Five items of note from around the country:
1. Still not sold that St. Cloud State could contend for the MacNaughton Cup this year? How about going on the road to Denver and winning by three goals without Ben Hanowski? Very impressive outing for the Huskies.
2. Mike Cichy had two assists as Western Michigan topped Notre Dame 3-2 in a battle of two of the better teams in the country.
3. Michigan scored with less than a second left to force a 4-4 tie with Northern Michigan in a game that the Wildcats led 4-1 at one point.
4. Union beat RPI 4-2 but may have lost one of the country’s better defensemen. Union captain Mat Bodie left early in the first with an upper-body injury and did not return.
5. Colorado College’s Alexander Krushelnyski scored 25 seconds into OT to lift the Tigers to a 5-4 win over Wisconsin on Bob Johnson Day in Madison. It was a back-and-forth game.
WCHA top performers
3 points — Connor Gaarder, UND, 3 goals
3 points — Eamonn McDermott, CC, 3 assists
2 points — Nic Dowd, SCSU, 2 goals
UND 4, Boston University 2
Connor Gaarder tallied the WCHA’s first hat trick of the season to lead UND to a big nonconference win over the Terriers in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Game stories:
- From a fan’s perspective, it was a wonderful game full of scoring chances, great plays and some pretty good goaltending on both sides.
- As someone noted in the comments section, not a single player had more than one assist on Gaarder’s three goals. That is very unusual.
- Rocco Grimaldi now has a seven-game point streak after his brilliant setup on the game-winning goal. Another very dynamic game for Grimaldi.
- Grimaldi was asked about Ben Rosen’s tweet after the game. He mentioned that the team saw it and added that it wasn’t a huge deal. “That’s social media. You say what you want and you get ripped. I know how that goes.”
- UND outshot BU 12-1 to start the third period and really dictated play for the final 20 minutes. The final shot count was 35-22 UND.
- Officiating was a talking point for this one. UND should have had the go-ahead goal earlier than it did when the refs blew dead a play where Gaarder had scored. Right after that, UND got a make-up tripping call. UND also obviously disagreed with the major to Andrew MacWilliam.
- I don’t know who is going to hit more posts this year — Danny Kristo or Grimaldi. Kristo added two more to his list in the first period. He’s very close to opening the floodgates.
- Clarke Saunders was terrific in the first period. BU had a bunch of good looks and he was square to all of them, making them look easy. Very impressive period for Saunders, allowing his team to get going.
- BU coach Jack Parker was very pleased with Sean Maguire in net, but will go with Matt O’Connor in the series finale. No word on who will start for UND.
- BU brought a pretty solid group of fans. I don’t remember a Hockey East team bringing so many fans to a game at The Ralph. A few years ago, Cornell also had some lively fans at REA.