Witkowski, Luke

NCAA Game Night: 11-9-12

No. 4 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Princeton Tigers 5

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Gotovets was back in the lineup for the Big Red after missing two games. Cornell lost their first game of the season (3-1-1).

No. 8 Union Dutchmen 6 @ No. 14 Harvard Crimson 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM

Brian Hart had an assist for the second-straight game, but the Crimson fell at home to 6-1-1 Union.

No. 16 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 5 Miami RedHawks 5

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Lightning camper Austin Czarnik had a goal and three points for Miami. He has three goals and five points in his last two games. Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin had an assist against the Wildcats.

Colgate Raiders 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM

Quinnipiac limited the Raiders to just 10 shots on goal. The Bobcats scored on their 37th shot, which was their overtime goal to win the game.

No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ No. 15 St. Cloud State Huskies 0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell (pictured) scored his first goal of the year, the game-opener and eventual game-winner at St. Cloud State. O’Donnell had five goals in 17 games last year before getting injured.

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 0

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 14 saves on 14 shots, shutout
Season totals (pregame): 6 GP, 5-1-0, 1.81 GAA, .917 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox stopped 14 shots for his second collegiate shutout on Friday as the Gophers beat the SeaWolves in Alaska. Wilcox only face seven shots through two periods, then stopped seven in the final frame. Minnesota scored all their goals on the power play.

Bowling Green Falcons 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (holding the stick), 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 10 PIM

The Broncos held Bowling Green to just 12 shots on goal Friday in their 3-1 win.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-4-12

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (charging), 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, E, 8 PIM

The Broncos upset the Irish on Friday night, but the Irish got their revenge on Sunday, defeating WMU, 4-0. Alaska native Steven Summerhays (undrafted) got the shutout and Anders Lee (Islanders) had two goals for Notre Dame.

NCAA Game Night: 11-2-12

No. 6 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Colgate Raiders 1

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Gotovets was not in the lineup for the Big Red on Friday night.

Brown Bears 2 @ No. 13 Harvard Crimson 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 6 PIM

Harvard freshman Brian Hart – a second round pick of the Lightning this summer – was robbed on a breakaway and was originally credited with an assist on one of the Crimson’s goals. The scoring was later changed.

No. 4 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No. 19 Ferris State Bulldogs 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIM

FSU’s CJ Motte (undrafted) stopped 25 shots for the shutout and first star honors. This was a 1-0 game entering the third period.

No. 12 Boston Terriers 2 @ No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell had a point for the third-straight game, a secondary assist on Conner Gaarder’s first goal of the game. Gaarder (undrafted) added two more in the contest before Panthers pick Rocco Grimaldi finished off the scoring for the Sioux into an empty net.

Minnesota State Mavericks 2 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals (pregame): 3 GP, 3-0-0, 1.14 GAA, .934 sv%, 1 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox (pictured) started his second-straight game for Minnesota and was spectacular, stopping 21 of 23 shots to improve to 4-0 on the year. While he wasn’t named a game star, he was named Fox Sports North’s player of the game. He is expected to start again on Saturday in Mankato for the rematch. Unmarked forwards on Wilcox’s back door scored both shots that beat the freshman goaltender. On the second goal he stopped two shots in a flurry, then the puck hit the post before the Mavs tapped it into the open side of the net. Wilcox was huge in the third period while protecting a one-goal lead.

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 6 PIM

The Broncos skated to leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and held on for a hard-fought win in South Bend on Friday. “What a battle,” Lightning prospect and WMU captain Luke Witkowkski tweeted after the game. Notre Dame outshot WMU 37-25, including 18-4 in the third period.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-20-12

Brock Badgers 2 @ No. 6 Cornell Big Red 2 (exhibition)

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 12 PIM

Sixth-ranked Cornell finally got their season underway with an exhibition tie against Brock. Gotovets, now a junior, is looking to build on his sophomore totals of one goal and eight assists last year. Brock University is located in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Providence Friars 3 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 4 (OT)

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play.
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had two goals and an assist for the RedHawks, including the overtime winner. Jimmy Mullin was not listed in the Miami lineup. There was nothing in Miami’s game report from Friday about an injury or suspension.

Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM

Peca scored for the second straight game. His shorthanded goal early in the third period turned out to be the game winner for the Bobcats.

No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 1 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)

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

The number-2 team in the country lost a close one in Alaska to the Nanooks, who won the Alaska Goal Rush title. Brendan O’Donnell started the game on a line with Cody Kunyk and Andy Taranto.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 14 saves on 16 shots
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-0-0, 1.58 GAA, .902 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox (pictured, Star-Tribune photo) got the start after serving in a relief role on Friday night and got the win for the top-ranked Gophers over Michigan Tech. It was the Gophers first WCHA win in two tries; they lost 5-3 to the Huskies on Friday. Seth Ambroz (Blue Jackets) had two goals for the Gophers, who outshot Michigan Tech 34-18. The game was tied at two entering the final period.

Canisius Griffins 1 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 4 PIM

The Broncos completed a 2-game sweep of the Griffins with a close win on Saturday night. Broncos captain Luke Witkowski notched his third point in four games. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had a goal and an assist for WMU. Witkowski and his defensive partner, DeKeyser, both assisted on Trevor Elias’ game winning goal with three minutes left in regulation.

NCAA Game Night: 10-19-12

McGill Redmen 1 @ No. 17 Harvard Crimson 5 (exhibition)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Harvard started their season with a big exhibition win over the alma mater of Lightning coaches Guy Boucher and Martin Raymond. McGill won the Canadian university national championship last season. This was Hart’s collegiate debut.

Providence Friars 1 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had an assist as Miami tied Providence on Friday night.

Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

Peca (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and earned first star honors in the Bobcats’ tie against visiting Ohio State. Peca’s goal was unassisted and scored at even strength.

No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

UND got two goals from Habs prospect Mark MacMillan and the Sioux won their season opener, 5-0 over tournament host Alaska-Fairbanks.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: No decision, 11 saves on 12 shots in relief
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox replaced an ineffective Michael Shibrowski in the second period and allowed one goal in 31 minutes as the top-ranked Gophers lost on the road at Michigan Tech in both teams’ conference opener. It was Minnesota’s first loss of the season.

Canisius Griffins 0 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM

The Broncos shut out the alma mater of Lightning prospect and reigning AHL Most Valuable Player Cory Conacher. Witkowski did not register a point. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had six shots on goal for WMU.

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