Five highlights from around the country:
1. Wisconsin star forward Mark Zengerle broke his finger blocking a shot and is expected to be out 5-6 weeks. The Badgers also lost the game, 3-0, to Colorado College.
2. Local products Chad Demers (Grafton) and Jason Fabian (Roseau) both scored for Air Force in the Falcons’ 7-0 win over Holy Cross.
3. Chris Knowlton notched the WCHA’s second hat trick of the season (UND’s Connor Gaarder had the first) as Denver earned a series split with a 6-1 win over St. Cloud State.
4. Minnesota State threw 19 shots on goal in the first period and went on to knock off Minnesota 5-3 to gain a series split in the home-and-home weekend.
5. Matt Thurber had three assists to lead Northern Michigan to a 4-3 win over Michigan. Northern took three points in the series.
Top WCHA performers
4 points — Chris Knowlton, DU, 3 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Erik Haula, Minn, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Ryan Walters, UNO, 1 goal, 2 assists
2 points — Josh Archibald, UNO, 2 goals
2 points — Zahn Raubenheimer, UNO, 2 goals
Shutout — Joe Howe, CC, 33 saves
BU 4, UND 2
It looked like UND was cruising along, heading toward a weekend sweep, but Boston University scored three times in the final six minutes to grab a series split. Game stories:
- Many wondered why the student section boo’d BU defenseman Alexx Privitera every time he touched the puck. It was because he apparently hit a student in the head with his stick while in the penalty box. Privitera basically admitted to it during postgame interviews, mentioning a “stick in the penalty box” incident.
- BU coach Jack Parker said he thought Privitera had his best game of his career. He led the team with six shot blocks and assisted on the game-winner.
- Danny Kristo, playing on the left wing, was very good in the series finale, making three brilliant setups for linemates Carter Rowney and Corban Knight. They couldn’t finish off the plays, but they were quite the setups.
- Knight notched Point No. 100 and continued to dominate on faceoffs. He went 14-8 on Saturday.
- BU has something with goalie Matt O’Connor. In robbing Rowney and Knight of their scoring chances, he allowed the Terriers to stay in the game. He was very good, and apparently he has been all year.
- Zane Gothberg looked more comfortable than he did during his last start. If there’s any goal he wants back, it would be the tying goal on the snap shot by Matt Nieto.
- UND went just 1-for-10 on the power play during the weekend. The power-play goal came while on a 5-on-3 advantage, too.