Overtime was the word among WCHA teams Friday night as four of nine games went to OT, three ending in ties. Each league team was at home, except for Michigan Tech in Detroit in the Great Lakes Invitational.
The PairWise Rankings are here.
In Minneapolis at the Mariucci Classic, Erik Haula and Jake Hansen each had a goal and an assist as No. 2 Minnesota beat Niagara 5-1. Stories from the Minneapolis Star Tribune here and St. Paul Pioneer Press here.
At Grand Forks, N.D., a two-goal third-period lead slipped away and No. 18 North Dakota settled for a 4-4 tie with Harvard. Nick Mattson scored twice for North Dakota. Harvard goals three minutes apart erased a 4-2 deficit. Aaron Dell had 14 saves. North Dakota led in shots 37-18. A Grand Forks Herald story is here.
At Omaha, Ryan Walters scored with 8:18 to play as Nebraska-Omaha rallied to tie Quinnipiac 2-2. Omaha led in shots 36-22. An Omaha World-Herald story is here.
At. St. Cloud, Minn., Chase Balisy scored 41 seconds into overtime to give No. 8 Western Michigan a 2-1 win over St. Cloud State and a series split. Western Michigan led in shots 29-23. UMD is at Western Michigan on Jan. 6-7. A St. Cloud Times story is here.
At Bemidji, Minn., Aaron McLeod scored early in the second period for a two-goal lead and Bemidji State went on for a 4-1 win over Bowling Green State. Andrew Walsh (6-2-1) got the win in goal. Bowling Green led in shots 27-16. BSU has won four straight. A Bemidji Pioneer story is here.
At Colorado Springs, Colo., Air Force built a two-goal lead through two periods and beat No. 6 Colorado College 2-1. Mike Boivin scored for CC. Josh Thorimbert made 15 saves in the loss. CC led in shots 34-17. A Colorado Springs Gazette story is here.
At Denver, all the scoring was done in the first period as No. 15 Denver defeated No. 10 Union College 3-1. Drew Shore and Joey LaLeggia power-play goals staked Denver to a 2-0 lead. Union led in shots 43-28. A Denver Post story is here.
At Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, No. 3 Boston College had just enough to get by Michigan Tech 2-1 in the consolation game of the Great Lakes Invitational. Brian Demoulin got the game winner with 9:20 to play, while Michigan Tech had a goal waived off in the final seconds because of a high stick. Shots were 25-25. A Houghton Mining Gazette story is here.
At Mankato, Minn., Eriah Hayes scored with an extra attacker with 51 seconds to play in the third period as Minnesota State-Mankato tied the USA U-18 team 3-3. UMD recruit Kyle Osterberg had an assist for the U 18s. Mankato led in shots 36-30. A Mankato Free Press story is here.