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:
- 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.