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NCHC Round-Up: Friday, January 8

By NCHC, 01/08/21, 11:30PM EST


SCSU edges UMD to extend first-place lead; WMU downs Miami on the road

Friday, January 8, 2021 Scores

  • Western Michigan 4, Miami 1
  • No. 6/7 St. Cloud State 4, No. 5/5 Minnesota Duluth 3

Western Michigan 4, Miami 1

OXFORD, Ohio - After giving up the first goal, Western Michigan reeled off four straight goals to down Miami, 4-1, Friday night in the series opener at Steve Cady Arena. The Broncos exacted some revenge after the RedHawks swept WMU in Kalamazoo last weekend.

Sophomore Ryan Savage opened the scoring for Miami on the power play early in the game, but in the closing seconds of the first frame fellow sophomore Ronnie Attard back-handed in a loose puck to tie the game. Two power play goals from the Broncos then put the game out of reach, with senior Josh Passolt's the game-winner in the second stanza, while freshman Ty Glover potted his first career goal in the third period on the man advantage.

The Broncos outshot Miami, 37-17, with freshman Alex Aslanidis earning his first win in goal with 16 stops. Miami freshman Ludvig Persson turned aside 33 shots, while allowing three goals.

The former CCHA foes complete their two-game series in Oxford and four meetings in eight days Saturday evening at 5:05 p.m. ET.

No. 6/7 St. Cloud State 4, No. 5/5 Minnesota Duluth 3

DULUTH, Minn. - Senior Kevin Fitzgerald scored in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and lift No. 6/7 St. Cloud State to a 4-3 victory over No. 5/5 Minnesota Duluth Friday at AMSOIL Arena.

The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first frame, before the Bulldogs stormed back with three goals in the second period to grab a 3-2 lead. The first collegiate goals for Luke Mylymok and Blake Biondi 41 seconds apart tied it for UMD, while senior Nick Swaney put the Bulldogs ahead later in the second stanza. 

With 1:01 left in the second period, Nolan Walker poked in a loose puck in a scrum to tie the game for SCSU heading into the third period. Fitzgerald then scored the game-winner on a redirect 2:29 into the final frame.

With the win, the Huskies move five points clear of UMD in first place in the NCHC, while the Bulldogs remain tied with North Dakota in second place. The in-state rivals wrap up four games in eight days Saturday night at 6:07 p.m. CT.