Around the WCHA: CC swept in Duluth

Michigan Tech goalie Josh Robinson made big-time saves to keep the Huskies in the hunt for home playoff ice headed into next weekend at CC.

No. 4 Minnesota Duluth 5, No. 16 CC 2

DULUTH – The No. 4 Bulldogs put the finishing touches on a Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep of Colorado College with a 5-2 victory Saturday night before 6,808 at AMSOIL Arena — the largest home crowd in UMD hockey history. With the win, the Bulldogs clinch at least a share of second place in the WCHA, and reach the 22-victory plateau for the fourth consecutive year.

Junior Mike Seidelscored twice and senior  Jack Connolly(three assists) and goaltender Kenny Reiter(two assists, 25 saves)  enjoyed multiple point nights for the defending NCAA champion Bulldogs, who never trailed the entire weekend.

Reiter, who equaled a club single-game record for a goaltender with his two assists, made 25 saves to improve 20-6-5 on the year. CC junior Joe Howe finished with 32 stops for No. 16 Colorado College (16-14-2 overall; 13-12-1 WCHA).

The Bulldogs (22-7-5;16-6-4) went 2-of-3 with the man-advantage, and have now converted on nine of their 22 power plays over the past five games (40.9 percent).

Rylan Schwartz and Andrew Hamburg scored for CC. Aaron Harstad recorded two assists.

CC is now tied for fifth with Nebraska Omaha and owns the tiebreaker with the Mavs based on having more league wins. But the Tigers have only a one point lead over seventh-place Michigan Tech, which visits World Arena next weekend.

Michigan Tech 3, St. Cloud State 2

HOUGHTON, Mich. – On Senior Night at the MacInnes Student Arena, it was freshman Blake Pietillascoring the game winner with 1:38 remaining to lift Michigan Tech to a 3-2 victory over St. Cloud State. Tech (14-16-4 overall, 11-11-4 WCHA) earned the series split with the victory and remained in the hunt for home ice in the WCHA playoffs.

Pietila’s goal broke a 2-all deadlock after St. Cloud (14-16-4, 11-12-3) had tied the game early in the third period.

“I didn’t see much, but they took away the pass so I took the shot,” said Pietila, who joined six other Tech players with at least nine goals on the season. “I was able to get it upstairs and it went in.”

The hosts played from ahead most of the game. Goalie Josh Robinsonmade several big-time saves to keep the game knotted before Tech started to control play down the stretch.

Robinson ended up with 18 saves in the contest to improve to 13-12-4 on the season. Lee suffered the loss with 25 saves.

“There are a couple of reasons why this was an important win for us,” said head coach Mel Pearson. “Not only because it keeps us in the race for home ice or that we wanted to get a win for our seniors, but also to reward all the hard work the team has put in over the last few weeks.”

Tech’s six seniors, including Colorado Springs backup netminder Corson Cramer were honored in a postgame ceremony on the ice.

No. 9 Denver 5, No. 12 North Dakota 3

DENVER — Sophomore forward Nick Shore scored a goal and two assists while Chris Knowlton and Jason Zucker each added a goal and an assist to lead Denver to a 5-3 win against North Dakota on Saturday night at Magness Arena.

No. 6 Minnesota 3, Nebraska Omaha 2

OMAHA — Freshman forward Kyle Rau scored twice to help Minnesota complete the weekend sweep of Nebraska Omaha with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night at CenturyLink Center. With the loss, the Mavericks were swept in a two-game series for the first time this year. Minnesota won 3-2 in overtime on Friday.

UNO finishes the regular season on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3 when it hosts Denver.

Wisconsin 4, Bemidji State 2

BEMIDJI — Junior defenseman Justin Schultz scored a power play goal at 3:47 of the third period and sophomore forward Michael Mersch added an empty net goal to give the Badgers a 4-2 win against the Beavers on Saturday night at Sanford Center. It was the first consecutive road wins for the Badgers this season.

Alaska Anchorage 1, Alaska Fairbanks 0, first period

Minnesota State Mankato, idle

STANDINGS

As of 10:30 p.m. MT Saturday

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
Minnesota
26
19
7
0
38
85
52
23
11
1
127
73
Minnesota Duluth
26
16
6
4
36
99
68
22
7
5
128
87
Denver
26
14
8
4
32
90
77
19
11
4
119
94
North Dakota
26
14
11
1
29
75
71
18
12
3
101
92
Colorado College
26
13
12
1
27
88
84
16
14
2
103
95
Nebraska Omaha
26
11
10
5
27
81
79
14
14
6
103
99
Michigan Tech
26
11
11
4
26
83
80
14
16
4
100
102
St. Cloud State
26
11
12
3
25
81
70
14
16
4
107
95
Wisconsin
26
10
14
2
22
71
80
15
15
2
96
93
Bemidji State
26
9
14
3
21
65
84
15
16
3
90
96
Minnesota State
26
8
16
2
18
71
95
12
20
2
95
115
Alaska Anchorage
26
5
20
1
11
55
104
9
20
2
75
115

 

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About paisleyhockey
I am the college hockey writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette focusing on the Atlantic Hockey Association, National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

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