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Weiss Hockey: 1-16-19

Editor's Note: We are happy to introduce one of our new writers, Andrew Weiss. A noted #LightningTwitter personality, @Weiss_NW has informed and entertaining opinions, a strong understanding of the Lightning organizational picture, and can throw puns with the best of 'em. Enjoy.

This week’s Weiss Hockey newsletter is here!

Everything that happened this week in hockey that you need to know, in a 10 minute read.

That also includes a rant about this week’s NHL officiating and links to the best of the hockey world.

NCAA Game Night: 1-18-19

#10 Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 1-9-10, +15, 6 PIM

After last weekend’s split with UMD, the Huskies dropped from the top spot in the Division I rankings to the #2 spot and Friday night were faced with yet another NCHC challenge in the form of #10 Western Michigan. That’s when St. Cloud netminder David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) dialed up a 23-save shutout and the other two undrafted Poehlings, Jack and Nick, each scored to propel the Huskies past the Broncos.

St. Cloud State improve to 16-3-2 (8-1-2 NCHC) and look for the sweep Saturday night in front the home crowd at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center against this same Western Michigan team looking for tough NCHC road split.

#3 Denver Pioneers @ Colorado College Tigers (Postponed)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: game not played
Season Totals: 20 GP, 10-7-17, +14, 10 PIM

The bus carrying the #3 Pioneers squad to the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs was delayed Friday night due to a jack-knifed semi as a result of adverse weather and travel conditions. The game will be rescheduled for either February or March, but these two teams will square off as scheduled on Saturday night.

#5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ Miami Redhawks 0

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 2-8-10, +6, 8 PIM

UMD goalie Hunter Shepard pitched a 23-save shutout as the #5 Bulldogs rolled into Oxford Friday and beat the unranked Redhawks. Lightning prospect Cole Koepke fired a game high 6 shots at a pair of Miami keepers but couldn’t find the scoresheet. Wild prospect Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) led the way offensively for the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist.

Minnesota-Duluth improves to 13-6-2 (6-4-1 NCHC) as they attempt to keep pace with St. Cloud and Denver in NCHC conference play. UMD will look to secure the weekend sweep Saturday night against a Miami squad looking to get back to 0.500.

Harvard Crimson 0 @ #15 Cornell Big Red 2

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Cornell backstop Matthew Galajda served up a 25-save shutout as the Big Red returned to ECAC conference play in decisive fashion. Rangers prospect Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) led the way for #15 Cornell with a goal and an assist. tallied a goal and an assist. Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 13th game on the season due to injury.

The Big Red improves to 10-5-1 (6-2-1 ECAC) and welcomes Dartmouth College to Lynah Rink in Ithaca Saturday night looking to avenge a November 30 loss to the Big Green.

Vermont Catamounts 5 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 6

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 9-10-19, +3, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin equaled his goal output from last season in less than half the games, scoring his 9th goal of the season near the game’s midpoint to give UML their first lead at 3-2. The Catamounts would later rally to knot the score at 5-5 in the 3rd before Ryan Dmowski (undrafted) responed 20 second later for the eventual game-winner Friday night for the River Hawks. Lohin had previously setup Connor Wilson (undrafted).

UMass-Lowell improves to 12-8-1 (6-4-1 HEAST) and looks to bank the sweep Saturday night against this same Vermont squad.

New Hampshire Wildcats 5 @ Merrimack Warriors 0

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

Sharks goalie prospect Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) pitched a 25-save shutout of Merrimack on the road Friday night. New Hampshire evens their record to 8-8-6 (4-5-3 HEAST) on the season and travels to Maine for a matinee MLK Day Hockey East showdown against the Bears.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

CHL Game Night: 1-18-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 0 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/19 FO, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 22-37-59, +33, 21 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier had his eight-game point streak snapped, but the Drakkar got a shutout from Lucas Fitzpatrick to blank the Cataractes, 5-0, Friday. Fitzpatrick (undrafted) got his first win for Baie-Comeau after coming over from Shawinigan. Fitzpatrick wasn’t given a game star for shutting out his former team. Cold. Fortier had 17 points in the eight games of his streak.

Rimouski Oceanic 5 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 24 GP, 5-13-18, +8, 24 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Alexis Lafreniere (2020) had two goals and an assist for Rimouski in the Oceanic’s road win against Cedric Paquette’s former team (and Barre-Boulet and Walcott).

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 7

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/10 FO
Season Totals: 37 GP, 8-10-18, -25, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Kitchener exploded for seven goals Friday against the visiting Spits, winning 7-4. Alexey Lipanov got in on the fun with his eighth goal of the season. Riley Damiani (Dallas) had five assists for Kitchener. The Rangers are three points ahead of last-place Erie in the Midwest Division, seven points back of Owen Sound for third.

AHL Game Night: 1-18-19 Senators at Crunch

Volkov's winner sends Crunch back to the winner's circle.

BEL-3
SYR-5

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:03 SYR Verhaeghe (17), (Foote)(PP)
4:01 SYR Andreoff (16), (Conacher, Valleau)(PP)

Second Period
4:29 SYR Colton (7), (Valleau, Yan)
6:34 BEL Chlapik (10), (Elliott, Goloubef)(PP)
19:46 BEL Rodewald (15), (Murray, McCormick)

Third Period
6:07 BEL Klimchuk (7), (Rodewald, Murray)
12:24 SYR Volkov (10), (Gaunce, Katchouk)
19:00 SYR Yan (9), (Conacher, Dumont)(EN)

Alexander Volkov and Nolan Valleau were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse built a nice three goal lead early in the Second Period only to surrender that lead entirely by early in the Third Period. It took a key goal by Volkov to help the Crunch get this one across the finish line. It was vital for a team that's been struggling a bit lately with a slightly sub-.500 record in their last ten games. Part of the issue has been the injury absence of Connor Ingram, who reportedly is close to returning, which has put an unsustainable workload on Eddie Pasquale over the past few weeks. Ingram's return could be a needed shot in the arm for Syracuse whenever it happens. The team remains three points out of the top spot in the North Division with one game in hand on Rochester and six in hand on Utica.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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