Friday, November 22, 2019 Scores
All four NCHC games Friday night came down to the wire, with two games decided by one goal, one decided by two (including an empty-netter) and the fourth needing 3-on-3 overtime. Stretching its unbeaten streak to an NCAA-best eight games (7-0-1), No. 5/6 North Dakota doubled up St. Cloud State, 4-2, behind a pair of goals from freshman forward Shane Pinto to remain in first place and perfect at home this season. In a thrilling game in Duluth, No. 9/10 Minnesota Duluth scored with 18 seconds remaining in regulation to break a 3-3 tie and edge Colorado College, 4-3, as junior defenseman Scott Perunovich set up all four UMD goals. The lone road team to win Friday night was No. 20 Western Michigan, which struck twice in the first period and held off No. 4/4 Denver for a 2-1 win to keep DU winless in conference play. In another exciting game with a wild finish, No. 18 Omaha scored twice in the final minute of regulation to rally for a 3-3 tie against Miami, though the RedHawks earned the extra conference point in 3-on-3 overtime.
No. 5/6 NORTH DAKOTA 4, ST. CLOUD STATE 2
Improving to 8-0-0 at home this season, No. 5/6 North Dakota doubled up St. Cloud State, 4-2, Friday at Ralph Engelstad Arena to stretch its unbeaten streak eight games (7-0-1), the longest active unbeaten streak in the country. Freshman forward Shane Pinto tallied two goals, the first two of the game, for his first career multi-goal game as a Fighting Hawk, while junior forward Collin Adams scored the game-winner for UND in the second period. North Dakota (9-1-2, 4-0-1-1 NCHC) outshot the Huskies (2-5-4, 0-3-0-0 NCHC), 34-19, in the win, and sealed the victory with an empty-netter in the final two minutes.
No. 20 WESTERN MICHIGAN 2, No. 4/4 DENVER 1
The lone road team to win Friday night was No. 20 Western Michigan, which also doubled up its opponent, edging No. 4/4 Denver, 2-1, at Magness Arena. The Broncos (7-4-2, 3-1-1-1 NCHC) scored both their goals in the first period, with sophomore defenseman Mattias Samuelsson scoring the first on a wrister and junior forward Ethen Frank back-handing in a loose puck for the game-winner. Senior forward Hugh McGing and sophomore forward Rhett Kingston assisted on both WMU goals. DU (8-3-2, 0-3-2-1 NCHC) closed within one midway through the second stanza, but freshman goalie Brandon Bussi totaled 35 saves in the game to secure the win for the Broncos.
No. 9/10 MINNESOTA DULUTH 4, COLORADO COLLEGE 3
In an exciting, back-and-forth affair at AMSOIL Arena, No. 9/10 Minnesota Duluth struck last to edge Colorado College, 4-3. Sophomore forward Cole Koepke scored the game-winning goal on the power play with only 18 seconds remaining in regulation to break a 3-3 tie. The Tigers (4-4-1, 2-2-1-0 NCHC) had just pulled even less than two minutes earlier with an extra attacker when senior forward Nick Halloran scored his second goal of the game. After a scoreless first, CC took a 2-1 lead in the second period, but UMD rallied in the final frame with junior defenseman Scott Perunovich assisting on all four UMD goals. The Bulldogs (6-4-1, 3-1-1-0 NCHC) finished 3-for-5 on the power play and outshot the Tigers, 47-25.
MIAMI 3, No. 18 OMAHA 3 (OT - MU WINS 3X3 OT)
In another thrilling game, No. 18 Omaha scored twice in the final minute of regulation to force a 3-3 overtime tie against Miami at Baxter Arena. With the RedHawks (3-6-3, 1-3-1-1 NCHC) ahead 3-1, senior forward Zach Jordan and junior forward Kevin Conley both scored with an extra attacker, including the tying goal with 10 seconds left in the third period for the Mavericks (6-3-2, 1-1-1-0 NCHC). Miami did earn the extra conference point in 3-on-3 overtime as freshman forward Ryan Savage scored on the power play. Savage also had a hand in Miami’s three regulation goals with a goal and two assists. Omaha outshot Miami, 27-22, in the tie.
All four series conclude Saturday night and all four games can be seen on NCHC.tv. Three games start at 7:07 p.m. CT, while the WMU-Denver series concludes an hour later.