Saturday night rewind

For the first time in just over 30 years, the Sioux have won the WCHA playoff championship in back-to-back years. UND achieved that feat by taking out Michigan Tech in the first round, edging Colorado College in the semifinals and riding Aaron Dell to a win over Denver in the championship. The gamers:

Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald photo gallery

FightingSioux.com

Denver Post

USCHO gamer

USCHO sidebar on Frattin

Dakota Student

Inside College Hockey

Other notes:

  • Once again, UND didn’t touch the trophy. Although, there was one scare. Aaron Dell nearly slid into it during the picture. Teammates jumped all over him and held him back.
  • The announcer asked UND’s captain to come forward and get the trophy. The seven seniors all decided to go up there together, though. Just like they did with the MacNaughton, they took pictures with the seniors, then with the rest of the team.
  • Matt Frattin gave his Hobey campaign a huge boost this weekend. In the biggest games of the year, so far, he scored the game-winning goal on back to back nights. First, it was a tiebreaking third period goal. Then, it was a double overtime game winner.
  • Frattin now has 35 goals on the season, tying Brandon Bochenski for the most by a Sioux since Russ Romaniuk’s 40 in 1990-91. Frattin also has 57 points, tying Ryan Duncan’s total from Duncan’s Hobey year.
  • The last time UND won back to back WCHA playoff titles, Cary Eades was playing for the Sioux. It was 1979 and 1980.
  • The last WCHA team to do it was Minnesota in 2003 and 2004.
  • The last WCHA team to win MacNaughton and Broadmoor in the same season was Denver in 2005. Denver shared MacNaughton that year.
  • Coach Dave Hakstol won 30 games for the first time in his career. UND also became the first WCHA team to win 30 games since Minnesota in 2007.
  • The Sioux certainly didn’t have their legs for the entire game and Denver took it to UND for stretches, especially in the third period and the first 10 or 15 minutes of overtime. UND finally pushed back at the end of the first overtime and the Sioux had the best chances to start the second overtime.
  • The Sioux missed on their two best chances of the night — Evan Trupp on a backdoor feed from Chay Genoway, and Corban Knight’s backdoor backhand. But they also got some very good luck on their first two goals, which were both off of skates.
  • Brent Davidson came up big for the Sioux with another goal. He almost scored the game-winner in the first overtime, too. Had Sam Brittain not made a fantastic save, Davidson likely would have been the MVP of the Final Five. Not bad for a former walk-on.
  • Davidson led UND with five shots on goal.
  • Danny Kristo and Taylor Dickin showed some chemistry at the end of the game. They had UND’s best chances during the game’s final 10 minutes. They created several of them.
  • Brittain was brilliant. Dell was outstanding as well. Those two were the best players on the ice on Saturday, I thought.
  • I thought Ben Blood could have been an all-tournament team member. He was very good this weekend. Derek Forbort also played very well.
  • The Sioux fans were loud again on Saturday. Chay Genoway said: “For the people who weren’t here. . . I wish they could see what our fans were like.” Brett Hextall posted on Twitter: “Sioux fans you’re ridiculous and the best and your signs rock.”
  • UND’s power play struggled on the weekend, going 0-for-6.
  • Denver coach George Gwozdecky complimented the Sioux and pointed out that UND didn’t have Jason Gregoire this weekend.
  • The Sioux and Yale both enter the NCAA tournament on 13-game unbeaten streaks.

5 thoughts on “Saturday night rewind

  1. Are people still thinking Dell is average. He stood on his head last night. He may not be the best goalie UND has ever had but he is definitely not average

  2. I thought LaPoint had a solid weekend too. He was paired up with our youngest D-man and the pair did a great job together. I can’t wait for Gregoire to come back and to have Marto back on the blueline. It has been nice that Marto and Gleason have been able to step up to F and do a good job, but we are a better team with Gregoire back and Marto on D.

  3. I thought Marto did a great job this weekend, stepping in with no notice. Friday he played very well and had great chances to score. On saturday he played well throughout the game and had two chances to win the game in the OT. He ahd two great defensive plays to to block shots. Solid player adn look forward to him being back on D again as well. Under rated. still the best defensive player on the ice.

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