Friday in the WCHA

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

Minnesota State    2 vs Wisconsin          7       Box
Colorado College   4 vs North Dakota       3, OT   Box

5 thoughts on “Friday in the WCHA

  1. Really surprised at the Mankato score – not that they lost but by how much. Somehow, for a Hockey East fan to watch North Dakota go down was rather pleasing, but not in a malicious way. Just cheered for the underdog – despite their ugly black sweaters. Next up – Gophers.

  2. Really surprised at the Mankato score – not that they lost but by how much. Somehow, for a Hockey East fan to watch North Dakota go down was rather pleasing, but not in a malicious way. Just cheered for the underdog – despite their ugly black sweaters. Next up – Gophers. I’m picking Wisconsin to win it all, even though their recent 8-2 record includes two against the Bulldogs.

  3. Sigh.. even my adopted team Mankato failed me… sigh…. I’m now a CC fan for a coupe days….that will probably doom them…

  4. I really like our DOGS going forward. It’s unfortunate that they are not playing this weekend but sometimes you need to take a step back before you leap forward. I am pulling for either CC or St. Cloud. Why not show some allegiance to our new conference?

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