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.