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.
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.
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