Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Ohio State 3
F Matthew Peca, QUI: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season stats: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Matthew Peca registered his first assist of the new season as the Bobcats scored four first period goals and held on to beat Ohio State.
Bemidji State Beavers 2 @ No. 2 Miami Redhawks 3
F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Miami picked up their first win of the year scoring shorthanded with just under five minutes left in the third to split the weekend series with the Beavers.
No. 5 Boston College Eagles 6 @ No. 3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2
Ice Breaker Tournament Final; Grand Forks, ND
F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
The Sioux gave up four second period goals as they fell in the final of the Ice Breaker. Calgary prospect, Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College, had a goal and three assists in the game.
Alabama Huntsville Chargers 0 @ No. 13 Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM
Freshman goaltender, Frank Slubowski, had to make only 10 saves to register his first collegiate shutout in his first collegiate start. The Broncos (2-0-0) travel to Union next weekend for two games.
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Bemidji State Beavers 5 @ No. 2 Miami Redhawks 3
F James Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
The No. 2 Miami Redhawks dropped their season opener to unranked Bedmidji State. Freshman, James Mullin has now scored in his first two games for the Redhawks. The two teams meet again tonight.
Alabama Huntsville Chargers 1 @ No. 13 Western Michigan Broncos 7
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, Even, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
The Broncos opened their season impressively, scoring four first period goals in route to a lopsided win over Alabama-Huntsville. Luke Witkowski started his year off with an assist. In 42 games last season Witkowski had one goal and eight assists.
Air Force Falcons 3 @ No. 3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4
Ice Breaker Tournament; Grand Forks, ND
F Brenden O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
No.3 North Dakota started their season with a win beating Air Force. New York Islanders prospect, Brock Nelson, had two goals and an assist for the Sioux including the game winner in the third. North Dakota takes on No. 5 Boston College tonight in the Ice Breaker final.
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University of Toronto Varsity Blues 2 vs #13 Western Michigan Broncos 7
Exhibition, Muskegon, MI
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Western opened their 2011 preseason in impressive fashion scoring four powerplay goals against University of Toronto.
University of Regina Cougars 1 @ #3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 8
F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Freshman, Brendan O'Donnell recorded two helpers in his first preseason game at the NCAA level as #3 North Dakota easily handled Regina.
National Tournament â€“ Regional Semifinals
MW No.2 Denver Pioneers 3 vs. MW No.3 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (hitting after the whistle), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 1-8-9, +14, 54 PIM
This is going to hurt for a while. WMU had the higher ranked Pioneers down 2-0 with five minutes left in the third period headed for an upset win when Denver scored twice in under two minutes to send the game to overtime. Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild) scored the game winner in the extra session for Denver, who will move on to play North Dakota for the right to represent the Midwest Region in the Frozen Four.
Witkowskiâ€™s sophomore season comes to an end in disappointing fashion, but the big rearguard made great strides in his second year with WMU. He was one of the Broncosâ€™ leaders on defense and played big minutes. Witkowski tied for the team lead in penalty minutes and was tops in plus/minus. Heâ€™s got a great future ahead of him.
The 2011 NCAA Tournament has been set. Luke Witkowski and the Western Michigan Broncos (19-12-10) received the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional and will face No. 2 seed Denver (24-11-5). The Tournament begins this coming Friday, March 25 with the regional semifinals. Each round is single elimination.
This is the fourth appearance for the Broncos in the NCAA tournament and first since 1996. Western Michigan has a 2-2-0 record all-time against the Pioneers.
Cornell was not selected for the tournament meaning Kirill Gotovets and the Big Red's season has come to an end. Gotovets finishes his freshman season playing in 34 games, recording one goal and six assists for seven points. He finished with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-8, good for third overall on the team and the highest of any freshman on the roster.