NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 3-28-14

No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers 2 vs No. 13 North Dakota 5
Midwest Regional Semifinals

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 7-11-18, +6, 10 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

Fourth-seeded North Dakota upset top-seeded Wisconsin in the Midwest Regional Semifinals, 5-2. The Badgers tied the game at 2 with half a period to go, but O’Donnell’s slapshot from the right point hit teammate Mark MacMillan in the back and bounced into the net to give UND a lead they’d never relinquish. Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi scored two empty net goals to give him three goals in the game and seal the win for the former Sioux. UND will meet Ferris State on Saturday for the right to go to the Frozen Four.

No. 10 Providence Friars 4 vs No. 7 Quinnipiac Bobcats 0
East Regional Semifinals

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Friars goalie Jon Gillies stopped all 37 shots he faced to shut out the second-seeded Bobcats and lead third-seeded Providence to within one win of the Frozen Four. Providence will play Union on Saturday. Peca’s junior season is over and it’s possible he gets a contract offer from Tampa Bay to leave school and join AHL Syracuse. He told the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson in July that he’d be open to leaving school after his junior season. Whether Lightning GM Steve Yzerman thinks pro hockey is the best thing for Peca now and next year is another story. There isn’t a lot of room in the Syracuse forward ranks for next season. Peca is a special talent with impressive intangibles. He played center this year for the first time in college. He could return to the Bobcats as their frontline center.

NCAA Game Night: 3-22-14

Miami RedHawks 3 vs Denver Pioneers 4
NCHC Finals

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was scratched with a lower body injury. The RedHawks’ season is likely over after their end-of-year streak that got them within a goal or two of winning the conference title. Mullin will be a senior next year.

Western Michigan Broncos 0 vs No. 10 North Dakota 5
NCHC Third Place Game

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 7-10-17, +7, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

O’Donnell had two assists to help North Dakota to a win in the NCHC Third Place Game.

NCAA Game Night: 3-21-14

Miami RedHawks 3 vs No. 11 North Dakota 0
NCHC Semifinals

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 7-8-15, +5, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

Miami continued their hot streak after knocking off top-seeded St. Cloud State last weekend, beating North Dakota, 3-0, in the NCHC semifinals on Friday night. Mullin remains out for the RedHawks with a lower body injury. O’Donnell and North Dakota will wait to see where they play in the national tournament. Miami will play Denver for the first NCHC championship.

No. 14 Colgate Raiders 3 vs No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (2OT)
ECAC Semifinals

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 12-26-38, +5, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Quinnipiac will go another year without an ECAC championship as they blew a 2-0 lead and fell in double overtime to Colgate, 3-2, in the semifinals. Peca had a power play assist on a one-touch pass into the slot to help the Bobcats to a 2-0 lead. He was on the ice late in the third period with Colgate’s goalie pulled, covering high as Colgate banged away at a loose puck in the crease to tie the game at two. In double overtime, Peca came off the bench to backcheck on an odd-man rush. Colgate’s initial shot caromed back into the high slot and a QU defenseman lost his feet, enabling a clear shot for a Raider player to win the game. The Bobcats will next play in the national tournament.

Ohio State Buckeyes 3 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1
Big 10 Semifinals

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 34 GP, 23-5-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox, who was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist earlier in the week, allowed two goals to Ohio State, but the story was the Gophers picking a bad time for sloppy play. Minnesota wasn’t themselves on Friday night, especially late in the third period when they struggled to even get the puck in deep on the forecheck. One of those failed opportunities resulted in an empty net goal. The Gophers will await their seeding in the national tournament.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-16-14

Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 10 North Dakota 4
NCHC Quarterfinals

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, +5, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

O’Donnell scored just over two minutes into the third period to give UND a 4-2 lead. They’d need that goal as Colorado College scored with 89 seconds remaining to cut the lead to one. UND held on to advance to the NCHC Frozen Face-off next weekend.

NCAA Game Night: 3-15-2014

Miami RedHawks 4 @ No. 4 St. Cloud State Huskies 3
NCHC Quarterfinals

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was a scratch as Miami upset the top-seeded Huskies again to advance to the conference semifinals. SCSU entered the tournament as the top seed.

Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 10 North Dakota 2 (OT)
NCHC Quarterfinals

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 6-8-14, +4, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

The Tigers forced a deciding Game 3 on Sunday vs UND with an overtime win on Saturday night. North Dakota outshot CC, 46-29.

No. 16 Yale Bulldogs 3 @ No. 6 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
ECAC Quarterfinals

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 12-25-37, +8, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Sam Anas (undrafted) had two goals and Matt Peca had two assists to lead the Bobcats to a quarterfinal series win over defending national champion Yale.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ No. 13 Michigan Wolverines 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play
Season totals: 33 GP, 23-4-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox got the night off because Minnesota clinched the Big 10 title on Friday night.

*USCHO poll used

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