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NCAA Weekend Roundup: 11-18-18

#1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 0 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 2 (Friday)
#1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 3 OT (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 4 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4/10 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-4-10, +9, 6 PIM

A week after dropping a pair of 4-3 heartbreakers to #2 St. Cloud State, Denver hosted #1 Minnesota-Duluth this weekend along with their 8-game winning streak in a powerhouse NCHC conference showdown, or better known in Lightning Land as the Battle of the Coles.

On Friday night, the Pioneers shutout the nation’s best team behind a 38-save performance by Devin Cooley (undrafted). The Bulldogs held the Denver offense to a scant 14 shots, but the difference was a 2nd period power play marker by future Blackhawk blueliner Ian Mitchell (CHI, 2017 2nd round pick).

On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke scored the OT game-winner to hand the Pioneers yet another 4-3 loss. The other Lightning Cole – Cole Guttman – opened the scoring just 3 minutes into the contest in what would be the start of a 3-0 Denver lead. After two frames, Cooley’s shutout of the top-ranked Bulldogs would climb to 62 saves and 5 periods of hockey in the two nights, but UMD would unleash 20 shots in the 3rd period, throwing everything at Denver to avoid the weekend sweep. The Bulldogs would score thrice in the 3rd behind one goal and one assist performances by Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick), including a Perunovich tally with 1 second left in the game to knot the score and force a heartbreaking extra session for the Pioneers. Theatrics indeed. Cooley would make 41-saves in the game, but skate off the ice splitting the weekend series with UMD after making a total of 79 saves in the two games. Such is the life in the NCHC.

UMD improves to 9-2-1 (3-1 NCHC) and takes the holiday weekend off before conference rivals #11 North Dakota visits Amsoil Arena Nov 30 and Dec 1st for a weekend tilt against the #1 Bulldogs. For the now 7-2-2 (3-2-1 NCHC) Denver Pioneers, #9 Providence rolls into the Mile High City next weekend for a post-Thanksgiving non-conference series. Guttman continues to lead the nation in freshman scoring with 6 goals, sharing the lead with Providence freshman and Golden Knight prospect Jack Dugan and undrafted 19 year-old Quinnipiac freshman Wyatt Bongiovanni.

Bemidji State Beavers 0 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 (Friday)
Bemidji State Beavers 4 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 7 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 1-4-5, +11, 6 PIM

On Friday night, Huskies netminder Jeff Smith (undrafted) backstopped a 32-save shutout of the visiting Beavers to give St. Cloud State its 10th win of the season. On Saturday night, however, these same two teams combined for 11 goals in a high scoring affair that resulted in 7-4 decision in favor of the Huskies. The St. Cloud offense was paced by two-goal performances from Jimmy Schuldt (undrafted) and Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted), and a three-point night from Patrick Newell (undrafted). The Huskies improve to 11-1 (4-0 NCHC) on the season and take the holiday weekend off before traveling to Oxford for a weekend series starting Nov 30th against #20 Miami (Ohio).

#14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 2 (Friday)
#15 Princeton Tigers 1 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 5 (Saturday)

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

The Big Red continue to battle the injury bug, with two of their top 4 defensemen on the sidelines, including Bolt prospect Alex Green missing his fifth straight game this weekend. On Friday, Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) and Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) gave Cornell a 2-1 lead in the 2nd, but the Bobcats scored three times in the 3rd to rally to the win the match. After tying the game early in the 3rd, Quinnipiac took the lead on score off the back of the Cornell goalie and then sealed the win with an empty netter. William Fallstrom (undrafted) led the way for the Bobcats with three assists, and Kaldis led the Big Red with a goal and an assist. On Saturday night, Cornell got goals from five players in a key Ivy League win over Princeton. Cornell’s record on the season now stands at 5-3 (3-1 ECAC) and the Big Red heads to Madison Square Garden next weekend for an Ivy League matchup against rival Harvard.

St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ #19 Minnesota Gophers 3 OT (Friday)
St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ #19 Minnesota Gophers 3 (Saturday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/10 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 6 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker doubled up his season production this weekend against the visiting Saints, scoring a goals and tallying a pair of assists in the two games. On Friday, Walker set up future Predator Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) for a 1st period goal that would knot the game at 1-1. Brent Gates (ANA, 2015 3rd round pick) and Pitlick would lead a 3rd period Gopher rally from a two-goal deficit to force overtime before Michael Ederer (undrafted) would score the OT game-winner in St. Lawrence’s upset of the struggling Minnesota squad.

On Saturday night, Walker would feature in two of the Gophers three goals in a Minnesota shutout of the Saints to split the weekend series. The Lightning prospect would set up Nathan Burke’s second goal of the game in the 2nd and then score his second goal of the season in the 3rd. Fellow Bolt prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf didn’t dress for the Saturday night tilt against the Saints.

The Gophers are now a disappointing 3-5-1 (1-1 Big Ten) on the season, and risk dropping out of the USCHO Top 20 when the new rankings come out early this week. The unranked Michigan State Spartans visit 3M Arena next weekend for a post-Thanksgiving Big 10 conference match up with the Golden Gophers.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ UConn Huskies 2 (Friday)
UConn Huskies 0 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 (Saturday)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 5-3-8, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin continued his point streak this weekend, now at four games, as he notched a goal and an assist in a pair of wins in a HEAST conference tilt against UConn. On Friday, Lohin capped off four straight goals by the River Hawks after the Huskies opened scoring, scoring in the 2nd to give UML a 4-1 lead. On Saturday, Lohin set up a Kenny Hausinger (undrafted) marker to open the scoring just 1:46 into the game, en route to a 28-save shutout by Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) for the series sweep. UML improves to 6-5-1 (3-3-1 HEAST) on the season and looks to tangle with RPI this weekend in a non-conference series.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ Boston College Eagles 2 (Friday)
New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ #4 UMass Minutemen 4 (Sunday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-0, 3.67 GAA, 0.864 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat backup both Friday night and Sunday to Wildcats netminder Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick). UNH battled Boston College to a 2-2 road as the Eagles climbed out of a 2-0 deficit with a pair of 3rd period goals. On Sunday, the Wildcats faced the #4 ranked Minutemen and gave up three power play goals to UMass to fall behind 3-0 before battling back in the 2nd to draw within a goal. The Minutemen were led by Jacob Pritchard (undrafted) and John Leonard (SJS, 2018 6th round pick) who each had a goal and a pair of assists. The Wildcats drop to 1-6-3 (1-3-2 HEAST) on the season and heads back home next weekend for a non-conference series against #20 Miami (Ohio).

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 11-17-18 Rocket at Crunch

Surging Syracuse moves to fourth in the North Division.

LAV-4
SYR-6

Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
6:30 LAV Chaput (6), (Evans, Kulak)(PP)
11:28 SYR Raddysh (7), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)(PP)
16:43 LAV Chaput (7), (Evans, Plant)

Second Period
7:16 LAV Sproul (1), (Audette)(PP)
13:36 SYR Verhaeghe (5), (Andreoff, Conacher)(PP)
17:24 SYR Barre-Boulet (5), (Andreoff, Gaunce)

Third Period
8:02 SYR Gaunce (4), (Conacher, Barre-Boulet)(PP)
16:19 SYR Foote (1), (Valleau, Volkov)(PP)
17:22 SYR Volkov (6), (unassisted)(EN)
19:17 LAV Pezzetta (1), (Sproul, Belzile)

Cameron Gaunce, Alex Barre-Boulet, and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11-17-18 Lightning at Flyers

Lightning test the limits of the three goal/Third Period rule and still prevail.

TB-6
PHI-5 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 5 goals on 45 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:02 TB Erne (2), (Gourde, Domingue)(PP)
12:10 TB Paquette (3), (Erne, Coburn)
14:33 PHI VanRiemsdyk (1), (Gostisbehere, Giroux)(PP)
17:05 TB Point (13), (Callahan, Erne)

Third Period
8:57 TB Johnson (7), (Kucherov)(PP)
9:08 TB Point (14), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
10:24 PHI Konecny (4), (Gostisbehere, VanRiemsdyk)(PP)
11:29 PHI Couturier (8), (unassisted)(PP)
15:58 PHO Konecny(5), (Giroux, Couturier)
16:28 PHI Simmonds (8), (Hagg, VanRiemsdyk)

Overtime
1:47 TB Cirelli (4), (Killorn, Hedman)

Anthony Cirelli and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars.

When a team builds a three goal lead in the Third Period, that should put the nail of the coffins of their opponents 99% of the time. For the Lightning to hold a four goal lead halfway through the Third Period seems like it should have been an iron-clad lock for two points. But, a ridiculous four goal flurry by the Flyers (it looked like 80's hockey suddenly threw up on this game in the Third Period) really tested that theory. Fortunately, even though Philly ridiculously got the false hope and real hope goals, Anthony Cirelli still crushed their hopes and dreams in OT to restore balance to the universe.

Ignoring the clownish way the Lightning let the Flyers back into the game, the team's power play at least continues to march Death Star like through this road trip.

Tampa Bay completes its second 10 game segment of the season with 29 points, meaning they have five insurance points banked heading into segment three. Twelve in ten, now do it again.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:04.

Cirelli had the GWG and was +1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 15:27. He was also 46% on 13 draws. His individual effort coming out of the corner on the winner was pure Cirelli.

Adam Erne exploded for a goal and two assists, a +2 rating, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 11:03. Erne finally gets some payoff for some excellent play of late. Quick release finish on his goal and then a fantastic setup to Paquette on his first helper.

Erik Cernak was -1 with 6 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:16.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-16-18 Crunch at Comets

Ingram shines as Crunch blank rival Comets.

SYR-4
UTI-0

Connor Ingram stopped all 34 shots he faced for the victory. Ingram helped Syracuse overcome a 34-22 shot deficit and also turned away a penalty shot in the effort.

First Period
14:55 SYR Conacher (7), (Brassart)
18:09 SYR Barre-Boulet (4), (Andreoff, Conacher)(PP)

Second Period
4:15 SYR Brassart (1), (Raddysh, Masin)

Third Period
17:09 SYR Volkov (5), (Conacher)(EN)

Ingram, Cory Conacher, and Brady Brassart were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 11-14-18 Solar Bears at Monarchs

Orlando Solar Bears 2 @ Manchester Monarchs 3 (OT)

DMatthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

Orlando scored on the power play in the final minute to force overtime, but a road point is all they would get after the Monarchs won in the extra session. Syracuse property Troy Bourke was scoreless, minus-2, and had four shots on goal. Matt Spencer was scoreless.

CHL Game Night: 11-16-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 7

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/18 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 23 GP, 9-20-29, +20, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Baie-Comeau was down by one goal four times in the game before tying it 4-4 and eventually pulling ahead. Fortier scored into an empty net for his ninth goal of the season.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 0 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, -2, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

L’Oceanic scored in the last minute of the first period and first minute of the second period — both killers — to put away the Titan, 3-0, Friday. Goaltender Colten Ellis (undrafted) stopped 23 shots for his second goose egg of the season.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 5

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/9 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-3-7, -16, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov scored his first 5-on-5 goal of the season as the Rangers finally got back to winning with a 5-2 win over visiting Saginaw. The Rangers had been 3-7 in their last 10 games.

CHL Game Night: 11-16-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 7

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/18 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 23 GP, 9-20-29, +20, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Baie-Comeau was down by one goal four times in the game before tying it 4-4 and eventually pulling ahead. Fortier scored into an empty net for his ninth goal of the season.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 0 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, -2, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

L’Oceanic scored in the last minute of the first period and first minute of the second period — both killers — to put away the Titan, 3-0, Friday. Goaltender Colten Ellis (undrafted) stopped 23 shots for his second goose egg of the season.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 5

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/9 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-3-7, -16, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov scored his first 5-on-5 goal of the season as the Rangers finally got back to winning with a 5-2 win over visiting Saginaw. The Rangers had been 3-7 in their last 10 games.

NHL Game Night: 11-15-18 Lightning at Penguins

Lightning power play annihilates Penguins.

TB-4
PIT-3

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Never looked entirely comfortable in his first start as the #1 with Vasiy out with the fractured foot, but he battled and got the W. Hopefully he settles down for this next stretch.

First Period
10:33 PIT Hornqvist (6), (Kessel, Letang)(PP)
13:49 PIT Kessel (9), (Malkin, Hornqvist)(PP)
19:57 TB Point (10), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)

Second Period
0:41 TB Point (11), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
1:28 TB Point (12), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
4:29 PIT Hornqvist (7), (Malkin)
7:56 TB Gourde (8), (Sergachev, Killorn)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.

This game had the makings of a blood bath until the Penguins surrendered a 5-on-3 late in the First Period that Brayden Point cashed to instigate the start of four straight successful power play efforts for the team and a hat trick for Brayden. And once the Lightning got a little momentum, they played with a lot of confidence against a very talented Penguins team.

With the win, the Lightning have grabbed 12 points in this second 10-game segment of the season, so it's another successful stretch with one game remaining in the segment to try to add some more insurance points to the ledger.

Mathieu Joseph had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 12:38. He got boarded pretty hard in the game and looked a little shaky thereafter.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:21. He was also 73% on 11 draws.

Adam Erne had 2 shots and 4 hits in 11:07. This was one of Erne's better games in the NHL, in my opinion. Played hard with a lot of swagger and creativity.

Erik Cernak was -1 with 6 hits and 3 blocked shots in 15:38. Got hung out to dry by Domingue moving the puck behind the net on the minus. Otherwise, a very robust game positionally and physically for Cernak.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 11-14-18 Solar Bears at Mariners

Orlando Solar Bears 3 @ Maine Mariners 5

DMatthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

Spencer was scoreless Wednesday in Portland as the Mariners beat the Solar Bears, 5-3. Syracuse property Troy Bourke was scoreless and minus-3, and goaltender Martin Ouellette stopped 36 of 41 shots in the loss. He was recalled Thursday by Syracuse. Tampa Bay has lost Andrei Vasilevskiy for an indefinite amount of time due to a foot fracture and Eddie Pasquale was recalled by the Lightning, opening up a spot for Ouellette in Syracuse. Ouellette is 6-3-1 with a 3.38 GAA and .899 save percentage.

CHL Game Night: 11-14-18

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 4 @ Erie Otters 6

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/6 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-3-6, -17, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Kitchener had leads of 2-1 and 4-2, then entered the third period up, 4-3, but fell in Pennsylvania by a 6-3 final. Lipanov was minus-3 in the contest, dropping his season total to minus-17. Kitchener coach Jay McKee called Lipanov (and select other vets) out by name in the press, specifically mentioning his turnovers and the fact he doesn’t have an even-strength goal this season. "That's not going to cut it,” he told the media. “You need more." Lipanov’s plus/minus is worst in the league for anyone not on the 2-18-1-0 Flint Firebirds. Kitchener is 9-10-2-0, but just one point ahead of Erie now for last in the Midwest Division.

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