NCHC roundup: Duluth wins on road again

Published: January 31, 2014, 10:34 pm, by Joe Paisley

UMD No. 25Minnesota-Duluth 5,
No. 20 Western Michigan 2

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Life on the road has suited Minnesota-Duluth just fine over the last couple of months. The surging Bulldogs haven’t lost a game away from home since Nov. 22 and Friday night  in Kalamazoo, Mich., they extended their road unbeaten streak to six games by reeling off three unanswered third-period goals en route to a 5-2 National Collegiate Hockey Conference victory over 20th-ranked Western Michigan.

Rookie wingers Justin Crandall and Kyle Osterberg each scored twice and assisted on two other goals for the Bulldogs (11-9-3, 6-6-1-1). The win puts them in a tie for fifth place with Western Michigan, which fell for the first time in it last seven games (5-1-1) while dropping to 12-9-4 on the year. UMD never trailed.

The Bulldogs were without the services of injured sophomore left winger Austin Farley and senior defenseman Tim Smith; both with upper-body injuries.

No. 5 St. Cloud State 5, Nebraska-Omaha 3

OMAHA — St. Cloud State downed Nebraska-Omaha on Friday with a 5-3 decision over the Mavericks at the CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha, Neb.
Senior defender Kevin Gravel stepped into the spotlight with the game winning goal at 16:38 of the third period with assists from Tim Daly and David Morley, which broke a 3-3 tie. The Huskies then iced the decision at 19:53 with an empty net goal by junior forward Brooks Bertsch for the final margin.

The other four NCHC teams are idle this weekend.