WCHA roundup: Howe shines as league road teams go 4-0-2

Howe road saveColorado College 1, No. 8/9 Denver 1

DENVER – Colorado College senior goalie Joe Howe showed why he has started 100 games as a Tiger, competing and playing well to help the visiting Tigers hold on for their third tie in a row and forge a 1-1 deadlock at rival Denver Friday night.

“Joe battled and played like a senior,” said Tigers coach Scott Owens of the Plymouth, Minn. netminder, who made 33 saves, including seven in overtime. “It was a good, road playoff-type game for us, and I thought we competed hard and won more puck battles. I liked our level of competition and effort tonight, and the only thing missing was a W. That was a really good goalie we were playing against who’s been unbelievable since Christmas.”

The tie gives Denver the annual Golf Pan Trophy with five points out of a possible eight in the four-game series with only Saturday’s 7:07 p.m. game in Colorado Springs remaining.

Owens was ready to use a road tie against a Top-10 foe as another stepping stone toward becoming a better team as the playoffs approach. CC (10-14-5, 7-10-4 WCHA) would have had to sweep Denver to tie the four-game series.

Tigers sophomore Jordan DiGiando scored midway through the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Both squads had chances to break the deadlock.

“It could have gone either way,” Owens said. “We would prefer wins but I am happy to get a point on the road.”

CC’s Eamonn McDermott forced a DU turnover and generated his own breakaway in the third period. Denver goalie Juho Olkinuora made a desperate sprawling save from his back to make the stop.

Denver (15-8-5, 10-6-5) also had a number of chances with a couple 2-on-1 breakaways that Howe smothered and a power-play goal by Nolan Zajac that was negated by goalie interference on Denver’s David Makowski in the second period.

“I feel decent about the result but as a senior I am disappointed about not retaining the Gold Pan,” Howe said. “The team defense was probably the best we have had in 5-6 games and the forwards had a lot to do with that. That showed in our shots on goal.”

The Tigers out shot the Pioneers 36-34. The last time CC out shot an opponent was the 4-3 win at North Dakota on Jan. 11. The time before that was the 6-5 home loss to DU on Nov. 16.

No. 8/9 Denver 1, Colorado College 1

Colorado College              0              1              0              0              — 1

Denver                 1              0              0              0              — 1

First period — 1. Denver, Jacobson (Makowski) 17:11. Penalties – DU, Jacobson, holding, 14:58; DU, Knowlton, hooking, 17:59.

Second period – 2. CC, DiGiando (Maric, Hamburg) 10:46. Penalties – None.

Third period – none. Penalties –  CC, Schwartz, cross-checking, :30; CC, Krushelnyski, holding, 5:03; DU, Mayfield, roughing, 5:03; CC, Hanson, slashing, 13:12; DU, Phillips, slashing, 13:12; CC, Young, high sticking, 16:55.

Overtime – none. Penalties – DU, Ostrow, 5-minute contact to the head, game misconduct, 4:54.

Power play – CC 0-3, DU 0-2. Shots on goal – CC 11-13-11-1 – 36, DU 10-12-5-7 – 34. Saves-minutes – CC, Howe 9-12-5-7– 65:00; DU, Olkinuora 11-12-11-1 – 65:00.  Referees – Shepherd, Beaurline. Linesmen – Swaider, Pedigo. Attendance –  6,065  (6,026 capacity).

No. 7 North Dakota 2, No. 14/15 Nebraska-Omaha 1

OMAHA — Senior forward Danny Kristo scored a goal and an assist and freshman netminder Zane Gothberg made 33 saves to help North Dakota to a 2-1 victory against Nebraska Omaha on Friday night at CenturyLink Center.

Gothberg has started five of the last six games, losing once (2-1-2) with a 1.95 goals against average and .935 save percentage.  Gothberg’s .917 save percentage is tied for 8th-best by a UND freshman, just ahead of Ed Belfour (.915), who was at tonight’s game.

Alaska-Anchorage 5, Michigan Tech 4

HOUGHTON —  Senior forward Jordan Kwas scored two goals and an assist while freshman forward Blake Tatchell added a goal and two assists to lead Alaska Anchorage to a 5-4 win against Michigan Tech on Friday night at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.  MTU had led 4-1.

Bemidji State 2, No. 19 Wisconsin 2

MADISON — Sophomore forward Danny Mattson scored at 6:08 of the third period to lift Bemidji State into a 2-2 tie with Wisconsin on Friday night at Kohl Center.

No. 1 Minnesota 4, No. 8/10 SCSU 2

ST. CLOUD — Junior forward Erik Haula scored two goals and junior defenseman Nate Schmidt had a goal and an assist to help Minnesota earn a 4-2 win against St. Cloud State on Friday at National Hockey Center.

No. 11/13 Minnesota State 4, Minnesota Duluth 2

DULUTH — Freshman forward Teddy Blueger and captain Eriah Hayes each had a goal and two assists to lead Minnesota State to a 4-2 win against Minnesota Duluth on Friday at AMSOIL Arena.

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2 Responses to WCHA roundup: Howe shines as league road teams go 4-0-2

  1. Rich Carlson says:

    Senior Captain Eriah Hayes had a goal and 2 assists, not Johnny McInnis for Minnesota State.

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