Sunday reading: UNO in first place after sweep

UNO celebration 2Compiled from SID recaps …

No. 15/16 Nebraska Omaha 3, Colorado College 1

OMAHA, Neb. – The UNO Mavericks took over first place in the WCHA, scoring two third-period goals to beat Colorado College, 3-1, on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center.

The Mavericks swept the Tigers after beating them 8-4 on Friday night. UNO is now 13-8-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the WCHA, one point ahead of St. Cloud State which was playing a non-conference series this weekend. The Tigers, winless in seven (0-6-1), are now 8-12-2 overall and 5-8-1 in league play.

With the game tied at one in the third, Andre Sustr put the Mavericks ahead for the first time in the game. His wrist shot from the left point beat Tigers’ goalie Joe Howe, who was screened by Tanner Lane on the play, at 9:28.

Just 35 seconds later, the Mavericks added an insurance goal. Ryan Walters fed the puck up the right wing to Josh Archibald who had room to skate into the CC zone before blowing a slap shot into the far top corner of the net for his 11th goal of the year and fourth tally of the weekend.

The Mavericks then clamped down on Colorado College, riding out a late penalty kill that turned into a six-on-four advantage when the Tigers pulled Howe for an extra attacker.

The Tigers opened the scoring on a power play midway through the first period. Eammon McDermott fired a shot from the left point. William Rapuzzi, stationed in front of John Faulkner (20 saves), tipped the puck past him for his 11th goal of the year.

Here are the Gazette and Omaha World Herald articles.

Wisconsin 1, Alaska-Anchorage 0

ANCHORAGE — Senior forward Derek Lee scored the only goal of the game and sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel earned a shutout with 12 saves as Wisconsin earned a weekend sweep of Alaska Anchorage with a 1-0 win on Saturday at Sullivan Arena.

No. 7 North Dakota 3, N0. 20 Holy Cross 0

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Last night, following his first full game of the season, sophomore forward Michael Parks suggested it may take some time to get used to play his off wing on the left side. That adjustment period apparently lasted less than 24 hours.

Parks scored the game-tying goal in the third period, fired a career-high nine shots on goal and was named the game’s No. 1 star as North Dakota rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Holy Cross 3-2 in the Subway Holiday Classic finale.

The victory improved No. 7 UND’s winning streak to five games and its unbeaten streak to seven (6-0-1). More importantly, the sweep of the 20th-ranked Crusaders gave UND a 5-3-0 record in non-conference play with only Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) games remaining.

Parks, a St. Louis, Mo., native, tied the game on the power play 4:15 into the second period when he fought off a defender in front of the Holy Cross net and knocked home his own rebound for his second goal in as many nights. Ten minutes later, a Parks screen enabled linemate Danny Kristo to score the game-winner, also on the power pay, and complete the comeback.

“It was definitely tighter checking tonight. We came out a little light,” said Parks. “Coach just told (after the first period) us we need to do a lot better job taking care of pucks and we did that and it ended up turning into a win.”

No. 11 Denver 2, No. 12 Cornell 1

DENVER – Sophomore Larkin Jacobson broke a 1-1 deadlock by scoring his first career goal with 12:15 remaining in regulation to lift the No. 11/15 University of Denver ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over No. 12/11 Cornell on Saturday night before a crowd of 5,869 at Magness Arena.

The win marked the third straight for the Pioneers and improves their overall mark to 12-6-3 on the season, while Cornell slips to 7-6-2. Denver also moves to 5-2-0 in non-conference action and sweeps a team for the first time since taking a pair from Colorado College on Nov. 16-17.

Jacobson blasted home the game-winner following a centering feed from teammate junior David Makowski who dug out a puck from the corner before finding Jacobson’s stick in front of the net.

Cornell (7-6-2) took the game’s first lead when Greg Miller scored to give the Big Red a 1-0 advantage just 45 seconds into the action off an assist from Nick D’Agostino.

Denver (12-6-3) had a chance to even it up later in the period when Cornell’s Teemu Tiitinen was given a five-minute game misconduct for contact to the head, but the Pioneers came away empty after only getting one shot on goal during the advantage.

Sophomore Daniel Doremus tied the game at 1-1 with 50 seconds left prior to the first intermission with a blast from the right side following a rebound. The goal marked his eighth of the season and first since Dec. 1 vs. Wisconsin.

Pioneers goalie Juho Olkinuora made 19 saves and allowed one goal or less for the third straight game.

The Cornell coach was not happy about the WCHA officials:

No. 14 Minnesota State 4, Providence 0

MANKATO — Freshman netminder Stephon Williams secured his third shutout of the season by stopping 24 shots as Minnesota State swept its weekend series against Providence College with a 4-0 win on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Center. Here is the Mankato Free Press blog 3 Things and link to game story.

Northern Michigan 2, No. 15 St. Cloud State 1

Freshman forward Jonny Brodzinski scored his ninth goal of the season but St. Cloud State was defeated by Northern Michigan, 2-1, on Saturday night at National Hockey Center.

No. 10 Western Michigan 2, Bemidji State 2 OT

BEMIDJI — Sophomore forward Danny Mattson had a goal and an assist to help Bemidji State earn a 2-2 tie against Western Michigan on Saturday night at Sanford Center.

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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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