WCHA roundup: CC sweeps Wisconsin; Denver bounces back

MADISON. — Senior goalie Joe Howe made 33 saves and Colorado College (5-3, 2-0 WCHA) beat Wisconsin 3-0 to earn its first road sweep since Minnesota State last December and its first shutout since last March against Michigan Tech.

“I’m proud of our guys, and I thought we played a very good road game,” CC coach Scott Owens told the Gazette. “Joe Howe obviously stood very, very tall and gave us a chance. I thought it was a good team win for us, and it’s nice to start the WCHA (schedule) this way.”

No. 3 Denver 6, No. 18 St. Cloud State 1

DENVER — Senior forward Chris Knowlton of Colorado Springs scored his first college hat trick and added an assist to lead the Denver Pioneers to a 6-1 win against the St. Cloud State Huskies on Saturday night at Magness Arena.

Minnesota State 5, No. 2 Minnesota 3

MANKATO — The Minnesota State Mavericks received goals from five different players to earn the first WCHA victory for head coach Mike Hastings with a 5-3 win against Minnesota on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Center.

Nebraska-Omaha 5, Michigan Tech 3

HOIUGHTON — Sophomore forward Josh Archibald and junior forward Zahn Raubenheimer each scored two goals to help Nebraska Omaha earn a weekend sweep on the road with a 5-3 win against Michigan Tech on Saturday night at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

No. 12 Boston University 4, No. 4 North Dakota 2

GRAND FORKS — For the third straight Saturday, North Dakota failed to pick up a victory, this time falling 4-2 to Hockey East’s Boston University in front of a sellout crowd of 11,977 at Ralph Engelstad.

UND is now 0-2-1 on its three Saturday games and it’s an issue that needs to be addressed, according to senior assistant captain Corban Knight.

The Terriers scored three goals in the final five minutes, 21 seconds of the game to erase a 2-1 UND lead and snap North Dakota’s home unbeaten streak at 12 games (10-0-2).

“The last three weekends, we haven’t been able to close out a game on Saturday,” Knight said. “In this league, you need to be able to do that. It’s something we need to figure out and figure out real fast or else it’s going to be a long haul for this team for the rest of the year.”

Knight was one of the bright spots for North Dakota. He led the team in shots on goal with seven and picked up his 100th career point when he set up linemate Danny Kristo for his first goal of the season and a 2-1 UND lead midway through the game.

“I thought they played better last night than we did and I thought we played better than them tonight,” BU coach Jack Parker said. “Both games reflected it in the score.”

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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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