Five highlights from around the country:
1. In one eye-opening box score, Yale outshot Boston College 48-22, but came away with a 3-3 tie. The Eagles, who lost defenseman Patch Alber for the season last weekend, have to be worried about their team defense. They got beat 8-1 last weekend by Minnesota, now allowed 48 shots against Yale.
2. Quinnipiac beat Dartmouth in a matchup between teams ranked No. 5 and No. 8 nationally. Quinnipiac is on a 13-game unbeaten streak (12-0-1).
3. Josh Archibald had a hat trick and Ryan Walters four points as Nebraska Omaha blew out Colorado College 8-4 at home. Colorado College now has just 1 win in the last 11 games (and the Tigers got outshot by 21 in that victory). Tanner Lane of Detroit Lakes scored his first two career goals. Defenseman Mike Boivin had a hat trick for CC.
4. Northern Michigan entered the weekend on an 11-game stretch where the Wildcats didn’t score more than two goals in a game (2-7-2). But they broke out for a season-high six goals in beating St. Cloud State, which has struggled in nonconference play this season.
5. Chase Grant scored at 2:26 of overtime to lift Minnesota State-Mankato to a nonconference win over Providence, which played without starting goalie Jon Gillies. The Mavs are 10-1 in the last 11.
WCHA top performers
4 points — Corban Knight, UND, 2 goals, 2 assists
4 points — Ryan Walters, Omaha, 1 goal, 3 assists
3 points — Mike Boivin, CC, 3 goals
3 points — Josh Archibald, Omaha, 3 goals
3 points — Jordan Kwas, Anchorage, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Dominic Zombo, Omaha, 3 assists
2 points — Quentin Shore, Denver, 2 goals
2 points — Tanner Lane, Omaha, 2 goals
UND 5, Holy Cross 2
UND started the game by outshooting Holy Cross 18-4 in the first period and building a three-goal lead, which ended up being all the offense the team needed. Game stories:
- UND improved its nonconference record to 4-2-1 and will have one final attempt to bump that mark up tonight. After that, it’s onto the meat of the WCHA schedule.
- Coach Dave Hakstol said he liked the play of Mitch MacMillan, singling out his big hit in the neutral zone. He said Mitch didn’t try to do too much.
- Michael Parks also was solid in his first full game of the season, but not in midseason form. How do we know? He missed on a great wraparound attempt in the second period.
- Clarke Saunders looked bored for a while in the crease in the first period. It took almost 14 minutes for Holy Cross to get a shot. He was solid, but I’m wondering if we will see Zane Gothberg tonight in the series finale. I think yes.
- The game was one of the fastest I’ve seen. It took 2 hours, 5 minutes. There were no matching minors.
- Holy Cross had no answer for UND’s top line. That unit was dominating all night and ended up scoring four of the team’s five goals.
- We all wondered what type of reception Holy Cross would get from the fans. To be honest, there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. Fans did give the Crusaders a Bronx cheer when they got their first shot on net.
- It was interesting to hear Corban Knight after the game say he thinks the attention he’s getting is overblown. I think that is funny, because he has always been the guy who doesn’t get the attention he deserves. But he’s been playing outstanding and has UND’s longest point streak in a decade.