NCAA Game Night: 10-12-18

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ #19 Michigan Tech Huskies 1

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

The top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs dropped to #3 after a tie and a loss last weekend to the Golden Gophers but took care of business Friday night on the road against the Huskies at Michigan Tech. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke launched a game-high five shots at Tech netminder Devin Kero (undrafted) but came up empty on the scoresheet. Bulldog goalie Hunter Shepard stopped 31 of 32 Tech shots, who were pressing for the equalizer in the 3rd. These two teams will tangle again Saturday night to complete the weekend series.

#10 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Air Force Falcons 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/11 FO
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Cole Guttman notched his first collegiate goal on a feed by Norwegian Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) at 4:24 of the 3rd for the Pioneers final score of the game. Petterson had a goal and two assists to lead Denver over the Falcons in their 2018-19 season opener. The Pioneer victory was the first for new Denver head coach David Carle, the youngest in the NCAA ranks and former Lightning draft pick in 2008. Pioneer goaltender Devin Cooley (undrafted) allowed just one goal on 22 shots. Denver returns home Saturday to face off against the Chargers of the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

RIT Tigers 1 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/16 FO
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The River Hawks scored two 3rd period power-play goals to overcome a late 2nd period 1-0 deficit and win their 2018-19 season opener against the Rochester Institute of Technology. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin tallied a helper on the first power play marker that tied the game and was 63% on draws. UMass-Lowell goalie Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) stopped 24 of 25 shots, keeping the River Hawks in the game until the power play stole the two points. These two teams are set to rematch Saturday night for the UMass-Lowell Homecoming celebration.

#5 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Patrick Newell (undrafted) scored twice and added an assist and Sam Hentges (MIN, 2018 7th round pick) tallied a pair of helpers as Nick Perbix and the 5th-ranked St. Cloud Huskies kicked off their 2018-19 campaign with a 3-2 victory over the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. After falling behind 1-0 to the Nanooks in the 1st, St. Cloud scored the next three to put the game out of reach. The teams complete their weekend two-game series Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Colgate Raiders 2

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play

UNH goalie Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) made 28 saves on 30 shots, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a 3rd period two-goal Raider rally to hand the Wildcats a loss in their 2018-19 season opener. These teams resume the weekend series Saturday night.

*USCHO poll used for rankings