The WCHA flexed its muscles a bit Friday night, on the first full day of play of the final season of the 12-team league, going 6-2. Including a Michigan Tech loss Thursday and a North Dakota exhibition win Friday, it was 7-3.
Bruce Ciskie has some post-game thoughts here.
Jeff Stark of Amsoil Arena provides a game video highlight package right here.
At Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, No. 2 Minnesota stopped No. 16 Michigan State 5-1. Minnesota led 42-26 in shots and led 3-0 after one period. Nick Bjugstad had a goal and an assist. Michael Shibrowski had the win in goal. Attendance 9,937. Recaps from the Minneapolis Star Tribune here and St. Paul Pioneer Press here.
At Durham, N.H., the game was 2-2 after two periods before New Hampshire pulled away to defeat St. Cloud State 5-3. UNH’s Dalton Speelman scored twice withing three minutes in the third period. Ben Hanowski of St. Cloud State had a goal and an assist. Ryan Faragher was in goal for the Huskies. Attendance 4,360. UNH led in shots 39-23. From the St. Cloud Times here.
At Huntsville, Ala., Minnesota State-Mankato made the debut of Mike Hastings as coach a success and spoiled the debut of Kurt Kleinendorst of Grand Rapids as Alabama-Huntsville coach with a 4-1 win. Mankato had three power-play goals and Chase Grant scored three times. Mankato led in shots 41-25. Attendance 5,106. From the Mankato Free Press here.
At Colorado Springs, Colo., coach Scott Owens earned his 300th win as Colorado College defeated 5-4. The Tigers led 5-1 before Clarkson scored the last three goals. Shorthanded goals two minutes apart in the second period sparked the Tigers. Rylan Schwartz scored for the Tigers. CC led 33-25 in shots. Attendance 6,561. From the Colorado Springs Gazette here.
At the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis., Cohen Adair scored at 9:07 of the third period as Northern Michigan beat No. 15 Wisconsin 2-1. Michael Mersch had given Wisconsin a 1-0 lead. NMU led in shots 21-20. Attendance 3,176. Wisconsin has lost five straight season openers. From the Marquette Mining Journal here.
At Anchorage, Alaska, Derek Docken had the winning goal and Chris Kamal made 14 saves as Alaska Anchorage beat Canisius 2-0 in the Kendal Classic. Alaska Fairbanks and Air Force tied 3-3 in the other game, with Fairbanks advancing with a shootout win. Anchorage led in shots 23-14. Attendance 3,414. From the Anchorage Daily News here.
At the Icebreaker Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Johnnie Searfoss had a goal as Nebraska-Omaha stopped Army 5-1. No. 14 Notre Dame defeated No. 20 Maine 1-0 in a second game. UNO led in shots 38-18. Attendance 2,200. From the Omaha World Herald here.
Notre Dame, home to UMD next Thursday and Friday, has a game recap from the South Bend Tribune here.
In Grand Forks, N.D., North Dakota got past the USA U18 team 6-4. From the Grand Forks Herald here.
On Thursday, Lake Superior State defeated Michigan Tech 4-2. From the Houghton Mining Gazette here.
Friday summaries from College Hockey Stats.net:
Michigan State 1 at Minnesota 5 Box St. Cloud State 3 at New Hampshire 5 Box Minnesota State 4 at Alab-Huntsville 1 Box * Wisconsin 1 vs Northern Michigan 2 Box Ohio State 2 at Minnesota Duluth 6 Box USA Under-18 Team 4 at North Dakota 6 Box Clarkson 4 at Colorado College 5 Box # Army 1 vs Nebraska Omaha 5 Box & Canisius 0 at Alaska Anchorage 2 Box * - Resch Center (Green Bay, WI) # - IceBreaker (Kansas City, MO) & - Kendall Hockey Classic (Anchorage, AK)