NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 1-30-15

Union Dutchmen 5 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 6-5-11, +4, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard fell upset to the defending champs, 5-4.

UMass Minutemen 5 @ No. 2 Boston University Terriers 9

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-3-5, +10, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod couldn’t get in on the scoring party, though contributed to BU’s 9-5 shellacking of UMass Friday. Jack Eichel had two goals and two assists for BU. Senior Evan Rodrigues (undrafted) had six assists. UMass actually held a 5-4 lead at one point.

No. 1 North Dakota 2 @ No. 5 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 9-5-14, +8, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

In a match-up of two top-5 teams, O’Donnell earned an assist when his shot missed an open net but UND was able to capitalize seconds later. North Dakota scored twice in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit before Andrej Sustr’s alma mater scored in overtime.

No. 18 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5 @ Brown Bears 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-20-25, E, 21 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca had another big night, leading the Bobcats to a 5-3 win at Brown. His goal was scored into an empty net to secure the win.

Minnesota Golden Gophers 7 vs Wisconsin Badgers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 23 GP, 12-8-2, 2.62 GAA, .904 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox gets the win despite allowing five goals, putting him within one win of fourth all time on the Gopher goalie wins list. He has 63 wins in 100 games, per the University of Minnesota. The Gophers fell out of the USCHO top-20 poll last week for the first time in seemingly forever.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-24-15

No. 4 Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 15 Colgate Raiders 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-4-10, -1, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Hart scored at the 9-minute mark of the second period to tie the game at one, then Harvard scored five more unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 win. It was a good response to Friday’s loss to Cornell.

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 2 @ No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 1

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-3-5, +9, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU completed the weekend sweep of Martin St. Louis’ alma mater with a 2-1 win Saturday. The Terriers won 4-2 Friday.

Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 2 North Dakota 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-4-13, +8, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

UND beat the Tigers for the second straight night, winning 5-3 Saturday. O’Donnell led the team in shots with five.

No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 vs No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 22 GP, 11-8-2, 2.51 GAA, .907 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The slumping Gophers lost the Third Place Game of the North Star College Cup, falling 2-1 to No. 7 UMD. Wilcox lost his eighth game of the season, which ties his career “high,” set when he was a freshman (25-8-5).

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-17-15

St. Lawrence Saints 5 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 15 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-4-9, E, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Hart was ejected from the game for a check to the head early in the third period.

Niagara Purple Eagles 0 @ No. 3 North Dakota 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota crushed the Purple Eagles for the second straight night, winning 5-0 on Saturday. They won 7-1 on Friday. After having three points in each of his last two games, O'Donnell was scoreless on Saturday.

No. 20 Merrimack Warriors 3 @ No. 12 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 4-18-22, -4, 21 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Merrimack completed a home-and-home weekend sweep over the higher ranked Bobcats, winning 3-1 on Saturday. Peca had an assist in each game. QU fell to 15-8-1 with the two losses. Merrimack is 13-6-2.

Wisconsin Badgers 2 @ No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-6-2, 2.45 GAA, .910 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers put 50 shots on Badger goaltender Joel Rumpel (undrafted), beating him with five to earn a 5-2 win. Adam Wilcox continues to lead the Big 10 in goals against average.
*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-16-15

Clarkson Golden Knights 3 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 6

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard scored five of the game’s final six goals to beat Clarkson, 6-3. The Crimson improved to 11-2-2 on the year and 7-1-2 in the ECAC.

No. 17 Boston College Eagles 4 @ No. 2 Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-3-5, +7, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

Boston lost to rival BC, 4-2. Minnesota Wild first rounder Alex Tuch had two goals and an assist for the Eagles.

Niagara Purple Eagles 1 @ No. 3 North Dakota 7

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured), our reigning prospect of the week, had three points for the second straight game, helping UND beat up on Niagara, 7-1. He had a hat trick in his last game.

No. 12 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ No. 20 Merrimack Warriors 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-17-21, -3, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Merrimack had a 4-2 lead entering the third period and held on to win, 4-3. Peca set up QU’s third goal.

Wisconsin Badgers 2 @ No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 18 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 19 GP, 10-6-2, 2.47 GAA, .909 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

After getting pulled in his last game, Wilcox allowed two goals on 20 shots on Friday in a tie with Wisconsin. The Badgers won the shootout to take the extra conference point. Minnesota, who outshot Wisconsin 49-20 in regulation and overtime, is winless in Big 10 shootouts.
*USCHO poll used

Prospect of the Week: 1-14-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for January 14, 2014 is … Brendan O’Donnell, University of North Dakota (NCAA – USA).

Brendan O’Donnell is exhibit-A for why teams spend a late round draft pick on an under-the-radar high school or junior-A player and then allow them extended development time in college.

The Lightning’s 2010 sixth round pick from the Winnipeg South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League is now a senior at the University of North Dakota. After playing in Penticton of the BCHL the season after he was drafted, and then a mostly injury-plagued career with UND, the 6-foot, 193-pound left wing turned the proverbial corner late last year in his development. He continued that into the Lightning’s summer prospect camp, where he was one of the standouts in front of his potential future bosses.

A lot was expected of O’Donnell as a senior leader with UND this season as he was to be in more of an offensive role than previous years. Things didn’t start out as fast as he may have liked, but like his collegiate career, it took some time for things to come together.

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