Coming into last night, UND had lost just six of the last 107 games when leading after two periods since the start of the 2008-09 season. But St. Cloud State managed to put together a strong push at the start of the third period and end up on the other side of that statistic with a 3-2 victory over UND. Game stories:
NCHC top performers
OT winner + 3 points — Josh Archibald, Omaha, 1 goal, 2 assists
OT winner — Kyle Novak, WMU
2 points — Alex Wideman, Miami, 2 goals
2 points — Jake Guentzel, Omaha, 1 goal, 1 assist
- St. Cloud State goalie Ryan Faragher is now 3-1-1 in Ralph Engelstad Arena, which has to be one of the best records for any opposing goalie here.
- Special teams bright spot: UND has the top PK in the nation at 96.3 percent. UND has killed 26 straight opponent power plays.
- Special teams dark spot: UND’s power play is 1 for its last 15 and has dropped to 34th in the country at 16.7 percent.
- UND had six minutes of power-play time against the Huskies and registered zero shots on goal. St. Cloud State had one shot shorthanded. UND actually registered more shots killing penalties (three in 5:20) than it did on the power play.
- St. Cloud State did a great job blocking shots. The Huskies blocked 21 shots, led by Ethan Prow’s five. UND blocked nine shots. I’m sure it would have liked to block a few more — all three of SCSU’s goals started with point shots.
- UND had, I believe, its best night of the season on faceoffs. Stephane Pattyn led the way, going 13-4. Kalle Kossila had a tough night for SCSU in the circle, going 4-15.
- I thought both goalies did their jobs. Hard to fault Zane Gothberg for any of the three he allowed. Faragher was solid for the Huskies, too. We may see a rematch in the series finale.
- Since Jan. 1, 2007, UND has only been swept in The Ralph once. MacNaughton Cup champ Denver did it in 2009-10. UND will try to avoid that fate tonight.