• Saturday’s WCHA roundup

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    Taken from stories on school web sites and by the Wisconsin State Journal’s Andy Baggot …

    No. 3 Denver 4, No. 4 North Dakota 2

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Joe Colborne celebrated his 20th birthday with a game-winning goal as Denver rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat North Dakota 4-2 Saturday in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.

    “Joe had the game-winning goal Friday night, too, so he gave himself a great birthday present,” Denver coach George Gwozdecky said. “He had a terrific weekend.”

    Denver (16-6-4, 12-4-4) stayed atop the league in running its record to 4-0 against UND this season. The Pioneer seniors had never won in Grand Forks until this weekend.

    “The coaches got under our skin a little bit after the first period,” Colborne said. “So it was a big gut check for us, and we came together.”

    Chris VandeVelde scored twice to give the Fighting Sioux a 2-0 lead early in the second period. But the Pioneers answered with three goals in the last 10 minutes of the period to take the lead for good.

    Kyle Ostrow and Drew Shore scored before Colborne gave Denver the lead. Rhett Rakhshani added an insurance goal in the third period.

    “This is my favorite arena to play in and one of the hardest places to play,” Colborne said. “The fact the comeback came on my birthday makes it even more special.”

    No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth 4, No. 2 Wisconsin 0

    DULUTH, Minn. — In the midst of a quick, painful and ultimately costly performance, Brett Bennett served as an unwitting microcosm for all that went wrong with the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team Saturday night.

    The junior goaltender never found a rhythm, was unable to locate his bearings and was undone in part by a lack of focus.

    Those were the root causes of a frustrating outing for the second-ranked Badgers, who absorbed a 4-0 loss to Minnesota-Duluth before a sellout audience of 5,388 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

    The decision meant UW (15-7-4 overall, 11-6-3 with 25 points in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play) fell from a tie for third place with the Bulldogs into a share of fourth with Colorado College.

    The weekend began with five schools separated by two points in the manic MacNaughton Cup race and Duluth (17-10-1, 13-6-1, 27 points) holding down the top spot.

    It ended with the same five teams separated by three points with Denver holding a one-point edge on the Bulldogs and a two-point lead on St. Cloud State.

    En route to being shut out for the first time this season, the Badgers looked little like the high-octane outfit that piled up 52 shots on the way to a dominating 5-2 victory in the series opener Friday.

    “We never got it going,” UW coach Mike Eaves said. “It wasn’t an easy night for us.”

    MSU-Mankato 3, Michigan Tech 2

    HOUGHTON, Mich.   — After absorbing a 4-1 loss Friday, Minnesota State responded with a 3-2 win at Michigan Tech in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday in Houghton.
    The Mavericks, who put a season-high 45 shots on goal in the game, now stand 12-14-2 overall, 6-13-1 WCHA. Michigan Tech falls to 4-21-1 with the loss and is 3-17-0 in league action.

    MSU takes next weekend off prior to playing at the University of Wisconsin Feb. 12-13.

    Alaska-Anchorage 2, Minnesota 1

    ANCHORAGE –Kevin Clark scored a shorthanded (5-on-6) goal and assisted a power-play goal in the second period to give the Seawolves yet another Saturday night home win.

  • Emptying the notebook

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    Howe comes back strong

    CC freshman goalie Joe Howe, who had logged 200 more minutes (1,246:37) in WCHA play than No. 2 Brad Eidness of North Dakota before Saturday’s game, wasn’t sharp at the start. He was yanked after allowing two goals only 4:55 into the game.

    “The game was becoming too much like the night before,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “They weren’t bad goals but more defensive breakdowns. So we took him out to see how it sorted itself out.”

    Freshman Michael Shibrowski made five saves, allowing one goal in 15:05 in his college debut.

    ‘I didn’t know if Joe would come back (for the second) or if we’d put Tyler O’Brien in or leave in Mike at that point,” Owens said. “Pulling him made sense at the time. If gave Joe a chance to get mad at me or whatever he needed to do to get ready.”

    He returned to start the second and made five saves during a span of 82 seconds that must have seemed like 10 minutes to CC fans. He allowed one goal, a power-play rip by Garrett Roe, over the final two periods to give CC a chance to rally.

    “Joe competed like a son of a gun for the final 40 minutes,” Owens said. “He’s a big reason we won tonight.”

    Gut-check for CC

    A home sweep at the hands of St. Cloud State would have hurt CC’s chances at finishing in the top five and hosting a home, playoff series. As of now, CC is tied for fourth with Wisconsin, so don’t buy those home playoff tickets just yet.

    But it did wonders for the team’s confidence headed into a nonconference weekend and a bye week.

    “This was a big character weekend for us,” said junior Ryan Lowery, who scored the winning goal to extend his points streak to five games. Senior Mike Testwuide recorded three points, including the empty-netter off a nice loft pass by Gabe Guentzel.

    CC travels to Minnesota Feb. 19-20 to return to WCHA action. By then, the Tigers could be in the bottom five scrambling for points.

    Pairwise fallout

    The win moved the Tigers up to a tie for 12thin the PairWise rankings with Michigan State as of 10:35 p.m. Saturday.

    The top 16, minus the Atlantic Hockey champion, usually advance to the NCAA Tournament because these computer-rankings mimic the selection process.

  • Saturday’s box

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    Colorado College 6, St. Cloud State 4

    St. Cloud State 3          1          0          –4

    Colorado College         2          1          3          6

    First period – 1. Colorado College, McMillin (Hall), 1:59; 2. St. Cloud State, Mosey (Roe), 3:55; 3. St. Cloud State, Novak (LeBlanc, Zabkowicz), 4:55; 4. Colorado College, Hamburg (Testwuide), 9:58; 5. St. Cloud State, Roe (Mosey, Hepp), 17:01. Penalties – SC, Zabkowicz (elbow to head), 11:48.

    Second period – 6. Colorado College, Hamburg (Testwuide, Lowery), 1:22; 7. St. Cloud State, Roe (LeBlanc), 7:22 (pp). Penalties – CC, Johnson (elbow to head), 6:32; SC, Marvin (slashing), 15:16; CC, Sweatt (interference), 19:33.

    Third period – 8. Colorado College, DeBoer (Quilico), 6:52; 9. Colorado College, Lowery (Rapuzzi, Sweatt), 15:02 (pp); 10. Colorado College, Testwuide (Guentzel), 19:49. Penalties – SC, Hepp (tripping), 14:34; SC, Marvin (10-minute misconduct), 20:00; SC, bench (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; SC, bench (10-minute misconduct), 20:00.

    Power play — St. Cloud State 1-2, Colorado College 1-3.. Shots on goal – St. Cloud State 8-15-9-32; Colorado College 12-17-8-37. Saves-minutes – St. Cloud State, Lee 10-16-5-58:43; Colorado College, Howe 2-14-9-44:55, Shibrowski 3-15:05. Attendance – 7,084.

  • CC rallies to down SCSU, 6-4

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    No. 11 Colorado College gutted out a 6-4 win over No. 5 St. Cloud State, taking down the hottest team in college hockey in the process and moving into fourth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

    The loss ended St. Cloud’s nine-game win streak and dropped the Huskies (17-8-3, 12-6-2 WCHA) to 12-2-1 since Nov. 28, 2009. Both losses and the tie have come against CC (15-10-3, 11-8-3).

    Junior defenseman Ryan Lowery fired a slap shot through traffic to beat Husky goalie Mike Lee with 4:58 left to put CC ahead 5-4.

    “Our power play had been close all game long,” Lowery said. “(William) Rapuzzi was battling up front and the puck popped over to me. I knew that side (top shelf, glove side) would be open so I shot and luckily it went in.”

    St. Cloud saw its tying goal waved off with 1:30 left. The referee ruled he blew his whistle before the puck was knocked into the net, negating what looked like the tying score.

    “Everyone knows we scored that goal,” Huskies coach Bob Motzko said.

    The rally was sparked when CC senior Addison DeBoer jumped on a Husky turnover that was forced by senior Dan Quilico in the slot and beat Husky freshman goalie Mike Lee to tie it at 4-4 with 13:08 left. Quilico picked up his first point as a Tiger.

    CC senior Mike Testwuide scored an empty-net goal with 10.7 seconds left.

  • Schultz hopes to be back in 2-3 weeks

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    Junior wing Stephen Schultz said he hopes to be back in 2-3 weeks after suffering a minor right knee injury in Friday’s game. I had originally reported it was his left knee, judging from the blow to that limb seen on the replay.

    “We’re taking it easy to see how it comes along,” he said.

  • SCSU leads 4-3 headed into 3rd

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    St. Cloud State’s deep and talented group of forwards gave CC’s defense trouble all period long with the No. 5 Huskies seemingly on the verge of blowing the game open.

    Garrett Roe exemplified that kind of skill when his one-timer blew by Howe for a power play goal with 12:38 left in the second for a 4-3 lead.

    A CC goal with 30.8 seconds left that would have tied it was waved off because the puck was swatted in by a high stick by Rylan Schwartz.

  • SCSU leads 3-2 headed into 1st intermission

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    Both defenses struggled in the first period, but it was No. 5 St. Cloud that took the most advantage of a poor start by No. 11 CC to grab a 3-2 lead headed into the first intermission.

    CC freshman Joe Howe, who has logged the most minutes in the WCHA, did not look ready to play Saturday and he was yanked on St. Cloud’s second goal only 4:55 into the game.

    CC would answer, tying the game on a pretty-behind the back pass by Mike Testwuide to Andrew Hamburg on a 2-on-1 breakaway with 10:02 left.

    But St. Cloud’s Garrett Roe a hard wrist shot by Michael Shibrowski’s attempted glove save with 2:59 left for a 3-2 lead.

  • Saturday’s lines

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    SCSU

    LW-C-RW

    Festler-Marvin-Lasch

    Mosey-Roe-Eddy

    Hanowski-LeBlanc-Volpei

    Christian-Oslund-Novak

    LD-RD

    Hepp-Raboin

    Lauridsen-Johnson

    Zabkowicz-Barta

    Goalies — Lee, Dunn

    CC

    LW-C-RW

    Hamburg-Schwartz-Testwuide

    Sweatt-Overman-Rapuzzi

    Hall-McMillin-Johnson

    DeBoer-Dineen-Quilico

    LD-RD

    Guentzel-Prosser

    Lowery-Marciano

    Behrend-Fredheim

    Goalies — Howe, O’Brien, Shibrowski

  • In the pros: Straub gets assist; Salcido scores

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    From the Allen Americans …

    The Allen Americans hosted the Corpus Christi IceRays on Friday night, and after a slow start in the first, showed the IceRays why they are currently the second-ranked team in the Southern Conference.  Behind a three-point night by their captain, Jarret Lukin (2 goals, 1 assist), the Americans handed the IceRays a hefty 6-3 defeat.

    Jarret Lukin’s goal with 6:46 remaining in the second period re-opened the Americans two-goal lead.  Lukin took a pass from teammate Brandon Straub along the boards and skated it in along the goal line.  Shielding his stickless defender away, Lukin lofted the puck on Tebbs for the goal.

    From the Canadian Press …

    Alex Stalock made 29 saves as the Worcester Sharks defeated the Manitoba Moose 5-3 in American Hockey League play Friday.

    Brandon Mashinter, Jamie McGinn, Frazer McLaren, John McCarthy and Dwight Helminen each scored for the Sharks, who improved to 29-14-3.

    Brian Salcido, Guillaume Desbiens and Mario Bliznak had singles for Manitoba (23-21-5).

    Moose goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 28 shots for the loss.

  • In the pros: Stuart playing hard as always for struggling Bs

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    From the Boston Globe …

    BY THE NUMBERS: Six hits and four blocked shots for defenseman Mark Stuart, who played 20-plus minutes for the Bruins and clearly tried sacrificing his body for the victory. The fact that so many B’s, like Stuart, played well yet the team still lost has to have general manager Peter Chiarelli wondering how long he can go without making roster improvements.