Five items from around the country:
1. Boston College beat Notre Dame 3-1 (with an empty netter) in the highlight game nationally. The teams combined for just 42 shots on goal. Johnny Gaudreau had the eventual game-winner for the Eagles.
2. Grand Forks Red River’s Eric Meland had two assists to help Princeton upset Cornell 5-3 on Friday. Meland has three points in three games since moving back to defense.
3. Star defenseman Danny DeKeyser was held out with an injury, but his Western Michigan Broncos still held Bowling Green to just 12 shots on goal in a 3-1 WMU victory.
4. Jacob Trouba was not suspended for his headshot last weekend and ended up scoring a goal for Michigan as it beat Michigan State 5-1.
5. Rylan Schwartz broke a 2-2 tie and gave Colorado College a 3-2 win over Bemidji State, helping to keep the Tigers undefeated in WCHA play. Schwartz had two goals in the game.
WCHA top performers
3 points — Jean-Paul Lafontaine, MSU, 2 goals, 1 assist
2 points — Ryan Schwartz, CC, 2 goals
2 points — Kyle Rau, Minn, 2 goals
UND 3, St. Cloud State 0
UND finally got the monkey off its back and won a Friday night game in St. Cloud — the first time in 14 years — and now UND will try for its first sweep of the Huskies here since 1998. Game stories:
- The National Hockey Center was revved up before the game and fans were ready to explode, but UND never allowed them that chance. The early goal quieted them a little bit and Mark MacMillan’s shorthander sent them for the exits. By the end, it was the UND contingent chanting “Lets go Sioux” in the arena.
- UND has its fourth chance at a weekend sweep tonight. We’ll see if they can finish one off.
- St. Cloud State’s skill was on display in the first 10 minutes of the game. They had several flurries and great looks, but goalie Clarke Saunders was exceptional. No. 1 star of the game.
- Both UND sports info director Jayson Hajdu and I thought Derek Forbort had a very good game, specifically on the penalty kill. He won some physical battles for pucks, used his reach to break up plays and made sure his clearing attempts got out of the zone.
- That said, all of UND’s blue liners played well. After SCSU’s initial flurry of chances, UND really made it hard to get good chances in the zone. Lots of sticks in passing plays. Lots of good defensive reads. And when he did see the odd Grade A scoring chance at the end, Saunders was still sharp.
- It marked the first time St. Cloud State has been shut out at home since Dec. 10, 2010. That was a 3-0 loss to Colorado College.
- The last time UND shut out the Huskies was March 5, 2005, in the National Hockey Center. Jordan Parise had a 28-save shutout in the final regular season game of Dave Hakstol’s first year as head coach.
- UND only had one chance on the power play and didn’t score. The first unit had a lot of puck possession, but nothing to show for it. UND has one power-play goal on its last 15 man advantages. The one came on a 5-on-3 advantage, too.
- Danny Kristo led all players with six shots on goal.
- Corban Knight, who quietly had a nice game, actually was under .500 on draws. He went 11-14. SCSU’s David Morley was 9-2.
- Two things to watch today: Will UND go back to Saunders in net? And will UND break out the new black jerseys for the first time? Come back for the live chat and we’ll let you know (We had a solid 2,651 on Friday night).