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NCAA Game Night: 11-3-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ Colorado College Tigers 1

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, +8, 6 PIM

The #2 ranked Huskies completed the sweep of Colorado College Saturday night, relying on a pair of power play goals in the 3rd period to overcome a 1-0 deficit. St. Cloud netminder David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) stopped 29 Tiger shots for the win. After a scoreless 1st period, Colorado College opened the scoring just past the midpoint of the 2nd with a power play goal from Westin Michaud (undrafted). Hrenak would seal the net from that point, and man-advantage markers from Jack Poehling (undrafted) and Easton Brodzinski (undrafted) in the 3rd would be the difference. St. Cloud State improves to 7-1 (2-0 NCHC) on the season and returns home next weekend when the Huskies take on the #8 ranked Denver Pioneers in a big NCHC conference battle. Adding to the drama, freshman Lightning prospects Nick Perbix and Cole Guttman will likely square off across the ice.

Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 4 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/14 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-4-6, +7, 4 PIM

Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) continued his heroics Saturday night against Western Michigan, scoring the overtime game-winner a night after notching a hat trick against this same Bronco team. Lukosevicius gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with a power play goal, following Slava Demin’s (VGK, 2018 4th round pick) power play marker in the 1st for Denver. But WMU mounted a comeback in the 3rd, scoring three goals in the span of 5:16 to take the lead 3-2 with about ½ a period to play. Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) scored on the power play with 2:30 remaining in regulation to knot the score at 3-3 and send the match into overtime. Pettersen's goal and two assists and Ian Mitchell's (CHI, 2017 5th round pick) pair of assists helped lead the Pioneers. Denver improves to 5-0-1 (2-0 NCHC) on the season, and travels to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud next weekend to take on the Huskies in a dual of conference unbeatens.

#4 Minnesota State Mavericks 2 @ #10 Minnesota Gophers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 5 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, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/10 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM

The #4 ranked Mavericks defense allowed just 15 Gophers shots Saturday as Minnesota State completed the weekend sweep in Mankato of their cross-state Minnesota rivals. Gopher forward Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the 1st with a power play goal, but State would strike back in the 2nd with a power play marker of its own and a short-handed tally that would eventually prove to be the game winner. Maverick netminder Mathias Israelsson (undrafted) barred the net in the 3rd for his fourth win of the season. The Gophers drop to a disappointing 1-3-1 and travel to Madison next weekend to open Big Ten conference play against #16 ranked Wisconsin.

Brown Bears 2 @ #18 Cornell Big Red 3

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

Cornell scored three times in the 2nd period and held on for the win, improving their record to 2-2 (2-0 ECAC) on the season. Bolt prospect Alex Green did not dress for the Big Red. Cornell travels to Marquette next weekend for a non-conference series against Northern Michigan.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ Maine Black Bears 0

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

Sam Knoblauch (undrafted) scored the lone goal of the game early in the 3rd to give UML the win and split the weekend series with the Black Bears. Finn netminder Christoffer Hernberg (undrafted) pitched a 24-save shutout for UMass-Lowell for the win, Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin did not dress for the fourth consecutive UML game. The River Hawks improve to 4-4 (1-2 HEAST) on the season and returns home to the Tsongas Center next Friday night for a HEAST showdown against Bolt prospect Ty Taylor and New Hampshire.

#11 Massachusetts Minutemen 5 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1

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

The Minutemen scored early and often Saturday night, handing the Wildcats their fourth loss of the season. UNH got their lone goal from Japanese winger Kohei Sato (undrafted) late in the 3rd to spoil UMass goalie Matt Murray’s (undrafted) shutout bid. The Minutemen were led by John Leonard (SJS, 2018 6th round pick) and Mitchell Chaffee (undrafted) each with a goal and two assists. New Hampshire falls to 1-4-1 (1-1 HEAST) on the season and travels to Lowell next Friday night in a HEAST conference bout against the River Hawks.

*USCHO poll used for rankings