Final: UMD 7, Michigan Tech 3

HOUGHTON, Mich. — On Monday, Minnesota Duluth’s players were asked to watch video of a lackluster four-goal loss to St. Cloud State. The rest of the week brought fatiguing practices at Amsoil Arena and a number of lineup changes.

The result? A resounding 7-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association men’s victory over Michigan Tech in front of 2,859 fans Friday night at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
Sophomore winger Adam Krause of Hermantown had his first collegiate goal. Winger Caleb Herbert, the team’s top returning scorer, finally got his first goal of the season. Freshman winger Austin Farley scored the game’s first two goals in the opening five minutes.

The Bulldogs scored 5-on-5, 4-on-4, shorthanded and on power plays. They scored their most goals on the road in four years. They snuffed all five opposing power plays.

“We weren’t happy the whole week thinking about St. Cloud (and a 5-1 home loss last Saturday),” said Farley, who has six goals. “It was a tough week, but we battled hard at practice. Even though we were going against a teammate, we battled. We were anxious before the game, to get out there, and then we played 60 minutes. All of our lines played well.”

After scoring just thee goals total in a split last weekend with the Huskies of St. Cloud State, UMD reeled off four goals in less than 10 minutes against the Huskies of Michigan Tech for a 4-0 first-period lead. Michigan Tech (4-7 and 3-6 in WCHA) was playing just its second series in 26 days and first game since Nov. 17. By midway through the opening period, starting goalie Kevin Genoe was pulled and the Huskies were reeling.

Yet, they rallied to get within 4-3 with 15 minutes to play before UMD (4-7-2 and 2-5-2) blunted that effort with three goals in three minutes late in the third period. Two came on power plays.
“We took advantage of (Michigan Tech) mistakes, we buried pucks and we had different guys score. We got a good road win,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “We were very good in the third period when we had to be good.”

Farley scored goals three minutes apart, connecting from the right circle on the game’s first shot on goal at 1:29 and then from the bottom of the left circle at 4:36. When senior Genoe fanned on a pass attempt during a power play, Krause grabbed the puck and stuffed it in the net shorthanded. Genoe threw his stick on Krause’s attempt, good for an interference minor, and was removed at that point by coach Mel Pearson at 9:08. Freshman Pheonix Copley went the rest of the way.

Forty-eight seconds later, sniper Mike Seidel recorded his team-leading ninth goal of the season in a 4-on-4 shift on the first shot Copley saw.

“UMD has had trouble scoring goals and maybe didn’t have much confidence, and scoring those four goals gave them confidence,” said Michigan Tech coach Mel Pearson, whose team had swept at Bemidji State in its last series. “We were really on our heels. We didn’t skate very well. We have to help our goalies and they have to help themselves.”

The Huskies slowly worked their way into the game. Tanner Kero scored 4-on-4 with 1:53 left in the opening period, breaking Matt McNeely’s shutout bid. Michigan Tech had the only goal of the second period as sophomore winger Blake Hietala, a Houghton native, recorded his first career point with a goal from the crease with 6:47 left. David Johnstone finished off some furious pressure at 4:21 of the third period and Michigan Tech trailed 4-3. But the Huskies took three of the next four penalties.

Herbert received an excellent back-door pass from Seidel and put the puck between a defenders legs, and past Copley, for what Pearson called a back-breaking goal. It came on a power play with 8:56 to play. Just 1:51 later Joe Basaraba connected on a power play. And 1:19 after that Justin Crandall scored on a goal that was originally credited to Farley.

“Those tough practices brought us back together. We started moving our feet and put forth a better effort,” said Herbert, who also had two assists. “I was just relieved to score a goal. I took a deep breath afterward. The monkey is off my back.”

It was the most goals by UMD since a 7-3 home victory over Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 19, 2011. It was the most goals on the road since a 7-4 victory at Colorado College on Dec. 6, 2008 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Bulldogs have won six straight games at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena and are 8-2-1 the last 11 games in the series. Last Jan. 27 at Amsoil Arena, UMD took a 4-0 first-period lead over Michigan Tech only to settle for a 4-4 overtime tie. The next night, Michigan Tech won 5-0. The Bulldogs stopped that streak of nine straight Huskies goals in a big way.

Minnesota Duluth…….4-0-3–7
Michigan Tech………….1-1-1–3

First period — 1. UMD, Austin Farley 5 (Caleb Herbert, Justin Crandall), 1:29; 2. UMD, Farley 6 (Wade Bergman, Derik Johnson), 4:36; 3. UMD, Adam Krause 1, 9:08 (sh); 4. UMD, Mike Seidel 9 (Drew Olson, Tony Cameranesi), 9:52 (4×4); 5. Michigan Tech, Tanner Kero 3 (Steven Seigo, David Johnstone), 18:07 (4×4). Penalties — Herbert, UMD (cross-checking), 8:55; Kevin Genoe, Michigan Tech (interference), 9:08; Jujhar Khaira, Michigan Tech (too many men on ice), 14:21; Blake Pietila, Michigan Tech (roughing), 17:46; Johnson, UMD (high sticking), 17:46.

Second period — 6. Michigan Tech, Blake Hietala 1 (Jacob Johnstone, Jimmy Davis), 13:13. Penalties — Khaira, Michigan Tech (elbowing), :14; Krause, UMD (tripping), 3:16; Cody Danberg, UMD (tripping), 16:05; Khaira, Michigan Tech (roughing), 19:57.

Third period — 7. Michigan Tech, David Johnstone 2 (Tanner Kero, Ryan Furne), 4:21; 8. UMD, Herbert 1 (Seidel, Cameranesi), 11:04 (pp); 9. UMD, Joe Basaraba 4 (Justin Crandall, Drew Olson), 12:55 (pp); 10. UMD, J. Crandall 3 (Farley, Herbert), 14:15. Penalties — Chad Pietila, Michigan Tech (cross-checking), 5:06; Keegan Flaherty, UMD (tripping), 8:07; Milos Gordic, Michigan Tech (slashing), 9:33; Khaira, Michigan Tech (high-sticking), 11:35; Matt McNeely, UMD (roughing), 16:46.

Shots on goal — UMD 17-7-11–35, Michigan Tech 10-10-10–30. Goalies — Matt McNeely (2-4-1), UMD (30 shots-27 saves); Kevin Genoe (3-1), Michigan Tech (11 shots-8 saves); Pheonix Copley (1-5), Michigan Tech (24 shots-20 saves). Power plays — UMD 2-of-7, Michigan Tech 0-of-5. Referees — Bret Klosowski, Craig Welker. Assistant referees — Ed Moberg, Dan Joupperi. A — 2,859.

Game Day: Minnesota Duluth at Michigan Tech

Minnesota Duluth (3-7-2) is in Houghton, Mich., for the final series at Michigan Tech (4-6) as members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (although the schools are expected to remain annual opponents after 2012-13). Games are 6:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday (94.1 FM) with News Tribune live blogs available here.

The News Tribune features freshman defenseman Andy Welinski here and has series notes here.

U.S. College Hockey Online looks at WCHA weekend series and makes picks here.

Bruce Ciskie has Division I weekend notes on SB Nation, including BC vs. BU, right here.

Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press takes us around the WCHA here.

CBS Sports has four front runners for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, including one from the WCHA, here.

Would the NCAA playoff experience be better served with first-round games at campus sites in best-of-three series? There is talk on the subject in an NCAA.com notes piece from Mark Bedics, largely with Notre Dame senior associate athletic director Tom Nevala, chair of the Division I Ice Hockey Committee, here.

The UMD women are on the road for a third straight week, at Bemidji State on Saturday and Sunday. U.S. College Hockey Online has Division I picks here.

Michigan Tech returns to play just second series in 26 days — against Minnesota Duluth

A quirk in scheduling has had Michigan Tech off two of the last three weeks. It will be just the second series in 26 days for the Huskies (4-6) at 6:07 p.m. Friday when they face Minnesota Duluth (3-7-2) at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich.

The News Tribune has some series notes here.

Bruce Ciskie takes a look at UMD and its first 12 games of the season and what needs to be done to get back on the winning track here.

College Hockey News has a Michigan Tech feature story here.

Sports information office series notes from UMD here and Michigan Tech here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has a look at this week in the WCHA here.

The INCH Writers have a once-in-a-while national rankings, the Top 13, in a post here.

Katie Baker of Grantland took a trip to Minnesota to check on the State of Hockey and files this story about her experience here.

Minnesota Duluth to hit the road, again

A stretch of four road series in six weeks continues for Minnesota Duluth, practicing in Duluth on Wednesday, and then heading Thursday to Houghton, Mich., for 6:07 p.m. games Friday and Saturday with Michigan Tech..

The Bulldogs are home Dec. 7-8 with Bemidji State and finish the first half of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season at Alaska Anchorage on Dec. 14-15.

UMD is 1-4-1 on the road and Michigan Tech is 2-3 at home.

Sophomore defenseman Luke McManus returned from an injury last week and was a healthy scratch versus St. Cloud State.

The Tampa Tribune has a feature on Tampa Lightning prospect J.T. Brown here.

Michigan Tech has a news release on the signing of eight recruits, including two Minnesotants, here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has an update on Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson being fined by the Central Collegiate Hockey Association for comments made after last Friday’s home loss to North Dakota. That story is here.

U.S. College Hockey Online also features Ohio State (UMD’s season-opening opponent) in a story here.

UMD’s six opponents so far this season are a combined 36-27-8.

Michigan Tech is next for Minnesota Duluth

Michigan Tech (4-6), idle last weekend faces Minnesota Duluth (3-7-2) at 6:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich.

You can catch up on the Huskies, who swept OT games at Bemidji State in their most recent series, in the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette with Stephen Anderson here.

WCHA Web Media Power Rankings here, including from Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey here.

Capsule reviews of the WCHA from last weekend on the NCHC web site from Joe Paisley here.

Kara Goucher, preparing for the Boston Marathon in April, explains in 53 seconds her daily routine from 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. in training in Portland, Ore. From her Nissan-backed web site the video is here.

Also, the web site Grit, Guts and Glory has an in-depth Goucher interview with Traci Lynn which is posted here.

Alex Stalock sees too much of J.T. Brown

Goalie Alex Stalock saw too much of rookie right winger J.T. Brown on Sunday afternoon in an American Hockey League game at DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.

Brown, with the Syracuse Crunch, had has best day as a pro with three goals and an assist in a 6-1 win over the Worcester Sharks. He has four goals and six assists for 10 points in 13 games. Syracuse (12-3-1 and leading the East Division) is 9-0 on the road.

Stalock had 30 saves in the loss. He’s 8-4 this season with a .913 save percentage and 2.50 goals-against average.

The Worcester Telegram Gazette has a game story here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has three thoughts about last weekend in the WCHA, including a bit on Minnesota Duluth, here.

WCHA Power Rankings from Eric Burdon are here.

Six WCHA teams remain in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll (3. Minnesota, 5. Denver, 7. North Dakota, 13. Nebraska-Omaha, 14. St. Cloud State and 18. Colorado College). The USCHO poll is here.

Right winger Justin Fontaine leads Houston of the AHL in scoring at 7-10-17 in 17 games. His stat link is here.

Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey has a college hockey update including a look at slumping Wisconsin and Denver, which lost twice at home last weekend. That post is here.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has win-loss records of teams which will make up the NCHC and Big Ten conferences in 2013-14: The six teams that make up Big Ten hockey conference next season are a combined 29-30-10. And the eight-team NCHC 53-33-10.

After splitting games at Lake Superior State, senior goal Brady Hjelle of International Falls was named CCHA goalie of the week for the second time this season. Ohio State has a release here.

Sunday in the WCHA

While there were three WCHA series over the weekend (including Minnesota Duluth splitting a home series with St. Cloud State), the non-league games took the headlines.

Unranked Yale of the Eastern College Athletic Conference will certainly be ranked this week after a pair of OT wins at No. 2 Denver 2-1 Friday and at No. 14 Colorado College 6-5 Saturday, while No. 3 New Hampshire tied CC 4-4 Friday and beat Denver 6-4 Saturday.

Recaps from Saturday’s dominating St. Cloud State 5-1 victory at Amsoil Arena from the News Tribune here and the St. Cloud Times here.

The Bulldogs (3-7-2) are at Michigan Tech (4-6) this Friday and Saturday. Tech was idle last weekend.

At Denver, No. 3 New Hampshire trailed by three goals nine minutes into the game, changed goalies and came back to beat No. 2 Denver 6-4. UNH (9-1-2) led in shots 31-27. Denver led 3-0 and 4-2 after two periods, and UNH scored four times in the third period. Grayson Downing completed a hat trick for the Wildcats early in the third period and then  Kevin Goumas scored the game’s final three goals. Sam Brittain was in goal for Denver. Attendance 5,432. From the Denver Post here.

At Colorado Springs, Colo., Yale rallied with the only goal of the third period and then Josh Balch’s first goal of the season with 1:39 left in overtime for a 6-5 victory over No. 14 Colorado College. Yale (5-2-1) led 48-34 in shots. A Scott Winkler (8) goal helped CC to a 5-4 lead after two periods. Joe Howe (42 saves) was in goal for the Tigers. Attendance 6,654. From the Colorado Springs Gazette here.

At South Bend, Ind., Jeff Costello and Minnesotan Anders Lee each had a pair of goals as No. 6 Notre Dame defeated No. 7 North Dakota 5-2 to earn a split at home. The Irish broke from a 1-1 tie with three straight goals. Notre Dame led in shots 41-32. Zane Gothberg was in goal for North Dakota. Attendance 4,733. From the South Bend Tribune here and Grand Forks Herald here.

At Burlington, Vt., freshman A.J. Michaelson had his first career goal as No. 4 Minnesota finished a sweep of Vermont 3-1. Minnesota led in shots 33-27. Attendance 33-27. The Gophers are 9-2-2. From the Burlington Free Press here and Minneapolis Star Tribune here.

At Bemidji, Minn., sophomore defenseman Sam Rendle of Grand Rapids scored with 2:29 to play as Bemidji State held off Alaska Anchorage 5-4. It was his first goal of the season. Anchorage led in shots 27-23. BSU led 4-1 early in the second period before the Seawolves made it 4-4. Aaron McLeod had two goals for the Beavers. Attendance 3,305. From the Bemidji Pioneer here and Anchorage Daily News here.

At Omaha, five third-period goals pushed No. 15 Nebraska-Omaha to an 8-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville. UNO has won six straight. The Red Mavs were 3-5 on power plays and led in shots 40-20. Attendance 5,039. Anthony Stolarz (20) got the shutout. From the Omaha World Herald here.

At Madison, Wis., Eriah Hayes had a pair of goals as Minnesota State-Mankato edged Wisconsin 4-2 to complete a weekend road sweep. Wisconsin used two goalies. the Badgers led in shots 35-29. Since defeating UMD 2-0 on Oct. 26 in Duluth, the Badgers are 0-5-2. Attendance 10,133. From the Wisconsin State Journal here and Mankato Free Press here.

WCHA Standings and Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 Denver            14   8  7- 1- 0 .875  35- 19   12  9- 3- 0 .750  50- 30
 2 Minnesota         10   8  4- 2- 2 .625  23- 19   13  9- 2- 2 .769  44- 23
   St. Cloud State   10   8  5- 3- 0 .625  25- 16   12  7- 5- 0 .583  42- 28
 4 Nebraska Omaha     9   6  4- 1- 1 .750  21- 15   12  8- 3- 1 .708  45- 25
 5 Colorado College   8   6  4- 2- 0 .667  24- 21   14  7- 6- 1 .536  52- 49
   North Dakota       8   6  3- 1- 2 .667  20- 16   12  6- 4- 2 .583  36- 30
 7 Bemidji State      6   8  2- 4- 2 .375  23- 27   10  3- 5- 2 .400  28- 29
   Michigan Tech      6   8  3- 5- 0 .375  21- 28   10  4- 6- 0 .400  31- 36
   Minnesota State    6   8  3- 5- 0 .375  22- 27   12  5- 5- 2 .500  35- 36
10 Minnesota Duluth   4   8  1- 5- 2 .250  17- 27   12  3- 7- 2 .333  29- 37
   Wisconsin          4   8  1- 5- 2 .250  15- 23   10  1- 7- 2 .200  18- 29
12 Alaska Anchorage   3   6  0- 3- 3 .250  12- 20   10  2- 4- 4 .400  23- 31
  North Dakota       2 at Notre Dame         5       Box   
  Minnesota          3 at Vermont            1       Box   
  Alaska Anchorage   4 at Bemidji State      5       Box   
  Alab-Huntsville    0 at Nebraska Omaha     8       Box   
  Minnesota State    4 at Wisconsin          2       Box   
  St. Cloud State    5 at Minnesota Duluth   1       Box   
  New Hampshire      6 at Denver             4       Box   
  Yale               6 at Colorado College   5, OT   Box

Final: St. Cloud State 5, UMD 1

Breaking a losing streak was Minnesota Duluth’s first order of business when the weekend started at Amsoil Arena.

That was accomplished Friday with a one-goal victory over No. 12-ranked St. Cloud State, getting the Bulldogs out of a 0-5-2 run while providing its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association win of the season.

UMD faced a tougher task Saturday, its first sweep of 2012-13.

After what coach Bob Motzko thought was a lethargic performance, his St. Cloud State Huskies came back to dominate Saturday’s game in a 5-1 win over UMD before a crowd of 6,026. Motzko shook up his lines and got a strong performance with junior center Nic Dowd leading the way with two goals.

It marked the most lopsided loss of the season for the Bulldogs (3-7-2 and 1-5-2 in WCHA).

“We didn’t get off to a good start; we weren’t able to match (St. Cloud State’s) intensity,” said UMD captain Cody Danberg. “Collectively, we struggled in a lot of areas. That shouldn’t happen in our rink.”

The Huskies (7-5 and 5-3) scored twice in the first period and twice early in the second period for a 4-0 lead and were never threatened. UMD led 33-22 in shots on goal, a statistic which revealed little about the game.

Senior left winger Ben Hanowski, returning in the series after missing five games with an injury, scored on a power play with 8:35 left in the first period. He lifted a shot high from the right circle for his 49th career goal. He later added two assists. Linemate Dowd got to a loose puck for a quick shot with 4:17 left in the opening period.

Dowd said of Hanowski, who has 90 career points in 126 games:

“(Saturday), he came back and was the leader that you saw last year and at the beginning of this year. He buries that first shot from a sharp angle and you could see a little lift for our whole team.”

The Huskies raced ahead with goals 1:48 apart early in the second period. Seventeen seconds into a power play, freshman Kalle Kossila of Finland shot off a pass for his sixth goal of the season at 4:39. Dowd then had the play of the game, knocking a puck out of the air and getting behind UMD’s defense rushing straight toward goalie Aaron Crandall at 6:27.

A UMD power-play led to breaking the shutout bid of St. Cloud State’s Ryan Faragher. Scoring leader Mike Seidel drove a shot from the lower left circle at 9:49. Seidel has one goal in five of the last six games, for eight this season and 38 in his career.

“We weren’t mentally there. We knew (St. Cloud State) would come out harder and our battle level was not high. You can’t play that way,” said Seidel.

A third-period shorthanded score gave the Huskies three special teams goals.

“We were not there tonight. We just weren’t good and that was obvious. That’s not how we’ve played the last three weeks. We weren’t hard to play against tonight,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin.

The last UMD loss of more than four goals was 5-0 at home to Michigan Tech on Jan. 28, 2012. The Bulldogs go back on the road this weekend at Michigan Tech.

“Our energy level was up in the first period and we established what we wanted to do,” said Motzko. “Our top players made big-time plays.”

St. Cloud State………………… 2-2-1—5

Minnesota Duluth……………. 0-1-0—1

First period — 1. St. Cloud State, Ben Hanowski 4 (Drew LeBlanc, Andrew Prochno), 11:25 (pp); 2. St. Cloud State, Nic Dowd 7 (Hanowski), 15:43. Penalties — Adam Krause, UMD (hooking), 4:25; Derik Johnson, UMD (checking from behind), 10:29; Nick Oliver, St. Cloud State (interference), 11:52.

Second period — 3. St. Cloud State, Kalle Kossila 6 (Dowd, Jarrod Rabey), 4:39 (pp); 4. St. Cloud State, Dowd 8 (Taylor Johnson, Hanowski), 6:27; 5. UMD, Mike Seidel 8 (Andy Welinski, Austin Farley), 9:49 (pp). Penalties — Johnson, UMD (interference), 4:22; Dowd, St. Cloud State (cross-checking), 9:02; Kossila, St. Cloud State (unsportsmanlike conduct, diving), 16:22.

Third period — 6. St. Cloud State, Cory Thorson 5 (Joey Holka, Nick Jensen), 11:18 (sh).  Penalties — Joe Basaraba, UMD (high sticking), 2:37; Prochno, St. Cloud State (holding), 10:17; Keegan Flaherty, UMD (slashing), 13:28.

Shots on goal — St. Cloud State 9-8-5—22, UMD 7-1610—33. Goalies — Ryan Faragher (6-5), St. Cloud State (33 shots-32 saves); Aaron Crandall (2-3-1), UMD (22 shots-17 saves). Power plays — St. Cloud State 2-of-5, UMD 1-of-4. Referees — Scott Bokal, Brian Thul. Linesmen — Nick Bradshaw, Sam Shikowsky. A — 6,026.

Saturday in the WCHA

Minnesota Duluth claimed its first WCHA victory of the season Friday, moved out of the basement of the league (into a four-way tie for eighth) and was one of two conference home teams to win on the day after Thanksgiving. Road teams were 4-2-2.

Most notable: No. 2 Denver lost 2-1 in overtime at home to Yale; No 14 Colorado College rallied from a four-goal deficit at home to tie No. 3 New Hampshire 4-4; and No. 7 North Dakota, despite getting just 17 shots on goal, won 2-1 at No. 6 Notre Dame.

Recaps of UMD’s 2-1 home win over No. 12 St. Cloud State from the Duluth News Tribune here, St. Cloud Times here and U.S. College Hockey Online here a photo gallery from U.S. College Hockey Online here.

At Burlington, Vt., three-second period goals gave No. 4 Minnesota a 5-1 win over Vermont. It marked Minnesota first appearance at Gutterson Fieldhouse. A sellout crowd of 4,007. Zach Budish, Nick Bjugstad and Mike Reilly scored for the Gophers in the second period. Winning goalie Adam Wilcox had 22 saves. Minnesota led in shots 35-23. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune here and Burlington Free Press here.

At South Bend, Ind., Nick Mattson and Danny Kristo provided a two-goal lead and No. 7 North Dakota held on for a 2-1 win over No. 6 Notre Dame before a sellout crowd of 5,022. All the scoring was done by the second period, although the Irish thought they had tied the game with three minutes remaining, but the play was whistled down in the crease. Notre Dame led in shots 36-17. Winning goalie Clarke Saunders had 35 saves. From the Grand Forks Herald here and South Bend Tribune here.

At Madison, Wis., Eriah Hayes and Eli Zuck scored in the final six minutes as Minnesota State-Mankato defeated Wisconsin 4-2. The Purple Mavs broke a seven-game losing streak at the Kohl Center. The game was 2-2 after two periods before Hayes connected on a power play with 5:48 to play and Zuck hit an empty net. Wisconsin led in shots 34-24. Attendance 9,118. Stephon Williams made 32 saves for Mankato. From the Mankato Free Press here and Wisconsin State Journal here.

At Bemidji, Minn., Austin Coldwell scored with 4:31 left in the third period to give Alaska Anchorage a 2-2 overtime tie with Bemidji State. The Seawolves already have four ties this season. Jeff Jubinville’s two third-period goals had given Bemidji State a 2-1 lead. Shots on goal 32-32. Attendance 3,199. Anchorage was called for just one minor penalty. From the Anchorage Daily News here and Bemidji Pioneer here.

At Omaha, Bryce Aneloski had a goal and an assist as Nebraska-Omaha edged Alabama-Huntsville 3-2. The Red Mavs led in shots 33-18. Goalie John Faulkner (7-0-1) remained unbeaten. From the Omaha World Herald here.

At Colorado Springs, Colo., trailing by four goals midway through the game, No. 14 Colorado College stormed back with the final four goals and a 4-4 tie with No. 3 New Hampshire (8-1-2). Rylan Schwartz scored with 3:32 left in the third period and William Rapuzzi with 1:55 left. Josh Thorimbert started for CC and Joe Howe finished. New Hampshire led in shots 49-29. Attendance 6,794. Just three minor penalties in game. From the Colorado Springs Gazette here.

At Denver, Kenny Agostino’s power-play goal with 1:22 left in overtime game Yale a 2-1 victory over No. 2 Denver. Attendance 4,766. The game was 0-0 through two periods. Denver’s five-game win streak was broken. Denver’s Nick Shore scored with an extra-attacker goal with 1:29 left in regulation to force OT. Yale led in shots 37-33. Juho Olkinuora was in goal for Denver. Yale is 4-2-1. From the Denver Post here.

WCHA Standings and Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 Denver            14   8  7- 1- 0 .875  35- 19   11  9- 2- 0 .818  46- 24
 2 Minnesota         10   8  4- 2- 2 .625  23- 19   12  8- 2- 2 .750  41- 22
 3 Nebraska Omaha     9   6  4- 1- 1 .750  21- 15   11  7- 3- 1 .682  37- 25
 4 Colorado College   8   6  4- 2- 0 .667  24- 21   13  7- 5- 1 .577  47- 43
   North Dakota       8   6  3- 1- 2 .667  20- 16   11  6- 3- 2 .636  34- 25
   St. Cloud State    8   7  4- 3- 0 .571  20- 15   11  6- 5- 0 .545  37- 27
 7 Michigan Tech      6   8  3- 5- 0 .375  21- 28   10  4- 6- 0 .400  31- 36
 8 Bemidji State      4   7  1- 4- 2 .286  18- 23    9  2- 5- 2 .333  23- 25
   Minnesota Duluth   4   7  1- 4- 2 .286  16- 22   11  3- 6- 2 .364  28- 32
   Minnesota State    4   7  2- 5- 0 .286  18- 25   11  4- 5- 2 .455  31- 34
   Wisconsin          4   7  1- 4- 2 .286  13- 19    9  1- 6- 2 .222  16- 25
12 Alaska Anchorage   3   5  0- 2- 3 .300   8- 15    9  2- 3- 4 .444  19- 26
  Minnesota          5 at Vermont            1       Box   
  North Dakota       2 at Notre Dame         1       Box   
  Minnesota State    4 at Wisconsin          2       Box   
  Alaska Anchorage   2 at Bemidji State      2, tie  Box   
  Alab-Huntsville    2 at Nebraska Omaha     3       Box   
  St. Cloud State    1 at Minnesota Duluth   2       Box   
  New Hampshire      4 at Colorado College   4, tie  Box   
  Yale               2 at Denver             1, OT   Box

Final: UMD 2, St. Cloud State 1

Minnesota Duluth’s first Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory of the season couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bulldogs.

They had played well in back-to-back road series, outshooting Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota in four straight games, and had nothing to show for it, going 0-3-1. UMD’s winless streak was at 0-5-2, the longest drought since 2000-01.

On Friday, the Bulldogs came from behind for the first time this season and defeated No. 12-ranked St. Cloud State 2-1 before 6,247 fans at Amsoil Arena.

Senior defenseman Wade Bergman’s first goal of the season, on UMD’s first power play of game, provided the game winner at 3:55 of the third period. It was the only goal of the last 20 minutes.

“We’ve been battling to score goals and we’ve been working so hard lately for this, to get a win. This is something we needed,” said Bergman.

UMD (3-6-2 and 1-4-2 in WCHA) trailed 1-0 late in the second period before rallying and finishing with a 29-28 shots-on-goal advantage. Goalies Aaron Crandall of UMD and Ryan Faragher of St. Cloud State did their best to keep the game even.

The Huskies (6-5 and 4-3), idle last weekend, came into the game averaging 3.6 goals a game, a full goal more than UMD. And they led 1-0 just 5:26 into the first period on freshman Kalle Kossila’s fifth goal of the season. But by the third period, St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko changed his lines looking for a spark.

“It was a bad game for us. We never got on track,” said Motzko. “We were playing good defensive hockey, but we weren’t getting anything going (offensively). We were off last week and it looked like we had turkey dinner all day (Thursday) and laid around.”

UMD’s Joe Basaraba hit a pipe in the game’s first three minutes and Tony Cameranesi had a good rush to the net early, but the Huskies then had an edge.

St. Cloud State scored on its first shot on goal as Kossila connected following a faceoff in the offensive zone. The left winger from Kauniainen, Finland, has been a good find, added as a recruit late in the summer.

Freshman center Cameranesi broke UMD’s scoring drought at 86 minutes, 19 seconds spanning two games. He got loose for a 1-on-1 meeting with Faragher, from Fort Frances, Ontario, and scored to the near side from the right circle with 3:40 left in the second period.

Cameranesi, from Plymouth, Minn., had scored the team’s most-recent goal, late in the first period of last Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss at North Dakota. He has five goals and is tied for the scoring lead among WCHA rookies.

Bergman’s goal came from the left circle as he lifted a shot high to the far side on UMD’s first power-play shift of the game just after a good scoring chance. St. Cloud State took the only four penalties of the final period.

“Our special teams won the game. We killed their three power-play chances and got one of our own,” said Crandall. “We dictated play at times 5-on-5. This should do wonders for our confidence.”

UMD had gone to overtime twice at North Dakota last weekend and settled for a 4-4 tie Friday and then lost with 24 seconds left in sudden death Saturday. The Bulldogs led 77-63 in shots for the series.

“After the last few games, our guys deserved a win,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin. “We managed the puck well and made smart plays. Aaron kept us in the game early, kept us within a goal, and we got better.”

St. Cloud State………………… 1-0-0—1

Minnesota Duluth……………. 0-1-1—2

First period — 1. St. Cloud State, Kalle Kossila 5 (Andrew Prochno, Nick Jensen), 5:26. Penalties — Caleb Herbert, UMD (interference), 2:29; Herbert, UMD (interference), 12:24.

Second period — 2. UMD, Tony Cameranesi 5 (Austin Farley, Mike Seidel), 16:20. Penalties — Dan DeLisle, UMD (hooking), 7:23.

Third period — 3. UMD, Wade Bergman 1 (Cameranesi, Andy Welinski), 3:55 (pp). Penalties — Jarrod Rabey, St. Cloud State (hooking), 2:50; Kossila, St. Cloud State (interference), 13:08; Nick Oliver, St. Cloud State (holding), 17:37; Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State (slashing), 18:08.

Shots on goal — St. Cloud State 11-8-9—28, UMD 6-9-14—29. Goalies — Ryan Faragher (5-5), St. Cloud State (29 shots-27 saves); Aaron Crandall (2-2-1), UMD (28 shots-27 saves). Power plays — St. Cloud State 0-of-3, UMD 1-of-4. Referees — Scott Bokal, Brian Thul. Linesmen — Nick Bradshaw, Sam Shikowsky. A — 6,247.