Before overtime started, UND found out the news it hoped to hear: St. Cloud State had lost to Wisconsin and a share of the MacNaughton Cup was up for grabs. But after failing to convert on a couple of Grade A chances, Brett Knowles finished the MacNaughton hopes with an overtime winner for the Mavs. Game stories:
- UND is ranked No. 5 in the Pairwise Rankings. The team is probably locked into the NCAA tournament, but I’m guessing would like to beat Tech in the first round of the playoffs just to make sure.
- As noted in the Free Press notebook, Saturday night’s crowd was the seventh-largest in arena history. Six of MSU’s top 13 crowds have come with UND in town.
- Ten of UND’s 36 games this season went to overtime #deadlineproblems
- It marked UND’s first overtime loss since a December game against Omaha last season.
- UND will play Tech in the first round for the fourth time in the last six years.
- I thought Rocco Grimaldi was the best skater on the ice this weekend — either team. He just couldn’t get anything to go. If he’s able to continue playing at that level, it will be big for UND.
- Coach Dave Hakstol was pleased with Brendan O’Donnell’s performance on the top line. It will be interesting to see if he sticks up there for the playoffs.
- Clearly, Stephon Williams is the real deal in goal for the Mavs. He was terrific in both games. UND also received outstanding goaltending both games from Zane Gothberg. UND may have found its guy for the playoff run.
- One of the best signs for UND this weekend was that Carter Rowney has taken another step and was pretty good. If Rowney can continue playing at a high level, it gives UND an additional threat.
- Drake Caggiula, who now has just 1 goal in the last 21 games, was a scratch for the series finale. We know he’s got a lot of talent — we’ve seen it plenty of times this year — he has just hit a tough stretch. He may very well get back in the lineup this season, though.
- Minnesota State snapped a 10-game losing streak against UND with that win.