Friday, October 18, 2019 Scores
After starting non-conference play strong at a combined 11-4-4 over the first two weekends, National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) teams went only 2-3-1 against non-conference foes Friday night, Oct. 18. In games that saw a winner, all five home teams prevailed, including both Denver and Miami.
The top-ranked Pioneers remained perfect on the season at 5-0-0, edging No. 6/6 Boston College, 3-0, in a top-10 showdown at Magness Arena in DU’s home opener. Freshman goaltender Magnus Chrona recorded his second shutout in five starts, while sophomore forward Cole Guttman tallied the game-winner on the power play in the second period, before the Pioneers sealed the win with two empty-netters.
Miami earned its first win of the 2019-20 season, holding off former CCHA rival Ferris State, 4-3, in Oxford to give head coach Chris Bergeron his first win as bench boss at his alma mater. Senior captain Gordie Green notched the game-winner late in the second period on the power play, while sophomore defenseman Derek Daschke dished out three assists in the victory.
The only other result earned by an NCHC team on Friday came in Mankato, where No. 16 North Dakota held 3-1 and 4-2 leads against former WCHA foe No. 2/3 Minnesota State, but couldn’t hold off the Mavericks, settling for a 4-4 overtime tie to stay unbeaten on the season.
Omaha went toe-to-toe with No. 12/13 Ohio State in Columbus, but the Buckeyes scored all three of their goals on the power play to edge the Mavericks, 3-2, tallying the game-winner midway through the final frame to break the tie. It was UNO’s first loss of the season.
Another NCHC team to drop a one-goal game and suffer its first loss was No. 14/15 Western Michigan, which fell, 2-1, at former CCHA rival Bowling Green, after the Broncos downed BGSU, 5-2, last Saturday at the Ice Breaker Tournament. The Falcons tallied the game-winner on Friday with less than five minutes to play in regulation on the power play.
The final result of the night saw No. 17 Wisconsin take down former WCHA rival No. 3/2 Minnesota Duluth, 6-2, at the Kohl Center, with the Badgers scoring the game’s final five goals.
All six NCHC teams are back in action Saturday night to complete their non-conference series. Five of the six games take place in the same location, while Western Michigan and Bowling Green complete their home-and-home series in Kalamazoo on Saturday, as the long-time foes meet for the third-straight game in a third different location. Three games Saturday are available on NCHC.tv, including the BGSU at WMU game, as well as both the Denver and Miami series finales against Boston College and Ferris State, respectively. Saturday’s Minnesota Duluth at Wisconsin game can be seen on TV on FOX Sports North PLUS and FOX College Sports Pacific.