Five highlights from around the country:
1. Yale will certain gain some respect in the polls this week after going out to Colorado and beating both DU and Colorado College. It took overtime both nights, but the Bulldogs got it done. They beat CC 6-5 in a wild one on Saturday, throwing 48 shots at Joe Howe.
2. Officially, it won’t break DU’s two-plus year run of not getting swept, but the Pioneers went 0-for-2 this weekend. They stormed to a 3-0 lead against New Hampshire on Saturday, then gave it back. Two Wildcats ended up with hat tricks — Grayson Downing scored UNH’s first three goals, Kevin Goumas scored the last three.
3. The Beavers have had trouble holding leads lately and it happened again Saturday. They blew a 4-1 lead against Anchorage. But defenseman Sam Rendle scored with 2:29 left to break a 4-4 tie and give BSU a big victory. Aaron McLeod had two goals and Danny Mattson had three assists.
4. Stephane Pattyn’s brother, Yvan, tallied his first collegiate point for Vermont, but it wasn’t enough as the Catamounts lost 3-1 to Minnesota. A.J. Michaelson scored his first-career goal for the Gophers
5. Cornell beat Michigan 5-1 in front of 18,200 in Madison Square Garden. Michigan is reeling a bit, going 2-6-1 in its last nine games.
WCHA top performers
4 points — Brock Montpetit, Omaha, 4 assists
3 points — Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Scott Allen, Anchorage, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Ryan Walters, Omaha, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Ben Hanowski, St. Cloud State, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Matt Leitner, Mankato, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Danny Mattson, Bemidji State, 3 assists
2 points — Eriah Hayes, Mankato, 2 goals
2 points — Aaron McLeod, Bemidji State, 2 goals
Notre Dame 5, UND 2
Saturday was a good day for the Irish. Not only did their football team reach the national championship game with a win over USC, the hockey team was able to salvage a split against UND with big second period. Game stories:
- Anders Lee was easily the best player on the ice for the Irish this weekend (and Saturday). He had nine shots on goal, scored twice and had an assist. He’s a huge reason Notre Dame was able to grab a split.
- Zane Gothberg was up and down for UND. During the middle part of the game when it was firewagon hockey, he stopped a couple of breakaways and Grade A chances for the Irish, but he also let in two slappers from above the circles that he probably wants back.
- Dillon Simpson has hit more posts than any defenseman I can ever remember. He hit one both nights this weekend. Will they ever start going in for him?
- Corban Knight was reportedly sick during the day and played with the flu. He had a solid evening, too. He set up the two-on-one with Danny Kristo and Mark MacMillan that led to a goal and was 10-10 on draws.
- The key play in the game was Notre Dame’s shorthanded goal. UND had just scored to tie the game 1-1 and got a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes. The Irish ended up coming out of those two minutes with the lead.
- Derek Forbort’s plus-minus is going to take a big hit with a minus-5 on the day.
- Andrew MacWilliam blocked seven shots — maybe the highest blocked shot total in a game this year for any UND player.
- The third period was probably UND’s best of the weekend. They won a ton of puck battles, forced turnovers, cycled and created a bunch of chances. We’ll see if they can carry that over to next week in Colorado Springs, because that type of play will win them a lot of games.
- If UND plays like it did in the third, it may finally be able to end this streak of getting outshot. After Saturday, it is now seven consecutive games where UND has been outshot. That is very, very strange for this team.
- It was a strange sight, but there was a high school game in the building immediately following the UND-Irish game. UND players were stretching outside the locker room as one of the teams walked by to go on the ice — with Fighting Sioux logos on their uniform. That’s right, St. Joseph’s here in South Bend is using Bennett Brien’s Fighting Sioux logo on their hockey jerseys. I don’t think the players were too amused.
- UND chartered home on Saturday night and will charter out to Colorado Springs on Wednesday.