Five highlights from around the country:
1. Jerry York’s attempt at matching Ron Mason as the winningest coach in college hockey history will have to wait another day. Boston University spoiled it by beating the Eagles 4-2. York’s next chance is tonight against the Terriers.
2. Longtime Minnesota hockey fans may have felt like it was deja vu with an Archibald and a Zombo scoring for the other team. Omaha used a goal and two assists by Archibald and a goal by Zombo to win its seventh straight game, a 3-1 decision over Minnesota in Mariucci Arena.
3. Hayden Trupp, the younger brother of former UND star Evan Trupp, scored his first-career goal for Anchorage tonight. The Seawolves built a 3-0 lead on St. Cloud State, but gave up four straight and lost 4-3 in overtime.
4. Yvan Pattyn, the brother of UND sophomore Stephane Pattyn, scored his first-career goal for Vermont, which topped Maine 2-1. The Black Bears, believe it or not, fell to 2-10-1 with the loss.
5. Minnesota-Duluth transfer Brady Hjelle posted a 1-0 shutout victory for Ohio State over Michigan State. Hjelle now ranks second nationally in goals-against average (1.26) and save percentage (.957).
WCHA top performers
4 points — Scott Winkler, CC, 2 goals, 2 assists
4 points — Alexander Krushelnyski, CC, 1 goal, 3 assists
3 points — Austin Farley, Duluth, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Josh Archibald, Omaha, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Caleb Herbert, Duluth, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Justin Crandall, Duluth, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Charlie Taft, CC, 3 assists
2 points — Drake Caggiula, UND, 2 goals
2 points — Jimmy Murray, SCSU, 2 goals
Shutout — Stephon Williams, MSU, 20 saves
Colorado College 5, UND 3
UND did just about everything we’ve been waiting to see — the team had great puck possession, they cycled the puck, they outshot their opponent badly, they created a ton of Grade A scoring chances and they went to the net hard and consistently. It may sound strange, but perhaps UND’s most encouraging outing in the last few weeks ends up in a two-goal loss. Game stories:
- In a bizarre stat, UND has lost the last four games that it has outshot its opponent by 20-plus shots (Last night’s game; 4-0 loss to SCSU in Oct. 2011; 5-4 loss to Wisconsin in Oct. 2011; 2-0 loss to Michigan in April 2011). The last time UND outshot an opponent by 20 and won was March 2011 against Michigan Tech. Prior to that stretch, UND won seven straight games when outshooting its opponent by 20-plus.
- If UND plays the rest of the way like it did on Friday night, it will win a lot of games. UND dominated most of the game and deserved a better fate.
- Every player on UND’s roster registered at least one shot on goal. I’m not sure if I’ve seen that before.
- Clarke Saunders wasn’t as sharp as he’s been this season. He may want the wraparound back. It looked like he was going to get to the post in time.
- UND won the faceoff battle 47-26 — and that was with Connor Gaarder going 1-10. The top three centers — Corban Knight (22-8), Colten St. Clair (11-2) and Carter Rowney (10-5) were all dominant.
- The move of St. Clair to center and Rocco Grimaldi to right wing seemed to help the team’s puck possession, especially when it comes to faceoffs. St. Clair was lights out. Grimaldi had been struggling in that area (he was dynamic Friday and made some great setups for teammates).
- Rylan Schwartz, who had 8 goals in the last 3 games against UND, was pretty quiet. He registered just one shot on goal and was a minus-1. He also went 5-12 in the faceoff circle.
- Things haven’t come easy for Rowney this season and tonight was a good example. He had several Grade A scoring chances, including a wide open net with about 35 seconds left, and couldn’t put any of them away.
- Dan Senkbeil played his first game of the season. I thought he did his job. He didn’t get a whole lot of ice time. It will be interesting to see if the coaches go back with him tonight or if they go with Bryn Chyzyk, who also made the trip.
- It was a good day for the Edina Hornets. Charlie Taft had a career-high three assists. Joe Gleason scored his second-career goal (both have come in World Arena). Gleason had a strong all-around game. He used his speed to create some chances and gain the zone, and he also was physical at times to win puck battles.
- Hakstol said that the line of St. Clair, Stephane Pattyn and Derek Rodwell set the tone for taking the puck to the net early. St. Clair did it on his first shift and Pattyn got a couple to the crease area as well.