For the moment, North Dakota sits atop WCHA

Second- and third-place Minnesota-Duluth and Denver, however, had the weekend off and are still just points back.

John Hageman

With just a handful of weekends left in the regular season, several teams are making a serious push towards the top of the WCHA.

While Denver and Minnesota-Duluth, who sit in the second and third spots, respectively, had the weekend off, Wisconsin swept Michigan Tech to move into fourth place. North Dakota split a series against Colorado College to move to the top of the conference by a point, but it has two more WCHA games under its belt than the Pioneers and the Bulldogs.

The Gophers also split their series to remain tied with Colorado College in sixth place with 18 points. Minnesota must finish strong if it is to nab the final spot guaranteeing home-ice advantage for the conference playoffs.

HereâÄôs a look at what happened around the conference.

Minnesota State (11-11-6, 5-11-2) at St. Cloud State (11-12-3, 7-9-2)

Drew LeBlanc scored the first and final goals for the Huskies Friday night, salvaging a 3-3 tie against the visiting Mavericks.

But St. CloudâÄôs seven-game unbeaten streak came to a grinding halt with a 6-2 defeat Saturday.

Michael Dorr had two goals for Minnesota State in the rout.

Wisconsin (19-8-3, 11-7-2) at Michigan Tech (3-20-3, 1-16-1)

Michigan Tech was swept once again over the weekend, extending its winless streak to a staggering 21 games.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin continues to climb the standings, going 10-1 since early December. The Badgers were tied with the Gophers and Colorado College for sixth place just weeks ago, but are getting hot at the right time.

WisconsinâÄôs Patrick Johnson had a goal and two assists Saturday night.

North Dakota (19-8-2, 14-6-0) at Colorado College (15-12-1, 9-9-0)

Colorado College jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two periods Friday, and North Dakota couldnâÄôt catch up. The TigersâÄô Joe Howe matched a season-high 38 saves Friday night, preserving a 4-2 victory over the Sioux.

But the Sioux proved why they have been at or near the top of the standings all year Saturday, pummeling Colorado College 6-0 with six different goal scorers.

Despite splitting their last three series, the Sioux remain atop the WCHA. They have next weekend off, giving other teams a chance to catch up.

Alabama Huntsville (4-24-2) at Nebraska Omaha (14-10-2, 10-6-2)

In the only nonconference matchup of the weekend, Alabama-Huntsville proved to be more than just the WCHAâÄôs punching bag.

In just their second win in eight games against WCHA opponents this season, the Chargers scored 29 seconds into overtime Saturday to earn a split. The Mavericks took the series opener 4-0 Friday.