The WCHA flexed its muscles a bit in non-league play Saturday with three shutout victories by Minnesota, Denver and Michigan Tech, and a win by Minnesota State-Mankato.
Minnesota Duluth, however, let an early lead get away in losing to another group of Bulldogs, from No. 19-ranked Ferris State, 6-2 in the third-place game of the Florida College Classic in Estero, Fla. Recaps from the News Tribune here and the Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Sun here. Maine defeated No. 11 Cornell 6-4 for the tournament title and the Bangor (Maine) Daily News has a recap here.
UMD has one more day in Florida on Sunday before returning Monday, and is off until a home series with Michigan Tech on Jan. 11-12. Saturday’s attendance was listed at 3,873 at Germain Arena.
In Hamden, Conn., Jordan Samuels-Thomas scored at 3:47 of the third period to give No. 9 Quinnipiac a 5-4 home win over No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha. Ryan Walters (11) had tied the game 38 seconds into the third period. Omaha led in shots 37-30. Quinnipiac (13-3-2) led 2-0 and 3-1. Attendance 2,620. From the Omaha World-Herald here.
At Storrs, Conn., Jean-Paul Lafontaine had a pair of goals at No. 18 Minnesota State-Mankato stopped Brown University 3-1 in the UConn Classic. Stephon Williams made 18 saves for the win. Mankato led in shots 27-19. Attendance 727. From the Mankato Free Press here.
At Detroit, Jujhar Khaira had a goal and two assists as Michigan Tech blanked Michigan 4-0 in the first round of the Great Lakes Invitational. Tech faces Western Michigan on Sunday for the title. Tech had two goals in the first period and two in the third. Michigan (5-10-3) led in shots 38-36. Pheonix Copley has 38 saves for the win. Attendance 16,439. From the Ann Arbor News here.
At Minneapolis, Erik Haula provided a goal and an assist as No. 4 Minnesota stopped the Air Force Academy 4-0 in the Mariucci Classic. Minnesota led in shots 33-18. Adam Wilcox (11-2-3) was the winning goalie. Attendance 10,113. From the St. Paul Pioneer Press here and Minneapolis Star Tribune here.
Also Jerry York became college hockey’s winningest coach with a 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville in the Mariucci Classic. A Minneapolis Star Tribune recap is here.
In Denver, Quentin Shore and Nick Shore had goals and No. 14 Denver smacked No. 6 Boston University 6-0 in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. The win broke an eight-game Denver winless streak. Juho Olkinuora (4-1-3) made 29 saves in the win. Denver led in shots 38-29. The Pioneer scores three goals in the first period and had three PP goals in the game. Attendance 6,026. From the Denver Post here.
And Canada defeated the United States 2-1 Sunday in the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. USA Hockey has a recap here.