Saturday’s lines: No. 10 Union at No. 5 Colorado College











Goalies –– Grosenick/Stevens


Colorado College


Skalbeck/R. Schwartz/Rapuzzi








Goalies — Thorimbert/Howe/Lockwood

Around the WCHA: Mavs down Bobcats


Nebraska-Omaha 4, Quinnipiac 1

OMAHA, Neb. – 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.

The Mavericks improve to 10-8-4 overall while the Bobcats had their six-game unbeaten streak snapped.  They’re now 11-7-4.  The Mavs are now off until Jan. 13 when they begin a two-game home series with Minnesota Duluth.

Good seats available for Union game tonight

Because the Colorado College students are out for the holiday break, plenty of general admission seats in Sections 102, 103 and 202 and 203  are available for people tonight against No. 10 Union.

Go to the World Arena box office now to get a good seat.

In the pros: Connelly, Hillen, Prosser

Nashville Predators' Jack Hillen, right, takes a shot against St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, of the Czech Republic, as the Blues' Jason Arnott (44) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in St. Louis. - Sarah Conard /AP Photo

Former Tiger Brian Connelly recorded an assist in a loss for the AHL Rockford IceHogs (Blackhawks affiliate) and a goal in another setback.

He is only one point (28, 24 assists) behind Mark Barberio of Norfolk (29 points, 26 assists) for the league lead among defensemen.

Nate Prosser was in the middle of things for the Wild during a snippy 4-3 win over Edmonton.

WCHA roundup: Denver downs Union

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No. 15 Denver 3, No. 10 Union 1

DENVER – No. 15 Denver returned from the holiday break with a solid 3-1 win over No. 10 Union before a sellout crowd of 6,053 Friday night at Magness Arena.

Denver (9-7-3) started fast with first-period goals from Drew Shore, Joey LaLeggia and Shawn Ostrow and Juho Olkinuora made a career-high 42 saves in the win.

Jeremy Welsh scored for Union (9-4-5) and Colin Stevens took the loss after yielding two power-play goals in the first eight minutes of the game.

No. 2 Minnesota 5, Niagara 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Playing for the first time in 20 days, the Minnesota men’s hockey team started the second half of its season strong, defeating Niagara 5-1 at Mariucci Arena on Friday night. The victory put the second-ranked Golden Gophers in the Mariucci Classic championship game against Northeastern of Hockey East on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Without the aid of two of its top scorers, U.S. World Junior Championship team members Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau, UM never let go of a lead it took just 1:58 into the opening frame.

Senior forward Nick Larson buried a Jake Parenteau rebound just before the two-minute mark of the first period to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead.

The assist was Parenteau’s first collegiate point. It came in the 26th game of his career and the 18th game of his sophomore season.

The Gophers built on their lead just over a minute after Larson’s tally when another senior, Jake Hansen, converted on a Sam Warning rebound to make it a two-goal game.

Nebraska-Omaha 2, Quinnipiac 2

OMAHA — Sophomore forward Ryan Walters scored at 11:42 of the third period to lift the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks into a 2-2 tie against the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Friday night at the CenturyLink Center.

North Dakota 4, Harvard 4

GRAND FORKS — Freshman defenseman Nick Mattson scored two goals and freshman forward Brendan O’Donnell had a goal and an assist as North Dakota skated to a 4-4 tie against Harvard at Engelstad Arena on Friday.

Bemidji State 4, Bowling Green 1

BEMIDJI — Junior forward Aaron McLeod, senior forward Drew Fisher and junior forward Ben Kinne each scored in the second period as Bemidji State defeated Bowling Green, 4-1, on Friday at Sanford Center.

USA U-18 3, MSU-Mankato 3 (exhibition)

MANKATO — Junior forward Eriah Hayes scored a shorthanded goal at 19:09 of the third period to lift Minnesota State to a 3-3 tie against the US Under-18 Team on Friday night at Verizon Wireless Center.

Air Force knocks off CC

Air Force’s Casey Kleisinger broke free for a shorthanded goal with 4:56 left in the second period  for the eventual game-winner as the Atlantic Hockey Association leaders knocked off No. 5 Colorado College 2-1 Friday at World Arena.

It was Air Force’s first win at the current World Arena and fists road win since 1985 at the Broadmoor World Arena (6-5 OT).

Tigers junior defenseman Mike Boivin fired a slap shot past AFA goalie Stephen Caple early in the third to male it 2-1. The Tigers dominated the final period, outshooting Air Force (10-4-2) 17-2 before slowing down in the final five minutes.

“We got what we deserved,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “They played hard and smart and got the win. We had a great third period but it wasn’t enough.”

On Kleisinger’s goal, the puck was passed  off the far boards by Mike Walsh and ended up in the middle of the CC blue line where Kleisinger skated forward to get the puck and split the CC defenders, who were slow to react.

He skated straight up ice and beat CC goalie Josh Thorimbert to give Air Force a 2-0 lead and the cushion the Falcons needed to weather the CC storm.

Air Force dominated the first period outshooting Colorado College 9-5 thanks to two power plays, including a score with the man advantage by Scott Mathis to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission.

CC (11-6) will look to bounce back against No. 10 Union, which lost at Denver 3-1 on Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“I feel confident in the the guys we have in (the locker room),” Boivin said.

Air Force 2, No. 5 Colorado College 1

Air Force 2, No.  5 Colorado College 1

Air Force              1              1              0              –2

Colorado College              0              0              1              — 1

First period –1. Air Force, Mathis (Kruse, Demers) 8:32 (PP).  Penalties – AFA, Gunner, holding, 3:52; CC, Morin, tripping, 7:28; CC, Eveland, interference, 10:02.

Second period –  2, Air Force, Kleisinger (Walsh) 15:04 (SH).  Penalties –  AFA, McKenzie, interference, 13:17;

Third period – 3. Colorado College, Boivin (R. Schwartz, Skalbeck) 7:50. Penalties – AFA, Mathis, hooking, :22.

Power play – Air Force 1-2, Colorado College 0-3. Shots on goal – Air Force 10-5-2 – 17; Colorado College 6-11-17 — 34. Saves-minutes —  Air Force, Caple 6-11-16-60:00; Colorado College, Thorimbert  9-4-2 – 59:33. Attendance –7,673.