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Gameday reading: CC dedicates facilities, exhibition preview; UMass-Lowell stunner; Fairbanks blasts Air Force; NCHC roundup

Published: October 12, 2013, 9:23 am, by Joe Paisley

cc dedication 003Colorado College dedicated the Frank Flood Memorial Track and the Bill “Red” Hay Athletic Performance Suite at the El Pomar Sports Center during an outdoor ceremony Friday.
Flood, a Salida native, was an assistant coach in track, football and boxing for 30 years at CC and known as a father figure around campus.
Hay, a two-time All-American who led the 1957 NCAA championship team, went on to play for the Chicago Blackhawks where the Canadian earned the 1959-60 Calder Memorial Cup for Rookie of the Year playing with teammates Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull.

CC has its second exhibition game tonight and they worked extra hard on Friday to prepare for the season.

Here are the season preview capsules for the NCHC that were held Thursday night because of space.

Sacred Heart, which won two games last season and was picked to finish last in the AHA, upset No. 1 UMass-Lowell on the road Friday night.

Friday roundup

Alaska-Fairbanks 6, Air Force 1

ANCHORAGE – Alaska-Fairbanks scored three goals in the first 14 minutes of the game and held on for a 6-1 win over Air Force in the first game of the Kendall Hockey Classic, Friday, Oct. 11, at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. The game was the season opener for both teams as Alaska improved to 1-0 while Air Force fell to 0-1.

Air Force got on the board midway through the second period when George Michalke scored from Ben Persian and Dan Weissenhofer to make it 4-1 Air Force out shot Alaska, 21-17, in the game. Falcons goalie Jason Torf, who took the loss, allowed two goals on five shots in 14 minutes.

NCHC

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference went 5-2 in its first night of game action.

Minnesota-Duluth 2, Michigan Tech 1

DULUTH, Minn. – Junior forward Justin Crandall scored with 2:46 remaining in the third period to break a tie and lift Minnesota Duluth (1-0-0) to a 2-1 win over Michigan Tech Friday night at AMSOIL Arena.

After a scoreless first period, sophomore Tony Cameranesi broke the deadlock with a goal less than five minutes into the second stanza. Sophomore goaltender Matt McNeely stopped 15 shots to pick up the win, as UMD outshot Michigan Tech, 41-16 for the game.

They play again Saturday at 7:07 p.m. CT.

No. 17 Denver 1, Merrimack 0

DENVER – Junior forward Daniel Doremus scored on the power play in the first period and senior goaltender Sam Brittan stopped every shot that came his way to power No. 17 Denver  to a 1-0 shutout over Merrimack Friday at Magness Arena.

Doremus scored just 4:30 into the contest after cleaning up a shot from sophomore defenseman Nolan Zajac. Brittan made 25 saves to complete the whitewash. The Pioneers outshot Merimack, 30-25, on the night.

The series concludes at 7:07 p.m. MT Saturday.

Miami celebration home whitesNo. 2 Miami 6, Ohio State 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Miami scored four unanswered goals to take down in-state rival Ohio State Friday night at Value City Arena. Six different RedHawks scored in the win, while sophomores Sean Kuraly (3) and Riley Barber (2) combined for five assists on the night. Junior forward Jimmy Mullin also added a pair of helpers.

The RedHawks return home Saturday to host the Buckeyes at 7:05 p.m. ET.

No. 7 North Dakota 5, Vermont 3

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Trailing 3-1 midway through the second period, No. 7/7 North Dakota  (1-0-0) rallied with four unanswered goals to topple Vermont, 5-3, Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Four different players scored for UND, including sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi, who totaled four points as he also dished out three assists.

Sophomore goaltender Zane Gothberg picked up the win, making 17 saves in 34 shutout minutes of relief after replacing senior Clarke Saunders in net. UND and Vermont square off again Saturday at 7:07 p.m. CT.  

No. 8 Notre Dame, 4, No. 18 Western Michigan 0

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Junior goaltender Frank Slubowski made 28 saves for WMU while Steven Summerhays stopped all 22 Bronco shots to pitch the shutout Friday night at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Western Michigan returns to Kalamazoo Saturday to host the Fighting Irish at 7:05 p.m. ET at Lawson Arena. 

SCSU Ryan FaragherNo. 9 St. Cloud State 3, Bemidji State 2

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Knotted at 2-2, senior forward Nic Dowd scored late in the second period and No. 9/9 St. Cloud State (1-0-0) made the lead stand up as they knocked off in-state rival Bemidji State, 3-2, Friday night at the newly renovated Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Sophomore forward Joey Benik scored the first two goals of the night. Classmate Jonny Brodzinski had the primary assist on each score, while Dowd also assisted on the first tally of the night. Bemidji State scored twice in the middle of the second stanza to knot the game, but Dowd scored soon after and junior netminder Ryan Faragher finished with 14 saves to secure the win.

The series concludes Saturday at 7:07 p.m. CT.

Bentley 6, Nebraska-Omaha 4

OMAHA, Neb. – Down 5-2 in the third period, Nebraska Omaha rallied to cut the gap to one, but Bentley held off the Mavericks, upsetting UNO, 6-4, Friday night at CenturyLink Center.

The Falcons scored four special teams goals in the game. Junior goaltender Ryan Massa tallied 19 saves in the loss, despite UNO outshooting the Falcons, 38-25, on the night. Freshman forward Austin Ortega had the only multi-point game for the Mavericks with a goal and an assist. The rematch is 7:07 p.m. CT Saturday.