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Slubowski Leads Western Michigan to Sweep of CC

St. Cloud Sweeps North Dakota; Archibald Gives UNO OT Win Again

CHN Staff Report

After winning in overtime Friday, Western Michigan had it a little easier Saturday, defeating Colorado College, 5-1.

However, it was easier only in the goal totals, not necessarily on the ice.

”You score five goals, that’s nice to see but the fact that (goalie) Frank (Slubowski) had to make as many saves as he had to tonight is disappointing," WMU head coach Andy Murray said. "We need to be better. ... That second period of the hockey game we stopped skating and we are a team that has to skate to be effective."

WMU trailed by two before rallying for Friday's win.

“It was imperative to start real strong (Saturday) and we did that," Murray said. "I would have liked to see us capitalize in a few more of our chances in the first period but it’s all about making skating decisions and when you’re standing still the mind doesn’t seem to work as well.

"There is no such thing as momentum or whatever because Northern Michigan wants to come in and kick our butts next Saturday night, so we need to be ready for that one. All it means is we got six points here and we’re not going to go winless this year.”

Elsewhere

St. Cloud State swept North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

"We worked awful hard, we didn't make enough plays," North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. "We didn't get enough pucks to the net. ... We gave up two goals in a very short span in the second period. That's something you can't do. But as I said, I thought we worked hard. We have to go back to work here in practice and improve the things that we're doing."

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Minnesota State earned its first league win, and handed Bemidji State its first WCHA loss of the season.

Cole Huggins earned his first career win in net for the Mavericks.

"I thought he looked very calm in there," MSU coach Mike Hastings said. "He was aggressive. He did a good job putting pucks into good areas."

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Josh Archibald scored in overtime for the second straight night, as Nebraska-Omaha swept Denver in the NCHC-opening weekend for both teams. For UNO, it was a rebound from losing two games at home to Cornell last weekend. The Mavericks had never won at Denver before this weekend.

Meanwhile, Denver has lost four games this year by 3-2 scores in overtime.

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Austin Czarnik scored twice as Miami swept Canisius in a non-league series.

“After a slow start to the game, we battled very hard against what I think is the top team in the nation right now,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “We showed a lot of growth, especially on the power play. Since our first game almost a month ago, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and what it takes to be successful.”

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