Updated around the WCHA: Gophers claim 13th MacNaughton Cup; Bemidji moves up

No. 4 Minnesota 2, Wisconsin 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Trailing 1-0 entering the third period, sophomore Erik Haula scored a shorthanded goal and sophomore Nate Schmidt netted a power-play goal to lead Minnesota to a 2-1 win against Wisconsin as the Gophers earned the 2011-2012 MacNaughton Cup.

With the win, Minnesota won on its Senior Night for the fourth straight year and improved to 13-1-1 when playing Wisconsin in its final home game of the regular season. Minnesota went 13-1-0 in the WCHA on Saturdays, including a perfect 7-0-0 mark at home.

The conference postseason begins next Friday when the Gophers kick off a best-of-three series against Alaska-Anchorage at Mariucci Arena. Each game will begin at 7 p.m.

Bemidji State 5, Alaska Anchorage 4

ANCHORAGE — BSU’s Chance Orban scored late in the second period and early in the third to record the tying and game-winning goals for the Beavers, which moved past Wisconsin into ninth place in the WCHA. The win means the Beavers will travel to No. 4 seed North Dakota while Wisconsin heads to No. 3 Denver for Friday’s playoffs.

No. 9 Denver 3, Nebraska Omaha 2 OT

OMAHA — Freshman forward Daniel Doremus scored at 2:35 of overtime to lift the Denver Pioneers to a 3-2 victory against the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks on Saturday night at CenturyLink Center. The loss denied the Mavericks a chance at home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

The Mavericks finish the regular season with a record of 14-16-6 and 11-12-5 in the WCHA. UNO finishes with 27 points and the seventh seed. The Mavs will travel to St. Cloud State which tied Minnesota Duluth 3-3 on Saturday to leap past the Mavericks into sixth place, the final spot for home ice advantage.

No. 12 North Dakota 3, MSU Mankato 0

GRAND FORKS — Senior goaltender Brad Eidsness registered his fifth career shutout by stopping 29 shots to lead North Dakota to a 3-0 win against Minnesota State on Saturday night at Engelstad Arena.

No. 2 Minnesota Duluth 3, St. Cloud State 3 OT

ST. CLOUD  — Freshman defenseman Jarrod Rabey scored a power-play goal at 18:17 of the third period to lift St. Cloud State into a 3-3 tie with Minnesota Duluth on Saturday night at National Hockey Center.


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