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Roundup: Shore's OT Winner Lifts Denver

WMU Rallies to Tie St. Cloud, Win Shootout

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Quentin Shore scored with 45.4 seconds left in overtime to lift Denver to a 3-2 win over Minnesota-Duluth. Shore collected a pass from Ty Loney as he was streaking through the slot and flipped the puck past Bulldogs’ goalie Aaron Crandall for the game winner.

Denver had opened the game with a 2-0 lead and seemingly looked to be in control, but Minnesota-Duluth responded with a pair of scores over the final 4:01 of regulation to force the overtime.

The Pioneers have now played a total of 10 games that have required overtime this season and 13 of their 23 games on the year have been decided by a single goal or ended in a tie.

“We thought we were in control of this game, we loved the way we were playing and the players were very confident on the ice,” Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. “Give UMD credit because they came back and tied the game up, but I just love the way we responded. That’s two games in a row that we responded really well and that goes to credit our team’s leadership and that all starts with (goalie) Sam Brittain and David Makowski.”

Elsewhere

Two struggling teams met in Oxford, with Miami take a shootout win from Nebraska-Omaha after a 2-2 tie. The shootout went seven rounds, the longest in the brief history of the NCHC.

The tie extended the Mavericks’ winless streak to seven games (0-5-2). Miami is 9-9-3 overall and 3-7-1-1 in conference play.

Miami was held to just 13 shots on net, but had a 2-0 lead midway through the second before the Mavericks rallied.

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Western Michigan fought back from a 4-1 deficit to tie St. Cloud State, 5-5, and take the extra point in a shootout. Chase Balisy got the tying goal with under four minutes remaining.

“We just stuck with it and it was kind of a full-team effort to come back,” Balisy told the St. Cloud Times. “(The Huskies) are a hard-working team and they had tons of chances.”

Frank Slubowski was pulled from the WMU net after allowing three goals on the first four shots he faced.

St. Cloud State, coming off a loss at Denver where it allowed five goals, got two goals from Jimmy Murray and one from Nic Dowd (11).

“Our transition game and our play in the offensive zone — we have to continue to do those things well,” Huskies coach Bob Motzko told the St. Cloud Times. “We’ve got to clean up our penalty kill. We’ve got to clean up some things in our defensive zone. ... That’s two weeks in a row where we’ve been uncharacteristic in those areas. We can’t make a monster deal out of it right now because this is a competitive league. We’re very disappointed and we have some work to do.”

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Andrew Walsh made 42 saves as Bemidji State managed a 1-1 tie with North Dakota. Cory Ward scored his 13th goal late in the second period to bring the game even for the Beavers. The shots were 19-5 North Dakota the rest of the way, but Walsh kept it 1-1.

North Dakota's unbeaten streak is now eight. Zane Gothberg, who has played every game in the streak, now ranks second in the NCHC in GAA (2.28) and third in save percentage (.915).

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Providence's winless streak hit five after a 2-2 tie at Colorado College.

Friars head coach Nate Leaman is home in Rhode Island awaiting the birth of his third child, so assistant coaches Jamie Russell and Ben Barr led the team.

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Jake Hildebrand made 48 saves as Michigan State shut out Penn State, 3-0, the first Big Ten meeting between the teams. It was Michigan State's first win in regulation in Big Ten play, while PSU dropped to 0-5.

"The really big positive is, this is our first game we didn't take any penalites," Penn State coach Guy Gadowski said. "We've been working extremely hard on how to play tough and hard and not take penalties. ... If we can continue, that will be a big bonus for us in the future.

"We lost the game in the first period. I don't think we came out with the vigor we needed to win the hockey game. ... We played better in the second period. ... Give credit to Hildebrand. I had a feeling if we got one, we'd get many, but he didn't give up that one."

Dean Chelios and Greg Wolfe scored in the first period for the Spartans.

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Minnesota State drew first blood in a battle atop WCHA - with 6-2 win over Ferris State

The Mavericks moved back ahead of Bowling Green into second place, four points behind FSU with two more games played.

"Ferris made a real good push," Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings said. "I thought we sustained it OK. We didn't have too much damange there. And we were able to progress that lead. And (goalie Cole) Huggins did a good job allowing us to get that lead, and then allowing us to keep it."

Matt Leitner scored twice, and now has seven goals in his last 12 games after starting the season scoreless in the first nine.

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Alaska-Anchorage continued to struggle on the road, tying Alabama-Huntsville, 1-1. It was UAH's second non-loss of the season.

Following a scoreless first period, the Seawolves (11-9-3, 7-7-3 WCHA) struck first for the seventh-straight game, before allowing the Chargers (1-23-1, 1-13-1 WCHA) to score in the third period. UAA is now 2-7-2 on the road.

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