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NCAA Game Weekend: March 8-9, 2019

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (OT) (Mar 8th)
#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (Mar 9th)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 5-15-20, +21, 10 PIM

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 4-10-14, +7, 12 PIM

On Friday night, Lightning prospect Nick Perbix scored a pair of power-play goals, including the OT game-winner to lead the top-ranked Huskies in a big win over #3 UMD. In the 1st period, Perbix helped set up a St. Cloud power-play marker to give the Huskies the early 1-0 lead. The team’s traded three more 1st period goals as the score was knotted 2-2 at the first intermission. After a scoreless 2nd period, Perbix notched his first power-play goal early in the 3rd to give St. Cloud a 3-2 lead before the Bulldogs battled back and once again tied the game to force OT.

On Saturday night, Perbix once again notched a power play assist to help start a three-goal St. Cloud rally after dropping into a 2-0 deficit to the Bulldogs. Perbix ended his freshman regular season with 5 goals and 20 points and a +21 rating. Among NCHC freshmen defensemen, that stat line is good for 1st in the conference in plus-minus, 1st in points/game, 2nd in goals, 2nd in assists, and 3rd in total points.

The top-ranked Huskies finish the regular season with a record of 27-4-3 (19-2-3 NCHC) and will face Miami (Ohio) next weekend in a best of three series in the quarterfinals of the NCHC conference tournament. UMD finishes the regular season with a record of 21-11-2 (14-9-1 NCHC) and takes on UNO next weekend in a their best of three NCHC conference tourney quarterfinals match up.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ #6 Denver Pioneers 1 (Mar 8th)
#6 Denver Pioneers 0 @ Colorado College Tigers 1 (Mar 9th)

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/23 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 11-10-21, +15, 18 PIM

The sixth-ranked Pioneers ended their regular season on a sour note, dropping both legs of a home-and-home series with cross-state rival Colorado College. On Fright night, Tigers goalie Alex Leclerc made 26-saves and then backed that up Saturday night with a 30-save shutout. Bolt prospect Cole Guttman finished the regular season leading all NCHC freshmen in goals (11), goals/game, and faceoff wins. He was also 4th in among conference freshmen in total points, and 5th in plus-minus.

Denver finishes the regular season with a record of 19-10-5 (11-10-3 NCHC) and square off next weekend in a best of three series against #19 North Dakota in the NCHC conference tournament quarterfinals.

#10 Cornell Big Red (idle)

D Alex Green, COR: idle
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 6 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

The tenth-ranked Big Red was idle this past weekend, having finished their regular season last week with a record of 17-8-4 (13-5-4 ECAC). Cornell faces off next weekend against Union College in a best of three series in the ECAC conference tournament quarterfinals.

#16 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (OT) (Mar 8th)

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/12 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 12-14-26, +9, 12 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

On Friday night, the Catamounts fought the River Hawks to a draw, handing UML a disappointing season-ending 1-3-3 run in their last seven games. Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin ended his regular season campaign as UML’s leading goal-scorer, points, power play goals, and power play points, all despite missing four games with injury.

#16 UMass Lowell finishes the regular season with a record of 18-11-5 (12-7-5 HEAST) and dials up a best of three series next weekend against Boston University in the Hockey East conference tournament quarterfinals.

Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Michigan Wolverines 2 @ Minnesota Gophers 3 (OT) (Mar 8th)
Michigan Wolverines 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 4 (Mar 9th)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 22 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 10-15-25, +6, 18 PIM

The much-beleaguered Gophers entered the Big Ten conference quarterfinals this weekend on a 5-1 roll in their last six games, and rattled off two-straight wins to eliminate the Wolverines and advance to the conference semi-finals. Bolt prospect Sammy Walker set up Ducks prospect Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) Friday night on the game-tying goal in the 3rd that would force overtime before Brannon McManus (undrafted) fired home the OT winner. On Saturday night, Mat Robson (undrafted) would make 22-saves, allowing just a single Michigan goals to complete the sweep.

Minnesota improves to a record of 18-15-4 and takes on #16 Notre Dame in the Big 10 conference semifinals next weekend.

New Hampshire Wildcats 0 @ #9 Northeastern Howlin’ Huskies 4 (Mar 8th)

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-1, 3.82 GAA, 0.853 SV%

On Friday night, Northeastern goalie Cayden Primeau pitched a 32-save shutout of the Widcats, ending New Hampshire’s regular season with a record of 12-13-9 (8-10-6 HEAST) and faces off next weekend against #2-ranked Massachusetts (Amherst) in a best of three series in the Hockey East tournament conference quarterfinals.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 3-11-19 Lightning at Maple Leafs

In which the Lightning teach Mitch Marner to shut his dirty trap...

TB-6
TOR-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:07 TB Johnson (23), (McDonagh, Kucherov)
18:38 TB Cirelli (14), (Sergachev, Killorn)

Second Period
4:20 TB Johnson (24), (Point, McDonagh)
4:50 TB Palat (8), (Coburn, Rutta)
11:49 TOR Matthews (31), (Johnsson, Zaitsev)
18:16 TB Paquette (11), (Hedman, Gourde)(SH)

Third Period
5:59 TB Paquette (12), (Gourde, Rutta)
19:55 TOR Brown (6), (Marleau, Kadri)

Tyler Johnson, Cedric Paquette, and Ryan McDonagh were the game's three stars.

Mitch Marner decided to run his mouth before this game proclaiming to the Toronto media that the gap between the Lightning and the Maple Leafs wasn't that large. He supplied the bulletin board material. The Lightning supplied the ass-whoopin'. Any questions?

It's not that the Lightning won a game 6-2. It's that every other shift seemed to spend 45 seconds in Toronto's zone and that they outpossessed Toronto to the tune of a 42-28 SOG disparity. Toronto was non-threatening offensively because they never got a sniff of the puck, let alone zone time. They and their media enablers can make excuses about puck luck or it being their first game back off a road trip all they want. If they believe any of it, just know it's indicative of what a bunch of soft-as-Charmin pretenders they are. If you're gonna be disrespectful enough to tug on Superman's cape, don't make excuses when it ends badly for you.

And, if any other potential Lightning playoff matchups want to contract a case of diarrhea of the mouth like Marner did, I encourage it. This Lightning team is downright evil when it's salty and feels like it has a point to make.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 3-9-19 Solar Bears @ Growlers

Orlando Solar Bears 4 @ Newfoundland Growlers 2

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 17 GP, 7-19-26, +6, 16 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 25 GP, 6-12-18, -5, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Win, 25 saves on 27 shots
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 1-1-0, 3.51 GAA, .899 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 6-5-11, +6, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 33 GP, 2-13-15, +14, 34 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

Connor Ingram and Orlando rebounded from a 5-1 loss Friday with a 4-2 win over the North Division frontrunner Newfoundland, 4-2. Ingram stopped 25 shots in the win for his first career ECHL victory.

Lightning prospect Mitch Hults had two assists for second star and Syracuse property Troy Brouke had three helpers. Orlando was paced by Colby McAuley’s hat trick. McAuley is a former WHL Prince George Cougar who has split the last two years with ECHL Allen and AHL San Jose. He has 10 goals and 24 points in 28 games for Orlando this year.

The Solar Bears (32-21-4-0) play the rubber match of their three-game series with Newfoundland on Sunday.

NHL Game Night: 3-9-19 Red Wings at Lightning

Salty Lightning dispense with Detroit for the 14th straight time.

DET-2
TB-3

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:08 TB McDonagh (8), (Cernak, Cirelli)
11:56 TB Kucherov (32), (Point, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
19:56 DET Vanek (13), (Kronwall, Zadina)(PP)

Third Period
13:53 TB Kucherov (33), (Sergachev, Johnson)
19:04 DET Mantha (17), (Kronwall, Hronek)

Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, and Ryan McDonagh were the game's three stars. Kucherov eclipsed Vincent Lecavalier's Lightning single-season points mark with his pair of goals in the contest.

Credit to the Wings and Bernier for keeping this thing closer than I thought, but coming off a frustrating loss into a game against a struggling opponent this felt like another game where the Lightning's opponent had zero chance. The Lightning outshot the Wings by about a 3:2 margin and, but for a couple of late period goals at the end of the Second and Third Periods, seemed to have the whole game on lockdown.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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