Anchorage in WCHA Final 5
MINNEAPOLIS -- For the first time in school history, Alaska-Anchorage is heading to the WCHA Final Five.
The Seawolves upset Wisconsin with a 4-1 victory Sunday, giving them a 2-1 win in their best-of-three first round WCHA playoff series with the Badgers. The series also saw Alaska-Anchorage capture its first two wins in the WCHA playoffs. They had been 0-22.
The Badgers stayed alive Saturday with a 4-0 victory. Wisconsin (21-12-8) remains in contention for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The selections will be announced next Sunday.
The Seawolves (13-21-3) join Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado -- all of which swept their respective weekend series 2-0 -- at the Final Five. Rounding out the field will be Minnesota Duluth, which held off Minnesota State, Mankato 6-5 Sunday to advance.
The Bulldogs (25-11-4) jumped out to a 5-0 lead Sunday, with Marcho Peluso scoring the first and last goals for the Bulldogs. T.J. Caig, Josh Miskovich and Tim Stapleton had the other three.
The Mavericks (10-24-5) roared back. David Backes, Rob Rankin, Brock Becker, Lucas Fransen and Shane Joseph each scored for the Mavericks but they could not recover from the deficit.
Minnesota's Troy Riddle had three goals in a 7-3 victory over visiting St. Cloud State Saturday, as the Gophers (24-13-3) swept the Huskies (18-16-4).
"It was one of those weekends where the puck just seems to come to you," said Riddle, who now has 21 goals this season. "It was nice. It's a pretty unbelievable feeling to do this in my last game here."
Leading 4-2 in the third Saturday, Minnesota got three goals in a 1:57 span to put the game out of reach. Four Gopher goals were made on power plays.
"We really put our heart and soul into this game, but (Minnesota) had too much skill on the power play," Huskies coach Craig Dahl said. "It just wasn't meant to be."
Drew Stafford scored in overtime to lift North Dakota to a 4-3 victory over Michigan Tech (8-25-5) Saturday. The Fighting Sioux (28-6-3) were facing a 3-1 deficit entering the third period.
"It was important to get this series over with," North Dakota coach Dean Blais said. "We need the rest. And, you don't want a third game where anything can happen."
North Dakota will get a first-round bye in the WCHA Final Five.
Brett Sterling and Brady Greco each scored twice as Colorado College beat Denver 6-1 on Saturday.
Colorado College (20-15-3) took a 3-0 lead in the first period and Gabe Gauthier scored Denver's only goal on a power play in the second.
In Friday's game, Colorado College trailed 2-1 after the second intermission, but marched back with three goals in a span of 4:26 to a 4-3 victory. The loss ended a nine-game unbeaten streak for Denver (23-12-5).