Around the WCHA: UNO rallies to beat Tigers

Nebraska Omaha 5, Colorado College 3

For the second night in a row, Colorado College squandered away a 3-1 lead.

This time, CC paid the price.

The University of Nebraska Omaha, nearly down for the count late in the second period, rallied to score the last four goals of the game on Saturday and escape the World Arena with a 5-3 victory that earned the visiting Mavericks a split of the weekend series.

The loss dropped the Tigers, 16-12-2 overall and 13-10-1 in conference play, back into what is now a three-way tie with UNO (14-12-6/11-8-5) and North Dakota for fourth place in the WCHA standings.

Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, all three teams lead seventh-place Michigan Tech by three points in the battle for home ice in the opening round of the league playoffs. Colorado College, which travels to second-place Minnesota Duluth next weekend before playing host to Tech on March 2 and 3, has its work cut out after handing away another should-have-been win.

“It’s very disappointing,” said head coach Scott Owens, whose team continues to languish at No. 19 in the computerized Pairwise rankings that ultimately determined the 16-team field for the NCAA Tournament. “It’s a tough loss for us at this juncture. I think we really could have helped ourselves. That game needs to be locked up. We should have come away with a win or at least a tie.”

Wisconsin 5, Denver 2

MADISON — Michael Mersch registered a goal and two assists while Mark Zengerle and Justin Schultz added a goal and an assist each to help Wisconsin to a 5-2 victory against Denver at Kohl Center.

Michigan Tech 1, North Dakota 1 OT

GRAND FORKS — Senior forward Jordan Baker scored a short-handed goal at 9:32 of the third period to lift Michigan Tech into a 1-1 tie with North Dakota on Saturday night at Engelstad Arena.

Minnesota Duluth 4, MSU Mankato 4 OT

MANKATO — Michael Dorr and Eli Zuck scored ten seconds apart late in the third period to lift Minnesota State to a 4-4 tie against Minnesota Duluth at Verizon Wireless Center on Saturday.

St. Cloud State 8, Alaska Anchorage 3

ST. CLOUD — Senior forward Travis Novak and junior forward David Eddy each scored a pair of goals to lead St. Cloud State to an 8-3 victory against Alaska Anchorage at National Hockey Center on Saturday night.

Minnesota 4, Bemidji State 1

MINNEAPOLIS  — Sophomore forward Erik Haula tallied two goals and an assist to help Minnesota complete the weekend sweep of Bemidji State with a 4-1 win on Saturday night at Mariucci Arena.


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