HomeNHLMonday 10: Wisconsin worst to first, NCHC extra time, Kondelik’s hat trick for UConn, Bemidji State handles Alabama Huntsville
Monday 10: Wisconsin worst to first, NCHC extra time, Kondelik’s hat trick for UConn, Bemidji State handles Alabama Huntsville
March 8, 2021
Every week, USCHO.com will decide the highest 10 moments from the previous weekend in our Monday 10 function.
1. Badgers go from worst to first
Wisconsin’s 2-1 victory Saturday at Michigan State noticed the Badgers do one thing that no Division I males’s hockey staff had achieved in additional than a quarter-century: go final place of their convention one season to first on the finish of the subsequent.
The Badgers (17-6-1) obtained two targets from Hobey Baker favourite Cole Caufield to get previous MSU, along with his winner coming 7:48 into the third interval.
Wisconsin grew to become Division I’s first worst-to-first staff since 1994-95, when Maine did the identical trick in Hockey East.
2. Michigan ruins Minnesota’s B1G title possibilities
Third-ranked Minnesota wanted not less than a win and a tie final weekend towards No. 7 Michigan to say the Large Ten regular-season title.
It didn’t occur.
The Gophers fell 5-2 to Michigan on Friday in Minneapolis, the place Wolverines goaltender Strauss Mann made 28 saves. Sixteen of them got here in a busy first interval.
Michigan had been scheduled to finish the common season this Wednesday at Michigan State, however the groups agreed to cancel the sport after the Large Ten moved its convention event up 4 days.
The Wolverines will open event play in South Bend, Ind., towards Ohio State.
3. Free hockey within the NCHC
The NCHC’s final two regular-season video games each went to extra time final weekend, with Omaha and St. Cloud State pulling out wins over North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth, respectively.
Omaha junior Taylor Ward ruined top-ranked North Dakota’s Senior Evening festivities Friday, when he tipped in a shot from teammate Brandon Scanlin. The Twelfth-ranked Mavericks’ win marked the second consecutive yr that they gained in Grand Forks, N.D., when UND was the county’s top-ranked staff. That is additionally the second consecutive season that Omaha was liable for the Preventing Hawks’ single residence defeat.
On Saturday afternoon, St. Cloud’s Ethan Brodzinski scored 17 seconds into the additional interval of the eighth-ranked Huskies’ residence win over No. 9 UMD. The victory gave SCSU the No. 2 seed for the upcoming NCHC event.
4. Gold Pan sequence known as off, together with CC’s closing sport at World Enviornment
Colorado Faculty’s closing sport at Broadmoor World Enviornment came about before the Tigers hoped, or anticipated.
The Tigers had been scheduled to complete the common season with a weekend sequence towards Gold Pan rival Denver. Nevertheless, as a consequence of constructive COVID-19 checks, contact tracing and quarantining of people inside CC’s staff, these two video games had been canceled.
3 times this season, CC needed to postpone or cancel video games as a consequence of a constructive COVID-19 take a look at. The primary such prevalence got here two weeks earlier than the Tigers had been to depart for the NCHC’s season-opening pod in Omaha again in December.
CC is about to start taking part in within the new on-campus Robson Enviornment this fall.
5. Holy Cross cancels the rest of its season
A constructive COVID-19 take a look at inside the Tier 1 group of Holy Cross’ males’s hockey program has seen the Crusaders pause all staff actions for the rest of the season, together with the upcoming Atlantic Hockey event.
Holy Cross would have confronted Sacred Coronary heart this Tuesday within the first spherical of the event, however Sacred Coronary heart as a substitute will get a bye into the convention quarterfinals.
6. Kondelík hatty evokes Connecticut to win
Three targets Friday from Connecticut’s Jáchym Kondelík boosted the unranked Huskies to a 5-3 residence win over No. 15 Windfall.
Kondelik, a junior ahead from the Czech Republic, grabbed UConn’s first two targets 1:42 aside within the first interval whereas the Huskies skated up 5-on-4. One other power-play aim late within the first interval noticed Kondelik wrap up his hat trick whereas boosting UConn’s result in 4-0.
Windfall scored three unanswered targets within the third interval, however the injury was already achieved in a sport the place UConn goalie Tomas Voamacka, a Czech compatriot of Kondelik’s, completed with 42 saves.
7. Merrimack-Vermont sequence known as off
Hockey East officers introduced Thursday that final weekend’s scheduled sequence between Merrimack and Vermont was canceled after Merrimack Tier 1 personnel entered league-mandated COVID-19 protocol. No make-up dates had been introduced. Merrimack and Vermont maintain down Hockey East’s ninth and Eleventh-place spots, respectively.
8. Down goes Quinnipiac
Unranked Colgate induced a stir on Saturday, when Josh McKechney scored with 2:49 remaining in regulation to present the Raiders a 4-3 upset win at Eleventh-ranked Quinnipiac.
After Colgate cycled excessive in Quinnipiac’s zone, McKechney scored off a rebound in entrance of the Bobcats’ internet to cap a two-point sport on a aim and an help. His sixth aim of the season was his first game-winner of the Raiders’ marketing campaign.
Colgate has this week off however will return to Quinnipiac on March 18 because the No. 4 seed for the ECAC Hockey semifinals.
9. Minnesota State sweeps Michigan Tech
The WCHA’s regular-season champion, Minnesota State, picked up a house sweep final weekend towards Michigan Tech, profitable 2-1 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday on the Mayo Clinic Well being System Occasion Middle in Mankato.
Sam Morton and Nathan Smith gave fourth-ranked Minnesota State a 2-0 lead via 20 minutes Friday, earlier than No. 19 Michigan Tech pulled a aim again via Trenton Bliss early within the third.
Minnesota State’s Walker Duehr and Tony Malinowski scored 61 seconds aside in Saturday’s second interval, wiping out a gap aim from Tech’s Alec Broetzman. Julian Napravnik then grabbed his fourth game-winning aim of the season for the Mavericks within the third interval.
10. Bemidji State rolls previous previous foe UAH
Bemidji State will probably be getting into the WCHA event on a scorching streak, with the Beavers having gained 4 of their final 5 video games.
Two of these victories got here final weekend at residence towards longtime rival Alabama Huntsville. Zach Driscoll stopped all 16 photographs he confronted Saturday in a 2-0 win, giving him his first shutout of the season, and he stopped one other 13 photographs Sunday in a 4-0 blanking of the Chargers.
Aaron Miller and Brendan Harris had Bemidji State’s targets on Saturday. Alex Ierullo bagged Sunday’s eventual game-winner simply 2:11 in, and Brad Belisle grabbed a aim within the second interval earlier than Alex Adams scored twice within the third.
Bemidji State opens WCHA event play this Friday at residence towards Michigan Tech.