More Saturday reading: MSU departure, Nebraska-Omaha loses

UNO celebration 2The first Mankato native to play for Minnesota State left the program to play for nearby  Gustavus Adolphus.

Early Saturday

No. 9 Quinnipiac 5, No. 12/13Nebraska-Omaha 4

HAMDEN, Conn. — ECAC-leading Quinnipiac (13-3-2, 8-0 league) extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1) by taking advantage of some Maverick turnovers in the UNO zone.

UNO (11-7-1) tied the game at 4-4 moments into the third period on a score by Dominic Zombo before a Bobcats goal two minutes later proved to be the eventual game-winner..

Friday night

No. 16 SCSU 2, RPI 1

ST. CLOUD, Minn.  —  No. 16 St. Cloud State (12-8) got back into the win column on Friday, Dec. 28 with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (5-7-4) at the National Hockey and Event Center in St. Cloud, Minn.

The victory helped the Huskies split the weekend non-conference series with the Engineers and it also broke a four-game win streak by RPI against SCSU dating back to the 2002-03 season.

SCSU rallied in the second period with a power play goal by Ben Hanowski at 12:54.  He tipped in a shot by teammate Drew LeBlanc, who leads Division I with 22 assists.

LeBlanc then went on to score the game-winner with 23 ticks left in the second period for his sixth goal and 125th career point as a Husky.

As of 8 a.m. Saturday morning, LeBlanc leads the country in scoring with 28 points and his career point total (125 points) moves him into 11th place on the Husky recordsheet ahead of Brian Cook (1987-91) and Brett Lievers (1990-95) – who each had 124 points during their Husky careers.

LeBlanc also owns a nine-game point streak heading into the Huskies’ upcoming series against Northern Michigan on Jan. 4-5 in St. Cloud.

Maine 1, Minnesota Duluth 0

ESTERO, Fla. — Maine came into the final weekend of 2012 with the lowest scoring offense in NCAA hockey, averaging 1.33 goals a night. The Black Bears did little to improve those numbers Friday, but they did just enough to come out with a 1-0 victory over Minnesota Duluth in the opening round of the Florida College Hockey Classic in Estero, Fla.

Rookie Ryan Lomberg’s shorthanded goal off a breakaway with 6:34 to go in the second period was all the scoring Maine needed as goaltender Martin Ouelette turned aside all 31 shots the Bulldogs (7-9-3 overall) sent his way. Lomberg potted his first collegiate goal immediately after he came out of the penalty box, picked up a loose puck near the center ice, raced in all alone and then deked UMD rookie netminder Matt McNeely (5-5-1), who had his four-game winning streak snapped in the loss. He finished with 22 saves.

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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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