All players are back from overseas on both the men’s and women’s side, and all of them will be taking it easy a little bit this week.
UND coach Dave Hakstol said Rocco Grimaldi will get some time off after returning home from Russia with a gold medal from the World Junior Championship. Grimaldi will play this weekend, though.
Women’s coach Brian Idalski also is giving some time off to Michelle Karvinen and Tanja Eisenschmid, both of whom played in Europe last weekend.
Grimaldi will be doing a full interview with the local media later today and the Herald will have a story on his thoughts about the World Juniors in Thursday’s paper.
UND will be hosting Colorado College for the second time this season. UND played very well out in the Springs, outshooting the Tigers by 21 each night, yet Colorado College was 13 seconds from sweeping UND. Dillon Simpson scored the biggest goal of the year to this point to tie the game, UND won in overtime and hasn’t lost since.
The Tigers haven’t won since Simpson’s snipe, going 0-6-1.
Speaking of teams on streaks, the women go to Minnesota to take on the 20-0 Gophers, who have not lost since…. UND’s last trip to Ridder. The Gophers have only trailed for 39 seconds all year… also against UND.
So, the chances of an upset win maybe aren’t great, but if anyone is going to do it, UND may have the best shot.
Jocelyne Lamoureux and Brian Idalski chatted about the big series today. Look for more in Friday’s paper.
In other news…
***The Greatest Sioux Jersey ever contest is on to the next round. It has been pretty fun to follow and see which jerseys fans like the most. Go here and vote in the quarterfinals.
***Duluth has suspended three players for Friday night’s game against Michigan Tech: captain Cody Danberg, senior Wade Bergman and freshman Austin Farley. The players have been suspended for a violation of team rules.
***Omaha lost goalie Anthony Stolarz to the OHL’s London Knights this week. Stolarz was a second-round draft pick and a freshman. He had played in 8 games, but that apparently was not enough. Omaha coach Dean Blais apparently said on his radio show that Ryan Massa will rejoin the team.
***Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was fired on Wednesday. Burke, possibly the most famous general manager in the game, is a friend to college hockey. He has refused to trade Matt Frattin in the past.
***I talked to someone with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers who says that Brock Nelson has been the team’s best player and he believes that Nelson will be with the Islanders this season. Nelson has been out for about a month with a broken jaw.
You can read Wednesday’s live chat below.