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
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
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).
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