Rink and Run blog: The WCHA on 10-10-10
After a goal-scoring opening night, the Western Collegiate Hockey returned to defense Saturday night to maintain its non-conference dominance. There were two 1-1 ties and a 2-2 tie, while No. 8-ranked Minnesota Duluth got a 3-2 road win and No. 2...
After a goal-scoring opening night, the Western Collegiate Hockey returned to defense Saturday night to maintain its non-conference dominance. There were two 1-1 ties and a 2-2 tie, while No. 8-ranked Minnesota Duluth got a 3-2 road win and No. 2 North Dakota a 3-1 neutral-site win, and Alaska Anchorage got a 3-2 home win.
The WCHA was 6-1-4 on the second night of the season and is 12-2-7 this season with the weekend to be completed Sunday as Wisconsin faces Holy Cross in the IceBreaker Tournament in St. Louis.
Some Saturday highlights to consider on Oct. 10, 2010:
North Dakota freshman defenseman Derek Forbort of Duluth had three assists in a win over No. 12 Alaska Fairbanks to win the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage, Alaska. Aaron Dell was in goal for North Dakota. The Grand Forks Herald has a story here.
The most notable upset of the first weekend had Clarkson winning 6-2 versus No. 4 St. Cloud State as the Huskies went 1-1 at the Omaha Stampede. After a 0-0 first period, Clarkson got off to a 4-0 lead in the second. Dan Dunn and Mike Lee split time in the St. Cloud State net. The St. Cloud Times has a story here.
Michigan Tech won the Superior Cup with a 6-2 win at Lake Superior State to go 2-0 on the weekend. The Huskies got off to a 3-1 first-period lead. UMD won 3-2 at Northern Michigan to finish second at 1-0-1. The Marquette Mining Journal has a story on UMD's game here.
Cloquet's Justin Jokinen scored for Minnesota State-Mankato at home, but St. Lawrence countered with a goal with 52 seconds to play in a 1-1 tie. Two games, two ties. The Mankato Free Press has a story here.
Rensselaer scored two third-period goals to gain a 2-2 tie at No. 20 Colorado College. The Colorado Springs Gazette has a story here.
Jay Barriball is making quite a return to No. 15 Minnesota following an injury season. He had three first-period goals as the Gophers finished a home sweep of Massachusetts 5-4. Nicco Sacchetti got the game-winner. A Minneapolis Star-Tribune story is here.
No. 9 Denver and Vermont each had a second-period goal in a 1-1 tie in Burlington, Vt. The Burlington Free Press has a story here.
Joining Minnesota and Michigan Tech in sweeping opening series, Nebraska-Omaha beat No. 18 Rochester Institute of Technology 5-3 in Omaha to win the Omaha Stampede title for a fourth straight year. The Omaha World-Herald has a story here.
And Alaska Anchorage is off to a 1-0-1 start following a 3-2 home win over Air Force. The Anchorage Daily News story is here.