NCAA Game Night: October 18, 2019

Friday night NCAA highlights has Sammy Walker with 1st Star in Minnesota win with OT game-winner; Magnus Chrona 1st Star in shutout of #6 BC and Cole Guttman 3rd Star for PP GW goal in Denver win; Wins for Clarkson and Providence, losses for UMD and UNH.

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#6 Boston College Eagles 0 @ #1 Denver Pioneers 3

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 11/19 FO, *3RD STAR*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 2 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: 60:00 MINS, W, 23 SVS, 0 GA, 1 SH, *1ST STAR*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 5-0-0, 1.40 GAA, 0.947 SV%, 2 SH

Bolt prospect Magnus Chrona pitched a 23-save shutout of the #6 Eagles en route to a 1st Star performance, handing Boston College and fellow freshman netminder and Panthers prospect Spencer Knight their first loss of the season. For the Chro-Mangus Man, it was his 2nd shutout of the season and 5th win, both tops in the nation. His gawdy GAA and save percentage both rank in the Top-10 in the nation as well. Fellow Lightning prospect Cole Guttman opened the scoring just 3:21 into the game with a power-play tally that would eventually stand as the game-winner, his nation-leading 2nd game-winner of the season. Guttman’s 41 faceoff wins ranks 2nd in the NCHC and 11th in the nation. The top-ranked Pioneers improve to 5-0 squad remains a perfect 4-0 and looks for the weekend sweep Saturday night in a rematch with the Eagles.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ #17 Wisconsin Badgers 6

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

Cole Caulfield (MTL, 2019 1st round pick) and Owen Lindmark (FLA, 2019 5th round pick) each had a pair of goals for the Badgers as Wisconsin pasted six goals on the #3-ranked Bulldogs Friday night in front of 10k+ fans, handing the reigning national champs their 2nd loss in 3 games to start the 2019-20 season. The teams each scored twice in a penalty-filled 1st period as UMD lost two defensemen to 5-minute majors and game misconducts. The Badgers would reel off four-straight in the 2nd and 3rd as the Bulldogs had no answer for the nation’s 2nd youngest team. UMD drops to 1-2 and looks to avoid the sweep Saturday night in a rematch at Kohl Center in Madison.

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ #10 Clarkson Golden Knights 3

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

Zach Tsekos scored all three Clarkson goals Friday night in front of a home crowd at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, including two 3rd period markers that rallied the Golden Eagles from a 2-1 deficit. Jack Jacome set up each step of the Tsekos hatter for a three-assist effort. Lightning prospect Kris Oldham sat back up once again Saturday night to starter Frank Marotte, who made 31 saves on 33 Catamount shots. Clarkson improves to 2-0-1 and plays Bolts prospect blueline prospect Max Crozier and the 13th-ranked Providence Saturday night.

#13 Providence Friars 6 @ St. Lawrence Saints 0

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

Parker Ford scored twice Friday night and Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick) and Tyce Thompson (NJD, 2019 4th round pick) each had a goal, and three points as the Friars rolled to an easy victory over the Saints at the SUNY campus in Camden, NY. Lightning prospect Max Crozier leads all freshmen blueliners in the Hockey East conference in plus-minus with +4. Providence improves to 2-1 and makes the 12 mile trek on Highway 11 to Potsdam for a Saturday night tilt against Bolt prospect Kris Oldham and the 10th-ranked Clarkson squad.

Niagara Purple Eagles 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 3 0T

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MIN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 23 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/14 FO, *1st STAR*
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, E, 15 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker wristed home the OT game-winner Friday night just 46 seconds into the extra session in front an ecstatic home crowd at 3M Arena. Sampo Ranta notched a power play goal early in the 3rd and Jonny Sorenson added another marker just 63 seconds later to give the Gophers a 2-1 lead. But Niagara would bang home the equalizer and eventually force overtime before Walker jetted past the Purple Eagle defense and first home the winner at full speed. Fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf fired a game-high 5 shots at the Niagara netminder. Walker is 3rd in Big Ten conference in faceoff wins, 6th in FO% and 4th in PIMs to go along with his offensive stats and back-to-back 1st Star of the Game. The nation’s youngest team improves to 2-1 and looks for the weekend sweep of Niagara Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ Bentley Falcons 3 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 Friday night to Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick), who allowed 3 goals on just 14 shots for the loss on a Jakov Novak OT winner for the Falcons first win of the season. Charlie Kelleher gave UNH a 2-1 lead just 39 seconds into the 3rd, but the Wildcats couldn’t hold on to victory. New Hampshire drops to 1-1-1 and looks ahead to next weekend when the Wildcats open Hockey East conference play on the road against Merrimack and 20th-ranked BU.

*USCHO poll used for rankings