Five highlights from around the country:
1. Jerry York was 10 seconds away from becoming the winningest coach in college hockey history, but that will have to wait another day. Nick Saracino scored the game-tying goal with 10 seconds left to lift Providence to a 3-3 tie with BC in a game where Providence outshot BC 13-3 in the first period.
2. David Morley’s hat trick and Kalle Kossila’s two goals were not enough for St. Cloud State as Omaha knocked off the Huskies 6-5 in a wild one at the National Hockey Center. The Mavs are 8-1 in their last nine.
3. Speaking of Mavs on a roll, the other Mavs — Minnesota State — won No. 5 in a row with a 3-1 decision over Anchorage. Behind the goaltending of freshman Stephon Williams — who started all five of those games — MSU has allowed just six goals in five games.
4. The hometown kid, Tom Serratore, scored the game-winning goal for Minnesota in Colorado Springs with just 6:37 to go. Minnesota beat CC 4-2. The Tigers now have 1 win in their last 7 games, and it was a game in which they were outplayed badly by UND.
5. Speaking of the Serratores, Tom’s father Frank was at Bentley earning a 7-4 win thanks to a huge game by Grafton’s Chad Demers, who had four points (two goals, two assists).
WCHA top performers
4 points — David Morley, SCSU, 3 goals, 1 assist
4 points — Ryan Walters, Omaha, 2 goals, 2 assists
3 points — Matt White, Omaha, 1 goal, 2 assists
2 points — Jake Hendrickson, Duluth, 2 goals
2 points — Sam Warning, Minnesota, 2 goals
2 points — Kalle Kossila, SCSU, 2 goals
UND 2, Denver 2, tie
UND put together its third straight good outing, this time coming away with a tie against Denver. The star of the game was Pioneer goaltender Juho Olkinuora, who showed fans in Grand Forks why he has possibly passed up both Sam Brittain and Adam Murray as the No. 1. Game stories:
- Corban Knight went 24-10 on faceoffs, including a remarkable 21-5 mark after the first period. I thought he was terrific all night. He’s been making great setup passes and his strength on the puck is remarkable, as he showed in overtime, staying with the play in the slot. That’s two straight really good games for Knight.
- Tom Miller’s column (linked above) covers all the notes on the fourth line, which really did its job. Jim almost got a couple to go, as did Derek Rodwell.
- I thought it was remarkable that DU didn’t post a single shot attempt — not just shot on goal, but shot attempt — below the hash marks in the last 25 minutes of the game. UND really dominated time of possession and DU failed to sustain any sort of attack. DU’s chances were mainly all one-and-dones.
- DU played with just 10 forwards, which might explain some of that. Larkin Jacobson is suspended, Jarrod Mermis (who was suspended last Friday) was held out due to a “coach’s decision” and Zac Larraza was home with an illness.
- Rocco Grimaldi was extremely dynamic during the game. He’s really close to breaking open the floodgates and scoring a lot of goals. He was hard on himself in the postgame interviews.
- Jordan Schmaltz registered his first point since the season opener. He made a nice play to walk that puck down and get a shot on net. He had several earlier shots blocked.
- After the first period, UND outshot Denver 25-12.
- Denver’s current five-game winless streak is the program’s longest since it went 0-4-1 in the last five games of the 2006-07 season.
- Drake Caggiula continued his excellent play. He dangled a Pioneer defender and should have drawn a penalty on the play. He won a ton of puck battles late in the game. He’s really picked up his game. UND got a good one there.