Five highlights from around the country:
1. It finally happened. Maine won a game at Alfond Arena. It took four months and an overtime, but Joey Diamond’s goal with 1:01 left in the extra session lifted the Black Bears to their first win at their home rink of the season on Sunday afternoon.
2. Duluth led Denver 3-1 with just 6:30 to go, but gave up three goals in the span of 1:31 and the Bulldogs lost to the Pioneers 4-3. It was Duluth’s third straight loss.
3. Quinnipiac extended its unbeaten streak to 19 games with an impressive 6-2 win over Yale. The Bobcats, who last lost on Nov. 6, scored three power-play goals and one shorthanded.
4. In games that affected UND in the Pairwise Rankings, Holy Cross lost to Canisius 3-0, dropping Holy Cross out of being a Team Under Consideration (TUC) on Saturday night, then bounced back to beat Canisius on Sunday to regain its TUC status. UND wants Holy Cross to be a TUC, so it can add two wins to its record vs. TUCs.
5. Red River’s Eric Meland, a senior who moved from forward to defenseman this year for Princeton, scored his first goal as a blue liner on Saturday night against Brown. Princeton lost the game 5-1. Meland has 11 points in 20 games for Princeton.
WCHA top performers
2 points — Michael Parks, UND, 2 goals
2 points — Shawn Ostrow, DU, 2 goals
2 points — Matt Bailey, UAA, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Austin Coldwell, UAA, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Drew LeBlanc, SCSU, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Kalle Kossila, SCSU, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Nolan Zajac, DU, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Caleb Herbert, Duluth, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Tony Cameranesi, Duluth, 1 goal, 1 assist
OT GWG — Mikael Lickteig, Tech, 2:56
UND 4, Wisconsin 1
UND put together a strong all-around performance and became the first WCHA team to beat Wisconsin since Nov. 24. The win gave UND a three-point weekend against the Badgers. Game stories:
- UND is ranked 10th in the Pairwise after the weekend.
- The funny thing about ties is that its easy to switch around streaks. While UND was on a five-game winless streak, you can now say that UND has just one loss in the last five games.
- A big key to the game was Mark MacMillan’s tip just 45 seconds into the contest for a 1-0 lead. But coach Dave Hakstol said that the following penalty kill was just as important.
- UND’s fourth line didn’t have any points but they were a huge key to the game. Derek Rodwell had his best game since his thigh injury in December. Dan Senkbeil and Stephane Pattyn also were very good. If they can keep playing like that, it would be a huge asset for UND.
- As Miller wrote about, UND finally got some production from outside the top line. The coaching staff certainly had to like seeing some chemistry between Carter Rowney and Michael Parks once again.
- Zane Gothberg put together another nice game. He did get caught behind the net on Wisconsin’s only goal, but he also was very good the rest of the game, including during the second period when he found a couple of loose pucks through traffic. He’s making a strong case to be the No. 1.
- The teams combined for 106 penalty minutes on Saturday night and 205 for the weekend.
- Michael Mersch was willing to drop the gloves with Stephane Pattyn in the third period (Pattyn hasn’t had any takers yet in his career), but the refs broke it up before they could go. Mersch may be facing extra discipline for coming off the bench to fight, though.
- There were a lot of remarkable stats from this game that show how well Wisconsin had been playing: UND was the first WCHA team to beat the Badgers since Nov. 24; UND was the first team to have a two-goal lead on the Badgers since Nov. 24 (happened in the first period) and UND was the first team to take a four-goal lead on the Badgers in almost exactly a year (Feb. 2, 2012).
- Colten St. Clair missed the end of the game after he skated slowly to the bench in pain. No word on the extent of his injury.
- Badger defenseman Jake McCabe also was injured late and didn’t return. No word on the extent of his ankle injury.
- UND has six of the next eight games on the road against ranked teams. Doesn’t get any easier.