1. Minnesota (17-3-4, 9-3-4 WCHA, RPI No. 2): Top-ranked Gophers continued impressive stretch by picking up three points against North Dakota, winning 5-1 before settling for a 4-4 tie that stopped a six-game winning streak. Minnesota is unbeaten at 7-0-2 since UNO’s 3-2 win in Mariucci Arena on Nov. 30. Erik Haula (10 goals, 19 assists, 29 points) has a 16-game point streak. Next: Friday vs. Minnesota State-Mankato, Saturday at Minnesota State-Mankato.
2. St. Cloud State (14-10, 11-5, No. 13): Impressive home sweep of Denver after a bye week gives the 19th-ranked Huskies a share of first place in the WCHA with 22 points. That’s four straight WCHA wins for the Huskies, whose last league series had been Dec. 14 and 15 against Colorado College. Drew LeBlanc (7 goals, 27 assists) has 34 points, trailing only UNO’s Ryan Walters (15-21-36) for the national lead. Next: At North Dakota.