NCAA Game Night: 1-4-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 vs #14 Union Dutchmen 7

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 1-8-9, +11, 6 PIM

The Dutchmen got a pair of goals each from Brandon Estes (undrafted) and Ryan Walker (undrafted) along with a 36-save performance from Darion Hanson (undrafted) as Union College routed the top-ranked Huskies in the opening match of the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh on Friday night. This marks the second consecutive game St. Cloud has given up 6+ goals since returning from the holiday break, losing last weekend in an exhibition game against the USA NDTP U18 club. St. Cloud was playing without forward Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick), who currently leads the 2019 WJC tournament with 5 goals and 8 points. Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted) scored both goals for the Huskies, the first a power play marker in the 2nd to cut the Dutchmen lead to 3-1, but Union would strike twice in the first 90 seconds of 3rd to blow open a 4-2 lead and squelch any hope of a final period rally by St. Cloud.

The Huskies drop to 13-2-2 (6-0-2 NCHC) and take on Robert Morris in the consolation game on Saturday night ahead of the trophy game between Union and Brown.

#8 Denver Pioneers 6 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/10 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-6-14, +11, 8 PIM

The Pioneers broke open a 2-2 deadlock at the 2nd intermission on Friday night with 3 goals in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the 3rd period, led by Tyler Ward (undrafted) and Liam Finlay (undrafted). Bolt prospect Cole Guttman won 60% of his draws but failed to register a point.
Denver improve to 11-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and look to complete the sweep against the Badgers Saturday night..

#20 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Princeton Tigers 2

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Alec McCrea (undrafted) scored 78 seconds after the Princeton equalizer for what would be the eventual game winner as Cornell upset the #10 Tigers in ECAC conference play on Friday night at the Hobey Baker Rink. Bolt prospect Alex Green missed his ninth game of the season. The Big Red scored twice in the 1st to establish the early lead, but Princeton battled back with two points each from Matthew Thom (undrafted) and Mark Paolini (undrafted).

Cornell improves to 7-5 (5-2 ECAC) and continues their road trip Saturday night against a resurgent #5 Quinnipiac squad.

#9 Penn State Nittany Lions 4 @ Minnesota Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/10 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 4-7-11, +7, 10 PIM

Rough night for Lightning prospects Sammy Walker and Ryan Zuhlsdorf, both going -3 Friday night in the Gophers Big Ten conference loss to ninth-ranked Penn State. The Nittany Lions netminder Peyton Jones (undrafted) made 30 saves in the win. After a 1st period power play goal, Minnesota surrendered three-straight as Penn State put the game out of reach. The Gophers drop to 6-8-4 (3-3-3 B1G) and look to split the weekend series Saturday night in a rematch at 3M Arena.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ #2 UMass-Amherst Minutemen 1

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 6-7-13, +2, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

UML rides into Mullins Center Friday and promptly upsets the #2-ranked Minutemen in Hockey East conference play. Chris Hemberg made 33 saves in this huge win for the River Hawks.

UML improves to 9-8-1 (5-4-1 HEAST) and looks ahead to next weekend with a pair of road games against Colgate.

Merrimack Warriors 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 2 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-1, 3.06 GAA, 0.886 SV%

The Wildcats picked up their fourth straight win Friday night when Senators prospect Angus Crookshank (OTT, 2018 5th round pick) scored 53 seconds into the extra session to give UNH the victory. Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) made 24 saves. New Hampshire improves to 6-7-5 (2-4-3 HEAST) and looks ahead to hosting #18 Yale on Saturday night.

*USCHO poll used for rankings