Looking back on this season, I think one of the most lasting memories — perhaps the most lasting — will be Matt Frattin.
Frattin was unique in a sense that he has every tool to dominate a game. You have some great players who can take advantage of opponents with speed. You have others who can take advantage with physical power. Very rarely do you find players who have the ability to dominate games on both fronts (not to mention having a picture-perfect shot).
That is Frattin.
The Hobey Baker finalist not only racked up the goals, but he scored a bunch of timely and memorable goals for the Sioux. Before the Frozen Four, fans posted their most memorable goals and I compiled my own list for the Frozen Four special section.
I also promised to rank them later on for the blog. Although it has taken a while to get around to it, here are my top five (criteria: situation when scored, stakes of game, skill-set showed on the goal).
5. Dec. 16 at MSU-Mankato. UND fell behind 2-1 in the first period and got outshot 20-9 in the second. Frattin kick-started his lethargic team by taking a pass from Malone, skating to the top of the left circle and sniping the glove-side corner of the net. Just 11 seconds later, Frattin made a touch pass to set up a tap-in goal for Evan Trupp. UND led the rest of the way and swept the Mavs.
4. Jan. 8 vs. Robert Morris. One night after putting up eight goals against Robert Morris, neither team could get anything going. But deep in the third, with the game tied 0-0, Frattin took control of the puck on the outside of the left circle. He faked a drop pass to the defenseman and the forechecker bit. Then, he spun around, and with the goalie square, Frattin overpowered him with a wrist shot.
3. March 18 vs. Colorado College. The wildly entertaining game featured lead changes throughout. With the game tied 3-3 in the final minutes, Trupp made a perfect no-look backhand pass across the slot. Frattin was there and one-timed it past Joe Howe for the game-winning goal. UND won 4-3.
2. March 19 vs. Denver. The Broadmoor Trophy game lasted deep into the night. Of course, it was Frattin who ended it. Trupp skated the puck the length of the ice and left a drop pass for Chay Genoway, who launched a one-timer into traffic. The puck kicked out to the left circle and Frattin timed the bouncing puck perfectly, ripping it into the side of the net. The partisan Sioux crowd chanted “Ho-bey, Ba-ker” after it.
1. Feb. 18 at St. Cloud State. Frattin scored a pretty goal to start this key WCHA series, but St. Cloud State tallied back-to-back goals in the third period and appeared poised to break UND’s four-year unbeaten streak in the black jerseys. Frattin single-handedly made sure that wouldn’t happen. He got the puck in the neutral zone and plowed through two senior captains, using his skates to kick the puck along. He got through them, moved the puck to his forehand at the last second and scored the game-tying goal with just 3:31 left. UND ended up getting an important tie on a night that Denver lost to last-place Michigan Tech. The Sioux were in command of the MacNaughton Cup race after that.