Witkowski, Luke

NCAA Tournament Selection

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.

NCAA Game Night: 3/19/11

CCHA Tournament
Finals

Detroit, MI

#12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 vs. #6 Miami Redhawks 5
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 54 PIM

The Broncos tied the game at two early in the third period but could not hold off a late game rush by the Redhawks and fell in the CCHA tournament final.

The Broncos will now wait for a possible NCAA tournament bid Sunday. The tournament will begin Friday, March 25.

ECAC Tournament
Finals

Atlantic City, NJ

#3 Yale Bulldogs 6 vs. #20 Cornell Big Red 0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 1-6-7, +8, 32 PIM

Yale goalie Ryan Rondeau(undrafted) stopped 22 shots for the shutout to give Yale the ECAC tournament title.

Cornell (16-15-3) will sit and hope to receive a bid for the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red are rated 27th in the Pairwise Comparison Ratings, which is college hockey's objective system for ranking teams for tournament bids. There will be 16 teams that make the tournament. There are five automatic bids that go to the conference tournament champions of the five Division I conferences. The remaining 11 teams are selected based upon the Pairwise Ratings.

Boston College, Miami, Yale, Air Force, and North Dakota all have automatic bids. The Tournament Selection Show is tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

NCAA Game Night: 3/18/11

CCHA Tournament
Semifinals

Detroit, MI

#12 Western Michigan Broncos 5 vs. #4 Michigan Wolverines 2
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 1-7-8, +16, 52 PIM

Western Michigan avenged two regular season losses to Michigan and moved into the finals of the CCHA Tournament. The Broncos jumped out to a 3-0 lead early into the second period and held on to knock out the tournament No. 1 seed Wolverines.

The Broncos now face No. 3 seed Miami in the tournament final Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Broncos have not been in the finals of the CCHA tournament since 1986. Western was 1-2-1 against the Redhawks during the regular season. Miami beat Notre Dame 6-2 to reach the finals.

ECAC Tournament
Semifinals

Atlantic City, NJ

#20 Cornell Big Red 3 vs. #15 Dartmouth Big Green 0
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-6-7, +9, 32 PIM

Cornell junior goalie Mike Garman(undrafted) made 22 saves helping Cornell blank Dartmouth and send the Big Red to the ECAC tournament finals. It was Garman's first shutout of his career at Cornell.

Cornell now faces tournament No. 1 seed Yale in the tournament final Saturday night. The Big Red went 0-2-0 against the Bulldogs in the regular season. Yale defeated Colgate 4-0 to advance to the finals.

NCAA Game Night: 3/13/11

ECAC Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 3

Harvard Crimson 3 @ #18 Dartmouth Big Green 4
Dartmouth wins series 2-1

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 15-14-29, +7, 36 PIM

Harvard made it interesting scoring with .20 seconds left to pull within one but were unable to even it up.

The Crimson finish with a 12-21-1 record. They went 5-3-1 in the month of February to push themselves into the playoffs and eventually knock out No. 7 seed Clarkson in the first round.

Killorn, a junior, finished the season as the team's leading goal scorer with 15 and was second on the team in total points with 29. He set career highs in both categories, as well as assists with 14. He also led the team a plus-7 rating.

In his three years at Harvard, Killorn has played 96 games registering 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points.

ECAC Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 3

Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Cornell Big Red 3 (OT)
Cornell wins series 2-1

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 1-6-7, +8, 32 PIM

Cornell senior Joe Devin (undrafted) scored midway through the first overtime to win the series for Cornell. Gotovets recorded his first point in 20 games for the Big Red as they move onto the semifinals against Dartmouth.

CCHA Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 3

Ferris State Bulldogs 4 @ #15 Western Michigan 5 (OT)
Western Michigan wins series 2-1

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 1-7-8, +14, 52 PIM

Senior Max Campbell (NY Rangers) scored his 18th of the season 2:23 into overtime to win the series for Western Michigan. The Broncos led 3-0 and 4-1 in the game before Ferris State clawed their way back to send it to overtime.

The Broncos now face tournament No. 1 seed Michigan in the semifinals. Western was 0-2-0 against Michigan in the regular season.

NCAA Game Night: 3/12/11

ECAC Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 2

Harvard Crimson 1 @ #18 Dartmouth Big Green 2 (OT)
Series tied 1-1

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, Even, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 15-14-29, +7 36 PIM

Dartmouth evened up the series with Harvard with an overtime win. Big Green senior, Andrew Owsiak (undrafted) scored 1:37 into the extra period to send the series to a game three Sunday night.

ECAC Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 2

Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Cornell Big Red 0
Series tied 1-1

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 1-5-6, +9, 32 PIM

Bobcats' goalie Eric Hartzell (undrafted) shutout the Big Red in game two to even the series at a game apiece. Game three is Sunday night.

CCHA Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 2

Ferris State Bulldogs 1 @ #15 Western Michigan Broncos 3
Series tied 1-1

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 1-7-8, +14, 52 PIM

Western took a 2-0 lead in the second period and held on to even the series at 1-1. The win was the first CCHA quarterfinal victory for the Broncos in 10 years. Game three is Sunday night.

Hockey East Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 2

Vermont Catamounts 3 @ #10 New Hampshire Wildcats 4
New Hampshire wins series 2-0

F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 3-2-5, -3, 4 PIM

Vermont gave a gallant effort to stay alive in the HEAST Tournament tying the game at the 16:26 mark of the third period. However, the Wildcats answered right back at 17:00 as senior, Mike Sislo (undrafted) scored the eventual game and series winner.

Vermont finishes the season with a (8-20-8) record. Marshall, a junior, recorded a career high in goals with three this season and equaled last seasons total of five points. He finished the season with three points in his last four games.

In his three year career at Vermont, Marshall has played 84 games compiling five goals and nine assists for 14 points.

NCAA Game Night: 3/11/11

ECAC Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 1

Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Cornell Big Red 2
Cornell leads best of 3 series 1-0

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 1-5-6, +9, 32 PIM

Cornell, the No. 4 seed, took game one from Quinnipiac with a 2-1 win. Game two is Saturday night at Cornell.

ECAC Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 1

Harvard Crimson 3 @ #18 Dartmouth Big Green 2
Harvard leads best of 3 series 1-0

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, Even, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 15-13-28, +7, 36 PIM

Harvard continued their hot streak winning their sixth straight as they took game one from Dartmouth in the ECAC quarterfinals. Harvard, the 10 seed, swept Clarkson in the first round to draw No. 3 seed Dartmouth.

CCHA Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 1

Ferris State Bulldogs 3 @ #15 Western Michigan Broncos 1
Ferris State leads best of 3 series 1-0

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 52 PIM

No. 4 seed Western Michigan could not get this going in game one against No. 5 seed Ferris State. The Broncos were 0 for 4 on the powerplay for the game. Game two is Saturday night.

Hockey East Tournament
Quarterfinals - Game 1

Vermont Catamounts 1 @ #10 New Hampshire Wildcats 3
New Hampshire leads best of 3 series 1-0

F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 3-1-4, -4, 4 PIM

No. 7 seed Vermont fell in game one to No. 2 seed UNH. The Catamounts went 0-2-1 against the Wildcats in the regular season. Game two is Saturday night.

NCAA Game Night: 2/26/11

#17 Western Michigan 2 @ #8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 1-7-8, +12, 52 PIM

Western finished out the regular season with a shutout win over Notre Dame. The win solidified the Broncos a forth place finish in the CCHA. Witkowski finished tied for the team lead with a +12. His eight points this season were two more than last years freshman season of six.

St. Lawrence Saints 3 @ Harvard Crimson 4

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 13-11-24, +5, 32 PIM

Harvard ended the regular season with a three game winning streak to finish 10th in the ECAC.

Killorn led his team in goals through the regular season with 13 and finished second on the team in points. He also was tied for the team lead with a +5.

Cornell Big Red 1 @#3 Yale Bulldogs 4
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 1-5-6, +8, 28 PIM

Cornell fell to #3 Yale to close out the regular season and finish fourth in the ECAC. The Big Red are tied in points with Princeton and Rensselear but hold the tie breakers over both teams.

Gotovets, a freshman, finished the regular season tied for second on the team with a +8.

Vermont Catamounts 1 @ #18 Boston Terriers 3

F Matt Marshall, VRM: DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-0-2, -4, 4 PIM

Vermont is now winless in five games gaining only one point out of the two game weekend series with BU. Vermont closes out their regular season next weekend with two games at home against UMASS-Lowell. The Catamounts currently sit seventh in the Hockey East Conference.

NCAA Game Night: 2/25/11

Cornell Big Red 2 @ Brown Bears 3 (OT)
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 1-5-6, 26 PIM

Undrafted Brown senior David Brownschidle scored in the extra session to give the Bears a win over Cornell Friday. The Big Red scored twice in the third period to tie the game and earn a point.

Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ Harvard Crimson 3
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 13-11-24, 32 PIM

Killorn (pictured) scored his 13th goal of the season into an empty net to secure a victory for Harvard - their second in a row and eighth of the season.

Vermont Catamounts 3 @ No.15 Boston University Terriers 3
F Matt Marshall, VRM: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-0-2, 4 PIM

Vermont scored three third period goals to send the game into overtime.

No.8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3 @ No.17 Western Michigan Broncos 2
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (elbowing), 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 1-7-8, 50 PIM

Irish freshman Anders Lee (Islanders) scored his 21st goal of the year with just under five minutes left in the game to break a 2-2 tie.

NCAA Game Night: 2/19/11

#17 Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ #11 Michigan Wolverines 5 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 48 PIM

Western is now winless in their last four games. The Broncos conclude the regular season next weekend with a home and home series with CCHA leading #9 Notre Dame.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Colgate Raiders 2
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-11-23 +4, 32 PIM

After two big wins the Crimson drop one in regulation to Colgate and fall one point behind the Raiders into last place in the ECAC. The Crimson play this Tuesday night against Brown.

#16 Dartmouth Big Green 2 @ Cornell Big Red 3 (OT)
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 1-5-6, +10, 26 PIM

Cornell gets back in the win column in the battle of the big colors with an overtime victory over Dartmouth. The two points now puts Cornell into a tie with Dartmouth for third place in the ECAC. Cornell is at Brown and at Yale to close out the regular season next weekend.

#8 New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (OT)
F Matt Marshall, VRM: DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-0-2, -4, 4 PIM

Vermont earns a tie with conference leading New Hampshire. The Catamounts are on the road next weekend for two games with #15 BU.

NCAA Game Night: 2/18/11

Harvard Crimson 4 @ Cornell Big Red 3
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-0-2, Even, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 12-11-23 +4, 32 PIM
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-5-6, +10, 24 PIM

In their second meeting of the season Killorn and Harvard got the better of Gotovets and Cornell. Killorn's two goals helped the Crimson avenge a 2-1 loss to Cornell on January 29. Killorn has seven points in his last three games. Gotovets is now scoreless in his last 15 games, but ranks second on the team with a +10 rating.

#17 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ #11 Michigan Wolverines 6
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 46 PIM

Western dropped their second straight and sit eight points back from Miami for third in the conference.

#8 New Hampshire Wildcats 6 @ Vermont Catamounts 1
F Matt Marshall, VRM: DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-0-2, -4, 4 PIM

Marshall sat again with an injury as Vermont fell to Hockey East leading New Hampshire. The two play again tonight as Vermont sits just one point behind UMASS for seventh in the conference.

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