Roundup: North Dakota Tops Miami
BC Edges Vermont, Unbeaten in 16
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Mark MacMillan set up one goal and scored another 91 seconds apart in the first period to spark North Dakota's 3-2 win over Miami. MacMillan jumped on a turnover by Miami goalie Jay Williams behind his own net at 12:38 of the opening period, taking the puck away from Williams and feeding a wide-open Michael Parks in front for his ninth of the season.
"Sometimes in hockey you've got to be a little lucky and I think I got a little lucky they left it (puck) there and Parksie was in front. It was pretty easy to get that one," MacMillan said.
Miami (4-11-1 NCHA, 12-14-3 overall) picked up a power-play goal from Cody Murphy on a perfect backdoor setup midway through the second period and a closing goal with 30 seconds left in the game from Sean Kuraly.
"They kind of came with a little punch right off the bat," MacMillan said of Miami, "pretty excited to play in this building for the first time. But I think we handled it well and hit back really well, which I thought was big for our success, especially after our game (the loss to Omaha) last week."
It marked the 250th coaching win at UND for Dave Hakstol.
"No comment," he said with a laugh. "It was a good team win for us."
Senior goalie Clarke Saunders, who gave up the six goals to Omaha and took the loss last Saturday, rebounded with a strong effort with 31 saves.
"He had a good game tonight," Hakstol said. "When the game was 3-1, I thought he made two or three key saves that kept it at 3-1."
St. Cloud State maintained a three-point lead over North Dakota for first place in the NCHC by defeating Minnesota-Duluth, 5-3, to snap the Bulldogs' seven-game unbeaten streak. The Huskies had a 4-0 lead until UMD crept back into the game. But St. Cloud State got a big insurance goal from Jimmy Murray, his second of the game, 39 seconds into the third period.
Murray, a sophomore, had just two points in his last seven games coming in.
“Last weekend, I wasn’t very good,” Murray told the St. Cloud Times. "I guess I can’t thank coach (Bob Motzko) enough for sticking with me."
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Nebraska-Omaha got two more goals from Josh Archibald to defeat Denver, 4-2. Archibald moved into a tie for second place in goals nationally with 23.
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Patrick Brown followed up his two-goal performance in the Beanpot championship game with another two goals, as Boston College stretched its unbeaten streak to 16 by defeating Vermont, 4-3, in Burlington.
Johnny Gaudreau also added his 26th of the season.
"They're smart hockey players. They know we made some big mistakes tonight and they capitalized," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "But I think they feel confident we can skate with this team, we can be physical with this team — and getting three goals on (BC goalie Thatcher) Demko is a good thing.
"We just have to make sure when we come out (Saturday) night we're much sharper, especially certain lines. I didn't feel we had four lines tonight. We've been very fortunate to have four lines (all season); we were risking it every time we put a couple of our lines out tonight. Not against the Gaudreau line, it was against the other lines."
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Massachusetts-Lowell defenseman Joe Houk scored with one-tenth of a second remaining in regulation to give the RiverHawks a 3-2 win over Massachusetts.