Saturday in the WCHA

Home teams ruled Friday night as the WCHA playoffs opened in six rinks, some of which had few fans. Five of the six were decided by one or two goals, and two went to overtime.

No. 14 Wisconsin rallied to defeat Minnesota Duluth 3-1 at the Kohl Center in Madison. Recaps from the News Tribune here, Wisconsin State Journal here, U.S. College Hockey Online here and College Hockey News here.

Saturday’s 7:07 p.m. game will be on 94.1 FM, My9 and a News Tribune live blog right here.

In the PairWise Rankings, Wisconsin moved up to a tie at No. 14. The PairWise Rankings are here.

U.S. College Hockey Bracketology is here.

At Mankato, Minn., Bryce Gervais tied the game at 9:39 of the third period and Chase Grant scored at 7:04 of OT to give No. 10 Minnesota State-Mankato a 4-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha. Mankato scored one goal per period. Brent Gwidt gave UNO a 1-0 lead 5:16 into the game. John Faulkner was in goal for UNO. Ryan Walters (22) also had a goal for the Purple Mavs, who led in shots 35-34. Attendance 2,855. From the Mankato Free Press here and Omaha World Herald here.

At Minneapolis, Kyle Rau scored with 6:42 left in a first overtime as No. 2 Minnesota survived Bemidji State with a 2-1 victory. Minnesota led in shots 51-18. Minnesota had no penalties. Brance Orban scored with an extra attacker for BSU to tie the game with 32 seconds left in the third period. Andrew Walsh had 49 saves in the loss. Attendance 9,954. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune here, St. Paul Pioneer Press here and Bemidji Pioneer here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., No. 4 North Dakota got two third-period goals from Danny Kristo to pull away from Michigan Tech for a 5-3 victory. Tech led in shots 34-24. North Dakota had two power play goals. Jacob Johnstone put Tech into a 2-2 tie early in the second period. Zane Gothberg got the win. From the Grand Forks Herald here and Houghton Daily Mining Gazette here.

At St. Cloud, Minn., Jonny Brodzinski had a pair of goals as No. 8 St. Cloud State took care of Alaska Anchorage 6-1. Attendance 2,949. St. Cloud State led in shots 32-23. The game was tied 1-1. The Huskies had two power-play goals. Anchorage has lost eight straight and is 1-19-3 the last 23 games. From the St. Cloud Times here and Anchorage Daily News here.

At Denver, Zac Larraza recorded the game winner with 3:15 left in the second period as No. 11 Denver beat state rival Colorado College 5-3. CC led in shots 42-39 and had a 1-0 lead. Alexander Krushelnyski had a goal and two assists for CC. Juho Olkinuora got the win for Denver. Attendance 4,436. From the Denver Post here and Colorado Springs Gazette here.

Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net

Nebraska Omaha     3 at Minnesota State    4, OT   Box   
Minnesota Duluth   1 at Wisconsin          3       Box   
Bemidji State      1 at Minnesota          2, OT   Box   
Michigan Tech      3 at North Dakota       5       Box   
Alaska Anchorage   1 at St. Cloud State    6       Box   
Colorado College   3 at Denver             5       Box

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