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CC, Miami Earn First NCHC Wins of Season Friday, while WMU, UND Extend Unbeaten Streaks

By NCHC, 11/15/19, 11:15PM EST


MU upsets UMD; CC doubles up SCSU on road; WMU edges UNO; UND earns extra point after tie

Friday, November 15, 2019 Scores

  • Miami 3, No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth 1
  • No. 20 Western Michigan 3, No. 19 Omaha 2
  • Colorado College 4, St. Cloud State 2
  • No. 9/9 North Dakota 1, No. 2/1 Denver 1 (OT – UND wins 3x3 OT)

On the first full night of conference play, the four games Friday provided a bit of everything with an upset, a road win and a 3-on-3 overtime, while two teams pushed unbeaten streaks to six and both teams making conference debuts fell. All four games were decided by two goals or less. The biggest surprise of the night came in Oxford, where Miami scored a pair of goals late to edge No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth, 3-1. In a top-20 tilt, No. 20 Western Michigan was also victorious at home, stretching its unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) with a 3-2 win over No. 19 Omaha in the Mavericks’ conference opener. The lone road team to win Friday was Colorado College, which collected its first conference win of the season with a 4-2 victory at St. Cloud State behind a trio of power play goals. Like Omaha, it was the conference opener for the Huskies. In the nightcap, rivals No. 9/9 North Dakota and No. 2/1 Denver played to a thrilling, 1-1 overtime tie, with UND earning the extra standings point in 3-on-3 overtime, pushing its unbeaten streak to six games, as well (5-0-1).

Behind two goals in the final four minutes of the game, Miami (3-5-2, 1-2-0-0 NCHC) upset No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth (4-4-1, 1-1-1-0 NCHC), 3-1, in Oxford for its first conference win of the season. Miami senior goalie Ryan Larkin tied a season high with 35 saves, as UMD outshot the RedHawks, 36-17. Senior forward Karch Bachman put Miami ahead in the second period with a short-handed goal, while the Bulldogs answered less than a minute into the third period to tie the game on the power play. RedHawks sophomore defenseman Derek Daschke then tallied the game-winner with 3:58 left in regulation, while an empty-netter sealed the MU win.

Also victorious at home was No. 20 Western Michigan (6-3-2, 2-0-1-1 NCHC), which topped No. 19 Omaha (5-3-1, 0-1-0-0 NCHC), 3-2, at Lawson Ice Arena to extend its unbeaten streak to six games. The loss was the conference opener for the Mavericks. Junior forward Paul Washe pushed his point streak to six games with a pair of goals for the Broncos, the first coming on the power play and the second breaking a 1-1 tie. Classmate Austin Rueschhoff then tallied the game-winner for WMU short-handed with 5:45 to play in the second period, making it 3-1. WMU freshman goalie Brandon Bussi finished with 30 saves in net as Omaha outshot the Broncos, 32-25, in defeat.

In perhaps the most thrilling game of the night, long-time rivals No. 9/9 North Dakota and No. 2/1 Denver (8-1-2, 0-1-2-1 NCHC) played to a 1-1 overtime tie in Denver with UND earning the extra NCHC standings point in 3-on-3 overtime. The Fighting Hawks (7-1-2, 2-0-1-1 NCHC) struck first as sophomore forward Jasper Weatherby deflected a shot on the power play midway through the second stanza, while DU answered 57 seconds later when junior forward Kohen Olischefski knocked in a loose puck. After no scoring in 5-on-5 overtime, senior captain Colton Poolman popped in a puck in 3-on-3 overtime to give UND the extra point, while running North Dakota’s unbeaten streak to six games. Freshman Magnus Chrona made 37 saves for DU as UND outshot them, 38-31.

Scoring the game’s first two goals and last two goals, Colorado College (3-3-1, 1-1-1-0 NCHC) earned its first conference win of the season, topping St. Cloud State, 4-2, in the Huskies (2-3-4, 0-1-0-0 NCHC) NCHC opener in St. Cloud. Junior forward Christiano Versich scored two goals for the Tigers, both on the power play, as CC went 3-for-3 on the man advantage. Versich scored the game-winner midway through the third period, while freshman forward Josiah Slavin added an empty-net goal and an assist in the win.

Tomorrow night, all four NCHC series conclude with all four games available on Three games start at 7:05 p.m. ET, while the North Dakota at Denver series wraps up at 7:07 p.m. MT.