Good Morning Wilderness! I can report to you that the college hockey season is finally here. The games finally count and the action on the ice has been fast and furious. Here’s a brief summary of this weekend’s games.
BSU Pounds UND
I am sure that many are celebrating the Beavers 5-1 win on Friday night over the University of North Dakota at the Ralph in Grand Forks, ND. The Beavers took UND to the woodshed and UND was never in the game. The Beavers were relentless, and took away UND's time and space, beating UND at their own game.
Scoring for your Bemidji State Beavers, Brendan Harms (X2), Markus Gerbrandt, Sam Rendle and Charlie O’Connor. Freshman forward Nick Schmaltz got the loan goal for UND.
After Friday’s game, UND Captain Stephane Pattyn had this about his team’s effort. "We didn’t show up to play," Pattyn said. "Those guys showed up to play, that’s for sure."
UND would win game two of the series at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN, on Saturday night 2-1. Colton St. Clair and Steph Pattyn scored for UND. Scoring the first goal of his career for the Beavers, freshman forward Myles Fitzgerald.
Gophers Slap Bulldogs
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers started the season off with an impressive 4-3 win over the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in the Ice Breaker Tourney. Sam Warning, Kyle Rau, Justin Kloos and Hudson Fasching all scored goals for the Gophers. Bulldogs forward Dominic Toninato had two goals in a losing effort for the Bulldogs. I was impressed with the play of Toninato, who gave the Gophers fits all game long.
The Gophers play in the championship game on Sunday morning at 11:00 Central against the RPI Engineers. There’s no television for the game. You can watch the Minnesota game (by clicking on this link).
In the other Ice Breaker game, RPI beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-2. Wild draft choice Mario Lucia scored a goal in losing effort for the Irish. RPI forward and Minnesota Wild draft choice Lou Nanne was held off of the score sheet.
Tigers Slip by Chargers
On Friday night, Colorado College needed a late goal by Cody Bradley at the 12:57 mark of the third period to beat the UAH Chargers. On Saturday night, the Tigers would again need a late goal by Peter Stoykewych at 14:34 of the third period to the edge the Chargers.
Huskies and Raiders split
In a series that will have national implication in the Pairwise Rankings. The St. Cloud State Huskies split their weekend series with sixth Colgate Raiders (1-3 L, 3-1 W). In Saturday's game, Jonny Brodzinski had a hat trick for the Huskies.
Red Mavericks and Purple Mavericks split weekend series in Omaha
The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and Minnesota State Mavericks split weekend series in Omaha (5-3 Omaha and 4-2 MSU-M). For those keeping track at home, Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings was an assistant coach under Dean Blais at Nebraska-Omaha before taking the head coaching position at Minnesota State. UNO Mavericks forward Jake Guentzel had a five point weekend (2g-3a-5pts).
National College Hockey Scene
On Friday night, the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks ran over the Boston College Eagles 5-2. Wild first round draft choice Alex Tuch was held off of the scoreboard.
The Wisconsin Badgers played in the Kendall Hockey Classic. On Friday night the Badgers were beaten 1-0 by Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks. On Saturday night, the Badgers again came up on the short side of a 4-2 loss. This time it to the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves. Gophers fans are probably relishing in the fact that the Badgers start the season 0-2-0.
Last season, the NCHC had an sub-par out of conference record. On opening night, the NCHC started the season off with an unimpressive 2-5-0 record. On Saturday night, the NCHC redeemed themselves going 4-1 for the night. After one weekend of play, the NCHC has a 6-6-0 non-conference record.
I am going on vacation for a week. The Student Section returns on October 26, 2014.