WCHA Friday night rewind
Badgers shut out Bulldogs at home, Huskies blow out Mavericks, Beavers rally to tie Omaha, North Dakota drowns Seawolves, Gophers settle for tie with U.S. Under-18 Team, Denver whips Michigan Tech, and CC blanked by Cornell.
Wisconsin 2 Minnesota Duluth 0
Eagan’s Tyler Barnes scored what turned out to be the game winner at 15:11 of the first period and Mark Zengerle added a goal and an assist as the Badgers (1-2-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) earned their first win of the season over the Bulldogs (2-3-0, 0-1-0 WCHA) in Duluth. Sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel shut out UMD on 29 shots for the victory.
St. Cloud State 5 Minnesota State 1
Hermantown’s Drew LeBlanc had a goal and three assists and Ben Hanowski (Little Falls) scored twice leading the Huskies (3-2-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) over the Mavericks (2-1-2, 0-1-0 WCHA) at National Hockey Center. Nic Dowd and Kalle Kossila each added a goal and an assist and Ryan Faragher made 24 saves for SCSU.
Bemidji State 3 Nebraska Omaha 3
A goal and an assist by Brainerd’s Josh Archibaldsparked the Mavericks (2-2-1, 0-0-1 WCHA) to a 3-1 second-period lead, but the Beavers (1-1-1, 0-0-1 WCHA) drew even before the second intermission on goals by Aaron McLeod and Markus Gerbrandt to earn a tie at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. Reigning WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, Andrew Walsh, made 39 saves for BSU.
North Dakota 4 Alaska-Anchorage 1
Playing his first game of the season after sitting out last weekend for disciplinary reasons, Eden Prairie’s Danny Kristo assisted on three North Dakota goals to help lead UND (2-1-0, 1-0-0 WCHA) over the Seawolves (2-2-1, 0-1-0 WCHA) in Grand Forks. Goaltender Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls) earned the victory with 17 saves in his first collegiate start. Duluth’s Derek Forbort scored North Dakota’s final goal just 22 seconds after Gothberg lost his shutout bid late in the second period.
Minnesota 2 U.S. Under-18 Team 2 (Exhibition)
Second-period goals by Tom Serratore and Nick Bjugstad allwed the Gophers to rally from a two-goal deficit to tie the U.S. Under-18’s at Mariucci Arena. Future Gopher Vinni Lettieri of Minnetonka, on loan from the USHL‘s Lincoln Stars as an injury replacement, scored for the U.S. Under-18’s and Christan Horn notched an assist in his Gopher debut. Minnesota goaltender Michael Shibroswki made 27 saves including the final 20 he faced.