Good Morning Wilderness! It was another amazing weekend of college hockey. Let's get right to it.
Gophers vs. Huskies
First, I have to give credit to the St. Cloud State Huskies. The Huskies impressed me with their play this weekend. While the Huskies only have a (3-3-0, .500) record, they have played one of the toughest schedules in the country.
On Friday night, the Huskies were tenacious and gave the Gophers fits. The Huskies would make Gophers All-American goalie Adam Wilcox look human and beat the Gophers 4-1 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Forwards Jonny Brodzinksi and Kalle Kossila each had a goal and an assist, to lead the Huskies.
On Saturday night, the Gophers were better team, but still needed 4-3 overtime win to salvage a split with the pesky Huskies at Mariucci Arena. Sophomore forward Justin Kloos had a career game and scored the game-winning goal at 1:19 of overtime to ice the game for the Gophers. Kloos paced the Gophers with the hat trick, the first of his college career.
Before Saturday's game, Kloos predicted that he was going to score two goals. Kloos was able to back up that claim and add to it.
Lindgren, St. Cloud State's sophomore goalie, is a Lakeville North High School graduate and played junior hockey in the United States Hockey League for Sioux Falls. Kloos did some skate-by jabbering before the game.
"He's probably one of my biggest rivals because I played against him when he played for Lakeville South and for Waterloo (in the USHL)," Lindgren said. "I was getting some water during warm-ups and he came by and said he was going to get two (goals).
"He ended up getting three, so I'm not happy about that. That makes this extra salty." (Mick Hatten, St. Cloud Times)
Bulldogs vs. RedHawks
Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Part II: The University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs continued their Friday night woes. True to form, the Bulldogs lost for the fourth straight Friday night as the Miami University RedHawks snuck out of Amsoil arena with a 3-2 victory.
Not helping their cause, the Bulldogs took two ill-advised penalties at the end of the game that ended up costing Duluth on the scoreboard.
Incidentally, the Bulldogs are the most penalized team in division I hockey. The Bulldogs are averaging a hefty 22.8 penalty minutes a game.
Miami forward Sean Kuraly scored the game-winning goal at the 18:01 mark of the third period on the power play to give the RedHawks the win.
According to the UMD play-by-play announcer Bruce Ciskie, the Dogs were the victim of some questionable officiating.
(Well, that and we're choosing to ignore the large elephant in the room when it comes to the Friday tilt. It does no one any good to debate the major penalty call on Dominic Toninato or the high-stick call on Brenden Kotyk. What Dom did was 100 percent a penalty, and unfortunately he was in a position where the officials could overreact to an embellishing opponent and levy a major. Kotyk, well, damn him for being tall, I guess.)
Following the season script, on Saturday night, the Bulldogs would come back and beat the Redhawks 4-3 to remain perfect on Saturday nights. The Bulldogs would get four goals from four different players. Freshman defenseman Willie Raskob scored the game-winning goal for the Bulldogs.
UND vs. Air Force
In the USA Hockey Hall of Fame game, the University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula would score the game-tying goal with .29 seconds left in regulation.
UND would go to overtime and junior forward Bryn Chyzyk would score shorthanded with 6.6 seconds left in the game to win it for UND.
That’s not a misprint. Forward Brendan O'Donnell was assessed a 5-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind at 2:17 mark of overtime.
Senior forward Michael Parks paced UND tonight with two assists in the game.
Finally, from the fancy stat department, UND is tied with Minnesota-Duluth for first in the nation in shorthanded goals with five.
Beavers vs. Nanooks
The Bemidji State Beavers completed the sweep of the visiting University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN. Junior forward Cory Ward scored at 2.03 of over time to lead the Beavers past the Nanooks.
The Beavers blew out the Nanooks 6-1 on Friday night. Sophomore forward Charlie O'Connor paced the Beavers with two goals. Freshman goalie Michael Bitzer was stellar in net stopping 25-of-26 shots to improve to 2-1-0 on the season.
Grand Forks Herald: Air Force Academy veteran players look forward game against UND
Star Tribune: Bemidji State hands Gophers' women's hockey rare defeat
The Hockey Writers: North Dakota Takes on Air Force in Hall of Fame Game
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