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NCAA Game Night: 12-28-18

#4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 vs #3 Minnesota State Mavericks 3 OT

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 4 PIM

The 4th-ranked Bulldogs opened the Desert Hockey Classic in Glendale Friday night against the #3-ranked Minnesota State, rallying from 3-2 second intermission deficit to win in overtime. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke notched an assist as UMD scored twice within the span of a minute in the 1st period to take an early 2-0 lead. The Mavericks struck back for three straight before Kobe Roth (undrafted) scored a power play marker in the 3rd to force overtime and Nick Swaney’s (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) game-winner in the extra session. UMD, now sporting an 11-4-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) record, will take on #19 Clarkson in the Desert Classic final on Saturday night after the Golden Knights blanked Arizona State Friday.

#8 Denver Pioneers 3 @ Merrimack Warriors 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/11 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 7-4-11, +10, 8 PIM

The Pioneers emerged from the holiday break on the road in North Andover with a win over Merrimack, scoring a goal in each of the three period before letting in a lone Warriors goal with less than 90 seconds left in the game, The Pioneers improve to 9-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and take on Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin and UMass-Lowell on Saturday night.

Ferris State Bulldogs 3 @ Minnesota Gophers 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/7 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 4-8-12, +10, 6 PIM

The Golden Gophers scored three straight, winning Friday’s match against visiting Ferris State and looking to reboot their season. Lightning prospect Sammy Walker, recently cut from the USA WJC camp, set up Scott Reedy’s (SJS, 2017 4th round pick) hat trick late in the 3rd period. For Walker, that was his 12th point on the season as freshman, now moving ahead of fellow Bolt prospect Cole Guttman’s 11 points on the season. In addition to Reedy’s hat trick, Minnesota got a goal and an assist from Predators prospect Rem Pitlick and three assists from Blue Jackets propect Robbie Stucker. The Gophers improve to 6-6-4 (3-2-3 B1G) and draw the rematch Saturday night against Ferris State.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 12-27-18

US NTDP U18 6 @ #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 (Exhibition)

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 1-8-9, +12, 6 PIM

Cole Caufield (2019 draft eligible), expected to go in the 1st round of the 2019 Entry Draft, scored twice and added an assist as the US NDTP Under-18 squad shocked the top-ranked Huskies Thursday night in exhibition play. John Beecher (2019 draft eligible), also expected to be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round next summer, notched three assists for Team USA as they broke open a 3-3 deadlock at the 2nd intermission by pouring in three 3rd period goals. St. Cloud scored twice in the last minute of the 1st period to overcome an early 2-0 deficit, and then struck first in the 2nd period to take a 3-2 lead well past the game’s midpoint. But Caufield and Beecher led the way for the US U18 team, scoring four of the next five goals to win the game running away. The Huskies got a goal and an assist each from Patrick Newell (undrafted) and Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted).

This will likely be a game that STC head coach Brett Larson chalks up to knocking the rust off a Huskies team that hasn’t played since December 8th, which perhaps is the reason you schedule an exhibition game after a long layoff. #1 St. Cloud State travels to Pittsburgh next weekend for the Three Rivers Classic where they will take on #14 Union on Friday night, and then play on Saturday night against either Brown or Robert Morris.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

ECHL Game Night: 12-27-18 Solar Bears @ Icemen

Orlando Solar Bears 4 @ Jacksonville Icemen 3

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 13 GP, 4-5-9, E, 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

D Oleg Sosunov, ORL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 8 GP, 0-4-4, -6, 8 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 5 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Moose Jaw, WHL): 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: 3-0-3, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 9 GP, 6-6-12, +4, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Orlando erased a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead, but needed a hat trick goal by Jonne Tammela to scratch out a 4-3 road win Thursday. Tammela had not played in a few games for unreported reasons, but returned and showed the talent that the Lightning saw when signing him to an entry level contract. If the young Finn can keep this up and stay healthy, a recall to Syracuse should be in the cards.

The Solar Bears will face the Icemen again Friday in Jacksonville, then back in Orlando Saturday night to finish the 3-in-3.

AHL Game Night: 12-26-18 Crunch at Devils

Crunch slay Devils on the day after Christmas.

SYR-6
BNG-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the victory.

First Period
7:28 BNG Ramage (5), (Kapla, Rooney)
12:20 BNG Pietila (10), (McLeod, Bastian)
12:41 SYR Foote (3), (Yan, Bourke)
16:13 SYR Verhaeghe (11), (Gaunce, Dumont)

Second Period
12:13 SYR Barre-Boulet (14), (Gaunce, Colton)
12:26 SYR Foote (4), (Barre-Boulet, Volkov)
19:40 BNG Gignac (6), (Jacobs, Rooney)

Third Period
4:56 SYR Masin (1), (Labrie, Verhaeghe)
11:40 SYR Katchouk (4), (Dumont)

Cal Foote, Gabriel Dumont, and Alex Barre-Boulet were the game's three stars. The Erik Cernak boomlet has taken the pressure off Foote to ascend his development curve quickly, and has given the Lightning more time to really develop the young defenseman properly in the AHL. It's always nice, though, when he can pop in a couple of goals or hit the scoresheet like he did tonight along the way.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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