Minnesota State Mankato scored three-power play goals in a penalty-filled second period to defeat host Alaska 6-1 on Friday night and clinch the MacNaughton Cup outright. This is the fourth time in five seasons the Mavericks have won the trophy, which goes to the WCHA regular-season champion.
There were 100 penalty minutes handed out and five ejections during that middle period.
Already ahead 1-0, the Mavericks scored three goals in 1 minute, 45 seconds on a major penalty called on the Nanooks at the start of the second for slashing. Parker Tuomie got the first of those goals at 2:29, followed by goals from Reggie Lutz and Marc Michaelis.
Michigan 4, No. 6 Ohio State 2: Michigan delayed Ohio State's celebration of a Big Ten regular-season title for at least one day, beating the visiting Buckeyes 4-2 on Friday night at Yost Arena with three goals in the third period.
No. 6 Ohio State needs just one win to clinch its title, but the Buckeyes have lost three in a row — they were swept at home by the Gophers last weekend. Nolan Moyle of the Wolverines tied the score at 2-all at 9 minutes, 30 seconds of the third and then got the game-winner at 16:49.
Mason Jobst and Tanner Laczynski had the OSU goals.
Strauss Mann had 29 saves for Michigan, Sean Romeo 21 for Ohio State.
No. 19 Penn State 8, Wisconsin 2: Denis Smirnov had two goals and two assists and Brandon Biro two goals as the host Nittany Lions routed the Badgers. It was 2-all when Smirnov got his second goal at 13:51 of the second to put Penn State ahead for good. Two Wisconsin goalies combined for 48 stops.
No. 1 St. Cloud State 4, Omaha 1: Ryan Poehling scored two goals and his brother Nick one goal as the Huskies defeated the host Mavericks. Dave Hrenak had 22 saves for the Huskies.
North Dakota 4, No. 3 Minnesota Duluth 1: Hayden Shaw and Casey Johnson scored goals 1:11 apart in the middle of the first period to lead the host Fighting Hawks over the Bulldogs. Shaw's shorthanded goal put UND ahead 2-1.
No. 15 Bowling Green 3, Bemidji St. 1: The Falcons took a 2-0 lead early in the second period and, with Ryan Bednard making 20 saves, that was enough goals to beat the host Beavers. Alex Ierullo scored Bemidji State's goal.