Sunday in the WCHA

Seven weeks remain in the regular season and the race in the WCHA is on. Minnesota and St. Cloud State share first place with 22 points, while Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State-Mankato are tied for sixth (and the final league home playoff spot) with 19 points. Four teams ahead of UMD also have two games in hand.
From Saturday night’s 5-1 Colorado College home win over UMD recaps from the News Tribune here, the Colorado Springs Gazette here and U.S. College Hockey Online here.The Bulldogs face the USA Hockey Under 18 team at 2:07 p.m. Saturday at Amosil Arena and return to WCHA play Feb. 1-2 at home against Denver.
Some streaks in the WCHA: Minnesota is 8-0-2 the last 10 games (12-1-4 the last 17); Wisconsin is 8-1-3 the last 12; North Dakota 7-2-2 the last 11; UMD 7-4-1 the last 12; Mankato 12-3-1 the last 16; Bemidji State 0-4-2 the last six; and Alaska Anchorage 0-9-1 the last 10 (and 1-13-4 the last 18).
At Madison, Wis., Curtis McKenzie scored with 3:53 left in the second period to give No. 8-ranked Miami of Ohio a 2-1 win over Wisconsin, breaking the Badgers’ 11-game unbeaten streak. Michael Mersch (13) had a goal for Wisconsin. The Badgers led 34-32 in shots. Attendance 12,037. From the Wisconsin State Journal here.
At Minneapolis, two third-period goals rallied No. 1 Minnesota to a 4-4 overtime tie with No. 5 North Dakota. North Dakota, helped by a Danny Kristo (14) goal led 4-2. Nick Bjugstad (13) scored with 8:50 left in regulation and Nate Condo with 2:58 left. Minnesota led in shots 35-26. From the St. Paul Pioneer Press here, Minneapolis Star Tribune here and Grand Forks Herald here.

At Alaska, Anchorage, two Zach Palmquist second-period goals propelled No. 14 Minnesota State-Mankato over Alaska Anchorage 4-0. Freshman goalie Stephon Williams earned his fourth shutout of season. Anchorage was blanked for a fifth time this season. Mankato led in shots 28-28 and had two PPG. Anchorage is winless the past 10 games. From the Anchorage Daily News here and Mankato Free Press here.

At St. Cloud, Minn., No. 19 St. Cloud State accomplished a rarity, a sweep of No. 7 Denver. The Huskies won 5-1 and Denver’s streak of 60 straight league series without being swept was over. St. Cloud State led 1-0 after one period and 4-0 through two periods. Drew LeBlanc had a goal and two assists. Sam Britain was in goal for Denver. St. Cloud State led 36-27 in shots and had two PPG. From the St. Cloud Times here and Denver Post here.
WCHA Standings and Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net
 1 Minnesota         22  16  9- 3- 4 .688  56- 39   24 17- 3- 4 .792  93- 45
   St. Cloud State   22  16 11- 5- 0 .688  55- 36   24 14-10- 0 .583  80- 61
 3 Nebraska Omaha    20  16  9- 5- 2 .625  59- 49   24 13- 9- 2 .583  88- 67
   North Dakota      20  16  8- 4- 4 .625  57- 46   24 13- 7- 4 .625  81- 64
   Denver            20  18  8- 6- 4 .556  57- 54   25 13- 8- 4 .600  85- 67
 6 Minnesota Duluth  19  18  8- 7- 3 .528  50- 51   24 10-11- 3 .479  64- 68
   Minnesota State   19  18  9- 8- 1 .528  55- 46   26 15- 8- 3 .635  82- 60
 8 Wisconsin         17  16  6- 5- 5 .531  35- 36   22  9- 8- 5 .523  49- 45
 9 Colorado College  15  18  7-10- 1 .417  60- 66   26 10-14- 2 .423  88- 94
10 Bemidji State     12  16  4- 8- 4 .375  36- 49   22  5-12- 5 .341  48- 66
   Michigan Tech     12  18  4-10- 4 .333  44- 61   23  7-12- 4 .391  63- 71
12 Alaska Anchorage   6  18  1-13- 4 .167  31- 62   22  3-14- 5 .250  42- 73
  North Dakota       4 at Minnesota          4, tie  Box   
  Bemidji State      2 at Michigan Tech      2, tie  Box   
  Denver             1 at St. Cloud State    5       Box   
  Miami              2 at Wisconsin          1       Box   
  Minnesota Duluth   1 at Colorado College   5       Box   
  Minnesota State    4 at Alaska Anchorage   0       Box

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