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Roundup: Top Scorer Allison Injured in WMU Loss to St. Cloud

North Dakota Settles For Tie With Bemidji

CHN Staff Report

After a great win in St. Cloud on Friday, an undermanned Western Michigan couldn't keep up Saturday, getting outshot 40-16 in a 4-3 loss to the Huskies.

Already without some forwards, Western Michigan lost second-leading scorer Colt Conrad to injury on Friday. Then, dressed two defensemen as forwards to compensate, the Broncos were dealth another huge blow when leading scorer Wade Allison went down in the first period.

Despite that, WMU held a 2-1 lead in the second period, thanks to a shorthanded goal from Paul Stoykewych, one of those d-men playing up front. But St. Cloud was able to reply with three goals from there, including the game winner from Easton Brodzinski with 4:28 remaining.

St. Cloud also suffered a potentially damaging injury. Goalie David Hrenak started the game and played 45:26 minutes before he was run over in a collision with Broncos' forward Cam Lee while coming out to play the puck. He as replaced by Jeff Smith, who was the goalie of record with four saves in the final 14:34 of the game.

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After a wild 6-5 win Friday, things calmed down for Minnesota-Duluth, as it earned a more conventional 5-1 victory over Colorado College on Saturday.

Kobe Roth, a freshman forward who hadn't scored yet coming into the weekend, scored his second and third goals of the series, and his career, in Saturday's win.

“I was not happy with our last 40 (minutes),” CC head coach Mike Haviland said. “We did not play to our identity. That is not who we need to be to win a hockey game. We need to play a smart, simple game.”

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One night after an NCHC-record 18 goals were scored in Nebraska-Omaha's 11-7 win over Miami, the Mavericks earned the sweep with a 4-3 victory.

UNO jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Miami rallied, but it wasn't enough.

Jake Randolph was the only multi-goal scorer Friday, and added another Saturday. Goalie Evan Weninger, who was credited with a goal in Friday's win, made 28 saves to defeat the Red Hawks.

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In the WCHA, Northern Michigan was the only team to earn a sweep of the weekend. The Wildcats got a goal from Philip Beaulieu with seven seconds left in overtime to defeat Bowling Green for a second straight night. ... Elsewhere, Minnesota State, Alaska-Anchorage and Lake Superior State avoided sweeps with bounceback wins.

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After a 5-1 road win over Bemidji State on Friday night, UND returned to a sellout of 11,868 at Ralph Engelstad Arena and had to scratch veteran forwards Rhett Gardner and Trevor Olson, both injured on Friday, creating lineup turnoil once again.

As a result, teams battled to a 2-2 overtime tie, leaving UND with a 6-2-4 overall non-conference record heading into the closing stretch of 12 straight NCHC games for all the eight league teams.

Tonight's game marked the 24th game in a row in which UND has not fielded the same lineup — not even once. That jugging act incuded 44 different line combinations and 10 different defensive pairings heading into Game 24.

As they usually do, the Beavers didn't make it easy for UND, which saw the Beavers twice battle back from one-goal deficits, including a knuckleballing goal by Bemidji native Dillon Eichstadt midway through the third period to create the tie. His goal came after a turnover by a UND defenseman at his own blue line, setting up Eichstadt for just his second goal of the season and his third in 64 career games.

Defenseman Christian Wolanin had given UND a 2-1 lead on a power play at 15:47 of the second period, following a 5-minute major on BSU captain Jordan Heller for checking from behind on Dixon Bowen, Heller's third penalty of the game. He was also given a 10-minute game misconduct.

Earlier, junior Nick Jones, moved to center on the top line with Shane Gersich and Augstin Poganski after Gardner was scratched, dropped to his right knee in front of the net to bury a feed from Poganski at 3:28 of the second period for a 1-0 UND lead. It was his team-leading ninth goal.

But BSU's Leo Fitzgerald counted on a power play for BSU 10 minutes later, eventually leading to the overtime tie.

All-America senior goalie Michael Bitzer was strong with 29 saves for the Beavers while fellow senior Cam Johnson, an All-America pick himself two seasons ago, had 18 saves.

North Dakota coach Brad Berry looked at the fact UND lost just two in 12 non-league games, but also noted the four ties. "We probably wanted back a couple of those games we tied," Berry said, "but the most part, it was respectful. Now we're onto the NCHC here for the remaining schedule. We've got to make sure we play a consistent brand of hockey and get into the national tournament now.''

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