St. Cloud State didn’t need five goals in the second period to get even with North Dakota on Saturday. One goal was all it took. Cory Thorson’s goal late in the second period led St. Cloud State over North Dakota 3-1 and into a first-place tie in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. St. Cloud State and North Dakota share the lead in the NCHC with two games remaining in the regular season. The winner earns the first Penrose Cup and gets the top seed for the playoffs.
To say North Dakota is on a roll is an understatement. One week after scoring a National Collegiate Hockey Conference record nine goals, 11th-ranked UND coasted to a 6-2 win over No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth. Paul LaDue scored two of North Dakota’s three power-play goals in a four-goal second period. With the win, North Dakota (18-9-3, 13-7-0) remained tied for first in the conference with St. Cloud State. UND is 14-2-1 in its last 17 games.
One night after its nation-best winning streak ended, North Dakota beat Bemidji State 4-2 Saturday in men’s college hockey to extend its unbeaten streak to nine games. UND goalie Zane Gothberg extended his personal unbeaten streak to nine games. He was in net in Friday’s 1-1 tie. Connor Gaarder and Andrew Panzarella scored 55 seconds apart early in the first period to stake UND (12-7-3) to the early lead. Derek Rodwell and Derek Parks extended the lead to 4-2 in the second period and the teams skated to a scoreless tie in the third.
An incoming University of Minnesota freshman hockey player has been indefinitely suspended after a DWI arrest Saturday. Gabe Guertier, 18, was pulled over by University Police early Saturday morning. He was detained at the Hennepin County Jail for several hours after being charged with fourth-degree DWI. Gopher mens hockey coach Don Lucia announced Sunday that Guertier would be suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules. His suspension will be re-evaluated in November.
The University of Alaska Anchorage is suspending its search for a head hockey coach in hopes of getting a more “robust” pool of candidates.
St Cloud State hockey coach Bob Motzko previewed the NCAA Frozen Four with Dave Lee
Ryan McKay made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Miami (Ohio) beat Minnesota State 4-0 on Saturday in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
Joey Benik had two goals and an assist to help fourth-seeded St. Cloud State beat top-seeded Notre Dame 5-1 on Saturday in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
Michigan isn’t playing. Neither is Boston University. And a small school from Connecticut, Quinnipiac, is the top seed in this year’s NCAA hockey tournament, which gets under way Friday.
The Minnesota schools playing NCAA Division I men’s hockey will be split among three conferences next season. They’ll still try to make intra-state games an annual January event.
After breezing through the regular season unbeaten, Minnesota has needed overtime to win its first two games in the NCAA women’s hockey tournament.
Jenelle Kohanchuk and the streaking Boston University set up a championship showdown with undefeated Minnesota in the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four.
Drew LeBlanc had a goal and two assists and Ben Hanowski added a goal and an assist as St. Cloud State beat Alaska-Anchorage 5-1 Saturday to sweep their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
Matt Leitner had a goal and an assist as Minnesota State, Mankato beat Nebraska-Omaha 3-1 Sunday to advance in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.
The NCAA women’s hockey tournament is down to the final four teams, and Minnesota’s record 47-game winning streak is still alive.