Friday, October 25, 2019 Scores
After what some considered a tough weekend of non-conference results for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) as a whole last weekend, NCHC teams responded on Friday night, posting a 3-2-1 combined record in non-conference action, including a pair of overtime games. No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth, No. 16 North Dakota and Colorado College all earned wins, while Miami rallied for a road tie.
The eighth-ranked Bulldogs (2-3-0) bounced back in a big way after being swept at Wisconsin last weekend, downing a different Big Ten foe in in-state rival No. 20 Minnesota, 5-2, on the Gophers’ home ice Friday. Junior defenseman Scott Perunovich paced UMD’s offense with three points on a goal and two assists, including on both Bulldog power play goals. Minnesota Duluth, which jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Friday, goes for a sweep in Duluth on Saturday.
No. 16 North Dakota (3-1-1) earned the most thrilling win of the night, erasing a 1-0 deficit late to tie the game, before topping former WCHA foe Bemidji State, 2-1, in overtime at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Redshirt senior forward Westin Michaud scored the game-winner off a faceoff only 52 ticks into the extra session, while junior forward Jordan Kawaguchi tied the game with 5:47 left in regulation. UND limited the Beavers to only 17 shots on goal in the win.
Colorado College (2-1-0) came out of the gates strong on Friday, striking twice in the first period en route to a 3-1 win over Michigan State in Colorado Springs. Redshirt sophomore forward Bailey Conger scored his first two goals as a Tiger to lead the way, while freshman goalie Matt Vernon totaled 26 saves in his first collegiate start, nearly pitching a shutout until a late MSU goal.
Making its first road trip of the season, Miami (1-3-2) scored twice in the first three minutes of the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and earn a 3-3 overtime tie at Colgate. Senior forward Gordie Green handed out the primary assist on all three RedHawk tallies in the tie, while MU outshot the Raiders, 28-20.
On the flip side, No. 14/14 St. Cloud State (0-1-2) hosted No. 11/11 Northeastern for its home opener, but Northeastern won the first half of the battle of the Huskies, 4-1. Sophomore forward Sam Hentges tied the game for SCSU in the second period, but Notheastern’s Tyler Madden scored twice after that in the middle stanza and NU added an empty-netter late to seal it. SCSU goes for its first win of the year Saturday, while looking to hand Northeastern (4-0-1) its first loss.
No. 18 Western Michigan (1-3-1) will look to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday after being blanked by in-state rival Michigan, 4-0, Friday at Yost Ice Arena. The Broncos outshot the Wolverines, 36-31, but Michigan scored twice in the first frame and never looked back.
Saturday, all six NCHC teams complete their two-game series, though two in-state battles change locations. No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth goes for a sweep of the Gophers in Duluth, while No. 18 Western Michigan returns to Kalamazoo looking for a split with Michigan. Elsewhere, UND hosts Bemidji State and Colorado College faces Michigan State again, both looking to cap a sweep, while Miami takes on Colgate again in New York and the battle of the Huskies between SCSU and Northeastern is completed. Five of the six games on Saturday (all but Miami) can be seen on NCHC.tv, while the St. Cloud State game is also on TV on FOX Sports North PLUS and FOX College Sports Atlantic.