Saturday, November 16, 2019 Scores
Home-ice advantage was non-existent Saturday night as the road team won all four NCHC games, including three of the games being decided by a trio of goals. Colorado College was the lone team to earn a weekend sweep, using a three-goal second period to down St. Cloud State, 5-2. No. 9/9 North Dakota earned five of six points on the weekend at No. 2/1 Denver with a 4-1 victory behind strong special teams play. No. 19 Omaha doubled up No. 20 Western Michigan, 6-3, for its first conference win of the season and a series split, led by junior forward Kevin Conley’s first career hat trick and four-point night. The lone game not decided by three goals was in Oxford, where No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth held off Miami for a 3-2 win, scoring two power play goals to get the series split.
The lone NCHC team to complete a sweep on the weekend was Colorado College (4-3-1, 2-1-1-0 NCHC), which downed St. Cloud State, 5-2, Saturday on the road. It was CC’s first sweep of the Huskies (2-4-4, 0-2-0-0 NCHC) since 2010. Five different Tigers scored a goal in the win, with three coming in the second period, including the game-winner from freshman defenseman Brady Smith, which was his first career goal and put CC up 3-0. Both of SCSU’s goals in the loss came on the power play. The Tigers outshot the Huskies, 32-29, in the win.
No. 9/9 North Dakota (8-1-2, 3-0-1-1 NCHC) pushed its unbeaten streak to an NCAA-best seven games with a 4-1 win over No. 2/1 Denver at Magness Arena. It was UND’s first series win at Denver (8-2-2, 0-2-2-1 NCHC) since 2003. The Fighting Hawks struck twice in the first period with senior forward Cole Smith scoring the first of his two goals in the game, the first on the power play and the second short-handed in the second period, while junior defenseman Josh Rieger scored his first career goal in the first frame, as well, which was the game-winner. Sophomore goalie Adam Scheel totaled 27 saves and UND killed all six Denver power plays in the win, as the Pioneers outshot North Dakota, 28-22, despite the loss.
Junior forward Kevin Conley powered No. 19 Omaha (6-3-1, 1-1-0-0 NCHC) to double up No. 20 Western Michigan (6-4-2, 2-1-1-1 NCHC), 6-3, at Lawson Ice Arena as the Mavericks earned a series split and snapped WMU’s six-game unbeaten streak. Conley tallied a career-high four points, including his first career hat trick, for the Mavs, who scored two goals each period. Conley scored the game’s first two goals and added the game-winner in the second stanza to break a 3-3 tie. UNO went 2-for-3 on the power play and received two assists each from sophomore forward Tyler Weiss and freshman forward Ryan Brushett. WMU outshot Omaha, 29-24, despite the loss, and got two goals from junior forward Ethen Frank.
In the lone narrow contest of the night, No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth (5-4-1, 2-1-1-0 NCHC) salvaged a weekend split at Miami (3-6-2, 1-3-0-0 NCHC) with a 3-2 victory. Each team scored once in the first period, while UMD struck twice on the power play in the second stanza to get the win, as sophomore forward Noah Cates tallied the game-winner. Miami scored both of its goals on the power play, with the second coming late in the second period to close the gap to one at 3-2, but the RedHawks couldn’t find the equalizer in the final frame. UMD outshot Miami, 35-18, in the win.
Next weekend, all eight NCHC teams are in conference play once again. No. 2/1 Denver remains at home to host No. 20 Western Michigan in the lone top-20 series set for next weekend. No. 9/9 North Dakota returns home to host St. Cloud State riding a seven-game unbeaten streak, while Colorado College remains in Minnesota at No. 6/6 Minnesota Duluth. The final series of the weekend has Miami traveling west to No. 19 Omaha for a pair. All eight games next weekend can be seen on NCHC.tv.