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WMU Rallies to Win NCHC Opener, DU Remains Perfect on Season

By NCHC, 11/01/19, 11:52PM EDT

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Broncos storm back for 6-3 win over CC; NCHC goes 1-1-1 in non-conference play; MU wins exhibition

Friday, November 1, 2019 Scores

  • Western Michigan 6, Colorado College 3
  • No. 1/1 Denver 6, Niagara 2
  • Omaha 3, Alaska-Anchorage 3 (OT)
  • Princeton 5, No. 16 St. Cloud State 3
  • Miami 4, U.S. Under-18 Team 2 (exhibition)

The pursuit of the 2019-20 Penrose Cup officially got underway Friday night as Western Michigan won the first conference game of the season, while three NCHC teams combined to go 1-1-1 in non-conference action and Miami won an exhibition contest.

The Broncos (3-3-1, 1-0-0-0 NCHC) fell behind Colorado College (2-3-0, 0-1-0-0 NCHC), 3-1, but scored the game’s final five goals to rally past CC for a 6-3 road win in the first conference contest of the season. WMU scored four goals in the third period to earn the three points, while three different Broncos tallied three points. Sophomore forward Drew Worrad had two goals and an assist, while junior forwards Josh Passolt and Paul Washe each notched a goal and two helpers. WMU also struck twice on the power play and killed all four Tiger man advantages.

Top-ranked Denver (7-0-0) remained perfect on the season with a convincing, 6-2, win over Niagara (0-5-0) at Magness Arena. The Purple Eagles led 2-1 after 20 minutes, but DU struck four times in the second stanza, including three times on the power play. Junior forward Kohen Olischefski tallied two goals, while sophomore forward Brett Stapley dished out a trio of assists for DU. The Pioneers outshot Niagara, 48-16, in the win.

In the late game of the night, Omaha (4-1-1) settled for a 3-3 overtime tie at Alaska Anchorage (1-4-1) in the series finale, after picking up a win on Thursday. The Mavericks led 3-2 in the third period, but the Seawolves scored on the power play with seven minutes to play in regulation to pick up the draw. Sophomore forward Tyler Weiss tallied Omaha’s final two goals, both in the second period, for his first career multi-goal game.

After not losing a single home game all of last season, No. 16 St. Cloud State (1-2-2) dropped its second home game this season on Friday, falling to Princeton (1-0-0), 5-3. The Tigers scored twice in each of the first two periods, while two of the SCSU’s three goals came on the power play. Sophomore forward Sam Hentges had a hand in all three SCSU goals with a tally and two assists, extending his point streak to five games to start the season.

In exhibition action, Miami (2-3-2) returned home and downed the U.S. U-18 National Team, 4-2, in Oxford. Junior forward Casey Gilling scored the game-winner midway through the third period on the power play to break a 2-2 tie, while the RedHawks added an empty-netter to seal the win. Freshman forward Ryan Savage notched a goal and two assists in the exhibition win.

Saturday, five NCHC teams are in action, including three series finales. In conference play, Western Michigan and Colorado College clash once again after WMU’s win Friday. In non-conference play, No. 1 Denver goes for a sweep of Niagara, while No. 16 SCSU looks to rebound against Princeton. In the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Grand Forks, No. 14 North Dakota entertains Michigan Tech in UND’s lone game this weekend. All four games Saturday can be seen on NCHC.tv.

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