Saturday night rewind

UND stormed to a two-goal lead in the first period and appeared set to sweep Vermont, but the Catamounts got two back in the second period and the teams went on to tie the series finale in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Game stories:

Grand Forks Herald gamer

Grand Forks Herald sidebar on adjusting to new calls

USCHO

UNDsports.com

NCHC top performers

5 points — Riley Barber, Miami, 4 goals, 1 assist
4 points — Austin Czarnik, Miami, 1 goal, 3 assists
2 points — Josh Archibald, Omaha, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Drake Caggiula, UND, 1 goal, 1 assist
Shutout — Sam Brittain, DU, 28 saves

Other thoughts and notes:

  • As I wrote in my game story, as frustrated as UND was about giving up a two-goal lead, there was a lot more good than bad this weekend. Lots of encouraging signs.
  • Tomorrow when the polls come out, Miami is going to be the No. 1 team in the country. So this team has quite a challenge ahead: Going on the road to take on the top-ranked team in the nation.
  • UND hit twice as many points as goals scored on Saturday. Rocco Grimaldi’s season total is up to 3 posts as he hit the crossbar twice. Brendan O’Donnell hit the left post twice, too.
  • Grimaldi had 15 shot attempts, 10 shots on goal, 2 off the post and 3 missed the net. He was dominant and coach Dave Hakstol double shifted him at one point because he was so dominant.
  • Speaking of O’Donnell, he’s a different player than last year. He has played well. Before the season, I said that I thought the play of the juniors would be very telling in how good this team would be. So far, so good for O’Donnell and his classmates.
  • UND won the faceoff battle 39-31. Mark MacMillan bounced back from a tough opening night to go 17-10 on draws.
  • The teams had a practice shootout after the game. I think it’s safe to say that when UND gets to the real thing, it will use Grimaldi and Michael Parks as two of the three regulars.

13 thoughts on “Saturday night rewind

  1. Why do we have all this focus on number of posts hit. It is still not a goal, and who cares how close someone comes to scoring. It is the final score on the board that counts. The players know what they need to do to score and don’t intentionally shoot at the posts. Kinda like the old saying close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

    • While posts are not goals, if a person didn’t get to watch the game, the article paints a picture of how close this was to a win or even a blowout.

  2. “4 points — Riley Barber, Miami, 4 goals, 1 assist” – That’s 5 points in my book…

    Rocco was dominant last night, but In my opinion he looks dominant because he doesn’t pass the puck. I always know when he is going to shoot because he starts skating backwards with the puck…a sure sign he will no-look spin and fire. He does make it look easy at times though.

  3. Loved the shoot out! About time us fans don’t have to watch 3hrs 5min of hockey to have a tie game. A shoot out may not represent the better team, but at least it’s not a tie!

  4. “Going on the road to take on the top-ranked team in the nation.”

    This is a good point. Not being able to hold on to a 2-goal lead against a Vermont team which hasn’t done much since the French Connection could be troubling. Especially since Miami outscored OSU 12-5 this weekend.

    • Miami is definitely a team to be reckoned with A’? Competition only makes out program stronger though… I’m looking forward to this new rivalry with big red from Ohio. That game in the Ralph (subway classic) against Miami was pretty impressive a few years ago, they have a really strong program, for now haha

  5. Very positive weekend all the way around. Before the year, I wondered big time to who could score and I think we got that answered. Scoring may not be as much as an issue as I thought. It will be interesting to see if we are speedy enough when we eventually meet those super fast teams whoever they may be. For me, this was a fun weekend of hockey with high entertainment.

  6. Looks like this will be another good Sioux team. Freshmen looked good and Gothberg was solid. This team may struggle against big teams that can forecheck. The MacMillan and Caggulia lnes consist of all small forwards and our D aren’t as physical as we are used to. But they will be fun to watch.

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