Bolt Prospects would now like to talk turkey about the prospects who rose to the top in the month of November. We took our time to make sure this month's Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Month had spent the proper amount of time in the oven before serving him to you. We thought about giving the award to Riku Helenius of JYP, but there was not much thanks being given in the SM-liiga by his opponents after he posted a 3-1-0 record with 2 shutouts, a 0.99 GAA, and a .949 sv%. How could we give the award to a man who clearly was in no mood to share with the rest of Finland's top league. We also might've considered Cory Conacher, who had 8 goals and 13 points in 12 games, but Conacher's still a pilgrim on his way to the land where NHL entry level contracts are found.
So, we looked high and low and then decided to honor a prospect who plays his hockey in the old Massachusetts colony, not terribly far from Plymouth Rock. Novemeber's Prospect of the Month honors belong to...
No. 18 Miami RedHawks 1 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 5
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, even, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-2-5 +4, 6 PIM
Northern completed the weekend sweep over Miami at home.
No. 6 Ferris State Bulldogs 0 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, even, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP 0-3-3, +4, 29 PIM
After a five game winless streak the Broncos had a big weekend sweeping Ferris State.
RPI 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP 4-9-13, +1, 4 PIM
The Bobcats are now unbeaten in their last three games. Peca's goal snapped a four-game scoring drought.
North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 @ Alaska Anchorage 1
F Brendan O'Donnell , UND: 0-0-0, even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP 3-0-3, Even, 0 PIM
The Sioux have now won four straight after a road sweep in Anchorage.
Clarkson 0 @ No. 17 Cornell Big Red 0 (ot)
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP 1-1-2, even, 4 PIM
Cornell goalie Andy Iles recorded his second straight shutout of the weekend in the scoreless tie.
Maine Black Bears 5 @ Vermont Catamounts 2
F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play, injured
Season totals: 2 GP 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
The Black Bears swept the Catamounts on the road.
St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ No.17 Cornell Big Red 1
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, Even, 4 PIM
Cornell has won five of its last six games.
Harvard Crimson 3 @ UMass Minutemen 3 (OT)
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 11 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-5-11, +2, 23 PIM
Killorn scored his sixth goal of the year and had a team-leading 11 shots on goal Friday as the Crimson tied UMass, 3-3.
Maine Black Bears 6 @ Vermont Catamounts 4
F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Vermont is now winless in nine games. Marshall remains out with an injury.
No.18 Miami RedHawks 1 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-2-5, +4, 4 PIM
Miami had their eight-game unbeaten streak snapped with a road loss Friday.
North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 @ Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 2
F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-0-3, +2, 0 PIM
Oâ€™Donnell, a freshman, has three goals in his last two games. He scored both his goals Friday in the opening 10 minutes of the game. He played on an all-freshman line with Mark MacMillan (Canadiens) and Michael Parks (Flyers).
No.9 Union Dutchmen 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 2
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-9-12, -1, 4 PIM
The Bobcats allowed a third period goal and ended up tying the Dutchmen 2-2 on home ice.
No.12 Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Ferris State Bulldogs 2
D Luke Witkowski, UWM:0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-3-3, +4 29 PIM
The Broncos broke a five-game winless streak with a victory over Pat Nagleâ€™s alma mater.
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This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques, but weâ€™re pretty sure this carries more weight than an Ivy League degree in some circles (maybe the Google+ circles?).
Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospectâ€™s achievement on the ice.
This weekâ€™s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to â€¦ Alex Killorn, Right Wing, Harvard Crimson (NCAA â€“ USA)
No. 4 Colorado College Tigers 3 @ North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4
F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
The Sioux look to have gotten themselves back on track after a nice weekend sweep of No. 4 Colorado College at home.
No. 17 Cornell Big Red 1 vs. No. 15 Boston University Terriers 2 (OT)
Madison Square Garden
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, Even, 4 PIM
Cornell's five-game winning streak was snapped as the Big Red fell in overtime to BU at MSG
Miami RedHawks 4 @ No. 10 Denver Pioneers 2
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-2-5, +4, 4 PIM
Dallas prospect Reilly Smith had two goals for the RedHawks as they upset the host of the Denver cup. Miami finished out November on an eight-game unbeaten streak.
Massachusetts Minutemen 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
F Matthew Peca, QUI: Did not play
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-9-12, Even, 4 PIM
The Bobcats snapped a six game winless streak with the non-conference win over UMASS.