Friday practice update

UND just concluded today’s practice session at the Resch Center.

There’s no confirmation on whether he’s playing yet, but there’s a good sign for Sioux fans: Jason Gregoire did participate in practice Friday. Gregoire missed last weekend’s Final Five with an undisclosed injury. Prior to the Final Five, he had 27 points in 14 games.

A couple of other injured forwards — Carter Rowney and Derek Rodwell — also skated for the Sioux on Friday. Their availability is not known, either.

UND also held its weekly shootout at the end of practice. The first person to shoot, Andrew MacWilliam, outlasted the field, scoring three times. He sniped the first one and was able to hit slap shots through the five-hole on the others. Corban Knight finished second.

The highlight save of the day belonged to Brad Eidsness, who slid from right to left and gloved a two-on-one attempt.

Mark Bedics of the NCAA told me that one of the Sioux players broke the glass at the start of practice. I missed it, because it happened during RPI’s press conference. So after practice, I did some investigating.

Jake Marto said that Dillon Simpson flipped a shot, sending the puck through the glass, but Brett Bruneteau apparently cracked it first. “I guess I’ll give him credit, because he’s in there whining about it,” Simpson said.

16 thoughts on “Friday practice update

  1. Brad, i was watching the Sioux press conference from today online and what was the last question asked that Chay and LaPoint answered? I couldn’t hear the questions.

  2. I would hope UNO will get some formal apology sent to them by NCAA brass next week that the off-ice officials didn’t follow the rule to the letter about must having conclusive video evidence to overturn a call on the ice.
    It probably was over the goal line if you had a camera under the ice, but there may have also been a leprechan hiding under Faulkner’s pad as well. Since NCAA off-ice officials can’t disprove that, how can they prove the puck went completely over the line without clear video evidence.
    Looks like come April the NCAA rules committee is going to have to change the language in the rule book.

    • You’re right they should. Problem is the NCAA will never admit they (or their officials) made a mistake. They always know better than us.

    • Simple answer. Who has a larger fan base? – Michigan – Will a larger fan base bring more profit to then NCAA? – Yes -

  3. The NCAA rules editor for Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey should just as well be restyled the “Officials’ Apologist”. No reasonable person can claim that puck was conclusively over the line. Like the ESPN announcers are saying, it was probably over the line…but according to the rule book, probably isn’t enough. UNO got screwed.

    On the other hand, nice to see BC about to go down (barring a miracle). 7-2 after two periods is certainly unexpected.

  4. Unfortunately, for UNO, that’s what you apparently get when you jump the CCHA ship for the WCHA. Interesting to see that Steve Poitrowski is the NCAA official rules supervisor. He gave a non-denial denial during the intermission of the BC-CC game about why it was ruled a goal. He’s a former CCHA ref who botched the 2002 NCAA Championship game in St. Paul between Minnesota and Maine. He called a ticky-tacky trip in the nuetral zone on Maine and then 25 seconds later allowed Gopher goalie Adam Hauser to trip a Black Bear penalty killer coming around the net and didn’t take the chance to grab the “make up call.” About 45 seconds later Minnesota scored on the PP in OT to win a national championship. Nice!

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