Saturday night rewind

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:

Grand Forks Herald

Mankato Free Press

UNDsports.com

Other notes:

  • 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.

18 thoughts on “Saturday night rewind

  1. Looking for a little info on the WCHA Final 5 format…this is my understanding of the format…1st and 2nd highest remaining seeds after 1st round get byes, #3 vs #6 with winner to play #2, and #4 vs #5 with winner playing #1 or do they “reseed” if there are upsets in qarterfinals?? please advise…thanks!

  2. You got most of it correct. If there is an upset they alter it so that the #1 team plays the easiest schedule so more than likely UND will play the Gophs Friday afternoon! I think the Cloud has the 1st seed. Please correct me Brad if I am wrong

    • Which is complete crap. I am so sick of them getting the preferential treatment for their “home” game. The goophs, like any other team, should have to play at the designated times like everyone else. Boo hoo if some of their fans cant make an afternoon game. Take a half day from work. Every other teams fans have to. Why does the WCHA bend over backwards for them?

      • It works in the Siouxs favor….because that means we should be playing the night game on thursday= more Sioux fans able to make the game!!

        • But we would fill the arena for the afternoon game. Either way, we bring the fans no matter where they play. Denver was rockin a few weeks ago!

  3. Minnesota Rule – if the goofs are in it, they get night games for attendance purposes, regardless of seed. We can hope bermidji comes through for us!

  4. To be clear, the only reseeding is done prior to the Final Five. Once the six teams are determined, they are seeded, and it will not change the entire weekend. #1 plays winner of #4 and #5. #2 plays winner of #3 and #6. So I’m 99.9% sure if St. Cloud, Minnesota, and UND all win this weekend, then UND will play Thursday Night and the winner will play Minnesota on Friday Night.

  5. I don’t think it is attendance that is the reason as those seats are sold regardless. I thought I heard or read somewhre several years ago that it was more for TV ratings.

    • Dang it Chad! Why did you have to figure that out. Now UND fans are going to have to find something else to complain about!!

  6. 5 of the top 10 teams in Pairwise… NCHC members. Big Ten… 1 team. Should be some good hockey in the years to come!

    • I only counted four future NCHA Members in the Top Ten. Miami, UND, Denver, Western Michigan. St. Clown on the bubble at 12.

  7. But if MN gets the night game don’t they have a disadvantage since the team that won earlier gets more rest? I would rather play the earlier game.

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