WCHA roundup: Denver whips Air Force

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No. 15 Denver 7, Air Force 1

USAFA, Colo. – Junior co-captain Drew Shore and senior Luke Salazar scored two goals each and freshman Ty Loney  recorded a career-best three points as No. 15 Denver dominated in-state rival Air Force in a 7-1 win Saturday night at Cadet Ice Arena.

Freshman Juho Olkinuora  stopped 28 shots and Loney, junior Chris Knowlton of Colorado Springs and freshman Joey LaLeggia added goals as Denver (10-7-3) wins back-to-back games for the first time since November. Drew Shore, John Lee and Nick Shore added two assists each for Denver.

“We really played well tonight and I’m proud of our guys for earning two victories this weekend,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “A number of our players turned in their best performances in a while and Juho was great in net.”

After Paul Weisgarber goal at 5:49 of the third, Salazar netted his second goal into an empty net at 11:27 as the Falcons pulled Jason Torf to create a 6-on-3 advantage after multiple DU penalties.

Knowlton iced the win on the power play at 13:37 and LaLeggia added his eighth goal at 16:07 to close out the scoring. Zack Hope  made his collegiate debut in relief of Olkinuora at 3:53 of the third period and made three saves.

DU was outshot 32-26, but went 3-for-4 on the power play. DU held the Falcons scoreless on seven man-advantage opportunities.

The Pioneers, now 31-3 all-time against Air Force, continue nonconference action against Alabama-Huntsville on Jan. 6-7.

North Dakota 7, Harvard 3

GRAND FORKS — Junior forward Danny Kristo had two goals and an assist while freshman forward Connor Gaarder added a goal and two assists to help North Dakota earn a 7-3 win against Harvard on Saturday at Engelstad Arena.

Bemidji State 2, Bowling Green 1

BEMIDJI — A breakaway goal with one second remaining in the second period from junior forward David Boehm proved to be the game winner as Bemidji State prevailed, 2-1, against Bowling Green on Saturday at Sanford Center.

Nebraska-Omaha 4, Quinnipiac 1

OMAHA — The UNO Mavericks got a three-point night from Jayson Megna and two-point nights from three other players on their way to a 4-1 win over Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center.

Northeastern 3, No. 2 Minnesota 2

After topping Niagara 5-1 on Friday, the No. 2-ranked Minnesota men’s hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision to Northeastern in the Mariucci Classic championship game on Saturday night. Husky goaltender Chris Rawlings stopped 31 shots to help give NU its second Mariucci Classic title.

Already shorthanded without the services of U.S. World Junior Championship team members Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau, the Gophers afforded NU 12 power-play chances, including three three-on-two opportunities.

After a scoreless first period and Seth Helgeson penalty early in the second, sophomore Nate Condon scored his second shorthanded goal of the year. Condon used his speed to break free from two Northeastern defenders and snapped a shot past Rawlings to break the deadlock 55 seconds into the period.

Wisconsin 4, USA U-18 3 (exhibition)

MADISON — Junior forward Derek Lee scored a goal and added an assist to help the Wisconsin Badgers skate to a 4-3 exhibition win against the US Under-18 Team on Saturday night at Kohl Center.

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CC’s defense shines in 2-1 win over No. 10 Union

A stellar team defensive performance proved to be the catalyst for No. 5-ranked Colorado College’s 2-1 nonconference win over No. 10 Union before an announced crowd of 5,882 fans at the World Arena on New Year’s Eve night.

“I thought both team’s defenses were good tonight,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said, “When you’re taking on the top-rated defensive team in the country you know it will be a tight, one-goal game.”

Union came into the game allowing only a Division I-best 1.94 goals, but it was CC’s defense that proved decisive.

A hard check along the boards led to Colorado College’s opening goal early in the second period.

Freshman defender Peter Stoykewych collided with a Union wing, forcing a turnover that was hauled in by sophomore wing Dakota Eveland. He passed across ice to junior defenseman Mike Boivin, who then sent a long pass forward to senior center David Civitarese just before he crossed the Union blue line.

He split the two Dutchmen defenders and charged toward the Union net. He beat sprawling sophomore goalie Troy Grosenick with a backhander with 14:35 left in the second for the 1-0 lead.

Boivin’s assist gave him a point in a team-high 14 games, one ahead of junior Rylan Schwartz (13) and two ahead of sophomore Jaden Schwartz (12).

A Dutchmen turnover led to a goal for senior captain Nick Dineen, who scored from the slot with 1:01 left in the second to make it 2-0 Tigers (12-6-0, 9-5-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association).

It proved to be the game-winner after Union junior wing Wayne Simpson scored with 39.7 seconds left in the third with the Grosenick pulled for the extra attacker.

CC sophomore goalie Josh Thorimbert made 20 saves in a solid performance to improve to 7-2-0 on the season. Union fell to 9-5-5, 3-2-2 ECAC after losing to No. 15 Denver 3-1 on Friday.

“Josh was great tonight,” Boivin said.

The Tigers’ back checking and sound play from the blue-liners kept a good Union offensive team (17th in Division I) under control.

“The forwards, led by David Civitarese, did a good job getting back in support,” Owens  said. “We knew we had to play that way. Even then we were worried for the final 40 seconds because they can put six dangerous players out there.”

The win garners CC a split on the nonconference weekend after falling 2-1 to crosstown foe Air Force.

“It doesn’t take the sting completely away from Friday but this win will help us later this season in the Pairwise (rankings),” Owens said.

Colorado College hosts No. 13-ranked Cornell Jan. 6-7.

CC 2, Union 1 BOX

No. 5 Colorado College 2, No. 10 Union 1

Union 0          0          1          –1

Colorado College        0          2          0          –2

First period – None. Penalties –  Union, Vasaturo, boarding, 6:46; CC, Hall, goalie interference, 7:40; Union, Coburn, holding, 15:31.

Second period – 1. Colorado College, Civitarese (Boivin, Eveland) 5:25; 2. Colorado College, Dineen (Krushelnyski, Winkler) 18:59. Penalties –CC, Dineen, tripping, 6:15; Union, Yanovitch, tripping, 15:30.

Third period – 3. Union, Simpson (Zajac, Welsh) 19:10. Penalties – None.

Power play – Union 0-2, Colorado College 0-3. Shots on goal – Union 8-9-4-21; CC 8-11-5 – 24. Saves-minutes – Union, Grosenick 8-9-5 –58:24; CC, Thorimbert 8-9-3 –60:00. Attendance – 5,882.  Referees – Adam, Walsh. Linesmen – Pedigo, Stankevich

CC 2, Union 1

A good team defensive performance proved to be the catalyst for No. 5 Colorado College’s 2-1 nonconference win over No. 10 Union before an announced crowd of 5,882 fans at World Arena New Year’s Eve night.

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CC takes 2-0 lead into third period

A good check along the far boards led to Colorado College’s first goal and a 2-0 lead headed into the second intermission against No. 10 Union.

Freshman defender Peter Stoykewych checked a Union wing along the boards, forcing a turnover hauld in by Dakota Eveland. He passed across ice to Mike Boivin who moments later,sent a long pass forward to David Civitarese just before he crossed the Union blue line.

He split the two Dutchmen defenders charging forward to the Union net, beating goalie Troy Grosenick with 14:35 left in the second for the 1-0 lead.

A Dutchmen turnover led to a goal for senior captain Nick Dineen, who scored from the slot with 1:01 left in the second to make it 2-0 Tigers.

Union, CC scoreless after one

Both teams came out a little flat as No. 10 Union and No. 5 Colorado College skated through a scoreless first period.

Colorado College’s power play continued to struggle, with Union getting a scoring chance while shorthanded. Tigers goalie Josh Thorimbert defused with a well-time poke check save with 12:50 left in the first period. Both Thorimbert and Union goalie Toy Grosenick made eight saves apiece.

CC’s Dakota Eveland came close to jamming puck inside the post, prompting a cheer from Section 102 for a moment with 9:07 left in the first.

In the pros: Johnson, McElhinney, Prosser, Testwuide

North Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays and Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today that forward Anthony Maiani has been traded to the Chicago Express in exchange for former Tigers forward Tyler Johnson.

Johnson, 22, skated in 20 games for the Express netting three goals and three assists for six points. Currently in his rookie year, the Cloquet, Minnesota, native spent four seasons at Colorado College recording 82 points (45g, 37a) in 154 games.

Maiani, 22, appeared in 23 games with the Stingrays adding two goals and five assists for seven points.

Former Tiger Curtis McElhinney recorded a win for Phoenix, 4-2 over Minnesota. Nate Prosser played for the Wild.

Mike Testwuide scored the game-winner in Adirondack’s 2-1 win over Albany in overtime.