Grimaldi injury not believed serious

UND coach Dave Hakstol said that he doesn’t believe Rocco Grimaldi’s injury will be anything longterm, but the team will do a more in-depth evaluation after 24 hours.

Grimaldi went down with a leg injury early in the third period and didn’t return. He struggled to get off the ice and was examined by trainer Mark Poolman on the bench for a couple of minutes before he hobbled down the tunnel and to the locker room.

Grimaldi was walking on his own power after the game.

Any absence of Grimaldi, the team’s leading scorer, would hurt as this team isn’t the most potent team in the NCHC.

UND hosts Colorado College this upcoming weekend.

Grimaldi stars as U.S. wins gold

Trailing 1-0 in the second period, Rocco Grimaldi scored back-to-back goals and linemate Vince Trocheck added an empty netter as the U.S. beat Sweden 3-1 to win the gold medal at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Grimaldi was named the U.S. player of the game.

After hitting both posts on a first-period shot, Grimaldi scored from a bad angle and tipped a Jacob Trouba shot to lead the American comeback.

Grimaldi is the 12th UND player to win a gold medal at the event and the fifth American. For more, see the Herald’s site.

U.S. upsets Canada, will play for gold

Rocco Grimaldi and Team USA will play for gold at the World Junior Championship.

The Americans stunned Canada 5-1 in the semifinals early Thursday morning thanks to a pair of goals by Wisconsin defenseman Jake McCabe and Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau.

Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey also scored for Team USA, while John Gibson was once again outstanding in net, stopping 33 of 34 shots.

Grimaldi set McCabe up for the second goal, which ended up being the eventual game-winner.

The last UND player to win a gold medal at the World Juniors was Danny Kristo (gold) in 2010. Derek Forbort and Brock Nelson won bronze in 2011.

Last year, the U.S. flopped and finished seventh, but the Americans are back on track this year. After dropping back-to-back 2-1 games against Canada and Russia, the U.S. faced an elimination game against Slovakia. Since then, they have outscored three opponents by the combined score of 21-4.

The U.S. will try to win its third goal medal ever in the event at 7 a.m. Saturday morning against Sweden. The U.S. also won gold in 2004 and 2010.

For Canada, this was a deeply disappointing loss. The Canadians figured to have one of their best teams ever with the NHL lockout allowing them to have their NHL players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. However, the tournament ended with Canada suffering its most lopsided loss at the World Junior Championship since December 1997.

Americans crush Germany in opener

Team USA used eight different goal-scorers en route to an 8-0 blowout win over Germany in the opener of the World Junior Championship.

UND’s Rocco Grimaldi had one assist and also had a highlight reel backcheck to break up a German breakaway late in the third period.

For a full game story, see GrandForksHerald.com.

The Americans will take on host Russia in a Group B showdown at 8 a.m. Friday.

USA 8, Germany 0

First period – 1. USA, Kuraly (Galchenyuk, Barber) :19; 2. USA, Trouba (Pietila) 8:30; 3. USA, Galchenyuk (Kuraly, Barber) 9:54

Second period – 4. USA, Barber (Galchenyuk) :14; 5. USA, Gostisbehere (Jones, Grimaldi) 6:33 (pp); 6. USA, Hartman (Pietila, Bardreau) 7:55

Third period – 7. USA, Miller 8:36; 8. USA, Jones  10:32

Goalie saves – USA: Gibson 19, Gillies 7; GER: Cupper 38

Grimaldi will make final roster

After Team USA’s 5-1 loss to Finland in the final exhibition game before the World Junior Championship, UND freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi posted on Twitter: “I was the worst player on the ice today. I did absolutely nothing and that is unacceptable. That CAN NOT and WILL NOT happen again.”

Even so, he will be on this year’s World Junior team as expected.

USA Hockey announced two cuts at 2 a.m. this morning — forward Stefan Matteau and defenseman Brady Skjei — and all that’s left is one more defensive cut (the U.S. is unsure yet if Connor Murphy will be able to go because of an injury situation).

Grimaldi has been playing right wing on the top line along with J.T. Miller and Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau.

Team USA’s first game is 8 a.m. Thursday against Germany.

Check out the latest roster here.

Grimaldi on initial WJC roster

UND freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi is one of 27 players named to the initial U.S. World Junior Championship roster.

Grimaldi will participate in a training camp from Dec. 16-18 in New York’s Madison Square Garden. An additional camp will be held in Helsinki, Finland and the final roster will be named Dec. 23.

The World Juniors will be held in Ufa, Russia, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. That means if Grimaldi makes the final roster, which he is expected to, he will miss the Holy Cross series on Jan. 4-5.

Grimaldi was expected to be on the team a year ago but had to sit out because of a knee injury that sidelined him for basically the entire season.

The California native has 11 points in 14 college games.

UND freshman defenseman Jordan Schmaltz, who also was considered for the team, did not make the initial roster.

One time UND recruits J.T. Miller and Stefan Matteau also are on the initial roster.

College players on initial roster

Jon Gillies, goalie, Providence
Shayne Gostisbehere, defenseman, Union
Matt Grzelcyk, defenseman, Boston University
Jake McCabe, defenseman, Wisconsin
Mike Reilly, defenseman, Minnesota
Brady Skjei, defenseman, Minnesota
Cole Bardreau, forward, Cornell
Riley Barber, forward, Miami
John Gaudreau, forward, Boston College
Rocco Grimaldi, forward, North Dakota
Sean Kuraly, forward, Miami
Mario Lucia, forward, Notre Dame
Blake Pietila, forward, Michigan Tech
Jim Vesey, forward, Harvard

Read the full roster here.

Grimaldi to have season-ending surgery

Rocco Grimaldi won’t be able to play this season for UND.

UND confirmed Thursday that Grimaldi will have season-ending surgery as his knee has not healed after two months of rest.

Grimaldi injured his kneecap blocking a shot before the season started and never was 100 percent. He played in four games during the season, scoring once and adding one assist.

Grimaldi will be eligible for a medical redshirt, but it unlikely he will be here five years in order to use it.

UND already has lost Derek Rodwell (shoulder) and Colten St. Clair (NCAA) for the season. Other sidelined players include Brendan O’Donnell (could be out for the season), Michael Parks (day to day) and Derek Forbort (week to week).

UND expects to know more about O’Donnell’s injury early next week.

Grimaldi talks in depth about injury

Rocco Grimaldi is staying upbeat despite the news that he will be sidelined for at least six to eight weeks with a knee injury.

Read the details behind the injury and Grimaldi’s comments in this story here.

UND won’t be the only team shorthanded this weekend. Bemidji State will be without forward Radoslav Illo (week to week, upper body) and defenseman Sam Rendle, whose injury will likely keep him out for an extended period of time.

Grimaldi out six to eight weeks

UND freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi is out for at least six to eight weeks with the same knee injury that has held him back all season.

That means Grimaldi will miss UND’s key four-week stretch coming up, as well as the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Grimaldi is being shut down completely for that span and will not be skating or lifting weights.

Grimaldi talked about the injury with the Herald before the Gopher series.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” he said. “You think you’re ready to go, try it, feel better, then it starts hurting again. It is confusing and frustrating at the same time.”

More will be coming.