NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 3-16-12

No. 19 Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 1
ECAC Semifinals

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 33GP, 22-23-45, +13, 47 PIMs
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

Killorn and Harvard continued their magical run, beating the favored Big Red 6-1 on Friday to earn a trip to the ECAC finals against top-seeded Union. Harvard scored the game’s first six goals, with Killorn getting numbers two and five. Cornell added a late goal. Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets spent time at wing, which he has done a handful of times this year. Harvard has to beat Union on Saturday to get into the national tournament. Cornell, who will play in the Third Place Game on Saturday, is considered on the bubble.

No. 7 Miami RedHawks 2 vs. No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos 6
CCHA Semifinals

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-11-13, +8, 47 PIM
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM

Witkowski logged a ton of minutes and for a moment or two had was credited with an important goal for WMU as the Broncos upset Miami to advance to the CCHA Finals against Michigan, who beat Cinderella Bowling Green in double overtime. Witkowski took a feed in the high slot while on the power play, skated a couple of strides, and fired a low wrist shot that found its way to the twine but it was later ruled to have hit the shaft of the stick of teammate Will Kessel (undrafted). Witkowski and defensive partner Dan DeKeyser, a free agent target of the Lightning, played nearly every key shift in the game for the Broncos and matched-up against Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin’s high-powered line for much of the game. Mullin created a few scoring chances and had his name announced for an assist on Miami's first goal, but it was later corrected. Mullin was one of the few RedHawks who was generating chances. Mullin will continue his season in Saturday's Third Place Game, then on the road to the Frozen Four in Tampa as the RedHawks are considered a lock for an invitation. WMU is on the bubble, but can punch their ticket with a win over the Wolverines at Joe Louis Arena Saturday night.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-11-12

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 8
ECAC quarterfinals: Harvard wins best-of-3 series 2-1

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 32GP, 20-22-42, +10, 47 PIMs

After games one and two had three overtimes between them, 3-seed Harvard blew out their hated rivals in Game 3, 8-2. Killorn factored in on four of Harvard’s first five goals after getting down 1-0 early to the Bulldogs. Game stars haven’t been posted yet, but Killorn’s a sure bet to be at least second star. David Valek (undrafted) had a hat trick for Harvard, who advances to the ECAC semifinals in Atlantic City. Killorn will matchup against fellow Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets and second-seeded Cornell.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 0 @ Colgate Raiders 4
ECAC Quarterfinals: Colgate wins best-of-3 series 2-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 8-31-39, E, 12 PIM

Colgate didn’t leave much doubt when eliminating Quinnipiac in Game 3 on Sunday. The Raiders took a 3-0 lead into the third period and Eric Mihalik (undrafted) made 13 of his 21 saves in the third period to help Colgate advance to the ECAC semifinals to play Union. Peca’s seven-game point streak came to an end. With the loss, Quinnipiac's season is complete. Congratulations to the Bobcats for a fine year and to Peca, who was outstanding in his first collegiate season.

Note: In the CCHA, with No.1 Ferris State being upset on Sunday in overtime, Western Michigan (Luke Witkowski) will face Miami (Jimmy Mullin) at Joe Louis Arena in the semifinals next weekend.

NCAA Game Night: 3-10-12

Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 3
ECAC Quarterfinals: Cornell wins best-of-3 series 2-0

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

Cornell scored three times in the first period and made the score hold up the rest of the way to advance to the ECAC semifinals in Atlantic City.

Yale Bulldogs 3 @ Harvard Crimson 4 (2OT)
ECAC quarterfinals: Best-of-3 series tied 1-1

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (hitting after the whistle), 9 SOG
Season totals: 31GP, 18-20-38, +6, 47 PIMs

For the second straight game Harvard and Yale went to overtime, but this time it was the Crimson who prevailed. Alex Killorn had a team-leading nine shots on goal on Saturday after only registering one on Friday night. Defenseman Dan Ford (undrafted) scored the double overtime winner for Harvard – his second goal of the season. The series-deciding Game 3 will be played Sunday at Harvard.

No.15 Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 11 Miami RedHawks 4
CCHA Quarterfinals: Miami wins best-of-3 series 2-0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-15-26, +16, 10 PIM

Mullin assisted on the game’s first goal and for the second night in a row Miami had a huge second period as they eliminated Michigan State from the CCHA playoff race with a 4-1 victory. The RedHawks scored three times in the second period to blow open a 1-1 game. Miami advances to the ECAC semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Colgate Raiders 2
ECAC Quarterfinals: Best-of-3 series tied 1-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-31-39, +1, 12 PIM

Quinnipiac staved off elimination in the ECAC tournament with a 4-2 win over the Raiders. Matt Peca extended his point streak to seven games with a three-point night. He is now over a point-per-game. Game 3 is Sunday at Colgate.

No.20 Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Western Michigan Broncos 5
CCHA Quarterfinals: WMU wins best-of-3 series 2-0[/b]

[i]D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-10-12, +7, 47 PIM

Witkowski (pictured) scored his second goal of the season to open the scoring and WMU built a 5-0 lead on their way to a win, sweep of LSSU, and a trip to Detroit for the CCHA semifinals for the second year in a row – a first for Bronco hockey. Free agent defenseman Dan DeKeyser had two helpers in the game.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-9-12

Dartmouth Big Green 3 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 4 (2OT)
ECAC Quarterfinals: Cornell leads best-of-3 series 1-0

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

Gotovets was back in the Cornell lineup after missing the Big Red’s last two games because of an undisclosed injury. He helped Cornell to win Game 1 between the two large colors, 4-3 in double overtime. He earned the secondary assist on the overtime winner scored by Sean Whitney (undrafted), his first goal of the season. Game 2 is Saturday at Cornell.

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (OT)
ECAC quarterfinals: Yale leads best-of-3 series 1-0

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 18-18-36, +6, 45 PIMs

Yale stole Game 1 against their hated rivals by beating the Crimson in overtime in Harvard’s barn. Penguins pick Kenny Agostino had the game winner, his 14th goal of the year. Game 2 is Saturday night at Harvard.

No.15 Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 11 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks 6
CCHA Quarterfinals: Miami leads best-of-3 series 1-0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-14-25, +16, 10 PIM

Mullin scored two goals in his first collegiate playoff game and was named first star as the RedHawks crushed visiting Michigan State 6-0 on Friday. Mullin, who scored on a rebound and again on a backhander, has nine points in his last three games. His eight shots on goal led Miami. Game 2 is Saturday in Oxford, Ohio.

Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Colgate Raiders 4
ECAC Quarterfinals: Colgate leads best-of-3 series 1-0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-28-36, -1, 12 PIM

The Raiders drew first blood in their quarterfinal series with Quinnipiac when Colgate got two third period goals to break a 2-2 tie with the Bobcats. Lightning prospect Matt Peca extended his point streak to six games with an assist. The two teams play again Saturday at Colgate. Though Colgate is seeded higher in the tournament, Quinnipiac is ahead of the Raiders in votes in the latest USCHO poll. Both teams are just outside the top-20. Earlier on Friday, Peca, Cornell forward Brian Ferlin, and Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally were named finalists for the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year Award.

No.20 Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Western Michigan Broncos 4
CCHA Quarterfinals: WMU leads best-of-3 series 1-0

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 1-10-11, +6, 45 PIM

Witkowski registered a point for the fifth time in six games as the Broncos took Game 1 of their CCHA quarterfinal series against LSSU, 4-2. Coveted NCAA free agent defenseman Dan DeKeyser had an assist on WMU’s empty net goal and was plus-2 for the Broncos. According to the Tampa Tribune, the Lightning have a good shot at signing DeKeyser if he chooses to leave school after the season. Game 2 is Saturday night in the Zoo (at WMU).

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-4-12

Brown Bears 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
ECAC First Round: Quinnipiac wins best of 3 series, 2-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 8-27-35, +2, 12 PIM

It took longer than expected, but the fifth-seeded Bobcats finally eliminated last place Brown. The Bears, who upset Quinnipiac on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in their opening round series of the ECAC playoffs, went down 3-0 on Sunday after two periods in the decisive Game 3, only to come roaring back to make it 3-2 four minutes into the third period. Quinnipiac held on and eventually added an empty netter with 15 seconds left in the game. Lightning prospect Matt Peca had the primary assist on his team’s first goal, which made it 11 straight Bobcat goals he either scored or assisted on. That streak stopped with the Bobcats’ second goal of the game. Quinnipiac advances to play Colgate starting next Friday.

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