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
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.
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.
Colgate Raiders 1 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 5
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Miami easily handled the Raiders on Saturday, one night after shutting them out, 3-0. Jimmy Mullin hit the scoresheet for the first time this year with a third period assist.
Robert Morris Colonials 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Quinnipiac improved to 2-0 on the year with a shutout win over the Colonials. Lightning prospect Matthew Peca earned his first point of the season, an assist. Eric Hartzell (undrafted) made 16 saves in the Quinnipiac nets for the shutout.
St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No.10 Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
The Broncos exacted a bit of revenge on the Saints, who beat WMU in overtime on Friday night. Lightning prospect and WMU captain Luke Witkowski (pictured) notched his first two points of the season, including an assist on the game-tying goal scored by Lightning target Danny DeKeyser. The Lightning pursued DeKeyser, a free agent, late last year and along with the Red Wings were thought to be a finalist to sign him until he decided to return to school for his junior season. DeKeyser and Witkowski are partners on the ice and roommates off the ice.
As uncertain as things have traditionally been for the Lightning between the pipes, the defenseman position may be even more unsettled at this point in the offseason. After cheating father time for much of the 2011-2012 season, age caught up to many of the Lightning's veteran defensemen in 2012-2013. Mattias Ohlund may never play another NHL game after the 35 year old's knee finally gave out after over 900 games of NHL service.