Friday night rewind

Five highlights from around the country:

1. Boston College’s slide continued with a 5-2 loss to UMass with coach Jerry York sitting the game out due to an eye operation. After starting the season 10-1, the Eagles have three wins in the last nine games.

2. Speaking of top teams on a slide, Notre Dame gave up a goal with three seconds left and lost to Fairbanks 5-4. The Irish never allowed more than three goals during the first 18 games of the season. However, they’ve allowed four-plus in four of the last five games (1-4 in that stretch).

3. Defenseman Nick Jensen scored back-to-back goals in the third period to break a 2-2 and lead St. Cloud State to a 5-2 win over Denver in the National Hockey Center. Roseau’s Nick Oliver added the empty-netter for his first goal of the season.

4. Caleb Herbert scored with 1:43 left to give Minnesota-Duluth a 3-2 win over Colorado College in World Arena. It had to be a tough loss for the Tigers, who scored the game-tying goal just 62 seconds earlier.

5. Former BU Terrier forward Vinny Sapoarni scored the game-winning goal with 2:03 left to give Northeastern a 6-5 win over his former team, the Terriers, on Friday.

Top WCHA performers

3 points — Blake Pietila, Tech, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Nate Condon, Minn, 1 goal, 2 assists
2 points — Nick Jensen, 2 goals
2 points — J.P. Lafontaine, MSU, 2 goals
Shutout — Joel Rumpel, Wisc, 26 saves

Minnesota 5, UND 1

UND played a great road game for about 25 minutes, taking an early lead and really limiting the chances for the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense. But Minnesota took advantage of a couple UND mistakes and the Gophers capitalized en route to the Game 1 victory. Game stories:

Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald column

Star Tribune

Pioneer Press

USCHO

College Hockey News

UNDsports.com

Other notes:

  • The game was a lot more even than the score indicated. Shots were 27-25 and I’m guessing Grade A scoring chances were about 50-50. The big difference was Minnesota capitalized on their chances and Adam Wilcox shut the door on UND.
  • Since UND has not played here in two of the last four years, it has been a while since the team has won in Mariucci. The last time was the Evan Trupp overtime goal in February 2008. Since then, UND is 0-4-2 here.
  • I’m guessing Corban Knight and Danny Kristo will have a new linemate on the top line int he series finale. Mitch MacMillan, who looked so good on that top line a week ago, didn’t seem to fit in on Friday night.
  • Knight’s point streak is now at 18 games. It is the longest point streak since Steve Johnson’s school-record streak of 27 during 1987-88.
  • I’m thinking the Mark MacMillan, Carter Rowney and Michael Parks line stays together. They looked solid. Rowney had a strong game.
  • Derek Rodwell returned from his injury but didn’t register any shots.
  • Erik Haula returned to the lineup for Minnesota, but wasn’t quite himself. He played winger instead of center, likely because he cannot take faceoffs with his hand injury. He didn’t take any draws Friday.
  • While the horde of media was interviewing UND coach Dave Hakstol, Minnesota coach Don Lucia stopped for interviews. Nobody saw him come out except for a couple of people. They asked a few questions and then he left. None of the daily newspaper writers got quotes from Lucia. Luckily, the media relations staff e-mailed us three. The Twin Cities writers were not happy.
  • Nate Condon, who scored four shorthanded goals a year ago, got his first of this season. He’s an explosive skater, probably Minnesota’s fastest guy.
  • UND’s options for the series finale include Zane Gothberg, Colten St. Clair and Andrew Panzarella among the guys who didn’t play Friday night. I think St. Clair is the most likely to get in the lineup.
  • Lastly, remember it’s an early 5:07 p.m. start for the series finale because of Hockey Day in Minnesota.

19 thoughts on “Friday night rewind

  1. Dear God,

    Please tell me Panz is in for Schmaltz, Gleason, or Mattson. Any of those three. All were pretty brutal last night. Flip a coin. Can he replace all three? Fortunately we can play a lot better and the game was definitely closer than the score indicated. Get some tonite boys! Go SIOUX!

  2. Brad-if you didn’t see them, but you get a chance, watch the pre-game interviews with Lucia on Gophers Live. He said absolutely nothing substantive about the Sioux-Gopher rivalry. He downplayed unlike anyone else they interviewed. He further insisted that it’s no different than playing BC, BU, Notre Dame, or any other ranked team. His experience with the rivalry, it all came down to the playoffs, not the regular season. I think I’m convinced that Lucia has NOT been at any of the same Sioux-Gopher hockey games as me.

  3. I agree with the statement on Lucia statements on rivalry…only spoke on playoffs….I would think the gophers fans are just as upset about Lucia scheduling CC and N. Dame… over 60 years of this rivalry and he ends it?!

  4. A Goph fan that wandered over…Not sure what Lucia has said or not said about the rivalry, but I can tell you Minnesota fans are not happy. North Dakota is our biggest rivalry, not even close to WI or the other MN State schools. Big Ten hockey? It’s a sad thing. I have even heard that the Big Ten may not schedule Friday/Saturday games. It’s always about the money. And now, we lose our best rival. Sad. Good luck to you guys except when you play us!

  5. I actually thought we played a pretty good game. MN did take advantage of a couple mistakes, and the goal at the end of the 2nd was brutal, but people seem to be forgetting that MN probably has the best team in the country. If we always play as we did last night we will win about 80% of our games. One lucky bounce for us when it was 1 -0 UND and we could have walked away with that one. I’ll take my chances with that against this MN team any day.

  6. The broken stick was a back breaker…had that happen in my favor 2003 MCHA Championship and the game was over… Complete deflator

  7. I agree, us Gopher fans will miss playing North Dakota. I will miss the rivalry, and miss them coming to Engelstad. Listening to KFAN Friday, I think North Dakota will be back on the schedule in a few years. Going to Bemidji to see them in March, but Grand Forks closer and great facility!

  8. I have no clue what game Beaz watched because I thought our D did great. The reality was it was a pretty even game. SOG was 27-25, both teams scored on the PP. Quite honestly it was a pretty boring game. No big amazing anything. Both teams played hard and much more tame of a game then I expected. The reality is, a ton of these players on both teams are good friends. Finally, I looked at the Wild roster today. A few WI guys, a few Sioux, St. Cloud State, Denver, Colorado college and not one gopher to be found. There is something to be said for that. Good college coach that doesn’t have a program that prepares guys for the pros? Anyway, I hope tonight’s game is a bit more exciting.

  9. A lot of blocked shots for the Sioux. Didn’t capitalize on chances and Gophers did. It was a weird game. Neither team had a lot of jump. Hope to see the Sioux step it up tonight. They weren’t very physical.

  10. The pucks bounced MN’s way last night. It was a very even game, but a broken stick, ENG, shot tipped of off Schmaltz, a bad bounce/play on Matson, and a hot Wilcox really were the only differences. All of those things seem like gifts to MN, but I thought it was even otherwise. I thought Sheppard was heavy on bad calls in the ND zone (both ways), so hopefully that gets cut down because MNs PP sure seems more potent than our PK. Excited for tonight! Let’s go Sioux! Don’t forget they swept us last year and we took them down in the WCHA playoffs, so no worries!

  11. I did not see the game, but could only get the radio call. I got the feeling ND had uncharacteristic mistakes all over the ice from what I could gather from Tim and Ole and the score could have been much worse. I’m positive the Sioux will come out flying tonight and I can only hope they can sustain it for 60.

  12. Does anyone else find it hard to take an attempted jab from someone that can’t spell “goaltending” or “poor” hahaha

    Me think gophers neat. They play good! Leland was showing off that education with that post.

    Hoover, it’s a great rivalry! Thanks for showing such class in your post. Fans like yourself are exactly why we love playing the gophers.

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