Roundup: DU Edges Duluth Once Again
St. Cloud Keeps Pace; WCHA Race Heats Up
CHN Staff Report
The last eight times Denver has defeated Minnesota-Duluth, the margin of victory was one goal.
Saturday, DU defeated UMD, 4-3, continuing the trend of narrowly getting by the Bulldogs, and finishing a weekend sweep.
"They're good," UMD coach Scott Sandelin said of Denver. "Their big players decided to step up and play, and that's what won them the game. To me, it was a good hockey game, back and forth."
Placing Troy Terry, Dylan Gambrell and Henrik Borgstrom together worked once again for DU. The trio produced two goals and 13 shots on goal.
"Any time I put them together, it was like the crowd thought something good was going to happen, and they didn't disappoint," DU coach Jim Montgomery said.
UMD actually led after the first period as goals from Scott Perunovich and Kobe Roth gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Ryan Barrow tied the game for DU at 4:53 of the second period. UMD went back on top on Riley Tufte's 13th goal of the season at 9:10. Eight minutes and 30 seconds later, however, Jarid Lukosevicius continued to tormet UMD, tying the game, 3-3, at 17:40.
Gambrell found the game-winning goal at 9:09 of the third period.
UMD goaltender Hunter Shepard continued his stellar play in the win, stopping 40 of the 44 shots he faced Saturday night.
St. Cloud State 6, Omaha 2
St. Cloud State kept pace with Denver on Saturday night with a 6-2 dismantling of Nebraska-Omaha, and a weekend sweep.
"Everything," SCSU coach Bob Motzko said of the things he liked Saturday's win. "We've kind of been all over the map the second half. We had great energy from start to finish. Special teams, six different guys scored. ... That's who we are."
The Bulldogs remain two points back of Denver for the top spot in the NCHC. However, SCSU has two games in hand on the Pioneers.
Saturday, St. Cloud struck early and often. First-period goals from Robby Jackson and Mikey Eyssimont gave SCSU a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Omaha scored twice in the second period to get back in the game. The only problem was SCSU added three more goals of its own to lead 5-2 after 40 minutes. Easton Brodzinski's 10th of the season finished the scoring for the game.
"We're doing it for spurts," UNO coach Mike Gabinet said. "We had a chance to tie it on the power play. We had our opportunities again, and we didn't capitalize on opportunities we had."
After losing four of five in January, St. Cloud State has now won its last three games. Next weekend, the Huskies begin a four-game road trip with two in Oxford against Miami, though it will be without ace defenseman Will Borgen, who is headed off to the Olympics. The sweep of UNO also lifted the Bulldogs into the second spot in the Pairwise.
"The month of January was tough for us," SCSU defenseman Jimmy Schuldt said. "The theme this week was this is a new month, and we just need to get going."
Omaha, despite thr losses, remains a top 10 Pairwise team, ranking 10th as the weekend comes to a close. They're currently sixth in the NCHC standings.
Western Michigan 3, Miami 2
Western Michigan picked up a badly-needed win Saturday night, topping Miami, 3-2, in Oxford, to split the weekend and stem the recent bleeding.
The RedHawks controlled play throughout the game, but couldn't overcome a three-goal outburst from WMU that came in the second period.
WMU managed only 16 shots on goal for the whole goal, including zero in the third period.
Ben Blacker stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced in the game, including eight in the third period when his team was protecting a one-goal lead.
After goals from Casey Gilling and Carter Johnson gave Miami a 2-0 lead at 1:46 of the second period, WMU went to work. Ethen Frank scored at 3:41 of the second period and adeded another 12:19 later to tie the game. Lawton Courtnall scores the game winner for WMU 1:24 later.
Since leading-scorer Wade Allison went down with injury, the Broncos have struggled to generate offense. Despitr the recent struggles, Saturday's win has them back in third place in the NCHC standings and 13th in the Pairwise.
Northern Michigan 4, Alabama-Huntsville 3
Northern Michigan ran its unbeaten streak to eight games Saturday night, defeating Alabama-Huntsville, 4-3.
An uncharacteristically poor game from Atte Tolvanen kept UAH alive despite NMU pummeling the Chargers throughout the game. Shots for the game finished 35-15 in NMU's favor.
Troy Loggins' goal at 13:19 of the third period was the game-winner for NMU. Just moments before that, though, UAH Josh Kestner scored his 18th goal of the season to tie the game and put a legitimate scare into the Wildcats before Loggins' winner.
NMU and UAH play against Sunday, a chance for NMU to build on its one-point lead in the WCHA standings.
Minnesota State 4, Anchorage 1
Minnesota State kept on rolling Saturday night, escaping a late Alaska-Anchorage surge to down the Seawolves, 4-3.
Jonah Renouf and Austin Azurdia scored for UAA in the third period to turna 4-1 lead into a nervous finish. However, Minnesota State avoided complete collapse to get the win.
The Mavericks outshot UAA, 46-18, in the game.
UAA goaltender Brody Claeys made 42 saves in the loss.
The win helps Minnesota State keep pace with Northern Michigan in the WCHA standings. The Mavericks remain one point back of NMU. However, the Wildcats have one game remaining this weekend.
Despite being one of only two teams in the country with 21 wins, MSU is just fifth in the Pairwise because of its weaker schedule.
Michigan Tech 4, Bowling Green 0
Michigan Tech ended Bowling Green's five-game winning streak Saturday night with a 4-0 win.
Two goals and an assist from Jake Lucchini and a goal and an assist from Gavin Gould paced the MTU offense Saturday night.
MTU goaltender Robbie Beydoun earned his second career shutout in the win. THe win moves Michigan Tech within a game of fourth-place Bemidji State ahead of next weekend's games with the Beavers in Houghton.
BGSU is now a game back of the lead in the WCHA, falling into third place. However, both first-place Northern Michigan and second-place Minnesota State have played fewer league games than the Falcons.