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NCHC roundup: Victors seize control early

Published: March 1, 2014, 9:54 am, by Joe Paisley

CCUND picThe second period proved decisive Friday night with three road teams using those middle frame advantages to shake up the NCHC standings once again.

No. 10 North Dakota, spurred by a five-goal second, downed No. 5 St. Cloud State, 5-2, on the road in a battle of first-place teams.

UND took sole possession of the top spot, now three points ahead of the Huskies. A win Saturday by North Dakota clinches at least a share of the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCHC Tournament.

Here is the Grand Forks Herald coverage and the St. Cloud  Times.

cc McDermottNebraska-Omaha was the lone home team to win Friday, as junior goaltender Ryan Massa pitched his first shutout of the season to backstop the Mavericks to a 6-0 win over Colorado College, snapping the Tigers’ three-game win streak. UNO remains in third place, now just three points back of SCSU.

In that case, the game was decisive in the first five minutes as UNO jumped out to a 3-0 lead as the Omaha World Herald and Colorado Springs Gazette related.

No. 20 Denver knocked off Western Michigan, 4-2, behind a three-goal second period to jump over the Broncos in the standings and claim fourth place for now. DU senior goalie Sam Brittain made 29 saves, including two point-blank stops in the second period.

DU BRittain road save“Sam was outstanding in net,” Denver coach Jim Montgomery said. “He made five saves tonight that normal goalies don’t make.”

Here is Mlive.com’s take on the loss.

The top four finishers host quarterfinal playoff series in two weeks. Minnesota-Duluth rallied past Miami for a 5-4 win, tallying four goals in the second period. The Bulldogs moved into a fifth-place tie with WMU, just one point behind Denver.

UMD kept one streak going and ended another. The Bulldogs are 37-0-5 in the last 42 games in which they have scored at least four goals. But they won for just the second time in 14 games when an opponent scored first.

Check out the Duluth News-Tribune for more on Friday’s road victory.