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NCAA Game Night: 3-17-13

Cornell Big Red 2 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 (2OT)
Quinnipiac wins best-of-3 ECAC quarterfinals, 2-1

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 10-12-22, +10, 32 PIM

The Bobcats escaped their quarterfinal match-up against Cornell, winning in double overtime to advance to the ECAC semifinals. Quinnipiac will play Brown next weekend. Gotovets and Cornell are done for the year. Kirill is expected to return to school for his senior season next year.

Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 4
Miami wins Best-of-3 CCHA quarterfinals, 2-1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Miami outshot MSU 35-19 en route to a 4-1 Game 3 win over the Spartans. Jimmy Mullin started the game on the RedHawks’ fourth line and registered one shot on goal. He had a goal in Game 2. Former Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik scored his 14th goal of the year in the win. (1)Miami advances to play (10)Michigan in the semifinals on Saturday. The Wolverines upset (3)Western Michigan. The winner will advance to Sunday’s final.

Michigan Tech Huskies 0 @ No. 4 North Dakota 6
UND wins best-of-3 WCHA quarterfinals, 2-1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 18 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell scored UND’s sixth goal, adding insult to injury for the upstart Huskies. North Dakota advances to the WCHA’s Final 5 next weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota.

*USCHO poll used

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-17-13

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Brampton Battalion 5

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Blujus had two assists for the second time this week, helping the Battalion to a regular season-ending 5-2 win over the Petes. The 2012 second rounder was named first star for his efforts. He finishes the regular season with a new career high in penalty minutes. He tied his career high for assists in a season with 27. Fourth-seeded Brampton will play No. 5 Sudbury in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

ECHL Game Night: 3-16-12

Florida Everblades 2 @ South Carolina Stingrays 4

W Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 13-19-32, -3, 30 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 4-11-15, +5, 27 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 56 PIM

D Pat Nagle, FLA: L, 3.06 GAA, 22 S / 25 SA (.880 SV%)
Season totals: 31 GP, 14-9-3, 3.02 GAA, 787 S / 882 SA (.904 SV%)

Florida rallied from a two-goal deficit in the second period before allowing South Carolina its second power play tally of the game midway through the final frame and to tack on an empty netter. With the win, the Stingrays moved into a tie with the Everblades for 2nd-place in the South Division though Florida holds two games in hand. Both teams now trail division-leading Gwinnett by four points with the regular season rapidly approaching its conclusion. Charles Landry, who has spent chunks of the past couple months with Syracuse, notched his first goal for Florida since January 20th after having gone eight games without finding the net. Pat Nagle, after turning in a brilliant performance on Wednesday, took the loss for the Everblades. Florida (33-21-11, 77 PTS) and South Carolina(35-25-7, 77 PTS) will square off again late Sunday afternoon in yet another crucial match for both clubs.

Official Recap | Box Score

Elitserien Playoff Game Night: 3-16-13

Elitserien Playoffs (Sweden)
Quarterfinals
Brynas 1 @ Skelleftea 4
Skelleftea leads the series 3-0

Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 18-10-28, -9, 16 PIM

Brynas came into the third game of the best-of-seven series in desperate need of a win but came up well short, allowing Skelleftea to score four unanswered goals after taking the initial lead just past the midpoint of the middle period, Saturday night. Brynas only managed to get 22 of 36 attempted shots on goal while, as was the case in the first match, Skelleftea was relentless with its possession game, registering 45 shots, 19 of which came in the final frame, on 60 attempts. Former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist was back between the pipes after being pulled in the previous match. Holmqvist, who was tested early and often, made 41 saves. Johan Harju, like so many of his teammates, continues to find himself stifled. Brynas will now host Skelleftea on Monday with their season in grave jeopardy of coming to the swiftest conclusion possible.

Official Recap | Box Score | Highlights

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