NCAA Game Night: 12-7-18

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 1-6-7, +10, 6 PIM

Kings prospect David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) pitched a 18-save shutout Friday night and the #2 ranked Huskies got goals from Jack Poehling (undrafted) and Jimmy Schuldt (unranked) as St. Cloud blanked the unranked Mavericks in NCHC conference action. The Huskies improve to 12-1-2 (6-0-2 NCHC) and prepare for the rematch against UNO Saturday night.

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-7-9, +8, 4 PIM

The unranked Broncos upset the #4 ranked Bulldogs at home at the Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo with a pair of 3rd period goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit. It marks the first two-game losing streak for UMD on the season after losing to North Dakota last Saturday night. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke helped set up a Justin Richards (undrafted) marker late in the 2nd period to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. But Western got goals from Blues prospect Hugh McGing (STL, 2018 5th round pick) and Colt Conrad (undrafted) in the 3rd while Trevor Gorsuch (undrafted) made 14 saves in the final frame to preserve the win. UMD falls to 10-4-1 (4-3 NCHC) and looks to split the weekend series with WMU Saturday night in NCHC conference action.

#6 Denver Pioneers 1 @ #14 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/14 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-4-11, +9, 6 PIM

North Dakota fired just 15 shots at Pioneer goalie Devin Cooley (undrafted), scoring twice in the 1st and again early in the 3rd to build a 3-0 lead. The Fighting Hawks were led by Mark Senden (undrafted) and Colton Poolman (undrafted), who each notched a goal and an assist. UND netminder Adam Scheel (undrafted) turned aside 21 Denver shots for the team’s second straight win. Denver drops to 7-4-2 (3-4 NCHC), winners of only two games in their past seven as they’ve ran the gauntlet against all ranked opponents in St. Cloud, UMD, Providence, and now UND. Denver hopes to split the weekend series Saturday night against this same North Dakota team.

Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #15 Michigan Wolverines 2 OT

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/8 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 4-7-11, +9, 6 PIM

After a pair of 2-2 draws last weekend against Ohio State, the Golden Gophers pick up Friday night where they left off, this time battling #15 ranked Michigan to a 2-2 tie. Lighting prospect Sammy Walker celebrated his naming to the USA World Juniors preliminary roster by opening the Gophers scoring with his 4th goal of the season just past the midpoint of the 2nd to knot the score at 1-1. Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead less than two minutes later, but the Wolverines managed the equalizer before the second intermission. UMN goalie Mat Robson (undrafted) made 36 saves, including 18 in a scoreless 3rd period to stave off the Michigan onslaught. The 4-6-4 (2-2-3 B1G) Gophers return to the Ann Arbor ice Saturday night, attempting to break a four-game winless streak.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ Boston University Terriers 3

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Red Wings prospect Seth Barton (DET, 2018 3rd round pick) and Charlie Levesque (undrafted) both scored in the 3rd to break open a 3-3 deadlock, securing the River Hawks’ 8th win of the season. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin set up Anthony Baxter (undrafted) just past the game’s midpoint to give UML a 3-1 lead. Flyers 1st rounder Joe Farabee (PHI, 2018 1st round pick) assisted on all three of BU’s goals, and Chris Schutz (undrafted) led the River Hawks with a goal and an assist. UML improves to 8-6-1 (4-3-1 HEAST), winners of four of their last five, returns home Saturday night to the Tsongas Center for the back half of this home-and-home series.

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ Dartmouth Big Green 2

G Ty Taylor, UNH: W, 60:00 MINS, 2 GA, 25 SVS
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-1, 3.06 GAA, 0.886 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor recorded his first collegiate win Friday night, a 25-save effort against the Big Green for UNH’s 3rd win. After UNH scored twice in the 1st, Dartmouth battled back to knot the score 2-2 in the 2nd. Joseph Cipollone (undrafted) scored what would be the game-winner for Taylor just past the midpoint of the 3rd. New Hampshire improves to 3-7-5 (1-4-3 HEAST) and look for the sweep Saturday night back at the Whittemore Center for part two of this weekend home-and-home series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings