Saturday in the WCHA

Streaks were broken and streaks were lengthened Friday night as the WCHA produced four one-goal games (three by 4-3 scores).

Eight teams are separated by four points with Denver and Nebraska-Omaha tied at the top.

Broken: Colorado College’s 0-6-1 streak, North Dakota’s 6-0-1 streak, Minnesota State-Mankato’s 4-0 streak.

Lengthened: Wisconsin at 6-0-3, Minnesota 6-0-1, Anchorage 0-7.

Minnesota Duluth gained its first shutout win of the season, 1-0 at home over Michigan Tech (the first 1-0 victory since beating Bemidji State 1-0 at Amsoil Arena on Oct. 29, 2011). From the News Tribune here.

Bruce Ciskie has a recap here.

A live blog for Saturday’s 7:07 p.m. game will be here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., Jeff Collett scorerd with 7:04 to give Colorado College a 4-3 over No. 7 North Dakota. The score was tied at 1, 2 and 3. Colorado College led in shots 35-31. The Tigers had a four-game losing streak (and 0-6-1 mark) broken. Winning goalie Joe Howe had 28 saves. Attendance 11,571. From the Grand Forks Herald here and Colorado Springs Gazette here.

At Mankato, Minn., John Ramage scored with 32 seconds left in overtime as Wisconsin stayed hot with a 4-3 victory over No. 11 Minnesota State-Mankato. Mankato goalie Stephon Williams was in the penalty box in the third period serving a major penalty (really). The game was tied at 1, 2 and 3. Wisconsin has won five straight games. Mankato (11-1 the previous 12 games) led 33-30 in shots and Matt Leitner had two goals. Wisconsin had been 0-12-21 in OT in the WCHA since 2006-07. Attendance 3,468. From the Mankato Free PressĀ here and here and the Wisconsin State Journal here.

At Minneapolis, last-place Alaska Anchorage was poised for a victory over No. 1 Minnesota, leading with 5:47 to play, yet two power-play goals gave the Gophers a 4-3 victory. While on a five-minute power play, Nick Bjugstad scored with 3:11 to play and Ben Marshall scored with 51 seconds left. Scott Allen had given Anchorage a 3-2 lead. The Gophers were 3-6 on PP and led in shots 30-20. Rob Gunderson was in goal for Seawolves. Minnesota is 10-1-3 the last 14. Attendance 9,625. From the St. Paul Pioneer Press here, Minneapolis Star Tribune here and Anchorage Daily News here.

At Denver, three goals in the final six minutes (two by Zac Larraza) pushed No. 9 Denver to a 7-4 win over No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha. The Pioneers led 2-0 after one period. Omaha goalie John Faulkner had 15 saves. Omaha led in shots 42-22. Juho Olkinuora (7-1-3) had 38 saves. Attendance 4,907. From the Omaha World Herald here and Denver Post here.

WCHA Standings and Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 Denver            19  15  8- 4- 3 .633  51- 41   22 13- 6- 3 .659  79- 54
   Nebraska Omaha    19  15  9- 5- 1 .633  56- 46   23 13- 9- 1 .587  85- 64
 3 St. Cloud State   18  14  9- 5- 0 .643  45- 33   22 12-10- 0 .545  70- 58
 4 Minnesota         17  13  7- 3- 3 .654  40- 33   21 15- 3- 3 .786  77- 39
   North Dakota      17  13  7- 3- 3 .654  47- 34   21 12- 6- 3 .643  71- 52
 6 Minnesota State   16  15  8- 7- 0 .533  47- 41   23 14- 7- 2 .652  74- 55
 7 Minnesota Duluth  15  15  6- 6- 3 .500  41- 40   21  8-10- 3 .452  55- 57
   Wisconsin         15  15  5- 5- 5 .500  33- 35   19  7- 7- 5 .500  45- 42
 9 Colorado College  13  15  6- 8- 1 .433  50- 57   23  9-12- 2 .435  78- 85
10 Bemidji State     11  14  4- 7- 3 .393  34- 43   20  5-11- 4 .350  46- 60
11 Michigan Tech      9  15  3- 9- 3 .300  34- 54   20  6-11- 3 .375  53- 64
12 Alaska Anchorage   5  15  1-11- 3 .167  27- 48   19  3-12- 4 .263  38- 59
  Michigan Tech      0 at Minnesota Duluth   1       Box   
  Colorado College   4 at North Dakota       3       Box   
  Wisconsin          4 at Minnesota State    3, OT   Box   
  Alaska Anchorage   3 at Minnesota          4       Box   
  Nebraska Omaha     4 at Denver             7       Box

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