Around the WCHA: Tigers swept in Bemidji; Pioneers stun Gophers

Bemidji State 4, Colorado College 1

BEMIDJI — The host Beavers swept the Tigers with four unanswered goals ans an injury-depleted Tigers squad struggled through a poor second period when Bemidji State scored twice to pull ahead for good.

The Tigers are now 0-3-1 at the Sanford Center and in a battle over the final six league games to preserve home playoff ice after starting the weekend in third with a chance at moving up to second.

Andrew Hamburg scored his goal of the season with less than a minute remaining in the first period, banging in a rebound off a shot by Jaden Schwartz, who has recorded at least a point in 20 of 22 games this season.

“The locker room isn’t a very good place right now,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said in a postgame radio interview. “We’re scrapping and clawing for every point. We just couldn’t get anything going.

“We’re limping a bit. We need to get back to Colorado Springs and get ready for Nebraska Omaha. Some guys have to step up, no question.”

Seven Tigers were unable to play, including the Nos. 3-5 leading scorers (Nick Dineen, Mike Boivin and Scott Winkler), wing Dakota Eveland, defenseman Eamonn McDermott, goalie Josh Thorimbert and forward Michael Morin (likely out for season).

No. 14 Denver 4, No. 1/2 Minnesota 3 OT

DENVER — Nick Shore scored with 1:26 left in regulation to force overtime and later scored only 17 seconds into the extra period to and complete the rally stun the visiting Gopher. The third-place Pioneers swept league-leading Minnesota and now have a three-point lead over CC and Nebraska Omaha, which are tied for fourth.

No 3 Minnesota Duluth 5, No. 15 North Dakota 4

DULUTH — Jack Connolly registered two goals and three assists and Travis Oleksuk added a goal and two assists as Minnesota Duluth defeated North Dakota, 5-4, on Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena.

Nebraska Omaha 4, Michigan Tech 0

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Freshman netminder Ryan Massa earned his first collegiate shutout with 35 saves and sophomore forward Matt White scored twice to lead Nebraska Omaha to a 4-0 win against Michigan Tech on Saturday afternoon at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

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