Three things: Nov. 16

Hottest team
While fans of undefeated Michigan Tech might take exception, it’s hard not to wonder if Minnesota-Duluth is the hottest team in the country.

Even if they aren’t, the Bulldogs are the hottest team in their home state after sweeping top-ranked Minnesota this weekend by 3-0 and 2-1 scores.

The sweep marked back-to-back weekend sweeps of an in-state rival for the Bulldogs, who swept NCHC rival St. Cloud State the previous weekend.

Friday in Minneapolis, Bulldogs netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 17 shots as the Bulldogs blanked the Gophers, ending Minnesota’s home unbeaten streak at 17 games. It was also the first time since 2003 that Minnesota had been shut out on home ice.

Saturday in Duluth, the Bulldogs made it a sweep behind Kaskisuo’s 24 saves and goals by Dominic Toninato and Karson Kuhlman. The Gophers finally ended Kaskisuo’s shutout streak at 11:18 of the third period, ending 149:37 of shutout play by the freshman phenom.

The last time the Bulldogs swept their in-state rivals was November 2009. The Bulldogs are currently 8-4, a record made more impressive by the fact that every game they have played so far has been against a ranked team. The lowest-ranked team Minnesota-Duluth has played so far was ranked 12. While one team has since dropped out of the top 20, two of the others have moved into the top 10.

Gold Pan strike one
In Denver coach Jim Montgomery’s first year, Colorado College claimed the Gold Pan, awarded to the winner of the season series between the two schools, by sweeping Denver in the last two games of the season between the schools. Given how often CC has won the trophy (12 times out of 21), one could wonder whether a first-year coach appreciated the storied rivalry.

Montgomery showed some flare last week during his radio interview on Wednesday, Nov. 12, referring to the Tigers as “the kittens.” Perhaps Montgomery’s psychological warfare worked, because CC certainly played like kittens and Denver played like tigers, defeating CC 8-1 on Friday night at Magness Arena in Denver.

Denver scored twice in the first two minutes of the game, once by Danton Heinen and once by Nolan Zajac, and never looked back, building a 4-1 lead after one period. Denver defenseman Joey LaLeggia scored the seventh goal, notching his 100th career point.

“I couldn’t have done it without great teammates and the freedom coach Montgomery gives me and Nolan Zajac to be aggressive offensively and take chances jumping into the play,” said LaLeggia. “It’s a nice milestone and better to get against a rival like Colorado College.”

The loss was the seventh in a row for CC, which hasn’t won since its opening weekend against Alabama-Huntsville.

NCHC foes split
The only match-up of top 10 teams this weekend paired No. 7 Miami against No. 2 North Dakota. Fittingly, the series ended in a split, with the RedHakws winning game one, 3-2, and North Dakota taking the rematch 4-1.

Friday’s win by Miami ended an eight-game unbeaten streak for North Dakota, and may have put aside memories of the 9-2 drubbing the RedHawks took the last time they played in Grand Forks. Sean Kuraly had two goals and an assist, including scoring the game-winner on a third period power play.

The series was notable also for the return of North Dakota forward Mark MacMillan, who had been injured against Providence on Oct. 24. On Saturday, MacMillan provided the spark, scoring North Dakota’s first goal after Miami had opened a one-goal lead and assisting on the third goal.

MacMillan’s return comes at a fortuitous time, as UND has two series looming against ranked conference foes in No. 15 St. Cloud State and No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha.

34 COMMENTS

      • A North Dakota fan claiming racism. I’ve heard it all. Anybody who supports Ralph Engelstad or attends a game at the Ralph is the worst kind of person.
        #MelvinGordonHeisman

      • You are not pro North Dakota, you are anti-Minnesota. You are the lowest form of sports fan, you are racist…

        See what I did there? It’s the same thing you accused Wisco of doing. Your screen name does the same thing that you’re condemning. You’re the biggest hungry hungry hippo-crite (thanks, Wisco) and not that smart. Ignorance is bliss, my friend.

        • #1. You ARE Wisco and Joe_Black and a few others on Disqus, your use of multiple personalities says much. #2. I have MN tabs on my car, I pay taxes in MN but I remain nogofer… See what I did there?

          • I see what you did. You were able to post something with only one sentence that started with, “you are” – your last post had four.

            I’ll never understand immigrants that move to a new area for a better life and then hate on the new area providing it. Why don’t you cross the Red River (Rio Grande) and head back to North Dakota?

            How much tax do you pay at McDonald’s as a part-time cashier? I’m pulling for you and that $15.00 an hour wage.

            See what I did there? Yee Haw!

            P.S. It’s Disqus and not Disgus.

          • You could not carry my W2…
            btw: YOU are the immigrant. The Dakota Sioux and their brethren were here long before you. We try to honor their heritage, you denigrate (look it up) that heritage…

          • I’m glad you edited your post. Don’t start charging me rent for the space in your head!

            How do you like my post of the goon squad formally known as the Fighting Si&^x starting a brawl and losing it?
            #ONWISCONSIN!

  1. #1 Wisco SportsFan is a mindless jerk. This moron doesn’t know where Mt.Rushmore is, can’t spell Wisconsin, and perhaps dumbest of all, doesn’t know the workings of this website. If everyone would simply click on the “LIKE” up arrow, they would see this idiot keeps “LIKING” himself. Where he has multiple LIKES they are himself, himself signed in as Guest, and/or the other idiot Racist Ralph. I sincerely hope he is only playing dumb, if not his parents must dress him every morning before he goes to school.

    • I don’t think you understand the workings of this website. If people followed your directions, Wisco’s likes would continue to increase. I would direct people to scroll over (instead of click) the up arrow and that would display his likes. You should edit your post, I don’t think you’d want people to add to his LIKES.

      I think you should seek help, because you sound a little paranoid.

      • Not paranoid, and at least part of what I wanted to accomplish worked. You are much more serious and thoughtful than your “act” portrayed. You are also correct in placing the cursor over the arrow, I stand corrected.

    • Dude, your theory isn’t true. That Wisco guy has double digit likes on some of his posts. I feel bad for you and your one like, so I’m going to throw you a pity like.

      What’s wrong with liking yourself? It feels good when I like myself…

  2. Question: How do you know if a Sioux fan has been in your backyard?

    Answer: Your garbage cans are empty and your dog is pregnant.

    BAZINGA!

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