NCAA Game Weekend: January 3-4, 2020

The first NCAA hockey weekend of the new year with these highlights: Alex Green 2A, FM in games against #6 Ohio State and #14 Providence in 2020 Fortress Invitational; Cole Guttman 2G, 2A, 68% FO, and two 1st Star of the Game awards in two winds over #9 Umass; Magnus Chrona 2W and 59 saves as DEN announces mini-slump is over; Ty Taylor 2W, 2GA in both starts for UNH against Yale and Brown.

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2020 Fortress Invitational (Las Vegas, NV)
#20 Army Cadets 1 vs #14 Providence Friars 3 (Friday)
#2 Cornell Big Red 5 vs #6 Ohio State Buckeyes 2 (Friday)
#2 Cornell Big Red 2 vs #14 Providence Friars 2 OT (Saturday)

D Alex Green, COR, 2GP, 0-2-2, +2, 5 PIM, 2 SOG, 4 BLK
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-8-11, +11, 11 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 8 PIM

D Max Crozier, PRO: 2GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 BLK
Season Totals: 20 GP, 2-9-11, +11, 14 PIM

The 2020 Fortress Invitational tournament this weekend sported four ranked teams and pair of Lightning right-handed defensive prospects, including junior Alex Green from the #2-ranked Cornell Big Red and freshman Max Crozier from the #14-ranked Providence Friars.

On Friday, Providence scored three goals on just 13 shots with Matt Koopman tallying a goal and an assist as the Friars dispensed with the Cadets and earned a spot Saturday’s championship game. Devils prospects Tyce Thompson (NJD, 2019 4th round pick) and Patrick Moynihan (NJD, 2019 6th round pick) each posted a pair of assists.

Also, on Friday, Bolt prospect Alex Green notched a pair of assists, one on the power play, to help the Big Red jump out to a 4-0 lead over the sixth-ranked Buckeyes. Ben Berard scored twice for Cornell and Matthew Galajda made 30 saves as Cornell punched their ticket to Saturday’s championship game.

Providence and Cornell met Saturday night in the tournament championship and the two teams battled to 2-2 draw after a five minute 0T session that setup a shootout to decide who hoists the trophy. Galajda had a tall order for Cornell facing Moynihan, the nation’s #2 points leader in Thompson and the nation’s top points leader in Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick). After stopping both Moynihan and Thompson, Dugan finally put a shot by Galajda to give the Friars the shootout win and the Fortress Invitational championship. After Thompson drew first blood to open the scoring in the 1st, Rangers prospect Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) scored both Cornell goals, twice rallying the Big Red from one goal deficits.

Cornell now sports an 11-1-1 (7-1 ECAC) record and continues their road trip next weekend for a pair of ECAC conference games against RPI and Union. The Friars improve to 11-5-5 (6-4-2 HEAST) and look forward a Thursday night non-conference road tilt against American International.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Engineers 3 @ #4 Clarkson Golden Knights 1 (Friday)
Union Dutchmen 0 @ #4 Clarkson Golden Knights 2 (Saturday)

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

On Friday night, RPI got 32 saves from netminder Linden Marshall as the Engineers upset the 4th-ranked Golden Knights at home. Son of former Predators blueliner Patric Kjellberg and Rangers prospect Simon Kjellberg (NYR, 2018 6th round pick) opened the scoring for RPI just 1:23 into the game and Ture Linden gave the Engineers a 2-0 lead midway through the 3rd period. While Mathieu Gosslelin finally got a puck past Marshall later in the 3rd to draw Clarkson back to within a goal, the Golden Knights could not get the equalizer.

On Saturday night, Clarkson and goalie Frank Marotte rebounded with a 19-save shutout of the Dutchmen. Connor McCarthy figured on both Golden Knights goals, successfully knocking the rust off the holiday break and breaking even on a pair of weekend conference tilts.

Lightning goalie prospect Kris Oldham still has not yet to play a regular season game for Clarkson. Marotte, on the other hand, ranks 3rd in the nation in wins (13), 5th in the nation in SV% (94.0%) and 4th in the nation in GAA (1.67). Clarkson improves to 13-4-2 (7-2 ECAC) on the season and continues their home stand ECAC conference play next weekend against Princeton and Quinnipiac.

#9 UMass Minutemen 2 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 4 (Friday)
#9 UMass Minutemen 3 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 4 (Saturday)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2GP, 2-2-4, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 27/41 FO, *1st STAR x2*
Season Totals: 19 GP, 9-5-14, +2, 8 PIM
’18-’19 Totals: 41 GP, 14-12-26, +16, 18 PIM

G Magnus Chrona, DEN: 2GP, 2W, 119:40 MIN, 5 GA, 59 SVS
Season Totals: 16 GP, 10-4-2, 2.18 GAA, 0.920 SV%, 2 SH

Coming back from holiday break with a visit from #9 UMass on the home schedule had the makings of a challenging method to knock the rust off before resuming conference play, but Lightning prospects Cole Guttman and Magnus Chrona were up to the task, and none shone more brightly than Guttman.

Guttman notched a goal and an assist in both games against the Minutemen and winning 66% of his face off on this way to earning 1ST Star of the Game honors in both games. Guttman’s 9 goals lead the Pioneers and are good for T-5th in the NCHC, while his 5 game-winning goals are good for tops in the nation. Meanwhile, Chrona appears back firmly in the starter’s role between the Denver pipes as he notched a pair of weekend wins against UMass, including a 39-save effort on Saturday to help the Pioneers claim the sweep.

The #7-ranked Pioneers improve to 13-4-3 (3-3-2 NCHC) and host fellow Bolt prospect Nick Perbix and St. Cloud State next weekend as NCHC conference play resumes.

Yale Bulldogs 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 4 (Friday)
Brown Bears 1 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 5 (Saturday)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 2 GP, 2W, 119:31 MIN, 2 GA, 46 SVS
Season Totals: 5 GP, 5-0-0, 1.98 GAA, 0.912 SV%
’18-‘19 Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-1, 3.67 GAA, 0.855 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor got both starts this weekend for the Wildcats as UNH hosted a pair of non-conference games against Ivy Leaguers Yale and Brown.

On Friday night, Taylor allowed just a one power play goal on 29 shots and Panthers prospects Max Gildon (FLA, 2017 3rd round pick) had a pair of assists to lead the Wildcats. On Saturday night, Taylor once again allowed just a single power play goal on 19 shots while UNH got a pair of goals each from Eric MacAdams and Patrick Grasso. Taylor has a perfect 5-0 record in a backup role to junior Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick). UNH improves to 10-8-1 (4-5 HEAST) on the season and turns their attention next weekend to hosting #12 Northeastern as Hockey East conference games resume.

*USCHO poll used for rankings