Poll time

Boston College is the new No. 1. UND is ranked fifth in the polls (third in the one that matters) after a split with Colorado College. Here are this week’s men’s and women’s polls:

Pairwise Rankings

1. Yale
2. Denver
3. North Dakota
4. Minnesota-Duluth
5. Boston College
6. RPI
7. Wisconsin
8. New Hampshire
9. Michigan
10. Merrimack
11. Western Michigan
12. Union
13. Notre Dame
14. Dartmouth
15. Boston University
16. Princeton
17. Nebraska-Omaha
18. Colorado College
19. Maine
20. Miami
21. Alaska
22. Minnesota
23. Ohio State
24. Northern Michigan
25. Ferris State
26. MSU-Mankato
27. Michigan State
28. Robert Morris
29. Quinnipiac
30. St. Cloud State
31. Alaska-Anchorage
32. Brown
33. Niagara

USCHO poll

 1 Boston College      (41)  18-6-0   988     2
 2 Denver              ( 6)  16-5-5   922     3
 3 Yale                ( 2)  17-4-0   881     1
 4 Minnesota-Duluth    ( 1)  17-5-3   840     5
 5 North Dakota              19-8-2   813     4
 6 New Hampshire             15-5-4   745     7
 7 Wisconsin                 19-8-3   670     8
 8 Michigan                  17-7-4   629     6
 9 Rensselaer                17-6-3   594    10
10 Notre Dame                16-9-5   549     9
11 Union                     18-7-3   507    13
12 Merrimack                 15-5-4   436    14
13 Miami                     14-9-5   427    11
14 Boston University         12-7-7   314    16
15 Maine                     11-7-6   289    12
16 Western Michigan          14-6-8   274    17
17 Dartmouth                 12-6-3   177    18
18 Nebraska-Omaha           14-10-2   161    15
19 Princeton                 14-6-1   157    19
20 Colorado College         15-12-1    80    20

USA Today poll

1Boston College, 497 (26)218-6-017
2Yale University, 448 (3)117-4-017
3University of Denver, 445 (2)316-5-517
4University of Minnesota Duluth, 407 (3)417-5-317
5University of North Dakota, 393519-8-217
6University of New Hampshire, 325815-5-417
7University of Wisconsin, 272719-8-312
8Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2591017-6-39
9University of Michigan, 258617-7-417
10University of Notre Dame, 197916-9-514
11Union College, 1891218-7-314
12Merrimack College, 1471415-5-44
13Miami University, 951314-9-517
14Boston University, 41NR12-7-714
15University of Maine, 391111-7-617

INCH power rankings

1. Boston College
2. Yale
3. Denver
4. North Dakota
5. Minnesota-Duluth
6. New Hampshire
7. RPI
8. Union
9. Michigan
10. Merrimack
11. Wisconsin
12. Notre Dame
13. Miami
14. Western Michigan
15. Boston University
16. Dartmouth
17. Princeton
18. Maine
19. Nebraska-Omaha
20. Colorado College

Women’s Pairwise

1. Wisconsin
2. Cornell
3. Boston University
4. Minnesota
5. Mercyhurst
6. Minnesota-Duluth
7. Boston College
8. North Dakota
9. Providence
10. Harvard
11. Quinnipiac
12. Dartmouth

USCHO women’s poll

 1 Wisconsin           (11)  24-2-2   145     1
 2 Cornell             ( 4)  22-1-0   139     2
 3 Boston University         21-2-3   120     3
 4 Minnesota                 18-7-2    98     4
 5 Mercyhurst                22-5-0    95     5
 6 Minnesota-Duluth          14-7-3    77     6
 7 Boston College            16-5-4    58     8
 8 North Dakota              15-8-3    43     7
 9 Providence               17-10-1    19     9
10 Harvard                   12-7-2    10    NR

Saturday night rewind

The league’s top-scoring offense was at it again Saturday night, this time, getting contributions from some guys who haven’t scored a lot of goals this season. Joe Gleason scored No. 1, Derrick LaPoint No. 2, Carter Rowney No. 3, Brett Hextall No. 4 and Brock Nelson No. 5. Game stories:

Grand Forks Herald

FightingSioux.com

USCHO

Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Springs Gazette column

Other notes:

  • I arrived at the arena about two hours prior to game time. As I started unpacking my gear in the press box, I heard this roaring “Let’s go Sioux” chant throughout the building. No fans were in the hockey part of the arena yet, but there was a pregame party somewhere in the arena and they could be heard clearly. Those fans had plenty to cheer about throughout the game as well.
  • Speaking of fan support, we had 2,182 fans on the live chat last night. The live chat outdrew eight Division I games on Saturday night. I apologize for not being able to do much chatting during the third period either night, but the Mountain time zone games make it hard for deadlines.
  • Last year, it took UND quite some time to learn how to play without captain Chay Genoway. Considering the team’s depth on defense, you have to figure that the Sioux are better equipped to handle Genoway’s absence this year and they showed good signs Saturday.
  • I don’t have an update on Genoway yet. I will pass it along as soon as I hear something.
  • Joe Gleason entered the lineup for Genoway and played well. I think it is clear that he is more of an impact player on defense than at forward. His strong play means there will be a good battle brewing for spots on the blue line, especially when Dillon Simpson gets over his illness.
  • After allowing a season-high 41 shots on Friday, UND made a statement in the first period, allowing just two. Then, the Sioux put together arguably their best period of the season in the second, completely controlling the play. Everything was clicking in that frame.
  • Jake Marto moved back to his natural position, alongside Derrick LaPoint on the blue line. Those two picked up right where they left off. UND coach Dave Hakstol said that Saturday night might have been LaPoint’s best game of the season.
  • Andrew MacWilliam had yet another impressive game on the blue line as well. He’s starting to show some offensive poise, skills and confidence that we have not seen before. And he’s still his same, old physical self.
  • Danny Kristo played with a purpose Saturday. Besides his three assists and +3 rating, something that jumped out at me was that he had two big hits where a CC player immediately retaliated and went to the penalty box. Kristo is now second on the team in assists to Genoway with 17 and he has 22 overall points.
  • Rowney may have earned himself a shot to center the third line again in two weeks when Anchorage comes to town. He’s been showing some signs of offensive skills and his goal was a skilled, poised play.
  • The game was Colorado College’s worst loss since 2006.
  • There will be some updates on the blog this week, but there won’t be the usual weekly Wednesday update nor will I be at the live chat. That’s OK. Wednesday is football signing day, which has become a sports fan’s holiday in America, so that will dominate the questions.

Gameday final: UND 6, Colorado College 0

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Tonight’s game is NOT on TV. It is on webcast at www.b2livetv.com.

First period

UND 1, Colorado College 0 — Brock Nelson (Jake Marto) 5:03. Marto makes a great outlet pass from his own zone to start a rush. Nelson carries it around the net and scores five-hole on a wrap-around.

Second period

UND 2, Colorado College 0 — Brett Hextall (Corban Knight, Jason Gregoire) 2:21. Knight holds the puck below the goal line and finds a wide open Hextall in the slot. Hextall one-times his feed five-hole.

UND 3, Colorado College 0 – Carter Rowney (Danny Kristo) 4:31. Kristo carried the puck all the way up the ice on a three-on-two. His shot was blocked down in front. Rowney picked it up with his backhand and skated from the top of the crease to the side to get around Howe and score.

UND 4, Colorado College 0 — Matt Frattin (Brad Malone, Evan Trupp) 18:35 (pp). Malone held the puck below the goal line and fired a pass out to Frattin in the high slot. FRattin snapped one over Howe’s glove for his 21st of the year.

UND 5, Colorado College 0 — Derrick LaPoint (Brock Nelson, Danny Kristo) 19:30. LaPoint slaps a loose puck from the point high over Howe.

Third period

UND 6, Colorado College 0 – Joe Gleason (Danny Kristo) 2:03. Kristo fed Gleason, who skated in from the point and sniped the corner of the net for his first-career goal.

UND’s lines

19 Evan Trupp–22 Brad Malone–21 Matt Frattin
17 Jason Gregoire–10 Corban Knight–11 Derek Rodwell
26 Brett Hextall–27 Carter Rowney–7 Danny Kristo
29 Brock Nelson–9 Mario Lamoureux–15 Brent Davidson

4 Derek Forbort–24 Ben Blood
3 Derrick LaPoint–25 Jake Marto
2 Andrew MacWilliam–20 Joe Gleason

32 Aaron Dell
31 Brad Eidsness

Colorado College’s lines

23 Tim Hall–22 Nick Dineen–15 Andrew Hamburg
9 Dakota Eveland–12 Archie Skalbeck–17 Tyler Johnson
14 Stephen Schultz–13 Rylan Schwartz–27 William Rapuzzi
16 Alexander Krushelnyski–11 David Civitarese–21 Jeff Collett

24 Ryan Lowery–7 Eamonn McDermott
10 Gabe Guentzel–4 Joe Marciano
28 Mike Boivin–6 Doug Leaverton

31 Joe Howe
39 Josh Thorimbert
1 Tyler O’Brien

Friday night rewind

For the third week in a row, the Sioux will be aiming for a split on Saturday after dropping a WCHA series opener. This time, they fell behind Colorado College and couldn’t catch up. The end result was a 4-2 defeat. Game stories:

Grand Forks Herald

Colorado Springs Gazette

FightingSioux.com

USCHO

Other notes:

  • As said on the previous post, there has been no word yet on the severity of Chay Genoway’s leg injury, but he will not play in the series finale.
  • Joe Gleason will almost certainly come in on defense tonight. The other scratch on the trip was Derek Rodwell, who I also believe will play in the series finale. Dillon Simpson did not make the trip because of illness.
  • UND coach Dave Hakstol clearly was not happy with the penalties that his team took. The Sioux started gaining momentum in the third, but spent most of the final 10 minutes on the penalty kill.
  • Mario Lamoureux’s penalty was a game misconduct — not a disqualification — which means he’s eligible to play tonight.
  • Although Jason Gregoire was probably the best player on the ice, Hakstol did not take any solace in it, saying it was a poor team game.
  • Despite being out for seven games, Gregoire is now second on the team in goals with 12. He has five in the last three games.
  • I thought UND had a solid first period, piling up 20 shots. Many of them were from in close. Hakstol, though, was not happy with the first, saying that the Sioux didn’t really push until they got down. He wasn’t real pleased with either of the first two goals allowed.
  • Speaking of getting down, someone on the live chat mentioned the stat that the Sioux have now allowed the first goal in 7 straight WCHA contests. The Sioux did play three nonconference games in that span and they scored first in all three of them, but getting a quick start has to be a focus.
  • Colorado College racked up 17 shots in the second period after Genoway went down. This was the first game in a while where UND didn’t dress a defenseman at forward, so the Sioux weren’t able to move anyone back.
  • In all, the Tigers had 40 shots on goal — a season high in shots allowed for the Sioux.
  • Ben Blood led UND with seven shots on goal.
  • UND is planning to charter back to Grand Forks after the game. Then, the Sioux will have their final week off of the season before hosting Anchorage.

UND assessing the damages

UND senior captain Chay Genoway left Friday night’s game against Colorado College with an apparent leg injury. He had to be helped off and did not return.

UND coach Dave Hakstol said after the game that Genoway will not play in the series finale, but other than that, they don’t know the extent of the injury at this point.

Hakstol also made it sound like there are others who may not play in the series finale.

“We can only travel with 22 guys on the road, so, yeah, we’ll have changes,” Hakstol said.

Gameday final: Colorado College 4, UND 2

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Note: Tonight’s game is on CBS College Sports. It is NOT webcasted.

First period

Colorado College 1, UND 0 – Dakota Eveland (Mike Boivin, Tyler Johnson) 3:19. Dell turns aside Boivin’s shot from the circle, but Eveland finds the rebound at the side of the crease for a goal at the exact time a CC power play expires.

Colorado College 2, UND 0 — Alexander Krushelnyski (Archie Skalback) 7:55. The Tiger forward came on a rush and released a shot from the high slot and flat out beat Dell.

Second period

Colorado College 3, UND 0 — Jeff Collett (Alexander Krushelnyski, David Civitarese) 5:56. Collett found a rebound near the side of the crease and poked it home.

Colorado College 4, UND 0 — William Rapuzzi (Ryan Lowery, Tyler Johnson) 17:08 (pp). Rapuzzi got the puck in the slot and with a gassed PK unit on the ice, he turned around and sniped the corner of the net.

Third period

Colorado College 4, UND 1 – Jason Gregoire (Corban Knight) 9:03. Gregoire picked up a free puck and put the puck between Skalbeck’s legs to get past the forward, then flipped a shot by Howe.

Colorado College 4, UND 2 — Jason Gregoire (Andrew MacWilliam) 13:24 (sh). Gregoire scores a rare three-on-five goal. MacWilliam makes a great breakout pass to send him on a breakaway and Gregoire scores five-hole.

UND’s lines

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

2 Andrew MacWilliam–5 Chay Genoway
4 Derek Forbort–24 Ben Blood
3 Derrick LaPoint–25 Jake Marto

32 Aaron Dell
31 Brad Eidsness

Scratches on trip: Derek Rodwell (coach decision) and Joe Gleason (coach decision). Dillon Simpson is ill and did not travel.

Colorado College’s lines

15 Andrew Hamburg–22 Nick Dineen–5 Scott Winkler
9 Dakota Eveland–12 Archie Skalbeck–17 Tyler Johnson
14 Stephen Schultz–13 Rylan Schwartz–27 William Rapuzzi
16 Alexander Krushenlnyski–11 David Civitarese–21 Jeff Collett

24 Ryan Lowery–7 Eamonn McDermott
10 Gabe Guentzel–4 Joe Marciano
28 Mike Boivin–Doug Leaverton

31 Joe Howe
39 Josh Thorimbert
1 Tyler O’Brien

Friday morning reading

So, I know you’re all wondering about watching/following the games this weekend. Here’s what I know: Tonight’s game (9:07 Central) will be on CBS College Sports, but will NOT be webcasted due to TV contracts. Saturday’s game will not be televised, but it WILL be webcasted (www.b2livetv.com), so you all can reacquaint yourself with the floating Tiger head.

UND SID Jayson Hajdu already is in Colorado Springs. I will (hopefully) be there in a few hours. The Springs always is a fun trip – seeing high-paced hockey games on the big rink, catching up with old college friends and eating spicy cajun hot dogs on Tejon Street.

Colorado College coach Scott Owens said that World Arena is expecting good crowds, possible sellouts, for the games. UND alums in Colorado will travel and help that attendance number. Owens said that UND always is one of their largest crowds, along with Denver, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

As for the game, UND won’t see freshman star Jaden Schwartz this weekend, but the Tigers have actually been putting up bigger numbers without Schwartz. There are a bunch of notes about this weekend in that story as well as comments from UND coach Dave Hakstol on Mike Cichy, who will remain at center tonight.

For Thursday’s paper, I wrote about defensemen Andrew MacWilliam and Ben Blood. They don’t garner a lot of attention with their numbers, but both have been key players for the Sioux. The main photo in the Herald the last two Sundays has been a picture of MacWilliam delivering a big hit. Both players grew up playing football.

The weekly Q&A is with the only Colorado product on the team — third-string goalie Tate Maris. Since this was the first time I’ve interviewed Maris, here’s a chance for fans to get to know the goalie a little bit. Maris grew up in Denver and also played in Colorado Springs. He laughed recalling that he was a Junior Pioneer and a Junior Tiger while growing up. Also of interest is that Maris’ mother is Hawaiian.

The Dakota Student has a story about Jason Gregoire, who didn’t take much time to get back into game shape after being out with an apparent concussion.

The Colorado Springs Gazette has three things to watch for this weekend.

The Gazette also talks about the emergence of two freshmen on Tyler Johnson’s line.

You can watch this week’s episode of Inside Fighting Sioux Hockey here.

Elsewhere around the WCHA, Minnesota-Duluth and Denver are both idle this weekend, giving UND a chance to reclaim first place for at least a week. Bemidji State also is idle. The teams in action:

Alaska-Anchorage at Minnesota: If the Seawolves want a legitimate chance at home ice for the first round of the playoffs, this weekend is a prime opportunity. They could pass Minnesota in the standings and — with some help — rise to the sixth spot. The Gophers, on the other hand, are looking to carry some momentum from the split against the Sioux. They had last weekend off.

Wisconsin at Michigan Tech: This is the matchup that turned everything for the Huskies early this season. Michigan Tech was unbeaten in its first five games and up 2-0 after one period against Wisconsin in the Kohl Center when the wheels came off. Tech hasn’t won since. The Badgers have done a good job of taking care of business against unranked opponents this season. They are 10-1 in their last 11 with all 10 wins coming against unranked foes.

MSU-Mankato at St. Cloud State: These Huskies have won six in a row and appear to have found some life after dismissing a couple of players. This will be the start of a difficult stretch run for St. Cloud State, though. After MSU, the Huskies have @ Omaha, @ Duluth, UND, Wisconsin and @ Denver. The Mavericks, meanwhile, have been playing very good hockey but have struggled closing out wins. They are 8-5-1 in the last 14, but they’ve led in 13 of the 14 (they were tied late in the third period in the other one).

Alabama-Huntsville at Nebraska-Omaha: Colorado College played the Chargers last weekend and Owens did not sound real impressed with them. Huntsville is 3-23-2. One of those victories came against Bemidji State. The WCHA certainly does not want to give away another game to Huntsville for RPI reasons.

That’s it for the Friday morning reading entry. Will catch you all from the Springs and on the live blog tonight.