Five highlights from around the country:
1. Josh Archibald stayed hot and scored the game-winning goal as Omaha upset No. 2 Michigan 3-2 on Friday night in the PasswordisTaco Upset of the Week pick. The goal is No. 9 on the season for Archibald.
2. Miami earned the NCHC’s second big win over the Big Ten on the night, knocking off Wisconsin 2-0 in Oxford. Ryan McKay, who is shaping up to be the NCHC’s top goalie, had a 30-save shutout. He now has a .950 save percentage and a 1.56 goals-against average.
3. Boston University might not be too happy when UND comes to town next week. The Terriers suffered their worst setback in 18 years, a 7-0 loss at Maine. It was BU’s first trip to Orono without Jack Parker since the 1920s.
4. Huntsville, Ala., native Nic Dowd returned back home with the Huskies and scored two goals in front of his family and friends in a 10-0 St. Cloud State rout of Alabama-Huntsville. Charlie Lindgren earned his first college shutout for the Huskies.
5. Denver, which I believe had seven goals from forwards all season entering the weekend, got five against Western Michigan in a 5-3 victory. Highly touted freshman Trevor Moore tallied the first two of his career.
NCHC top performers
Shutout — Ryan McKay, Miami, 30 saves
Shutout — Charlie Lindgren, SCSU, 11 saves
3 points — Jonny Brodzinski, SCSU, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Cory Thorson, SCSU, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Kalle Kossila, SCSU, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Justin Kovacs, WMU, 1 goal, 2 assists
3 points — Andrew Prochno, SCSU, 3 assists
2 points — Trevor Moore, DU, 2 goals
2 points — Jordan Schmaltz, UND, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Alex Iafallo, Duluth, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Daniel Tedesco, SCSU, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Joey Benik, SCSU, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 points — Shane Berschbach, WMU, 1 goal, 1 assist
UND 4, Duluth 2
Just like Sunday, UND had some hairy moments, but used a great goaltending performance by Clarke Saunders and a couple of timely goals to earn a hard-fought victory. Game stories:
- As you will notice with the above results, the night was a good one for the NCHC in nonconference. It needs more of those to get more of its teams in the NCAAs.
- On Duluth’s first goal, there was a delayed penalty coming. The reason Saunders left the net was to go touch the puck and get the whistle. He did touch the puck, but the official ruled that he didn’t possess the puck, so the play kept going. Saunders said that looking back on the play, it wasn’t the right move. But if the ref rules possession, then it’s a good move.
- The reason why they reviewed Parks’ goal twice was because the officials didn’t think there was any video available right away. As it turns out, there was video and the officials got the call right.
- UND got outshot 11-4 in the first period, but play was actually fairly even in that frame. UND had more shot attempts (20-16), but the Bulldogs blocked a remarkable 11 shots in the opening 20 minutes.
- UND’s offense continues to be generated by the defensemen. On Friday, 26 of UND’s 59 shot attempts were from defensemen.
- Andrew Panzarella got the nod at defense and I thought he probably earned himself another start. He showed more offensive skills than he has in the past and was just solid in general.
- UND coach Dave Hakstol was very pleased with the play of Connor Gaarder in Omaha. Once again, Gaarder had a strong game for UND. He went 11-5 in the faceoff circle and Hakstol credited his line’s shift after Duluth tied the game 2-2 as the biggest moment in the game.
- It is becoming very clear why the St. Louis Blues picked Schmaltz in the first round. He was terrific again tonight, making a fantastic hold by picking the puck out of midair on the power play, then scoring the winning goal.
- Rocco Grimaldi already has three power-play goals this season. He had two all of last year.
- You can tell that Mark MacMillan is not at 100 percent. Haven’t heard anything about him dealing with an injury, but there’s got to be something. His normal jump isn’t there.