NCAA Game Night: 1-2-15

RPI Engineers 2 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 6 (Tuesday)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-4-9, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard won again, though Hart had an empty line on the stat sheet.

No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ St. Cloud State Huskies 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 3-12-15, -5, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac held a 2-0 lead in this game before squandering the lead in the second and third periods.

No. 18 Merrimack Warriors 3 @ No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 (Mariucci Classic)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 14 saves on 17 shots
Season totals: 15 GP, 9-5-1, 2.19 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

After the long Christmas break, Minnesota put up 42 shots on Merrimack goaltender Rasmus Tirronen (undrafted), but could only beat him twice. Tirronen, 24, was 7-2-1 coming into the game with a 1.73 GAA and .929 save percentage. The ex-Topeka Roadrunner is 6’3” 200 and could see an NHL free agent contract in his future.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-28-14

Russian Red Stars 0 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 4 (Exhibition)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-4-9, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard defeated the Russian Red Stars in an exhibition match on Sunday.

No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Princeton Tigers 0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-12-13, -6, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca (USCHO photo) made a nifty move in the slot after calling for a pass, then slid a soft backhand pass to Devon Toews (Islanders), who rifled it into the open side of the net. The game was broadcast on ESPNU and was filled with compliments for Peca from ESPN’s John Buccigross. Peca was called the best player in the game multiple times. He should be in AHL Syracuse next season if things go as expected.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-19-14

Team USA 5 vs No. 1 Boston University Terriers 2 (Exhibition)

D Anthony DeAngelo, USA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
W Adam Erne, USA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 2-3-5, +6, 34 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

USA’s pre-World Junior Championship lineup defeated No. 1 Boston University in an exhibition game Friday, 5-2. Jack Eichel (2015) captained Team USA, which was odd considering he plays for BU normally. He scored a goal.

Anthony DeAngelo had an empty-net goal for USA, an extra positive considering the offensive defenseman was on the ice in a defensive situation. Fellow Lightning prospect Adam Erne, thought to be a lock to play for USA again, was on the fourth line and was one of three cuts after the game. He’ll return to Quebec while DeAngelo continues to secure a spot on the team. Media speculation is Erne was a victim of forward depth, but that’s odd considering Erne was on the team last year (though he had one assist in five games), provides a power forward presence, and is one of the better 19-year-olds in the world. Others have speculated Erne was an example of meritocracy, saying all spots must be earned from a clean slate.

For the Terriers, John MacLeod played but the defenseman did not factor into the scoring.

In other World Juniors news, congratulations to Brayden Point for making Team Canada. Going into the camps, Point was thought to be firmly on the bubble, whereas Erne was thought to be a lock.

NCAA Game Night: 12-13-14

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 11 Denver Pioneers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-2-7, E, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

No. 1 North Dakota salvaged a weekend split with Denver on Saturday, though it knocked them down to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday.

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