Gameday final: Colorado College 5, UND 3

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First period

Colorado College 1, UND 0 — Jared Hanson (Michael Morin, Jeff Collett) 7:35. Rowney holds the puck in the high slot, but has it stolen from him and the Tigers go on a 3-on-1 rush. Hanson keeps the puck on the left wing and snaps a shot over Saunders’ glove.

Second period

Colorado College 1, UND 1 — Joe Gleason (Corban Knight) 6:11. Knight wins a faceoff clean back to Gleason who snipes a point shot off the post and in.

Colorado College 2, UND 1 — Alexander Krushelnyski (Scott Winkler, Charlie Taft) 9:32.The Tigers score on their first chance in a long period of time when Winkler sends a pass to Krushelnyski in the slot. Although it is well defended, Krushelnyski flips a backhand past Saunders.

Third period

Colorado College 3, UND 1 — William Rapuzzi (Scott Winkler, Alex Krushelnyski) 1:03. UND turns the puck over behind the net. The Tigers start throwing the puck at Saunders and eventually, Rapuzzi gets it at the inside of the circle and flips it in.

Colorado College 4, UND 1 — Scott Winkler (Charlie Taft, Alexander Krushelnyski) 11:45. Winkler picks up the puck behind the net, tries a wraparound and Saunders doesn’t quite get over to the post in time.

Colorado College 4, UND 2 — Drake Caggiula (Rocco Grimaldi, Nick Mattson) 12:42. Caggiula dangles a defender in the slot and slips a shot past Howe five-hole.

Colorado College 5, UND 2 — Scott Winkler (Krushelnyski, Taft) 13:02. Colorado College converts on a rush. Winkler has a wide open net to look at after Saunders kicks aside a Krushelnyski shot.

Colorado College 5, UND 3 — Drake Caggiula (Derek Forbort, Connor Gaarder) 18:55 (pp) (ea). Forbort’s point shot hits Caggiula in the leg and goes in the net.

UND’s lines

16 Mark MacMillan–10 Corban Knight–7 Danny Kristo
9 Drake Caggiula–27 Carter Rowney–19 Rocco Grimaldi
28 Stephane Pattyn–17 Colten St. Clair–11 Derek Rodwell
8 Dan Senkbeil–13 Connor Gaarder–21 Brendan O’Donnell

2 Andrew MacWilliam–5 Nick Mattson
18 Dillon Simpson–20 Joe Gleason
4 Derek Forbort–24 Jordan Schmaltz

33 Clarke Saunders
31 Zane Gothberg

Colorado College’s lines

12 Archie Skalbeck–13 Rylan Schwartz–27 William Rapuzzi
16 Alexander Krushelnyski–25 Scott Winkler–17 Charlie Taft
11 Hunter Fejes–10 Cody Bradley–15 Andrew Hamburg
19 Michael Morin–21 Jeff Collett–24 Jared Hanson

6 Peter Stoykewych–28 Mike Boivin
5 Aaron Harstad–7 Eamonn McDermott
20 Ian Young–4 Joe Marciano

31 Joe Howe
39 Josh Thorimbert
29 Courtney Lockwood

Friday morning reading

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On to the game.

It’s quite a contrast from last weekend.

A week ago, UND went a time zone east. This week, it’s a time zone west.

Last week, it was one of the nation’s best defensive teams. This week, it’s one of the nation’s best offensive teams.

Last week, it was an NHL rink. This week, it’s an Olympic rink.

The styles of Notre Dame and Colorado College may be quite opposite, but both pose a difficult challenge for a UND team that has been okay so far in the eyes of coach Dave Hakstol.

Hakstol is hoping to see more offensive zone possession time for his team this weekend. That starts with grinding, cycling and protecting the puck. Maybe it will end with a rebound goal or two — something this team hasn’t had much lately. Read the details on that in Thursday’s story.

One thing UND hopes not to see a lot of this weekend is Colorado College senior Rylan Schwartz. The undrafted free agent isn’t as highly touted as his brother Jaden, but it’s Rylan who has burned UND in the past.

While there has been a lot of focus on shots allowed in Grand Forks, it’s been the same thing in Colorado Springs. The Tigers allowed 97 last weekend and they are looking to play a little tighter this weekend against UND.

This week’s Q&A is with Nick Mattson. The sophomore defenseman talks about Brad Berry and which player has the best cooking skills.

The lead to this week’s notes column is Matt Frattin, who is the top goal-scorer on the Marlies roster despite only playing in 5 of the team’s 18 games.

The team made the trip to the Springs on Wednesday night. Sports info director Jayson Hajdu has a travel blog going here. Stephane Pattyn won the weekly shootout.

This week’s episode of Through These Doors follows Corban Knight around on a game day.

Elsewhere around the league….

Minnesota-Duluth at Michigan Tech: The Huskies had last weekend off after winning back-to-back overtime games against Bemidji State. The Bulldogs are still trying to dig their way out of a slow start.

Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota: Dean Blais wonders if this will be his last trip to Mariucci. Don Lucia is saying that Omaha will be the best team that the Gophers have faced so far this season.

Bemidji State at MSU-Mankato: The Mavs are coming off of a sweep of the Badgers in the Kohl Center thanks to a big weekend by Matt Leitner. Can they keep the momentum going?

Wisconsin at Denver: UW star recruit Nic Kerdiles will make his debut tonight. Mark Zengerle also is on the trip but is not expected to play tonight. Either way, Kerdiles could provide some much-needed offense for the Badgers, who have scored more than 2 only once this season.

St. Cloud State at Alaska Anchorage: The safe bet here is three points for the Huskies. Anchorage has lost and tied in each of the last three weekends. Anchorage will look to get Matt Bailey going. Bailey has 1 goal in 10 games so far this season.

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On the women’s side, UND hosts RIT in nonconference action.

Forward-turned-defenseman Monique Lamoureux says that UND needs a sweep or its chances at an NCAA tournament bid will take a hit that the team may not be able to recover from.

RIT is a team that nobody around here knows much about. Looking at its schedule-results, there is an interesting pattern, though. The Tigers have not scored more than two goals — or allowed more than two goals — in the last six games.

UND has a chance to tie the longest winning streak in program history tonight and it will enter the game with a lot of confidence. Read about that, and the prank the team pulled on coach Brian Idalski this week, here.

Also, the team’s staff is in a bit of a predicament. Read about that here.

That’s it for now. Check back this afternoon for a pregame video blog from Colorado Springs, and return tonight to join the live chat (we’ll try to keep it on topic this weekend, I promise).

Keeping the ‘staches?

The UND women’s team has put the staff in a tough predicament.

During the month of November, the staff (coaches, operations, sports info) decided to participate in Movember — growing mustaches to help raise money for prostate cancer.

You can check out their ‘staches and help donate to the good cause here (keep in mind, a couple of these guys are still single and are sacrificing any hope of a relationship for the cause. They deserve some support).

The month is about to come to an end and, in most cases, everyone is getting ready to finally shave.

The problem is that the women’s team has won five games in a row now, including the first-ever sweep of Minnesota-Duluth. The offense is rolling, the wins are coming and everyone is feeling better on that side of the rink.

Does the staff really risk shaving off the ‘staches now and ending the karma? Word is that they have discussed this and they are starting to accept that they have no other option than to keep the ‘staches until the team loses.

UND hosts RIT this weekend and then travels to Wisconsin next weekend. It will be difficult for the team to run off four more wins, but if they do so, the team breaks for a month and the staff may have to keep the ‘staches over the holiday break.

So, as the first half winds down for the UND women’s team, they have plenty of momentum and plenty of motivation to keep it up.

Weekly Wednesday update

Yes, I know it is now Thursday, but the blog was not allowing me to log in yesterday, so the update is backed up a day.

Michael Parks will not travel to Colorado Springs, obviously meaning he will be out another week with his leg injury. Parks has only played in one period this season.

We may see some other lineup changes in an effort to find some good line combinations that click, but probably not anything major.

The team traveled to Colorado Springs on Wednesday after practice — a day earlier than usual to help adjust to the altitude. They will practice at World Arena today and have a skate Friday morning to prepare for the series.

It will be a big change from last weekend, when Notre Dame played a tight-checking game in an NHL rink. Colorado College will play a wide-open style in an Olympic rink. The Tigers are averaging 4.25 goals at home this season.

I think most UND fans know who to keep an eye on. That’s No. 13, Rylan Schwartz. He is tearing it up right now with six goals and 12 points in the last five games. And he has terrorized UND in the past. Schwartz has eight goals in the last three meetings against UND, including hat tricks in back-to-back games last season.

Schwartz has been in the shadow of his younger brother, St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz, but it is clear that he doesn’t need his brother to be an outstanding player (that also was clear during Rylan’s rookie campaign when Jaden was not around).

We also held our weekly Wednesday live chat. You can re-read that below if you wish.

Jackson fined for comments

Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson has been fined and publicly reprimanded for his comments about the officiating after Notre Dame’s 2-1 loss to UND on Friday night.

Notre Dame appeared to tie the game late on a power-play goal by Anders Lee, but the referee lost sight of the puck and blew it dead before Lee found it and poked it in the net.

After the game, Jackson told the South Bend Tribune: “Regardless of what they said, it was just an awful call. The puck was free between (Saunders’) legs, I could see it from the bench with one eye. It was not frozen. The puck was laying behind him, in between his legs.”

The CCHA said that Jackson violated the league’s Good Conduct Regulations.

“The CCHA offers a number of post-game means for a coach to properly express their concerns over situations and issues that may have arisen over the course of the contest,” CCHA commissioner Fred Pletsch said in a statement. “There is no excuse or acceptable explanation for public comments about officials that are derogatory in nature.”

A trip to Notre Dame

Since people seemed to enjoy the profile of Fairbanks, I’ll try another off-the-wall blog entry about the trip to South Bend, Ind.

THE TOWN

First off, I had no idea about this until the week of the game, but Notre Dame actually is not in South Bend. It is technically in the city of Notre Dame, Ind. You will see that if you go to the school’s website. Nearby Holy Cross College and St. Mary’s College also are located in Notre Dame, Ind.

The city itself, really, is not all that nice. We were told by a former Notre Dame student that it’s probably best not to walk around after dark. A lot of the buildings are older and I’m told there are still abandoned industrial buildings in town from when the Studebaker plant closed in the 1960s. On campus, as you would expect, almost every building looks like a church, even the dorms.

We stayed right across the street from the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend. I cruised through that Saturday afternoon and saw the plaque of former NDSU center Mike Favor. I remember attending an NDSU game as a youngster in Fargo and my dad telling me to watch Favor. Until then, I had never paid attention to an offensive lineman. He was good. Obviously.

COMPTON FAMILY ICE ARENA

The size (a little more than 5,000) seems about perfect for their fan following. I was impressed that they sold it out Friday with the students on break. The atmosphere is much different than WCHA games (maybe in part because the students were gone). It was fairly tame in there. It’s a very intimate rink, though, with great sightlines.

Perhaps the most noticeable part of the arena is that there are no ads anywhere. No ads on the boards, none in the concourses…. zero. Very, very strange sight, but I like it. Not every school is swimming in money and can just decline advertising revenue, though. On one end of the arena, they have five flags — U.S., Canada, Austria, Italy and Sweden — representing the countries of all players on the team.

Another strange Notre Dame twist: When they announce the starting lineups, they announce which dorm the player is living in. Name, position, town, residence. Very strange.

NOTRE DAME STADIUM

On Saturday morning, we went to the football stadium to film our pregame preview in front of the famous Touchdown Jesus mural. We saw a bunch of UND fans over there.

One really cool twist they have at the stadium — one that The Ralph could possibly copy — is that each gate is named after an Irish legend. Ara Parseghian Gate. Knute Rockne Gate. Frank Leahy Gate. Lou Holtz Gate. Dan Devine Gate. Each gate has a statue of the coach it is named after with a quote and the coach’s record (note: every coach that has won a national championship there has a gate).

The Ralph currently has its gates named after directions, but wouldn’t a Cal Marvin Gate or a Gino Gasparini Gate with statues dedicated to them be a lot cooler than Northwest Entrance or Southwest Entrance? I think so (especially for a school, program and arena that is so in touch with its history).

THE BUZZ

We were in town the week that Notre Dame hit No. 1 for the first time in about 20 years, and we watched the Irish punch their ticket to the national championship game at a place called Legends, located about 50 feet from Notre Dame Stadium. Everyone has been asking what it was like.

It actually wasn’t nearly as crazy as I expected. I didn’t think we would get into Legends to watch the game, since we were arriving at the end of the first quarter. There were tons of open tables. Fans mostly politely golf clapped when good things happened for the Irish. After the game, we didn’t see anyone on the streets celebrating or anything. The area outside the stadium was empty.

Still, it was obvious that football was the show in town. People brought “Beat USC” signs to the hockey game. Even at UND, you don’t see people bringing “Beat Minnesota” signs to football games. The PA announcer ended Saturday’s three-star selection announcement by yelling “Beat USC!” And Anders Lee was asked about the football game right away after his presser.

Here are a few photos….

1. A look at Compton Family Ice Arena. You can see how there are no ads on the boards, scoreboard… anywhere.

2. The end of Compton Family Ice Arena. You can see the flags that are dedicated to the homeland of each of the team’s players.

3. The press box. As you can see, it’s everything a writer needs. I like the hooks on the back wall for our coats and bags. There are plenty of outlets. There’s a speaker for someone to read off goals and assists. Comfortable chairs. And reliable internet.

4. Touchdown Jesus. The mural is located on the library, I believe. If you are sitting in the football stadium, you can see the mural over one of the end zones.

5. The tunnel. This is what Rudy dreamed of running out of.

6. On Sunday, we drove to Chicago to catch our flight. In the process, we covered the Vikes-Bears game. Jimmy may no longer be playing, but the legend lives on.

Women’s team finds its way

There were some frustrating moments at the start of the season for the UND women’s hockey team with the team struggling to score and posting a 4-5 record through nine games.

But since its third-period comeback win over No. 2 Clarkson three weeks ago, UND appears to have turned the ship in the right direction. UND swept Minnesota-Duluth for the first time in program history over the weekend, extending its winning streak to five games. UND has re-discovered its offense and will look to close the first half strong against RIT (home this weekend) and Wisconsin (road next weekend).

Robb Jeffries covered the games for the Herald this weekend as I was out of town covering the men at Notre Dame. But here are some notes and observations from afar:

1. Jocelyne Lamoureux has climbed into the top 10 all-time in Division I scoring. She’s currently tied with former Bulldog Caroline Ouellette in ninth with 229 career points. Monique Lamoureux is tied for 13th with 219 career points, which is ridiculous considering how much time she’s spent at defense.

2. Speaking of Monique at defense, the move by the coaching staff to send her to the blue line has paid off big for both the team and for Monique. UND is 5-0 since moving her back. In Monique’s nine games at forward, she had one goal. In the last four at defense, she has eight goals. Go figure. No defenseman in the country has more than eight goals this entire season. Monique did that in four games (don’t worry, she’ll still be voted second-team all-conference).

3. The return of Michelle Karvinen has been extremely big. Without Karvinen, the team averaged 2.2 goals per game. With Karvinen, they are averaging 4.75. Karvinen has 10 points in four games.

4. Another return that can’t be underestimated is Leah Jensen. She came back last weekend and had an assist. She won’t produce as much as Karvinen, but considering she started the year on a wing with the Lamoureux twins, the coaches know she’s capable of adding offense.

5. The five goals that UND scored on Saturday and the nine goals it scored on the weekend were both the highest marks anyone has scored against the Bulldogs this season. And that includes a series Duluth played against 16-0 Minnesota.

6. The bad: UND completely fell asleep at the wheel in Friday’s game, allowing Duluth to score two goals in the final 13.4 seconds of the game to tie it up. Both goals were results of major defensive breakdowns. The good: Although Duluth entered OT with all the momentum and a two-minute power play, UND successfully killed it, then went down and won the game. You’ve got to be mentally strong to come back from a disastrous ending like that and win a game. I think a couple of past teams would have folded in that situation.

7. Minnesota looks head and shoulders above the rest of the country, but there are some encouraging signs when you look back on that series for UND. Minnesota has shut out every team its faced this year except UND. The 4-2 game is the closest game Minnesota has played this year. And UND gave the Gophers that push without Karvinen or Jensen.

8. If there’s a negative out there right now, it’s that UND needs some players not named Lamoureux or Karvinen to chip in from time to time. During the current five-game winning streak, the Lamoureuxs/Karvinen have either scored or set up 20 of the team’s 22 goals — and one of the other two was an empty-netter. Jensen’s return should help the depth and the team’s growing confidence could be contagious, too.