Five highlights from around the country:
1. For the second night in a row, Wisconsin knocked off MSU-Mankato with an overtime goal by unlikely hero John Ramage. The Badgers extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with the win (7-0-3). The Mavs dropped to eighth place in the league with the loss. Had the Mavs won both OT games this weekend, they’d be in first.
2. Michigan’s nightmare season continued with a 4-1 loss to Alaska, which finished off a series sweep. The Wolverines are now at 7-13-2 and may have to win the CCHA postseason tournament to get into the NCAAs.
3. Boston College has lost consistency since losing defenseman Patch Alber for the season. The Eagles were outshot for the fourth game in a row, losing 2-1 to New Hampshire. Final shots were 39-23 UNH.
4. Notre Dame went the first 18 games of the season without giving up more than three goals. Saturday night, however, it happened for the second time in three games. Michigan State scored a 4-1 win over the Irish.
5. Kyle Rau registered a hat trick to lead Minnesota to a 7-1 blowout of Anchorage. The Seawolves have lost eight in a row. Minnesota has one loss in the last 15.
WCHA top performers
4 points — Danny Kristo, UND, 2 goals, 2 assists
4 points — Nate Schmidt, Minn, 4 assists
3 points — Kyle Rau, Minn, 3 goals
3 points — Tony Cameranesi, Duluth, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Alex Petan, Tech, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Mike Seidel, Duluth, 3 assists
3 points — Sam Warning, Minn, 3 assists
OT winner — John Ramage, UW
UND 5, Colorado College 3
Danny Kristo had a big game, Dan Senkbeil aka Jim and Mitch MacMillan scored their first goals at UND and, despite an up-and-down effort, the home team earned a series split against the Tigers. Game stories:
- Everyone seemed pretty excited about about Jim’s first goal. He was in the right spot at the right time, and that wasn’t the only time he was around the net on Saturday night. He’s playing a simple game right now, getting pucks deep, cycling and going to the net. As long as he keeps doing that, I think he’ll continue being in the lineup.
- There were quite a few posts on Saturday, including Kristo, Jordan Schmaltz, Alexander Krushelnyski and Cody Bradley.
- Zane Gothberg got the start because he earned it in practice this week, according to Dave Hakstol. Gothberg was at his best during the third period when the game was tied/when UND held a one-goal lead. He came up big several times.
- This is in Tom’s column, but it’s worth repeating: It’s hard to believe that Mitch has gone from a healthy scratch at St. Cloud State to playing on a line with Kristo and Corban Knight in about a year’s time. Hakstol said Mitch is earning his ice time.
- Speaking of Knight, his point streak has reached 17 games. He went 15-14 on draws. Mark MacMillan was the hot hand, going 9-2.
- Kristo made an interesting play on the empty-net goal. He didn’t wait until he gained the red line and that may have been a good thing. Had he waited a few more strides, a CC player may have been able to skate in-between Kristo and the net. If you shoot from beyond the red line, you better make it, and Kristo obviously had the confidence he would do it.
- Rocco Grimaldi finished the game without any shots. Will we ever see that again? Doubtful.
- Joe Gleason did a pretty good job adjusting to forward, though his goal came on UND’s only power-play chance of the night when he was playing D. Gleason skated down low, though, and sniped a Knight feed from a very, very sharp angle. On the overhead camera, you could see how little room Gleason had. Very skilled play.