NCAA Game Night: November 8, 2019

Friday night NCAA highlights feature overtimes galore and first goals of the season from UMD's Cole Kopeke and Cornell's Alex Green. UMD ties up top-ranked Denver, while Cornell beats Brown. Clarkson cruises to victory against Union, while Providence, St. Cloud, and Minnesota all settle for ties. New Hampshire sat idle.

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#1 Denver Pioneers 3 @ #7 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/19 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 3-2-5, +3, 4 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: 64:48 MINS, 25 SVS, 3 GA
Season Totals: 8 GP, 7-0-1, 1.98 GAA, 0.920 SV%, 2 SH

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, *3rd Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, E, 6 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 42 GP, 7-12-19, +14, 14 PIM

In the first installment of the Battle of the Coles on Friday night, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke notched his first goal of the season for the Bulldogs, as UMD battled back from a 3-1 deficit, salvaging a tie in both team’s NCHC conference opener and marking the first blemish on top-ranked Denver’s undefeated record. Pioneers senior forward Liam Finlay scored twice to help Denver establish a 3-1 lead heading into the 2nd intermission. But Blues defensive prospect Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) setup a pair of 3rd period UMD goals from Kobe Roth and Flyers prospect Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) to knot the score and prevent the defending national champions from dipping back to a sub-0.500 record. While UMD held Bolt prospect Cole Guttman off the scoresheet and to 32% in the faceoff circle, fellow Lighting prospect Magnus Chrona made 25 saves including six in overtime and a highlight reel on a Koepke breakaway in the final minute of the extra session. Canadiens prospect Brett Stapley (MTL, 2018 7th round pick) scored for Denver in the 3-on-3 double OT bonus session, giving the Pioneers the bonus NCHC conference point. Denver’s record now stands at 8-0-1 (0-0-1-1 NCHC), while UMD sports a record of 3-3-1 (0-0-0-1 NCHC) with these two powerhouses rolling it back Saturday night for the final game of the weekend series.

Brown Bears 1 @ #4 Cornell Big Red 4

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

Lightning defensive prospect Alex Green opened the scoring late in the 1st period Friday night with his first goal of the season, as the Big Red kicked off ECAC conference play with a victory over Brown. Rangers prospect Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick), Brenden Locke, and Sam Malinski each had a goal and an assist, reeling off three in a row after the Bears knotted the score at 1-1 in the 2nd. The 4th ranked Cornell squad improves to 3-0 (1-0 ECAC) and hosts conference and Ivy League foe Yale University Saturday night.

#8 Clarkson Golden Knights 5 @ Union Dutchmen 1

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

Frank Marotte made 19 saves Friday night, backstopping the Golden Knights to a handy road win in their ECAC conference opener against Union, earning his conference leading 6th win of the season. Chris Klack scored for Clarkson win just 23 seconds remaining in the 2nd period to break open a 1-1 tie before the Golden Knights potted three more in the 3rd to put the game on ice. Clarkson improves to 6-2-1 (1-0 ECAC) and make the 15-mile trek from Schenectady to Troy Saturday night for another ECAC tilt against RPI.

#11 Providence Friars 3 @ Boston University Terriers 3 OT

D Max Crozier, PRO: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 8 PIM

Predators prospect defensive prospect David Farrance (NAS, 2017 3rd round pick) scored twice for the Terriers in the 3rd period Friday night to erase a 3-1 deficit to the Friars, salvaging a tie in the first leg of a home-and-home weekend series between these two Hockey East opponents. Greg Printz rang up a pair of 2nd period markers for Providence as part of a three-goal burst to give him a Division-I leading 9 goals and the Friars the lead at the 2nd intermission. Vegas prospect Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick) notched a pair of assists for Providence, giving him a Division-I leading 15 assists and 20 points. BU was paced by Ducks 1st rounder Trevor Zegras (ANA, 2019 1st round pick) with a goal and two assists. The Friars’ record now stands at 4-3-2 (2-2-1 HEAST) and return home Saturday night for second leg of this weekend series with BU.

St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ #16 Northern Michigan Wildcats 3 OT

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

The unranked Huskies – yes, unranked – rolled into Marquette looking to right the ship against the 16th ranked Wildcats. After a scoreless 1st period, the Poehling twins – Nick and Jack – each scored in a three-goal St. Cloud 2nd period burst to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead at the 2nd intermission. But closing out games has been a struggle this season, and St. Cloud had no answer for Andre Ghantous, Vincent de Mey, and Hank Sorenson as these three scored three in the 3rd for Northern Michigan to salvage a tie after a scoreless overtime. Ghantous scored twice, de Mey scored and added a pair of assists, while Sorensen assisted on all three Wildcat tallies. Lightning blueline prospect Nick Perbix blocked 3 shots for his team-leading and 3rd in the NCHC conference 16 blocks on the season. After compiling a 27-4-3 record in the 2018-19 season, the Huskies’ record now stands at 1-2-4 for the 2019-20 season after seven games. St. Cloud and Northern Michigan will run it back Saturday night for the final game of the weekend series before NCHC conference play begins for the Huskies.

Minnesota Gophers 1 @ Michigan Wolverines 1 0T2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MIN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -6, 2 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 23 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 4-3-7, -4, 25 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

Distant cousin of former Lighting great Brian Bradley and Hurricanes goalie prospect Jack LaFontaine (CAR, 2016 3rd round pick) made a season high 33 saves for the Gophers against his former team, as the two unranked Big Ten teams clashed Friday night in Ann Arbor. Bolt prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf set up Jaxon Nelson for the 3-on-3 double OT winner, his second such bonus point assist after setting up fellow Lightning prospect Sammy Walkr last weekend against Notre Dame. These 2nd OT session scores do not count as official player statistics and the official result of the game remains a tie, but they do count towards conference bonus points towards possibly tiebreakers for standings and playoff seeding. Both Minnesota and Michigan are still looking for their first conference win, and the Gophers record now stands at 3-4-2 (0-1-2-2 Big Ten) with these same teams squaring off for the rematch Saturday night.

*USCHO poll used for rankings