O'Donnell, Brendan

NCAA Game Night: 10-6-12

Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ No. 15 Maine Black Bears 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
2011-2012 Season totals: 39 GP, 8-31-39, E, 12 PIM

Quinnipiac started their season off on the right note by going into Maine and defeating the Black Bears, 2-1, in a non-conference match-up. Peca was held off the scoresheet, but is expected to be a big contributor to the Bobcats success this year. Maine outshot QU, 32-18. Bobcats goalie Eric Hartzell (undrafted), a senior, made 31 saves in the win. Quinnipiac plays an exhibition game on Sunday against Acadia. Quinnipiac received the 23rd most votes in the latest USCHO poll.

Manitoba 3 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 (exhibition)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

O’Donnell made his return to the Sioux lineup after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury. He didn’t figure into the scoring in UND’s first exhibition game of the year. They will play another exhibition game next Friday against the USA Under-18 squad. Now a sophomore, O’Donnell had five goals and an assist in 17 games last year before getting hurt.

Lethbridge Pronghorns 0 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7 (exhibition)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: 7 saves on 7 shots, shared shutout

Freshman Adam Wilcox (pictured) played the second half of Minnesota’s exhibition win over the University of Lethbridge, stopping all seven shots he faced. Wilcox starred for Tri-City in the USHL last year after a trade from Green Bay. Sophomore Michael Shibrowski started the game for the Gophers and made nine saves in 29:30. Christian Isackson (Sabres) had three goals for Minnesota.

Western Ontario Mustangs 2 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (exhibition)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM (interference, elbowing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 2 SOG

Broncos co-captain Luke Witkowski went scoreless, but spent six minutes in the penalty box as WMU tied Western Ontario in exhibition play on Saturday. WMU outshot the Mustangs 46-20. Former Lightning fifth round pick (2008) Kyle De Coste now plays for UWO. He had one shot and two penalty minutes in the game. De Coste was never signed by the Lightning. The best junior season he had was a 19-goal effort in 2010-2011 for Sault Ste Marie and Belleville.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-10-12

Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 3
ECAC Quarterfinals: Cornell wins best-of-3 series 2-0

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

Cornell scored three times in the first period and made the score hold up the rest of the way to advance to the ECAC semifinals in Atlantic City.

Yale Bulldogs 3 @ Harvard Crimson 4 (2OT)
ECAC quarterfinals: Best-of-3 series tied 1-1

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (hitting after the whistle), 9 SOG
Season totals: 31GP, 18-20-38, +6, 47 PIMs

For the second straight game Harvard and Yale went to overtime, but this time it was the Crimson who prevailed. Alex Killorn had a team-leading nine shots on goal on Saturday after only registering one on Friday night. Defenseman Dan Ford (undrafted) scored the double overtime winner for Harvard – his second goal of the season. The series-deciding Game 3 will be played Sunday at Harvard.

No.15 Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 11 Miami RedHawks 4
CCHA Quarterfinals: Miami wins best-of-3 series 2-0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-15-26, +16, 10 PIM

Mullin assisted on the game’s first goal and for the second night in a row Miami had a huge second period as they eliminated Michigan State from the CCHA playoff race with a 4-1 victory. The RedHawks scored three times in the second period to blow open a 1-1 game. Miami advances to the ECAC semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Colgate Raiders 2
ECAC Quarterfinals: Best-of-3 series tied 1-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-31-39, +1, 12 PIM

Quinnipiac staved off elimination in the ECAC tournament with a 4-2 win over the Raiders. Matt Peca extended his point streak to seven games with a three-point night. He is now over a point-per-game. Game 3 is Sunday at Colgate.

No.20 Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Western Michigan Broncos 5
CCHA Quarterfinals: WMU wins best-of-3 series 2-0[/b]

[i]D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-10-12, +7, 47 PIM

Witkowski (pictured) scored his second goal of the season to open the scoring and WMU built a 5-0 lead on their way to a win, sweep of LSSU, and a trip to Detroit for the CCHA semifinals for the second year in a row – a first for Bronco hockey. Free agent defenseman Dan DeKeyser had two helpers in the game.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-9-12

Dartmouth Big Green 3 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 4 (2OT)
ECAC Quarterfinals: Cornell leads best-of-3 series 1-0

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

Gotovets was back in the Cornell lineup after missing the Big Red’s last two games because of an undisclosed injury. He helped Cornell to win Game 1 between the two large colors, 4-3 in double overtime. He earned the secondary assist on the overtime winner scored by Sean Whitney (undrafted), his first goal of the season. Game 2 is Saturday at Cornell.

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (OT)
ECAC quarterfinals: Yale leads best-of-3 series 1-0

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 18-18-36, +6, 45 PIMs

Yale stole Game 1 against their hated rivals by beating the Crimson in overtime in Harvard’s barn. Penguins pick Kenny Agostino had the game winner, his 14th goal of the year. Game 2 is Saturday night at Harvard.

No.15 Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 11 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks 6
CCHA Quarterfinals: Miami leads best-of-3 series 1-0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-14-25, +16, 10 PIM

Mullin scored two goals in his first collegiate playoff game and was named first star as the RedHawks crushed visiting Michigan State 6-0 on Friday. Mullin, who scored on a rebound and again on a backhander, has nine points in his last three games. His eight shots on goal led Miami. Game 2 is Saturday in Oxford, Ohio.

Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Colgate Raiders 4
ECAC Quarterfinals: Colgate leads best-of-3 series 1-0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-28-36, -1, 12 PIM

The Raiders drew first blood in their quarterfinal series with Quinnipiac when Colgate got two third period goals to break a 2-2 tie with the Bobcats. Lightning prospect Matt Peca extended his point streak to six games with an assist. The two teams play again Saturday at Colgate. Though Colgate is seeded higher in the tournament, Quinnipiac is ahead of the Raiders in votes in the latest USCHO poll. Both teams are just outside the top-20. Earlier on Friday, Peca, Cornell forward Brian Ferlin, and Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally were named finalists for the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year Award.

No.20 Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Western Michigan Broncos 4
CCHA Quarterfinals: WMU leads best-of-3 series 1-0

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 1-10-11, +6, 45 PIM

Witkowski registered a point for the fifth time in six games as the Broncos took Game 1 of their CCHA quarterfinal series against LSSU, 4-2. Coveted NCAA free agent defenseman Dan DeKeyser had an assist on WMU’s empty net goal and was plus-2 for the Broncos. According to the Tampa Tribune, the Lightning have a good shot at signing DeKeyser if he chooses to leave school after the season. Game 2 is Saturday night in the Zoo (at WMU).

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-25-12

RPI Engineers 2 @ No. 11 Cornell Big Red 1 (OT)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-4-5, +12, 12 PIM

Gotovets has played well lately, but is taking his turn as a scratch for a deep Cornell squad. Cornell finished second in the ECAC and will get a bye in the playoff’s first round.

Clarkson Golden Knights 2 @ Harvard Crimson 3

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 18-18-36, +6, 45 PIMs

Harvard finishes the weekend with four big points after two wins. They will get a bye next week in the first round of the ECAC playoffs.

No. 5 Boston University Terriers 3 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (OT)

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Vermont put up a good fight against a top-5 team, but fell in overtime on a goal by Alexx Privitera, an undersized defenseman who went undrafted last summer.

No. 15 Miami RedHawks 5 @ No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 9-12-21, +13, 10 PIM

Mullin’s a Buckeye killer. The freshman registered three points Saturday to give him five (1-4-5) for the weekend as the RedHawks swept their intra-state rivals, outscoring them 8-1 in the process. Mullin was third star both nights. Miami moved up to fourth in the CCHA standings and will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs next week.

Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 34 GP, 7-23-30, +2, 12 PIM

Matthew Peca (pictured) set up both Quinnipiac goals as the Bobcats tied Yale 2-2 at home on Saturday. The Bobcats clinched the fifth seed in the ECAC and will play last-place Brown next weekend in the first round of the playoffs. Peca had six assists this weekend and is in the early running with Jimmy Mullin for our Prospect of the Week award.

No. 19 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 1 Ferris State Bulldogs 0

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 1-9-10, +5, 45 PIM

Witkowski registered a point for the fourth time in five games and set a new career high for points in a season with 10. But the most impressive part of his night was helping his Broncos to a huge upset win in the barn the nation’s No.1 team calls home. The Bulldogs accepted their trophy for winning the CCHA on Saturday night. They have already clinched the top spot for the playoffs. WMU, who clinched a bye, finished the home-and-home series with FSU 1-0-1. The Broncos tied for second in the CCHA with Michigan.

NCAA Game Night: 2-18-12

No. 12 Cornell Big Red 4 @ St. Lawrence Saints 3 (OT)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-4-5, +12, 12 PIM

Gotovets played wing for the fourth time in his collegiate career. He earned an assist on Cornell’s first goal after making a play with the puck down the left wing of the offensive zone.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Yale Bulldogs 7

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (elbowing), 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 18-17-35, +6, 43 PIMs

Apparently Yale didn’t take too kindly to Harvard beating them on national television a few weeks ago. This one was 3-0 Yale after the first period and they never looked back.

Vermont Catamounts 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Throw out the fish! New Hampshire got some revenge on rival Vermont by beating them Saturday night, 3-1. The Catamounts beat them in overtime on Friday. Marshall continues to miss time recovering from surgery. Reports state he’s expected back before the end of Vermont’s season.

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 19 Miami RedHawks 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 8-8-16, +8, 10 PIM

Mullin (pictured) got an assist in his second game back after missing three games with a knee injury. Mullin, Austin Czarnik (undrafted) and Reilly Smith (Dallas) continue to make up Miami’s top line. Miami completed a weekend sweep of No. 13 Notre Dame.

Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ No. 8 Union Dutchmen 5

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -3, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 7-17-24, +2, 10 PIM

Union improved to 13-3-4 in ECAC play. The Bobcats fell to 8-8-4.

No. 18 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Lake Superior State Lakers 3

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-8-9, +4, 43 PIM

Witkowski is turning into a point machine. This was his third game in a row with an assist. The junior tied his career high for points in a season with nine. He had nine last year in 42 games.

*USCHO poll used

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