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NCAA Game Night: 11-10-18

Colorado College Tigers 1 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-2-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-5-6, +7, 2 PIM

A night after shutting out the Tigers, the top-ranked Bulldogs defense once again smothered Colorado College, allowing just one goal on 16 shots. Lightning prospect Cole Koepke notched a pair of assists to help lead UMD to a 5-1 victory Saturday night. Six Bulldogs recorded a multi-point night, including Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) leading the way with a pair of goals. UMD improves to 8-1-1 (2-0 NCHC) and travels to Denver next weekend in another NCHC powerhouse match up with the Pioneers.

#5 Denver Pioneers 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-4-5, +10, 6 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/9 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 5-4-9, +10, 6 PIM

Déjà vu all over again. A night after the #2 ranked Huskies squeaked a 4-3 winner over the #5 Pioneers, St. Cloud State inched out another 4-3 win Saturday night to remain a perfect 4-0 in NCHC conference play. Just like Friday night, Lightning stealth prospect Cole Guttman opened the scoring as the Pioneers built a 2-0 1st period lead. But then fellow Bolt prospect Nick Perbix netted his first collegiate goal for the Huskies to close the gap to 2-1 at the 1st intermission. In the 2nd, St. Cloud added a pair of power play goals to take a 3-2 lead before Guttman potted his second of the game to knot the score at 3-3 at the 2nd intermission. The Huskies found a way to win a period and win the game, improving to 9-1 on the season and looking to keep the home cooking going next weekend in a non-conference series against Bemidji State. For Denver, the Pioneers drop to 5-2-1 (2-2 NCHC) and the schedule doesn't get any easier for head coach David Carle as Denver returns home next weekend to take on the top-ranked Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Guttman may not be a stealth prospect much longer, sporting a filthy stat line, leading all freshmen in the nation with 5 goals (tied with 3 others) and a 0.62 goals/game.

#16 Minnesota Gophers 1 @ #20 Wisconsin Badgers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/6 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker set up Brandon McManus for a power play marker to open the scoring for Minnesota Saturday night in the rematch between Gophers and the Badgers in Madison. But Wisconsin would get the equalizer before the 1st intermission on a power play goal of their own, and then add a pair of goals in the 3rd period to split the weekend series. Badger netminder and Helsinki native Daniel Lebedeff (undrafted) made 32 saves to lead Wisconsin to their first Big Ten victory of the season. UMN drops to 2-4-1 (1-1 Big Ten) on the season and returns home next weekend for a non-conference series against St. Lawrence.

#17 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2

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

All five goals scored Saturday night in Marquette lit the lamp on the man advantage with Cornell building a 2-0 1st period lead and holding on for a road sweep against Northern Michigan. Bolt prospect Alex Green did not dress for the third straight game, but the Big Red was led by a goal and an assist from Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) while the Wildcats got a pair of goals from Troy Loggins (undrafted). Cornell improves to 4-2 (2-0 ECAC) on the season and returns home to Ithaca next weekend for a pair of ECAC bouts against #13 Quinnipiac and #18 Princeton.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ #15 Northeastern Huskies 5 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-1-3, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0/2 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin continued his red-hot return from missing four games to injury, scoring a pair of power play goals Saturday night and adding an assist in leading the River Hawks to a 4-2 lead early in the 3rd period. But Northeastern rallied with a pair of 3rd period goals to force OT and then winning this HEAST match up in the extra session. Grant Jozefek (undrafted) led the Howlin’ Huskies with a pair of goals, dropping UML to 4-5-1 (1-3-1 HEAST) on the season. UMass-Lowell continues HEAST conference play next weekend with a home-and-home series with UConn.

Boston University Terriers 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 2 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: L, 63:00 MINS, 3 GA, 23 SVS
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-0, 3.67 GAA, 0.864 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor was back in the nets Saturday night for the Wildcats, making 23 saves in the overtime home loss to Boston University. New Hampshire twice erased 1-goal deficits and Taylor gave a perfect 7-save effort in the 3rd to force the extra session, but the Terriers scored shorthanded in OT for the win. Avalanche prospect Shane Bowers (OTT, 2017 1st round pick), acquired by Colorado in the Duchene trade, led BU with a pair of goals and Joel Farabee (PHI, 2018 1st round pick) and Dante Fabbro (NAS, 2016 1st round pick) each added a pair of assists. The Wildcats drop to 1-5-2 (1-2-1 HEAST) on the season and continues HEAST conference play next weekend with road matches against Boston College and #9 UMass-Amherst.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 11-9-18

Colorado College Tigers 0 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 2 PIM

Hunter Shepard (undrafted) backstopped a 19-save shutout and the top-ranked Bulldogs opened 2018-19 NCHC conference play against Colorado College on Friday night with a 3-0 win. UMD got goals from three different players and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) and Peter Krieger (undrafted) each had a pair of assists. These two teams square off again on Saturday night to complete the weekend series.

#5 Denver Pioneers 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, +10, 6 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/18 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 4 PIM

Two Top-5 NCHC powerhouses, each sporting 2-0 conference records battled Friday night with the Huskies scoring three straight in the 2nd period to hand the Pioneers their first loss of the season. Lightning stealth prospect Cole Guttman opened the scoring midway through the 1st with his third goal of the year to give Denver the early 1-0 lead. Brett Stapley (MTL, 2017 7th round pick) led the early Pioneer attack with a goal and an assist to build a 3-1 lead 95 seconds into the 2nd period. But the St. Cloud offense kicked into gear, finishing the period with three goals to take a 4-3 lead into the 2nd intermission. St. Cloud netminder David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) stopped a perfect eight 3rd period Pioneer shots to preserve the tenuous Husky lead. Bolt prospect Nick Perbix helped set up the equalizer, and Nolan Walker (undrafted) led St. Cloud State with a pair of goals and an assist. These two teams battle again Saturday to complete weekend series.

#16 Minnesota Gophers 3 @ #20 Wisconsin Badgers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/10 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

The Gophers stopped the bleeding after three straight losses, besting the Badgers on the road Friday night in their Big Ten opener. Wisconsin jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Minnesota scored three-straight in the 2nd and Mat Robson (undrafted) stopped a perfect 15 shots in the 3rd to seal the win. These two team go at it again Saturday night to close out the weekend series.

#17 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 1

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

Cornell scored twice Friday night in the 2nd period to break open a 1-1 game and claim a non-conference road win against the Wildcats in Northern Michigan. Bolt prospect Alex Green did not dress for the second straight game, leading to speculation that the sophomore blueliner may be injured. Cam Donaldson (undrafted) led the Big Red with a goal and an assist. These two teams square off again Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/7 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

After missing four games due to injury, Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin returned to action Friday night, leading an UML rally and scoring both goals for the River Hawks as UMass-Lowell plays to a 2-2 draw with the visiting New Hampshire team. Fellow Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat back-up to a 32-save Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) effort. UML held the Wildcats to just 11 shots. UML hosts Northeastern Saturday night while UNH returns home Saturday night to host the visiting Boston University.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 11-3-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ Colorado College Tigers 1

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, +8, 6 PIM

The #2 ranked Huskies completed the sweep of Colorado College Saturday night, relying on a pair of power play goals in the 3rd period to overcome a 1-0 deficit. St. Cloud netminder David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) stopped 29 Tiger shots for the win. After a scoreless 1st period, Colorado College opened the scoring just past the midpoint of the 2nd with a power play goal from Westin Michaud (undrafted). Hrenak would seal the net from that point, and man-advantage markers from Jack Poehling (undrafted) and Easton Brodzinski (undrafted) in the 3rd would be the difference. St. Cloud State improves to 7-1 (2-0 NCHC) on the season and returns home next weekend when the Huskies take on the #8 ranked Denver Pioneers in a big NCHC conference battle. Adding to the drama, freshman Lightning prospects Nick Perbix and Cole Guttman will likely square off across the ice.

Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 4 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/14 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-4-6, +7, 4 PIM

Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) continued his heroics Saturday night against Western Michigan, scoring the overtime game-winner a night after notching a hat trick against this same Bronco team. Lukosevicius gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with a power play goal, following Slava Demin’s (VGK, 2018 4th round pick) power play marker in the 1st for Denver. But WMU mounted a comeback in the 3rd, scoring three goals in the span of 5:16 to take the lead 3-2 with about ½ a period to play. Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) scored on the power play with 2:30 remaining in regulation to knot the score at 3-3 and send the match into overtime. Pettersen's goal and two assists and Ian Mitchell's (CHI, 2017 5th round pick) pair of assists helped lead the Pioneers. Denver improves to 5-0-1 (2-0 NCHC) on the season, and travels to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud next weekend to take on the Huskies in a dual of conference unbeatens.

#4 Minnesota State Mavericks 2 @ #10 Minnesota Gophers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/10 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM

The #4 ranked Mavericks defense allowed just 15 Gophers shots Saturday as Minnesota State completed the weekend sweep in Mankato of their cross-state Minnesota rivals. Gopher forward Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the 1st with a power play goal, but State would strike back in the 2nd with a power play marker of its own and a short-handed tally that would eventually prove to be the game winner. Maverick netminder Mathias Israelsson (undrafted) barred the net in the 3rd for his fourth win of the season. The Gophers drop to a disappointing 1-3-1 and travel to Madison next weekend to open Big Ten conference play against #16 ranked Wisconsin.

Brown Bears 2 @ #18 Cornell Big Red 3

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

Cornell scored three times in the 2nd period and held on for the win, improving their record to 2-2 (2-0 ECAC) on the season. Bolt prospect Alex Green did not dress for the Big Red. Cornell travels to Marquette next weekend for a non-conference series against Northern Michigan.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ Maine Black Bears 0

F Ryan Lohin, UML: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Sam Knoblauch (undrafted) scored the lone goal of the game early in the 3rd to give UML the win and split the weekend series with the Black Bears. Finn netminder Christoffer Hernberg (undrafted) pitched a 24-save shutout for UMass-Lowell for the win, Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin did not dress for the fourth consecutive UML game. The River Hawks improve to 4-4 (1-2 HEAST) on the season and returns home to the Tsongas Center next Friday night for a HEAST showdown against Bolt prospect Ty Taylor and New Hampshire.

#11 Massachusetts Minutemen 5 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

The Minutemen scored early and often Saturday night, handing the Wildcats their fourth loss of the season. UNH got their lone goal from Japanese winger Kohei Sato (undrafted) late in the 3rd to spoil UMass goalie Matt Murray’s (undrafted) shutout bid. The Minutemen were led by John Leonard (SJS, 2018 6th round pick) and Mitchell Chaffee (undrafted) each with a goal and two assists. New Hampshire falls to 1-4-1 (1-1 HEAST) on the season and travels to Lowell next Friday night in a HEAST conference bout against the River Hawks.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 11-2-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ Colorado College Tigers 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +8, 4 PIM

The #2 ranked Huskies rolled into Colorado Springs Friday night, opening NCHC conference play against Colorado College. St. Cloud battled back from deficits twice before closing out the 3rd period with a three-goal flurry. The Tigers scored twice in the opening frame to take an early lead to the first intermission. The Huskies would knot the score at 2-2 after goals late in the 2nd and early in the 3rd before Colorado College re-established a 3-2 lead just 32 seconds after the equalizer. The Huskies answered once again, this time with three unanswered to seal their first conference victory of the season. St. Cloud was led by a pair of goals each from Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) and Patrick Newell (undrafted). Four Huskies tallied a pair of assists each, including Jake Ahcan (undrafted), Nolan Walker (undrafted), Jimmy Schuldt (undrafted), and Robby Jackson (undrafted). St. Cloud State improves to 6-1 and completes the weekend series against the Tigers in a Saturday night rematch.

Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 5

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/13 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-4-6, +8, 4 PIM

Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) notched a hat trick for the Pioneers, scoring in each of the three periods, to lead Denver to victory against Western Michigan in their opening NCHC conference match Friday night. Michael Davies (undrafted) and Liam Finlay (undrafted) each tallied a goal and an assist for the Pioneers, and Ian Mitchell (CHI, 2017 5th round pick) added a pair of assists. Lightning prospect Cole Guttman extended his point streak to three games, assisting on Finlay’s 2nd period marker. The Broncos twice tied the game on a pair of Hugh McGing (STL, 2018 5th round pick) goals, but Denver responded with three unanswered to pull away. The Pioneers improve to 4-0-1 and look to finish the sweep against Western Michigan Saturday night.

#4 Minnesota State Mavericks 5 @ #10 Minnesota Gophers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

The #4 ranked Mavericks won a decisive road win over the #10 ranked Gophers at the 3M Arena at Mariucci behind a two-goal, four-point performance from German Marc Michaelis (undrafted) on Friday night. Minnesota drops to 1-2-1 and rolls into Mankato Saturday night for the back half of the weekend home-and-home non-conference series between these two cross-state rivals.

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ #18 Cornell Big Red 4

D Alex Green, COR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Alex Green tallied his first point of the season on a 1st period power play marker by Cam Donaldson (undrafted), as the Big Red opened ECAC conference play with a victory over Yale. Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) notched a pair of goals to lead the Cornell attack and Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) added a goal and an assist. The Big Red jumped out to a three-goal lead before the Bulldogs battled back within a goal until Barron’s empty netter with 41 seconds remaining sealed the Cornell win. The Big Red improve to 1-2 with ECAC conference play continuing Saturday when Brown visits Lynah Rink in Ithaca.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Maine Black Bears 4

F Ryan Lohin, UML: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Maine overcame a 2-0 deficit to the River Hawks, reeling off four straight goals to hand UMass-Lowell their 2nd Hockey East conference loss. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin did not dress for the third consecutive UML game. Sam Knoblauch (undrafted) tallied a goal and an assist for UML, establishing the early two-goal lead, but Maine’s Chase Pearson (DET, 2015 5th round pick) scored twice and Eduards Tralmaks (undrafted) and Adam Dawe (undrafted) each added a pair of assists to lead the Black Bear rally. UML falls to 3-4 on the season, but the River Hawks will have a chance for the split as these two teams tangle once again Saturday night for the back half of the weekend series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-27-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ #18 Northeastern Huskies 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +8, 4 PIM

A night after beating U-Mass Lowell in their HEAST opener, #18 Northeastern overcame a two-goal deficit and knocked off #2 St. Cloud State on Saturday night. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix set up Jake Ahcan (undrafted) for St. Cloud’s second goal. Northeastern got a goal and an assist from Eric Williams (undrafted) to lead their three-goal rally. St. Cloud State, now 5-1 on the season, continues their road trip next weekend when they open NCHC conference play against Colorado College.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 2 PIM

The third-ranked Bulldogs followed up Friday night’s 3-2 road win over the top-ranked Fighting Irish, sweeping the weekend series on Saturday by a score of 3-1. UMD got a 27-save effort from goaltender Hunter Shepard (undrafted) and a goal and an assist each from brothers Jackson (undrafted) and Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick). The Bulldogs improve to 6-1-1 and take next weekend off before opening NCHC conference play on November 9th against Colorado College.

#5 Minnesota Gophers 1 vs. #17 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/5 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game featuring storied rivals Minnesota and North Dakota was played for the first time in Las Vegas Saturday night with the #17 Fighting Hawks toppling the #5 Golden Gophers, handing them their first loss of the season. UND got a pair of goals from Colton Poolman (undrafted) and three assists from Hayden Shaw (undrafted), and netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) made 20 saves to the thrill of the mass of North Dakota fans that had been reppin' their Fighting Sioux jerseys up and down the Strip. UMN drops to 1-1-1 and plays a home-and-home series next weekend against Minnesota State Mankato.

Michigan State Spartans 4 @ #8 Cornell Big Red 3

D Alex Green, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM

For the second night in a row, the unranked Spartans reeled off four straight goals and then outlasted a resurgent #8 Cornell team to sweep the weekend series against the Big Red. Michigan State was led by Mitch Lewandowski (undrafted) and Taro Hirose (undrafted) each with a goal and a pair of assists. Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) scored twice for the Big Red, but their two third period goals were too little too late to stave off the sweep. Next weekend the 0-2 Cornell squad opens ECAC conference play with home games against both Yale and Harvard.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ Bentley Falcons 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Nick Master (undrafted) scored twice and added two assists as the River Hawks doubled up Bentley Saturday night. Tanner Jago (undrafted) led the Falcons with a goal and an assist. Ryan Lohin did not dress for the second consecutive game leading to speculation that he may be injured. UML travels to Orono, Maine next weekend for a HEAST conference match up against the Black Bears.

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

New Hampshire opened HEAST conference play Saturday night rallying from a two-goal deficit to defeat the visiting Catamounts. The Wildcats were led by Jackson Pierson (undrafted) with a goal and an assist. It was the first win of the season for UNH, now 1-3-1, and the Wildcats continue HEAST conference play next weekend at home in the Whittemore Center against the visiting U-Mass Minutemen from Amherst.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-20-18

Maine Black Bears 2 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke tallied his first collegiate goal Saturday night with about four minutes left in the 2nd period in what would prove to be the game-winning goal. The Bulldogs built a three-goal lead, but the Black Bears battled back with a pair of goals to make it close. Maine netminder Jeremy Swayman (BOS, 2017 4th round pick) stopped 41 shots in a losing effort as UMD shot early and often. Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) notched a pair of assists for the Bulldogs, who improve to 4-1-1 after sweeping Maine in the weekend series. UMD travels to South Bend next weekend for a pair of games against #2 ranked Notre Dame.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 0 @ #4 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

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

St. Cloud State goalie Jeff Smith (undrafted) stopped just 10 Northern Michigan shots for the shutout as the Huskies defense smothered the Wildcats to sweep the two-game weekend series Saturday night. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix notched his first collegiate point, setting up a Jacob Benson (undrafted) power play marker in the 3rd for the Huskies’ fifth goal. St. Cloud State now sports a perfect 4-0-0 record on the season and hits the road next week for a Thursday night stopover at #18 ranked Boston College before a Saturday night tilt against #12 Northeastern.

Trinity Western Spartans 1 @ #6 Minnesota Gophers 7 (Exhibition)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker racked up 3 primary assists in the Golden Gophers 7-1 exhibition victory over the visiting Spartans from Trinity Western University. Ryan Norman (undrafted) led the Minnesota charge with a pair of goals and an assist, while Joey Marooney (undrafted) notched 4 assists. After a couple of weekends of exhibition play, the 1-0-1 Gophers get back to games that count in the Hall of Fame Game in at a sold-out Orleans Arena in Las Vegas next Saturday night against rival #16 North Dakota.

Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 3 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/17 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +7, 4 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman was key in the Pioneers erasing a three-goal deficit to draw a tie after a scoreless overtime against the visiting Nanooks from Alaska-Fairbanks. The Nanooks built a three-goal lead with a pair of tallies in the 1st period and then scoring again early in the 2nd period, getting a goal and an assist from Kylar Hope (undrafted) and a pair of power play helpers from Chris Jandric (undrafted). Forty-seven seconds after the Nanooks’ third goal, Guttman set up Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) to get the Pioneers on the scoreboard. With the goalie pulled just under two minutes left in the game, Guttman fired home his second goal of the season and then Les Lancaster (undrafted) scored with thirty-five seconds left to force overtime. Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) notched assists on both those 6-on-5 goals to avoid a Denver loss. The Pioneers, now 3-0-1, take next weekend off before starting NCHC conference play in November against #19 Western Michigan.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ Miami Red Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/14 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

The Red Hawks scored twice in the 3rd Saturday night, including the game-winning power play goal by Derek Daschke (undrafted) as Miami squeaks out a 2-1 win to split the weekend series with UML. A night after River Hawks goalie Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) pitched a 36-save shutout, he made 30 saves but fell one save short. UML falls to 2-2-0 on the season, returning to Massachusetts next weekend against #12 Northeastern at home at the Tsongas Center before travelling to Waltham to take on Bentley.

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ Colorado College Tigers 4

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 10:23 mins, 3 GA, 6 SV
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

Lightning prospect Ty Taylor was pulled just over 10 minutes into the game after surrendering three Tigers goals on just 9 shots. Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) allowed just one goal on 20 shots the rest of the way as the Wildcats battled back to within a goal but failed to get the equalizer despite almost 3 minutes of empty net play. Ara Nazarian (undrafted) led UNH with a goal and an assist. New Hampshire, still winless at 0-3-1 on the season, opens up HEAST conference play next weekend in a Saturday night tilt against the Catamounts of Vermont.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-13-18

#6 Minnesota Gophers 7 @ USA U18 Team 1 (Exhibition)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

A week after toppling top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth going 1-0-1 in their weekend series, the Golden Gophers took the weekend off for exhibition play against the U.S. National U18 Team. After holding the high-powered Gophers to just 2 goals in the first 40 minutes, Team USA couldn’t hold off a 5-goal 3rd period by Minnesota. Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored twice and added an assist to lead the Gophers offensively along with a two-goal performance by Joey Marooney (undrafted). Judd Caulfield (2019 draft eligible) scored early in the 3rd for Team USA to close the Minnesota lead to 2-1, but the Gophers exploded for five unanswered. Eric Schierhorn (undrafted) made 29 saves on 30 shots. Zuhlsdorf and Walker and the rest of the Golden Gophers will play another exhibition next Saturday against Western Trinity University.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 @ #19 Michigan Tech Huskies 2

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

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke picked up his 2nd assist of the season as the Bulldogs completed the weekend sweep of Michigan Tech. After a scoreless 1st period, the two teams combined for six 2nd period goals, including a pair by Bulldog freshman forward Tanner Laderoute (undrafted). UMD returns home next weekend as the visiting Maine Black Bears roll into AMSOIL Arena for a two-game series.

Alabama-Huntsville 0 @ #10 Denver Pioneers 6

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 9/10 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 4 PIM

I grew up watching Chargers hockey, but UAH was outmanned and outgunned against the #10 Pioneers, as Denver blanked Alabama-Huntsville 6-0. Lightning prospect Cole Guttman was 90% on draws and threw a game-high seven shots at Charger netminder Jake Theut (undrafted), but was held off the scoresheet. Liam Finlay (undrafted), however, was not held pointless, notching a hat trick and four points to lead the Pioneers offensively. Denver goaltender Devin Cooley (undrafted) earned his first collegiate shutout, stopping all 16 Charger shots. Alaska-Fairbanks rolls into the Mile High City next weekend for a two-game series.

RIT Tigers 5 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/18 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

RIT’s Alden Dupuis (undrafted) spoiled the River Hawks’ Homecoming 46 seconds into OT to defeat UML 5-4. The River Hawks led 2-0 at the 1st intermission, but allowed four Tiger goals in the 2nd, including a pair from Abbot Girduckis (undrafted) short-handed and on the power play. UML fought back in the 3rd, scoring twice on the power play including Kenny Hausinger’s (undrafted) 2nd of the night and Reid Stefanson’s (undrafted) marker with 90 seconds left to force OT. UMass-Lowell travels to Oxford, Ohio next weekend for a pair of games against Miami (Ohio).

#5 St. Cloud State Huskies 6 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 2 PIM

The Huskies and Nanooks swapped a couple of goals until Patrick Newell (undrafted) broke open a 2-2 game in the 2nd period with his 3rd goal of the season to give St. Cloud State a 3-2 lead at the 2nd intermission. The Huskies scored three times in the 3rd, including a pair of goals from Robby Jackson (undrafted). Lightning prospect Nick Perbix was held pointless despite being on the ice for four Husky goals. St. Cloud returns home next weekend to the Herb Brooks Center for a two-game series against Northern Michigan University.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Colgate Raiders 2

G Ty Taylor, UNH: L, 57:30 mins, 2 GA, 22 SV
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 2.09 GAA, 0.917 SV%

Déjà vu all over again. Bolt prospect Ty Taylor got the start and made 20 saves on 22 shots in his collegiate debut for the Wildcats as Colgate duplicates Friday night’s 2-1 win over New Hampshire. Bobby McMann (undrafted) and Adam Dauda (undrafted) both had a goal and an assist for the Raiders, while Brendan van Riemsdyk (undrafted) scored the lone goal for UNH. Freshman netminder Mitch Benson, making his collegiate debut as well, made 35 saves for the Colgate win. UNH play Colorado College next weekend in a pair of games for their 2018-19 home opener.

Laurentian Voyaguers 1 @ #7 Cornell Big Red 6 (Exhibition)

D Alex Green, COR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Cornell’s season opener is still weeks away, but the Big Red kicked off exhibition play Saturday night with a 6-1 victory over Ontario-based Laurentian University. Lighting prospect Alex Green had a 1st period goal and assist to lift Cornell to a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. The Big Red continue exhibition play next weekend with the annual Red/White scrimmage game followed by the University of Guelph visiting for the final warm-up before the beginning of their 2018-19 campaign.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-7-18

#1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ #13 Minnesota Gophers 7

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

A night after drawing to a 1-1 tie, offensive fireworks erupted as these two in-state rivals combined for 11 goals Sunday night with the Golden Gophers knocking off top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth by a score of 7-4. Sammy Walker notched his first collegiate goal late in the 2nd period to give Minnesota a 4-2 lead. Ryan Zuhlsdorf scored his first point of the season, helping set up the second of Brannon McManus’ (undrafted) two goals as part of a Minnesota three goal 1st period. Meanwhile, Cole Koepke tallied his first collegiate point for the Bulldogs when he set up the first of two 3rd period Jackson Cates goals that cut the Gopher lead to 6-3.

Down 3-0 at the first intermission, UMD’s Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) and Mikey Anderson (LAK, 2017 4th round pick) each scored for the Bulldogs to shave the margin to 3-2 before Walker and Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) restored the Gopher three-goal lead prior to the end of the 2nd period. In the 3rd frame, the two teams each traded a pair of markers, including Minnesota’s Sampo Ranta (COL, 2018 3rd round pick) notching his second goal in as many nights.

Zuhlsdorf and Walker and the rest of the Golden Gophers will play an exhibition next Saturday against the USA U18 team, while Koepke and his Bulldogs will take on a two-game weekend series against Michigan Tech.

Acadia Axemen 3 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 (Exhibition)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/14 FO
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Lightning prospect and UMass-Lowell junior co-captain Ryan Lohin tipped in the game-winning power play goal with about four minutes remaining in regulation as the River Hawks came from behind to defeat Acadia in exhibition play Sunday afternoon. Lohin also assisted on a Colin O’Neill (undrafted) power play marker that opened the scoring in the 1st period.

Former Bolt prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto set up former Oilers prospect Jackson Houck for a power play goal to knot the score at 1-1. The Axemen also got goals from Jack Flaman (undrafted) and Owen MacDonald (undrafted), while Lowell got tallies from Chris Schutz (undrafted) and Charlie Levesque (undrafted).

Lohin and the River Hawks open their 2018-19 NCAA campaign next weekend with a pair of games against the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Mt. Royal Cougars 2 @ #6 St. Cloud State Huskies 6 (Exhibition)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nick Perbix made his collegiate debut Sunday night for the St. Cloud State Huskies, assisting on a game opening power play marker in the 1st, as St. Cloud defeated the Mt. Royal Cougars in exhibition play. The Huskies were led by two goals from Nick Poehling (undrafted) and a pair of assists from brother Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick). St. Cloud kicks off their 2018-19 NCAA season next weekend against the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-6-18

#13 Minnesota Gophers 1 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/2 FO
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

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

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs opened the 2018-19 campaign against in-state rival Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday night in the first half of a home-and-home series that featured three Lightning prospects, two of which made their NCAA debuts as freshmen. The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie per new NCAA rules for non-conference contests that remain unsettled after a 5-minute 5-on-5 overtime session.

Freshman Gophers forward Sampo Ranta (COL, 2018 3rd round pick) notched his first collegiate goal in the 1st period with assists from senior Thomas Novak (NAS, 2015 3rd round pick) and Walker's former teammate at Edina High School defenseman Clayton Phillips (PIT, 2017 3rd round pick). Ranta was teammates with both Walker and Koepke at Sioux City last year, where Koepke edged the Finnish winger as the Musketeers scoring leader.

After a scoreless 2nd period, Peter Kreiger (undrafted) knotted the game on a power-play marker early in the 3rd. Bulldog forwards Koby Roth (undrafted) and Riley Tufte (DAL, 2016 1st round pick) helped set up the game-tying goal. These two teams will square off in St. Paul Sunday afternoon to complete the season series.

Alberta Golden Bears 4 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 6 (Exhibition)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Lightning prospect Cole Guttman notched three assists and was 50% on draws in exhibition play Saturday night making his freshman NCAA debut for the ninth-ranked University of Denver Pioneers against the visiting Golden Bears from the University of Alberta. Guttman assisted on the first two goals of the game, one a power play marker by Norwegian Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick), before setting up the 3-3 equalizer just prior to the end of the 2nd period. Pettersen scored twice for the Pioneers with Denver also getting tallies from Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted), Michael Davies (undrafted), Jaakko Heikkinen (undrafted), and Ryan Barrow (undrafted). After falling behind 2-0 in the 1st period, Alberta responded with three straight to take a brief 3-2 lead in the 2nd behind a pair of goals from Steven Owre (undrafted). The Golden Bears also got scores from Riley Keiser (undrafted) and Luke Philp (undrafted). Denver opens its 2018-19 NCAA campaign next weekend against the Air Force Academy and the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Clark Cup Playoffs (USHL): 4-25-18

United States Hockey League

Fargo Force 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1 (Saturday)
Fargo Force 3 @ Omaha Lancers 6 (Sunday)
Omaha Lancers 5 @ Fargo Force 6 (Tuesday)
Omaha Lancers 0 @ Fargo Force 2 (Wednesday)
Western Conference Round 2
Force wins series 3-1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 14 PIM, 13 SOG, *Third Star*
Playoffs: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 4-25-29, +19, 38 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

After Fargo won a best-of-three wildcard series 2-0 against Tri-City, the Force and Lancers tangled for their Round 2 battle. The teams split games at Ralston Arena last weekend in Omaha, with Bolt prospect Nick Perbix earning Third Star honors in Game 2 with a pair of assists and 14 PIMs in a six-goal win. The series switched to Scheels Arena in Fargo with the Force prevailing on home ice to eliminate Omaha 3-1 in the best-of-five series.

This likely draws a close to Perbix’s impressive single rookie USHL campaign, as he is a 2018-19 commit to St. Cloud State University, and we look forward to the start of his NCAA career this fall.

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