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NCHC roundup: Wins set up UND-SCSU showdown

Published: February 23, 2014, 11:49 am, by Joe Paisley

SCSU road celebrationWith four games remaining in the regular season, No. 4 St. Cloud State and No. 11 North Dakota both won on Saturday to move six points ahead of third-place Nebraska-Omaha.

The Penrose Cup could be decided next weekend when UND and the Huskies play in St. Cloud, Minn. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings.

No. 4 St. Cloud State 3, Miami 0

OXFORD, Ohio – Junior goaltender Ryan Faragher recorded his first shutout of the season while St. Cloud State struck twice in the first period en route to a 3-0 road win over last-place Miami Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena.

With the victory, SCSU (18-7-5, 12-5-3-0 NCHC) earned a weekend and regular-season series split with the RedHawks (11-16-3, 5-14-1-1 NCHC), who won Friday 4-3, while the Huskies remain in a first-place tie with North Dakota.

Sophomore Jimmy Murray and senior Nic Dowd each had a goal and an assist in the win, while sophomore Jonny Brodzinski added a pair of helpers. Miami hosts Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

Here is an article on the game by the St. Cloud Times.

No. 11 North Dakota 6, No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth 2

DULUTH, Minn. – Five players recorded multiple points, led by two goals from freshman defenseman Paul LaDue tallied two goals  and North Dakota scored five unanswered goals over the final 40 minutes at AMSOIL Arena, completing a weekend sweep.

UND (18-9-3, 13-7-0-0 NCHC), which blanked UMD (13-13-4, 8-10-2-2 NCHC) 3-0 Friday, has now won four straight games, is 14-2-1 in its last 17 games..

North Dakota struck first when senior forward Mitch MacMillan tallied his first goal of the year 3:38 into the game.

Here is the Duluth News-Tribune article and an article by the Grand Forks Herald and column on the UND power play’s resurgence.

UNO celebrationWestern Michigan 5, Nebraska-Omaha 3

KALAMAZOO, Mich. –Western Michigan scored four unanswered goals in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and claim the win Saturday night at Lawson Ice Arena. With the win, WMU (15-12-5, 9-9-2-2 NCHC) earned a weekend split with the Mavericks (13-15-2, 10-8-2-1 NCHC), and moved into fourth place in the standings.

The top four teams receive home ice for the league quarterfinals. Omaha is two points ahead of WMU in third place. The Mavericks host seventh-place CC this Friday and Saturday. Western Michigan hosts Denver, which was swept for the first time since No. 1-2,  next weekend.

STANDINGS

Conference Overall
Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
North Dakota 39 20 13 7 0 0 0.650 67 56 30 18 9 3 0.650 95 79
St. Cloud State 39 20 12 5 3 0 0.675 71 53 30 18 7 5 0.683 109 80
Nebraska Omaha 33 20 10 8 2 1 0.550 68 59 30 13 15 2 0.467 98 100
Western Michigan 31 20 9 9 2 2 0.500 59 61 32 15 12 5 0.547 86 84
Denver 29 20 8 9 3 2 0.475 49 49 32 14 12 6 0.531 81 72
Minnesota Duluth 28 20 8 10 2 2 0.450 54 60 30 13 13 4 0.500 84 87
Colorado College 24 20 6 9 5 1 0.425 46 56 30 6 18 6 0.300 60 92
Miami 17 20 5 14 1 1 0.275 48 68 30 11 16 3 0.417 88 92