Sunday in the WCHA

One game remains in the WCHA this weekend as Minnesota Duluth plays at Nebraska-Omaha at 2:07 p.m. Sunday (94.1 FM and updates here on Rink and Run). A third-period goal gave Omaha a 3-2 victory in Saturday’s opener.

The Omaha World Herald has a game recap here.

Bruce Ciskie has some UMD analysis right here.

And Matthew Semisch of Omaha has all you’d want with a story, stats and photos right here.

The two Colorado-based members finished sweeps Saturday leaving Denver first in the league and Colorado College close behind. North Dakota, UMD’s road opponent next weekend, split games at an improved St. Cloud State.

At St. Cloud, Minn., Drew LeBlanc(5) had a pair of second-period goals as No. 15 St. Cloud State rallied to beat No. 6 North Dakota 5-2. North Dakota led 1-0 on a Drake Caggiula goal and then the Huskies scored three straight. St. Cloud State led 37-24 in shots. Winning goalie Ryan Faragher had 22 saves. There were just four minor penalties in game. Attendance 5,201. From the St. Cloud Times here and Grand Forks Herald here.

At Mankato, Minn., No. 3 Denver earned a second straight one-goal victory over Minnesota State-Mankato 3-2. Denver has won three straight and Mankato is 1-5 in the last six. Chris Knowlton (5) led Denver with two goals. Eriah Hayes (4) scored for Mankato. The Purple Mavs led in shots 32-23. Juho Olkinuora (2-0) was in goal for the Pioneers. Mankato had two PP goals. Attendance 3,499. From the Mankato Free Press here.

At Colorado Springs, Colo., William Rapuzzi had two goals and two assists as No. 19 Colorado College rushed past Bemidji State 6-3. The Beavers led 1-0 on a Cory Ward goal. CC was 2-of-3 on power plays, scored three third-period goals and is unbeaten in the WCHA at 4-0. Bemidji State led 30-27 in shots. Andrew Walsh was in goal for the Beavers. Attendance 7,152. From the Colorado Springs Gazette here and Bemidji Pioneer here.

At Anchorage, Alaska, an Erik Haula goal with 6:29 left in regulation rallied No. 2 Minnesota to a 2-2 overtime tie with Alaska Anchorage. Alex Gellert gave Anchorage a 2-1 lead at 5:38 of the third period. Minnesota led in shots 33-23. Anchorage goalie Rob Gunderson (1-0-3) remains unbeaten. Adam Wilcox (5-1-1) worked for Minnesota. Attendance 2,911. From the Anchorage Daily News here and Minneapolis Star Tribune here.

WCHA Summaries and Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

  Denver             3 at Minnesota State    2       Box   
  Minnesota Duluth   2 at Nebraska Omaha     3       Box   
  North Dakota       2 at St. Cloud State    5       Box   
  Bemidji State      3 at Colorado College   6       Box   
  Minnesota          2 at Alaska Anchorage   2, tie  Box
 1 Denver            10   6  5- 1- 0 .833  23- 12    8  7- 1- 0 .875  33- 15
 2 Colorado College   8   4  4- 0- 0 1.00  17-  9   10  7- 3- 0 .700  36- 27
   St. Cloud State    8   6  4- 2- 0 .667  19- 13   10  6- 4- 0 .600  36- 25
 4 Nebraska Omaha     7   5  3- 1- 1 .700  15- 12    9  5- 3- 1 .611  28- 20
   Minnesota          7   6  3- 2- 1 .583  18- 16    9  6- 2- 1 .722  31- 18
 6 North Dakota       5   4  2- 1- 1 .625  12-  9    8  4- 3- 1 .562  24- 17
 7 Bemidji State      3   4  1- 2- 1 .375  11- 14    6  2- 3- 1 .417  16- 16
   Wisconsin          3   4  1- 2- 1 .375   8- 10    6  1- 4- 1 .250  11- 16
 9 Alaska Anchorage   2   4  0- 2- 2 .250   6- 13    8  2- 3- 3 .438  17- 24
   Michigan Tech      2   6  1- 5- 0 .167  14- 23    8  2- 6- 0 .250  24- 31
   Minnesota State    2   6  1- 5- 0 .167  14- 23   10  3- 5- 2 .400  27- 32
12 Minnesota Duluth   1   3  0- 2- 1 .167   4-  7    7  2- 4- 1 .357  16- 17

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