Friday night rewind

Heads up: WDAY 970 AM (wday.com) has decided to bring back the Saturday Morning Sports Show from 9-11 a.m. with Dom Izzo and Jeff Kolpack. I will be joining them at 10:45 a.m. to talk college hockey. It sounds like that will be a regular spot for the rest of the season for those interested in tuning in.

Obviously the topic will be UND’s 5-2 win over St. Cloud State — and probably in larger part — the fact that coach Dave Hakstol once again has his team surging through the second half of the schedule. The stories from Friday:

Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald column on the offense

St. Cloud Times

UNDsports.com

Other notes and comments:

  • ¬†UND moved up one spot in the Pairwise to No. 9. As per Jim Dahl’s prediction, UND can move up to the No. 5-7 range with a win Saturday, or else fall to No. 9-11 range with a loss.
  • UND has clinched a top-three finish now in the NCHC. If it wins in the series finale, it will clinch first.
  • Defenseman Paul LaDue is +20 in the last 16 games. He has the best plus-minus of any defenseman in the nation since Dec. 7 (next closest is +16). He was +3 on Friday.
  • Goalie Zane Gothberg is 12-0-2 in his last 14 games. He hasn’t lost a start since Nov. 9. He has only allowed more than two goals once in that stretch (5-3 win over Colorado College).
  • With one more win this season, Hakstol will become the only coach to have 20 wins in each of the past 10 seasons. It’s a feat that two of college hockey’s three winningest all-time coaches — Jerry York and Jack Parker — have never done.
  • A stat that displays how UND is getting scoring from everywhere in the lineup: Of the 18 players in the lineup Friday, 15 of them have scored goals in the last six games.
  • Since Nov. 30, UND ranks fourth nationally in scoring, only behind Boston College, MSU-Mankato and Quinnipiac.
  • UND has lost just one of its last nine road games (3-0 at Denver). And UND outshot Denver by 17 in that game. UND is going for its third road sweep of the season Saturday. It has only done that once in the Hakstol era — the 2010-11 team had four road sweeps (Bemidji State, Wisconsin, Mankato, Michigan Tech).
  • UND finally got to Ryan Faragher. The goaltender, who had a 6-3-1 record and a .940 career save percentage against UND, was yanked after allowing five goals in the second period.
  • UND has outscored its opponent 14-0 in the second period during the last four games — 4-0 vs. Miami, 1-0 vs. Duluth, 4-0 vs. Duluth, 5-0 vs. SCSU.
  • Remember when UND was involved in down-to-the-wire, hold-your-breath-til-the-last-second games every day? In the last 10 games, UND has not been within a goal of its opponent (up or down) at the 19:00 mark of the third period.
  • The last time UND swept a series in the National Hockey Center, Keaton Thompson was 3 years old.

11 thoughts on “Friday night rewind

  1. After hearing about the “no-goal” in the first period and watching the review from NDGoon, I’d like to reiterate that we should start having in-goal cameras like most NHL rinks have. Any idea if the Ralph is planning on installing some? I think it would be a great addition to every other camera angle we already have.

    • Pretty sure they are growing their hair out for locks of love. Do you make fun of the teams that wear pink jerseys too?

      • That was last year, if they were doing it again CBS would undoubtedly have done a special interest segment on it during the broadcast. If they are and just haven’t shown the media like last year, my bad.

  2. If I’m not mistaken, the Sioux have a new Good Luck charm. In 2010-11 it was the Black “Business Suits” jerseys. This year it’s CBSSN. Ben Holden and Dave Starman have yet to do a game in which the Sioux lose (as my memory serves). And they’re doing the NCHC Tournament, too.

  3. As I predicted on the Friday morning reading, the Sioux will complete the sweep tonight (albeit in a much tougher game). Just to think a couple short months ago whiners were talking about how this team “wasnt very good, and the goalies sucked”. Now that they have risen to #9 in the pairwise (and they are actually decidedly better than a few teams currently ahead of them), crickets are chirping.

    Nice NOT to hear…… :-)

    • Silence is Golden Green! It feels like it has been awhile since I have missed a game (live or on TV/webcast) but thanks to the live chat and the coverage of recaps/highlights etc.. I feel up to date. It was hard deciding between going to St. Cloud or watching the “last” game at the Coliseum last night but I sacrificed a Sioux game in exchange for two sectional finals and some great hockey. For sure a memory I will not soon forget. Watched the sweep in Duluth last weekend and just could not fathom another road trip a week later (saw Miami in GF the week before). Love being a Sioux road warrior but taking a weekend off and another possible Sioux sweep on the horizon has never felt so good. Tonight I’ll be watching from the recliner in the comforts of home (albeit from St. Cloud’s webcast). Go Hak Go Sioux Lets Go TEAM

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