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Saturday NCHC roundup: Denver, North Dakota tied for league lead

Published: January 25, 2014, 10:48 pm, by Joe Paisley

du undNo. 16 Denver 3, No. 18 North Dakota 0

DENVER — Zac Larazza scored twice in the third period to help the Pioneers pull away and earn a split in their NCHC series.

The victory moves Denver into a tie for first place in the NCHC standings with North Dakota at 24 points.  The Pioneers and UND are one point ahead of St. Cloud State (23 pts.) and three points ahead of Nebraska-Omaha (21 pts.).

Denver improves to 13-8-5 overall and 7-5-2-1 in the conference loop with the win.  North Dakota slips to 13-8-3 overall and 8-6-0-0 in NCHC action.  The loss marked North Dakota’s first since Nov. 29 and snapped a 10-game unbeaten streak for UND – which entering the weekend was the second-longest active streak nationally.

The Pioneers are now 10-3-5 over their last 18 games – dating back to a shootout victory over Colorado College on Nov. 8

“I love coaching this team because they’re resilient,” DU coach Jim Montgomery said.  “We just keep finding ways to get better.  We have to watch what we’re doing at home and analyze that, but if we can get better on Friday nights at home with the way we’ve been playing on the road, really good things are going to happen for us.”

North Star Cup

Championship

Minnesota 4, Minnesota-Duluth 4  OT (UM wins shootout)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Joe Basaraba scored late in the third to force regulation but No. 1 Minnesota won in the shootout to claim the inaugural North Star College Cup

Third-place game

No. 5 St. Cloud State 6, Minnesota State 4

ST. PAUL, Minn.  — St. Cloud State completed its run at the North Star College Cup with a 6-4 victory over Minnesota State Mankato (14-12-0, 12-6-0 WCHA) in the consolation game of the tournament on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Huskies relied on a four-goal breakout in the second period to bring home the victory, which snapped a four-game winless streak for St. Cloud State (13-5-4, 7-3-2-0 NCHC).

CURRENT STANDINGS:

Conference Overall
Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
North Dakota 24 14 8 6 0 0 0.571 39 42 24 13 8 3 0.604 67 65
Denver 24 14 7 5 2 1 0.571 36 32 26 13 8 5 0.596 68 55
St. Cloud State 23 12 7 3 2 0 0.667 39 28 22 13 5 4 0.682 77 55
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 21 10 9 2 0.524 60 59
Miami 14 14 4 9 1 1 0.321 36 42 24 10 11 3 0.479 76 66
Colorado College 13 14 3 8 3 1 0.321 30 45 24 3 17 4 0.208 44 81