UND continued to take care of business Saturday night, finishing off a sweep of a Colorado College team that was much better than the one UND saw in October. With the sweep, UND regained the nation’s No. 1 ranking today. Game stories:
- UND moved up to No. 2 in the Pairwise after the weekend. It is sitting in great shape there. Because everyone else UND plays is so high in the Pairwise, it almost feels like splits the rest of the way will probably be good enough to get in.
- UND coach Dave Hakstol is two wins shy of going 11-for-11 in 20-win seasons.
- Forward Connor Gaarder missed some shifts at the end of the game. Immediately afterwards, Hakstol said he doesn’t believe it’s going to be anything longterm, but he said he can’t say 100 percent right away. The line of Gaarder, Brendan O’Donnell and Austin Poganski was terrific all weekend, even if they didn’t get rewarded for it.
- The race for the Penrose Cup now takes a turn and becomes more difficult. UND is on the road for six of the last 10 games going against Omaha, Western Michigan and Miami.
- Colten St. Clair came back into the lineup and immediately provided an impact, setting up Stephane Pattyn’s goal with a nice far pad shot on a rush.
- A total of 11 players tallied points in the series finale. Only four forwards did not. Three of the four forwards were Gaarder, O’Donnell and Poganski, who may have been UND’s best line.
- UND had an uncharacteristically low four power-play chances the entire weekend, converting on one of them.
- I thought Jordan Schmaltz started cranking up his game this weekend, doing some special things with his skating ability to create scoring opportunities. We’ll see if he can keep that up this weekend against Omaha.
- Nick Schmaltz has three assists in six games since returning from the World Juniors. It will probably help him to have next week off.
- Keaton Thompson is the defenseman of the week in the NCHC.