Western Ontario Mustangs 2 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 6 (exhibition)
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
2011-2012 season totals: 37 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM
On Saturday, Western Ontario stunned Western Michigan University, tying them, 2-2. Miami took them seriously from the get-go, outshooting the Mustangs 16-4 in the first and 49-14 for the game. Mullin (pictured), now a sophomore, had a goal and an assist and his linemate, 2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik, had a pair of goals. The third member of that line, Riley Barber (Capitals), had three helpers. Miami opens Friday against Colgate.
Acadia Axemen 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 0 (exhibition)
F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Quinnipiac beat Maine on Saturday to start their regular season, then rested players – including Peca – for an exhibition game on Sunday. The Bobcats fell to the Axemen, 2-0.
Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ No. 15 Maine Black Bears 1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
2011-2012 Season totals: 39 GP, 8-31-39, E, 12 PIM
Quinnipiac started their season off on the right note by going into Maine and defeating the Black Bears, 2-1, in a non-conference match-up. Peca was held off the scoresheet, but is expected to be a big contributor to the Bobcats success this year. Maine outshot QU, 32-18. Bobcats goalie Eric Hartzell (undrafted), a senior, made 31 saves in the win. Quinnipiac plays an exhibition game on Sunday against Acadia. Quinnipiac received the 23rd most votes in the latest USCHO poll.
Manitoba 3 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 (exhibition)
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
O’Donnell made his return to the Sioux lineup after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury. He didn’t figure into the scoring in UND’s first exhibition game of the year. They will play another exhibition game next Friday against the USA Under-18 squad. Now a sophomore, O’Donnell had five goals and an assist in 17 games last year before getting hurt.
Lethbridge Pronghorns 0 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7 (exhibition)
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: 7 saves on 7 shots, shared shutout
Freshman Adam Wilcox (pictured) played the second half of Minnesota’s exhibition win over the University of Lethbridge, stopping all seven shots he faced. Wilcox starred for Tri-City in the USHL last year after a trade from Green Bay. Sophomore Michael Shibrowski started the game for the Gophers and made nine saves in 29:30. Christian Isackson (Sabres) had three goals for Minnesota.
Western Ontario Mustangs 2 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (exhibition)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM (interference, elbowing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 2 SOG
Broncos co-captain Luke Witkowski went scoreless, but spent six minutes in the penalty box as WMU tied Western Ontario in exhibition play on Saturday. WMU outshot the Mustangs 46-20. Former Lightning fifth round pick (2008) Kyle De Coste now plays for UWO. He had one shot and two penalty minutes in the game. De Coste was never signed by the Lightning. The best junior season he had was a 19-goal effort in 2010-2011 for Sault Ste Marie and Belleville.
*USCHO poll used
Matt Peca (Quinnipiac) will get his season started tonight as the Bobcats take on the University of Maine in a non-conference match-up.
In other action, Western Michigan Co-captain Luke Witkowski (pictured), Minnesota freshman Adam Wilcox, and North Dakota sophomore Brendan O'Donnell begin their respective exhibition seasons. O'Donnell missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.
We'll have recaps later tonight.
No. 14 Cornell Big Red 1 vs. No. 9 Ferris State Bulldogs 2
NCAA Midwest Regional Final
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 12 PIM
Ferris State senior Jordie Johnson (undrafted) scored in the seventh minute of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and propel the Bulldogs to their first Frozen Four. Gotovets had the only assist on Cornellâ€™s lone goal. He finishes the year with eight point in 24 games. More will be expected of the Belarusian next year as an upperclassman. Gotovets may not be completely done for the season as he could suit up for Belarus in the World Championships later this spring as heâ€™s done the last two years.
No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 vs. No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 1
NCAA West Regional Semifinal
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hitting after the whistle), 1 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-11-13, +8, 66 PIM
WMUâ€™s postseason run came to an end Saturday afternoon, falling 3-1 to top-seeded North Dakota. The Broncos scored to make the game 2-1 and appeared to get the tying goal, but it was ruled no-goal. The puck appeared to bounce in off a net-crashing forward while a Sioux player was sliding into the post and knocking the net off. It was ruled no goal and UND added an empty net goal late to give the game its final score. Witkowki and NCAA free agent partner Dan DeKeyser were on the ice in the last minute trying to get the game tied. Witkowski appeared to hesitate when deciding to pinch in at the blueline to keep the puck in, and when he finally did he was a little too late and lost a one-on-one battle along the wall. The UND player got around him and scored into an empty net. Itâ€™s a tough play for the junior alternate captain, who has been fantastic all year on the back end. It was reported this week that he will return to school for his senior season. He has a good chance to be named captain. Witkowski set a career high for points in a season and could breakout on offense next year. DeKeyser had an assist in the game and was strong throughout. There have been mixed signals as to whether the sophomore will leave school and turn pro. The Lightning are one of a few teams thought to be leaders for him. Detroit and Toronto are the others.
Note: With Gotovets and Witkowski seeing their seasons end on Saturday, it means no Lightning prospect will be playing in the Frozen Four taking place in Tampa. Brendan O'Donnell's Fighting Sioux could still make it, but O'Donnell is out for the season due to injury. A final review of Lightning NCAA prospects will be posted in the coming days.
*USCHO poll used
No. 14 Cornell Big Red 3 vs. No. 2 Michigan Wolverines 2 (OT)
NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal
D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM
Upset city, baby! Cornell got an overtime winner from undrafted Rodger Craig (no, not that Roger Craig) to propel Cornell into the Midwest Regional finals against Ferris State, who beat Denver, 2-1.
No. 13 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 4 vs. No. 7 Miami RedHawks 3 (OT)
NCAA East Regional Semifinal
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM
Another upset. The Riverhawks skated out to a 3-0 lead entering the third period before Miami decided to play, outshooting UML 18-8 in the final frame while scoring three times. Miami even had a five minute power play to end regulation, but they couldnâ€™t get the game winner. That was scored by UMLâ€™s Riley Wetmore (undrafted), 2:13 into overtime. UML will face Union in the East Region finals for the right to go to the Frozen Four in Tampa. Union knocked off Michigan State, 3-1. Mullin ends an outstanding freshman season with 11 goals and 26 points. He spent the majority of the year on the RedHawksâ€™ top line and will be relied upon for his offense next season in Oxford.