Sunday in the (snowy) WCHA

Snow is a constant companion in the WCHA from Houghton, Mich., to Grand Forks, to Denver to Duluth. Mother Nature was kind enough to allow Bemidji State to motor along Highway 2 back home after a 2-1 victory Saturday night at Amsoil Arena, but the white stuff is hitting the ground Sunday throughout Minnesota and North Dakota and could affect the Gophers returning from Colorado Springs, Colo., and Denver returning from Grand Forks.

Minnesota earned a 4-4 tie at Colorado College on Saturday to pull within a point of first-place Denver.

The News Tribune has a recap from the UMD-Bemidji State game here.

Austin Farley leads WCHA rookie scorers with 7-9-16 and UMD’s power play remains No. 1 in the WCHA at 25 percent (19-76). The Bulldogs are at last-place Alaska Anchorage this weekend.

At Grand Forks, N.D., an early Denver lead was erased and No. 9 North Dakota rallied to a 6-3 victory over the reeling No. 6 Pioneers. Denver is 0-4-2 the last six games. Grant Arnold gave Denver a 1-0 lead 85 seconds into the game. Carter Rowney would score twice and Derek Forbort had a power-play goal. North Dakota scored three times in the second period and led 33-23 in shots on goal. Attendance 11,899. From the Grand Forks Herald here.

At Mankato, Minn., the best story in the WCHA continues to unfold as Minnesota State-Mankato defeated Alaska Anchorage 3-0 for a weekend sweep, The Purple Mavs and rookie coach Mike Hastings have won six straight games allowing zero goals twice, one goal twice and two goals twice. The game was 0-0 after one period. Eriah Hayes (10) had a goal. Freshman goalie Stephon Williams had the shutout and has marks of .932 and 1.61. Mankato led in shots 35-16. Anchorage is 1-6-3 the last 10 games. From the Mankato Free Press here and Anchorage Daily News here.

At Madison, Wis., a second straight tie between Michigan Tech and Wisconsin finished 3-3. Michigan Tech is 0-2-3 the last five games and Wisconsin is 1-5-5 the last 11 (and 0-4-2 at home this season) yet on a four-game unbeaten streak at 1-0-3. The Badgers led 3-1 but Michigan Tech rallied and Blake Hietala tied it at 3:06 of the third period. Wisconsin led in shots 37-25. Attendance 10,995. From the Wisconsin State Journal here.

At St. Cloud, Minn., No. 17 St. Cloud State gained a split with No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha on Jonny Brodzinski’s goal with 9:15 to play for a 2-1 victory. Matt White had forged a 1-1 tie after one period with a shorthanded Omaha goal. St. Cloud led in shots 28-24. The Red Mavs had two goals disallowed in the third period. Winning goalie Ryan Faragher had 23 saves. Attendance 4,119. From the St. Cloud Times here and Omaha World Herald here.

At Colorado Springs, Colo., a third-period rally helped No. 19 Colorado College tie No. 4 Minnesota 4-4. The Gophers led 4-1 after two periods helped by an Erik Haula (8) power-play goal. CC got two goals in less than two minutes from Alexander Krushelnyski and a Rylan Schwartz goal, with an extra attacker, with 24 seconds left in regulation. Minnesota led in shots 29-27 and is 6-1-3 the last 10 games. Attendance 6,954. From the Colorado Springs Gazette here and Minneapolis Star Tribune here.

WCHA Standings and Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 Denver            16  12  7- 3- 2 .667  42- 31   16  9- 5- 2 .625  57- 42
 2 Minnesota         15  12  6- 3- 3 .625  36- 30   17 11- 3- 3 .735  57- 34
 3 Minnesota State   14  12  7- 5- 0 .583  37- 29   16  9- 5- 2 .625  50- 38
   St. Cloud State   14  12  7- 5- 0 .583  37- 29   16  9- 7- 0 .562  54- 41
 5 Nebraska Omaha    13  10  6- 3- 1 .650  33- 27   16 10- 5- 1 .656  57- 37
   North Dakota      13  10  5- 2- 3 .650  34- 28   16  8- 5- 3 .594  50- 42
 7 Colorado College  11  10  5- 4- 1 .550  37- 35   18  8- 8- 2 .500  65- 63
 8 Michigan Tech      9  12  3- 6- 3 .375  32- 43   15  4- 8- 3 .367  43- 53
   Minnesota Duluth   9  12  3- 6- 3 .375  33- 38   16  5- 8- 3 .406  45- 48
   Wisconsin          9  12  2- 5- 5 .375  23- 29   14  2- 7- 5 .321  26- 35
11 Bemidji State      8  12  3- 7- 2 .333  28- 41   14  4- 8- 2 .357  33- 43
12 Alaska Anchorage   5  10  1- 6- 3 .250  19- 31   14  3- 7- 4 .357  30- 42
  Alaska Anchorage   0 at Minnesota State    3       Box   
  Bemidji State      2 at Minnesota Duluth   1       Box   
  Denver             3 at North Dakota       6       Box   
  Michigan Tech      3 at Wisconsin          3, tie  Box   
  Nebraska Omaha     1 at St. Cloud State    2       Box   
  Minnesota          4 at Colorado College   4, tie  Box

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