NCAA Game Weekend: December 6-8, 2019

All Lightning NCAA prospects in action this weekend, well... except Kris Oldham who continues to sit back up for Clarkson in win over St. Lawrence. Highlights include 2G and 2nd Star for Cole Guttman in #4 Denver tie with #20 Arizona State; Cole Koepke 3G in two games and a 2nd Star as #14 UMD sweeps #18 UNO; Max Crozier 1A in #15 Providence loss to #16 UML; Ty Taylor in a 16-save UNH win over Merrimack; Sammy Walker with 2A in two Minnesota OT games against #7 Ohio State; Nick Perbix 1A in St. Cloud win over Miami. Alex Green pointless in Cornell split with Harvard and Dartmouth.

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#2 Cornell Big Red 3 @ #12 Harvard Crimson 1 (Friday)
#2 Cornell Big Red 1 @ #12 Dartmouth 2 (Saturday)

D Alex Green, COR, 2GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 BLK
Season Totals: 11 GP, 3-6-9, +9, 6 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 8 PIM

Travis Mitchell scored a goal and added an assist Friday night as Cornell jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the 12th-ranked Crimson, and goalie Matthew Galaja made 15 saves in a shutout 3rd period for 10th win of the season for the Big Red.

On Saturday night, leave it to the unranked Big Green to hand the #2-ranked Big Red their first loss of season. Dartmouth netminder Adrian Clark made 39 saves, including 21 in the 3rd period to make a Matt Baker goal 45 seconds into the 2nd period hold as the game winner.

Cornell breaks for the holidays with a still impressive 10-1 (7-1 ECAC) record and plays next on January 3-4 in Las Vegas at the Fortress Invitational against #7 Ohio State and then against either Army or #15 Providence.

#4 Denver Pioneers 1 @ #20 Arizona State Sun Devils 4 (Friday)
#4 Denver Pioneers 2 @ #20 Arizona State Sun Devils 2 OT (Saturday)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2GP, 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 10/22 FO, *2ND STAR*
Season Totals: 15 GP, 5-3-8, -1, 6 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: 1GP, L, 59:14 MIN, 3 GA, 26 SVS, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-4-2, 2.22 GAA, 0.918 SV%, 2 SH

The Pioneers woes continued Friday night on the road in Tempe as Sun Devil sniper Johnny Walker notched a hat trick and Evan DeBrouwer logged a 33-save performance in a decisive win by Arizona State. Bolt prospect Magnus Chrona lost his 3rd start in a row for Denver, giving up 3 goals on 29 shots.

Saturday night in Glendale, the Pioneers rebounded with Lightning prospect Cole Guttman scoring both Denver goals, including the equalizer with 41 seconds left in regulation. Guttman scored on the power play at the midpoint to knot the score at 1-1 and was named 2nd Star of the Game. DeBrouwer made another 44 saves, including 6 in OT to preserve the tie for the Sun Devils, while Chrona sat backup to Devin Cooley in the Pioneer net.

Denver’s record now sits at 9-4-3 (1-3-2 NCHC) with Colorado College queued up next weekend for a cross-state home-and-home conference series.

St. Lawrence Saints 1 @ #5 Clarkson Golden Knights 3 (Saturday)

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

Connor McCarthy, Haralds Egle, and Devin Brosseau combined for a total of three goals and eight points as the Golden Knights reeled off its 4th-straight win on Saturday night. Clarkson improves to 11-3-1 (6-1 ECAC) and hits the road next weekend in Houghton to take on Michigan Tech in a pair of non-conference games.

#14 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 6 @ #18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 (Friday)
#14 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ #18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 (Saturday)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2GP, 3-0-3, +3, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 3 BLK, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 6-5-11, +4, 10 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 42 GP, 7-12-19, +14, 14 PIM

On Friday night in Omaha, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke scored twice on his way to being named 2nd Star of the Game in the Bulldogs 6-3 rout of the Mavericks. Flyers prospect Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) also scored twice for UMD.

On Saturday night, Koepke netted his 3rd goal of the series, opening the Bulldogs scoring in the 1st to knot the score at 1-1. After Koepke tied the game, UMD opened a 3-1 lead and Nebraska-Omaha could never manage the equalizer.

The Bulldogs improve to 9-6-1 (6-1-1 NCHC) and break for the holidays until a road trip back East to play a weekend series with Merrimack on Dec 29-30.

#16 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ #15 Providence Friars 2 (Friday)
#15 Providence Friars 4 @ #16 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 (Saturday)

D Max Crozier, PRO: 2GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 BLK
Season Totals: 17 GP, 2-9-11, +11, 14 PIM

On Friday night at Schneider Arena in Providence, the Friars jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st behind a goal and an assist from Greg Printz and a pair of assists from Golden Knights prospect Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick). It was all River Hawks from that point on, scoring three unanswered, led by a goal and an assist each from Kenny Hausinger and Charlie Levesque.

On Saturday night with the series flipped to Lowell and Bolt prospect Max Crozier on the ice with less than two minutes remaining and protecting a 3-1 lead on the road, set up Greg Printz for an empty net score to seal the Friars win. Like Friday night, Providence jumped out to an early 1st period 2-0 lead, but this time did not allow the River Hawks to rally. The Friars were led by a goal and an assist each from Printz and Devils prospect Tyce Thompson (NJD, 2019 4th round pick).

Thompson remains the Division-I goal scoring leader (13) and Dugan leads the nation in assists (27) and points (33). Crozier remains T-5th among all Hockey East blueliners in points (11) and T-4th in assists (9) and plus-minus (+11). Providence improves to 9-5-3 (6-4-2 HEAST) and break for the holidays until they play for the 2019 Catamount Cup hosted by Vermont Dec 28-29 along with Lake Superior State and Union. The Friars won the Catamount Cup in 2014 the last time they participated in this holiday tournament.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 4 (Saturday)
Merrimack Warriors 2 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 5 (Sunday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 1 GP, W, 60:00 MINS, 2 GA, 16 SVS
Season Totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 2.62 GAA, 0.877 SV%
’18-‘19 Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-1, 3.67 GAA, 0.855 SV%

On Saturday night at Lawler Rink in North Andover, the Warriors scored three 3rd period goals to rally from a 2-1 deficit to hand the Wildcats a loss in the first leg of this weekend home-and-home series. Logan Drevitch scored twice and racked up four points with both of those goals and one assist coming on three Merrimack power plays.

On Sunday back home at Whittemore Center, Lightning prospect Ty Taylor got his 3rd start of the season and turned away 16 Merrimack shots for his 3rd win of the season. UNH jumped out to 3-0 1st period lead, but the Warriors battled back and drew within a goal at the midpoint. Taylor shut the door in the 2nd half of the game and the Wildcats offense put the game away in the 3rd. Chase Stevenson and Charlie Kelleher led the Wildcats with a goal and an assist each.

UNH improves to 8-7-1 (4-5 HEAST) and breaks for the holidays until a Dec 29th road tilt against Army West Point.

Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #7 Ohio State Buckeyes 3 OT (Friday)
Minnesota Gophers 1 @ #7 Ohio State Buckeyes 1 2OT (Saturday)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MIN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6 BLK
Season Totals: 18 GP, 0-3-3, -11, 2 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 23 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MIN: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 7/23 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 5-6-11, -16, 29 PIM
’18-‘19 Totals: 37 GP, 10-16-26, +6, 18 PIM

As one of the youngest teams in Division-I, the Gophers have struggled with ranked opponents, but this weekend Minnesota turned in a valiant effort on the road against #7 Ohio State. On Friday night, Bolt prospect Sammy Walker set up Blue Jacket prospect Robbie Stucker (CLB, 2017 7th round pick) for a power play goal near the end of the 2nd to tie the game at 1-1. The Gophers would open the 3rd taking the lead on a Sampo Ranta (COL, 2018 3rd round pick) power play marker, but the Buckeyes would get the equalizer and force OT. Quinn Preston would score the OT game-winner for Ohio State with just 25 seconds left in the extra session.

On Saturday night, Walker and Jack Perbix, brother of fellow Lightning prospect Nick Perbix, would set up Jonny Sorenson to open the scoring late in the 1st. But Gustaf Westlund would respond for the Buckeyes just 49 seconds left in the 1st to tie the game at 1-1 and it would stay that way for the rest of regulation and the five-minute OT. Ben Meyers would score in the 3-on-3 double OT session for the Gophers, giving Minnesota an all-important Big Ten bonus point. Walker now sports a 3-game point streak and is tied for the team lead in points with 11.

The Golden Gophers record now stands at 5-9-4 (2-4-4-3 Big Ten) and break for the holidays before hosting the return of the Mariucci Classic at 3M Arena Dec 28-29 with Bemidji State, #1 Minnesota State, and St. Cloud State set to clash in this holiday tournament.

St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ Miami Redhawks 1 (Friday)
St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ Miami Redhawks 3 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 BLK
Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, -7, 0 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 39 GP, 5-15-20, +24, 16 PIM

On Friday night in Oxford, Lightning prospect Nick Perbix set up Jami Krannila for the game opening tally late in the 1st period. That 1-0 Huskies lead would hold until early in the 3rd when Miami would knot the score. It would appear as if the game was headed to OT before Luke Jaycox would score with scant 26 seconds left in regulation to lift St. Cloud to victory, snapping a 4-game losing streak and finally giving the Huskies their first conference win.

On Saturday night, the Huskies would build a 4-1 lead by the mid-point of the 3rd and cruise to their first weekend sweep of the season. Nick Poehling would lead the way with a goal and two assists, while Kings prospect David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) would post 27 saves for the win.

St. Cloud State improves to 4-6-4 (2-4 NCHC) and heads back home next weekend for a pair of conference matches against #18 Nebraska-Omaha.

*USCHO poll used for rankings