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NCAA Weekend Roundup: 12-1-18

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 @ Miami Redhawks 4 OT (Friday)
#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ Miami Redhawks 2 OT (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-6-7, +10, 6 PIM

St. Cloud never trailed in eight periods of road hockey this weekend, but victory eluded them like a slippery gremlin. Miami, however, rallied six times from one-goal deficits to avoid a pair of losses.

On Friday night, the Redhawks rallied from one-goal deficits four times to eventually draw the top-ranked Huskies in the first of a two-game NCHC conference series. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix helped set up Robby Jackson (undrafted) for the opening goal just 1:08 into the contest. Jackson scored twice for St. Cloud and Patrick Newell (undrafted) added a goal and an assist to lead the Huskies offensively. On Saturday night, St. Cloud once again opened the scoring in the 1st, allowed the equalizer from Miami in the 2nd, and the two teams trading goals once again in the 3rd.

St. Cloud’s season record now stands at 11-1-2 (4-0-2 NCHC) on the season after a pair of conference ties and looks ahead next weekend for a pair of conference games back home at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center against the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

#15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 0 @ #2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 (Friday)
#15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 2 @ #2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-6-8, +8, 4 PIM

The #2 Bulldogs split a pair of NCHC conference games with the visiting Fighting Hawks from North Dakota this weekend.

On Friday night, Hunter Shepard (undrafted) pitched a 22-save shutout as UMD blanked North Dakota to open the weekend series. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke helped set up a Parker Mackay (undrafted) marker just 38 seconds into the 2nd period. Kobe Roth (undrafted) scored twice for the Bulldogs and both Mackay and Kings prospect Mikey Anderson (LAK, 2017 4th round pick) added a goal and an assist. On Saturday night, UND netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) turned the tables, allowing just a one goal on 29 shots and Jordan Kawaguchi (undrafted), cousin of former Shark Devin Setoguchi, scored a goal and added an assist to spur the Fighting Hawks to victory.

UMD’s record on the season now sits at 10-3-1 (4-2 NCHC) and heads to Kalamazoo next weekend for another NCHC conference series with Western Michigan.

#16 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3 (Friday)
#16 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (Saturday)

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

Cornell split a pair of road Ivy League and ECAC conference games this weekend. Bolt prospect Alex Green missed his seventh straight game in Friday night’s loss to Dartmouth but returned to action Saturday night as the Big Red avenged last weekend’s home loss to Harvard.

On Friday night, Jeff Malott scored a goal and added an assist in Cornell’s loss to the Big Green while Dartmouth goalie Adrian Clark (undrafted) rang up a 38-save performance. Saturday night, Big Red goalie Austin McGrath made 23 saves and Tristan Mullin led the way offensively for Cornell with a goal and an assist.

Cornell enters the December break with a record of 6-5 (4-2 ECAC) on the season with their next games not coming until after the New Year when they hit the road for a pair of ECAC conference games against #19 Princeton and #9 Quinnipiac with hopes of a healthy Alex Green patrolling the Big Red blueline.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 OT (Friday)
Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 OT (Saturday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/20 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-7-10, +8, 6 PIM

The struggling and unranked Gophers hosted the #5 ranked Buckeyes this weekend for a pair of Big Ten conference games and managed to stop the bleeding against a tough opponent. Lighting prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf returned to action after missing three games to aid the Minnesota backline.

On Friday night, the Gophers opened the scoring with Bolt prospect Sammy Walker setting up Ryan Norman (undrafted) for a short-handed tally. Ohio State rallied to take a 2-1 lead, but Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored with just 41 seconds left in regulation to force OT. On Saturday night, the Gophers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force OT once again, with Mat Robson (undrafted) dialing up a 43-save effort to preserve another tie.

The 4-6-3 (2-2-2 B1G) Gophers hit the road next weekend for a pair of Big Ten conference games against #14 Michigan.

#10 Providence Friars 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 OT (Friday)
#10 Providence Friars 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1 (Saturday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-1, 3.38 GAA, 0.874 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat backup to Wildcats starter Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) in back-to-back games this weekend against #10 Providence. On Friday night, Robinson pitched a 32-save effort to draw the Friars 1-1, with only Flyers 2018 1st rounder Jay O’Brien solving the UNH netminder. Saturday night, O’Brien would light the lamp again along with two of his mates and hand the Wildcats their 7th loss of the season. New Hampshire’s record now stands at 2-7-5 (1-4-3 HEAST) with a home-and-home series against Dartmouth queued up for next weekend.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 11-24-18

#9 Providence Friars 4 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 4 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/13 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 7-4-11, +10, 6 PIM

The freshmen stars shone Saturday night in the back half of the weekend series between the 9th ranked Friars and the 7th ranked Pioneers, with these two teams battling to a 4-4 draw. Golden Knight freshman prospect Jack Dugan opened the scoring early in the 1st for Providence, but Bolt prospect Cole Guttman struck back a scant 7 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1. It was Guttman’s 7th goal of the season and vaulted him as the sole goal scoring leader among NCAA Division I freshman. Guttman was 69% on draws and earned 2nd Star honors for the game. The Friars responded early in the 2nd with a pair of goals to take a 3-1 lead, the latter a power play marker by Kasper Bjorkqvist (PIT, 2016 2nd round pick) that was assisted by Dugan, who now leads all Div. I freshman in points (14) and power play points (7). But the resilient Denver squad battled back later in the 2nd, striking for a pair of power play goals of their own in the span of 42 seconds, the first of which tallied by Flames prospect Emilio Pettersen who leads Div. I freshmen in power play goals (4), power play points (7) and second only to Dugan in points (14). Both goalies would close the door in the last half of the game to preserve the tie with Friar netminder and Oiler prospect Hayden Hawkey (MTL, 2014 6th round pick) making 34 saves and Pioneer backstop and Red Wing prospect Filip Larsson totaling 42 saves. Denver’s season record now stands at 7-3-2 (3-3 NCHC), with the Pioneers taking next weekend off before hitting the road to Grand Forks Dec 7th for a two-game NCHC tilt against North Dakota.

Harvard Crimson 4 vs #17 Cornell Big Red 1

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

Bolt prospect Alex Green missed his sixth straight game Saturday night, absent from the Frozen Apple rival game between Harvard and Cornell at Madison Square Garden. After the Big Red got out to a 1-0 1st period lead, the Crimson snapped off the next four behind a pair of goals from Henry Bowlby (undrafted) and three assists from Casey Dornbach (undrafted). Dornback, former Edina high school captain and teammate of Bolt prospect Sammy Walker, leads all NCAA Div. I freshmen in power play assists (7), power play points (7), and second among freshmen in assists (10). Cornell drops to 5-4 (3-1 ECAC) on the season and looks ahead next weekend to a pair of road ECAC conference games against Dartmouth and a rematch against Harvard.

Michigan State Spartans 4 @ Minnesota Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: did not play
Season Totals: 8 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, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/9 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 3-6-9, +9, 6 PIM

Tyler Sheehy (undrafted) scored a pair of power play goals midway through the 2nd period to give the Gophers a 2-0 lead over the Spartans Saturday night in Big 10 conference play, but Michigan State stormed back with four straight, led by the undrafted Taro Hirose with a goal and a two assists. For Hirose, that’s good for 3rd in points (19) among all NCAA Division I men. Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf missed his third consecutive game as Minnesota dropped to 4-6-1 (2-2 Big Ten) on the season. The road gets tougher next weekend for the struggling Gophers as they welcome 5th ranked Ohio State to the 3M Arena for a pair of Big 10 conference games.

#19 Miami Redhawks 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-1, 3.38 GAA, 0.874 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat backup to Wildcats starter Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick), who allowed just one goal and stopped 33 Redhawks shots as New Hampshire upset 19th ranked Miami. After a 1-0 start by the Redhawks, the Wildcats reeled off four unanswered for just their 2nd win of the season. New Hampshire’s record improves to 2-6-4 (1-3-2 HEAST) with a two-game series on the horizon next weekend in ECAC conference play against #9 Providence.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 11-23-18

#9 Providence Friars 1 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 3

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5/13 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-4-10, +9, 6 PIM

Denver goalie Devin Cooley (undrafted) made 39 saves as the #7 Pioneers fought off a tough 9th ranked Providence team. Denver was led offensively by Tyler Ward (undrafted), setting up Colin Staub (undrafted) on the power play in the 1st, and then scoring an insurance marker just past the midpoint of the 3rd to seal the Pioneer victory. The Pioneers improve to 8-2-2 (3-2-1 NCHC) on the season, and look for the sweep Saturday night in a rematch against the Friars.

Michigan State Spartans 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 7

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: did not play
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/8 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, +9, 6 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker extended his point streak to 4 games, notching his 3rd of the season and adding two assists en route to Third Star honors as the Gophers unleash a season of frustration on the hapless Spartans. Minnesota got a pair of goals from both Tyler Sheehy (undrafted) and Brannon McManus (undrafted), and Brent Gates (ANA, 2015 3rd round pick) added three assists. Don't look now but after a bit of a slow start, Walker is 2-4-6 in his last 3 games. Fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf missed his second straight game, leading to speculation he may have been injured in that first game last weekend against St. Lawrence. The Gophers improve to 4-5-1 (2-1 Big Ten) on the season and draw a rematch Saturday night against these Spartans.

Rensselaer Engineers 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Will Reilly (PIT, 2017 7th round pick) scored in the first to give RPI an early 1-0 lead, and then setup Jakub Lacka (undrafted) in the 3rd for what would be the game-winner power play score as the Engineers bested the River Hawks at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin fired a game-high 6 shots and extended his five game point streak, setting up Jon McDonald (undrafted) early in the 3rd for the 1-1 equalizer. UML drops to 6-6-1 (3-3-1 HEAST) on the season and travels to Troy, NY for the back half of this weekend home-and-home against RPI on Sunday afternoon.

#19 Miami Redhawks 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: T, 64:14 MINS, 3 GA, 25 SVS
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-1, 3.38 GAA, 0.874 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor battled to a 3-3 draw against Miami netminder Ryan Larkin (undrafted) in this 3rd start for UNH on the season. Taylor maintained a 2-1 1st period lead until early in the 3rd when the Redhawks scored twice in the span of about 90 seconds to take a 3-2 lead. But Taylor shut the door from that point on, giving his team a chance to knot the score with 34 seconds left in the game to force overtime and eventually hold a 19th ranked Miami squad to a draw. Angus Crookshank (OTT, 2018 5th round pick) led UNH with a goal and an assist. It was the Wildcats fourth tie of the season, their record now at 1-6-4 (1-3-2 HEAST) on the season, and these same two teams tangle again Saturday night to complete the weekend non-conference series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Weekend Roundup: 11-18-18

#1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 0 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 2 (Friday)
#1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 3 OT (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 4 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4/10 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-4-10, +9, 6 PIM

A week after dropping a pair of 4-3 heartbreakers to #2 St. Cloud State, Denver hosted #1 Minnesota-Duluth this weekend along with their 8-game winning streak in a powerhouse NCHC conference showdown, or better known in Lightning Land as the Battle of the Coles.

On Friday night, the Pioneers shutout the nation’s best team behind a 38-save performance by Devin Cooley (undrafted). The Bulldogs held the Denver offense to a scant 14 shots, but the difference was a 2nd period power play marker by future Blackhawk blueliner Ian Mitchell (CHI, 2017 2nd round pick).

On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke scored the OT game-winner to hand the Pioneers yet another 4-3 loss. The other Lightning Cole – Cole Guttman – opened the scoring just 3 minutes into the contest in what would be the start of a 3-0 Denver lead. After two frames, Cooley’s shutout of the top-ranked Bulldogs would climb to 62 saves and 5 periods of hockey in the two nights, but UMD would unleash 20 shots in the 3rd period, throwing everything at Denver to avoid the weekend sweep. The Bulldogs would score thrice in the 3rd behind one goal and one assist performances by Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick), including a Perunovich tally with 1 second left in the game to knot the score and force a heartbreaking extra session for the Pioneers. Theatrics indeed. Cooley would make 41-saves in the game, but skate off the ice splitting the weekend series with UMD after making a total of 79 saves in the two games. Such is the life in the NCHC.

UMD improves to 9-2-1 (3-1 NCHC) and takes the holiday weekend off before conference rivals #11 North Dakota visits Amsoil Arena Nov 30 and Dec 1st for a weekend tilt against the #1 Bulldogs. For the now 7-2-2 (3-2-1 NCHC) Denver Pioneers, #9 Providence rolls into the Mile High City next weekend for a post-Thanksgiving non-conference series. Guttman continues to lead the nation in freshman scoring with 6 goals, sharing the lead with Providence freshman and Golden Knight prospect Jack Dugan and undrafted 19 year-old Quinnipiac freshman Wyatt Bongiovanni.

Bemidji State Beavers 0 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 (Friday)
Bemidji State Beavers 4 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 7 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 1-4-5, +11, 6 PIM

On Friday night, Huskies netminder Jeff Smith (undrafted) backstopped a 32-save shutout of the visiting Beavers to give St. Cloud State its 10th win of the season. On Saturday night, however, these same two teams combined for 11 goals in a high scoring affair that resulted in 7-4 decision in favor of the Huskies. The St. Cloud offense was paced by two-goal performances from Jimmy Schuldt (undrafted) and Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted), and a three-point night from Patrick Newell (undrafted). The Huskies improve to 11-1 (4-0 NCHC) on the season and take the holiday weekend off before traveling to Oxford for a weekend series starting Nov 30th against #20 Miami (Ohio).

#14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 2 (Friday)
#15 Princeton Tigers 1 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 5 (Saturday)

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

The Big Red continue to battle the injury bug, with two of their top 4 defensemen on the sidelines, including Bolt prospect Alex Green missing his fifth straight game this weekend. On Friday, Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) and Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) gave Cornell a 2-1 lead in the 2nd, but the Bobcats scored three times in the 3rd to rally to the win the match. After tying the game early in the 3rd, Quinnipiac took the lead on score off the back of the Cornell goalie and then sealed the win with an empty netter. William Fallstrom (undrafted) led the way for the Bobcats with three assists, and Kaldis led the Big Red with a goal and an assist. On Saturday night, Cornell got goals from five players in a key Ivy League win over Princeton. Cornell’s record on the season now stands at 5-3 (3-1 ECAC) and the Big Red heads to Madison Square Garden next weekend for an Ivy League matchup against rival Harvard.

St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ #19 Minnesota Gophers 3 OT (Friday)
St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ #19 Minnesota Gophers 3 (Saturday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/10 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 6 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker doubled up his season production this weekend against the visiting Saints, scoring a goals and tallying a pair of assists in the two games. On Friday, Walker set up future Predator Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) for a 1st period goal that would knot the game at 1-1. Brent Gates (ANA, 2015 3rd round pick) and Pitlick would lead a 3rd period Gopher rally from a two-goal deficit to force overtime before Michael Ederer (undrafted) would score the OT game-winner in St. Lawrence’s upset of the struggling Minnesota squad.

On Saturday night, Walker would feature in two of the Gophers three goals in a Minnesota shutout of the Saints to split the weekend series. The Lightning prospect would set up Nathan Burke’s second goal of the game in the 2nd and then score his second goal of the season in the 3rd. Fellow Bolt prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf didn’t dress for the Saturday night tilt against the Saints.

The Gophers are now a disappointing 3-5-1 (1-1 Big Ten) on the season, and risk dropping out of the USCHO Top 20 when the new rankings come out early this week. The unranked Michigan State Spartans visit 3M Arena next weekend for a post-Thanksgiving Big 10 conference match up with the Golden Gophers.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ UConn Huskies 2 (Friday)
UConn Huskies 0 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 (Saturday)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 5-3-8, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin continued his point streak this weekend, now at four games, as he notched a goal and an assist in a pair of wins in a HEAST conference tilt against UConn. On Friday, Lohin capped off four straight goals by the River Hawks after the Huskies opened scoring, scoring in the 2nd to give UML a 4-1 lead. On Saturday, Lohin set up a Kenny Hausinger (undrafted) marker to open the scoring just 1:46 into the game, en route to a 28-save shutout by Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) for the series sweep. UML improves to 6-5-1 (3-3-1 HEAST) on the season and looks to tangle with RPI this weekend in a non-conference series.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ Boston College Eagles 2 (Friday)
New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ #4 UMass Minutemen 4 (Sunday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-0, 3.67 GAA, 0.864 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat backup both Friday night and Sunday to Wildcats netminder Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick). UNH battled Boston College to a 2-2 road as the Eagles climbed out of a 2-0 deficit with a pair of 3rd period goals. On Sunday, the Wildcats faced the #4 ranked Minutemen and gave up three power play goals to UMass to fall behind 3-0 before battling back in the 2nd to draw within a goal. The Minutemen were led by Jacob Pritchard (undrafted) and John Leonard (SJS, 2018 6th round pick) who each had a goal and a pair of assists. The Wildcats drop to 1-6-3 (1-3-2 HEAST) on the season and heads back home next weekend for a non-conference series against #20 Miami (Ohio).

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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