It’s no secret that the NCHC coaches are cheering for each other to have success in nonconference games to help bump up the number of teams from the league that will make the NCAA tournament.
Friday night was not a good one for the league with Omaha losing to Cornell, Colorado College losing to Clarkson, Duluth losing to Notre Dame and Miami losing to Providence. All of those teams will try for splits tonight.
Tonight, UND will take on a U.S. Under-18 team that was in Fargo on Friday night. The U18s beat the Force 4-1 thanks to a pair of goals by Wisconsin recruit Jack Dougherty and BU recruit Jack Eichel.
UND recruit Shane Gersich looked pretty good for the American squad. I’m a little surprised that he doesn’t play on the PP with his offensive skills, but he is a regular on the penalty kill. UND fans will get their chance to watch him tonight.
I also left pretty impressed with UND recruit Christian Cakebread, who plays for Fargo. For a guy as young as he is, he’s pretty strong on his skates. He absorbed some a couple of big hits and stayed with the play. Fargo is struggling greatly to score goals right now, though.
For tonight’s game, UND has three questionable players: Drake Caggiula, Adam Tambellini and Nick Mattson. If they aren’t 100 percent, they will sit out. The UND coaching staff also will be looking to get Derek Rodwell and Coltyn Sanderson their first game action of the season.
The five highlights from around the country:
1. Boston College and Minnesota tied 3-3. BC defenseman Ian McCoshen preserved the tie for the Eagles with quite a play at the goal line in overtime (see below). Edina’s Michael Sit, who had 0 goals in his first two seasons, scored twice for BC.
2. Providence goalie Jon Gillies, who may be the best netminder in the nation, stopped 33 of 35 shots to help the Friars beat Miami in overtime. First-round pick Mark Jankowski scored a highlight goal for Providence (see below).
3. Michigan outshot BU 44-19 and won 2-1. The winning goal was scored on a penalty shot by Alex Guptill in the third period.
4. Yale lost to Brown 4-1 in its first game since winning the national championship. Alex Lyon, who played high school at Lake of the Woods, started in net for Yale.
5. Bemidji State beat rival Alabama Huntsville 6-1 thanks to a hat trick from Markus Gerbrandt.