Five notables from around the country:
1. St. Cloud State finally snapped Union’s 22-game unbeaten streak, becoming the first team to beat the Dutchmen since January. The Huskies won the game 3-2 and outshot Union 39-24.
2. Miami outshot St. Lawrence 53-11, but it wasn’t until Shot No. 53 that the RedHawks earned the victory. Sean Kuraly scored in overtime to give Miami a series split. Clearly St. Lawrence goalie Kyle Hayton was fantastic this weekend, giving the Saints a chance on two nights that they were badly outshot.
3. Minnesota Duluth and its talented group of forwards finally got to Denver goalie Evan Cowley on Saturday night, chasing Cowley in the third period after allowing five goals. All four lines got on the scoresheet for the Bulldogs.
4. A third different opponent blew out Colorado College for the third game in a row. This time, it was New Hampshire beating the Tigers by four goals. The Tigers have allowed 19 goals in their last three games.
5. After going 170-plus minutes without a goal, Western Michigan snapped that stretch and went on to hand Alaska Fairbanks its first loss of the season. Nolan LaPorte scored a pair of power-play goals for the Broncos.
NCHC top performers
OT winner — Sean Kuraly, Miami
3 points — Nolan LaPorte, WMU (2 goals, 1 assist)
2 points — Colton Hargrove, WMU (1 goal, 1 assist)
2 points — Cody Bradley, CC (1 goal, 1 assist)
2 points — Austin Farley, Duluth (1 goal, 1 assist)
2 points — Cal Decowski, Duluth (1 goal, 1 assist)
2 points — Sammy Spurrell, Duluth (1 goal, 1 assist)
UND 2, Providence 2
Providence scored an extra-attacker goal with :38.3 seconds left in regulation and UND made the tie hold up by killing a Friar power play at the end of overtime. Game stories:
- As disappointing as it was for the team to give up a late, tying goal, in the end, a win and a tie against Providence will be a good result for the team.
- While Providence provided an opportunity to gain in the Pairwise, the rest of UND’s nonconference opponents will only provide a chance to plummet with losses. UND’s final four nonconference opponents currently have a combined record of 2-22. Both of those wins are by Air Force, which comes to The Ralph on Saturday.
- I thought both goaltenders were outstanding and as advertised on Saturday. Jon Gillies came up big for the Friars several times. Zane McIntyre did the same, most notably gloving a golden chance off the stick of Niko Rufo during the third period.
- Bryn Chyzyk is clearly at a different level than last season. He’s a lot faster. He has been showing that on the penalty kill and he showed it by torching a Friar defenseman on the outside, leading to Austin Poganski’s first-career goal.
- Troy Stecher made his case for NCHC defenseman of the week by registering two assists on each night.
- With Tucker Poolman settling in on defense, the coaching staff has more difficult decisions to make on the blue line for the Air Force game.
- Providence defenseman Kyle McKenzie blocked eight shots himself on Saturday night. UND blocked 11 as a team. In all, Providence had 26 blocked shots to UND’s 11.