Another Martin update

Sadly, the news we received about Jesse Martin last night (that his trip to the hospital was for precautionary reasons) appears to be incorrect.

Denver Post writer Mike Chambers has an update this morning saying that Martin sustained three neck fractures and was scheduled to have emergency surgery in Minneapolis to relieve the swelling in his spinal cord.

Read the update on Chambers’ blog.

Keep Martin in your thoughts and prayers….

Saturday night rewind

Five highlights from around the country:

1. Merrimack 4, Boston College 2: Merrimack pretty much assures that Miami will be the country’s No. 1 team this week by knocking off the Eagles. Joe Cucci had a goal and an assist for Merrimack.

2. Miami 2, Lake Superior 2: Miami scores two goals and, big surprise, Carter Camper is involved in both. He has a goal and an assist and now has 22 points in 8 games.

3. Minnesota 9, Colorado College 4: The Gophers explode offensively to get a series sweep. Former Fargo Force forward Nate Condon has a five-point night (2 goals, 3 assists). Jaden Schwartz continues to impress with a pair of goals. He now has seven.

4. Minnesota-Duluth 1, Bemidji State 1: The Beavers held Duluth’s high-powered offense without an even-strength goal all weekend. The Dogs got a power-play goal in the third period, but Emil Billberg’s tally with 1:31 left gave the Beavers their first WCHA point in program history.

5. Wisconsin 4, Michigan Tech 1: Patrick Johnson had three assists to lead the Badgers to a home sweep. Johnson now has six points in eight games. He had seven as a sophomore and seven as a junior.

Sioux-Pioneers gamers:

Grand Forks Herald

FightingSioux.com

Denver Post

USCHO.com

Other notes:

  • After the game, UND coach Dave Hakstol said that defenseman Derek Forbort will likely be out next weekend against his hometown Duluth Bulldogs. Forbort has an undisclosed ailment.
  • This loss was far different than the ones at Maine. UND actually played pretty solid and carried the play for most of the 60 minutes. The Sioux just couldn’t get anything to go. Jason Gregoire had a bunch of chances, but couldn’t get any to go in.
  • The Sioux outshot the Pioneers 11-1 to start the game. Had they been able to finsih off one of those chances, it could have been a different game.
  • Three of UND’s last four shutouts have come at the hands of Denver (four of the last seven, too). I’m thinking that even when Adam Murray becomes available, Sam Brittain is going to end up being the go-to guy for Denver this season.
  • Brock Nelson and Danny Kristo have been on a line together for the early part of this season. Both of those guys are still without a goal but continue getting chances. Will they all start falling once No. 1 goes in?
  • Brad Eidsness played well tonight. Like Aaron Dell, Eidsness didn’t see a ton of work. Eidsness didn’t have much of a chance at the two goals he allowed.
  • UND was trying to start the WCHA season 4-0 for the first time since 1996-97.
  • Dillon Simpson’s first-career goal was on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. Simpson’s father, Craig, is the lead analyst for CBC.
  • Former Edmonton Oiler coach Craig MacTavish was in the building for both games this weekend.

Gameday final: Denver 3, UND 0

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Tonight’s TV: FSSN, Midco Sports Network, DirecTV 625 (try 623 if that doesn’t work)
Tonight’s webcast: FightingSioux.com

First period

No scoring.

Second period

Denver 1, UND 0 — Drew Shore (Anthony Maiani, Beau Bennett) 16:06. Just as a five-minute major power play expires, Maiani finds Shore with a cross-crease pass and Shore snipes it in.

Third period

Denver 2, UND 0 — Jason Zucker (Kyle Ostrow) 4:15 (sh). UND turns the puck over a couple of times on the power play. Ostrow picks it up and finds Zucker standing alone at the far blue line. Zucker has a clean breakaway, plenty of time to make a move and score on the forehand.

Denver 3, UND 0 — Kyle Ostrow (Anthony Maiani) 19:42 (en). Maiani scores into an empty net to seal it.

UND’s lines

17 Jason Gregoire–10 Corban Knight–26 Brett Hextall
19 Evan Trupp–22 Brad Malone–21 Matt Frattin
7 Danny Kristo–29 Brock Nelson–27 Carter Rowney
8 Mike Cichy–9 Mario Lamoureux–11 Derek Rodwell

2 Andrew MacWilliam–5 Chay Genoway
3 Derrick LaPoint–25 Jake Marto
18 Dillon Simpson–24 Ben Blood

31 Brad Eidsness
32 Aaron Dell
35 Tate Maris

Denver’s lines

19 Kyle Ostrow–14 Jesse Martin–18 Luke Salazar
11 Chris Knowlton–16 Anthony Maiani–9 Beau Bennett
17 Jason Zucker–15 Drew Shore–26 Shawn Ostrow
37 Nate Dewhurst–27 Dan Olszewski–3 Jon Cook

4 Matt Dononvan–6 Chris Nutini
5 John Lee–21 William Wrenn
24 John Ryder–10 David Makowski

1 Sam Brittain
28 Josh Rosenholtz

Friday night rewind

Five highlights around the country:

1. Miami 6, Lake Superior 2: Can we award the Hobey in October? If not, this is the closest I can remember. Carter Camper has a goal and two assists for three points and is a plus-4 in the win. On the season, Camper has 20 points in seven games.

2. Quinnipiac 4, St. Cloud State 2: The Huskies have hit a rough patch to start the season and are now 2-4-1. Quinnipiac managed only one shot on goal in the second period, then rallied for three straight goals in the third to pull off the win.

3. Minnesota-Duluth 3, Bemidji State 2, OT: Travis Oleksuk scored with seven seconds left in OT while on the power play to lift the Dogs to a second OT victory this season. All three of Duluths’ goals came on the power play as the Beavers failed to score on several breakaways.

4. Minnesota 4, Colorado College 1: Taylor Matson scored two goals and Kent Patterson stopped 27 of 28 shots to lead Don Lucia to his third straight win over old team.

5. Wisconsin 5, Michigan Tech 2: The previously unbeaten Huskies took a 2-0 lead after one period, but the Badgers stormed back to get the home win. Freshman Michael Mersch had two goals and an assist to lead UW.

Game stories:

Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald photo gallery (includes shots Belfour and the new display cases at REA)

FightingSioux.com

Denver Post

USCHO.com

Winnipeg Free Press

Other notes:

  • Big turnaround from Maine: UND takes only one penalty all game (and Denver only three). It was a pretty straight-forward game and the refs called it that way. As coach Dave Hakstol said, “There was no B.S. out there from either team.”
  • Derek Forbort was ill yesterday and didn’t play. Dillon Simpson got some extra minutes and made the most of them. He scored a big goal when he found the puck alone in the slot.
  • Jason Gregoire was the best player on the ice. He was very involved from the first shift on. He ended up getting two assists and was plus-2. I voted him No. 1 star of the game.
  • Corban Knight has passed Matt Frattin as the leading scorer on the team. He has 10 points in seven games.
  • Aaron Dell got his first victory in Ralph Engelstad Arena. He was all right. Didn’t face a lot of work and probably wants Matt Donovan’s goal back. I believe we’ll see Brad Eidsness tonight.
  • I’ll go with Carter Rowney as the unsung player of the game. I thought he played quite well. He showed off some of his skills and nearly got on the board a couple of times.
  • Hakstol said he hopes Mike Cichy’s goal can spark him a little bit. It was a great shot by Cichy. Derek Rodwell made it happen by going strong to the net, though.
  • Danny Kristo can’t get one to go early this season, but it’s only a matter of time. He made a great play at the blue line to set up Corban Knight’s second goal.
  • Matt Frattin finally was held without a goal. He passed up a couple of shot opporutnities and I’m guessing the coaches will tell him to launch away.

Gameday final: UND 4, Denver 3

TO ENTER THE LIVE CHAT (hasn’t started yet), click here.

Tonight’s TV: FSSN, Midco Sports Network, DirecTV 617.
Tonight’s webcast: FightingSioux.com

First period

Denver 1, UND 0 — Jason Zucker (Shawn Ostrow, John Ryder) 6:19. Ostrow digs the puck off the end wall and finds Zucker wide open in the slot for a one-timer.

Denver 1, UND 1 — Dillon Simpson (Jason Gregoire, Corban Knight) 11:51. Right after Gregoire rang one off the post, it bounced off the boards to Simpson uncovered in the slot. Brittain made the first save, but Simpson picked up the rebound and scored his first-carere goal.

Second period

Denver 2, UND 1 — Matt Donovan 1:53. Donovan picked up the puck in neutral ice, skated past most of UND’s team and his shot somehow got between Dell’s pads.

Denver 2, UND 2 — Mike Cichy (Mario Lamoureux, Derrick LaPoint) 9:04. Cichy carried the puck in the zone and Rodwell went strong to the net. Brittain looked to be anticipating a pass when Cichy ripped one from the top of the circle off the notch of the net and in.

UND 3, Denver 2 — Corban Knight (Brett Hextall, Jason Gregoire) 16:43. Great play all around for the Sioux. Gregoire makes a great touch pass at center ice to Hextall, who sends a perfect backhand saucer pass to Knight in the slot. Knight holds the puck on his forehand, waits for Brittain to make a move and scores.

Third period

UND 4, Denver 2 — Corban Knight (Danny Kristo, Brock Nelson) 1:13 (pp). Knight holds the puck in the right circle and looks for Gregoire, who was wide open in the slot. His pass goes off a DU defenseman and in the net. Kristo made a very good play at the point to set up the odd-man chance.

UND 4, Denver 3 — Jason Zucker (Beau Bennett, Drew Shore) 10:37. The Pioneers entered the zone on a two-on-one rush and Bennett got the puck in the slot. Dell made a good pad save on him, but the rebound went right to Zucker who put a turn-around shot in an open net.

UND’s lines

17 Jason Gregoire–10 Corban Knight–26 Brett Hextall
19 Evan Trupp–22 Brad Malone–21 Matt Frattin
7 Danny Kristo–29 Brock Nelson–27 Carter Rowney
8 Mike Cichy–9 Mario Lamoureux–11 Derek Rodwell

2 Andrew MacWilliam–5 Chay Genoway
3 Derrick LaPoint–25 Jake Marto
18 Dillon Simpson–24 Ben Blood

32 Aaron Dell
31 Brad Eidsness

(Forbort is ill, that’s why he’s scratched.)

Denver’s lines

19 Kyle Ostrow–14 Jesse Martin–18 Luke Salazar
11 Chris Knowlton–16 Anthony Maiani–9 Beau Bennett
17 Jason Zucker–15 Drew Shore–26 Shawn Ostrow
22 Jarrod Mermis–27 Dan Olszewski–37 Nate Dewhurst

4 Matt Donovan–6 Chris Nutini
5 John Lee–21 William Wrenn
24 John Ryder–10 David Makowski

1 Sam Brittain
28 Josh Rosenholtz

Friday morning reading

For those of you attending this weekend’s games, I recommend walking around the lower bowl to take a look at three new displays that Ralph Engelstad Arena has put up this year.

There’s one commemorating the worldwide events (World Juniors, World Curling), one dedicated to state hockey and another one to UND’s Olympians.

There’s some very cool memorabilia in the cases. The World Junior display has sticks signed by all of the World Junior teams. It also highlights some of the superstars that played in it like Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The state hockey dedication will feature jerseys from the reigning champs on both the boys and girls side. This year, it’s West Fargo for the girls and Grand Forks Central for the boys.

The Olympic hockey one was my favorite. It has Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux’s game-worn jerseys, pucks from their Olympic goals and autographed sticks. It also has Lefty Curran’s medal collection and items from as far back as Ginny Christian and Don Ross in the 1950s. Greg Johnson also donated his Olympic jersey for it. Jonathan Toews and Zach Parise jerseys are in there as well.

I’ll have a story further detailing the new displays in Saturday’s Herald.

For those collectors out there, Ralph Engelstad Arena is releasing different commerative cups for each home series this season. This weekend, the cup will be dedicated to the 1959 national championship team and Ed Belfour.

Speaking of Belfour, tonight is his night. Perhaps the greatest hockey player ever to come through the university will be recognized with a pregame video and he will drop the puck. For more on the Belfour Night festivities and what the coaches and players are saying about Belfour, read the story from Thursday’s Herald.

Oh, and it’s also the first chance for fans to see the Sioux play a meaningful game at Ralph Engelstad Arena since the 4-1 victory over Minnesota in the first-round of the WCHA playoffs last March. UND has been on the road often early this season and the players are very glad to be back.

I don’t see it online right now, but in the hard copy of the paper, there’s a short Q&A with Aaron Dell, who has almost equaled his number of appearances from last season. Last year, Dell admitted he was nervous during his starts. He says he is no longer feeling nervous and that he took big steps in Maine.

Denver’s goalie, freshman Sam Brittain, says he won’t be nervous in Grand Forks this weekend, either. Denver senior Jesse Martin said: “It’s going to be crazy. Their fans are crazy.”

The Pioneers will be without a few players. This blog entry details the nose bleed that will keep defenseman Paul Phillips home.

The Denver Post also had a story in today’s paper detailing financial troubles in the athletic department. Denver is far from the only school dealing with these issues. The graphic shows that Denver’s hockey program makes a considerable amount of money, while the basketball program is deeply in the red.

Minnesota at Colorado College

While UND finishes off a 7,400-plus mile road trip, the Star Trib’s Roman Augustoviz points out that the Gophers boarded their only flight of the year on Thursday. It’s a pretty easy trip to Colorado Springs. Both goalies are likely to play for Minnesota. The Tigers will be without star forward Rylan Schwartz tonight. He’s serving a mandatory one-game suspension for a game disqualification.

Minnesota-Duluth at Bemidji State

UND will go down in the books as the winningest team ever in the Bemidji Regional Event Center. That’s because Sanford has bought the naming rights to the arena (imagine that). The Beavers will be back in their new digs this weekend with another big-time opponent coming in. The motivated Bulldogs are led by a top line of Jack Connolly, Mike Connolly and Justin Fontaine, who have combined for 33 points in six games.

Michigan Tech at Wisconsin

An undefeated Michigan Tech team will head to the Kohl Center this weekend for an interesting matchup. The Huskies will put their 3-0-2 mark on the line against a Wisconsin team that has been getting big points from freshman Mark Zengerle.

MSU-Mankato at Anchorage

The Mavericks made the long trip up to Alaska for this weekend’s series against the Seawolves. Anchorage wants to be tougher at home this season and possibly earn a home-ice berth for the playoffs, something it has never done since joining the WCHA. There will be an interesting storyline for the series: Former Mankato player Ryan McKelvie will be an assistant coach with the Seawolves.

Quinnipiac at St. Cloud State

The Huskies are the only WCHA team out of conference this weekend. They will take on the Bobcats, who were one of the other teams going after Aaron Dell. St. Cloud State defenseman Brett Barta, a Moorhead product, is playing an expanded role this season.

Omaha idle

Dean Blais was in Grand Forks last night en route to Manitoba to scout during his week off.

More tickets released

I went over to Ralph Engelstad Arena this afternoon and found out that 200 more tickets have been released for tonight’s game and 100 for Saturday night’s game.

The series had been sold out for a couple of months until UND got returns this week. I believe all of the available tickets are in the 300 level.

So, if you were looking to catch a game or two this weekend and don’t have tickets yet, you may be in luck.

Matteau, Matteau, Matteau

Say this about UND: It may have the most talented parents lounge in the country. You may catch Vezina winner Ron Hextall or two-time Stanley Cup champion Craig Simpson there this season. And in a couple of short years, Stanley Cup champion Stephane Matteau will surely be making his rounds.

Matteau’s son, Stefan, recently committed to UND, giving the Sioux a fourth player currently in USA Hockey’s NTDP. I don’t ever recall UND having that many players in Ann Arbor at one time.

The scouting report on the younger Matteau is that he’s a well-rounded player who uses his big frame and good hands. Read the full story on his commitment here.

The Hockey News also did a story on Matteau earlier. You can read that one here.

Matteau’s commitment also gives play-by-play man Tim Hennessy and easy call for his future goals — one made famous by Howie Rose, who called Matteau’s 2OT goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. It still lives as one of the most famous goals ever scored by a New York Ranger.

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