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Friday night rewind: Brown ties Denver; AFA falls in OT; Colgate spoils 1-2 matchup

Published: January 4, 2014, 9:09 am, by Joe Paisley

McDNo. 16 Denver 3, Brown 3 OT

DENVER – Brown rallied late to force overtime and earn a 3-3 tie against the Pioneers Friday (10-6-4, 4-3-1-1 NCHC), who improved to 7-1-4 in their last 12 games while facing the Bears (5-6-2, 3-4-1 ECAC) for the first time since 1994.

Brown won an exhibition shootout afterward, 1-0. The Bears held a 43-27 advantage in shots on goal, including 19-5 in the third period.

DU senior netminder Sam Brittain totaled 40 saves while Tyler Steel stopped 24. Matt Lorito dished out three assists for Brown. Denver hosts No. 3 St. Cloud State next weekend.

New Hampshire 6, No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha 3

DURHAM, N.H. – Junior forward Josh Archibald scored twice for Omaha, but it was not enough to overcome a three-goal second period for New Hampshire.

UNO (8-8-1, 5-2-1-1 NCHC) was playing for the first time since Dec. 7 while facing the Wildcats (11-10-1, 5-5-0 Hockey East) for the first time since 2005.

Casey DeSmith finished with 21 saves in the win for the Wildcats while junior netminder Ryan Massa suffered the loss, giving up five goals in 38 minutes, while stopping 20 shots. Freshman Kirk Thompson relieved Massa, collecting nine saves in just over 21 minutes of action. The two teams complete their weekend non-conference series Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

Other results of note:

Mariucci Classic semifinals

Colgate 2, No. 1 Minnesota 2 (Red Raiders win shootout) Article link
No. 2 Ferris State 6, RPI 2

MINNEAPOLIS – So much for the hoped-for No. 1-2 championship game tonight. Look for Ferris State to be the new No. 1 on Monday.

Alaska-Anchorage 3, No. 13 Wisconsin 2

MADISON – Seawolves turn early 1-0 lead into first win at Kohl Center since 2005.

AIC 4, Air Force 3 OT  Read more here.

Exhibition results

Minnesota-Duluth 7, USA U-18 0 

DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth resumes regular-season play next weekend at No. 19 Nebraska Omaha.

British Columbia 3, North Dakota 2

BURNABY, B.C. – North Dakota took UBC too lightly and the Thunderbirds made the visitors pay in the nightcap of the Great Northwest Showcase Friday.

Despite the subpar performance, UND was within a minute of escaping with a victory after Connor Gaarder broke a 1-1 tie with 4:11 remaining in regulation, banging home a loose puck from the slot.

But the Thunderbirds found the tying goalie with 52 seconds remaining and goaltender Matt Hewitt on the bench for an extra attacker. Joe Antilla found a rebound off the end boards and snuck it past UND goalie Zane Gothberg to send the game into extra time.

Antilla set up the winner in overtime with 1:04 remaining, finding Jason Yee at the faceoff dot to the left of Gothberg. Yee drilled a one-timer past Gothberg to send UND to its locker room tasting defeat for the first time since Nov. 29.

 “Winning five games coming into the break, there shouldn’t be any rust. We should be mentally sharp and prepared to go, especially after the week we had back in North Dakota,” said freshman Troy Stecher. “You come in here, you’re spoiled, go to a Canucks game (Thursday night), get wined and dined and think you’re going to walk all over these guys. That was our first mistake and it cost us a hockey game.”

UND will face host Simon Fraser, which lost 8-1 to Princeton earlier tonight, on Saturday at 7 p.m. Pacific to close out the tournament.