NCAA Game Night: 10-16-15

US National U18 Team 7 @ No. 6 Boston University Terriers 4 (Exhibition)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

The US Men’s under-18 team knocked off BU in an exhibition game, 7-4, Friday. The US team was paced by likely 2016 first rounders Clayton Keller (3A) and Kieffer Bellows (2+1), son of former Lightning forward Brian Bellows. Ironically, both Keller and Bellows are BU commits. John MacLeod, who played for the US under-18 team two years ago, had an assist.

No. 14 Minnesota State Mavericks 0 @ No. 12 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavs were shut out for the second straight game. Charlie Lindgren (undrafted) stopped 33 shots for the Huskies.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-9-15

No. 10 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 @ No. 6 Minnesota State Mavericks 2

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Jimmy Mullin played in an official game for the first time in well over a year, scoring in a 3-2 Minnesota State upset loss to Nebraska-Omaha. Mullin was last seen with the University of Miami (Ohio), where he sustained a major knee injury while playing sparingly in his junior season. He redshirted last season at Miami and transferred to Mankato in the summer. Mullin showed well at the Lightning’s prospect development camp in July and carried that into the season, matching his junior season goal total in one night.

*USCHO poll used

Frozen Four Game Night: 4-11-15

Providence Friars 4 vs Boston University Terriers 3
National Championship

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

Providence won its first national championship with a 4-3 win over John MacLeod and the Terriers in the final of the Frozen Four Saturday. The Friars were down 2-1 and 3-2 in the game before coming back to win, aided by an odd goal where BU goaltender Matt O’Conner dropped the puck between his legs and accidentally kicked it into his net. MacLeod took an interference penalty with the Terriers up 2-1 and Providence scored with a few seconds remaining in the power play to tie the game at 2. MacLeod finishes a fine freshman season with nine points and a plus-19 rating. He’ll be a big part of BU moving ahead, likely without project No. 2 overall pick Jack Eichel.

Frozen Four Game Night: 4-9-15

North Dakota 3 vs Boston University Terriers 5
National Semifinals

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 13-8-21, +9, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-7-9, +18, 48 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

Lightning prospect John MacLeod will play for the national championship against Providence College on Saturday after his Boston University Terriers beat Brendan O’Donnell and North Dakota, 5-3, Thursday. BU had a 4-1 lead at one point before UND came fighting back to make it 4-3 with just over three minutes to play. O’Donnell had an assist on UND’s third goal. All-everything prospect Jack Eichel, who scored the game’s first goal, sealed the game with an empty netter with 19 seconds left.

While MacLeod, a freshman, is just beginning his college career, tonight was the final game for O’Donnell, a UND senior. He finished his final year with a career-high 21 points, matching his jersey number. O’Donnell is a prime candidate for a contract with the Lightning in the coming days, much like Matt Peca, Adam Wilcox, and Cameron Darcy before him. He could at least join AHL Syracuse on an AHL contract.

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