Game story is here. For the stuff that didn’t get in, below is a notebook that didn’t get in the paper because of deadline:
Lamoureux bounces back strong
Perhaps the easiest question UND coach Dave Hakstol fielded at the press conference was whether he considered pulling Philippe Lamoureux after he misplayed the puck behind the net in the second period, allowing Michigan an easy wrap-around goal and a 5-4 lead.
"No, not at all," Hakstol said. "Phil has really proven his mental toughness. He came out of a first half where there was nothing but question marks surrounding him. But he’s such a strong competitor mentally. We have faith in him. We know he’s going to battle back and he showed that tonight. That’s due to mental toughness.
"He made a couple of saves in the second half of the game that were game-changing saves. I thought he provided the turning point in our game with his save on T.J. Hensick’s breakaway in the second period."
Lamoureux allowed five goals on the first nine shots he faced through 21 minutes. In the final 39 minutes, Lamoureux stopped all 25 shots he saw.
Lamoureux told the Associated Press: "I made critical saves when I had to. Sometimes you get in 2-1 games. Sometimes they are 8-5. I can win games either way."
Both teams talk about UND’s power play
The Sioux scored five power-play goals on eight chances, a major reason for the outcome.
What I thought was notable about UND’s power play is that the second unit tallied the first two with the extra man. In the second half of the season, it was almost exclusively the first unit doing the scoring.
Hakstol’s comment on the power-play success: "Michigan is extremely aggressive on the penalty kill. Number one, we wanted to get traffic and get pucks to the net. When we did have a second or two, we wanted to hit seams. Most goals tonight was the result of us getting the puck to the net and traffic in front. You don’t always have to be pretty. Tonight, our power play was successful by doing simple things."
Michigan coach Red Berenson said: "Our penalty killing has been improved lately, then tonight we give up five power-play goals. Shots were getting through that we didn’t block and our goalie didn’t see. They scored one on a power-play rush that was a nice goal. The others were just going in. It was unbelievable. Billy Sauer couldn’t see it or couldn’t find it or was too far back in the net to make a save. It was a goalie’s nightmare.
"I thought our penalty killers were working hard and doing a lot of good things. I don’t think you can blame them for any of the goals. The puck was just going in. It’s like it had eyes. One went in from behind the net."
T.J. Hensick talks about misconduct penalty
Michigan’s Hobey Baker Award candidate was taken out of the game for 10 minutes with just 12:26 remaining for saying something to the ref. Hensick didn’t say exactly what he said, but he did talk about the penalty.
"I was angry. I’d say the ref was chirping at me more than I was chirping at him. At the end, I got sick of it. I don’t have much to say about it. I don’t want to get in trouble, so I’ll leave it at that."
It’s not clear how he could get in trouble being that Hensick was a senior and is done playing college hockey. But he did say what it felt like sitting in the box while his team was trying to rally.
"It was extremely frustrating because I didn’t think I deserved that. For the ref to do what he did — take me out of the game for 10 minutes in that critical situation — I thought it was extremely unlikely to happen. I wasn’t very happy sitting in the box. The referee was trying to take control of the game. I thought he should have done it early on in the game and often."
Berenson added: "I don’t like to talk about officiating, but at this level, I think it’s important that everybody understand what the standard is. That’s all I will say about that."
Notes and quotes
***There was a large eruption from Sioux fans in attendance when the clock hit 19:00 in the third period, as the Sioux successfully held Michigan off the board in the opening minute of a period.
***Berenson on his team’s defense: "We were telling our guys that one goal could win the game. Certainly, the team that wins shouldn’t give up more than one or two. If I were North Dakota, I’d feel bad about the goals they gave up. At Michigan, we’re embarrassed about the goals we gave up."
***Michigan also gave up eight goals to Minnesota earlier this season.
***Hensick was 21-4 in faceoffs. Michigan held the edge 50-33.
***T.J. Oshie scored his three goals three different ways — one even-strength, one power play, one shorthanded.
***Chris Porter was given the hard hat and he showed up to the press conference wearing it.
***Baudette’s Brett Nylander, and Air Force forward, landed himself on SportsCenter with the No. 7 play of the day with his wrap-around goal against Minnesota.
***Attendances were 11,161 and 11,171 for the games. In my estimation, the largest fanbases were: 1. Air Force, 2. UND, 3. Minnesota, 4. Michigan. Keep in mind that Air Force had UND, Michigan, CC and DU fans cheering for them along with their own fans.