Sunday in the WCHA

Nebraska-Omaha now leads the WCHA; Wisconsin has tied Minnesota Duluth for seventh place; and Minnesota State-Mankato remains just about the best thing going in Division I following Saturday night games.

The Bulldogs return to play this weekend at home against Michigan Tech.

At Omaha, Neb., a move to the top of the league was completed as No. 16-ranked Nebraska-Omaha rallied to sweep Colorado College 3-1. The Red Mavs scored shorthanded, on a power play and at even strength, including a Josh Archibald (11) goal. William Rapuzzi (11) scored for CC. UNO led in shots 29-21. CC is 0-6-1 the last seven games and 1-9-2 the last 12. John Faulkner (11-3-1) got the win with 20 saves. Attendance 6,698. From the Omaha World Herald here and Colorado Springs Gazette here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., Danny Kristo’s power-play goal with 5:23 remaining gave No. 7 North Dakota a 3-2 win over No. 20 Holy Cross and a weekend sweep. North Dakota is 6-0-1 the last seven games. Holy Cross led 2-0. North Dakota led in shots 37-19. Attendance 11,587. From the Grand Forks Herald here.

At St. Cloud, Minn., Reed Seckel scored with 10:05 to play as Northern Michigan finished off a weekend sweep of No. 15 St. Cloud State with a 2-1 victory. St. Cloud State led 1-0 and led in shots 38-21. NMU goalie Jared Coreau had 37 saves. Attendance 4,248. The Huskies had been sitting in first place in the league until being overtaken. From the St. Cloud TimesĀ here Marquette Mining Journal here.

At Mankato, Minn., freshman Stephon Williams (11-4-1) had 24 saves as No. 14 Minnesota State-Mankato defeated Providence College 4-0 for a series sweep. The Purple Mavs have won four straight, are 11-1 the last 12 and finished nonconference play 6-0-2. Eriah Hayes (12) had a power-play goal. Mankato led in shots 37-24. Attendance 2,475. From the Mankato Free Press here and Providence Journal here.

At Bemidji, Minn., a third-period comeback by No. 10 Western Michigan salvaged a 2-2 overtime tie with Bemidji State. The Beavers scored goals two minutes apart in the second period and WMU scored goals two minutes apart in the third. Western Michigan led in shots 35-22. Attendance 2,545. From the Bemidji Pioneer here and the Kalamazoo Gazette here.

At Denver, twice-suspended Larkin Jacobson’s first goal of the season, at 7:45 of the third period, gave No. 11 Denver a 2-1 win over No. 12 Cornell University for a weekend sweep. Juho Olkinuora had 19 saves for Denver and leads the WCHA for all games at 1.55 and .948. Denver led in shots 36-20. Attendance 5,869. From the Denver Post here.

At Anchorage, Alaska, the Wisconsin Badgers continued their rise and Alaska Anchorage continued its descent as Wisconsin finished a sweep with a 1-0 victory. The Badgers are 5-0-3 the last eight games with four straight wins. Anchorage is 1-10-3 the last 14 games with six straight losses. Derek Lee scored at 2:56 of the second period for the only goal. Anchorage is averaging 1.94 goals per game. Wisconsin led in shots 22-12. Joel Rumpel got the win. Attendance 2,379. From the Anchorage Daily News here and Wisconsin State Journal here.

WCHA Standings and Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 Nebraska Omaha    19  14  9- 4- 1 .679  52- 39   22 13- 8- 1 .614  81- 57
 2 St. Cloud State   18  14  9- 5- 0 .643  45- 33   22 12-10- 0 .545  70- 58
 3 North Dakota      17  12  7- 2- 3 .708  44- 30   20 12- 5- 3 .675  68- 48
   Denver            17  14  7- 4- 3 .607  44- 37   21 12- 6- 3 .643  72- 50
 5 Minnesota State   16  14  8- 6- 0 .571  44- 37   22 14- 6- 2 .682  71- 51
 6 Minnesota         15  12  6- 3- 3 .625  36- 30   19 13- 3- 3 .763  69- 35
 7 Minnesota Duluth  13  14  5- 6- 3 .464  40- 40   20  7-10- 3 .425  54- 57
   Wisconsin         13  14  4- 5- 5 .464  29- 32   18  6- 7- 5 .472  41- 39
 9 Bemidji State     11  14  4- 7- 3 .393  34- 43   20  5-11- 4 .350  46- 60
   Colorado College  11  14  5- 8- 1 .393  46- 54   22  8-12- 2 .409  74- 82
11 Michigan Tech      9  14  3- 8- 3 .321  34- 53   19  6-10- 3 .395  53- 63
12 Alaska Anchorage   5  14  1-10- 3 .179  24- 44   18  3-11- 4 .278  35- 55
  Colorado College   1 at Nebraska Omaha     3       Box   
  Holy Cross         2 at North Dakota       3       Box   
  Northern Michigan  2 at St. Cloud State    1       Box   
  Providence         0 at Minnesota State    4       Box   
  Western Michigan   2 at Bemidji State      2, tie  Box   
  Cornell            1 at Denver             2       Box   
  Wisconsin          1 at Alaska Anchorage   0       Box

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