Denver moves into first place in NCHC

Published: November 17, 2013, 12:44 pm, by Joe Paisley

Denver Shore_Quentin_21611Denver 1, Western Michigan 0

DENVER – Senior goaltender Sam Brittain recorded his third shutout of the season and senior defenseman David Makowski scored the game’s only goal to lead Denver past Western Michigan, 1-0, Saturday night at Magness Arena to complete a weekend sweep. The Pioneers (6-5-1, 3-2-1-1 NCHC) won Friday, 5-3, over the Broncos (3-5-2, 2-2-0-0 NCHC) and now move into sole possession of first place in the NCHC.

After a scoreless first period in which DU outshoot WMU, 8-3, Makowski found the back of the net on a 5-on-3 power play 6:40 into the second stanza. Junior defenseman Joey LaLeggia and sophomore forward Quentin Shore collected the assists. 

Brittain’s three whitewashes tie for the NCAA lead while Saturday was his first in league play.. Western Michigan steps out of league play next weekend with a home-and-home series against Michigan State while Denver does the same thing with Air Force Friday and Saturday.

No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth 6, No. 13 North Dakota 3

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Junior forward Adam Krause scored two goals as one of six Bulldogs with multiple points to lead Minnesota Duluth to a 6-3 victory over North Dakota Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. With the win, UMD (5-4-1, 2-2-0-0 NCHC) earned a weekend split with UND (4-5-1, 3-5-0-0 NCHC), which won Friday, 4-2.

Senior Aaron Crandall collected the win in net with 22 saves while fellow senior Clarke Saunders took the loss in net for UND, stopping 19 shots before being replaced in the third period.

Duluth remains on the road next weekend with a non-conference series at No. 1 Minnesota, while North Dakota heads east for a non-conference series at Boston University Friday and Saturday.

No. 3 St. Cloud State 4, Alabama-Huntsville 3

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After cruising to a 10-0 win Friday, St. Cloud State needed all three points from sophomore forward David Morley Saturday, including assisting on the game-winner in the third period, to lead the Huskies past Alabama-Huntsville, 4-3, at the Von Braun Center. SCSU (8-1-1, 3-1 NCHC) earned a weekend sweep with the win after downing the Chargers (0-10, 0-6 WCHA).

Despite the close score, St. Cloud State outshot UAH, 42-15, including 15-1 in the second stanza. Matt Larose compiled 38 saves to keep the Chargers close. St. Cloud State hosts Colorado College Friday and Saturday.

No. 12 Wisconsin 3, No. 8 Miami 2

OXFORD, Ohio –Wisconsin scored two third-period goals to erase a deficit and rally Miami, 3-2, Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena, earning a series split in the Badgers first ever visit to Oxford. The RedHawks (7-4-1, 2-2-0-0 NCHC) blanked Wisconsin (4-3-1, 0-0-0 B1G), 2-0, on Friday night.

The RedHawks pulled sophomore goaltender Ryan McKay, who finished with 23 saves after pitching his third shutout of the year Friday night, for an extra attacker in the closing minutes, but couldn’t find the equalizer. Miami outshot the Badgers, 34-26, in the defeat, as Joel Rumpel totaled 32 stops for UW.  

No. 2 Michigan 4, Nebraska-Omaha 3

OMAHA, Neb. – After Nebraska Omaha rallied to tie No. 2 Michigan in the third period, the Wolverines quickly answered and then held off the Mavericks to collect a 4-3 win Saturday night at CenturyLink Center. UNO (6-6-0, 3-1-0-0 NCHC) settled for a weekend split with the Wolverines (7-2-1, 0-0-0 B1G) after pulling the upset Friday, 3-2.

Freshman forward Justin Parizek dished out two assists for his first multi-point game for the Mavericks, who host No. 8 Miami Friday and Saturday in an NCHC series.