NCAA Game Night: 1-12-13

Harvard Crimson 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-3-6, E, 6 PIM

Brian Hart had an assist on USA WJCer Jimmy Vesey’s goal to open the game and give Harvard a 1-0 lead, but the Crimson allowed three of the next four goals to lose, 3-2.

No. 6 Miami RedHawks 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 10 PIM

Jimmy Mullin scored the shootout-winning goal for Miami, though the game will officially go down as a tie. He scored the only goal of the five-round shootout.

Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 7 North Dakota 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell back in the lineup as UND defeated the Tigers, 5-3. Flames prospect Danny Kristo had two goals and two assists.

No. 16 Union Dutchmen 2 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-6-12, +7, 20 PIM

The Bobcats scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and extend their unbeaten streak to 16 games. Peca’s assist came on Qunnipiac’s first goal.

Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 9 saves on 10 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-2-3, (pregame: ) 1.67 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox started his 19th straight game, but didn’t finish it as he was pulled in the third period with the Gophers up 6-1. They added one more goal to win, 7-1.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-4-5, -2, 20 PIM

Luke Witkowski (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) notched his fourth assist of the season to help WMU defeat the visiting Lakers, 3-1. Witkowski received two minor penalties – one for charging the goalie. The Broncos outshot LSSU 41-19.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-11-13

No. 6 Miami RedHawks 1 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM

Jimmy Mullin continues to get his shots at the opposing net, but his goal totals aren’t rising just yet. Miami outshot the Wildcats, 44-24.

Colorado College 4 @ No. 7 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was not in the lineup as North Dakota fell to visiting Colorado College.

RPI Red Hawks 1 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-5-11, +5, 20 PIM

The Bobcats didn’t get a win, but extended their unbeaten streak to 15 games (13-0-2). They are 10-0-1 in the ECAC. Matt Peca (pictured) had an assist and three minor penalties.

Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 3 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 17 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 19 GP, 14-2-3, 1.67 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox started his 18th straight game, but top-ranked Minnesota needed to come from behind to steal a win in a classic trap game. The Seawolves scored twice in just over three minutes as the third period was starting to wind down, but the Gophers scored twice late, including the game-winner in the last minute. Minnesota is coming off wins over then-No. 1 Boston College and No. 2 Notre Dame. They face their WCHA rivals, North Dakota, next weekend. Beware of trap games.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 1 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 16 PIM

WMU peppered LSSU goalie Kevin Kapalka (undrafted) with 44 shots, including nine in overtime, but the game officially ended in a 1-1 tie. LSSU won the shootout, 2-1.

*USCHO poll used

Wilcox a Huge Reason for Gophers Success

From FoxSports North

Adam Wilcox came to the University of Minnesota campus this fall for a job interview of sorts.

The freshman from South St. Paul was in a competition with junior Mike Shibrowski to become Golden Gophers' starting goaltender. For the first few weeks of the college hockey season, Minnesota coach Don Lucia played each goalie for one game a weekend to see how they handled certain situations.

But there was one game — and perhaps even one play — in October when Wilcox seized the starting job and made it his own.

NCAA Game Night: 1-9-13

Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 8 Boston University Terriers 5 (OT)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-2-5, +1, 6 PIM

Harvard overcame a 5-2 third period deficit to force overtime and steal a win against their rivals. The highly entertaining game was broadcast on NHL Network. Hart’s third goal of the year was scored on the power play when he took a pass at the top of the right circle and fired home a half-slapper blocker side. He showed good speed during the game, playing alongside USA World Juniors gold medalist Jimmy Vesey (Predators). Hart’s best play may have been when he sprinted back down the center of the ice on defense to tie up a trailing forward in front of the net just as he received a pass late in the game. The puck skittered safely to the corner and the game remained tied at the moment. Hart had two shifts in overtime and led at least one 2-on-1 break. Conor Morrison scored in overtime for the Crimson on a shot off an off-wing rush. It was his first goal of the season.

NCAA Game Night: 1-8-13

No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 23 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 18 GP, 13-2-2, 1.60 GAA, .929 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox was named second star on Tuesday night as he backstopped the No. 1 Golden Gophers to a big win over a top-2 team for the second game in a row. The Gophers defeated the visiting No. 2 Irish, 4-1, taking a 2-0 lead early, adding some insurance to make it 3-1, then finishing up with an empty net goal late. Last week they beat then-No. 1 Boston College, 8-1. Wilcox continues to be one of the best stories in the WCHA this year. He has made 17 consecutive starts for Minnesota, who is now ranked No. 1. He wasn’t at his absolute best on Tuesday night, as the shot that beat him was a rolling puck that entered the crease and bounced over his laid-down paddle and through his legs. He made up for it later with a full-extension toe save on a breakaway attempt by Notre Dame. Minnesota plays two against Alaska-Anchorage this weekend before they meet their rivals, North Dakota, in two weeks.

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