Saturday in the WCHA

Six games, all decided by two goals or less. Road teams go 2-2-2. Three matchups include ranked teams vs. ranked teams. Seven points separate the top eight teams. That’s the WCHA we know and love, at least for one final season.

A News Tribune live blog Saturday, Bemidji State at Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m., is right here.

Friday night was entertaining, including UMD holding off Bemidji State 4-2 at Amsoil Arena, including an empty-net goal. From the News Tribune here.

Bruce Ciskie has some post-game thoughts here.

Sports information office recaps from UMD here and Bemidji State here.

Mike Seidel remains tied for the WCHA goal-scoring lead (10) for all games. Austin Farley and Tony Cameranesi remain tied for the rookie scoring lead (15) and UMD’s power play remains No. 1 in the league, although blanked Friday in three chances.

At Grand Forks, N.D., No. 6 Denver held two leads but settled for a 2-2 overtime tie with No. 9 North Dakota. In the second period, Scott Mayfield gave Denver a 2-1 lead on a power play and North Dakota’s Corban Knight tied it on a power play. No scoring in the third period or OT. North Dakota led in shots 33-20. Denver is 0-3-2 the last five games. Juho Olkinuora (3-1-2) had 31 saves for the Pioneers. Attendance 11,717. From the Grand Forks Herald here and Denver Post (via the Associated Press) here.

In Colorado Springs, Colo., No. 4 Minnesota used two third-period goals to pull away from No. 19 Colorado College for a 4-2 victory. The Gophers led 2-0 and CC tied it on goals from Archie Skalbeck and William Rapuzzi two minutes apart in the second period. Tom Serratore (son of Air Force coach, Frank, and nephew of Bemidji State coach, Tom) put the Gophers up with 6:37 to play and Zach Budish added an empty-net goal. Minnesota led in shots 31-26. Attendance 7,021. CC is 1-5-1 the last seven. Freshman goalie Adam Wilcox is 10-2-2. From the Colorado Springs Gazette here and Minneapolis Star Tribune here.

At Mankato, Minn., Minnesota State-Mankato rallied for a fifth straight win, beating last-place Alaska Anchorage 3-1. Anchorage led 1-0 on a Matt Bailey goal. Mankato scored the last three, including one from Eriah Hayes (9). Winning goalie Stephon Williams (5-3-1) had 20 saves. Mankato led in shots 40-21. Anchorage is 1-5-3 the last nine. Attendance 3,041. From the Mankato Free Press here and Anchorage Daily News here.

At Madison, Wis., Wisconsin remained winless at home (0-4-1) in a 1-1 overtime tie with Michigan Tech. All the scoring in the third period — Blake Pietila for Tech and Tyler Barnes, on a power play with 3:11 left, for Wisconsin. Shots were 31-31. Attendance 8,756. Kevin Genoe in goal for Tech. From the Wisconsin State Journal here and Houghton Daily Mining Gazette here.

At. St. Cloud, Minn., No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha remained red hot in a 6-5 victory over No. 17 St. Cloud State. The Red Mavs (8-1 the last nine games) led 3-1 and never looked back. Ryan Walters had two goals and two assists. St. Cloud State’s David Morely had three goals. The Huskies led in shots 34-27. Attendance 4,283. Ryan Faragher started in goal for St. Cloud State and Rasmus Reijda finished. From the St. Cloud Times here and Omaha World Herald here.

WCHA Standings and Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 Denver            16  11  7- 2- 2 .727  39- 25   15  9- 4- 2 .667  54- 36
 2 Minnesota         14  11  6- 3- 2 .636  32- 26   16 11- 3- 2 .750  53- 30
 3 Nebraska Omaha    13   9  6- 2- 1 .722  32- 25   15 10- 4- 1 .700  56- 35
 4 Minnesota State   12  11  6- 5- 0 .545  34- 29   15  8- 5- 2 .600  47- 38
   St. Cloud State   12  11  6- 5- 0 .545  35- 28   15  8- 7- 0 .533  52- 40
 6 North Dakota      11   9  4- 2- 3 .611  28- 25   15  7- 5- 3 .567  44- 39
 7 Colorado College  10   9  5- 4- 0 .556  33- 31   17  8- 8- 1 .500  61- 59
 8 Minnesota Duluth   9  11  3- 5- 3 .409  32- 36   15  5- 7- 3 .433  44- 46
 9 Michigan Tech      8  11  3- 6- 2 .364  29- 40   14  4- 8- 2 .357  40- 50
   Wisconsin          8  11  2- 5- 4 .364  20- 26   13  2- 7- 4 .308  23- 32
11 Bemidji State      6  11  2- 7- 2 .273  26- 40   13  3- 8- 2 .308  31- 42
12 Alaska Anchorage   5   9  1- 5- 3 .278  19- 28   13  3- 6- 4 .385  30- 39
  Bemidji State      2 at Minnesota Duluth   4       Box   
  Michigan Tech      1 at Wisconsin          1, tie  Box   
  Alaska Anchorage   1 at Minnesota State    3       Box   
  Denver             2 at North Dakota       2, tie  Box   
  Nebraska Omaha     6 at St. Cloud State    5       Box   
  Minnesota          4 at Colorado College   2       Box

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