Five highlights from around the country:
1. No, it’s not a misprint. Nebraska Omaha actually did beat Bemidji State last night. It’s only the second time in 13 games between the teams that the Mavs have come away with a win over the Beavers.
2. It appears UND wasn’t the only team that suffered from a hangover after the rivalry series. Minnesota lost to MSU-Mankato 2-1 thanks to a goal by Brett Knowles with just 44 seconds left. Mav goalie Stephon Williams stopped 37 of 38 shots. It snapped Minnesota’s 10-game unbeaten streak.
3. Maine entered the weekend with 5 wins in 23 games this season, but stunned Boston College 4-1. The Eagles started the season 10-1, but are 4-5-2 since Thanksgiving.
4. Notre Dame lost its fifth straight game and moved to 1-6 since Thanksgiving with a 3-1 loss to Ferris State.
5. Western Michigan rallied from a 2-0 hole to beat Michigan 3-2. Michigan is now 1-5 in the last six games and holds an 8-15-2 overall mark and a 5-12-2 CCHA record.
WCHA top performers
3 points — Matt White, Omaha, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Michael Mersch, UW, 2 goals, 1 assist
2 points — Jonny Brodzinski, SCSU, 2 goals
SCSU 3, UND 1
In a game that was much uglier than the score would indicate, UND managed a season-low three shots in the first period and eight shots through the first 45 minutes of the game en route to a home loss against St. Cloud State. Game stories:
- UND actually had a strong opening four minutes of the game, I thought. They were getting pucks deep, finishing hits. Then, the Huskies came down and scored a bad goal and the air went out of the team. UND needs to respond better to something like that than they did Friday.
- A lot of attention has been placed on UND defensively — that will happen when you don’t win — but St. Cloud State really didn’t have very many Grade A chances in this game. This was one where UND didn’t make it very difficult on Ryan Faragher.
- A lot of credit has to go to St. Cloud State’s top defenseman Nick Jensen. He dominated the game, I thought. He must have played 30 minutes and he hardly ever makes a mistake. He skates extremely well and was able to turn pucks out of the SCSU zone quickly. I don’t think I’ve seen a better defenseman in the league this year than him.
- Miller wrote a little bit about it, but I can’t imagine that the lines will be the same in the series finale tonight. I think we’ll see Mark MacMillan back on the top line.
- Jonny Brodzinski, who was pretty good in the first series between the teams, scored two goals for the Huskies. An interesting side note is that he scored the goals against his Fargo Force teammate from last year, Zane Gothberg.
- After the game, Bob Motzko praised the play of Brodzinski and talked about his great shot, even drawing a Matt Frattin comparison.
- UND is on its first three-game winless streak since last October, which is a pretty remarkable run.
- Corban Knight’s point streak ended at 19 games. Steve Johnson’s record of 27 is safe. Still, 19 games is quite a run these days (goal scoring was nearly double on average in college hockey when Johnson played).
- UND has only been swept at home one time in the last six years (DU in January 2010). It will try to avoid that fate in tonight’s series finale.