Peca, Matthew

NCAA Game Night: 2-8-13

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-7-11, -1, 10 PIM

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 36 PIM

The Broncos held the Red Hawks off the scoresheet in a match-up of two of the country’s top teams. WMU captain Luke Witkowski did not record a point in the win. Frank Slubowski (undrafted) had 29 saves for the shutout. With the win, WMU moved into first place in the CCHA, two points ahead of Miami.

No. 7 North Dakota 2 @ No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell remains out of the North Dakota lineup. On Friday, Danny Kristo (Flames) had a goal and an assist to lead UND to a big road win. UND is in a three-way tie for second in the WCHA with UNO and Minnesota.

No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Cornell Big Red 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 9-8-17, +9, 18 PIM

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 12 PIM

Matt Peca (pictured) had a goal to help Quinnipiac to their 20th straight game without a loss. His nine goals are one more than he scored as a freshman last season in 39 games. The Bobcats have a nine point lead on Yale for the ECAC title. Cornell finally fell out of the USCHO top 20, and did not receive a vote this past week. The Big Red are 11th out of 12 teams in the ECAC standings.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 8 St. Cloud State Huskies 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 26 GP, 18-3-4, 1.71 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota overcame two disallowed goals and an early third period tie to defeat WCHA-leading SCSU, 4-2. Eric Haula (Wild) had two goals for the Gophers. Wilcox was excellent in the third period, making athletic stops and turning back a late breakaway chance. He came into the game second in the country in wins. Minnesota is tied with North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha for second place in the conference, three points back of the Huskies. The Gophers have two games in hand on the other three teams mentioned here.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-2-13

Cornell Big Red 3 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 6

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 12 PIM

After being outscored 3-0 in the third period by St. Lawrence on Friday night, Cornell was outscored 2-0 by Clarkson on Saturday night in yet another loss. Cornell is now 8-11-2 and is in front of only Harvard in the ECAC standings.

No. 20 Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 6

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-7-11, -1, 10 PIM

Kevin Morris (undrafted) and Riley Barber (Capitals) each had two goals for the Red Hawks, who swept their two-game set with visiting Alaska this weekend.

No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 7 North Dakota 4

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell remains out of the North Dakota lineup.

No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats 6 @ No. 8 Yale Bulldogs 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 8-8-16, +7, 18 PIM

Quinnipiac responded to a 2-0 deficit with six unanswered goals, defeating the Bulldogs, 6-2. Peca’s goal turned out to be the game-winner for the Bobcats, who lead second place Yale by seven points in the ECAC.

No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Ferris State Bulldogs 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 34 PIM

Western Michigan won the shootout, 2-1, though the game will go down as a tie. WMU defeated the Bulldogs on Friday night. They are one point behind Miami for first in the CCHA.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-12-13

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

NCAA Game Night: 1-11-13

No. 6 Miami RedHawks 1 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM

Jimmy Mullin continues to get his shots at the opposing net, but his goal totals aren’t rising just yet. Miami outshot the Wildcats, 44-24.

Colorado College 4 @ No. 7 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was not in the lineup as North Dakota fell to visiting Colorado College.

RPI Red Hawks 1 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-5-11, +5, 20 PIM

The Bobcats didn’t get a win, but extended their unbeaten streak to 15 games (13-0-2). They are 10-0-1 in the ECAC. Matt Peca (pictured) had an assist and three minor penalties.

Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 3 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 17 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 19 GP, 14-2-3, 1.67 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox started his 18th straight game, but top-ranked Minnesota needed to come from behind to steal a win in a classic trap game. The Seawolves scored twice in just over three minutes as the third period was starting to wind down, but the Gophers scored twice late, including the game-winner in the last minute. Minnesota is coming off wins over then-No. 1 Boston College and No. 2 Notre Dame. They face their WCHA rivals, North Dakota, next weekend. Beware of trap games.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 1 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 16 PIM

WMU peppered LSSU goalie Kevin Kapalka (undrafted) with 44 shots, including nine in overtime, but the game officially ended in a 1-1 tie. LSSU won the shootout, 2-1.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-29-12

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

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