Saturday night rewind

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:

Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald column

St. Cloud Times

USCHO

UNDsports.com

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.

Notes:

  • 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.

21 thoughts on “Saturday night rewind

  1. I know we are early into the season but I read we are not a “young” team. UND is a young team and they are making “young” mistakes. The upper class men did as well. I have a lot of fun watching this team (mostly Cagglula and Stretcher) and believe from the last 10 seasons UND will be good after the learning curve. There are too many talented and hard working kids on this team to think they won’t be there come playoffs. I do have to say that Motzko has Hak’s number recently. That probably has something to do with the play of Faragher (I heard his junior goalie coach has a dislike for UND). When your goalie has that much success, it allows the team to play a different game.

  2. Lets forget about last weekend and move on…….where are some good places to eat and drink while in Omaha this weekend?

    • There are lots of places to eat if you just head to the Old Market area downtown. A couple places I’d recommend are Zios Pizzeria, Upstream for good food and microbrews. Roja or Trini’s for mexican food. Pepperjax has great phillies if you want something quick. You can check out oldmarket.com for more info.

          • Looked at Upstream’s website…..definitely see myself hanging out there for a while. Food looks really good as well. Any comments on the old mattress factory?

          • From a UND Athletics email: Omaha, we are BACK! Join us on Saturday, November 9th at the UND Hot Spot, The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill, for another great gathering of UND alumni, family and fans! You won’t want to miss the party as we once again fill the top floor of the Old Mattress Factory before the men’s hockey team takes on the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks! Food and drinks will be available for purchase at your convenience. The Old Mattress Factory will also be broadcasting the men’s hockey game for those not attending the game. The pregame social begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends when the last UND fan walks out the door! All are welcome.

            Where: The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill | 501 N. 13th Street, Omaha
            (Walking distance to the arena and same location as last year’s outdoor series UND gathering place)

            When: Saturday, November 9th, Social begins at 5:00 p.m., Game time: 7:07 p.m.

  3. Our team looked like a bunch of Freshman that didn’t want to hit. It wasn’t “OLD TIME” hockey like we are use to watching at the Ralph. To much of the game was spent in our own zone playing defense, which would explain the amount of shots on goal. Here’s hoping we get a little more snarl in our game.

  4. I agree. I like this team but it does seem to be missing a bit of “snarl”. I think that the biggest hit I saw all weekend was from Drake and a 5’9″ forward is not going to provide you “snarl” for very long. We need him for offense first and “snarl” second.

    This is just a young team that hasn’t identified its MacWilliam, Blood, Greene, or Prpich style player. My guess is that player will be the General but I could be wrong.

    • 3 minors on Friday and 2 minors on Saturday. Kind of looks like the boys took defeat both nights without any push back at all.

      Doesn’t look like this years squad has any MacWilliam, Blood, Green or Prpich on the roster. None of those guys would take getting swept at home without putting up a fight. Things change apparently.

      Still wearing the pink jerseys?

      • This is far from the old traditional in your face Sioux teams. Getting more finesse like rodent teams and it makes me want to puke.

  5. Just my 2cents put pretty boy captain Simpson neads to do something (get in someone’s face) in between periods to get these guys going! Standing around, enjoying the crowd, thinking of where their going to party after the game is just BS and unacceptable at home in the Ralph or anywhere!!!! Made St. Cloud look like the #1 team in the Nation… Maybe its just me but I hate losing to those pesky huskies all the time. I’ll be happy when Faragher is gone, thats for sure. Reminds me of Kangas (Gophers) but in reverse.. Oh how I loved when the Sioux used to light up that old Can of Gas

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