAA level as #3 North Dakota easily handled Regina.

NCAA Game Night: 3/26/11

National Tournament – Regional Semifinals

MW No.2 Denver Pioneers 3 vs. MW No.3 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (hitting after the whistle), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 1-8-9, +14, 54 PIM

This is going to hurt for a while. WMU had the higher ranked Pioneers down 2-0 with five minutes left in the third period headed for an upset win when Denver scored twice in under two minutes to send the game to overtime. Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild) scored the game winner in the extra session for Denver, who will move on to play North Dakota for the right to represent the Midwest Region in the Frozen Four.

Witkowski’s sophomore season comes to an end in disappointing fashion, but the big rearguard made great strides in his second year with WMU. He was one of the Broncos’ leaders on defense and played big minutes. Witkowski tied for the team lead in penalty minutes and was tops in plus/minus. He’s got a great future ahead of him.

NCAA Tournament Selection

The 2011 NCAA Tournament has been set. Luke Witkowski and the Western Michigan Broncos (19-12-10) received the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional and will face No. 2 seed Denver (24-11-5). The Tournament begins this coming Friday, March 25 with the regional semifinals. Each round is single elimination.

This is the fourth appearance for the Broncos in the NCAA tournament and first since 1996. Western Michigan has a 2-2-0 record all-time against the Pioneers.

Cornell was not selected for the tournament meaning Kirill Gotovets and the Big Red's season has come to an end. Gotovets finishes his freshman season playing in 34 games, recording one goal and six assists for seven points. He finished with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-8, good for third overall on the team and the highest of any freshman on the roster.

NCAA Game Night: 3/19/11

CCHA Tournament
Finals

Detroit, MI

#12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 vs. #6 Miami Redhawks 5
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 54 PIM

The Broncos tied the game at two early in the third period but could not hold off a late game rush by the Redhawks and fell in the CCHA tournament final.

The Broncos will now wait for a possible NCAA tournament bid Sunday. The tournament will begin Friday, March 25.

ECAC Tournament
Finals

Atlantic City, NJ

#3 Yale Bulldogs 6 vs. #20 Cornell Big Red 0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 1-6-7, +8, 32 PIM

Yale goalie Ryan Rondeau(undrafted) stopped 22 shots for the shutout to give Yale the ECAC tournament title.

Cornell (16-15-3) will sit and hope to receive a bid for the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red are rated 27th in the Pairwise Comparison Ratings, which is college hockey's objective system for ranking teams for tournament bids. There will be 16 teams that make the tournament. There are five automatic bids that go to the conference tournament champions of the five Division I conferences. The remaining 11 teams are selected based upon the Pairwise Ratings.

Boston College, Miami, Yale, Air Force, and North Dakota all have automatic bids. The Tournament Selection Show is tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

NCAA Game Night: 3/18/11

CCHA Tournament
Semifinals

Detroit, MI

#12 Western Michigan Broncos 5 vs. #4 Michigan Wolverines 2
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 1-7-8, +16, 52 PIM

Western Michigan avenged two regular season losses to Michigan and moved into the finals of the CCHA Tournament. The Broncos jumped out to a 3-0 lead early into the second period and held on to knock out the tournament No. 1 seed Wolverines.

The Broncos now face No. 3 seed Miami in the tournament final Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Broncos have not been in the finals of the CCHA tournament since 1986. Western was 1-2-1 against the Redhawks during the regular season. Miami beat Notre Dame 6-2 to reach the finals.

ECAC Tournament
Semifinals

Atlantic City, NJ

#20 Cornell Big Red 3 vs. #15 Dartmouth Big Green 0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-6-7, +9, 32 PIM

Cornell junior goalie Mike Garman(undrafted) made 22 saves helping Cornell blank Dartmouth and send the Big Red to the ECAC tournament finals. It was Garman's first shutout of his career at Cornell.

Cornell now faces tournament No. 1 seed Yale in the tournament final Saturday night. The Big Red went 0-2-0 against the Bulldogs in the regular season. Yale defeated Colgate 4-0 to advance to the finals.

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