NCAA Game Night: 10-27-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ #18 Northeastern Huskies 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +8, 4 PIM

A night after beating U-Mass Lowell in their HEAST opener, #18 Northeastern overcame a two-goal deficit and knocked off #2 St. Cloud State on Saturday night. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix set up Jake Ahcan (undrafted) for St. Cloud’s second goal. Northeastern got a goal and an assist from Eric Williams (undrafted) to lead their three-goal rally. St. Cloud State, now 5-1 on the season, continues their road trip next weekend when they open NCHC conference play against Colorado College.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 2 PIM

The third-ranked Bulldogs followed up Friday night’s 3-2 road win over the top-ranked Fighting Irish, sweeping the weekend series on Saturday by a score of 3-1. UMD got a 27-save effort from goaltender Hunter Shepard (undrafted) and a goal and an assist each from brothers Jackson (undrafted) and Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick). The Bulldogs improve to 6-1-1 and take next weekend off before opening NCHC conference play on November 9th against Colorado College.

#5 Minnesota Gophers 1 vs. #17 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 3

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

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0/5 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game featuring storied rivals Minnesota and North Dakota was played for the first time in Las Vegas Saturday night with the #17 Fighting Hawks toppling the #5 Golden Gophers, handing them their first loss of the season. UND got a pair of goals from Colton Poolman (undrafted) and three assists from Hayden Shaw (undrafted), and netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) made 20 saves to the thrill of the mass of North Dakota fans that had been reppin' their Fighting Sioux jerseys up and down the Strip. UMN drops to 1-1-1 and plays a home-and-home series next weekend against Minnesota State Mankato.

Michigan State Spartans 4 @ #8 Cornell Big Red 3

D Alex Green, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM

For the second night in a row, the unranked Spartans reeled off four straight goals and then outlasted a resurgent #8 Cornell team to sweep the weekend series against the Big Red. Michigan State was led by Mitch Lewandowski (undrafted) and Taro Hirose (undrafted) each with a goal and a pair of assists. Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) scored twice for the Big Red, but their two third period goals were too little too late to stave off the sweep. Next weekend the 0-2 Cornell squad opens ECAC conference play with home games against both Yale and Harvard.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ Bentley Falcons 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Nick Master (undrafted) scored twice and added two assists as the River Hawks doubled up Bentley Saturday night. Tanner Jago (undrafted) led the Falcons with a goal and an assist. Ryan Lohin did not dress for the second consecutive game leading to speculation that he may be injured. UML travels to Orono, Maine next weekend for a HEAST conference match up against the Black Bears.

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

New Hampshire opened HEAST conference play Saturday night rallying from a two-goal deficit to defeat the visiting Catamounts. The Wildcats were led by Jackson Pierson (undrafted) with a goal and an assist. It was the first win of the season for UNH, now 1-3-1, and the Wildcats continue HEAST conference play next weekend at home in the Whittemore Center against the visiting U-Mass Minutemen from Amherst.

*USCHO poll used for rankings