Jan 19, 2014 4:41 PM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After all five games involving National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) teams went to overtime on Friday, only one required extra time Saturday, while Nebraska Omaha and Western Michigan earned league wins on the road and North Dakota won a non-conference game at home. WMU completed a five-point weekend by edging No. 4/3 St. Cloud State, which remains in first place, 2-1 in St. Cloud, while Omaha received a hat trick from junior Josh Archibald to topple Miami in Oxford, 5-1. In the third conference game, Minnesota Duluth and No. 16 Denver tied 2-2 in overtime but UMD picked up the extra point in the standings with a 2-1 shootout win.
In non-conference play, North Dakota downed its old WCHA rival Bemidji State, 4-2, in Grand Forks, after the two tied in Bemidji Friday. Colorado College, meanwhile, suffered a 7-2 loss at the hands of No. 7/7 Providence in Colorado Springs.
WESTERN MICHIGAN 2, No. 4/3 ST. CLOUD STATE 1
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Senior forward Shane Berschbach scored the game-winning goal in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and lift Western Michigan to a 2-1 upset of No. 4/3 St. Cloud State Saturday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. With the win, the Broncos (12-8-4, 6-5-1-1 NCHC) extended their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) with five of the games coming against top-15 teams, while also taking five of six points on the weekend from the Huskies (12-4-4, 7-3-2-0 NCHC), who remain in first place in the NCHC standings.
In addition to Berschbach, sophomore goaltender Lukas Hafner made 32 saves, including double digit stops each period, to pick up the win in net as SCSU outshot WMU, 33-19 on the night. The Broncos also killed all six St. Cloud State power plays while going 0-for-3 on the power play themselves. Junior netminder Ryan Faragher took the loss in goal for the Huskies with 17 saves.
The teams traded goals in the opening period as junior forward Will Kessel opened the scoring 7:10 into the game to put WMU in front, 1-0. With 3:02 remaining in the first frame, sophomore forward Kalle Kossila tied the game for the Huskies, scoring for the second straight night. The game remained even through 40 minutes, despite SCSU outshooting the Broncos 23-13 in the first two periods. Just 4:39 into the final stanza, Berschbach found the back of the net for the second straight game off feeds from sophomore defenseman Kenney Morrison and Hafner. SCSU had a power play in the closing minutes and pulled Faragher over the final 1:10 for an extra attacker, but despite lots of pressure around the net, was unable to find the equalizer as Western Michigan held on for the 2-1 win.
The Broncos, who are idle next weekend, look to continue their winning ways in two weeks when they host Minnesota Duluth Jan. 31-Feb. 1, while St. Cloud State tries to get back on track at the North Star Cup in Minneapolis as they face No. 1/1 Minnesota Jan. 24 and either Minnesota State or fellow NCHC foe Minnesota Duluth a night later.
NEBRASKA OMAHA 5, MIAMI 1
OXFORD, Ohio - Nebraska Omaha scored five unanswered goals, including a hat trick from junior forward Josh Archibald, to take down Miami, 5-1, Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena. With the win, the Mavericks (9-11-2, 6-4-2-1 NCHC) snapped a seven-game winless streak and earned four points on the weekend after tying the RedHawks (9-10-3, 3-8-1-1 NCHC) Friday, 2-2.
Neither team was able to score in the opening 20 minutes, despite an 11-5 edge in shots for Omaha. Miami broke the deadlock just 1:24 into the second stanza when freshman forward Devin Loe punched in a loose puck. The Mavs took control of the contest from there as Archibald notched his first goal of the night with 7:45 left in the middle period to tie the game, while senior forward Johnnie Searfoss scored the eventual game-winner a little over three minutes later.
Omaha then added three goals in the third period, all on the same major power play in a span of just over four minutes. Archibald made it 3-1 midway through the final frame while just 23 ticks later freshman forward Austin Ortega made it 4-1. Archibald then capped his hat trick with 6:09 remaining on a two-man advantage. Senior forward Ryan Walters assisted on the final two UNO goals while junior forward Dominic Zombo also tallied a pair of helpers. Archibald now leads the NCHC with 17 goals on the year, which ranks third nationally, while it was his second career hat trick and first this year.
Special teams proved to be the difference as Omaha went 3-for-7 on the man advantage while killing all seven of Miami's power plays. UNO also held a slight, 28-26 edge in shots on goal and received 25 saves from junior goaltender Ryan Massa, who collected the win in net. Miami sophomore netminder Jay Williams finished with 23 saves while suffering the loss. The Mavericks are off next weekend before hosting No. 4/3 St. Cloud State Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Omaha, while the RedHawks head west next weekend to face Colorado College Jan. 24-25 in NCHC action.
MINNESOTA DULUTH 2, No. 16 DENVER 2 (OT)
Minnesota Duluth wins shootout, 2-1, in four rounds
DULUTH, Minn. - Both Minnesota Duluth and No. 16 Denver received strong goaltending while the two teams traded goals en route to a 2-2 overtime tie before the Bulldogs earned the extra point in the standings with a 2-1 shootout win Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena. The shootout was the first ever in NCHC action for UMD (9-9-2, 5-6-1-1 NCHC) as the Bulldogs picked up two points while the Pioneers (12-7-5, 6-4-2-1 NCHC) still earned four points on the weekend after winning in overtime on Friday.
Freshman forward Alex Iafallo tallied both goals for UMD, his second multi-goal game this season, including the game's first goal 7:29 into the first period off a feed from junior forward Adam Krause. The score remained 1-0 after 40 minutes until junior forward Ty Loney tied the game for DU just 2:55 into the final frame. Iafallo put the Bulldogs back in front with 6:30 remaining in regulation, again off an assist from Krause, who finished with a pair of assists. The lead only lasted 1:18 as sophomore forward Quentin Shore, who scored the game-winner for Denver in overtime Friday night, knotted the game at 2-2 with his second goal of the weekend, forcing overtime.
After a scoreless overtime that saw DU outshoot UMD, 4-3, during the extra five minutes, the game headed to a shootout. Iafallo continued his big night, scoring in round one, while DU sophomore defenseman Nolan Zajac extended the shootout with a goal in the third round. Junior forward Caleb Herbert then scored in the next round for the Bulldogs while Minnesota Duluth senior goaltender Aaron Crandall denied freshman forward Trevor Moore to seal the shootout 2-1 in four rounds, and earn the extra point in the standings for UMD.
The Bulldogs finished with a 42-36 advantage in shots on goal and received 34 saves from Crandall, who collected the win in net. Denver senior netminder Sam Brittain suffered the loss, despite making 40 saves, including 16 in the third period. The teams were a combined 0-for-4 on the power play, three of which were Pioneer power plays. Minnesota Duluth heads to the North Star Cup in Minneapolis next weekend, facing Minnesota State Jan. 24 and either fellow NCHC foe St. Cloud State or Minnesota on Jan. 25. Denver, meanwhile, hosts long-time rival No. 20 North Dakota next weekend in a key NCHC showdown Jan. 24-25 between second-place teams.
No. 20 NORTH DAKOTA 4, BEMIDJI STATE 2
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - No. 20 North Dakota jumped out to a 2-0 lead and received goals from four different scorers en route to a 4-2 non-conference win over its former WCHA foe Bemidji State Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. With the win, UND (12-7-3, 7-5-0-0 NCHC) extended its unbeaten streak to nine games, going 8-0-1 during that time, with the lone tie coming to the Beavers (7-12-7, 7-7-4 WCHA) Friday night, 1-1, in Bemidji.
UND scored two goals in less than a minute to grab an early lead as junior forward Connor Gaarder opened the scoring 6:27 into the game while junior defenseman Andrew Panzarella made it 2-0 55 ticks later with his first career goal. BSU closed the gap to one five minutes later when Cory Ward scored unassisted. North Dakota regained its two-goal cushion just 1:13 into the second stanza when senior forward Derek Rodwell tallied the eventual game-winner. Junior forward Michael Parks then made it 4-1 off classmate Mark MacMillan's second assist of the night just under seven minutes into the middle period. Markus Gerbrandt added a power play goal later in the second period to pull the Beavers within two after two periods. BSU managed just three shots on goal in the third period however, even pulling its goalie for the extra attacker the final two minutes, as neither team found the back of the net in the final frame.
North Dakota finished with a 33-17 advantage in shots on goal, including 15-4 in the first period. Sophomore netminder Zane Gothberg collected the win in net for UND with 15 stops, while goaltender Andrew Walsh suffered the loss for the Beavers, despite 29 saves. BSU went 1-for-4 on the power play while killing all five North Dakota power plays, but it wasn't enough in the 4-2 UND win. North Dakota returns to NCHC play next weekend, traveling to No. 16 Denver Jan. 24-25 for a series between teams tied for second place in the standings.
No. 7/7 PROVIDENCE 7, COLORADO COLLEGE 2
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Behind a five-goal second period, No. 7/7 Providence broke open a tight game to down Colorado College, 7-2, Saturday night at World Arena in non-conference action. The Friars (14-5-5, 6-4-1 HEA) and Tigers (2-16-4, 2-7-3-1 NCHC) tied on Friday, 2-2.
Providence received goals from seven different players in the game, starting with Brandon Tanev just 1:09 into the contest. CC tied it up 11:17 into the opening period when senior forward Alexander Krushelnyski weaved through the defense and back-handed the puck into the net, giving him a goal in three straight games. The second period was all Friars, however, as PC scored five straight goals starting with Conor MacPhee and Shane Luke in the first 4:08 of the stanza. Noel Acciari, who also had two assists in the game, and John Gilmour then added power play tallies a minute apart midway through the period while Drew Brown capped the outburst for Providence with 5:59 left in the frame.
Freshman forward Alex Roos, who had two points on the night after assisting on Krushelnyski's goal, notched the Tigers' second goal with 4:04 to play in the second period, making the score 6-2. Krushelnyski also assisted on Roos' goal as he now has six points in his last three games with a goal and an assist in each contest. Providence tacked on its last goal early in the final frame to cap the 7-2 win.
Despite the loss, Colorado College outshot the Friars, 30-24, including 23-13 in the first and third periods combined. PC received strong goaltending from Jon Gillies, who totaled 28 saves to earn the win in net, while senior netminder Josh Thorimbert took the loss, allowing five goals while making 10 saves in 30 minutes of action. Junior Courtney Lockwood replaced Thorimbert mid-game and finished with seven stops for the Tigers. Providence went 2-for-5 on the man advantage while killing all six CC power plays, three of which came in the first period. Colorado College remains at home next weekend as the Tigers return to NCHC play hosting Miami, Jan. 24-25.