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Denver beats Minnesota 4-3

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Posted: February 12, 2012 - 9:49pm

DENVER (AP) — Nick Shore slipped home a rebound goal 17 seconds into overtime to lift Denver to a 4-3 win over second-ranked Minnesota Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Shore also scored a power-play goal with 1:26 left in the third period to send the game into overtime.

The Pioneers (17-9-4, 12-6-4) won the faceoff in overtime and Joey LaLeggia took a shot from the point that hit traffic in front of the net. Shore swiped the puck around Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson for the series sweep.

Shore finished with an assist for three points and LaLeggia had two assists.

The win left the WCHA race tight at the top. Minnesota leads the pack with 30 points, followed by Minnesota Duluth with 29 and Denver with 28. The Gophers, who lost 5-3 on Friday, went into the weekend with a three-point lead.

Minnesota (19-11-1, 15-7-0) got goals from Nico Sacchetti, Zach Budish and Erik Haula.

Haula and Budish scored the game’s first two goals for a 2-0 lead at 15:17 of the second period.

Chris Knowlton made it a one-goal game late in the second period and Luke Salazar tied it for Denver on the power play early in the third.

Sacchetti broke the tie at 10:07 but Shore beat the clock on a power play to knot the game 3-3. Minnesota’s Justin Hall was sent off for high sticking with 3:09 left. Shore scored with 18 seconds left in the power play.

Patterson finished with 37 saves for the Gophers, including 12 in the third period.

Denver goalie Sam Brittain had 33 stops.

Minn. Duluth 5, North Dakota 4

DULUTH (AP) — Jack Connolly had a hand in every Minnesota Duluth goal to lead the third-ranked Bulldogs to a 5-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over North Dakota on Saturday.

Connolly had two goals and three assists as Minnesota Duluth avenged Friday’s 3-1 loss and beat the Fighting Sioux for the first time in AMSOIL Arena. The Bulldogs (19-7-4, 12-7-3) had been outscored 8-1 by North Dakota in their two previous games against the Sioux on home ice.

Both of Connolly’s goals came on the power play, as UMD went 4-for-8 with a man advantage. Minnesota Duluth scored three times on the power play in the first period to go up 4-2.

“We dug ourselves way too big a hole. When you put yourselves in 5-on-3 situations two times in a row, you put yourselves in position to be behind,” North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said.

Connolly’s last goal, at 1:46 of the second period, proved to be the game-winner.

Travis Oleksuk added a goal and two assists, and Mike Seidel scored a goal and assisted on another.

J.T. Brown scored the Bulldogs’ first goal of the game early in the first period, but North Dakota took a 2-1 lead on goals by Brock Nelson and Stephane Pattyn.

Carter Rowney had two goals for the second straight night for North Dakota (16-11-2, 12-10-0). But Rowney missed an open shot at the net in the closing seconds.

“It just slid off the end of his tape ... probably missed by inches,” Hakstol said.

Kenny Reiter had 29 saves for UMD, and Aaron Dell and Brad Eidsness had 26 for UND. Dell had 12 saves and gave up five goals before he was replaced by Eidsness in the second period. Eidsness had 14 stops.

Bemidji St. 4, Colorado College 1

BEMIDJI (AP) — Jordan George and Aaron McLeod had a goal and an assist apiece to lead Bemidji State to a 4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over Colorado College and a sweep of their two-game series.

McLeod also had a goal in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Tigers (15-11-2, 12-9-1), who entered the weekend in third place and just five points out of the WCHA lead.

McLeod assisted on George’s goal that tied the game 1-1 just 28 seconds into the second period. George assisted on McLeod’s goal just 21 seconds into the third period.

Shea Walters and Danny Mattson also had goals for the Beavers (15-12-3, 9-10-3), who got 23 saves for Dan Bakala.

Andrew Hamburg had Colorado College’s only goal.

Tigers goalie Joe Howe made 26 saves.

Nebraska-Omaha 4, Michigan Tech 0

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Nebraska-Omaha goalie Ryan Massa made 35 saves and Matt White scored two goals as the Mavericks beat Michigan Tech 4-0 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game on Saturday.

Massa, who was replaced in the first period of Friday’s 3-3 tie, made 18 saves in the third period. He held the Huskies (13-14-3, 10-9-3) scoreless on four power plays.

White broke a scoreless tie with his first goal at 6:54 of the second period. He made it 2-0 with the first of UNO’s three third-period goals at 5:38.

Jayson Megna and Michael Young also had goals for UNO.

MTU goalie Josh Robinson made 27 saves.