An anticipated Minnesota-North Dakota match up in the WCHA Final Five semifinals was vetoed by Colorado College in Thursday’s quarterfinal round at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.
The Tigers defeated North Dakota 4-3 in overtime and advance to face No. 2-ranked Minnesota at 7:07 p.m. Friday. Wisconsin eliminated Minnesota State-Mankato 7-2 and plays No. 7 St. Cloud State at 2:07 p.m. All games are on FS North.
The current PairWise Rankings are here.
Also updated U.S. College Hockey Online NCAA Bracketology is here.
College Hockey News previews Friday’s Final Five semifinals here.
And Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey has a report that Minnesota coach Don Lucia will be named coach of the 2014 U.S. Junior team here.
In the quarterfinals, the second game of the day was tied at 1, 2 and 3. Drake Caggiula’s second goal of the game tied it for North Dakota at 3-3 with 7:15 left in the third period. Peter Stoykewych won in at 4:52 of OT for Colorado College. North Dakota led in shots 32-23, but was 0-6 on power plays. North Dakota is 5-4-1 the last 10 games. Attendance 17,038. North Dakota is already assured of being in the 16-team NCAA field. From the Grand Forks Herald here and Colorado Springs Gazette here.
Wisconsin got off to a 3-0 first-period lead in defeating Mankato. Jefferson Dahl had two shorthanded goals and Tyler Barnes added two scores for the Badgers, 8-2 the last 10 games. Mankato led in shots 40-27 and scored twice on power plays. Mankato goalie Stephon Williams was injured and left during the game. Joel Rumpel got the win with 38 saves. Attendance 15,971. From the Mankato Free Press here and Wisconsin State Journal here.
Mankato Free Press writer Shane Frederick has three thoughts on the Wisconsin game here.
Game Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net