Playoff season is in full-swing across the college hockey landscape, and last weekend saw a handful of Wildcats alumni turn in strong performances to help their schools extended their seasons.
In the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, Evan Cowley of the Denver Pioneers and Tucker Poolman of the University of North Dakota helped their respective teams advance out of the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Cowley (2012-13) posted a shutout on Mar. 14 to help the Pioneers sweep Minnesota Duluth, turning aside all 36 shots faced in game two to earn his third clean-sheet of the season. For his part, Poolman (2011-12) registered a goal and three shots on goal for North Dakota over a two-game sweep of Colorado College. North Dakota will next face St. Cloud State University in an NCHC semifinal on Mar. 20, while the Pioneers will face Miami University in the conference’s other semifinal.
Elsewhere, Daniel Gentzler (2009-10) notched an assist in two games as the Colgate Raiders swept Dartmouth to advance to the ECAC semifinals. The Raiders will take on a St. Lawrence University squad that features fellow-alumnus Matt Purmal (2011-12) after St. Lawrence upended RPI in the quarterfinals.
Although it did not come in a playoff series, Tyler Lundey (2009-10) also had a strong showing for Ohio State last weekend. Lundey posted a goal in both games of the Buckeyes’ weekend set with Wisconsin, helping OSU claim three points with a tie and a win to set up a match-up with Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 19.
Outside of the collegiate ranks, Chad Costello (2004-05) posted three points (1-2-3) for the Allen Americans of the ECHL last week. Costello currently leads all ECHL-skaters with 98 points on 32 goals and 66 assists, 29 points more than the next-closest skater.