NCAA Game Night: 11-2-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ Colorado College Tigers 3

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +8, 4 PIM

The #2 ranked Huskies rolled into Colorado Springs Friday night, opening NCHC conference play against Colorado College. St. Cloud battled back from deficits twice before closing out the 3rd period with a three-goal flurry. The Tigers scored twice in the opening frame to take an early lead to the first intermission. The Huskies would knot the score at 2-2 after goals late in the 2nd and early in the 3rd before Colorado College re-established a 3-2 lead just 32 seconds after the equalizer. The Huskies answered once again, this time with three unanswered to seal their first conference victory of the season. St. Cloud was led by a pair of goals each from Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) and Patrick Newell (undrafted). Four Huskies tallied a pair of assists each, including Jake Ahcan (undrafted), Nolan Walker (undrafted), Jimmy Schuldt (undrafted), and Robby Jackson (undrafted). St. Cloud State improves to 6-1 and completes the weekend series against the Tigers in a Saturday night rematch.

Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 5

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/13 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-4-6, +8, 4 PIM

Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) notched a hat trick for the Pioneers, scoring in each of the three periods, to lead Denver to victory against Western Michigan in their opening NCHC conference match Friday night. Michael Davies (undrafted) and Liam Finlay (undrafted) each tallied a goal and an assist for the Pioneers, and Ian Mitchell (CHI, 2017 5th round pick) added a pair of assists. Lightning prospect Cole Guttman extended his point streak to three games, assisting on Finlay’s 2nd period marker. The Broncos twice tied the game on a pair of Hugh McGing (STL, 2018 5th round pick) goals, but Denver responded with three unanswered to pull away. The Pioneers improve to 4-0-1 and look to finish the sweep against Western Michigan Saturday night.

#4 Minnesota State Mavericks 5 @ #10 Minnesota Gophers 1

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

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

The #4 ranked Mavericks won a decisive road win over the #10 ranked Gophers at the 3M Arena at Mariucci behind a two-goal, four-point performance from German Marc Michaelis (undrafted) on Friday night. Minnesota drops to 1-2-1 and rolls into Mankato Saturday night for the back half of the weekend home-and-home non-conference series between these two cross-state rivals.

Yale Bulldogs 2 @ #18 Cornell Big Red 4

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

Bolt prospect Alex Green tallied his first point of the season on a 1st period power play marker by Cam Donaldson (undrafted), as the Big Red opened ECAC conference play with a victory over Yale. Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) notched a pair of goals to lead the Cornell attack and Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) added a goal and an assist. The Big Red jumped out to a three-goal lead before the Bulldogs battled back within a goal until Barron’s empty netter with 41 seconds remaining sealed the Cornell win. The Big Red improve to 1-2 with ECAC conference play continuing Saturday when Brown visits Lynah Rink in Ithaca.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Maine Black Bears 4

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

Maine overcame a 2-0 deficit to the River Hawks, reeling off four straight goals to hand UMass-Lowell their 2nd Hockey East conference loss. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin did not dress for the third consecutive UML game. Sam Knoblauch (undrafted) tallied a goal and an assist for UML, establishing the early two-goal lead, but Maine’s Chase Pearson (DET, 2015 5th round pick) scored twice and Eduards Tralmaks (undrafted) and Adam Dawe (undrafted) each added a pair of assists to lead the Black Bear rally. UML falls to 3-4 on the season, but the River Hawks will have a chance for the split as these two teams tangle once again Saturday night for the back half of the weekend series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings