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Associated Press, Published October 16 2010

WCHA men's roundup: Omaha sweeps Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – If conference newcomer Nebraska-Omaha was impressed by Minnesota’s 12 Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships, they didn’t show it this weekend.

For the second straight night, the Mavericks took a big lead early and made it stand up to beat Minnesota 4-2 Saturday, giving it a sweep of the Golden Gophers in their WCHA debut series.

Like they did in Friday’s 5-4 win, the Mavericks (4-0-0, 2-0-0) raced out to an early lead, going up 3-0 on Matt Ambroz’s goal at 16:08 of the second period. And just as they had done the night before, the Gophers (2-2-0, 0-2-0) rallied to get back in it only to fall short.

“It’s unbelievable. You can’t ask for anything more,” UNO freshman forward Ryan Walters said.

It took just 3:10 for Matt White to give the Mavericks the lead. Zahn Raubenheimer doubled the lead at 15:50 and Ambroz staked the Mavericks to their biggest lead.

“We didn’t get off to the kind of start we wanted and played from behind,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. “To our credit, the kids kept battling back.”

It was the same story Friday when Minnesota rallied from 4-0 down late in the game.

St. Cloud St. ties with Miami of Ohio

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Jared Festler scored midway through the third period to give St. Cloud State a 1-1 tie Saturday with Miami of Ohio in men’s college hockey.

Drew LeBlanc and Nick Jensen assisted on the only goal surrendered by RedHawks goalie Connor Knapp, who made 24 saves.

Carter Camper, who had a goal in Friday’s 6-3 win, gave the RedHawks (2-0-1) a 1-0 lead at 12:10 of the second period. That was the only goal allowed by St. Cloud State goalie Dan Dunn.

Dunn made 38 saves, including five in overtime.

Minn.-Duluth beats Providence for sweep

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota-Duluth spotted Providence an early lead before rolling to a 7-1 win over the Friars in men’s college hockey on Saturday.

Tim Schaller’s goal just 58 seconds into the game was the only scoring by Providence (1-2-0), which also lost 5-3 to the Bulldogs

(3-0-1) on Friday.

UMD answered Providence’s early goal with three in the first period and two more in the second.

Jack Connolly and Kyle Schmidt had two goals apiece. Connolly also had two assists for a four-point night.

J.T. Brown had a goal and two assists and Justin Fontaine two assists for the Bulldogs, who outshot the Friars 41-18.

Michigan Tech, MSU-Mankato tie

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Alex MacLeod scored two goals Saturday as Michigan Tech skated to a 5-5 tie with Minnesota State, Mankato and remained unbeaten in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Michigan Tech (3-0-2,

1-0-1) scored the game’s first two goals but MSUM (0-1-3, 0-1-1) rallied for a 3-2 lead by the end of the first period.

MacLeod’s goal at 19:30 of the second period sent the game into the final period tied 4-4. Steven Seigo gave the Huskies a 5-4 lead. But Chase Grant tied it at 15:20.

Union defeats Alaska-Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Kelly Zajac’s goal late in the second period was the game-winner as Union College beat Alaska-Anchorage 4-3 Saturday in men’s college hockey.

Zajac, who also had an assist, scored at 17:27 of the second period for the Dutchmen (3-1-0), who led 3-0 before the Seawolves (1-2-1) came back.

Adam Presizniuk, Jeremy Welsh and Daniel Carr all scored within six minutes in the first period for Union. UAA answered on goals by Matt Bailey and Scott Warner in the first and Nick Haddad, who tied it early in the second period.

Dutchmen goalie Keith Kinkaid had 33 saves, with 18 coming in the scoreless third period. UAA goalie Chris Kamal made just two of his 19 saves in the third period.

Zajac and Carr had a goal and assist and Mat Bodie had two assists for Union.