No. 4 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Princeton Tigers 5
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Gotovets was back in the lineup for the Big Red after missing two games. Cornell lost their first game of the season (3-1-1).
No. 8 Union Dutchmen 6 @ No. 14 Harvard Crimson 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 6 PIM
Brian Hart had an assist for the second-straight game, but the Crimson fell at home to 6-1-1 Union.
No. 16 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 5 Miami RedHawks 5
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM
Lightning camper Austin Czarnik had a goal and three points for Miami. He has three goals and five points in his last two games. Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin had an assist against the Wildcats.
Colgate Raiders 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 (OT)
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM
Quinnipiac limited the Raiders to just 10 shots on goal. The Bobcats scored on their 37th shot, which was their overtime goal to win the game.
No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ No. 15 St. Cloud State Huskies 0
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 2 PIM
Brendan O’Donnell (pictured) scored his first goal of the year, the game-opener and eventual game-winner at St. Cloud State. O’Donnell had five goals in 17 games last year before getting injured.
No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 0
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 14 saves on 14 shots, shutout
Season totals (pregame): 6 GP, 5-1-0, 1.81 GAA, .917 sv%, 2 SO
Adam Wilcox stopped 14 shots for his second collegiate shutout on Friday as the Gophers beat the SeaWolves in Alaska. Wilcox only face seven shots through two periods, then stopped seven in the final frame. Minnesota scored all their goals on the power play.
Bowling Green Falcons 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (holding the stick), 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 10 PIM
The Broncos held Bowling Green to just 12 shots on goal Friday in their 3-1 win.
*USCHO poll used
American International Yellow Jackets 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM
Michael Peca was scoreless for the second straight game as the Bobcats lost a tough one at home to visiting American International. Quinnipiac outshot AIC, 40-17, but were stymied by Ben Meisner (undrafted) in the Yellow Jacket nets. Meisner came into the game with a 4.14 goals against average. The Bobcats fell to 3-3-1. Earlier this week they fell out of the USCHO top-20 to No. 27.
No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 2 @ No. 7 Cornell Big Red 3
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Cornell earned another two points by completing a weekend sweep of the visiting Tigers. The Big Red won 2-0 on Friday.
No. 3 Miami RedHawks 4 @ No. 6 Michigan Wolverines 3
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM
Mullin (pictured) scored his first goal of the year as Miami avenged a Friday night loss to the Wolverines with a win on Saturday. Lightning camper Austin Czarnik was first star with two assists.
No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Colgate Raiders 5
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM
Peca’s two-game goal scoring streak came to an end Saturday at Colgate. The Raiders scored three times in the third period.
Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 3 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 (OT)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
Brendan O’Donnell had a point for the second straight game, but the Sioux couldn’t beat the SeaWolves two nights in a row. O’Donnell started the game on North Dakota’s top line with Corban Knight (Panthers) and Danny Kristo (Flames).
*USCHO poll used
Brock Badgers 2 @ No. 6 Cornell Big Red 2 (exhibition)
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 12 PIM
Sixth-ranked Cornell finally got their season underway with an exhibition tie against Brock. Gotovets, now a junior, is looking to build on his sophomore totals of one goal and eight assists last year. Brock University is located in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Providence Friars 3 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 4 (OT)
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play.
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had two goals and an assist for the RedHawks, including the overtime winner. Jimmy Mullin was not listed in the Miami lineup. There was nothing in Miami’s game report from Friday about an injury or suspension.
Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM
Peca scored for the second straight game. His shorthanded goal early in the third period turned out to be the game winner for the Bobcats.
No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 1 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
The number-2 team in the country lost a close one in Alaska to the Nanooks, who won the Alaska Goal Rush title. Brendan O’Donnell started the game on a line with Cody Kunyk and Andy Taranto.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 14 saves on 16 shots
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-0-0, 1.58 GAA, .902 sv%, 0 SO
Freshman Adam Wilcox (pictured, Star-Tribune photo) got the start after serving in a relief role on Friday night and got the win for the top-ranked Gophers over Michigan Tech. It was the Gophers first WCHA win in two tries; they lost 5-3 to the Huskies on Friday. Seth Ambroz (Blue Jackets) had two goals for the Gophers, who outshot Michigan Tech 34-18. The game was tied at two entering the final period.
Canisius Griffins 1 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 4 PIM
The Broncos completed a 2-game sweep of the Griffins with a close win on Saturday night. Broncos captain Luke Witkowski notched his third point in four games. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had a goal and an assist for WMU. Witkowski and his defensive partner, DeKeyser, both assisted on Trevor Elias’ game winning goal with three minutes left in regulation.
McGill Redmen 1 @ No. 17 Harvard Crimson 5 (exhibition)
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Harvard started their season with a big exhibition win over the alma mater of Lightning coaches Guy Boucher and Martin Raymond. McGill won the Canadian university national championship last season. This was Hart’s collegiate debut.
Providence Friars 1 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had an assist as Miami tied Providence on Friday night.
Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 (OT)
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM
Peca (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and earned first star honors in the Bobcats’ tie against visiting Ohio State. Peca’s goal was unassisted and scored at even strength.
No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
UND got two goals from Habs prospect Mark MacMillan and the Sioux won their season opener, 5-0 over tournament host Alaska-Fairbanks.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 5
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: No decision, 11 saves on 12 shots in relief
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO
Freshman Adam Wilcox replaced an ineffective Michael Shibrowski in the second period and allowed one goal in 31 minutes as the top-ranked Gophers lost on the road at Michigan Tech in both teams’ conference opener. It was Minnesota’s first loss of the season.
Canisius Griffins 0 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
The Broncos shut out the alma mater of Lightning prospect and reigning AHL Most Valuable Player Cory Conacher. Witkowski did not register a point. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had six shots on goal for WMU.
Robert Morris Colonials 4 @ No. 18 Quinnipiac Bobcats 0
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Quinnipiac suffered its first loss of the year on Sunday as the Bobcats traded 4-0 wins with the Colonials this weekend. Quinnipiac won Saturday night; Robert Morris on Sunday. Peca is off to a slow start compared to the point-per-game pace he sustained as a freshman last year.
Colgate Raiders 1 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 5
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Miami easily handled the Raiders on Saturday, one night after shutting them out, 3-0. Jimmy Mullin hit the scoresheet for the first time this year with a third period assist.
Robert Morris Colonials 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Quinnipiac improved to 2-0 on the year with a shutout win over the Colonials. Lightning prospect Matthew Peca earned his first point of the season, an assist. Eric Hartzell (undrafted) made 16 saves in the Quinnipiac nets for the shutout.
St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No.10 Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
The Broncos exacted a bit of revenge on the Saints, who beat WMU in overtime on Friday night. Lightning prospect and WMU captain Luke Witkowski (pictured) notched his first two points of the season, including an assist on the game-tying goal scored by Lightning target Danny DeKeyser. The Lightning pursued DeKeyser, a free agent, late last year and along with the Red Wings were thought to be a finalist to sign him until he decided to return to school for his junior season. DeKeyser and Witkowski are partners on the ice and roommates off the ice.
Western Ontario Mustangs 2 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 6 (exhibition)
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
2011-2012 season totals: 37 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM
On Saturday, Western Ontario stunned Western Michigan University, tying them, 2-2. Miami took them seriously from the get-go, outshooting the Mustangs 16-4 in the first and 49-14 for the game. Mullin (pictured), now a sophomore, had a goal and an assist and his linemate, 2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik, had a pair of goals. The third member of that line, Riley Barber (Capitals), had three helpers. Miami opens Friday against Colgate.
Acadia Axemen 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 0 (exhibition)
F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Quinnipiac beat Maine on Saturday to start their regular season, then rested players – including Peca – for an exhibition game on Sunday. The Bobcats fell to the Axemen, 2-0.
The strength of the Lightning organization remains at the forward positions, where the team still boasts an impressive mix of star veterans like Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, and Ryan Malone, and the game's best young star, Steven Stamkos. The team will spend some of its offseason tweaking its third line, and they made overtures to Swiss star Damien Brunner to try to improve their scoring depth on the wings. But, ultimately, the team should feel pretty solid offensively. Keeping the puck out of the back of their own net has always been the bigger challenge.
Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 8
ECAC quarterfinals: Harvard wins best-of-3 series 2-1
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 32GP, 20-22-42, +10, 47 PIMs
After games one and two had three overtimes between them, 3-seed Harvard blew out their hated rivals in Game 3, 8-2. Killorn factored in on four of Harvardâ€™s first five goals after getting down 1-0 early to the Bulldogs. Game stars havenâ€™t been posted yet, but Killornâ€™s a sure bet to be at least second star. David Valek (undrafted) had a hat trick for Harvard, who advances to the ECAC semifinals in Atlantic City. Killorn will matchup against fellow Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets and second-seeded Cornell.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 0 @ Colgate Raiders 4
ECAC Quarterfinals: Colgate wins best-of-3 series 2-1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 8-31-39, E, 12 PIM
Colgate didnâ€™t leave much doubt when eliminating Quinnipiac in Game 3 on Sunday. The Raiders took a 3-0 lead into the third period and Eric Mihalik (undrafted) made 13 of his 21 saves in the third period to help Colgate advance to the ECAC semifinals to play Union. Pecaâ€™s seven-game point streak came to an end. With the loss, Quinnipiac's season is complete. Congratulations to the Bobcats for a fine year and to Peca, who was outstanding in his first collegiate season.