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WCHA roundup: Bulldogs keep Gophers down with OT win

Minnesota Duluth center Travis Oleksuk, right, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Rob Bordson, back left, and Kenny Reiter. AP Photo/Paul Battaglia

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota-Duluth's Travis Oleksuk beat the clock and the Minnesota Gophers on Friday, scoring the game-winner with 12 seconds left in overtime.

Oleksuk pulled in a loose puck and slipped a wrister past Minnesota goalie Alex Kangas, lifting the Bulldogs to a 4-3 win.

Oleksuk's second goal of the season came after the Gophers had killed off a power play to start the overtime against the team with the most power-play goals in the nation. UMD improved to 8-4-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the WCHA.

Minnesota (4-6-1, 3-5-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) had tied the game on Nico Sacchetti's power-play goal at 17:41 of the third period.

DENVER (AP) -- Denver goalie Marc Cheverie returned from an injury to make 34 saves as the second-ranked Pioneers defeated third-ranked North Dakota 1-0 Friday.

With the win, Denver (7-3-1, 5-1-1, WCHA) moves into a second-place tie with the Fighting Sioux (7-3-1, 5-3-1), two points behind Colorado College.

Cheverie made a game-high 16 saves in the third period.

North Dakota's Brad Eidsness had 33 saves, including 14 in the first period.

North Dakota was 0-for-6 on the power play. Denver went 1-for-7.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Mike Testwuide scored on the power play at 15:20 of the third period Friday to lead Colorado College to a 4-3 men's hockey win over Robert Morris.

Testwuide's goal came on one of 50 shots taken by the WCHA-leading Tigers (8-2-1). Robert Morris goalie Brooks Ostergard made 46 saves.

Nick Dineen and Kris Fredheim had a goal and assist apiece for the Tigers. Rylan Schwartz assisted on Testwuide's goal, the seventh time he has assisted on a game-winning goal this season.

Gabe Guentzel also scored for Colorado College.

Tigers' goalie Jow Howe had 26 saves.

Scott Kobialko scored two goals and Trevor Lewis one for Robert Morris (3-7-1).

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Ryan Lasch scored two goals and Garrett Roe had a goal and an assist as St. Cloud State pulled away from Wisconsin, beating the Badgers 4-1 Friday.

Lasch scored on the power play in the first period and added his sixth goal of the season with 21 seconds left in the third for the Huskies (5-4-2, 4-2-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association).

Roe scored with 47 seconds remaining.

Wisconsin continued its season-long pattern of outshooting opponents. The Badgers put 39 shots on St. Cloud's Mike Lee while allowing the Huskies just 25 shots on Brett Bennett. But Lee was up to the task, making 38 saves, while Bennett turned aside 21 shots.

Lasch gave SCSU a 1-0 lead on the power play at 5:08 of the first period, with an assist from Garrett Roe.

The Badgers (6-4-1, 4-4-1), who were coming off a 5-1-0 homestand, tied it on Blake Geoffrion's seventh goal of the year at 8:49 of the first. Geoffrion has scored points in five straight games.

Drew LeBlance netted what would be the game-winner for SCSU at 6:24 of the second period, getting one of two Sam Zabkowicz assists on the play.

It was 2-1 when Roe and Lasch scored goals 26 seconds apart late in the third period.