Five highlights from around the country:
1. Notre Dame is playing its way out of the NCAA tournament. After a 14-4 start, the Irish are now 2-7 since Christmas break and 1-6 in the last seven games. Notre Dame gave up five second-period goals Friday in losing to Ohio State 6-3.
2. Boston College, trying to get back on track, earned a 4-1 win over a 7-14-4 Vermont team. The Catamounts outshot BC 39-30, but the Eagles used a goal and an assist from Pat Mullane and Johnny Gaudreau.
3. St. Cloud State, bidding for its first MacNaughton Cup, stayed in the driver’s seat with a 4-0 win over Bemidji State. The Huskies scored three goals in the first period and Ryan Faragher finished off the shutout.
4. Colorado College and Anchorage tied 2-2 in a battle of two teams who need wins. Anchorage outshot the Tigers 31-21. The most amazing stat of the day is courtesy of Chris Dilks: CC’s Alexander Krushelnyski, who has 29 points this season, notched his first power-play point Friday night.
5. No. 2 Quinnipiac extended its unbeaten streak to 19 games with a 1-1 tie against Brown. The Bobcats will have a tough task in facing Yale on Saturday night.
Top WCHA performers
2 points — Blake Tatchell, UAA, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Alexander Krushelnyski, CC, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Andrew Hamburg, CC, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Andrej Sustr, Omaha, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Dominic Zombo, Omaha, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Alex Petan, Tech, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — David Johnstone, Tech, 1 goal, 1 assist
Shutout — Juho Olkinuora, DU, 26 saves
Shutout — Ryan Faragher, SCSU, 24 saves
UND 1, Wisconsin 1
In a game that went pretty much exactly as expected — low scoring, keeping most shots to the outside — UND and the Badgers ended up tying. These two teams are now the national leaders in ties. Game stories:
- UND moved to 12th in the Pairwise Rankings after the game, a drop of two spots. Obviously, Saturday night’s game is huge.
- Michael Mersch’s goal broke a streak of 90 minutes, 3 seconds where UND did not allow an even-strength goal. Mersch has 10 more goals than anyone else on Wisconsin’s roster.
- Right now, UND is getting outstanding production out of Danny Kristo and Corban Knight, but the production is lacking from elsewhere in the lineup. In the last 11 games, Kristo and Knight have combined for 37 of the team’s 59 points (62.7 percent).
- I thought Mark MacMillan may have been UND’s best player on Saturday. If college hockey kept NHL stats like takeaways, he would have easily led all players. He forced a ton of turnovers throughout the night.
- MacMillan’s line, along with Carter Rowney and Michael Parks, cannot get anything to go. In the five games they’ve been together, those guys have combined for one goal. That one goal was from Parks when he was on the ice with Kristo and Knight. So technically, those guys have not combined for a goal yet.
- Rowney is perhaps the most snakebit player on the team. He’s getting good chances, but can’t buy one right now. Since his 2 goal, 2 assist game against DU, he has 1 goal in 11 games.
- It has been seven games since UND has scored a goal without Kristo, Knight or Rocco Grimaldi being on the scoresheet for it (14 consecutive goals). If you go back to the Holy Cross series, they’ve been on the scoresheet for 19 of 20 goals and 22 of 24 goals.
- Kristo on all the scuffles: “That’s the way North Dakota and Wisconsin should be. It’s a big rivalry.”
- As Miller wrote in his column, Zane Gothberg played very well. The coaching staff is no doubt looking for someone to take over the No. 1 role and Gothberg just made a good argument. Will be interesting to see who starts in the series finale.
- UND’s six ties rank second in program history behind the 2000-01 team’s nine ties. UND has went to overtime in six of 15 home games this season.