Saturday in the WCHA

Four of the top five teams in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll lost Friday: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 3 Boston College, No. 4 New Hampshire and No. 5 North Dakota. That left St. Cloud State alone at the top of the WCHA standings with 24 points, while idle Minnesota Duluth dropped from a tie for sixth to a tie for seventh.

The Bulldogs (10-11-3) have a 2:07 p.m. exhibition Saturday at Amsoil Arena against the USA Under 18 team of Ann Arbor, Mich. A feature on former UMD football player, Troy Ausmus, who has a son, Gage, on the U18 team, is here with game notes here. A game live blog will be right here.

Bruce Ciskie previews the U18 game here.

At Minneapolis, Brett Knowles scored with 44 seconds remaining to give No. 14 Minnesota State-Mankato a 2-1 win over No. 1 Minnesota. Mankato’s Johnny McInnis and Minnesota’s Nate Schmidt had scored second-period goals. That broke Minnesota’s 10-game unbeaten streak. Mankato is 13-3-1 the last 17 games. Winning goalie Stephon Williams (13-6-2) had 37 saves. Minnesota led in shots 38-33. Attendance 10,076. From the Mankato Free Press here, Minneapolis Star Tribune here and St. Paul Pioneer Press here.

At Madison, Wis., Michael Mersch (15) had a pair of goals as Wisconsin beat Alaska Anchorage 5-2. It was 1-1 seven minutes into the game before the Badgers pulled away. Wisconsin is 9-1-3 the last 13 games, while Anchorage is 0-10-1 the last 11 and has just one victory since Oct. 20. Joel Rumpel had 12 saves. Wisconsin led in shots 37-14. Attendance 10,154. From the Wisconsin State Journal here and Anchorage Daily News here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., Johnny Brodzinski (11) had a pair of goals as No. 16 St. Cloud State blunted No. 5 North Dakota 3-1. St. Cloud State, on the road for the first time since Dec. 1, led 33-16 in shots on goal. North Dakota’s Rocco Grimaldi scored with 6:11 to play. Winning goalie Ryan Faragher had 15 saves. North Dakota is 0-2-1 the last three games and the Huskies have won three straight. Attendance 11,821. From the St. Cloud Times here  and Grand Forks Herald here.

At Bemidji, Minn., the No. 13 Red Mavs of Nebraska-Omaha have had a tough time vs. Bemidji State, but got two goals from Matt White in a 5-3 victory. Bemidji led 1-0 just 99 seconds into the game on a Brady Wacker goal. Omaha led 31-25 in shots. Winning goalie John Faulkner had 22 saves. Attendance 31-25. From the Bemidji Pioneer here and Omaha World Herald here.

WCHA Summaries and Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

 1 St. Cloud State   24  17 12- 5- 0 .706  58- 37   25 15-10- 0 .600  83- 62
 2 Minnesota         22  17  9- 4- 4 .647  57- 41   25 17- 4- 4 .760  94- 47
   Nebraska Omaha    22  17 10- 5- 2 .647  64- 52   25 14- 9- 2 .600  93- 70
 4 Minnesota State   21  19 10- 8- 1 .553  57- 47   27 16- 8- 3 .648  84- 61
 5 North Dakota      20  17  8- 5- 4 .588  58- 49   25 13- 8- 4 .600  82- 67
   Denver            20  18  8- 6- 4 .556  57- 54   25 13- 8- 4 .600  85- 67
 7 Wisconsin         19  17  7- 5- 5 .559  40- 38   23 10- 8- 5 .543  54- 47
   Minnesota Duluth  19  18  8- 7- 3 .528  50- 51   24 10-11- 3 .479  64- 68
 9 Colorado College  15  18  7-10- 1 .417  60- 66   26 10-14- 2 .423  88- 94
10 Bemidji State     12  17  4- 9- 4 .353  39- 54   23  5-13- 5 .326  51- 71
   Michigan Tech     12  18  4-10- 4 .333  44- 61   23  7-12- 4 .391  63- 71
12 Alaska Anchorage   6  19  1-14- 4 .158  33- 67   23  3-15- 5 .239  44- 78
  Alaska Anchorage   2 at Wisconsin          5       Box   
  Minnesota State    2 at Minnesota          1       Box   
  St. Cloud State    3 at North Dakota       1       Box   
  Nebraska Omaha     5 at Bemidji State      3       Box

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