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Questions answered in Madison?

Here’s a small sampling of what caught our eyes over the weekend.

Wisconsin’s offseason goaltending questions may very well have been answered…

When the final horn sounded on Wisconsin’s 2010-11 season last March in Colorado Springs, senior goaltenders Scott Gudmandson and Brett Bennett skated off the ice for the final time as Badgers, taking their combined experience of 129 games and 7,404 minutes played with them.

Although junior Mitch Thompson returned, his game experience at the college level matched that of incoming freshmen goalies Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson: zero minutes. Not surprisingly, one of the biggest question marks facing Wisconsin entering the 2011-12 season centered on goaltending.

But Rumpel and Peterson have split the duties thus far through six games and the rookie duo has performed remarkably well. They are a combined 3-3-0 while sporting a 2.77 goals against average and a .909 saves percentage through 368:09 minutes of play.

After losing twice in overtime to begin his career, Peterson made 24 saves in Wisconsin’s 5-3 win over No. 5 North Dakota on Friday. Rumpel took his normal turn on Saturday against the Sioux and turned aside 38 North Dakota shots in a 5-4 sweep-clinching victory.

“It starts and ends with [Rumpel],” Badgers coach Mike Eaves told USCHO’s Todd Milewski after Saturday’s win. “Without his effort in the net, we don’t have a chance. I thought he competed really hard for loose pucks. He fought to see the puck through lots of screens. His rebound control was pretty good. And when he had a chance to handle the puck he did a nice job as well. Pretty complete game for a freshman.”

The WCHA individual scoring race is wide open…

…and whoever wins it, could finish at the top of the national race as well. Minnesota’s Erik Haula is off to a ridiculous start with five goals and nine assists through six games to lead the nation in scoring. He has plenty of help from his linemate, Jake Hansen, who has three goals and eight assists.

High-scoring seems to be the theme this season for the WCHA. The league’s teams have scored 228 goals so far for an average of 3.46 goals per game. That’s the most among the five Division I conferences.

WCHA 228 goals-66 games (3.46)

ECAC 111-33 (3.36)

Hockey East 134-41 (3.27)

CCHA 207-65 (3.18)

Atlantic Hockey 96-51 (1.88)

Danny Kristo of North Dakota also has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in six games. Jason Zucker (3-5—8) and Drew Shore (3-4—7)  are in the national top 10 for points per game in four games for Denver. Don’t forget about Jaden Schwartz. He had four points in Colorado College’s only series to this point.

UMD needed its PK to bounce back

They didn’t face the best power play in the country — that would be Minnesota — but Minnesota-Duluth’s penalty kill needed to have a good weekend after its performance last week against the Gophers. The Bulldogs managed to kill off just three out of nine penalties against Minnesota and got swept. The Gophers scored 10 goals on the weekend and six were on the PP.

The UMD kill has gotten a lot of work so far this season, leading the WCHA in penalty minutes with 122, leading to 30 power plays for the opposition. The Bulldogs allowed 12 PP chances to Providence this weekend and they killed 11 of them and that’s huge in close games like Saturday’s tie.  Of course, Kenny Reiter had to make 25 penalty-kill saves. The Friars entered the weekend with 18-percent success rate on the PP.

The next challenge for the Bulldogs kill is the nation’s fourth-best power play: Bemidji State, which is 7 for 25 on the power play (28 percent).

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  • SUEH8TER

    WHAT WE LEARNED IS WHAT WE ALREADY KNEW.  THE SUE ARE NO GOOD AND OVER RATED!!!!

    • Guest

      Find something better to do with your time than just bash UND would you please?

      • SUEH8TER

        NOPE, I AM JUST GETTING STARTED.  TIME FOR ALL OF YOU LOUD MOUTH SUE FANS TO START TAKING SOME OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE.  THAT IS ALL WE HEARD THAT LAST FEW YEARS, FROM SUE FAN, IS HOW BAD THE GOPHERS WERE.  WELL, NOW THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT!!  ENJOY AND QUIT CRYING!

        • Trey

          It seems like the North Dakota trolls outnumber SUEH8TER by about 10-to-1 (except when they disappear after losses) so it’s only fair as a neutral observer to see you get a tiny taste of your own medicine.

          • SUEH8TER

            THANK YOU

          • rodenth8ter

            Copy and past from last week

            TYPICAL SUE FANS. HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO BUT TROLL WEB SIGHTS FOR GOPHER HOCKEY ARTICLES.

            Life in your mom’s basement must be pretty boring.  I bet you have never played hockey beyond your outdoor rink where mommy delegated from the window. 

          • Fan Man

            Thank You for bringing that to my attention!

        • Fan Man

          Keep it coming all the way the Frozen Four bud!  Where you will be down in your little gopher hole while the Sioux are bringing home another banner.  We’ll be bringing the pain to Mariucci arena soon enough and then we can actually see what the gophers have this season…

          • SUEH8TER

            YOU MUST HAVE A CRYSTAL BALL TO SEE THAT FAR INTO THE FUTURE.  “BRINGING THE PAIN” ???  I ALMOST WET MYSELF READING THAT ONE.  JACK YOUR JAW ALL YOU WANT, YOU TOOLS WANT NO PART OF THE GOPHERS THIS SEASON! 

          • Fan Man

            Actually I cant wait…  My first game in that craphole you call a hockey arena hahaha!  Ill be there both nights to wipe your tears after the game if needed!  The November match up isnt that far away so my crystal ball is pretty damn clear right now h8ter

          • SUEH8TER

            KEEP TO THE TOPIC FAN WOMAN.  WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE ARENA??  I AM TALKING ABOUT HOW BAD THE SUZIES ARE THIS YEAR.  GET USED TO LOOKING UP AT THE GOPHERS IN THE STANDINGS ALL YEAR.  HA HA HA

          • mngac

            “that craphole” hockey arena was top 8 in ALL COLLEGE SPORTS VENUES in the US by sports illustrated while the ralph didnt place kid.

          • Fan Man

            Haha is that so…  Looks like they also had a RIVER for rowboating on the top ten list too buddy!!!  I can hardly call that a venue or whatever you want to call it but if thats all you got to brag about all let you have this one this time…

          • mngac

            what banners are you talking about? appearances? i go to the frozen four every year and see you guys lay an egg, especially in denver.

          • Fan Man

            The seven we already have compared to your __.  Enough said!

      • mngac

        if only you saw how much crap soiux fans talk. the guy needs/deserves it.

        • SIoux ya ahuh

          No better or worse than what you guys talk

    • rodenth8ter

      There he is trolling around sioux conversations again. 

      • SUEH8TER

        YUP, AND I AM GOING TO KEEP TROLLING.  GET USED TO IT!

  • Anonymous

    I realize that SCSU isn’t doing the best so far this year, and aren’t expected to do much, but it is worth mentioning that senior Drew LeBlanc is one point shy of Zucker with 2 goals 8 assists in 6 games.

  • SUEH8TER

    WHAT ELSE HAVE WE LEARNED??  THAT SUE FANS WILL ALWAYS BE IGNORANT.  NO MATTER WHAT THE TOPIC, BUT ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO HOCKEY.  IT IS NOT THEIR FAULT YOU SEE, THEY HAVE NO HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO HOCKEY, LIKE IN MINNESOTA.  JUST GO TO THE MINNESOTA HOCKEY HUB AND SEE THE LIST OF THE 100 GREATEST MINNESOTA  HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY PLAYERS.  THE LIST WILL BLOW YOU AWAY.  YOU COULD MAKE A LIST OF THE 100 GREATEST CANADIANS TO PLAY IN NODAK.  THAT TOO WOULD BE IMPRESSIVE.  BUT, NO HOME GROWN TALENT TO SPEAK OF!!

    • rodenth8ter

      Let’s see – the last time the rodents won a national championship it was because of a great family of players by the name of POTULNY.  Oh yeah THEY ARE FROM NORTH DAKOTA.   Get your facts before you open your mouth, because I will continue to shut you up.

      • SUEH8TER

        GOOD LUCK SHUTTING ME UP.   I AM TALKING HUNDREDS OF HOCKEY PLAYERS, NOT JUST A HANDFUL.  AND BESIDES, WE ARE THANKFUL HERE IN MINNESOTA THAT THE POTULNY’S USED THEIR HEADS AND CAME TO A REAL UNIVERSITY.  AND YOU TOOLS ARE WELCOME FOR SANDELIN, KRAMPOTICH, KLAVITER, CASEY, OSHIE, PARISE JUST TO NAME A FEW.  AND IF I AM CORRECT, WHICH I KNOW I AM BECAUSE I HAVE MY FACTS STRAIGHT,  YOU HAVE NOT WON SINCE 2000.  AT LEAST MICKEY KRUMP WON A NATIONAL TITLE OUT THERE (1987).  YOU ARE WELCOME!

        • Fan

          Oshie transfered to Warroad to live with his dad.  He’s from California ya dink!!!   Get your facts strait

  • Sjl442

    What happened to your RMU/Sacred Heart picks?

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