Saturday night recap: Air Force; Look who’s leading the NCHC

Published: November 24, 2013, 8:21 am, by Joe Paisley

afa vs uaaDenver rallied to defeat Air Force 3-1 Saturday night and extend its unbeaten streak to six games.

With a 3-1 win over Colorado College on Tuesday and a tie against Denver on Friday, Air Force went 1-1- against the NCHC and earned five of a possible eight points, including both AHA points.

“We proved to ourselves we can play with these teams, but we also learned we need to be sharp,” coach Frank Serratore said. “We don’t need to play a perfect game, but we need to play an excellent game. We didn’t have much in the tank, but our guys gave it everything they had and I was real proud of that effort.”

Nebraska-Omaha 3, No. 8 Miami 1

OMAHA – Nebraska-Omaha used special teams to register all three of its goals as the Mavericks rallied past Miami, 3-1, Saturday night at CenturyLink Center to sweep the RedHawks and remain atop the league standings.

UNO (8-6, 5-1) downed the RedHawks (7-6-1, 2-4) 6-3 on Friday. 

Miami sophomore netminder Ryan McKay made 40 saves to keep the RedHawks in the contest. Junior goaltender Ryan Massa collected the win with 25 stops for UNO.

The Mavericks are off next weekend before resuming NCHC play at Colorado College Dec. 6-7. Miami travels to WCHA member Bemidji State Nov. 29-30.

Western Michigan 4, Michigan State 1

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Senior forward Shane Berschbach tallied three points to lead Western Michigan past former CCHA rival Michigan State at Lawson Ice Arena in the second game of the home-and-home series. With the victory, the Broncos (5-5-2, 2-2 NCHC) completed the weekend sweep of their in-state rival Spartans (3-7) after a 2-0 win Friday.

The Broncos remain out of conference next weekend as they head to South Bend, Ind. for the Shillelagh Tournament, hosted by Notre Dame. WMU opens with Northeastern Friday, Nov. 29.

Boston University 3, No. 14 North Dakota 3 (OT)

BOSTON — North Dakota fired 58 shots on goal but Boston University goalie Matt O’Connor made a career-high 55 saves Saturday night at Agganis Arena. UND (4-6-2, 3-5-0-0 NCHC) fell to the Terriers (6-6-1, 2-3-0 HEA), 3-1, in the series opener Friday.

Sophomore netminder Zane Gothberg claimed the tie for UND, totaling 28 saves on 31 Boston shots. North Dakota returns home next weekend but remains out of conference, hosting St. Lawrence of the ECAC Friday and Saturday.