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NCHC roundup: Blais ejection sparks Mavericks

Published: February 9, 2014, 10:36 am, by Joe Paisley

SCSU BrodzinskiGRAND FORKS, N.D. — Nebraska-Omaha responded to coach Dean Blais’ ejection by scoring four goals, including a natural hat trick by Josh Archibald, in a 6-3 road win over No. 16 North Dakota.

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.

STANDINGS

Conference Overall
Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
St. Cloud State 30 16 9 4 3 0 0.656 56 43 26 15 6 5 0.673 94 70
Minnesota Duluth 28 16 8 6 2 2 0.563 46 42 26 13 9 4 0.577 76 69
North Dakota 27 16 9 7 0 0 0.563 46 50 26 14 9 3 0.596 74 73
Nebraska Omaha 27 16 8 6 2 1 0.563 55 47 26 11 13 2 0.462 85 88
Western Michigan 26 16 8 7 1 1 0.531 49 46 28 14 10 4 0.571 76 69
Denver 26 16 7 6 3 2 0.531 40 38 28 13 9 6 0.571 72 61
Miami 14 16 4 11 1 1 0.281 40 50 26 10 13 3 0.442 80 74
Colorado College 14 16 3 9 4 1 0.313 33 49 26 3 18 5 0.212 47 85