NCAA Game Night: November 22, 2019

Friday night NCAA highlights features Alex Green 1A and 5-game point streak in #2 Cornell win over Quinnipiac; Cole Koepke 1 PPG/GWG, 10 shots, and 5-game point streak in #9 UMD win over Colorado College; Max Crozier 1A in #12 Providence tie with UConn.

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Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ #2 Cornell Big Red 2

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

Lightning defensive prospect Alex Green extended his point streak to five games on Friday night, helping set up a 2nd period Brenden Locke goal that gave the Big Red a 1-0 lead. After the Bobcats knotted the score, the #2-ranked Cornell squad would get a power play goal later in the 2nd from Michael Regush and Matthew Galaja would shut the door the rest of the way, making 13 3rd period saves to preserve the win. Green now ranks T-3 among ECAC defensemen in both assists and points and tops in the conference in goals per shots. Cornell improves to a still perfect 7-0 (5-0 ECAC) and hosts Princeton Saturday night in a ECAC conference match up.

#20 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ #4 Denver Pioneers 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/19 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-3-6, E, 6 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: L, 58:45 MINS, 31 SVS, 2 GA
Season Totals: 12 GP, 7-3-2, 2.15 GAA, 0.920 SV%, 2 SH

The Denver Pioneers are officially in a funk. After starting the season 8-0, David Carle’s Pioneer squad is winless in its last 5 games and Bolt prospects Magnus Chrona is also winless in his last 5 starts and back-to-back losses for the first time this season. Chrona gave up WMU’s two goals in the first 10 minutes of the contest, but slammed the door the rest of the way, making 21 of his 31 saves in the 2nd and 3rd to give his team a chance to rally. Denver managed a 2nd period marker to draw within one, but Bronco netminder Brandon Bussi stood tall making 35 saves for a big road win for Western Michigan. Denver drops to 8-3-2 (0-3-2-1 NCHC) and amazingly will still be looking for their first NCHC conference win Saturday night when these two teams run it back.

#8 Clarkson Golden Knights 2 @ Brown Bears 1 OT

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

Greg Moro potted the OT game-winner for the Golden Knights as Clarkson gutted out ECAC conference road win against Brown on Friday night. Clarkson netminder Frank Marotte allowed just one goal on 21 Bears shots for his 9th win of the season, good for 2nd in the nation. Marotte is also Top-10 among Division-I goalies in shots, save percentage, and goals against average, making it tough for Lightning goalie prospect Kris Oldham to get a his first start in a Golden Knights sweater. Clarkson improves to 9-3-1 (4-1 ECAC) and makes the 100 mile trek down I-95 from Providence to New Haven for a Saturday night ECAC tilt against Yale.

Colorado College Tigers 3 @ #9 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 10 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 3-3-6, E, 10 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 42 GP, 7-12-19, +14, 14 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke extended his point streak to 5 games Friday night, scoring the game-winning power play goal with just 18 seconds left in regulation in wild back and forth 3rd period. After a scoreless 1st period, the Tigers scored twice in the 2nd to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd intermission. But the Bulldogs rallied in the 3rd moving ahead 3-2 after a Tanner Laderoute power play goal with just under 5 minutes to go. Colorado’s Nick Halloran struck back with the Tigers’ net empty and the extra attacker to knot the score 3-3 with 1:41 left in the game. Koepke fired a game-high 10 shots and is 3rd in the NCHC in SOG. UMD improve to 6-4-1 (3-1-1 NCHC) and look to complete the sweep Saturday night when these two teams go at it again.

#12 Providence Friars 3 @ Connecticut Huskies 3 OT

D Max Crozier, PRO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 2-6-8, +7, 10 PIM

Bolt blueline prospect Max Crozier set up Devils prospect Tyce Thompson (NJD, 2019 4th round pick) Friday night for the game opening 1st period goal, as the Friars would eventually draw the Huskies on the road in the first leg of a weekend home-and-home series. UConn would punch back with a couple of 1st period goals of their own, with a Carter Turnbull marker giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead at the 1st intermission. But Providence would rally in the 2nd with a pair of goals of their own, capped by Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick) tally that gave the Friars a 3-2 lead at the 2nd intermission. Turnbull would ring up his 2nd of the game, knotting the score at 3-3 in the 3rd and forcing an extra session in which both Michael Lackey and Predators prospect Tomas Vomacka (NAS, 2017 5th round pick) would turn away all would-be OT winners. Providence now sports a record of 6-4-3 (4-3-2 HEAST) as the series switches back to Schneider Arena Saturday night for the final leg.

St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ #5 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 2-3-5, -8, 0 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 39 GP, 5-15-20, +24, 16 PIM

Senators prospect Shane Pinto (OTT, 2019 2nd round pick) scored the game’s first two goals Friday night, giving UND an early lead at home against a struggling Huskies squad. But St. Cloud battled back, scoring twice in the 2nd to close the gap to 3-2 all the way until Cole Smith scored an empty netter with 62 seconds to seal the win for North Dakota. St. Cloud State drops to 2-5-4 (0-3 NCHC) and looks to avoid the sweep Saturday looking for their NCHC first conference win.

#16 Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MIN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-2-2, -8, 2 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 23 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 5-3-8, -7, 27 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

Hurricanes goalie prospect Jack LaFontaine (CAR, 2016 3rd round pick) allowed just one goal on 35 shots Friday night and the Gophers defense held Badgers freshman phenom Cole Caulfield to just one assist as Minnesota notched a big win against Big Ten rival Wisconsin. The Golden Gophers scored twice in the 1st and twice in the 3rd to propel Minny to victory. After a hot start Lightning prospect Sammy Walker has just one goal in his last 8 games, including a 3-game pointless streak, and has fallen off pace to better his 24-point freshman season. The Gophers improve to 5-6-2 (2-3-2-2 Big Ten) and look ahead Saturday night for the sweep to get Minnesota back to a 0.500 record.

Michigan Wolverines 4 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1

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 1st rounder Johnny Beecher (BOS, 2019 1st round pick) scored twice for Michigan as the Wolverines rolled into Whittemore Center Friday and outmatched the Wildcats in a non-conference tilt between these two unranked teams. Chase Stevenson opened the scoring in the 1st to give UNH a 1-0 lead, but Michigan would reel off three unanswered before Beecher pots the empty netter. New Hampshire drops to 5-5-1 (3-3 HEAST) and looks to avoid the weekend sweep Saturday in a rematch with the Wolverines and the hope Lightning goalie prospect Ty Taylor gets the start in net for this 2nd non-conference leg.

*USCHO poll used for rankings