NCAA Game Night: November 16, 2019

Saturday night NCAA highlights features Magnus Chrona 1A in #2 Denver loss to #9 North Dakota; Alex Green 1PPG/GWG (4-game point streak) in #3 Cornell rout of St. Lawrence; Cole Koepke 1PPA, 6 shots (4-game point streak) in #6 UMD win over Miami; Nick Perbix 2PPA in St. Cloud loss to Colorado College; Ryan Zuhlsdorf 1PPA in Minnesota loss to #8 Penn State; Max Crozier pointless in #10 Providence loss to #14 Northeastern; Ty Taylor sits backup in UNH loss to Maine; Kris Oldham still sitting back up in #7 Clarkson win over Colgate.

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#9 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4 @ #2 Denver Pioneers 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/9 FO
Season Totals: 12 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 6 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: L, 57:18 MINS, 18 SVS, 3 GA, 1A
Season Totals: 11 GP, 7-2-2, 2.16 GAA, 0.917 SV%, 2 SH

Bolts goalie prospect Magnus Chrona assisted on Denver’s lone goal Saturday night, as the Pioneers dropped a 4-1 decision to #9 North Dakota. Cole Smith scored twice for the Fighting Hawks, once on the power play and once short-handed to lead the UND offense. Chrona has been stuck at his now T-3rd in the nation 7 wins since his November 1st victory against Niagara. Denver is winless in its last 4 games (vs UMD and UND) and now sports a 8-2-2 (0-2-2-1 NCHC) record. The Pioneers will be looking for their first elusive NCHC conference win next weekend at home when #20 Western Michigan comes calling.

#3 Cornell Big Red 6 @ St. Lawrence Saints 1

D Alex Green, COR, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 4 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 8 PIM

Lightning defensive prospect Alex Green scored a power-play goal in the 2nd period of Cornell’s Saturday night rout of St. Lawrence that would eventually stand as the game’s winner. Green’s marker, extending his point streak to 4 games, gave the Big Red a 2-1 lead after the two teams skated to a 1-1 draw at the 1st intermission. Brenden Locke led all Cornell skaters with a goal and two assists, while Matthew Galaja only needed 15 saves for the win. Green ranks in the Top 4 among ECAC defensemen in almost every offensive statistical category including tops in the conference and 2nd in the nation in goals per shots, scoring 1 out of 4 times he puts the puck on net. The 3rd-ranked Big Red improves to a still perfect 5-0 (3-0 ECAC) and returns home next weekend to Ithaca for a pair of ECAC conference tilts against Quinnipiac and Princeton.

#6 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ Miami Redhawks 2

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 2-3-5, E, 8 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 42 GP, 7-12-19, +14, 14 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke set up Tanner Laderoute for a 2nd period power play goal to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead, extending his personal point streak to 4 games. Miami netminder Ryan Larkin, cousin of Red Winger Dylan Larkin, made 32 saves including 27 in the 1st and 2nd periods to keep the game within reach for the Redhawks, Koepke fired a game-high 6 shots, and his 36 on the season is good for Top-6 in the NCHC. UMD avoids the sweep on the road and improve to 5-4-1 (2-1-1 NCHC) and heads back home next weekend to Amsoil Arena for a weekend series with NCHC foes Colorado College who are fresh off a weekend sweep on the road against St. Cloud State.

Colgate Raiders 1 @ #7 Clarkson Golden Knights 5

G Kris Oldham, CLK: did not play
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%

Colgate scored a scant 3 minutes into the game and that was all Clarkson netminder Frank Marotte would allow as he racked up his 2nd in the nation 8th win. The Golden Knights would respond with five unanswered, led by a pair of goals and three points from Josh Dunne and four assists from Devin Brossseau, who now ranks T-4th in the nation in points. Marotte had to make just 15 saves for the win, begging once again when will we finally see Lightning goalie prospect Kris Oldham get his first start of the season? Clarkson improves to 8-3-1 (3-1 ECAC) and hits the road next weekend for a pair of Ivy League games against Brown and Yale.

#14 Northeastern Huskies 7 @ #10 Providence Friars 3

D Max Crozier, PRO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 2-5-7, +6, 10 PIM

With this weekend home-and-home series flipping back to Boston Saturday night, the Howlin’ Huskies got some home cookin’ going as Northeastern pasted a touchdown on the scoreboard against the Friars. Hurricanes prospect Matt Filipe (CAR, 2016 3rd round pick) led the Huskies with two goals and four points. Providence drops to 6-4-2 (4-3-1 HEAST) and looks ahead next weekend to another home-and-home series, this time drawing unranked UConn in Hockey East conference action.

Colorado College Tigers 5 @ St. Cloud State Huskies 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 2-3-5, -7, 0 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 39 GP, 5-15-20, +24, 16 PIM

Bolt prospect Nick Perbix assisted on both St. Cloud power play goals Saturday night and fired a team-high 4 shots, but the Huskies had no answer this weekend for the Tigers offense allowing 9 goals in the Colorado College sweep, After 10 games, Perbix is on pace to equal his 20-point freshman campaign, but his 20 blocks is 3rd in the NCHC among all defenseman. St. Cloud has just one win in their last six games compared to this time last year when the Huskies were in the middle of reeling off a 12-1 start to the 2018-19 campaign. St. Cloud State drops to 2-4-4 (0-2 NCHC) and hits the road next weekend looking for their first conference win in Grand Forks against #9 North Dakota, who went 1-0-1 this weekend against #2 Denver on the road.

#8 Penn State Nittany Lions 6 @ Minnesota Gophers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MIN: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-2-2, -10, 2 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 23 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/2 FO
Season Totals: 12 GP, 5-3-8, -8, 27 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf set up Sharks prospect Scott Reedy (SJS, 2017 4th round pick) for a game-opening power play score Saturday night, as the Gophers clicked off a 3-1 lead over the #8 Nittany Lions. But Penn State goalie Peyton Jones shut the door the rest of the way making 35 saves for his nation-leading 9th win, while PSU reeled off five unanswered goals against Minnesota netminder and Jets prospect Jared Moe (WPG, 2018 6th round pick). Big Ten assists and points leader (and 3rd in the nation) Nate Sucese led the Nittany Lion attack with a pair of goals and three points. The road ahead next weekend for the 4-6-2 (1-3-2-2 Big Ten) Golden Gophers remains challenging with Minny playing host to Canadiens prospect phenom Cole Caulfield and the #15 Wisconsin Badgers.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Maine Black Bears 2 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2.91 GAA, 0.872 SV%
’18-‘19 Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-1, 3.67 GAA, 0.855 SV%

Bruins prospect goalie Jeremy Swayman (BOS, 2017 4th round pick) and Sharks prospect goalie Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) dueled to a 1-1 regulation draw Saturday night before Panthers prospect Patrick Shea (FLA, 2015 7th round pick) scored the OT game-winner for Maine. Swayman made 32 saves for the win for the Black Bears, while Robinson turned away 34 shots in the losing effort for the Wildcats. Senators prospect Angus Crookshank (OTT, 2018 5th round pick) opened the scoring on the power play just before the midpoint, giving New Hampshire the early lead, before Maine knotted the score with their own power play marker in the 3rd. For UNH, the weekend sweep on the road in Maine marks their first losing streak on the season and their record drops to 5-4-1 (3-3 HEAST) with the Wolverines of Michigan rolling into Whittemore Center next weekend for a non-conference match up and the hope of Lightning goalie prospect Ty Taylor getting one of those two home starts for the Wildcats.

*USCHO poll used for rankings