Good morning everyone.
Are you all ready for a Pattyn invasion?
No, not George S. Patton. We’re talking about the Pattyn crew of Ste. Anne, Man., which is expected to bring around 100 people down to this weekend’s Battle of the Pattyns in the UND-Vermont series.
It was a lot of fun talking to Mitch Pattyn, the father of Stephane and Yvan, who will square off in this weekend’s college hockey opener. You can tell where they get their influences from.
Mitch talked about how fortunate both of the boys feel to be playing college hockey at great programs and that they are both living out a dream right now. The family couldn’t be more excited for the trip.
I called the wrong Pattyn family in Ste. Anne at first and got one of his aunts. I asked if she was coming to Grand Forks, too. Of course she is.
Today at the weekly press conference, Mark MacMillan talked a little bit about his memory of playing against his brother Mitch a couple of years ago when Mitch was at St. Cloud State. Mark said he wasn’t nervous for the game at all. Just excited.
Mark said that Stephane has been joking all week that he’s going to run his brother a few times.
As you will notice in the above-linked story, Vermont is coming to town a little banged up. They will be without one of their top scorers for the year, and they will be breaking in a new goalie.
Of course, that goalie could be the one that helped backstop Adam Tambellini’s Surrey Eagles to a BCHL title last season.
For Friday’s paper, I have a story going about early recruiting in college hockey. It talks about why it’s happening and what the results have been.
I didn’t think about it until now, but one of those young recruits that UND nailed down several years ago will be in The Ralph this weekend wearing a different jersey. You may recall the name Matt White. He was committed for a short time while in the USHL. He ended up de-committing and moving back home to Pittsburgh. White should be one of the Catamounts’ top scorers this season.
Former UND defenseman Derek Forbort notched a Gordie Howe Hat Trick tonight — a goal, an assist and a fight for the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL.
UND women’s forward Susanna Tapani is the rookie of the week in the WCHA. Tapani had six points in two games to open her college career last weekend against Lindenwood.