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North Dakota moves into first in NCHC

Published: January 24, 2014, 11:10 pm, by Joe Paisley

UND Luke JohnsonNo. 18 North Dakota 4,
No. 16 Denver 2

DENVER — The host Pioneers fell behind 2-0 in the opening period and would never lead in a game that saw them surrender a pair of power play scores as well as a short-handed goal to North Dakota, which moved into first place with the road victory.

With the loss, Denver falls to 12-8-5 overall and 6-5-2-1 in NCHC action.  North Dakota improves to 13-7-3 and 8-5-0-0 in league play.  The loss for the Pioneers marked only their third since Nov. 8.  It was the 10th-straight game without a loss for UND (9-0-1).

“We couldn’t get anything going,” Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. “North Dakota was well prepared and I didn’t prepare our team well enough to have success tonight and we’re going to have to be better at that (Saturday). Our players have to bring some energy and emotion to the game. You play this game without emotion and you end up getting dominated in faceoffs, footraces and body contact. There were a lot of crimson pants on the ice compared to green.”

North Star Cup

No. 1 Minnesota 5, No. 5 St. Cloud State 1, semifinal

ST. PAUL – Minnesota broke the tie at 14:24 of the second period with a goal by Nate Condon with assists from Mike Reilly and Sam Warning. The Gophers pushed their lead to 3-1 at 18:14 of the second period with a power play marker by Hudson Fasching.

The Huskies (12-5-4, 7-3-2 NCHC) will continue play at the North Star College Cup on Saturday with a 4:07 p.m. CT game against Minnesota State Mankato in the consolation game. The championship at 7:07 p.m. will feature Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth.

Roos 9.28-29.12Minnesota-Duluth 5, Minnesota State 4, semifinal

ST. PAUL — With a flick of his wrist Friday night, Alex Iafallo not only terminated a lengthy overtime drought for the University of Minnesota Duluth but, most importantly, put his club into the championship game of the first-ever North Star College Cup.
Iafallo banged in a rebound with 26.5 seconds left in sudden death to give the  Bulldogs a 5-4 victory over Minnesota State in the North Star College Cup semifinals at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Prior to Friday, UMD was 0-3-7 in  its 10 overtime outings since prevailing 3-2 over these same the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs nearly two years ago.
“We got a power play late in that overtime and we’re able to take advantage of that,” said Iaffalo, who paces the 2013-14 Bulldogs in goals with nine. “Tony (Cameranesi) worked hard on that play and got the shot on goal, so all I had to do was put it in.”

Current standings:

Conference Overall
Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
North Dakota 24 13 8 5 0 0 0.615 39 39 23 13 7 3 0.630 67 62
St. Cloud State 23 12 7 3 2 0 0.667 39 28 21 12 5 4 0.667 71 51
Nebraska Omaha 21 12 6 4 2 1 0.583 36 29 22 9 11 2 0.455 66 70
Denver 21 13 6 5 2 1 0.538 33 32 25 12 8 5 0.580 65 55
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 21 10 9 2 0.524 60 59
Colorado College 13 13 3 7 3 1 0.346 29 39 23 3 16 4 0.217 43 75
Miami 11 13 3 9 1 1 0.269 30 41 23 9 11 3 0.457 70 65