Witkowski, Luke

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.

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