Friday night rewind

After the game, media members were buzzing about what had just happened. After three games with not a lot of action and storylines, UND and Colorado College delivered up a gold mine to the press box.

You have a classic, semifinal game. You have Danny Kristo’s return, capped off with a goal on his first shift back. You have Evan Trupp being Evan Trupp. You have Matt Frattin being Matt Frattin. And you have a Colorado College team that looked pretty darn good.

Good thing there were lots of media members on hand to cover it all. Here’s what we’ve got today:

Grand Forks Herald (gamer plus photos)

FightingSioux.com

College Hockey News – Sioux fans make it a home game

Inside College Hockey – Final Five notebook

USCHO -Evan Trupp provides more Final Five highlights

USCHO – Gamer

Colorado Springs Gazette

WCHA.com

A few other notes:

  • A WCHA official who has been going to conference tournaments for a couple of decades told me after the game that he’s never seen so many non-Gopher fans at a game down there. A lot of people couldn’t believe the Sioux fans and their support.
  • CC coach Scott Owens said: “The North Dakota fan base should be complimented for the traveling, the energy and the spirit. It made this an unbelievable experience for our guys and we haven’t been here in three years. It was an unbelievable experience, never mind the quality of the game. I’m sure our guys will remember that for a long time.”
  • CC’s Rylan Schwartz said: “Going into it, we knew that they have a huge fan base and it would be tough to play in. We got used to it in Wisconsin during the last games of the regular season there. Tonight was pretty similar. It was loud. It’s kind of fun to play in, but it’s tough, too.”
  • The attendance was 15,008. It was a pretty solid crowd for the night game. I can’t imagine the crowds if UND would not have been here, though.
  • Trupp pulled off the move of the night, picking up the puck on the blade of his stick at his own blue line and skating 100 feet with it on his blade. More on that play later.
  • I thought Kristo played very well for his first game back. Didn’t miss a beat. He didn’t play his usual minutes (no specialty teams), but he made several plays and scored a big goal. Hakstol said he was pleased with Kristo’s play.
  • Joe Howe was very good for Colorado College, especially in the first period when UND was taking it to the Tigers. CC got better as the game went on.
  • Derek Forbort had a nice game for the Sioux, using his long reach and poke-checking skills to break up a couple of Tiger rushes.
  • Jake Marto was once again able to go from forward to defense during the game. When Andrew MacWilliam was called for cross-checking late in the game, Marto killed that penalty on D.
  • This is the type of game that can help Frattin win the Hobey Baker Award. He was on a big stage and scored a big goal. He also was dominant in the third period. Fans chanted “Hobey Baker” a couple times during the game.
  • Brent Davidson, who saw some power-play time against Tech, continued to get regular shifts on UND’s two power plays. They like his big body in front of the net.
  • Owens was very pleased with the way his team played.
  • Hakstol said Colorado College was much better in the battle areas of the game than the Tigers were in January.
  • Barring some awful luck on Saturday, Colorado College should make the NCAA tournament.
  • The last time a team repeated as Broadmoor Trophy champs was Minnesota in 2003 and 2004.
  • The last time UND has won back-to-back conference tournament titles was 1979 and 1980. Cary Eades was on those teams.
  • The last team to win the MacNaughton Cup and Broadmoor Trophy in the same year was Minnesota in 2006-07. That was the Blake Wheeler goal game. The Gophers ended up losing to UND in the regionals a week later.
  • Miami’s Andy Miele is the only player in the country with more points than Frattin. Miele has 23 goals and 69 points. Frattin has 34 goals and 56 points.
  • UND played without standout Jason Gregoire, who appeared to be getting a night off to help him get closer to 100 percent healthy. No word on whether UND plans to play him in the Broadmoor title game.

5 thoughts on “Friday night rewind

  1. I say play Gregs and let him get into game mode, just limit his minutes to keep him in recovery mode. We already got the #1 seed sealed.

  2. Very entertaining game last night. I thought the refs let them play, which was nice to see. I will note that I did seem to notice UND looking to demolish people in this game more than they have the last couple months. I prefer a physical UND team that lets the hits come to them vs. the “headhunting” style where actively everyone is looking to paste someone.

    IMO UND was playing the latter style last night. I feel like UND started the year playing this way and as penalties started to cost them got smarter. UND runs a real risk of trying to play last night’s game in an NCAA tournament where there are non-WCHA officials. The chances for “2 minutes for checking too hard” are simply too great.

    I hope UND can ease off the adrenalin a little and get back to the style of play I saw over the last 11 games of the regular season. Physical, but smart.

    • I agree with you. This game reminded me of when we played St. Cloud for the first time after the Marvin hit. The Sioux were looking for hits for much of that game as well.

    • I agree as well, this is exactly the kind of play that caused the sweep in Maine and the refs in the NCAA tournament are going to call it the same way. UND can look forward to calls like the one on Nelson last night if they continue to be overly aggressive.

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