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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>