Air Force and Denver tied for the first time in their long-standing nonconference series. Air Force nearly doubled Denver in shots, 34-18, including 8-2 in the third period, but Brittain compiled 31 saves to collect the tie. Jason Torf stopped 15 shots in net for the Falcons.
Nebraska-Omaha downed No. 8 Miami 6-3 after the host Mavericks scored five goals in the second period. The Mavericks are alone in first place in the NCHC.
No. 1 Minnesota 6, No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth 1
MINNEAPOLIS — The Bulldogs scored early, but Minnesota scored six unanswered goals in the first two periods, UMD (5-5-1, 2-2-0-0 NCHC) and the Golden Gophers (9-1-1, 0-0-0 B1G) were long-time rivals in the WCHA prior to both moving to new conferences in 2013-14. The in-state rivals conclude their series on Sunday at 4:07 p.m. CT at Mariucci Arena. The game will be televised on Fox Sports North.
Boston University 3, No. 14 North Dakota 1
BOSTON — BU scored twice in the first period and it was all the Terriers would need to defeat North Dakota (4-6-1, 3-5-0-0 NCHC). The host Terriers improved to 6-6 (2-3 Hockey East).
Sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi broke up the shutout, scoring with 2:37 remaining in the contest. UND and the Terriers conclude their non-conference series Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET at Agganis Arena. The game will be televised regionally on NESN and Midco Sports Network.
Western Michigan 2, Michigan State 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Sophomore goaltender Lukas Hafner pitched his first career shutout (22 saves) in just his second career start, his second in a row, to backstop Western Michigan Friday night at Munn Ice Arena. The Broncos (4-5-2, 2-2-0-0 NCHC) snapped a four-game winless streak with the victory over their former CCHA rival Spartans (3-6-0, 0-0-0 B1G).
The in-state rivals conclude their non-conference series Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich. as the teams head to Lawson Ice Arena for a 7:05 p.m. ET puck drop.