Saturday night rewind

Five highlights from around the country:

1. Jerry York tied Ron Mason as the all-time winningest coach in college hockey as Boston College beat Boston University 5-2 to earn a series split. Six of the game’s seven goals were scored on the power play.

2. Minnesota State limited Bemidji State to just six shots in the opening two periods and routed the Beavers 6-1. The Mavs have won four straight games and host Anchorage next weekend.

3. Nic Kerdiles had two assists and helped the Badgers snap their longest winless streak since 1996-97 by beating Denver 3-1. Wisconsin’s winless streak was at eight. One more would have tied the program record.

4. On Friday night, Anchorage stormed out to a 3-0 lead against St. Cloud State and watched it go down the drain, losing the game 4-3 to the Huskies. On Saturday night, the Seawolves once again built a 3-0. This time, they hung on for a 3-1 win, though. It was UAA’s first league win this season.

5. Quinnipiac continues to be one of college hockey’s big surprises. The Bobcats beat RPI 3-1 thanks to a go-ahead shorthanded goal in the third. The Bobcats are now 6-0 in the ECAC and 10-3-2 overall.

WCHA top performers

3 points — Andy Welinski, Duluth, 3 assists
3 points — Alex Petan, Tech, 3 assists
3 points — Teddy Bluegar, Mankato, 3 assists
OT GWG — Drake Caggiula, UND

UND 3, Colorado College 2

Just when it appeared that UND was going to go home without any points on the weekend — despite really dominating the play — the team finally broke through. Dillon Simpson scored the game-tying goal with 13.4 seconds left and Drake Caggiula lifted UND to a big overtime win. Game stories:

Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald column on the power play

Colorado Springs Gazette

Paisley blog

UNDsports.com

Other notes:

  • UND had its best 120 minutes (and 51 seconds) of the year this weekend, thoroughly controlling play for most of the time. They were grinding, cycling, going to the net and, finally, outshot an opponent. And by a large margin, both nights, at that.
  • Coach Dave Hakstol said one of the key parts of the game was midway through the third period when CC’s Archie Skalbeck was in alone, made a great deke, but had it swiped away by Clarke Saunders. That kept it a one-goal game and that ended up being huge at the end.
  • Dillon Simpson had six shots on goal. Obviously the last one was the biggest. He’s been extremely close to scoring so many times this season, one was bound to go sometime. He picked a pretty good time, too.
  • After the game, several of the players commented and tweeted about the fans support in the Springs. There were a ton of UND fans there and it got fairly loud after the Simpson and Caggiula goals. As the fans left the arena, they had a very loud “Let’s go Sioux” chant going.
  • Corban Knight may have been the best player on the ice in this game. He was really good all game long. He went 20-11 in draws. He set up teammates time and time again. He nearly scored midway through the third period shorthanded. And his pass to Simpson for the tying goal was a fantastic one.
  • Colorado College isn’t the greatest about showing replays, but if I recall correctly, a CC defenseman backed himself into the corner instead of trying to chip a puck out with about 25 seconds left. Rocco Grimaldi used his speed to get on the defenseman quickly and CC never ended up getting the puck out.
  • One night after dominating on draws, Colten St. Clair only took five faceoffs and went 1-4.
  • So much for the altitude slowing UND down. UND outshot CC 13-10 in the first, 11-5 in the second, 14-5 in the third and 3-0 in overtime. UND became more dominating as the game went along.
  • I really think we may start seeing Dan Senkbeil in the lineup a lot more often. He’s got that long reach and great size. He uses both well and can really protect the puck. There are definitely some skills to work with there and he had a nice first weekend.
  • Caggiula had his best weekend. Not only did he score three goals, he was physical, he made some good setups. . . I think he’s going to become a real key player (if he’s not already).
  • Joe Gleason finished off his strong weekend. When he’s on that big ice sheet, his skating ability really becomes noticeable. He was able to break forechecks by himself this weekend. In the defensive end, he was initiating a lot of contact and finishing checks.
  • We had over 3,000 people on our live chat both nights. Great numbers.
  • Lastly, this team has seemingly been out of a couple of games in the last few weeks, but has battled to overcome third-period deficits and win. First it was Duluth at home. Then, it was CC on the road. That’s a great sign for this squad moving forward.

16 thoughts on “Saturday night rewind

  1. Anyone have a screen shot of the whole I’ve sheet when the winning goal was scored? Need to shut up some whiners. They don’t know anything about hockey and how line changes work apparently.

  2. You couldnt be more correct about CC and their replays. You would think that what ever the Sioux did actually didnt happen because they would never show the replay. Glad I was in attendance at both games, they out worked and out played CC both games. Helps a little when your fan base can basically fill half the home teams arena. Cant wait to get back up to The Ralph for the Holy Cross series!

  3. What a great weekend of hockey. Both games were simply great hockey games; some of the best two back-to-back games I’ve seen in person in a long time. Physical, exciting, fast and no dull moments. The crowd reaction was amazing after the game tying goal and the domination in OT by UND was fantastic; we held the zone the whole time! Two side notes: 1) I believe Corban Knight kept his point streak alive this weekend 2) The Ms. and I went to “Wind City Express” based off a recommendation from the Weekly Wednesday Update and they were closed; we got there around 6:00 on Saturday but they were done for the day; bummer because I was excited to try something new, local and recommended from a fellow Sioux fan.
    Can’t wait for February 24-25 when we are back here in Denver!

  4. I did’t get to watch either game, but it sounds like I missed some great hockey! I know you can’t go into details about injuries, but I was just wondering if Forbort was injured or sick or something?? He started off the year playing such smart hockey, and not that he is playing horrible, but the last few weeks he isn’t playing as good as he had in the first few weeks… seems off… poor decision making at times and just not what you would expect out of a high draft pick. I am glad to see Hak move him down to the 3rd D pairing this weekend. Last weekend Hak benched Gleason for some not so great play on Friday night–was wondering if he would do the same for Forbs as he was/has been playing subpar too (Gleason has since turned things up to his expected lever) which leads me to think Forbs has to be injured or he believes his sub par play is better than the other options? It’s a long season so what ever it is, I hope he turns things around for himself! Bring on Denver!

      • He just hasn’t been as sharp the last couple of weeks as he was the first… poor passes… turning over the puck….getting out of position…. missing checks…just things he normally pretty consistent at. Just out of character for him–which leads me to wonder if he is sick or hurt.

  5. Not that I am overly concerned with rankings in early December, but I am a bit confused how UND fell 2 spots after splitting on the road against a top 20 team and Denver fell 1 spot after only getting 1 point against an unranked team at home. Speaking of DU, I think they have been a bit overrated all year–they have a solid record (9-4-1) but they are 0-3-1 in last 4 and all but 3 games have been at home (and one was in Colorado Springs). This weekend at the Ralph should be fun!!

    • Was thinking the same thing you typed. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the rankings. Considering the Sioux’s schedule so far this year should garnish a better than 9th ranking. I am assuming strength of schedule has nothing to do with it, seeing as the goophs are still ranked 4th and have played 1 team in the top 20 so far

  6. do you think und hockey could ever get 19,000 people to a game like ndsu football? I had this debate, I think it’d be interesting.

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