Witkowski, Luke

NCAA Game Night: 11-10-12

RPI Engineers 0 @ No. 14 Harvard Crimson 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM

Brian Hart (pictured) had his first collegiate goal on Saturday in Harvard’s win over visiting RPI. Hart has a 3-game point streak in this, his freshman year. By comparison, Lightning prospect Alex Killorn had 6 goals and 14 points as a freshman at Harvard (30 games). Raphael Girard (undrafted) had the shutout for the Crimson on Saturday.

No. 16 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 5 Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM

Miami scored with under three minutes remaining in regulation to salvage a tie with visiting Northern Michigan. Miami won the shootout, 2-0, though the result is officially a tie.

No. 4 Cornell Big Red 1 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4

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

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM

Cornell lost for the second time this weekend and fell to 3-2-1 overall. They will likely fall out of the USCHO top-10 on Monday. Meanwhile, Quinnipiac won for the second time in two nights. They’re hoping to get back into the top-20 after falling out early in the season.

No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2 @ No. 15 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell created a few scoring chances, but the night belonged to the Huskies, who scored twice in the third period to break open a close game. The game was televised on NESN. UND defeated SCSU, 3-0, on Friday night.

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals (pregame): 7 GP, 5-1-1, 1.58 GAA, .924 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox was in net for the second-consecutive night and fourth-consecutive game for the Gophers. It appears he's taken over as the No. 2 team in the country's No. 1 goaltender. Wilcox shut out the SeaWolves on Friday night, stopping 14 shots. Alaska had 17 through two periods on Saturday. There was no shootout following the tie.

No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Bowling Green Falcons 2 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (slashing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 12 PIM

The Broncos went 1-0-1 against the Falcons in a home-and-home set this weekend. WMU won the shootout, 2-0, though the game will go down as a tie. WMU was able to kill off Witkowski’s slashing penalty in overtime to secure the point. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser remains out with a leg injury. He’s considered day-to-day.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-9-12

No. 4 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Princeton Tigers 5

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Gotovets was back in the lineup for the Big Red after missing two games. Cornell lost their first game of the season (3-1-1).

No. 8 Union Dutchmen 6 @ No. 14 Harvard Crimson 2

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

Brian Hart had an assist for the second-straight game, but the Crimson fell at home to 6-1-1 Union.

No. 16 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 5 Miami RedHawks 5

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

Lightning camper Austin Czarnik had a goal and three points for Miami. He has three goals and five points in his last two games. Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin had an assist against the Wildcats.

Colgate Raiders 2 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM

Quinnipiac limited the Raiders to just 10 shots on goal. The Bobcats scored on their 37th shot, which was their overtime goal to win the game.

No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ No. 15 St. Cloud State Huskies 0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell (pictured) scored his first goal of the year, the game-opener and eventual game-winner at St. Cloud State. O’Donnell had five goals in 17 games last year before getting injured.

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 0

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 14 saves on 14 shots, shutout
Season totals (pregame): 6 GP, 5-1-0, 1.81 GAA, .917 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox stopped 14 shots for his second collegiate shutout on Friday as the Gophers beat the SeaWolves in Alaska. Wilcox only face seven shots through two periods, then stopped seven in the final frame. Minnesota scored all their goals on the power play.

Bowling Green Falcons 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (holding the stick), 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 10 PIM

The Broncos held Bowling Green to just 12 shots on goal Friday in their 3-1 win.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-4-12

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (charging), 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, E, 8 PIM

The Broncos upset the Irish on Friday night, but the Irish got their revenge on Sunday, defeating WMU, 4-0. Alaska native Steven Summerhays (undrafted) got the shutout and Anders Lee (Islanders) had two goals for Notre Dame.

NCAA Game Night: 11-2-12

No. 6 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Colgate Raiders 1

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Gotovets was not in the lineup for the Big Red on Friday night.

Brown Bears 2 @ No. 13 Harvard Crimson 3

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

Harvard freshman Brian Hart – a second round pick of the Lightning this summer – was robbed on a breakaway and was originally credited with an assist on one of the Crimson’s goals. The scoring was later changed.

No. 4 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No. 19 Ferris State Bulldogs 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping), 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIM

FSU’s CJ Motte (undrafted) stopped 25 shots for the shutout and first star honors. This was a 1-0 game entering the third period.

No. 12 Boston Terriers 2 @ No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell had a point for the third-straight game, a secondary assist on Conner Gaarder’s first goal of the game. Gaarder (undrafted) added two more in the contest before Panthers pick Rocco Grimaldi finished off the scoring for the Sioux into an empty net.

Minnesota State Mavericks 2 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals (pregame): 3 GP, 3-0-0, 1.14 GAA, .934 sv%, 1 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox (pictured) started his second-straight game for Minnesota and was spectacular, stopping 21 of 23 shots to improve to 4-0 on the year. While he wasn’t named a game star, he was named Fox Sports North’s player of the game. He is expected to start again on Saturday in Mankato for the rematch. Unmarked forwards on Wilcox’s back door scored both shots that beat the freshman goaltender. On the second goal he stopped two shots in a flurry, then the puck hit the post before the Mavs tapped it into the open side of the net. Wilcox was huge in the third period while protecting a one-goal lead.

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 6 PIM

The Broncos skated to leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and held on for a hard-fought win in South Bend on Friday. “What a battle,” Lightning prospect and WMU captain Luke Witkowkski tweeted after the game. Notre Dame outshot WMU 37-25, including 18-4 in the third period.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-20-12

Brock Badgers 2 @ No. 6 Cornell Big Red 2 (exhibition)

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 12 PIM

Sixth-ranked Cornell finally got their season underway with an exhibition tie against Brock. Gotovets, now a junior, is looking to build on his sophomore totals of one goal and eight assists last year. Brock University is located in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Providence Friars 3 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 4 (OT)

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play.
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had two goals and an assist for the RedHawks, including the overtime winner. Jimmy Mullin was not listed in the Miami lineup. There was nothing in Miami’s game report from Friday about an injury or suspension.

Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 2 PIM

Peca scored for the second straight game. His shorthanded goal early in the third period turned out to be the game winner for the Bobcats.

No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 1 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

The number-2 team in the country lost a close one in Alaska to the Nanooks, who won the Alaska Goal Rush title. Brendan O’Donnell started the game on a line with Cody Kunyk and Andy Taranto.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 14 saves on 16 shots
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-0-0, 1.58 GAA, .902 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox (pictured, Star-Tribune photo) got the start after serving in a relief role on Friday night and got the win for the top-ranked Gophers over Michigan Tech. It was the Gophers first WCHA win in two tries; they lost 5-3 to the Huskies on Friday. Seth Ambroz (Blue Jackets) had two goals for the Gophers, who outshot Michigan Tech 34-18. The game was tied at two entering the final period.

Canisius Griffins 1 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 4 PIM

The Broncos completed a 2-game sweep of the Griffins with a close win on Saturday night. Broncos captain Luke Witkowski notched his third point in four games. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had a goal and an assist for WMU. Witkowski and his defensive partner, DeKeyser, both assisted on Trevor Elias’ game winning goal with three minutes left in regulation.

NCAA Game Night: 10-19-12

McGill Redmen 1 @ No. 17 Harvard Crimson 5 (exhibition)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Harvard started their season with a big exhibition win over the alma mater of Lightning coaches Guy Boucher and Martin Raymond. McGill won the Canadian university national championship last season. This was Hart’s collegiate debut.

Providence Friars 1 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

2012 Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had an assist as Miami tied Providence on Friday night.

Ohio State Buckeyes 1 @ No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

Peca (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and earned first star honors in the Bobcats’ tie against visiting Ohio State. Peca’s goal was unassisted and scored at even strength.

No. 2 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 5 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0 (Alaska Goal Rush Tournament)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

UND got two goals from Habs prospect Mark MacMillan and the Sioux won their season opener, 5-0 over tournament host Alaska-Fairbanks.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: No decision, 11 saves on 12 shots in relief
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox replaced an ineffective Michael Shibrowski in the second period and allowed one goal in 31 minutes as the top-ranked Gophers lost on the road at Michigan Tech in both teams’ conference opener. It was Minnesota’s first loss of the season.

Canisius Griffins 0 @ No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM

The Broncos shut out the alma mater of Lightning prospect and reigning AHL Most Valuable Player Cory Conacher. Witkowski did not register a point. Lightning free agent target Danny DeKeyser had six shots on goal for WMU.

NCAA Game Night: 10-13-12

Colgate Raiders 1 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 5

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Miami easily handled the Raiders on Saturday, one night after shutting them out, 3-0. Jimmy Mullin hit the scoresheet for the first time this year with a third period assist.

Robert Morris Colonials 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Quinnipiac improved to 2-0 on the year with a shutout win over the Colonials. Lightning prospect Matthew Peca earned his first point of the season, an assist. Eric Hartzell (undrafted) made 16 saves in the Quinnipiac nets for the shutout.

St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No.10 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM

The Broncos exacted a bit of revenge on the Saints, who beat WMU in overtime on Friday night. Lightning prospect and WMU captain Luke Witkowski (pictured) notched his first two points of the season, including an assist on the game-tying goal scored by Lightning target Danny DeKeyser. The Lightning pursued DeKeyser, a free agent, late last year and along with the Red Wings were thought to be a finalist to sign him until he decided to return to school for his junior season. DeKeyser and Witkowski are partners on the ice and roommates off the ice.

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NCAA Game Night: 3-24-12

No. 14 Cornell Big Red 1 vs. No. 9 Ferris State Bulldogs 2
NCAA Midwest Regional Final

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 12 PIM

Ferris State senior Jordie Johnson (undrafted) scored in the seventh minute of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and propel the Bulldogs to their first Frozen Four. Gotovets had the only assist on Cornell’s lone goal. He finishes the year with eight point in 24 games. More will be expected of the Belarusian next year as an upperclassman. Gotovets may not be completely done for the season as he could suit up for Belarus in the World Championships later this spring as he’s done the last two years.

No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 vs. No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 1
NCAA West Regional Semifinal

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hitting after the whistle), 1 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-11-13, +8, 66 PIM

WMU’s postseason run came to an end Saturday afternoon, falling 3-1 to top-seeded North Dakota. The Broncos scored to make the game 2-1 and appeared to get the tying goal, but it was ruled no-goal. The puck appeared to bounce in off a net-crashing forward while a Sioux player was sliding into the post and knocking the net off. It was ruled no goal and UND added an empty net goal late to give the game its final score. Witkowki and NCAA free agent partner Dan DeKeyser were on the ice in the last minute trying to get the game tied. Witkowski appeared to hesitate when deciding to pinch in at the blueline to keep the puck in, and when he finally did he was a little too late and lost a one-on-one battle along the wall. The UND player got around him and scored into an empty net. It’s a tough play for the junior alternate captain, who has been fantastic all year on the back end. It was reported this week that he will return to school for his senior season. He has a good chance to be named captain. Witkowski set a career high for points in a season and could breakout on offense next year. DeKeyser had an assist in the game and was strong throughout. There have been mixed signals as to whether the sophomore will leave school and turn pro. The Lightning are one of a few teams thought to be leaders for him. Detroit and Toronto are the others.

Note: With Gotovets and Witkowski seeing their seasons end on Saturday, it means no Lightning prospect will be playing in the Frozen Four taking place in Tampa. Brendan O'Donnell's Fighting Sioux could still make it, but O'Donnell is out for the season due to injury. A final review of Lightning NCAA prospects will be posted in the coming days.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-17-12

Colgate Raiders 0 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 3
ECAC Consolation

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

Gotovets was back on defense after playing forward in Cornell’s semifinal loss to Harvard on Friday. He registered one shot on goal as Cornell took the Consolation Game win in Atlantic City.

No. 19 Harvard Crimson 1 @ Union Dutchmen 3
ECAC Semifinals

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 34GP, 23-23-46, +13, 47 PIMs

In what was probably his final collegiate game, Alex Killorn scored his team’s only goal and led the Crimson with five shots on net, but Harvard lost to Union 3-1 in the ECAC Championship Game. It was Union’s first ECAC title. Any slim shot Harvard had at getting an invitation to the big dance went by the wayside when Union and Western Michigan both got automatic bids. Killorn came back to school for his senior year to do just this – have a strong offensive campaign and lead his team to new heights. Hopefully he holds his head high. The Killorn contract watch now begins, as he’s a lock to sign his name on the dotted line with the Lightning. It’s just a matter of when.

No. 7 Miami RedHawks 4 vs. Bowling Green Falcons 1
CCHA Consolation

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM

After a tough loss to Western Michigan in the semifinals Friday, Miami defeated upstart Bowling Green in the CCHA Consolation Game. Miami is a lock for the national tournament and will await their seeding on Sunday.

Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. North Dakota won their third straight WCHA tournament championship.

No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 2 vs. No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos 3
CCHA Finals

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 2-11-13, +8, 47 PIM

Fear the beard. Witkowski and Western Michigan won their first CCHA tournament title since 1986 as they held on to beat Michigan, 3-2. Witkowski was strong all night with his partner, free agent Dan DeKeyser. Witkowski’s dump-in and the hybrid icing rule led to the eventual game-winning goal, scored in the closing minutes of the second period. Witkowski, who came into the game with seven points in his last eight games, was beaten one-on-one for Michigan’s first goal, which came while WMU was on the power play, but was strong in his own zone as the Broncos killed off a five-minute major penalty that ended with three minutes to go. He was very poised and strong on the puck in his own end, and at one point in the final minute enabled a clear when he beat two Wolverines to a loose puck while he was on his knees after breaking up the previous play. During the broadcast, Fox Sports Detroit said WMU coach Andy Murray mentioned that all six WMU defensemen would be back next year. The announcers didn’t seem to put a ton of stock in the comment, but it’s the first indication that DeKeyser – and Witkowski – are staying in school. DeKeyser, who was named to the CCHA All-Tournament team, will be offered a contract from most every NHL team and Witkowski has played well enough to start a contract conversation among the Lightning brass. Time will tell, but right now Witkowski, his beard – which got a kiss from the Broncos backup goaltender during the celebration, and WMU will wait and see what damage they can do in the national tournament. They earned an automatic bid with the tournament championship. (Luke's photo from his Twitter feed, @LWitko28)

*USCHO poll used

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