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.
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.”
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