Cornell Big Red 4 @ No. 17 Dartmouth Big Green 2
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM
Cornell snapped their seven-game losing streak, defeating Dartmouth, 4-2. Gotovets did not make the trip to New Hampshire.
Colgate Raiders 1 @ Harvard Crimson 4
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 4-11-15, +1, 8 PIM
Coming off an upset win over Boston University, Harvard won their second in a row, 4-1 over visiting Colgate. The Crimson are now undefeated in three games after what has been a disastrous season. Brian Hart (pictured) had his second straight two-assist game for Harvard.
No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 3
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-7-1, +1, 12 PIM
Miami got a home win before they play in the inaugural Hockey City Classic on Sunday outside at Chicago’s Soldier Field against the Irish. Minnesota will play Wisconsin in the other match.
St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 9-9-18, +6, 28 PIM
It’s over. The unranked Saints ended No. 1 Quinnipiac’s 21-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win in the Bobcats’ barn. Matt Peca’s personal eight-game point streak also came to an end.
No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 28 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 28 GP, 19-4-4, 1.81 GAA, .922 sv%, 3 SO
Minnesota won this edition of the Border Battle, defeating the Badgers 3-2 on their home ice. The two will play again on Sunday outdoors at Chicago’s Soldier Field. On Friday, Minnesota got a late goal to go up 3-1 before the Badgers cut the lead to one goal with 1:02 left. They were never able to get the equalizer by Adam Wilcox, who won his 19th game.
No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 1 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-5-7, -4, 40 PIM
Western Michigan won the shootout, 2-1, though the game will go down as a tie. WMU limited OSU to 18 shots on goal.
*USCHO poll used
No. 13 Boston University Terriers 4 vs Harvard Crimson 7 (Beanpot)
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 8 PIM
Harvard earned their biggest win of the year on Monday, upsetting No. 13 Boston University 7-4 to finish third in the annual Beanpot tournament. Undrafted senior Luke Greiner had a hat trick for Harvard. Boston College won the tourney with a 6-3 win over Northeastern. The Crimson won for the first time in nine games (0-8-1). Their last win was a 6-5 win over the Terriers on January 9. The Crimson tied Dartmouth on Sunday, 1-1.
No. 5 Boston College Eagles 4 vs Harvard Crimson 1 (Beanpot)
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 4-7-11, -3, 8 PIM
BC had little trouble with Harvard in their Beanpot semi-final game, outshooting the Crimson 46-20 en route to a 4-1 win. Harvard dropped 10 games under .500 at 5-15-1.
No. 16 Cornell Big Red 3 @ No. 17 Union Dutchmen 2
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 8 PIM
Cornell scored twice in the third period to post a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Union. Kirill Gotovets is still looking for his first point of the year, but doubled his season plus/minus total to plus-4.
Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 4
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-3-6, -2, 8 PIM
Yale outshot their rivals from Harvard, 39-21, en route to a 4-0 win on Friday night.
No. 8 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Wisconsin Badgers 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 10 PIM
Wisconsin got a late goal to top the visiting RedHawks, 1-0. Jimmy Mullin is back on the lower lines after filling in up top while Riley Barber was at the World Junior tournament with USA.
No. 6 North Dakota 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 16-2-3, 1.62 GAA, .927 sv%, 3 SO
Adam Wilcox (pictured, Univ. of Minnesota photo) continued his stellar play as a freshman, stopping 24 of 25 shots as top-ranked Minnesota beat rival North Dakota, 5-1. UND scored the game’s first goal on the power play before the Gophers answered with five unanswered goals. Wilcox leads the WCHA in wins and his 2.04 GAA in conference play is second best. Friday was his 20th straight start. Wilcox has allowed three total goals against then No. 1 Boston College, then No. 2 Notre Dame, and against rival UND. Minnesota and UND face off again on Saturday. Lightning prospect Brendan O’Donnell should be back in the lineup for the second game; he’s been a scratch on Fridays recently.
No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Bowling Green Falcons 3
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, -2, 20 PIM
WMU outshot the Falcons 11-4 in the third period, but BGSU scored the only goal in the final frame to break a 1-1 tie and win the game, 2-1.
*USCHO poll used
Harvard Crimson 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-3-6, E, 6 PIM
Brian Hart had an assist on USA WJCer Jimmy Vesey’s goal to open the game and give Harvard a 1-0 lead, but the Crimson allowed three of the next four goals to lose, 3-2.
No. 6 Miami RedHawks 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 3
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 10 PIM
Jimmy Mullin scored the shootout-winning goal for Miami, though the game will officially go down as a tie. He scored the only goal of the five-round shootout.
Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 7 North Dakota 5
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM
Brendan O’Donnell back in the lineup as UND defeated the Tigers, 5-3. Flames prospect Danny Kristo had two goals and two assists.
No. 16 Union Dutchmen 2 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-6-12, +7, 20 PIM
The Bobcats scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and extend their unbeaten streak to 16 games. Peca’s assist came on Qunnipiac’s first goal.
Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 9 saves on 10 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-2-3, (pregame: ) 1.67 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO
Adam Wilcox started his 19th straight game, but didn’t finish it as he was pulled in the third period with the Gophers up 6-1. They added one more goal to win, 7-1.
Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-4-5, -2, 20 PIM
Luke Witkowski (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) notched his fourth assist of the season to help WMU defeat the visiting Lakers, 3-1. Witkowski received two minor penalties – one for charging the goalie. The Broncos outshot LSSU 41-19.
*USCHO poll used
Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 8 Boston University Terriers 5 (OT)
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-2-5, +1, 6 PIM
Harvard overcame a 5-2 third period deficit to force overtime and steal a win against their rivals. The highly entertaining game was broadcast on NHL Network. Hart’s third goal of the year was scored on the power play when he took a pass at the top of the right circle and fired home a half-slapper blocker side. He showed good speed during the game, playing alongside USA World Juniors gold medalist Jimmy Vesey (Predators). Hart’s best play may have been when he sprinted back down the center of the ice on defense to tie up a trailing forward in front of the net just as he received a pass late in the game. The puck skittered safely to the corner and the game remained tied at the moment. Hart had two shifts in overtime and led at least one 2-on-1 break. Conor Morrison scored in overtime for the Crimson on a shot off an off-wing rush. It was his first goal of the season.
No. 11 Cornell Big Red 4 @ Maine Black Bears 6
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM
They say a 3-goal lead is the worst in hockey and Cornell proved it yet again, blowing a 3-0 first period lead en route to a 6-4 loss in the championship game of the Florida College Classic in Estero. The victory was only Maine’s fourth of the season against 11 losses and a tie.
Northeastern Huskies 5 @ No. 20 Harvard Crimson 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 6 PIM
Brian Hart (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) opened the game’s scoring in the first five minutes, but that is all that Harvard would get on the board in a bad home loss to Northeastern. The Crimson (4-5-1) fell under .500 for the season, to a team that was 5-9-1 coming into the game. Not good. Sharks pick Cody Ferriero had four goals for the Huskies. He came into the game with one goal in 15 games this year.
No. 5 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM
Jimmy Mullin played on the top line for the second straight game and had nine shots on goal to lead the RedHawks in that category for the second straight game. Miami outshot the Colonials, 51-21, but couldn’t beat senior goaltender Eric Levine (undrafted). Levine came into the game with a 7-2-2 record, 1.98 GAA, and .949 save percentage. He’s listed at 6’3” and likely has a pro contract in his future. Robert Morris’ 1-0 win gave them the Three Rivers Classic championship in Pittsburgh.
No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM
Matt Peca had a goal and an assist as the Bobcats topped the Mavs, 5-4. Jordan Samuels-Thomas swatted home Peca’s centering feed three minutes into the third period to give the Bobcats their fifth goal. Quinnipiac has now won 11 consecutive games. Lightning prospect camper Andrej Sustr had two shots on goal and was minus-1 for UNO. The 6’8” defenseman remains a free agent.
Air Force Falcons 0 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 11-2-2, 1.67 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO
Adam Wilcox wasn’t tested too often, but came up big when needed – like stopping a breakaway – to lead the Gophers to a 4-0 win over Air Force. The Gophers will face top-ranked Boston College on Sunday in the finals of the Mariucci Classic.
No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Michigan State Spartans 1
(Broncos won shootout, 1-0)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, -5, 14 PIM
WMU advanced to the finals of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament thanks to a fourth-round shootout win over Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Western is looking for their first GLI tournament win and will face Michigan Tech in the championship on Sunday. Witkowski played big minutes against MSU’s top line, but took a minus with 17 seconds left in regulation when the Spartans scored on a 6-on-5 advantage. With the puck dumped into the corner, Lightning free agent target Dan DeKeyser chased the puck and his partner, Witkowski, faded to the strong side as a defensemen is supposed to do. WMU’s three forwards watched from the strong side near the slot, leaving the backdoor wide open. A cross-crease pass from a forward who outbattled DeKeyser found an unmarked MSU player who banged the puck into the net. WMU had played well defensively throughout the game and that was MSU’s best scoring chance. Witkowski had several deep rushes and his confidence with and without the puck is at an all-time high.
*USCHO poll used
UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ No. 18 Harvard Crimson 0
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 6 PIM
On the day they climbed to No. 18 in the USCHO poll, Harvard was crushed at home by unranked UMass-Lowell.
No. 20 Harvard Crimson 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM
Harvard had a 2-0 lead on the Warriors before Merrimack fought back for a tie.
Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 3
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 6 PIM
Jimmy Mullin was scoreless coming off his first multi-point game of the year, but Miami got a win over visiting Lake Superior State, 3-2.
Princeton Tigers 1 @ No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 6 PIM
The Bobcats gave up just 12 shots on goal in their win, which was their seventh in conference play against no losses.
No. 6 Denver Pioneers 2 @ No. 9 North Dakota 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 4 PIM
The teams were deadlocked at two goals apiece midway through the game, but neither team could get a game-winner.
No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season totals: 15 GP, 10-2-2, 1.64 GAA, .925 sv%, 2 SO
Wilcox has now won seven of his last eight games for the Gophers. Like many of his wins, he was protecting a small lead for the majority of the game before the Gophers were able to get an insurance goal. Wilcox was recently named HCA Division I Rookie of the Month for November, which is a national award.
No. 16 Ferris State Bulldogs 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM
The Broncos won again, this time beating visiting Ferris State, 4-2. Witkowski leads WMU in blocked shots for the season with 14.
*USCHO poll used
No. 12 Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 10 Cornell Big Red 1
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM
Cornell moved to 3-3-2 on the year after tying Dartmouth in a battle of big colors. Both teams had 27 shots on goal. Gotovets is still looking for his first point of the season after six games. Last year he had a goal and eight points in 24 games. He had seven points in 34 games as a freshman.
No. 17 Harvard Crimson 0 @ Colgate Raiders 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM
Hart missed both of Harvard’s games this weekend – an upset win over Cornell on Friday and a close loss to Colgate on Saturday. Spencer Finney (undrafted) had a 22-save shutout for Colgate.
Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 2
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Jimmy Mullin was back on the ice for the RedHawks, who limited the Spartans to 13 shots on goal. Like fellow Lightning prospect Matthew Peca of Quinnipiac, Mullin is having a harder time getting points in his sophomore year than he did as a freshman. Last year Mullin had 11 goals and 26 points in 37 games.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 6 @ No. 16 St. Lawrence Saints 2
F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, E, 4 PIM
Matthew Peca was not in the lineup on Saturday as Quinnipiac improved to 7-3-1 and 4-0 in the ECAC with a win over St. Lawrence. Arizona-native Jeremy Langlois (undrafted) had two goals for the Bobcats.
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 (OT)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 2 PIM
Mark MacMillan (Canadiens) scored two goals, including the overtime winner for North Dakota. O’Donnell and MacMillan played together for Penticton in the BCHL prior to coming to North Dakota.
Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 16 saves on 17 shots
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-1-2, 1.55 GAA, .924 sv%, 2 SO
Adam Wilcox (pictured), the reigning WCHL Rookie of the Week, had a stellar game on Saturday in his sixth-straight start of the Gophers. He made several key saves to preserve the Gophers’ win, including a big glove save on a point-blank shot in the third period, then late in the game the puck hit the knob of his stick and ricocheted over the net to keep it 2-1 at the time. Minnesota added an empty net goal.
No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 14 PIM
WMU scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and avoid being swept in Alaska. The Nanooks beat the Broncos on Friday night. The Broncos were outshot 42-29 on Saturday.
*USCHO poll used