Friday night rewind

UND moved into second place in the NCHC standings with a win over Colorado College in front of a sold-out crowd in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Game stories:

Herald – Another shorthander gives UND victory

Herald – CC shows depth of NCHC – McIntyre stops 30 in UND win

Other notes:

  • UND moved up to No. 3 in the Pairwise Rankings. One more win tonight would put UND in a strong position for the stretch run.
  • Goalie Zane McIntyre was once again outstanding. He stopped 30 of 31 shots. Only allowed a deflection. Made huge saves in the third period through traffic. He has now allowed just 4 goals in the last 4 games.
  • UND is trying to go 4-0 against Colorado College in the regular season for the first time since 1988-89.
  • UND now has nine shorthanded goals, halfway to the school record. The Hrkac Circus tallied 18 in 1986-87.
  • Michael Parks took over the team lead in scoring with a goal and an assist, surpassing Drake Caggiula.
  • Caggiula got the entire building buzzing with his dangle of Garrett Cecere, putting the puck between the defenders legs and nearly burying one five-hole. Caggiula has put the Tigers on the highlight reel a few times before — one of them a similar goal.
  • Did you notice between-the-benches camera man Marv Leier taking a puck to the helmet? Leier has worn a helmet for years, but says this is the first time he took a puck to the head. The puck also broke the camera’s viewfinder. Leier said one other time he had a viewfinder break. Also, big props to Leier for rocking Dave Starman’s Macon Whoopie jersey.
  • UND only ended up getting one power-play chance after getting a ton of them in Colorado Springs. I’m guessing that the second power-play unit is going to be broken up very soon.
  • Colorado College was significantly better than it was in October in the Springs.

Behind the scenes of Miller’s ousting

The big story in women’s college hockey last week was the ousting of Minnesota Duluth coach Shannon Miller, whose contract will not be renewed at the end of the season.

That ends her 16-year tenure at the school, where she won five national championships.

Minnesota Duluth athletic director Josh Berlo said that finances led to the decision to release Miller. She was the highest-paid women’s hockey coach in the country.

That sparked a lot of online discussion, like these pieces from ESPN and the New York Times.

Others have said, “There has to be something more behind it, doesn’t there?”

And, yes, there is.

Privately, many in the athletic department have said for years that Miller is very impossible to work with. She has alienated a number of people there. That unquestionably has played a role in this decision.

Miller was once sanctioned by the NCAA. Despite being required to vacate the regular-season wins and the 2008 WCHA regular season title, Miller has ignored that and still claims those wins and that title (media relations staff is probably more culpable for this than Miller herself).

Also, since UND has arrived on the scene, the Bulldogs have essentially been relegated to a middle-of-the-road team in the WCHA. Duluth hasn’t made the NCAA tournament in four years and hasn’t won a game there in five years.

By my count, the Bulldogs have had 10 players transfer out in the past two years as well, which can serve as a red flag to administration.

I’m guessing all of the above played a role in Berlo’s decision to go another direction: The Bulldogs were paying top dollar for average performance, and on top of that, the coach was tough to work with and lost allies in the department.

Miller has been very critical of the administration for not trying to find ways for it to work. Had the Bulldogs still been contending nationally on an annual basis, they probably would have found a solution. Had she not alienated so many in the department, they probably would have been willing to alter her salary and keep her on.

As is, the situation serves as a stark reminder to all college coaches out there: If you’re going to be difficult to work with, you have to win. Otherwise, they’re not going to be eager to keep you around.

Caggiula is NCHC player of month

UND forward Drake Caggiula is the NCHC player of the month for November.

Caggiula is the nation’s second-leading scorer with 20 points this season, one behind Boston University rookie star Jack Eichel. Caggiula had 13 points in 8 games in November.

UND went 6-2-1 during the month, in large part, thanks to Caggiula’s 6 goals and 7 assists. He also had a plus-9 rating, second in the NCHC behind teammate Michael Parks.

UND netminder Zane McIntyre earned goalie of the week honors in the NCHC and women’s player Becca Kohler was named the offensive player of the week in the WCHA.

Women’s final: UND 3, SCSU 1

No TV for today’s game. On radio on 100.3 FM in Grand Forks.

First period

UND 1, St. Cloud State 0 — Meghan Dufault (Gracen Hirschy, Halli Krzyzaniak) 8:54 (pp). While skating on a five-on-three power play, Hirschy has the puck at the top of the left circle. She spots Dufault alone at the side of the net and sends a hard pass her way. Dufault tips it past Fitzgerald for the goal.

Second period

UND 2, St. Cloud State 0 — Becca Kohler (Amy Menke, Meghan Dufault) 8:12. Kohler skated the puck from the corner to the top of the crease where Fitzgerald stopped the initial shot, but Kohler slammed home the rebound.

UND 2, St. Cloud State 1 — Vanessa Spataro (Brittney Anderson, Alexandra Makaric) 11:01 (pp). Anderson launched a point shot that was tipped by Spataro past Shaw. It was St. Cloud State’s third shot of the game.

Third period

UND 3, St. Cloud State 1 — Amy Menke (Becca Kohler, Meghan Dufault) 10:08. Dufault makes a touch pass to Kohler in the neutral zone and UND skates in on a three-on-two. Kohler has the puck on the left wing, Dufault drives the net and Kohler hits Menke, the trailer, who buries it.

UND’s lines

51 Becca Kohler–19 Meghan Dufault–21 Amy Menke
10 Andrea Dalen–63 Josefine Jakobsen–13 Layla Marvin
15 Kayla Gardner–11 Shannon Kaiser–14 Marissa Salo
16 Tori Williams–25 Leah Jensen

6 Gracen Hirschy–18 Halli Krzyzaniak
22 Tanja Eisenschmid–8 Samantha Hanson
5 Johanna Fallman–7 Jordan Hampton
4 Sam LaShomb

29 Lexie Shaw
1 Shelby Amsley-Benzie
34 Annie Chipman

St. Cloud State’s lines

18 Kelsey Saelens–22 Kalli Funk–6 Amanda Arbogast
9 Lauren Hespenheide–12 Molly Illikainen–19 Payge Pena
16 Vanessa Spataro–27 Alyssa Erickson–10 Abby Ness
17 Jenna Redford–5 Hanna Brodt–13 Mackenzie Johnson

24 Alex Makaric–7 Brittney Anderson
3 Audrey Hanmer–20Emma Turbyville
15 Lexi Slattery–21 Christa Moody

35 Katie Fitzgerald
1 Julie Friend
30 Jacqueline Audet

Women’s final: UW 3, UND 2

First period

No scoring.

Second period

UND 1, Wisconsin 0 — Leah Jensen (Amy Menke) 9:21. UND carries the puck in the zone and gets a scoring chance when Gardner shoots a turnaround shot from the high slot. Menke tracks down the rebound, curls around the right circle and fires a backhand on goal. Jensen finds the rebound.

UND 1, Wisconsin 1 — Courtney Burke (Brittany Ammerman, Katy Harding) 13:13 (pp). Burke gets the puck at the point and launches one toward the net. There aren’t any Badger players on top of the crease, Amsley-Benzie is screened by Fallman.

Wisconsin 2, UND 1 — Brittany Ammerman (Jenny Ryan, Mellissa Channell) 17:21. UND is unable to get the puck out of the zone and Ryan ends up with it at the point. She sends the puck to the slot area, where Ammerman makes a brilliant re-direct high over Amsley-Benzie.

Third period

Wisconsin 3, UND 1 — Sarah Nurse 2:34. Nurse carries the puck in the zone on a two-on-two rush, goes to the top of the left circle and launches a shot off the post and in.

Wisconsin 3, UND 2 — Meghan Dufault (Gracen Hirschy, Jordan Hampton) 19:42 (ex). With the goalie pulled, Hampton launches a shot from the point. Hirschy deflects it on net and Desbiens makes the save, but Dufault pounces on the rebound.

UND’s lines

51 Becca Kohler–63 Josefine Jakobsen–19 Meghan Dufault
21 Amy Menke–15 Kayla Gardner–25 Leah Jensen
10 Andrea Dalen–55 Lisa Marvin–13 Layla Marvin
11 Shannon Kaiser–14 Marissa Salo

22 Tanja Eisenschmid–8 Samantha Hanson
6 Gracen Hirschy–7 Jordan Hampton
5 Johanna Fallman–16 Tori Williams
4 Sam LaShomb

1 Shelby Amsley-Benzie
29 Lexie Shaw
34 Annie Chipman

Wisconsin’s lines

16 Sarah Nurse–11 Sydney McKibbon–21 Baylee Wellhausen
10 Brittany Ammerman–8 Katy Harding–12 Katy Josephs
25 Erika Sowchuk–9 Molly Doner
27 Rachel Jones–20 Mikayla Johnson–23 Kim Drake

6 Courtney Burke–3 Maddie Rolfes
13 Katarina Zgraja–14 Lauren Williams
2 Mellissa Channell–5 Jenny Ryan

30 Ann-Renee Desbiens
1 Jorie Walters
32 Megan Miller

Women’s final: UND 3, UW 3 (UND wins SO)

First period

Wisconsin 1, UND 0 — Sarah Nurse (Katy Josephs) 10:17. Josephs starts a 2-on-1 rush and feeds Nurse in the slot. Nurse one-times it five-hole on Amsley-Benzie.

Wisconsin 2, UND 0 — Katy Josephs (Sydney McKibbon, Sarah Nurse) 18:34. Josephs, a forward, circles the zone and ends up at the top. She fires through a McKibbon screen on top of the crease.

Second period

Wisconsin 2, UND 1 — Gracen Hirschy (Andrea Dalen, Jordan Hampton) :58. Dalen carries the puck in the right circle and throws a puck on net. She finds it again and takes another swat at it. The puck goes to the other side, where Hirschy bats it in.

Wisconsin 2, UND 2 — Andrea Dalen 2:12. Dalen carries the puck from the left circle to behind the net. When she’s behind the net, Dalen attempts to center a pass, but it goes off of Zgraja’s stick and behind Desbiens.

Third period

UND 3, Wisconsin 2 — Becca Kohler (Meghan Dufault, Johanna Fallman) 3:19. Dufault and Kohler enter the zone together and Dufault makes a great play to create space, then dish the puck to Kohler, who rifles a shot just under the crossbar.

UND 3, Wisconsin 3 — Brittany Ammerman (Annie Pankowski, Sydney McKibbon) 19:20 (ex). UND, headed for the empty net, turns the puck over at the red line and Wisconsin comes back down and scores when Ammerman buries a loose puck near the post with 39.3 seconds left.


No scoring.


UW — Ammerman miss wide
UND — Gardner poke-checked
UW — Pankowski miss wide
UND — Dalen saved
UW — Josephs saved
UND — Kohler GOAL

UND’s lines

51 Becca Kohler–63 Josefine Jakobsen–19 Meghan Dufault
6 Gracen Hirschy–10 Andrea Dalen–13 Layla Marvin
15 Kayla Gardner–25 Leah Jensen–21 Amy Menke
11 Shannon Kaiser–55 Lisa Marvin–14 Marissa Salo

16 Tori Williams–4 Sam LaShomb
22 Tanja Eisenschmid–8 Samantha Hanson
5 Johanna Fallman–7 Jordan Hampton

1 Shelby Amsley-Benzie
29 Lexie Shaw
34 Annie Chipman

Wisconsin’s lines

10 Brittany Ammerman– Katy Hardin–19 Annie Pankowski
24 Karley Sylvester–25 Erika Sowchuk–21 Baylee Wellhausen
16 Sarah Nurse–11 Sydney McKibbon–12 Katy Josephs
20 Mikayla Johnson–9 Molly Doner–27 Rachel Jones

6 Courtney Burke–14 Lauren Williams
13 Katarina Zgraja–23 Kim Drake
2 Mellissa Channell–5 Jenny Ryan

30 Ann-Renee Desbiens
1 Jorie Walters
32 Megan Miller

Friday morning reading

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Is the weather ever bad here?

This is my eighth trip to the Springs, and I can’t ever remember it being bad. Once again, it was in the upper 60s today and the forecast calls for it to be in that vicinity for the rest of the weekend.

The team practiced this afternoon at World Arena for about an hour. Former UND goalie Tate Maris stopped by to visit the old team.

The Tigers practiced after UND and I chatted with new coach Mike Haviland for a little bit. He talks about the challenges of stepping into the college game from the pro game and his thoughts on his team in this notebook.

When you think of Colorado College, you think about the high-flying offense and the dynamic forwards that the Tigers boasted for so many years. From Brian Swanson to Peter Sejna to Noah Clarke to Brett Sterling to Marty Sertich to Chad Rau to Jaden and Rylan Schwartz, the Tigers could score with anyone. But they weren’t great on the back end and that was usually their downfall.

What makes things strange is that the Tigers have been the opposite for the past two seasons. Up front, they don’t have anyone that really scares you, especially now that Alexander Krushelnyski is gone. But on the back end, the Tigers are very good. They have a group of older players who have developed through their careers mixed in with some very talented youngsters like Jaccob Slavin (Carolina pick), Teemu Kivihalme (Nashville pick) and Garrett Cecere.

Another Tiger blue liner to watch is Peter Stoykewych. He scored three goals during his first three years in college and two of them came against UND.

Look for the Tigers to lean on that group to help provide offense and to help transition the puck out of the zone, making it more difficult on UND to score goals.

For UND, I think it once again comes down to grinding and competing as hard as they did at the end of last season and Saturday night against Bemidji State. If they can find that in their game, I think they can make things hard on the Tigers this weekend.

UND also will hope to get a few more players on the scoresheet. One of those players is senior Michael Parks, who answered some random questions for our “get to know” segment.

For Thursday’s paper, I wrote a feature on the East Grand Forks and Grand Forks Central players on this team’s roster. There are five of them and they played against each other in a pretty intense high school rivalry. Now, they are not only teammates but they also all live together (the two freshmen in the dorms and the other three in an apartment). I can’t find it online at the moment.

This week’s NCHC picks….

UND at Colorado College: Vegas bookies say a split is likely. UND and CC have split 5 of their last 6 series here. UND has only swept once in the last 10 trips here. But I think the Tigers have too many questions both up front and in goal for me to confident in picking them. So I’m going with a UND sweep.

Omaha at Western Michigan: Omaha likes to get up and down the rink. Western Michigan likes to lock it down defensively. Should be a good matchup between contrasting styles. Split.

MSU-Mankato vs. Minnesota Duluth: Home-and-home series between old WCHA rivals. Should be highly entertaining. The Bulldogs have tons of skill up front. The Mavs have a deep, veteran team that could make an NCAA tournament run this season. Can’t see either team getting the upper hand here. Split.

Miami vs. Ohio State: Home-and-home series between old CCHA rivals. Ohio State has a lot to replace up front, which isn’t good news because the Buckeyes will need to score to keep up with the RedHawks. Miami win and tie.

RPI at Denver: RPI coach Seth Appert returns to DU, where he was an assistant coach on Denver’s national title teams. Denver was the only team off last weekend, so it’s hard to know a lot about the Pioneers. Split.


On the women’s side, UND has a big rivalry series coming up against Minnesota Duluth.

Minnesota Duluth went 31-2 against UND in the first 33 meetings between the teams. So, it’s hard to believe that UND has totally flipped this series and will enter this weekend on an eight-game unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs.

There’s a story in the Herald about how UND ended the whole “Big Three” thing by finishing ahead of Duluth in the WCHA standings for each of the last three years. That story doesn’t appear to be online right now though.

Another big development for the women’s team is that sophomore defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak was named to the Four Nations team for Canada. This is the top National Team, which means she’s definitely making her way onto Hockey Canada’s radar for the 2018 Olympics. The Four Nations will be played next month.

It’s going to be a very interesting weekend on the women’s side in the WCHA with every team playing someone that they will be close to in the standings.

Minnesota is playing Wisconsin. Those teams should finish 1-2. UND and Duluth are playing while Ohio State and Bemidji State are playing. Those teams should finish 3-4-5-6. Then, Mankato is playing against St. Cloud in a battle of teams that should finish 7-8. This weekend will go a long way in separating out some of those teams (unless they are all splits).

I’m off to mentally prepare for how many spicy cajun dogs I’m going to destroy postgame on Tejon Street in downtown Springs.

Dufault, Kohler continue hot streak in Mankato

Where will the offense come from this season for the UND women’s hockey team?

I’m going to go out on a limb and say Meghan Dufault and Becca Kohler.

After a weekend sweep of Minnesota State-Mankato, Dufault and Kohler have now combined for 17 points in four games. During Friday’s 5-0 win, Dufault had a hat trick and Kohler had four assists. During Saturday’s 2-1 win, Kohler scored.

Last season, you could tell that Kohler was on the verge of breaking out. A power forward, her development has taken a bit longer than Dufault, but it appears that she has arrived.

Kohler already has four goals this season. She scored five all of last year. She already has nine points this season, seven shy of last season’s total.

The other area that has allowed UND to get off to a 3-1 start is special teams. Peter Elander’s power play has scored 5 goals on 11 chances (45.5 percent), while Erik Fabian’s penalty kill is a perfect 18-for-18.

While UND beat the Mavs by only one goal on Saturday afternoon, UND was outshooting them 35-4 after two periods and 49-9 for the game. That’s taking care of business against a bad team.

This weekend, the test gets a little more difficult. Minnesota Duluth, which won a shootout against top-ranked Minnesota on Saturday, comes to The Ralph. After that, UND plays Minnesota and Wisconsin. So, it’s a daunting stretch and we’ll probably know a lot more about UND after that.

But if Dufault and Kohler can continue to produce, it will give UND a big lift.

Women’s final: Vermont 3, UND 1

Notes: UND going with the same lineup as Friday.

First period

No scoring.

Second period

Vermont 1, UND 0 — Cassidy Campeau (Delia McNally) 2:21. McNally has the puck behind the net and attempts to throw it out front. The puck hits the side of the cage and bounces to Campeau at the side of the crease. Campeau quickly swats it with the backhand and it goes five-hole on Shaw.

Vermont 1, UND 1 — Josefine Jakobsen (Meghan Dufault, Becca Kohler) 2:38. Kohler, standing at the right point, sends a pass to the slot area for Dufault, who tips the puck on net. Litchfield makes the initial save, but Jakobsen finds the rebound.

Third period

Vermont 2, UND 1 — Cassie Campeau (Bridget Baker) 3:05. UND gets outnumbered down low and Baker, standing at the side of the net, feeds Campeau in the slot. Campeau threads a shot just inside the post to give the Catamounts the lead.

Vermont 3, UND 1 — Dayna Colang (Brittany Zuback) . UND misses an open-net tap-in at one end and Vermont comes back the other way and ices this one when Zuback feeds Colang, who is alone on top of the crease.

UND’s lines

19 Meghan Dufault–6 Gracen Hirschy–51 Becca Kohler
21 Amy Menke–63 Josefine Jakobsen–25 Leah Jensen
10 Andrea Dalen–4 Sam LaShomb–13 Layla Marvin
15 Kayla Gardner–14 Marissa Salo–11 Shannon Kaiser

8 Samantha Hanson–22 Tanja Eisenschmid
16 Tori Williams–18 Halli Krzyzaniak
5 Johanna Fallman–7 Jordan Hampton

29 Lexie Shaw
1 Shelby Amsley-Benzie
34 Annie Chipman

Vermont’s lines

19 Brittany Zuback–9 Dayna Colang–44 Victoria Andreakos
21 Amanda Pelkey–16 Bridget Baker–33 Klara Myren
22 Sarah Kelly–5 Casey Leveillee–17 Delia McNally
10 Mackenzie MacNeil–2 Kourtney Menches–18 Cassidy Campeau

13 Gina Repaci–27 Taylor Willard
11 Katherine Pate–26 Sarah Campbell
12 Amanda Drobot–7 Rachael Ade

30 Madison Litchfield
1 Molly Depew

Women’s final: UND 7, RPI 1

Notes: Line charts list Gracen Hirschy and Sam LaShomb up front. Lisa Marvin, Christina LaCombe and Kara Tupa are scratches.

First period

UND 1, RPI 0 — Becca Kohler (Meghan Dufault, Josefine Jakobsen) 7:28 (pp). UND’s Canadian National Teamers strike first on the power play. Dufault skates the puck in the zone 2-on-2, draws both defenders to her and dishes to Kohler, who snipes it glove side.

Second period

UND 2, RPI 0 — Josefine Jakobsen (Meghan Dufault) 2:35. Dufault carried the puck behind the net, appearing like she was going to circle it. But when she got directly behind the net, Dufault threw a behind-the-back pass out front to Jakobsen, who quickly tapped it past O’Brien before she got back in position.

UND 3, RPI 0 — Becca Kohler (Meghan Dufault, Halli Krzyzaniak) 7:58. Dufault dished the puck to Kohler, standing in the left circle and started to move toward the net. Kohler picked it up and sniped it glove side for her second goal of the game. The three players who pick up points were all at the Canadian camp together last week.

UND 4, RPI 0 — Marissa Salo (Shannon Kaiser, Tori Williams) 15:05. Williams sent Kaiser up the left wing on a rush. An RPI defenseman cut off Kaiser, but the puck dropped back between the hash marks, where Salo followed up to score her first-career goal.

Third period

UND 5, RPI 0 — Andrea Dalen 1:52 (sh). Dalen picked up the puck in her own zone, skated it 1-on-1 all the way until she got to the right faceoff dot, then ripped a wrist shot off the far post for a shorthanded goal.

UND 6, RPI 0 — Becca Kohler (Meghan Dufault) 9:02. Dufault makes a great chip pass off the glass to herself to start a 2-on-1 rush. Dufault holds it as long as possible, then sets up Kohler for a tap-in for her first-career hat trick.

UND 7, RPI 0 — Marissa Salo (Sam LaShomb) 15:12. Salo entered the zone on a 2-on-1 rush with LaShomb and took the shot herself. The goaltender made the save, but Salo followed it up and scored on the rebound.

UND 7, RPI 1 — Shayna Tomlinson 16:03. UND turns the puck over in front of its own net and Tomlinson gets one past Amsley-Benzie to break up the shutout bid.

UND’s lines

19 Meghan Dufault–6 Gracen Hirschy–51 Becca Kohler
21 Amy Menke–63 Josefine Jakobsen–25 Leah Jensen
10 Andrea Dalen–4 Sam LaShomb–13 Layla Marvin
15 Kayla Gardner–14 Marissa Salo–11 Shannon Kaiser

8 Samantha Hanson–22 Tanja Eisenschmid
16 Tori Williams–18 Halli Krzyzaniak
5 Johanna Fallman–7 Jordan Hampton

1 Shelby Amsley-Benzie
29 Lexie Shaw
34 Annie Chipman

RPI’s lines

21 Katie Rooney–11 Alexa Gruschow–25 Whitney Renn
15 Laura Horwood–14 Shayna Tomlinson–4 Ali Svoboda
8 Taylor Mahoney–16 Mari Mankey–13 Mariana Walsh
19 Marisa Raspa–26 Lindsey Hylwa

2 Heidi Huhtamaki–24 Brandi Banks
20 Amanda Kimmerle–12 Jenn Godin
3 Kathryn Schilter–17 Hannah Behounek
7 Delaney Middlebrook

1 Sara Till
30 Brianna Piper
31 Kelly O’Brien