Sunday in the WCHA

Two months remain in the WCHA regular season and it is anyone’s guess who will win the 2013 MacNaughton Cup as the top eight teams are separated by just four points after Saturday’s games, with Denver and Nebraska-Omaha tied for the lead (however, Minnesota, North Dakota and St. Cloud State have two games in hand).

Minnesota Duluth kept itself in the race for playoff home ice by beating Michigan Tech 5-4 to complete its first home sweep of 2012-13. A paid crowd of 6,829 was the largest in Amsoil Arena history, although there were many empty seats. A News Tribune recap is here.

The Bulldogs are tied for sixth in the league and are at Colorado College this weekend. UMD’s power play is ranked No. 2 in the WCHA for all games (22.8); center Tony Cameranesi is the league’s leading rookie scorer (10-12-22) and is No. 2 in Division I; UMD has the second-most penalty minutes in the WCHA (363 or 16.5 per game).

At Minneapolis, Kyle Rau (13) had three goals for his first collegiate hat trick and Nate Condon two as No. 1-ranked Minnesota smacked last-place Alaska Anchorage 7-1. Minnesota led in shots 31-13. Minnesota is 7-0-1 the last eight games and 11-1-3 the last 15. Anchorage has lost eight straight and 1-12-3 the last 16 games. Attendance 9,607. From the St. Paul Pioneer Press here and Minneapolis Star Tribune here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., Danny Kristo had two goals and two assists as No. 7 North Dakota rallied to beat Colorado College 5-3 to earn a series split. Two Scott Winkler goals gave CC a 2-1 lead after one period. North Dakota led in shots 31-24. Zane Gothberg got the win with 21 saves. North Dakota is 7-1-1 the last nine games and CC is 1-7-1 the last nine. Attendance 11,915. From the Grand Forks Herald here and Colorado Springs Gazette here.

At Mankato, Minn., senior defenseman John Ramage has been renamed Johnny Overtime after a second straight game-winning OT goal, including Saturday’s with six seconds remaining to give Wisconsin a 2-1 win over No. 11 Minnesota State-Mankato. Ramage scored with 32 seconds left in OT Friday. The Badgers have won six straight and are 7-0-3 the last 10, and earned their first sweep in Mankato. Wisconsin led 1-0 after two periods, Mankato’s Matt Leitner tied it with 7:33 in regulation and Ramage won it. Joel Rumpel had 35 saves for the win. Mankato led in shots 36-26. Attendance 3,826. From the Mankato Free Press here and Wisconsin State Journal here.

At Denver, No. 7 Denver and No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha battled to a 3-3 overtime tie to remain atop the WCHA. The game was tied at 1 and 2. Ryan Walters (15), the WCHA scoring leader, had the final goal for Omaha with 2:17 left in the second period. Paul Phillips had a shorthander for Denver. Omaha led in shots 46-36. Juho Olkinuora made 43 saves and is 7-1-4. From the Omaha World Herald here and Denver Post here.

WCHA Standings and Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 Denver            20  16  8- 4- 4 .625  54- 44   23 13- 6- 4 .652  82- 57
   Nebraska Omaha    20  16  9- 5- 2 .625  59- 49   24 13- 9- 2 .583  88- 67
 3 Minnesota         19  14  8- 3- 3 .679  47- 34   22 16- 3- 3 .795  84- 40
   North Dakota      19  14  8- 3- 3 .679  52- 37   22 13- 6- 3 .659  76- 55
 5 St. Cloud State   18  14  9- 5- 0 .643  45- 33   22 12-10- 0 .545  70- 58
 6 Minnesota Duluth  17  16  7- 6- 3 .531  46- 44   22  9-10- 3 .477  60- 61
   Wisconsin         17  16  6- 5- 5 .531  35- 36   20  8- 7- 5 .525  47- 43
 8 Minnesota State   16  16  8- 8- 0 .500  48- 43   24 14- 8- 2 .625  75- 57
 9 Colorado College  13  16  6- 9- 1 .406  53- 62   24  9-13- 2 .417  81- 90
10 Bemidji State     11  14  4- 7- 3 .393  34- 43   20  5-11- 4 .350  46- 60
11 Michigan Tech      9  16  3-10- 3 .281  38- 59   21  6-12- 3 .357  57- 69
12 Alaska Anchorage   5  16  1-12- 3 .156  28- 55   20  3-13- 4 .250  39- 66
  Alaska Anchorage   1 at Minnesota          7       Box   
  Colorado College   3 at North Dakota       5       Box   
  Michigan Tech      4 at Minnesota Duluth   5       Box   
  Wisconsin          2 at Minnesota State    1, OT   Box   
  Nebraska Omaha     3 at Denver             3, tie  Box

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