Witkowski, Luke

NCAA Game Night: 1-18-13

No. 16 Cornell Big Red 3 @ No. 17 Union Dutchmen 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 8 PIM

Cornell scored twice in the third period to post a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Union. Kirill Gotovets is still looking for his first point of the year, but doubled his season plus/minus total to plus-4.

Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-3-6, -2, 8 PIM

Yale outshot their rivals from Harvard, 39-21, en route to a 4-0 win on Friday night.

No. 8 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Wisconsin Badgers 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 10 PIM

Wisconsin got a late goal to top the visiting RedHawks, 1-0. Jimmy Mullin is back on the lower lines after filling in up top while Riley Barber was at the World Junior tournament with USA.

No. 6 North Dakota 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 16-2-3, 1.62 GAA, .927 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox (pictured, Univ. of Minnesota photo) continued his stellar play as a freshman, stopping 24 of 25 shots as top-ranked Minnesota beat rival North Dakota, 5-1. UND scored the game’s first goal on the power play before the Gophers answered with five unanswered goals. Wilcox leads the WCHA in wins and his 2.04 GAA in conference play is second best. Friday was his 20th straight start. Wilcox has allowed three total goals against then No. 1 Boston College, then No. 2 Notre Dame, and against rival UND. Minnesota and UND face off again on Saturday. Lightning prospect Brendan O’Donnell should be back in the lineup for the second game; he’s been a scratch on Fridays recently.

No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Bowling Green Falcons 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, -2, 20 PIM

WMU outshot the Falcons 11-4 in the third period, but BGSU scored the only goal in the final frame to break a 1-1 tie and win the game, 2-1.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-12-13

Harvard Crimson 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-3-6, E, 6 PIM

Brian Hart had an assist on USA WJCer Jimmy Vesey’s goal to open the game and give Harvard a 1-0 lead, but the Crimson allowed three of the next four goals to lose, 3-2.

No. 6 Miami RedHawks 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 10 PIM

Jimmy Mullin scored the shootout-winning goal for Miami, though the game will officially go down as a tie. He scored the only goal of the five-round shootout.

Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 7 North Dakota 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell back in the lineup as UND defeated the Tigers, 5-3. Flames prospect Danny Kristo had two goals and two assists.

No. 16 Union Dutchmen 2 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-6-12, +7, 20 PIM

The Bobcats scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and extend their unbeaten streak to 16 games. Peca’s assist came on Qunnipiac’s first goal.

Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 9 saves on 10 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-2-3, (pregame: ) 1.67 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox started his 19th straight game, but didn’t finish it as he was pulled in the third period with the Gophers up 6-1. They added one more goal to win, 7-1.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-4-5, -2, 20 PIM

Luke Witkowski (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) notched his fourth assist of the season to help WMU defeat the visiting Lakers, 3-1. Witkowski received two minor penalties – one for charging the goalie. The Broncos outshot LSSU 41-19.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-11-13

No. 6 Miami RedHawks 1 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM

Jimmy Mullin continues to get his shots at the opposing net, but his goal totals aren’t rising just yet. Miami outshot the Wildcats, 44-24.

Colorado College 4 @ No. 7 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was not in the lineup as North Dakota fell to visiting Colorado College.

RPI Red Hawks 1 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-5-11, +5, 20 PIM

The Bobcats didn’t get a win, but extended their unbeaten streak to 15 games (13-0-2). They are 10-0-1 in the ECAC. Matt Peca (pictured) had an assist and three minor penalties.

Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 3 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 17 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 19 GP, 14-2-3, 1.67 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox started his 18th straight game, but top-ranked Minnesota needed to come from behind to steal a win in a classic trap game. The Seawolves scored twice in just over three minutes as the third period was starting to wind down, but the Gophers scored twice late, including the game-winner in the last minute. Minnesota is coming off wins over then-No. 1 Boston College and No. 2 Notre Dame. They face their WCHA rivals, North Dakota, next weekend. Beware of trap games.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 1 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 16 PIM

WMU peppered LSSU goalie Kevin Kapalka (undrafted) with 44 shots, including nine in overtime, but the game officially ended in a 1-1 tie. LSSU won the shootout, 2-1.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-30-12

No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-3-8, +4, 10 PIM

Quinnipiac completed the 2-game sweep of the Mavericks with a 3-1 win on Sunday. Lightning prospect Matt Peca had an assist in the game to give him three points for the weekend and possibly get himself back on track toward last year’s point-per-game pace.

No. 1 Boston College Eagles 1 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 8

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 32 saves on 33 shots, 1 assist, *First Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 12-2-2, 1.63 GAA, .927 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox (pictured) was named tournament MVP as Minnesota crushed top-ranked Boston College to win the Mariucci Classic championship. Wilcox, who was also named to the all-tournament team, was solid all night and spectacular when he needed to be, stopping 32 shots. BC’s lone goal came with the Gophers up 7-0 late in the third period and trying to kill off a 5-on-3 power play. Steven Whitney scored on a slapshot from the circles through traffic that went over Wilcox’s shoulder as he crouched to see the shot. Wilcox stopped at least five prime scoring chances in the first period when it was a close game, then in the second came up huge multiple times, including a highlight-reel glove save on a 2-on-1. The puck carrier had his passing option taken away from him on the rush, so after trying to out-wait Wilcox, fired high glove side. Wilcox snared the puck and snapped it into his body, reminiscent of Patrick Roy in his prime.

He came into the game seventh in the nation in goals against average and drew endless praise from Fox Sports commentators, who called Wilcox a “star” and “one of the top goalies in the country.” Noted Minnesota hockey journalist Michael Russo called him “the real deal.”

Wilcox also had his first collegiate assist in the game. Although he likes to play the puck, his helper came when he re-directed a bad angle shot up the center of the ice. The puck split the BC defensemen and Minnesota's Sam Warning (undrafted) pulled away from the defense to corral the puck and deke the goalie for a shorthanded goal.

Wilcox helped the Gophers exact some revenge on BC, who beat Minnesota, 6-1, in the Frozen Four last year on the Lightning’s home ice in Tampa. Things don’t get any easier for the Gophers as their next match is against No. 2 Notre Dame a week from Tuesday.

No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 4

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 14 PIM

WMU came up short in their bid to win the Great Lakes Invitational title, falling to unranked Michigan Tech, 4-0. Witkowski was on the ice for what turned out to be the game-winning goal, although he wasn’t directly involved in the play. A Bronco was tripped in the corner which resulted in a Tech shot from a bad angle that beat the Western goaltender, Frank Slubowski, who was not as sharp as he usually is during the game. Witkowski had a couple scoring chances, including a shot on the power play after he pinched down the weak side. His shot was disrupted as he pulled the puck from receiving it on his backhand to his forehand. One notable comment from the Fox Sports Detroit commentators was their suggestion that Witkowski and his defensive partner, Danny DeKeyser, be allowed to rush the puck more. Former NHL coach Andy Murray has WMU playing a staunch defensive system and the defense rarely jumps into the play. Scoring chances are not abundant and they only scored one goal in the 2-game tournament.

Tech’s Phoenix Copley didn’t allow a goal in the tournament and stopped 32 shots on Sunday for the shutout – his second career shutout. Copley, who hails from North Pole, Alaska, was the backup to Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox for some of last season at USHL Tri-City.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-29-12

No. 11 Cornell Big Red 4 @ Maine Black Bears 6

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM

They say a 3-goal lead is the worst in hockey and Cornell proved it yet again, blowing a 3-0 first period lead en route to a 6-4 loss in the championship game of the Florida College Classic in Estero. The victory was only Maine’s fourth of the season against 11 losses and a tie.

Northeastern Huskies 5 @ No. 20 Harvard Crimson 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 6 PIM

Brian Hart (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) opened the game’s scoring in the first five minutes, but that is all that Harvard would get on the board in a bad home loss to Northeastern. The Crimson (4-5-1) fell under .500 for the season, to a team that was 5-9-1 coming into the game. Not good. Sharks pick Cody Ferriero had four goals for the Huskies. He came into the game with one goal in 15 games this year.

No. 5 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM

Jimmy Mullin played on the top line for the second straight game and had nine shots on goal to lead the RedHawks in that category for the second straight game. Miami outshot the Colonials, 51-21, but couldn’t beat senior goaltender Eric Levine (undrafted). Levine came into the game with a 7-2-2 record, 1.98 GAA, and .949 save percentage. He’s listed at 6’3” and likely has a pro contract in his future. Robert Morris’ 1-0 win gave them the Three Rivers Classic championship in Pittsburgh.

No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM

Matt Peca had a goal and an assist as the Bobcats topped the Mavs, 5-4. Jordan Samuels-Thomas swatted home Peca’s centering feed three minutes into the third period to give the Bobcats their fifth goal. Quinnipiac has now won 11 consecutive games. Lightning prospect camper Andrej Sustr had two shots on goal and was minus-1 for UNO. The 6’8” defenseman remains a free agent.

Air Force Falcons 0 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 11-2-2, 1.67 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox wasn’t tested too often, but came up big when needed – like stopping a breakaway – to lead the Gophers to a 4-0 win over Air Force. The Gophers will face top-ranked Boston College on Sunday in the finals of the Mariucci Classic.

No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Michigan State Spartans 1
(Broncos won shootout, 1-0)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, -5, 14 PIM

WMU advanced to the finals of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament thanks to a fourth-round shootout win over Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Western is looking for their first GLI tournament win and will face Michigan Tech in the championship on Sunday. Witkowski played big minutes against MSU’s top line, but took a minus with 17 seconds left in regulation when the Spartans scored on a 6-on-5 advantage. With the puck dumped into the corner, Lightning free agent target Dan DeKeyser chased the puck and his partner, Witkowski, faded to the strong side as a defensemen is supposed to do. WMU’s three forwards watched from the strong side near the slot, leaving the backdoor wide open. A cross-crease pass from a forward who outbattled DeKeyser found an unmarked MSU player who banged the puck into the net. WMU had played well defensively throughout the game and that was MSU’s best scoring chance. Witkowski had several deep rushes and his confidence with and without the puck is at an all-time high.

*USCHO poll used

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