Witkowski, Luke

Witkowski Not Just Biding His Time With WMU Hockey

(Kalmazoo Gazette) When he was 9 years old, defenseman Luke Witkowski visited Western Michigan University, watched a hockey game, went into the locker room and decided then he wanted to play hockey for the Broncos.

Ten years later, he’s a freshman blueliner paired with senior Tyler Ludwig as the Broncos (4-3-0, 0-2-0 CCHA) prepare to host Lake Superior State in a home series Friday and Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena. ...

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NCAA Game Night: 10/31

No.20 Michigan State Spartans 5 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 8 PIM

The Broncos put up a good fight, but dropped both games of a home-and-home with MSU this weekend. The Spartans scored a shorthanded empty netter to give the game its final score.

NCAA Game Night: 10/23-24


McGill Redmen 3 @ Harvard Crimson 3 (Exhibition, Friday)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (holding), 4 SOG
2008-09 season totals: 30 GP, 6-9-15, -10, 42 PIM

Harvard took to the ice for the first time this season in an exhibition game against McGill University, which is located in the sophomore Killorn’s hometown of Montreal. Harvard received 21 votes in the last USCHO poll, which technically ranks them at No.27.

No.7 Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 5 (Friday)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

This was a game Vermont – who had one first place vote in the last USCHO poll – penciled in as a win.

Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 (Friday)
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 SOG

Witkowski received his first two penalty minutes of his collegiate career. The rugged defenseman will likely have many more to come. He had 118 in 55 games last year for USHL Fargo, and 139 in 59 the year before for USHL Ohio.

Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 (Saturday)
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM

A different day, but the same score and a second slashing penalty for Witkowski.

NCAA Game Night: 10/17


Mercyhurst Lakers 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

The Broncos moved to 2-0 with a weekend sweep of the Lakers. Witkowski was minus-1 for the game.

NCAA Game Night: 10/16


Mercyhurst Lakers 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 5
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG

Witkowski made his collegiate debut for the Broncos after spending the last two seasons in the USHL. Even as a freshman, the former Fargo Force captain is expected to make an impact on the UWM blueline this season. Witkowski, a native of Holland, Michigan, had six goals and 22 points last year for Fargo, helping them to the USHL Finals.

Notes: Alex Killorn and Harvard begin their season with an exhibition game October 23. They start their regular season October 30 at Dartmouth ... Matt Marshall and No.11 Vermont are off until Sunday ... Recent Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall (BCHL Victoria) made his collegiate debut for Boston University Friday night. He was scoreless, even, and had one shot on goal as the No.2 Terriers lost to unranked UMass 3-2.

Off to College: Two More Prospects Done

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/8[/b][/i] Fargo watches Indiana celebrate ... Victoria loses another close one ... Cunti and Rimouski know one Memorial Cup opponent, two more are close.

Courtnall Gets 2; Fargo Gets 0

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/6

Justin Courtnall scored his first goals of the RBC tournament to help Len Barrie's Grizzlies advance to the Final 4 ... Fargo needs a Game 4 win to keep Indiana from hoisting the Cup on North Dakota ice.

Fargo Drops First of Playoffs; Victoria Opens RBC With Unlikely Loss

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/1

Fargo falls to 7-1 in the playoffs, 1-1 in the Finals ... RBC Cup opens with host Victoria snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Deja-Vu: Force Takes Game 1 on the Road

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5/1[/b][/i] [b]USHL – Clark Cup Finals[/b] [b] Fargo Force 2 @ Indiana Ice 1[/b] [b] Fargo leads Best of 5 series 1-0[/b] [i]D [b][url=luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url][/b], FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG [/i] Playoff totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, +4, 8 PIM Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM The Force improved to 5-0 on the road in the playoffs, this time getting a Game 1 win in Indiana over the Ice. Both teams fighting for the Clark Cup were No.3 seeds in their respective divisions, but Indiana had the better record. Fargo remains undefeated in the playoffs despite being the lower seed in every series. Witkowski and the Force were down 1-0 in the third before scoring twice late to steal the win, the game winner coming with under a minute left in the game. Game 2 is Saturday in Indianapolis.

Fargo to Finals; Giants Drop Game 5 at Home

[b][i]N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/25[/b][/i] [b]USHL – Division Finals[/b] [b] Lincoln Stars 0 @ Fargo Force 2[/b] [b] Fargo wins Best of 5 series 3-0[/b] [i]D [b][url=luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url][/b], FGO: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 1 SOG [/i] Playoff totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +4, 8 PIM Season totals: 55 GP, 6-16-22, +30, 118 PIM The Force improved to 6-0 in the playoffs with their second straight series sweep, this time over West No.1 seed Lincoln. Fargo advances to the Clark Cup Finals, where they will await the winner of Green Bay and Indiana, who are currently tied 1-1 in their best of five series. [b]WHL Playoffs – Conference Finals[/b] [b] Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Vancouver Giants 0 [/b] [b] Kelowna leads Best of 7 series 3-2[/b] [i]C [b][url=/james-wright]James Wright[/url][/b], VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM (fighting) [/i] Playoff totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, E, 11 PIM Season totals: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM Mark Guggenberger (undrafted) stopped 25 shots for the shutout and Kelowna got a first period goal from Ryley Grantham (Flames) to win Game 5 1-0 and take a 3-2 series advantage. Kelowna was outshot by James Wright and the Giants, 25-23. Wright was involved in one of two first period fights between the teams, taking on Cody Almond (Wild). The Rockets can advance to the WHL Finals with a win at home in Game 6 on Monday.
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