For the first time since the Broadmoor Trophy was redesigned following the 2008-09 season, it will be going somewhere other than North Dakota. UND’s three-year reign as WCHA postseason champion ended with a 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado College in the WCHA quarterfinals. Game stories:
- UND moved to No. 11 in the Pairwise and will now watch the rankings move during the weekend to find out what seed it will be and who the opponent in the NCAA tournament may be. UND will be either a No. 2 or a No. 3 seed.
- The loss came on the four-year anniversary of UND’s last loss in the Final Five. UND had won eight straight Final Five games.
- One of the big storylines out of this is that UND will not be playing a marathon of games this weekend before the NCAAs as it did in 2010 and 2012. Will it help? Who knows. The last time UND only played one game at the Final Five was 2003. That year, the team ended up losing to Ferris State in the first round. Two years ago, Duluth lost in the OT in the Thursday game to Bemidji State and ended up winning it all.
- The other big question mark will be who UND plays in goal. I don’t ever remember UND going into the NCAAs without knowing who the guy in net is going to be. Clarke Saunders will want Goal No. 3 against CC back and that opens the door for Zane Gothberg again.
- One of the storylines of this season will be goaltending. Both guys have showed the capability of taking over games. We probably saw Saunders steal one in Notre Dame and Gothberg do the same at Minnesota State. Yet both have allowed some tough goals. It just hasn’t been real consistent.
- The goalie on the other end, meanwhile, played a pretty good game. Joe Howe continued his strong play that he showed in stealing a couple games from Denver. He stopped 29 shots and seemed to read a lot of plays well.
- UND has lost two overtime games in the last three weeks. Had UND won those two, it would be MacNaughton Cup champion and in position for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
- UND has been playing quite a few close games recently, but hasn’t been on the winning end in a lot. The last time UND lost a game by more than two goals was two months ago to St. Cloud State. Since that game, UND is 2-4 in one-goal games and 6-0 in games decided by more than a goal.
- The biggest positive for UND was the play of the fourth line. Drake Caggiula got back on the board with two game-tying goals. Colten St. Clair also had a nice game.
- UND’s power play went 0-for-6 in the game. They moved the puck really well on a couple of the power plays, but it deteriorated late in the game. The shorthanded goal was crucial. Had UND scored on that power play for a 3-1 lead, I think it would have won.
- I’ll be driving back to Grand Forks today, but will try to update possible NCAA scenarios when I can.