Saturday, March 12, 2011

Road warriors

Three road teams won the Friday-night game in the first round of the WCHA tournament last night, while a fourth, Minnesota State, blew a 2-0 lead in the third period at Denver.

Alaska-Anchorage defeated Minnesota 4-3, and it was no fluke as the Seawolves opened up a 3-0 lead and outshot the Gophers 36-23. Minnesota came back and tied the game 3-3 midway through the third period, but Anchorage came back about 2 minutes later and got the lead back.

Wisconsin toppled Colorado College 3-1. Not a huge surprise here since this 6-7 series is pretty much a pick 'em. Interestingly, it wasn't the Badgers' big guns doing the scoring, rather it was the likes of Joe Faust (first goal), Ryan Little (sixth goal) and Jefferson Dahl (second goal, empty-netter). Goalie Scott Gudmandson made 27 saves.

Bemidji State continued its dominance over Nebraska-Omaha 4-2. The Beavers are now 4-0-1 against the red Mavericks this year. Credit goalie Dan Bakala, who made 46 saves. Bemidji led 2-0, before Omaha tied the game in the third. Jamie MacQueen broke the tie with 1:53 remaining, and Matt Read added an empty netter. Omaha outshot Bemidji 48-17.

In the other series, Minnesota Duluth defeated St. Cloud State 4-2 (UMD got goals from four different players) and North Dakota blitzed Michigan Tech 8-0 (Matt Frattin and Jason Gregoire each had hat tricks).

As for the purple Mavs, you can read The Denver Post's account of the game here.

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