Witkowski, Luke

NCAA Game Night: 10/08/10

#9 Denver Pioneers 5 @ Vermont Catamounts 3
F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Canisius Golden Griffins 5 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Vermont and Western Michigan each blow early 2-0 leads to drop their season openers 5-3. Both teams play again tomorrow night against the same opponents.

NCAA Game Night: 10/3/10

New Brunswick Varsity Reds 3 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (Exhibition)
C Matt Marshall, UVM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Marshall scored with five seconds left in Catamounts' first preseason game.

Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks 2 @ Western Michigan Broncos 5 (Exhibition)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

The Broncos outshot UOIT 61-15 on their way to easily winning their preseason opener.

Prospect Camp Preliminary Roster

The Lightning have assembled a preliminary roster for the upcoming prospects camp July 10-14 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The following roster, courtesy of Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, includes at least three goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 17 forwards. All 2010 draft choices will be participating.

NCAA Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-10

No.15 Vermont Catamounts 2 vs. No.5 Wisconsin Badgers 3
NCAA West Regional Semifinal (St. Paul, MN)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

Vermont actually led this game 2-1 after the first period, but were then outshot 30-15 over the final two periods, being outscored 2-0. The Catamounts' season and impressive playoff run is now over. Marshall (pictured) was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game after the sophomore only missed one regular season contest. His speed and defensive ability are assets to the Catamounts, and he’ll likely be a fixture on at least their third line next season.

C/W Alexander Killorn, Harvard: Season complete.
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM

Killorn, a sophomore, was one of the top prospects at the Lightning’s 2009 summer camp and could be a signing target of the Lightning this offseason. Speculation from Harvard followers is he’ll return to the Crimson next season, however. Stay tuned.

D Luke Witkowski , Western Mich. Univ.: Season complete.
Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-4-6, -13, 67 PIM

Witkowski gained valuable ice time as a freshman defenseman for the Broncos this season, though he went through his ups and downs in his rookie year. He is expected to be a big part of WMU’s future on the blueline.

USHS Update

D Kirill Gotovets, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Season Totals: 44 GP, 8-19-27, 73 PIM

Gotovets, a Cornell commit, had five points after 14 games, but has 22 points in his last 30. Shattuck is 42-11-4 entering the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Tournament in Chicago on April 7. Shattuck’s playoffs start following the Chicago tourney.

NCAA Playoffs Game Night: 3-13-10

Harvard Crimson 0 @ No.9 Cornell Big Red 3
ECAC Quarterfinals – Game 2. Cornell wins Best of 3 series 2-0.
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM

Killorn (pictured) returned to the Crimson lineup, but it wasn’t enough as Cornell completed the quarterfinal sweep of Harvard and ended their season. Killorn, a sophomore, was one of the top prospects at the Lightning’s 2009 summer camp, and could be a signing target of the Lightning this offseason. He set career highs in games played (+2), goals (+3), assists (+3) and points (+6). He also nearly cut his PIM in half from his freshman year, 46 to 26.

No.19 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No.11 New Hampshire Wildcats 0
Hockey East Quarterfinals – Game 2. Best of 3 series tied 1-1.
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.

Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

Vermont handed UNH their first home loss of the season when freshman David Pacan (Blackhawks 6/09) scored at the five minute mark of the third period. Vermont will try to complete the 8 vs. 1 upset Sunday night.

D Luke Witkowski , Western Mich. Univ.: Season complete.
Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-4-6, -13, 67 PIM

NCAA Playoffs Game Night: 3-6-10

Harvard Crimson 3 @ Princeton Tigers 0
ECAC First Round – Game 2, Best of 3. Harvard wins series 2-0
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM

Though they were outshot 37-17, ninth-seeded Harvard, which has struggled all season, somehow managed a shutout win on the road over a higher ranked club (No.8) and will now move on to the ECAC quarterfinals (opponent TBA). According to USCHO.com, Harvard (9-19-3) last won a first-round ECAC series in 2007 over Yale.

No.16 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 (OT)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

Vermont needed a win to get into the Hockey East playoffs, coming into this game ninth in the conference. They didn’t get that win, but did get a Boston University win over Northeastern, which propelled Vermont over Northeastern into the final playoff spot at No.8. Their reward is facing the conference’s top seed, New Hampshire.

Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ No.14 Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 4
CCHA First Round – Game 2, Best of 3. Alaska wins series 2-0
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-4-6, -12, 67 PIM

The Nanooks completed a first round sweep of the Broncos, winning 4-1 in Alaska. This ends the season for the Broncos at 8-20-8. They will have a new coach next year. Witkowski completed his freshman season with two goals and four assists and played a very respectable amount of ice time for a freshman defenseman. He was among team leaders in PIM and finished comfortably at the bottom of the club's plus/minus rankings - understandable for a freshman defenseman.

NCAA Playoffs Game Night: 3-5-10

[i]ECAC First Round – Game 1, Best of 3[/i] [b] Harvard Crimson 4 @ Princeton Tigers 2[/b] [i]C/W [b][url=/alexander-killorn]Alexander Killorn[/url][/b], HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG [/i] Season Totals: 30 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM Ninth-seeded Harvard scored four times in the third period to beat eighth-seeded Princeton in Round 1 of the ECAC playoffs (Best of 3 series). [b] No.16 Vermont Catamounts 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5[/b] [i]C/W [b] [url=/matt-marshall]Matt Marshall[/url] [/b], UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG[/i] Season Totals: 32 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 14 PIM The unranked River Hawks clinched a Hockey East playoff birth with the win, but Vermont, who entered the game fifth in the conference, fell to ninth with the loss. The two teams play again Saturday and Vermont needs a win to get in. [i]CCHA First Round – Game 1, Best of 3[/i] [b] Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 4 [/b] [i]D [b] [url=/luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url] [/b], WMU: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (hooking, cross-checking), 0 SOG[/i] Season Totals: 30 GP, 2-4-6, -11, 65 PIM WMU dropped the first game of a potential three game series with Alaska, getting outshot 44-16. Playing Alaska means we get to show you (again) AKF’s pregame video. This polar bear does a lot of damage with a hockey stick (and F-16s). Maybe too much damage. [youtube]K9cYcRotufU[/youtube]

NCAA Game Night: 2-26-10

[b] Harvard Crimson 1 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 2 (OT) [/b] [i]C/W [b][url=/alexander-killorn]Alexander Killorn[/url][/b], HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG [/i] Season Totals: 28 GP, 9-10-19, -1, 26 PIM Clarkson improved to 8-23-3 on the year while Harvard fell to 7-18-3. [b] Boston University 3 @ No.18 Vermont Catamounts 7[/b] [i]C/W [b] [url=/matt-marshall]Matt Marshall[/url] [/b], UVM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG[/i] Season Totals: 30 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 14 PIM Former Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall was scoreless in the game for BU. He has no points in 21 games so far this year. [b] Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No.14 Ferris State Bulldogs 2 (OT) [/b] [i]D [b] [url=/luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url] [/b], WMU: Did not play.[/i] Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -11, 61 PIM Ferris State won the official/unofficial shootout 2-0.

NCAA Game Night: 12-20-10

Colgate Raiders 4 @ Harvard Crimson 2
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 9-10-19, -1, 26 PIM

Harvard, who entered the season with high expectations, fell 10 games under .500 at 7-17-3.

No.17 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ No.13 New Hampshire Wildcats 3 (OT)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 14 PIM

Not a bad showing for Vermont (13-11-6), who got two points in a weekend series with the higher-ranked Wildcats.

Ohio State Buckeyes 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -11, 61 PIM

WMU moved to 8-18-6 on the year.

NCAA Game Night: 2-19-10

No.10 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Harvard Crimson 0
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 9-10-19, E, 26 PIM

Killorn was coming off a two-goal game (and win) for the Crimson, but neither he nor the Crimson could continue that success Friday night at home against a Top-10 (USCHO) team.

No.17 Vermont Catamounts 4 @ No.13 New Hampshire Wildcats 5 (OT)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

Kevin Leblanc (Blackhawks 7/06) scored at 1:25 of overtime to defeat Marshall’s Catamounts.

Ohio State Buckeyes 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 1
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (boarding), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 2-4-6, -11, 61 PIM

Witkowski had missed two straight games for WMU. The Broncos announced this week that coach Jim Culhane has been let go, effective at the end of the season.

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