For the time being, St. Cloud State picked up some breathing room with a full three-point lead (33-30) over No. 17 North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha, tied for second, after all three won at home on Friday.
Western Michigan’s two points moved the Broncos up from fifth to a tie for fourth with Minnesota-Duluth.
Denver fell to sixth and CC moved up to a distant seventh behind the Pioneers (26-15) and one point ahead of Miami.
No. 6 St. Cloud State 5, No. 16 Minnesota-Duluth 3
ST. CLOUD, Minn. –A poor opening period for the visiting Bulldogs kpet a match-up of the NCHC’s top two teams form devleoping into the game most expected. SCSU took a 4-0 lead through one period and was never threatened.
Nebraska-Omaha 4, No. 18 Denver 2
OMAHA — Nebraska Omaha scored two goals in the second period and twice in the third for a 4-2 victory over the Pioneers before 6,281 fans at the CenturyLink Center.
Josh Archibald scored twice, including the game-winner that broke the 2-2 tie in the third. UNO improved to 12-13-2 and 9-6-3.
Daniel Doremus and Will Butcher scored for the Pioneers (13-10-6, 7-7-5). DU senior goaltender Sam Brittain finished with 27 saves.
No. 17 North Dakota 3, Miami 2
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Sean Kuraly’s goal with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third brought Miami within a goal, but North Dakota held off a late charge to defeat the RedHawks 3-2 on Friday night.
Miami fell to 10-14-3 (4-12-1-1 NCHC) with the setback. UND is 11-2-1 in its last 14 games, including five wins by a 3-2 margin. Here are CBS-SN’s video highlights.
Here is more from the Grand Forks Herald.
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