First of all, Colorado College in person looked faster than Boston College did on TV. It seemed to take a few shifts for UND to adjust to the tempo.
T.J. Oshie put a statement hit on Colorado College defenseman Nate Prosser in the first period, a check that will be replayed on highlight reels all season long. The 6’2″, 203 lb. Tiger blueliner left the game and did not return. His status for Saturday’s contest is questionable.
Ryan Duncan became the second Sioux player in as many games to reach the 100 career point mark. His goal and assist put his career totals at 49 goals and 51 assists in 95 games. T.J. Oshie joined the Century Club with a hat trick last Saturday night against Michigan Tech.
This season, the VandeVelde-Oshie-Duncan line will grab most of the headlines, but the Sioux are getting contributions up and down the lineup. Other players are making plays, finishing checks, and drawing penalties, and a more balanced attack will help UND down the road.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Kaip will equal his career totals (8g-16a-24pts) this season (he has 2 goals and 1 assist through six games). I don’t think you could pick a better captain for this team.
It looked to me that Zajac was a bit upset at the hit on Kozek towards the end of the game; maybe more upset because the hit happened along the center ice boards with under 20 seconds to play.
It’s amusing that Lamoureux can give up 2 goals and see his goals-against average take a huge hit. His season line (6 games) now reads: 4-1-1 record, 0.71 goals-against average, .972 save percentage, 4 shutouts. Eye-popping numbers so far.
Kozek’s wrist shot seems quicker and more on target this season, and his four goals are second on the team to Oshie’s five.
At times, Forney was effective, and at other times, he appeared sluggish and overmatched along the boards. Hopefully, he can increase his speed and stamina as he plays more and more.
Much was made of the four players (Chorney, Duncan, Finley, Oshie) who decided to turn down pro offers and return for their junior seasons, and rightly so. Through 6 games, Ryan Duncan (3g-5a-8pts), T.J. Oshie (5-2-7), and Taylor Chorney (0-7-7) lead the team in scoring, and Finley has chipped in with one goal and one assist. The four players have scored 40% of the team’s goals and have collected 37% of the total points on the season.
The first power play unit of Duncan-Oshie-VandeVelde-Chorney-Bina moved the puck well tonight. They were patient and deliberate while getting into scoring areas. UND finished 2 of 6 with the man advantage, and held the Tigers scoreless on four power play opportunities.
UND moves to 4-1-1 (2-1-0 WCHA), while Colorado College loses its third consecutive game and now has a record of 2-3-0 (2-1-0 WCHA). The two teams meet again Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Watch for another edition of the Rewind, where I take a closer look at goals, replays, and decisions within Friday night’s contest. I will also post reaction to Saturday night’s action at the conclusion of the game. Thanks for reading, and, as always, I welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions.