Good Morning Wilderness! Wow, what an awesome weekend of college hockey.
First things first. Congratulations to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s hockey team. The Gophers swept the University of North Dakota women this past weekend at Ridder Arena.
The homesteading Golden Gophers won 5-2 on Friday night. The game was close until the final two minutes when the Gophers scored a pair of empty net goals to ice it.
On Saturday afternoon, the Gophers shut out UND 5-0. Saturday's game was very one-sided as the Gophers out shot UND 51-7. That's not a misprint. Junior forward Hannah Brandt paced the Gophers with (2g-3a—5pts).
With the win, the Gophers improve to 7-0-1 and 5-0-1 in the WCHA. With the loss, UND falls to 4-4-0 and 3-3-0 in the WCHA. All-time, UND has a 6-45-0 record against the Gophers
On the Men’s side of the house: The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers improved to 4-0-0 with a sweep of the Bemidji State Beavers.
The Gophers won 5-2 on Friday night with a pair of goals from Travis Boyd. Forward Taylor Cammarata had an awesome night for the Gophers scoring (1g-2a—3pts).
On Saturday night, the Gophers finished off the sweep with a 5-3 win over the Beavers. In the losing effort, Bemidji State defenseman Matt Prapavessis scored two goals for the Beavers.
The St. Cloud State Huskies traveled to Schenectady, NY to play the defending national champions Union College in an important two-game non-conference. The Dutchmen won 5-1 on Friday. Dutchman forward Sam Coatta lead Union with a (1g-1a—2pts).
Saturday night, the Huskies salvaged a series split with a 3-2 victory over the Dutchmen. Junior forward Brooks Bertsch scored the game-winning goal for the Huskies.
Mick Hatten from the St. Cloud Times describes how the game winning goal went down.
With the game tied at two in the third period, freshman center Judd Peterson feathered a pass from the corner into the bottom of the slot, where Bertsch was waiting to receive it. After one touch, Bertsch whipped the puck past Union sophomore Alex Sakellaropoulos to push St. Cloud back in front of a back-and-forth game.
The 2-2-0 Huskies have had a tough non-conference schedule playing Colgate and Union to start the season. Next weekend, the Huskies and the Gophers square off in a home-and-home series. Series prediction, split. Each team wins on home ice.
The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Split their weekend series with the University of Denver at Amsoil Arena. Saturday night, the Bulldogs went 3-8 on the power play.
After six games, sophomore forward Tony Cameranesi leads the Bulldogs with (6g-2a—8pts).
Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Through six games, the Bulldogs have a 3-3-0 record and have lost three consecutive games on Friday night. The Bulldogs have followed up those three Friday losses with the win on Saturday night.
This past weekend, The University of North Dakota and Providence College took center stage in an intense two-game non-conference matchup. UND won 6-1 on Friday night. Junior forward Drake Caggiula had a four point night for UND (1g-3a—4pts).
After being run out of the building on Friday night, Friars forward Nick Saracino scored with 33.8 second remaining in regulation to salvage a 2-2 tie for the Friars.
College Hockey Links
NCAA Women’s Hockey Morning Skate: October 24th, 2014 (The Hockey Writers)
Mike Reilly honored off ice, impressive on it as Gophers sweep Bemidji State (Star Tribune)
Gophers freshman forward Leon Bristedt Made his debut for the Gophers this weekend.(Ice Gold)
UND Hockey: Special Teams Firing on All Cylinders (The Hockey Writers)
UND Senior forward Mark MacMillan is out indefinitely after having wrist surgery Saturday morning. (Grand Forks Herald).
Wild draft choice Alex Tuck and the Boston College Eagles beat Northeastern 3-2. (USCHO.COM)