Saturday reading: WCHA roundup, Miami, NHL lockout

From the WCHA …

No. 4 North Dakota 4, Alaska Anchorage 1

GRAND FORKS — Senior forward Danny Kristo registered an assist on three of North Dakota’s four goals to help lift his team to a 4-1 victory against Alaska Anchorage at Engelstad Arena on Friday night.

No. 5 Denver 5, Michigan Tech 1

DENVER — Junior defenseman David Makowski and junior forward Nick Shore each had a goal and an assist to lead Denver to a 5-1 victory against Michigan Tech at Magness Arena on Friday night.

Wisconsin 2, No. 14 Minnesota Duluth 0

DULUTH — Sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel made 29 saves and junior forward Mark Zengerle had a goal and an assist to lead the Badgers to a 2-0 shutout against the Bulldogs on Friday night at AMSOIL Arena.

Bemidji State 3, Nebraska Omaha 3 OT

OMAHA — Senior forward Aaron McLeod scored a goal and an assist while sophomore netminder Andrew Walsh made 39 saves to help lift Bemidji State to a 3-3 tie against Nebraska Omaha on Friday night at CenturyLink Center.

St. Cloud State 5, Minnesota State 1

ST. CLOUD — Ben Hanowski scored a pair of goals and Drew LeBlanc added a goal and three assists to lead St. Cloud State to a 5-1 win against Minnesota State on Friday night at National Hockey Center.

No. 2 Minnesota 2, USA U-18 2 OT (exhibition)

MINNEAPOLIS — Junior forwards Tom Serratore and Nick Bjugstad each scored a goal to help Minnesota skate to a 2-2 tie against the USA Under-18 Team on Friday night at Mariucci Arena.

From the CCHA …

No. 6 Michigan 4, No. 3 Miami 2

ANN ARBOR — Michigan senior forward A.J. Treais tallied two goals to power the Wolverines to a 4-2 win over Miami. Sophomore defenseman Mike Chiasson and sophomore forward Alex Guptill both recorded 1-1-2 scoring lines while freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba had two helpers.

For the RedHawks, sophomore forward Cody Murphy scored a goal on the power play and sophomore forward Austin Czarnik netted a short-handed tally. Michigan freshman goaltender Steve Racine stopped 30 shots, while Miami’s tandem of freshman goaltenders Jay Williams and Ryan McKay combined for 31 saves.

In the pros, frustration continues to mount as more NHL players are giving up on the season to find work overseas, as former Tiger Mark Stuart points out.

Cornell shuts out CC 2-0 in physical contest

Cornell’s John Esposito banged in a rebound during a 5-on-3 power play with six seconds left in the second period for the eventual game-winning goal over visiting Colorado College (3-2) in a 2-0 nonconference victory for the Big Red (1-0).

“I thought we came out of the gate ready. Our guys did not back down with a very defensive, big, strong team,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said during a radio interview. “We battled really hard we just could not convert on offense. It was a very physical, old school backyard-brawl kind of game.”

The Tigers trailed 1-0 headed into the third period in a hard-fought physical contest at No. 7 Cornell. Esposito added a second power play goal with 5:41 to play to put the Big Red (1-0) up by two goals.

No. 19-ranked Colorado College was unable to cash in a late power play immediately after Esposito’s second score.

Cornell came close to taking the lead earlier when Craig McCarron’s shot clanged off the cross bar with 8:15 left in the second and when CC goalie Josh Thorimbert stoned junior Joel Lowry a minute later with a huge save on a breakaway. Thorimbert finished with 26 saves.

Cornell junior Andy Iles, who recorded six shutouts last season, made 19 saves for his first goose egg of the season.

It was CC’s first road shutout in two years.

Game 2 is at 5 p.m. Mountain with the pregame show on 103.9 FM KRXP starting at 4:45.

Cornell leads 1-0 headed into third

Colorado College fell behind when John Esposito banged in a rebound during a 5-on-3 power play with six seconds left in the second period. As a result, the Tigers (3-1) trail 1-0 headed into the third period in a hard-fought physical contest at No. 7 Cornell (0-0).

Cornell came close to taking the lead when Craig McCarron’s shot clanged off the cross bar with 8:15 left in the second and when CC goalie Josh Thorimbert stoned junior Dustin Mowrey a minute later with a huge save on a breakaway.

New UNO arena gets go-ahead from regents

An initial artist’s rendering of what UNO’s new arena would look like when viewed from Aksarben Village.

OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Nebraska Board of Regents today authorized President J.B. Milliken to enter into a letter of intent with developers for the construction of an arena at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

“UNO is very excited about the Regents’ support,” Chancellor John Christensen said.  “It has been our goal to have a campus home for athletic events that also serves the entire university and the community.  This decision moves us closer to that dream.”

“We are very pleased that the Board of Regents has approved this first step in the process of building a new home for Maverick athletics,” said Trev Alberts, Director of Athletics.  “An on-campus arena will be transformative for our department.  By having an on-campus home for our hockey team as well as providing it with dedicated practice space, we will have the opportunity to further strengthen our marquee program as well as provide enhanced competition space for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.

“There are still many steps to making this arena a reality,” Alberts added, “but today’s news is a welcome beginning to a process that we believe will put our department on firm financial footing for years to come.”

The current proposal for a new arena provides for a privately constructed and financed facility which would eventually be acquired by UNO through a lease-purchase agreement.  The cost of the proposed arena is estimated to be $76.3 million with the building seating approximately 7,500 for hockey games.

The proposed site of the building is at 68th and Center Streets, just south of Aksarben Village and east of Papio Creek.

Friday reading: WCHA features and previews, military appreciation

No. 19 Colorado College takes on a strong No. 7 Cornell team in its first road trip of the season (No, Air Force does not count).

Minnesota State readies for its final campaign in the old WCHA. They travel to St. Cloud State.

Here is a look at the Wisconsin at No. 14 Minnesota Duluth series from a Bulldogs perspective. Wisconsin senior Derek Lee, UW’s power play quarterback, is out this weekend after a scooter-car collision.

Nebraska Omaha goalie John Faulkner is playing well so far. UNO hosts Bemidji State.

Hockey brought in big money to the Denver economy last weekend. Look for goalie Sam Brittain to start Friday against visiting Michigan Tech with Juho Olkinuora. Here is a preview focusing on Michigan Tech.

Here is all you need to know about Alaska Anchorage at No. 4 North Dakota.

Minnesota plays the USA U-18 team tonight and Canisius, which tied Air Force 1-1 on Thursday,  on Sunday. The Gophers will rest a few dinged up players.

In pro hockey, the ECHL Colorado Eagles are asking fans to nominate their family members or friends who they feel qualify as “Hometown Heroes” as part of Military Appreciation Night.

If you know of someone who deserves to be honored and recognized for their incredible efforts of military service, please fill out the attached form and return it for consideration to the Colorado Eagles by the end of business on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Three nominees will be chosen from the forms received, and honored (one per period) during our annual Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Budweiser Events Center.  The honorees will receive free tickets to that night’s game, along with admittance for select family/friends.

AFA skates to 1-1 tie at Canisius

BUFFALO, N.Y.  –   Air Force and Canisius skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Buffalo State Sports Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. The game was the first league contest for both games.

Kyle De Laurell’s first goal of the season gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead at 11:01 of the first period. Cole Gunner made a pass from behind the net to De Laurell in the slot. Canisius tied the game at 1-1 at 15:58 of the second period. Braeden Rigney took a shot from the right circle that was saved, but Taylor Law cleaned up the rebound to tie the game.

Neither team scored in third period or in overtime and the game ended in a 1-1 overtime tie. Canisius had two shots on goal in overtime that were both turned away by Falcon goalie Jason Torf.

Canisius outshot Air Force in every period and had a 31-18 advantage in the game. Canisius had two shots on goal in overtime while Air Force did not have one. Jason Torf made 30 saves for the Falcons, marking his third straight game with 30 or more saves. Canisius goalie Tony Capobianco made 17 saves. AFA was 0-for-3 on the power play while Canisius was 0-for-2.

Air Force plays Robert Morris on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Island Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Thursday reading: WCHA column, Air Force, preview notes, Duluth

North Dakota’s loss at Alaska in Fairbanks could help down the road along with other notes from around the WCHA.

Air Force must regroup as it hits the road for league play.

Here are the preview notes for No. 19 Colorado College at No. 7 Cornell.

Other league series include: Bemidji State at Nebraska Omaha; Minnesota State at St. Cloud State; No. 2 Minnesota hosts USA U-18 and Canisius, including news on injuries and the goalie rotation; Wisconsin at No. 14 Minnesota Duluth; Michigan Tech at No. 5 Denver; and Alaska Anchorage at No. 4 North Dakota.

The 1993 MacNaughton Cup championship team, coached by Mike Sertich, will be honored by Minnesota Duluth this Saturday.