After the first few weeks of the year, there were plenty of reasons for optimism for the UND men’s hockey team. After this weekend, there are suddenly plenty of questions. St. Cloud State held UND to three goals in two games — and 17 shots on goal Saturday — in sweeping UND at REA. Game stories:
NCHC top performers
OT winner — Josh Archibald, Omaha
3 points — Austin Czarnik, Miami, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Justin Kovacs, WMU, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Blake Coleman, Miami, 3 assists
3 points — Shane Berschbach, WMU, 3 assists
2 points — Brock Montpetit, Omaha, 2 goals
2 points — Nic Dowd, SCSU, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Colton Hargrove, WMU, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Chase Balisy, WMU, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Anthony Louis, Miami, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Joey LaLeggia, DU, 1 goal, 1 assist
UND’s lowest shot totals under Hakstol
13 — vs. Anchorage, Jan. 26, 2008. UND win, 3-1.
16 — vs. St. Cloud State, Jan. 25, 2013. UND loss, 3-1.
17 — vs. St. Cloud State, Nov. 2, 2013. UND loss, 3-1.
17 — at Notre Dame, Nov. 23, 2012. UND win, 2-1.
17 — at Anchorage, Dec. 3, 2011. UND win, 4-1.
- As you can see on the chart above, only twice in the 10 years under Hakstol has UND registered a lower shot total than Saturday. One of them happened on St. Cloud State’s last trip here.
- You can also see that of the five lowest shot totals under Hakstol, UND has only lost those two games against St. Cloud State.
- The only team to sweep UND in The Ralph in the last seven years was the 2009-10 Denver Pioneers, who ended up winning the MacNaughton Cup. UND ended up coming back to beat the Pioneers in the Final Five later that season after going 0-4 in the regular season against them.
- Clearly, one bad weekend won’t lose the team. On Sunday, Gage Ausmus, a guy who could potentially wear a letter here some day, wrote on Twitter: “Calm seas don’t create great sailors.”
- As Miller wrote in his column, UND needs to get a lot of production out of all of its lines this season to be successful. On Saturday night, the third and fourth lines combined for just two shots on goal.
- No word yet on the status of Colten St. Clair, who left Saturday’s game with an injury to his left leg. St. Clair was not able to leave the ice on his own power. He’s been a key to the fourth line this season, so it would hurt to lose him for any length of time.
- Faceoffs on Saturday were 31-30, something that made St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko very happy. On Friday, the Huskies got beat in that category 44-28, and Motzko said it created some problems.
- Rocco Grimaldi has, by far and away, the most shots on the team. He has 29. Second place is Drake Caggiula with 13.
- Caggiula is UND’s top faceoff guy early this season at 58 percent.
- The only guy on the team with a plus-rating right now is Luke Johnson at plus-1.
- Dillon Simpson leads the team with 12 blocked shots. Paul LaDue is second with nine.
- Currently, UND is allowing 32.8 shots against per game, which is a lot higher than the average the past few seasons. Expect that number to stay high after the upcoming weekend against an Omaha squad that likes to put a lot of pucks on the net.