Demeanor calm after regional win

FARGO — Press conferences are usually time consuming — and often don’t produce a ton of golden quotes. With a very tight deadline looming (stupid 8 p.m. starts…), I went straight to the locker room and skipped the pressers after UND beat St. Cloud State 4-1 to earn a trip to the Frozen Four.

What kind of celebration was going on behind the scenes?

Well, none, really.

The players were in good spirits and were happy, but no celebration carried over into the locker room. I didn’t see much hugging going on or anything like that. Players basically just sat in their stalls and had light conversation with each other. There wasn’t even music blaring like usual.

Maybe part of it was because so many guys were sick. They had to have been gassed by the end of the game.

But it’s probably also because of what captain Stephane Pattyn said to me at the end of every quote. He would talk about the game, or talk about winning the regional, but every line ended with something along the lines of the team having more work to do.

It was a huge win for the team. Going to a Frozen Four is a great accomplishment. So, I found it interesting that the locker room atmosphere was the same as it was in October when I interviewed them after sweeping Colorado College in the Springs.

UND headed to Frozen Four again

FARGO — UND is headed back to the Frozen Four for the second straight year and the seventh time in 11 years.

It will take on Boston University on April 9 in the Garden. It is expected to be the late game, but we’ll know that for sure today.

It got there in impressive fashion, winning 4-1 against St. Cloud State despite illness running through the team. Game stories:

Grand Forks Herald — UND beats illness, SCSU to get back to Frozen Four (plus PHOTOS and VIDEO)

Grand Forks Herald — Postgame video blog breakdown with WDAY’s Dom Izzo

Grand Forks Herald — Panzarella comes up big when his name is called

Fargo Forum — Zane for Hobey chants ring out as McIntyre delivers

USCHO — North Dakota heading back to Frozen Four

UNDsports.com — Shippin’ up to Boston

St. Cloud Times — Huskies’ season ends with loss to North Dakota

I’ll have more tomorrow, but here are my five big takeaways from this game:

1. STEPHANE PATTYN/FACEOFFS

I’m told that Pattyn was in the worst shape today of anyone outside of Keaton Thompson with illness today. Word is that he was vomiting before the game and on IVs. Yet he delivered. One of my big keys before the night was faceoffs. Pattyn went 6-0, taking a lot of key draws on the left side. UND controlled faceoffs against the Huskies, going 38-28. Earlier this season, UND struggled in that category against the Huskies. Pattyn didn’t get on the scoresheet, but he had an impactful performance, especially in the circle.

Luke Johnson (9-7), Connor Gaarder (7-4) and Drake Caggiula (5-4) all were above .500 in draws, too.

2. BLOCKED SHOTS

UND blocked 28 shots against Quinnipiac and 23 against the Huskies, including 12 in the final period alone. Gage Ausmus, who also had a thundering hit in the third period to rev up the crowd, led the way with four blocked shots. St. Cloud State had a tough time getting anything to the net at the end of the game because UND was so good at getting in lanes.

3. ANDREW PANZARELLA

You can read a lot about Panzarella in Miller’s column above, but I thought his goal was the key to the game. The Huskies got off to a 1-0 lead and were pressuring for a two-goal lead. Panzarella’s goal turned the tide of the game and UND dominated the next 35 minutes as it built a two-goal lead.

Most of the time, when you throw someone in who hasn’t been in the lineup for two months, it’s a concern and someone you worry about. It says a lot about Panzarella that the coaches, players and fans weren’t at all worried about what type of performance he was going to give. I think most know that he’s not only a strong player, but that he works hard enough that he’s always ready to come in the lineup, whenever that may be.

4. GOALTENDING

I thought goaltending was terrific on both ends. If not for Charlie Lindgren playing the way he did, this could have been out of reach by the start of the third period. Zane McIntyre didn’t see a heavy workload, but he did face several Grade As, and he really shut them down. He should have won the regional MVP a year ago in Cincinnati. This time, there was no doubt.

5. UNSUNG PLAYERS

Three players worth mentioning: Tucker Poolman, Colten St. Clair, Wade Murphy. Poolman was outstanding all weekend long. I put him on my all-West Regional ballot. He and St. Clair helped set up Panzarella’s goal tonight. St. Clair added a lot to UND this weekend coming back into the lineup. He’s just solid in all areas. And the light may be going on for Murphy. He looked so much better this weekend than he has previously. He was engaged. He won puck battles. And he’s close to scoring.

6. ATMOSPHERE

The atmosphere in the rink was outstanding, one of the loudest buildings I’ve been to. I’ve said it repeatedly, but this is the atmosphere where regionals should be played. I just watched part of the game on DVR, and it looked great for the cameras, too. It’s the type of game and atmosphere where you might hook some people on college hockey. Hakstol also said he thought the crowd made a difference, especially early on. More on that later.

Gameday final: UND 4, SCSU 1

TONIGHT’S VIEWING: ESPNU, ESPN3.com. Lineup notes: Same lines for UND. As expected, Brodzinski is in for St. Cloud State. Full lines and live chat are below.

First period

St. Cloud State 1, UND 0 — Jimmy Murray (Joe Rehkamp) 1:29. Rehkamp goes forward with the draw and gets it to Murray, who snaps a shot past McIntyre five-hole just 89 seconds in.

St. Cloud State 1, UND 1 — Andrew Panzarella (Tucker Poolman) 8:59. A great forecheck by Poolman leads to a UND goal. Panzarella gets the puck at the point and blasts one through traffic, off the post and in.

Second period

UND 2, St. Cloud State 1 — Drake Caggiula 18 6:49. Caggiula gets the puck in the neutral zone and skates in the offensive zone with speed. He toe drags around a Husky defender to get space and spans a shot on net. Lindgren makes the initial save but the rebound hits off of a SCSU defender and goes in.

Third period

UND 3, St. Cloud State 1 — Luke Johnson 2:53. Johnson has the puck in the corner, turns around and whips one toward the net. The puck hits the crossbar, goes up in the air and lands behind Lindgren and in the net.

UND 4, St. Cloud State 1 — Colten St. Clair 19:22 (en).

UND’s lines

9 Drake Caggiula–27 Luke Johnson–15 Michael Parks
28 Stephane Pattyn–8 Nick Schmaltz–7 Wade Murphy
29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair–3 Tucker Poolman
21 Brendan O’Donnell–13 Connor Gaarder–14 Austin Poganski

22 Andrew Panzarella–24 Jordan Schmaltz
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
20 Gage Ausmus–2 Troy Stecher

31 Zane McIntyre
33 Cam Johnson
30 Matt Hrynkiw

St. Cloud State’s lines

42 Blake Winiecki–11 Kalle Kossila–22 Jonny Brodzinski
9 Joey Benik–13 David Morley–63 Patrick Russell
16 Jimmy Murray–37 Joe Rehkamp–17 Judd Peterson
4 Ben Storm–27 Nick Oliver–21 Brooks Bertsch

28 Andrew Prochno–12 Ethan Prow
5 Nathan Widman–40 Tim Daly
7 Niklas Nevalainen–2 Jarrod Rabey

35 Charlie Lindgren
45 Rasmus Reijola

Fast starts key for UND-SCSU games

St. Cloud State has been as good as anyone against UND the past three seasons. Most of those wins involve holding UND’s shot total low and keeping UND’s Grade A scoring chances to a minimum.

How are the Huskies able to do that?

I asked coach Bob Motzko that question after St. Cloud State beat UND 3-1 at the NCHC Frozen Faceoff last week.

Motzko said that his bet is if you go back and look at the games that St. Cloud State has won, that the Huskies have had strong starts. He said UND often comes out of the gates strong, and if they can match that, they have a great shot to win.

If they get behind early, UND “smothers you defensively.”

Here are this year’s meetings…

SCSU wins

3.20.15 — SCSU 3-1 (SCSU led 2-1 after one)
11.21.14 — SCSU 3-1 (No score after one)

UND wins

2.28.15 — UND 3-1 (UND led 1-0 after one)
2.27.15 — UND 3-2 (UND led 2-0 after one)
11.22.14 — UND 3-2 (UND led 2-1 after one)

Three other factors to watch tonight that have been big this season between the teams:

1. Faceoffs. St. Cloud State has trounced UND on draws this season, and with Kalle Kossila back in the lineup, that could be a major factor again.

2. Special teams. St. Cloud State has arguably the best power play in the nation. Give them an extra man and it could get ugly.

3. Fourth line play. There isn’t a lot of it when you get into these TV timeout games, but during UND’s three wins, the fourth line has really hurt the Huskies.

Friday night rewind

HOCKEY TALK: If you are in Fargo, I’ll be on 970 AM with Dom Izzo from 10:20 to 11 a.m. today. So tune in if you wish.

*****

FARGO — Yep, this is the team we’ve watched all season along.

Finding a way to win a hard-fought game against a good opponent? Check.

Getting enough timely plays offensively to win it? Yep.

Winning a game that advanced stats say UND should have lost? Yep.

Zane McIntyre playing terrific and losing a shutout bid in the last couple of minutes? Yep, that happened again, too.

It all means that UND is in the NCAA regional championship for the ninth time in 11 years under coach Dave Hakstol and the 10th time in 12 years overall. This is the second straight senior class that will have not only played in every NCAA tournament, but also will leave campus having never lost in the first round even.

Stories:

Herald – Game story, photo gallery, video of UND presser

Herald – UND gives fans something to cheer about this time

Bonus quotes — Pecknold, Hakstol comment on game

UNDsports.com – UND advances to regional final with win

USCHO – UND wins in electric atmosphere

College Hockey News – UND turns the page

Other notes and comments:

  • Shot attempts in this game were lopsided in favor of Quinnipiac (73-43), but if you look at the shot chart, most of them came from the outside. The defenders did a great job in front of the net, making it difficult to get Grade As on goalie Zane McIntyre.
  • That being said, UND didn’t generate a ton of Grade As, either. In the second period, UND only attempted two shots in the prime scoring area. It scored on one. The other goal came when Garteig misplayed a shot from the corner by Bryn Chyzyk.
  • Shot blocks were 28-7 in favor of UND. All but three players had a blocked shot.
  • Quinnipiac spent about 15 minutes of this game on the power play, but couldn’t get anything to go until a 6×4 conversion with just 1:26 remaining.
  • Even-strength shots on goal were: UND 18, Quinnipiac 15.
  • McIntyre nearly scored a goal with just over a minute to go. Devon Toews picked it out of the air with his stick on a great play or else that was headed for the net. McIntyre would have been just the fourth to do it in NCAA history.
  • Wade Murphy was back in the lineup and nearly scored the first goal of the game on a toe-drag-and-shot. He played a solid game.
  • Tucker Poolman was the No. 1 star of the game for me. I thought he was fantastic shift in and shift out. His goal was huge, but he did so much more than that.
  • The Connor Gaarder line, which has been UND’s best in the last month and a half, had a relatively quiet game, registering only one shot.
  • Troy Stecher, who got the hard hat, had an assist, blocked three shots and registered a plus-three rating.
  • Sam Anas, who played limited minutes, actually led Quinnipiac with five shots on goal. QU coach Rand Pecknold estimated that he was at 60 percent. Anas had a couple of nice offensive plays, where you could see some flashes, but he also struggled greatly at times.
  • Goaltending is big at this time of year and UND clearly had the better goaltending tonight. I thought McIntyre was tremendous again, while Bobcat goalie Michael Garteig let in a tough one.
  • UND got two more shorthanded goals tonight — after having a long break in between them — for 11 on the season. Only seven to go to catch the Hrkac Circus (yep, not gonna happen).
  • UND lost the faceoff battle 39-33. Luke Johnson was 9-17, but I didn’t think it felt that bad. He won some key faceoffs on special teams and when he lost faceoffs, he wasn’t losing them clean.
  • The officials were from the WCHA.
  • Paul LaDue got a game misconduct at the end of the contest. For those asking, he is fine to play tonight.

Postgame quotes

Here are a few postgame quotes from the head coaches. If you want to watch UND’s presser, we have video here.

Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold:

“I just want to congratulate North Dakota, I thought they were very committed tonight. I haven’t gotten a final stat sheet yet but through two periods they had 21 blocks and that’s impressive, I would assume they had over 30 in the game and anytime you get a team to commit to that you’re going to do well.

“Shot attempts were 50 to 27 for us, again that’s not the score, but we played well tonight I was happy with when we were down 2-0 our guys kept battling. We had the five (minute major) and we killed that off. You know, I was really happy. Did everything go our way? No. You know we had that fluke second goal that just killed us but we didn’t quit and battled. North Dakota played well, they deserved to win. I thought we played well tonight. It wasn’t our best game. I want to thank our seniors Alex Barron, had a great three years with us and Justin only had one, those guys did a great job for us. Our two captains Danny Federico and Matthew Peca are as good of players and as good of people that I’ve ever coached.”

Pecknold on Sam Anas:

“Yeah, we weren’t really sure all week if the knee was going to swell up or not. I know the media wanted to know but we didn’t know until noon today. He wasn’t himself, we got down and he wanted to play, he kept telling me he was fine, he was probably like 60 percent, I would say. But he made some plays and we needed to score some goals but I probably played him more than I wanted to. The plan was to give him power plays and odd shifts, the O-Zone drop. But we got behind and I used him a little more than I wanted to. But like I said he was about 50 to 60 percent.”

Pecknold on the crowd:

“I didn’t think it was intimidating. I really thought it was a great atmosphere. I got to give it to North Dakota, they have some of the best fans in the country. Obviously the arena is great, it’s really a good venue. Having been on the committee before, it is a battle to keep neutral sites and obviously this was not a neutral site, but hey, we were the 14 seed so you have to go on the road and take your lumps. If we would have gotten a little bit higher up and had a better regular season, we wouldn’t have to come here and play, but I thought it was great. The city of Fargo has been outstanding, our hotel Best Western has been great. I have never been to Fargo before. I’ve obviously been to Grand Forks but it was a great experience.”

UND coach Dave Hakstol:

“Well, when you get to this time of year, this is the kind of game that you expect. This was a fast-paced game, it was a hard-nosed game, and it was a good, tight battle. Our guys battled and worked hard, I thought executed at key times of the game, and to a man, really worked hard together, and that was our goal coming in. Twenty minutes ago now, we’ve turned the page and started to look forward to tomorrow night’s game.”

Hakstol on UND’s bounce-back game:

“We weren’t looking for a bounce-back. We were just coming to win a hockey game. Everybody’s made an awful lot of it, and I’ve heard an awful lot about last week. Teams have ups and downs and reasons why you have ups and downs. I think we’ve said it about a hundred times, we turned the page a week ago, and this group of guys has been able to do that through the season, whether it be good or bad results. Last weekend has very little to do with this weekend. It’s part of the season and that’s why it does have something to do with it, but tonight’s performance is a credit to the guys in our locker room. You heard them speak about it and their will to win.”

Hakstol on the atmosphere:

“It was awesome. Right from walking in the building a couple of hours before the game, right through the end of the final buzzer. What a tremendous atmosphere for our players to have the opportunity to play in. As I said yesterday, you’re not guaranteed anything at this time of year. Playing in an environment like this in your home state, because the teams are so good, everybody that we’re playing has been in these environments before but no question tonight we wanted to try and take advantage of this opportunity and I thought our guys acquitted themselves pretty well with that in mind.”

Gameday final: UND 4, Quinnipiac 1

TONIGHT’S VIEWING: ESPNU, ESPN3.com. Lineup notes: UND goes with expected lines. Sam Anas is playing for Quinnipiac. Full lines and live chat are below.

First period

UND 1, Quinnipiac 0 — Tucker Poolman (Paul LaDue, Stephane Pattyn) 12:59 (pp). LaDue moves the puck to Poolman at the left point. Poolman settles it and picks the corner through traffic.

Second period

UND 2, Quinnipiac 0 — Bryn Chyzyk (Gage Ausmus) 7:09. Ausmus holds a puck at the point and puts it in the corner, where Chyzyk gets it and blindly throws one toward the net. It hits Garteig and goes in for his first goal in 15 games. That’s one Garteig will want back.

UND 3, Quinnipiac 0 — Drake Caggiula (Troy Stecher) 9:55 (sh). Skating four-on-three, Stecher wins a battle and skates the puck out of the zone on a 2-on-1 the other way. Stecher feeds Caggiula, who buries UND’s 10th shorthanded goal of the season.

Third period

UND 3, Quinnipiac 1 — Andrew Taverner (Bo Pieper, Tanner MacMaster) 18:34 (pp) (ex). Taverner one-timed a Pieper pass to break up McIntyre’s shutout bid.

UND 4, Quinnipiac 1 — Luke Johnson (Drake Caggiula) 19:44 (sh) (en). Johnson ices the game with an empty-netter.

UND’s lines

9 Drake Caggiula–27 Luke Johnson–15 Michael Parks
28 Stephane Pattyn–8 Nick Schmaltz–7 Wade Murphy
29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair–3 Tucker Poolman
21 Brendan O’Donnell–13 Connor Gaarder–14 Austin Poganski

4 Keaton Thompson–24 Jordan Schmaltz
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
20 Gage Ausmus–2 Troy Stecher

31 Zane McIntyre
33 Cam Johnson
30 Matt Hrynkiw

Quinnipiac’s lines

8 Alex Barron–26 Travis St. Denis–19 Tanner MacMaster
18 Soren Jonzzon–20 Matthew Peca–16 Landon Smith
39 Andrew Taverner–23 Tommy Schutt–7 Sam Anas
2 Brayden Sherbinn–11 Tim Clifton–24 Bo Pieper

22 Danny Federico–4 Connor Clifton
14 Derek Smith–12 Justin Agosta
6 Devon Toews–27 Kevin McKernan

34 Michael Garteig
29 Sean Lawrence
35 Jacob Meyers

Friday morning reading

FARGO — I certainly never thought I’d see the day where UND was playing hockey in Fargo in a venue that seats about a fifth of the demand of tickets, but that’s what will occur tonight in Scheels Arena.

Believe it or not, it’s NCAA tournament time. And in less than 48 hours from now, UND’s season will be over or else it will be booking a flight to Boston.

This team has cruised through the season without any points of real hardship. It never had to dig down deep and try to right the ship (unless you count the first game of the season).

The most consistent team that I’ve ever covered had very, very few ebbs and flows this season. It just cruised through, dropping on occasional game, but nothing ever to get concerned about.

Until now.

This team has finally hit a bump in the road for the first time since October 10. That night, UND lost to Bemidji State 5-1. The bad feelings lasted less than 24 hours as UND won the next night and proceeded to go on an eight-game unbeaten streak.

UND has hit its patch of adversity, going 0-2 last weekend at the Frozen Faceoff and losing three of its last five games.

How was this week of practice?

How do the players and coaches believe the team has responded to those defeats? Read that story here [plus photos of practice and video].

The only other time UND lost back-to-back games at the conference tournament before heading into the NCAAs under coach Dave Hakstol was 2009. That team ended up losing in the first round of the NCAAs to New Hampshire.

I actually thought that team came out of their funk and played fairly well in that game against UNH — and was a tenth of a second away from winning — but they still lost.

That’s the stat working against UND tonight.

The last five years that the old WCHA had a third-place game, the loser of that contest went on to lose in the first round of the NCAAs. And four of the five were higher seeds in the NCAAs.

It’s tough to win in the NCAAs when you don’t have momentum. But it’s not impossible. Two years ago, Yale got shutout in back-to-back games at the ECAC conference tournament, then ran off four in a row in the NCAAs.

UND will be playing an NCAA-experienced Quinnipiac team tonight that sure looks like it will have Sam Anas in the lineup.

UND will have Gage Ausmus in the lineup, which is different than last year. Ausmus had to watch the NCAA tournament a year ago and made a vow that it would never happen again.

If you need to know some facts about the teams in this West Regional, here are my capsules.

Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold says their new arena in 2007 vaulted the team’s recruiting, and they’ll bring several high-profile players to Scheels Arena tonight, including former DU and BC recruits.

For Thursday’s paper, I wrote a column about Michigan Tech and MSU-Mankato, two teams who were afterthoughts in the old WCHA and could become fixtures on the scene after realignment. A lot of Husky and Mav fans were upset about the creation of the NCHC when it happened, but that should probably end this weekend.

The Herald also put together an eight-page special section with some photos of the arena, a quick preview on each team in the West Regional and some ways to follow the game if you’re not going. If you want to check that out, pick up a copy on a newsstand somewhere.

Okay, okay, so I have to make my picks. It’s Year 2 of Schlossman vs. the Quarter. I came out victorious in Year 1 thanks to my pick of Union to win it all last year. We’ll give it another go this season.

MIDWEST REGIONAL

MSU-Mankato vs. RIT
Me: Mankato.
Quarter: RIT.
Comment: One of two games I feel comfortable about picking in the first round. If this was Robert Morris or Mercyhurst, I think an upset would be more of a possibility. But it’s not.

Omaha vs. Harvard
Me: Harvard.
Quarter: Harvard.
Comment: I really want to pick Omaha here, but I can’t until they win a playoff game. Just as I can’t pick UND over BC until they win one, I can’t do it for Omaha. 2-13 in the last 15 playoff games is too much to ignore.

Regional title game
Me: Mankato over Harvard
Quarter: RIT over Harvard
Comment: This Mavs teams is deep, veteran and explosive.

EAST REGIONAL

Miami vs. Providence
Me: Providence
Quarter: Providence
Comment: If Miami had its full complement of players, I’d pick them to make the national championship game. But losing Blake Coleman and possibly Riley Barber is too much to ignore, especially against a Friars team that hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game since January.

Denver vs. Boston College
Me: Boston College
Quarter: Boston College
Comment: Real tough game to pick. I thought Denver looked significantly better this weekend than it did a month ago. But Boston College’s defensive corps is hard to ignore.

Regional title game
Me: Providence over Boston College
Quarter: Providence over Boston College
Comment: Jon Gillies playing at home. I’m saying Providence is this year’s No. 4 seed to reach the Frozen Four.

NORTHEAST REGIONAL

Boston University vs. Yale
Me: Boston University
Quarter: Yale
Comment: OK, the quarter hasn’t picked a higher seed yet (heads for high seed, tails for lower seed). But this is the second first-round game I feel comfortable in picking. BU is too explosive.

Minnesota Duluth vs. Minnesota
Me: Duluth
Quarter: Duluth
Comment: Today, we’ll find out more about Minnesota. Did it turn the corner in the second half? Or did it rack up wins because it was playing against Big Ten teams? The Bulldogs are 3-1 against the Gophers this season. Two great offensive teams should put on a good show.

Regional title game
Me: BU over Duluth
Quarter: Duluth over Yale
Comment: I wouldn’t be surprised if BU, Duluth or Minnesota come out of this region, but I’ll give the Terriers the edge as they’ve been the most consistent of the three this season.

WEST REGIONAL

UND vs. Quinnipiac
Me: UND
Quarter: UND
Comment: I went back-and-forth on this one a few times. There’s the stat that says teams that lose third-place games lose in the first round. But UND also is playing in its home state, and as Hakstol said, this team doesn’t get too high when good things happen and doesn’t get too low when bad things happen.

Michigan Tech vs. St. Cloud State
Me: The Huskies. Okay, SCSU.
Quarter: SCSU.
Comment: You could see that this nucleus of players was going to be good for Tech a few years ago as the WCHA came to an end. I like that team quite a bit. But SCSU is hot right now and is getting Kossila and Prochno back.

Regional title game
Me: SCSU over UND
Quarter: SCSU over UND
Comment: UND looked extremely impressive in sweeping SCSU in The Ralph a month ago. Since then, I’ve had some questions creep in, and that was highlighted last weekend. I wouldn’t be shocked to see UND win the regional, nor would I be shocked to see them lose to Quinnipiac. So, I’m going to compromise and say they win one and lose to a team that’s had their number the last couple years.

Semifinals
Me: Providence over Mankato; BU over SCSU
Quarter: Providence over RIT; SCSU over Duluth

Finals
Me: BU over Providence
Quarter: SCSU over Providence
Comment: It’s not just Jack Eichel. BU has a lot of firepower, a solid D-corps and a goalie that can dominate a game (UND knows that well). And it’s a hometown Frozen Four.

The Force connection

FARGO — One interesting note about this weekend’s regional in Scheels Arena is the number of Fargo Force alums playing.

Chris Murphy of the Fargo Forum wrote about that in this story here.

The 2010-11 team has eight players in this regional alone. It was kind of fun to look back on that roster and see all the familiar names. You will see many others that aren’t in this regional, but here ya go:

2010-11 Fargo Force

Jimmy Mullin (Miami) 23-37–60
Chad Demers (AFA) 18-32–50
Tanner Kero (Tech) 14-23–37
Brian Cooper (UNO) 11-22–33
Colton Hargrove (WMU) 13-14–27
Tyler Maugeri (Prince) 12-13–25
Colten St. Clair (UND) 11-14–25
Garrett Haar (WMU) 7-16–23
Dan Weissenhofer (AFA) 7-11–18
Nick Oliver (SCSU) 7-10–17
Ian Young (CC) 3-11–14
Tanner Lane (UNO) 4-9–13
Jimmy Murray (SCSU) 4-8–12
Joe Rehkamp (SCSU) 3-9–12
Austin Farley (UMD) 7-4–11
Willie Corrin (UMD) 1-9–10
Oleg Yevenko (UMass) 4-4–8
Nate Arentz (BSU) 4-4–8
Nick Stoskopf (D-3) 4-1–5
Christian Folin (Lowell) 2-2–4
Brandon Carlson (UAF) 2-2–4
Garrett Allen (DU) 3-0–3
Corbin McGuire (UW) 1-0–1
Keaton Thompson (UND) 0-0–0

Ryan Massa (UNO) 2.37, .908
Zane McIntyre (UND) 2.23, .908

It’s also interesting that three of the four teams’ best players is from this team in McIntyre (Hobey finalist), Kero (Hobey finalist) and Brodzinski.

In case your wondering, that Force team lost in the Clark Cup Finals that year to a Dubuque team that featured Johnny Gaudreau, Zemgus Girgensons and Riley Barber, among others.

Murphy, St. Clair appear in

FARGO — UND coach Dave Hakstol says that lines will be very similar to what they were at the end of Saturday in the NCAA Frozen Faceoff.

The only exception is that Colten St. Clair is back in. Hakstol said St. Clair could have played last week, but they wanted him 100 percent for the regional.

I’m expecting the lines to be:

Caggiula-Johnson-Parks
Murphy-NSchmaltz-Pattyn
Chyzyk-St. Clair-Poolman
O’Donnell-Gaarder-Poganski

Thompson-JSchmaltz
Mattson-LaDue
Ausmus-Stecher

McIntyre
Johnson

UND held its weekly shootout drill after practice. Dane Jackson won it.

Other goal scorers included the entire red line — O’Donnell, Gaarder and Poganski — Chyzyk, Murphy, Mattson and Ausmus.

UND just finished its press conference. There will be more coming up on the Herald site throughout the night.

Also, if you want to hear some UND hockey chatter, I’ll be in studio with Dom Izzo on 970 WDAY AM, if you get that, at 6:35 p.m. tonight.

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