NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 3-7-15

Brown Bears 3 @ No. 19 Harvard Crimson 4
ECAC First Round
Harvard wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard eliminated the Bears from the ECAC tournament with a 4-3 win Saturday. Harvard had a 4-2 lead entering the third period and held on. Hart’s seventh goal of the season in his 30th game matches his totals from last year identically. On Saturday he had the puck behind the Brown net and passed the puck off the back of the net back to himself though no one was around him. The Brown goalie thought he was reversing direction and moved to his right so Hart swung around to the goalie's left and slid the puck into an open net. Harvard will play rival Yale in the ECAC quarterfinals.

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 5 Miami Redhawks 6

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-6-16, +9, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota clinched the conference championship Friday so Saturday’s game may not have had the same intensity. Former Lightning camper and upcoming free agent Austin Czarnik had a hat trick and four points for Miami.

No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 33 GP, 18-11-3, 2.54 GAA, .906 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers had a 2-1 lead in the second period, but gave up the game’s next four goals to take the road loss. Minnesota was bypassed by Michigan State for first in the Big 10 by one point. There are two conference games remaining.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-28-15

Princeton Tigers 0 @ No. 14 Harvard Crimson 5

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 6-7-13, E, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Hart now has points in consecutive games after going nearly a month without hitting the scoresheet. Harvard will need his production heading into the postseason.

No. 4 Boston University Terriers 6 @ Northeastern Huskies 1

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod was not in the lineup Saturday, though he did play Friday. Clay Witt made 29 saves for Northeastern while taking the loss.

St. Cloud State Huskies 1 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG*
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-6-16, +10, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota completed a two-game weekend sweep of SCSU with a 3-1 win Saturday. O’Donnell had a goal and an assist in the series.

No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-27-32, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac took the loss, but will still be the top seed when the conference playoffs begin soon.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-27-15

Northeastern Huskies 6 @ No. 4 Boston University Terriers 5

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU beat Northeastern earlier in the week for the Beanpot title, but fell to the Huskies on Friday. Clay Witt stopped 19 of 24 shots for Northeastern. Evan Rodrigues (undrafted free agent) had a hat trick for BU.

St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 28 GP, 10-5-15, +8, 27 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota skated out to a 3-0 lead, then held on to defeat SCSU, 3-2. O’Donnell had UND’s second goal, and was a tap-in away from another late in the game on the power play. He missed on a quick centering pass that ended up in his skates and out of harm’s way. He skated to the bench shaking his head.

No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5 @ No. 16 Harvard Crimson 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 5-27-32, +1, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 6-5-11, -2, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Quinnipiac had a 5-1 lead before Brian Hart assisted on Harvard’s second goal. Matt Peca had two more assists to give him 27 for the season. His career high is 30, set in his freshman season. Hart, meanwhile, notched his first point in about a month.

Michigan State Spartans 4 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 26 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-10-3, 2.55 GAA, .906 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox missed Thursday’s game with an injury, but was back in the nets on Friday against Michigan State. The junior, who was named a Mike Richter Award nominee for the second-straight year, allowed four goals in the loss. Wilcox was a finalist last year for the award, which is given to the nation’s top goaltender.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-21-15

No. 14 Harvard Crimson 3 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-5-11, -1, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard bounced back from a big loss on Friday to win on Saturday. Hart continues to struggle to produce points. He's 0-for-February so far.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-6-8, +10, 42 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

The Irish took the weekend series with the Terriers, winning Saturday to go with a Friday tie. Cal Peterson (Sabres) stopped 42 shots for the Irish.

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-5-14, +7, 27 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

The top-ranked team in the country rebounded from a late regulation collapse to beat WMU in overtime, completing a weekend sweep of the Broncos.

Brown Bears 2 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 5-25-30, E, 23 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac clinched the ECAC regular season title with a tie Saturday night against Brown. This is the second conference title in three years for the Bobcats, who will have the top seed and a bye in the conference tournament.

No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Penn State Nittany Lions 4 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: OTL, 35 saves on 36 shots
Season totals: 30 GP, 17-9-3, 2.50 GAA, .907 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers scored twice late in the third – including the tying goal with 40 seconds left – to force overtime, but Penn State got the winner on the power play in the extra session.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 2-20-15

No. 14 Harvard Crimson 1 @ No. 20 St. Lawrence Saints 5

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-5-11, E, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

The Saints took care of business at home against Harvard, easily disposing of the higher-ranked Crimson, 5-1.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-6-8, +10, 42 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

The Irish scored in the last four minutes of regulation to force overtime. The game ended in an old fashioned 2-2 tie.

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-5-14, +7, 27 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota got a big road win in Kalamazoo, defeating Luke Witkowski’s alma mater, 3-1. UND improved to 21-6-3.

No. 13 Yale Bulldogs 2 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 5-25-30, +1, 23 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Yale and Quinnipiac entered the third period tied at two, but the teams couldn’t break the tie in the final period or overtime.

No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Penn State Nittany Lions 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 35 saves on 36 shots
Season totals: 30 GP, 17-8-3, 2.45 GAA, .908 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers won their fifth in a row, defeating Penn State in State College. Wilcox has come out of his mid-season rut with five solid games in a row. Minnesota is back in the top-20 after an extended absence. They were No. 1 earlier in the season before falling down and out.

*USCHO poll used

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