Three things: Jan. 15

UND’s 3-1 redux
A two-goal lead is only what the leading team makes of it.

North Dakota entered Friday’s home series opener against Miami riding an 82-game unbeaten streak when leading after two periods. The seventh-ranked Fighting Hawks looked poised to keep that going, too, leading Miami 3-1 after 40 minutes.

The last 20 flipped the script. A streak that began on Nov. 1, 2013, was snapped Friday when Miami scored five unanswered third-period goals to beat UND 6-3. Anthony Louis, Carson Meyer, Karch Bachman, Ryan Siroky and Louie Belpedio did the honors in the final period.

With Friday’s win, Miami extended an unbeaten streak of its own to six games. UND starting goaltender Cam Johnson was pulled in the third period in favor of Matej Tomek, who conceded the game’s final two goals.

UND went back to the well Saturday with Johnson, who recorded 14 saves in the Hawks’ 3-1 split-salvaging win. Three different UND skaters (Dixon Bowen, Austin Poganski and Rhett Gardner) netted goals in the rematch.

Miami (8-9-5 overall, 4-5-3-1 NCHC) visits Omaha (13-8-3, 6-6) next weekend, while UND (13-7-3, 6-5-1-1) welcomes No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth (13-5-4, 9-4-1-1) to Grand Forks, N.D.

Sandelin reaches 300 wins
Minnesota-Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin reached a significant career milestone Saturday when the Bulldogs downed in-state rival St. Cloud State 4-3 in overtime in Duluth.

Kyle Osterberg’s game-winning goal 2:33 into the extra period allowed UMD to earn a series split against the Huskies. SCSU won Friday’s opener 2-1 on the back of two Jack Ahcan goals and 41 saves from goaltender Jeff Smith.

Duluth led 3-0 five minutes into Saturday’s second period before St. Cloud scored three consecutive goals later in the same period to tie the game. After a scoreless third period, Osterberg deflected a shot from defenseman Dan Molenaar past backup SCSU goaltender Zach Driscoll to give the Bulldogs the win.

Sandelin, now in his 17th season at UMD, is 300-282-79 all-time. He was in charge during the Bulldogs’ first-ever national championship-winning season in 2010-11.

SCSU (10-11-1, 5-8-1) returns home to prepare for a visit next weekend from Denver (15-5-4, 7-2-3-2), which could lose its national No. 1 standing Monday following a road split this weekend against No. 14 Western Michigan (11-6-3, 5-6-1-1).

Omaha bounces back
After getting lit up for 16 goals last week in two home losses to UND, Omaha needed a boost this weekend when the Mavericks visited Colorado College.

UNO’s first-ever road sweep against CC turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. A 5-2 win Friday night at Colorado Springs’ World Arena was the Mavericks’ first ever road series-opening win against CC, and a 30-save performance from goaltender Evan Weninger powered UNO to a 4-2 victory on Saturday.

CC had come into the series with plenty of reasons to feel confident, having gone 3-0-1 since the holiday break. After this weekend’s sweep at the hand of UNO, however, the Tigers are now 0-9 at home so far this season.

Omaha now sits two points in the NCHC standings behind the same third-place UND team that outscored the Mavericks 16-4 last week.

The Tigers (6-14-2, 2-8-2) hits the road next weekend to take on Western Michigan.

12 COMMENTS

  1. dear brian since i find your picks shaky at best, and have no respect for them, i decided that i should challenge you to compare our brackets for the upcoming ncaa tourney. We’ll tell our picks for the regionals and frozen four by this friday, and we will see who is better. my bracket vs your bracket pal

  2. The EAST selection comittee managed to put it to the WCHA once again by making sure one of the top two WCHA teams gets eliminated in the 1st round. Bring on”Geo. Bush U”, UND or Denver will rip them a new arse hole.

  3. I’m sorry.  But did you just UML an A- and then say Merrimack with their B+ “came closer than any team to earning an A+”????????

    • I think you need to continue reading…

      “The Warriors came closer than any team to earning an A+. But that grade slipped late in the semester when, after attaining the team’s first ever #1 ranking in the USCHO.com poll, skidded to a 1-3-1 mark to end the first half.”

  4. Connelly are you joking?  NO ONE up in orono had high expectations for this team. We all expected to be near the bottom of the conference this year and it’s proving right. Where do you get high expectations?

      • Uh, no we didn’t. The only Yahoo who thought so was Whitehead.  Because he’s completely lost touch with reality.

        And it’s Black Bears, not “Blackbears”. You should know this, Mrs. Whitehead.

  5. No one expected Maine to being at best a .500 Team…and they will be hard pressed to do that…with 6 wins they’ll be lucky to match that total after the Florida Classic…change is needed up at Orono…Whitehead needs to be Fired or Bought out and the rebuilding will begin come 2012-13 season….hopefully.

  6. No slight to Brian Flynn, but Spencer Abbott is having a better year numbers-wise for Maine. He is POTY-worthy. He, Flynn, and Diamond need a lot more help putting up some points or the second half of the season will mimic the first half of the season.

  7. Frankly. I’m surprised that Maine has even 6 wins at this point.  And, with 6 straight games against BC BU UNH coming up in mid-January, we’ve probably seen the best of this team.  Again.

    • Should be a real thriller at Fenway… yawn… cold, dark and UNH/Maine.  At first, I was kicking myself for not going, now I am so happy I didn’t buy tickets.  I’ll be up north enjoying the weekend and with any luck, maybe the cable/satellite will go out so none of the bars will be able to show the game!  Good Luck, BBear94 and I do enjoy the posts from Maine fans, just shows how passionate you are for your team, would like to see more from UNH fans, but since we are 6-9-2, I guess people have just given up!
      On another note, Grayson Downing has had a great first half… not even a mention for rookie of the year?

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