Blais was ejected with 2:53 left in the first period after he refused to send a player to the penalty box following a bench minor. Blais was just the second coach (Denver’s George Gwozdecky) to be ejected since Ralph Engelstad Arena opened in 2001. The ejection came after Omaha’s fifth penalty to none for UND.
The Mavs were soon down 3-1 but rallied to hand host North Dakota its only loss in 12 games. The loss dropped North Dakota into a third-place tie with Omaha.
No. 5 SCSU 4, No. 15 Denver
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — No. 5 St. Cloud rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat No. 15 Denver, 4-2, and move into sole possession of first place in the NCHC. St. Cloud State tied the game, 2-2, with 9:08 remaining and Ethan Prow gave the Huskies their first lead of the night 2:33 later with a wrist shot that beat Sam Brittain on his stick side. Nic Dowd added an empty netter with 42.6 seconds remaining.
Struggling St. Cloud State No. 1 goalie Ryan Faragher was a healthy scratch. Freshman Charlie Lindgren got the start and improved to 2-1-1 on the season with 28 saves.
Western Michigan 3, Miami 2
OXFORD, Ohio — Western Michigan swept former CCHA rival Miami for the first time since Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 1992, a day before current WMU captain Chase Balisy was born, to sweep the season series and move into a tie for fifth place with Denver. The Broncos scored three goals in the second period to reverse a 2-0 RedHawks lead after one period.
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