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Saturday Round-Up: SCSU Completes Sweep of Beavers, Omaha Blanks SLU

By NCHC, 01/01/22, 11:38PM EST


SCSU tops Bemidji State, 5-2; Saville backstops UNO to 5-0 win; Denver ties Alaska, 4-4

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 Scores

  • U.S. U-18 Team 2, at No. 5/5 North Dakota 0 (exhibition) 
  • No. 14/15 Omaha 5, at St. Lawrence 0
  • at No. 7/7 St. Cloud State 5, Bemidji State 2
  • No. 1/1 Minnesota State 3, at No. 6/5 Minnesota Duluth 0
  • Alaska 4, at No. 8/8 Denver 4 (OT) 


The first day of 2022 saw five NCHC teams in action, including four in non-conference play. NCHC teams combined to post a 2-1-1 record in those non-conference games, with St. Cloud State completing a sweep of Bemidji State and Omaha blanking St. Lawrence on the road. In addition, Denver tied Alaska, while Minnesota Duluth fell to Minnesota State in a top-6 match-up.

No. 7/7 SCSU scored four power-play goals and struck four times in the second period to down BSU, 5-2. With the win, the Huskies completed a home-and-home sweep of the Beavers after a 4-1 win Friday in Bemidji.

Junior goalie Isaiah Saville recorded his fourth shutout of the season to backstop No. 14/15 Omaha to a 5-0 win at St. Lawrence. The Mavericks earn a series split with the win, while finishing 10-2-0 in non-conference play this season.

No. 8/8 Denver led Alaska multiple times, but the Nanooks rallied each time to earn a 4-4 overtime tie at Magness Arena. While DU is no longer perfect at home this season, the Pioneers are still unbeaten at Magness (8-0-1) on the season. It was the 14th time this season Denver has scored at least four goals.

No. 6/5 Minnesota Duluth dropped a 3-0 decision to top-ranked Minnesota State in Duluth in the finale of their home-and-home series. The Mavericks completed the sweep with an empty-net goal from UMD head coach Scott Sandelin's son, Ryan. In exhibition play, No. 5/5 North Dakota fell to the U.S. Under-18 Team, 2-0, in Grand Forks.

Individual game recaps and box scores are below.

No. 7/7 St. Cloud State 5, Bemidji State 2

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 7 St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey (12-6-0, 4-4-0 NCHC) scored four power play goals en route to a 5-2 win and series sweep over Bemidji State (10-10, 8-4 CCHA) on Saturday evening at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. For the second time in as many games, senior forward Sam Hentges scored the first goal of the game for the Huskies, while sophomore forward Veeti Miettinen recorded a pair of goals.

The Huskies led the nation in power play percentage heading into the weekend, and its lead will only increase after converting 4-of-8 power play chances on Saturday. In the game, 10 Huskies scored, including a team-leading three points (two goals, one assist) from Miettinen.


No. 14/15 Omaha 5, St. Lawrence 0

CANTON, N.Y. – No. 14/15 Omaha matched its single-season program record with its 10th nonconference win by posting a 5-0 shutout of St. Lawrance Saturday at Appleton Arena.

Brannon McManus tallied two goals and an assist as the Mavericks (14-6) moved to 10-2 in nonconference play to equal the mark set by the 2015-16 team, which went 10-0 that season.

Omaha was in control of its 10th nonconference win from the first period. And it put the Saints (5-9-4) away by building a 4-0 advantage one night after dropping a game in which it doubled SLU's chances.


No. 8/8 Denver 4, Alaska 4 (OT)

DENVER – The No. 8 University of Denver hockey team wrapped up its weekend series against the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks with a 4-4 tie on Saturday night at Magness Arena.

Senior Brett Stapley tied a career high with four points—tallying and adding three assists—while freshman Jack Devine set a new personal best with three points (goal and two assists) in the game. Devine nearly added another point on the night as he initially scored during the 3-on-3 overtime, but it was disallowed as an official video review determined that Devine played the puck with a high stick.

Mike Benning and Reid Irwin also scored for the Pioneers, and goaltender Magnus Chrona made 17 saves.

Denver (12-5-1, 5-3-0) remains unbeaten at home this season, with the Pios now sporting an 8-0-1 mark at Magness Arena.


No. 1/1 Minnesota State 3, No. 6/5 Minnesota Duluth 0

DULUTH, Minn. - The No. 6 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs fell to the No. 1 Minnesota State Mavericks by a score of 3-0 on Saturday evening in Duluth. The loss drops UMD to 11-8-1 overall and gives them a 7-5 non-conference record on the season. Ryan Fanti got the start again for the Bulldogs and turned in a 23 save performance on the evening.

The Mavericks scored their first two goals in the second period and sealed the sweep of UMD with an empty-net goal. Minnesota State outshot the Bulldogs, 26-23, in the contest.


U.S. U-18 Team 2, No. 5/5 North Dakota 0 (exh.)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- It was difficult to tell Saturday what was colder, the morning temperature in Grand Forks (minus 31 below zero) or the play on the ice Saturday afternoon of the University of North Dakota hockey team.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team put the Fighting Hawks in the offensive deep freeze at Ralph Engelstad Arena, skating away with a 2-0 victory, the program's first win over a UND team in 11 tries over the years in exhibition action.


Next Up:

Seven NCHC teams are in action next week, starting Tuesday with Miami completing a home-and-home, non-conference series with Mercyhurst. Puck drop is set for 6:05 p.m. ET in Oxford, with the game on

Next weekend, six teams face conference foes, while No. 5/5 North Dakota battles No. 9/9 Cornell in a top-10 non-conference series in Grand Forks. In NCHC action, in-state rivals collide as St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth meet in St. Cloud, while Omaha hosts Denver and Miami welcomes Colorado College for a pair. Friday's DU at Omaha game is on TV on CBS Sports Network, while the other seven games next weekend can be seen on