NCAA Game Weekend: February 22-23, 2019

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 (Feb 22nd)
#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 (Feb 23rd)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 3-12-15, +19, 8 PIM

The Huskies dispensed with the Mavericks handily this weekend, taking a pair of road conference games by a combined score of 9-1. On Friday night, Bolt prospect Nick Perbix setup a second period marker by Nick Poehling (undrafted) for his 15th point of the season, continuing his ½-point per game average he’s carried most of the season. Ryan Poehling (MTL, 2017 1st round pick) scored twice and St. Cloud goalie David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) allowed just one goal on 23 shots for the win. On Saturday night, Hrenak pitched a 30-save shutout to complete the weekend sweep. Perbix is now 3rd in the nation on plus-minus rating among Division I freshmen defensemen, Top-7 in assists and Top-10 in points.

The top-ranked Huskies improve to 23-4-3 (15-2-3 NCHC) and continue their road trip next weekend in Kalamazoo against a tough #8 ranked Western Michigan conference foe.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 1 @ North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4 (Feb 22nd)
#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ North Dakota Fighting Hawks 3 (Feb 23rd)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 3-10-13, +8, 8 PIM

Grand Forks is never an easy arena to play, even for the #3 Bulldogs who skated out of the weekend with a split against the Fighting Hawks. On Friday night, the goals came early and often, with UND opening the scoring just 44 seconds into the contest, but UMD getting the 1-1 equalizer a scant 41 seconds later. However, North Dakota would add another pair of 1st period goals just 1:11 apart, and UND goalie and Blue Jackets prospect Peter Thome (CBJ, 2016 6th round pick) would shut the door the rest of the way for the win in front of the home crowd. On Saturday night, UMD would bounce back with Peter Krieger (undrafted) scoring twice for the Bulldogs and salvaging a split on the road against a pesky conference opponent.

UMD’s record now stands at 19-9-2 (12-7-1 NCHC) and rolls into their bye weekend for some rest before closing out the season against Miami (Ohio) and #1 St. Cloud State.

Miami Redhawks 3 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 1 (Feb 22nd)
Miami Redhawks 2 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 5 (Feb 23rd)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/14 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-8-18, +13, 16 PIM

The #7 Pioneers were looking to bounce back this weekend in a pair of home games against the unranked Redhawks after a difficult of run of 2-3-2 in their last 7 outings. Instead, it was more of the same of the recent inconsistent play from Denver. On Friday night, Miami forward Ryan Siroky (undrafted) scored twice and Ryan Larkin (undrafted) made 46 saves to lead the Redhawks to a big road win. On Saturday night, the Pioneers bounced back behind a pair of goals from Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) and Jack Doremus (undrafted) to secure the split. Miami’s Larkin made another 38 saves for a two-game total of 84 saves.

Denver’s record now stands at 16-8-4 (8-8-2-2 NCHC) on the season, and the Pioneers have a quick turnaround for a Tuesday night rescheduled road game against Colorado College, making up for the postponed game in January. The Pioneers then continue on the road to Omaha to take on UNO next weekend.

RPI Engineers 3 @ #9 Cornell Big Red 2 (OT) (Feb 22nd)
#20 Union Dutchmen 1 @ #9 Cornell Big Red 3 (Feb 23rd)

D Alex Green, COR: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

The 9th-ranked Cornell squad struggled earlier in the month on the road against Rensselaer Polytechnic, drawing to a 1-1 tie. On Friday night at home, the Big Red once again ended with a disappointing finish against the Engineers, dropping a 3-2 OT decision. RPI netminder Owen Savory (undrafted) made 35 saves and Senators prospect Todd Burgess (OTT, 2016 4th round pick) scored the OT game-winner after Cornell’s Jeff Malott (undrafted) scored a pair of goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and force the extra session. On Saturday night, the Big Red hosted #20 Union and put down the Dutchmen after Cornell netminder Matthew Galajda (undrafted) made 30-saves to secure a weekend split.

Cornell’s record now stands at 16-8-3 (12-5-3 ECAC) and the Big Red wraps up their regular season next weekend with a pair of road ECAC conference matches against St. Lawrence and #13 Clarkson.

Merrimack Warriors 3 @ #14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 6 (Feb 22nd)
#14 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Merrimack Warriors 3 (OT) (Feb 23rd)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 12-13-25, +7, 6 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin scored his 12th of the season Friday night as part of an UML two-goal 3rd period that iced the game for the River Hawks. After UML jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead, the Warriors scored three 2nd period goals of their own, before the River Hawks scored thrice more. Chase Blackmun (undrafted) and Reid Stefanson (undrafted) led UML each with a goal and two assists. On Saturday night, Merrimack forward Chase Gresock (undrafted) twice scored the equalizing goal to force a tie against UML. Lohin’s assist on the River Hawks’ 3rd goal equaled his last season’s point total in 9 fewer games.

UML’s season record now sits at 18-10-3 (12-6-3 HEAST) and looks forward to next weekend with a home-and-home Hockey East conference series against New Hampshire.

#16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 (Feb 22nd)
#16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 2 (Feb 23rd)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 1-5-6, -2, 21 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/17 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-13-22, +4, 18 PIM

The #16 Fighting Irish rolled into the Twin Cities this weekend and the Gophers managed to split the weekend series. On Friday, Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 1st period lead, including a goal from the Freshmen Line in which Bolt prospect Sammy Walker notched his 13th assist of the season. But Notre Dame would rally and score three unanswered in the final two periods behind a two-goal performance from Colin Theisen (undrafted) to take the first of two games on the weekend. On Saturday night, fellow Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf helped set up a Scott Reedy 2nd period scored that would hold on as the eventually game-winner.

Minnesota’s record now stands at 14-15-4 (11-10-3 B1G) with a non-conference match up next weekend against #11 Arizona State.

#12 Northeastern Howlin’ Huskies 6 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 (Feb 22nd)
#12 Northeastern Howlin’ Huskies 6 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 0 (Feb 23rd)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 1 GP, L, 50:45 MINS, 4 GA, 15 SVS
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-1, 3.82 GAA, 0.853 SV%

The Wildcats got blistered this weekend in a pair of home losses to the 12th-ranked Howlin’ Huskies, who put up a couple of touchdowns on the outmatched UNH squad. On Friday night, Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) gave up 6 goals as Liam Pecararo (undrafted) scored a hat trick and added an assist for Northeastern. On Saturday night, Lightning prospect Ty Taylor saw his first game action since January 4, giving up 4 goals before getting pulled with just over 8 minutes left. Taylor stopped 9 of 10 shots through the first two periods. The wheels came off in the 3rd for UNH, as Taylor surrendered 3 goals on 9 shots, one on the power play and the another short-handed. Joe Lazzaro (undrafted) relieved Taylor and gave up 2 goals on 6 shots, both on the power play, as the Wildcats specials teams went off the rails. For Northeastern, Devils prospect Jeremy Davies (NJD, 2016 7th round pick) scored twice and added a pair of assists, Lincoln Griffin (undrafted) scored a pair of goals, and Percararo added three assists.

New Hampshire’s record now stands at 11-12-8 (7-9-5 HEAST) and faces off next in a home-and-home Hockey East showdown with Ryan Lohin and the UMass (Lowell) squad.

*USCHO poll used for rankings