Walker, Sammy

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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