NCHC roundup: Miami knocks off SCSU, North Dakota moves into tie for first place

Published: February 22, 2014, 9:44 am, by Joe Paisley

Miami vs SCSUMiami 4, No. 4 St. Cloud State 3

OXFORD, Ohio — Junior forward Blake Coleman scored two goals in his first game back from injury to lead Miami to a 4-3 upset of No. 4 St. Cloud State Friday night at Steve Cady Arena. With the win, the RedHawks (11-15-3, 5-13-1-1 NCHC) snapped a four-game losing streak while topping first-place SCSU (17-7-5, 11-5-3-0 NCHC) for the second time in three meetings this year.

Sophomore goaltender Jay Williams made 27 saves for the RedHawks while SCSU junior goaltender Ryan Faragher compiled 22 saves in the loss. Here is the SCSU beat writer’s article.

No. 11 North Dakota 3, No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth 0

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) —  Luke Johnson provided the offense and Zane Gothberg the defense as North Dakota beat Minnesota-Duluth 3-0 Friday to move into share of the lead in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Eleventh-ranked North Dakota (17-9-3, 12-7-0) started the night three points behind St. Cloud State for the top spot in the league. But Miami, which lost 9-2 last Saturday at UND, beat St. Cloud State 4-3.

UND coach Dave Hakstol said it was typical of games between the two former Western Collegiate Hockey Conference foes.

“There was an edge to this game, but that’s always been there between these two teams,” Hakstol said. “No question it ramped up.”

North Dakota finished with six minor penalties, while the Bulldogs had nine penalties for 29 minutes.

Johnson scored goals in the first and third periods and assisted on Rocco Grimaldi’s goal in the second.

Gothberg, who returned to the lineup last weekend after a long inactive stint due to injury, made 33 saves to notch his first shutout. He extended his personal-best unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1).

Nebraska-Omaha 5, Western Michigan 1

KALAMAZOO, MI – Western Michigan hockey coach Andy Murray was downright angry after the Broncos’ game Friday night.

WMU entered the third period of its National Collegiate Hockey Conference game down one goal, 2-1, but the Broncos gave up three goals in the third period and lost, 5-1.

“We just had too many players that we count on not playing at a high level tonight and it is disappointing. I am a pretty positive coach and I like to focus on the positive and that type of thing and make sure to recognize when people are doing things well. Tonight is a night for accountability and obviously I am the coach so it is my responsibility but a lot of losses this year I have taken responsibility. We got a group of guys in that room tonight that need to take some responsibility as well.”

For the rest of the article, click here.  Here is the Omaha newspaper’s article, which noted the successful return of goalie Ryan Massa from a groin injury.

STANDINGS

Conference Overall
Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
North Dakota 36 19 12 7 0 0 0.632 61 54 29 17 9 3 0.638 89 77
St. Cloud State 36 19 11 5 3 0 0.658 68 53 29 17 7 5 0.672 106 80
Nebraska Omaha 33 19 10 7 2 1 0.579 65 54 29 13 14 2 0.483 95 95
Denver 29 19 8 8 3 2 0.500 48 46 31 14 11 6 0.548 80 69
Minnesota Duluth 28 19 8 9 2 2 0.474 52 54 29 13 12 4 0.517 82 81
Western Michigan 28 19 8 9 2 2 0.474 54 58 31 14 12 5 0.532 81 81
Colorado College 21 19 5 9 5 1 0.395 43 55 29 5 18 6 0.276 57 91
Miami 17 19 5 13 1 1 0.289 48 65 29 11 15 3 0.431 88 89