St. Cloud State is the only WCHA team standing after two days of NCAA play. Five others have been eliminated and the league left holding a 2-5 record.
WCHA regular-season co-champion St. Cloud State (24-15-1) meets CCHA champion Miami of Ohio (25-11-5) for the Midwest Regional title at 3 p.m. Sunday in Toledo, Ohio, for a trip to the Frozen Four (ESPNU). Both teams will be in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference next season.
(A non-NCAA tournament note, the News Tribune has an update on recent Minnesota Duluth recruit Sammy Spurrell of the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, and Dominic Toninato’s scoring exploits for the Fargo Force, in a story here.)
U.S. College Hockey Online makes a prediction on the St. Cloud State-Miami game right here.
On Saturday, Yale defeated North Dakota 4-1 in the West Regional final in Grand Rapids, Mich. Yale is in the Frozen Four for the first time since 1952.
Miami stopped Minnesota State-Mankato 4-0 in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Mankato is still without an NCAA victory.
St. Cloud State smacked top Midwest Regional seed Notre Dame 5-1. The Huskies now have two career NCAA wins and are looking for more to get to their first Frozen Four.
St. Cloud State scored three goals in 5:25 of the second period to race away from Notre Dame. Joey Benik, Cory Thorson and Jonny Brodzinski (22) scored in that stretch. The Huskies had just one minor penalty and led in shots 23-18. Winning goalie Ryan Faragher had 17 saves. Attendance 2,988 for the two-game session. From the St. Cloud Times here, South Bend Tribune here and Toledo Blade here.
Miami is the standard bearer for the CCHA, while will cease to exist after this season. The RedHawks scored three goals in the third period to assure its victory over Mankato, which was shut out for the first time this season. The game was 0-0 after one period and 1-0 after two. Cody Murphy and Max Cook each had a goal and an assist for Miami. Ryan McKay had 20 saves for the win. Miami led in shots 26-20. From the Mankato Free Press here and here and here and the Oxford (Ohio) Press here and here and Toledo Blade here.
Four third-period goals rallied Yale to a win over North Dakota in Grand Rapids, Mich. Included in that outburst were a pair of goals in 2:39, including a score by Jesse Root, who had the OT winner the day before against top seed Minnesota. Yale led in shots 39-25. Corgan Knight (16) scored for North Dakota. Clarke Saunders made 35 saves in the loss. A mere 1,918 fans on hand for the game. From the New Haven Register here and Grand Forks Herald here and here and Grand Rapids Press here.
WCHA Summaries Courtesy of College Hockey Stats.net