After going winless on the ice Friday night (0-2-2), three of four National Collegiate Hockey Conference teams won Saturday in nonconference play. No. 12 Miami pulled away from Bemidji State, 6-3, at the Sanford Center, while North Dakota claimed a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence at Ralph Engelstad Arena to earn a series split in its annual Subway Holiday Classic.
At Notre Dame’s Shillelagh Tournament, Western Michigan prevailed 1-0 win over Alabama-Huntsville in the third-place game.
No. 12 Miami 6, Bemidji State 3
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Junior forward Austin Czarnik handed out a career-high five assists and sophomore forward Riley Barber added four points for Miami (8-6-2), which snapped a four-game winless streak after tying the Beavers (5-8-3) on Friday, 4-4.
Barber scored his NCAA-leading third short-handed goal of the season to go along with his three assists in the contest. Czarnik’s five assists put him over the century mark for his career as he now has 101 points as a RedHawk.
The RedHawks host Denver Friday and Saturday at Steve Cady Arena.
North Dakota 3, St. Lawrence 2
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota scored twice in the final 65 seconds of the second period to break a 1-1 deadlock and fought off St. Lawrence at Ralph Engelstad Arena in the second game of UND’s annual Subway Holiday Classic. With the victory, North Dakota (5-7-2) snapped a four-game winless streak and also salvaged a series split after falling to SLU (8-6-2) on Friday, 5-2.
UND returns to NCHC action next weekend when it travels to face Western Michigan, Dec. 6-7, in Kalamazoo, with Friday’s game broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Western Michigan 1, Alabama-Huntsville 0
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Freshman forward Kyle Novak scored in the opening minutes Saturday and junior goaltender Frank Slubowski pitched a shutout to lead Western Michigan to third place at the Shillelagh Tournament, hosted by Notre Dame at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The Broncos I proved to 6-5-3 while the Chargers (0-14) are winless on the year.
UAH goalie Carmine Guerriero made 28 saves in defeat to keep UAH close.