NCAA Game Weekend: February 15-16, 2019

Due to my trip to Orlando last week, the NCAA weekend round up for Feb 8-9, 2019 was not posted. This update catches up that weekend as well as this weekend.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 OT (Feb 8th)
Colorado College Tigers 4 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 OT (Feb 9th)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 3-11-14, +19, 6 PIM

The Tigers might have a losing record on the season, but they are generally a tough opponent, at home or on the road. A week ago Friday, #1 ranked Huskies needed all three Poehlings to squeak out a tie against gritty Colorado College. Nick Poehling (undrafted) opened the scoring just a buck seventeen into the game, but Colorado College countered with a two 1st period goals to carry a 2-1 lead all the way into the 3rd before Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) set up his brother Jack (undrafted) for the equalizer. A week ago Saturday, Grant Cruikshank (undrafted) scored a pair of power play goals to help propel the Tigers to a 4-2 lead at the 2nd intermission, but Bolt prospect Nick Perbix started a three-goal rally, potting his third goal of the season. Patrick Newell first scored the equalizer late in the 3rd, and then broke through with the OT game-winner to give St. Cloud the 5-4 win. Perbix was +3 on the night, and his +19 on the season is good enough for 4th in the nation among Division I freshmen defensemen.

St. Cloud State improves to 21-4-3 (13-2-3 NCHC) and took this weekend off before embarking on a road trip next weekend to Omaha to square off with UNO for a pair of NCHC conference games.

#7 Denver Pioneers 2 @ #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 (Feb 15th)
#7 Denver Pioneers 1 @ #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 0 (Feb 16th)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/19 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 10-8-18, +13, 12 PIM

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 3-10-13, +8, 8 PIM

Both these NCHC powerhouses came into this weekend’s big showdown with a week of rest under their belts as a pair of Lightning freshman prospects squared off in the Battle of the Coles. On Friday night, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke helped propel the #4 Bulldogs to a dominating win, scoring a goal and adding an assist and registering a +3 rating against the #7 Pioneers. After Denver opened the scoring just 2:50 into the game, UMD reeled off four straight, including a pair of goals by Justin Richards (undrafted), to put the game away. Koepke added the 5th Bulldog goal in garbage time with 46 seconds left. On Saturday night, the Pioneers salvaged a weekend split when Denver goalie Devin Cooley (undrafted) pitched a 27-save shutout, ensuring Golden Knight prospect Slava Demin’s (VGK, 2018 4th round pick) 1st period marker held up as the game-winner.

UMD’s record now stands at 18-8-2 (11-6-1 NCHC), two games back of St. Cloud in the NCHC standings, and hit the road next weekend for a NCHC series against North Dakota in Grand Forks. Denver’s record now stands at 16-7-4 (8-7-2-2 NCHC) and head back home next weekend for a weekend NCHC series against Miami (Ohio).

#9 Clarkson Golden Knights 0 @ #10 Cornell Big Red 5 (Feb 8th)
St. Lawrence Saints 1 @ #10 Cornell Big Red 3 (Feb 9th)
#8 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Brown Bears 3 (OT) (Feb 15th)
#8 Cornell Big Red 2 @ Yale Bulldogs 5 (Feb 16th)

D Alex Green, COR: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, -6, 2 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Last weekend, Bolt prospect Alex Green notched a pair of assists for Cornell in a pair of home wins over then #9 Clarkson on Feb 8th and St. Lawrence on Feb 9th. Against Clarkson, Big Red netminder Matthew Galajda (undrafted) pitched a 17-save shutout and Green set up Jeff Malott’s (undrafted) 2nd goal of the game. Against the Saints, Green once again rang up an assist, this time setting up a Mitch Vanderlaan (undrafted) marker late in the 2nd to re-establish Cornell’s two-goal lead.

The weekend, the Big Red hit the road for a pair of ECAC games against Ivy Leaguers Brown and Yale with some disappointing results. On Friday, Cornell established a 3-0 lead behind a goal and an assist each from Tristan Mullin (undrafted) and Vanderlaan, but then allowed the Bears to reel off three 3rd period goals and force a tie. On Saturday, Cornell fell into a 3-0 hole before rallying to close the gap to 3-2 in the 2nd period, before the Bulldogs scored twice more to put the game out of reach. Yale was led by a pair of goals from Bruins prospect Curtis Hall (BOS, 2018 4th round pick) and three assists from Robbie DeMontis (undrafted).

Cornell’s record now stands at 15-7-3 (11-4-3 ECAC) and returns home next weekend for a pair of ECAC conference games against RPI and #20 Union.

Boston College Eagles 0 @ #15 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 (Feb 8th)
#2 UMass Minutemen 0 @ #15 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 (Feb 9th)
#13 Providence Friars 6 @ #10 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 (Feb 15th)
#10 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 0 @ #13 Providence Friars 1 (Feb 16th)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 6 8OG, 4/16 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-12-23, +4, 6 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin notched his 11th goal of the season a week ago Friday on Feb 8th and Rangers prospect Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) posted a 28-save shutout of Boston College. On Feb 9th, it was UML goalie Chris Hernberg’s (undrafted) turn to shine, pitching a 31-save shutout of the then #2 Minutemen.

This weekend, the River Hawks’ 10-game unbeaten streak came to screeching halt, dropping a home-and-home series against #13 Providence by a combined score of 7-2. On Friday night, the Friars put up 6 on UML behind a pair of goals by Penguins prospect Kasper Bjorkqvist (PIT, 2016 2nd round pick) and three assists from Sabres prospect Jacob Bryson (BUF, 2017 4th round pick). On Saturday night, Friar netminder and Oilers prospect Hayden Hawkey (MTL, 2014 6th round pick) pitched a 21-save shutout.

UML’s season record now sits at 17-10-2 (11-6-2 HEAST) and looks to bounce back next weekend with a home-and-home Hockey East conference series against Merrimack.

Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #18 Penn State Nittany Lions 7 (Feb 8th)
Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #18 Penn State Nittany Lions 6 (Feb 9th)
Minnesota Gophers 4 @ #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 3 (Feb 15th)
Minnesota Gophers 4 @ #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 3 (Feb 16th)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 4 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 21 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 4 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG, 11/25 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 9-12-21, +4, 18 PIM

This extended road trip for the Gophers was a tale of two weekends. Last week on Feb 8th and 9th, the Nittany Lions pasted a pair of touchdowns on the scoreboard, shredding Minnesota by a combined two-game score of 13-4. On the game against Penn State on the 9th, Bolt prospect Sammy Walker scored his 9th goal of the season, as the Freshman line gave Minnesota an early 2-1 lead before the Nittany Lions scored five unanswered.

This weekend, the Golden Gophers traveled to Columbus to take on #2 Ohio State and pulled off a pair of 4-3 road wins to stun the Big Ten leading Buckeyes. On Friday night, fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf scored his first goal of the season to re-establish the Gopher’s two-goal lead at 3-1 after Walker notched an assist when the Freshman line gave Minnesota an early 2-0 lead. On Saturday night, the Freshman line once again put Minnesota up 2-0 early as Walker notched his 12th assist of the season and his 21st point.

Minnesota’s record now stands at 13-14-4 (10-9-3 B1G) and looks forward to finally some home cookin’ next weekend when #15 Notre Dame rolls into the 3M center for Minnesota’s final two Big Ten conference games of the regular season.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Vermont Catamounts 0 (Feb 8th)
New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Vermont Catamounts 4 (Feb 9th)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

The Wildcats took this weekend off but split a pair of Hockey East conference games last weekend against the Catamounts. Sharks prospect Mike Robinson tended the nets in both games against Vermont, pitching a 29-save shutout on Feb 8th. On Feb 9th, Vermont got goals for four different players and Catamount goalie Stefanos Lekkas (undrafted) allowed just two goals on 59 shots across both games to earn the split. Lightning prospect Ty Taylor hasn’t played since January 5th against Yale.

New Hampshire’s record now stands at 11-10-8 (7-7-5 HEAST) and returns home next weekend for a pair of games against #14 Northeastern in Hockey East conference play.

*USCHO poll used for rankings