Saturday in the WCHA: Dwindling numbers edition

We’ll always have Toledo.

St. Cloud State and Minnesota State-Mankato will carry the WCHA banner high Saturday in the Midwest Regional in Toledo, Ohio. St. Cloud State (23-15-1) faces Notre Dame (25-12-3) at 12:30 p.m., while Mankato (24-13-3) meets Miami of Ohio (24-11-5) at 4 p.m. in the WCHA vs. CCHA match ups, both on FS North.

The WCHA will be looking for any kind of positive results after going 1-3 in the NCAA’s opening round Friday. Minnesota, Denver and Wisconsin had their seasons end, while North Dakota marched on to Saturday’s West Regional final against Yale at 3 p.m. in Grand Rapids, Mich. (ESPNU).

Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press has a Midwest Regional update right here.

Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald reports from the West Regional that the attendance for North Dakota’s Friday game vs. Niagara was 2,289, while the Grand Forks Herald live game blog drew 3,811 participants. Schlossman has West Regional recaps and more here.

The INCH Hockey Writers preview the Midwest Regional here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has WCHA game predictions for Saturday here.

ALSO, Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News has the full story on Alaska Anchorage dismissing coach Dave Shyiak, 46, who was 80-177-33 in eight seasons with the Seawolves, including 4-25-7 in 2012-13. The story is here.

At Grand Rapids, Mich., Minnesota trailed by two goals, rallied with two goals and then lost 9 seconds into overtime as Yale beat the No. 1 West seed 3-2. Nate Schmidt and Zach Budish rallied the Gophers with goals 5:30 apart in the third period. Jesse Root won it for the Yale Bulldogs. Winning goalie Jeff Malcolm had 26 saves. Minnesota led in shots 28-26. Stories from the Minneapolis Star Tribune here and here and here and the St. Paul Pioneer Press here and the New Haven (Conn.) Register here.

North Dakota waited until the third period before rallying to beat Niagara 2-1. The game was 0-0 after one period and Niagara went up 1-0 after two on a Jason Beattie goal. Andrew MacWilliams and Danny Kristo (26) scored 57 seconds apart in the first three minutes of the third period to complete the scoring. Zane Gothberg had 28 saves for the win. North Dakota led in shots 43-29. The Grand Forks Herald has stories here and here and here.

In Manchester, N.H., in the Northeast Regional, Wisconsin got behind my three goals and never recovered as top-seed Massachusetts-Lowell rolled to a 6-1 victory. Nic Kerdiles scored at 8:19 of the third period for Wisconsin’s only goal. Wisconsin’s Joel Rumpel had 20 saves. The Badgers led in shots 32-26. Attendance 8,049. Stories from the Wisconsin State Journal here and here and the New Hampshire Union Leader here.

Denver had a pair of one-goal leads, but didn’t score over the final 42 minutes as New Hampshire rallied to win 5-2. New Hampshire led in shots 41-33. Juho Olkinuora was in goal for the Pioneers. From the Denver Post here and the New Hampshire Union Leader here.

WCHA Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey

Yale               3 vs Minnesota          2, OT  Box   
Wisconsin          1 vs Mass.-Lowell       6      Box   
Niagara            1 vs North Dakota       2      Box   
Denver             2 vs New Hampshire      5      Box

2 thoughts on “Saturday in the WCHA: Dwindling numbers edition

  1. Kevin,
    Great story on UMD incoming Freshman. Spurrell,Tontinato, and Iafallo are going to be impact players immediately. I hope Rink and Run continues next year. Hard to imagine a UMD season without it. Maybe you could run it from your couch. :)

  2. Thanks for the note, Paul. The News Tribune will certainly continue to follow the Bulldogs with a blog in 2013-14 and beyond. Hockey news, however, may be a little harder to come by for me, on my couch in Sun City, Ariz.

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