Saturday, November 4, 2017 Scores
Western Michigan 7, No. 1/1 Denver 4
No. 2/2 St. Cloud State 5, No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth 0
Colorado College 2, Miami 1
No. 4/5 North Dakota 2, No. 7/7 Wisconsin 2 (OT)
Saturday night continued to provide excitement in National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) play as two teams earned sweeps, while the games also saw a furious third-period comeback, a shutout and a one-goal game. Western Michigan provided the biggest shock of the night, pouring in five goals in the third period to rally past No. 1/1 Denver for a 7-4 win, completing a sweep of the top-ranked team in the country at home. No. 2/2 St. Cloud State, which will likely become No. 1 next week, finished a sweep of in-state rival No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth with a 5-0 shutout in St. Cloud. Colorado College used a late goal in the second period to edge Miami, 2-1, and earn a split in Oxford. In non-conference play, No. 4/5 North Dakota overcame a one-goal deficit twice to earn a 2-2 overtime tie at No. 7/7 Wisconsin after a win on Friday.
After using a late third-period rally to upset top-ranked Denver on Friday, Western Michigan again used a third-period comeback to take down the No. 1 Pioneers on Saturday, scoring the game’s final five goals en route to a 7-4 victory at Lawson Ice Arena, completing a weekend sweep. Denver (4-2-2, 0-2-0-0 NCHC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period, but the Broncos (5-3-1, 2-0-0-0 NCHC) started their rally late in the second stanza when sophomore forward Wade Allison tallied twice in 1:13 to make it a one-goal game. After Denver added a power play goal in the third to make it 4-2, WMU really went to work, striking three times in a span of 43 seconds to grab a 5-4 lead. Allison then helped seal the victory with a power play goal to complete his first career hat trick, while the Broncos added an empty-netter in the closing minutes. Along with Allison, junior forward Colt Conrad also chipped in three points for WMU, scoring the first goal in the Broncos’ 43-second outburst while adding two assists as he now has points in all nine games this season. Junior forward Troy Terry dished out a trio of helpers for DU in the loss. Western Michigan outshot Denver, 35-19, in the win. WMU hits the road for two games at No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth next weekend, while the Pioneers return home for a clash with No. 2/2 St. Cloud State in NCHC play.
Following a hard-fought win on Friday night, No. 2/2 St. Cloud State used strong special teams to cruise to a 5-0 win over in-state rival No. 8/8 Minnesota Duluth Saturday afternoon at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, capping a weekend sweep. Freshman goaltender Dávid Hrenák earned his first collegiate shutout with a 29-save performance to improve to 3-0-0 on the season, while the Huskies (7-0-0, 2-0-0-0 NCHC) remained perfect on the season. A pair of power play goals from junior forwards Jacob Benson and Mikey Eyssimont put SCSU up 2-0 in the first period, while a short-handed marker from classmate Robby Jackson made it 3-0 midway through the second. The Huskies then tacked on two more tallies in the period, including one from senior forward Blake Winiecki. Winiecki, Benson and Eyssimont all also had an assist for two-point nights. Despite the loss, the Bulldogs (4-4-2, 0-2-0-0 NCHC) outshot the Huskies, 29-26, but SCSU went 2-for-3 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. St. Cloud State hits the road for two games at No. 1/1 Denver next weekend, while UMD heads home to host Western Michigan twice.
Striking twice in the second period, Colorado College overcame a first-period deficit to pick up a 2-1 win over Miami on Saturday at Steve Cady Arena as the teams spilt their weekend series. The RedHawks (4-4-0, 1-1-0-0 NCHC) opened the scoring with a goal from senior forward Conor Lemirande in the first frame, but the Tigers (6-4-0, 2-2-0-0 NCHC) roared back. Junior forward Tanner Ockey tied the game early in the second stanza, while classmate Westin Michaud scored the game-winner on the power play with only one-tenth of a second left in the middle period as neither team scored in the final frame. Miami outshot CC, 27-14, but sophomore Alex Leclerc compiled 26 saves to earn the win in net for the Tigers. The RedHawks were also 0-for-6 on the power play. CC returns home to host Omaha in NCHC play next weekend, while Miami heads west for two games at No. 4/5 North Dakota.
Overcoming a pair of one-goal deficits, No. 4/5 North Dakota picked up a 2-2 overtime tie on the road at No. 7/7 Wisconsin Saturday night at the Kohl Center. Sean Dhooghe put the Badgers (6-4-1) in front when he scored on a penalty shot in the first period, but freshman forward Collin Adams tallied for the second straight night to tie the game four minutes into the third period. After Jason Dhooghe regained the lead for Wisconsin, UND junior forward Shane Gersich answered six minutes later to pull the Fighting Hawks (6-2-2) level at 2-2, while neither team scored in overtime. North Dakota outshot the Badgers, 32-24, in the tie. UND returns to conference play next weekend, hosting Miami for two games.
Next weekend, all eight NCHC teams are in conference play for the first time all season. WMU visits Minnesota Duluth, while Miami heads out to face North Dakota. St. Cloud State visits Denver in a battle of the top-two teams in the country, while Omaha is the last team to open NCHC play, doing so at Colorado College. All eight NCHC games next weekend can be seen on NCHC.tv.
Extended individual game recaps, along with links to highlights, postgame comments, box scores and more, will be added below shortly.