Three things: Nov. 20

Denver, UND share spoils
It was difficult to imagine anything other than a split when top-ranked Denver hosted No. 3 North Dakota last weekend, and while that’s what we got, we had an interesting ride along the way.

In Friday’s opener, UND dug out of a 3-0 hole and took a 4-3 lead six minutes into the third period on a power play goal from Christian Wolanin. Denver’s Troy Terry tied the game at four midway through the period on another power play before Johnny Simonson scored the game-winner 2:31 from time by deflecting in a shot from the point by Hayden Shaw.

Denver exacted revenge Saturday night with a 4-1 win over the Fighting Hawks. Three DU goals came on power plays in a game in which the penalty minutes were 27-2 against UND. Henrik Borgstrom had two goals and as many assists, while Terry had a goal and two helpers.

DU (7-3-2) is off this week ahead of a trip Dec. 1-2 to Minnesota Duluth. UND (8-3-3) hosts Union this weekend.

Huskies roll to sweep

Colorado College came into last weekend with already seven wins to their names, but it would’ve been impressive for them to get an eighth or ninth at second-ranked St. Cloud State.

Neither one happened. Instead, SCSU rolled to a pair of victories, trouncing the Tigers 6-1 on Friday before beating CC again 5-1 in Saturday’s rematch.

After going 0-3 on the power play in Friday’s win, St. Cloud scored three times with the man advantage Saturday. Four Huskies goals came in a busy third period off the sticks of four different SCSU skaters. That perhaps comes as no surprise, considering six different Huskies scored in Friday’s win.

SCSU (9-2), which could take the country’s top spot today, is off until it visits Omaha next weekend. CC (7-7) won’t play again until the Tigers’ home-and-home series with Denver on Dec. 7-8.

Broncos remain strong at home

Fifteenth-ranked Western Michigan is now 7-1-1 at home this season after a sweep last weekend of Omaha.

In Friday’s 4-1 win, the Broncos scored the game’s opening four goals before Teemu Pulkkinen ruined Western goaltender Ben Blacker’s shutout bid with 52 seconds to go. On Saturday, WMU got two first-period goals from Wade Allison before three teammates also found the back of the net en route to a 5-2 victory.

Ethen Frank found Western’s fourth goal of the night particularly memorable. A native of Papillion, Neb., located in the Omaha metropolitan area, scored shorthanded after teammate Hugh McGing blocked a UNO shot.

Frank played youth hockey in Omaha and played in juniors an hour away in Lincoln. He was quoted Sunday in the Omaha World-Herald after scoring against the Mavericks. Frank verbally committed to Western in 2014.

WMU (8-4-1) hosts No. 19 Colgate later this week, while Omaha (4-5-1) welcomes former CCHA rival Northern Michigan to Baxter Arena.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Dont really know why UND has to reevaluate their goal tending situation. Dell stopped 28 and saved a number of ridiculous chances against my Huskies Saturday.

  2. More than being surprised by PC’s performance I was disappointed
    with Maine. Granted the Blackbears haven’t been a first half team for a few
    seasons now but neither has PC. Here is one thing I don’t remember seeing is PC
    on the top of the standings in hockey east. It’s after all too early and they
    haven’t played any of the top teams but congratulations for being 4-0 in the
    conference.

    The BC and BU rivalry means everyone will come and play even
    if the odds of losing are high. Sperry came up big for the Terriers on that tie
    and the Eagles once again couldn’t hold up defensively for 60 minutes. The SOG
    were more than double for BC again but BU has forwards that you do not want
    wondering around so close to the net untouched nor give them time to setup,
    they can shoot pretty accurately. I think overall the main focus for the Eagles
    is to find a way to stay organized in their zone for the full 60 minutes, if they
    can accomplish that regularly oh boy! It’s odd to see the 3 game series between
    those 2 over so soon. It usually is back to back games on the first half and a
    tie breaker on the second. I can’t remember a time when the series ended in a
    tie.

    I was wrong thinking the Lamoureux sisters would be gone for
    pre-camp this weekend, which would have given Clarkson the sweep. Either way I
    think for UND as well for BC this week puts them in a better position
    nationally by beating #4 and 3. I still believe the top 4 should stay the same
    but the bottom 6 will shuffle.

  3. “No. 5 Mercyhurst didn’t enjoy quite the laughs at Lindenwood’s expense that it did a season ago, but with 6-1 and 6-0 wins, the Lakers demonstrated that the Lions still have plenty of ground to close.”

    ?? We question how you conclude that Mercyhurst “laughs” at any other team’s expense. We Guarantee that no one on Mercyhurst University Lakers was laughing at the efforts of a young rival team

    • I borrowed from the definitions of a “laugher”: either a contest where one team overwhelms another or an easy victory would fit. If you wish to look at it more literally, watch goal celebrations of a team that is doing well; the players laugh. When a team is on the wrong end of a 14-1 score, those laughs are definitely at the losing team’s expense. Fewer goals means fewer celebrations.

      I never said that Mercyhurst laughed at the efforts of Lindenwoods’ players.

      I hope that answers your question, although given you describe yourself as “we”, maybe that should be “questions”.

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