The second-seeded UMD Bulldogs defeated Minnesota State, 4-2 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. J.T. Brown scored the first goal of the game and Brady Lamb added the game-winner for the Bulldogs. Game two of the series is Saturday night.
Despite losing 4-1 to Wisconsin, the Gophers clinched the MacNaughton Cup on Friday night. Minnesota needed a win or Minnesota-Duluth loss -- and that's exactly what they got as the Bulldogs lost to St. Cloud State, 2-1.
Minnesota-Duluth's hopes of passing the Gophers in the WCHA standings could come to a halt this weekend. Minnesota can lock up the No. 1 seed in the WCHA tournament and claim the McNaughton Cup with one win over Wisconsin. Both teams have already secured home ice in the first round of the conference tourney.
Minnesota Duluth beat Colorado College 5-2 to wrap up their final series on home ice Saturday night. The Bulldogs are still two points behind first-place Minnesota. UMD will finish the regular season at St. Cloud State.
It wasn't easy for the UMD Bulldogs against Colorado College Friday night. The Bulldogs blew a 3-1 lead before coming away with a 4-3 overtime victory at Amsoil Arena. J.T. Brown scored the game-winner, keeping the Bulldogs within two-points of the first place Gophers.
Minnesota Duluth (19-7-4 and 13-6-3 in WCHA) snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday night in Duluth with a 5-4 victory to split the weekend series against UND (16-11-2 and 12-10). Senior forward Jack Connolly netted two goals and had three assists for the third-ranked Bulldogs. UMD men's hockey travels to Mankato next weekend.