UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ No. 18 Harvard Crimson 0
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 6 PIM
On the day they climbed to No. 18 in the USCHO poll, Harvard was crushed at home by unranked UMass-Lowell.
Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 0
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 8 PIM
Lakers goalie Kevin Murdock (undrafted, pictured), who was born in Bradenton, Florida, stopped 46 shots to lead LSSU to a 1-0 win over No. 3 Miami.
No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ Princeton Tigers 0
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-1-5, +3, 6 PIM
The Bobcats went into Princeton and completed their weekend sweep of the Tigers. One night after limiting Princeton to 12 shots, QU held them to 18 shots on goal. Quinnipiac is running away with the ECAC at 8-0.
No. 6 Denver Pioneers 3 @ No. 9 North Dakota 6
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 8 PIM
UND finished their big weekend series with Denver 1-0-1. The Pioneers still lead the WCHA with 16 points, three ahead of fifth-place North Dakota.
No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 4 (OT)
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 23 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 16 GP, 10-2-3, 1.78 GAA, .920 sv%, 2 SO
Minnesota had leads of 3-0 and 4-1, but couldn’t make them stand up against a potent Colorado College offense led by Alexander Krushelnyski (undrafted), son of former NHLer Mike Krushelnyski. The younger Krushelnyski took over the third period, scoring twice and setting up the game-tying goal in the closing seconds with CC’s goalie pulled. The tying goal was scored when Krushelnyski make a long pass from the half-wall to a teammate standing behind the Minnesota defense on the weak side. Wilcox lunged at the one-timed shot, but couldn’t stop it. Wilcox will head into the Christmas break with 10 wins, which is outstanding – especially for a freshman. The Gophers are second in the WCHA by one point behind Denver.
No. 16 Ferris State Bulldogs 1 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 2
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM
The Broncos completed their weekend sweep of the Bulldogs with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. WMU scored both of their goals in the third period. Western Michigan is 7-2-1 in conference play, third behind Notre Dame and Miami.
*USCHO poll used
No. 20 Harvard Crimson 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM
Harvard had a 2-0 lead on the Warriors before Merrimack fought back for a tie.
Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 3
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 6 PIM
Jimmy Mullin was scoreless coming off his first multi-point game of the year, but Miami got a win over visiting Lake Superior State, 3-2.
Princeton Tigers 1 @ No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 6 PIM
The Bobcats gave up just 12 shots on goal in their win, which was their seventh in conference play against no losses.
No. 6 Denver Pioneers 2 @ No. 9 North Dakota 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 4 PIM
The teams were deadlocked at two goals apiece midway through the game, but neither team could get a game-winner.
No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season totals: 15 GP, 10-2-2, 1.64 GAA, .925 sv%, 2 SO
Wilcox has now won seven of his last eight games for the Gophers. Like many of his wins, he was protecting a small lead for the majority of the game before the Gophers were able to get an insurance goal. Wilcox was recently named HCA Division I Rookie of the Month for November, which is a national award.
No. 16 Ferris State Bulldogs 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM
The Broncos won again, this time beating visiting Ferris State, 4-2. Witkowski leads WMU in blocked shots for the season with 14.
*USCHO poll used
As Kirill Gotovets describes his style, he makes it clear that defense comes first.
Despite recording 15 points over his first two seasons at Cornell University, the defenseman isn’t worried about not finding his name on the scoresheet during the first nine games of his junior year.
His game still evolving, Gotovets knows stats aren’t everything.
“I think I still play the same style, just a little bit unlucky with the points,” he said. “I don’t think it matters how many points I get, I just worry about how I play and how the team plays.”
Saint Lawrence Saints 1 @ No. 12 Cornell Big Red 3
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM
The Big Red won their second game of the weekend, coming from behind against the Saints for a 3-1 win. Bolt Prospects writer Jeremy Houghtaling was at the game and will have a feature on Kirill Gotovets in the coming days. For a recap of the game, see Jeremy’s Twitter timeline at Twitter.com/jghoughtaling.
No. 4 Miami RedHawks 4@ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 6 PIM
Jimmy Mullin had his first multi-point game of the year with a goal and an assist in Miami’s second win in as many nights over the Nanooks. Mullin’s assist came when he fed a teammate from behind the net and another teammate banged in that rebound. His goal came on a breakaway in which he went 5-hole on the Alaska-Fairbanks goaltender. Miami freshman goalie Ryan McKay had the shutout for the RedHawks. McKay is the former goaltending partner of Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox. The two were together in USHL Green Bay before the Gamblers decided to keep McKay and trade Wilcox.
No. 16 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ RPI Engineers 1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 4 PIM
Matthew Peca (pictured) scored shorthanded in the third period while RPI was on a 5-on-3 power play to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead. It turned out to be the game-winning goal and Quinnipiac remained unbeaten in ECAC play (6-0).
No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ No. 18 Colorado College Tigers 2 (OT)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 2 PIM
The Sioux badly outshot the Tigers for the second night in a row, but this time they came away with a victory – albeit in overtime. UND had 42 shots to CC’s 20. The game-winning goal was scored by Drake Caggiula (2013), his fifth of the season.
No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 14 GP, 9-2-2, 1.61 GAA, .925 sv%, 2 SO
After his 6-game win streak was snapped on Friday night against UNO, Adam Wilcox got some revenge on the Mavericks with a 3-2 win on Saturday night. Wilcox made several big saves in the second period after the Gophers went up, 3-0. UNO scored late in the second and again late in the third period to make things interesting.
Northern Michigan Wildcats 0 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 1
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM
The Broncos completed a weekend sweep of the Wildcats with a 1-0 victory on Saturday. WMU goaltender Frank Slubowski (undrafted) got the shutout.
*USCHO poll used