Saturday, February 8, 2020 Scores
Two of the three series involving NCHC teams this weekend resulted in sweeps, as No. 6/7 Minnesota Duluth earned a conference sweep, while Western Michigan finished off a non-conference sweep. The Bulldogs pulled away from Omaha for a 4-1 win at home to finish their sweep, while the Broncos downed RPI, 6-2, for their broom job. In the other NCHC game Saturday, St. Cloud State rallied for the second straight night, forcing a 2-2 overtime tie with Colorado College, but the Tigers earned the extra NCHC point in a shootout.
No. 6/7 MINNESOTA DULUTH 4, OMAHA 1
Behind strong goaltending and a key play at the end of the second period, No. 6/7 Minnesota Duluth pulled away from Omaha for a 4-1 win Saturday at AMSOIL Arena to finish off a sweep and win their ninth straight over the Mavericks. With the game tied 1-1 and time winding down in the second period, Omaha created a golden scoring chance on a rebound, but UMD senior goalie Hunter Shepard stuck his paddle out to make a highlight-reel save, which then led to an outlet pass and breakaway, finished by sophomore forward Tanner Laderoute for the game-winner with 17 ticks left in the second stanza. UMD senior Jade Miller then tallied his first goal of the season early in the third period off an assist from Laderoute, while an empty-netter sealed the Bulldog sweep. UMD outshot Omaha, 39-32, in the win.
COLORADO COLLEGE 2, ST. CLOUD STATE 2 (OT)
For the second straight night, St. Cloud State erased a two-goal deficit at Colorado College to force overtime, but on Saturday, the game ended in a 2-2 tie (SCSU won in OT Friday), with the Tigers earning the extra conference point in a shootout at the Broadmoor World Arena. Sophomore forward Ben Copeland opened the scoring for CC late in the first period, splitting the defense for a breakaway, while the Tigers doubled their lead with a short-handed goal from freshman Josiah Slavin in the second period. The Huskies got on the board late in the middle period with sophomore forward Nolan Walker’s first goal of the season, while SCSU tied the game with less than four minutes to go in regulation when junior forward Easton Brodzinski finished a one-timer in front of the net on the power play. After two scoreless overtimes, sophomore Grant Cruikshank tallied for CC in the first round of the shootout, while freshman goalie Matt Vernon made a save on Walker to snag the extra standings point.
WESTERN MICHIGAN 6, RPI 2
Western Michigan’s offense continued to roll in a 6-2 win over RPI Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena, completing a weekend sweep. The game was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, but WMU struck three times in the first 3:44 of the second stanza to blow the game open. After RPI made it 4-2, the Broncos then tacked on two goals 11 ticks apart late in the third period to seal the win. Senior defenseman Cam Lee paced the offense with his first two goals of the season and tied a career high with three points. Sophomore forward Drew Worrad chipped in three assists for WMU. The Broncos were 2-for-4 on the power play in the win and outshot RPI, 35-23.
Five NCHC teams are once again in action next weekend with two conference series and one non-conference series. Both NCHC series next weekend feature rivalries as a top-10 showdown takes place in Grand Forks where top-ranked North Dakota hosts No. 7/5 Denver after both were idle this weekend, while Miami entertains Western Michigan for their first meetings of the season. The lone non-conference series is also a rivalry as the Pikes Peak Trophy is at stake when cross-town foes Colorado College and Air Force collide, first Friday night at Broadmoor World Arena, then next Monday night outdoors at the Academy’s Falcon Stadium.