WCHA roundup: SCSU snaps DU’s league series streak

SCSU coach Bob MotzkoNo. 19 St. Cloud State 5, No. 7 Denver 1

ST. CLOUD — The Huskies earned the sweep with a huge 5-1 win over the Pioneers at the National Hockey and Event Center on Saturday, Jan. 19. SCSU opened the weekend with a 5-2 win over Denver on Jan. 18 at the NHEC.

The two Husky wins marked the first time that DU has been swept in league play since a pair of setbacks at the National Hockey and Event Center on Nov. 14-15, 2008.

The Huskies maintained control of the contest from start to finish as they opened the first period by outshooting Denver 20-7. DU goalie Sam Brittain turned aside 19 shots in the period before SCSU’s David Morley finally hit pay dirt with a power play marker at 19:18 of the first period to make it 1-0. Senior Ben Hanowski and freshman Kalle Kossila had assists on the play for the Huskies.

In the second period, Morley chalked up his second power play goal of the evening at 5:27 that also proved to be the game winner. Hanowski and postseason honors candidate Drew LeBlanc combined for the assists on the play, which was Morley’s eighth goal of the year.

Hanowski now has 53 goals and 47 assists in his four years with the Huskies and his season totals moved to eight goals and 10 assists this winter.

LeBlanc also enjoyed another strong evening of play for the Huskies, which moved his point streak to 13 games – dating back to Nov. 24. LeBlanc continues to lead the nation with 27 assists this year and ranks second in the country with 34 points. As a Husky, LeBlanc’s career point totals move to 36 goals and 95 assists. His career point total of 131 moves him into 10th place on the team charts ahead of Brandon Sampair, who had 129 points from 1998-01.

SCSU coach Bob Motzko also passed a milestone this weekend with his 150th career win on Jan. 18, which also marked his 100th career win in WCHA play. In eight seasons at the helm in St. Cloud, Motzko owns a 151-119-34 overall record and a 101-84-27 record in WCHA play.

No. 1 Minnesota 4, No. 6 North Dakota 4 OT

MINNEAPOLIS — Junior forwards Nick Bjugstad and Nate Condon scored third-period goals as Minnesota rallied to earn a 4-4 tie against North Dakota on Saturday at Mariucci Arena.

Michigan Tech 2, Bemidji State 2 OT

HOUGHTON — Sophomore forward Blake Pietila scored his 13th goal of the season at 3:06 of the third period to lift Michigan Tech into a 2-2 tie with Bemidji State on Saturday night at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

No. 8 Miami 2, Wisconsin 1

MADISON — Junior forward Michael Mersch scored a goal but the Wisconsin Badgers fell to the Miami RedHawks, 2-1, on Saturday night in non-conference action at Kohl Center.

Losing its first game in nearly two months, UW’s 11-game unbeaten streak (8-0-3) came to an end inside the Kohl Center, but not without a competitive and spirited effort, as the Badgers took the RedHawks down to the final whistle.

“We can play at a higher pace now,” said senior wing Mark Zengerle. “This weekend brought our team to a new level.”

2012-2013 WCHA STANDINGS

WCHA Games
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
1
Minnesota
16
9
3
4
22
56
39
17
3
4
93
45
St. Cloud State
16
11
5
0
22
55
36
14
10
0
80
61
3
Nebraska Omaha
16
9
5
2
20
59
49
13
9
2
88
67
North Dakota
16
8
4
4
20
57
46
13
7
4
81
64
Denver
18
8
6
4
20
57
54
13
8
4
85
67
6
Minnesota Duluth
18
8
7
3
19
50
51
10
11
3
64
68
7
Wisconsin
16
6
5
5
17
35
36
9
8
5
49
45
Minnesota State
17
8
8
1
17
51
46
14
8
3
78
60
9
Colorado College
18
7
10
1
15
60
66
10
14
2
88
94
10
Bemidji State
16
4
8
4
12
36
49
5
12
5
48
66
Michigan Tech
18
4
10
4
12
44
61
7
12
4
63
71
12
Alaska Anchorage
17
1
12
4
6
31
58
3
13
5
42
69
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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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