A night after losing at home for just the fourth time in 30 games, Miami stormed back and showed why it’s the No. 1 team in the nation and the preseason favorite to win the NCHC by handing UND a 6-2 defeat in Steve Cady Arena. Game stories:
Grand Forks Herald (plus a bunch of photos)
NCHC top performers
3 points — Blake Coleman, Miami, 3 goals
3 points — Alex Iafallo, Duluth, 2 goals, 1 assist
2 points — Justin Crandall, Duluth, 2 goals
2 points — Colton Hargrove, WMU, 2 goals
2 points — Cody Murphy, Miami, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — David Makowski, DU, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Ryan Walters, Omaha, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Dominic Zombo, Omaha, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Josh Archibald, Omaha, 1 goal, 1 assist
Other notes and comments:
- UND actually started this game very well. The first period may have been their best of the weekend. So to come out of it down 2-0 is tough.
- Coach Dave Hakstol singled out three areas that weren’t very good: UND’s coverage off of draws, UND being weak in front of the net in the defensive zone and the team not getting to rebounds in the offensive zone.
- Miami goalie Ryan McKay was better than Friday night’s starter, Jay Williams, but there were some rebounds sitting around the crease area that UND was unable to get to.
- UND has now pulled its starting goalie in two of the four games this season. That’s not something the team wants to become a trend. Hakstol said that Zane Gothberg wants the first one back.
- Last year, every time that it looked like one of the goalies was about to take the job and run with it, he had a set back. It will be interesting to see if one of them can become consistent enough to avoid that this season.
- The injury to UND defenseman Nick Mattson doesn’t appear to be serious. He’s listed as day to day (lower body). Andrew Panzarella ended up playing in his spot. Panzarella registered one shot on goal and was a minus-3.
- UND’s top line ended up a combined minus-10 on Saturday night. The line of Adam Tambellini, Rocco Grimaldi and Drake Caggiula, which dominated Vermont opening weekend, didn’t register a point against the RedHawks.
- Miami’s Blake Coleman had a hat trick. He was the guy who got booted from Friday’s game for checking from behind. Nice rebound for him.
- UND’s penalty kill has been a big strength. It has killed 23 straight opponent power plays including a perfect seven-for-seven in Oxford.
- Hakstol said he will try to get a couple of guys who haven’t been playing in the lineup for next week’s exhibition against the U.S. Under-18 team.