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UMD, SCSU Complete Sweeps to Stay Perfect in NCHC Play

By NCHC, 11/10/18, 11:00PM EST


Miami holds off UND for series split; Omaha downs WMU for road split

Saturday, November 10, 2018 Scores
No. 2/2 St. Cloud State 4, No. 5/5 Denver 3
No. 1/1 Minnesota Duluth 5, Colorado College 1
No. 19 Miami 3, No. 11/11 North Dakota 2
Omaha 4, Western Michigan 2

The top two teams in the country showed why they’re ranked that high, completing sweeps in conference play, while the other two NCHC series this weekend resulted in splits. Top-ranked Minnesota Duluth rolled past Colorado College, 5-1, Saturday, to extend its wins streak to an NCAA-best eight games in its first NCHC series of the season. Second-ranked St. Cloud State rallied for the second straight night to top No. 5/5 Denver by the same 4-3 score to also complete a weekend sweep and improve to 4-0 in NCHC play. In Oxford, No. 19 Miami held off a late rally from No. 11/11 North Dakota to edge the Fighting Hawks, 3-2, and earn a series split, while Omaha was the lone road team to win Saturday in the NCHC, scoring three times in the first frame to top Western Michigan, 4-2, and also pick up a weekend split.

Next weekend, seven of eight NCHC teams are in action, with three conference series on the docket and one non-conference match-up. In another top-5 tilt, No. 5/5 Denver hosts top-ranked Minnesota Duluth in a battle between the last two national champions. No. 11/11 North Dakota plays its first home conference series of the season when they welcome Western Michigan for two games, while No. 19 Miami also heads west for a pair at Colorado College. In non-conference action, No. 2/2 St. Cloud State entertains in-state rival Bemidji State for two games. All eight games can be seen on Both UMD games at Denver can also be seen on regional TV on Altitude 2 and in Canada on TSN2 Friday and the TSN App Saturday, while Saturday’s Bemidji State at SCSU game is on FOX Sports North PLUS and FOX College Sports Pacific.

Individual game summaries, along with links to box scores, highlights and more, are below.


Box Score | Highlights

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - For the second straight night, No. 2/2 St. Cloud State erased a two-goal deficit to down No. 5/5 Denver by the same 4-3 score Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, completing a sweep of the Pioneers. Denver (5-2-1, 2-2-0-0 NCHC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from freshman Cole Guttman and junior Liam Finlay, but freshman forward Nick Perbix’s first career goal for SCSU cut the Huskies’ deficit in half after 20 minutes. Two power play goals in the second stanza put the Huskies (9-1-0, 4-0-0-0 NCHC) in front, while Guttman’s second goal of the night late in the middle period knotted the game once again. Sophomore forward Kevin Fitzgerald then tallied the game-winner midway through the final frame, burying a feed in the slot after junior Jack Ahcan circled the net. SCSU outshot Denver, 41-18, in the victory and was 2-for-9 on the power play. The Huskies remain at home next weekend to host Bemidji State in non-conference play, while Denver returns home to welcome top-ranked Minnesota Duluth.


Box Score | Highlights

DULUTH, Minn. – Behind three points from junior Riley Tufte and two goals from sophomore Nick Swaney, top-ranked Minnesota Duluth rolled to a 5-1 win over Colorado College on Saturday at AMSOIL Arena to complete a NCHC-opening sweep and extend its win streak to eight games. Swaney opened the scoring only 2:08 into the game, knocking in his own rebound, while Tufte earned an assist. Fellow sophomore Justin Richards then buried the eventual game-winner with a minute left in the first frame to double the lead. Senior captain Parker Mackay made it 3-0 only 26 ticks into the second stanza, before the Tigers (4-5-1, 0-4-0-0 NCHC) finally broke through with a power play goal from junior Nick Halloran. Swaney and Tufte each added goals to close the second period, with Tufte setting up Swaney’s second goal of the night, to seal the victory for UMD (8-1-1, 2-0-0-0 NCHC). The Bulldogs outshot the Tigers, 38-16, in the win, including 20-3 in the first frame. UMD heads west for two games at No. 5/5 Denver next weekend, while CC returns to Colorado to host No. 19 Miami for a pair.

No. 19 MIAMI 3, NO. 11/11 NORTH DAKOTA 2

Box Score | Highlights

OXFORD, Ohio – A two-goal third period powered No. 19 Miami to a 3-2 win over No. 11/11 North Dakota, holding off the Fighting Hawks Saturday night to earn a series split at Steve Cady Arena. The RedHawks (8-4-0, 2-2-0-0 NCHC) jumped in front when senior forward and captain Josh Melnick buried a rebound on the power play in the first period. The score remained that way until the third period when sophomore Jordan Kawaguchi tied the game up with a top-shelf wrister early in the final frame for his first goal of the season. Miami responded, however, as sophomore Casey Gilling restored the lead midway through the third and junior Karch Bachman doubled the MU advantage when he gathered a faceoff draw and sped the other way for a breakaway. UND (5-3-1, 1-1-0-0 NCHC) attempted to rally late as Kawaguchi scored his second of the night with an extra attacker for his first multi-goal game, but the Fighting Hawks couldn’t get the equalizer in the closing seconds. Despite the loss, UND outshot Miami, 38-23, but junior Ryan Larkin made 36 saves to earn the win in net. The RedHawks head west for two games at Colorado College next weekend, while North Dakota returns home to host Western Michigan.



Box Score | Highlights

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Behind a three-goal first period, Omaha earned its second straight NCHC series split with a 4-2 victory over Western Michigan Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena. The Broncos (4-6-0, 1-3-0-0 NCHC) jumped in front early when sophomore Austin Rueschhoff poked the puck free from an Omaha defenseman and went top shelf on a breakaway, but the Mavericks (2-7-1, 2-2-0-0 NCHC) roared back with the next three goals. Junior defenseman Dean Stewart struck on the power play to tie the game, while fellow junior Tristan Keck and senior Steven Spinner scored in a span of two minutes to close the first frame and put Omaha on top for good. After a scoreless middle period, freshman defenseman Mattias Samuelsson brought WMU within one at 3-2 on a blast after a turnover early in the final frame, but an empty-net goal late sealed UNO’s win. Omaha finished with a slight, 30-29, edge in shots on goal. WMU travels to No. 11/11 North Dakota for two games next weekend, while Omaha is off next weekend before hosting Arizona State Nov. 23-24.