Witkowski, Luke

NCAA Game Night: 10-29-11

No. 14 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 3 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 15 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 25 PIM

Western Michigan (5-0-3) remained unbeaten as Freshman defenseman Garrett Haar scored 28 seconds into overtime. Witkowski was given a 5-minute major for checking from behind midway through the third period. The major resulted in an automatic 10-minute game disqualification. The Broncos will have a tough test next weekend to remain undefeated going on the road for two games with No. 4 Michigan.

Mercyhurst Lakers 5 @ No. 19 Cornell Big Red 4

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG

The Big Red opened their season with a tough loss to Mercyhurst at home. Freshman Nardo Nagtzaam had two goals and an assist for the Lakers including the game winner in the third.

No. 9 Merrimack Warriors 4 @ Vermont Catamounts 2

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM

Merrimack (6-0-0) remained unbeaten completing the sweep of Vermont. The Catamounts (1-3-0) are at Providence (2-3-1) next weekend for two games.

St. Cloud State Huskies 1 @ No. 12 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Out - Leg injury
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

Florida prospect Corban Knight had a goal and an assist for the Sioux as they split the weekend series with the Huskies and snapped a four game winless streak. North Dakota will be at No. 8 Minnesota next weekend.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-28-11

No. 18 Lake Superior State Lakers 5 @ No. 16 Miami RedHawks 3

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 4 PIM

Despite scoring two shorthanded goals, Miami's (2-6-0) losing streak now sits at five straight. Mullin is now scoreless in six games after scoring in the season opener.

No. 14 Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 4

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, +4, 10 PIM

Western Michigan (4-0-3) remained unbeaten on the season with a win over rival Northern Michigan in a top 15 match-up. Witkowski (pictured) remains one of WMU's top minute eaters.

No. 9 Merrimack Warriors 4 @ Vermont Catamounts 1

F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM

Marshall was back in the lineup for the Catamounts, who fell to Merrimack (5-0-0) as the Warriors remained one of three undefeated teams in Division I, excluding the ECAC teams who have yet to begin season play.

St. Cloud State Huskies 4 @ No. 12 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 0

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Out - Leg injury
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

North Dakota (2-4-1) is now winless in their last four as Ryan Malone's Alma Matter blanked the Sioux. Huskies freshman goaltender Ryan Faragher recorded his first collegiate shutout, making 44 saves.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-22-11

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-5-8, +2, 4 PIM

Peca scored again to run his point streak to seven games as Quinnipiac split the weekend series with Robert Morris.

No. 10 Miami RedHawks 0 @ No. 14 Ferris State Bulldogs 2

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 4 PIM

Ferris State remained undefeated sweeping the weekend series with No. 10 Miami. Bulldog freshman goalie, C.J. Motte, recorded his second shutout in just his third start on the young season.

No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 5

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Did not play, leg injury
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

Freshman, Brendan O'Donnell was listed on the Sioux pregame injury list as out with a leg injury for three to six weeks.

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alaska Nanooks 2 (ot)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 10 PIM

Western remained unbeaten on the year (3-0-3) after a tie Saturday with Alaska. The Broncos are home next weekend for two games with No. 17 Northern Michigan.

Carleton Ravens 1 @ No. 20 Cornell Big Red 5 (Exhibition)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

The Big Red concluded their preseason with a win over Carleton University out of Ottawa. Cornell opens the regular season next weekend at home against Mercyhurst.

NCAA Game Night: 10-21-11

No. 10 Miami Redhawks 2 @ No. 14 Ferris State Bulldogs 4

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, Even, 2 PIM

Miami, who started the season preseason ranked No. 1, continued to struggle to start the season falling to Ferris State. The Bulldogs are now (5-0-0) to start the year.

No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ Wisconsin Badgers 5

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

O'Donnell was not in the lineup for the first time this season as North Dakota fell to Wisconsin to open WCHA play. Anaheim prospect Justin Schultz, defense, had a goal and an assist for Wisconsin.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ Robert Morris Colonials 5

F Matthew Peca, QUI: 1-0-1, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-5-7, Even, 2 PIM

Freshman, Matthew Peca, picked up a goal in the third to run his point streak to six games.

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ No. 8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Vermont was shutout in their season opener by Minnesota as Colorado prospect Kent Patterson picked up the shutout. Florida Panther prospect Nick Bjugstad, the 19th overall pick in 2010, had two goals for the Gophers and Nashville prospect Zach Budish had a goal and two assists in the game.

No. 11 Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Alaska Nanooks 1

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 8 PIM

The Broncos opened CCHA play with a long road trip out to Alaska and took the first game of the weekend series with the Nanooks to remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0-2. The two teams play again Saturday night.

Guelph Gryphons 2 @ No. 20 Cornell Big Red 3 (Exhibition)

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play

Gotovets was not in the lineup as the Big Red beat the University of Guelph in an exhibition game. Cornell plays Carleton College Saturday in their last tune up before regular season play.

Western Ontario Mustangs 4 @ Harvard Crimson 7 (Exhibition)

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG

Senior, Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist as the Crimson knocked off Western Ontario in Harvard's only exhibition game. They open the regular season Saturday, Nov. 4 at home against rival Princeton.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-15-11

No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 11 Union Dutchmen 3 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0,+1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: GP 4 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM

Western Michigan came away from their first road trip with two points from back to back ties against Union. The Broncos travel to play Alaska next weekend.

No. 5 Miami Redhawks 2 @ Colgate Raiders 3 (OT)

F James Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Mullin sat out his first game of the early season as Miami fell in overtime to Colgate.

No. 17 Maine Black Bears 3 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 (OT)

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

North Dakota came away with three points from the weekend series with Maine. Montreal prospect, Danny Kristo had two goals and an assist for the Sioux tonight.

NCAA Game Night: 10-14-11

No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 11 Union Dutchmen 2 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, Even, 6 PIM

The Broncos faced their first ranked opponent in Union and came away with a point.

No. 5 Miami Redhawks 4 @ Colgate Raiders 3

F James Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, Even, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Miami won their first road game of the season holding on to beat Colgate. Dallas prospect, Reilly Smith had three goals and one assist for the Redhawks.

No. 17 Maine Black Bears 1 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3

F Brendan O'Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

Florida Panther prospect, Corban Knight had a goal and an assist for the Sioux. North Dakota dropped three spots in the rankings after losing to now No. 1 Boston College last weekend.

U.S. Under 18 Team 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 1 (Exhibition)

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play

Matt Marshall was not in the lineup as Vermont fell to the U.S. Under 18 team.

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NCAA Game Night: 10-8-11

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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NCAA Game Night: 10-7-11

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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NCAA Game Night: 10/1/11

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
Exhibition

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.

NCAA Game Night: 3/26/11

National Tournament – 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.

Witkowski’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 Broncos’ leaders on defense and played big minutes. Witkowski tied for the team lead in penalty minutes and was tops in plus/minus. He’s got a great future ahead of him.

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