NCAA Game Night: October 12, 2019

Saturday night NCAA highlights has Sammy Walker with 1st Star in Minnesota win; Chrona wins again for Denver; Koepke gains 1st point of season short-handed in Minnesota-Duluth victory; Crozier with 3rd point in three straight games for Providence.

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UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2

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

After a scoreless 1st period, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke set up Justin Richards, son of Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards, for a short-handed score early in the 2nd for his first point of the 2019-20 campaign. Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) scored 91 seconds after UML tied the game in the 3rd to hand the River Hawks their first loss of the season. Top-ranked UMD improves to 1-1 and hosts 16th-ranked Wisconsin next weekend for a pair of games at Amsoil Arena.

#2 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Lake Superior State Lakers 3

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 11/19 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 2 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: 60:00 MINS, W, 20 SVS, 3 GA
Season Totals: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 1.75 GAA, 0.935 SV%, 1 SH

Ryan Barrow scored with 20 seconds remaining in regulation to break the collective heart of the Lakers home fans, snuffing out a 3rd period Lake Superior rally. The Pioneers had reeled off three-straight to take a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission before the Lakers tied the game with a pair of tallies in the 3rd. Lightning prospect Magnus Chrona made 20 saves Saturday night to collect his Division-I leading 4th win of the season, while fellow Bolt prospect Cole Guttman is 10th in the nation in faceoff wins along with a gawdy 61.8% FO win percentage. The second-ranked Denver squad remains a perfect 4-0 and hosts 10th-ranked Boston College next weekend for their 2019-20 home opener and homecoming.

U.S. NTDP U18 Team 1 @ #6 Providence Friars 2 OT (Exhibition)

D Max Crozier, PRO: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +4, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Max Crozier helped set up Craig Needham’s OT game-winner in exhibition play against the Under-18 U.S. National Development Team on Saturday night. It won’t count as official, but Crozier effectively now has a three-game point streak to start the season. Crozier had a difficult 1st period, taking penalties for tripping and cross-checking, but his game-high three shots and OT play made up for the rocky start. Next weekend the Friars hit the road for a couple of stops in New York, Friday against St. Lawrence and then Saturday against fellow Bolt prospect Kris Oldham and the #11 Clarkson Golden Knights.

#7 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ Bemidji State Beavers 2 OT

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

A night after drawing Bemidji State 4-4, the Huskies failed to hold a 2-0 lead at the 2nd intermission and left northern Minnesota with another draw to the Beavers. Lighting defensive prospect Nick Perbix’s increased role for St. Cloud is apparent, starting both games on the blueline alongside Jack Ahcan, and while Perbix tallied a pair of assists in the two game weekend, he leaves Bemidji with a -3 rating after posting a +24 in the 2018-19 campaign. The Huskies begin the 2019-20 campaign with a record of 0-0-2, certainly not the start this talented team was expecting after the 1st round bounce by American in last year’s playoffs. Losing Jimmy Schuldt (VGK, FA signing), Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick), and Patrick Newell (NYR, FA signing) to graduation leaves some voids to fill and that might take the early part of the season for the kids with increased roles to fully acclimate. It also would seem the Huskies need to put a full 60 minutes of solid hockey together, and they will have a chance to work things out over the next couple of weeks as SCS will sit idle next weekend before taking on #15 Northeastern on October 25-26.

#11 Clarkson Golden Knights 3 @ Michigan Wolverines 1

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

Lightning prospect Kris Oldham sat back up once again Saturday night to starter Frank Marotte, who had a carbon-copy of his Friday night performance, allowing just one goal on 37 shots. Clarkson begins their 2019-20 campaign with a record of 1-0-1 and look ahead next weekend to a pair of home games against Vermont and 11th-ranked Providence.

Minnesota Gophers 4 @ Colorado College Tigers 3

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

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 1-1-2, E, 15 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/16 FO, *FIRST STAR*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 15 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker scored a power play goal in the 2nd and then set up Matt Staudacher 28 seconds later to lead a Gophers rally from a 3-1 deficit en route to First Star of the Game honors. Minny would survive a 5-minute major early in the 3rd when Walker was called for a contact to the head penalty that also came with a 10-minute game misconduct. The Gophers would gain momentum from killing the major and Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2019 3rd round pick) would score the game-winner for Minnesota midway through the 3rd. It’s early in the season, maybe too early, but Walker is 7th in the nation in FO% among players that have taken at least 10 faceoffs with a 72.7% win ratio. Minnesota leaves Colorado Springs with a record of 1-1 and host unranked Niagara next weekend at the 3M Arena.

New Hampshire Wildcats 4 @ Miami Redhawks 4 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%
’18-‘19 Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-1, 3.67 GAA, 0.855 SV%

Lightning prospect Ty Taylor once again sat back up Saturday night to Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick), who allowed 4 goals on 32 shots. After getting blown out Friday night, the Redhawks fell behind 3-0 but would mount a comeback, scoring four straight goals. Freshman John Sladic scored the equalizer 8 seconds before the 2nd intermission for Miami, and then the go-ahead goal just 1:23 into the 3rd. It would take a power-play tally by senior Patrick Grasso, nephew of famed NHL winger Joe Mullen, to send the match to overtime, and preserving a least a tie for UNH. Grasso, along with Panthers prospect Max Gildon (FLA, 2017 3rd round pick), led the Wildcat offense each with a goal and two points.

*USCHO poll used for rankings