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NCAA Game Night: 2-23-13

Union Dutchmen 2 @ Cornell Big Red 4

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

Gotovets remains out of the Cornell lineup. No word as to why.

Harvard Crimson 6 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 8 PIM

The Crimson were outshot 31-20, but won where it counted, 6-2. Lightning prospect Brian Hart had two assists for Harvard.

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 2 @ Lake Superior State Lakers 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 5-8-13, -1, 14 PIM

Miami completed their weekend sweep of LSSU and is now two points away from clinching the CCHA regular season championship.

No. 6 North Dakota 6 @ No. 10 Denver Pioneers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was back in the UND lineup in a fourth line role, helping his school to a 6-1 win over Denver in Colorado. Friday Correction: O’Donnell was indeed in the North Dakota lineup on Friday night. Our report said he was a healthy scratch.

Brown Bears 3 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-10-20, +9, 30 PIM

After a big game Friday against rival Yale on national television, the Bobcats suffered a bit of a letdown, blowing a 3-1 lead and tying sub .500 Brown. Brown’s last two goals were scored with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Matt Peca was on the ice for both goals.

Minnesota -Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 35 saves on 37 shots
Season totals: 31 GP, 20-5-5, 1.89 GAA, .920 sv%, 3 SO

The Gophers gave up two one-goal leads to the unranked Bulldogs, tying their in-state rivals 2-2 on Saturday. Undrafted freshman Matt McNeely was the story for UMD, stopping 38 of 40 shots in net.

No.11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 1

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-7-9, -2, 42 PIM

A two-game series settled nothing as the Irish and Broncos tied for the second consecutive night. This time the Irish won the shootout, though the game is officially a tie. Luke Witkowski (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) had two assists in the series.

*USCHO poll used

Desjardins, Crunch Shut Out Falcons, 3-0

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Most first impressions take all of a few seconds.

For the first 13-plus minutes in front of his new home crowd at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse Crunch goalie Cedrick Desjardins waited for his opportunity.

When the shots finally came - 26 in total - the New Brunswick native had an answer, notching his first shutout in a Crunch uniform and third of the season in a 3-0 win over the Springfield Falcons Saturday night.

"You want a good first impression at home," Desjardins said. "I don't think it gets better than that."

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-23-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 8

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 4-0-4, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 20-28-48, +12, 2 PIM
With R-N: 18 GP, 17-21-38, +13, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

A day after going without a point for just the third time this season, Kucherov (pictured) scored four times in a lopsided Huskies win over the Olympiques. He was originally credited with an assist, which would have given him his third five-point game in the last 10 days, but it was taken away on a scoring change. Kucherov is back to a two points per game average for the season.

Quebec Remparts 6 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 47 GP, 6-27-33, +22, 53 PIM

Quebec scored four times in the third period to break open a tie game and beat the Foreurs. Former Lightning prospect camp participant Brandon Hynes had two goals and was first star for Val-d’Or. The teams combined for 91 shots on net.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 0 @ Barrie Colts 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play
Season totals: 43 GP, 8-45-53, +15, 90 PIM

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 4-18-22, +2, 68 PIM
With Barrie: 20 GP, 2-6-8, +1, 29 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

German overager Mathias Niederberger (undrafted) made 44 saves for the shutout, leading Barrie to a home win over Guelph. Tanner Richard remains out of the Storm lineup due to an upper body injury.

ECHL Game Night: 2-23-13

Evansville IceMen 5 @ Florida Everblades 3

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 31 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-7-3, 3.11 GAA, .904 SV%, 0 SO

Florida was able to eliminate two separate deficits but surrendered a back-breaking, even-strength goal late in the third period that led to their demise against Evansville, which potted an empty net goal to close out the home squad. The Everblades outshot the Icemen 37-28 for the contest. Pat Nagle sat backup to Rob Madore while Dan Milan, who has been a fixture in the lineup since early January, got a rare night off. Alex Hutchings and Charles Landry remain with Syracuse of the AHL. Florida (28-17-10, 66 PTS) has time to regroup before hosting Reading (35-15-6, 76 PTS) in yet another cross-divisional contest Wednesday evening.

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