NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 10-28-12

Canisius Griffins 0 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 20 saves on 20 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals (pregame): 3 GP, 3-0-0, 1.14 GAA, .934 sv%, 1 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox started for the Gophers and turned in a gem, stopping all 20 shots he faced for his first collegiate shutout. Wilcox was composed in the net for the entirety of the game, showing good positional work and displaying above-average athleticism. His athleticism was on full display late in the third period while protecting a 1-0 lead. Wilcox stopped an opposing forward on a partial breakaway by first using a pokecheck, then recovering to close his legs as the forward was able to corral the loose puck and try to go 5-hole. With 22 seconds left in the game Wilcox moved from his right to his left and lunged at a lone Griffin staring at an open net. He knocked the puck out of the air with his glove and the puck was cleared.

The hometown scorers rightly gave Wilcox the Second Star, but the first should have gone to Griffins goaltender Tony Capobianco, who was spectacular for Canisius. Capobianco was beaten on a screened deflection 12 seconds into the game, then stopped the next 41 shots he faced. Capobianco got Third Star.

Canisius – alma mater of Lightning prospect Cory Conacher – was looking for its first win over a WCHA club. Conacher’s younger brother, Shane, will attend Canisius next year on a hockey scholarship.

NCAA Game Night: 10-27-12

No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 2 @ No. 7 Cornell Big Red 3

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Cornell earned another two points by completing a weekend sweep of the visiting Tigers. The Big Red won 2-0 on Friday.

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 4 @ No. 6 Michigan Wolverines 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM

Mullin (pictured) scored his first goal of the year as Miami avenged a Friday night loss to the Wolverines with a win on Saturday. Lightning camper Austin Czarnik was first star with two assists.

No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Colgate Raiders 5

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM

Peca’s two-game goal scoring streak came to an end Saturday at Colgate. The Raiders scored three times in the third period.

Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 3 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 (OT)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell had a point for the second straight game, but the Sioux couldn’t beat the SeaWolves two nights in a row. O’Donnell started the game on North Dakota’s top line with Corban Knight (Panthers) and Danny Kristo (Flames).

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-26-12

No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 0 @ No. 7 Cornell Big Red 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Cornell opened their regular season with a shutout win over visiting Colorado College. Senior John Esposito (undrafted) scored both goals for the Big Red. Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets is looking to build on the eight points he accumulated last season as a sophomore.

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 2 @ No. 7 Michigan Wolverines 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM

Jimmy Mullin set up teammate Cody Murphy on the power play to give Miami a short-lived 1-0 lead, but the RedHawks gave up two third period goals to lose in Michigan, 4-2. Jets first round defenseman Jacob Trouba had two assists for Michigan. Lightning camper Austin Czarnik had a goal for Miami, his third of the season.

Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 1 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping), 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell (pictured) notched his first point of the season and North Dakota handled the SeaWolves, 4-1. Flames prospect Danny Kristo had three assists for the Sioux.

USA U-18 2 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 (exhibition)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play
Season totals (pregame): 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.31 GAA, .913 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox got the night off for the Gophers in an exhibition match against the USA Under-18 squad. The Gophers play again on Sunday against Cory Conacher's alma mater, Canisius.

NCAA Game Night: 10-20-12

Brock Badgers 2 @ No. 6 Cornell Big Red 2 (exhibition)

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 12 PIM

Sixth-ranked Cornell finally got their season underway with an exhibition tie against Brock. Gotovets, now a junior, is looking to build on his sophomore totals of one goal and eight assists last year. Brock University is located in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Providence Friars 3 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 4 (OT)

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play.
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had two goals and an assist for the RedHawks, including the overtime winner. Jimmy Mullin was not listed in the Miami lineup. There was nothing in Miami’s game report from Friday about an injury or suspension.

Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM

Peca scored for the second straight game. His shorthanded goal early in the third period turned out to be the game winner for the Bobcats.

No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 1 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

The number-2 team in the country lost a close one in Alaska to the Nanooks, who won the Alaska Goal Rush title. Brendan O’Donnell started the game on a line with Cody Kunyk and Andy Taranto.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 14 saves on 16 shots
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-0-0, 1.58 GAA, .902 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox (pictured, Star-Tribune photo) got the start after serving in a relief role on Friday night and got the win for the top-ranked Gophers over Michigan Tech. It was the Gophers first WCHA win in two tries; they lost 5-3 to the Huskies on Friday. Seth Ambroz (Blue Jackets) had two goals for the Gophers, who outshot Michigan Tech 34-18. The game was tied at two entering the final period.

Canisius Griffins 1 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 4 PIM

The Broncos completed a 2-game sweep of the Griffins with a close win on Saturday night. Broncos captain Luke Witkowski notched his third point in four games. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had a goal and an assist for WMU. Witkowski and his defensive partner, DeKeyser, both assisted on Trevor Elias’ game winning goal with three minutes left in regulation.

NCAA Game Night: 10-19-12

McGill Redmen 1 @ No. 17 Harvard Crimson 5 (exhibition)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Harvard started their season with a big exhibition win over the alma mater of Lightning coaches Guy Boucher and Martin Raymond. McGill won the Canadian university national championship last season. This was Hart’s collegiate debut.

Providence Friars 1 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had an assist as Miami tied Providence on Friday night.

Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

Peca (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and earned first star honors in the Bobcats’ tie against visiting Ohio State. Peca’s goal was unassisted and scored at even strength.

No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

UND got two goals from Habs prospect Mark MacMillan and the Sioux won their season opener, 5-0 over tournament host Alaska-Fairbanks.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: No decision, 11 saves on 12 shots in relief
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox replaced an ineffective Michael Shibrowski in the second period and allowed one goal in 31 minutes as the top-ranked Gophers lost on the road at Michigan Tech in both teams’ conference opener. It was Minnesota’s first loss of the season.

Canisius Griffins 0 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM

The Broncos shut out the alma mater of Lightning prospect and reigning AHL Most Valuable Player Cory Conacher. Witkowski did not register a point. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had six shots on goal for WMU.

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