Sunday in the WCHA

There were four WCHA games along Hwy. 2 over the weekend, all went to overtime and didn’t really favor the two Minnesota teams, especially Saturday.

No. 6 North Dakota scored with 24 seconds left in OT to defeat Minnesota Duluth 4-3 in Grand Forks, N.D., while Michigan Tech scored with 30 seconds left in OT to defeat Bemidji State 2-1 in Bemidji, Minn. Michigan Tech won both games of the series in sudden death, while UMD and North went to a 4-4 tie Friday.

UMD (2-6-2) is still looking for its first league win (0-4-2) along with Alaska Anchorage (0-2-2). Both are in a three-way tie for 10th (along with Minnesota State-Mankato). Red-hot Denver with five straight wins has taken a four-point lead in the race for the MacNaughton Cup.

Next up for UMD is a Thanksgiving weekend home series with No. 15 St. Cloud State (6-4).

Recaps from UMD-North Dakota on Saturday from the News Tribune here and Grand Forks Herald here.

In Bemidji, Minn., Blake Pietila (7) scored with 30 seconds remaining in overtime as Michigan Tech defeated Bemidji State 2-1 for a series sweep. Tech led in shots 42-28. Steven Seigo had given the Huskies a 1-0 lead after two periods and Jordan George tied it for BSU with 5:09 left in regulation. Winning goalie Kevin Genoe (3-1) had 27 saves. Attendance 3,070. From the Bemidji Pioneer here.

At Denver, No. 2 Denver scored three goals in the first period and three in the third to stop No. 14 Colorado College 6-2 to sweep the series in the Gold Pan rivalry. While holding a 3-2 lead after two periods, Denver got two goals from Chris Knowlton (8) in the third and one from Quentin Shore. Denver was 2-5 on power plays and led in shots 34-26. Attendance 6,096. Sam Brittain had 24 saves for Denver. From the Denver Post here and Colorado Springs Gazette here.

At Minneapolis, No. 3 Minnesota rallied with the game’s final three goals to beat Wisconsin 3-1. The Gophers trailed 1-0 after one period and then got goals from Nick Bjugstad (6) in the second and Tom Serratore at 5:59 of the third, and then added an empty-net score. Freshman goalie Adam Wilcox is 6-1-2. Minnesota led in shots 28-17. Attendance 10,187. From the Wisconsin State Journal here, Minneapolis Star Tribune here and the St. Paul Pioneer Press here.

WCHA Summaries and Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 Denver            14   8  7- 1- 0 .875  35- 19   10  9- 1- 0 .900  45- 22
 2 Minnesota         10   8  4- 2- 2 .625  23- 19   11  7- 2- 2 .727  36- 21
 3 Nebraska Omaha     9   6  4- 1- 1 .750  21- 15   10  6- 3- 1 .650  34- 23
 4 Colorado College   8   6  4- 2- 0 .667  24- 21   12  7- 5- 0 .583  43- 39
   North Dakota       8   6  3- 1- 2 .667  20- 16   10  5- 3- 2 .600  32- 24
   St. Cloud State    8   6  4- 2- 0 .667  19- 13   10  6- 4- 0 .600  36- 25
 7 Michigan Tech      6   8  3- 5- 0 .375  21- 28   10  4- 6- 0 .400  31- 36
 8 Wisconsin          4   6  1- 3- 2 .333  11- 15    8  1- 5- 2 .250  14- 21
 9 Bemidji State      3   6  1- 4- 1 .250  16- 21    8  2- 5- 1 .312  21- 23
10 Alaska Anchorage   2   4  0- 2- 2 .250   6- 13    8  2- 3- 3 .438  17- 24
   Minnesota Duluth   2   6  0- 4- 2 .167  14- 21   10  2- 6- 2 .300  26- 31
   Minnesota State    2   6  1- 5- 0 .167  14- 23   10  3- 5- 2 .400  27- 32
  Minnesota Duluth   3 at North Dakota       4   OT   Box   
  Michigan Tech      2 at Bemidji State      1   tie  Box   
  Colorado College   2 at Denver             6        Box   
  Wisconsin          1 at Minnesota          3        Box

2 thoughts on “Sunday in the WCHA

  1. Overall, I liked the way the DOGS competed this weekend. If they play and compete like this then when #15 comes over the blue line in the extra session then the DOGS will score in OT rather than clank one off of the pipe. Our DOGS totally outplayed ND in OT.

    I really do not want to throw our quality WCHA refs under the bus but I would have liked to have been a fly buzzing around the young Shepherd ref while he was explaining as to why the DOGS picked up the extra penatly minutes after the ND player threw punches into the BULLDOGS bench. I certainly hope in the new league that there are developmental opportunities for the on ice officials. This current group of on ice officials is pathetic.

  2. Shepherd=Idiot. This has been proven many times. I really liked the compete level and would say UMD had the better of the play this weekend. “Be patient Grasshopper”

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