NCAA Game Night: 12-29-18

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 vs #19 Clarkson Golden Knights 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 6 PIM

Nico Sturm (undrafted) scored twice and Clarkson netminder Jake Kielly (undrafted) made 29 saves as the 19th-ranked Golden Knights upset 4th-ranked Minnesota-Duluth to claim the Desert Hockey Classic trophy in Glendale Saturday night. Bulldogs goalie Hunter Shepard (undrafted) gave up two first period goals to Clarkson but was a perfect 10 for 10 the rest of the way. UMD opened the 2nd period with a Parker Mackay (undrafted) goal just 32 seconds into the period to draw the Bulldogs within one, but the UMD offense could never muster the equalizer.

Minnesota-Duluth falls to 11-5-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) and will play the US NTDP Under-18 team in an exhibition match next Saturday night before embarking on 16-straight NCHC conference games to close the regular season.

#8 Denver Pioneers 4 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/13 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 8-6-14, +11, 8 PIM

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/2 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 6-7-13, +3, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman scored his 8th goal of the season and added an assist as the Pioneers rolled over the River Hawks in Lowell Saturday night. Fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin assisted on UML’s lone goal of the evening. Guttman opened the scoring late in the 2nd period and then helped setup the first of two Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) power play markers early in the 3rd as Denver sprung to a 3-0 lead. Lohin set up a Seth Barton (DET, 2018 3rd round pick) power play goal later in the 3rd to cut the UML deficit to 3-1 but Pioneer goalie Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) shut the door the rest of the way. Guttman’s 8th tally is good for tops in the nation among all freshman, and teammate Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick), who notched a pair of assists in the game, ranks 2nd among collegiate freshman with 17 points.

The Pioneers improve to 10-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and continue their road trip through Madison next weekend for a two-game series against the Badgers. UML drops to 8-8-1 (4-4-1 HEAST) and gears up to take on the #2-ranked Minutemen at the Amherst campus next Friday night.

Ferris State Bulldogs 3 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 8/10 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 4-7-11, +10, 8 PIM

Ferris State struck for two goals in the 3rd overcoming deficits twice in the game Saturday night to split the weekend series with the Gophers. The Bulldogs were led by a pair of goals from Corey Mackin (undrafted) and Finnish netminder Roni Salmenkangas (undrafted) turned away 44 Minnesota shots. The Gophers led 1-0 at the 1st intermission and again 2-1 at the 2nd intermission, but the Minnesota offense couldn’t buy a third goal. Despite being held pointless, Bolt prospect Sammy Walker fired seven shots and was an impressive 80% on draws, The Gophers drop to 6-7-4 (3-2-3 B1G) and look towards a pair of Big Ten conference games against #9 Penn State next weekend.

*USCHO poll used for rankings