Gameday final: WMU 2, UND 1

TONIGHT’S VIEWING: Midco Sports Network 3 (That’s Ch. 323 in GF). Midco Sports Network will join the game in progress after basketball ends. Webcast at UNDsports.com. Lineup notes: Same lineup for UND. Gothberg starts. Western makes a couple of slight line adjustments. Full lines and live chat are below.

First period

Western Michigan 1, UND 0 — Colton Hargrove (Justin Kovacs, Sam Mellor) 7:22 (pp). Kovacs makes a pass to send Hargrove in the zone up the middle. Hargrove loads up and launches a wrist shot from the high slot that beats Gothberg clean on the blocker side for a power-play goal.

Second period

Western Michigan 1, UND 1 — Stephane Pattyn (Rocco Grimaldi, Luke Johnson) 8:55 (pp). Grimaldi picks up the puck at the left point, skates it down to the right circle and sees some room in the middle. He speeds to the top of the slot and fires a shot that Hafner saves, but Pattyn jumps on the rebound and ties it.

Third period

Western Michigan 2, UND 1 — Colton Hargrove (Mike Cichy, Jordan Oesterle) 7:56 (sh). Cichy sends Hargrove on a shorthanded breakaway. He gets to the top of the crease, fakes to the forehand and chips a backhand while being hooked by LaDue.

UND’s lines

9 Drake Caggiula–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks
28 Stephane Pattyn–19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson
21 Brendan O’Donnell–13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell
25 Mitch MacMillan–29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair

18 Dillon Simpson–24 Jordan Schmaltz
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
4 Keaton Thompson–2 Troy Stecher

31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders

Western Michigan’s lines

8 Sheldon Dries–29 Will Kessel–25 Mike Cichy
24 Shane Berschbach–13 Chase Balisy–16 Nolan LaPorte
2 Mike McKee–28 Sam Mellor–23 Aaron Hadley
14 Colton Hargrove–10 Josh Pitt–17 Justin Kovacs

3 Thomas Nitsche–7 Kenney Morrison
9 Chris Dienes–20 Taylor Fleming
15 Jordan Oesterle–11 Dennis Brown

55 Lukas Hafner
1 Frank Slubowski

15 thoughts on “Gameday final: WMU 2, UND 1

  1. Brad, I think it’s time to put your research of stats to the 5-minute powerplay, as I think the Sioux should be declining based on how poorly they have done on them. Don’t think this is just perception though. I would bet the other team has gained momentum from our 5-minute majors 75 percent of the time or better in the past 2-3 years, so cheap hits are actually being rewarded by their poor performance. Maybe the NCAA should change the rule and make the penalty for such hits a 5 on 3 power play for 2 minutes, one penalty for the illegal action, the extra two minutes for the danger -hit to the head, hit from behind, etc.

  2. OK; even though its REALLY tough to beat a team 4 times in a row, giving up a shorthander in the final minutes to lose the regular season title seems a bitter pill to swallow. Look at the bright side: my gut is telling me a talented, well-coached Miami team (that just endured the season from hell) is someone you want to avoid in the first round…..

  3. On our drive home last night after the game, one of our crew made what I thought was a good overall observation about one of the weaknesses of Hakstol’s coaching. Mike Tyson once said something to the effect of, “Everyone had a good plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

    Hakstol has a coaching system that produces undeniable results over the entire year. Given enough games, Hakstol would win lots of national championships. To me, though, he appears less adept than other coaches of responding to that punch in the mouth. His response is almost always to stick to the system. (One notable exception was the golden timeout against the Gophers that arguably led to the greatest comeback win I’ve been privileged to see:)

    Last nightl seemed like a good example. The Broncos came out at the beginning of the game and in the third period with hard punches and our guys looked dizzy and disoriented in response. Kudos to Western Michigan and Coach Murray for that but it makes me wonder why Hakstol was unable to organize a counter-punch for the boys , who clearly are more talented and had the capability to dominate the Broncos as shown on Friday. Last night’s game was too similar to our loss against Michigan in the FF when everyone knows we had the far better team.

    I am not one of those who fans who says “fire Hak” every time they lose. He’s a very good coach. But he doesn’t respond well when the coach on the other side figured out how to stymie us. The system needs to include flexibility and options to respond to the punch in the mouth.

    • Perhaps some valid points re: reacting to other teams, but I dont think the Michigan comparison is valid. Shawn Hunwick stole that game by being literally unbeatable. No coaching strategy is going to counteract that (short of sending out a goon to run him into the ground)….

  4. Shots in the Michigan game were 40-20 in favor of UND; last night they were 35-18, which is pretty similar (one notable difference is that we were outshot in the 3rd period last night and, incredibly, only took 9 shots the entire period). Both goalies came up big for their teams and a case could be made that each goalie “stole” the game from us. There’s no doubt that happens and will happen from time to time, but I still think both games are examples of our more talented team being out-coached. I have to believe our guys left everything they had on the ice in both games and yet the coaches didn’t have an answer to the defensive schemes that were giving them fits and limiting their quality scoring chances. Again, I think we have great coaches who work incredibly hard and are committed to the depths of their beings, and they’re undoubtedly seeing and trying things I don’t know about or see, so I probably shouldn’t even question it and yet the Tyson quote really hit the nail on the head for me last night and so I thought I’d share to see what others more knowledgeable than I think about the theory.

    • No worries. Like I said, you present an interesting theory that could spark a great debate. The Michigan playoff game is just not a good example of it though. The Sioux had considerably more firepower back then (Frattin/Knight/Hextall/Nelson etc et al); there was just no way Hunwick was going to be beaten in that game (he was utterly insane). Hafner played well this weekend (and he sounds like a great kid), but his performance wasnt at that same game-stealing level this weekend…….

    • Found it on USCHO and see that we are -6 (outscored 33-27) in the 3rd this year and have been outshot in the 3rd 341-292. Here are the stats for the 3rd period in case anyone else is interested.

      2012-13 EVEN
      2011-12 +13
      2010-11 +30
      2009-10 +18
      2008-09 +12
      2007-08 +14
      2006-07 +7
      2005-06 +17
      2004-05 +14
      2003-04 +45

      Our goals by period this year are 32 in the 1st (+7), 45 in the 2nd (+17), and 27 in the 3rd (-6).

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