NCHC roundup: Nebraska-Omaha routs Miami; updated standings

Published: January 18, 2014, 10:39 pm, by Joe Paisley

bigger-NCHC-logo-300x300Nebraska-Omaha 5, Miami 1

OXFORD, Ohio – Josh Archibald had a hat trick as the Omaha hockey team erupted for three goals in the third period to beat Miami, 5-1, on Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena.

The win snapped a seven-game winless streak for the Mavericks who improved to 9-11-2 overall and 6-4-2-1 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. 

Miami, which went 0-3-1 against the Mavs with a shootout win in the four-game season series, dropped to 9-10-3 overall and 3-8-0-1 in the NCHC, good for seventh place, based on Friday’s shootout win.
Miami plays at last-place CC next weekend.

No. 20 North Dakota 4, Bemidji State 2

Junior defenseman-turned-wing Andrew Panzarella’s first-period goal helped set the tone for UND’s 4-2 nonconference victory over Bemidji State that stretched UND’s unbeaten streak to a season-best nine games (8-0-1).

It’s the school’s longest since a 15-game streak (14-0-1) in 2011.

Panzarella tipped a centering pass from Mark McMillian through the legs of BSU goalie Andrew Walsh at 7:22 of the first period to stake UND to a 2-0 lead and end his goal drought.

No. 16 Denver 2, Minnesota-Duluth 2 (UMD wins shootout 2-1)

DULUTH, Minn. — Sophomore Quentin Shore and junior Ty Loney registered goals but the No. 16 University of Denver hockey team had to settle for a 2-2 tie in the series finale against Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night before a AMSOIL Arena record crowd of 6,889.

Duluth claimed the extra point by virtue of a 2-1 victory in the shootout.  Freshman Alex Iafallo, who also recorded a pair of goals in regulation, and Caleb Herbert connected for the Bulldogs in the shootout.  Denver’s Nolan Zajac (Winnipeg, Manitoba) was the only Pioneer with a successful conversion.

The Pioneers have played 11 games that have required overtime this season and 14 of their 24 contests have been decided by a single goal or ended in a tie.

Western Michigan 2, No. 3 St. Cloud State 1

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Western Michigan (12-8-4, 6-5-1-1 NCHC) claimed a narrow 2-1 victory over St. Cloud State (12-4-4, 7-3-2 NCHC) on Saturday at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

In a defensive battle, the Huskies outshot the Broncos 33-19 but a goal by Shane Berschbach at 4:39 of the third period proved to be the game winner for WMU.

Conference Overall
Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
St. Cloud State 23 12 7 3 2 0 0.667 39 28 20 12 4 4 0.700 70 47
North Dakota 21 12 7 5 0 0 0.583 35 37 22 12 7 3 0.614 63 60
Denver 21 12 6 4 2 1 0.583 31 28 24 12 7 5 0.604 63 51
Nebraska Omaha 21 12 6 4 2 1 0.583 36 29 22 9 11 2 0.455 66 70
Western Michigan 20 12 6 5 1 1 0.542 38 34 24 12 8 4 0.583 65 57
Minnesota Duluth 17 12 5 6 1 1 0.458 34 36 20 9 9 2 0.500 55 55
Miami 11 12 3 8 1 1 0.292 29 37 22 9 10 3 0.477 69 61
Colorado College 10 12 2 7 3 1 0.292 25 38 22 2 16 4 0.182 39 74