NCHC roundup: Huskies pad league lead

Published: February 15, 2014, 10:17 am, by Joe Paisley

bigger-NCHC-logo-300x300For 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.

Here is the Duluth paper’s article and the game story from the Huskies beat writer.

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.

STANDINGS

Conference Overall
Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
St. Cloud State 33 17 10 4 3 0 0.676 61 46 27 16 6 5 0.685 99 73
North Dakota 30 17 10 7 0 0 0.588 49 52 27 15 9 3 0.611 77 75
Nebraska Omaha 30 17 9 6 2 1 0.588 59 49 27 12 13 2 0.481 89 90
Minnesota Duluth 28 17 8 7 2 2 0.529 49 47 27 13 10 4 0.556 79 74
Western Michigan 28 17 8 7 2 2 0.529 53 50 29 14 10 5 0.569 80 73
Denver 26 17 7 7 3 2 0.500 42 42 29 13 10 6 0.552 74 65
Colorado College 15 17 3 9 5 1 0.324 37 53 27 3 18 6 0.222 51 89
Miami 14 17 4 12 1 1 0.265 42 53 27 10 14 3 0.426 82 77