Around the WCHA: No. 1 Bulldogs now 14-0-3 in last 17 games

Compiled from school web sites …

No. 1 Minnesota Duluth 6, Nebraska-Omaha 2

OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 1 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs snapped a 2-2 tie with four goals in the third period to beat the Mavericks, 6-2, on Friday night.  The game was played in front of a school record crowd of 16,138 at the CenturyLink Center.

The Mavericks are now 10-9-4 overall and 7-5-3 in the WCHA while the Bulldogs improved to 15-3-3 overall and 11-2-2 in league play.  They now are unbeaten in a school-record 17 games (14-0-3).

No. 16 Denver 6, Bemidji State 3

DENVER – Co-captain Drew Shore recorded his 100th career point and registered a career-high five points on two goals and three assists as No. 16 Denver powered past Bemidji State, 6-3, Friday night at Magness Arena.

Freshman Ty Loney added two goals and Joey LaLeggia also scored as Denver overcame a sluggish first period to improve to 12-8-3 overall, 7-5-3 WCHA. Sophomore Jason Zucker recorded two assists in his first game back from the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships.

“That was one of the worst starts we’ve had in quite a long time and considering how important this series was, this game was, I was disappointed and I let them know that,” DU coach George Gwozdecky said. “They responded and came out and got a power-play goal. Ty Loney scored a big time goal and obviously Drew Shore had a huge night for us.”

Bemidji State (11-10-2, 5-8-2 WCHA) opened the scoring on Northglenn defenseman Kyle Brodie’s goal at 5:19 of the opening frame. BSU outshot DU 10-5 and maintained the 1-0 lead over the Pioneers in the first period.

North Dakota 2, No. 5 Minnesota 1

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Keith Jackson’s favorite call when something spectacular happened in one of the college games he was broadcasting for ABC Sports was “Whoa, Nellie!”

He would have fit right in at Ralph Engelstad Arena tonight with the roaring voices of 11,846 fans serving as backdrop as he called Brock Nelson’s game-winning goal.

The sophomore left wing from Warroad, Minn., used his body to protect the puck, allowing him to sweep the winning goal by Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson at 16:35 of the third period in North Dakota’s 2-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) victory.

Whoa, Nellie indeed.

It was Nelson’s team-leading 16th goal of the season and capped UND’s comeback from a 1-0 deficit to win the eight time (8-1-1) in the last 10 games.

It also brought down the house with the decibel level in REA hitting a pitch nobody could remember hearing in there for a long time.

“It was a high-energy, hard-fought hockey game,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “Obviously when you come out on the good side of those, it’s a great win for our team.”

UND was swept by the Gophers when the teams met earlier this season in Minneapolis and Minnesota came into this series tied for first place in the WCHA.

Despite losing star junior wing Danny Kristo in the first period on a major penalty for checking from behind, UND found a way to carry on.

Michigan Tech 6, Alaska Anchorage 2

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech started the second half of its WCHA schedule tonight with a convincing 6-2 victory over Alaska Anchorage in front of 2,229 fans at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Six different Huskies scored goals to help the hosts improve their record to 10-11-1 overall and 7-7-1 in the league.

A three-goal third period helped Tech gain control of the game.

“It was good to get goals tonight,” said Mel Pearson. “We hadn’t scored very well for a few games, so it was good to see the pucks go in the net.”

Wisconsin 4, Minnesota State 0

MANKATO — Freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel earned his first collegiate shutout with a 36-save performance at Wisconsin defeated Minnesota State, 4-0, on Friday night at Verizon Wireless Center.

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