Roundup: Minnesota Remains Unbeaten; Denver Loses in OT Again
CHN Staff Report
Minnesota got big contributions from their freshmen Saturday, as it completed a sweept of Bemidji State 5-1. Justin Kloos had a goal and two assists, and fellow freshman forward Taylor Cammarata scored his first collegiate goal.
Meanwhile, junior Sam Warning, who was the offensive star of Friday's win, continued his torrid start with a pair of goals against the Beavers.
The Gophers improved to 4-0.
Minnesota received a scare in the first period, when Kyle Rau was cut, requiring stitches. He returned to the game, however, in the second period.
"They did a good job in the neutral zone clogging things up," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "We turned a lot of pucks over. We were fortunate to come out after one with the lead. It allowed us to settle in. ... Once we could get that lead, it made it more difficult for them because, really, the difference was, we had some guys who could finish and they didn't."
The battle of new NCHC heavyweights didn't disappoint this weekend. After North Dakota won the first-ever NCHC league game, Friday in Oxford, Miami responded with a 6-2 thrashing.
Blake Coleman had a hat trick to lead the way for the RedHawks, who improved to 3-1.
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Minnesota-Duluth scored three times in the third period to pull away from Colorado College and earn a split. Alex Iafallo and Justin Crandall each scored twice for the Bulldogs.
Colorado College honored former player Scott Winkler before the game. Winkler died tragically a few months ago.
“Duluth came out focused and dialed in and they kept that up from the start to the end.” CC coach Scott Owens told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “It just shows you how tough it is to get a sweep.”
Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said his team played its best game of the season so far. It helped overcome another strong outing in net from CC's Josh Thorimbert.
“I feel sorry for Josh,” Owens told the Gazette. “They played with desperation and had us on our heels.”
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Senior forward Matt Bailey’s overtime goal gave Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves a 3-2 win over Denver at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Saturday at the Carlson Center.
Denver lost both games of the weekend in overtime, to each of the Alaska schools.
New Pioneers coach Jim Montgomery gave Evan Cowley his first career start in net, and he stopped 33 shots in the loss.
Anchorage, which lost Friday to Western Michigan, improved to 3-1.