Walker, DeBrouwer Lift ASU by Denver; Michigan Wins 2nd Straight
Ten months ago, Lawson Arena became a place North Dakota goaltender Adam Scheel will never forget. The sophomore suffered an injury in Kalamazoo that ended his freshman season.
Friday, when he skated back onto the ice at Lawson, Scheel made sure this night would be unforgettable, too. But for much better reasons.
He made 41 saves. Eventually, his teammates picked him up. At 3:40 of the overtime, Gavin Hain scored to clinch a sixth straight win for the Fighting Hawks. They defeated Western Michigan, 1-0.
While Hain was the hero in the end, Scheel’s dominant performance made it possible.
“He was outstanding,” UND coach Brad Berry said. “He was the difference, obviously. … Both goaltenders played an excellent game tonight. It was tough to get a goal past either one of them.”
The win keeps North Dakota four points clear of second-place Minnesota-Duluth in the NCHC standings. Now at 13 wins, UND is only five short of last season’s total of 18.
Western Michigan welcomed back Drew Worrad and Josh Passolt for the game. However, Wade Allison, Ronnie Attard and Jason Pollin all missed the game. The Broncos’ injury problems have severely hampered their first half. Even still, WMU outshot UND, 41-34 for the games.
WMU goaltender Brandon Bussi made 33 saves in the loss.
“Our job is to get him a few more goals,” WMU coach Andy Murray said. “When you give up one, you shouldn’t lose.
“That was a heck of a hockey game. We put everything into it. Our guys are tired. They’re bruised. They’re sore. I’ll tell you, if you walked down to the North Dakota dressing room, their guys are feeling exactly the same way. Both teams put a lot into that game. That was college hockey at its best.”
Arizona State 4, Denver 1
Johnny Walker scored twice in the first to put [[Arizona Stat]]e in front 2-0, snapping a three-game scoring skid. He later tipped home his hat trick goal on the power play late in the third as the Sun Devils defeated Denver in Tempe, 4-1.
Arizona State was outshot early due to Denver‘s five power plays, but was successful at even strength, defending well against the Pioneers’ breakout and limiting turnovers against a great transition team.
“I thought we managed the puck really well,” Arizona State coach Greg Powers said. “We didn’t sit back. We stayed playing the way we need to play to have a chance to beat a team like that, and I’m really proud of our guys.”
Denver cut the ASU lead in half during the third period, its best, with a goal from junior Jaakko Heikkinen. Sun Devils sophomore goalie Evan DeBrouwer saw most of the of Pioneers’ shots, stopping 33 of them en route to his seventh win of the season.
“Their goalie played really well, but we didn’t make it really hard on him,” Denver coach David Carle said. “He saw probably most of what he saved. You have to tip your hat to him, he was really good tonight.”
Arizona State improves to 8-4-1 and is 7-1-1 in its last nine. Denver falls to 9-4-2 in its first non-conference loss since December 29, 2017 against Merrimack.
The teams meet tomorrow at Gila River Arena in Glendale, home of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.
Michigan 4, Penn State 1
It looks a certain way when Penn State‘s gameplan works the way it does. There will be some ice for the Nittany Lions’ opponent, but there will be even more for PSU.
With PSU heading to Ann Arbor to take on an inconsistent Michigan team, it seemed almost inevitable. Sure, the Wolverines’ skill may yield a goal or two, but the high-powered PSU offense would eventually have its way.
Instead, it was the Wolverines who found the early breakthrough and kept coming. Luke Morgan’s shorthanded goal at 6:10 of the first period got Michigan started. In the end, the Wolverines opened their weekend with a 4-1 win.
“That’s probably our most complete game in a lot of different phases,” Michigan coach Mel Pearson said.
“Really happy for our players, our fans. I thought it was a good team effort. When you get through the locker room and ‘How’d he play? How’d he play’ It’s good, good, good, strong, fast hard.”
After Morgan’s early strike, Michigan got goals from freshman stars Cam York and Johnny Beecher.
Strauss Mann made 34 saves for the Wolverines. For the season, the sophomore has a .930 save percentage, including a .950 in his last four games.
Michigan has now won two straight after winning just one of its previous 10 games.
Penn State has lost three of its last four games.
John Lethemon continued his spectacular season, stopping 41 shots in Michigan State‘s 3-0 win over Wisconsin. Lethemon finished the night with a .946 save percentage. … Luke Jaycox scored with 26 seconds left in regulation to lift St. Cloud State past Miami, 2-1. … Two late goals from Brian Halonen saved Michigan Tech, earning a 2-1 win for the Huskies. Alaska-Anchorage goaltender Kris Carlson made 40 saves in the loss. … A 3-0 Alabama-Huntsville turned into a 9-3 Bowling Green. The Falcons scored three goals in 6:43 to tie the game before erupting for six in the third period. … Bemidji State defeated [Alaska], 3-1. Ethan Somoza, Charlie Combs and Tyler Vold all scored for the Beavers. … Minnesota State cruised to a 5-1 win over Lake Superior. Jared Spooner scored twice for the Mavericks. Noah Cates and Cole Koepke each scored two goals in Minnesota-Duluth‘s 6-3 defeat of Nebraska-Omaha. The Bulldogs scored four times in the third period to secure the win. … Quinn Preston’s goal at 4:35 of overtime carried Ohio State to a 3-2 win over Minnesota. Carson Meyer tied the game in the third period for the Buckeyes.